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The sun was beating down, it was midway through the summer holidays, I was only 9 years old as was my friend Jamie. The summer holidays had barely begun and we were gearing up for all kinds of mischief on our sleepy estate of houses. With only one bike between us and barely 200 metres of road to peruse, we had to get creative. Though we managed to fill the days pretending to be spies or soldiers hiding behind brick walls and tall bushes, today we found it was just too much. The heat was getting to use so we settled for an afternoon at another fiends house. Courtney was a sweet girl, a year older than us and had the entire Sky package meaning we could kill time in tears of laughter at the latest cartoon network shows. As it got dark I realised Jamies insistence to stay at Courtneys for as long as possible. Even at 9 it was obvious, he had a crush on her. His first crush in fact. We would both get in trouble if we were late home so I left, let my mum know I was stay at Jamies for the night and somehow managed to persuade Jamie back to his own home, bidding Courtney farewell. Little did we know what the next day would entail.
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* note: The following is a true story, with the real-life names of people involved changed. * The year was 2011. I had just gotten my license & became street legal. Though able to drive, I was still very young & nervous about being responsible for other peoples' safety in my car.
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