Write about someone in a thankless job.
Posted in Teens on Oct 26, 2022
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“Highway Robbery” by Alex Sultan
Diamonds, wealth, luxury—none of it holds a torch to self-preservation. Vaux sorted through a storage trunk, pushing aside a framed photo and picking up a coin purse. The silver pieces clinked together in the pouch. His crew looted the rest of the caravan, pulling apart cupboards and drawers, taking whatever they could find.It’d been ages since one travelled down their roads.“The law,” a merchant called, “is going to get all of you.” He struggled against the rope binding his hands, his face in the dirt. Two dead guard...
“Rain Over Happyland” by Laura Jarosz
"One more?" The father called to me as he slid to a stop, huffing for breath. His family wasn't far behind, and the little girls were already pulling out their autograph books. I glanced back at Princess Petronella, who had just finished signing an autograph for another little girl and was blowing her a kiss goodbye. She jumped a little as a drop of rain splattered on her flowing, curly locks, then glance...
“Another Day in Paradise” by Suma Jayachandar
CW: Reference to human trafficking.I am 17 and in Paradise. It feels like I have been here forever.Flashes of life before keep coming to me in my dreams; Mother feeding grains to the clucking hens and Father slumped on the floor with an empty toddy bottle rolling next to him. Now I live with Didi, Bhaiyya and their little angel.I wake up without an alarm. It must be around 4.00 a.m. now. I wake up to a space filled with food around me- just like yesterday, the day before and the day before that. I fumble with my cold ...
“96%” by Francis Daisy
Driving down the highway, she passes an eighteen wheeler. It has a large yellow sign plastered to the back side: Come join our team! Customers report that they are 96% satisfied with us!“Did you just read that sign?” She asks her daughter. “They think 96% is something to brag about? They are OKAY with 96%? I don’t think I would want to work for a company where the customers aren’t 100% satisfied.”“Mom, you’re joking, right?” her daughter turns the radio back up to ear deafening, thus end...
“The Magic Potion” by Melony Beard
"That's Clara," the child's voice whispered from behind, "She's a witch." Maggie looked up to see the woman with long black hair wearing an orange jogging suit, balancing herself on a cane as she walked down the sidewalk. "And just how do you know?" Maggie asked looking over her shoulder at the red-haired freckle faced girl pointing across the street. "I snuck in her house once." "And what did...
“Meter” by Kendall Defoe
“You have got to be kidding!” If it had been a different morning, things might have gone a different way, but here she was, once again, taking a pile of abuse from another driver who did not put enough change into the parking meter before heading in to buy something in what looked like a very upscale store. She noted that the woman staring daggers at her had two very large bags in her hands and was driving an SUV....
“Nobody's Fool” by Howard Halsall
There’s no doubt about it. Olga and I are grateful to the state for allowing us to work at the Hotel Cosmos. At our time in life and advanced age, there aren’t many other countries that would look after us in this way. We get to see each other at lunchtime and the chef saves us a plate of the day’s special for our evening meals. If it weren’t for the relentless nature of the work and the freezing cold conditions, we’d be laughing all the way home.#Vladimir is a stubborn old fool, but he’s my silly old fool and aft...
“Thank You” by Sam Poon
**TW** Mention of death, suicide, and mental health. To say my job is hard, it’s an understatement. I am one of the thousands of workers allotted to take people away after they pass. People call us Death. We don’t look the way people describe us in the media, there isn’t a dress code. We don’t wear long black cloaks and carry a menacing scythe. How...
“The Bully” by Zack Powell
It's been a while since I've been in detention, but it's exactly as I remember. Black marker smudges clutter the whiteboard. The clock on the wall is running two minutes behind, even though it's digital. There is still the empty hamster cage by the sink. Mr. Wheeler, my warden, sits behind his desk and adjusts his posture to accommodate his big belly. Some things never change."Come take these," he tells me when I enter, pointing to the edge of the desk. He's been staring out the window this whole time, probably wishing h...
“The Thankless Man” by Bruce Thomas
The doorbell rang, so I opened the door. There was a man there. He was long, so long, it took ages before I found his face. It was up high, high, high in the sky.I said to the face at the end of the long man, "Hello-oo".The long man also had a long face, and on it were black eyes, raven black and the eyes locked onto me, and they screwed tight, so tight that the forehead creased and the nose wrinkled. Moreover, the face was presented to me by a body entirely dressed in black, except for broad turquoise ...
“Gunther, Son of Krampus” by Tanya Humphreys
Gunther smiled at the pretty she-elf and offered her his ginger snap cookie. Her clear blue eyes grew round as ping pong balls, the silver bells on her pointed red hat tinkled as she trembled, and her pouty rosebud lips quivered. At last, she let out a scream so high pitched and supersonic, it caused a small avalanche a mile away.Her breath was peppermint and vanilla cake. She swatted the cookie into the snow and ran towards her friends that had stopped their birdlike chattering to stare at Gunther in horror.<...
“Thank you” by Ruvi Rajapaksha
Wednesday – Mack and cheese, salad, carrots, and apples She woke up, and everything hurt. The sound of the alarm clock pierced her ears, and to her surprise, it was still working. She took a deep breath and got out of bed to do it all over again. She made her way through her small apartment and found herself eating dinner, and leaving home late. As soon as she got to school, she was off straigh...
“Itheadair Peacaidh” by Ben Rounds
Reuben rubbed at his left eye as he eased opened the door with the burning bush and stepped through into the small foyer. He did not have to.Knew that, acknowledged that.The men in black suits were not guards after all.Knew that, acknowledged that.But.Slunk and held a hand up anyway. Couldn’t help it.
“THANK YOU!” by Leyli Yuldashova
“On May 25th at 6p.m, café “Paradise” will host a meeting of classmates for the 15th anniversary of our graduation” I recently received an e-mail in my inbox. Oh my God, 15 years…time passed by really fast. Then I remembered the prom at which, even if we did not swear to eternal friendship, we promised to meet at least once a year. After school, as it should be, life scattered us not only across different universities...
“Arbiter of the Classroom” by Zach Martz
The pile of papers on John Albright’s desk was still there, teasing him, reminding him of what lay ahead. It was the worst kind of workload – huge, but not quite big enough for him to doze off behind it without being seen.In the background he could hear the sounds of the children trickling off the buses and into the upper quad, where they would wait to be let in to the school as soon as the teachers got sick of watching them having fun outside. John sighed deeply, trying to tune the noise out as he wanted to get as much paperwork d...
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