Beer. Lipstick. Feet.

By Lakshna, age 16, Oman

There was once an ogre who lived in a brewery. His existence did not go unnoticed as every night he used to consume a vat of beer. But this was acceptable to the workers as they did not have to employ a night guard. They left him alone, and he left them to their devices. But the real reason the ogre lived there was because there were no women in and around that factory, and the reason he was terrified of the female race was because his feet were fatally allergic to the lipstick used by women. And it is very rare to find a woman, especially the young ones, without a tube of the coloured, gooey substance. It had taken him years to find such a comfortable and hazard-free place. He was happy.

But his peace of mind was to be short lived. One day a lady supervisor came to the factory to go over some technicalities. Being a woman, and a little conscious of her looks, she frequently took "touch-up" breaks. During one such break, she dropped her lipstick, which left a sizeable patch on the floor. The woman ignored it and went about her business.

Night came and the ogre was on his night stroll, having consumed half a vat of the beer and feeling strangely uncomfortable. To overcome his queasiness he decided to go to a different part of the factory. Alas for him, the path he decided to take led him straight to the still present patch of lipstick. He stepped on it and did not realise his error until it was too late.

His death was mourned by the workers, but not for long, because not long after, another ogre came. But that is another story.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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