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Icarus This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

By Caitlin M., Brooklyn, NY

     My world is a tent. A dirty, gray, worn canvas tent. I saw the outside of it once. It reads “Westley Brothers’ Circus” in cracked and faded paint. That was three years ago, before the Westley brothers started loading me into the back of their canvas-draped truck under the cover of darkness. They don’t like me to go outside. They don’t say why, but I am not as naive as I once was. Not as naive as they think I am. They would like to keep me always in the dark about the world outside my tent. They want me to be small enough to keep under their thumbs. I already know what the world thinks about people who are ... different.

I was too young to know when they found me. Then, I was happy to have a place. A home. A family. I was a star, the headline act. Every spotlight in the circus was trained on me as the crowds poured in to see me, their hands outstretched to touch.

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19 comment(s)
Wow incredible, love
May. 05, 2017 at 2:39 AM • Report
Breathtaking and beautiful and amazing. This could be part of a published book. Just…wow.
Apr. 13, 2017 at 4:45 PM • Report
I love this. I am blown away. Did I say I love this?
Apr. 13, 2017 at 12:53 PM • Report
I have no words...
Jan. 15, 2017 at 6:52 PM • Report
I firmly believe you should continue this. I enjoyed this very much. It held my attention. I love the fact that she does not fly away at the end, but gives the boy his balloon back. Your last sentence is very, very powerful. Excellent job!
Apr. 26, 2016 at 1:54 PM • Report
Wow! Love girl! This is fantastic! I got so lost in the story that I forgot where I was. I almost feel like I could fly and I also feel the claustrophobic grip that the circus has on her. It's invigorating. Great job!
Nov. 02, 2015 at 11:52 AM • Report
My goodness, this is absolutely fantastic! I'm really in love with this story and your writing style. Just insanely beautiful!
Oct. 11, 2015 at 11:17 PM • Report
Wow...all I can say is wow! This is amazing!!
Feb. 11, 2015 at 10:30 AM • Report
That was beautiful. I love how Tierra is so broken, then so strong and amazed at her own skill. And when she is caught, it ends by mentioning fire. To me that fire means that she will not resume her broken state, but rather be fierce with a burning fire. 
Aug. 22, 2014 at 1:05 PM • Report
That’s what I was thinking as I read this story. It’s beautiful - simply beautiful.
Jul. 23, 2016 at 2:20 PM • Report