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Monday, April 28, 2014
Pride and Princesses Dating and Rating chapter 18
Dating and Rating
had never seen such previously non-studious girls open a guide to algebra, let
alone a guide to dating. Suddenly they dispersed, armed with a list of personal
targets and one defective (in my opinion) dating guide to source and memorize
in the hope that greater knowledge could also lead to an embarrassment of
riches for one very smart girl.
the weeks that followed, Mouche and I and the Princesses conspired to date all
the guys on the list. We consolidated pages of notes about those dates, and the
Princesses were compelled to write “truthful stuff” (including updates and
asides at the end of each chapter).Some of their ideas really needed to be shared and could only be more
helpful than not. We modified our ideas to form, as well as the Boy Rating Diary, a box of “items useful
in New York,” which we called our “treasure chest.” We also decided to form an
online site for teenage girls that could well open us up to litigation
(according to Mouche); but in the interests of free-speech would become known
as the anonymous “buyer beware site” – how and what to avoid dating pre, post
and during teen world – using our Sunrise High pre-men as prototypes. This
final version of the jointly authored diary would be titled, “The Boy-Rating
If we were in love with any of the boys this
expose might be a conflict of interest, as presumably none of them would ever
want to speak to us again, but currently we were not concerned with love.
was no secret that although I was yet to date Mark, he seemed to like Mouche.
Jet seemed suddenly a little interested in me when Mouche all but ignored him
and the Princesses were “otherwise engaged” writing bragaholic messages about
all the guys on the list.
After a few days, the Princesses were making fools of themselves all
over town and we had to amend the “kiss on the first date rule” because some of
the Princesses were overly enthusiastic. We decided to intervene, call another
meeting, and reveal the truth about rule one.
Teegan said, “What?”
Mouche said, “look, the truth is, we didn’t expect you to take that one
seriously. Of course you
shouldn’tbe all over these guys the
first time you go out. It’s like introductory
dating for pity’s sake. Hey, for all we care, don’t sleep with them until
you’remarried – it might teach them a lesson.”
think how powerful women would be if they all kept their legs crossed until
then,” Brooke added, taking the concept to its righteous extreme.
lesson?” Freya said in awe and wonder.
“Yes,” I repeated. “A lesson in who holds the power. If we all agree to not sleep with them, then they all have
to do some serious wooing and smarten up their act!”
say this like an English teacher and later Mouche commended me on my possible
mooting and oratory skills.
couldn’thave said it better myself,”
Mouche added. Meanwhile Jet was glancing longingly at her during rehearsal, but
sheseemed to be avoiding him again.
“November meeting is adjourned until after the play,” Freya noted.
in favour say I.”
all said “I”.
re-convened to Teegan’sfamily Lake
House where everyone started discussing possible junior prom outfits. After the
extra cupcakes had been stored in cake tins and a location for treasure
finalized (a spare locker would be used until items could be transferred to our
actual ‘treasure chest’), Mouche and I made ourselves scarce.
Outside in Mouche’scar, Mouche
and I re-commenced the conversation started months ago, just between us, about
should we let them know about the rest of the rules?”
“Honestly? Let them learn themselves...make them do some research for a
shouldn’t be a problem.”
“Besides, we’re not the “make out” police. We can’t stop them from
behaving like little tarts if they want to. We can only advise them. I feel
our, let’s just say somewhat incorrect
original advice in that regard, was a little beneath us.”
could possibly undermine the plan.”
“True, the plan was a little hazy.”
was going to be interesting. They had one of the major rules and we wanted to
watch the power in the school halls and shop malls turn from the boys to the
girls; for the second half of the year. Boys would have to do the running if
they wanted any attention from the girls at all. And once all the girls had
given them a good dose of their own medicine, the boys would have to make more
of an effort.
Later that day Mouche met Ethan Mandel at the Sunrise cinema on the
corner of Eighth and Ninth Avenues and took me along for the “date.”Ethan brought along his friend Josh Klein
(the artist) and everything started off well enough, although Ethan said hardly
anything and his friend even less leaving us to sound either garrulous or
stupid which is totally against our planned rules. But we got the business
matters of the evening out of the way early when Mouche suggested a slight
chill and both boys offered a scarf – very sweet and one just happened to be
cherry cashmere and in perfect condition. Mouche said she ’dgive it back at the end of the night but
Ethan just said shyly, “oh, that’sokay,
it looks better on you anyway.”
marks for generosity and another item for the treasure box found. Items gained
thus far included:
A lucky sweater
A velvet beret
And so many more yet to
“C’est la vie,” I said, practicing my French.
extra items can be donated to the LA homeless shelter,” Mouche added.
walked into this tiny ramshackle cinema called; what a surprise, Sunrise
Cinema. But it had the best popcorn and candy and Ethan bought loads for
everyone which I thought was way generous of him.
first double date seemed to be going smoothly.
Money and generosity aren’t everything although I suppose they’re a
one stage Ethan and I decided to go get more popcorn and snacks and we started
talking (I’d offered to be the errand runner because I could tell the movie was
becoming really scary). I was surprised when Ethan agreed to walk with me to
the candy bar. He seemed to think it chivalrous to pay. Since making a good
impression is particularly important on the first date, I let him. Boy-rating
can be ruthless and boyzamples may not get second chances.
weirdest thing was that he made mention of the “new guy at school,” Mark, who
just happened to be a distant cousin of his. “Oh, but our side of the family
doesn’treally speak to his. It’s just
that we do soccer practice together and we got talking last week,” he said.
really?” I replied.
Well, what about? I wanted to ask, but
bit my tongue instead, sensing that Ethan, with his retro haircut and dark
under-eye circles but bright eyes (from all the extra DVD watching) would offer
any further information of his own volition.
continued, “After team practice, we all went out and Mark and I talked for the
first time since we were children. He was really nice...although loads of
people think he rates himself too highly.”
“Mmm,” I mused, he didn’t have to tell me which people.
“Girls can be like that,” I said amiably.
Mouche and I are both very good at getting strangers to open up
verbally. I could sense Ethan wanted to spill the beans. He continued, “Anyway,
Mark seemed particularly pleased with himself that evening. I mean, he was
really happy, the opposite of his friend, Jet, who is usually the easy going
Ethan said this like he was in some kind of 1990”s movie and I noticed
his shirt was quite paisley. Brooke had told me once that his parents had been
groovy hippies who’d had Ethan late and worked for some record company.
Apparently, they sat around talking about San Francisco thirty years ago and
drinking herbal tea a lot.
do you mean?”
“Well, it seemed that Mark was congratulating himself on having
convinced Jet to stay away from a particular girl who Jet was kind of into.”
he...mention the name of the girl?”
only that she was a pretty blonde who went to our school...”
immediately guessed it was Mouche.
was looking at me kind of quizzically. Smoothing my hands over my hair (I’d
used the straightening iron on it before we came out), I instantly said, “Oh,
my hair is really dark brown underneath the caramel highlights.”
I say that? It’s so not in any guide to discuss details of a girl’s grooming
habits. As Mrs Robinson says, “keep a little mystery...no man wants to hear how the portrait got
painted...” But at least Ethan is not actually my date.
resumed my line of questioning...
Mark say why Jet stopped liking this girl?”
seemed to think it would be a bad idea for Jet to involve himself with the one
person, limit his options so to
speak, and maybe her family...didn’thave
maybe Mark should mind his own business.”
“Maybe.” Ethan said quizzically. He seemed to like the fact that
he’dobviously got me on my high horse.
did the girl have any say in this?”
seems like the girl had to find out
the hard way. Jet stood her up...oh, I mean, he and Mark went skiing or
livid, so angry I insisted on paying for my own popcorn, wondering if dating
guys was really the answer to any of our teenage girl problems. I soon got over
this worry of course.
Seated, I felt slightly numb and in a state of panic.
film we were watching had some cute older-man candy. The leading actor was
spending the whole movie trying to protect his girlfriend from these creepy people,
way out in the woods. It was the scariest movie I’veever seen and Josh snuggled close which was
kind of funny because I think he was more scared than I was during the scene
where the strangers try to bash down the front door.
Ultimately, it was the most terrifying movie I’ve ever sat through and a
good excuse for Josh to squeeze my hand; except, when I looked over in the
dark, it wasn’t Josh squeezing my hand, it was Ethan. Yikes.
Meanwhile, Mouche had gone to “take a call” on her cell.
Things were getting complicated.
pulled my hand away. Ethan may be playing most of my solos but I had no idea he
was this much of a cheater. Even if he had given me vital information about
Mark I was still seething over when and how I might use it. He hardly made Jet
and Mark seem like “ideal men,” least of all himself, because he now seemed
Mrs Robinson’s guide would say, some boys are strong in the wrong places and weak at the wrong times. Why
hadn’tJet stood up for Mouche and why
was Mark such a snob? What a hateful individual. I didn’tthink, even if he was so rich or so handsome,
I could suffer another minute in his company.
night I was too smart to write about what happened at the movies in the shared
Boy-Rating Guide. But I did jot it down in the original, hidden one. I would
explain to Mouche before sheread it,
after I’d let the news about Mark’sduplicity sink in. In retrospect, I think this part of the story might
have driven a wedge between me and Mouche before other events did. I hoped Josh
didn’tnotice how annoyed I was after
I’d spoken to Ethan. Josh was kind of a nice date.
I forgot to tell you, he heard (via Mouche) that we liked a particular brand of
perfume that his mother sold called Junior
Miss18 (it was faux French) and he presented me with a bottle of it as a
welcome gift! I think Ethan thought it was funny because, although he offered
to pay for the popcorn, he wasn’t really that chivalrous.
Later at rehearsal the next week he told Mouche (who told me she “hadn’t
even kissed him”) that he “wasn’t a one woman man.” I didn’thave to warn Mouche because she ’dalready gone off him with her eye on a bigger
prize: winning the competition, and to do that, she ’dhave to date more people than Ethan
Mandel.She’d have to date Mark.