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Like Empty Crosses (An excerpt of a book I'll never write)

Like Empty Crosses (An excerpt of a book I'll never write)

Posted June 7th, 2018 by SarahJ

by Sarah J
in Ohio

June 7th, 2018

The telephone poles stood like empty crosses in an overgrown graveyard, with the sky’s backsplash of lavender and peach creating a dreamy haze around the landscape. The tall grass surrounded my body, lying like a corpse that belonged in a grave, but was left out to rot. My deep, golden brown eyes squinted at the sky, for the sun was present but fading. My only movements were the subtle rising and falling of my chest, and I had stayed like that for a long time. I heard a rustle in the swaying grass that I recognized as footsteps approaching my helpless, lying position. I made no effort to rise.


“What are you doing? Get up, it’s time to go,” a familiar voice said. August, my older brother spoke in his freshly deep, unsteady voice. I stood up laboriously and slowly, with exaggerated effort. August’s cold, grey eyes met my own for a moment, but he turned away and started walking towards our little pale house with a back patio that faced the field I lay in. They warm, late spring breeze caressed my pale face, like even the wind did not want me to leave. I was to be a dead body, left to decay in the field I grew up in for fourteen years. It felt like I was living in a dream, with a hazy sunset and the van stuffed with suitcases and boxes. I knew the dream wasn’t real, so I went along with it, knowing I would wake up any time now with the sun peeking through my thin curtains, waking me up for another day.


But I didn’t wake up, and it wasn’t a dream. I walked in a daze, the itchy grass giving my bare legs thin scratches as I walked through the field to the house.


As I looked through the back window of the car, at the suburban houses, and the streetlamps that would light up the night soon, I realized I would never see it again.


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You are an amazing writer! I

You are an amazing writer! I love this.

Posted by Nunya B. on Thu, 06/07/2018 - 12:34
Thank you so much, that

Thank you so much, that means so much to me! 

Posted by Sarah J on Thu, 06/07/2018 - 12:48
I just read your biography,

I just read your biography, by the way! Here's some information on the Houses and the Mentors:

The Houses divided KidPubbers into groups: The House of Land, House of Sea, and House of Sky. It was supposed to motivate KidPubbers to write more. Everything they wrote was a certain number of points. The House with the most points would win something. I don't remember exactly what. I was in the House of Land. Initially, there was only me and one other member, so it was hard to catch up to other Houses. I couldn't write all that much since I had writer's block, so I had to give up on it. Eventually, since no one kept track of points, the Houses became a thing of the past.

The Mentor program was for new KidPubbers. Since they don't know what's going on initially, the program could help introduce them to KidPub and everything within it. New members were paired up with more experienced members that could tour them around. I didn't participate in it, because I was busy doing other things. It seems like the communication slowly died out, and the last post on their thread was two months ago.

Since they both appear to be shut down, I wouldn't worry too much about them! smiley

~~~~~ My NES organization site: https://sites.google.com/site/gatewaymansionsite/ ~~~~~ My editing business: https://www.kidpub.com/forum3/showthread.php?p=599927#post599927 ~~~~~ My stories: https://www.kidpub.com/users/arabellasaura ~~~~~

Posted by Nunya B. on Thu, 06/07/2018 - 15:20
Thats too bad! Those sound

Thats too bad! Those sound like really interesting and fun concepts. Even if it doesn't do much, I want to do everything I can to bring KidPub back to life!!

Posted by Sarah J on Thu, 06/07/2018 - 17:12

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