A Skateboarding Story

  • Preface

  • Luke

    The summer I was thirteen, my life changed forever because of Miss Wanda Rose.

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  • In fact, our whole neighborhood was changed because of her.

  • I met her by accident, but I know in my heart it was meant to happen.

  • Chapter 1

  • Luke

    My friends and I spent a lot of time on the streets, skateboarding and hanging out.

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  • It seemed like we were always in trouble or running from it, the three of us.

  • No one really wanted kids around, especially kids on skateboards.

  • Luke

    We spent a lot of time competing with each other or learning new tricks.

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  • Sometimes we dared each other to do stupid stuff because we were bored.

  • Someone would make a dare, and the other two would jump in to see who was the bravest.

  • Luke

    A dare led me to Miss Wanda Rose.

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  • Terence was the oldest, on his second year of tenth grade.

  • He was tall and skinny, with smooth brown skin and sad eyes.

  • Luke

    He always wore a black beret and headphones.

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  • That was his style.

  • He liked to talk loud and be the center of attention.

  • Luke

    His way of intimidating people was to stand really close to them so they had to look up at him.

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  • It worked for the other kids, but for Lark and me, we just laughed and pushed him back.

  • We were a street family.