For a Moment

By Lakshna, age 17, United Arab Emirates

It all seemed hopeless. Whichever way she turned, the outcome seemed the same. Whatever she did, she would end up in the same place, same situation. And it wasn't what she wanted; it wasn't how she intended it to happen. It just did. She had tried, really tried, to change things. But somehow, it just didn't work in her favour. Despite knowing what to do, she didn't know how to go about it.

The sky above her head was dark, like her dreams. But that was where the similarity ended. Her dreams were dark and they frightened her. The sky was dark but inviting. It looked like it had tiny diamonds strewn all over it, like a myriad of patterns on a painting by a toddler. She was lost, lost in thoughts that seemed alien to her.

She felt a part of herself awaken. The hopelessness inside her was growing. But in this moment it all seemed insignificant. All the darkness inside her felt like a pile of dried autumn leaves that could be blown away in a light gust of wind. For a moment, the grass beneath her seemed like a bed of eiderdown. The wind caressed her body like the smooth ripples of a lake spreading in concentric circles. If only such feelings lasted forever. If only things weren't made complicated.

Something about the irregular stillness around her seemed to arouse her, stimulate her. She wanted to stay there forever, lying in the arms of the inviting earth, wrapped in the gentleness of the wind, gazing upon the simmering beauty of the stars. Time slowed. The feeling of calm spread, enveloping her in an embrace of comfort like a merry fire in the winter, soothing her like the soft words of a lover. For a moment, everything was fine.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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