Thurs, June 1, 3:05pm
MADISON: You must be my new pen pal.
AVERY: More like your Internet pal.
I’m Avery. Nice to meet you.
MADISON: Where are you from?
MADISON: Cool. I’m from Neptune,
so we’re practically neighbors.
AVERY: Lol! I’m actually from Texas.
MADISON: Where in Texas?
AVERY: Look, we only just met, so I’m not
ready to give you my number and address.
MADISON: Sorry. I’ve lived in Tennessee
all my life.
AVERY: I used to live in Chicago, but I had to
move because of my dad’s job.
MADISON: What does he do?
AVERY: Again. Stranger Danger.
MADISON: Right sorry. Tell me more
AVERY: Let’s see…. I love Fall Out Boy, Panic! At
The Disco, and Paramore, I’ve dyed my
hair so many times I’ve forgotten what
color it was before, I want to write
comic books, and I really want to
get a nose ring.
MADISON: Cool! I’m a Theatre kid, I’ve never
dyed my hair, I really like Taylor Swift,
and I’m scared of needles. Oh, and
I like puppies.
AVERY: So, you’re my complete opposite.
How old are you? I’m sixteen.
AVERY: Same. Favorite color?
MADISON: Lilac. You?
AVERY: Black and gold. Favorite food?
MADISON: Pizza and mint chocolate ice cream.
AVERY: Pizza and sushi. And lemon sorbet.
MADISON: Legally Blonde.
AVERY: That’s my favorite, too!
AVERY: Uh, yeah!
Who’s all in your family?
I live with my parents,
my little brother Brad, and a
German Shepherd named
MADISON: I live with my folks, my twin
sister Allison, my older brother
Clyde, and our two dogs.
AVERY: What kind and what are their names?
MADISON: We’ve got a Dalmatian puppy
named Polka Dot and a Beagle
I’m really glad I found this website.
I thought that Pen Pals For Life
sounded too dumb to be promising,
but this doesn’t feel as bad as I thought
it would be.
MADISON: So, you’re cool with me?
AVERY: Sure. As long as you’re not actually a
creepy old man who wants to lock me up
in your basement.
MADISON: I’m not. Here, look at this.
AVERY: Make a duck face.
AVERY: To make sure I’m not looking at a photo
you just randomly found online.
MADISON: *uploads photo
See? I’m not a creepy
AVERY: Good, because this is 2012 and men should
stay away from young girls.
MADISON: Ok, now you need to prove
that you’re not a creepy old
AVERY: *uploads photo
See? I’m actually cute.
And here’s a duck face.
MADISON: Ha ha. I think we’re going to
AVERY: I agree.
Sorry, my mom is about
to take me to an appointment.
MADISON: Ok! Bye!
Fri, June 2, 11:45am
MADISON: Hey! What’s up?
AVERY: I’m planning to dye my hair again.
MADISON: What color?
AVERY: I’m not sure yet. Probably blue or pink.
I’m going to bleach it tomorrow.
MADISON: So, you’re going to be blonde?
AVERY: No. If I want to dye my hair a lighter
color, I need to bleach my faded black
hair first. The pink and blue won’t show
up if I don’t use bleach first.
MADISON: Oh. Ok. I don’t know what
color I would pick if I were
to dye my hair.
AVERY: I think your blonde waves are fine.
Actually, I think you might do well
as a rich brunette. It would go well
with your skin tone and eye color.
MADISON: Thanks, but my mom won’t
let me dye my hair.
AVERY: Then wait until you’re old enough to
make decisions without her input.
I think you would look nice either
MADISON: Do you think I would look good
with a nose piercing?
AVERY: Sorry, my parents were fighting again.
Now my mom wants me to go to the
grocery store with her. I’ll have to talk
to you later.
MADISON: Ok. Take care.
Sat, June 3, 10:45am
MADISON: Hey. I threw up and my mom
doesn’t want me to be on the
computer today. I’m going to
stay on here for as long as I can
before she catches me.
AVERY: Ok. That sucks. I hope you
feel better. Also, check this out.
What do you think?
MADISON: You look fabulous! Are you
sure you want to dye it pink?
You look cute as a blonde.
AVERY: Why? So we can match?
MADISON: No, you just look cute. Also,
if you don’t mind me asking,
how are things with your folks?
AVERY: They haven’t said a word to each
other since their fight, and my
dad refused to eat my mom’s
cooking last night. He slept on
MADISON: And how’s Brad?
AVERY: He just shuts himself in his room
and ignores it all whenever he can.
He’s used to it.
MADISON: I’m so sorry.
AVERY: It’s fine.
Which dress should I get?
MADISON: Is that a corset?
AVERY: Yeah, they’re corset dresses.
Which one should I go get today?
MADISON: I don’t know. The lacey one
is pretty, but the one with
the roses looks more fun.
Go for the roses.
AVERY: Sounds like a plan.
MADISON: Sorry, but my mom just caught
me. I’ve got to go.
AVERY: Ok. TTYL.
Sun, June 4, 3:45pm
MADISON: Hi! What’s up?
AVERY: What color should I dye my hair?
MADISON: You just bleached it yesterday!
AVERY: Yeah, I need to bleach it in order to
dye it another color. I told you. Baby
blue or hot pink?
MADISON: I think baby blue would be a nice contrast to that corset dress you bought.
AVERY: Which one?
MADISON: I thought you picked the one with
AVERY: I couldn’t decide.
MADISON: How many corset dresses do you need?
AVERY: Until I run out of room in my closet
and need to use my parents’ closet.
MADISON: Lol. Ok.
AVERY: I’ve got to go. TTYL!
MADISON: Ok! Send me a photo of your hair
when you’re done!
Mon, June 5, 11:00 am
AVERY: *uploads photo
What do you think of my hair?
AVERY: Thank you!
MADISON: Hey, I’m auditioning for a show this
upcoming semester, and I need your
advice on my material.
AVERY: Sorry, but I don’t know much about
Theatre. I don’t think I can be any
MADISON: I just need your opinion on a song.
I’m auditioning for Legally Blonde
The Musical and I want to use Fly, Fly
Away for my audition song.
AVERY: I don’t know that one.
MADISON: Look it up. It’s from the musical
Catch Me If You Can.
AVERY: Ok, give me a minute.
I just finished listening to the song.
MADISON: What did you think?
AVERY: It’s good, but I just thought of the
perfect audition song.
MADISON: What is it?
AVERY: All Star by Smash Mouth.
AVERY: Ok, I’ll be serious. I think the one you
picked should be fine.
MADISON: Thank you.
AVERY: Glad to be of service.
Hold on. My folks are fighting
again. I’ve got to go.
MADISON: Ok. TTYL.
Thurs, June 8, 9:06am
AVERY: My grandma passed away yesterday.
MADISON: I’m so sorry, girl What happened?
AVERY: Someone broke into her house and
killed her in a robbery gone wrong.
She didn’t even have anything valuable,
so there was no point in the robber
MADISON: I’m really sorry, Avery. Is there
anything I can do to help?
AVERY: No, thank you. I just need some time
by myself. Do you mind if I take a break
on here? My parents and I need to make
MADISON: Take all the time you need! I shall
send you love and prayers!
Tue, June 13, 12:59pm
AVERY: How much Tylenol do you need to take
AVERY: How much?
MADISON: Why would you even ask that?
AVERY: Life sucks.
MADISON: Is this because of your
AVERY: Life just sucks.
MADISON: Please tell me what’s wrong!
AVERY: Life sucks. That’s all you need to
MADISON: Please don’t kill yourself!
Tue, June 13, 2:00pm
MADISON: I THOUGHT YOU WERE DEAD!
AVERY: Well, I’m not.
MADISON: You can’t just tell me you want to kill
yourself with Tylenol and then stop
talking to me!
AVERY: I’m sorry.
MADISON: Avery, have you taken any pills?
MADISON: How many?
MADISON: Please don’t take anymore!
AVERY: Life sucks.
MADISON: Stop saying that! Tell me what’s
going on! I’m your friend!
AVERY: There’s nothing you can do.
MADISON: Avery, please!
AVERY: I’m on my sixth pill.
MADISON: Don’t do this! Think of your family!
AVERY: Why? My grandma was the only one
who loved me. She encouraged my
parents to stay together, but now
they have no reason to do so.
MADISON: I’m sorry this is happening to you.
Please let me help.
AVERY: I’m on my ninth pill now.
MADISON: Here’s my number! Please
talk to me!
AVERY: No. I want to die. Just accept that this
is what I want to do. If you truly are
my friend, you would support me.
MADISON: Ok. If I’m going to keep chatting
with you on here until you die,
can we at least make it fun?
AVERY: How so?
MADISON: I’ve been doing this thing where I
turn my family members’ names into
Flintstones names. For instance,
I changed my name from
Madison Grant to Madistone
Granite. Want to try?
AVERY: Uh,sure. What should Avery Smith be?
MADISON: Avery Stone?
AVERY: I guess. Not really as fun as Madistone
MADISON: Ok, we’ll get back to your name.
My parents’ names have been
changed from Phil and Margaret
to Flint and Margrock.
AVERY: Ha ha. I like that. Ok, my parents’ names
are Danny and Sandra. They could be Doody
and Sandy. Ha ha.
MADISON: I’m sure you’ve heard this before,
but your parents’ names are
pretty much Danny and Sandy.
AVERY: Yeah, yeah. Tell me more, tell me more.
We could change Danny to Dusty since
the Flintstones lived in a rather dusty
MADISON: Dusty and Sandy Stone. How
AVERY: What about my brother Brad?
MADISON: Bone Stone.
AVERY: Sounds like that name belongs in a horror
movie. If I had starred in a horror movie,
I would’ve been the killer. Bone Stone the
MADISON: Nah, I think you would’ve
been called Electric Star.
You’re quite the shocker.
AVERY: Ha ha. Yeah.
MADISON: How many pills have you taken
MADISON: How is your body reacting? Do
you feel different?
AVERY: There are cops outside my
house right now. And an
AVERY: You called them, didn’t you?
MADISON: No! I don’t even know where
AVERY: You told them my parents’ names.
MADISON: I’m sorry, but I had to.
Please say something!
Wed, June 14, 9:54am
I know you’re there.
The operator said you were
taken care of.
Please talk to me.
Thurs, June 15, 9:00am
MADISON: You can’t seriously stay mad
at me for saving your life.
Please say something!
Fri, June 16, 1:14pm
Are you there?
AVERY: Hello Madison.
MADISON: How are you doing?
MADISON: How happened?
AVERY: My parents have decided to
put their divorce on hold and
find me a therapist. They wouldn’t
stop crying at the hospital.
MADISON: How did your body react to
AVERY: Right before the cops arrived, I
felt this pain in my belly. It was
more on my upper right side.
When one of the cops unlocked
my door and entered my room,
I puked on his shoes. I felt so
dizzy as I was rushed to the
hospital. I can’t remember
MADISON: Are you mad at me?
AVERY: I was at first, but then I changed
MADISON: What exactly changed your mind?
AVERY: Brad slept on my bedroom floor
the very next night. He said he
wanted to make sure I went to
sleep in a good mood. I cried and
hugged him. I realized that I just
couldn’t abandon him like I
almost did. I couldn’t really stay
mad at you because you made me
realize what I would’ve thrown
away. Thank you for saving my life.
MADISON: You’re welcome, my friend.
AVERY: How exactly did you get the cops
to come to my house?
MADISON: The 911 operator that my dad was on
the phone with told me to find out your
parents’ names so he could look
up their location and send that info to
the police in your area.
AVERY: I should’ve known.
By the way, that was a very clever
move you pulled. Flintstones names?
MADISON: I didn’t know what else to do
because you wouldn’t accept
my phone number.
AVERY: Speaking of your which, I would like
to actually talk to you for once. I
want to tell you everything.
MADISON: Right now?
AVERY: Is that ok?
MADISON: Sure! TTYL!