Hey guys, guess what? I won another short story contest! It was a totally random contest, too, since it's annually hosted by a dentist named Dr. Copeland. I was in the 10th-12th grade category and won a $20 gift card to Barnes & Noble. I thank God for that provision. I'll probably post a review of whatever book I use the gift card to buy. I cut and pasted the story for your reading pleasure.
Before you read it, however, I would like to add in a little commentary. I wrote this story about a contemporary issue at schools everywhere: bullying. I have personally been mistreated by other kids, so I know the feeling of rejection. If anyone who is reading this has been or is being bullied, know that you are not alone. When I was in elementary school, a girl among my circle of friends began to treat me so poorly that I moved on from that group. I made new friends who appreciated me as I was and eventually let go of my anger. I never did find out why that girl turned against me, but it doesn't matter. Don't be afraid to tell someone you trust about your pains. Bullying is a serious thing, and you need to speak out if you are a victim of it. There are other ways of dealing with a bully, as my story will show you. Know that even if you feel that the world has turned against you, God NEVER will. His arms are open to embrace you and let you know that you are never alone.