Black and White

By Lakshna, age 17, United Arab Emirates
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

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Her troubles never seemed to cease. Tonight, they would rear their ugly head again. She ran her eyes over the numbers again. Meticulously recorded, not one entry missed, everything where it should be, so why, why was she still running on a loss? What was she spending on? Minimal help, home produced ingredients, no renovations, manageable bills ...

She felt herself begin to give way to tears.

"Excuse me, ma'am."

"We're closed, I'm sorry. Come back tomorrow if you wish."

"Er, yes, ma'am. But I took a picture of you, and I hope you don't mind if I share it on a public portal?"

She looked up at the man. Young, tall, thin; he looked like he needed feeding. And he was smiling at her.

God, when was the last time someone had been so polite?

She gave him a nonchalant shrug and started to get up when he said, "I couldn't help but notice that you aren't exactly the happy proprietor. Anything I can help with?"

Yes. You can lend me few lakh rupees. And leave me alone. Also, make me a few years younger.

"No, no thank you."

He flashed her another one of his I'm-so-happy-all-the-time 1000 watt smiles, said "good evening," and walked back out into the melting twilight.

She stared at his receding form. Slowly, her mouth curved upwards into a smile she hadn't felt on her features in a long while.

She turned and closed shop and surprised herself by humming a little happy tune. Things weren't so bad if people like him existed.

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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!)
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- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
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- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
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- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
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- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
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- The 30 hour famine
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- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
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- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
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- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
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