2017 CONTEST WINNER
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ME AND PAIGE PENDLETON
Fiction by Shannon Ready
I was down at Clifton Beach with Erin on the last day of school and we were taking turns writing our names in the grass with this can of Barbasol shaving cream that we stole from Medic Drug Store – and by stole I mean bought, because we were both way too chicken to go through with the actual theft – and this giant dog came running up to us out of nowhere and he was barking his head off so I immediately sprang up but I slipped on the ’S’ in my name and fell right on my butt. Then Erin started laughing her ass off and this Cujo monster devil dog got closer and closer so I tore over to the monkey bars and climbed to the very top and just sat there, terrified. Then off in the distance some girl yelled out, Hershey stop! And that rabid freak dog suddenly stopped in his tracks like he was hypnotized and turned around and started merrily trotting back to the girl all calm like he wasn’t just about to kill me a second ago but more like ho-hum ain’t nothing interesting about you anymore. Then the girl and the dog came over to the monkey bars and she said, He doesn’t bite, he’s a chocolate lab – one of the friendliest dog breeds, and that’s when I recognized that the girl was Paige Pendleton.