Fiction and poetry by the Teen Writers of the Inland Empire (T.W.I.N.E.), sponsored by the Spokane County Library District
"Elsewhere" by Aaliyah Caliente-Zymph
I found the strangest thing in my pocket last night. It's round and shiny, light blue but kind of warm. It's not like any stone I've seen, too round, too perfect. I stare deep into the entrancing orb, and the world around me fades away. I blink, startled, and notice I am not quite where I was. I watch a fish go by and panic. I'm sure not in Kansas anymore! Thus I decide to go and explore, and I find myself in the sea. I'm in a different reality! Here maybe nobody cares about how I dress or when I speak. I may stay here a week! Maybe forever. Back to the old world I will never go. I am safe and I bet I'll be loved. Then I hear somebody call, "So perhaps it will be a happy New Year, after all."