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Samantha Lovell, 1986-1999.

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Samantha Lovell, 1986-1999. The words were a blur, but I didn't need to be able to read it to know what it said. Desperately trying to hold back the tears, I looked through the wall of water and attempted to distinguish one distorted figure from another. Each person seemed to be doing the same. I watched as 33 faces looked around, wondering if it was acceptable to cry out loud or if they should continue suppressing it. For once, we didn't want or feel the need to breathe a word of what we were feeling because we knew too well we'd be saying the same thing. The atmosphere hung like a damp fog over our heads. The colours had been drained. The only thing that existed was the floor I was standing on and the plaque I was staring at. Suddenly my trail of thought was broken by someone bursting into tears, forcing me back to the reality that there were indeed other people around me. I didn't turn around. I didn't think I should. It would have only made me do the same thing. I concentrated on trying to stop the word 'Why?' from keep appearing in my mind, but it was hard when all the other questions in the world seemed insignificant because this was happening to me, and I wanted an answer. ...read more.


In a strange way I'd missed Sam, like how you miss wearing a certain outfit when every time you want to wear it, it's in the wash. We all filed in to the classroom like we'd been instructed to so many times, sat in the same places as we had every other day this year and talked to the same people. I turned to speak to Francesca while Sam leant across to hand over her Geography book to the monitor. I was going to hand mine in tomorrow. After all, I did have a whole 24 hours to do half an hours worth of research on the Brazilian rainforest. It can't be too much of a challenge when nothing interesting happens to me anyway. The rest of the day was spent following my class, as we had been trained to do, to each lesson. Finally, my circle of friends were all together. It was great to have Sam back at school, which was why I was slightly disappointed when she didn't turn up the next day. I'd rung her that night and she'd told me she thought she still and the flu because her headache had come back, so I informed the teacher when she read out Sam's name in the register that that was probably the reason she was away. ...read more.


I sat motionless as our Head of Year talked me through my worst nightmare. I didn't want to hear the words. I knew what had happened, but I could still convince myself that it wasn't true and Sam was going to walk through the door any second and laugh at all these people crying. "Samantha Lovell was rushed into hospital yesterday, and the doctors did all they can, but it wasn't enough. Samantha died of Class C Meningitis." I aged 10 years and shrunk 3 foot. The world suddenly looked very big and there was nothing I could do except sit back and watch it fold in on me. I shook away the memories of the 3rd of February as I knew so many people had done already. The shock of the whole concept had initially washed over the school and letters of condolences had flooded into our form room, but the memory was easily forgotten when the next cake sale had been arranged. The people outside in the rain were the only people that even cared about remembering her. Sam's gone, the funeral is forgotten and all that's left standing is a neglected tree and a small plaque that no one looks at anymore, saying the simple, standard words: Samantha Lovell, 1986 - 1999. ...read more.

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