Congratulations to Katie N., grade 9, at Glen Allen Library! Katie’s short story was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest winner. Katie will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.
Week 6 Prompt:
A campfire, a scream, and a small lie that gets bigger and bigger.
Katie’s Winning Story:
ʺDid you hear that?ʺ Jessica said suddenly looking up with wide eyes. ʺI swear something moved.ʺ
The ten of us were gathered around the fire roasting marshmallows.
“Are you sure? I don’t see anything.” Elaine said looking at her suspiciously.
“Of course.” Jessica said, annoyed. “Some monster is out there.”
The other campers looked at each other uneasily. I gave Jessica a questioning look. I hadn’t seen or heard anything. She winked at me. I hate it when she lies like this. But not everyone was fooled. The two boys sitting next to me were still looking at her with disbelief. One of them glanced at Elaine then stood up.
“I’m going to check it out.” David said, his voice determined.
Two minutes after he left a scream pierced the air. My eyes shot towards Jessica’s. She looked back at me, bewildered and alarmed. She didn’t know the source of the scream either.
“The monster probably ate him!” Jessica said. However apparently she wasn’t afraid to take advantage of it.
“Do you think it really was the thing you heard?” Elaine said, frightened. “Someone call a counselor!”
“Wait!” Jessica said nervously. “I mean we don’t really need to get a counselor right? I mean I was just kidding.”
Elaine narrowed her eyes. “You mean to say you were lying?” Jessica squirmed in her seat.
“Fine! I lied.” She admitted. Elaine smirked. David came out of the trees.
“Got ya!” David said laughing. The night ended with laughter all around.
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