15-Minute Wait for the Results This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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.
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.
“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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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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Tink1350 said...
Nov. 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm
What is this about? I really would like to know. but its very good.
NicoleOlarsch replied...
Jan. 13, 2014 at 3:31 pm
Either a pregnancy test or an STD test. Moving either way.
irishlass317 said...
Nov. 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm
this is great!!!! :D
clumsyteardropper said...
Nov. 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm
ahhhhh!!!!!!!!!  O.O  positive!?  grip tighten?!  what happened?!!?  what's going on!???!!!  haha this was super duper awesome!  i am so favoriting this :)  amazing work!
grahamcracker said...
Nov. 13, 2011 at 10:37 am
GirlWhoWrote said...
Oct. 22, 2011 at 11:58 am
loved it! Check out my work! :)
Regs_the_Shorty said...
Sept. 30, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Loved it


PurpleFeather said...
Sept. 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm
Fantastic! My body literally tesned up as I read this. I want to know who was being tested and for what!!! And who is the person sittign with the main character? Arrrgh! So many questions!
zadiekatie23 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm
This was indeed suspenseful, and very lyrical how it was written much like a free verse poem. It held me until the end. Great work!
mercebeinyata said...
Sept. 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm

This work is quite the quintessence of the anticipations of sitting in the waiting room as one tarries for news such as this.

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Lydia B. replied...
Nov. 13, 2011 at 9:56 am
Wow that's such a good idea. I will do that right now.
Lydia B. replied...
Nov. 13, 2011 at 10:02 am
I can't find your short story.
Laura_Oliver said...
Sept. 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm
This is a terrific story, and your use of suspense and vivid words is exceptional considering you used one-sentence lines, like a poem. Thank you for posting this, and I'd like to read more of those styles!
Lola_Black said...
Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm
Brilliant! I love how you creat suspense with every little thought and movement. Check out some of my work? Thanks : )
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