She Can See It This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

"   Does it ever cross your mind," the girl of nine asks,"that the world may come to an end, and we would be nomore?"

"No, people just say it to confuse our minds," theolder woman replies with a thin smile, knowing what will become of theirconversation, "especially those young like yourself."

"Ibelieve the world will come to an end."

"Don't worry yourselfwith such foolishness. It is nothing more than a marketing scam to steal away thelittle profit we have."

The damsel shook her head. "I see it. Itwill be beautiful. And only those rich in the heart of nature will continue; Iwill be one of those."

The woman decides to play along, her eyesfilling with sorrow. "Beautiful? How so?"

The girl smilesdeeply, showing the space where her two teeth have recently fallen out. "Itwon't be pretty at first. Mother Nature will be very destructive with all thetechnology that humans built. But once she stops the pounding storms, all will bequiet, and beauty will evolve once more."

"Why will MotherNature have this tantrum?"

Her smile is lost. "She wants theworld green and blue, not black and scary. She's sick of the disease that hasplagued her beauty. She wants to destroy what has been destroyingher."

The doorbell rings.

"And how will the world lookafterwards?" the woman asks, ignoring the bell.

"You know how Ilove nature so much, how I love to squeeze and cuddle creatures, even the roughand slimy ones? Well, that's how it will be with frogs leaping from rose petal torose petal. Nature and all its animals will come together and reshape everything.And I will ride upon the biggest elephant leading their journey tosuccess."

The doorbell rings again.

"And how do you knowall this, honey?"

Her smile is larger than ever. "I can feelit." She adds in a whisper, bringing her face close to the woman, "Ican see it." She gets up, a handcrafted white cane in hand, and walks to thedoor. As she opens the door, she cries excitedly, "I can see it, Mama! I cansee it!"

The mother glances after her child, then at the woman whoseface is splashed with white and worry sitting on the sofa. They gaze at eachother, both knowing the truth of every day.

"She can see it,"the mother fi-nally speaks. "She can see it."

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Lily">This 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...
yesterday at 6:15 am
i love this !
swimster23 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 20, 2010 at 11:55 pm
uhhh....maybe if at the end you made the person at the door a crazy lady or something it would be more satisfying.  just a little confusing. Did you right this on a whim because it feels kind of short too.
SillyMonkey7 said...
Jun. 20, 2010 at 7:59 pm

that was a bit odd...dont get me wrong it was pretty good...although i do agree with Imaginedangerous the vocab is a little too advanced...not bad though it had a good storyline but maybe im too slow to understand it :-/


Imaginedangerous This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 20, 2010 at 4:17 pm
It's very good- I liked it. One issue, though, is that the girl uses vocabulary far above a nine-year-old level. It sounds a little bit strange. Good job, though.
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