Facebook Activity

Teen Ink on Twitter

Report abuse Submit my work Share/bookmark Email Print Home


Author's note: Based on a true story.
Author's note: Based on a true story.  « Hide author's note
Chapters:   « Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 11 Next »

March of 2012

I typed the letters into the search box and pressed enter. Butterflies fluttered in my stomach as the page loaded. I wiped my sweaty hands off on my pants.
Would it work? Would I find it? What if it’s not there? Questions filled my head, making it feel light and dizzy.
Suddenly, the results appeared. Fifteen people with the name of Joshua Reed. One with a mutual friend. Hardly breathing, I clicked on the name. I was transported to another page. I shut my eyes tight, hoping with all of my heart that it would happen just the way I had pictured it. Then I opened my eyes.
My heart stopped.
No. That was my first thought. No. That can’t be him. My Josh, the Josh I knew did not look like that. At all. This boy was tall, and he had a buzz cut.
I leaned back in my chair. I looked down. I leaned forward. I looked up.
But it was. I saw the resemblance. His freckles, his big, brown eyes. But he just looked so different.
What happened to his dark, wavy blond hair? Where was that solemn look that had always made him look older than he really was? Who was this stranger he had become?
I stared at the photo. Josh was holding a little girl and laughing. Laughing. Never in my life had I seen Joshua Reed laugh.
I noticed his info. It said, “works at Patrick and Sons Plumbing”. That was it. No school, no state, no age. I studied the picture, leaning in to get a better perspective.
I tried to convince myself that it wasn’t him, but deep down, I knew. I would recognize those eyes anywhere. Huge eyes, like a deer caught in a headlight. Brown eyes, with little flecks of bronze and gold. Eyes that made me notice him three years ago.
Sighing in confusion, I leaned down and rested my head on the desk. It was true. So true. What everyone said, what I’d heard so many times.
You never forget your first love.
Chapters:   « Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 11 Next »

Join the Discussion

This book has 6 comments. Post your own now!

FallenAngel170198 said...
Apr. 9, 2013 at 9:29 am
This is awesome. I think that the ending kind of like just stopped when a good bit came in but apart from that it was good :D can you please go check out some of my stuff? Thank you :D
team_haymitch This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm
emily was in 5th grade! she was little. she shouldn't have been dating, and she knew it.
Zuccini75 said...
Apr. 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm
Oh - Good, rather abrupt ending but good job!  I just don't get why she doesn't tell the guy yes?!!?!? , it happpened to me once - I told they guy he was a moron, but went with him anyway! :)
nemish23 said...
Mar. 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm

awesome!!! keep going, i really like it.

and check out my work too? :)

Zuccini75 replied...
Apr. 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm
I saw yours, the coloured eyes one - that was really well written too!
Mrs.NiallHoran said...
Mar. 28, 2012 at 10:52 am
OMG emily ur work just keeps getting better and better. I would rate it 5 stars, but i can't soo, know in ur heart that i love it. 

Launch Teen Ink Chat
Site Feedback