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It was a beautiful day and I was doing some morning cleaning as usual. You see, I love to clean. If it weren’t for me, our house would be a wreck. Just saying.
Just then, Grace rushed in and interrupted me in the middle of my favorite hobby. I did not mind that much. I was used to it by now.
“Hey! Guess what?” Grace asked, “Julie, Kit, Luci, and Chen are back from summer camp!” She grinned.
“Oh! Wonderful! I’ll go ask them how it went in just a second. Let me just finish clearing off the table.”
“Of course…” She laughed.
I found them in Luci and Chen’s room. I had expected to see excited, chatting girls, but to my surprise, they were all upset and arguing.
“Listen, Luci,” Julie explained, “it’s not my fault you weren’t cool enough.”
Luci swiftly held something up. “Oh yeah? I have a lightsaber. You can’t tell me that’s not totally cool.”
Julie paused a second. “Hmm… You got a point there…” she considered.
“Uh… Excuse me?” They all looked at me when they heard my voice, “What happened?”
Lucie flicked her sword in Julie’s face. “Caroline, tell Julie I’m cool.”
“Eh… get that thing out of my face,” Julie waved the lightsaber away, “and I’m not trying to be mean. I’m just telling the truth.”
Luciana fell back into the chair with a humph.
“Alright, let’s get this settled.” I said trying to fix things, “Kit, what happened at camp?”
“Well,” Kit sighed, “Long story short: Julie formed a kind of ‘club’ for the all the cool kids there (including me), and she wouldn’t let Luci be apart of it, because she deemed her too ‘nerdy’.”
“Can I help it if I enjoy science?” Luci protested.
“What about you, Chen,” I asked.
“Oh, don’t get me involved with this. I just wanted to go to summer camp.” Chen shook her head.
I turned to Julie. “Would you please define ‘cool’?” I asked.
“Sure,” she shrugged, “basically you have to abide by the 3 N.G.’s.”
“OK… And what are the 3 N.G.’s?” I requested.
“Not Girly. Not Geeky. Not Guilty.” She put simply.
“Right…” I said.
“See,” she insisted, “I wasn’t being mean. Not everyone can fulfill those requirements. Take you for instance.” Julie gestured to me.
“Oh snap.” Kit said.
“Wait,” I smirked, “let me get this straight. You think I am not cool?”
She shrugged again. “It’s just a fact.”
“I’ll be back…” I smiled and walked out of the room.
I was in the Girl of the Year bedroom when Grace walked in. “Hey Caroline, I…”
“Huh?” She froze.
“Caroline, what are you wearing?! And is that Logan’s Chain?”
“Yes, but don’t worry, he said I could borrow it.” I replied, “Can you help me put it on?”
“I guess so…”
She started to clip the chain behind my neck.
“Please tell me this is just a phase!” She pleaded.
“Oh no!” I corrected, leaning over to tie my shoe, “I’m just going to teach Julie a little lesson.”
“OK… This is going to be a weird lesson…” Grace hesitated.
“Yeah, but then maybe it will stick in her mind.” I smiled, picking up sunglasses.
I put them on. “Get ready for the all-new, Caroline.”
“I wish I would have gone to the mall today.” Grace sighed to herself.
In the Kitchen:
“Do you understand the plan now?” I asked Grace.
“Uh… Sorta.” She winced.
“Ok, now go tell them it is time for breakfast.”
“Right.” She left the room.
When the girls came in I was reclining in the chair with my foot up on the table.
They stopped in their tracks when they set eyes on me.
“My nightmares have come true.” Kit whispered.
“Who are you and what have you done with Caroline?” Julie demanded.
“Oh. I just took your advice on being cool.” I beamed. “What’s up?”
“Uh… where’s breakfast?”
“In my stomach. Duh.” I slid my foot off the table.
“I meant our breakfast,” Julie stated.
“Oh. Well, that’s none of my business. Get it yourself.”
“Hey, but you always get breakfast.” Julie protested.
“Ugh. Man. Don’t remind me. That was SO totally un-cool. Now, I’ll only serve myself.”
“Wow. That’s kinda self-centered, Caroline.” Luci looked concerned.
I rose immediately. “Yeah, I know…” I sighed, “but you know what’s great? I have NO guilt.”
I was enjoying this way too much.
Julie was wincing.
I stroked Julie’s jacket, “Dude… is this real leather?”
“Uh… that is kinda lame. Don’t you think?”
Before she could answer, I quickly let go, “Later!” I strode out of the room.
“Ok,” I began when Caroline was out of the room, “I have no idea what is going on with her. How are we going to make our breakfast?”
“We will just have to make something easy like cereal.” Kit sighed.
“But Caroline always, does like, the correct ratio of milk to cereal! Ya know?!” I was kind of freaking out.
The other girls looked at each other like I was crazy.
“What?” I asked.
Back in the Girl of the Year room, I gave Grace a high five. “This is going pretty well,” I grinned.
Suddenly, Kit came in, and I put the glasses back over my eyes. “Sup, Kit?”
“Um… I was wondering if you could help me figure out the square root of 225.”
“Gross Math. That is way too geeky for me.” I replied.
“Yeah Kit, don’t you know Caroline is cool now?” Grace joined in.
“Yeah,” Kit sighed, “I know. Nevermind, I didn’t really need to know that anyway.” She plodded out of the room.
Kit came into my room and sat down on my bed. “Mission accomplished,” she said, “I asked her what the square root of 225 was and she thought it was too ‘geeky’.”
“Oh man,” I realized, “she really is trying to be ‘cool’ like I said.”
Then Luci and Chen entered, and I sat down on the bed with Kit.
“Caroline kept calling me ‘Dude’,” Luci explained to all of us, “It’s so weird.”
“Yeah,” Chen nodded, “I’ve never seen her act like this. You really influenced her, Julie.”
“That’s it!” I rose up, “I’m going to tell Caroline that we want the old her back.”
When Julie found me in my room I started to pull the curtains on my bed.
“What. Are. You. Doing?” She asked.
“Oh hey, Jules, ” I responded, “I’m just throwing out these curtains. They are way too girly.”
“Well, I want to talk to you.” Julie stated.
“Ok,” I said, “but first…”
“…check out my dab!”
Julie sat down on Kit’s bed. “Uh… that’s… nice,” she hesitated, “but Caroline, we need the old you back!”
I lifted up my glasses, “And why is that? I was so un-cool.”
“Well, maybe, all those things you did today didn’t make you cooler, just weirder, and maybe you were a pretty cool person already, but… not by my initial definition. It’s cool that you care for others and like making things neat and pretty.”
I put my hand on her shoulder, “OK… and what about Luci?”
“Luci? I guess she’s cool in her own way…” Julie pondered, “Wait a minute… was this whole thing a trick just to get me to agree with Luci?”
“No, it was so you could appreciate her differences and then maybe include her next time…”
“Oh. Alright…” Julie sighed, “I’ll go apologize. Thanks, Caroline, even if your methods were really… interesting.”
“Sometimes my ideas surprise myself, ” I explained, “and I still don’t understand why you and Kit walk around with sunglasses inside. I kept bumping into walls!”
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