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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Truth or Dare (08/28/08)

TITLE: Dare to Tell the Truth
By Joanney Uthe
09/04/08


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We knew we would get into trouble if we were caught playing in the old brooder house. No chickens lived there, just a bunch of old corn cobs for starting the wood burning stoves.

Someone suggested we play “Truth or Dare.” I always hated that game, but this time wished they had meant the actual game. When someone brought out a pack of cigarettes, I thought for sure everyone else would shoot him down. Instead, they all wanted to try them. What is up with you guys? We’re only in fourth and fifth grade! We cannot start smoking.

I had a moment of decision: did I stay and take the dare, or did I stick to what I knew to be right? Did I risk acceptance by my peers for the sake of knowing better? For me, this was an easy decision. I told them I would have nothing to do with it, besides it was starting to rain. Okay, the amount of rain was light enough to be called a “wimp” for going inside because of it, but they probably thought I was one anyway for not wanting the cigarette.

When I got inside, I noticed that my teenage sisters were sitting at the dinner table doing their homework. Do I tell?

“So, why did you come in? It isn’t raining that hard.” My sister’s question gave me the perfect opportunity. I tattled.

After the teens went out and confiscated the cigarettes, two of the girls thanked me for stopping them from trying them. When I mentioned this story at a family dinner as adults, no one else remembered it. But the sister that had thanked me for telling then, said “that figures, it sounds like something you would have done.”


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Beth LaBuff 09/04/08
Perhaps you stopped someone from starting a life-time addiction. You've given a perfect illustration of peer pressure. I had to smile at your ending "that figures, it sounds like something you would have done."
Lauryn Abbott09/05/08
I too, had to smile at the last line. Big lesson here, for such a short story. Well done!
Helen Murray09/05/08
Sounds like having to "tattle" was more traumatising to you than all the other drama. Yet, on the day of accounting, you saved the day. Good story.
Pamela Kliewer09/05/08
Good story, and I'm glad you tattled. Years ago when I was twenty I smoked two cigarettes - and understood how people got hooked! I'm glad you were able to keep your friend from smoking!
Joy Faire Stewart09/09/08
Good story and sounds like a group of kids. Glad you had the courage to tattle.