Friday, December 31, 2010


I sighed, and sat down on the bed.
"You okay, Chrissa?" Sonali asked, looking concerned.

We are in Colorado at The Rockies Resort because the Chorus got booked to sing at one of Mrs. Hodge's friends' New Years Parties.

"No." I sighed.
"What's the matter?" She asked, sitting down next to me.
"Tonight's New Year's Eve!" I exclaimed.
"And?" She looked confused.
"People always say 'I Love You' on New Year's" I tried to make it obvious.

There was a few minutes of silence.

"OH! So you want Matt to tell you he loves you?" Sonali asked.
I nodded.
"Chrissy! Honey" She hugged me, "You can't make people love you! It takes time! Remember how long it took Prudence's boyfriend, Nathan, to tell her that he loved her?" Sonali asked.
"Yeah" I said.
"Well, maybe Matt's like that, if he does in fact, love you." She smiled.
"Oh, well I want him to love me." I muttered.
"You know I want him to love you back, right?" She asked.
"Of course! If you didn't, I'd have to kill you" I joked.

We laughed.

-4 Hours later-

"COSTUMES!" Mrs. Hodge called out, busting through the doors of the dressing room.

Everyone in the Chorus huddled around her.

She opened one bag over a whole clothes rack.

"Here's the girls' dresses" She smiled, getting out of the way to show us our dresses.

All of our eyes popped out.

"Wow! They're amazing!" Jessica smiled.
"Sonali and Mrs. Hudson have done it again" Callie smirked.

"And here are the boys'" Mrs. Hodge smiled.
"Tuxedos!" Nathan smiled.
"All fancy smancy" Matt joked, looking at me.

After we all got dressed and ready, Mrs. Hodge went on stage to introduce us.

"Well, Happy New Year everyone!" She smiled.
Everyone clapped.

"Well as you know, this party would have been NOTHING if not for Jenny. Let's all give a round of applause for her" Mrs. Hodge smiled.

After the round of applause, Mrs. Hodge started talking again.

"Well, I have been working at an amazing school for Talented Kids called AGPPA" She smiled. "I teach English there, but I also am the director of their Chorus or Glee Club. They are all amazingly talented, but I'll leave that all for you to find out" She smiled, then walked back stage.

The lights dimmed, and we all walked on stage.

We got into a square, with the people farthest from the crowd being
[Left to Right]
Ryan, Prudence, Tyler, Callie, and Keith.

The people in the middle being;
[Left to Right]
Chrissa, Peter, Lizzie, Matt, and Molly.

The people in the front;
Charity, Nathan, and Me.

"HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!" Nathan yelled, then cued the band to play Elvis Presley's 'Burning Love.'

"Lord Almighty,
I feel my temperature rising" He waltzed to center stage and started singing while Charity and I spun from one side to another in opposite directions.

"Higher and higher
It's burning through to my soul" He raised his hands up and then put his hand to his heart.

"Girl girl girl girl
Your gonna set me on fire
My brain is flaming
I don't know which way to go" He walked one way and then the other one.

"Cuz Your kisses lift me higher" He crouched down, then went up.

Everyone stood on a ledge and harmonized.

"Like the sweet song of a choir" He pointed to us and spun around.

"You light my morning sky
With burning love" He went to Prudence, he grabbed her hand. She jumped down and he spun her around.

"I'm just a hunk, a hunk of burning love
I'm just a hunk, a hunk of burning love" He sang and Callie sang "Ahh!"

We all erupted into un-choreographed dance moves.

"I'm just a hunk, a hunk of burning love
I'm just a hunk, a hunk of burning love
I'm just a hunk, a hunk of burning love
I'm just a hunk, a hunk of burning love" Nathan danced around with Prudence and sang.

Then we finished the song.

Everyone started "Whooping" and clapping.

"One, Two, One, Two, Three, FOUR!" Callie counted down, then cued the band to start the intro to Taylor Swift's song, 'Superman.'

Remember when I said she was stalking me?
She is.

This song is TOTALLY about Matt and I.

"Tall dark and superman
He puts papers in his briefcase and drives away
To save the world or go to work
It's the same thing to me" I shrugged while I sang.

"He's got his mothers eyes his father's ambition
I wonder if he knows how much that I miss him
And I know every word that you say, yay
You smile and say 'how are you?'
I say 'just fine'
I always forget to tell you, I love you, I love you ... forever" I sang, taking a long look at Matt. He was giggling and dancing around with Charity.

I felt a pang of jealousy rush through me.

"I watched superman fly away
You've got a busy day today
To save the world ill be around
I watched superman fly away
Come back ill be with you someday
Ill be right here on the ground
When you come back down" Everyone huddled around me and I spun around and sang, on another level, then I finished spinning and sang the last line in Matt's direction.

"Talk dark and beautiful
He's complicated he's irrational
But I hope someday you take me away and save the day, yeeeeahhh" I imagined flying around the world with Matt.

"Something in his deep browns eyes has me seein'
Hes not as bad like his reputation
and I can't hear one single word they said" I covered my ears with my hands.

"You leave, got places to be and I'll be old then
I always forget to tell you I love you I loved you from the very first day" I slapped my forehead then took the microphone off the stand and started dancing with all the girls.

The girls and guys split up and the girls did one move, the boys imitated it and then we merged.

"I watched superman fly away
You've got a busy day today
To save the world ill be around
I watched superman fly away
Come back ill be with you someday
Ill be right here on the ground
When you come back down" I sang, while Callie and Jessica spun past me.

Matt made his way by me, which caused my stomach to make friends with the butterflies.

"And I watch you fly around the world
And I hope you don't take some other girl
don't forget, don't forget about me
I'm far away but I'll never let you go
I'm lovestruck and looking out the window
Don't forget don't forget where ill be" He spun me around.

"Right here wishing the flowers were from you
Wishing the card was from you
Wishing the card was from you" Lizzie handed me a bouquet of roses and I took them, and motioned towards them while singing.

"Cuz I loved you from the very first day" I sang my heart out. Keith and Molly both jumped off the ledge and ran down to everyone in the crowd. We all got them up and dancing.

"I watched superman fly away
You've got a busy day today to save the world
Ill be around" We all chorused.

"forever and ever here" I soloed.

"I watched superman fly away" I made wings with my hands.
"I swear ill be with you someday" I crossed my heart.

"Ill be right here on the ground
When you come back down" I pointed to one part of the crowd, then moved my hand towards the other part.

Then we all harmonized. I did a cartwheel, Liz and Charity broke into a kick line, where everyone else joined in.

Everyone in the crowd was in a conga line.

The band was jamming out, Cindie was rocking on guitar and Ben was playing his heart out on the drums.

"When you come back down" I finished.

We all bowed, the crowd went nuts once again.

"Now, now, now" Mrs. Hodge said into the microphone.
"We would like, for the last number, to bring out our newest member. Everyone, meet Ms. Charity Eastman!" She beamed.

Charity's hazel eyes grew about 10 sizes larger.

Mrs. Hodge walked over and whispered something into Charity's ear, she nodded. Then Mrs. Hodge whispered the same thing into both Cindie and Ben's ears.

Then, Cindie started playing a slow guitar solo.

"Yeah, I'll Tell you something." Charity sang.

'I Want To Hold Your Hand?'


"I think you'll understand.
When I'll say that something,
I want to hold your hand.
I want to hold your hand.
I Want to hold your hand!" She sang. She had a very angelic voice.

"ONE, TWO, THREE!" She counted off, then the bouncy version began to play.

"Oh please, say to me
You'll let me be your man" Jake sang.

"And please, say to me
You'll let me hold your hand." Lizzie sang, appearing at his side.

"Now let me hold your hand,
I want to hold your hand." They harmonized, their voices went well together.

"And when I touch you I feel happy inside.
It's such a feeling that my love" Casey and Ryan sang together.

"I can't hide," Ryan sang, getting higher in pitch.
"I can't hide," Casey powerfully sang.
"I can't hide." They harmonized, reaching as high and as powerful as they could.

"Yeah, you've got that something," Keith pointed to Molly.
"I think you'll understand." Molly sang sweetly.
"When I'll say that something
I want to hold your hand," They both sang.

"I want to hold your hand,
I want to hold your hand." We all sang.

"And when I touch you I feel happy inside." Tyler smirked at Callie.
"It's such a feeling that my love" Callie returned the smirk and danced around him.

"I Can't hide!" Peter sang to Jessica.
"I can't hide" Jessica sang back.

"I can't hide!" Everyone sang, our voices sounded really powerful together.

"Yeah, you've got that something," Prudence sang.
"I think you'll understand." Nathan sang.

"When I'll feel that something" Matt sang, appearing at my side.
"I want to hold your hand," We both sang.

"I want to hold your hand," The whole chorus sang, then bent down to the floor, except Charity.

"I want to hold your hand." She sang and whipped her head side-to-side, causing her blond curls to fly around her face.

Then we all posed.

Everyone stood up and clapped.

We all bowed. Mrs. Hodge came out and bowed too, we all (in the chorus) clapped for her and screamed. I looked in the crowd, I saw Sonali wiping a tear off her cheek, all of my sisters were standing up and cheering and I saw Rebecca and Julie doing the same.

After that, someone came running in.
"ONE MINUTE 'TIL NEW YEARS!" They announced.

We all turned on the big screen TV to the New Year's Eve Ball Drop in New York City.

"10! 9! 8! 7! 6! 5! 4!" I counted down.

"I love you" Someone whispered in my ear.
I turned around and his lips crushed into mine.

"3! 2! 1! HAPPY NEW YEAR!" Everyone chorused.

I pulled away, and looked into Matt's eyes.
"I love you too! Oh my God, do I love you!" I jumped up and hugged him.

Everyone must have heard us because they started cheering.
"WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CHRISSA!" I heard Callie, Sonali, Prudence, and Lizzie chorus. Molly whistled.

I blushed insanely.
"You do that a lot don't you?" Matt asked.
"Oh shut up and kiss me" I joked and his lips returned to mine.



Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Time Is Here Again

The lights glistened on the tree.
The clock said 7:00 in the morning.

"CHRISSA! CHRISSA!" Prudence shout-whispered.
I awoke with a start, falling out of a dream where I was the first Woman President.
"What?" I asked groggily.
"Christmas Time Is Here Again!" Prudence started singing Melanie's favorite Christmas song by, who else, but The Beatles.
My eyes snapped open.
"CHRISTMAS!" I yelled.
Everyone seemed to get up and run out of bed.

We all found ourselves huddled around a hole in Melanie's Living Room's ceiling.
"Who made this hole?" Marisol asked sternly.
Callie raised her hand.
"Ah, your punishment will come later, it's CHRISTMAS!" Marisol beamed.
We all quieted down when Melanie sleepily walked into the room.

"Merry Christmas everyone." Melanie yawned.
"Merry Christmas, Mel." Melanie's dad greeted.
"When are Nana and Papa coming?" Melanie's little brother, Andrew, asked.
"Soon, hopefully." Melanie's mom said, peering out the window.

Five minutes later, Melanie's grandparents came through the door.
Melanie's Nana was holding a doll-sized box.

All of us cheered.

"THERE'S FELICITY!" Cindie yelled.

Melanie asked her Nana to bring over any doll stuff she got her, because every year, on top of normal Christmas, Melanie's family goes to her Grandparents' house to celebrate with Mel's mom's side of the family.
With family comes cousins.
Same-age cousins.
Same-age cousins who might think having dolls is stupid or nerdy.

"Merry Christmas Nana and Papa!" Melanie greeted, hugging her Nana then her Papa.

Melanie's Grandmother is her Nana and her Grandfather is her Papa, just so you all know.

After everyone got settled down, Melanie's mom sat down in a chair and Mel's dad got his camera out to take some Christmas Morning Pictures.

"Okay, OPEN!" Mel's mom exclaimed and the room quickly erupted with noises of Paper ripping, boxes opening and 'ooh'-ing and 'ahh'-ing.

Marisol wrote down every present Melanie got.

-20 minutes later-
(Melanie has to sort EVERYTHING she gets.)

"What do you have so far?" Molly asked Marisol.
"3 Beatles shirts,
4 pairs of Jeggings,
5 Beatles posters and/or pictures,
1 rug,
1 light,
1 mirror,
1 Beatles cartoon ornament,
3 pairs of pyjama pants,
1 Beatles CD, 'Please Please Me',
1 Ke$ha CD, 'Animal',
and 2 purses." Marisol sighed.

"Ooh, as long as she got Beatles stuff. We know she's herself." Callie joked.
Cindie chuckled, then quieted down when Melanie started talking.

"Felicity? You In There?" Mel whispered.

Then, she tore apart the wrapping to unveil a brown box.
"BORING!" Julia yelled out, we hushed her.
Melanie opened the box and out came about one million Packing Peanuts.

"OH MY GOSH!" Melanie exclaimed.
We all inched closer.

Melanie reached her hands inside and pulled out 2 little red boxes.
She opened Felicity's accessories and Felicity's Holiday Gown.

Then, she looked inside and pulled out.......

"FELICITY!!!" She exclaimed.

We all started cheering.
"WOOOOOOOO!" We all screamed at once.

"Thank-you Nana and Papa! And thank-you Mom and Dad" Melanie smiled, hugging Felicity.
"She's gorgeous, Mellie Bean." Nana smiled.
"I love her eyes." Melanie cooed.

"MY TURN!" Andrew beamed, then reached for the last present.
He unwrapped the paper to show...........

Another big brown shipping box.

"WAIT WAIT! THAT'S MEL'S!" Mel's mom exclaimed.
"Oh I thought so. I don't get stuff at QVC." Andrew joked.
"Lemme see." Melanie took the box.

Mel's mom and Nana shared a glance.

Melanie opened the box.

"REBECCA!!!!!" She screamed, pulling out a certain curly haired brunette.

"WHAT?!" We all yelled. We all thought Melanie was going to get Becca for her Birthday!
"Let me check." Charity said, grabbing her binoculars.

After a few seconds of silence.

"Rebecca Rayna Rubin has entered the building." Charity beamed.
We all erupted in cheers once again.

Then, Mel and her family talked about random things, which let us dolls go back to Melanie's room.

"Woahh! LOOK!" Molly beamed.
"SANTA CAME!" Jess screamed then ran to our mini Christmas tree.

He indeed had.
Marisol got some new ballet shoes,
Callie got her own Beatles shirt,
Jess got a Mac Laptop,
Julia got 6 big posters of the band, Queen,
Charity got all Taylor Swift's albums, 'Taylor Swift','Fearless', and 'Speak Now',
Sonali got a new sewing machine and 3 new sketch pads,
Molly got a Coach purse,
Cindie got 3 Beatles CD's, 'Help!', 'Rubber Soul', and 'Revolver',
Prudence got a karaoke machine with 4 microphones,
and I got............

"What's this?" I asked after I opened my present.
It was a small box.
I opened it, inside was a necklace with a silver paintbrush on it.
"There's a card." Sonali beamed.
I picked up the card and read to myself;

Happy Crimble! Or, how you American's say it, Merry Christmas! Either way, I hope today is filled with love, friends, and family. I can't wait to see you on New Year's Eve.

Oh, I see that confused look on your face.
Your sister's didn't tell you?
All of your sisters, the new sister or sisters you might get, all of the kids in Chorus, and Lizzie's sisters, Julie and Rebecca, are going up north to a huge resort for New Years. We got a gig to sing at a New Year's Party! Mrs. Hodge will be there too! I can't wait to see you there, Maxie!

I hope you like your necklace! I found it on Black Friday after you had to leave, and I immediately thought of you.

Merry Christmas Chrissa!



Everyone gathered around me and we started talking about what we were going to do there.

We were interrupted by footsteps walking in the room.

"And this is your new home, girls" Melanie smiled, holding Becca and Felicity.
She sat them down on the ground and went back in the Living Room to get the rest of her stuff.

Felicity and Becca looked at each other.
We hid behind Melanie's desk and watched.

"Hi, I'm Felicity Jane Merriman!" Felicity greeted, putting her hand out.
"I'm Becca Rayna Rubin. Remember that name, you're going to be hearing it a lot in the movies." Becca beamed, shaking Felicity's hand.

We all emerged from behind the desk.

"Who are you?" Felcity asked.
Marisol went to the front of the group.
"I'm Marisol Luna, the oldest doll here. We're the Randomly Retro Girls. You two are our newest sisters." She smiled.

Felicity and Becca seemed to consider it, then smiled.
"Hi!" Becca squeaked.
"Hey there!" Felicity smiled.

"I'm Callie Monroe." Callie greeted.
"The name's Jess McConnell." Jess smiled.
"Hi, I'm Chrissa Maxwell!" I said.
"Hey, I'm Charity Eastman." Charity beamed.
"I'm Sonali Matthews, it's nice to meet you!" Sonali greeted.
"I'm Molly McIntire, we've been waiting SO LONG for you two!" Molly smiled.

Becca's eyes widened.
"THE MOLLY MCINTIRE?!" Becca's eyes were about the size of Watermelons.
Molly nodded.
"I LOVE YOU!" Becca yelled.
"Aw thanks." Molly smirked.

"I'm Cindie Boswell! You two are going to LOVE it here." Cindie re-assured.
"I'm Prudence Farrow. I'M NOT THE YOUNGEST!" Prudence exclaimed.
Everyone laughed.
"And I'm the one, the only, Julia Albright!" She smiled.

Becca's eyes widened again.
"Do you have a sister named Julie?" Becca asked.
Julia nodded.
"Oh...My..God." Prudence gaped.

Rebecca told us all that she had a twin sister that no one knew about, not even her sisters.

Apparently her sister is now our sister.

"Wait, Rebecca Rubin?" Felicity's green eyes sparkled.
"Yeah" Becca nodded.
"Is her owner named Brittany?" Felicity asked.
"Yup!" Everyone chorused.
"Really? AWESOME!" Callie beamed.

After a 30 minutes of talking to them, we found out that Felicity's favorite song is "Please Please Me" by The Beatles and she LOVES Ke$ha and is from 1963, but she likes some stuff from 2010 and that she's a true blue Tomboy. Becca's favorite song is Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered. (I'm Yours)" and he's her idol and Becca has a dream of being a famous actress.

"OH!" Marisol got up randomly.
"What?" Felicity asked.
"We got you a gift." Marisol smiled, then gave Felicity her gift.
She opened her gift.
"Ke$ha's new CD. AWESOME! Thanks everyone!" She exclaimed.

"Sorry we couldn't get you a present Becca. To be honest, we didn't know you were coming." Marisol apologized.
"Don't apologize." Becca beamed, then got up and got 11 tape-on bows.
"What are you doing?" Jess asked.
She put a bow on everyone.
"You guys are my Christmas present." She beamed.
"You just quoted a commercial." Julia joked.
We all erupted in laughter.

I've had one year with Melanie.
It seems like so much more than that.
I have gone from having 3 sisters, to having 11.
I've gone from not knowing what school is, to loving nearly everyone in it.
I've gone from being shy, to having a great group of friends.
I've gone from not knowing what family is, to being able to give an exact definition straight out of the 'Chrissa-nairy'

1. A group of people who care for each other.
2. The Randomly Retro Girls and Melanie.



Saturday, December 18, 2010

Love Letters

"Matt. I'm nervous." I confessed.

Wednesday, the 15th of December, was my first Chorus performance. It was Matt's too.

"Why?" He asked, his British accent making me feel a bit better.
"Because, before singing with you. I'd never sang in front of an audience before." I sighed, looking down at my purple flats.
"Chris." He said, grabbing my shoulders "You're going to be fine. Don't worry." He smiled.
I smiled too
"Well, then... LET'S GO!" I yelled then bolted into the Auditorium with Matt trailing close behind.

"CHRISSA AND MATT ARE HERE!" Callie yelled as soon as she saw us coming through the door.
Callie, Prudence, Molly, Elizabeth, & Casey immediately circled around me.
I peered over at Matt, he was talking to Nathan, Keith, Jake, and Ryan. I smiled.

"So..." Elizabeth said.
"So what?" I asked.
"What song are you singing?" She asked.
"For Matt." Casey added.
I rolled my eyes.
"It's a surprise, and how would you know that it's for Matt?" I asked.
"Because, Hun, it's obvious." Casey remarked.

Before I could answer, Mrs. Hodge walked in.
"Hello, My little love song singers!" She greeted.
"Hello Mrs. Hodge" Everyone called out in unison.
"You're all getting better at that. So, who would like to sing their heart out first?" She asked.

One single hand raised. I looked to who it was, and to my surprise, it was Ryan.
"Ryan, you want to sing first?" Mrs. Hodge asked.
"Yes" Ryan replied with insane amounts of confidence.
"Well, then sing away!" Mrs. Hodge smiled, then came and sat down in her normal seat.
Ryan made his way on to the stage.
"I need someone to sing the girl parts in this song. Jessica?" He asked.
Casey looked hurt, but then she went back to not caring.

Wait, didn't they just love each other the last time I saw them?

Jessica looked confused, but she walked on stage anyways.
He asked her if she knew the parts to some song, she nodded and then she walked over and told Cindie to play the piano intro.

"Just gonna stand there and watch me burn?
It's alright because I like the way it hurts.
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry?
That's alright because I love the way you lie.
I love the way you lie." Jessica sang sweetly. Her voice sounded a bit like Rhianna's, but not much.

"I can't tell you what it really is.
I can only tell you what it feels like.
And right now, there's a steel knife in my windpipe.
I can't breathe but I still fight while I can fight.
As long as the wrong feels right it's like I'm in flight." Ryan rapped.
I looked at Casey, she looked like she knew all about this.

Everyone else was about as confused as I was.

"High off of love,
drunk off my hate. It's like I'm huffing paint.
And I love it the more I suffer.
I suffocate.
And right before I'm about to drown.
She resuscitates me.
She freaking hates me.
And I love it." He said.

Dude, this was getting more and more confusing.

By the end of the song, Casey and Ryan were staring daggers at each other, whereas the rest of us were way too confused to even notice.

"That was a love song?" Callie whispered to me.
"A love gone bad song." I replied then she went back to being confused.

After Ryan went, Casey went up.
"Okay, well I know that was a total disaster." She looked at Ryan.
"But our relationship isn't all that bad. Case in point." She said, then cued the band to play Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream.'

"You think I'm pretty without any makeup on.
You think I'm funny when I tell the punchline wrong.
I know you get me, so I let my walls come down.
Down" She made her voice go up and down the second time she sang down.

Everyone clapped for the both of them after Casey finished.
She ran down to Ryan and they hugged.

"Okay, that was weird." I whispered to Elizabeth.
"But it was adorably weird." She smiled.
"True." I shrugged, then turned my attention back to Mrs. Hodge.

"Who would like to sing next?" She asked.
Elizabeth's hand shot up.
"Okay, Liz. Sing away!" Mrs. Hodge smiled.

"You were in college, working part-time, waiting tables
Left a small town and never looked back
I was a flight risk, afraid of fallin'
Wondering why we bother with love, if it never lasts" She sang Taylor Swift's "Mine."

"I say, "Can you believe it?"
As we're lyin' on the couch
The moment, I can see it
Yes, yes, I can see it now" Elizabeth made her way to Jake, and sang directly to him.

"Do you remember, we were sittin' there, by the water?
You put your arm around me for the fist time
You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter
You are the best thing that's ever been mine" She sang to Jake.

After Liz sang, I clapped like crazy. That was so adorable how she sang that to him!

After Elizabeth sang, Jake waltzed up and sang Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are"


After Jake sang, Mrs. Hodge called on Keith to sing.
"Okay." Keith muttered, then walked up.

"I like how when you look at me
you don't know how i feel
cause I'm usually so nonchalant
my feelings I conceal" Keith sang. He had a really good voice.

"but I want you to know
oh, I want you to know" Keith pointed to one end of the crowd, then moved his arm across.

"I must admit I've felt this way for more than quite a while
but I can't hold it no longer when I see the biggest smile
can't wait no more
oh, I can't wait no more" Keith sang. I looked at Molly.


Dude, he was singing Bruno Mars' "All About You" for HER.

But did Molly notice?


After Keith sang, Molly voulnteered to sing. She sang Ke$ha's "Your Love Is My Drug."
She was awesome, like always. I think Keith noticed she was singing about him, because all of a sudden, he got this really awkward looking grin on his face.

"Well done Molly!" Mrs. Hodge complimented after Molly finished.
"Who would like to go next?" She asked.

I looked around, my gaze settled on Jessica. She was giving Peter, who was holding pictures of his girlfriend, Hayley Wilson, in his hand.

Someone's jealous.

Her hand raised, she stomped to the stage and belted out 'Girlfriend' by Avril Lavigne, which gave Peter a look of amusement and horror. I looked to Callie, she used to like Peter. She even was his best friend, Callie could care less, she was dancing around to the music. Even if she couldn't stand Jessica.

After Jessica finished singing, Peter went up to sing.
"This song is about my girlfriend. She's not here, but letting out my feelings would help." Jessica looked like she was furious, but still wanted to hear what he sang.
He ended up singing Maroon 5's 'This Love.' Everyone got up and sang the final chorus with him.

"This love has taken it's toll on me.
She said goodbye, too many times before." Everyone waved while singing.
"And her heart is breaking in front of me
and I have no choice
'cause I won't say goodbye anymore.
WOAHHHHHHHH!" We all harmonized while singing 'woah' then he finished.

Everyone clapped, when the clapping settled down, Mrs. Hodge looked around.
"So who wants to sing now?"
"ME!" Callie yelled.
"Okay, Callie." She smiled, then let Callie sing.

From what I've been told, last week, Callie told Peter that she loved him. He just gave her the death glare, so she ran away. When she came back, he sang a song for Jessica. Callie believes that Jessica stole Peter from her, which is why she ended up singing Taylor Swift's "Better Than Revenge"

"Now go stand in the corner and think about what you did." Callie pointed to the corner. The band started the song.

"Time for a little revenge." Callie said, then began singing.
"The story starts when it was hot and it was summer and
I had it all, I had him right there where I wanted him.
She came along, got him along and let's hear the applause." Callie clapped.

"She took him faster than you can say sabotage." Callie held up a sign that said 'Sabotage'

"I never saw it coming.
Nor had I suspected it." Callie shook her head and made her way to the drum set.

"I underestimated just who I was dealing with.
She had to know the pain was beating on me like a drum" Callie played the drums.

"She underestimated just who she was stealing from" Callie shook her head, making her light brown locks fly in the air.

"She's not a saint." Callie acted like she was praying.
"And she's not what you think." Callie pointed to her head.
"She's an actress.
And she's better known for the things that she does on the mattress.
WOAHH!" Callie sang.

"Soon she's gonna find
stealing other people's toys on the playground won't make you many friends." Callie shook her head again.

"She should keep in mind, she should keep in mind.
There is nothing I do better than revenge. HA!" Callie then jumped into the crowd and crowd surfed.

After Callie sang, Tyler decided to go up.
"I'm going to need a couple of people to sing the background vocals." He sighed.
Matt, Keith, and Jake went up. Peter wanted to go up, but Tyler looked like he was going to hit him in the face. Peter got the idea, and went back to sitting by Jessica.

"Easy come, easy go
That's just how you live oh
Take take take it all
But you never give,
Should of known you were trouble
From the first kiss had your eyes wide open,
Why were they open?
Gave you all I had
And you tossed it in the trash,
You tossed it in the trash, you did." He started singing Bruno Mars' "Grenade."

For Jessica, obviously. He and her were dating, they broke up. Then in the beginning of Chorus, Callie developed a crush on Tyler. Jessica was just like "NO!" So Jessica acted like she liked Tyler when she REALLY had eyes for Peter.

Either way, Tyler and Callie were cheated.

After Tyler sang, everyone clapped.
"GOOD JOB TYLER!" Callie called out. Tyler smiled to her.
"Well done, Tyler! Okay well next we have, Nathan!" Mrs. Hodge smiled.

"Okay!" Nathan smiled, then walked to me.
"Chrissa. Do you know The Beatles' song 'Eight Days A Week?'"
I nodded "Yeah!"
"Then you need to sing the backup." He smiled.

When we got on stage, Prudence shot me a look that said;

I smiled, Nathan was going to sing her the cutest little song ever.

"We need a guitar player." Nathan said into the mic.
Callie was up on stage with a guitar faster than Nathan could ask who wanted to be the guitarist.

Callie played the intro and Nathan sang.
"Ooooh I need your love babe.
Guess you know it's true.
Hope you need my love babe.
Just like I need you."

I joined in
"Hold me, Love me.
Hold me, love me!" I made a heart with my hands.

"I ain't got nothing but Love babe." Nathan sang.
"EIGHT DAYS A WEEK!" We both sang.

After the song, Prudence was so surprised! She ran up and hugged Nathan.
She then ran and hugged both Callie and me. She thanked us about a million times.

"Well Prudence, while your up. Do you want to sing next?" Mrs. Hodge asked.
"Oh, of course!" Prudence smiled.

"Today was a fairytale
You were the prince
I used to be a damsel in distress
You took me by the hand and you picked me up at six
Today was a fairytale" Prudence smiled while she sang.

"Today was a fairytale" She sang to Nathan.

"Today was a fairytale
I wore a dress
You wore a dark grey t-shirt
You told me I was pretty when I looked like a mess
Today was a fairytale
Time slows down whenever you're around" She pointed to Nathan, he pointed to himself and shook his head, jokingkly.

"But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale" Prudence smiled.

When Prudence finally finished singing Taylor Swift's 'Today Was A Fairytale.'
It dawned on me that Matt and I were the only two who hadn't sang yet.
The butterflies returned. I had a song picked out, and it was PERFECT, it's just I wasn't sure about the whole performing it.

"Okay, well we only have two more people to go! Chrissa, do you want to go next?" Mrs. Hodge asked what I dreaded.

To my luck, Matt raised his hand.
"Um, Mrs. Hodge?" He asked in his amazing British accent.
"Yes, Matt?" She asked.
"Chrissa looks a bit nervous. Do you think I could go first to give her a little time to get ready?" He asked, turned to me, and winked. My mind swam.
"Sure, Matt! What a sweet thing to do!" Mrs. Hodge smiled and Matt walked on stage.

"Okay, I'm new to Chrous. So if I suck, tell me." He joked then began to sing.

"If I fell in love with you
Would you promise to be true
And help me understand
'cause I've been in love before
And I found that love was more
Than just holding hands"



"If I give my heart to you
I must be sure
From the very start
That you would love me more than her" His amazing voice sang.

I must have drifted away to another world, because he started singing that to me while we were sitting in a field.

"If I trust in you, oh please
Don't run and hide
If I love you too, oh please
Don't hurt my pride like her
'cause I couldn't stand the pain
And I would be sad if our new love was in vain" In the dream, he sat with a guitar and was strumming. I was singing along too.

"So I hope you see that I
Would love to love you
And that she will cry
When she learns we are two
cause I couldn't stand the pain
and I would be sad if our new love was in vain" He sang John's part and I sang Paul's part. He went lower and I went higher.

"so I hope you see that I
would love to love you
and that she will cry when she learns we are two.

If I fell in love with you" We both finished singing.

He whispered "I love you, Maxie."
Then he began to lean in..........

"WOOOO GO MATT!" Prudence's loud voice pulled me out of my day dream.
I was dissapointed that he would never tell me that, but I was just so proud of him for singing! I stood up and yelled
"WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" Like the physcopath I am. He smiled and winked at me, which was becoming the norm.

"That was beautiful, Matt! That leaves us with one more person to sing... Chrissa!" Mrs. Hodge pointed to me.

"Oh dear." I muttered as I left the comfort of my seat and walked on stage.
"I picked out this song because the first time I heard it, I connected to it. I mean, sure, he's probably never going to love me back, but hey, at least I can dream and I can say that I was enchanted to meet him" I smiled then cued the band to start playing 'Enchanted' by Taylor Swift, she really must be stalking me, because this song is exactly how I was the day I met Matt.

"There I was again tonight forcing laughter, faking smiles
Same old tired, lonely place
Walls of insincerity
Shifiting eyes and vancancy vanished when I saw your face" I immediatley flashed back to the minute I saw Matt. The butterflies I felt in my stomach, the way my eyes probably went to the size of basketballs.

"All I can say is it was enchanting to meet you" I smiled.

After that day in History,
he said "It was nice to meet you, Christine, is it?"
I smiled, "Chrissa. but It was nice to meet you too, Matt."

"Your eyes whispered "have we met?"
Across the room your silhouette starts to make it's way to me" I remember how excited I was when Matt went to sit by me.

"The playful conversation starts
Counter all your quick remarks like passing notes in secrecy" I remember the first word he said to me,
"'lo" Sure, it wasn't exciting, but it was amazing, then I remembered the day we auditioned for Chorus, how witty he was to get me to go with him.

"And it was enchanting to meet you
All I can say is I was enchanted to meet you" I smiled while I sang.

"This night is sparkling, don't you let it go
I'm wonderstruck, blushing all the way home" I sang an octive higher.

I remembered the way Callie gave me the ninth degree when she found out about my crush on Matt, and how I legitamatly was blushing all the way home the day I met Matt.

"I'll spend forever wondering if you knew
I was enchanted to meet you" I went up when I sang 'meet.'
I looked at Matt, he flashed me a 'go-get-'em' smile.

He wouldn't ever know how I felt, would he?

"The lingering question kept me up
2am, who do you love?
I wonder till I'm wide awake
Now I'm pacing back and forth, wishing you were at my door
I'd open up and you would say,
It was enchanted to meet you
All I know is I was enchanted to meet you"
I sang, recalling the night where I stayed up, wondering what I would say to Matt the next day, and how that night I dreamt that he came to my door and confessed his love to me.

I sang the chorus again.
"This night is sparkling, don't you let it go
I'm wonderstruck, blushing all the way home
I'll spend forever wondering if you knew" Prudence and Elizabeth were slowly waving their hands in the air from side to side. Soon everyone was mirror-ing them.

"This night is flawless, don't you let it go
I'm wonderstruck, dancing around all alone
I'll spend forever wondering if you knew
I was enchanted to meet you"

I flashed back to the time I danced around and sang 'Martha My Dear' but substituted 'Martha' with 'Matthew.'

"This is me praying
that this was the very first page
Not where the story line ends
My thoughts will echo your name until I see you again
These are the words I held back as I was leaving too soon
I was enchanted to meet you"

I remembered the time that Matt invited me to go with him and his mom on Black Friday. While we were waiting outside, his mom commented "You too would be the cutest little couple I ever sawr." Her thick accent lacing every word. As soon as we got in the store, I faked throwing up so I could go home.
I was a coward then, and I hate myself whenever I think about it.

"Please don't be in love with someone else
Please don't have somebody waiting on you
Please don't be in love with someone else
Please don't have somebody waiting on you"

As I sang, I remembered the time that Abbey brought up the fact that Matt could still have a girlfriend in London and that night I prayed to God that he wasn't in love with someone else and didn't have a gorgeous skinny blond girlfriend waiting for him in London.

"This night is sparkling, don't you let it go
I'm wonderstruck, blushing all the way home
I'll spend forever wondering if you knew
This night is flawless, don't you let it go
I'm wonderstruck, dancing around all alone
I'll spend forever wondering if you knew
I was enchanted to meet you"
I sang the chorus looking around at everyone's expressions.

Jessica looked like she was moved, that she had felt the same way as I do.

Callie smiled, she knew the story and was rooting for Matt to love me back.

Prudence looked like she was about to cry. I remember her telling me about how she wondered if Nathan liked her back. This song must have hit home for her.

Nathan was looking at Prudence, he looked like he was wondering if she was enchanted to meet him.

Peter was looking at the pictures of Hayley he still had in his hands. He was whispering the words to the pictures.

Tyler was smiling at me. He was enjoying the song. He then did something that shocked me, he looked at Callie and mouthed "I was enchanted to meet you, Hippie."

Elizabeth had her head on Jake's shoulder and looked happy for me. She was always telling me that keeping your feelings bottled up ended badly.

Jake kissed the top of Elizabeth's head. He then shot me a smile, he knew too. He always told me that the only way for Matt to get a hint that I liked him was to drop a hint. Well singing a song is one big hint.

Casey and Ryan were holding hands, they were smiling at me and then at each other. I think they were finally getting settled as a couple.

Molly was smiling at me. Molly has always been the best giver of advice, but she's never been very lucky in love, so she couldn't help me. By the look on her face, I was giving her advice on what to do with her love for Keith.

Keith was looking at Molly from the corner of his eye. I could have screamed while I was singing, Molly was finally crushing on a guy who was crushing back! YAY!

Mrs. Hodge wiped her eyes, I think she was crying! Maybe the song I was singing reminded her of a lost love?

Lastly, Matt. He looked just so proud of me. That only made me love him more. Matt mouthed 'You're the best.' I wished he mouthed 'I love you,' but hey, baby steps.

"Please don't be in love with someone else" I sang, unknowingly having a tear escape and slide down my face.
"Please don't have somebody waiting on you" I shook my head, then bowed.

Everyone stood up and applaused. I smiled.

I did it! I sang! I was so proud of myself.

After that, Mrs. Hodge congratulated all of us on our progress, and told us about the Winter Dance. That was on Thursday and Prudence has a post on it, just look up "Positivley Prudence" on the sidebar and search for a post entitled "Disco Bell Rock."

Looking back, I'm proud of myself. I mean, not everyone can sing a song for someone they love when the person is right there. But I did, and I am just so proud of myself. I told Sonali the story and she feels the same way.

That night, I wrote Matt a letter and put it in a little box.
The letter reads;

Dear Matt,
If only you knew how much I loved you. Then maybe you'd see me in a new light.
One that is filled with love.

Psh, like that will ever happen.

I love you Matthew Riden.
I love the way you can always make me smile, no matter how crappy I feel.
I love the way you sing.
I love the way you care for everyone and anyone.
But mostly, I love the way your so loveable.

I love you.
Whether it's puppy love, or a really intense crush, or if it's true love, I don't know. But all I know is that I love you.

Forever and Always,
Chrissa Maxwell."


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chasing Charity

"Marisol, can I PLEASE get a new dress for the dance?" I pleaded.
"No, Chrissa." Marisol simply said.
"Chrissa, I'm sorry. You can't get a new dress. Why don't you have Sonali make one?" Marisol proposed.
"Because, Sonali has enough dresses to make. I don't want to give her another job." I explained.
"Oh, well you still can't get one." Marisol said, then took a sip of her hot chocolate.
"Why not?" I asked.
"Because, we don't have all that money. I mean, I had to pay for Abbey's plane ticket back to Massachusetts." Marisol said.


"WHAT DAY IS IT TODAY?!" I yelled.
"The fourteenth of December, why?" Marisol had a puzzled look on her face.
"ABBBBBBEYYYYYYYY!" I yelled then ran to the door, grabbed my coat, and bolted for the airport.

As soon as I got to Donaldson Airport, I checked the flight schedule.
"From Michigan to Massachusetts." I said out loud, searching for it.
"AHA!" I said as I found it.

"She's boarding." I muttered to myself then ran to the gate.

"Ticket?" The tall guard said, stopping me.
"Uh..." I trailed off.
"No ticket, no plane." He sighed.
"Where is this plane going to?" I asked.
"China." The guard said.
"Oh." I said as I turned around and bolted to another gate.
"Where is this plane going to?" I asked.
"Massachusetts, Honey. But I'm afraid the flight is cancelled." Another guard explained.
"Oh, thank you" I said, then went to the waiting area.

I sighed, then sat down. I looked around, no sign for Abbey.
"Oh no." I muttered.
"What's wrong?" A soft voice asked.
I turned my head to look at a girl wearing a zebra print dress.
"I'm looking for my sister. Well she isn't my sister, but she's like family." I explained.
"Oh, I'm sorry. I wish I could help, but I'm looking for a girl named, um." She stopped to look at a white piece of paper "Marisol Luna." She said.

"Wait! I have a sister named Marisol Luna." I said, looking at the paper.

Sure enough, it said
'Marisol Luna; First of the Randomly Retro Girls.'

"So your a Randomly Retro girl?" She asked.
"Yeah! I'm Chrissa Maxwell." I put my hand out.
"Charity Eastman, nice to meet you." She smiled then shook it.


"Charity! We've been waiting for you!" I smiled then hugged her.
"Really? Yay! Abbey has told me SO MUCH about you all!" She smiled.
"Speaking of Abbey, where is she?" I asked.
"Her flight took off at 3:00 in the morning. It's all they could get in." Charity explained.
"Oh. So is she going to be gone forever?" I asked.
"I don't know." Charity sighed.
"I didn't even get to say good-bye." I muttered.
"It's okay, Chris." Charity assured, giving me a side-hug.
"She'll call you all!" She finished.
"It won't be the same." I said, heartbroken.
"What about Prudence?" I sighed.
"Prudence? Prudence Farrow?" Charity asked.
"Yeah, Prudence Dakota Farrow. Abbey's best friend." I said, looking at Charity.
"Wow, I haven't heard from Prudy in a long time!" Charity sighed, looking off into space. Probably remembering the last time she talked to Prudence.
"Pardon me for asking, but where do you know Abbey from?" I asked.
"I'm her older cousin" Charity smiled.

Well, they DID look exactly alike, except Charity's fashion sense was a bit more... bold.

"That's awesome" I smiled.
"Thanks, Chrissa." She smiled.
"Well, we better get back home. I kind of ran out of the house." I explained.
"Oh, ha ha! Okay." She smiled then we grabbed all of her bags, then walked home.

I think I am beginning to like this Charity chick.


Monday, December 6, 2010


"Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese, Chris?"
"Pretty please with kiwi's on top?"
"Not even my favorite food will make me."
"Please, Chrissa my love?" Matt begged.

I stopped dead in my tracks.

"What?" My eyes were probably the size of baseballs-no, basketballs.
"Isn't that your nickname? I like it." He smirked.
I nodded, still dazed from that little blurb of something special.

"Please can you just WATCH me audition?" He continued begging.

I shook my head.

"Pleeeeeeeeeeease." He gave me the puppy dog eyes.
"Fine." I sighed.
"YAY!" He acted like a seven-year-old and skipped around me in a circle.
"Shuttup, Riden." I snapped.
"Make me, Maxie." He kidded.

I played along by sticking my tongue out at him.
"Hey, come on, Chrissa! We better get there before they start!" Matt advised and pulled me all the way to two big doors.

"Go get 'em, tiger." I smiled while giving his shoulders a squeeze.
"Here we go." He sighed then opened the two huge doors.


"CHRISSA?!" Callie, Prudence, Molly, and Elizabeth all yelled in unison.
"Oh if it isn't the English wonder, oh and look! He's here with his Artist girlfriend." The school jerk, Tyler Owens sneered, walking around Matt and me.

"Shut up, Tyler. Matt probably has more talent in his pinkie toe than you do in your whole body." I snapped.

"Oh, she's a feisty little one." Tyler sneered and flipped his blond hair to the side.
"Maybe that's why you don't have a boyfriend, Chrissa. Or is it because your so ug-"


I looked at Matt with bewilderment, he punched Tyler out.
"OH MY GOODNESS!" A cheery voice squeaked, and a brown-haired, brown-eyed teacher named Mrs. Hodge ran to us.
"What is going on?" She asked.
"Well Mrs.-" I was cut off.
"Tyler was being a total JERK FACE to Chrissa." Matt shrugged.
"CHILDREN." Mrs. Hodge said in her meanest voice.

'Detention, Detention, we're gonna get DETENTION.' My mind seemed to sing.

"Welcome to chorus." Mrs. Hodge smiled.
Matt and I exchanged a look.
"HA! You two thought I was going to kick you out or something.
Nah, I won't. Just NEVER do it again, okay?" She looked from me, to him, then back to me.
We nodded.
"Alrighty! JESSICA!" Mrs. Hodge called out to a short brunette named Jessica.
"Yes Mrs. Hodge?" She asked.
"Can you take Tyler here down to the nurse?" Mrs. Hodge asked.
"Yes-sir-ee!" Jessica smiled.

After Jessica was gone with Tyler, Mrs. Hodge got everyone settled down and turned to Matt and I.
"So what would you like to sing?" Mrs. Hodge asked.
"WAIT!" Prudence's boyfriend, Nathan, asked.
"Yes, Nathan?" Mrs. Hodge asked.
"You have to tell them to introduce themselves." Nathan said.
"Oh right! Of course!" Mrs. Hodge nodded for Matt to go first.
"Hi there, my name is Matt Riden. I'm originally from England."
Callie was about to faint.

'Back off, Callie. He's mine.' I muttered.

"I like to paint, sing, play guitar, and write." Matt grinned, thankfully, he didn't hear me.
"Musical likes?" A red head named Keith asked.
"Everything from The Beatles to Bruno Mars." He winked at me.

I smiled and felt my self immediately turn red.

"Awesome! It's nice to meet you Matt." Mrs. Hodge smiled.
"And you sweetie?" She turned to me.

"Oh no, I'm not auditioning for Chorus, I'm just here to give Matt some moral support." I smiled.

"COME ON, CHRISSA!" Elizabeth called out.
"Chrissa, Chrissa, Chrissa, Chrissa, Chrissa!" Everyone chanted,.

"FINE!" I smiled.
"My name is Chrissa Maxwell, I love to paint, draw, color, sing, play piano and dance around. Even though I'm no good at it." I laughed.
Prudence and Molly looked at each other knowingly and laughed along.
"Say it, Chrissa." Callie advised from her seat.
"And I am a HUGE fan of The Beatles." I beamed.

Everyone clapped.

"Okay! Now it's time to sing!" Mrs. Hodge clasped her hands together.
I nodded for Matt to go first.
He smiled and walked to center stage.

"WAIT!" He said then ran back to me.
"What?" I asked.
"Sing with me."

Before I could argue,
(oh who are we kidding, why would I argue?)
he pulled me up to center stage right next to him.

"Sing along." He whispered then cued Cindie, the chorus' musical director, to play a CD.

The intro to Bruno Mars' "Marry You" started playing and I was about to faint.

"It's a beautiful night,
We're looking for something dumb to do.
Hey baby,
I think I wanna marry you." Matt sang perfectly, sounding almost EXACTLY like Bruno Mars.

He nodded for me to sing, which I did.

"Is it the look in your eyes,
Or is it this dancing juice?
Who cares baby,
I think I wanna marry you. " I sang then he grabbed my hands and spun me around.

"Well I know this little chapel on the boulevard we can go,
No one will know,
Come on girl." He sang and shook his head like The Beatles did.

I laughed then sang;
"Who cares if we're trashed
got a pocket full of cash we can blow," I acted like I was rich.
"Shots of patron,
And it's on." I sang and he purposely danced awfully, which made me laugh while I sang.


As the song ended, Matt spun me around and we posed back-to-back.
I threw my arms up to add pizazz.

The Chorus kids erupted in cheers and applause.
Callie, Prudence, Molly, and Elizabeth chorused "GO CHRISSA AND MATT!"
Callie winked at me, I rolled my eyes but smiled.
A kid with big brown eyes and freckles named Jake and Callie's friend with Neon Green eyes and brown hair named Peter were clapping.
Keith, Nathan, and a kid with glasses and curly blond hair named Ryan were all whistling.
"Bravo! Brava!" Mrs. Hodge smiled.

Matt bowed, then grabbed my hand and nodded for me to bow, which I did.
"So, Chorus kiddies, do you think Matt and Chrissa should join our group?" Mrs. Hodge gleefully asked the chorus.
"YES YES YES!" They all yelled back in unison.
She smiled and turned to Matt and I
"Welcome to Chorus."

I jumped and hugged Matt, he caught me and spun me around.
The minute he put me down, was the minute that I realized what I had just done.

I sang a song with Matt and got into Chorus.

W O A H.

"But." Mrs. Hodge said as soon as the cheers died down.
"You will have to start tomorrow, because we are in the middle of an assignment and it wouldn't be fair to have you two have just ONE day to find a song, get it down, and perform it." Mrs. Hodge explained.

Matt and I nodded, I didn't care, as long as I was in Chorus, I was happy!

"So you know what this means?" Prudence asked.
"No, what?" Matt and I asked.
"Tomorrow is your Chorus Debut." Prudence beamed.
"Yeah, I guess it is." I smiled back.

I can't wait!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Not Ready

-Continued From Last Post-

"Charity?" I looked at her incredulously.

Who was this Charity chick and WHY did Abbey think she could replace Abbey?

"Yeah. Her name is Charity Eastman." Abbey said looking at me.

"What does she look like?" I asked.
"Like me, except a bit less curly hair." Abbey smiled.
"Oh, have you told anyone?"
"Do you want me to?"
"Oh." I said, this conversation was growing increasingly awkward.
"So, your going on December 14th..." I sighed.
She nodded.
"I see." I tried to sound like I wasn't about to cry.
"Chris-" She started but it was too late.

I was already in my room sobbing.

Abbey can't leave me.
Not me.
Not Mel.
Not Prudence.
Not us.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Bittersweet Charity

I was sitting in my room, doing practically nothing when I heard Abbey, who's bedroom is right next to mine, whispering on the phone.

I must be strong.
Last time I got curious, I ended up spying on our neighbors and passing out.

"But mom!" I heard her whisper-yell.

This is getting GOOD. I thought to myself.

I couldn't take it much longer, I crept over to my wall and placed my ear on it to hear better.

"Hon, everyone back here in Massachusetts misses you! At least come home for the holidays and see if you'll want to move back here!" Her mother pleaded on speaker.

There was a pause, Abbey seemed to be deep in thought.

"......Fine, but what do I tell my sisters? and What do I tell Melanie? OH MY GOD, what do I tell Pru?" Abbey's voice sounded sorry for the rest of us.

"Pumpkin, if they really love you, they will let you come home with your family." Mrs. Holland re-assured.

"Well, yeah, but why did I get sent to American Girl in the first place?" Abbey questioned.

"Because, dear, your father and I were going through a phase where we fought ALL of the time, and we didn't want our 10-year-old daughter being in the middle of it." Her mom explained.

"Are things settled between you and daddy now?" Abbey wanted to know.

"Yes, and we would just love for you to come back home! I know you love being with Melanie and all her girls, but we are your family. You need us as much as we need you, and that is quite a lot."

"Fine, I will fly home on the day we get out of school for Holiday Break,
December 14th" Abbey planned.

"Okay Hun, your daddy and I will be waiting at the airport with someone very special." I could hear Abbey's mom smiling.

"LULU!" Abbey's pet bunny was named Lulu, and Melanie didn't want her to bring her along because Jess is allergic to bunnies, so I could tell Abbey was excited to see not only her family, but her bunny again.

"I love you, Abigail Lynne Holland" Mrs. Holland said.
"I love you too, mom" Abbey replied then they hung up.

I ran out of my room and knocked on Abbey's door.

"What?" Abbey called out.
"It's Chrissa, open up!" I replied.
She opened the door "Hey Chris, what's up?
"H-h-how do you know?" Abbey's top lip began to quiver as she questioned me.
"I kinda heard you and your mom's conversation." I confessed.
"CHRISSA!" She yelled.
"Hey, I was curious and apparently for a good reason." I took a step in her room and shut the door.
"Now spill." I said.

"Well, in March my mom called me and asked me if I wanted to go home, I said 'yes' because I was, at the time, mad at Melanie for getting Molly instead of Prudence. I have taken that back, but my mom simply will NOT let it go. Now I am kind of on-the-fence about this whole situation. Do you have any advice?" She asked.

I shook my head, but asked.
"What will Melanie do? She loves you!" I exclaimed.

"Well, family comes first." Abbey began
"WE ARE YOUR FAMILY!" I interjected, she was getting on my nerves.

"But Chrissa, I will visit!" She offered.

"It won't be the same! Who will take your place?" I demanded



Friday, November 19, 2010

You Can Say "Sabotage"

"MAT-RISSA: The cutest couple at AGPPA" Sonali predicted.
"What are you, like seven?" I asked, annoyed.
"Actually, I'm six" Sonali joked.
I rolled my eyes.
"What about Prudence and Nathan?" I asked.

Prudence, who just so happened to be in the room, immediately ran out of the room with Abbey following close behind.

"I wonder what's her problem." Sonali wondered.
"Same here."

There was an awkward silence.

The alarm buzzed.
"OH MY GOSH! WE HAVE TO GET TO SCHOOL!" I yelled as Sonali and I ran out into the morning sunlight.

At school, I took my normal seat next to Matt in Social Studies.
"Hey Matt!" I greeted.
"Hullo, Christine." He smiled.

'It's so cute that he thinks that's my real name' I thought.

"How have you been?" I asked.
"Good, actually, but I still miss me mates back in London." He said.
"Wow, I can listen to you talk all day" I thought.
"What?" He had a puzzled look on his face.
"DID I JUST SAY THAT OUT LOUD?!" I asked in terror.
"Yeah.. But thanks, I think your accent is adorable." He smiled.

Before I could reply, or more obviously, faint, Mr. Dobson walked in;
"Hello Class!" He greeted.
There were a scatter of "Hey!" or "What's up, Mr. D?!" or even "HI"'s

After class, Matt and I walked and he said;
"Then me mum just said 'oh no you didn't!'" We both laughed hysterically.
Then a monster came in between us.

"HEYYYY there, Matt!" She greeted.

She was Beth Landers, and she was perfect.

"Hi Beth." He smiled.
She then turned to me,
"Oh Chrissa! Hey! I didn't see ya there." she turned back to Matt.
"No 'cause you can never see anything out of those teeny eyes." I muttered and Matt seemed to chuckle.
"What?" She asked.
"Nothing." I muttered again.
"I thought so, well Matt, do you want to come on a walk with me around the school?" She asked, trying to flirt with him.
"Uhh, sure. I s'pose." He said.
"YAY! Bye Chrissa" She hissed as she walked away with him on her arm.

"Ugh." I groaned then said;
"She took him faster than you can say sabotage."
Abbey seemed to pop up in my head and yell

Well she did take him faster than you can say it
[and also to quote miss swift]

she underestimated just who she was stealing from.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010


"Love is all you need, Missa Chrissa." Callie advised, using one of my numerous nicknames. Word had gone out around my house that I was crushing on Matt.

"I'm twelve! I don't know what love is!" I exclaimed, Callie simply just shook her head.
"What?" I was confused.
"Denial, the first step in love" Callie explained and made a heart with her hands.
"Knock it off, Callie." I rolled my eyes and went to my room.
"YOU KNOW YOU LOVE HIM!" Callie's voice followed me.
I flopped down on my bed and grabbed my iPod.

I shuffled it;

"Can't buy me Looooooove"


"She loves you, yeah yeah yeah."


"Close your eyes, and I'll kiss you. Tommorow I'll miss you. Remember, I'll always be true and then while I'm away I'll write home everyday, and I'll send all my loving to you."

shuffle, I was getting really frustrated.

Then an all too firmiliar piano intro played;

"Martha my dear, you have always been my inspiration, please. be good to me."
The Beatles, [specifically Paul McCartney] sang. I smiled, it was my favorite song!

I plugged it into my iHome and danced around my room.

"Matthew my love, don't forget me. Matthew my dear!" I abruptly stopped the music.

"See, even your iPod knows you love him." Callie smirked at my doorway.

I need to get over him, or do something about my cru- er.... "love" for him.


Monday, November 15, 2010

New Faces

Maybe things could be getting better;


In history, (which is my first period) my teacher, Mr. Dobson, announced,
"Class, we have a new student."
Every one's eyes, including my own, immediately dashed to a tall-ish, brown hair that was kind of long boy with light brown eyes.

he. was. gorgeous.

Yes, I, Chrissa Marie-Martha Maxwell, the un-luckiest girl in love, had a crush.


I looked at Marisol, who knowingly looked at me back.
Was I being that obvious?

My attention flew back to Mr. Dobson and the cute new kid.
"This is Matthew Riden. He just moved here from England."

This kid was PERFECT.

"Anything you would like to tell the class, Mr. Riden?" Mr. Dobson question.
"Yeah, you can call me Matt." He had the most adorable British accent.

'SNAP OUT OF IT CHRISSA. The last thing you need is a boyfriend.' My brain demanded.
'Go for it' my heart seemed to whisper.

Before I could make up my mind on which piece of advice to follow, Matt was told to move to the only available seat, which to my advantage was right next to me.

"'lo" he greeted.
Marisol, who was sitting on the other side of me whispered
"Is that supposed to mean 'hello?'"
I shushed her and smiled at Matt "Hey, welcome to AGPPA." I greeted.
"Thanks, luv." He winked then turned to the front of the class, where Mr. Dobson was writing notes on the Great Depression.

Well, thankfully, MY Depression is over!

Yup, ladies and gentlemen, Chrissa has a crush.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Screaming and Skipping

I sat in Art class on Friday, sighed and started drawing a blond haired, blue eyed girl with a big head. "Hmm. I should make her yell at people." I muttered to myself and did so.

After I finished drawing, the inspiration for the drawing saw it. Her name is Tatiana Baldwin and I really wish I could hit her.

I. Hate. Her. That. Much.

She gaped at me and said "CHRISSA! Why did you have to use your suckish drawing skills to draw ME?"
I glared at her and said "Because you have the biggest head in the world, and if ANYONE in this conversation has "Suckish" drawing skills, it's you. I mean, HOW DID YOU EVEN GET IN THIS CLASS?!"
"My daddy." She told me like it was common knowledge, then pushed me off of my chair.

That sent me off the deep end.

"NO." I yelled and ran out of the class.
"Forget you." I muttered to myself and ran out of school.

Life is just, ughhh...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


"NO." I yelled and ran out of the class.

I just.... UGH.
I can't even finish this post :/
I'll tell you guys what happened at another time.

*throws a pillow*


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Chrissy to the Rescue

"Sonali, why are we at the zoo" I asked,

Sonali and I were walking around by the Llamas in the local zoo.

"Because, the zoo calms me down." She sighed.

"Sonali, sweetheart, the zoo is for field trips when your in kindergarten, NOT FOR MEDITATION." I retorted.

Sonali ignored me, she just started humming a random tune.

I rolled my eyes and searched for something to do.
"YES!" I exclaimed when I saw a radio.
I ran to it and went through the channels, searching for something that I knew.
My 7-year-old neighbor, Delilah, appeared at my side and looked at me funny
"Chrissy, what are you doing?" She asked.
"Trying to find something to do when my best friend is meditating with the monkeys."
"What does meditating mean?" Delilah's hazel eyes sparkled with wonder.
"She is trying to calm down." I explained.
"Oh..." She replied.
I turned off the radio, I couldn't find anything worth listening to.
Delilah was following me around, I couldn't stand it much longer so I turned to her and yelled "DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING BETTER TO DO THAN STALK ME?!" I immediately regretted it, but before I could apologize, Delilah ran towards the Polar Bear exhibit.
The zookeepers had just washed the surface, but little Delilah didn't see the sign for "Wet Floor" and she fell in the freezing cold water.

"DELILAH!" I screamed an ran towards her.
"HELP! CHRISSY! HELP ME! I CAN'T SWIM!" She yelled then sunk deeper.
I jumped in.
The water was freezing and the polar bears were getting closer to little Delilah.
"DEE!" I yelled.
"HELP!" She replied.
By then a crowd had gathered around us and was gasping.
I swam closer to her, terrified for the both of us.
"AAAAAAAAAAH!" Delilah screamed when one of the Polar Bears grabbed onto her headband.
I grabbed her arm and pulled her to shore, where Sonali met us both with towels.
We both were shaking.
"D-D-D-Delilah, I'm s-s-s-so sorry." I shivered out.
"Chrissy, you saved my l-l-life, even after y-y-you yelled at m-m-me." She replied.
"So are we o-k-k-kay?" I asked.
"Y-yes" She replied and we hugged.
The crowd cheered.
Sonali smiled.
Delilah's mom ran to us and pushed me out of the way and hugged Delilah, "PUMPKIN! ARE YOU ALRIGHT?!" She exclaimed.
"Yes" Delilah replied.
Delilah's mom turned to me and gave me the death stare,
"Chrissa, I'm sure MARISOL won't be too happy to hear about you swimming with the Polar Bears." She growled.

I hated her with a passion. Not just because she was a total JERK to my sisters and I, but she abused little Delilah.

"Patricia Blake?" A police officer asked, walking up to us.
"GOD, WHAT?!" She yelled.
"Your under arrest for the abuse of Delilah Blake, you have the right to remain silent." He said, putting Ms. Blake's hands in handcuffs.
"Yeah like that will ever happen." Sonali whispered to me.
"WHO DID YOU TELL?!" Ms. Blake yelled at Delilah.
Delilah ran to Sonali and hid behind her.
Then, Ms. Blake turned to me,
"And YOU, little miss Chrissa Marie-Martha Maxwell. You will never amount to ANYTHING, you will just have your annoying little attitude and you obsession over those freaks, The Beatles." She hissed.
Delilah ran out from behind Sonali and kicked her mom in the shin.
"Chrissy will be WAY MORE successful than YOU. She will be a famous artist one day." She turned to me and smiled. Then continued. "AND ANOTHER THING, THE BEATLES ROCK. Your the freak." Delilah kicked her mom again.
The police officer dragged Ms. Blake away while she yelled a few, uhm, choice words at Sonali, Delilah and I.

"What happens to me?" Delilah asked.
"I don't kn-" I was cut of by a man who looked to be about 36 and had Delilah's eyes and smiled.

It was her dad!

"Delilah?" He asked.
"Yes?" Delilah replied.
"I'm your dad." He said.
"DADDY!" She yelled and hugged him.
"I missed you" She said, but was muffled by his coat.

I wiped my tears and Sonali sniffled.
They pulled back and Delilah's dad asked, "And who are these two lovely ladies?"
Sonali and I smiled.
"Oh this is Sonali Matthews, she's going to be a famous fashion designer when she grows up." Delilah said, smiling.
Sonali blushed and said "Nice to meet you."
Delilah's dad shook her hand.
"And THIS, is Chrissy Maxwell. I'm the only one who can call her that, her real name is Chrissa, and she saved my life today." Delilah introduced me and hugged me again.
"Thank-you so much for saving my daughter." He smiled.
"She's like my little sister. It was my duty." I smiled.
"Well thank you girls, Delilah's mom left me when Delilah was a baby. I have been looking for her forever and when the police told me to come to the zoo, I was on my way." He explained.
"Oh." Sonali and I said.
"Yeah, so Delilah, do you want to go home?" He asked, his eyes were sparkling.
"I have been waiting 7 years for you to say that." Delilah smiled and ran to the car with him. "BYE CHRISSY! BYE SONALI!" She called and waved with her dad.

"Chrissa, I'm proud of you." Sonali smiled and hugged me.
"Hey, It's Chrissy." I joked and we laughed then began walking home.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Names are A-Changin'.

"WHY DID YOU CHANGE HER NAME?!" Abbey demanded.
Melanie had changed Julie's name to Julia,
personally, I like it.
"I thought Julia fit her personality, it sounds more distinguished." Melanie replied.
"Dude, I can hear you." Julia said, she was writing 'Julia' on all of her books and paper.
"Julie, I mean, Julia, do you like your new name." Abbey asked, she had venom in her voice when she said 'Julia.'
"Yup. It's a fresh start, which is what I need." Julia sighed.
"Great. Now her name is changed, she's going to probably tell us she has a twin or something." Jess predicted.
Everyone laughed, Julia even cracked a smile, but not an amused smile more like a 'I-know-something-you-all-don't' smile.
"I do" She said quietly.
Everyone went dead silent.
"W-w-what?" Melanie asked.
"I have a twin, her name is Julie." Julia replied in a matter-of-factly tone.
"The one who goes to AGPPA?" I had to ask.
"Yup. We have a lot in common, we even have the same birthmark!" Julia said, showing everyone the birthmark on her elbow.
"Cool" Cindie smiled.
"Thanks, Cyn darlin'." Julia replied.
"Well since we are all talking about changes.. I think it's time Jess and I told you all" Marisol spoke up.
Everyone looked at her.
Marisol turned to Jess and Jess spoke;
"We no longer have our blog."
"WHAT?!" Callie and Molly blurted.
"We gave it to Prudence's friends, Sonny and Kenna." Jess and Marisol smiled.
"Oh.... I WANT TO READ IT!" Callie yelled, running to the laptop.
"CALLIE! CALM DOWN." Molly scolded.
"Fine." Callie did as she was told and opened a new window and opened 'Sonny and Kenna; The Blog.'
Prudence walked over and read it out loud (if you want to read the first post,

"I wonder if WE will be that family Sonny talked about, the one that found her family." Marisol wondered.
"I hope." Melanie smiled, then told us all to go to bed.


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Blues

"UGH!" I shouted as I threw down the Halloween magazine I was browsing through.

I don't want to go out Trick-or-Treating or anything like that, it's just..
We haven't even decorated our house for Halloween.

Marisol would disagree with me and say "Chrissa, that is NOT true. We have the pumpkin!"

Yes, because a small little pumpkin is totally festive.


Sonali is no help at all either, she always just sighs and says "Chris, it's just a holdiay. It's not even anything important, like Christmas or Easter. Hon, to be honest, Arbor Day is more important than Halloween."

A holdiay that is about TREES is more important then HALLOWEEN?!
Yeah, right.

Callie and Cindie aren't any help either, they just have spent the day watching old Disney Movies. Earlier I walked in on them watching 'Mary Poppins' I stared from them to the screen and back to them and exclaimed "Why are you watching this movie?! It's not even scary!" Callie scoffed and replied "What's scary is that we didn't think about this LAST year." Cindie nodded in agreement and reached for more popcorn.

You'd think Abbey and Prudence would help me because they are going to Hayley Madison's Halloween Party toight, but no such luck. "I'm sorry Chrissa My Dear." Abbey said. "We'd love to help but we have to focus on the party." Prudence finished, then they walked away. Julie and Molly don't help either because they are attending the same party.

It seems like the ONLY person who would be willing to help me is Jess.
Will she?
Maybe. I just have to ask her, which is what I'm doing in a few after I publish this post.

Wish me luck.
I'm going to need it..


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Rain or Rebecca?

"Which One?" Melanie has been asking herself all day, while holding up her Rain shirt, and a picture of Rebecca.

Melanie has been PLEADING her mother for tickets to Rain, which is a tribute to the Beatles, her favorite band, and Mel went last March and LOVED IT. So she believes she "Needs to go"

The only problem is....
She would have to either get Rebecca or the tickets.

Melanie wants to get Becca and has for a long time, but she also "NEEDS" to get the tickets for Rain.

I walked up to Julie, who's only chance at a Best Friend would be Becca and asked her "Which one do you think Mel should get?"
Julie snapped "I DON'T KNOW! She LOVED Rain last time, so she'll love it this time if she goes, BUT I need Becca, and she wants Becca too! But If I say I want her to get Becca that would make me sound greedy....... I DON'T KNOW! GAH!" Julie said and stormed off.

January might come a little faster now, with the big decision to be made and all.

What should we do?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Rescuing, Falling and Toasting

The end of the day bell rang.
I grabbed my backpack from my locker and ran home.

Yes, today was the day that Annalee THOUGHT she was going to take Molly from us.
Is she?


Marisol and Callie caught up with me, and there we were, running home.

Molly gets out 30 minutes early because according to the Vice Principal, Mr. Kirks, she would 'cause a disturbance'

"What if she's gone?" Marisol asked when we arrived on our street.
"She won't be" Callie panted, apparently running half a mile is hard on a hippie.
I pulled a water bottle out of my backpack, drank it, took a deep breath and opened the door.

She was gone

Callie's face fell.
"OHMYGOD!" She spazzed, immediately covering her face with her hands.
Marisol consoled her while I looked around for any sign of a note.

By then, Jess, Sonali, Cindie, Prudence, Abbey and Julie had arrived home and were either consoling Callie or fretting about Molly.

"I FOUND IT!" Cindie screamed while holding up a white piece of paper.
"READ IT NOW." Callie ordered amongst tears.

"Dear Randomly Retro Girls.

Molly is gone.
You can't do anything to stop it.

Cindie read aloud.

Callie stood up "OH HECK YEAH WE CAN" She rushed up to her room and gasped loudly.
"What?" The rest of us asked.
"MARISOL, GET A CAB!" Callie yelled.
"Okay" Marisol said, running to go catch a taxi.
Callie ran downstairs,
"She's at the airport."

As soon as we were at the airport, Marisol, Prudence, and Julie ran to the first desk they could find and asked questions like
"Have you seen Molly?"
"Was she being pulled here against her will?"
"Was she okay?"

Cindie, Jess, and Abbey were searching all of the gates, and Sonali, Callie, and I were scanning the crowd, looking for our sister.

I saw a flash of purple among the crowd and said "MOLLY!"
Then I ran, shouting "MOLLY MOLLY MOLLY!"
Sonali ran back to get the rest of my sisters and Callie was shouting Molly's name with me. Molly was struggling to get out of one of her bodyguard's grasp. Annalee was talking on a cell phone and laughed evilly. I couldn't hear her laugh evilly, but I just KNEW she was evil. They entered a gate for a flight going to England and Callie and I ran into the gate when the guard wasn't looking. Marisol shouted to us "GET HER QUICK." Callie turned to me "Chrissa, we NEED to get her. I know she's usually having to look out for me, but I need to keep her safe, 'cause she's my cousin you know." Callie's sky blue eyes were getting misty, I hugged her and said "C'mon Callie, let's go save a superstar." Then we were running again. Molly turned around to tie her shoe and saw us and mouthed "HELP!" We nodded, as in saying "We are trying to!" Molly was yanked onto the plane and Callie and I sneaked on. We put on some hats and coats [which were found in the lost and found] and hid behind Molly and Annalee's seat.

"Molly, dear, I am very disappointed in you. Why are you acting so sad that you left those Retro freaks?" Annalee asked.
"Why do you care about them? Don't you want to be famous more?" Annalee asked, completely ignoring Molly's comeback.
"BECAUSE, they are my family, and you don't leave family. Oh and to be honest, I really don't like fame anymore. I can't have any time with my family. You know what? I'm out of here." Molly said, standing up.
"OH NO YOUR NOT." Annalee grabbed Molly's arm and pulled her back to the seat. "You're my only way into the business, and I will NOT let you ruin our dream."
Molly was enraged. "OUR DREAM?! HOW ABOUT YOUR DREAM! EVER SINCE MY MOM DIED AND I GOT THE MIS-FORTUNE OF HAVING YOU AS AN ADOPTIVE MOTHER IT'S ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT 'Keeping the dream' and 'never letting the dream go' Well, you know what, I'm not letting the dream go, it's MY dream, it's MY voice, it's MY talent, and it's MY decision" Molly replied crossing her arms.
"IT'S MOLLY MCINTIRE, and YOU'RE NOT MY MOTHER." Molly yelled back and got up.
Annalee grabbed her again and slapped her across the face.
Callie yelled "CHICK, DON'T YOU TOUCH MY COUSIN!" and Callie hit Annalee with a briefcase and Annalee was knocked out cold. "RUN RUN RUN!" I yelled as soon as I saw Molly's two bodyguards running after us. The three of us ran off the plane, down the platform, and into the baggage claim.
It. Was. Huge.
"Whoa" Molly gushed.
"HIDE!" Callie yelled as we all hid.
Callie was hiding by the main machine that had all of the bags and sent them to their correct flight, I was hiding behind two huge boxes and Molly was hiding under a cabinet. The bodyguards ran in and were looking for us.
"Man, where do you think they went?" The blond bodyguard asked the black haired one.
"I don't know, maybe the restaurant?" The black-haired guy suggested.
They both nodded and ran towards the restaurant.
Callie sighed "Thank heavens that was clo-" Then she fell into the baggage sorter, it was kind of like a slide.
"CALLIE!" Molly and I screamed in unison.
"THIS ISN'T FUN!" Callie yelled as she slid up an automatic belt.
Molly ran to find where the bags ended up after being on the belt and I ran next to Callie. "Callie! Stay Calm!" I advised.
"AHHHHHHHHHH!" She slid down.
"I FOUND WHERE SHE ENDS UP!" Molly yelled, pointing to a huge metal box.
I ran over and we waited for Callie to come out of the belt.
"WOAH!" Callie yelled as she nearly flew into the box.
Molly and I ran to Callie,
"Are you okay?" Molly asked.
"Molly, you were nearly ABDUCTED, I'm fine. The real question is, are YOU okay?" Callie asked.
"Yeah" Molly replied.
Callie said "I WANT TO DO THAT AGAIN!"
"No." Molly said sternly.
"OHMYGOD!" Callie yelled.
"What?!" Molly and I asked.
"I FOUND A BEATLES SHIRT!" Callie yelled, holding up a purple tee shirt with The Beatles on it.
"Aren't you happy?" I asked.
"Hey, it's not fair to use sarcasm on me" Callie retorted.
"Girls, not to be a party pooper or anything, but we've got company." Molly said, pointing to the bodyguards who just spotted us and were running towards us.
"RUUUUUUUUUUN!" Callie yelled and put the shirt in her bag she was carrying.
We ran out of the baggage claim and found ourselves in the main area of the airport.
Callie found a deserted car and yelled "GET ON!"
Molly ran and hopped on, I, on the other hand, fell down flat on my face.
"OH NO!" I yelled, the blond bodyguard picked me up and yelled
I kicked him in the stomach and he dropped me and fell to the ground, I ran like the wind and hopped on the car with Molly and Callie. We found Marisol and the rest of our sisters and we hopped off the cart and all ran to the taxi, but not before sharing a big group hug.

Later, at dinner time, we were all sitting around the table and Marisol had made Spaghetti and Meatballs and was just bringing it out. Before we got to eat, Marisol stood up and said, "Everyone, I think we each should say a few words."
"About what?" Prudence asked.
"Why we are happy to be a Randomly Retro Girl." Marisol replied. "We will go around the table, which means Cindie is up first and Chrissa ends it." Marisol said, then sat down.
Cindie stood up "I am happy to be a Randomly Retro Girl because it means I am closer to the people who care about me, which is you all"
Cindie smiled and Jess stood up "I'm proud to be a Randomly Retro Girl because it means I don't have to deal with my evil ex-owner and her Felicity and Elizabeth dolls"
Jess then turned to Julie who said, "I'm glad to be a part of the Randomly Retro Girls because I am with the people I love the most."
Then Marisol stood up "I'm happy that I am a Randomly Retro Girl because I get to have little sisters, which I never had before."
She turned to Abbey who stood up and said "I'm glad to be a Randomly Retro Girl because you all are such wonderful friends."
She turned to Prudence who stood up and said "I am proud to be a Randomly Retro Girl because I have a family who cares about me"
Then Molly stood up and said "I am glad to be a Randomly Retro Girl because I have people who care about me enough to save me from evil managers." She laughed and turned to Callie who said "I am glad to be a Randomly Retro Girl because I get to feel special and that I am important." She smiled and turned to Sonali who smiled and said "I am proud to be a Randomly Retro Girl because we all are just so different but alike one another, I mean, where else can you find a Hippie and an Optimist to be best friends?" She nodded to Callie and Cindie and sat down.
'My turn' I said in my head and stood up.
"I'm glad to be a Randomly Retro Girl because that mean I am part of something that is special, which makes me special." I smiled and sat down.
Marisol raised her glass of apple juice and declared "To Family"
We all cheered and clanked glasses then ate.

To Family.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Callie is constantly pacing.
I am always biting my fingernails.
Jess always looks nervously at the clock.
Marisol is looking down at the floor.
Julie doesn't crack a joke.
Sonali hasn't drawn in days
Abbey hasn't bothered to check on her plants growing in the green house.
Prudence missed Glee.
Cindie hasn't tried to be optimistic.

The worst part of it all?
Molly is oblivious to it all.

Annalee is evil, pure evil.
Why would she want to take Molly away from us?

Earlier this morning when Molly was warming up her vocal chords with Cindie by singing "Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do"

She turned to me and smiled.
It dawned on me that SHE was the only one that didn't know about the abduction and it was going to happen to HER.
I faked a smile and went back to help Sonali design Cindie's costume for the talent show that is coming up in a few weeks.
Molly was working with Cindie because Cindie is going to sing for her talent. Cindie was glancing at Sonali and me with a face that said "She doesn't know, does she?"

All we could do was shake our heads.

She has to know, but how can we tell her?


Sunday, October 24, 2010


Ugh, not that I don't like my name, I love it and all but, when Marisol says it in her best "Motherly Tone", it is PRETTY annoying.
"Coming" I mumbled and fell out of bed. I muttered a few things on the lines of

Seriously? Why am I up at 8:30 in the morning on a SUNDAY?!

When I got down to the kitchen, Marisol was holding a letter.
"What's that?" I asked, eyeing the letter.
"Look for yourself." She advised, sliding the letter across the kitchen counter to me.
It said;
"FINAL NOTICE." On the front of the envelope.
"What could this be?" I asked, dreading the worst.
"I couldn't find the courage to open it." Marisol said, her head in her hands.
"Well then I guess I have to, don't I?" I sighed, feeling close to tears.
Marisol nodded.
I breathed heavily "Here goes everything."
I opened the envelope slowly. A crisp white piece of paper was enclosed, I took it out and took a deep breath before reading.

"To whom it may concern;

This is a final notice of Molly Renee McIntire's stay at the Randomly Retro household. Her manager, Annalee Frenches, is coming to collect miss Molly's things and the Superstar on Friday, the 29th of October at 5 o'clock in the afternoon, with or without the Randomly Retro Girls knowing.


Encore Records."

My heart sank.
"Ohmygosh" Marisol said, bursting into tears. She hates loosing people.
I went to hug her "Mar, we can't let this happen."
"I know, I know." She sobbed into my shoulder.
I patted her back, "Molly's not going anywhere."
Marisol sighed and wiped her tears "I know, we aren't going to let them take her."
"Neither am I" a mysterious voice said.
We both jumped and searched for the voice's owner.
I spotted, none other then Callie Layne Monroe, walking down the stairs, having heard everything we said.
"Aww Callie, I am so sorry" Marisol apologized.
When Callie got closer, for the first time ever, she was crying. I have never seen Callie cry before, so needless to say, I was taken aback. Callie didn't say anything, she just ran to Marisol and me and hugged us.

"Molly won't leave" I re-assured.

And she won't.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Musical Revenge and Revolutions

"Chrissa, Chrissa, Chrissa." Hannah, the self proclaimed "Queen of AGPPA" sneered at me during Art Class.
"W-W-What?" I stuttered out, terrified of what she could say.
"Well, let's see. Your hair is messed up, your ugly, no one likes you and" She paused and took a look at my Beatles Shirt, then uttered out the unimaginable "The Beatles suck." She said, then strided away with her little Blonde clones following her.

I just stood their with my mouth wide open. Callie and Sonali walked by me on their way to exit the class, but she paused and asked, "Chris, what's wrong?"

Angry tears stung in my eyes. "Am I ugly?" I whispered.
Callie was taken aback, but said "NO! Anyone who thinks otherwise is totally blind."
I felt a little better "And my hair isn't too short?" I questioned.
"No, it's the perfect length." Callie smiled and replied.
"Who had you thinking otherwise?" Sonali asked.
"Hannah..." I sighed.
Sonali's face immediately filled with hatred.
"I'll be right back." She grumbled and stomped away.
"Did she say anything else?" Callie asked once Sonali was out of sight.
"Yeah.." I gulped, Callie was willing to flatten anyone who said anything about the Beatles being bad.
"Well what?" Callie's blue eyes filled with curiosity.
"Hannah looked at my shirt and said that The Beatles suck." I looked to Callie, but she was out of the room and rushing down the hallway.

'Oh no' I thought and rushed after her.

Sonali was just about done giving Hannah a good lesson on inner and outer beauty.
Sonali finished by saying "And Hannah, darlin', you may be pretty on the outside, but on the inside, your just as ugly as a week old orange."

I smiled just as Hannah scoffed and turned away, or at least tried to.

Sonali walked back to me just in time to see Callie and Cindie, arm in arm, walk up to Hannah and the clones and Cindie started belting out

"You say you want a revolution, well, you know...
We all want to change the world.
You tell me that's it's evolution
We all want to change the world"

Callie took over.
"But when you talk about destruction..
Don't you know that you can
She sang while giving Hannah and her clones a stare that said "Your crazy for not liking the Beatles."

Cindie rushed over to Sonali and I and grabbed our arms and pulled us over to Callie, who was happily singing the words of one of her favorite Beatles songs to Hannah.

"Don't you know it's gonna be?" Sonali, Cindie and I harmonized.

"ALL RIGHT." Callie added the emphasis.

"All right." Cindie sang.

"All right." Sonali and I repeated.

Jess ran down the hall and handed Callie an electric guitar and Marisol followed shortly behind her carrying an amp with the help of our friends Julie and Rebecca. Callie thanked them with a nod and plugged the guitar in and jammed out.

Molly had just come out of the bathroom to see her little cousin telling off the bullies in song. By the look on her face, she was first horrified then she smiled a bit and sang the second verse,
" You say you got a real solution.
Well, you know..
We'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know..
We're all doing what we can."
She did a little dance and signaled for Abbey, who had just walked out of the science lab to finish the verse. Abbey shrugged and walked up to Hannah and sang with all her little heart could take
"But when you want money for people with minds that hate,
All I can tell you is brother you have to wait."

Hannah's face was horrified, because Abbey sounded like she just called her a boy. Abbey danced around and sang
"Don't you know it's gonna be?"

"All right."
Julie and Rebecca sang

"All right.."
Marisol and Jess followed.

"All right."
Prudence echoed.

Callie then played the guitar solo and I ran into the music room and grabbed a piano and played the piano solo. Kids were dancing around and playing various instruments. Some kids were even throwing neon colored streamers around the hall, apparently a lot of people had somethings to say to Hannah.

Callie turned to our Julie and Julie's eyes lit up, probably hoping to sing.
Callie nodded and Julie ran up to Hannah and placed a hand on her shoulder and sang
"You say you'll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head."
Julie patted Hannah on the head and turned back to us and skipped over to Sonali and signaled for her to sing the song. Sonali stepped forward and opened her mouth just in time to sing
"You tell me it's the institution
Well, You know
you better free your mind instead."
Sonali searched for one of our sisters to finish the song and she spotted Prudence and pulled little Pru to the front. Prudence looked a bit nervous but sang out
"But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You ain't gonna make it with anyone, anyhow."
Prudence sang proudly, Hannah had given her a hard time when she was just new to AGPPA, but now Prudence was getting revenge, along with all of us other kids.

Musical revenge.

Marisol and Jess walked to the front and calmly sang
"Don't you know it's gonna be?"

Cindie and Callie yelled
"All right?!"

Prudence and Abbey screamed
"All right!"

Molly and our Julie replied
"All right!"

Rebecca and the other Julie sang
"All right!!!"

Marisol and Jess sang
"All right!!!"

Gina and Kendall [You'll meet them in an up coming post] yelled
"All right!!!!"

Sonali and I posed and sang
"All right!"

then all of the kids in the hall [there were about 50] screamed in our most John Lennon-ish way;
"ALL RIGHT!!!!!!"

then they ended the song.

Mrs. Fredriches was walking down the hall when she saw all of us dancing, Callie on top of an amp, streamers hanging from the ceiling, and what looked like rainbow colored Sharpie marker on a bunch of lockers that spelled out the word "Revolution."
Her face turned red and she yelled "ALL OF YOU! DETENTION, NEXT TUESDAY AT 4:30" She called a janitor and then instructed all of us to get to class. While I was walking to History I could have sworn I heard the Janitor whistling "Revolution" while cleaning up.

We did, in fact, start a revolution.

That'll teach Hannah to mess with us again.

- Chrissa