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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Adolescence/Teen Years (07/16/09)

TITLE: Always Have a Happy .
By Ruth Neilson


"So, what is the name of your most annoying cousin?" Amanda asked, leaning back in a chair. It felt good to relax with her two girl friends and Lukas to escape the evil that is homework.

"George," Rachael answered with a nod.

"George," Connie volunteered.

"Same here. So, now we're officially members of the I hate George club!"

"Um, mine's my cousin Terri." Lukas slowly spoke up, looking between his friends. It was odd they all had a cousin with the same name they couldn't stand—except for him.

Connie giggled and snapped a Kit-Kat in two, offering half to Amanda. It seemed that that very motion spurred Amanda's next question.

"Outside of chocolate, what is your favorite way to ignore them?"


"Wait, there's a way to make them go away?" Lukas asked, looking around at the girls, confused.

"Both!" Rachael stated and laughed loudly at the looks of surprise. "Well, it would be nice if I could have it at the same time...but the best thing I've found to make George seem like he doesn't even exist...."

The other two girls sat up. "Really? What is it?"

"A dark chocolate bar that has raspberry bits in it...oh... makes George's annoying habits vanish...Momma swears by it, too."

Connie leaned forward smiling. "You wouldn't happen to have..."

"I wish, Momma guards them with a vengeance..."

The girls started laughing hard, picturing Mrs. Wendy defending her chocolate. Lukas leaned back, frowning, and then ever so slowly a light dawned in his eyes. He grinned, putting down the chocolate chip cookie that Rachael had been eyeing for the last few minutes, and unhurriedly scooted back.

"I'm glad I don't know that cousin!" he stated, trying not to laugh himself. His statement caused the three girls to laugh harder. Amanda and Connie clutched each other, desperately trying not to collapse with hysterics. Rachael clung to the table, doubled over.

"Um...Lukas, dude?" A younger man peered into the room, frowning in confusion.

Lukas looked up at the young man, wiping his eyes. "Yeah, Marcus?"

"How can you NOT know your cousin?"

Marcus' innocent question caused the hilarity to grow. Soon giggles and chuckles turned into belly laughs. It took Lukas several minutes to calm down as he gasped for breath.

"Marcus, I'll explain it to you later...I promise...Just trust me, this is one cousin that you never want to know."

Lukas stood, still chuckling and walked towards Marcus. He could have sworn he heard one of the girls whisper, "Always have a happy..." Before they were once again consumed with hysterics.

AN: The above incident did occur in real life. The names have been changed to protect the innocent (or not so innocent).

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Sara Harricharan 07/23/09
ROFL! I was wondering if there would be a story like this, this week. Heehee, what a riot. It took me a moment to get, but when I did? Hoo boy! Hilarious! Great job here! and I totally agree, always have a happy. ^_^
Amy Michelle Wiley 07/23/09
I didn't get it until the end, and then I figured it out. I've never heard it called that. It's so true how guys always tend to be out of the giggling fits. My sisters and Mom and I are always getting the giggles about something and poor Daddy sits there with a puzzled, bemused look.
Seema Bagai 07/24/09
Funny piece. When I saw the title, I figured what it would be about. Can't stand that commercial. What's so happy about "cousin"? LOL. Good work.
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/24/09
Great fun!I enjoyed this very well written story all the way through.
Noel Mitaxa 07/27/09
This is so true of the many giggling fits I had with my friends. I don't believe in karma, but you'll have to file me away with Marcus, as I've also missed its thrust.
Laura Manley07/27/09
I wouldn't be a teenager again for anything, thank you very much! Excellent job on this story.
william price07/27/09
You know, I had to Google your title to get the joke. lol. It's way too funny now. Great job. Hysterical even. God bless.
Bryan Ridenour07/29/09
Great job. As a youth pastor who takes teens on long trips, I've overheard similar conversations. Well written!
Carol Slider 07/29/09
Oh, I am SOOO out of the loop on this one! I'll have to Google, too, to figure this out. But you did a great job portraying a conversation between teenagers!