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For the people all said "Sit down, sit down you're rockin' the boat."; Open!
Topic Started: Jul 5 2015, 11:37 PM (1,009 Views)
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((Jeremy Frasier, continued from The First Mistake))

It was a Tuesday afternoon. Jeremy Frasier was finally exiting school after the longest fucking math period he'd ever been in. He remembered once reading a book that his perception of time was actually based on when and where you were, and if you were noticing the time or not. There was a saying, "time flies when you're having fun" that kinda summarised it, in a way. When you were doing something that completely absorbed you into it, you weren’t noticing the time, causing the brain to speed through it, in a way. When you were doing something you found boring, though, and if you were looking at the time to see when it ended; it slowed down, since you were noticing the time and every single second of it. It had been a while since he had read the book though, and he was sure he had gotten something about it wrong. He was still pretty sure he had the main gist of it, though.

Even if he had gotten it wrong though, it didn't matter. School was finally over for today, and he was finally going home to see what the internet had gotten up to. Except he wasn't actually going home for a while. His dad had told him that there was a work thing that he had to do around that time, meaning that there was nobody who could pick him up from school for half an hour. Oh well, it wasn't so bad. Normally he'd be really fucking annoyed at his parents for making him stay after school, but he was actually okay with it for some reason. He understood why they couldn't be there for him and hey, it was only half an hour, he could manage. He had been to the library earlier today and he had gotten something that he was interested in, so all was good.

Right now, he was walking across the grounds with the other students of Cochise, about to go to the school entrance in which he was supposed to be picked up from. Again, things could be worse for him. It could be raining, or he could be waiting out the half hour in the maths class with Mrs. Brown. Part of his personal life philosophy was making the best of a bad situation, and if something bad happened to him, he could point at something else and say "could be worse." He wasn't really expecting it coming, though, so that was part of it that he fucked up.

He looked down, and looked at the book he was going to read. Paper Towns by John Green. John Green was someone he looked up to, in a way. He was the dude who made Crash Course, which was a YouTube program that he used for History and other things. He knew that Paper Towns had a movie coming out soon, so he decided to read the book to see if it was any good. He figured that reading from different authors would help him with his writing style, so that wouldn't hurt, he supposed.

He was at his exit now, he found a place on the grass, and sat down.

It was going to be a long half hour.
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So apparently everyone gets a miracle, according to this book? Huh, that was an idea he kinda dug. There was probably something that made every person on this Earth unique, even if it was something completely meaningless. It'd beat his viewpoint in that people were chained to society and got stuck in a wheel. Looking at it, nothing had happened that made him special, at least not yet, so it seemed that he hadn't gotten his miracle yet. He'd just have to work for his. Write a novel, get the fuck out of here, and live life the way he wanted to.

...Wait, this dude's miracle was living next to some girl? Yeeesh, that kinda soured his expectations rather quickly.

Still, aside from that, this book was pretty good so far. Protag felt like an actual human being, talking about his life and actually being panicked upon seeing a corpse. Writing style was alright, he could learn something from this. It seemed that John Green was okay at creating characters so far, although things might change since he was still only in the prologue. Book made him smile a bit too, with the thing about Dr Jefferson Jefferson. This was actually pretty good, and he wouldn't mind staying here for half an hour if it meant reading this. Sure, there would be the jackasses who'd speed past where he was and call him a "retarded faggot" or something like that, but he could manage that, it was unlikely that he'd remember them tomorrow and he was probably smarter than them anyway.

Someone called out to him, said hi.

Oh boy, it was Ty Yazzie.

They did not get along. For whatever reason, Jeremy doing his normal daily routine of telling jokes during class set Ty off for some reason, and he was often treated coldly by him. Despite not wanting to hate anyone, he really wasn't going to treat anyone who treated him like that with respect, and it all went downhill from there. So when somebody who visibly hated him came up and said hi, he wasn't really seeing it as a peace offering. Still, he shouldn't burn the bridge yet, he might actually want to say sorry. Jeremy looked up from his book.

"Hi," he said, a little more blank and cold than he wanted it to be.
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Ty asked him what he was reading. Jeremy had to turn his head again in an awkward position so that he could look him in the eye. It was something that was forced upon him by his parents ever since he was young. If he didn’t do that, he’d get shouted at. There were other rules, of course. Don’t say something bad about a shop when you’re in it, always say please and thank you. It was common courtesy, and he was glad that his parents had put it into him.

But it was hard to show courtesy to someone who didn’t show it back to you. He had tried reaching out to him before, but it didn’t work. Seemed that Ty just didn’t want his sympathy. The best bet was probably just to ignore him, treat him as if he wasn’t there; but there was something about him that called him to respond, to argue with him. Jeremy knew that he was right, that he was better, so what was the problem with that?

So when Ty asked him what he was reading, he figured something out. He could just avoid this confrontation, ignore him.

Walk away.

But he didn’t, he wasn’t sure why. It was probably because of the casual nature of the question. It seemed, again, that Ty actually wanted to make things up. Jeremy wasn’t going to let that opportunity pass, they probably weren’t going to be friends at the end of this but it would probably help both of them out a little. It’d mean that he’d be able to pass Bernadette in the halls without her staring at him like he was the antichrist. He answered the question truthfully, turning himself around on the grass, and holding the book up so he could see.

“Paper Towns. John Green. It’s pretty good so far.”
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Then a new guy turned up, asking what "Paper Town" was. Jeremy kinda recognised the guy. Conrad, was in student council. He didn't know much more than that, though. He was apparently pretty ignorant, though, he didn't even get the name of the book right (somehow he managed to get the plural as a singular, who manages to do that?). The tenseness of the situation with Ty awkwardly shifted to Conrad, and Jeremy jumped a little bit in surprise because of it. The situation changed, and rather than two enemies having a tense standoff, it was now somebody jumping in and acting ignorant. Probably for the best, though. It might have became ugly if it was still just him and Ty.

He was still a little surprised, though. Three people all having to stay back for a while meeting in the same place? He was pretty sure that wasn't a natural occurrence. He had his reasons, and he imagined that they were pretty fair (thank god it wasn't raining, he sometimes had to stay back because his parents forgot to pick him up and he never had a raincoat or umbrella). He didn't know what the others' reasons were, but that didn't really matter to him that much. What mattered now was that Conrad had asked a question to him.

"Uh, firstly it's Paper Towns." He said, placing emphasis on the end of the word. He hated it when people were ignorant, he had to say the same thing over and over like a broken record just so they could understand what he was saying. He knew that he did the same thing in his mind though, sometimes repeating the same basic expressions like "it didn't matter, what mattered was [x]" or sometimes just repeating the same ideas. When he became aware that he was thinking, he had a ripple effect, in a way. The words that he was actively focusing on became slower to imagine as other voices and what he was planning on thinking finished the sentence or thought beforehand, making his overall thinking process much slower.

He also realised that what he said was somewhat rude, but considering that he said it to a person he barely knew and to a person who still hated him at the moment, he figured it didn't matter too much. And there we go, he thought about something not mattering again. He'd probably hit a hat trick soon, how exciting.

And with that out of the way, he continued what he was saying.

"I'm not sure what the total plot is so far," swinging his hand up and around a bit so that he could show that he was only a couple of pages into the book, "but so far, this dude named Quentin's miracle is that he lives next to a girl named Margo and when they were nine they found a dead body." He moved the book to show the back cover. "According to this, though, apparently him and Margo are going to go on a rampage and then Margo's going to disappear, or something. Haven't gotten that far yet."
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...Yeah, Conrad was either ignorant or just not getting it. Jeremy supposed that his summary of the blurb could have sucked, but he didn't think that that was the case. He looked at the back of the book for a second, then recalled back on what he'd said. Nope, he hadn't missed anything, it seemed. It was Conrad, rather than him, who was wrong. "It's a romance?" Jeremy didn't really understand how what he had said was a thriller. He supposed that since he had left out the romantic elements in his summary it couldn't easily be interpreted as a romance, but interpreting it as a thriller was a pretty silly conclusion and it made him question Conrad, for a bit.

Of course, again, he could have been the one wrong and the one who sucked at explaining things, but his mind immediately told him no, it's Conrad's fault and he couldn't really form up something against what he had just thought. It was oftentimes hard for Jeremy to feel that he was wrong, that whatever happened was his fault and that he should back down, which was a problem for him. He argued because of this, and didn't back down because in his mind, he was correct and he was going to prove it. That was problematic; he would probably have to count on both hands the people that he had pissed off or run the wrong way due to it. Ty, Bernadette, Clarice, Adelaide, his parents, others that he couldn't remember or didn't want to remember.

But really? Fuck them. He didn't really see why he had to change it and he wasn't going to. Plus, the idea that he was always right provided him with a little bit of short term happiness, which wasn't a bad thing.

Besides, he was currently liking Ty. Jeremy turned his eyes to him, and he was resting against the tree. It had been a couple of minutes and they weren't full on shouting at each other yet, so either one of them was trying to make an improvement or Conrad's arrival had changed something. Probably the former, with Ty trying to make an improvement, considering how he seemed to be going for civil conversation right now.

Jeremy swung the book around again, with it opening on page eight. "Not sure about the overall thing yet, considering I've only finished the prologue, but it seems okay so far. Protagonist seems a little creepy, though." Ty was actually being pretty calm about this conversation, so he may as well respond in kind.

So don't mess with the bull, and you don't get the horns?

Yeah, that seemed about right. There was probably a better metaphor (?) for that, though.
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Conrad grinned at his statement and apologized for the assumption. Wait, was that sarcasm? Sounded like it, at least. Huh, Conrad was a little more interesting than he thought. Jeremy grinned a little back, it seemed that he had made a bad assumption, and he knew what assumptions did. Made an ass of you and me. Yeah, he was pretty sure that was how it went. Conrad then asked him if he normally read romance novels. The answer was a definite no, but it wasn't really a no, in a way. He did read some, but it was either because it wasn't really a romance or because it was an ironic masterpiece like 50 Shades. It was really the same of anything else really, he read it because he was interested in it, regardless of the genre.

"Not really, not any more than any other genre. I'd honestly read anything so long as it was good or if I was interested in it."

At that moment, Jeremy heard a car come up behind him, he turned his head. Familiar car, familiar colour, familiar numberplate.

That was a pretty short half hour. Maybe they were overestimating things. Wouldn't have been the first time that happened.

"Well, it seems like my ride's here, so I guess this is goodbye." Jeremy started to stand up, and walk away. He turned his head back a little. It wasn't really fair to just dump these people, considering that he had actually gotten somewhere with Ty and Conrad. He decided not to invite them to chat online later, though, that just... wouldn't seem right. "See ya," he waved a hand into the air, getting into the car.

Maybe it wasn't the best thing to do, but it felt right. He was sure that they'd talk again, anyway.

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