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The Decision (3rd Prize Winner - Group I)

March, 2011
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It was a bright sunny morning when the bell rang for school. Amy stopped playing hopscotch with her friends and  ran to line up in front of the door.

As Amy slowly walked to her class, she thought about the new classmate, Rachel, who is coming today. What would she look like? Is she nice? But soon Amy would find out. Just when Amy entered her classroom door, she saw a girl with long blonde hair, dark brown eyes, rosy cheeks, wearing a white T-shirt that said, “FLOWER” and a short violet skirt.

Amy walked over to Rachel and smiled. “Hi,” She said cheerfully. Rachel blushed. “Hi,” She said shyly. As Amy introduced herself to Rachel, she noticed two pairs of eyes staring at her. “Wait,” Amy motioned for Rachel to stay there.

She walked over to her two best friends, frowning. “Why were you staring at me like that?” She asked them. “Just stay away from Rachel,” Jane said. “And don’t act nice to her,” Lisa added. Amy was confused. “Why?” She asked, frowning. “She spilled water on us, bumped into me and knocked Lisa’s phone off the table.” Jane said. Amy was shocked. How could her best friends say such things to a new girl? Amy turned to Rachel. “Did you spill water on Jane and Lisa on purpose?” Amy asked. “It was an accident,” Rachel said quietly. “I said sorry,” She continued. “But those were my favorite clothes!” Lisa cried. “Well, Rachel apologized and besides, it was an accident.” Amy pointed out. “Well, who cares?” Jane said as she and Lisa sat down at their tables to do the math sums.

The bell rang for recess just when Amy finished doing her last math sum. When she headed for the door, Jane and Lisa went up to her.

“We are going to play a prank on Rachel,” Jane whispered as Lisa took out a bottle of water from her bag. Amy knew at once what they were going to do. But before she could stop Jane and Lisa, they ran to the slide where Rachel was. When they reached Amy, Lisa secretly crept behind her back and opened the cap. “Run, Rachel, Run!” Amy shouted. But before Rachel could ask why, a cool liquid was poured over her head.

“Aaaahh!”Rachel shrieked covering her head with her hands. “Oops, it was an accident,” Jane sneered. Amy’s face was red with anger as Jane and Lisa burst out laughing. “Are you okay?” A teacher asked. She couldn’t see Rachel from far away because Lisa and Jane were blocking her. Jane turned around. “We are okay,” She called to the teacher. Amy ran to the slide to see if Rachel was alright. “Are you okay?” She asked bending down. “Yes,” Rachel said softly. Amy glared at her two friends. Were they really her friends? Jane and Lisa had never been so mean before. “Why are you staring at me like that?” Lisa pretended to be Amy. Once again, they burst out laughing. Now Amy was really mad. “You are not my friends anymore!” She yelled. The teacher walked to the slide.

“What is going on?” She asked. “Nothing,” Lisa acted as if nothing had happened. The teacher looked over Lisa’s shoulder and saw Rachel all wet. The teacher was shocked. “Who did this?” She asked sternly. Lisa quickly hid the now-empty bottle behind her back. “What is that?” The teacher asked mysteriously, narrowing her eyes. “What is what?” Jane acted as if she didn’t know what the teacher was talking about. As she said that, she pretended to look around. “Don’t think I don’t know,” The teacher said. Amy snatched the empty bottle from Lisa’s hands to show the teacher. “Hey!” Lisa cried. The teacher shook her head. “What is your name, young lady?” She asked Rachel. “Rachel Cortez,” Rachel replied. The teacher looked at Amy. “Bring Rachel to the bathroom to dry her clothes,” Then she turn to Jane and Lisa. “I will deal with you later,” She told them. Jane and Lisa nodded but glared at Amy angrily.

“Are you okay now?” Amy asked Rachel when they were done drying her clothes. Rachel nodded. “Thanks,” She said. As they were walking out of the bathroom they saw Jane and Lisa walk past them with tears in their eyes. “It was all your fault!” Lisa cried. “Just ignore them,” Amy whispered to Rachel. Rachel nodded. As Amy walked into the class, she asked herself if she hated Jane and Lisa. They had been good friends since kindergarten.

The next day, Amy saw Jane and Lisa walking towards her. “Amy,” Lisa said. “You have until the end of the day to decide if you want to be on that jerk Rachel’s side or our side.” Amy wanted to go with Rachel but she did not want to leave someone who was once very close to her. Amy thought really hard about it. During lessons, she could hardly concentrate. “Amy? Amy!” Amy’s teacher was calling her. “What is wrong with you?” She asked. “Is there something that is bothering you?” “No Miss Anita,” Amy said quickly.

When it was time for end-of-the day recess, she saw Jane, Lisa and Rachel headed towards the classroom door. Amy frowned. She knew Jane and Lisa love to play outdoor, not indoor. Besides, why would they go with Rachel? Amy sat on the bench the whole recess time, thinking about what just happened. As the whistle blew at the end of the recess, she saw Jane, Lisa and Rachel rushed to line up. In Rachel’s hand was a fancy envelope. “I wonder who that is for?” Amy thought curiously. When it was her class’s turn to go, she heard whispers and giggles. As they entered their classroom, it was time to go home. Now Amy was worried. Did she really have to make a decision? Amy just kept quiet and did not say anything about the decision. She was hoping that Jane and Lisa would not remember. When Amy left her bag by her chair, she saw Rachel running to her bag and slipped something inside. But Amy did not see what it was. After Miss Anita finished making an announcement, the children took their bags and headed out of the classroom for home. Amy ran all the way home as if she was late for something.

“Hi Amy, why are you in such a rush?” Amy’s mother asked when she plopped down on the couch, exhausted. “Nothing,” Amy said. “Oh, I just baked some cookies. Help yourself to it.” Amy’s mother gave her a plate with some chocolate chip cookies. Amy reached out her hand to take a cookie. She was definitely hungry from all that running. Suddenly, she remembered that Rachel put something in her bag. When she unzipped her bag, she found a pink, fancy envelope with her name on it. It looked exactly like the one Rachel was holding. She opened it carefully and found a nicely decorated card. When Amy looked inside, she saw a letter written by Jane, Lisa and Rachel which said:

“Dear Amy, we are sorry that we treated Rachel badly and hurt your feelings. We will never do that again.  Can we be best friends again? From Jane and Lisa”

“Dear Amy, please forgive Jane and Lisa. They have already apologized to me and I am sure they will never be mean to me again.  You are my number one best friend. From Rachel”

With that, Amy went to make a card. “All three of you are my best friends,” She whispered.

By Jie Ling Tseng,
Shanghai American School

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  1. Wisegirl
    March 3rd, 2012 at 11:51 | #1

    Jane and Lisa are so fussy. It’s not that big of a deal! It’s just WATER.

    –H.Girl Percy Jackson series fan

  2. March 11th, 2012 at 19:19 | #2

    Sorry, this story isn’t my best, but I wrote it when I was younger. Yes - I know. But that’s them.

  3. Wisegirl
    March 14th, 2012 at 17:46 | #3

    I have a ton of stories that I cringe at. Especially the ‘Confidence’ one. It’s so stupid. I could definately have done better.

  4. Wisegirl
    March 14th, 2012 at 17:47 | #4

    We all have stupid stories somewhere in our lives.

  5. Wisegirl
    March 14th, 2012 at 17:47 | #5

    Wisegirl :I have a ton of stories that I cringe at. Especially the ‘Confidence’ one. It’s so stupid. I could definately have done better.

  6. Wisegirl
    March 14th, 2012 at 17:47 | #6

    okay, what the?

  7. March 30th, 2012 at 21:05 | #7

    Did you ever win the Little Star Harrow short story competition?

  8. March 30th, 2012 at 21:06 | #8

    I guess the story “Aisha” that I wrote this year is better.

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