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You have always dreaded being in the limelight. Then one day you had to replace someone at the last minute. Relate what happened.
 
It was the most important occasion for the Boy Scouts in Malaysia. They would be gathered at the Pintu Gerbang Sibu to witness the award ceremony for the senior scouts. Receiving an award on such a day was the most prestigious honor for any scout, and all would aspire to be the scout selected to give the summary of the year's activities for the association. I was not the one selected to give the summary and for that, I was grateful. I could never stand in front of a large crowd to make a speech, but Sean could. He was selected to do the honor because he was the President of the Boy Scouts for schools.

My job was much simpler. Being the Vice-President, I was very much behind the scenes, content to ensure that everything was in smooth running order. It was an hour to go before the ceremony began, and I had put the final touches to the stage. Walking down the stage, I saw the ushers in a state of panic. When they saw me, they ran to me to tell me that Sean was caught in a traffic jam and would not be able to make it on time. Someone else had to give the summary. All of them looked meaningfully at me, and I could feel my knees beginning to buckle.

All their arguments against my reluctance were valid. I had a copy of the speech as well as the benefit of having seen Sean rehearse it. I was the Vice-President and therefore should rightly take his place. Finally, when I had exhausted all my excuses, I was firmly told not to decline any longer and they left then, content that I would do the right thing. Once alone, I sank down onto the floor, totally devastated by the situation.

I could not do it, I knew I was not a confident speaker, and the thought of presenting a summary in front of so many distinguished guests horrified me. I would definitely shame all boy scouts, as I could not even come close to Sean's effective and eloquent style. To think that the prestige of the scouts would take a beating because of me! The burden of responsibility troubled me greatly.

But there was really no way out of the situation. In the end, I quickly rehearsed the speech and got ready to go on stage for the presentation. I looked calm and collected but inside, I was a trembling mass of jelly. Just before I was called on to the stage to do the presentation, I suddenly felt faint and unable to think straight. I could not remember what I was supposed to say, and then, the realization that I was going to fail caused me to break out in cold sweat. I held the side of the wall tightly and tried to move my leaden feet forward.

Suddenly, I felt a friendly pat on my shoulder and turned around. It was Sean! He had made it on time. Smiling at me, he walked onto the stage and proceeded to speak into the microphone. I was so relieved that I started laughing uncontrollably. There was mercy in the world after all.

     
buckle   collapse
     
collected   composed
     
leaden   dull
 
 

 

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