Your Stomach

By Alexia Tzortzis, TIWP Student Does she put butterflies in your stomach? That’s what Momma always asked me. Does she flip your stomach inside out and make your throat close up and you ears turn red? Yes, Momma. Then go for it. Momma, I did. Momma, I went for it. But now, oh, now it […]

Ghost Girl

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student “I didn’t mean to,” I said, “I swear I didn’t mean to.” “Oh,” said my older brother sarcastically, “You didn’t MEAN break into the safe in the basement? And you didn’t MEAN to use the cursed two hundred-year-old Ouija board to summon a DEMON into our house? How can you […]

The Traveler

By Alexia Tzortzis, TIWP Student She had been a traveler all her life, never once staying in the same spot for more than a month. As a child, she moved with the coven of witches she and her mother belonged to. Together they roamed the Scottish countryside, scavenging and setting up camp deep in the […]

The End of the World

By Kelly Dissman, TIWP Student The year is 2050. Today I’m going to be the first teen to fly to the moon. I won’t go alone, of course. My dad is an astronaut and he’s been to the moon before, so he will come with me along with 3 other adults. Usually, space ships only […]

Those You Couldn’t Burn

By Alexia Tzortzis, TIWP Student They lived on the outskirts of town, their house a cottage of old wood and large glass windows, snuggled between two towering oaks, ancient trees protectively surrounding the clearing. The towns people called them the witches, an accurate name for the pair of lovebirds who owned a small shop in […]

Witch

By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student Men will fool you and say it is easy to spot a witch by the eyes. Defiant, devilish, dangerous. Lashes brushing their eyelids and pupils shrinking as they freeze their prey, staring every God-fearing citizen in the eye as an equal. It is not easy to find a witch by […]

The Girl

By Tyler Kaplan, TIWP Student The sun rose, the people awoke, and the day began. The little girl got up and glanced out her window. It was 6:30 and her neighbors were beginning their routines. Billy tossed the paper. Mr. Hover went to check his mail, and the old lady yelled at Billy for throwing […]

The Patrol

By Maxine Pollock, TIWP Student I woke up to a knock on the door and cursed myself for not waking up when my alarm sounded. My heart pounded as I swung my legs out from underneath my covers and raced to my closet. The knock sounded again and I panicked. I wasn’t ready for the […]

Tree Rings

By Elizabeth Oxendine, TIWP Student There was something about the moment when he found the first wrinkle on her forehead that made her find the meaning of the universe. He’d touched it with hesitance, filled with worry that if he didn’t tread softly enough it’d disappear and the significance would fade with it. He’d been […]

Santa Luna

By Cate Foy, TIWP Student Althea is a peculiar girl. She is not peculiar in an objectively bad way, but she is peculiar in the sense that she is an enigma:  puzzling, mysterious, and almost paradoxical. Her pale skin does not match the tan that any other desert inhabitant would develop over the period of ten […]