Holding Hands with Layla, Luiza O'Campo (preschool)
A Short Story by Priyanka Bharghavan (11th grade)
The snow drifted slowly onto the trail and trapped itself onto the maple mane of the mustang. Its rusty coat hidden under layers of gear strapped onto the saddle. The rider shook his head, snowflakes flying from the brim of his hat. He had stepped out to clear his mind. The family told him it would do him good to let go of his worries before the New Year; they knew the crisp morning air of the Rockies would do the trick. The last year had been tough on him, and no doubt the next year would bring its own set of troubles. These thoughts circled in the riders mind as his horse’s hooves crunched in the snow and left a trail behind him. After all, what was the new year except just another morning. Past experiences don’t just go away because the Earth finished its orbit. Nevertheless, he sat the kids down and told them his resolution: to work harder, for this would be the year things work out. They smiled and hugged him and told him that it would be. And that was enough for now.
He pictured his family back at home. The kids stuffing their faces with chocolate chip cookies left over from Christmas and their wide smiles lined with sugar. He smelled the pines wafting through the windows and the cinnamon from the dainty pastries. He heard the Beatles singing from the radio clashing with the Christmas songs his wife quietly hummed. This would be the year things worked out, he told his kids, he believed it too.
Mask, Zoey O'Campo (7th grade)
Squarespot Fish, Kaya Westbrook (6th grade)
NorCal Lit Club:
We curate a variety of writing and art from across grade levels, we study and deepen our understanding of local literature and our literary roots, and we share our knowledge of local authors with our community through brief presentations and writing exercises.
J. Haley Campbell
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