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The Test

November 21, 2012
By E.J.Mathews GOLD, International Falls, Minnesota
E.J.Mathews GOLD, International Falls, Minnesota
19 articles 2 photos 145 comments

The boy walked down the hall like he had many times before, like many times he would afterward. Somehow this walk was different. During this walk he couldn't eject one vexatious thought from his head. For some reason, he thought he was searching for something. He couldn't remember what it was, just that it was exclusively important.

Somehow, he could only conjure up a few details about it. These details remained for him only, until he found what he was looking for.

For Jack's whole life, he had a feeling that someday he would be historic, but right now it felt as if he was mediocre in the eyes of everyone else. He wasn't great at sports, or the smartest one around. He wasn't popular, nor a loner. Everything he did he seemed to excel, but just not as much as a few others. If he got a ninety nine on a test, there was always someone who got a hundred. If he scored a goal in a game, someone else would score two. He would beat his best time in a race, but someone else had won first place.

When he was younger, Jack was addicted to learning about great people. Whether it was reading a history book, a biography, or a comic book, Jack had to read it. There was always something about these people, something Jack didn't have. All of those people had been treated like kings since the day they could speak. Even if they did start out poor, they carried a leadership about them, and became successful.

He didn't have this quality. Whatever he did, or how well he did it, he always seemed to get passed up by someone seemingly better. Jack knew one day he would show someone that he may not be the best, but he was still great.

Throughout his life, he spend his time trying to prove it to people. He competed in sports, but could never carry his team for a win. He studied hard, but didn't come out on the top of his class. He applied to every college he would consider going to, but never got back good news from the impressive schools.

Later on Jack found out that college was just a more mature repeat of high school. No one seemed to notice, or take special interest in him. He was always just Jack. He pledged a few frats, but walked off as soon as the hazing got bad, even if it wasn't him that was being harassed. At parties, he would always laugh and try to have a good time, but he felt like something was missing, and the searching feeling came back.

Eventually he became an accountant. It was a good job, it paid the bills and then some, and he liked doing it. A few years passed by and the old thought from high school popped into his head once more. What was he searching for? Could it have been just a wild nightmare that he just kept on looking for something, but couldn't find it?

Jack threw the idea out the window. The thought couldn't be just a dream, it was real. He savored the bits and pieces he knew about the thing he was searching for, and remembered them. The thought came to him at least once a day now. It reminded him of what he was really doing, what he was looking for.

Then one day something happened.

He found it.

The author's comments:
This test only has one question. What did Jack find?

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on Jan. 6 2013 at 3:35 pm
TaylorWintry DIAMOND, Carrollton, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby." - Unknown

I love how open-ended it is! I honestly will be thinking about this all day long. Your vocab is fantastic and I really enjoyed reading this. It's super unique! Plus, I love how you go through stages in his life, but he's always got that curious feeling sitting in the back of his mind. It's great. Great , great jo.

on Jan. 5 2013 at 12:37 pm
E.J.Mathews GOLD, International Falls, Minnesota
19 articles 2 photos 145 comments
Sorry, incorrect, but very close!

on Jan. 4 2013 at 8:08 pm
WhenItRains21 GOLD, Magnolia, Texas
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Oooh... intriguing! This was a really interesting idea. The only critique I would have is that in the beginning, it seems like there's a lot of advanced vocab thrown in, and it seems to me like it's a bit forced, if that makes sense?
Other than that, really good! Maybe in another story we'll get to see what Jack found and how exactly he found it? :P

on Jan. 2 2013 at 1:30 pm
GuardianoftheStars GOLD, Shongaloo, Louisiana
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Favorite Quote:
"Let's tell young people the best books are yet to be written; the best painting, the best government, the best of everything is yet to be done by them."
-John Erslcine

Aw! I want to know what it was too! :P Anyways, this was written very well and I really enjoyed reading it.  I hope we can read more about Jack one day ^_^ Keep it up!

on Dec. 22 2012 at 2:49 pm
applesauceHater SILVER, Nikolaevsk, Alaska
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on Dec. 22 2012 at 9:07 am
E.J.Mathews GOLD, International Falls, Minnesota
19 articles 2 photos 145 comments
Everyone who I give this to gets one guess, so what's yours. Thank you for all of your wonderful feedback sir/madam. I will have to return the favor very soon. (By the way, I would be a sir, lol)

on Dec. 22 2012 at 12:42 am
applesauceHater SILVER, Nikolaevsk, Alaska
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wat dah heck!!!i wanna know!!!!!:)lol. this is fantastic.(i had to check out your other stuff) and you sir/madam need a whole lotta more comments, and rates, and favorates-ed-ed!:)