A Wish For Her MAG

By Emily Kurtz, Sudbury, MA

“Is that her?”
“What? Who?”
“Shh … here she comes.”

“Oh … her.”

We avert our eyes as she walks by. We clutch our books tightly to our chests, stare down at our sneakers, and hold our breath as she passes. Whispers follow her like shadows as she scurries up the stone stairs, through the metal doors. Lisa and I exchange looks. The bell rings in our ears, and we head inside.

“Who’s she with today?” Lisa asks at lunch.

“Toby,” I scoff, biting into my ­sandwich.

“Figures. Apparently they had a great time at Jack’s apartment last weekend.” I make a face.

“Disgusting.” Lisa laughs.

“I bet she has all sorts of diseases.”

“I bet she’s wearing his sweatshirt. The one that smells as bad as he does.”

“I bet she’s gonna be one of those girls who never goes to college and ends up on the street.”

“I bet she’s gonna be a …” I look around to make sure no teachers are listening, “whore.”

That’s her new name. It spreads like a foul disease around the school, through the hallways, passed from one lip-gloss-smeared mouth to the next. Some kids just call her “The W,” or “The H” for the stupid ones who can’t spell. It’s what she is. It’s who she is. And none of us like her. None except Toby and Mitchell and all those guys who are too dumb to see her for who she really is. We see her kissing guys in the alley after school each day, like she doesn’t even care, like she doesn’t even know.

Don’t worry, we’re gonna make her realize who she really is. We’re gonna make her feel so bad she’ll shrink like a little mouse and learn her lesson and stay away from all of them, especially Devin, who liked me all of sixth grade ’til she stole him last summer.

We isolate her. We don’t speak to her, not even when she asks what the homework for last night was. Find it out yourself, stupid. We leave notes in her locker, and we snicker as she walks by.

Have you learned your lesson yet, princess? Are you ever gonna stop wearing so much lipstick and eyeliner and skirts that are way too short? Are you ever gonna put out that cigarette or throw out those bottles? You’re 13 – what’s wrong with you? Didn’t your parents ever teach you what’s right and wrong? Half the grade hates you. Sticks and stones, you say, but soon it’ll be real. I will smash up your pretty face if I have to. I’ll break your bones. I could snap your neck over my knee.


I walk home from Lisa’s house, and I take the long way because I want to look at the moon and the stars. I want to cross the cornfield, because once I saw a shooting star. I have to walk through the sketchy neighborhood to get there, though, but I should be okay if I hurry.

Suddenly, I hear a man’s voice ­coming from one of the houses, the one with the shingles falling off and the rusty car in the driveway. He is yelling. I rush behind a tree, heart ­racing so loud I’m sure he can hear. Suddenly I see a familiar figure. It’s her. She and the man are yelling at each other. He lashes out at her, and I wince. I can hear the slap.

And then the door closes. She is alone, and she sits on her porch steps. And she cries. I’ve never seen her cry before. Alone, with no boys, out in the cold night, crying, crying, crying so hard she can’t breathe. Her tears make ugly black lines down her face. And suddenly, she looks up, and our eyes lock. I run.

I run past the houses and the deli and the gas station with the creepy owner, and the ice cream store where we get really great slushies. I cross the street, my heart racing, out of breath and into the lush grass of the cornfield. I collapse on the ground, my arms and legs spread apart, trying to catch my breath and hold back the tears, though I can’t understand why they’re coming.

She was so alone. So sad. She is loved by no one but those boys. And I’m not sure they even really love her.

Suddenly I look up and see something sparkle across the indigo sky, a little explosion of white like a firecracker on the Fourth. I close my eyes.

And I wish for her.

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on Sep. 29 2010 at 7:40 pm
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on Sep. 29 2010 at 7:34 pm
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on Sep. 29 2010 at 7:12 pm
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on Sep. 29 2010 at 7:05 pm
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Absolutely awesome! It all sounds so real.

on Sep. 29 2010 at 2:42 pm
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on Sep. 26 2010 at 6:00 pm
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wow.....i was totally shocked and baffled how this story turned out.....the writing is powerful and it gives a true moral.....thank you for writing it

on Sep. 7 2010 at 3:58 pm
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on Sep. 5 2010 at 12:33 pm
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on Aug. 23 2010 at 7:17 am
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This story really captivated. It makes you realize that many times there is more to a story than what meets the eye

on Aug. 19 2010 at 5:08 pm
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Well written. Love the way you used the dialoge. It makes the story come alive.

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on Aug. 18 2010 at 4:57 pm
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on Aug. 16 2010 at 5:49 pm
Hannahgee6 BRONZE, Greensburg, Kentucky
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 this was absolutly amazing!!! i am going to keep this in my head for forever so i will remember not to judge everyone that i see. keep writing. and if i havent said this already, this is absolutly amazing!!! :)

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on Aug. 16 2010 at 7:50 am
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This story was so great! It really makes you realize that you can't just judge people by how they act outwardly.

Five stars!

on Aug. 14 2010 at 2:09 pm
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on Aug. 5 2010 at 10:37 am
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on Aug. 1 2010 at 9:50 pm
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this was really good, two thumbs up:)

on Jul. 26 2010 at 3:02 pm
wordsflowingfreely BRONZE, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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Beautifully written! Very moving and makes you think twice about judging others. Very nice!

on Jul. 25 2010 at 11:32 pm
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wow tat was really powerful. It reall make you think about other peoples stories and to them before you judge them. Great job!

on Jul. 25 2010 at 9:30 pm
haventy0uheard PLATINUM, Kings Park, New York
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This is so moving! It made me tear up a little ='[ It makes you realize you should never judge a person before you know them. Great job!

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on Jul. 25 2010 at 9:00 pm
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I agree! Amazing story, 5 stars.


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