A Game for Nine Girls

Half the class, the better half, take the unpaved path that leads to the top of the lake. Now shoeless, they flop out satchel stuff for inspection. Pencils, a putty pony, a tarp, a box of matches, an adult comic and six apples. Withheld gifts meant for a bad teacher.

The game commences: Four girls stand hold the comic delicately between their teeth. Then, at the sound of the first wood pigeon, the girls bite down and¬†wild the paper into many shreds. The girls crouching behind gather up the torn paper and form new versions of adult stories. One girl keeps an arbitrary score based on her brother’s sex life.

The winner keeps the putty pony.

The loser is thrown in the lake.

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