Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Best Christmas Ever

Four years ago, in December of 2005, a new family moved into the neighborhood a couple houses down from my family. A couple of weeks before Christmas, we went over to their house with a plate of goodies. They welcomed us in, and I became fast friends with everybody, especially Tana. In fact, our first “play-date” was her teaching me how to play Halo! You know, the video game? As the New Year was approaching, Tana and I became good friends. Through-out the months, Tana and I became closer, almost like sisters.

During the summer of 2006, my life was preparing for a change that I wasn’t sure I was able to handle; I had never experienced it before. Early on in the summer, Tana told me that she was moving to South Carolina to live with her dad and step-mom. When I heard that it felt as if my heart turned into stone. On July 14, 2006, Tana and I said goodbye. We tried to keep contact with each other but it was very difficult. As 2006 turned into 2007, I was surprised to hear that Tana, her dad, and her step-mom had moved to Hawaii.

You see Tana’s dad is in the military and they had to move bases. As 2007 came closer to ending, I was also surprised to hear that Tana was coming home for a visit. But as 2007 ended, and 2008 was near its end, Tana still hadn’t come home. In November of 2008, I learned that Tana was coming in December. I didn’t know when exactly, but I didn’t care! I was happy! So when she surprised me at my front door on Christmas Eve day, I nearly fainted.

Tana told me that she had to leave on January seventh, but on the morning of, she called me and said she was staying, and would be going to school with me in a couple of weeks! I was speechless. Literally. Now I’m happy as a clam that she’s with me again. Wouldn’t you be?

This picture is of both of us and was taken the summer that she left.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Inauguration Day is a very important day in the U.S. and I am very glad to know that it was Barack Obama and not anyone else. But, that's just my opinion. So let us rejoice in the fact that today was very special!!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Soul

I wrote this story last summer after I read an incredible book. I borrowed some of the characters names and the places, but I changed them around a bit. So here's the story for all to enjoy!

Me, Resa, being thirteen, and my brother, Farid, being fifteen, I knew we were in a dire situation. Ever since we left our house in Ombra, something kept pulling at my chest. Dark. Mistrustful. Fear? No, it wasn’t fear. It had no name. The reason my brother and I left was simple. We just did. After our parents died, we kept to our little house, Farid took care of his garden, and me, well, I helped him. One day I said to Farid, “We have to leave.” He looked at me with anguish in his voice, “I know.” So, that was it. We packed the rest of our food, some things from Farid’s garden, and some extra seeds. The next night at midnight Farid and I set out on our journey.

Four hours later, we were wandering through The Wayless Woods. Only traveling at night, Farid and I trekked aimlessly through the Woods. Three nights later, we stumbled across a stream. We were so exhausted, we decided to just sleep against the tree trunks. The warm sun and chirping birds woke me up. Our rule was that whoever was up first made breakfast. So, I made breakfast. My noise must’ve woken up Farid because I heard grunts. After we ate, Farid told me we should get going. I was proud of Farid. I knew he would make some kind of leader one day.

Adderface saw this too, but he didn’t like people who could rise above him. I found that out much later. Around noon, we came across a clearing. Farid let out a cry and I stood there gaping. In the clearing stood a small house and a small patch of land for a garden. It looked just like our house. In Ombra. Farid and I looked at each other and ran toward it. Surprisingly, it was the same. Later that night Farid planted his seeds. He went through the soil thoroughly. On an impulse he said, “This land will make my soul rich.” I looked at Farid and I said, “Why’d you say that?” He looked at me with a smile. “I don’t know Resa. It just sounded good.”

That became his ritual at night. Unaware to Farid and me, Adderface was watching us. Like me, Adderface saw Farid’s qualities. One night completely oblivious to us, Adderface was watching. His watching was at the wrong place at the wrong time, because at the moment, Adderface heard Farid’s ritual. But, he misunderstood it. He thought my brother said “This land will make me rich.” I found out later that that was very bad. Of course, I did not know that Adderface was talking to himself about us. “The boy has good qualities, but I don’t like other people with qualities. I shall walk into their camp tomorrow. And I shall tell the boy and the girl to come with me willingly. If they don’t, that’s very bad. I will give them twenty-four hours to decide.”

With that, Adderface walked off. The next day around noon, Farid and I were working on his garden when a tall dark clad figure walked into the clearing. Immediately, I felt something dark about him His face looked like a snake’s so I called him Adderface. He told us that he’d been watching our every move. He’d also said that he wanted us to come with him willingly. He said he would come back for us the next day so he could hear our decisions. Farid and I talked late into the night. He told me, “Resa, I think we should go.” I didn’t want to go, but deep down, I knew he was right. Adderface arrived the next day and I told him we were willing to go. It was a slow pace, not a harsh one, like my brother and I thought.

Four, maybe five days later, we arrived at Adderface’s home. Hours later, Farid and I were full of food and ready for bed. I slept peacefully that night. The next morning Farid and I helped Adderface. His home wasn’t a house exactly. It was a castle. A castle so dark in color, that I called The Castle of Night. Three to four months passed so fast, that I hardly noticed. It was then that my brother and I found that Adderface had other kids in his castle. I knew that that was not good because they acted strange. They scared me. A couple nights later, I told Farid that we had to leave. He looked at me with sad eyes and replied, “I know, Resa. I know.” The night after we planned our escape.

Our escape worked. We were running to our house. Not the one in The Wayless Woods, but the one in Ombra. Adderface never searched for us and even if he did, he never found us. My brother always laughed and smiled, so I always called him my Laughing Prince. Me, Resa, being an old lady now, and my brother, Farid, being gone, I knew this would have to end sometime. Goodbye, Farid. I will never forget you. My brother. My Laughing Prince.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

My snow days

The very first school cancellations I had were December 18 and 19. Then I had Winter Break until January 5. But, The 5th was canceled so I headed to school on Tuesday. Then I had two more snow days. On the 7th and 8th school was canceled yet again! So, I went to school on Friday, the 9th. It felt normal. So now it's Saturday and I'm tired of the school closures. Can anybody agree with me?

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Bored on New Years

Hello everyone!

Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to spending time with the year of '09! I have a feeling that 2009 will be a good year for me. What about you?

I am also very bored. I'm spending my day mostly watching a show on Disney Channel called "Wizards of Waverly Place" They're having a marathon. I'm also reading Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer (for the second time) and I made a loaf of bread in the bread machine and later my family and I are going to play a game! This is what I do to pass the time at my house! I called my friend but I had to leave a message. Oh well.

I hope you all had a good Christmas and a good New Year!