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The participants in this challenge were aged 8 and 14, plus 2 adults. Our responses:
Writer 1 wrote:
Oh my gosh, it’s like, totally dark in here! It’s like, you know, like summer, only without the sun. OMG, how am I supposed to, like, find the phone? If I cannot find the phone within the next, like, minute, I ‘m going to, like, die! Because I need to, like, talk to all my friends, ‘cause we’re like, having a talking marathon and I’m like, gonna so kick their butts. OMG, I just, like, bumped into something! Is that, like, a mall? Because I like need to be near a mall to survive. OMG, this place is so weird. Why is it so, like, dark in here? Is anyone listening?
Writer 2 wrote:
Let’s take inventory:
light-up miner’s cap – check.
Glow in the dark compass – check.
Pink phosphorescent dune buggy – check.
Animal-repelling bikini with magnetic utility belt – check.
Fluorescent lipstick, spray-on hair sparkles, luminescent nail polish, and silk braided bull whip – check.
My name is “Indiana Barbie” and I am off to explore the Temple of Doom.
Writer 3 wrote:
I hopped on my bike and steered into the hall. I had been doing this for weeks. I loved it. I was a Barbie active at night, a toy during the day. I knew it would be light soon so I snapped off my helmet, climbed off my bike, and went back to see the sun rise.
Writer 4 wrote:
Hi! I’m Nocturnal Barbie! I come with a black leather outfit, a black ski mask, and infrared vision goggles! My accessories include a lock pick, a crowbar, and, of course, gloves to prevent my fingerprints from being left behind ! ! You can use me when you want to play “Night-time Robbery” or “Breaking in to the Bank” ! ! Only from Mattel.