237.Succeed and Leave
When Jeremy returned from winter vacation he acted as if he could wipe the floor with anyone. He even stopped coming to orchestra where he played a wind instrument. When he said that he would have none of us for friends anymore I approached him!
What happened to you? I asked. "You used to be our friend. Now you wind up coming home from winter break a different person!"
He just smiled.
Wipe the smile off your face and tell me what happened!
Why bother? he said. "You won't understand!" I frowned. "All right, I don't know whether or not it will matter, but here goes. I lived a wild life over winter break and discovered a will power that I never knew I had! It all happened while skiing. There were a bunch of hot shots that teased me the whole time. I challenged them to a race because I wanted to win a name for myself. They agreed and tons of people watched. I was terrified, but I raced. The other guy wiped out and I won by a neck! It turns out that all of his boasting was window dressing and I tore it down!"
Jeremy stood proudly as he told the story.
"It made me a different person. I felt wise immediately after the event! What was even better was that afterwards this beautiful girl came up to me and asked me if I wanted to go to coffee with her! I only answered 'White or black?' It was so cool!"
"Anyhow，now I'm a different person. I'm wide awake! And I don't want to hang out with you nerds anymore!"
Then he walked away. I just shook my head. Jeremy had become that which we all hated!