I Was Not Sorry 

Hey kid - it's me. Just called to see if you’re around tonight. I could use a friend tonight. It’s after Labor Day, and I'd been thinking the summer crowd leaving would make breathing easy, but aside from the drowning, I don’t think I’m sleeping and - Hey kid - you there? I’m back now. …

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A Strange Girl Who Hides Herself Under Layers and Layers of Clothing

There’s a kid out there, And he’s gotta have it worse:   That’s what I told myself When my parents’ words Set fire to every single thought About that girl I knew to be right. The kids used to laugh Because I guess I dressed like a guy; It was a whispered sort of laugh, …

An Unexpected Gift

Amy tugs on the back of Dad’s shirt. When he turns around, she reaches her hands up and squeezes her fingers open and shut. “Not now, sweetheart. I’m tired.” Amy disobeys and continues tugging on the back of Dad’s shirt. “What did Daddy just say?!” Mom says this without missing a beat between chopping vegetables …

It’s a big, raucous house party of drunken high school students. Describe the scene in three ways: a teen at the party, a police officer, and a parent of a teen at the party.

It’s 11:21. My eyes are wide open. I’m laying in the dark of my bedroom next to my husband. How can he be asleep right now? Am I the only parent in the world worried out of my mind every single Friday night? I told Jenna 11:30. I better hear that garage door open in …

Write a scene that begins: “Joe was the last person on Earth I expected to do that.”

Joe was the last person on Earth I expected to do that. He always wore a cross around his neck. He kept up with his weekly chores around the house. He never missed a day of school. He actually enjoyed being an altar boy! Yet, there we all stood in the waiting room of the …