Dirty Laundry This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

April 2, 2009
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He is your world. He is the one you would live and die for. You love the color of his skin – different from yours – the perfect balance between light and dark, day and night. You love the way he tells you he loves you. He says he'll marry you someday.

But your mom does not approve. You wonder every day how anyone can be so bigoted. Has she not felt the way you do at some point in her life? She doesn't understand, just rants and raves about your “taste in men” in that nasally voice you hate – the one she only uses when she's angry.

Later you sit on your bed, and turn up the volume on your iPod. “All the Same” by the Sick Puppies blasts through the ear buds.

Wrong or right … black or white … if I close my eyes … it's all the same.

Your mom has forbidden you from seeing him again, and Dad's taken to keeping a shotgun in the living room.

In my life … the compromise … I'll close my eyes … it's all the same.

You remember telling him you were afraid but that you wouldn't stop seeing him. He asked you to run away with him, just drop everything and run, figure it out as you went. But you said you wanted to wait and see if it would blow over. The look in his eyes was sad, as if he knew your parents would never accept him.

You hop off your bed and start shoving clothes into an duffel bag, making a trip to the bathroom for your toothbrush. You head to your desk and stare blankly at a piece of paper, pencil in hand. You write a quote that has been in your heart from the minute your parents told you that you were making a big mistake. It's short, but it's all you need to say.

You head down the hall to the laundry room. Your mom has piles of clothes on the floor, organized by color. You grab bits from every pile and toss them to the middle, creating a mound no longer separated into lights and darks.

Green, yellow, red, blue, black, white – all heaped into one huge pile. You lay your message on the top. It doesn't say who you're with or where you're going, but it wouldn't be hard to figure out.

“Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color.”

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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dia.dreamer said...
Sept. 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm

blown away.

-tags as favourite-

-rates 5 stars-

I loved this. It was just too good. Deserves to be published in the printed mag. Never stop writing. :)

and check out my work. :P

XxAriannaXx said...
Aug. 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm
This was amazing!!!
girl-of-winter-skies said...
Aug. 22, 2011 at 9:16 pm
Fantastic! Good imagery, and to the point. I could understand the story you were telling, which was much appreciated. Keep up the good work!!!
Gypsyrose7 said...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm
I really like this. It makes a good point. Keep writing :)
Lola_Black said...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm
I love the last sentence! But, I don't agree with the messege behind the rest of the story. Seriously, I have a best friend who has wanted to run away with every loser boyfriend she has had, and every guy she has dated treated her like dirt. My only suggestion is to really reinforce the idea that this guy is what is best for the main character. But aside from that, I like it ♥
mercebeinyata replied...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm
I love this story! I would say that it is movie potential, but it's to awesome to be ruined by the theatres.
Lola_Black replied...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 7:17 pm
So true. It would suck if this ended up like Twilight, completely ruined by the theaters.
. replied...
Aug. 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm
I have never watched any of the movies in the Twilight series; from what I have heard from others, the movies seem too cheesy. I'm don't have anything against cheesy movies (I have actually enjoyed many myself) but Twilight is where I draw the line. If Twilight is considered as a chick flick, I am ashamed to be called a chick!
Lola_Black replied...
Aug. 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm
Normally, I would tell you to watch it before you judge it, but that was dead on! The movies really are too cheesy. I loved the books, though. The movies did not do them justice.
consumedbygrace247 said...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 8:38 am
I love the last sentence, its brings the entire thing together, wonderful!
writergirl2 said...
Aug. 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm
That last sentence ties it all together so well! Very good
KayleeRae said...
Jul. 28, 2011 at 11:36 pm
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Short and sweet... The way i like it!
ofmoonsbirdsandmonsters said...
Jul. 28, 2011 at 11:35 pm
Oh my gosh, I really love this! Very relatable for me and some others...nice job :)
eMiLyP said...
Jul. 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm
I love this! You did such a good job and I really love that quote! Nice work! : )
kaylasouthw said...
Jul. 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm
First of all, this is amazing. And I love that song.
Alyssalicious said...
Jul. 28, 2011 at 3:15 am
This is really, really good! You got straight to the point and I was able to relate to the character perfectly. Keep up your work! :D
writerfreak21231 said...
Jul. 17, 2011 at 11:47 am
I loved the story! and was impressed! Great job! Perfection! :) (Sorry for the advertizing!) If any of u coulld read my two stories called the beast and nightstalker, that would be great! Also please post comments saying if u liked it or not. Thanks! And keep writing! :D
CatieKorn said...
Jul. 15, 2011 at 12:15 am
I love this story! The ending was perfect!
Cubster said...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm
This is really amazing! I love how she has the guts to leave.
Norma-Bernard said...
Jul. 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm

My teacher (u know her zero_k) read it in class and i fell inlove with this. Soooooo good! can you give me lessons i writing? cuz ur doing ah-maz-ing! Keep it up girly.



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