[Fiction] Friday Challenge #165 for July 23th, 2010
Pick two established characters, either from your own work or others’. Now write the scene/story of their meeting.
The lunch hour had just begun and Jackson sat at the park bench and table waiting for the rest of the group to arrive.
“Hey, Action Jackson, shove over,” said Andrew. “Got you a Coke.”
Jackson held out one hand while he scrolled through the play list on his ipod. The strains of “Bohemian Rhapsody” flittered out of the speaker dock. As the song reached its crescendo, Jackson, Andrew, Josh and Stuart stood up, put their left foot up on the bench like it was a fold back speaker and re-enacted Wayne and Garth, thrashing their heads in wild abandon while wielding air guitars.
They fell back onto the bench and laughed. Emily Lewis wandered through on her way to the canteen with her minions.
“How’s the bromance going, Andrew? Who wears the pants in this relationship, you or Jackson? Or do you prefer to wear your underpants on the outside?”
The boys at the table laughed at Emily’s jibe.
“I do believe that you owe me a comic, Emily,” said Andrew.
“Snap AND zing,” said Stuart as Emily powered away. “Speaking of bromance, you guys have been mates since, like, Year 7. How did you guys meet up? I mean, you came from different schools and all. The only thing you got in common is comics. Jackson’s into tech and geek speak and you’re into music and art stuff.”
Jackson interjected, “Yeah but you’re into cars and nothing else, except Natasha and her…”
“Mammalian protuberances,” finished Stuart.
Andrew spluttered with the fizz going up his nose. “You’ve been listening to Frank Zappa again, haven’t you? We met at Phat Albert’s comic store, in the summer holidays before school started in Year 7. Mum dropped me off and went to get some groceries and left me to look at comics. Jackson was buying the new MAD magazine, which I was also going to buy. It was the last one. Phat Albert introduced us ‘cause he knew us both. We found out we were going to be at the same high school together, so Jackson agreed to lend it to me when school started.”
“Unfortunately, I came down with chicken pox and missed the first two weeks of school,” said Jackson.
“Because I was the only one from my primary school coming here, I knew no one, so I was banking on Jackson being someone to talk to. Just bog scared for the first two weeks until he showed up. From then, we just clicked.”
Josh took a shot at the bin with a balled up paper bag but Jackson smacked it away. He got up to retrieve it and as he put it into the bin said, “So, what’s the deal with you and Emily Lewis? You’ve been fighting it out for Geek of the Year since she arrived in Year 9. Anyone’d think you’re flirting with her.”
“Get your hand off it, Josh,” said Andrew.
“Come on, you’re like Edward and Bella. You both want what you can’t have and bitch and moan about it. Although, I think you’re Bella in this equation.”
Andrew launched a scrap of orange peel at Josh, but could feel his cheeks redden. He didn’t want to admit there could be something to what Josh had said. He thought back two years ago to the Year 10 Graduation Dance. Emily arrived in an emerald dress that accented an emerging form hidden by a school uniform. Instead of the schoolgirl ponytail, her dark tresses dropped in curls around her ears and over her shoulders.
“But what turned her to the dark side?” said Jackson. “There has to be some reason for her to be so standoffish.”
“Dunno,” said Andrew. “She came here from interstate and doesn’t say anything about it.”
He looked up and saw Emily walking back across the quadrangle. He wondered what costume she wore beneath her uniform. If he peeled back the mask, what would he see? He wasn’t even sure if he wanted to know what was behind his own mask. Emily passed by without a glance in his direction but he watched her every step until she disappeared into the library.