You won't believe it. Just when I thought the Unicorns were through acting silly and competitive with each other, they've entered the Sweet Valley Princess Beauty Pageant! Notice I said they. If you ask me, the whole idea is totally stupid. I man, who cares if some judge likes how you look in an evening gown? The other Unicorns care, that's who.
And this pageant is definitely bringing out their worst. Lila put soap in everyone's high heels. Jessica took few stitches out of Kimberly's evening gown. And Ellen even tried to cut off Jessica's hair!
I thought it couldn't get any worseuntil Kimberly got stage fright and begged me to go on in her place!
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When Ellen emerged from the dressing room, I drew in my breath. "Oh Ellen," I gasped when Ellen emerged from the dressing room. "You look fabulous!" She did look fabulous. I was so impressed with how beautifully the dress fit her that I almost forgot her little outburst a moment ago.
"I do?" she grinned. Ellen turned to look at herself in the mirror. She smoothed the dress in front off her and slowly pivoted so she could see herself from all angles. "It is pretty, isn't it?" she asked me. Her eyes sparkled with delight. "Very pretty," I agreed. It looked like we'd found Ellen a dress. I was marveling at how quickly we'd done it when suddenly one of the other dressing room doors swung open. Lila stepped out--wearing the same dress Ellen had on! Ellen gasped.
"That's my dress!" Lila's eyes looked like they were on fire.
"Your dress? You've got to be--"
At that moment the third dressing room door swung open. Why wasn't I surprised when Jessica came out wearing the same black taffeta dress? I covered my smile with my hand.
"At least we know you've all got good taste," I said through my giggles.
Unfortunately, I was the only one who saw the humor in the situation. "It's not funny, Mandy!" Jessica cried, glowering at me.
"It certainly isn't!" Lila glared at Ellen and Jessica. "We can't all show up in the same dress. You guys are just going to have to pick something else."
"No, you guys are going to have to pick something else," Ellen cried, pointing at Lila. "I saw this dress first."
"No, I saw it first!" Jessica jammed her thumb toward her chest. "I was in the store before either of you."
"You were not!" Lila yelled, hands on herhips. "I was probably already in the dressing room when you came in!"
I clenched my jaw. "Look. You all came out of the dressing room at roughly the same time--"
"No, I came out first!" Ellen pointed out.
"And I went in first!" Lila said. "I know I did because the other two doors were wide open."
"Yeah, but you probably took a whole armload of dresses in," Jessica said. "And you probably tried on a bunch of others before you tried on this one."
I stepped in between Jessica and Lila. "You guys aren't getting anywhere with all this yelling! Can't you just...I don't know, draw straws or something?" I asked, trying to find a reasonable solution. But no one was interested in being reasonable.
"No way!" Jessica cried.
"Forget it!" Ellen crossed her arms.
"I'm getting this dress!" Lila yelled as she turned around and stomped back to her dressing room.
"Not if I get to the checkout first!" Ellen screamed as she hurried back to her dressing room.
"I give up," I said, throwing my hands up in the air. They could kill each other over a stupid dress if they wanted to. But I wasn't going to hang around and watch.