As he was cutting the fruit through its thick hard shell, I watched. The first time I saw the inside, I was utterly horrified by the sight. It looked like a soaked garlic and what was worse was that it was all squishy and twitchy. Mangosteen, he called it. Who would eat that? Even though the kids around me were giving positive reactions, I was wary.

The counselor next to me handed the fruit to me. I knew what I had to do. Just take a piece and put it in my mouth. When my fingers met the fruit, it was exactly how I imagined it. Wet, soft, and jelly-like. I felt queasy. Daring myself to just eat, I took off a small piece and prepared myself for the taste that would greet me. But it didn’t happen. What happened was not what I anticipated. The sweet refreshing and light fruit made my taste buds explode. Besides the squishy feeling in my mouth, my nerves were tingling and I was on edge with bliss and happiness. And bam! It stopped. I had swallowed the piece I had broken off. I tried to fight the oncoming smile off my face, starting to crave another or even better, I just wanted to bite into the whole entire fruit.

Serena U.
9th Grade

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