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The Big Three MAG

July 29, 2009
By protagonist BRONZE, San Antonio, Texas
protagonist BRONZE, San Antonio, Texas
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“What event triggered the Cuban missile crisis?”

My study buddy looked from his paper to me with those eyes – the eyes of Dorian Gray. “I guess Princeton Review doesn't see the irony of putting ‘trigger' and ‘missile crisis' in the same question,” he added.

I answered with a coquettish laugh and, of course, the correct answer: the Bay of Pigs invasion. I knew the answers to all these questions. It's not like I suggested the idea of a study session because I had difficulty remembering the events of the Kennedy administration.

“Who was the Soviet premier during the Cuban missile crisis?” His voice had a curious, musical ring to it like some character in a black and white movie you could never quite place.

“Khrushchev.” You would want to hear more of that voice … like the first ten seconds of a JFK speech, before the whole nasal rasp becomes too much.

“Spell Khrushchev.” Ha! My little Cape Cod golden boy was challenging me.

“The AP exam doesn't take off for spelling.” I looked him straight in the eyes – eyes that happened to be mere inches from mine. Thank you, Aphrodite, for making small tables at coffee houses everywhere.

“I want to see if you know it.”

I stared into the tangoing twirls of blue and silver in his eyes. They should have been strands of cotton candy, but something told me they were the current of an eddy waiting to pull me in. Once you're gone, you're gone.

“K.” But the whites of his eyes were crossed with little red veins.

“H.” Did he have trouble sleeping last night?

“R.” Or was he with her last night?

“U.” No, they broke up. He's single now, but blond boy's out of my league.

“S.” It's a challenge. Does that mean I should go for it?

“C.” I wouldn't know how.

“H.” Won't he just disappear from my life when the semester ends?

“E.” Not if I play this right.

“V.” What the hell, you only live once.

He stared at me for a moment, and I couldn't breathe but didn't care to; who needs oxygen when you have so much adrenalin in your veins there's barely room for blood?

“So close,” he said in a low voice. His voice is even better than his eyes. For a moment I wondered if he would lean in and kiss me. “But you forgot an H.”

Figures I would do something to ruin it. No kiss for me. I guess spelling the names of Soviet premiers isn't something guys consider a turn-on.

“This one's easy,” he said.

Something easy? It must not be kissing me.

“Name the Big Three.”

The Big Three … somehow my mind was clear on this one. It wasn't that the answer was clear, but my mind was clear like the kind of stream some obnoxiously perfect lyrical unicorn would drink from. For a mini-eternity I didn't think about the mounds of work I still had to do, the fact I was manipulating him to spend time with me, or those damn eyes. I thought of nothing … peace. The only three words that came to my head were “I love you.”

“Don't you know the Big Three?”

There were those eyes again. Stalin must have had captivating eyes, but in a different way. In these eyes there was concern … but only concern that I didn't know the answer. In them I saw his dreams, his amazement, his past loves, his cats … but was there anything for me?

“The Big Three are Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill.” With each name I couldn't help but feel my words betrayed them all. But it was the correct answer, and logically the only answer. Still, I couldn't look in his eyes.

“Are you sure?” My God, he was teasing me! Of all the questions he decided to make me second guess myself on, he had to pick this one.

Bastard. Blond handsome bastard. He was also playing me.

“Well, what other Big Three is there?” I asked in my most seductive voice. Those years of theater had to pay off sometime. I twirled a bit of curly hair around my finger. He loved my curly hair, so unlike his.

His eyes were staring into mine and I stared right back. Was I FDR and he Stalin, or the other way around? There was a flicker of something in those cotton-candy eyes and I knew he wasn't Stalin.

“I love you.” The words that slipped from his lips were barely audible.

“I love me too.” I bet no one had ever said that to a Kennedy before. But I hadn't won yet. “In fact, I love me almost as much as I love you.”

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on Mar. 6 2011 at 3:03 pm
LinaCarter BRONZE, Tampa, Florida
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This is very well written. I personally don't understand some of it because Im not fimilar with some of the people you talked about, but I love how clever it is. Makes you think.

on Mar. 6 2011 at 3:02 pm
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
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aww, this is adorable! the "i love you" was so unexpected, but I was so happy he said it!

on Mar. 6 2011 at 10:26 am
teacat749 BRONZE, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
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I love this story! It's really original, I've never heard anything like this before.

on Feb. 17 2011 at 6:22 pm
RedheadAtHeart ELITE, Mountain Home, Idaho
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Omg so cute! I love how clever she is. Beautifully written. (I loved the Khrushchev part!)

Will you check out some of my work, too? :)

on Feb. 5 2011 at 2:51 pm
Pia_HainzCiavelli SILVER, St.James, Other
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Such is liife :)

story's qute! u should read my stuff sumtime!

on Jan. 21 2011 at 12:09 pm
claudiathewho SILVER, West Tisbury, Massachusetts
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This is an excellent story. I love it. And, to be honest, it's something I wish I could have written. Well done.

on Jan. 1 2011 at 10:09 pm
PoetLaureate07 PLATINUM, Aberdeen, Mississippi
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Favorite Quote:
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i love this!! there is no doubt about that!!!

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on Dec. 30 2010 at 9:50 pm
reenay_95 GOLD, West Lafayette, Indiana
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i liked the history motif =]

on Dec. 10 2010 at 10:30 am
SecretSasha SILVER, Cibolo, Texas
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"It doesn't matter how slow you go as long as you don't stop"

This story was so good! I love the imagery and the emotions. It was so sweet! Are you going to write a second part to it? Like what the boy replys to her comment? Anyways, I loved it!

on Dec. 10 2010 at 2:03 am
taintedannex GOLD, Hong Kong, Other
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The truth is that at some point, everyone's going to hurt you. You just have to decide who's worth the pain.

Some say having something to lose is what makes you vulnerable. I believe that having something to lose only makes you stronger.

This is so sweet and very well written!

I especially liked comparing his eyes to Dorian Gray and the bit with the spelling :) 

on Dec. 9 2010 at 10:25 pm
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Favorite Quote:
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i think it was really good! But, i try to stay away from stories like this for personal reasons...

on Dec. 8 2010 at 9:53 pm
smilesunshine PLATINUM, Puyallup, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"If you're lucky enough to be different from everyone else, don't change to be the same." ~Taylor Swift

I love this. The characters teasing is so great, it's like two best friends when they tease each other and they are too afraid to say a word about their feelings for each other. Wow!! That is so awesome! Great job, keep writing!!! :)

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on Dec. 8 2010 at 8:07 pm
lexicaroline, Banner Elk, North Carolina
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Wow. I am jealous. This is awesome. You should definately feel proud. :) Congrats. You have blown my dress up, and I'm not even wearing a dress.

on Dec. 8 2010 at 5:35 pm
SecretlyWriting BRONZE, Keokuk, Iowa
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all I can say! One of the best stories ive read on here! It was AMAZING. Pleease keep writting!

on Dec. 8 2010 at 3:26 pm
ErisRose DIAMOND, Ashburn, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
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I loved this story! I want something like this to happen to me. Check out my work if you get a chance

on Dec. 8 2010 at 2:48 pm
TryingToBeNaturallyMe, Allen Park, Michigan
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What a daydream!!! This was very descriptive. It has all those things they tell to do in english; details, description, engaging the audience, and most importantly tone. Good Job! I love the line about JFK's nasal voice..

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on Dec. 8 2010 at 10:03 am
this is a very good story and i like it alot

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on Nov. 29 2010 at 6:14 pm
Dayne22 SILVER, Las Cruces, New Mexico
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awwwww how adorable i just LOVE it i mean how cute is that!? so cute awwwwwwwwww

on Nov. 28 2010 at 2:00 pm
Kaylin_Mackenzie GOLD, Tomball, Texas
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I love the last line!!!

on Nov. 20 2010 at 10:08 am
awesomeaugust GOLD, Boston, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground"
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Wow! That was really, really good! I remember reading it in the print magazine and thinking about it later on, but not being able to find it. I couldn't believe it when I clicked on your username. Thanks for commenting on "Defying Love" but only one complaint: Write more!