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Pretty Little Devils

Pretty Little Devils

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Holder, Nancy.

Pretty little devils: a novel / by Nancy Holder.

   p. cm.

Summary: Life seems rosy for the Pretty Little Devils, the most popular girls' clique in high school, until its members begin to experience threats and assaults.

ISBN: 978-1-1012-1774-0

[1. Cliques (Sociology)—Fiction. 2. Interpersonal relations—Fiction. 3. High schools—Fiction. 4. Schools—Fiction.] I. Title.

PZ7.H70326Pre 2006

[Fic]—dc22

2005023867

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Pretty Little Devils

A NOVEL BY

NANCY HOLDER

P
ROLOGUE

Sylvia:
“Damn it, Carolyn, I can still hardly hear you. Thank God you only have one more month on that loser phone. It doesn't get any reception.”

Carolyn:
“I know. I cannot wait. Can you hear me now?”

Sylvia:
“That might be funny if I actually
could
hear you.”

Megan:
“Same here. I thought three-way calling was supposed to make this
easier
.”

Sylvia:
“Moving on. Listen, Breona threw down again. At the mall. It was another Josh incident. She said he wants to go back to her, but he's staying with me because I ‘put out.' ‘Put out.' Who even talks like that?”

Megan:
“You have got be kidding me! What a slut! She is dead!”

Carolyn:
“So dead. But you know she was lying, Sylvia. Josh would never say that.”

Megan:
“Totally lying.”

Sylvia:
“It was like she was begging me to lose it right there in the mall, you know? It was in the food court. I was standing in line at Boudin's and she just came over. She was smart to pick a public place. You guys know what I can do when I'm pushed.”

Carolyn:
“She's so déclassé.”

Megan:

Vraiment
. Did you talk to Josh yet?”

Sylvia:

Excuse
me? There is nothing to talk to him about. She's lying!”

Carolyn:
“God, Megan, you don't believe her, do you? You don't think Josh would actually say something like that about Sylvia?”

Megan:
“It's just…I don't know, I wonder how she can lie like that in front of everybody. Josh should know she's lying about him to people.”

Sylvia:
“You have a point. Josh should know his reputation is in danger.”

Carolyn:
“Except…it'll look like you don't trust him if you talk to him about it.”

Megan:
“Then one of
us
should talk to him.”

Sylvia:
“Maybe Ellen should. She's so
nice
. By the way, Ellen is our second agenda item, after we take care of this.”

Megan:
“Yeah, because she was wearing that retarded outfit again—”

Sylvia:
“Megan,
second
agenda item.”

Carolyn:
“Right. Back to the first. Breona is such a ho.”

Sylvia:
“Well, it's just stupid, anyway. The way she deals with guys is dysfunctional. If I ever thought Josh really was staying with me because I—because we—”

Megan
: “She's so wrong. How can she think she can get away with this?”

Sylvia:
“That's my point. She can't. By the way, she talked about the
incident
, too. You know which one I mean.”

Megan:
“Oh my God.”

Carolyn:
“That skank. She really is looking for trouble.”

Sylvia:
“Absolutely. But, as you say, no one will believe her. No one believed all the other gossip about your little entanglement. It died down over the summer. With the pictures.”

Megan:
“Was Stephan there when she mentioned it?”

Carolyn:
“Megan, get over Stephan. He just brings it up to get a reaction out of you.”

Megan:
“Whatever. We need to discuss how we're getting back at Breona.”

Sylvia:
“Give me your best ideas tomorrow morning. Before school. We are seriously weakened as a group if Breona thinks she can just say whatever she wants without any repercussions. Now, on to the second item. Let's talk about Ellen.”

Megan:
“She's been a total humiliation lately. That dress—”

Sylvia
: “One bad outfit I could forgive. But that hair…This is the beginning of junior year, ladies. We have to take ourselves seriously, or no one else will. When Ellen started falling all over that guy at the movies—”

Carolyn:
“She does act a little dorky on occasion….”

Megan:
“A
little
? His friends were
laughing
at us. She didn't even notice.”

Sylvia:
“Ladies, ladies. I don't want to get rid of Ellen. She's been really loyal, and she's a good friend to all of us. But it is a bit of a problem.”

Megan:
“It's like you always say, Sylvia. We are known by the company we keep. If we hang with losers,
we're
losers. We've worked hard to get where we are. We all take pains to look good, to be popular. What we do reflects on all of us.”

Sylvia:
“No. No dumping Ellen. It is not an option. We don't want people saying we turn our backs on our friends. It would be terrible publicity. Breona would jump all over it. And she would probably invite Ellen into her group just to get to all our secrets.”

Carolyn
: “Ellen would rather die than betray us.”

Sylvia:
“Well, it's a situation, definitely. She's losing ground. Maybe she's working too hard, babysitting
too
much. We could cut back on her jobs….”

Megan:
“Then
we
would have to do them. I've already got tons of homework, and Mrs. Sprague said I have to get some more extracurriculars if I'm going to get into a decent college.”

Carolyn:
“Like your brother?”

Megan:
“Back off, Carolyn!”

Carolyn:
“God, Megan, what's your problem? Your brother goes to a serious school. Does that, like, freak you out or something?”

Sylvia:
“Megan? Are you keeping something from us? Because friends share.”

Megan:
“No. It's nothing. I didn't understand what she meant.”

Carolyn:
“So you thought the worst?”

Sylvia:
“Both of you chill out right now. My God. Do you even remember what we were talking about? I say it's time to ask a new girl in. That way we can dilute the Ellen factor.”

Megan:
“Are you serious? It's always been the four of us.”

Sylvia:
“Are you questioning me, Megan? Who has kept this group going all this time? Me. And what I say goes. Oh, look, Ellen's logged on. Let's go to the chat room,
mes petites
. Now remember, be kind. Ellen is still one of us.”

YOU HAVE ENTERED

The Pretty Little Devils Chat room

T
HIS IS A PRIVATE CHAT ROOM FOR INVITED MEMBERS ONLY

Members in chat room:

PLDSLY

PLDEL

PLDCARO

PLDMEG

PLDSLY:
Bonjour
, El! Home early?

PLDEL: Still at Hernandez. Using their laptop.

PLDCARO:
Bonjour, toutes!

PLDMEG:
Bonjour!

PLDSLY: Clever U, El. Don't forget 2 charge 4 lateness.

PLDEL: Suki warned me ahead of time might B late.

PLDSLY: Late = late. Suki agreed 2 7 PM. On schedule.

PLDEL: OK.

PLDSLY: We let 1 slide, they all do it.

PLDEL: Sorry.:(

PLDSLY: N/p. Listen, El, Breona attacked me at the mall. Re Josh. It was bad.

PLDEL: OMG, that's terrible! She hurt U?:(

PLDSLY: Not physically. Not a scratch. Though she did have her claws out. LOL.

PLDEL: What'd she say?

PLDSLY: SOS. Josh couldn't wait 4 me 2 go 2 France, only came back 2 me cuz I give him benefits.

PLDEL: OMG. UR kidding!:(

PLDSLY: No worries. I ripped her a new 1. She wuz crying by time I left.:)

PLDEL: Go, Sylvia!

PLDSLY: Of the past. We move on.

PLDCARO: But Josh needs 2 know she's lyin' about him. Some1 needs 2 tell him. Not Syl, cuz it'll look like she doesn't trust him.

PLDEL: Don't worry, Syl, I can do in Art2.

PLDSLY: GR8. I'll call U later, fill U in.

PLDEL: KK, but before 9 OK, cuz my dad.

PLDCARO: Just put cell phone on vibrate. More fun anyway, LOL.

PLDEL: LOL, but big trouble if he finds out.

PLDMEG: El, UR a wimp.

PLDSLY: Meggers, B nice.:(

PLDMEG: Sorry, S.

PLDSLY: N/p. El, I'll call B4 9. So, new school year goin' on. PLDs gotta look good. Love streaks, Meggies. New salon?

PLDMEG: Still at Tuberose.

PLDCARO: In the mall, right?

PLDMEG: Please. Who goes to mall 4 hair? White trash!

PLDSLY: El, UR place is in mall?

PLDEL: Yes.

PLDMEG: Oops. Sorry, El! My bad X2.

PLDSLY: El, mebbe try Meg's? Also, gel…over.

PLDEL: Hair not good?

PLDSLY: U've done better. Every1 remember, we R in spotlight. That dress Friday…
mais non, cherie.

PLDEL:?

PLDMEG: No offense, it makes U look fat.

PLDEL: OMG!

PLDSLY: We can't give Breona any reason 2 attack us. Solid fashions, solid rep. We R Pretty Little Devils!

PLDMEG:
Mais oui!

PLDCARO:
Mais oui!

PLDEL: OMG, Suki home. Gotta go.

PLDSLY:
Au revoir!

(PLDEL has left the chat room)

PLDMEG: So, do you think she got it?

PERSONALBLOG
HAPPY2BME

SHE'S SUCH A STUPID BITCH. SHE THINKS SHE'S TOTALLY HOT, BUT SHE'S GOT NO IDEA WHAT CONSEQUENCES ARE. YEAH, WE'LL CHANGE THINGS. WE'LL SEE WHO MAKES THE CUT. ONE BY ONE. THEY'LL ALL FEEL THE BLADE.
LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER!

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