By Editors of Writer's Digest
The editors of Writer's Digest are happy to percentage with you the successful entries in each one type of the eightieth Annual Writer's Digest Writing pageant, in addition to the Grand Prize-winning tale, Boy Witch, by way of John T. Biggs.
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I drag my feet on the floor and make my way up to the desk, attempting not to trip over my shoelaces. ” I say quietly to the woman at the front desk. The nurse looks up and smiles wider than is necessary. I suppose sick people like to see that. Especially if they’re terminal. ” The dancing light that suddenly appears in her eyes makes me wonder how young I really look. I straighten up. ” The nurse’s smile grows to monstrous proportions; she looks positively insane. I feel my shoulders sink instinctively in alarm.
I inhale, preparing for the worst part. I push down on that spot of his chest, as lightly as I possibly can, and he screams. He screams so loud that I can hear every syllable of pain in his voice, and his eyes open and glaze over, making him blind and delirious. His hands clench and unclench, and he’s shaking so hard that the bed is moving. The noise is scaring the other patients. I don’t have to turn around to see. I’m sure I wouldn’t relax if I heard a bloodcurdling scream like this one. I clench my teeth against the noise, and continue to press down on his chest.
She seems to be one of those many nurses who are on friendly terms with him. I wonder how far this friendliness extends. She speaks again, her voice lighter now, more soothing. “He told us you might come,” she says. There’s a pause, as she starts to choose her words more carefully. I choose this moment to read her ID badge, which reads “Debra” something. This strikes me as a perfect name for a mentally unstable person. Debra finds her words again, and she smiles, more controlled, bless her. “Why don’t you come with me,” she says.
80th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition Collection by Editors of Writer's Digest