Inspired by Breanna Lynn
A character who is suffering has to keep their composure in front of others.
Write a story involving this scenario. You don't have to reveal why the character is suffering, but try to think of a situation where they would have to conceal their feelings.
I look around and see so many unknown faces. I go quiet; I can't seem to get out any words. In crowded places like this I feel like a nobody. People greet me and I force a smile so that they don't recognize my discomfort. A few people shoot me looks, I wonder if they're judging me. Is something wrong with my outfit? Did my mascara smudge? Do they think I'm weird or ugly? Do they realize that I fee...
“I just don’t see you and me working, B. I love her.” His eyes that were once soft like a cozy blanket now held the roughness of jagged rocks. The same lips that I used to kiss senselessly were now the same ones being used to spit out words that gripped my heart like a vice and squeezed until the red turned blue.
Damn him for doing this in a brightly lit eclectic cafe. The colorful polka dotted ...
I remember seeing him on the floor, stepping over the colored vomit and walking to the door where my Grandma knocked violently.
I remember her face when the door opened- seeing her son on the floor like that. She thought he was dead. God… we all did.
Me and my two sisters- me being only nine, both sisters younger- we didn’t know what to do at the time. Looking back, there was so much I could’ve ...
Make eye contact
Smile for extra measure.
Laugh for reassurance.
Walking into the class room. Sit next to my best friend.
“Are you ok?”, she asks.
“Never better”, I reply.
Look around to see who might be watching. Eyes go to Logan. Next I see Levi. Then Lucas, Aubrey, Livy. Their all looking at me. A lump forms in my throat. I look away. I focus on t...
Deep breath in.
Deep breath out.
Just keep breathing to stop the tears.
Don’t let them see you cry.
You look down at your young daughter and smile. She can’t know how much pain you’re in. It’ll destroy her. You keep one hand pressed to your wound and raise the other to your little girl’s face. She leans into it, crying.
You feel the tears well up once more, so you force yourself...
I watched him kiss another girl, but this was so different, his hands were wrapped tightly around her waist, and she was so close.
My chest started beating so fast, Suddenly my eyes went blurry, I quietly walked into the other room, careful to not make a sound.
“Hey!!” Lorelai said, walking into the room.
“Hey!” I tried to sound enthusiastic, but it came off more dim.
“How are you doing?” He...
My mask is bright
Changing colors and smiling intermittently,
But on the inside
Empty of hue and energy.
People see a smile when
I really want to frown.
People see me anchored when
I’m being ripped inside out.
I use this mask wherever I go
When the fall becomes too steep.
These slumps I have
That I tumble down
In the dark,
Too many feet deep.
But my body stays in place
Even as my emoti...
Wash away the guilt
Last time I do this
Last time I do that
Etched across my skin
Trying to change
Who I am
What I am
Trying to pick away
My snakeskin of disguise
So get the scissors
Roll up my sleeve
Panic sets in
But I need this
I need this
For my future to begin
Wash away the guilt
Neutral and straight.
Is turmoil and distaste.
I’ve been floating along
In the life that I’ve been given.
Small things feel like individual tacks
Pinning me into position.
But I shrugged off the punctures,
As long as I wasn’t bleeding,
I’d be just fine.
I would survive.
Is riddled with holes
And people still w...
i can hear the concerns from everyone around me
i look like shit
i feel like shit
my life is complete, utter shit
they always as the same things
over and over again
“are you ok?”
“talk to me, what happened?”
“why are you so quiet?”
it’s a never ending whirlwind of questions
i’m fine though...
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