“Ready for school, pumpkin?”
Determined to start middle school with confidence, the teen checked themselves in the mirror again. First day of school outfit was make-or-break.
Oversized overalls. Power Rangers t-shirt. Around their wrist, a beaded friendship bracelet from camp.
Unfortunate braces in their mouth. A mountain sized pimple on their forehead.
They tossed a deck of trading cards and sour candy stash into their backpack. Essentials for being the cool kid during free period.
The bus was here. Their mood ring pink with excitement.
Leaning on the heels of their sneakers, they wheeled away toward new awkward adventures.
Fun fact: I’m a 1990s kid. Born in 1993! Between that awesome Finding Saban Moon documentary and Jax’s 90’s Kids song, I’ve been deep in 90s nostalgia this week. May spend the weekend rewatching some childhood favorites. Inspired by these 90s vibes, I wrote this short story. Not sure how good it came out, feels more like a character profile than flash fiction. Regardless, it was a fun little piece and fun character to play around with.
How many nostalgic refernces can you find in this story? What decade were you born in? Let me know in the comments!
Write with heart.