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Busted by Emma Harrison

BUSTED

BY
EMMA HARRISON

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Chapter One
Ask anyone—well, anyone who knows me—and they will tell
you that I have this 1uncanny ability for finding the fun. It doesn’t
matter how 2sedate the situation, how 3staid the participants, I, Kim
Stratford, will inspire laughter where there is only misery. I can bring
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effervescence to places where boredom seems to 5permeate the very
walls. I am the 6indomitable mistress of 7mayhem.
Examples? You ask for examples? No problem. I have a 8plethora
of good stories.
How about last year when we were all forced to sit through
career planning with Mr. Winters, the guidance counselor of 9doom,
and I reduced the entire classroom to hysterics by repeatedly insisting
I wanted to pursue a career in high-end porn? (I know. It was
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ingenious.) Or when my mother and I went to Aunt Renee’s for
Thanksgiving and I refused to give up until I persuaded even my
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execrable Uncle Morgan to play 12charades. (He did a killer Jaws, by
the way). Last summer, I even got the crowd giggling at the funeral of
my best friend, Corinne, when I brought up her macaroni-and-cheese
obsession during my 13eulogy. Okay, so maybe I didn’t find the fun
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uncanny . weird
sedate · dull
staid · serious or dull
effervescence · sparkle
permeate · penetrate
indomitable · unconquerable
mayhem . havoc
plethora · excess or large number
doom . unpleasant or disastrous destiny
ingenious · clever or inspired
execrable · terrible or disgusting
charades . player acts out a phrase for others to guess
eulogy · speech given at a funeral
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for myself that day—it was next to impossible—but I did find it for
other people.
So why, I ask you, why was I sitting there for the fifth afternoon
in a row, watching yet another 14appalling, mind-numbingly stupid
soap opera? Had I really sunk so very low?
It was my first ever winter break from college. One month back
at my house in Connecticut, where there was virtually nothing to do, I
was facing four whole weeks 15sequestered from all the new friends
I’d made at Stanford University in the first few months of my
freshman year, and I was 16wallowing. I’m not proud to admit it, but I
was. It was about twenty degrees outside and I 17abhor the cold,
unless, of course, I’m on the slopes with my snowboard, sporting
some 18sleek, sexy and 19impervious boarding gear. I had already read
every last book I would be required to read in next...
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