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Write a story about the resentment you felt towards someone that turned to sorrow
 
The blistering heat scorched through the flimsy material of my blouse, a choice of wear as naive as the one that now saw me traipsing along the sandy back lanes of the little Mexican town. I had thought that it was a brilliant idea to spend the day as an intrepid explorer, rising to the challenge of conquering the confusing maze of streets that crisscrossed the sleepy town we had arrived in days ago. But it seemed that a conspiracy was underfoot to thwart my conquest.

Slowly, frustration mounted in me as I began to curse the reason why I was virtually "trapped" in this poor town. If May had not developed a fever so suddenly, we would be enjoying the beautiful sights of Acapulco instead of wallowing in this heat trap. My bitterness at being inconvenienced by the inconsideration of my best friend's fever soon escalated into a galling fury. I felt victimized and was aggrieved.

The proximity of the squalid houses around me seemed to suffocate me. White-hot anger simmered in me as I fed the growing resentment at May for having inconvenienced me time and again. I recalled the time when I had planned to go trekking in Nepal but was persuaded by her to wait till the June holidays. But when the time came, she fell ill with chicken pox. My twenty-first birthday celebration at a famous seafood restaurant was totally destroyed by her developing ugly red rashes while feeding on chilli crabs! I had to spend the most important birthday of my life in hospital with her. And now, her fever has forced our trip to revolve around the terribly unexciting prospect of trying to discover a place that was largely unworthy of any such effort. As I indulged in these angry thoughts, my indignation rose to such a feverish pitch that I simply had to run or I would burst. My feet started moving towards the dilapidated hotel that we were staying at.

I looked up to the window of our room, trying to harden myself to storm up and pack my things to carry on with the trip without May. Why should I curtail my plans just because she could not come along? She should just stay in this godforsaken place and recuperate, I thought, trying to convince myself that I was right. Finally, I gathered up enough steam and proceeded to rush in.

Suddenly, a heavy hand on my shoulder halted me. I turned around and looked into the face of the hotel-keeper. He looked at me sadly and uttered only three words in his gravelly voice: "She no more." I was paralyzed on the spot. A knot of fear tightened in my stomach as I fought to quell the scream that was building up in me. I was not aware of how I had gathered my legs to thunder into the room upstairs, but I did. When I entered the room, the foul stench of death seemed to cling to everything, even the curtains. May was lying on the bed, in a still repose that chilled me. Hot tears scalded my eyes as I moved closer.

Through the mist of my tears, I saw May's unadulterated joy when she found out that I had won a prestigious scholarship years ago. Her unswerving friendship had been my constant companion through twelve years of our lives, and now it was lost to me forever. I crumpled slowly to the floor, as my strength ebbed away slowly.

     
traipsing   trudging
     
intrepid   bold
     
repose   relaxation
 
 

 

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