Sometimes, you’re so busy looking for that perfect special someone that you don’t realize what’s right in front of you. And that’s exactly what happened this year when my friends dared me to make over the dorkiest boy in school, Freddy. Freddy Krueger.

To be honest, Freddy Krueger was barely even on my radar until a couple month ago, even though he’s been haunting all of my friends’ nightmares for years. Usually I go for the popular, athletic guys with rich parents, so I was pretty embarrassed to be seen with Freddy. But a bet is a bet.

The first thing I had to do was gain Freddy’s trust. I started by trying to show a genuine interest in his hobbies, such as murder and slashing stuff.

“What’s it like being a Dream Demon?” I asked him, looking deep into his maniacal baby blue eyes and smiling flirtatiously. I was really surprised at how passionate his answer was. Could it be that I was…falling for Freddy Krueger?

I decided to focus on the bet and not let these confusing feelings get in the way. I suggested a nice burn cream and full-coverage concealer to help cover up Freddy’s problem skin. Then I took him to the mall to buy some new clothes.

I was careful not to hurt his feelings, saying things like, “Those red and green stripes do nothing for your beautiful complexion. How about this navy polo instead?” and, “That fedora is hiding your beautiful eyes!” Freddy really responded well to that. He was actually pretty sweet, for a nerdy serial killer.

When I insisted that Freddy go to Homecoming with me, he got super suspicious. That’s when I admitted that I made him over as part of a bet. He did not take it well at all.

“I don’t care about the money,” I assured him, “and I don’t care what any of my friends think! I just want to be with you!” Luckily, it turned out he felt the same way! We went to the dance, and had a magical evening. Let me tell you, Freddy Krueger looks sharp in a tux.

Then he murdered all my friends under the moonlight while “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer played.

That’s my Freddy!

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