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Write a story called How Did That Happen? about a holiday which did not go according to plan. In your writing, create a sense of anticipation and drama. Write between 600 and 900 words.

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Cambridge International AS Level

May/June 2021

It was supposed to be the vacation of a lifetime. My partner and I had been planning it for months, carefully choosing every detail to ensure it was the perfect getaway. We had booked a secluded villa in the heart of Tuscany, with breathtaking views of the rolling hills and endless vineyards. We were ready for adventure, relaxation and romance. But as soon as we arrived, things started to go awry.

It all began with a delay at the airport. Our flight was delayed for six hours, causing us to miss our connecting train and arrive at the villa in the middle of the night. We were fatigued and irascible, but we were determined to put it behind us and enjoy our holiday.

But that was only the beginning. The villa was not as advertised. The views were obstructed by overgrown trees, the furniture was worn and uncomfortable and the kitchen was poorly equipped. We complained to the owner, but her responses were evasive and unhelpful.

It didn't take long for things to escalate. On the third day, we woke up to find that our car had been vandalized and all of our belongings had been stolen. We were horrified and shaken, and our complaints to the local police fell on deaf ears.

The vacation that was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime quickly turned into a nightmare. We were trapped in a place that felt hostile and unsafe, and we couldn't wait to leave. But our problems were far from over. Our flight back home was delayed for another eight hours, and we missed our connecting flight once again.

We finally arrived home, exhausted and traumatized by the experience. But the question kept ringing in our minds, "How did that happen?" We had planned every detail, but things had gone so horribly wrong. It was as if some unseen force was conspiring against us.

Looking back, it's hard to say what went wrong. Maybe we were just unlucky. But one thing was for certain, it was a vacation that we would never forget, and we knew that we would never take a chance like that again.

As we look back on that vacation, we realize that we have learned a valuable lesson. Sometimes, we need to let go of our expectations and go with the flow, to make the most of what we have and to be grateful for what we have learned.

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