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 Aug. 3 2011 at 1:49 pm
andromeda13 SILVER, Barrie, Other
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that was amazing!!! i loved it. =D

on Aug. 3 2011 at 11:24 am
RhythmAndRhyme BRONZE, Rockford, Michigan
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"There's no half-singing in the shower, you're either a rock star or an opera diva." ~~Josh Groban

Aw! So cute. :3 Nice descriptions.

on Jul. 12 2011 at 11:33 pm
Dragonfly_Girl PLATINUM, Pleasant Hill, California
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I love this! fabulous!

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on Jul. 12 2011 at 9:43 pm
BitBit SILVER, Haltom, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
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It was great, I really enjoyed reading it.

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on Jul. 12 2011 at 8:43 pm
k.s.h. GOLD, Depauw, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
Two roads diverged in a wood and I--I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.


Robert Frost

I really liked it.  Especially the part where their eyes lock--there's a big boom there for me.

on Jul. 12 2011 at 7:49 pm
Keeeeeely BRONZE, Anonymous, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
Dance like nobodys watching, love like you've never been hurt, sing like nobodys listening, live like its heaven on earth
-mark twain

I absolutely LOVED this! The title caught my eye and I just had to check it out... and sure enough, it was just as great! Keep up the great work and check out my work! :)

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on Jul. 12 2011 at 3:56 pm
exotus SILVER, Aspen, Colorado
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"If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die"

I'm taken away! great description and what a realistic ending. this is what a lot of people should realize at school, that everyone doesn't come from the same lifestyle that you do. 

on Jul. 12 2011 at 11:40 am
Me_Music_Love BRONZE, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Simply brilliant.

on Jul. 12 2011 at 11:40 am
iamonecoolradiator, London, Other
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really incredible........wish it had gone on for longer! kinda realistic too.....

on Jul. 6 2011 at 2:02 pm
PriceX3Jayme SILVER, Chandler, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
"To fly is to pick yourself up off the ground with your wings, to soar is to find yourself lost in the sea of stars, and yet there is still farther to see"

I know a boy exactly like the lonely girl in this story. Everyone hates him because they think he's a player. But ive always known the truth. Perfectly portrayed. I believe people have deeper reasons for the horrible things they do. I hate no one.

on Jun. 20 2011 at 9:30 pm
SimplyRachel PLATINUM, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, that's why we call it the present."
~Unknown
"Things change, friends leave, and life doesn't stop for anybody."
~Stepgen Chbosky

Its amazing! It seemed so real. Like i could almost imagine being there!

on Jun. 20 2011 at 6:48 pm
dolphinportkey7 GOLD, D, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Because I knew you, I have been changed for good" AND "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all"

You nearly made me cry. And I don't cry alot. Thank you for writing this...people shouldn't judge the way they do. I knew a girl kinda like this, and she seems happy now- I hope the character in your story finds happiness, too.

on Jun. 20 2011 at 5:13 pm
R5andParamore BRONZE, Manalapan, New Jersey
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AMAZING!!! GREAT CONCEPT!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

on Jun. 20 2011 at 10:51 am
Tink1350 BRONZE, Medford, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Worries are like weights and weights keep you down, so let go of your worries and fly,"

that was great! keep it up! and if u could check out some of my work thatd be amazing. Thanks in advance!!!!!!!!!!

on Jun. 15 2011 at 1:12 pm
That was so good! It makes you think. I like that. But mostly, I like that it represents real life problems that people face everyday. I like how you think! Keep writing! :D

on Jun. 14 2011 at 11:14 am
Anna.Caldwell BRONZE, Springboro, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
Live and Learn.

I think that 13 was actually a pretty solid age. There are 8th grade girls out there that behave this way. Hasn't anyone ever seen the movie Thirteen that Catherine Hardwicke directed?

on Jun. 13 2011 at 2:01 pm
AlyssaFama SILVER, Kunkletown, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Most people want to be the sun that brightens your day. I'd rather be the moon that shines down on you in your darkest hour.

this was amazing. great job, and definitely keep writing!

evergreen232 said...
on May. 29 2011 at 6:55 pm
evergreen232, Portland, Oregon
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emily, this was fantabulistic!!! keep writing, i can tell that you'll go far :)

evergreen232 said...
on May. 29 2011 at 6:53 pm
evergreen232, Portland, Oregon
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ya, it made me realize not to judge someone until u kno a lot about them

on May. 29 2011 at 6:27 pm
Untouchable-Summer SILVER, Cranford, New Jersey
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This is actually one of the most well-written pieces I've seen on Teenink! If anyone would check out my poems Asthma and Untitled and comment/rate them, I would really appreciate it. I'll do the same for you if you ask!


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