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AllyWoof
10-29-2007, 07:11 PM
Someone decided it would be a great idea to scare me out of my mind first thing today. Thus, making it impossible for me to think. Can someone give me an example of what a realistic dark secret for a teen in high school? THanks.

alainn_chaser
10-29-2007, 08:22 PM
Depression and anxiety disorders. Trust me on this schools are filled with it and no one wants to talk about it.

Velma deSelby Bowen
10-29-2007, 08:32 PM
Anorexia. Awareness of sexual abuse of another family member, with a promise to keep it a secret... actually, that one works really well in a number of contexts -- the teen sees something that they know is very wrong (steroid/drug use, abuse, adultery) but is sworn to secrecy by the other party involved.

Maprilynne
10-29-2007, 11:41 PM
Excellent suggestions. Also being gay and afraid to come out. Being a shoplifter or knowing someone who is. A huge one would be knowing someone or being the person having a relationship with a teacher.

Provrb1810meggy
10-29-2007, 11:48 PM
They had an abortion. They've been raped. They've committed some type of crime. (Some girl in my class was talking quite loudly about her and her friends stole cars....but I guess that's not really keeping it a secret.)

Also, all of the suggestions above were great!

Shady Lane
10-29-2007, 11:50 PM
Depression and anxiety disorders. Trust me on this schools are filled with it and no one wants to talk about it.

This one is really good. So many students think/know that they have anxiety/mental disorders, but won't come out with it because they're too embarrased or they don't think anyone will believe them.

PattiTheWicked
10-29-2007, 11:58 PM
Cutting.

Hapax Legomenon
10-30-2007, 12:26 AM
Old-people health problems.

Now THAT's embarrassing.

clynnc
10-30-2007, 05:07 AM
The teen could be a vampire or werewolf or rampant shoe-sniffer or something. But really to be serious, I think it would be good if the secret was about him/herself, such as cutting. Also, an eating disorder would be good--how about if the kid secretly couldn't read and was trying to hide it?

KTC
10-30-2007, 05:12 AM
Damn. I was just about to say cutting. Beat me to it, Patti. I think that's a great one.

Danger Jane
10-30-2007, 07:24 AM
bulimia

AllyWoof
10-30-2007, 07:14 PM
I'm so going to puke! But, I love your ideas. What if I combind some of them?

P.S. How about having a secret boyfriend. Then, getting kidnapped while shopping with said boyfriend.

imagoodgurl4
11-05-2007, 12:44 AM
An eating disorder would be a good one (bulimia is easier to hide than anorexia, but it depends on what type of story you want to tell). Or suicidal thoughts. Or even obsessive compulsive disorder if it's really bad.

emsuniverse
11-05-2007, 03:08 AM
OCD issues, abusive parents/stepparents, a shoplifting problem, drugs/alcohol, pregnancy, bulimia, anorexia, cutting, stealing money from parents, cheating on a final exam...

ghost
11-05-2007, 09:00 PM
Being Emo

nessam
11-05-2007, 09:09 PM
Ok no one mentioned friends with firearms. Maybe cliche I know. My daughters Elementary school was shut down last month because some one decided to bring toy guns and hide them outside the school.

DamaNegra
11-05-2007, 10:23 PM
Having done something illegal. Being an unwilling drug dealer. Having a serious depression. An abortion. Being pregnant. Having a boyfriend. Being sexually active. Failing school. Abusive relationships. Abusive parents. Cutting. Eating disorders. Low self-esteem. Having gotten your girlfriend pregnant. Having caused a car crash that killed someone. Watching someone die.

AnneMarble
11-05-2007, 10:24 PM
P.S. How about having a secret boyfriend. Then, getting kidnapped while shopping with said boyfriend.
Even better, how about getting kidnapped while shoplifting with said boyfriend? (Or worse, arrested! :))

There are two young adult novels out now where the main character's big secret is that when they were younger (I think around ten years old), they killed another child. :Wha: The cases are notorious. When the stories open, both are living under assumed names. The books are Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy (that case seems to be based in part on the Mary Bell case) and Right Behind You by Gail Giles (about a boy who set another child on fire).

If murder is going too far for you, how about Kiss by Book by Jamie Michaels? (Is she a plagiarist or isn't she?)

AllyWoof
11-05-2007, 11:29 PM
Being Emo
Okay. Where in the world did you come up with that?

JLCwrites
11-06-2007, 02:22 AM
I'm so going to puke! But, I love your ideas. What if I combind some of them?

P.S. How about having a secret boyfriend. Then, getting kidnapped while shopping with said boyfriend.


Even better, how about getting kidnapped while shoplifting with said boyfriend? (Or worse, arrested! :))

Or

Gets caught shoplifting food and supplies for the boyfriend she kidnapped.

On Topic.... Yes, teens do keep boyfriends a secret. That would be a fun story.

WendyNYC
11-06-2007, 02:25 AM
Having a verbally or physically abusive boyfriend.

Nahotep
11-06-2007, 02:29 AM
I knew a guy in high school who was a rigid right-winger on the face of things, but was secretly having a gay affair with a much older man.

When the teen tried to break off the relationship, the older guy sent horrible letters to all the teen's friends, outing him and their affair in the ugliest sort of language. School administration got involved, news got out to those who didn't get the letters. Needless to say - very traumatic for the poor kid. Fortunately, his friends proved true and didn't give a hoot.

ghost
11-06-2007, 03:10 AM
quote=writerdog;1789057]Okay. Where in the world did you come up with that?[/quote]


Being Emo? No one likes to be Emo, even the Emo kids are embarassed about it.

http://icanhascheezburger.com/?s=emo+cat

AllyWoof
11-06-2007, 03:21 AM
quote=writerdog;1789057]Okay. Where in the world did you come up with that?


Being Emo? No one likes to be Emo, even the Emo kids are embarassed about it.

http://icanhascheezburger.com/?s=emo+cat[/quote]
Oh. I thought that said Elmo. And what does emo mean?

AllyWoof
11-06-2007, 03:23 AM
I thought you said Elmo. What is Emo anyway?

bethany
11-06-2007, 03:25 AM
I know a few that don't seem to mind announcing how Emo they are, but yeah overall I'd tend to agree with ghost's assessment.

ghost
11-06-2007, 04:42 AM
I thought you said Elmo. What is Emo anyway?

Emo means emotional.

clynnc
11-12-2007, 06:09 AM
Emo used to be called "goth," I think. They wear all black, have stringy hair, look sad and depressed all the time and may or may not cut themselves. Also I think they're into vampires and stuff.

reenkam
11-12-2007, 06:32 AM
Emo and goth are definitely different. Close, but definitely different.

Emo's kind of a combo of light goth and light punk, I'd say.

Hapax Legomenon
11-12-2007, 07:44 AM
I always heard that the difference between emo and goth doctrine was this:

Goth: "I hate everything and I'm going to kill everybody"

Emo: "I hate everything and I'm going to kill myself."

See, totally different. Not to say that all 'emos' and 'goths' are actually like this, but this is the doctrine. I believe the ones who are just in it for the black eyeliner and tight leather pants are called scenesters.

takkunelwood
11-12-2007, 07:48 AM
Dating or in a sexual relationship with an older person (4+ years older). It's a healthy relationship but the parents would disapprove and/or have them arrested.

Being the confidant of someone who's been raped.

Being a pathological liar.

takkunelwood
11-12-2007, 07:51 AM
The technical definition of Emo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emo

The cynical and lulzy definition of Emo: http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/index.php/Emo (NSF delicate sensibilities)

Hapax Legomenon
11-12-2007, 07:55 AM
The bestest definition:

http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/Emo

Nahotep
11-13-2007, 12:51 AM
Hi-larious Emo article, Haphazard! Good to know that their natural predator is the jock.

HourglassMemory
11-25-2007, 09:10 AM
How about all of them?
"Oh, its' not realistic"
Precisely, that's why it would be interesting to read.
How about you make the kid's life absolutely miserable?
I would read to see how the kid gets out of that! or WHAT would get the kid out of that. (Usually this is where fantasy come sin)

Aslera
11-26-2007, 08:44 AM
OCD is terrible, and embarrassing sometimes.
Anorexia/Bulimia often begin in these years.
Rape
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Parent(s) having a substance abuse problem
And, in my school, immigration status

dancingandflying
11-26-2007, 08:51 AM
being a teenager myself, i would suggest
- cutting
- pregnancy
- abortion
- keeping a family member or friend's secret (drugs, abuse, boyfriend, etc., etc.)
- abusive family, boyfriend, or friend
- dealing with stolen items (buying or selling)
- drug abuse
- rape (and date rape)
- depression (not emo)
- violence (firearms, being attacked on the street, etc.)

just a few for you. now stop distracting me from nanoing!

peace out. :)

chevbrock
11-26-2007, 09:01 AM
Please excuse my sick, sordid mind in advance....

MC goes surfing on u-tube to see if she can find anything funny. Stumbles across a video of person wearing balaclava holding gun raving and ranting about some sort of rabid belief about Muslims/ethnics/the president/whatever takes your fancy. The MC thinks the voice and maybe something else are familiar but can't decide if it is really them or not (why? - in denial, really doesn't want to know???) so doesn't tell anyone until person shows up for school one morning armed and ready to mow some students down. MC in agony thinking she could have prevented all this if she had spoken up.