Alien | Teen Ink


July 21, 2015
By SomeoneMagical PLATINUM, Durham, New Hampshire
SomeoneMagical PLATINUM, Durham, New Hampshire
22 articles 1 photo 259 comments

"Is she an alien?" He asked me, pointing his finger at me. I felt like I wanted to cry. But that's just it: if he thought I was an Alien, he didn't think I would feel the same way as he did. But that just made me want to cry even harder.

I couldn't stop the tears from pouring down my cheeks, down my wrinkled, hideous face and hardened muscles. The recess monitor looked  at the boy hard, as if to shush him, but she doesn't make a move.

He hollered to his friends and dashed away across the playground.


All the rest of school I cried, facing my desk and staring at it. The spelling teacher, Mrs. Watson, called my name several times but I never lifted my head. I didn't want anyone to have to look at me. At my face.

"Zoey?" She would say, looking at my desk. I could feel her stares boring into my head like a laser beam.


After everyone left the classroom, Mrs. Watson got up from her desk and looked placidly at me. Her eyes once again stared into the fold my arms made around my head. I'd never bothered much or complained at all about the state of my body, but hearing that boy's words...the truth... I just couldn't handle it anymore.

"Zoey," she said calmly. I finally lifted my head and looked at her.

"What? I contradicted fiercely. "What do you want from me?" I waited for her to call me hideous, or an Alien, as the boy had done. But all she did was stare.

"Your mother didn't tell me," she said. "I'm so sorry." And then she broke down in tears, and that struck me.

"How old am I?" I asked her. "Am I an old woman or a young girl? Am I seventy or ten?" That was a bold statement, even for me. But still I felt like I had to say it.

"Zoey, you're ten," she said, sobbing. "You're ten."


At dinner i told mom about the boy who called me an Alien and Mrs. Watson's encouragements and what she said. Mom took this all in, a placid expression on her face. But after I finished, she broke into tears and looked at my face.

"It shouldn't have been you," my mother said. "You didn't deserve it. It's all my fault. How will you ever forgive me?"

"Mom, it's my fault," I said. She wiped the tears off her cheeks and smiled a sad smile. She looked beautiful.

"But you never get a chance to be beautiful. To do things like I used to do. To live to love someone. You'll never--" she cut herself off with another sob, loud and frightening.

"Just stop, Mom. You'd never be able to live in my body. It's just so..." My voice trailed off, not able to find the right words.

"Painful?" She offers, smiling.

"Yes. It's very, very painful," I reply, and we both break down sobbing.

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This article has 7 comments.

Annkim said...
on Jul. 27 2015 at 10:13 pm
Love it, so well written

on Jul. 25 2015 at 4:49 pm
Orchid7 PLATINUM, Plano, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
if you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will award you with a new hello!

@KittyKat1419 I loved this article so much! Keep writing no matter what.

on Jul. 24 2015 at 7:40 pm
ThisEmilyDa1 SILVER, BF, New Mexico
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Favorite Quote:
only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile
-Albert Instien
the only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.

Love it, good job. :)

on Jul. 24 2015 at 12:16 pm
gabe9521 BRONZE, Mora, New Mexico
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Favorite Quote:
The pressure makes us stronger, the struggle makes us hunger, the hard lessons make the difference, and the difference makes it worth it.

I really enjoyed this short story, it made me want to read more.

runner5 said...
on Jul. 24 2015 at 7:53 am
You take me into the emotional moment. You look for the truth in the pain. Wow

Cam_is_Away said...
on Jul. 23 2015 at 5:45 pm
Cam_is_Away, Non, California
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Well. I cried... Oh who am I kidding? I AM crying. Great job! You obviously have the talent to write. Great job!!

on Jul. 23 2015 at 4:51 pm
SomeoneMagical PLATINUM, Durham, New Hampshire
22 articles 1 photo 259 comments
Feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!