The Great Water Chase

Rico Akins

<b><i>Wow, this is boring, </i>you think to</b> yourself, standing alone at the edge of the party. No one seems to notice you. You've invited so many to your own party that they have begun to invite others. You heave an annoyed sigh and—wait, did that woman just eye you? Great, now she's coming over. Whatever you do, act normal. Just act—
"Nice party," the unfamiliar woman says. "What's it for?"
"Uh, {~college graduation|my friend got married|I have enough money}," you quickly formulate, though you know it's a lie.
"That's cool," she replies, believing your lie. "Hi, I'm Susan. So, what's your name?"