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When sweet revenge is not sweet after all
 
Whenever November 15 approaches, I feel a twinge of remorse and guilt with some considerable sadness, for it was on this date that I failed to remember the birthday of my then beloved and best friend, Masitah.

We had been together since primary school. Our tastes and interests were similar and we were as inseparable as twin peas in a pod.

On November 15, 2012, the eve of her birthday, we had our first and major quarrel. She had gone to a friend's party without informing me. It happened to be a Saturday and that party she had gone to was one I would kill for. To add insult to injury, she knew the organiser and had been invited to bring along a friend. "Why did she not invite me?" I kept brooding over it. Then the truth dawned on me. She knew that I was interested in a cute guy called Kelvin who was attending the party. There it was - the answer loud and clear - she did not want any competition as she was also interested in that guy. How selfish of her!

I decided to have an "eye for an eye". The next day would be her birthday. I decided not to attend her celebrations but to visit Singapore with my mum instead.

The day of Masitah's birthday saw me in Singapore shopping happily with my mum. However, halfway through my lunch, I regretted my decision of not attending her birthday celebration. I knew that she was very sentimental about her birthday Her mother had died in a tragic car accident on the day she was celebrating her twelfth birthday. This was the day in which she would be sad and moody. I always accompanied her on this day. Mine was the shoulder on which she sobbed on whenever she remembered her mum.

There and then, I decided to terminate my visit to Singapore and return to Johor Bahru. Mum was initially flustered and irritated on learning about this. However, when I explained the situation, she was understanding as all good mums are. We drove back to Johor Bahru but horror of horrors! There was a massive jam at the Causeway.

Initially; I thought I would be held up by an hour. However, it was a good two-hour wait before we reached the immigration checkpoint. At that point, I realized to my horror that my bag containing my passport was missing. My heart sank, but after I collected myself, I thought back and knew that, barring a thief, it must have been left at the restaurant in Singapore. We made a dash back there and to our relief, the items were there. We received them gratefully from the staff.

By this time, it was 5 p.m. Driving back to the Causeway, my spirits sank again. The traffic jam was even worse than before. I knew that I would never make it on time to invite Masitah to blow the candles on her birthday cake. Having no next of kin, I was always the one who acted as her parents to preside over her birthday party which she always celebrated without fail.

Mum offered me the use of her mobile phone to call Masitah, but it was to no avail. We could not reach her as the phone line was perpetually busy. All the while, I was feeling remorseful and sick at heart. What would she he feeling at my absence and betrayal of our friendship? No doubt she had done me a wrong the day before, but this was a major slight on my part which she would not forget.

Suffice it to say that I made it her party at 9.30 p.m. Belatedly, I handed her the teddy bear which she had hinted she would like as a birthday present from me. She seemed composed, thanked me graciously and then... totally IGNORED me! How could she? After all the trouble and pains I took to reach her place! But when I thought it over, I knew that she must have felt that I had betrayed her. Moreover, she may have had no inkling that the hurt I felt was so deep when I realized that she had not brought me to the party the day before.

Till today, I have not been with Masitah again. My attempts at contacting her and explaining to her have been rebuffed. It really has been a case of " an eye for an eye".

     
remorse   regret
     
brooding over   pondering on
     
inkling   clue
 
 

 

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