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A substitute for royalty

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A SUBSTITUTE FOR ROYALTY As I reluctantly strode towards my final year of school I pictured the scenes that would await me. Without Jack, my best friend since infant school I felt depressed and gloated in my state of solitude. Jack had left to be an author, although he did not seem either a novelist or an intellectual. I had never read his work before but still I encouraged and supported him. During lunch I noticed the solemn expressions on the teacher's faces, they lacked their usual humour and were drained of all normal colour. My efforts to replenish their vitality were useless; their expressionless behaviour dampened my own spirits. I left school as I arrived, upset, weary and worried. I couldn't explain why the staff had acted so out of character. I thought continuously until in the corner of my eye I noticed a pupil from last year. He was pale and surrounded by cigarette butts. In the attempt to cheer myself up I dared to make conversation "I heard about your four A levels," I muttered. Realising he may not have heard me I raised my voice "Has the fact you've achieved four A levels stressed you out that much that you've started smoking," I said jokingly. ...read more.


Mr Lewis quietly murmured "come and see me after school if you don't figure it out." I thought hard all day but I couldn't unlock the mystery. I went back and he showed me a picture of Jack my old friend. He was at the prom dressed in a dinner suit. Mr Lewis handed me a book. I noticed it was the book Jack had given me before he left. I had left it in my locker on my last day. The Janitor must have found it. I noticed the title 'My unpublished novel', I opened it, page after page was decorated colourfully in harsh words such as die, hate, kill. They continued for hundreds of pages. Puzzled I eventually turned to the Synopsis. It was a statement from Jack 'I'll show the world that not publishing my novel was a fatal error.' I stared at Mr Lewis in fright. He slowly explained that he had got in touch with the publishers, which Jack asked to publish his book. The publishers told him the basic plot, 'It was a story of a boys battle to become popular. He was laughed at for being voted Prom King and swore revenge at the next prom. ...read more.


The same feelings were not present in my mind though only those of determination flourished through me. I politely stepped outside and headed for the chemistry lab. There I cautiously placed the crown on my head. Jack instantly appeared. He looked no different to when I last saw him. He appeared no less normal than the average human being. We barely exchanged words in our entire encounter. The first gesture made was an order for me to go closer to a neatly lined up row of glass. Obviously Jack was asking me to commit suicide. "I thought you would prefer this, I've known you a long time, you've never struck me as a fighter," his cocky remark only flared my anger more. I slowly edged towards the glass bottles. Every step I took the wider Jack's smile seemed to grow. Accidentally I managed to knock a bottle on to the floor. Panic stricken I wondered if his mood would change, mine certainly had, this was by far the most fearful experience of my life. Kindly Jack leaned over to pick the bottle up off the floor. As he arose I placed the crown on his head. He looked at me aghast. "How smart you look," I proclaimed "anyone would think you were a substitute for Royalty." He fell back on to the glass. The crown glistened evilly beside the table ...read more.

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