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Topic Started: Sep 9 2015, 05:32 PM (1,078 Views)
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((Samuel Howard continued from Cruising and Perusing))

Whenever Samuel wasn't reading or on his phone, he daydreamed during his free time at school. In uneventful classes he'd block out the buzz of conversation and think up characters and situations, weaving together a story in his head. He'd commit it to memory and write it down once he got home, adding it to the history of his world and maybe writing a short story about it.

This is what he was doing as he waited for Mrs. Webber to come back and start class. His head was propped on his elbow and he looked vacantly out the window. It was a bright and sunny day, but the scene he was thinking of was anything but. In his mind was a dark and cold dungeon, a grizzled king leading his children deeper into the bowels of the royal castle. He shows them down steps they never heard of, which leads them into a wide cavern. Only a fraction of it is lit by the lantern their father carries, but the first thing they see is a pair of large, piercing amber eyes...

He thought the idea was clever, having a royal family's heir chosen by a wise and powerful dragon, tamed by the founder of the kingdom. It was one of the first ideas he'd come up with back in middle school, and it was something that endured years of rehauling and tweaking. Samuel was fond of the dragon (which he'd named Varjo), and it was his favorite character among the myriad he'd made over the past few years.

He turned his head from the window to see the back of Jeremy Frasier's head. Jeremy was one of those classmates you saw in the hallway and knew by name and nothing else. He had never held a conversation with him, but from what he'd heard Jeremy was an okay guy. The girl sitting next to him, on the other hand...
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He'd gone back to daydreaming when the sound of the door opening snapped him out of his reverie. He bent down to get his stuff out for class before realizing it was a false alarm: it was just some guy who ran late to class and was lucky to come in when she wasn’t here. He didn't know the boy that well. He knew that Jerry was a junior and sat near him, but that was it.

Samuel straightened up and leaned back in his seat, stretching. He glanced out the window and tried to fall back into his daydream, but Jerry loudly asked for a piece of paper. He watched Jeremy lean over and hand him a piece, but Samuel could see some writing on it.

Jeez, Jeremy...
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"Writing, huh?"

Samuel didn't know Jeremy was a writer. Well, he didn't know anything about him, but nonetheless it was news to him. Part of Samuel was curious about what he was writing; writing didn't exist in a vacuum, after all, and it had to be shared one way or another. He leaned forward on his desk, propping his head up on his elbows. "What's it about?"

He didn't usually chime in like this, but his interest was piqued.
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So Jeremy aspired to be an author as well. Interesting. Samuel only had a brief moment to get a good look at the paper, and all that was on it so far was several bulleted lists. Jeremy did say he was still sorting through concepts, so he might just be jotting down ideas and letting them condense into a story.

Jeremy had given them a bare-bones description of the story. Harry Potter could also be summarized as "a kid goes to a magic school," but it was just so much more than that. But at the stage Jeremy was in, it might not be anything past that.

But it didn't hurt to ask.

Samuel nodded. "Sounds interesting. You got anything past that?" he asked. Jerry asked for a pen, and Jeremy didn't have anything. Samuel sighed, reached down into his backpack and fished out a blue ballpoint he kept on him.

"Here you go"
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Jerry thanked him as Jeremy explained further. He only just thought of the idea, so he didn't anything else so far. He was toying with the concept of deconstructing edgy mainstream novels. Samuel wasn't familiar with the tropes and cliches of mainstream YA novels, but it was still a neat concept.

Especially that last bit Jeremy threw out.

"That last part's pretty interesting," Samuel replied. "Definitely not something you see much today."

Samuel would be willing to read the book. While the genre wasn't up his alley, the premise was compelling enough.

Besides, it'd be interesting to read a book written by a classmate.
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As the conversation was getting good, Ms. Webber walked through the door. The chattering died down as everyone took out their supplies and began the lesson. It was a damn shame, Samuel thought to himself, taking out his binder. It was a damn shame they had to cut it short.

Jeremy did want to talk about it later, though. Samuel nodded and smiled. "Sure, I'd be glad to." It was a little late to be making friends in high school, but Samuel shrugged that notion off. They could at least make an effort to stay in touch, and Jeremy might not be the type of high school friend you stopped seeing after graduation.

Samuel did miss the conversation, though. It was a lot more interesting than English class.

((Samuel Howard continued in The Sweetest Things))
Edited by Aloha, Feb 10 2016, 04:53 PM.
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