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Youth Conference
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Youth Conference

"What?!? Are you crazy?! Can you imagine the embarrassment of giving them something like that?!?! We'll look like the biggest geeks on the planet! Don't you think that we should stick to more subtle tactics?"

"We'll give them anonymously," Amy explained. "They'll find the cookies and eat them and all the while they'll be wondering romantically about the girls who thought to give them this little gift. It'll be perfect! Anyway, my mom always says that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach."

"And how to you propose to give them anonymously?" I asked. "We can't just drop the cookies off on their doorstep -- the boy's dorm is off-limits to girls. And even if it weren't, I wouldn't dare drop them off myself -- I'd be mortified by the thought that someone would see us and tell them who did it."

"We'll have Mindy do it," Amy said. "As a chaperone she's allowed in the boy's dorm, and she would never betray our little secret."

I considered the plan for a second. "You have this whole thing thought out, don't you? Well, okay, but we'll have to tell her to be sure no one see her dropping them off, because people know that she's our teacher and our friend, so if they see her they'll figure out pretty quickly that it was us."

"Of course she'll be careful. She does this sort of thing all the time to try to catch the attention of her karate teacher, doesn't she? Now all we need to do is find Mindy to ask for her help and then write something on the card."

"Mindy's sure to be chaperoning in the dance hall, so we might as well go back in there and find her."

When we got back to the dance hall, we saw Mindy on the sidelines keeping an eye on people. She was supposedly ensuring that the dancing couples weren't dancing too close -- the boy and girl were supposed to be far enough apart that you could put a Book of Mormon between them -- but Mindy wasn't the type that would embarrass people by enforcing that rule. Enough other chaperones would, though, to keep people in line.

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Of course almost before we noticed Mindy, we noticed Y and Z over on the edge of the room by the wall. Their names were really David and Peter, but we always referred to them as Y and Z when talking about them in case anyone overheard us.

David (a.k.a. "Y") was the most beautiful guy I knew. He was taller than average, but not too tall, and he was extremely thin. He had very fair skin and dark hair with a natural wave to it and the most beautiful light brown eyes you can imagine. For the dance he was dressed simply but nicely with a plain white dress shirt and a tie, and pleated dress pants. Amy's true love Peter (a.k.a. "Z") was an exceptionally tall boy with bright red hair and kind of a round face. I didn't find him all that cute, but Amy swooned over him. And so we had divided them up among ourselves. Everything would be perfect if only we could get them to agree to the arrangement.

Not far from them stood Y's older brother Andrew and my own older sister April. This was what was so galling about the fact that Y refused to pay any attention to me: his own older brother was my sister's boyfriend! My sister was fine for Y's brother, but somehow Y thought that he was too good for me. It didn't make any sense.

Amy and I immediately decided that it was a good time to chat with April and see how she was doing. So we walked straight up to April and asked her and Andrew what they thought of Youth Conference this year and how they thought it compared to the college we were at last year and all that. Without directly looking at Y and Z, we used our peripheral vision to make sure that they had a good view of our respective good sides and that they could see that we were having an animated and witty conversation with Y's own brother. Y and Z were just far enough away that they couldn't hear our conversation over the music, but they could undoubtedly see that we were charming and having a good time.

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