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Here is one story retold, albeit with a pithier ending:
psh..i'm not a bear
What happened: I'm off to college next year...and as of right now, I'm totally fed up with living at home. My controlling parents and obnoxious town (let's call it...ATOWN for lack of a clever name) I got in an argument a few days ago with my parents and told them i hate living with them, i hate this town, etc...so it's been weird since then. I'm going up to school in a foresty area, which is way different from down where i live( lets call this place STOWN). My dad and i got in a big argument and he tried to diss me by saying "OHH there's gonna be a new bear in the forests of STOWN"
What I said: i didn't say anything i just gave him an evil glare and went upstairs
What I SHOULD have said: Yeah, but bears belong in the forest, not ATOWN (i hate to explain a comeback but some people may not get it..i was saying i dont belong in my town that i need to leave)
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Or is it?
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