On the table sat a basket of apples. Each one was perfectly formed and flawless. There were no cracks, indentations or discoloring to be seen. As I dug deeper into the pile, there was one apple in particular that caught my eye. At first glance it looked unblemished, but hidden on the very edge was a tiny crevice in the skin.
Assuming that it would be the first to spoil, I decided that it should be eaten before all the others. The first bite was juicy and the taste was delicious. Bite after bite, I continued eating the apple. Much to my disappointment, the closer I got to the core the more bitter the apple became.
With one more bite, I became sickened by what I saw. The core of the apple was dark in color and the smell was awful. It was rotten. Disgusted, I immediately threw it into the trash.
What had appeared to be only a small and insignificant blemish on the surface, was in fact a sign of the rotten core within.