2011 Totem Head Story Contest Finalist: "Don't Fall Asleep in Class" By Sarah, 14 years old, Akron, Ohio.
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Don't Fall Asleep in Class
Written By:   Sarah, 14 years old, Akron, Ohio.

So there I was sitting at my desk listening to my teacher, Mr. Brown. He wore glasses that looked very similar to Harry Potter’s, which is why most of the kids made fun of him. I laid my head down on my arms and watched with half-closed eyes. Others around me were already sleeping or about to. We were supposed to be taking notes, but so far the only thing on my paper was my name, David Andrews. My insides rumbled like they were flipped around, and I felt sick.

Breathing heavily I straightened up. I could feel my face flush as the pain continued, and then it came. I quickly jumped out of my chair, flipping it to the ground with a loud clanking noise, and made a mad dash for the bathroom. I came out and wiped my mouth but the nasty taste remained. Closing my eyes I took a deep breath and felt a little better but still somewhat nauseous. I opened my eyes, and there was my girlfriend, Nicole, with a sullen face. I jumped and glared at her as she giggled.

"Nicole, what are you doing here? Shouldn’t you be in class?" I watched her carefully but saw nothing.

"I should ask you the same thing," she said sarcastically. She smiled, walked with me, and reached for my hand which I took gingerly. Her hands were surprisingly cold, almost too cold.

"I just wanted to see you. Is that such a crime?" she responded. Her smile grew hungrily, and her eyes were cold as ice. Something just wasn’t right about her.

"No, I guess not," I replied. I looked down at my shoes and blushed slightly embarrassed. "I wasn’t feeling too well, so I stopped at the bathroom." I looked around and spoke quickly, "we probably should get to class now."

Nicole stopped suddenly jerking me back. She looked angry for a second, but it quickly disappeared. A tingle went down my spine, and I gulped. She smiled again and continued walking but at a slower pace. We walked in silence. No one wanted to speak.

When we came to my classroom I could hear Mr. Brown teaching the class about finding the area of a cube. I turned around and gave Nicole a soft peck on the cheek. "Please don’t go David. I love you, and I don’t want you to leave me," she quivered like she was about to cry. I smiled and brushed her hair from her face so her blue eyes showed.

"I will never leave you, but we need to get to class. They will be worrying about me by now. We can go to the movies after school. I promise." I smiled and breathed in her sweet apple sent and walked into the classroom.

I stopped and saw that my chair had been placed upright and my items were nowhere to be seen. My hand twitched. I turned and Nicole was still standing there watching me. She hadn’t moved an inch. I walked up to Mr. Brown and began, "Mr. Brown I’m back and not going home. Where are my…" I stopped when I realized he had not even noticed I was talking.

No one seemed to notice me except Nicole! I walked up to Jared in the front row and waved my hand in front of his face but he didn’t react.

"Hello can anyone hear me?" I yelled. Fear crept into my voice.

"I can hear you David, loud and clear," Nicole said. She walked closer and gripped my hand again. Her hands were icy cold. Scared and worried, I stared at Nicole. It must be a hallucination!

She slowly brushed her unusually long nails against my arms. I almost vomited again. "There is something I want from you," she said greedily. I pulled away quickly and saw small scratches on my arm. As I tripped over a desk, she slowly came after me, her nails still growing.

"Get away from me you freak!" I yelled and clumsily ran out through the door. I turned around quickly but realized that the school lights were off. Everything looked like it was a thousand years old. Vines were tangled in the lockers and dirt lined the floor. The wall tiles were broken up by weeds. Cobwebs lined the ceiling and spiders hung from their webs. Water leaked from the ceiling as a thunderstorm raged outside. I turned around and found that Nicole had disappeared and so had the others. The door wasn’t even there. I turned again and walked slowly towards one of the hallways. Fear grew inside me as I continued on. Where had she gone?

Lightning flashed making shadows dance across the walls. Rats skittered across the floor and brushed up against my feet. I ran toward the main doors and pushed on them but they wouldn’t budge. Giggles came from behind me, and I turned. It was so dark I was terrified, and my breath became shallow. Lighting streaked again, and shadows danced, but nothing was there. The giggles came again but this time they were closer. I closed my eyes forcing big breaths. When I opened my eyes lightning flashed, and Nicole stood there right in front of me.

"Hello David. I’ve been looking for you. I still need something from you," she said softly. I jumped and yelled because Nicole looked very different. Her eyes were black and her hair gray and tangled with spiders crawling around. She was ghostly pale and her teeth were broken and yellow. I ran into the cafeteria and hid behind one of the upturned tables. Dust and cobwebs were everywhere. It looked like everyone had rushed out in a hurry. A few moldy French fries and hamburgers covered the floor. Little ants covered what was still perishable.

I looked around trying to find some kind of weapon, but I saw nothing useful. I stopped and heard someone approaching, sounding out of breath. Nicole was growling and angry. "David, I know you’re in the cafeteria," she snarled.

She turned into the room and looked straight at me, grinned and beckoned me over. I ran to Nicole and shoved her against the wall. She screamed and lashed out at me as I ran away yelling, "Leave me alone. Let me out of this place!"

I turned a corner and saw Nicole standing there by the lockers using her nails as toothpicks. "How does she move so fast?" I thought. As she drew near I could smell her nasty breath. I ran but tripped, and my head hit the floor dazing me for a couple of seconds. I tried to get up, but Nicole put her shoe on my chest and shoved me down. I struggled but was powerless. She smiled and bent down close to my face. Lightning pierced the darkness, and I saw bugs falling off of her face onto my shirt. She laid her fingernails across my chest warning me not to move. She laughed, which sounded like she was chocking.

"What do you want?" I asked. I shivered as bugs crawled up and down my arms.

"What do you think I want?" Nicole hissed. She sat down next to me, her nails still on my chest, and in a brief flash of lightning I noticed she had no shadow.

"I don’t know what you want. Just take it, and leave me alone," my voice quivered. She smiled, clearly happy about my fear.

"Are you sure you want me to take it?" she replied. "You may just like it."

"Just get it over with," I cried and closed my eyes to prepare for the worst. Instead, I felt her lips on mine. I breathed in but I could only smell her sweet scent of apples.

She pulled away and whispered in my ear, "Now that wasn’t too bad, was it?"

I opened my eyes but realized I was looking at the kid who sat next to me in math class. He looked at me funny and turned away. I straightened up and looked around. Everyone seemed fine, and everything was back to normal. I looked down at my desk and saw a giant pool of drool. I sighed heavily. It must have been a nightmare, just a stupid nightmare!

"Is there a problem Mr. Andrews?" Mr. Brown inquired.

I shook my head slowly. "No Mr. Brown but I swear I’ll never fall asleep in class again!" I muttered. People stared and laughed.

Just then a big, old, hairy spider crawled out of my pocket and scampered across my desk. I stiffened and held my breath remembering my horrible dream. It jumped onto the floor and crawled into the backpack of the kid next to me as he fell asleep.

"Sweet dreams kid," I whispered.




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