All Skate

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Creative Writing

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Department 1



Let me go back. I am in sixth grade, I am eleven. It is a springtime afternoon, I am the only child still wandering the halls of Mary Ida Raines Elementary School. My stepfather and all the other teachers are required to stay until some designated time, hemmed in by state guidelines.

A friend has lent me roller skates. I must have told her that I had never roller skated, never gone to the skating rink for a birthday party on a Saturday afternoon or with my family on a Friday night for a dinner of greasy cheese pizza. And so, of course, I own no skates, nor do I know how to use them. [excerpt]

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