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The Rising Tide; 'let's go outttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt tonight'
Topic Started: Jan 29 2016, 10:13 PM (739 Views)
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((Ben Fields, continued from Prize Fighter))

The bowling ball sailed wildly off course and entered the side bank, taking its time to go past the last four pins before going out of sight, almost as if it were mocking Ben for his failure. The screen above him displayed a message notifying him of his miss, with a picture of what he could only describe as a cartoon mouse (?) frowning at him. It then went to his score. Hey, 55 out of 70, not bad. He messed up a bit during the last rounds, but it didn’t account for too much, considering his competition. The next screen flashed to final scores and what do you have it, he was the winner of his one man game. Another screen flashed to his name on top of a winners podium, before going back to a blank screen. Ben put the ball currently in his hand back on the bench beside him, so that whoever came here after didn’t have to get a ball.

His first attempt at trying to learn how to bowl was over. It went pretty well, and he wanted to go back, but there was something that he should probably do first before he went back.

He was here by himself, and he was here mostly for himself, as well. His mother had to work overtime, his sister was at a friends house for a sleepover, and he had the money, and he couldn’t figure out a reason why not, so he came. He hadn’t had a lot of time to himself recently, between his schoolwork and his family, and he didn’t really feel like cooking for himself so he went out. The Bowling Alley was the first place he came across, and he had never been inside it before so he figured why not? He had heard some good things about it from school, despite the odd exterior. He figured that he’d have a little fun before found a place to have dinner.

Luckily for him, the Bowling Alley had come equipped with a bar. He was there now, checking out the menu to see what he’d like. He figured that he’d order something here that was at least a little healthy; maybe hit a couple of the arcades in the corner before he went back to bowling. He grinned, slightly. Tonight was going to be fun, unless something happened. Kinda sucked that nobody was here with him but he could deal with that. He kinda did this out of the blue and he doubted that this was a place that any of his friends would go to, anyway. It’d be super neat if someone came, but it wouldn’t matter too much if nobody did.
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Ben continued looking at the menu. Getting a burger seemed like a good idea. Sure it wasn’t exactly the healthiest thing on the menu but he could just run home to work it off. Plus, it covered a couple food groups; he didn’t really know why he’d need to intake certain amounts of each group a day but hey, if it was healthy it was healthy. He reached into his pocket for the ten bucks he needed and was about to walk up to the counter before someone turned to him and interrupted him.

“Hey Darius,” Ben said, stroking his hand through his spiky hair. His hair was a little bit of an odd subject for him. He knew that it wasn’t really normal to have naturally spiky hair like his did but “Spikey” as a nickname stood oddly with him. He didn’t know why, really. There was just something about the phrase that he wasn’t really okay with. Same with Darius, really. Ben knew that Darius wasn’t a bully (at least, not anymore), but there was still reason to be suspicious of him. He hung with Michael and Jonathan, after all, and nobody who willingly hung with them could be that good of a person.

Eh, it didn’t matter. So long as Darius wasn’t bullying someone right now he could be good with him for the night. “What are you doing here?”
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Okay, cool. Darius was out here to have some fun, just like he was. He also mentioned something about liking to listen to music when he bowled. Not something he really needed to know but hey, details could be neat sometimes. “Neat. Might join you later then. Right now, I gotta eat.” With that, he looked around the cafe, looking for a place to sit once he got his order. It didn’t really matter where it was in the cafe, he was mostly just checking through the tables to find the one with the coolest number. His eyes browsed the cafe and the people eating until he found… seventeen. Near the back. Three seats, none taken. There were probably cooler numbers out there but hey, there were cool numbers that everyone talked about and seventeen wasn’t one of them. He felt like giving some love to the more underrated numbers tonight.

So then he got in line, waiting and standing near the counter for it to be his turn. He could see the person serving the counter. Teenager, someone not from Cochise. Tall, scrawny, didn’t look like he had ever washed his face. Oh well. Could be awkward, but it wasn’t like he had to deal with him long.

And then he heard the music start playing. No idea where it was from, but he didn’t really care enough. He knew that it wasn’t coming from the jukebox of the alley, they were playing something else catchy that he hadn’t heard of before. The other thing playing was some sort of… EDF shit or whatever the people at school called it. He didn’t know; not really his jam. He could tune it out and listen to what was on the speakers while he waited.

...Until the lyrics started. That got him to turn his head. The source of the noise was Darius’ phone which… really wasn’t a surprise considering Darius. He was a prankster; he hung with Michael and Jonathan, so this was probably the shit he pulled on a daily basis. Still, this wasn’t school, and he wasn’t pushing a little kid back against a wall, so he figured he’d humour him.

“Hey Darius, I don’t think you have your headphones plugged in properly!” He said over at him, a grin on his face.
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“Darius,” Ben said, crossing his arms and frowning, pretending to look stern for a bit. “I go to your school. I know the shit you pull.”

He dropped his arms, shifting his face into a silly grin again. Being an actor had it’s less obvious advantages, sometimes. Made messing with people easier. Not that that was something he usually did, though. He normally only acted for the power of the greater good.

“You’re not going to be able to pull a fast one on me.”

Darius could end up being a problem, though. Generally stuff for the Anti-Bullying Committee didn’t matter when school was over, but if Darius did any more annoying shit Ben would probably have to step in. Still, he was going to give him the benefit of the doubt, at least for a bit. Tonight was his night to have fun, he wasn’t going to let Darius’ nature ruin it for him. He stepped back into the line, turning his head back to table seventeen to see if it was taken. Nope, still not taken yet. He was behind a spot in the line but he could wait.

He looked back at Darius. Hey, it was another student from Cochise, and maybe if he acted nice to him Darius would act nice in return.

“Do you wanna order anything from the cafe?”
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“Okay then.” Darius didn’t seem to want to buy anything, which was okay with Ben. A little surprising, though, he kinda just gave Darius the offer for free food and he denied it. Knowing who Darius was Ben thought he would have taken the offer in a heartbeat. Oh well. At least that meant that he could keep his extra $6.45. He still would have had a shitton of money left but hey, it was the small things that mattered. He turned back to the counter. Still not in front of the line, but he could wait. He had the rest of the night to have fun, he doubted that he was going to remember the couple minutes or seconds that it’d take to order his burger.

But then Ben heard a familiar voice say his name, and… oh boy it was Jonathan. Normally he’d be someone that he liked, but there were just some… things he did that meant that they couldn’t really be anything but enemies. He associated with Michael. The faggot. The person who picked on other people for fun. The person who stood against everything he stood for, and who Jonathan freely spent his time with each day. Secondly, and he wasn’t really sure if this was worse or not, he was openly gay. He was a faggot who found the sight of another guy, or possibly even him attractive and that wasn’t natural. It couldn’t be. Guys were attracted to girls. That’s how it was. That’s how it should be. He honestly didn’t really want to be near anyone like that. They were weird and they were disgusting and he couldn’t think of anything but that when he was near them.

So Jonathan here was kinda going to be a damper on his night. Uuuugh. Well, no. He wasn’t going to let it get ruined just yet. Maybe he could make a little peace with Jonathan, or at least make a truce.

“Um… It’s going fine, thanks....”
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Ben turned away, focused on the line again. Still hadn’t moved further yet. He just needed to take his mind off the situation, take his mind off Jonathan. Just… being around him knowing what he was made him feel uneasy. He raised his hands up, rubbing them through his face and through his hair. He just needed to forget about it. He was going to have fun tonight, and he wasn’t going to let anything bring it down. All he needed to do was hopefully stay here for a while and then he’d likely go away. Then he could eat, before going back to improve his bowling skill. That was a good plan. It would work. Unless Jonathan tried to interact with him then he could still enjoy his night, and he was pretty sure Jonathan was smart so-

Then Jonathan asked him if he wanted to go bowling with them and goddammit no he didn’t want to go bowling with them. Or at least, he didn’t want to go bowling with Jonathan. He was trying to be nice but he associated with the wrong people and he was fucking disgusting and Ben couldn’t handle being next to him at all. So he couldn’t accept. He couldn’t go bowling with a faggot. Luckily for him, he had his excuse.

“Sorry… I was um... planning on getting something to eat before I went bowling again.”

He chose to ignore Darius’ remark. He wasn’t a fucking retard, he knew what bowling was.
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Okay, Jonathan decided not to chase him further on the offer, thank god. He was even pretty polite about it, saying that he hoped he enjoyed his meal. Ben let out a “Thanks,” but didn’t say anything more than that. Hopefully now they would go away and leave him to himself. That’d be nice. He could order his meal and then go to table seventeen, eat, and maybe hit the arcades after that. He knew that with Jonathan there he wasn’t going to go bowling, but that seemed like a good enough plan. He could have fun, and he’d hopefully forget about Jonathan being here.

And then Darius mocked him, and Ben very almost clenched his fist in response. How was wanting to eat something first something to be made fun of? If he was mocking Ben’s feelings towards Jonathan then he could get fucked. He just plain didn’t like Jonathan, how hard was that to get? He was a faggot, associated with faggots, and he just got under his skin in a way that most people didn’t. He almost walked out of the bowling court then and there; Darius could just plain get fucked and he didn’t want to be anywhere near him.

Wait, no, calm down. Take a deep breath. He wanted to have fun tonight, and just because two intruders had come in didn’t mean that he had to cancel it. He focused his mind on the line, blocked the other two out. If he ate now before going to the arcades he could avoid them. Yeah, good plan. Just focus on the good stuff and let the bad stuff go away.

And that was what he did. He ordered, ate, and messed around a bit in the arcades before going home.

((Ben Fields, continued in Sam's Town))
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