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    All That Matters Is The Heart

    作者 Author
    紀皓欣 Lauren Kee (13)
    漢基國際學校
    Chinese International School

    插畫者 Illustrator
    黎璟彤 Allegra Lai (11)
    拔萃女小學
    Diocesan Girls' Junior School

    字數 Word Count: 0(中) 540(Eng)


    “Girls,” Miss Amelia announced. “Let’s welcome our new dancer - Ava, to our dance troupe!”

    “Hi, me name Ava. I happy today,” a girl wearing traditional Southeast Asian clothes said, beaming.

    “Look at the clothes she’s wearing and listen to her English!” I mumbled to my friend.


    After Ava changed from her outfit into proper dance clothes, we did some warm-up exercises. Miss Amelia then exclaimed, “Alright girls, I have some mind-blowing news! Our dance troupe has been invited to participate in the Annual Dance Competition.” We all started to cheer in excitement. “Rehearsal starts tomorrow.”


    The next morning, I was awoken by the morning sun rays, blinding me. I felt a hot potato in my throat. I touched my forehead, it was burning like fire! Mom brought me to the doctor and he said I wouldn’t recover until Thursday, and Saturday was the competition day...


    On Thursday, late afternoon, when I was still worrying about the whole situation all stressed out, I received a call. The person on the other line said, “Hello, you are Hazel? Me Ava!”

    “Hi Ava. This is Hazel,” I answered. What did Ava want with me now?


    “I hear you sick. You come my house tomorrow I teach you dance? I live Aberdeen.”

    Wait, did she invite me to her house? If I wanted to compete, I must learn the dance steps by Saturday. I guess I could try…

    “OK, I live in Aberdeen too,” I replied.


    I was very nervous and felt a little uneasy at first. My hands were shaking as I reached for the doorbell. However, everything turned out smoothly. Ava’s parents were welcoming and friendly. Also, her house was not very different from ours. In fact, it was even fancier with chandeliers everywhere.


    In her bedroom, Ava taught me every single step from the dance with patience. She was a brilliant dancer! I learnt all the steps in no time. As it was almost dinnertime, Ava’s parents invited me to stay for dinner. I agreed as I’ve never tried Southeast Asian food before.


    The aroma of the delicious-smelling food filled my nostrils. After I finished the food, I licked my lips and patted my belly. What a scrumptious meal!

    Before leaving Ava’s house, I gave her a hug and whispered in her ear, “Terima Kasih,” which was “Thank you” in her language.


    The next day was the competition and the atmosphere in the competition hall was tense. While we were warming up, Miss Amelia came up to me and said in a soft voice, “Good job for memorising your steps so quickly!” I beamed and remarked, “I should really thank Ava.”


    My hands were clammy as we stepped on stage. I tuned everything out and focused on my dancing. I caught a glimpse of Ava, and she danced ever so gracefully. In the end, when the judge announced that we were awarded first place, we started jumping around like giddy puppies.


    I learnt a very valuable lesson. From then on, I turned over a new leaf. I now understand that how one talks and how one dresses is not how we should define a person. We should never judge a book by its cover, all that matters is the heart.

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