“This is summer is going to be awesome, I just know it!” Barbie said defiantly, brushing her long blonde hair by the mirror.
Summer, Barbie’s best friend, chuckled and rolled her eyes. “Barbie, you say that every year!”
“Well, I’m right, aren’t I?” said Barbie, her eyes shining as she turned around to face Summer. “We always have an awesome time. And this just imagine -this year, we’re going to be on our own, way across the country! No parents to tell us what to do, no nosy sisters… Just you, me, Teresa, Christie, Lea and Ken! The whole gang!”
“Um,” Summer looked down at the carpet, her face flushing. “About that…”
Barbie dropped her hairbrush and ran over, concerned. “What happened?”
“It’s about Teresa,” Summer explained. “She can’t make it. So I invited my cousin, Blaine, instead.” Barbie paused for a moment, not sure what to say, and Summer rushed to fill the silence. “He’s really nice, I promise! And now Ken will have another guy to hang out with!”
Barbie sunk down on her bed. “But what about Teresa? She was so looking forward to this! We were supposed to spend this summer all together!”
“Barbie, it’s going to be fine. It was Teresa’s decision. We’re still going to have the best time, I promise.”
Barbie nodded, and scolds herself for being so pessimistic. “I’m sure you’re right,” she said, putting on her best grin. “I’m sure everything will be fine!”
But inside, Barbie wasn’t so sure… Who was this Blaine, anyway? If he was trouble, he could ruin the trip for everyone….
Barbie arrived to the airport at exactly 2pm that afternoon, right on time. She was buzzing with excitement; Barbie still couldn’t believe they were going away for a whole month -to California! California was most certainly the coolest place on Earth, she decided.
The airport was packed. Businessmen, with their ears plastered to their mobile phones, walked around the building in a hurry. Families waited together with a pile of suitcases, all stacked up on-top of one another. The airport was where all kinds of people, from all over the world, came together. It was chaos, and Barbie couldn’t see anyone she knew. To put it plainly, she was lost.
Keep it together, Barbie, she told herself. They’ve got to be here somewhere! Barbie scanned the line at the cafe. Perhaps they had decided to get a coffee while they waited for her? Or perhaps they were checking out the magazines at the bookstore? Or perhaps they were at the makeup counter, or-
“You must be Barbie.”
Barbie turned around to see a tall, tanned blonde male standing beside her. Blaine, she thought to herself. “Uh, yeah. Hi. You must be Summer’s cousin.”
“It’s a pleasure to meet you. When Summer invited me on this trip, I didn’t realise I’d be spending a month with three of the most beautiful girls in the northern hemisphere.”
Barbie’s face flushed red and she looked around madly for her boyfriend, Ken, and the others. “Uh, thanks, Blaine, but I’ve got to go…”
Without waiting for a response, Barbie picked up her suitcase and headed straight to the terminal. She decided there was no point waiting for the others -they were all going to get on the same flight eventually, right?
A few hours later, Barbie had located the others and the gang was finally on their way to sunny California. Barbie was seated next to Christie and Lea, and behind them was Ken, Blaine and Summer.
Christie nudged Barbie in the side. “So, what do you think of Blaine? He’s cute, isn’t he?”
“I didn’t really notice,” Barbie lied.
“Oh come on!” Christie laughed. “As if! Blaine is sooo hot, and you know it! You’ll have to tell Ken to watch out.”
Barbie scowled. She didn’t know if she was mad at Christie for teasing her, or mad at Summer for inviting Blaine along without telling her. Either way, she was annoyed!
“I think I’m going to get some sleep.” Barbie said curtly, turning away from Christie.
By the time Barbie awoke, the plane had landed and everyone was unboarding. “Barbie, wake up!” Ken cried, shaking Barbie’s shoulder.
“Are we there yet?”
“Yes, we’re there!” laughed Ken. “And we’re the last ones on the plane! Come on, hurry up! Our adventure awaits!”
Groggily, Barbie wiped her eyes with one hand as Ken helped her out of her seat. The two collected their bags from the overhead storage compartment before disembarking the plane. Ahead of them, Lea was skipping down the airport with joy, as if her bags didn’t weigh a thing.
“Wow, someone’s excited!” Blaine commented. “I’ll go collect our suitcases. Ken, can you call a taxi?”
“Sure.” Ken said, whipping out his bright red flip phone. Barbie stared at the phone, only a little jealous. Ken had gotten the phone a few days ago, and wasn’t shy about showing off it’s many features, like the rear camera, or how you could download as many games and wallpapers as you liked.
While Ken was on the phone, Barbie turned around to face Christie. “Do you have the directions to the hotel?”
“I sure do!” Christie said, pulling out the brochure. “There’s so much to do, I don’t know what I want to do first! There’s a big pool out front, a rock-climbing centre, bikes you can rent… Oh, and there’s hiking trails, too!”
Barbie smiled. “Aren’t you forgetting the most important thing?” She paused for a moment, hoping Christie would catch on. “The beach! I could spend all month there.”
“Well, don’t!” Christie said. “We can go to the beach a little bit, but let’s try some of the other activities as well.”
“Alright, alright! But let’s at least spend our first day there.”
The taxi arrived quickly and the gang tumbled in to head to the hotel, chattering noisily the whole way. After checking in, Barbie and Ken decided to check out the hotel pool, while the others decided to stay in the room to relax after the flight.
“Wow, this is amazing!’ said Barbie, looking around in awe. The pool was surrounded by palm trees and had an island bar in the middle, decorated by bushes and flowers all around. “It’s like we’re in paradise!”
Ken nodded in agreement and kicked off his shoes to sit by the pool. Barbie rushed to take off her shoes and join him. Despite the hot California sun, the water was icy cold and made her feet sting.
Since they were alone, Barbie decided to take the opportunity to ask Ken about Blaine.
“So, are you glad that Summer invited Blaine along?” she asked.
Ken shrugged. “I don’t really care. I guess it’s nice to have another guy along. I don’t really like Teresa, so I’m glad she didn’t end up coming.”
Barbie turned to face Ken in surprise. “What do you mean, you don’t like Teresa? We always hang out together!”
“Yeah, but she’s so annoying. She’s stupid, she never understands jokes. I hate having to explain everything to her!”
Barbie couldn’t hide the fact she was hurt. Teresa was her best friend! Why hadn’t Ken mentioned this before? She stood up and went to go find her shoes.
“Oh, Barbie, don’t be silly!” sighed Ken, turning around. “Where are you going, running off like that? I didn’t mean anything bad towards you!”
Barbie was so angry she couldn’t think of anything to say. How dare Ken! He didn’t understand anything! “I’m going to meet up with the others. I’ll see you later.” Without looking back, Barbie left the pool and headed straight for the elevator.
“Whoa, what’s up with you?” Lea asked, as soon as Barbie walked through the door.
“What do you mean?” Barbie asked.
“You’re all puffed, like you’ve been running. Where’s Ken? Didn’t he go down to the pool with you?”
Barbie rolled her eyes. “Ugh, I don’t want to talk about it. He made some stupid comment about Teresa.”
“What did he say?” Lea pressed, obviously ignoring the ‘I don’t want to talk about it’ part.
“He said he doesn’t like her -because she’s stupid. He thinks she’s an airhead. After all this time we’ve been together! He’s never said anything before!”
“Man, that sucks,” said Blaine. Barbie looked up -she hadn’t noticed him standing there before. “What a jerk! What kind of boyfriend says that kind of thing about his girlfriend’s friends?”
Barbie snorted. She hated to admit it, but that was exactly what she had been thinking!
“Let’s just forget about him,” suggested Lea. “Why don’t we focus on something else? There’s lots to do around the hotel, we should get started right away!”
Okay! So this is a small thing I wrote up. I suppose you can call it fan-fiction, but that word just makes me think of stories like ‘I HAD HARRY STYLES BABY????!!!’ poorly written by 14-year-olds.
I always thought it would be cool if there was a series of short books aimed towards older children and preteens, but focused on Barbie and her friends. You know, the kind of books that aren’t quite full-length novels, but longer and more complicated than picture books.
One of my biggest problems with writing is going through scenes too quickly, with too much dialogue. I need to focus on building scenes, and building characters, and going more indepth with what a character is thinking. So I’m trying to work on that here!
Each chapter will hopefully be around 1500 words. I normally write chapters that are 2000 words, but since this is a preteen story, I’m gonna stick with something shorter and more digestible.
We’ll see how it goes!