Day 6. I should reach the 10,000-word mark today, but I’m still at 5,000 and now my eyes are too tired to continue writing. I’ve reached the third chapter. I’m slightly panicked cos a couple of participants are even at 20k mark already. Even Norfy already has almost 6k words and she only started a few days ago. I’m slacking a lot.
Right now, my (soon to be) novel is talking about the main character’s first practice for the upcoming independence day ceremony. The funny thing is when I looked at my phone, an old friend from high school had left a message. We used to practice together for such events. I couldn’t help smiling because I’m writing about him. About me. About them. About all of us. Do they know that I’m writing about what we used to have together? Do they know how much an impression they have left on me? Do they know that I even wrote a song for them?
friends brothers and sisters I’d made from Paskibra, I can never really explain how we share our relationship. Often I try to explain it to others, but they won’t get it. It feels almost like a real family. I can’t call them my family, cos obviously, they’re not. But I can’t call them my best friends either, cos they’re more than that.
They’re my family at school. They’re my lifetime friends. They’re my soulmates. One of them even took the great step to be my love
though we didn’t last, but it was still nice. They’re my inspiration. They were everything. Mostly the reason I choose to write about them is cos I want the world to understand. Or no, maybe it’s because I want to understand how this inexplicable bond could ever exist.
Here, have an excerpt:
“Saya akan berikan satu gelas air ini kepada kalian. Bagaimanapun caranya, satu gelas air ini harus habis dan tidak ada satupun dari kalian yang tidak kebagian.”
Keengganan mengerang dari mulut siswa kelas X yang berada di lapangan. Rata-rata alasannya adalah karena jijik.
“Kalau kalian tidak mau minum, ya sudah.”
Protes makin kencang berkumandang di lapangan.
“Dibiasakan, dik,” papar Linda. “Waktu satu setengah bulan itu tidak cukup untuk menjadikan kalian sebuah pasukan yang satu hati. Sedangkan untuk dapat mengibarkan bendera nanti, kalian harus kompak. Mulailah dengan air mineral ini.”