Flirting With Fractions This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

May 26, 2010
One-eighth of me, or maybe a tenth, is acutely aware of the approximately 22 inches that separate your shoulder and mine. One casual shift later, I'm four inches closer. I can always just blame it on your magnetic force pulling me in.

One or two-fifths of me is analyzing your body language subtly. Have you inched closer to me, or is it just wishful thinking? I'm simply an academically inclined girl, dull next to your golden shine. The odds are not in my favor.

At least one-fourth of me is wishing something would happen already. There's a fair probability that all this waiting will amount to nothing. Is this all just a waste of time? I hesitate to hypothesize.

A good third of me is now close to hyperventilating. Your arm is brushing mine. Either you moved closer or I did, subconsciously. It could be both.

One-half to three-fourths of me is now debating what to do next. My options are laid out, and for once I have no clue. Why don't they teach us this in school, rather than theorems and formulas and all those facts that I so studiously memorize? There is no logical decision. Logic has gone out the window. What a scary world this is.

It turns out I don't have to decide because suddenly you reach for my hand. Or maybe I reach for yours. The details are unclear at this point.

But 100 percent of me likes it.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Winters_Willow said...
Mar. 13, 2012 at 4:59 am
Nice, I like how you incorporated math into your story. It made it different from usual romance stories. Keep it up! :)
Sarah123456 said...
Mar. 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm
Looove it, love it, LOVE IT, lOvE iT!
KandiceMichelle said...
Feb. 17, 2012 at 7:39 am
That is really good :) keep writing!!
ElmoIsMyHero said...
Jan. 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm
zeedancer replied...
Feb. 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm
Thats so cute!!
Flashlevitation This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 8, 2012 at 12:44 am
I love it! Please write some more!
purpleink said...
Dec. 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm
happy sigh, love it! love it! love it! :D
Goddess said...
Dec. 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm
LOL. things like this make math interesting. you did a great job.
introducingshelby said...
Dec. 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm
Aren't you the clever one? This is marvelous c*:
lindsaylyricist said...
Dec. 11, 2011 at 12:11 am
The first paragraph alone was phenomenal. I was immediately hooked. The math in it adds a bit of charm since it's unusual. Keep writing!
Mgrobinson said...
Nov. 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm
I love the quirkiness of the math! Such a great idea! Loved it keep writing!
wilderose121 said...
Nov. 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm
great! i like it a lot.
DreamWriter15 said...
Nov. 1, 2011 at 10:47 am
I love it!  It made me laugh. 
meowers5 said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm
OMG!!! very sweet and twisty!! :)
she-is-a-strange-duck said...
Oct. 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm
 Aww... so cute! wish this would happen to me, I sit by a super cute guy in math class ;)
mightierthanthesword replied...
Oct. 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm
Such a charming story. I love the way you put a clever twist on a classic type of romantic narrative. Keep writing! Great job!
Kat4ever333 said...
Sept. 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm
ninjamuffin said...
Sept. 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm
Very cute and funny. I loved it!
Bookworm1998 said...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 7:27 pm
wow! coincedentally, my favourite part of math are fractions, and i just adore writing, so i love this! :)
claudiathewho This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 9, 2011 at 9:41 pm
This was very cute, and the way you infused your writing with math was very refreshing and interesting. It reminded me vaguely of a book called Teach Me, by R.A. Nelson. It's actually my favorite novel. The protagonist loves science, so a lot of the writing uses little scientific references, kind of like you did with math. Excellent job :)
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