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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/10/08)

TITLE: "Signed, Charlotte"
By Frank Salerni
01/10/08


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“Signed, Charlotte”

The elderly schoolteacher seemed strict, and so proper that I couldn’t feel comfortable. It wasn’t that she was necessarily mean or rude, but I liked my old teacher much better. Maybe I’m having a pity party… who knows… who cares.

My dad has his new job, you know, the “Dream Job” that comes once in a lifetime I’m told. Mom’s new house is cool, but I miss my old room, and I certainly miss my best friends. How do my parents expect me to live as a teenage girl without the security of my status quo peer group? I’m a mess!

Fourteen and a geek all over again, I’ll have to start from the bottom of the gene pool of popularity. To make matters worse I suck at math, so they want to give me a tutor. Billy Bob Daniels, can you believe it? Billy Bob… I’m in hillbilly hell! The guy can’t even make up his mind to what his first name is.

I did see a couple of nice looking guys in my third period class, but I don’t think they noticed me.

God, why are You doing this to me? I had it all. You’ve taken me from everything I’ve known and loved to a Billy Bob. What did I do to be punished without mercy? He’s coming over tonight and we don’t even have all our stuff out of boxes yet. I keep thinking about those two cute guys. At least if one of them came over I’d have something to e-mail my friends back home about. I’m doomed… destined to live out my parent’s dreams, but I have to settle for a nightmare.

Oh well, I guess I’m done for this day’s diary entry. It’s only six o’clock, but I feel like this day is over. Oops, I just heard the doorbell, bet it’s “Billy Slob.”

“Hi, I’m Billy; are you Charlotte?”

I stood there paralyzed. At the doorway was a tall, good-looking boy wearing a letterman jacket, with a patch that said, Captain. This is Billy Bob? I couldn’t even speak as he smiled at me, his perfect white teeth, blond curly hair, and to top it off a cute, deep, dimple had me in a trance.

“Hello?”

Suddenly, the trance was broken as the world came back into focus.

“I’m Charlotte, please come in. Sorry that there in not much to sit on, we’ve just moved in as you can see, but you probably know that, I mean, maybe we could study out on the porch swing, if you want to that is, and I’ll only be a moment, because I have to firer up the old computer, ya know… I havta' send an e-mail to my friends, but I could wait, if you don’t have too much time, so I’ll be right out!” (SHUT UP YOU NERD!) Oh, I hope I didn’t say that out loud.

I ran to my room and scratched a P.S. in my diary.

Forget about those two guys that I thought were so cute. Remind myself to thank God. I want to thank Him for a wonderful new school, home, and for giving me such a bonehead for math.

Signed, Charlotte.


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Jan Ackerson 01/17/08
Good job with the teenage voice.
Jacqueline Zerres01/18/08
Very cute story. It's not just teens that make a 180!
Karen Wilber 01/21/08
Cute! I was just as surprised as Charlotte. Fun entry.
Hanne Moon 01/22/08
I enjoyed the teenage voice that came out of this piece! I can remember being that emotional in my teen years! Good job...