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Jane Doe

July 25, 2011
By Emily.L GOLD, Gilbert, Arizona
Emily.L GOLD, Gilbert, Arizona
10 articles 12 photos 84 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Sometimes, we just have to be happy with what people can offer us. Even if it's not what we want, at least it's something. " -Sarah Dessen

“Parakeets, huh?”

I whirled around to see a teenage boy, around my age, leaning over the fence that separated our properties. Normally, I'd be chasing away anyone that smirked about the parakeets in the chicken coop, but this guy was an exception. Don't get me wrong--this guy was far from the best-looking one I'd ever seen. I just knew he was a lost cause the second I spotted his oversized dress shirt and undersized jeans.

“My mom has a bad sense of humor,” I explained, watching the colorful birds fly around.

“I'm Johnny,” the boy said. “I'll be a senior here when school starts.”

He took a seat on the fence, putting both legs on my side. Clenching my teeth, I tried not to yell at him for it. Or for wearing sandals with his already dreadful outfit.

“I'll be a senior too,” I decided to say.

“I'm new in town. Which means I don't know your name.”


Johnny raised his eyebrows, making him look like the cocky city boy he probably was. “Do you mind telling me your name, or are you that afraid of identity theft?”

“I don't mind.”



“You're killing me.”

“You know how my mom has a bad sense of humor?”


“My name's Jane Doe.”

“Is that so?”

Johnny walked towards me, close enough for me to see his green eyes through his just-got-out-of-bed hair. I had to admit that they weren't bad. I accidentally smiled because of them, and Johnny purposely smiled back.

“Jane Doe,” Johnny repeated.

“Are you going to laugh?”


“Why not?”

“It's just a name affected by your mother's terrible creativity and your dad's unfortunate last name.”



“You're killing me.”

“You know how my dad has a bad sense of humor?”


“My name's John Smith.”

The author's comments:
"Jane Doe.
I don't think know you,
But I know fo' sho'.
That you are beautiful
So baby let me know
Your name."

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This article has 5 comments.

on Aug. 13 2011 at 12:32 pm
photolover26 SILVER, Napa, California
6 articles 16 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Live to the fullest, laugh your heart out, love forever."

Cute and so simple. I liked it :)

on Aug. 12 2011 at 10:36 pm
Garnet77 PLATINUM, Sinagpore, Other
31 articles 6 photos 577 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Everything's a triangle." ~ My mother

"Write what you love, write what you care about, because sometimes, it's the easiest way to be heard."

Oh I love this!!! I was not expecting that. It was very well written. Great job! :)

on Aug. 12 2011 at 7:34 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1646 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Wow, you do a good job at simple little stories like this!  The grammar was excellent and the spelling was flawless.  Excellent work! :)

on Aug. 12 2011 at 7:20 pm
BriarRose PLATINUM, Seneca, Illinois
24 articles 7 photos 161 comments

Favorite Quote:
I don't need a rose. I want a daisy you picked for my hair. I don't want some fancy box of chocolate. I want a pink frosting cookie you made just for me. Lets skip the upscale restaraunt and have a picnic in the park.

oh, this is just adorable. Random, but sweet

on Aug. 12 2011 at 7:20 pm
MorenSore SILVER, Albuquerque, New Mexico
9 articles 0 photos 45 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right of being able to do what we ought."
~Lord Acton

i like how you wrote about one of those people who are the unfortunate victims of fate who believe there is no hope. when all they have to do is wait for the write person to come along.