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Write a story with the concluding line'.... I'm glad we did not turn my back on a fellow man. One day he might do the same for us.'
 
Roland and I were participating in the Sabah Adventure Challenge, a 150 km race. This was the final leg of the challenge - hill trekking. The past two days had been hectic and physically challenging and we had covered mountain-biking, orienteering, paddling and tubing. We had come through the other activities in either the first place or second place. On this last leg we had to do jungle trekking, followed by hill trekking.

The race had attracted us the minute we saw the advertisement. It would be like going into the unknown where we would not know what lay ahead. We knew we would be challenged mentally and physically. After signing up, we launched into a training program to be well-prepared. Of course we hope to win. There was no let up in our training for the two months prior to the challenge. Every day we start our training with a hike up and down Gasing Hill, cycling in the park and swimming. We have even attempted paddling and tubing in Kota Tinggi river and waterfalls. We have a good relationship and understand each other well.

On the last day, we were going uphill and as we went higher we could hear the sounds of falling rocks and earth. We had outpaced the other pairs of competitors and were feeling a bit high. As we climbed higher, we saw a lone climber standing precariously on a ledge. We signaled to him to be careful as we feared for his safety. He waved back and continued on his climb. Roland muttered under his breath about some people not knowing their limit. I understood what he was trying to say as I had been foolhardy at times before this too.

We pushed on but I felt a bit uneasy about the lone climber. Then, we heard a rumble, a thundering cacophony of the sound of rocks, earth and trees. I looked back and the scene that greeted my eyes stopped me in my tracks. We were just a few meters from the peak and I did not want us to lose that advantage. Even if I was willing to stop, I had to think of Roland. We had to reach the end as a pair or we would be disqualified. As I hesitated, Roland urged me to move on. In that second, we heard a voice calling for help. Should we or shouldn't we? Roland also hesitated. I could see questions and doubts in his eyes. The picture of victory played in front of us. But, conscience overcame us and both of us, as one, turned back. We could not leave a fellow man knowing he was hurt and that we might be the only people who could help him.

When we reached the spot, we saw the man was badly hurt. His ankle was turning blue-black and his hands were bleeding from a nasty gash. His forehead had a nasty cut and he was almost unconscious. Together Roland and I pulled him clear from the rock fall and as he could not walk on his own, Roland being the bigger of us two, said that he would carry the man. We made our way downhill slowly to the finishing point. The crowd cheered us as we touch the finishing line. We were still the first pair in, in spite of our delay! Roland and I exchanged grins and I told myself 'I'm glad we did not turn our back on a fellow man. One day he might do the same for us.'

     
hectic   full of activity, very busy
     
muttered   to speak quietly in a low voice
     
foolhardy   brave in a silly way, taking unnecessary risks
 
 

 

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