NON-FICTION, 205 words.
Copyright 2012 Ara Hagopian.
You’re a young person, and you’ve run away from home. I’m asking you to call or write to someone at your home, school, or family to let them know you’re OK.
I’m not asking you to come home. Just call someone you trust to pass the word that you’re alive.
When you left home, there was someone in your circle who you didn’t want to leave, but had to. Maybe it was your little brother or sister. Maybe it was a friend you had to leave behind.
Let me tell you—they are hurting. You know the pain you felt in the buildup before you left? Pain you had no control over? Someone in your circle is feeling horribly right now, and you can ease that pain with a phone call. Let them hear your voice.
If you think no one cares, or if you think too much time has gone by or too many angry words have been said, please get in touch with the National Runaway Switchboard. These folks are here just for you and can help pass the word that you’re OK. They can also help with your other needs. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929).
Runaways, please call. Someone wants to know you’re OK.