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Write a story beginning with the sentence, 'I stood there dumbfounded and stared at her ...'
 
I stood there dumbfounded and stared at her with my mouth open and wondering if I had heard correctly everything that she had said just now. Then, I fell back against the basin and held my toothbrush tightly. What exactly happened just now? Did she really say all those things? I was trying to understand what had just transpired.

Plop! Plop! The toothpaste dripped from my open mouth to my toes. That jolted me back to where I was and what just happened. I was brushing my teeth and thinking of the test I had to face in school when Rebecca barged into the bathroom. Without preamble, she looked at me with such a look that if looks could kill, I would have died then. "Sister dearest, if you think you can get away with what you have done, think again. You've always been my idol, my know-all older sister. I've always looked up to you but now, you have dropped to zero. I will never look up to you again. You .. you ... " She stormed out unable to finish her sentence.

I quickly cleaned up and rushed out of the room. Mum was at the top of the staircase looking at Rebecca's retreating back. She turned and looked at me with question marks written all over her face. I shook my head and rushed down the stairs. Rebecca had disappeared by then. I would try and locate her in the school and talk to her. But, no. I couldn't because we might end up having a shouting match in school. As the bus drew near the school, I still could not make out the reason for Rebecca's behavior. I tried to recall but there was nothing in my actions in the past week that I could pin down.

When I reached school, my good friend, Suzy was waiting for me. I told her what had happened this morning between Rebecca and me. She let out a loud laugh and chuckled non-stop until I told her to stop it. She put her hands on my shoulder and sat me down on the canteen bench.

"You really cannot remember what you did to her?" Suzy asked shaking her head in disbelief. "Either you have lost your memory or you are getting old!" Her words calmed me and then it hit me. Rebecca was angry and she had the right to be. I had totally forgotten what I did five days ago. I had submitted Rebecca's name for the Spelling Bee Contest. She had been unwilling to do it when the contest forms were issued. I know that she was capable of doing well in the contest and I had tried to persuade her. But, she had stubbornly resisted. So, I had taken it on myself to submit her name and her name had been picked among all the entries to represent the school. No wonder she was so upset.

I laughed heartily and did a little jig with Suzy. That settled, I went to look for Rebecca. She was talking and laughing outside her classroom. She did an about turn and was silent when she saw me coming. I went up to her. I apologized, congratulated and cajoled her until she smiled and laughed at her unreasonable behavior in the morning.

She hugged me and apologized and said, "Thanks, sis, for having the confidence in me and submitting my name. Sorry for behaving so badly this morning." Things went back to normal between us.

     
transpired   If it transpires that something has happened, this previously secret or unknown fact becomes known
     
preamble   talk or activity not connected with the most important matter
     
cajoled   to persuade someone to do something they might not want to do
 
 

 

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