WS ST Posted October 27, 2016 Share Posted October 27, 2016 Aberrant: Weirder Stuff Chapter I Homecoming “I believe in the possible. I believe, small though we are, insignificant though we may be, we can reach a full understanding of the universe. You were right when you said you felt small, looking up at all that up there. We are very, very small, but we are profoundly capable of very, very big things.” – Stephen Hawking Autumn, the green hues of summer shifts. Gaze across the plains toward the mountains, welcome brilliant shades of yellow and gold as aspen, cottonwood and tamarack trees change with the season. The winds blow from the north and summer heat gives way to cooler temperatures in anticipation of winters coming cold. In the cities and towns, the people go about their lives mostly concerned with their own needs, with only the things that touch their own lives. Everyone has concerns. Bills, Politics, religion, what have you. But then Friday comes and most of the populace put aside their concerns at least during the fall for Friday means Football. Shelly, Montana Friday October 7 2016 6:00AM The two young women ran through the darkness even with the cold morning air they were both covered with a thin sheen of good workout sweat. Lilly Pryor and Kia Mizuki, students at Shelly High School and next door neighbors in the small housing unit on base, had been running together in the mornings for over a month now. They had become friends after Kia had moved to the base when her father had surprised her and her mother with a new job, a job he basically told them nothing about except that it was a government research job and that it was classified. So far Kia hated it here but she had found a friend in Lilly, and a pass time in gaming which she had never thought she would enjoy even with the other kids in the group, aside from Lilly, were all a bit...odd. Lilly's circumstances were a bit different She had moved here her freshman year (she was a junior now), from her dad's last post after he was promoted and assigned to Bulwark AB as the commander of the security detachment. Lilly had been used to moving around but Shelly was almost like a foreign post and the base rules a lot stricter than the other bases they had been at. At first Lilly had taken pity at first on Kia, after all she had been the new kid since she had arrived here three years before, and now it was Kia's turn. But after knowing the small Asian girl for a short time Lilly found that the two had a lot of things in common and that she actually liked her. They approached the mid point of their run and paused for a water break at the fence separating the small air field from the rest of the base. As they drank their water Lilly spotted a late model gray sedan parked under helipad lights. “Is that your dad's car?” She asked between sips. Kia looked that way. “Looks like it. Wonder what he's doing here.” As the girls looked on they could see that it was Kia's dad, he was by a dark van supervising the unloading of what looked like small cages, in the distance they could hear an approaching helicopter. Suddenly a bright light shined on the two girls startling them. “You two need to move away from the fence please.” An airman came toward them quickly from the direction of the Airfield gate, his rifle cradled in his arms in a non threatening manner but his voice had been stern when he called out. The man wasn't much older than the two girls a year or two at most, but it was obvious when he moved between them and the view of the field that he was serious. “Sorry ladies but I need you two to clear the area, at least back to the main road.” He points with his left hand back up the short road that leads to the airfield gate a good 25 yards away. The girls nod and head back that way puzzled, they had been running this way every day except Sundays for the last month and no one had ever bothered them before. It was a puzzle that they talked about after they finished their run, showered, changed and met back at Lilly's truck so she could drive them to school. Shelly High School 7:30 AM At Shelly high, like virtually every other high school in the country, the hour or so before classes begin for the day are the times when the kids who make up the student body meet and carouse with their friend sharing what they did over the evening before, making their out of class plans for the day ahead, catching up on last minute home work which often means copying from someone else's assignment, and generally just being kids. They arrive at the modern campus in a variety of ways some drive their own cars or trucks, others are dropped off by their parents, some ride the school bus, and others walk. The school itself seems out of place in a town which looks much like it did in the middle of the last century. It boasts an ultra modern facility and a comprehensive and some what advanced curriculum for it's rural placement. The kids who go here and want to excel can do so and be well prepared for the wold after graduation. Some kids just go there to mark time. Lilly and Kia arrive in her old pickup pulling into the parking lot behind Chet Walker in his Red Camaro the newest most expensive car any of the students and even the teachers owned. Chet was the son of the current mayor a local business man who was not well liked but was good at spreading the wealth. Chet was a lot like his dad, arrogant and narcissistic, but not quite as smart. He was the kind of kid who thought he was the best but in reality was at best average. He played football but wasn't the star of the team that role went to Sandy Caldwell a Senior and the most popular boy in school and to Lilly, Sandy's heir apparent to the title of star player. In fact while Sandy was still on the roster as the starting QB for the Rangers , the team name in Shelly, it was Lilly who had carried the team the most this year. Chet resented Lilly and he was intimidated by her. Chet and his troll buddies crawled out of the sports scar and leered at Kia as she got out of the truck. Kia was wearing her cheerleading uniform since it was tradition for the cheerleadrs to run the halls between classes on game days psyching people up for the nights game. She joined Lilly at the front of the truck ignoring the cretins ogling her. She and Lilly started toward the Building where they planned to meet with Sean and Abel, two of their gaming friends, to discuss the weekends plans. As the two girls walked away the three boys followed a few yards behind yammering and laughing. Then Chet spotted something more interesting to him than the two girls. Grabbing his thug buddies he veered off toward one of the secondary entrances to the West halls of the school. Across the lot Abel Cross backed into his usually parking spot and he and his twin sisters climbed out of his jeep. The twins, Mellysa and Dalia, waved goodbye to their older brother and headed off to join some of their friends just getting off the bus. Abel watched his little sisters a few moments before throwing his backpack over one shoulder and starting off toward the lunchroom where he and his gaming friends usually met on Friday mornings, along the way he greeted friends and classmates. He saw Lilly and Kia a little ways ahead of him and called out for them to wait. The two of them were in the gaming group and they also all ran track together. As he caught up to them a thought pushed through his filters and caused him to look around <goddammit, fucking bitches they already have all the other boys wrapped why do they have to go after the one I want> Abel's gaze fell on Gina Keller a girl in his class, as soon as she saw him looking her way she turned red and her scowl turned into a embarrassed smile as she gave him a little wave. With a little effort Abel blocked her out and he sighed inwardly just what I need. After greeting Lilly and Kia the three continued on into the Lunchroom. The expansive Lunchroom/Assembly hall was full of kids and teachers many who were taking advantage of the breakfast program. As the three gamers made their way toward their usual table another of their group was just coming out of the breakfast line. Alec Cordeaux was the youngest member of the gaming group and just a freshman he had had to ride the bus this morning which menat he hadn't had time to eat at home. He and another freshman, Teena Whitesong, a friend who he had befriended a year ag when she moved from the reservation after her Parents had been killed in a fire and she had been fostered to a couple here in Shelly. Alec and Teena shared a lot of the same likes when it came to clothing and she had even taken a try at skating. Alec had considered inviting her to the game and he did so again but wasn't sure how the rest of the group would react to an indian. If there was one thing the people in Shelly didn't think highly of it was the Native Americans from the Res. But Alec was the newest member of the group and wasn't ready to put himself out there quite yet so he told Teena he would see her later and headed to the gamers table. At their table was Felix Leonhart, spread out before him on the table were various comic books and mangas and he was busy drawing in a classic sketch pad. Felix, a sophomore this year, was prehaps the best artist in school and his love of anime and comics had made him a natural at the gaming table where he drew portraits of the other players characters as well as full scenes from their games. Usually shy and awkward he was very animated and outgoing with his friends especially when talking anime. As they all converged and said their hellos and took their seats only one thing was missing their Game Master. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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