My parents had planned to go to China for a long
time. I was happy for them as both of them had not
met their many relatives in their village. I hoped
they would have a great time.
I was also happy for another reason. I was
hoping to ask a couple of my friends to go for a
holiday and it seemed an ideal time to do so. After
all, my parents would not know about this at all. I
planned with Razali and Shan about the many
things we would do for those five days. We thought
going to Port Dickson would be wonderful.
Thus, we planned for our holiday and roped in a couple more friends as well.
Kim Seng and Jerry were more than happy to join us. I had just passed my driving
test and was very keen to test my driving skills and of course
show off to my friends in my father's new
Volvo. Life was good.
On the day my parents left for China, my friends came over in the evening. We
packed our stuff into the car and left for the beach hotel that we had booked.
The drive down was pretty smooth and my friends were quite impressed by my
driving. I kept to a good speed and tried to remember all the rules I had to
follow on the road. We were at the hotel by late evening.
We had dinner and slept. The next day we went swimming and played games on
the beach. We made friends with many other young people and had a great time. I
had brought my father's credit card and used it to pay bills. My father's
signature was easy to imitate and I didn't think my father would mind much.
On the day we left, the bill had accumulated
and was huge. I was a little nervous but chose to ignore the feelings of guilt.
We left Port Dickson after lunch and drove back late in the evening. The weather
stormy and as I took a corner, the car skidded and struck a tree. We were in
total shock but no one was hurt. The car was wrecked.
We had to leave the car to be towed back and returned home feeling miserable.
Imagine our shock when we reached home. The house had been broken into!
Everything valuable had been taken. I sat down and cried. How will I explain
everything to my dad?