Crumbling Empires

Written by Arthur Miao On a semi-warm morning in Prussia on July 17, 1942, Hitler looked at himself in the mirror. His mustache, he thought, brought out the ferocious look in his eyes. He was a force to be reckoned with, and today was the beginning of his grand plan. Now that his army hadContinue reading “Crumbling Empires”

Angel of Death:

The Human Form of Evil Written by Vivian Zhang Glup, glup. I sat watching the plunger slowly make its way down the tube and into Miriam’s body. Inside the tube was a clear unknown liquid that would soon be injected into my own body. This was the third time this week, the twelfth time thisContinue reading “Angel of Death:”

Little Ivan: Power and Blood

Written by Mireia Giro Endless darkness… then suddenly, sharp shrieks mixed with the cracking of a whip on human flesh getting closer and closer. Tears are dripping down, along with fresh blood and sweat, onto the dirty stone floor. The sound of pain and terror resonates without the voice of another… Ivan wakes up againContinue reading “Little Ivan: Power and Blood”

A Dream that Died with the Ship

Written by Alice Xu             As he scribbled some words emphatically in his notebook, light shined out from his eyes: “April 24th, 1865. Going home.”  He smiled with joy, the first time since the Civil War had ended. As a prisoner, he suffered poor physical, mental and emotional health from the conditions of his cage.Continue reading “A Dream that Died with the Ship”


Written by Tony Teng “Help! Help me…Help…Me…” his desperate sounds started to weaken. “God will… bless me… right?” he coughed hard. *** He was a merchant, and a Christian. Standing on deck in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, he looked upon the sky. God was up there, of course. But down here, next to him,Continue reading “Punishment”

The End of an Empire

Written by Jerry Yu The palace is empty – too empty to believe that not long ago it was the pulsing heart of a great empire. Constantine XI walks through its empty corridors and halls.  There are no people. All able-bodied men were armed and sent to the wall. No decorations, save for the muralsContinue reading “The End of an Empire”

Marry Me if I Survive This

Written by Siyu Chen Earned a Gold Key Mention in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition 2 pm: She walks into a convenience store. This will be the first meal of her day. The fan is turning, the TV is playing, the cashier is talking, but all of these noises she ignores.  2:10: HeContinue reading “Marry Me if I Survive This”

The Street Performer

Written by Jenny Pan Earned an Honorable Mention in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition in 2019 A street performer is stationed in the courtyard of the town centre. I watch this man walk down the uneven stone roads every morning before sunrise. He carries a black worn-out suitcase with a few colourful strands ofContinue reading “The Street Performer”

When the Past Rings True

Written by Emma Tang             I have stared at this street, at the same patch of brown gravel every day with no way of turning my head to see where that little voice came from, or what kind of dog I heard barking to my left. Nope, just forward. Always forward.             Not long ago,Continue reading “When the Past Rings True”