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15-Minute Wait for the Results This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Oelania P, Brooklyn, NY

Skinny bird legs lying next to mine.
The one rubbing my thigh is tapping
up and down and up and down
because you are nervous about something.
Your finger, the one with the big red plastic ring,
is tapping on the peeling dark veneer rhythmically.
Your other hand is so clammy.
Like a turtleneck on a hot day,
like a wet turtleneck on a humid day.
The salmon-colored plastic sticks to my upper arm
in the small space between us on this love seat,
peeling away from my skin when I shift
with a sticky sound. Ouch.
There’s a rip, all jagged with
school bus-colored foam poking out.
Your nails are digging in,
as short as they are.
You are so afraid.
My nails are digging into your hand as well –
I can see the red-lined moons standing out plain as sight.

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6 comment(s)
I love the suspense created at the end, how we leave whether or not the test being positive was good or bad up to the reader.
Apr. 06, 2016 at 10:01 AM • Report
This is really good, I love it. Very awesome job!!
Apr. 20, 2015 at 1:13 PM • Report
Brilliant, although it isn't clear if "positive" is a good thing or not. Regardless, you achieved suspense!
Feb. 13, 2015 at 7:37 PM • Report
This moved me greatly. The intemsity that builds up really kept me reding fast, wondering what the results were going to be. Good work!
Jan. 13, 2014 at 3:29 PM • Report
That was wonderful. I love the suspense, and how she's thinking of so many other things befor she gets the results.
May. 16, 2013 at 4:05 PM • Report
Amazing. There is nothing left to say.
Apr. 24, 2013 at 7:39 PM • Report