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Inspired Ink’s amazing summer content from June to August of 2019 has been reassembled here to make room for fall submissions.

Travel Experiences have been combined with Short Stories to make them more accessible to readers.

ART

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The four photos above were submitted on July 7th, 2019 by Amanda Strobel. To see more of Amanda’s work visit her Instagram page, @antiexpect.

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POETRY

“If she’s bothering you, let me know.”

By Lily Labella

Little kid- can barely talk-

goes about shoeless on all fours like a chimpanzee.

Clumsily perched on the steps she forces traffic to the right,

Feeling the grit from people’s shoes beneath her fingers.

Eyes wide,

Mouth open,

Hair falling floppy,

She is an explorer going both up and down.

Older man- can barely notice-

Goes about in a checkered shirt tucked into his pants.

He forces traffic to the right,

Sliding his thumb across a screen,

Watching the little kid with the stare of the far-too-busy.

Eyes bound by glass,

Jaw locked,

Frightened hair clinging to his skin,

He is a navigator falling short.

Her sonar mouth emits whoops and chirps and stuffy giggles,

Matched with hands too small to grab at good stuff,

Delighted with her faint reflection in the glass partition.

She can look at herself,

And simultaneously looks past herself,

Down into the carpeted gallery below.

His faded brown beard sits motionless,

Matched with pockets that sag and hands that fumble with a cell phone,

Distracted by far-flung reflections of the modern age.

He can pocket the device,

And will himself to look at her,

Then shuffles off behind her toddling steps.

Submitted June 1st, 2019

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The Walkers

By John Southard

They trudge wearily

Never straying from their line

They show no emotion

They can’t

Their buddies are dead

But if they dwell on it they’ll die too.

So they continue

Walking, trudging slowly but steadily

Through the jungle

They carry thoughts

Poems

Letters from loved ones

They don’t know why they’re here

“What’s the point?” they’ll ask

But there is no answer

Their friends suddenly drop

Then they’re gone

Picked up by a chopper

Some wish that chopper in the sky would take them away.

Some feel that’s the only way out.

But they trudge on

Some don’t even know who the enemy is.

They don’t know why they’re here.

“You’re  American” they say

“Fight for your country” they say.

But they know

And they trudge on.

Submitted on June 21, 2019

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Food 

by Alvin Paul

Food is so tasty to eat and consume;

It has nice flavour and some good texture;

Food is so good, the smell fills the whole room;

Food is so good, I can’t resist it’s lure!

Food looks quite nice and is quite colorful;

The taste it makes when it enters in my mouth;

All the styles of food are quite joyful;

I heard they have good barbecue down south.

But some food is not that good for you;

Sugars and fats and salts, oh my!

Most of the time food is still good for you;

I do like bread that is somewhat rye.

There are a lot of styles and kinds of foods;

Maybe one day you can try all them too

Submitted June 24, 2019

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The Forlorn

By Maansi Shroff

Inspired by a photograph of a poor woman and her crying child, I was reminded of my own experiences seeing poverty in India.

Somewhere, she remains absolutely alone. Forlorn – there is no future for her.

Her face streaked with dirt and tears, eyes brimming with anguish and desolation.

With nothing to her name, how is she to care for her sickly son? 

Penniless. Abandoned. Exhausted. Her lingering hope slowly drains. 

Her face streaked with dirt and tears, eyes brimming with anguish and desolation.

She crouches, huddled in the dusty alley, clutching her feeble child close. 

Penniless. Abandoned. Exhausted. Her lingering hope slowly drains. 

Eyes squeezed shut, she mutters softly – praying for a single act of generosity.

She crouches, huddled in the dusty alley, clutching her feeble child close.

The rags on her frail body have begun to decay. The child has no shoes.

Eyes squeezed shut, she mutters softly – praying for a single act of generosity.

Desperately in need of help, and yet, she is neglected and ignored.

The rags on her frail body have begun to decay. The child has no shoes.

Poverty, sadness, the inability to protect her child. What will become of them?

Desperately in need of help, and yet, she is neglected and ignored.

All she is granted is a single line in the newspaper: a final cry for support.

Poverty, sadness, the inability to protect her child. What will become of them?

All she is granted is a single line in the newspaper: a final cry for support. 

But the newspapers drift, faded and unread, through the empty streets. 

Somewhere, she remains absolutely alone. Forlorn – there is no future for her

Submitted July 21st, 2019


Maansi’s poem, The Forlorn, was first published in the 2018-2019 edition of Schreiber High School’s Kaleidoscope

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Lost

By Dina Perulli

Where has it gone 

My ever breaking heart 

An anchor in the ocean

Submitted August 10th 2019

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Shakespeare Sonnet

By Amber Kakkar  

Lately I have been feeling very lost

Like everything I do is just “okay”

All breaths I breathe is not without a cost

Colors are gone, I now only see grey

The weight of the world is on my shoulders

Heavy puddles in my eyes, scared to fall

Everyday I wish that I was older

Skip years and run away, to escape all

However this does not last forever

Darkness clouding the light turns bright once more

This feeling will not continue never

But my mental rain will no longer pour

    Sunshine is on its way, do not give in

    No one should let their darkness over light win

Submitted August 14th 2019

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Under Pressure

By Amber Kakkar

Under Pressure

Sometimes this pressure is too much

It feels like the weight of the world shoulders

Looking at you…takes it all away

Under Pressure

More and more is piling on top of me

Large droplets of water are dying to fall from my eyes

But then you looked back… and took that feeling away

Under Pressure

My throat closes

And all of a sudden I can’t breathe

We started talking… and you took it all away

Under Pressure

The tears started pouring

My world starts becoming black and fading

Then our hands touched… and my world cleared up

Under Pressure

This feeling is just too much

My head is pounding, my heart is thumping twice as fast

You put your arm around my shoulder… my head stops pounding

Under Pressure

The droplets finally fell, completely falling from my eyes

My body shuddering in the corner of my room, alone

But you found me…and took it all away

Under Pressure

My heart is empty, nothing can crack this hollow figure

My shoulders start sulking, looking down at my feet

But that’s when I found you on one knee… Making my heart become whole

Over Pressure

I suddenly become carefree, feeling that I can walk on water

My world has a glowing light, the sun constantly shining bright

Because I have you… And that’s all I’ll ever need

Submittd August 14th 2019

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SHORT STORIES

Notre Dame

by Jordana Binstock

Last year when I went to Paris I was very lucky to see Notre Dame Cathedral. It was a beautiful historic sight. When I got to see it, my favorite part was the stained glass windows, because I loved the beautiful colors and designs. Notre Dame was one of the most famous places to visit in Paris and was first opened in 1345. It has been around for hundreds of years! Recently, while Notre Dame was under construction, the cathedral caught fire late on a Sunday night and was not noticed until early on Monday April 15th. The second people noticed the fire, fire trucks rushed to Notre Dame. The fire was very hard to put out because it was so big, and also very high up. Only the top of Notre Dame was damaged but it will be recovered. Many people think it will not be the same since it will not be as historic. I don’t agree with that because when Notre Dame was first built nobody thought it would one day be considered historic. When Notre Dame is rebuilt, it will be made of new stones that will last longer, which will not diminish it’s historic value. I wish the old Notre Dame was still standing but once it is rebuilt people will look at it and remember the sad event, but will hopefully realize that the part that was saved is still historic, and having a piece of the original Notre Dame still here is better than having none of Notre Dame. It is also a miracle that not a single person was killed in the fire, because a building can be replaced, but a person cannot.

Submitted May 23rd, 2019

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A Moment of Weakness

by Susana Joann

Blank. The blank aging, white wall seems to stare back at me, seeming to judge my every action and every move just like everyone else. I break my stare, scared that if I stare long enough then the peeling, old walls will move in and crush me more. My heart is racing as I know that soon enough Margot will come back, and soon enough I will have to tell her. I get up off the creaky dorm room bed and go to the small, square window perpendicular to the headboard. My breathe is getting faster and faster, and the walls are getting closer and closer. In an act of desperation, I fling the window lock, breaking it off and tossing it across the room. Desperate for air. Desperate to breathe. I push the window open with an enormous amount of force, too much force. The window slams against the top of the frame with a loud crash. The glass, still barely intact, rattles in the frame. I lean out, pushing the mesh divider out of the window and into the bushes below. The winter breeze is crisp, but it is better than the musty air inside of this tiny room. I stick my head out as far as possible, surrounding myself with the oxygen rich air. It doesn’t quench my thirst. I stick my torso out of the window, longing for the feeling of being able to breathe, but nothing helps. I lean once more forward, but this time I have gone too far. My body starts to tilt forward and I lose my balance. Quickly I realize that in a short time I will be falling out of a second story window. My hands jult back and grab the window ledge. With more strength than I knew I had, I pull my weak, empty body back into the dorm room, and collapse on the scratchy, carpet floor underneath me.

I sit up, looking out the window, trying to spot if anyone saw my spectacle. No one has. I see one face coming out of the concrete library across the walkway, and start to walk on the broken down pathway below me. The one face I can’t bare to see right now: Margot. Her perfect red curly hair makes her an easy target for my eyes to catch. She must be on her way back from studying, and she spots a friend across the way and stops to talk. Please let this conversation last a lifetime, so I don’t have to see her and I don’t have to tell her. My secret is too large. It has been consuming my life for the whole day. I can’t disappoint Margot, like I will disappoint my parents, and the school, and the world. How can a sixteen year old in strict boarding school be so stupid? How can I be so stupid? I can hear Margot’s voice through the paper thin exterior walls. It is almost comforting, except for the inevitable doom that is coming at me like a train at full speed. I peek out the window, trying to hide behind the curtain. I see her making her goodbyes. She is coming. What do I do? Do I hide? I grab my phone and rush into the closet. I am sitting underneath our t-shirts, riddled with phrases like “Happy Days” and “Thank Goodness It’s Friday!” How can shirts have such positive messages as I, the senseless, sit below them. My head is turning like gears. What do I say? I hear the elevator ding to our floor, like any other day, except it is not any other day. I know she must be on that one. I hear footsteps down the hallway. They get louder and louder. I can’t hide forever. I crawl out of the closet, and stand in front of the door to the hallway, counting down from a hundred to try and calm my nerves. It doesn’t work. I shake with fear and anticipation. The footsteps are closer and closer, and I hear her key shifting the lock mechanism. I am frozen as a statue. The lock clicks. She opens the door, and stares at me. I can see the worry and confusion in her pale blue eyes. In a moment of weakness, I shout, “I’m pregnant!”

Submitted June 6th, 2019

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Sunrise

by Dina Perulli

Waves lap at my boat as I drift through calm waters. The rising sun announces the start of a new day calling me out to sea. Distant shadows of ships reflect the sun and form shady images. They seem to disappear into the array of colors that create sunrise. My dog sits by my feet silently watching the sun. Her mouth is open in a slight pant as the sunrise gives her dark brown fur a greenish tint. She rests her head on the edge of the boat slightly growling at the boat behind us.

It’s okay, Chloe.” I sigh as I pet her.

She gives me a questioning glare before laying down at the bottom of the boat, leaving me to watch the sunrise alone. I continue to stare at the beautiful colors filling my vision and take in a breath. Just another day at sea. 

Submitted August 10th, 2019

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Travel Experiences from Florida, Washington DC and New York City

Written by Cyril Mathew, with help from fellow traveler, Gully Mathew

On July 20th, 2019, I went to Disney World with my cousins from England whose names are Christo, Jenni, and Danny. When we arrived at the airport, it was very hot, humid and cloudy and seemed like it was going to rain. After we collected our luggage, we called an uber and went to our hotel. The hotel was very nice and the rooms were nice as well. We unpacked our clothes and other belongings and went to sleep as we were going to the Disney theme parks the next day.

The next day we woke up and brushed our teeth and we went downstairs to eat breakfast. Then we got on the shuttle bus to go to Epcot. Epcot was a scientific and futuristic place with many cool rides. We went on many rides with the most fun ones being TestTrack, Mission Space, and Soarin. Mission Space made me feel very sick. After a few rides, we ate lunch at a place called the Electric Umbrella. The food there was very delicious. After we all ate our food, my brother Gully decided that he didn’t want to eat his food anymore so to get rid of it, he “accidently” dropped his food. That was very funny and we started calling him ‘Dropper Gully’ because he kept dropping everything.

After lunch we went on a few more rides and then we all thought we were going back to our hotel but instead we were picked up by Christo and Jenni’s cousins who lived nearby and we went their house. We really didn’t want to go to their house and we tried our hardest not to go but our parents forced us to. They picked us up and we went to their house. Christo and Jenni’s cousins’ names were Irene and Hyena and they were really mean, selfish, rude, and arrogant kids. They were also very fat. They both had iPhone XS even though they were only in elementary school. Danny wanted to play with some of their toys and they were like, “You can play with them just as long as you put them back.” They also gave us some chocolates and my brother Gully asked if he could have one more and they said only one chocolate per person even though they had a box full of them. How selfish! Since they were so rude and selfish and arrogant, we decided to troll them. We told them so many lies and they believed everything. We told them we have 5 T.V’s in our house. We said that we have toilet paper made out of gold. We said we always fly first class only and that when we got picked up from the airport we always got picked up in our Rolls Royce. We also said that Christo was one of the Queen’s knights although they didn’t believe that. We said that I was best friends with Baron Trump. This went on for like an hour and it was very funny.

After trolling them for a while we ate dinner and watched TV for a bit and we said goodbye to them and went back to our hotel. We brushed our teeth and went to sleep. The next day, we went downstairs and ate a delicious breakfast of sausage, eggs and hash browns. We then got onto the shuttle bus and we headed off to Animal Kingdom. Once we got to Animal Kingdom, we saw that it was a beautiful place with a lot of green trees and plants. We rented a stroller for Danny once we got there because it was too much for him to walk. Then we met this lady dressed up as a plant and Jenni and Danny took pictures with her. Then we went on the rides. We went on a ride called Kali River Rapids where we got really wet. Then we went on this really scary ride called Expedition Everest. I was scared to go on it but I still went on it anyway and it was actually quite fun. Afterwards we ate lunch from this little shack place and it was very hot. When lunch was finished we went on many rides and safaris and hikes and we were exhausted by the time we had to go back. We went back to our hotel, ate dinner, brushed our teeth and went to sleep.

The next day, we woke up, ate breakfast, and got ready to go to Magic Kingdom! We got on the shuttle bus and we went to Magic Kingdom. Once we got there, it truly looked like a magical place. There was the huge Cinderella Castle and all the Disney characters were there. Then we started going on all the rides. First, we went on Splash Mountain, where we got very wet. Next, we went on a boat ride that got us wet as well. We also went on a few roller coasters and went on the go-karts and then we ate lunch. After lunch we went on a few more rides and ate ice cream. After we ate ice cream, we tried to go on Space Mountain, but it was shut down for a few hours for maintenance. So instead we went on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. We then went to go eat lunch at this Mexican restaurant and we ate tacos. After dinner, it got dark and we went to go watch the Magic Kingdom Fireworks show. It was very crowded, and we did not get the best view but it was fine. After the fireworks ended, everyone tried to back towards the exits at once and there was a huge crowd. We had to wait at least an hour to get on the ferry boat that took us back to the shuttle buses. As soon as the ferry docked, Christo and I ran back to the shuttle bus stop as fast as we could before anyone else could, but we were too late. The bus had already left, and we had to get onto another bus (We would later find out that our bus never showed up.) Once we were on the bus, I went to go sit towards the back of the bus thinking that the rest of my family would come with me but they didn’t. So I had to sit alone in the back of the bus in the middle of a crazy Hispanic family while the rest of my family were sitting in the front. Once the Hispanic family left, I went to the front and sat with my family. We arrived at our hotel room and we brushed our teeth and went to bed.

The next day we woke up, ate breakfast, and got ready to go to our final park, Hollywood Studios. We got on the shuttle bus and went to Hollywood Studios. Once we got there, we started going on the rides. First we went on a ride called Rock N’ Roller Coaster which was this insane, fast, upside down roller coaster. I felt really sick after I went on that one. We continued to go on different rides and we went to Toy Story Land and we went on the Slinky Dog Coaster. We had to wait a very long time to go on it but finally we did go on it. It was very fun. After that we went on a few more rides and then it started to rain very heavily. We waited until the rain stopped and once it did, we ate lunch. After lunch we went on a few more rides and then we ate ice cream. After we ate our ice cream, we went to see an Indiana Jones movie shoot which was very exciting. After this we went back to our hotel earlier than the previous days and once, we got to the hotel, we went into the pool. We swam in the pool for an hour or so and then once we got out, we took a shower and went to a restaurant called The Golden Coral for dinner. It was a buffet and had tons of food, so we all took as much as we wanted. I took four plates of food! After we were all stuffed, we went back to our hotel room, and went to sleep.

The next morning, we woke up super early at 4:30 AM to get ready to go to the airport. We got ready, took all our luggage and waited for our van to come pick us up. Once the van came, we all got in and we went to the airport. We said goodbye to Florida and took off for New York. I didn’t feel good for the entire plane ride, but I felt much better when we arrived in New York and got off the plane. We called an Uber and went back home. Our Disney trip was very exciting, and I had tons of fun. I hope I can go back there another time.

The Washington Monument

The week after I went to Florida with my cousins, we went on another trip to Washington D.C. on July 30th. We went there by bus and arrived at around 6 o’clock PM, then we went to our hotel. The hotel wasn’t as good, and it looked kind of dirty. After we unpacked all our clothes and belongings, we went to eat dinner at an Indian restaurant. The food there was good, and my cousins and I enjoyed it. After dinner we went back to our hotel room and went to bed. The next morning, we didn’t have any breakfast, so we were very hungry. We went to see all the attractions. First, we went to the Lincoln Memorial, where we climbed up the stairs and took a few photos. The photos weren’t that great because there was too much sunlight. Next, we went to the Washington Monument and took a few photos there as well. These photos weren’t great either. After that we went to the White House to take photos in front of it and these photos didn’t come out as bad. We then went to the Capitol Building and took photos there and these photos were decent because they were taken from the shade. After visiting the Capitol Building, we went to the Washington Air and Space Museum. It was very interesting, and we learned many things about space and planes and how they work. We then went on a boat ride which toured all the main attractions in Washington D.C. After this, we ate lunch, had some ice cream and went back home. My cousins and I had lots of fun and it was a great experience for us. 

Statue of Liberty

A few days after we came back from Washington D.C., my cousins and I went to see New York City for 2 days. On August 4th, we drove to Jamaica Avenue, parked our car, got on the F train, and headed to see the World Trade Center. We had to transfer to the E train along the way and we finally reached the World Trade Center stop. I had never been to the newly built World Trade Center stop and it was very nice. We climbed up the stairs and went to the World Trade Center Memorial. We took a few pictures and then we went into the Oculus Mall. It looked small from the outside, but it was very big on the inside. I wanted to buy something from one of the stores in the Oculus, but my dad wouldn’t let me. We then went over to the ferry to go see the Statue of Liberty. Once we got to the ferry area, there was a massive line and we thought we’d have to wait on it, but found out that my dad had reserved tickets for us so didn’t have to. We got onto the ferry and went to the Statue of Liberty. Once we reached the statue’s island, we had lunch first before taking some photos in front of the Statue of Liberty. We rested on the grass areas of the island for about an hour before getting on the ferry back to Manhattan.

Back in Manhattan, we saw a group of performers doing stunts so we watched that for a while and then drove back home. Two days later, on August 6th, we went back to the city to go see more attractions. We drove to Jamaica Avenue, parked our car, got on the F train, and headed to Fifth Avenue to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral. We had to transfer to the E train along the way. We got to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and it was a very big and beautiful place. We took a few photos, prayed for a while and left to go see the next attraction.

We went to the bus stop for the Top View Sightseeing bus tour in Times Square. Once we got to the bus stop, we showed them our tickets, but they said that those tickets we showed them weren’t the actual tickets and that we needed to print out the actual tickets from their office a few street away. My dad went to print out the tickets while we stayed back at the bus stop. He was gone for more than an hour and we started to get worried but he showed up just as the bus was about to leave. We go onto the bus and went upstairs to the upper section and the bus left and we started our tour. We took many pictures and went to many places such as Little Italy, Chinatown, The Empire State building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and many more places. Finally, they dropped us back at the bus stop in Times Square. We got off the bus and said goodbye to New York City. We took the bus back to our car and we drove back home. My cousins and I had lots of fun in New York City and it was an exciting trip and we would like to go back again soon.

The Matthew Family at the Lincoln Memorial

Submitted August 18, 2019

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The Revenge

by Gully Mathew

It was a hot summer day, and my parents and I were going to this store called Grab N Go to buy a lot of things. As we were coming back out of the store, I saw a Ferrari parked in the parking lot. As I passed by it I saw that my cousin, Bob Jr., was in the car with his mom, Bobette. I went up to him and I asked him how he got the Ferrari because last week he had an old Honda CR-V. He said that he had just gone to the Ferrari dealer, asked for the car and got it for lease. I remembered my dad telling me that you could do that. I said “Cool” and we went back home. Going home, my parents talked about the reason why Bob’s mom came to the store- they were going to go on a hiking trip with their friends the following day after and they came to buy food for the trip. I thought about this as we went home. I was really jealous of them going on the hiking trip because Bob and his family went to the same hiking trip with the same friends. Also, because they were not taking my family along with them because our family and his family have some issues. It was mostly his mom making most of the problems though. The year before she got so mad at us that on Easter she came marching into our house, started yelling at us and throwing things around, and when she left she slammed the door so hard that whole thing broke into pieces. That was last year, but I still wanted revenge. After I came back from Grab N Go, I made this plan that tomorrow morning I would wake up at like 5:00 AM, go to their house super quickly, pop their tires, and come back. 

The next morning, I woke up at 5, made my bed, brushed my teeth, ate a small breakfast, took a super fast shower, and got dressed. Then I rode my bike to my cousin’s house and saw that their Ferrari was in the driveway. I took out a multi-tool sort of thing that had a blade in it that I had taken from out of our garage before going there. Then I parked my bike in front of their neighbor’s house and started popping the tires. I popped not one, not two, not three, but all four tires. Then I realized that someone was watching me through the window. Good thing I was wearing a mask and a hoodie. I got up, got on my bike and pedaled away as quickly as I could.

 A few hours later, at around 10 AM, I came back to their house to check on the damage and it looked like I had done a lot. Everyone was crowded around the Ferrari and wondering who in the world could’ve done it. Now, in the town that I live in, there isn’t usually any crime, which is why they were so confused about who could’ve done it. I went over to Bob Jr. and asked him what was going on, as if I didn’t already know. He said that someone had popped the tires on their new Ferrari. He said he even saw a guy in a mask and hoodie popping them. The situation was so serious that their neighbors and almost everyone on their street came over to see what happened. I bet you half of them came to see the Ferrari itself, not the tires. I said to him that what happened is a horrible thing and that I’m very sorry about what happened. I told him I had to go, and as I was getting on my bike to leave, I heard Bob Jr.’s mom talking to the insurance company about the tires and I heard her saying something about the police. Then I thought she was going to call the police. I got really worried and on the way home, I took out my phone and searched on Google if it is a crime to pop someone’s tires. The results said that it was a crime- it was Vandalism. Now, before I had done this, I did not know it was a crime. When I got home I called my friend and told him what I did and what I should do. He said I should just go over there and tell them that I was the one who did it before the cops came because if the cops came then I would probably go to juvie because what I did was a crime. I thought about it and decided that he was right. 

At 12 PM I went back to my cousin’s house to tell them that it was me. Now I didn’t really feel comfortable telling Bob Jr.’s parents that I did it, so I decided to tell Bob Jr. and then he would tell his parents. When I got there, I saw that they hadn’t called the cops yet and I was like, “Thank God”. Then I called Bob Jr. over to a place where his parents couldn’t hear us and confessed. He was really mad at me because I delayed his trip and I ruined the tires. He told me to never do it again and said he’d had a feeling it was me who did it from the beginning. I told him to just go tell his parents already. He did and once his parents found out they came over and talked to me. Bobette was yelling, as usual, and said that this wasn’t funny, and then Bob Sr. told me he was going to tell my parents and that they would make us pay $1,000. So basically, I was going to get into a whole lot of trouble. I got out of there as quickly as I could.

By the time I got home, it was 5 PM. Both my parents were sitting on the couch and giving me the evil eye as I walked in. I sat down and they began lecturing me about all the things that I had done wrong and that I shouldn’t have done it and that I just made them pay $1,000 out of nowhere and that before I came back, they had already paid and my cousin had already left after getting their new tires installed and blah, blah, blah. Honestly, I was half asleep most of the time. I only paid attention when they said what my punishments were. My punishments were that they would take away my bike, not let me go wherever I wanted to, and cancel my Netflix account. I was sad, but also mad at the same time. Now I REALLY wanted revenge. After hearing my parents’ speech, all I said was “Screw this” and ran outside. 

I quickly got on my bike that my parents had not yet taken away and started pedaling away. When I looked back I saw my parents faces looking at me in shock. I yelled to them that I would come back, but I knew they couldn’t hear me. My dad started coming after me in his car, but I a made a few quick turns and hid in an alleyway and lost him. 

    My plan was to somehow catch up to Bob Jr. and his family who were headed for that hiking trip in Upstate New York.  For that, I need a car. I needed a fast car. I took out my phone and went to the GPS and found the nearest Lamborghini Dealership. I set a course for there. Then it started downpouring, and I had no place for shelter. The wind felt like it was blowing at 110 mph. A thunderstorm started, but I just kept pedaling. Finally, at 7 PM, soaking wet, and my bike nearly broken into pieces, I got to the Lamborghini Dealership. It was closed because it was a Sunday but I needed a car at that moment because Bob Jr. was probably a little away from Albany, where they need to pick up their friends that they are going with. I need to bring them back before they picked up their friends. I found this rock on the ground and I threw it at the window as hard as I could. It broke and I got inside. I picked out a nice looking Lamborghini Aventador and found the place where they kept the keys. I found the keys to my Lamborghini and drove out of the store. The cameras didn’t see my face because I had my mask and hoodie on. 

    Ok, look- I don’t have a clue on how to drive. As I was coming out of the dealership, I tried to drive as best I could. It took a few tries, but eventually, I got the hang of it. I drove up the highway for what was only an hour but seemed like forever. After a while I spotted this red Ferrari that looked like Bob Jr.’s…and it was Bob Jr.’s! I could tell because I had memorized their license plate from when they had the old Honda CR-V, and they had kept the same license plate number when they got the Ferrari. I pulled up next to them waved hi. Then they saw me they were shocked and started going faster than me. The chase was on!

    They were going faster than me but I kept following behind. They jumped the highway barrier and went into the lane going the other way, so I jumped over too, though it was a little difficult. Then they got off the highway and went to the service road. They made a turn around a building but I drifted around the corner. I decided to try something different. There was a ramp coming up and Bob Jr.’s family had already passed it. I was still approaching it so I went up the ramp flew over some land and ended up in front of them! I drifted in towards them and came in front of their car, forcing them to stop. My car blocked their way. I then got out of my car and made Bob Sr. and Bobette go to the back of the Ferrari. Then I got into the driver’s seat of the Ferrari and started driving back home.

    It took a lot of work trying to keep them from escaping, but I eventually succeeded. As I was driving back home, they called 911 on me. They told the police our location and while I was driving the police appeared out of nowhere and surrounded us. I just gave up, let Bob Jr.’s family go and the police told me to get in their car.

    So, here I am, in juvie. I’m supposed to be in here for a month. My parents are still looking for me, Bob Jr. and his family and his friends from Albany still went on the trip. Guess my plan didn’t work, did it? I am really stupid sometimes. Anyway, I’ll be here in juvie until next month.

Submitted on August 26th, 2019