Mel’s Awkward Moments Category

Mel’s Awkward Moments: The Early Days

“Mel, what are you wearing?” Christie, the most popularest girl at school, asked. “A purple tutu.” Mel spun around, pulling the tool out around her. “So why do you have on a pirate hat and an eyepatch?” “Because I’m a ballerina pirate.” “There’s no such thing as a ballerina pirate,” Christie mocked. “And your yellow […]

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Mel’s Awkward Moments: Slippery Skating

“Yes, that scarf still matches those gloves,” Sarah groaned, leaning back against her desk. “But the color doesn’t make my neck look too short? Or my hair too red?” Mel tugged at the scarf, pulling her frizzy hair into a tight bun. “No, Mel! And we’re going to be late.” Sarah zipped up her coat and stood by the door. […]

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Mel’s Awkward Moments: A long walk

“So how was your Thanksgiving,” Mel leaned over, whispering to Sarah. “You know, the usual. My grandparents complained the whole time, my dad burned the turkey, my little cousins wrecked havoc, my dad didn’t leave his yacht the whole time. But tell me about yours. Grace told me that Charlie was here.” Mel looked up, squinting as she frantically […]

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Mel’s Awkward Moments: Thanksgiving Disaster

It was Thanksgiving, which meant that Mel’s parents were on their annual month-long cruise. And Mel was spending Thanksgiving at Alabaster High. Again. Every Thanksgiving, Alabaster High put on a big dinner for students stuck on campus. It was in the Presidential Hall, a grand dining room reserved for the most sophisticated of events. Mel sat next […]

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Mel’s Awkward Moments: Floating on Air

Today was going to be a good day, Mel was sure of it. It was Friday. She’d just submitted her last college application. And there was fresh snow on the ground.   Bundled up against the cold, Mel and and her roommate started towards class. “The trees are gorgeous this morning,” Sarah said. “It looks […]

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Mel’s Awkward Moments: Mumbling

“Hello.” The word echoed in her ear as Mel tightened her grip around the phone. “…Hi, how are you doing today?” she started. “Um, I’m fine. How can I help you?” “I’m looking for Andrea,” Mel said. “This is she.” “Hi Andrea. How are you doing today?” “Still fine,” the voice responded harshly. Mel’s face lit […]

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Mel’s Awkward Moments: I’m not employed here

Mel hated boarding school. Okay, it’s not that she hated it, but after spending 4 years here the idea of college lost something. Another 4 years living with a roommate, just with less rules. Mel’s entire Saturday had been devoted to the Senior Retreat: a group bonding for the senior class, positive thinking about the […]

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Mel’s Awkward Moments: Stalking? I’d call it research…

After Mel’s encounter with Charlie Anderson last week, she’d been thinking about him nonstop. He knew her name. And he had actually touched her shoulder. And it’d taken days for that spot on her shoulder to stop tingling. So she was stalking him the best way she knew how: Facebook. Totally anonymous, but his entire […]

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Mel’s Awkward Moments: Sidewalk Dancing

He is walking towards her. Mel’s heart flutters as she wraps and unwraps her earphone cords around her fingers. He is a senior football player, the star quarterback with a hefty scholarship to some college.  And those blue eyes and sharp cheek bones. The single dimple in his left cheek when he smiles. Mel has two whole classes with him this year. […]

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Mel’s Awkward Moments: The phantom phone call

Jack was supposed to meet her at noon. And it was 12:18. He was late. Mel was just standing there, alone, watching other people walk past. She’d already checked her email, texted everyone she knew, scrolled through her Facebook feed. Twice. She’d tweeted. What else was there to do? Black backpack hanging off one shoulder, Mel’s […]

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