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

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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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Ally_H. said...
Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:28 am
Nice use of repetition to create tension and suspense. Loved it!
 
redinromero123 replied...
Dec. 5, 2011 at 8:21 am
hey baby
 
billgamesh11 said...
Jul. 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm
No way!!! I just submitted a story on teenpregnancy yesterday and then i saw this today! What a coincedence!!! Well, anyways, it was really good and probably much better than my story!!! I really liked the whole "red moon" thing because it showed just how nervous and scared they are. Good job!!!:):):);)
 
billgamesh11 said...
Jul. 26, 2011 at 11:56 am
NO WAY I just posted a story about teen pregnancy yesterday and then I see this today!!! But anyways, I really liked the story and the "red moons" part of it, it really showed how scared they were
 
TAR11 said...
Jul. 26, 2011 at 8:28 am
Cool story please check out mine, Sean Flynn, if you get the chance thanks! 
 
Flashlevitation This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 4, 2011 at 2:19 am
i think that was a pregnancy test? i'm not certain...
 
abnormal said...
Jul. 4, 2011 at 12:10 am
Very captivating! Use better grammar though, it was hard to read.
 
JoPepper said...
Jun. 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm
That was so good I am dying to know what was the test positive for.  Now I wont ever stop thinking about it!!!!! :O
 
CrazyBeautifulLifee replied...
Jun. 12, 2011 at 8:41 pm
SAME!!!!!!!
 
Me22895 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 4, 2011 at 11:25 am
I am dying to know what the test was positive for as well!!!!!
 
SuperPanda409 replied...
Jul. 26, 2011 at 10:35 am
I feel as if it was a pregnancy test.
 
Stormy9890 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm
Me too....but I really don't know. Maybe it was something bad...I hope it wasn't.
 
zero1 said...
Apr. 29, 2011 at 4:16 pm
i wish that u had continued with it because now i am really thinkin bout it and i want 2 know more bout it
 
CaityBug replied...
Jul. 26, 2011 at 11:59 am
I think that's what made it so good!! (:
 
babymuncher said...
Apr. 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm
i love your work, it's beautiful. just like your eye-lids.
 
Firework2013 said...
Apr. 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm
I love how yo left the ending. It could be many things. It could be a pregnacy test, or for cancer, hiv, anything. I loved it, you did a really good job. And kept the reader in suspense even when it was over.
 
babymuncher replied...
Apr. 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm
dont say 'yo' its an embarressment to the english language.
 
Firework2013 replied...
Apr. 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm
I'm sorry about that I meant "you" not 'yo'. I do have to agree with you there, and I am embrassed. I didn't even catch that, guess I'll have to prof-read from now on huh? 
 
RixxOhSixx replied...
Apr. 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm
It's even more of an ebarassment when you spell embarassment wrong.
 
Karma replied...
Apr. 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm
It's seems Firework wasn't the only one to spell embarassment wrong ^U^
 
Firework2013 replied...
Apr. 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm
Ok people hold up I spelled embarrassed not embarassment. Wow never thought I'd get so many comments on someone else's comment, that I commented on weeks ago. I spelled yo instead of you, and yes i did spell embarrassed wrong, I see now that I'm looking back. I'm sorry that me not being the greastest speller offended so many of you.
 
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