The BFF Wars — Part 6

I’ll just skip the apologizes for this series and get straight to the story.

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 5 1/2.

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Charlotte pulled me into a two person football huddle .

“OK, Lee,” she said in a gruff voice — or as gruff a voice as she could. “I’m the brains and the muscle in the operation, so you just, uh . . . be cute and cuddly.”

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We broke up the huddle and I saluted Charlotte. “Yes sir, Coach.”

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We walked confidently for the first time since we got to The BFF Wars out to where the Academics section was set up.

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That’s when I spotted Ashley and Sianne. They looked HILARIOUS in their preppy ties, skirts, black shoes and white tops. Sianne’s outfit looked especially dated.

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I doubled over in a helpless fit of laughter.

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Through laughter-induced tears, I saw Jules lean back against the wall, giggling as well. Venus stared at her like she was crazy, and she demanded, “What are you laughing at?”

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Charlotte looked from me to old-fashioned private school girls Sianne and Ashley. She started cracking up too.

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“That’s enough, girls,” Teresa said, making a “settle down” motion with her hands. But I could see she was suppressing a smile.

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When Teresa, Ashley and Sianne stood across from us, the latter two glaring at Charlotte, Jules, and I, I realized that the cameras had gotten it all — Charlotte’s football huddle, me making fun of Ashley and Sianne’s ensembles, all of it. I didn’t feel bad about that last one, though, because they really looked funny.

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Then Ashley started explaining the rules. She tapped the see-through glass dividing a table. “This is a semi-sound proof piece of glass. It’ll make it much harder to overhear the other team.

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“And this,” she continued, “is the button. The first team to press it after you get your question will answer first.”

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Teresa picked up a piece of paper, reading aloud the question printed on it. “The first question is . . . how do you spell Arkansas?”

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Venus and I hit our team’s button the instant Teresa finished talking. Beep! Beep!

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Venus’s button glowed and started playing music, so she guessed, “A-r-k-a-n-s-a-w!”

Bah! her button exclaimed.

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“Better luck next time.” Teresa gave Team Jules a sympathetic smile. She turned to Team Tori. “You guys get to guess now!”

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“A-r-k-a-n-s-a-s,” Charlotte said slowly, thinking about each letter before she said it.

Bing!

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 “That’s right! One point for Team Tori,” Teresa announced.

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Numbers flickered onto screens above each team: 1 to 0.

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Ashley set down a sheet of paper with the next question on it. “Who was the sixth president of the United States?”

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Charlotte reached out and hit the orange button.

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“You have five seconds to come up with an answer.”

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“James Monroe . . .” Charlotte muttered to herself, “no, John Quincy Adams. Yeah, John Quincy Adams!”

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“Correct!” Ashley exclaimed. The number on our screen changed to two.

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Sianne, Teresa and Ashley continued to quiz us.

“2 X + 47 = 67. What is X?”

“Ten!”

“What’s the top layer of skin called?”

“Epidermis!”

“True or false: Humans have walked on the moon.”

“Uh . . .”

On and on we went, through all twenty of the questions.

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We won sixteen to four! Charlotte and I did a little happy dance.

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Grumbling, Venus pulled Jules away.

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Jules glanced over her shoulder and waved, so slightly and quickly that if I had blinked, I would have missed it.

I turned back to Charlotte, wondering if Jules actually had waved at me, or it was just me wishing that she had.

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Charlotte towed me over to a poster tacked up on a wall.

“It’s a list of the challenges,” she explained.

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Charlotte moved her finger across the page, stopping at “Survival.”

“That’s our next challenge. Survival.”

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“Survival?” I repeated. We can win that, I thought. Venus was such a city girl, and Jules had only been camping once.

Maybe all we had needed was one victory to spur us into action. We could do this.

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