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The Call

Student Model Print

Seventh-grade poet Brittany invites her readers to share in a real experience.

The Call

The telephone rings endlessly.

This is insane!

Anxiety hits my stomach,

Then rises up through my body.

Will he pick up?

Butterflies roar.

Does he care?

Oh, no . . .

Breathe.

Click.

Someone’s there.

Who?

His sister maybe?

No.

It’s him . . .

I can’t think straight.

Click.

I hope—

no, wish

(wishing is more desperate)

that he can go.

Ask.

Now!

Click.

The words spill out,

like a reaction,

without thinking.

Where is the nervousness?

Gone.

His voice is muffled outside of the phone.

He is asking.

Please let him come.

I pray a thousand times in one second.

He can come!

My hand puts the phone down.

AAAHHH!

I scream as I let everything out.

I throw my arms around my friend . . .

The ultimate girly moment.

Wait.

Another problem.

What am I going to wear?

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