John Marsden Writing Topic #479

Describe the worst fight you ever had with a friend**

Three years ago I had a huge fight with a former friend about what time I needed to arrive to our mutual friend hen’s party. I didn’t receive an email invitation and I texted our mutual friend to ask what time she wanted me to arrive and my former friend replied on her own phone. She accused me of being inconsiderate and stressing our mutual friend out by asking her that question and it escalated from there. It got to a point where I was quite hurt and upset and ended up getting the information from another mutual friend of ours, who organised and sent the invitations, without argument.

It was awkward being around each other the next day when we were at the birthday party of the friend who organised and sent the invitations. We barely spoke until the second half of the day and eventually made up.

We are no longer friends due to growing apart, not because of this particular fight. It stuck out to me because I never had a fight with her before, let alone at that intensity. In fact I had never had a fight of that intensity with any friend before then and I haven’t since.


**Reference: Marsden, J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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