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I kept her secret I kept silent - I should have spoken up I used to wonder why she called me Danny she told me it was for short I used to think to myself Danny well that takes just as long to say as my normal name But nothing Laura did made a lot of sense The little tomboy with tangled blonde hair and hand-me-down clothes from her cousins was different from other girls All the other girls laughed at me when my bag went missing and I had to take my sisters girlie pink bag to school Not Laura she simply smiled and said Lets swap bags I hate my ugly brown one anyway She was my best friend and I thought that when we were grown-ups wed get married We used to put play weddings on behind the swings under the old gum tree Laura would wear a white table cloth over her head and proudly hold a sour-sob bouquet When it finally came time to kiss the bride I always felt so nervous and scared She used to try reassure me by saying Im your best friend Its just like kissing your sister The thought of kissing my sister was so gross it made me even more frightened I only managed once to kiss Laura on the cheek While my lips were against the softness of her skin I felt a tingling stir within my chest and stomach My sister sure never made me feel that way When I was five my dreams were filled with Lauras tangled blonde hair and hand-me down clothes Twenty years later I only wish I could sleep without having to see her face The day was hot and Laura and I bought ice-creams I looked at her smiling face with chocolate syrup dribbling down her chin and thought Youre perfect And she was After school Tim met Laura and I by the
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