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Everything's Falling Into Place by Paul Leighland MacLaine As his girlfriend throws all his possessions from a balcony, the man realises t... [946 words]
Sky Bound by Shelley J Alongi Aviation Series story 8. Five years after Anne and Andrew marry, a crisis in the making forces them t... [3,501 words]
The Way We Actually Were by Jeffrey (George) Winter Recollections from a veteran of the Third Reich. [1,337 words]
Wisdom Dug Out Of Dirt by Jeffrey (George) Winter The wealth possessed by a poor, old farmer. [1,032 words]
You've Got Mail by David B Doc Byron A parody of the secret lives of movie critics. [358 words]
The Spirit Tree by Paul Leighland MacLaine A small boy was living with his Aunt and Uncle on their farm discovers a magic tree, and a mira... [4,197 words]
The Secret Of Pimples by David B Doc Byron You'll never see this one coming.... [362 words]
The Caged Introvert by Michael Harris A shy, unattached man's journey for love... [3,644 words]
Sleep Tight. Nighty Night. by Alessandra Mace This story I wrote before 'Big things come in small packages' see how is has matured... [1,282 words]
Nothing Fits, Anyway by Daniel Taylor A short story. [1,610 words]
Night Bite! by Frank Dunsmore Some believe in vampires and some wannabe vampires but Lieutenant Schmidt and his detectives are un... [3,812 words]
Cutting Critics by Frank Dunsmore We've all heard the debate: what is the responsibility of a reviewer? Is it primarily to tell t... [5,146 words]
As Told By Me by Parker Short Story about a kid that gets caught up in the wrong stuff. [6,534 words]
A Poignant Goodbye by Anne Stewart A very short story about internet relationships. [597 words]
A Pocket Full Of Stones by Paul Leighland MacLaine As he walked through the darkest part of his town, he allowed his thoughts to get the b... [929 words]
The Legacy by Paul Leighland MacLaine Abandonment is a terrible way to end a relationship, especially when it is in favour of your best fr... [3,561 words]
The Cool Clique by Pearl S I actually did some reasearch for this, interviewed a few older friends... they don't understan... [837 words]
Sweetchild by Paul Leighland MacLaine Sweetchild is the story of interracial love, a tragic story of a Romeo and Juliet. [2,387 words]
Story Of A Ghost by Matthew Mercieca A short story, about a man who goes through life being consumed by hate. [1,130 words]
Space Walk by Sue (Sooz) Simpson May Cause offense. [1,290 words]
So This Is My Life Then by Sue (Sooz) Simpson - [517 words]
Renting by Paul Leighland MacLaine Sometimes letting go can be harder than holding on. [390 words]
Remington, Underwood & Royal by Paul Leighland MacLaine Will Kingsway has just purchased the solution to his writer’s block – a black, Rem... [4,378 words]
Pulp-Affliction by David B Doc Byron You figure it out. [568 words]
Podunk by David B Doc Byron A small group of rednecks find out what it's like not to get the last laugh on a minority. [763 words]
On The Singularity Cusp by Matt Tracy Learn the lengths to which humans will go to reach immortality. They reach for the star... [2,287 words]
Newsworthy by Vyacheslav Yampolsky A short story. [1,459 words]
Just A Bloody Card Game by Jerry Vilhotti A strorella. [979 words]
Involution Melancholia by Paul Leighland MacLaine Mead wakes to find he has been sleeping on a bar. The room is filled with people and smo... [1,859 words]
Hickory, Dickory, Dock by Sue (Sooz) Simpson - [991 words]
Four Minute Warning by Sue (Sooz) Simpson - [476 words]
Close? Only When We Danced by Paul Leighland MacLaine Secrets and promises are often the hardest things to keep. They have a habit of slip... [908 words]
Cherry Blossom by Sue (Sooz) Simpson - [435 words]
Big Things Come In Small Packages by Alessandra Mace This story is about a boy who loves playing the piano and wishes to be a pian... [2,075 words]
Anything Has To Be Better Than This by Paul Leighland MacLaine Nixon lives a quiet life, he minds his own business, keeps to himself...it’... [952 words]
Grounded by Shelley J Alongi Aviation Series story 10. Seven years into their marriage, life presents the Crance's with a few welco... [2,957 words]
Fatal Flight by Shelley J Alongi Aviation Series story 9. Reacting to Eric's death, Andrew, Eric's first flight instructor, and pro... [3,852 words]
Instrument Meteorological Conditions by Shelley J Alongi Aviation Series story 6. Built on friendship and common interest, Andrew ... [2,464 words]
Worlds Biggest Loser by Sue (Sooz) Simpson - [114 words]
Watch Out, Henry! There's A Hole In That There Bucket! by Pearl S The English Essay I Had Way Too Much Fun Writing. [4,772 words]
Warring Faiths by Ami Another dream... [1,503 words]
Volunteer by Scott Turnit Red Scottturnitred The Empire Falls into civil war. Hard decesions must be made. [2,654 words]
Violet Glowing by Jason Richard Mercer The prelude to a story about an emotionally drained nymphomaniac with the soul of an angel. (I g... [594 words]
Twenty-First Century Mankind by Eric A Hofmann I chose to write a modern day myth which tackled subjects that I thought should be... [1,273 words]
Torn Over Ben by Tracy N Van Brocklin This story is an overview of a young woman's feelings about how she must give up what has been ma... [3,667 words]
The Wrong Love by Samuel James Chase When is love wrong? A story told from the point of view of a person who feels he is the victim i... [2,425 words]
The Music Of Zetaph by Rachael E Bills An intriguing outlook on a futuristic world where aliens from the planet Zetaph have interg... [3,218 words]
The Dinosaur by Sue (Sooz) Simpson - [1,523 words]
Rebecca by Tammi Goyns A short story about supposed insanity...read into the mind of a madman and how he finds society to be c... [1,034 words]
Naughty Bunny Goes To Ibiza by Sue (Sooz) Simpson - [552 words]
Lake Of The Woods by Stephanie Black A story about man vs. nature. A young boy must face a bear in the middle of nowhere during ... [2,492 words]
Insideout by David B Doc Byron A woman born deformed longs to be beautiful. [791 words]
His Prospects by Caitlin Conaway Repressed Victorians! Plus Antarctic Explorers, a pretty Oxford reject, and a little morphine. [3,535 words]
Four Months by Hopii Canterfield This is not meant to be a trite romance, although I know that it can come off that way. It's just ... [666 words]
Experience As In Dostojewski by Stefanie Aschmann The narrator is a rich, middle aged woman living in Germany. Her outlook on life t... [2,023 words]
Dropping The Red Doll by Paul Leighland MacLaine He hasn’t seen his ex-wife in three years but suddenly she is back in his head and back i... [822 words]
Don't Be So Quick To Pull The Plug! by Ami Imagine yourself in her position and SHIVER! It's kind of creepy, a trigger... [1,658 words]
Cat's Chorus by Sue (Sooz) Simpson - [1,332 words]
Cancer Of The Circumstance by Paul Leighland MacLaine When a man meets a friend in the street, a long lost friend, he sees that he is dyin... [1,424 words]
Blue Pill by Scott Turnit Red Scottturnitred Deep Space Romance. [4,499 words]
Anne by Sue (Sooz) Simpson - [707 words]
After She Left by Paul Leighland MacLaine When a relationship ends and partners go their separate ways, the memory of the lost love begins... [708 words]
A Twist In The Tail by Sue (Sooz) Simpson - [963 words]

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Pearl S
I'm a teenager; I like to write, play music, and read old English manuscripts.
[November 2002]
Everything's Routine (Essays) The frightening realization that people live their entire lives like gerbils running in their wheels, and sometimes come away empty-handed. [662 words]
Makes No Difference (Poetry) Not the Sum 41 song. [120 words]
Not Who I'm Supposed To Be (Poetry) I said it was poetry but it isn't really. I don't know what to call it, but it's the feeling you get when everyone knows you should be more than you are and they're right. [373 words]
Nothing Much (Poetry) - [328 words]
Snowing In April (Songs) - [346 words]
Sounds Of Silence And What I Can't Say (Poetry) - [358 words]
The Cool Clique (Short Stories) I actually did some reasearch for this, interviewed a few older friends... they don't understand it anymore than I do. [837 words]
The Masochist Boy (Novels) A neglected teenager confronts his addiction and depression with the help of an insecure friend. [35,178 words] [Teenage]
The Waves (Songs) - [160 words]
Watch Out, Henry! There's A Hole In That There Bucket! (Short Stories) The English Essay I Had Way Too Much Fun Writing. [4,772 words] [Teenage]
We Are Connected By A Net Of Faith (Songs) I guess the title doesn't say much, but this is my feeling about the coming war with Iraq. [296 words]
White Washed Walls, A Collection (Poetry) Acollection of verse: White Washed Walls: Something that came to me while I was sitting by my window... it was a bitter kind of day. Empty Wind-blown Streets: Pieced together from different hospital... [707 words]
Why I Got High, Ran Away, And Just Generally Screwed Myself Up (Poetry) A thought that popped into my head today. I think it might actually explain something. I don't know, I just want it to be out there. [34 words]
'ms. America' (Songs) If Ms. America was a typical American woman... [287 words]
Pearl S

Hey. I’m Amy. What’s up?
You may have heard of me. I’m guessing not. Most people haven’t. There’s nothing special about me. I can’t paint or draw, I can’t play guitar well enough to be in a band, I’m not funny, I’m not popular, and I’m not drugged up. Yet. I like to think I can write, but my writing is all cliché…I just don’t seem to have an original idea in that averaged little head of mine. Not enough imagination? I always thought I had too much of that…
I’m getting ahead of myself, though. I don’t want to scare you. You understand that, right? It’s just I haven’t talked to anyone in so long…and not anyone like you. You look like you might even be willing to listen. I don’t know what I should do. I don’t know how to impress you. I don’t know if that’s even what’s at stake…anyway, just…please forgive me if I mess up my words. Yeah, that was my point.
Ok. Ok. Right, you didn’t just call me for chit-chat. No one does. No one calls me, I have to run after them. But you called about my question, so here it is:
What do you do if no one notices you, because you’re so boring and unoriginal and clichéd that no one wants to waste time on you?
I’ve been trying for years and I can’t figure it out. Everyone is made special, right? They all say that. The teachers say it, the community people say it, the parents say it. They all do. But I’m not special. I’m not talented, I’m not smart, I’m not interesting. And everyone says that everyone has the same problem, but it seems like I’m the only one. And I am. Did you know that I saw eighty-six kids my age today and they were all walking with friends or boyfriends or girlfriends? None of them were alone. They were all wearing the same pair of jeans, the same turtlenecks, the same tight shirts and blonde-dyed bedhead hair. I looked and looked and looked for another chunky girl with frizzy brown hair in a baseball jersey…and I couldn’t find one. I looked for a glum-faced boy without a designer label on his pants sitting alone on a bench…and I couldn’t find him either.
It’s not fair. If the normal thing is for everyone to have friends, and I can’t do anything unoriginal for the life of me, then why shouldn’t it work both ways? If I’m doomed to be the same as everyone, then why can’t I at least have the same kind of life? If I have go through the exact same routine, shouldn’t I get the same results? Shouldn’t I be hanging out at the mall with all of my friends in cute little outfits instead of scribbling furiously into a little black notebook that no one will read because no one cares?
And if I have to stand out like a sore thumb…where are my plus signs? Where’s the spark of imagination in my eyes, where’s the beauty in my poetry, where’s the brilliance in my schoolwork? Where’s that little glowing gem that makes me seem interesting and unique for all my differences, makes people remember me, but not just as ‘the one that didn’t quite fit’?
My family says I have too much time on my hands. They say I should work on developing the normal relationships I already have. They are assuming I have normal relationships, but I don’t. I have charge-per-use relationships.
For example: A boy calls me about a party (!) and begs me (!) to get a ride ( ?) for him and his girlfriend (). But there’s a catch, because once I set that up, the boy, being only human, begins to feel guilty about ‘using’ me, and thus is forced to pretend to be interested in me for as long as he can. Running record: three phone calls. Record breakers? Not likely.
Or in a different case: A girl who has never said a phrase to me that didn’t begin with “Can I have…” returns three broken cds, a nickel from the five bucks I lent her, and the plastic bag from my sandwich, which she on second thought decided not to eat because bread has carbohydrates. Being only human, she feels guilty about breaking my things. So she invites me to hang out with her on Thursday night. Twenty minutes later, a boy she spoken to twice in her life calls and asks her to a movie on Thursday. Call me back when it’s convenient for you! Trust me, I’ll be waiting!
What am I supposed to do? Is there even anything that can be done. Do I sit up half the night waiting for a boy to call me, only to forget, call me the next day so he can say hello and awkwardly sit on the phone for five minutes, not saying anything, until his conscience allows him to hang up?
Do I decide not to go to the library that night in case a girl needs to call me for help with the math she didn’t pay attention to in class because her and her clique were having too much fun passing notes about all the fun things they’re doing next week to pay attention to the math they can get from the loser writing geek in the corner when it better fits their schedule anyway?
Or (and this is the best) do I decide not to sit up waiting, clamber into bed, and proceed to spend the entire night lying awake wondering what would happen if they did call and I fell asleep, and wake up the next morning bitter at myself for not ‘developing normal relationships’ by waiting for their call.
I’m not bitter or jaded. I wish I was. It sucks when you go through the same thing over and over again and each time you’re as unprepared and naïve as Little Red Riding Hood skipping off to Granny’s. It’s like somebody keeps dropping me on my head, and I don’t have the brains to learn anything from it. Plus it hurts that much more when the high hopes I’ve built get cut down with razor blades.
If I was special and interesting, I wouldn’t have this problem. I’d have friends and admirers from all over. We’d hang out every night and laugh at the losers calling every unnoticed girl they can think of for rides for them and their girlfriends.
And if I was just like everyone else, I wouldn’t either have this problem. I’d have friends and boyfriends and cute TJ Max clothing with words on the shirts and bell bottom jeans. We’d be too busy having fun and doing whatever ‘normal’ teenagers to do to worry about if we were ‘normal’ or not.
But I’m not either of these. I haven’t got the self-respect the unique individuals do and I haven’t got the spunk and glamor the prototype teenagers have. All I can do is nod my head (and shake it, right? But I don’t know how to say no.) All I can do is screw things up for myself, and get suckered into the same junk time and time again because let’s face it, that’s my lot in life, isn’t it? They say everyone has my problem, but they’re lying.
I know I’ve been talking for a long time. If you have anything to add…if you have a solution…please, go ahead…
Beep. Beep. Beep.
And sure enough, you’ve hung up. Haven’t you? And when I walk past you in the street tomorrow, you’ll act very concerned about it I imagine. After all, because you have everything I don’t doesn’t mean you also lack shame.
But you won’t call me back tonight. And if I call you…I’ll get your answering machine. You won’t pick up my calls.
I won’t bother you. I hate bothering people.
Funny how nobody seems to mind bothering me.



"Don't sell yourself short Pearl. Seems with a sharp mind like you have things will get better. Maybe not tomorrow but maybe the next day or the next. One thing is for certain, being a doormat won't help. Good luck. Like the feeling in this." -- Just A Guy.
"Thanks...I sat down and wrote it after some loser treated me like trash and hung up on me, bkz i'm hoping some one out there can relate to it. He did apologize later though...thereby assuring that I'll get suckered into the same routine next time. " -- pearl.


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