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 Oct. 8 2011 at 10:58 pm
DarknessForever13 SILVER, Gainesville, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Quoth the Raven: "Nevermore!"
"What's right isn't always popular, but what's popular isn't always right." - Unknown

This is amazing. There are so many people out there who have gone through this, expecially in Highschool. "Never judge someone by what they do, or how they act, learn what made them that way first." Why can't people understand those few simply words?!

maggie2kute said...
on Oct. 8 2011 at 6:33 pm
This is so uplifting, powerful, and positive. I LOVE IT!!!

on Oct. 8 2011 at 5:48 pm
Lola_Black GOLD, Harrison, Michigan
11 articles 2 photos 276 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I've always been famous. It's just everybody's just now finding out." --Lady Gaga

Wow! This is very powerful! Keep writing, I beg you!

aimaginater said...
on Oct. 8 2011 at 5:27 pm
aimaginater, Edgewood, Maryland
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I love this. Highschool can be so much like this sometimes.

on Oct. 8 2011 at 3:14 pm
boomawang63 SILVER, Chicago, Illinois
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Omigodd....that was amazing writing!  Wow.

2write said...
on Oct. 8 2011 at 2:15 am
2write, Dededo, Other
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Favorite Quote:
" I wasn't built for conformity, I was born to stand out from the crowd"
" In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took but how many moment tsook your breath away:"- Chinese man
"I have tried, in my way, to be free."-Leonard Cohen

you made me want to wish for the girl. 

on Oct. 1 2011 at 5:31 pm
Socsisshea BRONZE, Mooresville, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

This is so touching...nearly brought to tears, because i new someone like this once. I'd be honored if you would check out my stories.

Anonymous said...
on Sep. 16 2011 at 10:25 pm
Wow. That was amazing :)

kat_b. BRONZE said...
on Sep. 16 2011 at 8:06 pm
kat_b. BRONZE, Hurt, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see in the world"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Boy: I <3 you
*girl sneezes*
Girl: I'm sorry... I'm allergic to b.s.

This story is so true... You did a great job showing that we shouldn't judge people because of their actions.. Especially if we don't know what their home life is like... This piece was very moving!! Awesome!

on Sep. 16 2011 at 11:38 am
Rocinante SILVER, Wexford, Pennsylvania
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This peice is so emotional and well-crafted...I almost cried at the end. 

amchaucer said...
on Sep. 16 2011 at 9:50 am
This is a great piece of writings. 1 of the best writings I've read not just on teen ink ever. I see you would make a great author.  Keep up the amazing work.

mrsbrunelle said...
on Sep. 16 2011 at 7:31 am
Beautiful writing.  You have a great future as an author.

ShiverPaw said...
on Aug. 25 2011 at 10:32 am
ShiverPaw, Greater Colombo, Other
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Your piece of writing is great!!

Catiestar GOLD said...
on Aug. 25 2011 at 2:58 am
Catiestar GOLD, Clayton, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
You be the anchor that keeps my feet on the ground, I'll be the wings that keep your heart in the clouds <3

This is really, really good. It hits home for me, cause I'm the girl that's the only friend of people like this, the one that's experianced the situations that make them the way they are, and cringe when people automatically shut them out. Keep up you're writing, your skills are amazing.

on Aug. 7 2011 at 6:09 pm
TragicMagic SILVER, Smiths Grove, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
"Life isn't about how popular you are... What girl or boy you are dating or who you know. Life is about always being true to who you are or what you believe in. Never let anyone convince you that their way is better than your way. In the end all we have is our hearts...and our minds. This is the reason why we sing... this is the reason why we cry... this is why we live."

i feel real sorry cause this actually happens, its so sad.....wish the world would change....

on Aug. 3 2011 at 10:31 pm
parker_01 BRONZE, Fort Worth, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"Oh. You were serious."
-Vampire Academy-
"Every little girl should be told she's pretty; even if she isn't."
-Marilyn Monroe-

I liked it. I liked it a lot, but I didn't feel the emotion behind the words. I understood exactly what mood you were trying to set but I didn't feel it in my heart. Keep working at it! I really did like it. 

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on Aug. 3 2011 at 10:04 pm
bEllAhOPe BRONZE, Houston, Texas
4 articles 0 photos 21 comments

Favorite Quote:
\"Flying is simple... you just throw yourself at the ground and miss.\"

Dialogue at the front foretold a tweenbopping drama sequence. Not entirely capturing. There was a bit of a strained effort to seem deep. The author shows promise, however.

RMicchelle said...
on Aug. 3 2011 at 6:44 pm
RMicchelle, Corry, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
You don't have to like me... I like myself, and that's enough

"When life gives you lemons it better give you sugar too or your lemonade is going to suck."

OMG, Ok... This is absolutely fantastic, After the first line, I couldn't stop reading. I absolutly love the ending, it seemed so real.

cicijolee said...
on Aug. 3 2011 at 6:25 pm
wow~ i love the ending

on Aug. 3 2011 at 4:11 pm
lambertluver112 BRONZE, Apollo, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Life is a song
Love is the lyrics

OMG... this was oober good.. this made me cry for her :'(




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