The Ugly Kid This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

The door opened, and everyone looked, as they always did when someone came late. The only difference between this and all the other times was that no one looked away. As the new arrival approached the teacher, he seemed to ignore the curiosity on everyone’s faces. He walked quickly, placing one heavy foot in front of the other. On his feet, which were way too large for his body, he wore Birkenstocks, their thick leather straps wrapped tightly around a pair of dense wool socks.

The new kid’s body seemed to move in segments. First, his legs would swing outward, as if unable to bend at the knee, then his jean shorts would crease awkwardly. His torso, which was highlighted by a yellow Yellowstone National Park T-shirt, seemed to struggle relentlessly against the painful weight of a camouflage backpack on his shoulders.

The silence continued, and the teacher’s mouth hung open as much as everyone else’s as he verified the boy’s attendance. The teacher returned the schedule, trying not to make eye contact, and pointed to an empty seat … next to me! I gulped as the strange newcomer made his way down the aisle with long, loud strides. The Birkenstocks squeaked loudly, even on the classroom carpet. He completely ignored my open-mouthed stare as he fell into the chair that creaked in objection.

His bottom lip was puffed out as if he were about to cry, and just as the teacher was about to return to his lecture, he let out a loud sniffle that made everyone glance at him. Was he going to cry?

After a few seconds, the teacher turned to the board and began talking again. I tried to pay attention but was overwhelmed by an unbelievable smell. It reminded me of rotten eggs, almost sulfurous. As I looked around me, I realized others had begun to smell it too.

I decided to take another look at the culprit. He was concentrating on the lecture with his lips pressed against his intertwined, hairy hands. Short brown hair crowned his head and uncannily matched the unshaven hair between his upper lip and nose. White foam had gathered at the corners of his mouth, as if he had forgotten to wipe it after he brushed his teeth.

After staring for a few seconds, I noticed something incredibly troubling: He was staring at me! His eyes bore into mine with such confidence that I was forced to lower my gaze.

I tried to turn back to the board, but I heard a small, low laugh. I glanced over and saw that he was looking at me and laughing! I slanted my eyebrows in offense and whispered, “What?”

“Nothing, nothing,” he whispered in a low voice that carried through the room. Everyone looked back at us. “It’s just that your nose is kinda crooked.”

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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amberglow13 said...
Oct. 21, 2010 at 9:12 pm
that was great! favorited!
storyofmylife said...
Jun. 16, 2009 at 8:11 pm
i loved this story... the irony was pretty freakin amazing... i love stories with twist endings...
Carter T. said...
May 30, 2009 at 8:21 pm
wow! i love the twist ending! it was soooooooooooooo good! i give it 10 thumbs up! (if i had that many thumbs)
it was wonderful!
Burnttoast said...
May 24, 2009 at 2:02 am
BAM! That was pretty much incredible. [:
Sara B. said...
Mar. 22, 2009 at 2:31 pm
Bahahah, that was funnyy! xD
courtney1215 said...
Mar. 21, 2009 at 5:04 pm
this sends a message because what i think is that the ugliest kid in the room will always win over the prettiest girl first before any other guy.
DM said...
Mar. 19, 2009 at 10:32 pm
I love the irony! It's awesome
poet525 said...
Feb. 26, 2009 at 11:50 pm
i find this story to be refreshingly ironic. i enjoyed the ugly kid's confidence and how he was well aware that no one was perfect. i was glad the shallow girl was put in her place.
getatme said...
Feb. 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm
it is oky but it is lame at th end
penguinlover said...
Dec. 23, 2008 at 9:40 pm
I liked your writing. I agree with the other comments that the last few simmple words summed it all together. The one thing I would suggest is set the scene differently. At first I thought the scene was a middle school but then I read about the unshaved upper lip. It was great detail but then your audience has to second guess the setting. My second thought was the scene was at a High school. High school seems like a good setting. Well done I encourage you to keep writing. This was well written a... (more »)
izzy566 said...
Dec. 23, 2008 at 1:38 am
can someone explain dis to me plz?
Imaginedangerous This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 12, 2010 at 3:43 pm
It's supposed to be ironic. The new kid is extremely bizarre-looking, and yet he's laughing at the narrator because her nose is slightly crooked.
izzy566 said...
Dec. 23, 2008 at 1:29 am
can someone explain thsi story to me??
lizzi98 said...
Dec. 29, 2008 at 9:40 pm
lmao. thats hilarious
tHatBLoNDeCHiCk said...
Dec. 2, 2008 at 4:36 pm
ii [HeaRt] tHiS aRtiCLe =]
blinkingandbreathing said...
Dec. 6, 2008 at 5:14 am
whoa!! i was like, WHERE IS SHE TAKING this???? and then, in those few simple words, you glued it all together at the last moment... amazing.
LittleVampGrrl said...
Oct. 15, 2008 at 11:19 pm
very nicely written and funny. Loved the ending
denimontana said...
Sept. 27, 2008 at 12:09 am
that was soo funny very well done
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