I stepped off the bus and headed for the pool with my friends, concentrating on what I needed to do to win this swimming competition.
I jumped in the water, amid(在……中）screams of "Oh man, it's freezing", and found it wasn't too bad. I started to warm up, and noticed the sky getting gray. "It's going to rain, "my friend Ashley said behind me. "Let's pray for no thunder or lightning, "I replied. "This meet can't be canceled. "That was when I noticed his uneasiness. "What's wrong?" I asked.
He looked over at the other team and back at me, saying, "Their 50m freestyle swimmer, Jack, is talking something bad about you. He said you'd be a good swimmer if you didn't swim like a girl. And he's not only saying something bad about you, but everyone of us. "Ashley gave me a look of encouragement and added, "Tom, you'd better swim as fast as possible and beat him. Show him who's the boss!”
My event was third. By that time, all my friends had shown up and I was preparing for my 50m freestyle sprint(冲刺）。I walked over to the blocks(起跑器）and began to prepare myself.
“You think you actually have a chance?” came an aggressive voice from my side. I turned and recognized the guy who Ashley had pointed at. It was Jack, who added, "Don't even try. "Luckily, I was not alone. My friends were close by.
“My friend is going to beat you, "Ashley warned. Jack replied, “That's a good one. We'll settle this in the water. ”
＂Swimmers up!" the official called. I stepped onto the starting block and prepared for the race.
That was when all my friends started to cheer me on. I focused all my attention and followed the official's order, "Take your mark. "I bent down into my starting position, the cheering around me growing louder.
When the starting gun fired, I jumped into the water:
All I heard was cheering.
One possible version:
When the starting gun fired, I jumped into the water. I began pumping my arms fast. "Faster, ”I thought, "swim faster!” I was pushing myself to the limit . I took a breath and headed for the wall of the pool. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the guy, Jack, neck and neck with me. "This is close, "I thought, I came to the last five meters and sprinted with all my strength. "Go, go, go, "my brain yelled. I hit the wall and lifted my head at almost the same time as Jack.
All I heard was cheering. I looked around and nearly every one, including the other team, was pointing at me in amazement. I had touched the wall a second before Jack. I looked at the official, and he signaled that I had won. I screamed in my head. Ashley and my other friends were jumping with joy. I did not celebrate; it wasn't my style. I glanced over at Jack, who had a look of embarrassment. Seeing that, I said sincerely to Jack, "Hey, a good swim."
Everyone in our neighborhood knew who Ugly was. Ugly was a wild cat. Ugly loved three things in this world:fighting, eating garbage, and, shall we say, love. All these things had their effect on Ugly. He had only one eye and where the other should have been was a hole. He was also missing his ear on the same side, his left foot broke at one time, making him look like he was always turning the corner. Every time someone saw Ugly there was the same reaction. "That's one UGLY cat!"
All the children were warned not to touch him, the adults threw rocks at him, shouted at him, watered him when he tried to come in their homes, or shut his paws in the door when he would not
leave. Ugly always had the same reaction. If you watered him, he would stand there, getting wet all over until you gave up and quit. If you threw things at him, he would lie down crying for forgiveness. Whenever he saw children, he would come running, meowing, and bump his head against their hands, begging for their love. If you ever picked him up he would immediately suck(吮吸）on your shirt, hat, whatever he could find.
One day Ugly shared his love with the neighbor's dogs. They did not respond kindly, and Ugly
was badly injured. From my apartment I could hear his screams, and I tried to rush to his aid. By the time I got to where he was lying, it was obvious Ugly 's life was almost at an end. Ugly lay in a wet circle. He was bleeding badly. As I picked him up in my arms and tried to carry him home, I could hear him crying and could feel him struggling. It must be hurting terribly, I thought.
Then I felt a familiar sucking on my ear. Ugly, in so much pain, suffering and obviously dying, was trying to suck my ear. I pulled him closer to me, and he bumped my hand with his head, then he turned his one golden eye towards me. Even in the greatest pain, that ugly cat was asking only for a little love.
At that moment I thought Ugly was the most beautiful, loving creature I have ever seen.
Ugly died in my arms before I could get inside, but I sat and held him for a long time
At that moment I thought Ugly was the most beautiful, loving creature I have ever seen. Never once did he try to bite or scratch me, or even try to get away from me, or struggle in any way. Ugly was kind to everyone he met but now he was dying in my arms. Ugly just looked up at me completely trusting me to relieve his pain.
Ugly died in my arms before I could get inside, but I sat and held him for a long time afterwards. I was thinking about how an ugly-looking cat could so change my opinion about what it means to have true pureness of spirit, to love so totally and truly. Ugly taught me more about giving and love than a thousand books, lectures, or talk show specials ever could, and for that I will always be thankful. He was ugly outside but nice inside. It was time for me to learn to love truly and deeply, to give my total to those I cared for. Many people want to be richer, more successful, well liked, beautiful, but for me, I will always try to be Ugly.