A zit. A gaping, gargantuan, ENORMOUS zit. Right there on the middle of his nose, just in time for the first day of school. He poked at it. "Ow." He frowned, furrowed his brows and poked it again. "Ow!" Spending all of the day before delivering on his bike for Mr. Greene hadn't been very taxing physically, but the heat and humidity had played hell with his skin. "Owww!"

He thumped his head forward against the mirror, when something caught his attention. Sniff. "Aw man, but I just showered!" He shuffled through the cabinet for more deodorant.

Man, puberty sucked.

A/N: So…I haven't written HA! fanfiction before under this name (think I had one back as midnightoasis), so here's a mini story! Whee, my first attempt at a 100-word fic! If you haven't guessed, this is a slightly older Arnold going through some of the less-than-glamorous aspects of his tween/teen years. Far too often, I see stories about how beautiful/handsome/buff/athletic/talented/graceful/fashionable all of the HA! characters turn when they hit late middle and high school.

What I wanna know is how the heck did they skip puberty? What happened to the awkward phase? First kisses aren't always amazing, you don't always say the right thing, and not everyone freaks over fashion (or personal hygiene for that matter, hehe). Not that all fics I've seen dress up the messily glorious years of youth, but I just wanted to write something dirty (as in dirt!!! wash out your brains with soap!!! for shame…).

Oh yeah, I don't own Hey Arnold, but I sure as heck would pay at least a month's salary at least to see 'The Jungle Movie' or at least see some storyboards for 'The Patakis.' Then again, as a po' teacher, that's not so much of the monies…