The Girl in the Converse Shoes

A flash fiction story

By: Yari Garcia
Copyright 2012 by Yari Garcia
Smashwords Edition

The Girl in the Converse Shoes

Miles had refused to go to the party a hundred times. He was already teased and humiliated in school--he didn’t want to make it an extra-curricular activity. Still, his only two friends had managed to get him out of the house that night.

Now he stood in the crowded living room, nursing a warm cherry cola and looking around. His friends had ditched him as soon as they had crossed the threshold of the front door. Now he was alone in a sea of people.

Why aren’t you wearing a costume?” a girl who bumped into him asked.

He is! He’s dressed as a geek!” her boyfriend answered, laughing hysterically as if it was the funniest thing in the world. A few more people joined in the laughter.

Miles didn’t care. He was used to it. Actually, he was bored of it. People who picked on him were like skipping CD’s repeating the same geek jokes over and over. He walked away, checking out everyone’s costume as he headed toward the back porch. He realized he was literally the only one who didn’t dress up. He’d been dragged out of the house in such short notice that he didn’t bother. Besides, he was a sophomore--surely too old to dress up for Halloween.

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