We Are Young and Doomed

Milly Farber is tired of being boring, withdrawn, and socially awkward. At least, that's how she sees herself. She is determined to enjoy life. To stand out. To be exciting. To excite someone.

Jasper Hewn always took notice of the quiet little blonde girl who kept to herself at the back of the class. He always thought she seemed intriguing. But he never had the nerve to say hello.

Told from both perspectives in short bursts. Each chapter title is something the character is feeling, but it doesn't necessarily reflect the contents of the chapter. It's more of a reflection of their nervousness and self-consciousness within the situation.


1. The End of Milly Farber

I picked up the box of hair dye I had purchased ten minutes ago from my bathroom counter. This was it. This was my first step in becoming someone different. Someone not Milly Farber. I ripped open the box, dumping the contents onto the counter, then I put on the gloves that came with it. I mixed all of the ingredients as instructed, then applied it to my hair.

After a minute or so, the color started changing. It looked like blood, which made me gag just a little bit.

I spent the next half hour flipping through a magazine my sister had left behind years ago when she moved out for college. Everything looked so dated and silly. When the timer went off on my phone, I stood. I stripped and jumped in the shower to rinse everything out.

After conditioning my hair, I towel dried it then stared at it in the mirror.

I looked like a completely different person. No, I was a completely different person. I was determined to be.

Boring, quiet, shy Milly Farber was dead and gone.

I was new. I was a phoenix. Fiery hair and all.

I was now Liscent Farber. I figured the last half of my first name sounded more edgy, if not odd. And odd was at least interesting.

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