Sunflowers and Motel Beds

By Gia, age 18, Florida
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There is a girl whom I'll call Georgia. She's your stereotypical high school girl, an artist. No, there aren't paint blobs in her short dyed red hair or on her well-worn jeans. She's a part time writer and a photographer, camped out on the beaches or in neighborhood parks, waiting for an image to catch her eye.

For the majority of the people in this world who don't know her, Georgia has a few favorites. She drinks chocolate milk while watching TV. Love songs give her the most inspiration. And to make her smile, buy her sunflowers. Georgia dislikes her high school, cold feet, and getting her heart broken. The last one, well, she sat on the dirty floor of her high school's second floor bathroom, sobbing as her boyfriend broke up with her via text message. Since then, Georgia has had boys, not random boys, but well-thought-of boys.

High school makes you make decisions you might not make if you were sane. Georgia walked into her third period Spanish class. This was the year she would get her life in order.

"No boys," she thought. As she did a quick glance she couldn't help but notice one boy. He sat awkwardly in the middle of boys she guessed were his friends. "You promised yourself," she reminded herself. A year passes by fast was the caption of the photo she had just uploaded. It was an empty hall, papers scattered, lockers left open. Her summer was spent; well, that's where the story begins.

The guy from that Spanish class had a name she finally learned - Derek. A hometown boy who kept mostly to his room and video games.

"Let's go on a trip. No questions. I want fresh sunflowers," she told him over the phone. Twenty minutes later, they were stuck in rush hour traffic on I-95. Before this, Derek only gave Georgia quick hugs - he didn't want to push his luck with her. As the two of them sat in traffic, arguing over whose music they would listen to first, Derek got up the nerve to hold her hand. She kept talking, not noticing until he picked up her right hand and intertwined his fingers with hers. That's how it stayed for the rest of the trip. They held hands while getting gas, eating fast food, pretty much everything.

Around 9:30, Georgia pulled over to a motel. They were in some town, hungry and tired. Even from the start of this trip, money was tight. They shared a bed, where Georgia and Derek would intertwine their legs while flipping through channels.

"You're perfect," he whispered. Georgia, known for once in a while giving smart remarks, stayed quiet.

Georgia remembers pulling into some other town, north of the one they just stayed in, where she saw them ... sunflowers ... tons of them. Derek remembers her laugh and how she smiled while disappearing into the sunflower fields. They spent the day there, then leisurely made their way home.

It's been a week or so since they came home. Derek and Georgia have been together here and there. At night, Georgia tries to remember how it felt to sleep next to Derek, the way he pouted his lips or curled his body close to hers. Everyone knows they haven't been together long enough to be in love. Their response is, "Well, you just don't know us then. This is true love." Then they talk about sunflowers and that road trip, and no one tries to say they aren't in love.

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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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