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Skinny bird legs lying next to mine.
The one rubbing my thigh is tapping
up and down and up and down
because you are nervous about something.
Your finger, the one with the big red plastic ring,
is tapping on the peeling dark veneer rhythmically.
Tap-a-tap-a-tap-tap-tap-tap-a-tap
Your other hand is so clammy.
Like a turtleneck on a hot day,
like a wet turtleneck on a humid day.
The salmon-colored plastic sticks to my upper arm
in the small space between us on this love seat,
peeling away from my skin when I shift
with a sticky sound. Ouch.
There’s a rip, all jagged with
school bus-colored foam poking out.
Your nails are digging in,
as short as they are.
You are so afraid.
My nails are digging into your hand as well –
I can see the red-lined moons standing out plain as sight.
What was that old saying?
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight?
Or was it take warning?
Does a moon make the night red?
I ask you out loud, you laugh,
this queer little laugh
that isn’t a laugh at all.
Not really.
And you say it’s the first.
So we should delight and dance together like
we were doing just last week under that
tacky disco ball.
The door opens with a creak that reminds me
of an old haunted house. It’s all meant to scare.
The doctor walks in – shuffles really – lab coat knocking against his knees.
He’s kind-looking and old. Like a grandfather. Or uncle. Or something.
He moves past us.
Sits at his desk.
Pulls on his glasses – his eyes look so big.
Pulls out a manila folder.
Opens it.
Turns the page. Again. Again.
Licks his lips.
Takes glasses off – his eyes are small once more.
His chin rests on his folded hands.
Pensive.
“The test was positive.”
Your grip tightens, my grip tightens.
Many red moons across our hands.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





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NicoleOlarschThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jan. 13 at 3:29 pm:
This moved me greatly. The intemsity that builds up really kept me reding fast, wondering what the results were going to be. Good work!
 
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TheGianaJinxThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Oct. 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm:
I'm guessing it was a pregnancy test and she was with her partner, as they were smiling nervously at each other. I don't think it was an STD, it didn't set the stage for something so scary.
 
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RitzieThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jun. 7, 2013 at 10:57 pm:
That was really good and the suspense throughout made it even better! Was it a pregnancy test?
 
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lovebass said...
May 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm:
That was wonderful. I love the suspense, and how she's thinking of so many other things befor she gets the results.
 
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Laugh-it-OutThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm:
Amazing. There is nothing left to say.
 
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ABazzaThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Aug. 25, 2012 at 11:47 am:
Seeing the title and the first couple of lines I thought you were waiting for exam results (as lots of teens have recently) but the mystery was great :)
 
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Aliescha L. said...
Apr. 15, 2012 at 12:43 am:
Awesome! The suspense was amzing!!!!!!
 
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eliana924 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm:
I love how this is very poetic but also traces a story, leaving enough suspense along the way and openness at the end, while still giving the reader essential, craved details.
 
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james14 said...
Feb. 9, 2012 at 2:04 pm:
this is so well written! i love the mystery of it!!! im guessing its a STD test or a pregnancy test?
 
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everanon said...
Feb. 9, 2012 at 10:50 am:
This was so well-written! I loved the imagery and mystery. They added so much to the poem.
 
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Bookworm1997 said...
Feb. 9, 2012 at 12:40 am:
Wow, this is great. I like how you let us guess what is positive too, and I also want to say pregnancy test, but I wouldn't be surprised if that were not the case.
 
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iWriter said...
Jan. 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm:
this is amazing. I live in New Market, too!
 
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Thatreallyflirtygirl said...
Dec. 5, 2011 at 3:14 pm:
I stil dont understand it.
 
gwhite replied...
Feb. 9, 2012 at 10:45 pm :
She was getting results to see if she was pregnant.
 
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james14 said...
Dec. 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm:
This was a very good poem! I loved it so much!!! You deserve a gold star!
 
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kairi.kaylyn said...
Dec. 5, 2011 at 10:34 am:
I didn't get this at first but when I did I realized how it all comes together. I loved it.
 
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RKL0937 said...
Dec. 5, 2011 at 7:38 am:
I love the mystery of this poem! Its fabulous!
 
SHAKEMIA replied...
Dec. 5, 2011 at 8:21 am :
YEA I THINK I WILL TO
 
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Lletya said...
Nov. 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm:
I want to think its a pregnancy test, or maybe cancer or something. I'm not sure, but I wanna say pregnancy test.
 
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Tink1350 said...
Nov. 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm:
What is this about? I really would like to know. but its very good.
 
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