Aria’s Boat (part 2)

Cagney’s Journal – March 15th, 2015

Dear Diary,

Aria slept calmly during the night; I think it was my presence that helped. When she woke up, she looked kind of dazed and I had to help her to the bathroom. She wouldn’t talk to me other than to ask for food, so Mom made her favorite: blueberry pancakes. I delivered the meal and a large glass of almond milk to her and then she took it and locked the door.

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Aria’s Boat (part 1)

Cagney’s Journal – March 12th, 2015

Dear Diary,

Only two more days until the weekend and start of Spring Break! I. Cannot. Wait. Out of the dozen or so vacay ideas I’ve bounced to Mom, I am pretty sure a road trip to South Padre Island is high on the list. Hopefully Aria doesn’t ruin things. She was so whiny this morning and when I got home from school. And not even whining about anything good—she just kept complaining that her head hurts, or she can’t feel her hands. It’s like, come on girl, you are so totally faking everything. I really hope she’s not trying to get our trip cancelled! If she does, I’m going to be so frickin’ mad at her.

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The Queen and I (chapter 4)

School’s been over for half a minute and I’m staring at my phone. Today, I’m going to ask Austen to hang out with me. This is different, because usually I’m asking to hang out with her. A key distinction: one is me being the passive loser everyone of all time has ever treated me. The other is where I take charge and show everyone that I’m not just an invisible nobody, a pauper, a follower—I’m in fact, a legitimate and valuable human being in sea of billions of other like-valued humans.

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The Queen and I (chapter 3)

NOTE: Some character names have changed. Jimmy Merton has been renamed to Mingus Fears and Aaron Woodall has been renamed to Nathan Lao (although he’s not mentioned in this chapter). Some other names may be changed in the future.

 

Friday after school, and only after several texts requested my presence, I bike over to Jesse’s place and make myself at home on the couch, munching on wasabi peas, green tea KitKats, and shrimp crackers while Jesse and Sam sit on the carpet, a few inches away from the massive 65-inch OLED TV hanging on the wall in the middle of the living room. They’re playing Rocket League, yelling various juvenile insults into their headsets aimed toward the other players in the game, and generally ignoring my presence. When they finally lose, Sam decides he’s had enough, tosses his Xbox controller aside, and hops up on the other couch in the room. With his heavy frame, he sinks into the cushion and it would be funny if I hadn’t had the misfortune of witnessing it many times over.

“Yo, Lee, what’s up?” Sam says, finally acknowledging my presence.

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On Hiatus (again)

On Hiatus (again)

Forgot to mention this a month ago, but the blog is currently on hiatus because I’m writing a new novel. I’ll resume posting stories and new Madrigal chapters next month. Survival Game will likely be rebooted next year.