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Shadows

May 30, 2010
By GzusFreak10 GOLD, Staten Island, New York
GzusFreak10 GOLD, Staten Island, New York
17 articles 0 photos 102 comments

The boardwalk is 14 feet wide and 3 miles long. The planks, cut diagonally, fit together in the middle, making it look like a long braid. There is a streetlight every 20 feet.
I find myself here one Sunday evening about 8 o'clock, walking my little white Maltese. I catch myself thinking about who I am, what I am. A romantic beach on my right, I lose myself in love stories, written in the ink of my mind. Then a car horn blares, and I cringe, looking on my left, reminding myself of the reality of living in a city. I stroll down the middle line of the walk, symbolic of where I am in life. Am I a writer of romance, or a Manhattan misfit? I look at the long shadows in front of me, and decide to consult my own.
I pass a light, and I see Kathleen, A Common Princess, longing for her knight. The shadow fades, and I am in darkness for a moment.
I pass another lamp, and I see Abigail Smith, a city girl accidentally turned cowgirl. I pass another light, and see pregnant Jessica Albright, who has no one but God to turn to.
A last light, and I see Kathryn Woods, a queen stuck between two worlds. I identify most with her.
Another streetlight, and I see Marissa G., with frizzy, uncontrollable hair, acne, and size 12 jeans, unsure of what the future will bring.
My shoulders sag as I'm more confused than ever. I'm still stuck between two worlds. I look up and see my beautiful bridge, decked out with lights. No, I think. Three worlds. The city's world, my world, and God's world. I look at my shadow again, seeing what God sees. I saw a tiara, beautiful hair, no blemishes, and a ballgown. He saw a princess. I straighten my shoulders, stand upright, and stick my chin out a little. I walk my Maltese, looking up at the sky. Towards my Father. Towards my home.


The author's comments:
I know I was a little unclear at times in this piece, so I'll explain a little. The thing where I'm talking about all these different people are the main characters in all my stories. They're all the same in one particular way: none of them quite feel like they fit in where they are. The thing with the three worlds is that...well, there really wasn't another illustration besides the bridge as an example of heaven. And besides, sometimes when it's foggy, it really looks like a gateway to heaven. Hope you like it!

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on Nov. 27 2011 at 3:19 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Excellent work!  My only real criticism is that you shouldn't have to explain that the people you see are characters in your author's comments.  It should be evident in the article itself.  Other than that, great work! :)

AutumnRedd said...
on Jan. 6 2011 at 3:35 pm
Yeah do I work?

on Jan. 6 2011 at 3:29 pm
GzusFreak10 GOLD, Staten Island, New York
17 articles 0 photos 102 comments
Hehe. Very cute, Sunny. Now all we need is Autumn something or other. lol

on Jan. 2 2011 at 6:20 pm
SunnySummers GOLD, New York, New York
13 articles 1 photo 56 comments
I just had a random comment. All of the people who commented on this (besides the author) have names that sort of fit together: SunnySummers, winterdrifts, and SpringRayyn!

on Dec. 31 2010 at 1:54 pm
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
34 articles 2 photos 658 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

Haha definetly NOT. I'm from MN.

on Dec. 30 2010 at 9:03 pm
GzusFreak10 GOLD, Staten Island, New York
17 articles 0 photos 102 comments
Oh goodness, u really remind me of a lot of my friends--including me! U POSITIVE ur not from NY? lol. :)

on Dec. 30 2010 at 8:51 pm
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
34 articles 2 photos 658 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

I shall do so.

on Dec. 30 2010 at 8:30 pm
GzusFreak10 GOLD, Staten Island, New York
17 articles 0 photos 102 comments
Thanks! It really did happen! I was just taking a walk with my parents, feeling like i didn't fit in anywhere, and the rest, as they say, is history. Check out some of my other articles, if you liked this one! :)

on Dec. 30 2010 at 12:13 am
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
34 articles 2 photos 658 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

That's so cool! I like all your charecteres. It feels like a dream, not even like you maede it up, just seriously a dream you had. i like the ending a lot.

on Jun. 29 2010 at 4:25 pm
GzusFreak10 GOLD, Staten Island, New York
17 articles 0 photos 102 comments
Thanks! I actually forget a couple of the plot lines that i told about, and one of them I want to publish professionally, so I'm not sure if you'll get to read them on teenink, but if I remember any of them, I'll definitely post a couple. Thanks for the imput! I definitely will keep writing! :)

on Jun. 23 2010 at 3:24 pm
winterdrifts SILVER, Wilton, Connecticut
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WOW i really liked that! I loved how you incorporated all of your main characters into the same setting...i want to read the other stories! also, really good description and portrayal of the characters. keep writing :)

on Jun. 20 2010 at 1:26 pm
GzusFreak10 GOLD, Staten Island, New York
17 articles 0 photos 102 comments
Thanks for the compliments! I would publish some of the stories, but as u can probably tell, not all of them are completely God-honoring. I realized that halfway thru some of them, and i jsut stopped, 'cuz I want all my stuff to be pleasing to God. However, the thing w/ Kathryn is practically finished, but i wanna publish it as an actual book, not an article on the site. I'm still working on A Common Princess. When they come out, you guys will be the first to know! Thanks for thinking i'm such a good friend!

on Jun. 8 2010 at 2:39 pm
SunnySummers GOLD, New York, New York
13 articles 1 photo 56 comments
Hey I thought this was really good!! You have to publish those stories, though, with the characters you were refering to!! I can't wait to read those too!! <3 this one!! (And you're not a misfit! You're a great friend and a pretty good writer!)