Misconceptions of First Impressions

Who are you? Can you ever really tell without the influence of what others say? In this story Anna dictates the troubles she encounters when she is changed by the manipulation of another girl, Ulna. Once confident, independent Anna was changed by Ulna's manipulation and mind games into a timid, unsure being on the brink of suicide. When somone knows all your weaknesses and targets them, how can you not collapse?
(Closley based on a true story)

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3. First impressions

Over the next few weeks I was Ulna’s companion. I followed her to classes and sat with her at lunch; at the time she seemed like she could be a perspective friend.

She was petite; that’s the one word that comes to mind when your eyes set on her. Her hair was a bouquet of wild locks that were perfectly curled some days and a raging mess of frizz on others; which I found positively fascinating. Her face held two big, curious eyes that always seemed alert, like a rabbit’s in headlights. This description is one I accumulated last year after first meeting her; now my observations of her are entirely different. Those once big eyes now seem small and beady, hosting her cunning and conniving nature. Her hair is less fascinating and more irritating. Her petite size now appears to be a disguise for her impossibly frightening personality. It’s funny to come to think of it, how first impressions can be so wrong.

First impressions. These are things we are told to trust, there is even a saying for it. But in this case, with Ulna, my first impression was misleading. So now I ask myself, can I still trust my instincts? Was I wrong, or is Ulna, somehow, even more deceptive and skilful than I thought?

 

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