Hi, my name is Michelle. I am a 14 year old girl and live in Kauai, Hawaii. Swimming is my life. Nothing will ever make me stop! Some people think basketball, football, or even soccer are the real sports. Though they always underestimate my true passion. Well now you know my background lets get started on what happen on Friday, May 15th the day after my swim meet. The day I will never forget.
Well to start off my goal was to beat Miranda. If your wondering who she is...she is my arch enemy. She is always rubbing in my face the fact that I always get second. This time I am going to change that because she isn’t going to insult me anymore. Tic-toc tic-toc...is the only sound I hear while I stare at the clock. As for now, I am just anxious to get the day over with. RING RING RING!!! The bell has rung as I darted down the hall and out the door I run into..... MIRANDA!!! I froze for a minute nothing came to my mind other than the swim meet jolted around with sudden confusion. As I came back to my senses I hear her say "Are you ready to lose again ... LOSER?" I reply saying " No your going down you fat VACA!! Though what she didn't know was that is cow in Spanish.. Ha Ha what now Miranda!!!
Man am I pumped to kick her butt! I know I am going to win this meet because I have practiced every chance that I was able to get. Okay so here it is...the day of the swim meet. As I walk towards the pool I feel sweat trickling down the back of my neck.Now readying to start the race I hear the guy say "On your mark, get set, GO!!! And off we are racing towards the edge of the pool. We have 5 laps to go and seconds are passing by. Miranda is ahead of me I think to myself " Okay I have to step up my game or she will beat me again." Finally the last lap I push it my hardest then BOOM I hit the edge of the pool and the race is over.
Everyone starts cheering as they announce the winner. YES, I did it I finally beat Miranda Jones. Then as I look over I see Miranda glaring at me with those beady eyes staring into my soul. I was truly frightened but I will never admit that to her. Ring Ring my phone goes off and I'm out the door. As I am waiting on my mom to pick me up Miranda walks over. She says " Okay so you beat me in this race but I swim against the waves. I challenge you to a race Saturday morning at Tunnels Beach." I reply "BRING IT ON MIRANDA!!! This week is just flying by, Saturday is going to be here in no time. So I admit I am a little nervous but nothing is going to stop me from beating Miranda...again.
Sigh... Saturday is finally here and I"m just waiting for her to show up any time now. Wait..oh there she is, and race is now ready to begin. Now we are racing the hardest we have ever gone. Hey whats that!?!? said Miranda. As I pause to see what she is looking at I realize a great white shark is not even 10 feet away from our faces.We scream for our lives! HELP! HELP! HELP!All I see is darkness but then I see light and a man wait a very large man. I hear sirens going off all around me and the constant cry of my name. My body is so numb I can't feel anything and everything is just spinning around in my head. I feel so confused because all I remember is racing against Miranda. WHOA.. wait what happened to Miranda I start to ask the strange man in front of me but I find it difficult to get any words out of my mouth. Look I know what you guys are thinking Miranda and I might not be the greatest friends but I still do care about her as a person. I mean wouldn't you?
About 30 minutes went by. I see my mother come over with a face full of sorrow. My tongue finally is processing the words that have been going on around my head for what seems like ages. My mom said “Honey I’m sorry but your friend Miranda has been put in ICU with major injuries from the shark. “Michelle”, the doctors don’t think she is going to make it. I burst out tears. I didn’t think it was going to end like this! Oh no! Mommy! Why!?!?!?!?!? Is there anything we can do? My mom said no all we could do is wait. Now staring out my window I hear a cry from the hall. I jolt up and immediately ask my mom who it was. Just as I feared it was Miranda. My mother said that she didn’t make it through the surgery because the bite on her side was to deep and there was nothing more they could do. Ever since that day ...it’s changed me.