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Writing from life

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Writing from life Life was always hard for LaTavia Mckenzie. Growing up in a Jamaican culture and arriving into another would be a big step for anyone. However, it would be bigger for someone who lost their mum and arrived at London to be welcomed by their father, but instead found that they would only have their father to herself for two weeks before he was married to another woman, Stephanie. Eyes fell upon LaTavia as she entered the room. An unnatural silence echoed around. LaTavia felt a million eyes land on her. She gazed at the floor, not sure whether to look at her father or her new family. Her father had bellowed at her the minute she had arrived. Well it wasn't technically her at whom he was shouting at. He was being more generalised. I mean who's fault was it that her mum had suffered, who's fault was it that her mum was left to survive alone with LaTavia and Jermaine, who's fault was it that her mum endured terminal illness, who's fault was it that her mum had to pay her dad's debts whilst he was enjoying himself. Who's? Who's? Who's? LaTavia wondered about her brother, Jermaine. ...read more.


"Jermaine, it's been two weeks and tha wedding's today. You do know tha don't you?" "How could I forgot tha day tha ma mum's going to be sent to heaven in peace.". She had noticed the sarcasm in her brother's voice and flinched. "Look LaTavia, I'm sorry but I don't know if I can go through with this. You do know tha Stephanie has a got a son and a daughter" he paused and continued after she nodded her head sympathetically, "well then do you honestly think tha we're going to be accepted?". It was rhetorical question and LaTavia knew that her brother's mind was made up. "O well ok. If you're not coming, fine! but I have to go. It's disrespectful and we haven't met her to judge her". Jermaine just looked exasperated. LaTavia just smiled back with her usual cheerful smile. However, today it did not look as cheerful it was more a forged smile than joyful. LaTavia entered the hall alone. She had decided to make the best of effort and was wearing a peacock-blue lengha. Her father had given her fine gold jewellery, which he said belonged to his sister, her aunt. When LaTavia took her first steps into the hall, she could smell the rich spices. ...read more.


You and your brother cannot come near me. You and your brother are money thieving scumbags" At the mention of her brother being described as foul low life human, LaTavia flinched. She looked down praying silently, when she had a loud thud. She turned to see Jana and Jermaine, both full of rage and hands coming away from Lakshmi's cheek. At least, LaTavia had her two brothers there fore her. No one is perfect! This reminded LaTavia of a quote their mum used to always say, "If you walked by a street and you was walking a concrete and you saw a rose growing from concrete, even if it had messed up petals and it was a little to the side you would marvel at just seeing a rose grow through concrete. So why is it that when you see some ghetto kid grow out of the dirtiest circumstance and he can talk and he can sit across the room and make you cry, make you laugh, all you can talk about is my dirty rose, my dirty stems and how am leaning crooked to the side, u can't even see that I've come up from out of that" My mum was true. I would never be fully accepted but beggars can't be choosers. ?? ?? ?? ?? GCSE English Coursework Writing from Life Thuvaraga Arulampalam 10S.2 Miss Vowles ...read more.

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