Southern Weather

Summary: Ladonna is used as an example when a project about seasons gets out of hand. Can also be found on deviantArt and ff.net.

Mr. Ratburn’s class was doing a special unit on weather. It was mid October at that crucial time where the weather could do anything in Elwood City. Seasons were definitely changing, so some days were more like summer, others like fall, and there were a few in the forecast that were most like winter. In order to show his students the mechanics behind weather, he needed to ease them into it, so he chose to do a seasons poster.

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Ash

CHAPTER THREE

Summary: When a huge earthquake hits out west, the world learns that Yellowstone National Park’s supervolcano is set to erupt within days. Soon the world is put in a state of chaos as the ash sweeps the globe. Without sunlight and with the air too polluted to breathe, can anyone survive? Can also be found here on ff.net.
Anyone who didn’t know what was happening thought kids were dressing for blizzards in the middle of October. Instead they were covering themselves in jackets and scarves, hats and pullovers, to keep the ash from coating their clothes. Tall boots were worn by everyone to protect their pants as best as they could during their walks to school.

But everything ended up coated in ash. Houses were coated as doors opened and air vents pushed the dust inside. Car interiors were coated as people turned on their vent systems. Schools became inundated from a combination of these things, plus the pedestrian students, entering the building covered in the grey ickyness. That’s what everyone called it, but the tone was playful. For now this was nothing, just a new adventure for everyone.

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Redemption Party

(This is Part Two of a two-shot. Please see “Convincing Francine” before reading this one. Thanks!)

Summary: A reunion of Lakewood’s favorite third grade class is about to take place. How much has everyone changed, and how many have been able to change for the better?

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Francine walked through the walls of clothing with a slight smile. She’d found the perfect winter outfit earlier, but now she needed something that showed off her personality for old friends, though they weren’t exactly “friends” anymore.

Francine went through a list of names and tallied what happened to everyone:

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Behind the Times

Behind the Times: Sophomore Year

Part One: Fall

Chapter Two
Buster was flipping through a magazine when his mom came home from work. Bitzi didn’t say a word as she popped into the kitchen and shoved a frozen meal into the microwave, doing what the directions said without even reading them. She instinctively moved to the counter between the freezer and microwave where Buster’s trash sat untouched from his dinner several hours ago. The tired editor threw them in the trash without thinking.

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Bitter Winds

Summary: Elwood City is in the middle of a vicious cold snap when the worst happens-Marinna Datillo goes missing. Her classmates are concerned for her welfare, but the city seems oblivious thanks to a new developer’s new tourist trap, which has barred local residents from entering. Marina’s friends think this author is involved, but would be that cruel?

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The wind blew strong on the dark day as a bleak winter fell over Elwood City. Arthur and Fern stepped into the Sugar Bowl, bundled from head to toe. Inside, Marina and Buster sat at a back table. Though it was the furthest from the door, a bitter wind swept to the back of the restaurant.

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Sophomore Sorrows

Note: You can also find this piece here on ff.net.

Summary: Arthur and the gang are sophomores at Elwood City High. Watch as they go through the ups and downs that come with teenaged life. Rated K+/PG for some violence, some language, and some adult situations.

CHAPTER EIGHT

Warning: Minor explicit language

George looked around trying to find his second class. He was already late to his first class because a group of freshmen blocked his path. Now he was lost on his own, standing between four unmarked doors as the bell chimed overhead.

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Behind the Times

Behind the Times: Sophomore Year

Part One: Fall

Chapter One

Buster slid into the booth of the Sugar Bowl, a wide smile on his face as he eyed the sundae Arthur had ordered for him. Buster had to stay after school to take a test over again, but now that it was over, he was ready to chill with his friends over ice cream. Alex was already halfway done with his dish, but Arthur had waited patiently, his spoon still sitting on his napkin.

“So, how was the test?” Arthur asked. He knew Buster struggled with math in general, but high school math was really setting his friend back. They were in geometry together now, and while Arthur was making steady B’s, Buster had yet to make higher than a D.

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