p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;""I can't believe you like him!" exclaimed Brenda Cunningham./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;""What's wrong with him?" Ava Locks replied. "He's talented. And if we have kids, they are guaranteed to have curly hair. And curly hair is cute."/p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;""You're so lucky," Brenda said./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;""How am I lucky? I've only seen him in concert once and you were there!" Ava explained, shaking her blindingly pale arm to the popcorn ceiling. "He doesn't even know I exist."/p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"Brenda shook her head. It was the twilight of a bright, blue and hazy-skied Friday. Sleepover time! Ava and her best friend, Brenda sat on Ava's bed, gossiping about cute guys. Ava's stereo rumbling with loud music. Ava was dressed in black tights and a sweatshirt of the concert she and Brenda had been to. Of the guy she liked./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"Her back was pressed to the wall, legs crossed as she wrote the next pages of the story. "I have to have this finished by Monday so Justice can draw the pictures!" Ava growled./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;""What's the comic about?" asked Brenda who lay at the foot of the bed, an old issue of Fangoria held above her head. She'd kick her legs with every page Chad Michael Murray was on./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"Ava and her other friend, Justice, had a comic. A silly comedy comic about cats that walked and talked. She scribbled down another speech bubble. "About the cast of cats going to the beach. Smokey gets eaten by a shark," explained Ava. "Justice was really missing the beach, so it's kinda dedicated to her."/p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;""I wish I could be a part of the Smokey Show," said Brenda, letting the magazine drop to the floor. She wore a black sweater from Limited Too and faded jeans with butterflies stitched onto the butt./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;""Hey! Watch it!" Ava snapped. The movie that issue was about was the remake of House of Wax and Jared Padalecki was in it. And anybody who knew Ava knew he was her heartthrob. "Do you just wanna watch House of Wax?"/p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;""You own it?" asked Brenda. Her green eyes lit up. Brenda smiled, making her pudgy face seem even pudgier. She turned the radio off./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;""I am a gore whore! I have to own these things," said Ava. "Plus, my future husband is in it!"/p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"Brenda slid the movie out of the shelf. "If you marry Jared Padalecki, you have to introduce me to Chad Michael Murray," she said with a giggle./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;""No way!" Ava declared. She grabbed the DVD from Brenda. Ava flipped the box over and her face reddened. She stared at the photo of Jared Padalecki on the back of the box./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"Brenda slid the box from Ava's hands. She opened the box and DVD tray. Brenda placed the DVD on the tray and closed it. The two girls sat on the bed, completely engrossed at the movie that was about to unfold in front of their eyes./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"Big, wet globs of wax fell over the screen, the menu. Ava moved back and grabbed a pillow, wrapping the black cased pillow in her arms. "Hello, Jared," she purred before kissing it./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"Brenda reached for the remote and clicked play. The screen went dark. Movie time. "I love this movie!"/p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;""I love an actor in this movie!" giggled Ava. She rarely giggled but Brenda found it adorable, it was rare for a Gore Whore to giggle over a boy./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"She stretched out on the bed next to her best friend, pulling her own pink fuzzy pillow close to her. Ava pumped her legs in an excited tizzy as she pointed at the screen. "There he is!" she giggled, twisting her blonde hair around a finger./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;""He gets so much more screen time then my Chad," said Brenda, acting hurt. As if her best friend had a choice on who got more screen time./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;""His voice is like a lullaby!" Lullabies were Ava's weakness. Brenda rolled her eyes and got out of bed. Her stomach felt feathery, hungry. Brenda was going to grab some snacks./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"She entered the dark kitchen…she always felt jumpy when the rents were out for the night. Brenda knew the layout of her best friend's home but tonight, she felt as if she was being watched. Watched from every single corner. She blindly groped at a bag of chips and tore them into her arms. Brenda tore open the fridge door before clasping her hand around a bottle of ranch dressing. "Damn you Locks for liking healthy snacks!"/p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"The bottle of white dressing cooled her pudgy hand as she also grabbed a bag of carrot sticks. Brenda closed the door and shivered. It was as if someone had walked by. "Don't be an idiot." The kitchen window was open. It had not been open when Brenda came in./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;""Locks! Did you open the kitchen window!?" she demanded. Brenda's voice trembled and those feathers in her stomach, the feathers of hunger, turned to lead./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"She headed back to her best friend's room. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Only thing was Ava 's back was to Brenda. Asleep. In a fantasy land with Jared Padalecki. She giggled and lay back down. Brenda tore open the bag of chips. The characters were all ready camping. She leaned over and grabbed the remote from Ava./p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"Brenda gripped the wet, sticky remote. "Oh, girl, that is nasty," she said. Not to Ava but just in general. "I get you are in love with Jared but this is gross."/p
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p style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"Brenda's eyes ran up to the TV and they bugged. In the corner of Ava's room stood a man. All in black. As if he had been dipped in black paint. The only colors that were on him where the white of his eyes and the wet, sticky blood on his hands./p