Something. My brain didn’t have time to register what it was. I found my hand flying out in front of me and my fist connect with something hard and a loud “OW!” nearly stopped my heart. “Lena!”, I screamed in confusion as I looked down at the face of my older sister. “What was that for?” she demanded. I noticed her holding her hand to her shoulder. My hand flew to my mouth in horror when I realized that I had just punched my big sister! I helped her up but then I remembered. The thing in the bushes. “Lena, there is a monster in the woods! I heard it outside my tent!” “What are you talking about?, Lena answered. “I was just outside your tent. There was nothing there!” My eyes widened as the realization hit me. It was Lena the whole time! I felt so stupid, of course there was no such thing as monsters! Lena explained that she wanted to see if I was awake so she could show me something. “So what was so important?” , I asked. “I couldn’t sleep so I came out to look at the stars.” Lena glanced up and I followed her gaze to the sky. The second I laid my eyes on the Milky Way all of my anxiety and fears vanished. It was so beautiful; the sky filled with deep blue and dusted with small glittering gems. It was all so indescribably magical. Looking back at my sister and seeing the stars reflected in her eyes, I felt all of the doubts I had before about this trip fade into the night. I realized that I had let my imagination run wild because I allowed my fear and worries to take over.
Literary Art Magazine Pierson Middle School Sag Harbor, New York May 13, 2019