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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Don't Cut off Your Nose to Spite Your Face" (without using the actual phrase or litera (02/14/08)
TITLE: Where does it end
By Michele Therrien
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The soft whispers seemed to quiet in unison as Jon stepped forward to talk to Andy. He could feel each curious eye watching. It was something he expected. With a bruise around his eye and his right arm in a cast, he seemed almost out of place in the serenity of this moment.
Jon forced himself not to cry as he approached his friend. Andy looked so peaceful…so young. How could this have happened? Jon felt relieved as he turned to meet the watchful eyes and found them turned back to their conversations. He wanted to be alone with his friend.
“You just had to do it, didn’t you? Had to go after him, even after all I told you. Why didn’t you just listen to me?”
Jon said to his friend. Andy didn’t respond. He never would again. Hot, angry tears rolled down Jon’s face, burning his skin and soaking into the collar of his new dress shirt. He made no move to wipe them aside as he continued.
“I could’ve handled Rich myself. It was me and my brothers he was mad at anyway. All you had to do was stay away from him! He would’ve left you alone!”
The watchful eyes were back and the room was once again stilled. Even the music seemed hushed. A familiar arm rested upon his shoulders, guiding Jon away from his friend and the eyes that seemed to bore into his very soul.
“We’ll take care of Rich…me and my friends. He’ll be sorry he messed with us.”
“But Jon, we can…”
“I said no! Rich hurts Danny, we hurt him, he hurts Andy… where does it end?”
“But we can’t let him…”
“It’s gotta stop somewhere. Price is just getting too high. It’s just not worth it.”
Thankfully, they were outside the church now. Last thing Jon wanted or needed were more curious eyes watching him. He leaned back against the outside wall, looking up at the enormous expanse of blue sky, only interrupted by a hint of white clouds. The sun was brilliant, without a care in the world. Andy should be seeing this. Had he listened to me, he would have been.
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