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Friday, April 16, 2010

Frizzy Lizzy Who Mauled a Grizzly

My only friend, is my friend Lizzy.
Her Hair is black and also frizzy.
She sucks at basketball,
shops at the Holyoke Mall,
went to the woods to maul a grizzly.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Old Man and the Sea Prompt

Throughout life everyone faces many obstacles or problems where the person has to make a sincere decision that can affect the person’s life or someone else’s. That person has to think about the situation and come to a reasonable outcome. Even people in works of literature face obstacles or problems that affect their life, like in The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. The main character Santiago faces to most powerful obstacle than anyone else in the novella. He also faces other problems while he’s out at sea.

The most powerful obstacle he faces is the pack of angry sharks that attacks Santiago’s boat. Santiago went out to sea to fish, and while out there, he caught on to a marlin that after a couple days dragged him far from the land. Santiago didn’t expect to be so far out into the ocean, so he didn’t have enough supplies to last him another couple of days. He was on the break of starvation, tiredness, and dehydration; he used to last of his strength to pull out the taunting marlin, “In the darkness he [Santiago] loosened his sheath of the knife and taking all the strain of the fish on his left shoulder...”(51). When the old man pulled the marlin onto the boat the man felt enthusiastic, elated, and relieved that he finally caught the fish. The old man couldn't be happier that after 84 days without a catch, he caught a huge marlin. Santiago was absolutely devoted

One problem Santiago faces, besides the shark is the marlin. The marlin he caught dragged him farther out into the ocean than where he started. When Santiago caught onto the marlin, the fish took the line and pulled the old man’s boat a far distance from the land. The old man states, “It was noon when I hooked him. I have never seen him”(46). Santiago emphasizes that it has been a while since he hooked the fish. This problem affects the old man by using up all the old man’s energy which makes Santiago tired and eventually weakened.

Another problem the old man confronts is lack of supplies. He didn’t plan his trip to take as long as it did. He had to be thoughtful about how to use up his supplies. He had to partially eat the dolphin fish he caught to build energy, the old man says to himself, “Perhaps I should eat some of it when I clean it. It will be harder than to eat than the bonito. But, then, nothing is easy”(74). The old man was most disappointed when his oar and knife broke and the shark took his harpoon and rope while he was fighting off the pack of sharks that wanted his marlin, “he took my harpoon and all the rope, he [Santiago] thought, and now my fish bleeds again and there will be others”(103)the old man thinks to himself.

Santiago is a lonely man who lost his wife and the young man he took with him fishing, is now on another boat because the parents wanted their son to fish with a luckier boat. The old man is approved of the young man's parents. He knows that he hasn't been lucky in 84 days and that 85 is his lucky number. The old man is tense and determined everyday he goes out to sea. He wants to catch some fish so he can make some money, buy better supplies, and buy food and drinks. He old man is outgoing even when he knows he is very poor and has almost nothing to eat. In the story the young man feels apologetic towards the old man, Manolin takes Santiago out for beer and coffee the next morning. Everyone in town feels apologetic for the old man when the old man goes out to fish and doesn't come back for four days and when he does he only brings back a large carcass of a marlin.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Short Story

Trepidation and Revenge

Amy is a kind, smart girl who comes from a rich family. She can be tough at times when needed, like in sports. Her family owns one of the top companies in Colombia. The company has been bequeathed through generations. She and her family live in the biggest house on the eastern coast of Colombia. Her house is three streets from the private school that she attends. Jenny is Amy’s best friends since they were both born in the same hospital around the same time on June 23rd, 1996. Their fathers worked in the same company and Jenny’s father was appointed the top leader of the company below the owners, Amy’s family. Amy's favorite things to do in her spare time are playing sports, like basketball, shopping with her mom and being with her family. She loves her family dearly and probably couldn't live without such a huge part of her life aloof. She would be doleful or morose if something happened to her beloved family, and her brain would be severely garbled. Now enough of her life let's get on with the story of Amy’s experience last year.


The clock in the classroom read 1:58 and second hand is counting down the time left in school. Amy is sitting at her desk, surrounded by all of her closest friends. She's wearing her favorite pair of hoop earrings with her school uniform. She can't wait to go home and go shopping with her mom when Amy gets home.

"Oh my gosh, Jenny. Guess what I'm doing when I get home?” Amy asks Jenny

“Let me guess…shopping with your mom,” Jenny replies

“How did you know?” Amy sarcastically asks

“I don’t know. Maybe it was the eight times today you told me that you were going shopping,” Jenny smartly remarks

Both Jenny and Amy laugh together as the school bell rings. A myriad amount of junior high school students run out of the school building to get home by bus, parents, or walking. Everyone is so elated to get home to their families, only Amy doesn’t know she’ll be coming home to a different situation than she has ever been in.


Amy is walking home from school since her ethereal house is three streets over from her private school, James S. Cavalier Junior High School. She has the biggest smile on her face, she can’t wait to get home to her mom.

“I’ll probably have to do homework before we go. Good thing I did most of it at school. That means I have more time for shopping,” shrieked Amy to herself.

Amy turns the corner into her driveway and sees two black SUVs of a large girth. Amy thinks to herself that the people at her house must be associates of her parents company. Amy grabs her key out of her backpack and puts it into the lock, but before she turns the key she hears people talking inside and items being knocked over. Amy slowly turns the key and slowly opens the door. As she opens the door she notices gun bullet shells on the floor and blood all over the wall. Amy wants to close the door, but wants to find out about her family.

She walks through the door and sees men in black suits searching through the prodigious filing cabinet. Amy doesn’t know what the men are after, but she’s curious. She walks into the living room furtively, without a sound. Just until she’s near the couch, the men realize Amy is in the room and grab her without dilatory.

“Who are you?” one of men questions.

“I’m Amy. Where are my parents? What are you doing in my house?” Amy quickly asks.

“Oh, You’re the daughter of James and Miranda. I wondered where you were. Well….your parents are no longer with us, as you can see,” the man says.

“Where are there? Why are the holding on to me? Who are you? I want them now!” Amy asks with trepidation in her voice.

“I’m Rico and your parents won’t be ever come back from where they went. Well…let’s see…would you like to see them?” Rico asks

“YES!” exclaims Amy

“Bring their bodies here, Paul,” Rico commands

“Bodies?” Amy asks in a whisper

Paul, a muscular and tan man brings in three bodies covered in blood. Amy screams as long as she can before the men holding her cover her mouth. The bodies are the bodies of her mother, her father, and her older brother. Amy can’t believe what she’s and wishes this was all a dream and that she was still in bed.

“Put the bodies back Paul. I think she’s seen enough,” Rico commands

“Ok, boss,” Paul replies

“Wh..what did you do?” stammers Amy

“Well…..we killed them,” Rico answers

Amy is shocked in fear and can’t say anything, she’s too much in awe to get even a squeak out. The men take Amy into another room and lock the door behind them like Rico ordered. As Amy is placed in the room, Rico and the rest of his men talk about what they should do with Amy. Rico walks in the room with his own swagger and tells Amy that they are going to take Amy to their drug warehouse until they find what they were looking for in the house. Amy is dragged out of the house with a towel placed on top of her head and her mouth covered so she wouldn’t scream. She is then thrown into the back of the SUV and the men start to drive away.


Amy feels the car start to slow down and tries to struggle out of the ties wrapped around her wrists. She fails at trying to get free, because the men tied it tighter as she attempted to break free from the grasp of the malefactors. The car suddenly stops and the men rush out of the cars and into the warehouse where they make and store the drugs they make. Amy smells salt-water and realizes that they are near the ocean, probably on the abandoned docks in lower Colombia on the shore of the Pacific Ocean.

After 10 minutes of shuffling around, the men holding Amy finally take off the towel upon her head. Amy finds herself in the middle of the building and tied down to a chair. Inside of Amy’s head, Amy is scared out of her mind and is freaking out because she hasn’t yet absorbed the thought of her being taken by these strange men.

“What do you want with me?” asks Amy

“I want to know where your father keeps all of your family’s money,” Rico responses

“How the hell would I know!” exclaims Amy

“You should know. You’re the daughter of the family. Your parents should have told you or given you clues to where it is,” says Rico

“How would he give me clues to where it is? I see him all the time but all he does is tutor me in my classes and buys me custom made jewelry,” Amy say

Rico reaches towards Amy his dry right hand and rips the necklace off Amy’s neck.

He observes the necklace closely with his bare eyes and then asks for a magnifying glass. After being handed the magnifying glass, he inspects the metal braided, heart-shaped necklace’s braids. It takes him 3 minutes to finally spot numbers etched in the metal.

“What are these numbers?” questions Rico

“I don’t know! My father gave it to me, not told me what was on it. It’s probably the serial number, so if it gets lost you can find out the original buyer,” responses Amy


Amy is place in a room where there is only a chair, a blanket, a table, and a old, dirty mattress. Amy is forced to live in this small, petite room with very few bathroom breaks. Amy has been in this room for two days, she misses her friends, and is depressed about what happened to her family. She can’t stand living in these conditions

One day she asks knocks on the door of the room she’s in and asks if she can go to the bathroom. The guard doesn’t realize that he is going to get the wind knocked of his in many ways.

The guard opens the door and Amy yells to hurt the guards ears, elbows him in the diaphragm, stomps on his huge left foot, pokes his eyes out, and grabs his gun leaning on the wall next to the door. She points the gun at the guard and puts two rounds in his left thigh and abdominals. After shooting the guards she runs out the door shooting anyone in her way, but not killing them just enough not to chase her or go after her. She makes it out of the building and hides behind the crates of fish. She wants to run to the closest police station and tells them what is there but first she wants to get revenge on the man who ordered the killing of her family and for taking the necklace her father bought her.

Rico hears all about what Amy did and Rico is furious. He searches for her like she some sort of dog. Once she hears Rico just close enough for her to aim and shoot him in the head, she comes out from behind the crates and yells “THIS IS FOR MY FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” She aims well and shoots Rico right in the center of eyes, the kill shot. She runs up to Rico and empties the rest of the clip into Rico’s chest. Blood is splattered everywhere. Everything around Amy and Rico is covered in blood. Amy’s whole outfit is covered is imbued in dark red blood.

Amy got revenge for her family and is ready for anything that is coming her way. All she cares about right now is that Rico is dead and gone with no return. Amy throws the gun into the ocean and walks away with a grin on her face, thinking about nothing but that her family has gotten the satisfactory of the someone in the family has given back the karma to Rico that Rico started. On the walk through the town, people stare at Amy who is covered in blood and Amy hears the sound of police cars rushing towards her and the warehouse where the shots were fired. The police stop Amy and ask her what has happened. Amy starts by saying “The fastidious Rico Sanchez, the drug lord of Colombia, has been killed, the gun that killed him is now in the ocean, and you will find 25 injured men in the old Gutten Fishing Warehouse.” She is escorted into the police car without any handcuffs on.

Amy has lived through the worst experience she will ever go through. She doesn’t tell the police that she killed Rico, injured 25 men who worked for Rico, and the police, until this day, don’t know that Amy has done the things she has done. No one has asked her any questions about the death of Rico Sanchez and she will never tell them the whole truth……