Time Stopped (but the seasons kept changing)

Summary: Fern hates public speaking, especially when she has to read her school assignments to her peers. But this assembly is different because her work could have unintended consequences…and because it keeps happening. Every day is a new day but the scenario is the same. Fern is stuck in a time loop and she has no idea how to escape. Can also be found here on ff.net.

CHAPTER TWO

Around ten, Fern was called out of class to attend a short rehearsal before the actual talk. This didn’t happen the first time she read, if she ever really read in the first place, but she was grateful for this change. It gave her a chance to really look at what she’d written yet again, and she thought it would be a way to gauge the possibilities of how this crowd could react.

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Time Stopped (but the seasons kept changing)

Summary: Fern hates public speaking, especially when she has to read her school assignments to her peers. But this assembly is different because her work could have unintended consequences…and because it keeps happening. Every day is a new day but the scenario is the same. Fern is stuck in a time loop and she has no idea how to escape. Can also be found here on ff.net.

Life in a time loop can be freeing when you discover it, but what would ever happen if it stopped?

CHAPTER ONE

Fern looked up to Elwood City High with contempt. It was a frigid day, far too cold for people to actually be going to school and work like normal, yet here she was, walking to school in what felt like ten layers. She had no choice today, her mother said, because today was the day she was going to read her winning poem in front of the entire school. She’d written it for a contest (because she had to for her English class), and now she’d won and had to read it for the entire school in order to claim her “prize,” a commemorative placard and a pat on the back from the district’s superintendent.

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Not Done Yet

Summary: The women of Elwood City have plenty of problems, problems that seem overwhelming, but they aren’t going to let these problems stop them. In this piece, each of these women has a problem, but none of them will let these problems stop them. They’re Not Done Yet.

For reference, Kate is 15, DW is 18, and Arthur’s generation is 22 years old.

Warnings: Rated T for adult situations, drug references, some foul language, and minor sexual content. More warnings may be added as needed, but the rating will not exceed T/PG-13.

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CHAPTER ONE
They were gone. Jane reached for her nightstand and slid the drawer open. She leaned over to really peek in there to see if the bottle was there or not, to see if it was empty or full. She wasn’t surprised to find the bottle was completely gone.

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Everything We Had

Summary: Fern’s sophomore year at Rosewood Academy isn’t going as planned. She feels her entire world is crumbling, and in a moment of weakness, she commits suicide. When she returns as a ghost, will she be able to work through the problems that caused her to end her life or will she be stuck in a state of depression forever? My NaNoWriMo2014 piece. Rated T for dark themes.

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Chapter Two
Fern woke up to see her alarm clock flashing. Fern groaned and slid it towards her to examine the electronic. The battery fell from the bottom and the clock went dead. Fern sighed and tried to turn on her bedside lamp, but the power was gone. She stumbled out of bed and downstairs. Her mother was at the kitchen table surrounded by candles and paperwork, paperwork that she quickly tried to pile into containers again, blowing out candles to dim the lighting.

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Believe it Away

Summary: When Mr. Ratburn assigns a difficult task to his students, Fern and Brain are left in the dust of their classmates, stuck in the classroom with Mr. Ratburn until they complete their task properly. What Fern comes up with causes her to make a discovery about herself and her imagination, and she even helps Brain as well.

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Fern clutched her books nervously. She’d been in this dream before, a dream where she was a student in a strange school far, far away. But this time it felt different, overly different, in the not-so-good kind of way. She felt herself trembling on the inside and she quickened her pace. She knew by now that she had to get to class before the bell rang, just like the older kids in middle school and high school.

“Miss Walters?” an ominous voice called from behind her. Fern felt the world distort, like the shaky picture of an old television. The colors flickered into black and white for a moment, turning the marble floor from a light peach color to a shimmery grey and back again. The woman remained in vibrant color the entire time, like someone colored her in with neon lights. She was even glowing, and Fern’s inner shivering made her trip. “So clumsy and worthless!” the woman spat, drawing up her ruler like a weapon. “I can’t believe they’d send you to us. We’re better than you. We always will be.”

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