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Creative Nonfiction Funny Kids

I stood near the front door and began nibbling on my chocolate cupcake. I had decided to stand in this very spot so that I could see if my dad was entering from the glass door. From here, I could also see my mom in the dining room as she talked to the other kids’ moms. 


Most of my friends liked licking the frosting off of their cupcake first, and then they’d eat the cake or just throw it away. I could probably point out three kids in this house right now who liked doing that. 


However, my motto was, “Save the best for the last.” So, I did something that others might have thought was weird - I ate the cake before the frosting. Nobody noticed me. Even if they did, I wouldn’t care. 


I liked observing everyone in detail. How they looked, how they spoke, and what they wore. I observed my mom chatting with the other grownups. I noticed how the grownups laughed out loud and patted each others’ shoulders. I watched some kids younger than me running around on the hardwood floor. 


“You’re going to fall and hurt yourself if you run around on the hard floor!” I could nearly hear my mom say. “Then you’ll get a big potato-shaped bump on your head!” I tried to imagine a potato growing out of my forehead. The thought made me want to giggle. 


As I took another big bite of my cake, I heard footsteps coming from the stairs to my right. I turned my head. 


Oh. Malia and Alaynah. 


Malia was probably about two years older than me and was pretty much one of the nicest girls ever. She'd always let anyone play with her toys and was always kind. In fact, her family was the one hosting us today. 


And then there was Alaynah. About a year younger than me, she was definitely one of the sassiest kids I’ve ever met. Her short, dark hair was tied up into two ponytails. She saw me and fluttered her long eyelashes.


“Me and Malia are cousins,” she declared. “And that’s because we wear the same exact clothes all the time.” 


You’re literally not wearing the same clothes right now, I thought. Sure, they were both wearing purple, but Alaynah’s shirt had glittering writing which I couldn’t read yet, while Malia’s shirt didn’t. I shrugged and took another bite of my cupcake. 


The duo walked towards the dining room. I watched as Alaynah flicked her ponytails.


I really hope I’m not like that, I thought to myself. 


~~~~~

“Come on!” Alaynah exclaimed, gesturing for me to follow her. 


She was wearing a yellow shirt that read “My brother drives me bananas!” which made me want to giggle. 


I followed her to her basement. Her basement was where we usually played games together whenever I visited her. 


“What are we gonna play?” I asked.


“Hmm,” she tapped her chin. “Let’s play doctor! You’ll be the patient, and I’ll be the doctor!”


“Okay.”


“Okay, so… how about you pretend that you fell out of a tree. You broke your arm so you came to the doctor.”


“Okay,” I clutched my arm. “Doctor Alaynah?”


“Yes, how may I help you?” she asked, deepening her voice to sound more grown-up.


“I fell out of a tree,” I faked a groan. “My arm hurts real bad. Please, help me!”


“Oh, dear,” Alaynah gasped as she inspected my arm. “This isn’t good. You need surgery!” 


“Really?”


“Yes! And we need to hurry or else something really bad will happen to your arm! Like- like-”


“Like my arm falling off!” I exclaimed.


“Exactly, Rayna! Please, lie down on this hospital bed,” she instructed, gesturing to the mattress. I lay down as she pulled out a toy stethoscope and pretended to check my breathing. 


“Okay,” she said. “Now, we will begin your surgery.”


She began to perform surgery on my arm with her toy doctor tools and even a toy screwdriver. 


“It seems that you are getting better. Does it hurt?” she asked. 


“Nope,” I replied.


“Rayna,” she hissed. “It’s supposed to hurt!”


“Oh, okay.” I groaned, “Yes. Yes, it hurts!” 


“Oh, dear. It’s going to hurt for a bit. I’m going to put some cream on you.” She pretends to put “cream” onto my arm from a tiny toy cup. 


“Ooh, cream!” I said, taking the cup from her hand. I pretended to lick it. 


“No, no, it’s hurt cream!” she exclaimed. “It’s not for eating!” 


“Tastes like chocolate frosting!” 


“It’s hurt cream!” She began to laugh, showcasing her growing front teeth that reminded me of a bunny. I laughed along with her. We laughed for so long that we forgot why we were even laughing in the first place. Our stomachs began to ache. 


“Rayna! Alaynah!” someone called from upstairs. “It’s dinnertime!” 


Alaynah and I grunted and began to trudge upstairs. 


“Can I be the doctor after dinner?” I asked her.


“Sure,” she replied. 


~~~~~

The testing room was silent, except for the soft sounds our pencils were making as we wrote in our answer booklets. All the other students had finished their tests and left the room.


“Looks like we’re the last ones to leave. Again,” I whispered to Alaynah as we closed our booklets and packed our things.


“I know, right?” she whispered back. 


“Yay! You guys are done!” the proctor exclaimed as she approached us. She collected our booklets and tucked them under her arm. 


“Sorry for taking forever,” I told her. 


The proctor made a dismissive gesture with her hand. “Psh. Don’t worry about it. Besides, I think that since you guys took your time, you might get a higher score!” She winked.


I smiled. We thanked the proctor, then we began walking towards the door. We were greeted outside by both of our moms, my sister, and Alaynah’s little brother. 


“We did it! We did it!” The two of us did a quick happy dance after making sure no one else was in viewing range. 


“Great job, girls!” my mom said, grinning. “I’m so proud of you both!”


Soon after, we had left the building and walked to the train station, where we got on a subway. Thankfully, in the afternoon, the subway was usually clean and more empty. I sat down beside Alaynah, my sister sat next to her brother behind us, and our moms sat behind them. 


Alaynah pulled out some Juicy Fruit gum and offered me a stick. 


“Thanks,” I said as I put the piece of gum into my mouth. 


She smiled. “No problem. So…” 


“I can’t believe we just finished the test.”


“Yeah! Like we were preparing for it for months, and now it’s finally done!” she replied. 


“Yep. Now all that’s left is our scores,” I sigh. “I really hope I don’t get a basic in math again.” 


“Nah, it’ll be fine. Don’t worry,” she reassured me. 


I nodded. 


“I still can’t believe you’re moving away,” she whispered. 


Oh. Yeah. “Me neither.” 


“I’m gonna pray to God really hard so that you don’t move.” 


I chuckled. “But we are moving. It’s been decided.”


“Then we need to pray so that you move back someday really soon!” she exclaimed. 


I gave her a small smile. “Yeah, maybe.” 


For the hundredth, maybe two hundredth time, I thought about moving away. To a whole new state. That’d mean a new school, having to meet new people, and, worst of all, leaving behind my friends. Leaving behind Alaynah. The thought made me feel a twinge of pain in my heart. 


I tried to convince my parents otherwise. I tried to describe how hard it is for someone my age to adjust to someplace new. I tried to persuade them to look for a job here instead. But, unfortunately, it didn’t work. 


“You still on about…” I said after a few silent moments, “You-know-who?” 


Alaynah’s brown eyes widened and her cheeks grew pink. “Stop!” she cried, shoving my arm. I laughed. 


“I’m really gonna miss talking about our crushes like that,” I said, chuckling.  


“We still could text about it, you know.” She wiggled her eyebrows. 


“Yep. I’m glad we can do that, at least,” I agreed. 


We reached our station soon after and waited for the trolley. Unfortunately, this would be where we had to part ways. 


“Oh!” Alaynah dug into her backpack and took out an envelope. “This is for you. Look inside.”


I opened the envelope and found a small, gold-plated necklace with a blue pendant shaped like a broken heart. 


“They’re magnetic. They connect if you put them together,” she said. She pulled out a similar-looking necklace she was wearing that was hidden by her clothes. I took the necklace out of the envelope and held it out towards hers. 


The two broken hearts clicked together and became one. The writing on our connected pendants said “best friends.” 


“Thank you, Alaynah,” I whispered, smiling. 


She smiled back. “Do you like it?”


“Of course I do!” 


“You’re welcome,” she said. “Now, put it back before you lose it or something!” 


I placed the necklace inside the envelope and tucked it away into my backpack. “See you this weekend?” 


“Yup,” she replied, nodding. “Bye!” 


“Bye!” We waved at each other as we approached our separate trolleys.


As soon as we got home, I rushed to the bathroom with my new necklace in my hand and put it on. I held the pendant and looked at it for a long time. 


The broken heart. 


It would be broken unless I was near Alaynah.


I felt another painful twinge in my insides as that feeling of dread consumed me. 


I really don’t want to move, I thought, sighing.


~~~~~

A jolt startled me and woke me up. I tried to blink the sleepy haze from my eyes. It had gotten dark. 


“Oh, good. You’re awake,” I heard my mom say from the front seat. “Do you want to eat something?”


“No,” I mumbled, trying to stretch my arms without smacking my sister beside me. 


“What’s the ETA?” my sister asked. 


“Ten-thirteen,” my dad replied. “Nineteen more minutes.” 


My sister turned towards me and grinned like the Cheshire Cat. I couldn’t help but smile back. Today was the day we’d all been looking forward to for the last several months. Today was the day I would be back in my hometown. Today, I would meet my best friend after an entire year. 


Soon, the roads grew familiar. We began driving by stores and buildings we used to see all the time just a year ago. I kept glancing at the glowing car clock, my excitement growing with every passing minute. 


I remembered how Alaynah and I didn’t get along at first. But as our families got close, so did we. I remembered the games we’d play, the places we’d go to, and the activities we did together. I remembered how we’d want to do everything together. How we talked about boys, how we studied together, and how we laughed together will forever be engraved in my memory. 


And now, I was going to get a small portion of all that back. Even if it would only be for a week, it was much better than nothing at all. 


Before long, we were in Alaynah’s neighborhood. We drove by several duplex houses, many of them adorned for Christmas. 


Finally, we stopped in front of the house.


Alaynah’s house.


The place where I had made so many of my good memories. One of the few places in the whole wide world I could be myself. Alaynah never judged me for who I was, neither did her family. They accepted me. And I struggled to find that feeling of acceptance in most other places. 


The corners of my mouth lifted up into an involuntary smile. 


We’re here, I thought. We’re finally here.


We stepped out of the car and into the chilly December air. I stretched and straightened my clothes, hoping I didn’t look like an ugly mess. Too bad it was dark and I couldn’t check in the mirror. 


My sister sprinted to the front door and rang the doorbell. I held my breath in anticipation. 


A shadow appeared at the door as it opened. I felt a whiff of warmth from the inside.


We were greeted by Alaynah’s mom, who was practically my second mother. Behind her was none other than Alaynah, her little brother, and her dad. I was so ecstatic, I could have nearly cried.


Tight, warm hugs were exchanged. Some tears might have been shed. There were comments about how tall each of us had grown in the past year. I probably did look pretty disgusting after that ten-hour car trip. But, for once, I didn’t care. The empty hole in my heart had been filled, perhaps temporarily. I tried not to think about the temporary part. But, right now, I couldn’t be happier. 


The week ended up passing faster than any of us hoped. Every night that week, Alaynah, my sister, and I stayed up until two or three in the morning. We’d wake up near lunchtime. During that week, we talked, laughed, giggled, laughed some more, and made memories that I’d never, ever forget. 


That week was the happiest week I’ve had since we moved away. 


Author Ally Condie had said, “Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I'm glad for that.”


How right she was. 


Even though there were now six-hundred miles between Alaynah and me, we found ways to keep our friendship alive. We texted, video-called, and sent birthday presents in the mail. We kept in touch. We vented to each other about our problems and encouraged each other to do better. 


Alaynah was, is, and will be my best friend forever. No physical distance between us can change that. Ever.

May 09, 2020 00:16

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00:13 Feb 17, 2021

If you don't mind, could you please come to check out my story and give some feedback? I would really appreciate it!

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Rayna J.
18:23 Feb 17, 2021

I'll try my best! :)

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00:34 Feb 18, 2021

:) Thanks!

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00:13 Feb 17, 2021

Great job!

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Rayna J.
18:24 Feb 17, 2021

Thank you so much!

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00:33 Feb 18, 2021

:)

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Mila Van Niekerk
16:26 Sep 18, 2020

I LOVED THAT!! It made me really sad, because it reminded me that one of my besties is moving away to England, and I'm really going to miss her😥😥. I read your bio and YEAH I wanna be your writing buddy! I tried getting my sister to write a book with me but she's about as into it as I am into politics.🙄 Sooo yeah. AAANNDDD your name is really similar to a fantastic character in the series that I watch; The dragon prince and her name is Rayla. TDP is on Netflix, BTW, check it out!! I really like your story and would love to read more of ...

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Rayna J.
17:49 Dec 26, 2020

Awww, thank you so much! And sure, let's be buddies 😊 your comment means a lot!

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B. W.
15:28 Sep 18, 2020

Hey i really liked this and you did a great job with it ^^ i think you should make more stories on here whenever you have the chance to do it, so guess what? this gets a 10/10 :)

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Rayna J.
17:51 Dec 26, 2020

Thank youuuuu! And yess I'm trying to find the time to write more, unfortunately with school finding time has been hard but I'm trying to get something done during winter break! Your comment means a lot. 🥺

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B. W.
17:52 Dec 26, 2020

No problem ^^ If ya ever do get the chance to write something else and submit it, maybe you should tell me? I'd be glad to read the other stories you have :)

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Rayna J.
18:05 Dec 26, 2020

Awwww sureee!💖 Do you happen to have Instagram or Wattpad? I'm working on a short story/one-shot at the moment and I'm planning to post it on Wattpad haha

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B. W.
18:11 Dec 26, 2020

I used to have Wattpad a long time ago, but I stopped using it and I don't have it anymore.

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Rayna J.
18:20 Dec 26, 2020

Awww that's okay

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Elliot Thomas
15:16 Sep 18, 2020

This is a great personal story. I'm glad it ended well :)

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Rayna J.
22:50 Sep 18, 2020

Thank youuu!

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Love it, love it, LOVE IT! -Aerin! (P. S. Would you mind checking out my story ‘Hello, Weirdness, My Old Friend’? Thanks!)

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Rayna J.
19:34 Jul 29, 2020

Thank you so much!!! I'll do my best! :D

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E. Jude
10:30 Jun 14, 2020

Nice!! I could tell it was from real experience!! I really liked it! I would love it if you could check out my stories too!!! XElsa

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Rayna J.
18:42 Jun 14, 2020

Thank you very much, Elsa! I'll check your stories out as soon as I can! :)

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E. Jude
19:24 Jul 09, 2020

Please do! Thanks ahead!!😃

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Batool Hussain
11:57 Jun 13, 2020

Its not bad at all! In fact, I love it!! Kudos to you for describing everything so well!! Would you mind checking my stories out, please? Thanks:)

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Rayna J.
18:05 Jun 13, 2020

Thank you so much! I will check your stories out as soon as I can! :D

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Kate Reynolds
14:51 Jun 12, 2021

OMG THIS WAS SUCH A SWEET YET SAD STORYYYYYYYYYY I LOVED IT!!!!!! You did SUCH a great job! :D Btwww, we should collab sometime! I saw in your bio that you had discord, maybe you could add me??? Mine is JustAnotherRandomGirl#5376

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Rayna J.
00:23 May 09, 2020

Hi! This story is about the true friendship between me and my best friend, Alaynah. Hope it's not too bad! :D

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