3. Bumper sticker
Mariah started walking towards the grocery store. As She passed by a house, She saw an old skateboard sticking out of a dirty green garbage can. She looked around to make sure nobody was watching and cautiously approached the garbage can. She pulled the skateboard out and examined it. The paint was peeling and it looked old, but what did she care? It worked. She smiled and thanked God. It wasn't much but she was thankful for everything she had. She put one foot on her new found board and used the other to kick the ground and propel herself down the sidewalk. She noticed how cold It was and hugged her self to stay warm. She pulled her Bernie out of her small worn out backpack. She put it on her head, and continued on her way. In about 30 min. She arrived at the grocery store. She went into the bathroom and frowned at what she saw in the mirror. She looked around and saw that she Was alone. She took advantage of the soap and water and quickly washed her face. She tucked her board under her arm and gave herself an encouraging smile.
She walked into the bread isle and picked up a loaf of bread. Bread was cheap and it kept her fed. Honestly she was tired of it, but she couldn't afford anything more. She filled her water bottle at the water fountain and walked down the next isle. She saw the beautiful vegetables and fruit section. She remembered the generous $20 bill that Beth gave her. She smiled and grabbed two apples and a banana. She walked up to the register and to check out. The boy at that register looked young. Probably about her age. He scanned her items and gave her a warm smile. She smiled back. She went to hand him the $20 bill but he shook his head.
"It's on me" he whispered.
She was thankful but it made her mad at the same time.
"No it's ok. I don't need your help" she argued.
"Please?" He proceeded.
She glared at him but he stood his ground.
'Well I do really need the money.' She thought.
"Ok fine" she gave in. He pulled the money out of his pocket and put it in the register.
She gave him a small, awquard smile and skipped out of the store.
Mariah placed her board on the ground and started to skate. She found a spot on the side of a restaurant where she sat down to eat her banana. She carefully peeled the bright yellow skin back and not into the fresh light colored bananna. She smiled as she tasted the sweet flavor. She saw a car parked. She stopped chewing for a second and read the bumper sticker.
Girls can fight to!
It said. There was a small picture of a girl holding a machine gun. It was all of a sudden clear to her. She wanted to join the military.