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I was walking home from school one day. It was a Wednesday, so I was hurrying home to do my homework. There was so much to do, it felt like all my teachers had gotten together and decided to attack me with homework. I was walking with my head down, following my footsteps with my eyes. The sound of laughter caught my attention and my head snapped up.

Standing there, in the middle of the field, was a girl, no older then 8. She was wearing this beautiful lace dress, the kind that you would wear to an Easter Brunch. She laughed again, and I looked around for the kid’s parents, but no one was around except for her and me.

“Where are your parents, sweetie,” I asked, walking towards the girl. She just laughed and took off running. Alarmed that she would hurt herself, I ran after her. She ran into the woods across the street from my house. I followed her, which was hard. All the textbooks in my bag weren’t helping me run any faster.

“Sweetie, stop running. I’m here to help you. We need to get you back to your parents. I’m sure they’re really worried.” She refused to listen, though, and kept running. Branches smacked my face and body, and I could feel multiple scratches bleeding. But, something about this girl made me want to follow her, I wanted to protect her, keep her safe.

She continued to run, and I continued to follow her, the green scenery of the woods flashing by. Every once and a while she would turn around to make sure I was still there. It’s like we were playing a game. It reminded me of when I used to play flashlight tag with my neighbors in the summer. Of course that was a long time ago, all I did during the summer now was my AP work and my job.

Three years ago, when I became a freshman in high school, it was like my future flashed before my eyes. There were so many things I had to accomplish and excel at. I was no longer a child in middle school, I was an adult. Just like that I had gone from being a child to being an adult, and it felt good. Now following this girl endlessly through the woods, it gave me a nostalgic feeling, like I was child again.

When I did start high school, I never wanted to be a child again. Children were immature, and naïve. They couldn’t do anything for themselves, someone always had to help them. It was like they were dependent on another life for their life. I wanted to be dependent on my own life, not someone else’s. I never thought I would like feeling like a child again, but running through the woods like there was no tomorrow, made me wish I were in middle school again.

We came to a clearing in the woods. In the center was a big oak tree, and carved into the tree were the initials LH. My name. I remembered when I was ten we had my dad come out to carve them into the tree. It all came rushing back then.

When we moved here, there were no other houses around. Nothing except woods. One day while I was outside playing with my toys, I found a path, and blindly followed it. It lead to this clearing. I remember I spent the whole day there, and didn’t come home until the police found me and brought me back to my very worried parents. I had been missing for eight hours, it was like I was in my own world.

I gently rubbed my initials on the tree. The girl laughed, she had stopped running, and was standing in a patch of sunlight giggling.

“Hey, you stopped running,” I said, and started to walk over to her. “Now, let’s get you back to your parents.” I walked towards her and watched as she faded into the sun, and then disappeared. Her laughter hang in the air several seconds after she left.

I smiled. I sat down in the crook in the big oak tree, and started to do my homework.



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xBaByGiRrL22x said...
Oct. 29, 2012 at 11:35 am
This made me smile. It's so sweet and very relatable. I think everyone wants to grow up during their entire childhood, but there comes a certain age where all you want to do is turn back time. Amazing job :)
 
SoccaPlaya19 said...
May 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm
That was AHMAZING! I've never read something so... intriguing. Especially by a teenager. Great job!
 
Lookaflower This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 19, 2012 at 11:55 am
This is lovely! I know I wish I could be a little girl again. We don't realize how lucky we are until we grow up. Wonderful job.
 
NightFury said...
Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm
This is really good. I think everyone in high school wishes to be a kid again. I know I do. Great job and keep up the good work!
 
amandaleigh2014 said...
Sept. 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm
This was wonderful :) It reminded me of when I first carved my initials into a tree. It seems as if this little girl who was running was really the narrator when she was a young child and it was bringing this girl back to remember that there's still a bit of child in everyone. Amazing writing, you're great!
 
Fizza_98 said...
Jul. 25, 2011 at 5:47 am
saari umr ham mar-mar ke jee liye..ek pal to ab hame jeene do... :)
 
PeaceLoveMusic77 said...
Jul. 3, 2011 at 1:34 am
I loved this! :) It made me want to run away from the stress of high school :p I wish.
 
BrightBurningCampeadorThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 8, 2011 at 10:52 pm
That was great! It seemed almost poetic. You might try condensing some of the stuff that the narrator's thinking, but I think it's awesome how it is too. I can't wait to check out your other stuff!
 
irtfaz said...
Nov. 25, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Nice. I felt like it was a snapshot of an emotion more than an actual story, though. And the speaker went super in depth about being a kid while sprinting through a forest, which struck me as a bit unrealistic (or maybe that's just me). Also, the speaker didn't leave much room for ambiguity through the talks of childhood, which I would have preferred to simply being told 'I feel like a child. Yay!' over and over.

Sorry if that sounded too harsh! I didn't mean for it to be. Really good ... (more »)

 
BlackHoleHighAlum This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm
I liked it! The concept was really good. It kinda seems like you spend more time on how she feels than the actual story. It kind of seems like there isn't much of a story at the end. That's just my opinion. But I still liked it! Really good! :)
 
CindyAguilar said...
Aug. 7, 2010 at 2:03 pm
That's weird. But cool. You have a great imagination.
 
Elaina said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 10:02 am
loved it!! absolutely brilliant!!
 
welshkidjosh said...
Feb. 12, 2010 at 1:23 pm
i loved your story and imagination :D
 
StormyJ said...
Jan. 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm
That was amazing! I loved it!!!
 
evie_girl_novelette445 said...
Nov. 16, 2009 at 10:25 pm
I Love it! Really cool! Keep writing!
I love your discription of the forest 'flashing by'! :)
 
larawayt said...
Oct. 29, 2009 at 10:20 pm
This piece was very well written. In the story, you said, “Branches smacked my face and body, and I could feel multiple scratches bleeding. But, something about this girl made me want to follow her, I wanted to protect her, keep her safe.” When I was reading this I was asking myself why you would want to keep chasing her. You did a great job at describing the way she ran after the little girl. The story said, “Standing there, in the middle of the field, was a girl, no older... (more »)
 
Abby M. said...
Oct. 25, 2009 at 12:19 pm
Very original. The ending was my favorite!
 
legolas_elf said...
Oct. 21, 2009 at 7:23 am
I loved this story, it just helps to remind us all that we really need to take a moment and relax and just be children for a moment.
 
Lostinbooks This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 18, 2009 at 10:47 pm
This is so cool...I can completely relate. Good reminder to not forget the past, and to take a break from all this growing up! I like it...
 
Kelly_123_x said...
Oct. 16, 2009 at 12:43 pm
Great story! If it had been mine, I would have made it so the little girl was the main character - it was her memory of when she hid there all day or went with her dad.
Good idea??
Great story though - LOVED it! x
 
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