By Editors of Writer's Digest

ISBN-10: 1599635836

ISBN-13: 9781599635835

The editors of Writer's Digest are happy to proportion with you the successful entries in every one class of the eightieth Annual Writer's Digest Writing festival, in addition to the Grand Prize-winning tale, Boy Witch, via John T. Biggs.

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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. ” “Yes, Keith, that’s my dad,” I say hesitantly. She seems to be one of those many nurses who are on friendly terms with him.

No, dad—” “Think of it as a dying man’s wish, eh? ” He clenches his jaw. “Quiet down, Phillip, please. ” I pull away completely now, and stand up, knocking the chair over as I back away from the bed. Nervously, I sit the chair back up again, and lean in closer to him so no one else but him can hear my pleas. “Dad, I…I faint at the sight of my own blood, you know that! I’m pathetic, you’ve said it yourself! What makes you think I’m going to be able to handle the type of injuries that war leads to?

He walked through the village, his shoulders high as if a crow were perched on each one. Na-non-ga-be continued to take Ayashe to the forest to hunt and trap. One day, while they were crouched to catch a rabbit, two giant crows landed in front of them. Both Ayashe and Na-non-ga-be stayed still so as not to scare them, but the crows approached. One flew and perched on Na-non-ga-be’s shoulder. The other moved to Ayashe, landing firmly on her shoulder. She looked at her father in disbelief. Na-non-ga-be had wonder and pride in his eyes.

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