Finalist: Friendship Short Story Contest 2021

Elena G., and Laura C., 8th grade

Long Last
My hands trembled as I nervously fidgeted with my seatbelt. My mom looked back at me from the driver's seat with a worrying glance.

“You okay?” she asked.

I nodded and gave a wavering smile, but I felt so nervous--and yet excited for what lay ahead.

Six years.

I hadn’t seen Amanda in six years.

Amanda. My best friend from day one. We did everything together. She was my first sleep-over, my first play-date, the first person I could vent to about everything.

She was my safe place.

When I had to move, I was devastated. I didn’t have a phone, so for the first year, we wrote letters to each other every weekend. I always spent so long on them, and then I would wait anxiously for her letters to arrive.

And yet, as the years went on, we talked less and less, until I didn’t hear from her at all.

And now as I sat in the car, about to see my best friend who I hadn’t seen for what seemed like an eternity, I felt sick.

As we arrived at where we said we would meet up, I couldn’t make out where she was. So I got out of the car and walked down the path to a bench where I decided I would wait. A girl was already sitting there, her long, light brown hair shading her face.

“Is this seat taken?” I asked, motioning to the bench.

“No I’m just waiting for someone,” she responded with a smile.

I recognized that voice. Although deeper, I could catch it anywhere.

Before I could say anything, she got up quickly and looked at me.

“No way,” I choked out. She cried out and embraced me.

“I missed you so much.” she whispered.

“I missed you more.”
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Thank you to Palo Alto Partners in Education and the Palo Alto City Library for the grant to purchase our Short Story Dispenser.

Elena G., and Laura C., 8th grade

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