Nancy and Dustin
It was a bright and sunny morning, the entire Las Vegas, Nevada was on the go. There wasn’t a spot that wasn’t filled with crowds of people. On the other side of the city lived two young teenagers. They both lived parallel to each other, residing in a brown wooden raw house. Their houses pretty much looked the same.
Nancy Wheeler showed great interest in studies, she loved to read, solve math problems, and also loved to draw. She was a talented individual. On the other hand was Dustin.
Dustin Byers was a very smart individual too. He loved solving mysteries. He was known as the young detective of their colony in Nevada. Both of their families shared a lot of similarities, the biggest one was Nancy and Dustin were born on the same day and in the same hospital.
In spite of all of this, there was this one problem that really got their families worried. Nancy and Dustin never got along.
“GOT YOU!” screeched Dustin. She was shaking. She didn’t expect Dustin to leap out of nowhere. Her hair stood on end, a shiver raced down her spine and a lump came to her throat. It was him! Dustin was always playing tricks on Nancy.
They almost treated each other like some sort of enemies. This really concerned both their parents. They were never able to figure out the reason for their misunderstanding with each other. They tried to talk their way through it, but it didn’t work. They tried to take them to places together, but it didn’t work. They were clueless. In spite of them growing up like siblings, they never liked each others’ company.
It was a regular day in Vegas – busy streets, crying babies and clamorous schools. Nancy and Dustin studied in the same school. It was no surprise, was it? Ted Hunsberger Elementary was as busy as it could be. Nancy and Dustin were walking towards their respective classes.
It was almost time to go home when something unexpected happened, Nancy and Dustin were found arguing in the corridor.
“Why would you do that?” yelled Nancy.
“I did not do anything,” replied Dustin, in a high pitch.
“Scribbling in my textbook won’t do you any good, Dustin!” Frustrated Nancy was blaming Dustin for a scribbled page in her school book. In spite of Dustin telling her he wasn’t the one who did it, Nancy Wheeler wasn’t ready to listen to him.
The two teenagers started blaming each other without knowing the truth. Their class teacher heard screams from her class, so she came out to see the conflict. Little did she know, two of her class students were arguing.
She said, “I want you both in my office, NOW!” Nancy and Dustin went along, they were told to sit and calmly explain their part of the story.
Dustin began, he told Ms. Honey all that he knew. Nancy had to speak next and she did. After hearing both sides of the story, Ms. Honey came to a conclusion. She said, “Dustin, I believe you. So am I letting you go. But if it was you who did that, I will be disappointed.”
Both of them left the room. Ms. Honey called their parents and told them about the conflict they faced. After both of them reached home, they were asked to tell their part of the story first and then heard the other ones, and vice-versa.
That very night, Alice and Jonathan had a brilliant idea. They rushed to Dustin’s parents. They said, “Nancy and Dustin should be forced to live in one room for one day until they talk about their problems and identify their similarities.” Hopper and Erica loved the idea. “Let’s do it,” they said.
The very next morning, Nancy and Dustin were told the idea. They didn’t agree. But had no other choice but to listen to their parents. They were sent in, it wasn’t 10 minutes in and the two were already bored. Nancy started drawing. This was her favorite pastime. Dustin on the other hand was watching television.
A few hours passed by and they ran out of things to do. They tried to remain silent and not interact at all. An hour passed by and time was as still as the sea before a hurricane. Dustin out of major curiosity and boredom asked, “What is your favorite pastime, Nancy?”
Nancy replied with kindness and asked him too. Little did they know that this one small question could make such a difference in their friendship. Nancy and Dustin started talking, they tried to find similarities and build the conversation. The day passed by soon, and they kept talking. Their parents came to fetch them and saw them talking animatedly. They were surprised. They weren’t expecting that sight when they opened the door. They were happy.
And that’s how it all began, Nancy and Dustin started talking. Even though it was a very odd way to make a friend, they did it!
Moral – Everything can be sorted out, it just needs some peaceful talking.
Divisha Khemka is a 13 year old teenager. She was born in Mumbai Maharashtra, India. She moved to Pune 4 years back and now resides there. She has an extraordinary passion for art and basketball. She has been selected for her school’s basketball team for 3 years now. Her interest in art shows her creativity. She speaks two fluent languages and is also learning French! This is her first time writing a short story.