Meet Ethel and her friends-er ah...actually these are their avatars.
Excerpt of Ethel Is Hot LOL
In Mizz T’s tech class, Ethel, Schreck, Yuki and Weezy sat beside one other typing merrily away, not speaking. Spread out at various computers sat Val and Elise as well as the Jens, the two Robot Chicks and some of the Soccer Chicas. Mizz T, like most of the Seaside teachers, usually dallied a few minutes, as there was no bell that sounded between classes. The girls counted on these precious few minutes to furiously type to one another on the chat room.
01:02 PM Ethanol: lets have an insta-party
01:02 PM Schreckno: yeah!
01:02 PM Ethanol: *bass thumping
01:02 PM Weezy: PAAAHTAY!
01:02 PM Ethanol: *lemonade flowing
01:03 PM Ethanol: *dance music cued up
01:03 PM Ethanol: lemme hear ya say....oooo oooo
01:03 PM Schreckno: *dancing like a fool
01:03 PM Yuki_lurvs_bass: OH YEAH! lol
01:03 PM Schreckno: im sure you couldnt dance worse than me
01:03 PM Yuki_lurvs_bass: * bumping my rear out
01:03 PM Ethanol: haha Schrekno im not so sure
01:03 PM Schreckno: I AM
01:03 PM Schreckno: this is how i dance: step to the right, clap, step to the left, clap
01:03 PM Weezy: LOL!!!
01:03 PM Yuki_lurvs_bass: rolf Schreckno!
01:03 PM Ethanol: rolf til I vom
1:03 PM Weezy: ewww
Ethel looked up to see Carrie slip into the science/computer lab. It was so obvious how Carrie used Mizz T’s tendency to linger to her advantage, as this was the third time she’d walked in late. Ever since the schooner day, Ethel had been hypersensitive to anything Carrie or Stephönë did.
“All right, girls,” Mizz T said, closing the lab door behind her. “Off the chat. Ethel, what is so funny?” Mizz T wiped a spot on her sweatshirt where her coffee had spilled.
“Nothing, Mizz T, just something Yuki wrote.”
Mizz T sighed. “I love how you guys will giggle for hours sitting right next to each other but no one will actually say anything out loud.”
Val called out, “But Mizz T, chatting makes us good writers!”
Mizz T leaned against her desk, tucking her dark hair behind her ear. “Hardly. You should see your English papers. U-r for You’re. No capitals, no punctuation. It’s still a mystery whether the Internet makes you guys dumber or smarter in the long run.” Mizz T was always coming out with things like this.
“In the Industrial Revolution, we created machines to make our lives easier so we weren’t working in the fields and factories sixteen hours a day,” Mizz T went on. “But let me ask you, with technology making our workload lighter, what do you girls see as a downside? Anything?”
“Um.” Schreck tried to position her pencil between her nose and upper lip like a wooden mustache. “I don’t see any downsides, ’cause our world is run by the Internet. And we need it to live.”
Ethel mused out loud, “Seriously, Mizz T. By the time we use up all of the Earth’s resources, we’re going to need more advanced rocket boosters and bio domes so that we can go to Mars. That’s like technology we have to have!”
Jen T. spoke up. “Me and Jen are going to make robot babies for people who can’t have children so they can always have a baby if they want.”
Mizz T smiled. She didn’t even correct Jen T. for using the wrong grammar.
Ooh, thought Ethel. Why didn’t she smile like that when I said rocket boosters?
“I think technology is going to kill us all,” Yuki said in her death-rattle voice.
Mizz T cocked her head. “Really, Yuki.”
“Yeah. My dad says a nuclear war will probably happen in my lifetime and that we should learn other skills like hunting and fishing and farming instead of just technology so we can barter stuff when the bomb hits and people die and all the computers shut down.”
Mizz T gazed at Yuki. “Remind me to give you a hug when class is over. Okay, we could probably spend all day on this topic, but I have some other stuff to go over today, so . . .” Mizz T got off her desk and turned around to fire up her laptop just as Principal Frederick opened the door slightly and peered in.
“Miss Tucker, sorry to bother you. Do you mind coming outside for a moment? I just need to get you to sign off on a couple of these expenses for the class trip. I have to get the accounting in by four.”
“Sure,” Mizz T said, following him. She turned to the class. “A few minutes, girls. Be right back.”
Yee haw! A few extra minutes. All the girls jumped back onto the chat. In the Seaside chat room, there were six little “lounges” girls could enter, all named after Maine islands. Ethel, Schreck, Yuki, and Weezy dove back into the Ragged Island lounge, which they usually had to themselves. Val entered the Deer Isle lounge to see if her dance/theater girls were there, while the Robot Chicks talked to each other in the Little Hen lounge. Carrie seemed to purposely distance herself from the girls in tech class. With Mizz T out of the room, she pulled out her phone and began texting.
“You guys!” Ethel whispered to Val and the Robot Chicks. “Come over to Ragged!”
“Okay,” Val said. “No one’s in Deer Isle anyway.”
“Is that you Val?” Schreck said staring at the screen.
“Yup, I changed my screen name to broadwaydahling.”
01:15 PM broadwaydahling: hey galz, wut yup
01:15 PM Legomyego: we’re here…..
01:15 PM R2D2: *rubs hands* muu ha hah hah hah
01:15 PM Ethanol: OMG run Schrekno
01:15 PM Schrekno: !!!
01:15 PM Ethanol: HELP!!!!!!!!!!! Evil robots are begining their attack.
01:15 PM Schreckno: ermagherd
01:15 PM Yuki_lurvs_bass: ethel, hardy har har
01:15 PM Ethanol: don’t say my real name! against rules!
01:15 PM Yuki_lurvs_bass: oopsie, sorry :0
01:15 PM Ethanol: hey monitor-she didn’t mean it okay? Don’t get mad.
01:16 PM Schrekno: every one in this room is weard exsept me
01:16 PM Ethanol: O Rly
01:16 PM Weezy: hold on u guys! stop typing so fast
01:16 PM Yuki_lurvs_bass: you’re wierd cause you can’t spell
01:16 PM broadwaydahling: type faster Weezy! type!type!type!
01:16 PM Schrekno: LOL
01:16 PM Yuki_lurvs_bass: jk
01:16 PM Weezy: I cant wahhhhh…*hates stubby fingers
01:16 PM Ethanol: Evil robots have taken over weezys fingers!
01:16 PM Ethanol: * in robot voice*: we-are-coming-for-you
01:17 PM Schrekno: OMG run
01:17 PM Weezy: theyre eating my fingers! ahhhhhhhh
01:17 PM Yuki_lurvs_bass: don’t be an idiot---RUN
01:17 PM Schrekno: Ooo. Name calling U r in trubble.
01:17 PM Yuki_lurvs_bass: arggh! Sorry monitor. Plz don’t ban me!
After a clackety-clack and silence, Weezy looked up at Yuki, disgruntled. “You called me an idiot."
“I didn’t mean to,” Yuki said. “I got carried away by the evil robot monsters.”
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