An evil grin spreads across my face as Megan tells me about the prank on Claire.
Pranking is just my thing, and I cant wait until I give one to Claire.
First, I have to call the other girls and tell them that they are coming to Paris.
"Hey Megs, I'm gonna call the other girls about this."
"Oh, already done." Megan says, one step ahead of me.
"This prank is gonna be awesome!" I call out to her before I hang up.
Now I need to brainstorm. The thing is, my Mom knows Claire, and she's coming with me to Paris and so are the other girls mothers.
Should we get her fired? Back in jail? Hack her computer?
And then I got it.
I picked up the phone with my hands shaking, and dialed Megan's number.
"Did you come up with it yet?" Megan's voice is eager and excited.
"Yup. I'm always up for a good YouTube recording."
"Huh? What do you mean? I don't get what you're saying Cass."
"You'll see. Alright, I have to go, but I will meet you at Paris."
And I hung up the phone with a promising pang of victory to come.
Journey in Paris. That sounds like a good name for a poem.
Becca snatches the book from me suddenly.
"We're here to help Megan, not to write." She snaps.
We haven't even gotten off the plane and already, Becca is jet lagged.
Ever since Megan told us about this prank, we've been trying to convince our mothers to let us go, and it finally worked!
All of us got on this plane four hours ago, and we still have a lot left to go.
I feel bad for Cassidy as I watch her fidget with herself as a desperate attempt to stay active.
I glance over to Jess as she has her head low because she's away from Darcy.
Sometimes I feel like Jess only comes over to see Darcy, and she was only friends with me for him.
I tapped on her shoulder.
"Hey, we're still Best Friends Before Boyfriends, right?"
She gives me a half-hearted answer.
"You know Jess, I'm really starting to feel like that isn't true, you broke your promise."
She looks shocked since we hardly get into fights.
I stand up and walk to the bathroom, not giving her time to answer.
That's when I decide that I'm only here to help Megan. I am going to be completely on schedule here. I am not going to write. I am not going to read. And I'm certainly NOT talking to Jessica Delaney!
I feel like my heart has been broken into a million crystal shatters. After what Emma said to me, I could barely move.
As she came back from the bathroom, I give her a sorry glance. She doesn't take it, and whips her head around so that her bouncy brown curls are shaking at me.
She plops herself down in a seat next to Cassidy.
"Hey Em." Cassidy pokes her.
"Hi." She stiffly replies.
Cassidy, sensing the tension, looks out the window to stay away from Emma's bad side.
I sigh and try talking to Becca.
She glares at me.
"Jess, I am so not in the mood."
What's up with her?
I'll just text Megan.
MEGAN: HEY. U NEED SOMETHING?
JESS: NO, JUST WANTED 2 TALK, U SOUND KINDA ANNOYED
MEGAN: THAT'S CUZ IM DEALING WITH CLAIRE, TRYING 2 SUCK UP 2 HER BOSS
JESS: *HEAD SHAKES* I CANT WAIT 4 THE PRANK
MEGAN: HAHA, ME 2, DO U KNOW WHAT IT IS?
JESS: NAH, CASS WOULDN'T TELL US, I THOUGHT ONLY U 2 KNEW
MEGAN: SHE GAVE ME A HINT, SOMETHING ABOUT A YOUTUBE RECORDING
JESS: WHATEVER IT IS, IM SURE IT'LL BE GOOD, IT'S A CASSIDY ORIGINAL
MEGAN: LOL YEAH, OKAY, I HAVE 2 GO CONSULT WITH THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST, WISH ME LUCK
Wait a second, YouTube recording? Megan didn't figure it out yet? I sure did.
I'm bubbly and excited as I enter Megan's hotel.
"Whoa, Cass, slow down."
Says my mother.
I roll my eyes.
"Slow down? I have been on a plane for 11 hours, I'm so not slowing down!"
She gives me her Queen Clementine eyes and I do slow down this time.
I haven't told anyone what I'm doing about the prank, not even Megan.
Unfortunately, Jess figured it out, well half of it.
What's going to happen, is Megan is going to convince Claire to take a job at ELLE, some fashion magazine like vogua, I think. Oh, no, it's VOGUE.
Megan is going to record her and Claire's conversation to see if Meg can get some secrets out of her. Next, she'll give her a fake address and she'll end up at a town dump! And because she'll have quit Vogue, she'll have nowhere to go and nobody will take her because of her awful image, because everyone will see that YouTube video and find out she's as much of a cheat as she was before.
Cassidy: 1 Claire: 0
Cassidy finally told me the prank! It's like a combo of all of her past pranks put together, so it's not cliché of course.
Cass says it's go time and I have to talk to Claire, NOW.
I shakily walk to Claire's desk with ELLE papers in hand.
"Hi Claire, can I talk to you?"
She turns her head over to me as if it's the hardest thing to actually look at me.
I immediately retreat to the same chair I sat in for my interview.
"So," I start. "I have seen some of your work recently, and let me just say, it looks so fantastique, so chic. It makes me wonder why you're doing it for Vogue. I mean, Vogue is so lame! They hired me, a kid! They hardly pay attention to dress code, and they don't give you the amount of respect that you should get!"
She loosens her death grip on the situation here.
"Where are you going with this?" her American accent is clear now, and I can see that she was faking the French one the entire time.
I slam the papers down on her desk.
"Have you ever heard of Elle?"
"Well look at these! First, they hire mature adults over the age of 25, they don't do interns, their dress code is VERY professional, oh, and look at this salary."
Claire's eyes bulge at the number of zero's on the page.
"I think, you should work at ELLE. Forget Vogue, they are so 2009!"
She chews her lower lip, considering this.
"But what if I quit and don't get the job?"
"Claire. Claire Sinarkus. You amaze me. Really, you do. You are so my role model! And just to make sure you get the job, you may "borrow" some of my designs."
Oh I totally forgot! Cassidy gave me a recording camera thingy that's hidden, time to ask some questions.
"So, Claire, how old are you, may I ask?"
She leans in as if this is some big secret.
Then I figure out that it is.
"Well, don't tell anyone, but I'm actually only 19, I made myself look so much older! So back in 2005, when I fell to the bottom, I was only 13, but I still looked so much older, since I was very tall for a thirteen-year old."
My mouth gapes at this info.
"Like, why are you working at Vogue, I mean no offense to it?" I try to digiuse my voice, so I sound like some bratty teenager.
"Do you actually think any other place would take me?"
No. I don't think I know, I don't say that though.
"Of course they would, in fact, I actually know someone there who could get you the job."
"Really? Omigosh thanks Megan!"
I darkly smile.
"You're welcome. Now, I heard you on the phone the other day, talking about my designs that you claimed were yours, why did you do that?"
She gulps, knowing that she's been caught now.
"Well some freak show was trying to like umm, uh, kidnap you, for some reason and yeah…"
I give her an old fab four look that I gave to losers that said, "I'm about to take you down, hon, and there's nothing you can do about it."
"It's okay Claire, I know what you did, and don't worry, I promise not to tell anybody."
She glances up at me, relieved.
"Alright, yeah, I did steal your designs without buying them or anything, but it's because they were so good and I had to clear my image! I'm sorry I blackmailed you!"
I gave her a hug.
"Let's just forget about this and call your boss, okay?"
She nods and sniffles.
Claire's fingers fly across the numbers of the phone as bravely dials in her boss's number.
The French accent is back.
"Oh bonjour, I would just like to say that I'm quitting, because I don't like my salary and this place is so boituex, I'm sorry, I must leave."
She hung up.
"Thanks Megan, you were a great help, but I must leave now, bye!"
I waggled my fingers at her and left the room, cackling into the recording camera.
This is going to be good.
Hi, guys, I'm so sorry it took this long, I've been really busy and I haven't had time to update, anyway, I am thanking korange for the wonderful idea to include Cassidy's help and SerenePanic for the great suggestion to include the other girls POV'S, thank you so much!
And last thing, there is this thing called an A/N note or something like a note like this in the end of a chapter and I don't know how to do it, so if one you could please post a review telling me how to make one that would be great!
(My update should be in the next week or so)