The Big Three This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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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.”

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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DayofRain50 said...
May 25, 2010 at 7:05 pm
I loved it. The ending was great, but I really loved the spelling part of it. I thought it was realistic.
sparkofheart said...
May 24, 2010 at 9:52 pm
awe cute! :)
ashkash95 said...
May 24, 2010 at 7:20 pm
i love it! Especially the ending! It's so sweetly hinted at but it was a bombshell at the same time!
KillerButterfly said...
May 24, 2010 at 12:14 pm
this is really good! If only it would happen.
essieniece said...
May 18, 2010 at 9:19 pm
I love this!! It's amazing! Please look at mine!
TheColorRose This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm
hahah i love it:)
ElisaH said...
May 11, 2010 at 6:01 pm
Awesome! So original and different. I just love this. The whole thing, together.
Kat2292 said...
May 4, 2010 at 11:59 am
I've never read a story like that one.  It's so realistic!  Awesome job!
Laughternchoclate said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm
superswim_19 said...
Apr. 11, 2010 at 7:31 pm
I luv luv luuuuv this piece!  you are an amazing writer, don't ever stop! =D
LiveLife2theMax said...
Apr. 11, 2010 at 2:22 pm

oh my god. amazing :)

when she said "I Love me too." I was like oh c***, but i loved your last line. the ending was perfect.

agsmiley888 said...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 6:29 pm
awwwww this was so cute i liked it no i loved it
SmileyFace94 said...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 11:34 am
I love this! i really hope you write more to this story
Julia_H This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm
this was absolutely fantastic! your historic references are spot on - but I wish I had a blonde gorgeous bastard to help me study for my upcoming AP test... yarrrrrrrrrgh. this was unique, witty, and excellently written. fantastic!
duchesskrissy22 said...
Mar. 20, 2010 at 1:48 am
i love it!! i luv everything 'bout it..although it kinda bored me at first (no offense) but i really luv it..its awesome!!!!
francinejar said...
Mar. 16, 2010 at 12:48 am
i love this please write more
fat albert said...
Mar. 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm
we all really do like your story
fyreflies said...
Feb. 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm
i like it. very witty.
Dingledodie said...
Feb. 25, 2010 at 12:29 am
I like that incredibly witty part at the end. I'll use that one from now on. I like this story. Good job.
juicyfan6 said...
Feb. 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm
this is cute :) good job
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