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The Race Against TimeOut of my way! I scream. Im in a race against time!
My mad dash towards the door ends abruptly when my feet touch the threshold. I consult my watch. No good. This is no good at all.
I look back down the long hallway that stretches to the far side of the house. My housemate stares at me and blinks.
Are...you...okay? she asks.
No, I am not okay! I snap back. I am trying to race against time.
A puzzled expression crosses her face.
What do you mean? She asks me. Do you need any help?
Ugh! Stupid! She doesnt get it. Cant she understand that I am in a race here? A race...against time itself.
All day, I have been racing against time, but time has always won. Or tied, rather. This is my ninety seventh tie in a row, and
CricketsSounds that sparkle
Breaking gently over the ether
Echoes of a summer evening
The heartbeat of time
The Dragonflies of AugustThe last breeze before pencil sharp September
Ribbons in the sky carry forward
All we cherish
About the eternal blink of summer
May the dragonflies of August
Linger like the future
Nine TimesI saw him nine times.
The first time we were both sitting in the room together, getting ready to take the math test that would determine our placement. I was scatterbrained and throwing things around, trying to find the pencils that I had known I would need but had still just tossed in my purse. He was lounging backwards in his chair, looking for all the world as though he didn’t have a single care in the world, including the upcoming test. It annoyed me, that I was frantic and ready to scream, while someone else could be that relaxed.
I tested out of the class.
I don’t know if he did.
The second time I saw him, it was a few months after I arrived on campus. He was the one rushing and frantic this time, running across the square. He was probably late for class, though I had no way of knowing for sure. I was already lost in my own thoughts and ideas, deciding on my major and convincing people that yes, this is what I really want to do with my life. If they weren
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