The Talking Chair This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.

March 26, 2013
The chair rests by the fireplace. I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t there. It seems placid, quiet, but full of mystery. I want to know its secret.
It has two curved rockers at the bottom, which cause it to sway sometimes when the wind blows, like the chair is dancing. Maybe it is.
The dark wood finish is in contrast to the rest of the room, which is painted pale white. It makes the chair seem wiser, older, more confident. When I sit beside it (I never sit in the chair) I can smell the musty odor of old wood, but on this chair, it’s intriguing, like foreign cologne.
The wood on the sides is worn where many hands have touched it, over and over. The worn spots are like wrinkles, I think. After all, the chair is very old.
Sometimes, when I sit beside the chair, I imagine it could speak to me- tell me all its secrets and all it has seen and heard in the hundred years of its existence. It shines dark and vivid against the white room, fading into night, and I wonder if maybe, just maybe, one day the chair will open its decorative curlicue and start speaking. But that’s wishful thinking, chairs can’t talk.

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EvetteT said...
Dec. 27, 2013 at 10:55 pm
  This is great. Short and interesting. Keep up the good work!!!
Cutey-Beauty said...
May 13, 2013 at 10:18 am
Loved this! Ther'e's a certain air of mystery about the chair that one would naturally want to find out about...and other old things as well. Everything has a story.
TopaztheArticulate replied...
May 13, 2013 at 8:08 pm
Thanks! Glad you liked it!
Firelover said...
May 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm
i like it. you give the chair life and make it a mystery where it came from. very nice :)
Indigo.Loves.Someone replied...
May 6, 2013 at 5:56 pm
Thanks! :)
GreekGoddess said...
May 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm
Awsoem, awsome peice of work. It drew me in right from the begining. Great use of details. I love the last line!
Indigo.Loves.Someone replied...
May 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm
Me too. XD Thank you!!!
guardianofthestars This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:05 pm
I love this. It is so short and sweet. I love the probably at the end too. I thought that was a very clever ending.  I rated it 5 stars. :3
IndigoAtHeart replied...
Apr. 30, 2013 at 10:02 am
Thank you!!!!!!!!!It makes me so happy when people like my work! :)
_Zavery_ said...
Apr. 27, 2013 at 10:22 pm
I loved this!! great description
TopaztheArticulate replied...
Apr. 28, 2013 at 9:25 am
Thanks! :D
E.J.Mathews This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:16 am
I liked this a lot! It was very discriptive, and made me feel as if I was really there with the narrator. Very deserving of the Editor's Choice Award. Great work, keep it up!
Artgirl1999 replied...
Apr. 27, 2013 at 7:19 am
Thanks! :) I'm so glad people have liked it! This was just a spur-of-the-moment thing for a writing assignment.
KealliiRaycene said...
Apr. 24, 2013 at 7:03 pm
Artgirl1999 replied...
Apr. 25, 2013 at 9:10 am
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Mckay This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm
This is very original. How many people write about chairs? I commend you for writing this story that is not only original but captivating as well; and very well written. And thank you for not fearing your use of many descriptions that come to life and are visible. Too many writers today fear details; I hate that. Well done.
Artgirl1999 replied...
Apr. 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm
Thanks! I'm really glad you liked it. :)
livebeautifulx3 said...
Apr. 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm
I love how you took an idea, especially about an ordinary thing, and brought a new perspective to it. I think that's one of the greatest things in writing. Beautiful piece :)
Artgirl1999 replied...
Apr. 18, 2013 at 9:53 am
Thanks! I appreciate it!
Hanban12 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm
I loved reading this- it was very mystifying and intriguing. The descriptions and imagery were perfect! I love how you posed questions about how maybe chairs have human qualities/personalities. Very unique, and Ur VERY talented :P
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