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Write about an occasion when the suspense of waiting became intolerable for you
 
The weeks leading up to Pierre's arrival were nerve-racking. He had been my pen friend for the last three years, and we were finally going to see each other face to face. The strange thing about our relationship was that we never exchanged photographs and hence, had no knowledge of how the other person looked like. Part of the reason was that I did not want him to know that the descriptions I had written of myself were actually overrated!

I reached the KLIA airport bright and early to avoid the possibility of the plane landing early. This was Pierre's first time in Malaysia and I did not want to be a bad hostess. But my early arrival at the airport only added to the anxiety of waiting for him to arrive. All the while, I kept thinking of how Pierre would react when he finally saw me. My impression of a Frenchman was one who was suave and dashing - every schoolgirl's dream of a Prince Charming. His letters were always charming and humorous, adding to my impression of a gorgeous pen friend.

But how would he view me? I am an average-looking schoolgirl with no outstanding physical features. I began to perspire under the weight of being discovered to be a fraud, even though the airport terminal was air-conditioned. The plane was to arrive in an hour's time, and that left me little time to do anything to improve my appearance. I started to panic.

Yet, a part of me was excited about finally meeting Pierre. This was due,  in no small part, to his exceptional good looks. Suddenly, I realised that he could have exaggerated his physical appearance as well. Then, I began to worry about how he could actually be quite monstrous-looking. How would I be able to show him off at all the activities that I had arranged for him then? My friends would laugh at me!

The announcement that Pierre's flight was delayed shifted my thoughts to more pertinent ones. I wondered at the delay; he was arriving on a carrier that was normally trustworthy. What could possibly delay it? I began to entertain thoughts of the plane being in trouble, and soon, I was frightening myself with thoughts of Pierre's plane crashing as a result of engine trouble. I tried to stop such unwholesome thoughts, but failed miserably as my hyperactive imagination took control.

Things got worse in my imagination as the hours dragged on. I could not understand the delay and the airline counter was not helpful either. They merely said that the plane was due soon and there was nothing to worry about. I was reaching the end of my patience with their politeness when it was announced that the plane had landed. I rushed to the arrival hall and tried to make out which of them was Pierre once the passengers started streaming out. But it was in vain. Everyone and no one looked like Pierre to me. It was extremely frustrating. Suddenly, a hand tapped me on the shoulder and I heard a voice saying, "You must be Clare. Every bit as lovely as I had imagined."

I turned around to look at Pierre. I grinned as I realised that Mr Prince Charming had arrived.

     
nerve-racking   tense
     
suave   charming
     
pertinent   relevant
 
 

 

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