I just want to say, this is new for me. I am doing new things with my creative energy and I am more than willing to grow with what I’m doing. I am teaching myself that everything takes time. So please, bare with me! I wrote this story for a creative writing program I’m in. Here goes! Feel free to leave advice or comments on the story!
Mom says I am not allowed to go outside anymore. I hate just sitting in here. There is always an adventure out there! There is so much to explore! There are trees to climb and swings to swing and bikes to ride. There are even rivers to find lost jewelry in! And I am just stuck in here, watching everything from my seat by the window. I feel like I have been indoors forever! I miss the wind on my face while racing down the hill. I can’t do anything now.
Mom says I could just watch a movie or read something but that’s not as exciting as living, as experiencing everything. There is nothing to do. I’m incredibly bored so I am journaling. Maybe this will help me get through all this.
Everything was normal. I played with my friends outside and we would go all around the town. We would make friends with the shop owners who always gave us food when we were hungry or shelter from rain or get us home quickly when there was an emergency. I remember eating Mr. Xu’s special rice. It was so yummy! I can never have that again now.
Mom says that everything will be okay and that I need to just relax and stay in. She said that I need to stop complaining about everything because other people in the area do not have it as well as we do. Mom takes care of me, she helps me around the house and she really tries to remake Mr. Xu’s rice. It just does not taste the same when she makes it. Mr. Xu said that he made all of his food with care, maybe that is what is missing when mom makes the rice. She just makes it because she cares about me but she does not care about the rice, how the rice tastes or how it feels when you pick it up to eat. I appreciate that she does it, but I just wish everything was the same. I wish it was how everything was before. Back when I got to have fun with my friends and with my neighbors.
Mom says, just because everything around us is different does not mean the things inside changes. I don’t think that is true because now I cannot go outside and run, jump, or explore. I feel sad. I feel like my favorite parts of me are gone now. I feel empty. Everything around me is different and so is everything inside me.
Everything was great and normal just a week ago, but the new leader of our world loves to destroy. Our new leader believes that people like me do not deserve to live. That is because of the color of my skin and because my family is not wealthy. The new leader believes there is no point to our existence.
The people in the next county worships our leader and hate us. They feel just as he does. They came here every occasionally to threaten us and sometimes to attack us and burn down our homes and stores. Just last week, they came in with these weapons. I’ve never seen anything like it. They started setting fire to buildings and people. There was so much chaos. My friends and I hid inside Mr. Xu’s restaurant. When they came to the building, Mr. Xu tried to protect us but he was shot and killed before he was able to land a blow. The men blew up the building we were in. Only three of us survived. Peter lost his arm, Dante has severe burns on half of his body and I’ve been paralyzed from the waist down. I can never run again. Everything is different now, now there is no where we can go that is safe, now I can’t remember what it’s like to be happy. Now, I look out this window, trying to find the joy I once had.