There were three founding fathers. Doesn't every legit organization need founding fathers? And no matter that two of them were girls. I was the first founding father and was dubbed A-52. My friend Megan was M-45 and the last founding father, the only legitimate boy, Alan was named A-257. In addition to the founding fathers, there was also a surgeon general and one other position that I can't remember. But I think we just gave her a position because she was a year older and cool. Our motto, which we still use at times when signing off emails, was:
Just Do It.
Yes, I know this is a bit plagiaristic of Michael Jordan. But, alas, we were in seventh grade.
The purpose of the toxic crusaders was to label people as toxic, infiltrate the cliques of the toxic ones (whilst wearing our invisible toxic waste suits), and then if we deemed them worthy (aka nice people), then we removed their label of toxicity. We never made fun or played pranks on anyone. It was just that anyone we didn't know or that wasn't outright friendly, was immediately labeled as toxic. And then the infiltration and investigation would commence. I guess it was kind of like you're guilty until proven innocent. There were no formal procedure or guidelines. It was just fun to be part of a faction or a group. We even created playlists on cassette tapes (yes I believe CDs were just coming out back then) and produced volumes of Untoxic Music which we then shared with each other.
Interestingly enough, M-45 ended up marrying someone who at first we thought was highly toxic. And most of my other good friends throughout eight grade and high school were people we had initially deemed as toxic.
And of course this memory of the toxic crusaders reminded me something about writing. At the end of Harry Potter didn't the Malfoys change a bit in their ways? Didn't the werewolves and the vampires eventually end up fighting side by side in Twilight? And so it made me realize that I'm personally drawn to stories where people who seem to be at complete odds somehow end up being friends. Thoughts?