How to start? Story format? Journalist-esque type? How about as it really happened...
I walked into Science class, and saw, in horror, a box of lab coats. I am known for being the kind of girl that falls over her own shoelace, or in a staring contest, starts to blink as soon as they say go. You know, Miss Klutz and all that. So lab coats = hazardous materials = an explosion at the hand of moi.
Well, I saw the box and walked up to my Science partner, Stephen.
I bit my lip and groaned, “Oh naw! Science coats!”
He smirked and, in a rubbish imitation of me, squeaked, “Oh my, like, gawd! It’s an ugly coat! Eww, that’s, like, soooo not gonna go with my Jimmy Choo shoes, and Paul’s Boutique bag! Omg, this is, like, proper disaster!”
I reeled mentally. I wear Clark’s pumps, and have a New Look shoulder bag. I hissed, “What was THAT about?”
He shrugged, “You’re such a girl, Maddie!”
I pulled my sarcastic face, “Well done Stephen!”
He carried on “You stereotypical Barbies are all, ‘Ooh, dirt!’ and ‘Aaah help, it’s a SPIDER!’” he paused for effect; “You and your crew are all mindless idiots!”
I was confused, ‘cause I was the one who shoo-ed out the spider he cringed away from that time in Maths. And I’m the girl who is in all the top sets, and whose English teacher told the Rector about! I told him that and he said,
“Oh well, apart that, you are!”
“Oh, and Stephen? Barbies? Not ONE of my friends are un-naturally blonde, Carly’s skinny 'cos she’s a dancer, and Caitlin’s skinny ‘cos she’s a professional swimmer. I’m slightly over-weight, and I eat the biggest breakfast known to man!” I stopped to breathe.
Stephen fired back, “I know, when you told me what ate, I’m not surprised you’re almost as fat as a pig!”
I stopped, hurt. Angered, I growled, “Look here Stephen, I may not be the skinniest girl alive but I’m in no way FAT!”
He back-pedalled, “I didn’t mean it, I mean, I did at the time but you’re not fat, you’re really skinny and—’’
“Two things I hate. Stereotypes- Barbies, chavvs, cheerleaders, the guy who get’s the girl, but is a jerk! And hypocrites- First I’m a stick-thin, blonde Barbie, then I’m fat! Huh?”
I don’t know if this is the proper format for the comp, all I can say is, when I saw the brief, I immediately thought ‘I know, stereotyping girls who care what they look like!’
It’s hard for us to get noticed, and it’s been like that even way back when, and it’s frustrating y’know?
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