Write a story about someone coming to terms with how different they are from their younger self.
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“COOKING FOR ONE” by Eileen Turner
(Relies heavily on having seen ‘Aliens’.) COOKING FOR ONE Scrambled eggs and toast. She actually cooked for a change, but only because she was out of cold cereal. Gloria took the dish to the couch where she was now in the habit of eating. She put her feet up, pushed play on the remote control, and settled in to watch ‘Aliens’ for the third ...
“Little Blue Jay” by Em M
The cries seemed so surreal that I almost thought they were automated. There was no way a real human could be making that sound. Tears dripped down my face as my forehead scrunched so much that my years of retinol and moisturizer were thrown out the window. I’m a wrinkly-foreheaded mom now. But I’m okay with it. The feeling in my heart isn’t palpitations, but instead a feeling of soul-crushing ecstasy. The kind that you ...
“The Worker Bee Song” by Violet Waters
Two kinds of people make apiaries. Bee farms, honeyholes, whatever people called them they stayed the same, and their founding. Either the founder loved bees, or he loved money. My father was the first kind. As a young child in the country, he was obsessed with the creatures. On chubby hands and knees he would crawl across the grass and sit in silence, peering at a flowered bush covered in the singing be...
“The handwritten letters” by Dao Huy Kien
It was the first time in my life I received a handwritten letter from a girl who wanted to make friends with me. The story happened in 2005 when I was seventeen. After appearing on a TV talent show to set a new national record of football juggling, I experienced the sweet taste of fame for a while. The next Monday, the vice-principal commended me and a girl in the same grade in front of the whole school in the patriotic ...
“Every Once in a While” by Joseph Friesen
(content warning for references to sensitive topics such as homelessness, sexual assault and emotional abuse. Some strong language used throughout.) “I spent the night at McDonald’s,” she said to me across my desk. “The twenty-four hour one on Mckenzie Avenue.” Her blonde hair was dirty and knotted. She bore scabs and scars on her cheeks and nose. The smell of cat urine was immediate as she entered...
“Checkmate” by Pauline Milner
Checkmate Shannen Taylor kicked a stone along the dirt road as he made his way toward the asphalt that would be teeming with heat as the temperature was already in the low nineties. Soon the stone was transformed into Bettle’s head and Shannen stopped to mush it into the dusty sand. It only made him feel better for a moment. Shortly after he arrived, Bettl...
“A Little Older, A Lot Wiser” by Patricia Merewether
It was the worst few years of my life. First, I contracted Lyme disease, which was so excruciating, physically, mentally, and any other way a person can suffer, that I considered suicide more than once. A parade of doctors told me I was delusional and needed a psych evaluation. If I'd heard, "All your labwork is normal," one more time, I might have landed in jail on assault charges. One doctor, who looked about twelve ye...
“Now and Then” by Devin Chapman
She grins. A dimple in her cheek and copper eyes remind me of a happy little round face not seen for decades which now exists only in dusty old photo albums at her grandmother’s house. She darts back and forth across the lawn in the warm sun. “Catch me!” She’s surprisingly fast on her tiny legs, thinner and longer now than that of the wobbly baby that she was only a couple years ago. I snatch her up and s...
“Baby Teeth ” by Bianca Riddle
There’s a rip in the fabric of the universe. She knows it. Her younger self knows of it. Others probably don’t understand what they’ve stumbled upon yet. It’s inconspicuous. She can’t even describe how it works; just knows that years ago she got off the four-o-nine, a pitstop on her way to Ann Arbor and there she was, already at the corner.Autumn thinks this might mean that Blue Benn’s Diner in West Virginia is at the center of the galaxy. Or the edge of it. Maybe that’s why or how it happens. How they’re able to meet at...
“Stardust or Starbucks” by William A. Neary
They built a future that could nearly last forever. I guess ‘nearly’ wasn’t good enough. It’ll happen a thousand years from now, but we can already feel the effects, seeing things that are gone or never existed, remembering things that hadn’t happened. Whatever they’ll do, or ‘did’ from their perspective, caused problems with all the timelines, this one and the ones beside us. I didn’t know we had those... parallel timel...
“Thank Guvvie...” by Dylan Mass
“Hey kiddo, how are you?” I ask to the kid across the kitchen table, who just smiles. “You know you can talk right? Guvvie approved it.” Nothing “Say something at least.” I beg. “Like what? What do you want me to say?” he tilts his head, the smile gone. “I don’t know. Don’t you have questions or something? Am I married? Kids? Something dude.” my face gets hot with annoyance. “Just looki...
“An Evolutionary Fall” by Sarah Goodner
The seasons were changing, and the air was crisp and cool. It had become easier to hear the sound of the traffic on the freeway as the molecules in the air clung together to find warmth. Joining the freeway noise was the sound of dry leaves underfoot and fighting together in the breeze on their way down to the cold ground. This was my favorite time of year. For some reason, I’ve always associated the smell of autumn with...
“The Mother's Curse” by Mandi Schrader
“I couldn’t believe it, Mom,” Ella said. “She's done the all things you expect at her age—picky eating, backtalk, drawing on the walls with crayons—but this was a whole new level. I walked into Charlotte's room, and her clothes were in rags—all of them. She’d got her hands on a pair of scissors and cut holes in all her jeans. She cut the sleeves off her t-shirts and—why are you laughing?” The breathless l...
“Change Is Not a Curse” by Eris Blight
Everyone changes many times within their lifetime. This is a story of a girl who tried to submit to the ways of her younger self even though she had changed. Her name is Diyala Wittebane. Diyala had been friends with a group of people a couple of years older than her for a few years by now. They are the type of teens that sneak out, do drugs, and disobey authority. Ever since Diyala started to hang out with thes...
“Reminisce” by Teddy K
The restaurant is dimly lit, which is exactly how she likes it. Since she had reminded him, he couldn’t quite figure out why she likes to dine in the dark. He would much rather be somewhere bright and open, where he could see her features more clearly. Not only does he want to admire her, but he also thinks that a stuffy restaurant is a pretty piss-poor option for a first date. It wasn’t really their first date, but they hadn’t seen each other since their dramatic breakup in their sophomore year of college. Perhaps a re...
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