At the Intersection of Hopes and Dreams

This story was inspired by a picture prompt from the WriYe DreamWidth.  It took me a while to figure out what to do with it, but… when I wrote the title, I knew exactly what to write.


Natalia looked at the newspaper with wide eyes.  She could hardly believe what she was seeing.  She’d known the day would come.  After all, that had been the entire point of starting a class newspaper.  Hadn’t it?

At the same time, seeing the words written on the page was thrilling somehow.  It wasn’t even just that she had an article.  She had expected that.  Her excitement and joy came from the fact that Peter, Lily and Ellie hadn’t made it simply an article.

“I have my own column,” she breathed, as she looked across the table at Gretchen.  She could tell from the look on Gretchen’s face that her friend didn’t understand what was so special about that.  She needed to have it terms she was familiar with.  “It’s like… if the teacher told you it was your job to give morning announcements each day,” she said.

That did it.  Gretchen’s face lit up.  “Natalia,” she squealed.  “I am so happy for you!”

Erik hurried over to them as Gretchen hugged her.  “Congratulations, Natalia,” he said, waving his copy of the newspaper at her.  “Your own regular column!  It’ll be a lot of work, but I’m sure you’ll do just great!”

“Thanks, Erik,” Natalia said, grinning.  She looked down at the newspaper again.  She gave into the temptation to run her fingers over the words.  “Reviews by Natalia,” it read.  In smaller print, underneath, was her name: Natalia Dziedzic.  “They even spelled it correctly,” she said, her voice soft.


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