My Thoughts Exactly

 In What I'm Writing

2012: My Thoughts Exactly was awarded First Place in Empirical’s Fiction Contest

Below you will find an excerpt but you can read it in its entirety here.

Chrissy seemed oblivious to the lack of visibility. Relaxed and beautiful as ever in her torn jeans, she kept one hand on the wheel while she switched through endless radio stations. Now, I am a planner, and since this was a new start for me, I felt it important to begin on the right step, so to speak. More than anything, I wanted to be popular. Boys were a mystery to me, but I wanted one. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted by one. Of course, boys were always falling all over Chrissy, though she returned their attention with cool indifference. She was indifferent to me as well, but we were trapped in a car together and she was a captive audience. I really needed her advice.
 
“Can I ask you something?”
 
“Yeah, shoot.”
 
Now that she had agreed to enter into a conversation with me, I felt a little panic. I cleared my throat.
 
“Well, I was wondering how to get a boy to notice me.”
 
She blinked in surprise. “You’re only twelve.”
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