Story Contest 2018 #1 - Outstanding Stories (Junior) »


“Friends” is one of the outstanding stories of the first biannual International Short Story Contest 2018 written by Ashlee Wong Huang Yi, Malaysia.


A friend is a person whom you know well and who you like a lot, but is usually not a member of your family. A friend is also someone who is not an enemy and is someone that you can trust. Everyone should have friends and at least one best friend.

My best friend is Chang Wen Wei. She is studying in Sri KDU. We constantly study together and discuss our homework and classwork. Our relationship and togetherness is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but the strings will last forever. It means that, even though we may disagree with one another sometimes, we will find a way to make up to one another at the end of the day.

There are many advantages of having friends. Friends are part of our personal growth. Having friends means sharing different kinds of experiences with each other. Most of the time, we are stuck in our own daily routines, that it will be nice to hear about other people's routines and activities.

Next, we will never be lonely when we have friends. They always manage to keep us entertained. The fun never stops with friends around. It always seems like you are always doing something exciting or downright silly. They engage us in crazy stunts and dares, and when we are feeling down about something, they will always know how to brighten up our day.

Our friends will always give us support when we need it. When we have friends with a positive mind set, we do not need to request for help from other people when we need it because our friends are willing to be there for you even without asking for it.

You may be wondering, how do we choose our friends? First of all, we should not judge a book by its cover. We should not judge people by their looks, but by their personality. A good friend should be trustworthy, honest and supportive. Friends will always have each other’s back. They will not betray one another either.

We should also look for friends who will celebrate your success. A true friend will celebrate milestone, accomplishment and success story on your journey. They will be genuinely happy and not be jealous to see us succeed. They will always be the first to say "Congratulations!" Friends like this can be rare, so when we find them, we should keep them close.

I wonder how anyone could live without a friend and a best friend. They play a very important part of protecting us in our lives. I believe that all my friends will have my back and support me through all the difficulties and journeys that I face. I will definitely be there for all my friends if and when they need me, because that is what friends are for, and i want to play my part to be a good friend.

As the saying goes, "Friends are hard to find, harder to leave but impossible to forget."

I will never forget all my friends!

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