A Difficult Decision
by Yu-Herng (P5 2019)
Gosh! I stood there, dumbfounded. The sight that greeted me was horrendous. My face was now pale, like a sheet of paper. I slowly stepped forward, being careful not to get my foot cut by the little shards. How could this have happened? I took a step back. I recalled the events so far, and could not fathom how the vents spiralled so out of hand.
“Thank you and enjoy the rest of your day, class” our science teacher bade us farewell. The rest of the class, along with me, drowsily returned the bidding. I was in a particularly good mood that day. I had finally saved enough money to upgrade my mobile phone. Besides that, my best friend, John, was coming to my house as I promised that I would show him my new video game.
“Beep!” The MRT fare gate opened and I walked through. I pranced down the stairs, bobbing my head along the music from my earphones. The ride home was rather enjoyable through the rest of the day would not.
“Many thanks for the food, mother.” I thanked my mother as I cleaned my mouth with a napkin. At that moment, the doorbell rang. It must be John! My mother and I ran to the door to greet him. My mother was very fond of John as he was very kind and polite. She also has a soft spot for him as she knows that he was from a single-parent family and that his mother works very hard to make ends meet. Therefore, John were usually alone at home with almost nothing to entertain himself or eat with.
“Hi John!” my mother greeted John cheerfully. “Hello, Auntie Lee,” John reciprocated in an equally cheerful manner. I greeted him as well. After my mother treated John to her delicious home-made laksa, he went to the living room to play with me. Little did I know that this would be the first of many disastrous events that would turn my life around.
“Um, I think that I need to go to the toilet, James…,” John said. I raised an eyebrow. We were almost finished and John would be leaving soon.