“But I want to draw now,” Athena whined. “Now, Athena.” Just leave me alone. Athena thought. She looked away for a second and her Aunt was gone. With more than half the day gone already, Athena only had a few pages left in her sketchbook. It was dinner time and her father called her to the table. She refused to come, so he came into her room - she hid her sketchbook behind her back. You see Athena’s father didn’t like drawing, actually he didn’t like anything to do with art. He thought it was foolish and wrong to draw when there was work to be done and money to be made. Who had time to draw when they were doing all of that?!? “What are you doing, Athena?” he asked her suspiciously. “Just reading a book,” Athena lied. “What is that behind your back?” “Nothing,” she lied again. “I wish you would just go away!” Then, he was gone. Now Athena was all alone in her giant house. Actually, she was all alone in the world. Without realizing, she wished everything and everyone, away. Athena stayed in her house for a few days. The food slowly ran out, and so did the light, warmth, and the pages of her sketchbook. In a very cold place, in a very cold house, in a very cold room, someone sat shivering. That someone was Athena, all alone in the world with one page left in her sketchbook, with no way to ever get her family back. There she sat in the cold, because she wasn’t careful, now everything is gone. Be careful what you wish for, because it is not always what you want.
Literary Art Magazine Pierson Middle School Sag Harbor, New York May 13, 2019