All good things must come to an end. This will be the final chapter of the STACKS Creative Writing Team’s first story “The Runaway.” A big thank you to all who contributed! Also, make sure to tune in next week, as we start a new spooky story together. It will be based on Jennifer Stone’s awesome writing prompt!
The Runaway Chapter 6
The name sent a chill through Emily like an icy winter breeze. Emily was frozen in place. Spinelli’s lips continued to move, but Emily didn’t hear a thing. Lost in the day’s commotion was the thought of Big Roscoe, of dangling by her feet, and the clatter her change made as it dropped to the blacktop.
Emily thought back to the first time she met Big Roscoe. It was her first day of kindergarten. She was so nervous, her hands continued to sweat all day. Her teacher, Mrs. Johansen, misunderstood the problem and instead chose to give Emily a private lesson on how to properly dry her hands after using the bathroom.
Emily sat quietly in the back of the classroom, convinced that if she remained perfectly still, she might fade into the back wall and escape the school altogether.
That was when she felt it, something brushing against her pigtails. Emily might not have even noticed the slight disturbance if not for her statuesque posture. She reached for her head, but instead of feeling the strands of her perfectly brushed hair, she was met with something wet and sticky. She pulled hard, but it wouldn’t give.
She panicked and began to cry. As the entire class turned and faced Emily, she looked up to find a wall of peering eyes staring back at her. Emily made a mad dash for the bathroom and closed the door tightly behind her. With the flick of a switch, the florescent light fluttered on above her, revealing the problem: gum.
Two large clumps of chewed pink gum were stuck to the end of each pigtail. Emily sunk down to the bathroom floor and buried her face in her hands until Mrs. Johansen came to retrieve the girl.
Huddled behind her teacher was the entire class, who at the sight of the gum dangling from Emily’s hair, erupted into laughter. All except one. At the back of the crowd, towering over all her classmates, was a girl wearing a tight leather jacket and sporting a grin that stretched from one ear to the other. That girl, Emily would later find out, went by the name “Big Roscoe.”
As the rest of class was dismissed for recess, Emily stayed inside while Mrs. Johansen attempted to remove the gum. When simply pulling at the clumps failed to work, Emily’s teacher cut the gum out using a pair of safety scissors.
Emily arrived at recess late, no longer sporting pigtails, as too much hair needed to be removed for her to maintain her morning style. She sat far away from the ruckus of recess. In the distance, she heard the thud of the tennis ball against the brick wall and the kickball as it collided with a child’s swinging foot.
She sat there alone until she felt two hands atop her shoulders.
“Do you wanna play hopscotch?” asked a girl.
“No. Not today,” Emily replied.
“Oh come on, kid. Play some hopscotch,” insisted the girl. “My name’s Penny.”
She felt hands on her shoulders again. She was being shaken and could hear Penny calling out her name.
She was on the playground, the warm pavement pressed firmly against her back. Penny stood over her.
“Wake up, kid!” Penny was shouting.
“What happened?” Emily asked.
“Don’t let that bully get to you. Okay?”
Emily looked around the blacktop. The playground was deserted. Her classmates had returned to class. She was alone with Penny.
“You’re right. I won’t,” replied Emily.
Emily lifted herself off the ground. With her best friend at her side, Emily strolled back to school as a big smile slowly crept across her face.
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