Pixels & Pages

Calling all creative teens! Send us your best poetry, stories, and artwork! Accepted entries will be featured on this page, with a chance to be published in Pixels & Pages, our annual Teen Magazine! Submit your work at any MCPL location, or online at www.mcpl.us/teenzone/publishing.
DECEMBER 19, 2013
Faster, I must go faster. Through the woods and around the trees. Faster. Over bushes and roots, as fast as my legs can take me. There’s snaps and growls behind me. Faster, I must go faster. The road. To the road. Follow Mommy, always Mommy. To the road. The road is safety.

I stumble and fall but jump back up. No time for mistakes. Mistakes mean death.

Where’s Mommy?!! I look for a flash of brown or her white tail. There. Over there. A flash of brown next to a tree. The flick of her tail through the leaves.

There’s a crash behind me that spurs me on. Deeper and deeper into human civilization. My home, my trees, my forest…gone. This is human land. Human land is unsafe, why are we here? Mommy knows. I must trust Mommy.

There’s the road!! A strange sound fills my ears. No natural sound, a human sound. Closer, closer we run to the road.

 A branch breaks close by me. Too close. It is catching me. Faster, faster. I must run faster.

Strange things fly by on the road. Not man or beast. Light shoots out of its front and it runs on four…things.

Faster, I must go faster. Fast like the strange unbeasts on the road.

Closer and closer we go until we’re there and Mommy dashes across. I hesitate. The unbeasts don’t slow for us. I might get hit. That would hurt.

A growl reminds me I have no choice. I hurtle into the road and start to cross, but then stop.

I am but

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