I Don't Wanna Go

Submitted into Contest #64 in response to: Write about someone who’s been sent to boarding school.... view prompt

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Creative Nonfiction Friendship High School

AUTHOR'S NOTE- so this kind of goes with the prompt, but it's a prep school, not a boarding school. Hope you enjoy nonetheless!

Ember Sarazin let her long black hair fall over her shoulders, sliding the ponytail back onto her wrist. She frowned in the mirror, scrutinizing her leaf green eyes, pale yet fair complexion, and small, pixie-like pointed nose. She smoothed out her white shirt and black tie and tossed on her dark green uniform jacket, leaving the buttons undone. She pulled down on the white and dark green plaid skirt, wishing it was longer, and ignored her white socks and small black heels. Embossed on the side of the front of the jacket was a crest that held a wolf standing and looking out with a black background and the words Clover Prep in smooth black lettering. 

Ember didn’t want to go to Clover Prep. She wanted to stay in her old school, Medora Public, in Newton, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. But her mother, the headmistress of Clover, insisted that it was time she took her place among the snobby, brattish, spoiled Clover Academy seventh graders in the heart of Boston.

Ember slung her backpack over her shoulder and trudged down the stairs of her home. She grabbed a bagel off of the counter and ripped a chunk out of it as her seventeen year old brother, Marcus, sauntered into the room. 

“Ember, you’re gonna choke.” he frowned playfully, then messed up her hair with a smirk. “What’s the matter?” 

“I don’t want to go to Prep,” Ember snapped, throwing her hands up in defense. Marcus plucked the bagel out of her hand and took a chomp out of it as she smoothed down her head. 

Marcus was already dressed in his white shirt and black tie and smooth dark green pants and jacket. He frowned. “What do you mean? There’s nothing wrong with Clove. You’ll like it, sis.” 

Ember rolled her eyes. “Oh, please. Marcus. All the kids my age there are snobby and rich who always get what they want. I’m not going to make any friends and I have no interest in going there AT ALL. I want to stay at Medora.” 

Marcus shrugged. “There’s nothing you’re able to do. Mom wants you there, so you’re going.” he wrapped his arm around her in a one-arm hug. “C’mon, we’re gonna miss the bus.” 

Ember snatched another bagel and slipped out the door behind her brother. They jogged down the steps, where a huge dark green bus waited for them. CLOVER PREPARATORY SCHOOLS was stamped on the side in silver lettering. Marcus grabbed her arm and pulled her on, plopped her in the fourth row, and strolled to the back to sit with his friends. 

As the bus rumbled to a start, Ember looked around at the kids. There was a girl across from her with a short black bob, ghostly white skin, black lipstick, and dark eyeshadow noisily chewing a piece of bubble gum while scrolling through her phone. 

Ember curled her lip. Nope. 

Diagonal and back, there sat a black girl with long, dark hair in a bun on top of her head, with a few strands hanging down that had bleached tips. She was reading a book entitled “To Kill A Mockingbird” and by the looks of it, she had at least five more gigantic books in her backpack. On her phone, which was on the seat next to her, there was a big white sticker with yellow words that screamed I’M A NERD, AND I’M HAPPY. 

Ember shook her head uncomfortably. 

Diagonal and in front of her there sat a girl with perfect skin, long blonde hair, and a face that perfectly matched a Barbie. She was chattering on a cell phone with a bedazzled pink case, and she shrieked every five seconds at something the other person on the line said. In her other hand, she was holding a Starbucks frappe latte, and her backpack was designer. 

Ember stuck out her tongue slightly and squeezed her eyes shut. Snobby rich kid. 

Just then, the bus screeched to a halt in front of a huge black gate, which groaned open as the bus doors slapped open as well. The kids started to file off, Ember uncomfortably surrounded. She looked up grumpily and gasped. 

The building looked like a huge, tan castle. There was a magnificent, bright green lawn with a white marble fountain in the center. Students in uniform lounged around on the steps to the school, the lawn, and around the fountain, talking and laughing and eating and playing catch with footballs or kicking a soccer ball back and forth. 

Ember gaped, then inhaled sharply and maintained her composure. “I hate this,” she muttered to herself. 

***

Lunch. 

The cafeteria was big and bustling, with a smooth white floor, circular green tables, and green walls. 

Ember grabbed her white lunch box and slipped out of the line over to a table by herself. She pulled out her salad and drizzled on a packet of ranch dressing as she heard an “ahem” above her. 

Ember glanced up quickly. Two girls, one brunette with two buns, and the other with two silver braids. Each of them held a white lunch tray. 

“Hi!” the bun girl said cheerfully. “I’m Linley! Mind if we sit?” 

“Uh…” Ember frowned slightly. “Sure.” 

Linley dropped down happily across from her, and the colder-looking girl sat next to her friend. Linley smiled at Ember. “This is Harper. What’s your name?” 

“Ember,” Ember replied warily, raising an eyebrow. “Why did you want to sit with me? I’m the new kid. Don’t you have friends?” 

Linley’s cheerful demeanor dropped. 

Harper curled her lip. “Do you want us to move?” 

“Well, no,” Ember replied hurriedly, face growing hot and blushing red. “I was just wondering.” 

Linley shrugged a little. “I just saw you all alone and I thought you wanted someone to sit with.” she pouted a little. 

Harper eyed Ember curiously and then patted Linley on the shoulder. 

“I’m sorry,” Ember replied humbly, lowering her eyes. “I shouldn’t have.” 

As if she flipped a switch, Linley brightened up again. “It’s fine!! What school did you move from?” 

***

Three weeks later

“Harper, Linley, Ember! Please be quiet!” the teacher snapped. 

The three giggled from the back of the room and tried to straighten up. Just then, the bell rang shrilly, and everyone scrambled to escape the class. 

Harper tossed her ponytail over her shoulder as Linley popped a piece of gum into her mouth. “Football game tonight?” 

Ember nodded, grinning. “Obviously!” she gestured to her white football jersey with a green 11 on the front(jerseys were the only exception to the uniform code). 

“You still hate it here, Em?” Harper asked, wiggling her eyebrows mischievously with a smirk. 

Ember snorted. “No way.”

October 17, 2020 00:57

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105 comments

Hi Megan!! I just read your story and I think it is an amazing story!! You did a great job writing this and I can't wait to read more of your awesome stories!! :)

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Megan Sutherland
01:37 Oct 21, 2020

Thank you so much, Haripriya!

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No problem! :)

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Megan Sutherland
19:11 Oct 21, 2020

:)))))

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No problem!! It's my pleasure to always be kind to others and appreciate their talent in writing! (I love doing it!) :)

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Megan Sutherland
01:31 Oct 22, 2020

Well, thank you! It definitely means a lot to me! :)

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17:40 Oct 24, 2020

Amazing job, Megan! I'm going to try to get you into 40th place, so if I don't respond for a lil, I'm not ignoring ya!

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18:12 Oct 24, 2020

All upvoted! You're in 40th place now!!

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Megan Sutherland
18:30 Oct 24, 2020

Thank you so much, Kylie!

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18:33 Oct 24, 2020

No problem!

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18:35 Oct 24, 2020

Awww, thank you so much for the mention in your bio!! You are too sweet!!!

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Megan Sutherland
18:53 Oct 24, 2020

of course! You obviously deserve it!! :D ❤️

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Niveeidha Palani
12:32 Oct 18, 2020

Hi Megan, the last line was hilarious! Beautiful descriptions, exciting dialogues and hooking scenes! Keep up the good work!

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Megan Sutherland
13:26 Oct 18, 2020

Thank you so much!

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Niveeidha Palani
21:22 Oct 18, 2020

:) No problem!

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B. W.
05:03 Nov 15, 2020

heyyy

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Megan Sutherland
12:37 Nov 15, 2020

hi!

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B. W.
18:40 Nov 15, 2020

how are ya?

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Megan Sutherland
00:17 Nov 16, 2020

good, wbu?

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B. W.
00:47 Nov 16, 2020

eh i guess im fine

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Megan Sutherland
02:34 Nov 16, 2020

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Kylie Rudolf
19:07 Oct 26, 2020

The beginning is so relatable, a new place, new people, new you.

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Regina Perry
05:21 Oct 25, 2020

It amuses me that Ember acts a little snobby when she assumes everyone at Clover Prep is a snob. The way you described Linley and Harper, they're not too different from anyone else Ember sees, with the exception that they talk to her. Linley and Heather, who seem like typical Clover Prep girls, are being nice, and Ember, who was scared of the snobs, responds by asking them a somewhat snobby question. That's irony for you! The ending was satisfying, too.

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Megan Sutherland
12:39 Oct 25, 2020

Thank you so much, Regina! Yeah, what I was going for there was Ember being defensive. I guess it kind of sounds snobby? Whatever :D Thank you!

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Regina Perry
13:43 Oct 25, 2020

You're welcome. It's not a bad thing; I just thought it was funny.

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Megan Sutherland
13:52 Oct 25, 2020

It's fine, lol I know, I can see where you're coming from. I'm sorry if that sounded mean :( -Megan

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Regina Perry
14:54 Oct 25, 2020

You didn't sound mean. Don't worry about it.

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Megan Sutherland
15:06 Oct 25, 2020

okiii :)

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B. W.
00:53 Oct 22, 2020

i made some more new stories ^^

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Megan Sutherland
01:32 Oct 22, 2020

Cool! I have to go to bed now, but I will check them out tomorrow, okay? Thanks for letting me know!

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B. W.
01:33 Oct 22, 2020

alright ^^

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B. W.
23:03 Oct 18, 2020

Heya ^^ 10/10 :)

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Megan Sutherland
09:14 Oct 19, 2020

Thank youu!

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Ann Rapp
20:04 Oct 18, 2020

Hi Megan, I enjoyed your story, and think a lot of kids and young adults in school would benefit from reading it. You hook your readers right away by getting us to sympathize with Ember, and she and your other characters are believable and strong. I liked the way you use language to show, not tell, the story, and can see you have a knack for it. I loved the upbeat, fun ending and the strong positive note you end on. Well done. Hope to see more of your stories on Reedsy and later in the bestseller list! Happy writing, Ann

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Megan Sutherland
21:23 Oct 18, 2020

Oh my gosh, thank you so much!!!!!! That means a ton to me!

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B. W.
21:51 Nov 04, 2020

hola amiga ^^

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Megan Sutherland
22:56 Nov 04, 2020

hieeee

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B. W.
22:58 Nov 04, 2020

how are ya?

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Megan Sutherland
23:15 Nov 04, 2020

great! you?

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B. W.
23:25 Nov 04, 2020

eh, i guess im sorta good

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Megan Sutherland
02:16 Nov 05, 2020

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16:16 Nov 03, 2020

Meg, Meg, Meg! Guess what? Your birthday present is now submitted! Go check out "Things Change"! I'm so excited to hear what you think! :D :D :D :D :D

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Megan Sutherland
00:08 Nov 04, 2020

Ok, ok! Keep your hair on! I'll go read it now!

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01:31 Nov 04, 2020

XD I like that expression!

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Megan Sutherland
02:35 Nov 04, 2020

lollll me too! Did you know if someone tells you to hold your horses, they're telling you to be stable? XD Why do noses run but feet smell? You have fingertips but not toe tips, yet you can tiptoe and not tip finger. I have a million of 'em, Brooke! I love shower thoughts/puns!

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11:46 Nov 04, 2020

Oh, my gosh! Those are amazing! XD I'm definitely going to start using those.

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Megan Sutherland
19:29 Nov 04, 2020

XD

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B. W.
07:33 Nov 03, 2020

i made a new story ^^

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Megan Sutherland
11:35 Nov 03, 2020

Oki! I will go check it out asahp. I have to get ready for school now but I will come read it soon!

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B. W.
17:25 Nov 03, 2020

alright thanks ^^

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B. W.
19:29 Nov 02, 2020

hola

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Megan Sutherland
21:25 Nov 02, 2020

yoooooo

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B. W.
21:40 Nov 02, 2020

how are ya?

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Megan Sutherland
00:15 Nov 03, 2020

living the dream, keeping busy! How are you?

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B. W.
00:28 Nov 03, 2020

i dunno, kinda half and half

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Megan Sutherland
02:34 Nov 03, 2020

:):

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B. W.
22:48 Oct 26, 2020

I made a new story ^^ could you check out "He isn't real...or is he?" and leave feedback?

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Megan Sutherland
23:20 Oct 26, 2020

Sure! I will asahp. I have to go get some stuff on first. I'm so busy now, I'm only on here in blurbs! :D

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B. W.
23:24 Oct 26, 2020

alright thank you and thats alright ^^

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B. W.
20:20 Oct 24, 2020

I made a new story :) could ya check out "A strange night" and leave some feedback?

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Megan Sutherland
23:26 Oct 24, 2020

Sure!

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B. W.
23:28 Oct 24, 2020

thanks ^^ remember to leave feedback

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Megan Sutherland
23:33 Oct 24, 2020

:D

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B. W.
17:30 Oct 23, 2020

hey amiga

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Megan Sutherland
04:36 Oct 24, 2020

heyyy

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B. W.
04:38 Oct 24, 2020

how are ya?

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Raquel Rodriguez
21:11 Oct 22, 2020

Nice job, Megan! I love Ember's character, and I definitely wasn't expecting the ending! Great job! One thing though, and don't worry, it's pretty small. In the beginning, when Ember stares at herself in the mirror, that's kind of a cliche when you're trying to describe what your character looks like. Maybe you should try to get her to use her five senses to explain her appearance. Anyway, her relationship with Harper and Linley is so relatable, I love it! ;) Oh, by the way, I saw you were on a basketball team (I was snooping ar...

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Megan Sutherland
01:33 Oct 23, 2020

Thank you so much, Raquel! That's great you're working on a novel! I hope you don't lose inspiration, because you're so nice and you deserve to have a book out there in your name! So, my advice- keep going! Push through! Write short little paragraphs to get ideas flowing. The world needs all the great stories it can get- give people a great read to look forward to. Write, write, write!

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Regina Perry
05:12 Oct 25, 2020

I just have to jump in to say- I've got an idea that might help you not lose your inspiration. I'm working on a novel, too, and when I feel like I need help to keep going, I let someone else- usually a friend or sibling- read part of it. Then that person gives me encouragement and asks for more, so I HAVE to keep writing. It also keeps me interested because it shows me that other people love my WIP almost as much as I do. My sister told me recently that I have no right to keep something as good as one of the novels I'm currently working on f...

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Raquel Rodriguez
11:44 Oct 23, 2020

Thank you, Megan! Aww, you're really nice too! :) Okay, but you have to follow your advice too! Thank you for the confidence, and keep writing! I'm looking forward to seeing another story of yours :)

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Megan Sutherland
04:35 Oct 24, 2020

Thank you, and I will!! :D

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Raquel Rodriguez
16:33 Oct 24, 2020

Good! Thank you too! :)

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Megan Sutherland
17:02 Oct 24, 2020

:D

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Avery G.
01:30 Oct 20, 2020

Oh, Megan!!!! I haven't been on Reedsy in a while, so I missed this! Wow, this honestly was super good! The dialogue was realistic, the descriptions were good, and the ending was amazing! I really loved it! Great job!

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Megan Sutherland
01:32 Oct 20, 2020

Thank you so much Avery!!!!! I missed youuuu :)

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Avery G.
01:33 Oct 20, 2020

You're soooo welcome!!! Aww, I missed you too! How have you been?

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Megan Sutherland
01:35 Oct 20, 2020

Good! My basketball team won today and we are in the second round of our tournament, and I've been working on a novel in my spare time. Also keeping busy with school. What about you?

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Avery G.
01:36 Oct 20, 2020

Yay! Whoa, congratulations!!! Ooh, a novel? That sounds really cool! Yeah, I've been keeping busy with school. I have a lot of homework, even though I'm homeschooled.

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Megan Sutherland
10:35 Oct 20, 2020

Oof. We have to wear masks in school all day, AND during sports. :( Do you play Among Us? My friends and I like to play it every day together, and it's super fun. I just got a new phone too!!! The Samsung S20 FE.

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B. W.
00:15 Oct 20, 2020

Heya :)

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Megan Sutherland
01:33 Oct 20, 2020

hieeeeee

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B. W.
01:43 Oct 20, 2020

how ya been?

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Megan Sutherland
10:36 Oct 20, 2020

Pretty good! My basketball team is in the second round of our tournament and I just got a new phone. How about you?

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B. W.
15:20 Oct 20, 2020

Ive been good i guess, though i think i have writers block

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Megan Sutherland
01:34 Oct 21, 2020

Yeah, that sucks. I hate those. Have you tried some of the exercises for writer's blocks that Reedsy suggests? Scroll to the bottom of your screen and hit 'Writing Exercises'.

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