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Instances This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Mabish3, Stratford, CT

It took me 15 years and 364 days to turn 16, three tries to pass my driving test, and several months of nonsense to finally earn the right to drive on my own.

It takes a song and a half to get out of the school’s hellish parking lot at the end of the day, until the second chorus of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” to reach the first traffic light, and more or less half of any album in my collection to get home.

It takes an instant to lose everything.

Not one of those commercial instants either: Lose ten pounds instantly! Regrow a full head of hair in an instant! In an instant, that troublesome fungus will disappear! When those people use the word instant, it means at least a minute, or, if they don’t mind lying to the public, days or more.

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3 comment(s)
I absolutely love the story! You wrote it in such a nice way, I really like how you didn't reveal too much at once and how you captured emotion so well. :)
Jul. 11, 2015 at 5:22 PM • Report
It's satirical, funny, and very witty. I like it because even though it's a sad plot, you find little bits of humour to cheer the reader up.
May. 05, 2015 at 9:15 AM • Report
I loved it all, especially the beginning!
Nov. 20, 2013 at 3:37 PM • Report