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Write about an event in school that happened with the sentence " His chest was heaving, as if he had just expended a great deal of effort."
 
The incessant din in the confines of the classroom was unbearable. Yet, it was the same day in and day out, and we had borne it all along. It must be a reflection of our increased levels of tolerance, I thought as I started to clear my books from the table. Suddenly, an ear-piercing scream sliced through the noisy atmosphere, stunning everyone into silence.

John's hands were clasped over his ears, his face contorted into a mask of agony as his rounded mouth emitted the continuous scream. His chest was heaving, as if he had just expended a great deal of effort. It was not so much that he had shouted so grotesquely that appalled us; rather, it was the fact that he had actually forced himself into our consciousness that was galling.

John was considered an outcast in class. Nobody liked him or wanted to have anything to do with him, not after we had found out from a reliable source that he was a brat. A brat is defined as someone who insists on displaying his intelligence in class and consequently humiliating the rest of us. For that transgression, John was excluded from all class activities and camaraderie. He was dismissed by our frosty reactions to his overtures. When he finally realised how undesirable his friendship was to us, he retreated into his shell in defeat.

But now, his frustration had broken through that resignation and asserted itself. We were upset at his audacity. John looked around him, hoping to find some sympathy but found only reproving stares and tightly-pursed lips. His voice came out as a croak, "I'll like to read, please". We turned away from him, sealing the impression that we did not care. But our stony hearts could not shut out the smothered sobs that came from his corner. Seeing that we were angry with him, Tim's wickedness went to work and he produced a tin of glue, which he flourished in front of us. We did not like Tim either, for he was a bully and played awful tricks on other people. But he ranked on the same level as John in our minds, and we were not bothered by his tin of glue.

Suddenly, Tim ran over to John and poured the glue at him. It trickled down his cheeks and mouth. Tim laughed merrily and announced, "Now he can't scream anymore! Isn't it great?" The deathly silence that greeted his triumphant announcement was broken only by the muffled cries of pain that came from John. His cheeks were an angry red now, looking like they were blistering. His mouth was slightly glued at the sides and with each moan, his lips tore a little and became bloody. We sprang into action. Someone rushed out to call the teacher while the rest of us tried to calm him down by telling him that it was not too bad. We had to stop him from crying as it only split his flesh further. When the ambulance arrived, a few of us decided to accompany him to hospital. We were all aggrieved by how much unnecessary pain our silly pride had caused him.

At the hospital, the doctor attended to John and fortunately, he recovered soon after the doctor injected him with painkillers although the burnt marks from the glue were still discernible. We were amazed at how lucky John had been when the doctor told us that had the glue got into his eyes, he would be blind. We rushed in to see him at the ward, clamouring to tell him how lucky he had been. But he only smiled and said that he was truly lucky because he finally felt our concern for him. The hard knot of pride that kept us from being his friend melted away with the tears that we now shed when we realised how cruel we had been. It was a lesson that we would never forget.

     
grotesquely   bizarre
     
transgression   misbehavior
     
discernible   noticeable
 
 

 

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