|8,886 words/24 pages double spaced
|First person, present tense, use of past tense
|© 1995, 1996, 1998
|"Me"/Elizabeth Jean Darby
|A solitary cave-dwelling girl who's lived underground since she can remember
|The Darby family: Nancy, Ed, Bill, Darrell, and Claudia.
|Modern time, a cave underground; also modern/rural living quarters
|A girl who has lived in an underground cave since she can remember goes through her bag of memories and reminisces about when she once found a way to the outside world after an earthquake, and what it was like to be an "aboveground person" before she decided to go back to living in her cave.
|Information, inspiration, and other notes
|This story was written when I was in high school, as a response to an offer from the teacher to submit creative writing instead of having to do a critical report. It was written, in its entirety, in one sleepless night, and later edited and smoothed out (which explains the later copyright on it). I pondered the concept for a long time before actually writing it. My teacher never read it and "forgot" I'd submitted anything, and made me do the critical project, incidentally.
|[Sketch of main character]
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