‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’ by Muhaddisa Ali


Sara had always been a wary person. Having watched the typical films where the main character gets betrayed by someone they trusted too easily, and also having gone through the similar experience of having her best friends “betray” her, it only seemed like the natural thing to do.

She thought that she had learnt her lesson, because she had thought that the lesson had been to not keep your heart – or, in this case, your trust – on your sleeve. And she never once thought that that was not just it. She never thought there was more to it.

It was when she finally faced by the truth that she was able to look at the whole picture.

Sara was fairly popular. She was good at making friends. However, soon she found out how hard it would be to keep them.

To her friends, Sara was a person who would help them. She was a safe of their otherwise unspoken secrets. She was a shoulder to cry on. They trusted her. But did Sara trust them?

Despite having gone through a good amount of experiences together, she was still not sure if she could trust them. However, she discarded the querying thought, giving it no more importance than a trivial disturbance. Things were going well. She did not need to worry about such a thought. At least, that is what she seemed to think.

But, boy, had she been wrong. Her friends did not share this opinion of hers. They confronted her. They told her that they trusted her with their lives (cliché, she thought), and that they did not feel like the feeling was mutual. They told her that they were hurt, and that they were not sure if it was possible for their friendship to prosper if she really could not trust.

Before that moment, Sara had never doubted whether she was actually right in being distant ad distrustful. Whether playing the safe cards had been the better way to go about things in reality, or not.

But after that moment, she understood. While she had been so focused on not getting too coiled up, and end up getting betrayed, she lost sight of where it was actually okay to open up. She forgot to give people a first chance, if not seconds. She turned a blind eye to the importance of occasionally taking risks.

Sara knew, now. She needed to come to terms with this flaw of hers. She needed to grow out of her suspicious nature and distant attitude, and learn where it was okay to trust. All this, too, at the same time as also not exposing herself in situations where her being trusting could be taken advantage of. She needed to find balance.

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I am an English Language teacher teaching O'Levels Edexcel and CIE A Levels at Froebel's International School, Islamabad. I am also working as a Subject Specialist Literacy consultant for the same school. Writing and reading has always been a passion and I try my utmost to instill these habits and hobbies in my students as well. I can be reached/contacted at fabbas227@hotmail.com or 03365287335 Happy reading!

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