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I slide into my usual spot at the table, and it's pretty crowded. I'm sitting next to Shyness, who doesn't make eye contact and continues eating. Then I see her.

“You should go talk to her,” Confidence says.

I nod. He's absolutely right.

“Are you sure about that? You'll be humiliated!” cries Fear.

I pick at my food. He has a good point.

“If you don't try, you'll never know,” Curiosity whispers.

Wise words indeed.

Reality stands up and pours his half-full milk carton on my head.

I need some new friends.

Will all of you just shut up!

“Hey, Anger, long time no see!” somebody yells.

Sanity gets up and leaves the table.

“You should really think about this,” Doubt mutters.

Seriously! I want you all to leave!

I get my wish. I look down at the end of the table and see two guys still sitting there.

“Why are you still here?” I ask.

“I started all of this, and I'm not leaving until it's finished,” Love replies.

“And you didn't really want me gone,” Hope adds.

I smile. I take a deep breath, stand up, and walk over to her table.

“Hi.”

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Rory D. said...
Aug. 17, 2012 at 11:28 am:
Very well done and ever so insightful.  Definitely one to share with my class.  
 
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Surobhi_Moitrayee said...
Mar. 3, 2012 at 7:09 am:
Omg!! it's awesome!! good Job! :)
 
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Danealle said...
Nov. 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm:
Very creative twist on the battle humans have with their emotions! 
 
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Emiri said...
Nov. 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm:
I love this! "it's pretty crowded." and then teh love character. I love it. I love it i love it i love it. Goin' to my favorites, telling my best friend about it...did i mention i love it? Especially how it's longer in teh beginning, adn how the narrator seems to agree wtih everyone. and then it's not confidence that gets him up, but the abscence of everyone but Love and Hope.... and how they all left because he didn't want them there. "really, i want you all to leave! shut up!'
 
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DamonSalvatore1864 said...
Nov. 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm:
This is the most original piece I've read so far! keep up the great work
 
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PaigeStreet This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 1, 2011 at 12:46 am:
This is genius and beautiful and its going on my favorites list. 
 
Kvothe28 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm :
Wow thank you so much. I loved your poem Robin Hood. =)
 
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Sarajustine said...
Oct. 31, 2011 at 7:10 pm:
Wow I really liked this! Very clever and interesting. I agree with the previous comment—you did a wonderful job portraying the mind and all the emotions that run through a person's head when they try to talk to someone they like. Well done!
 
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Garnet77 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm:
I love the way you've portrayed the mind. It was really cleverly done. I did catch a part where you changed from present tense to past tense in the fourth paragraph, and the rest of the piece continues to be in past tense. Other than that though, I really like this piece. I can really imagine the conflicting feelings. Great job! :)
 
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