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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)

TITLE: Drama Queens
By Kathy Barnes


“Hey, Liz you did great as the Glenda in ‘Oz’ at Casa Manana.” Jill exclaimed.

“Thank you,” Liz replied. “Did you hear that Katie Johnson is quitting the lead role?”

“No, I hadn’t heard,” answered Liz.

Suzie standing beside her high school locker piped in, “I can’t believe Katie Johnston is quitting the lead role.” She is so good. I have to tell Mary.”

“I didn’t know you knew Katie,” Jill stated.

“Everyone knows Katie,” Suzie said as she headed off to find Mary.

“Mary, guess what I heard. Katie is quitting the lead in ‘Cats’ in the school play. You’re her best friend did she tell you why?” asked Suzie.

“No, she has not said a word to me about it. I’m her best friend you would think she would have at least talked it over with me. How dare her tell someone else first!” Mary replied both hurt and angry.

Suzie located, Katie’s understudy, Rebecca, and told her that she needed to start practicing for the lead.

Rebecca was overjoyed that she would get the lead. She bragged that she knew the lines better than Katie did, anyway.

“Katie, I thought we were best friends. How dare you keep something as important as you quitting the play from me? I had to hear about it from Mary, of all people. Rebecca was right; you can’t remember your lines. You would flop. It’s better you run now, before you make a bigger fool of yourself. Everybody hates you anyway. You’re not my friend anymore.” Mary said as she stomped off down the hall.

Katie stood still at first puzzled and then mad. She loved the role and hadn’t thought about quitting, but people had been asking her all day about it. Mary was her best friend she should have at least asked, if it were true. It was obvious that Mary was mad at her, but she had not done anything wrong. Now she was upset with Mary.

“Katie, I need to speak with you,” commanded Mr. Smith, the drama teacher. “I am hearing rumors all over the place that you are quitting. It’s two days before the show. I need to know now, if they are true.”

“No, I love the play. I’ve been working hard and I’ve not missed a practice. I wish I knew who started this rumor.”

I’ll tell Rebecca that you are still lead. She will be disappointed, but next year when she has a little more experience, she’ll be better able to handle it.

After much work, Katie tracked the source back to Liz and Jill. She was upset and wanted to get back at them, so she started a rumor that their boyfriends were cheating on them.

Susie confronted Liz and Jill with the fact that Katie saw their boyfriends last Friday night at “The Hop” dancing with Lacy and Dorothy and everyone knows they are sluts.

Liz responded, “Why would you saying something like that? It’s not true.”

Susie countered, “Just because you don’t think it’s true, doesn’t make it so.”

“Susie, you are full of it. TJ and Tom were on stage with us Friday downtown at the theater, Casa Manana. Why would you want to hurt us? We barely know you. What have we ever done to you?” asked Jill.

Susie just stood there unable to answer.

Jill and Liz went to find Katie.

“Katie, Susie told us that you said you saw TJ and Tom at ‘The Hop’ Friday night. Is that true?”

“Yes, guess you are not as hot as you think.” Katie answered.

“Katie the boys were with us Friday. Why would you try to start trouble between us?” ask Jill.

“You deserve it. You almost got me kicked off ‘Cats’ with your lies about me not knowing my lines and quitting.” Katie screamed at them.

“Katie, I’ve never seen you miss a line. You are the best actress in this high school. Katie Johnson just quit the lead in ‘Oz’ and we recommended that the director call you to see if you wanted to come in for an audition. We weren’t sure if you would want to take on a second play at the same time,” said Liz.

“Oh, exclaimed Jill. I bet someone heard us talking about Katie Johnson quitting and thought we said Katie Johnston. I’m sorry we did not mean to start trouble.”

“I’m sorry I’m as bad as them,” said Katie.

“Friends,” said Jill and Liz

“Friends,” replied Katie.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/06/10
This is an interesting story and a great example how rumors can get so out of hand.

I was a little confused at times about who was speaking. Make sure you start a new paragraph with each new speaker, even if it's only a sentence long.

Good job at nice descriptions and an interesting story.
Verna Mull 11/06/10
Had a little trouble following the conversations, but still a very good example of when someone repeats what they "thought" that they heard.
Jan Ackerson 11/07/10
Perfect title--my daughters were in drama when they were in high school, and drama club is full of...too much drama!

I got lost in the characters a few times, and I think your mention of two different plays was a bit confusing.

You definitely captured high school girls and their cattiness...well done.