High School. Blech, right? Most adults say that if given the choice, they'd never go back. Amazingly enough, I'm one of the... say, three, that could tolerate Mirsa High School again, if given the chance. I mean... that IS where it all began. What? Are you curious now? Then, let me tell you a few Tales of High School.
~Chapter 1: "Meeting" Part 1
When the bell rang to signal the release of students from class for the final time that stressful Monday afternoon, Gwin finished printing out a document from a library computer: the soon to be formed anime and gaming club's constitution. Mindful of the imporantance of the parchment, she placed it in a folder, a smile gracing across her face as if she'd won a significan award.
The library was empty- save the eager Gwin. That seemed to be par for the course, there weren't even any people studying, she must have been the only person who liked to read. Pitiful...
Mrs. Chico, a small woman of nearly sixty, looked over from her desk, shaking her head. There was no way she could keep the library open for only one person. "Sorry, Gwin, but the turnout seems a little... short. Are you sure you still want to do this?"
Gwin nodded with a reply, "Of course, I'll reserve next Monday with you, if that's all right." She carefully placed her constituion for her club in her bookbag.
The petite lady smiled. "Cheerful as always, aren't you? Fine then, I'll close up, you just run along," she said, trying not to sound too excited about going home.
"You don't need any help?"
"No, hon, I've got it."
"I won't be picked up for a little while, I've got plenty of time."
"Gwin, I'm saying that all I have to do is turn off the lights and lock the door. I don't have anything you can do, dear," Mrs. Chico finally said sternly.
Gwin nodded again, "Oh all right, then. Couldn't hurt to ask." She shrugged, all ready depressed that her turnout was so nonexistant. Certainly someone in this racist middle American town was a little more informed about entertainment... she slung her bookback off her shoulder and strolled out of the heave double library doors quite peacefully.
Across the way on the outside wall of the school office was a huge display about the winner of the Back-To-School talent show that took place last week, a girl named Randi won it. Somehow a girl lacking in popularity and charm won one of the biggest competitions in school. Gwin tried to figure out how that was possible, until she noticed someone sittind down under the mural of some girl she didn't know.
The person was hunched over and rather sad looking, so the only good natured thing Gwin knew to do was to talk to this person and find out what was up. After all, she did have time to spare.
"Please don't ask me for an autograph, I'd like to finish my game. The re-re-release of Never Ending Fantasy 4!" The person looked up revealing a short haired, four eyed well dressed female holding up a portable gaming console. "Oh, you aren't one of those eager-to-please-me-just-to-get-on-my-dad's-good-si de asswipes! Sorry about that, I just missed the bus because I was absorbed into my fame, so I just crashed here to play!" She stood up, brushed off her left hand, and extended it for a shake. "Name's Randi."
Gwin didn't catch anything Randi tried to say. She was too surprised to see a girl holding a gaming anything. "Ah," she said a little passively, "I'm Gwin... wait... you're THE Randi? The talent show-"
Randi cut Gwin off completely. "Don't talk about it, please. Everyone knows about THAT fiasco. I wanted an honest and adequate judge panel. But I was handed victory just because of perverse politicians... I hate that, why does my dad have to be mayor?"
'You do like to talk,' Gwin thought. "To be honest, Randi, I didn't know about that. I didn't go to the talent show, because I didn't have the three bucks for the ticket." She shrugged and accepted the handshake. "I'm usually in my own little world."
"With your own... little friends?" Randi asked, as if she completely understood the situation. She laughed quietly. "We're alike than you know, Gwin. Escapism is for all classes of society from the rich to the unfortunate."
Gwin wasn't sure what to think of her new aquantance yet. Something felt strange about Randi's presence, and unlike a lot of rich kids in high school, she seemed... real.
"I see you have a GBASP in your hands," Gwin changed the subject.
"Yeah, I get called a geek for it. But I can't leave my RPGs alone. They are my wide adventures across worlds unlike this one. One of my favorite allows me to raise virtual pets, and that's the closest I'll get to having a real pet, so I'm rather glad for video games."
Inside, Gwin cried. She had found the perfect candidate for her club. "Are you interested in joining an anime and gaming club, by chance?" she asked, trying not to force the issue.
"Truthfully, the question should be do you want to deal with me?" Randi asked. "Too much publicity ruins things. I'm not suited for 'clubs', Gwin, but thank you for the offer. I do have a question for you, though."
"Do I have to be in the club to be your friend?"
"You seriously want to be friends?" Gwin asked, almost on the verge of crying.
"If I didn't, I wouldn't have asked."
"Okay then. We can be friends."
"What's the reading?"
"What does it need to cross over?"
"You CAN'T be serious, Kratos."
"I have to be, Jade. He is going to cross over soon. Forcystus told me himself, and there's no guy inside Cruxis that he trusts more. How much more do we need?"
"At least a full 5%, Kratos. You won't get it for another month, if fonons flow the way they should."
"God, Jade, I thought you were a miracle worker."
"Only with miracle quality the way, you might terminate prematurely if you do this, and I'd hate to tell the poor girl of your fate myself. I'm not good with delivering bad news."
Kratos' frustration came to a peak before he finally turned around and hoped to high hell that he didn't reach Mirsa before Kratos could. At times he didn't know to handle his partner, and at other times, he enjoyed it.
CHAPTER 1 END...
Tales of High School, my original story version, rough draft revamped and edited. YAY. So it starts. I know Emily isn't in here, I'm currently writing her entrance scene in Chapter 2, where she helps Gwin in a class. Anymore than that would be spoliers! I know this is late as hell, but with my crazy work scedule and limited amount of time on the compy, I do what I can with what I've got.
I'm also working on Klarth's entrance, because he's not working with Kratos, Jade, and Forcystus. I can't say anymore due to spoliers. I'm not sure if Klarth is going to be serious or a goofball yet, because I'm trying to weigh the characters out to see how to create an eloquent balance.
Oh and Randi's character? She's rude to a certain extent. You'll see later how she shows her softer side, but before she gets close to someone, she's not arrogant, she's... got a Jade like personality, at best.
Best lines in chapter 1?
"I thought you were a miracle worker!" -Kratos "Only with miracle quality equipment." -Jade
Oh, and for some reason, I detect a small amount of shounen-ai for this one. After thinking about the characters so much, I realized that Randi's love isn't in Kratos, it's in her boyfriend, whom you have yet to meet (even those that are versed in the RP version of the story). Kratos loves her to an extent, kinda like a big brother/little sister type of love - they hug and have their own rivalries and that... but I don't know why I want to put KratosxJade together. I love Kratos and Jade, but I love them seperately!