Confessions of a High School Supermodel

Meet Maddie Fox, a self-proclaimed Lozerilla. She’s 16, loves One Direction, shops at Forever 21, and frequently spends high school lunchtime hiding inside a bathroom stall. Maddie dreams of fitting in with the popular girls, but her shyness (and the fact that she has the most embarrassing family in the world) makes that impossible.


But when a chance encounter with a modeling scout thrusts Maddie into stardom as the next Victoria’s Secret supermodel, the girl that no boy ever looked at twice is suddenly a sex symbol, her picture on every teenage guy’s bedroom wall.


Maddie has to navigate her newfound fame amidst the jealous girls at school who want to see her crash and burn. But is getting everything you ever wanted all it’s cracked up to be?

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12. Chapter 12

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After school that day, Maddie sat in Bree’s bedroom, amazed at how making just one new friend could totally change a person’s perspective on life.  This morning, Maddie had been so unhappy, she hadn’t even wanted to get out of bed, and now, she couldn’t remember the last time she’d had such a fun time after school.  First the two girls had showed each other their favorite cat videos on YouTube, then they’d had a rousing discussion over which member of One Direction was their favorite (Maddie favored Harry while Bree preferred Niall), and then Bree had served them both ice cold Diet Cokes.  She’d poured them in her parents’ fancy wine goblets and even stuck little lemon wedges on the rim.  But now, the sun was starting to go down and it was time to put Bree’s plan into action.

Maddie peered over her new friend’s shoulder as she tapped away at some computer keys.  “Are you sure it looks believable?” she asked uncertainly. 

Bree nodded smoothly.  “Don’t worry about a thing.  My dad’s a lawyer.  I know how to make things sound professional.” 

Maddie carefully read through the email Bree was working on.

Dear Ms. Sterling, 

I’ve had a chance to think about what happened in your office the other day.  I want you to know that I’ve changed my mind about letting Maddie participate in the Victoria’s Secret campaign.  I hope your offer is still available!  I know I seemed concerned when we last spoke, but after talking about it with my husband, we’ve decided that having Maddie model for your company would be a great opportunity. 

Please email or fax any contracts to me so that I can sign them and get them back to you.  Thank you so much!  Maddie and I are both very excited. 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Fox. 

Maddie looked up from the screen and groaned.  “Ugh, it’s sooo obvious we wrote it!  Ann’s never going to believe it!”

“Yes she will!” Bree declared confidently.

“We even said to email over any contracts so we wouldn’t have to go in person!  Ann is totally going to know it’s me!”

 “No, it makes sense,” Bree argued.  “I mean, your mom is busy, so maybe she doesn’t have time to drive all that way back to Ann’s office.  You did say it was far away,” she rationalized.

Maddie bit her lip.  “Whether this works or not, I am going to get in so much trouble.”

Bree twisted around to face Maddie.  “Come on, which one is worse- your mom getting a little upset with you temporarily, or having to live the rest of your life knowing you were this close to becoming a Victoria’s Secret model?”

Maddie sighed heavily and leaned over to read the email again.  She reviewed the message at least three times before telling Bree, “Let’s just do it before I change my mind.”

Maddie held her breath as she watched Bree hover the pointer clicker over the “send” button. 

Time seemed to slow down and move in tiny milliseconds as Bree’s finger clicked the button and the words “Your email has sent” appeared across the screen.

The deed was done.  I can’t believe we did that!  There’s no taking it back now!  As soon as Bree clicked “send,” Maddie jumped up and started hopping up and down on one foot, then the other.  It was a little thing she did when she was nervous, to release some of the tension and distract herself.

Maddie felt extremely anxious.  And for all her talk about how everything would turn out fine, Bree looked edgy too.  Bree looked at Maddie and started hopping up and down as well. 

“Eeek, what if she knows it’s fake?!”  Maddie grabbed Bree’s hands and the two girls hopped in a circle.  “What if she can tell we sent it from a fake email address?” 

“Then we’re screwed!” Bree gasped.

Creating a new Gmail account had taken the girls just five minutes.  The new email address had been Maddie’s mother’s first and last name with the number 1 after it.  It was a subtle difference from Mrs. Fox’s real email address but Maddie hoped it would be enough to fool Ms. Sterling.

“We’re catfishers!”  Maddie squeaked.  “Like that movie!” 

“What’s catfishing?”  Bree yelped back.

“Pretending to be someone else on the internet!”

All of a sudden, Bree looked at the screen and stumbled a bit at she abruptly stopped hopping. 

“She answered!” Bree shrieked.  “She answered!  That was so quick!” 

Maddie covered her face with both her hands.  “Oh my god, I can’t look!”  She peeked out between two fingers.  “Just open it real fast, okay?”

Bree gulped as she clicked on the email and read it aloud to Maddie. 

“Dear Mrs. Fox, 

I just saw your email and I wanted to get back to you immediately.   I’m thrilled to hear you’ve changed your mind!  As a matter of fact, I was actually just about to call our second-choice model to offer her the position (which I’m positive she would have accepted.)  Give me a call as soon as possible so that I can confirm some details with you, and then we can focus on getting the paperwork signed.  Thanks! 

-Ann”

            Bree began jumping up and down again, her face pink from the exertion.  “It worked!  I told you it would work!”

Maddie gasped.  “She believed it!”

“Oh my god, she fell for it!” Bree crowed.  “We got away with it!”

“Well, almost.”  Maddie’s heart was pounding.  “She wants my mom to call her!  How on earth are we going to pull that off?  Ann has met my mom!  She knows what she sounds like!”

            Bree chewed a fingernail and turned to look at Maddie.  In an exaggeratedly posh British accent that would make the Queen sound like a commoner, Bree drawled, “Why, Ms. Sterling, dahhhhling, yes I have changed my mind about Maddie becoming a fashion model.” 

Maddie whacked Bree’s arm with a pillow from the bed. 

“My mom’s not from England, you idiot!”

Bree cleared her throat and tried again.  “Well howdy there, pretty lady, I was just fixing Mad up some cheese and grits!” she said in a horrible imitation of a Southern accent.  “Just lemme finish feedin’ the hogs and I’ll sign yer forms!”  It sounded so absurd that even Maddie giggled.

Maddie hit her with the pillow again.  “My mom isn’t a hillbilly!” she complained.  “Quit playing around!”  She was starting to feel worried now. 

“If you can’t pull this off, all our work is for nothing!  Try to take this seriously, Bree!”

Bree nodded, her face suddenly looking more subdued, and cleared her throat.  “Hello, Ms. Sterling,” she began in an ordinary, pleasant voice.  “Yes, I’ve talked about it with Maddie and I’ve decided to let her model for the brand,” she continued sweetly.

Maddie clapped her hands in front of her.  “That was much better!  You sound almost normal now!”

The girls continued to rehearse Bree’s voice until Maddie felt like it was close enough. 

“Remember, Ann has met my mom before, so it has to be really good…. Speak a little louder, my mom has a loud voice.”

After a few minutes of practicing, Bree glanced at the clock on the wall. “I think we should call her soon.”

Maddie shook her head.  “You’re not ready yet.  You need more practice.”

“But Maddie, she said to call her as soon as possible.  If we don’t call while she’s still in the office, maybe she’ll offer the job to someone else.” 

Maddie’s felt her stomach turn.  “Okay, let’s just do it!”  Her heart immediately sped up as she watched Bree pick up her home phone. 

Bree dialed Ann’s number from the little business card Maddie had saved in her wallet.  She gave Maddie an apprehensive look. 

“It’s ringing,” Bree hissed.

“Put it on speaker phone!” Maddie hissed back.

“I’m gonna die!” Bree’s face looked panicked.

“Shhhhh,” Maddie shushed back.

After about three or four rings, a woman’s voice answered.  “Hello?”

“Hi, Ms. Sterling?” Bree inquired amiably.

“Yes?”

Maddie felt a nervous laugh tickling the back of her throat and clapped both hands over her mouth to avoid making any noise. 

“Hi!  This is Maddie’s mom!  I just received your email!  What would you like to discuss with me?” Bree’s syrupy voice purred into the phone.

Maddie heard Ann Sterling speak on the other end.  “Oh, hello Mrs. Fox!  You wouldn’t believe the coincidence!  I had my phone in my hand when I saw your email.  I was just about to call our second-choice model!”

“Well, isn’t it lucky then that you saw my email?  How lovely!” Bree gushed.

Maddie wrinkled her nose.  Her mom did NOT say things like How lovely!

“Can I ask what made you change your mind?  At our meeting, you seemed pretty certain you didn’t want Maddie to do it.”

Bree’s eyes widened.  “Oh well, we, uh… I mean I, uh….”  She floundered, trying to think of something to say.

Maddie racked her brain trying to think of an answer.

“I thought it would look good on Maddie’s college applicaions!” Bree finally sputtered, relieved to have finally found something to say.  “You know how all the kids need so many extracurricular activities these days…. Tennis, violin, science club…” 

Maddie signaled Bree to stop rambling. 

“Well like I said in my email, I’m delighted you’ve changed your mind!” Ann continued.

“Yes, yes, I changed my mind!” Bree’s voice cracked midsentence.

“Mrs. Fox, are you feeling ill?  Your voice sounds a little scratchy.”

Bree’s eyes widened and she looked at Maddie frantically.

Maddie began frantically scribbling some writing down on a napkin and waved it in Bree’s face.

Bree covered the bottom of the phone with her hand.  “What the hell does dinner mean?” she whispered.

“Tell her you have to go make dinner!  Just get off the phone!” Maddie hissed.

“No, I’m feeling just fine, but thank you for asking!” Bree chirped.  “Anyway, I’m sorry but I really have to go.  I’m making some dinner right now.  We’re having, ah…. cheese.”

Maddie smacked herself on the forehead.  Cheese for dinner?  And who the hell makes their own cheese anyway?  Maddie mouthed, “You idiot!” to Bree.

“Uh, that’s fine, I only needed to speak to you for a minute,” Ann responded.  “I’ll have those contracts emailed to you later tonight!”

“Thank you Ms. Sterling,” Bree sang.

“Bye now.”

“Bye!”

As soon as Bree hung up the phone, Maddie let out a giant breath she hadn’t realized she’d been holding.  Bree held up her hand and Maddie slapped it high five.  Suddenly, the realization of what had just happened surged to Maddie’s brain.  It worked!  It really worked!  I’m going to be a Victoria’s Secret model after all! 

Maddie grinned as she and Bree began doing a silly, happy dance around the room. 

“She believed it!” Bree exclaimed.  “So I wonder what happens now?” 

Maddie tried not to think too hard about what would happen when her mom found out what she did. 

“I don’t care!  Right now, I just want to celebrate!”

 

 

Top 5 Cat Videos on YouTube

1.  Japanese people singing “Happy Birthday” to a cat wearing a necktie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7qFZBJN838

2.  Cats are actually ninjas!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBfy_kjkt4I

3.  A kitty named Maru who loves jumping into boxes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdhLQCYQ-nQ

4.  Cats breaking up. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXLxM0u1aJw

5.  An animated clip of a hungry cat desperate to get indoors.   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rb8aOzy9t4

 

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