By Liz Maverick

Clarissa Schneckberg wasn't able to go away her Silicon Valley activity, get dumped by means of her boyfriend, or circulate again in together with her mom and dad. She's formally pathetic. And her customers are dim. no less than that is how they appear from less than the covers of her adolescence mattress. yet simply while her existence seems heading south, Clarissa comes to a decision to move relatively south-to Antarctica, to be designated. finally, the male-to-female ratio on the South Pole is anything like four-to-one. together with her associates, Delilah and Kate, she's able to make the trek and join a few equal-opportunity jobs...even notwithstanding none of them has but to pass though a iciness with out fuzzy slippers. it really is an amorous event Clarissa will be insane to move up. yet for this snow angel, sanity has outlived its usefulness.

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Clarissa suddenly felt horrified. She used to be Kieran’s wife-to-be. And employed. And going somewhere. Now she was . . who the hell knew? “Consider this,” Kate said. “We’d get paid. ” “Think about this. ” “Stop interrupting. They need women. ” “That’s lame. ” “Let’s just ignore that for the moment. You could have an adventure, meet men, get paid, and return home to real life all without one of those unsightly blank spots on your résumé. What do you think? ” At the same time, she couldn’t help thinking that there was something appealing about going away.

In fact, she looked very stern. She had on a black pantsuit with a white blouse that couldn’t have looked any crisper, plus a couple of gold pins on the lapel. She looked insanely competent, as “ C Adventures of an Ice Princess • 31 usual, which always had the immediate effect of making Clarissa feel less so. ” Clarissa sighed. Woe to the daughters of insanely competent mothers. “Maybe tomorrow,” she offered tentatively. Mom folded her arms across her chest and tapped one Ferragamo on the floor.

He looked puzzled. ” Clarissa pushed her chair back, staring down at the pot sticker scraps on his plate. “You do want Chinese. ” “What’s the matter with you? ” he hissed. ” Luna Fong, queen of perfect hair, Kieran’s so-called platonic friend. Kieran sighed heavily. “Come on, Clarissa. You had to know something was wrong. ” “You were on Weight Watchers. You were trying to lose 28 • Liz Maverick weight . . oh good god. You were losing weight for her. ” “Don’t be ridiculous. ” Clarissa suddenly became filled with the urge to do something really out of character.

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