Prompt: Students Take on a Challenge
Words: masquerade, gang, allege, double, lucky, tea, personality, parasite, class
Kim Carver rubbed her temples because whacking herself in the head until she saw double wasn’t an option. Somehow, she drew the short straw and was “elected” class sponsor of prom. Yay.
“Ms. Carver! Ms. Carver! We’ve decided on a Masquerade Ball! ” The gang of unruly teenagers bounced up and down before her desk, almost inducing a hairspray and blonde blur of vertigo.
Kim took a deep pull off the tea mug that some might allege contained more than the custom blend she purchased from a local business, but she wasn’t that lucky. “Are you sure this time? It’s the fourth theme you’ve presented. Do you really want to take this one to the principal?”
Let them! It will make it so much easier.
Shut up Kim smiled tightly. “If you really want to do a masquerade, we’ll do that.”
So began months of wrangling, meetings, contracts, and introduction after introduction of one insane idea after another. It’ll all be over. It’ll all be fine. It’ll be glorious!
By May, Kim wanted to strangle all the “personality” out of the prom committee, but she kept the urge contained. The masquerade concept went over better than anticipated despite fears of identity and safety issues. The energy of the room even seemed…subdued as Kim wandered the dance with a touch to an arm here and there.
Ah, that’s better. The parasite riding her brain manifested and feasted young energy with none the wiser. Just part of the costume.
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