The Second Deconstruction of Hansel & Gretel (StoryADay)

We already saw the story about how Eugene and Lena McMillan escaped from the circus with the help of their friends Josie Salamati, Seth Burke, Moira Downing, and Trixie Salamati, but now let’s hear the story about how the Teen Rebels helped to get rid of an evil curse plaguing their town.

During the 1880s, a group of wicked magicians placed an evil curse on the city of Montagne Beach, California. That curse resulted in the deaths of any mentally handicapped person living in the city. (It should be noted that no handicapped person lived to see their 10th year.)

After learning about the death of Eugene and Lena’s older brother Carter, Josie was determined to find and end the curse plaguing the town.

“Are you sure this is a good idea, Jo?” said Josie’s best friend Jacey Mayford. “You should know that playing with magic is a dangerous thing. Someone will try to stop you if they find out that you’re trying to stop the curse.”

“But we don’t have a choice,” said Josie. “We can’t afford to have any more children die because we knew about the curse and did nothing. You saw how most people in this town didn’t seem to care that Carter McMillan was found dead, and we both knew him. They didn’t care that Sheila Baines had him killed because I refused to let her bully me. I can’t afford another death on my conscious.”

“So, what are we going to do about the curse?” said Jacey.

“I have a plan,” said Josie.

Well, it wasn’t easy dispelling the curse, as Josie and the Teen Rebels discovered.

The first time they tried to break the spell, Moira and Trixie tried to get their hands on a book at the magic store. But the store owner saw them and confiscated the book, telling them to “be like the other kids and stop sticking your noses in the grown folks’ business”. Needless to say, both girls left the store empty-handed.

“Well, it was a nice try, but you should have seen it coming,” said Seth when the group met to discuss their failure to get the book. “But we’ll try again next time.”

“But it won’t be easy, now that people know we’re onto them,” said Josie. “So we better be careful.”

The others nodded, knowing that they wouldn’t get off with a warning the next time they were caught.

Of course, the second time, Josie and Seth discovered a hidden room at the Montagne Beach Sanitarium, where the birth records every resident born in Montagne Beach from 1845 to the present were kept. They found their own birth records and those of Carter McMillan, but had to leave the hospital at the last second when they heard a strange noise in the halls.

“Well, at least we know who the people were and why they did the deed,” said Trixie as she read the files. “But that still doesn’t explain why Carter and hundreds of other children died.”

“Well, I heard a rumor that the spell used was in a grimoire hidden somewhere in the city,” said Jacey. “But we need to hurry, as I hear there’s going to be a magic show at the Halloween ball.”

“So we can’t waste any more time,” said Josie.

“What should we do now?” said Moira.

“We put our heads together and come up with a plan to stop those evil magicians from causing any more trouble,” said Trixie. “And I know the best way to find what we’re looking for without anyone seeing us.”

Several weeks later, it was the night of the citywide Halloween ball. As they watched the other people dancing, Josie said, “I think I saw someone with the grimoire we’ve been looking for!”

“Really? Where?” said Jacey.

“Connor won’t like it,” said Josie.

To make a long story short, Josie’s boyfriend Connor Finnegan’s older (adopted) brother John had the grimoire and was preparing to do some evil magic when Trixie threw a lantern at him. The lantern broke and burst into flames, burning both John and the book. As the Teen Rebels watched in shock, Seth said, “I think we may have ended the curse.”

“I wouldn’t be too sure about that,” said Josie.

“Why not?” said Moira.

“Because who knows what evils we might have unleashed the minute we destroyed that book,” said Trixie. “I’m scared to know what will happen to us if those magicians foudn out that we destroyed their book and got rid of the spell.”

To make a long story short, the spell was lifted, with the people of Montagne Beach learning about the spell that hovered over the city. As everyone came to grips about the spell, the Teen Rebels learned that even though they stopped an evil spell from controlling their town, they weren’t finished fighting against evil…

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What They Said (StoryADay post)

The Stranger (collection)
The Stranger (collection) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three students named Kenneth Sampson, Angeline Riddle, and Carla Morton were just sitting around, talking about Tanya Shinnok, who had disappeared over the summer.

Or as it follows:

“Did you hear about…” Kenneth began to say.

Of course I heard,” said Angeline. “It doesn’t mean that I have to believe it.”

“Well, it’s not like we believe it,” said Carla. “I mean, The Stranger? Come on! Even Twilight puts a name and a face on its villains. But The Stranger? No. Just no.”

“Yeah, let’s get real here,” said Angeline.

“I hope that those Teen Rebels know what’s good for them and stop looking for Tanya,” said Kenneth, “and the sooner they do that, the better.

“You think?” said Carla

“Now you and I both know that that ain’t never gonna happen, not as long as they hang out with each other and they all remember her,” said Angeline

“Yeah, it’s not like we can’t break them apart again and make them find different friends,” said Kenneth. “Not after what happened last summer.”

“Yeah,” said Carla. “Why would we break them up, just so they can find each other once again? I swear that those guys are like magnets, and you can’t break magnets apart without hurting yourself.”

Kenneth and Angeline knew that Carla was right; as long as Mara Llewellyn, Stuart Greer, Irene Haughton, and Pearl Tanner were together, they could not be separated, or made to forget Tanya Shinnok. No matter what was said about their friendship, it was clearly evident that the Teen Rebels would never give up looking for her just because a faceless villain told them to.

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Friendship is Toxic?

Let us begin this story by saying that friendship is very much needed in today’s world. I’m not talking about the friends that you have on Facebook or the friends that you create in your head. I’m talking about the friends that you get while you are on your life’s journey.

Today, we shall deal with the (rather toxic) friendship that the Teen Rebels share.

As we all know, Stuart Greer, Irene Haughton, Mara Llewellyn, Pearl Tanner, and Tanya Shinnok had claimed to be friends since the fourth grade, when Tanya was mistakenly placed in their fourth grade class instead of the seventh grade. Most of the other kids did not approve of the friendship and labeled Tanya as a bully and Stuart, Irene, and Mara as rebels. Tanya herself was cruel to the kids (since she was bullied first) and she certainly showed her “friends” no favors, from slamming Mara’s decisions to wear costumes and play RPGs to Irene wearing dresses and even yelling at Stuart for his controversial views about America and its foreign policies.

BTW, a true friend stands by you and doesn’t criticize your choices. But Tanya wasn’t really a true friend, or was she?

I’m beginning to think that maybe the Teen Rebels had a toxic friendship with her.

Why am I saying this? It’s mainly because Tanya was bullied and she took it out on the kids. Plus, having a mental disability and people already making fun of you doesn’t help much; neither do people who are spreading rumors that claim that you are the bully. That’s what happened in Tanya’s case.

Anyway, the friendship was toxic mainly because Tanya kept Stuart, Mara, and Irene close to her and away from the other kids. No one was allowed to get too close to them unless they were nice to Tanya. Since very few people were nice to Tanya, namely Pearl Tanner and Marie Lewis, they were allowed to hang out with the Teen Rebels. Even then, they weren’t allowed to fully become friends with the Teen Rebels.

That was, until Tanya disappeared and the Teen Rebels quickly fell apart.

But then Shara Shinnok showed up and in her own way, she helped the Teen Rebels find their “groove” and actually becomes their friend. How she actually does that is a different story.

~~~to be continued…

There are No “Teacher’s Pets” Here

It was Peter Rasputin’s first day of teaching English at Harrison Creek High School when it happened.

He had somehow ended up getting the Teen Rebels (which consisted of Mara Llewellyn, Stuart Greer, Irene Houghton, and Pearl Tanner) and a girl named Shara Shinnok (who recently moved to Harrison Creek, Oregon from San Francisco, California) in both his homeroom and third period English class. The Teen Rebels had been the butt of all cruelty, mainly due to the disappearance of their friend and ringleader, Tanya Shinnok. Most of the other students at the school hated the Teen Rebels because of their friendship with Tanya, who they bullied. Also, due to the other kids’ bullying, Tanya had destroyed the reputation of Harrison Creek Middle School by exposing three of the worst offenders to the city.

But that’s not this story.

Peter found himself worrying about the Teen Rebels because of their friendship with Tanya, and he also felt that they needed protection from the cruelty of the other students. He also found himself at the mercy of the other teachers, all who thought that he was too young to be teaching at a high school.

For example, Mr. Danford, the biology teacher, said, “Aren’t you a bit too young to be a teacher?”

“Leave him alone, Jack,” said Mrs. Richards, the geography teacher. “Don’t you think that we’re being a bit hard on him? It’s not easy being 24 years old and teaching at high school.”

“Unlike him, you’re 27 years old,” said Coach Waverly. “He looks like he should still be in high school.”

Peter laughed and said, “As flattering as this is, I have no desire to return to high school as a student. I barely survived my high school years, and I have no desire to repeat them.”

Also, due to his age, he was the unfortunate target of teenaged girls and boys alike. There were no shortage of teenaged girls who had a crush on him, and many of the boys, if not all, harbored a grudge against him. Peter experienced having a hard time trying to teach his students with this drama going on and he began to wonder if being a high school teacher was really all that it was cracked up to be.

If only the kids at Harrison Creek High School would simply stick to crushing and/or resenting him.

Peter found himself facing the Teen Rebels; he had spent an entire summer hearing rumors about Tanya’s disappearance and the scandal that followed. He wondered if something was wrong with them. The kids were not behaving normally. They kept mostly to themselves, unless Shara was with them. And even then, she was not saying anything to anyone.

He said to the kids, “I know that you’re upset about your friend, but you need to let her go and move on with your lives.”

“I wish we could, but they won’t let us forget,” said Mara.

“Yeah,” Irene replied. “No matter what we do, they’re always stalking us, driving us crazy with accusations that we joined Tanya in her bullying. But when last I checked, Tanya never bullied anyone.”

“Even if she did, she had a good excuse,” said Stuart. “They were the ones who bullied her in the first place.”

“I see,” said Peter. “I cannot believe that this bullying has been going on and no one has reported it to the principal. How can this happen? I really need to think about this and I’ll get back to you later.”

If only there was no one listening to the conversation. But someone did listen, and very soon, rumors began spreading all over the school about Peter Rasputin and the Teen Rebels.

“Can you believe that those freaks have the nerve to complain about us to the teacher?” said a student named Nigel Flaubert.

“Who do they think they are?” said a student named Ravenna Myer.

“We’re going to make them pay for that,” said a student named Marsha Reynolds. “Those Teen Rebels should know their place and to not set foot out of it. Now they got a teacher involved, if that is to be believed. If he speaks to the principal, we are all finished!”

“They’re not Teen Rebels, they’re teacher’s pets,” said Ravenna.

“And that’s even worse,” said Nigel.

Before the three kids could get to a computer, they found themselves surrounded by the Teen Rebels themselves. Apparently, Shara had overheard the conversation and alerted the Teen Rebels. “What did you hear?” Nigel snapped at Shara.

“Everything,” said Shara. “You guys thought that you could do to the Teen Rebels what you did to Tanya. You can’t fool me. I’m not as stupid as you think I am; I know when there’s an act of bullying happening.” Nigel, Ravenna, and Marsha stared at her in shock. “Plus, could you refrain from using the words “teacher’s pets“? No one will respect you if you refer to them as a teacher’s pet. Plus, with all the problems that teachers are already facing these days, why would you want to throw *THAT* into the mix?”

“Shame on you,” Mara snapped at Marsha. “Your grandmother is my sisters’ Sunday school teacher.” Then she, Shara, and the other Teen Rebels walked away, leaving Nigel, Ravenna, and Marsha severely ruffled.

Anyway, to make a long story short, Shara went on her fake news website, aptly dubbed Fake News Network, and reported on the gossip that had threatened to tear the school apart. She also put out a fake claim by the principal that stated that anyone who spread a rumor would be given Saturday school detention. Needless to say, her trick worked and no other students said anything about Tanya and the Teen Rebels.

But Peter was not finished with the Teen Rebels yet. Like it or not, he was going to get to the bottom of the situation and find the truth about the Teen Rebels.

The Green Hill Manor Mystery (a.k.a. Teen Rebels 2010)

Teen Angst
Teen Angst (Photo credit: Nathan Csonka Photography)

In the new version of the Teen Rebels, a young girl leaves San Francisco, California to live in some obscure town called Harrison Creek, Oregon.

Until someone decided to twist up the story and turn it into a remix of “Pretty Little Liars” and some other teen TV shows.

But not to worry, for Josie, Seth, Moira, and Trixie will cause more trouble in the year 2010.

To be continued…