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Dirty Laundry MAG

April 2, 2009
By Zero_K DIAMOND, Moosic, Pennsylvania
Zero_K DIAMOND, Moosic, Pennsylvania
83 articles 0 photos 435 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life's no fun if you're not insane, otherwise you grow up to be an accountant." -Moi

He is your world. He is the one you would live and die for. You love the color of his skin – different from yours – the perfect balance between light and dark, day and night. You love the way he tells you he loves you. He says he'll marry you someday.

But your mom does not approve. You wonder every day how anyone can be so bigoted. Has she not felt the way you do at some point in her life? She doesn't understand, just rants and raves about your “taste in men” in that nasally voice you hate – the one she only uses when she's angry.

Later you sit on your bed, and turn up the volume on your iPod. “All the Same” by the Sick Puppies blasts through the ear buds.

Wrong or right … black or white … if I close my eyes … it's all the same.

Your mom has forbidden you from seeing him again, and Dad's taken to keeping a shotgun in the living room.

In my life … the compromise … I'll close my eyes … it's all the same.

You remember telling him you were afraid but that you wouldn't stop seeing him. He asked you to run away with him, just drop everything and run, figure it out as you went. But you said you wanted to wait and see if it would blow over. The look in his eyes was sad, as if he knew your parents would never accept him.

You hop off your bed and start shoving clothes into an duffel bag, making a trip to the bathroom for your toothbrush. You head to your desk and stare blankly at a piece of paper, pencil in hand. You write a quote that has been in your heart from the minute your parents told you that you were making a big mistake. It's short, but it's all you need to say.

You head down the hall to the laundry room. Your mom has piles of clothes on the floor, organized by color. You grab bits from every pile and toss them to the middle, creating a mound no longer separated into lights and darks.

Green, yellow, red, blue, black, white – all heaped into one huge pile. You lay your message on the top. It doesn't say who you're with or where you're going, but it wouldn't be hard to figure out.

“Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color.”

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on Mar. 22 2010 at 7:21 am
APoetAtHeart GOLD, Lyman, Maine
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Favorite Quote:
" I am, Who I Am, But WHY I Am,Who I Am, Is What Confuses Me." - By Me

Holy moly, that was amazing

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on Mar. 19 2010 at 5:50 pm
nutmeg212 GOLD, Coventry, Rhode Island
11 articles 0 photos 63 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't worry about it." -V.Z.

i loved the quote at the end and i loved the whole story. keep up the writing. great job!!

on Mar. 17 2010 at 3:10 pm
Anique_ThePoet GOLD, Indianapolis, Indiana
10 articles 33 photos 111 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A writer should write with his eyes and painter paint with his ears." ~Gertrude Stein~

i love this, especially that quote! keep that pen in your hand, u have a great voice n your stories.

on Mar. 10 2010 at 12:47 pm
The_Fourth_Black_Sister GOLD, Verona, New York
10 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
-Robert Frost

I loved this keep on writing.

on Mar. 9 2010 at 6:34 pm
sidneynicole BRONZE, McKinney, Texas
4 articles 0 photos 48 comments

Favorite Quote:
"When life knock you down to your knees, just know you are in a perfect postition to pray."

absolulty (i knw spelling is wrong) loved it!!!

on Mar. 9 2010 at 4:06 pm
afosnight BRONZE, Mantua, Ohio
2 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive.” -unknown

this a really good story. its short but it definitely gets the point across. ur a really good writer.

ENRIQUEZ12 said...
on Mar. 9 2010 at 3:06 pm
This is a wonderful story love the qoute yuo say it so with such detail. I hope you ecome a great writer one day! keep writing! I am looking foward fo more stories by you!

on Mar. 8 2010 at 11:09 pm
1COR13 PLATINUM, Anchor Point, Alaska
28 articles 0 photos 34 comments

Favorite Quote:
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." - Jimmi Hendrix

beautiful....loved the quote

on Mar. 3 2010 at 6:13 pm
katie_bugg GOLD, Scott Depot, West Virginia
14 articles 14 photos 34 comments

Favorite Quote:
"But my heart, it is brighter than all the many stars in the sky"

-Edgar Allan Poe

alright i apologize for what i said it was rude and if you really don't think it's good then im sorry i criticized your opinion

reallife said...
on Mar. 2 2010 at 7:21 pm
this is so amazing.I loved the qoute at the end

on Mar. 2 2010 at 11:11 am
Always1995 BRONZE, Tellico Plains, Tennessee
1 article 0 photos 12 comments
Thsi was amazing and Beautiful. Well written too !

on Mar. 1 2010 at 5:37 pm
whatshername GOLD, Carlsbad, California
14 articles 1 photo 112 comments
Beautiful! THe message is great! have you thought about writing a novel?

vaggylicker said...
on Mar. 1 2010 at 4:21 pm
would you rather me lie so he or she can't improve...i'd rather people tell me it sucked that lie so i THINK i'm good when i'm not....GOOD feed back isn't always good......and it wasn't all me, those were from my friends, i usually dont leave mean comments but this was really bad

on Mar. 1 2010 at 4:03 pm
katie_bugg GOLD, Scott Depot, West Virginia
14 articles 14 photos 34 comments

Favorite Quote:
"But my heart, it is brighter than all the many stars in the sky"

-Edgar Allan Poe

just thought i'd say again how amazing this is and don't listen to the person posting rude comments their just being jerks, though i can think of a few other names for them :-D

on Mar. 1 2010 at 3:54 pm
katie_bugg GOLD, Scott Depot, West Virginia
14 articles 14 photos 34 comments

Favorite Quote:
"But my heart, it is brighter than all the many stars in the sky"

-Edgar Allan Poe

I have a feeling this is the same person over and over again replying rude commnents and if you think this is bad and think you have the right to judge this writer you obviously are retarted on many levels....

on Mar. 1 2010 at 3:53 pm
katie_bugg GOLD, Scott Depot, West Virginia
14 articles 14 photos 34 comments

Favorite Quote:
"But my heart, it is brighter than all the many stars in the sky"

-Edgar Allan Poe

i'm glad you've posted your opinion but it was very unnecessary....

on Feb. 23 2010 at 3:43 pm
AmazingGrace88 GOLD, Lake Oswego, Oregon
13 articles 0 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
No boys are worth your tears,
and the ones who are wont make you cry.

wow ur so mean this was a very pretty and meaningful story how could you ever say something like that?!

on Feb. 18 2010 at 7:11 pm
juicyfan6 BRONZE, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
1 article 0 photos 46 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good." - J.K. Rowling

This is awesome. "Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color." Great quote. Good job on this story.

on Feb. 15 2010 at 8:14 pm
Sweatheart SILVER, BPT, Connecticut
5 articles 0 photos 76 comments

Favorite Quote:
I can do anything

This was amazing keep on writing

on Feb. 15 2010 at 6:05 pm
SmilingFool GOLD, Merrickville, Other
10 articles 0 photos 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
There is no certainty, only opportunity
- V for Vendetta

A good message that needs to be repeated even today