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Can You Hear Me? This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Tabitha-Mariah, Ossipee, NH

The crowded hallway was swarming with voices, all uniting into one loud hum. Entangled in the roar was the sound of lockers opening and closing and, every once in a while, a teacher yelling over the clamor. I was standing in front of my locker, taking another look at my new schedule for the second semester. I have a bad memory for schedules. The lighting wasn't nearly bright enough. I strained to see the words, my own shadow blocking most of the light.

Is she just going to stand there all day? An irritated voice rang through my head. I looked over my shoulder. Ashley Garland was standing behind me, eyes glowering behind mascara-coated lashes, recently glossed lips parted slightly in an impatient scowl. She was waiting to get into the locker next to mine.

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21 comment(s)
PLEASE MORE STORY I absolutely adore this story.
Sep. 18, 2016 at 10:49 PM • Report
Amazing. Please continue the story
Aug. 22, 2016 at 4:24 PM • Report
Amazing. Please continue the story
Aug. 22, 2016 at 4:24 PM • Report
Are you going to turn this into a novel? Please do! I'd love to read it.
May. 27, 2016 at 5:34 PM • Report
This was one of the first stories that I have ever read on here and that was amazing! Ugh the way you could just imagine the girls pain and wonder what life would really be like if you could hear peoples thoughts...words are powerful. And a lot of times do more harm than good. Can't wait to read more of your work! Keep it up your very talented!
Dec. 24, 2015 at 8:41 PM • Report
Aww, you have me in tears. You have so perfectly described that disgusting, all too common experience of feeling that everyone is judging you, and then so wonderfully created her knight in shining armor. :) Your imagery, flow, and voice are exquisite. I definitely want to read more! By the way, this is a fantastic concept for a story!
Mar. 01, 2015 at 12:12 AM • Report
This is WONDERFUL! It's been so long since I've read a really good short story on Teenink - this is phenomenal. The fact that she can only here thoughts about her is pretty unique, but what really sold it was the set-up in the beginning. You eased us into her super ability and I LOVE that! Great story, really great :):):)
Feb. 28, 2015 at 12:51 PM • Report
And I'm here thinking what if Ryan is Ryan M. from 'All I Need Is A Friend' poem? ....
Feb. 27, 2015 at 7:51 PM • Report
I totally love this!! You should write a sequel. It's AMAZING!!!!!
Nov. 22, 2014 at 10:22 PM • Report
If you are still continuing this, do continue it, please. This is amazing, it's like my favorite now. I can connect to this in some way. This is just amazing. Thank you for sharing this.
Aug. 06, 2014 at 2:54 PM • Report