First Love James Essay

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Grade five was an important year for me. It was when I first developed Alopecia. I actually never saw any difference in myself, until I began to realise I was getting more and more hair on my pillow every time I woke up. Grade five was also the year I changed schools. I had found those changes extremely hard and found things difficult to deal with. But, there was one thing that made me happy, and her name was Alice.By the time I started at my new school, almost all my hair was gone. Everyone had stared at me as I walked down the corridor, watching my every step, every movement. I hated them for that. I hated the silence, hated their intent eyes, hated their attention, which were all for the wrong reasons. During those times, my mother always reminded me this: 'Sticks and stones would break my bones but words would never hurt me.' What about silence? Silence can be murderous.'Girls and Boys, we have a new student. Her name is Alice.' It was three weeks into school, and I had not made one friend. Instead I buried myself into my beloved books. I had looked up at the teacher's introduction and still remember not believing my eyes. She was very small and slight but what had left me dumbfounded was her hair. The blackness of it, the way it shimmered under the light, how it bordered her features perfectly and lay softly around her waist.Alice was seated in the only spare seat, which was next to me. She gave me a big smile and I watched her eyes flicker to the top of my head and back again. Without missing a beat, she introduced herself.'Hi I'm Alice.''I'm James.' Alice and I became quite good friends. She shared my interest of reading and we'd often talk about the books we've read. She told me how she would pretend she was inside the stories she read and make up stories about the character's lives after the book is finished. I wished I could make up the story about my life, I wished my hair would grow back. Alice never mentioned my hair. She never stared but treated me as if she has never seen anything more normal. One thing for sure, I always stared at hers. And every time she would turn around, her hair would brush against my arm. It was so soft and silky and the sensation would tickle my arm.I remember the boys at school said she was hot, they also pulled her hair and acted very strange. But I had tired not to see any of that. I could only see her...

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