Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: ENVY (jealousy of another’s advantage) (02/12/15)
TITLE: Imperfectly Perfect Heather
By Jennifer Rubino Champion
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â€śWhat are thinking about, Linds?â€ť
Lindsey glances over to her best friend Sophie and rolls her eyes towards Heather in answer to her question.
â€śSophie, why do you think God made some people beautiful and others ugly?â€ť Lindsey is sincere in asking because truly she feels like she is an ugly girl.
Sophie rolls her eyes sarcastically, â€śWhy are you so obsessed with Heather? Youâ€™re skinny and one day she will be as fat as her house. I guarantee it!â€ť
â€śWell, being skinny isnâ€™t everything. Look who is sitting at our table and then look who is sitting at hers. There is Randy, Tim, and Greg. They are all football players. Then there is Gina, the co-captain of the cheer squad. Heather is perfect. She has perfect looks, a perfect house, a perfect family, perfect friends and perfect clothes. We are sitting here with the nerd herd and wearing thrift store clothes. Go figure.â€ť
Later in the day, Lindsey and Sophie follow Heather home after school. They hide behind a bush as Heather lets herself inside. Once inside, they creep around the side of the house and peep in.
â€śI bet everything in her house is perfect too.â€ť Lindsey tells Sophie.
They watch as Heather hangs her back pack up on a coat hook and then her dad appears on the stairway and starts talking to Heather.
â€śJust look at her dad. Even heâ€™s dreamy. Heâ€™s not fat and stinky like my dad.â€ť Sophie elbows Lindsey to point him out.
They continue to watch as Heatherâ€™s dad comes down the stairs towards her and hugs her but he doesnâ€™t let go. He moves his hand down Heatherâ€™s hip and pulls her dress up. Heather tries to push away but he wonâ€™t let go. He pushes her over to the stairs and throws her down. With shaking hands, Heather starts to unbutton the front of her dress. She is crying and Lindsey and Sophie can hear her yelling, â€śNo, Daddy. Please donâ€™t do this again.â€ť
Lindsey grabs Sophie and runs around to the front of the house. They start ringing the doorbell until Heatherâ€™s dad comes to the door. He opens it looking angry.
â€śHi, Mr. Jones. Iâ€™m Lindsey and this is Sophie. We are here to pick up Heather. She is going with us to the library to finish a science project. â€śLindsey peeps around the man looking for any sign of Heather.
â€śHeather, thereâ€™s some girls here to see you. Why donâ€™t you come in and wait.â€ť He opens the door wider and smiles slightly.
â€śThatâ€™s ok. Weâ€™ll wait right here. Iâ€™m sure sheâ€™ll be right down.â€ť Sophie nods in agreement.
Soon Heather appears as though nothing had occurred and comes outside.
â€śWhat do you want?â€ť She asks.
Lindsey and Sophie take her by the arm and start walking away from the house and toward the sidewalk. Lindsey looks at Heather and smiles.
â€śI wanted to be you until about five minutes ago. Now I just want to help you. I thought your life was so perfect. Now I know itâ€™s not.â€ť Lindsey whispers in Heatherâ€™s ear.
Heather jerks her arms away and turns to Lindsey, â€śMy life perfect? Youâ€™re the ones with the perfect life, not me. I only wish I had your life.â€ť
Lindsey looks at Heather and sees her tear stained face and torn dress. Instead of a movie star she looks so humble and scared now like a child.
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