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Look Up For Me MAG

September 7, 2011
By JulieKate SILVER, Niceville, Florida
JulieKate SILVER, Niceville, Florida
6 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The brain is wider than the sky."--Emily Dickinson.

“Do you ever get that feeling?”
Luke glances up from his chemistry textbook.

“What? What feeling?”

“You know. That feeling.”


“No. Not that. Just … I don't know … never mind.”

Luke drops his book on the wooden table separating us. He's finally focused on me, which is all I have wanted since the moment we met a year ago. I feel a burning heat trickle down my neck, and I hate myself for that. I feel exposed; when your own skin reveals your true feelings, you can never hide.

“No. Go on. What feeling?”

“Well …” I decide to ask him, “Do you ever feel like you're sitting in a crowded room – I mean, not like claustrophobic crowded but like crowded enough to feel a little uncomfortable – and everyone is talking and you scream. You scream so loud you feel like the sound reverberations might cause your throat to explode. You just keep screaming, but no one even looks up. Do you ever feel like that?”

“Are you asking if I ever feel invisible?”

He isn't listening to me.

“No. Do you ever feel like that? Like what I just described.” Luke's eyes roll around in their sockets. He says “no” firmly, then picks up his chemistry textbook.

I say, “Oh, okay,” but before the second syllable can even escape my mouth, Luke cuts me off.

“You know, you're really weird. And you say ‘like' a lot.” He gives me a look that I interpret as: I knew you were weird, but don't be weird around me.

So I do something I've only dreamed about doing, something I wish I'd always had the courage to do.

“You know, I feel like that sometimes,” I say. “I feel like I'm screaming, and no one looks up. But I think everyone feels like that. Sometimes, you just gotta scream.”

He isn't listening to me. His eyes are glued to chemistry, and he ­doesn't even like chemistry. I'm tired of this bullsh*t.

So I scream. And he looks up.

The author's comments:
I wrote this for anyone that has ever felt ignored or invisible. So, basically, I wrote this for everyone.

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This article has 47 comments.

on Jun. 19 2012 at 1:39 pm
MayaaMagdy BRONZE, Nasr City, Other
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Awesome :)) i love it 

on Jun. 19 2012 at 10:34 am
_ella_herondale BRONZE, San Diego, California
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Favorite Quote:
"...If the Thames that ran beside them...recalled a night where the moon shone as brightly as a shilling on the same boy and girl... and thought to themselves, 'at last, the wheel comes full circle,' they kept their silence."

This was really good. I liked the part when she screamed at the end, you created a very strong character, which is what many stories lack.

Katie-jo said...
on Jun. 17 2012 at 6:41 pm
Katie-jo, Triangle, Virginia
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This was so awesome! I loved it!

on Jun. 14 2012 at 9:03 pm
nice job....:)

on Jun. 14 2012 at 6:52 pm
Pika_Princess, Escondido, California
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I never thought that simple could be so amazing! And yes, I can definately relate to this. Thank you for writing something this wonderful and relatable to...I might start doing that: screaming...maybe then someone will finally look up and see me.

on Jun. 13 2012 at 2:43 pm
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Favorite Quote:
We are are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. ~Oscar Wilde

Flash-fiction can be really challenging, but this is stellar. Funny and quirky and kind of adorkable. Perfect. :) 

on Jun. 13 2012 at 1:38 pm
patrycja_lidia BRONZE, Chatham, Other
1 article 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"Don't feel stupid if you don't like what everyone else pretends to love." Emma Watson

its so good ! simple but effective, i cant write to this effect with the use of dialogue like you 8) so really well done

Sarah555 said...
on Jun. 12 2012 at 3:18 pm
Sarah555, Aurora, Other
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very interesting... i like the dialogue in this, it works well!

bluhs said...
on Jun. 8 2012 at 5:39 pm
bluhs, E, Alabama
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Thank you for this!

on Jun. 8 2012 at 5:35 pm
AlexEvansTM SILVER, Lansing, Michigan
7 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
Pessimism comes from our passion, optimism comes from our will.

This is good, there is no other way to describe it.

on Jun. 7 2012 at 11:25 pm
tammysaurus101, NYC, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Everything has been figured out, except how to live." - Jean-Paul Sartre

definitely i can totes relate to this 

lou205 BRONZE said...
on Jun. 7 2012 at 1:51 pm
lou205 BRONZE, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 article 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
\"Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do.\" William Henry Channing.

so real!! i like it!!

on Jun. 6 2012 at 1:02 am
i_am_so_very_large_and_towering SILVER, Mililani, Hawaii
5 articles 1 photo 114 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?"

i love this - it was really great! the end was the best part. i feel like doing that all the time.

on Jun. 5 2012 at 7:31 pm
IfYoureMad-KillWithKindness GOLD, West Grove, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Life is like a roller coaster,when you're at the top you fear of falling, when you're at the bottom you want to get to the top."

I love that aNd it's so true. Plus, I'm totally going to try that on my last day. I also made me laugh at the end. :) so keep it up!

on Jun. 5 2012 at 9:17 am
poetize PLATINUM, Riverside, Connecticut
22 articles 1 photo 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
-"Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on earth" - Mark Twain
-"Everything is ok in the end. If it's not ok, then it's not the end!" - Unknown

I feel like that at times. I loved the story. Keep it up. 

on Jun. 4 2012 at 8:32 pm
JulieKate SILVER, Niceville, Florida
6 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The brain is wider than the sky."--Emily Dickinson.

I would love to read your work! Thank you for such kind words! 

on Jun. 4 2012 at 8:27 pm
StacyxGonzales BRONZE, Hamilton, New Jersey
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Amazing! I love it~
That is true though, sometimes I want to scream :3

on Jun. 4 2012 at 7:31 pm
InfinityandBeyond01 BRONZE, N/a, California
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Favorite Quote:
Stay Strong! <3

Now that is what I call I amazing:) Can you check out some of mywork it would be greatly apprecaited thanks!?

on Jun. 3 2012 at 11:24 pm
the3rdkind GOLD, Santo Domingo, Other
11 articles 2 photos 20 comments

Favorite Quote:
One day you are seventeen and planning for someday. And then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And that someday is yesterday. And this is your life. - Nathan Scott (OTH)

LOVED the strong ending! so powerful.

jenna-e said...
on Jun. 3 2012 at 3:58 am
jenna-e, Fremont, California
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I like it. Short, but strong.