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

By Zachary B., Brooklyn, NY

     Sounds of constant traffic and busy sidewalks roared throughout the park. To any other man this would be the worst environment for thinking, but for John, the rainbow of noises was the perfect escape.

“Sir, would you like ketchup or mustard?”

John wasn’t an average man. He was average to the extent that he put his pants on one leg at a time, but with John, the problem wasn’t putting on his pants. To any other person, John would have been categorized in the “one heck of a lucky kid” group. John was the son of two entrepreneurs. So naturally, he had been raised to become somewhat of a Renaissance man. He had attended the best schools and was instructed by the best tutors. He had had the best coaches for every sport and had always been the star player.

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21 comment(s)
Amazing peace of work. Had me completely transfixed!
Aug. 10, 2017 at 2:12 AM • Report
Absolute gold
Jun. 04, 2017 at 10:00 PM • Report
Very insightful! To have a character like this is almost refreshing, and definitely heartwarming. A good message :)
Jan. 23, 2017 at 2:51 PM • Report
Amazing post!
Jun. 17, 2016 at 12:18 PM • Report
Brilliant work! Wonderful, creative ending. I was skeptical about the wording of the beginning, but fell in love with the character development and the underlying meaning. Well done.
May. 04, 2016 at 3:47 PM • Report
Amazing! One of my favorite on the site!
Dec. 02, 2015 at 12:15 PM • Report
Awesome! :)
Nov. 10, 2015 at 6:57 PM • Report
A new favorite. Fantastic job
Jul. 23, 2015 at 5:51 PM • Report
This story was perfect. Amazing work!
Apr. 26, 2015 at 1:21 AM • Report
Absolutely flawless.
Apr. 04, 2015 at 6:04 AM • Report