Author: Dcm3387 PM
[Chap 12 up] Things are really begining to heat up as Dustin is on the edge of life. As he does the most crazyiest thing, can his friends get through to him before its too late? Time is running out.. [complete] R&RRated: Fiction T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 12 - Words: 26,157 - Reviews: 81 - Favs: 12 - Updated: 08-24-04 - Published: 07-23-04 - Status: Complete - id: 1978316
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Preview: Dustin lives a carefree and happy life. 2 years after the defeat of Lothor, college has arrived. When trying a drug for the first time, he doesn't realize that his life is slowly crashing down and that he is about to go on a messed up ride of his life. Can his friend save him? Can he save himself? Find out. A Tori/Dustin and a bit of Tori/Hunter fanfic but mostly centers around just Dustin himself and his life as it slowly falls apart.
Chapter 1: Ordinary Day, Two Years Later.
It was mid morning and Dustin was still sprawled out on his bed, sleeping silently. The room was dark, except for the tiny light that shined through the cracks of the curtain in the corner. The annoying and familiar buzzing sound of the alarm clock had gone off, waking up the sleepy brunette. He turned over and groaned, extending his hand towards wherever the annoying sound was coming from. Finally finding the clock, he hit the switched and laid there for a few seconds. He rubbed his eyes before moving his feet to the floor and sitting up. His hair was a mess, it looked like he had gotten into a fight with an electric socket and lost. Stretching his arms. He pushed away the covers, revealing his white with yellow banana boxers and stood up and scratched his head. Slowly dragging his feet like a sloth, he finally made his way to the bathroom where he cleaned himself up. He searched around the floor for a clean yellow and white plaid button shirt and tan khakis. Throwing them on, he walked over to the curtain and opened it up, revealing a large courtyard. He yawned again and scratched his head.
"Im ready to take on the new day." He sighed.
It had been 2 years since Dustin had defeated Lothor. Highschool was over, and he ended up in college somehow. Things haven't really changed, besides that he is now 19 and goes to a rather nice university. Blue Bay Harbor University. He still has not lost is passion for motocrossing. He has been doing so well, that magazines had been checking him out and if he keeps working hard, Kelly would sponsor him in some future tournaments. Tori, Shane and him are a inseparable team . The three of them had planned to grow up and go to college together. He turned around and looked at his now lit dorm room. It was a mess, clothes and books were all over the floor. Motocross and skateboarding pictures were hanged all around the wall. Dustin turned his head and noticed the second bed was empty. He was sharing a dorm room with Shane, and figured that skate board punk somehow manage to get up early for once. Rubbing his neck a bit, he sighed deeply and grabbed his binders and left the room. He turned and walked down the hallways, nodding to a few other students before taking a step out of the building. The fresh air felt nice and the sun was beating on his face. He walked down the campus and towards another building. He picked up his pace, knowing that as usual, he was late for class. Making his way up the stairs, he opened the door to the large science room where everyone turned and looked at him.
"Ah, Mr. Brooks. I see you decided to join us today." The professor spoke up at him.
Dustin reluctancy forced a smile to his old processor. He went up aisle to find himself a seat. Looking around, he spotted Tori and with great luck, an empty seat right next to her. He made his way and sat down, giving Tori a huge smile. She chuckled, chewing on her pen and glancing at him. The professor went onto his teaching, and Dustin immediately shut off any brain power or will to care.
Tori leaned over and whispered, "Dustin. You need to work on your timing."
Dustin shrugged, leaning back on his chair and looking down at the chalk board and the professor. He then turned his head to Tori and laughed.
"What you doing after class?" He asked in a chipper voice.
"I'm going to grab something to eat. Wanna join?"
"Heck yeah." He exclaimed, "Just wake me up when the old man is done with the teaching."
Tori chuckled as Dustin leaned back and closed his eyes. He drifted off into sleep, dreaming about the good old days. The day as a power rangers, boy did he miss those days. He wasn't the only one, he knew everyone missed those days. The greatest memories was with all his friends, he couldn't forget them. What felt like minutes, was actually an hour. A soft nudge on Dustin's shoulder woke him up and he lifted his head to see everyone getting up and leaving. Tori stood up, grabbing her purse and looking down at him.
"Hey, come on." Tori nudged him.
"All right, all right man. Don't got to keep hitting me."
Dustin stood up and followed Tori down the steps and towards the door. He was almost out when the professor spoke up.
"I hope to have the essay on my desk by tomorrow Dustin." He reminded him.
Dustin cringed at the reminder and turned around and looked at him. Tori walked to the door and turned, to wait for her best friend.
"Don't worry dude. I'll get it right to you as soon as possible."
Dustin gave him the thumbs up and turned and ran towards Tori. They both exited out and back into the outside world. They walked along the sidewalk, holding onto their books.
"So what did I miss?" He looked at the blonde.
Tori sighed and bit her lips, "Dustin. Do you think you can try a little harder in class."
"But it's so boring Tori!" He retorted.
Tori stopped and turned to him. He stopped and looked in her baby blue eyes and forced a smile. She gave him a concern look, hearing him sigh deeply.
"Dustin, you got into a good college. I just don't want to see you blow it."
The brunette shrugged and began to walk again. Tori stopped and looked at him a bit before following. They both walked towards a local café where they entered. It was full of college students all relaxing and enjoying some good food. Dustin moved past a few people and stood in line to get his food. Tori did the same, and minutes later they both finally sat down to enjoy their meals.
"So how is Blake and you doing?" He asked, digging through his food.
"Blake and I broke up a few days ago. A long distant relationship just wasn't working for me." She responded, not looking up at him.
Dustin stared at her for a few seconds before taking a bite out of his burger. Tori smiled and drank a bit before going back to her food. The young chipper lad picked at his food, wanting to say something. He dropped his food and looked at her.
"Hey, Tori. Out of curiosity, did you ever think their would ever be something between us?"
Tori arched her eyebrow, "Once or twice." She admitted honestly, "I mean, when we were in Highschool. Why?"
"I was always curious. A lot of people always said we had good chemistry, but I don't know what they see that I don't." He explained.
Tori shrugged and kept on eating. She looked up at him and smiled.
"I'm not really sure. It's something I don't think about, you are my best friend after all and I always figured our relationship would just end there."
The two of them kept eating on eating, changing the topic. They talked about random things, the past and the future. After they had finally finished eating, they got up and left to take a walk around campus. Tori pulled out her cell phone from her purse to check the time. Dustin looked over and noticed the new machine he had never seen before. He went over and snatched it out of her hand.
"Hey, what's this? A new phone?" He grinned.
Tori rolled her eyes and just smiled, "Dustin, give it back." She said nicely.
Dustin took huge leap forward and put the phone to his head.
He spoke into the phone, "Can you hear me now? Good." He took a few more steps forward, "Can you hear me now? Good!"
Tori laughed and ran over to him, grabbing the phone out of his hand and sticking it back in her purse. She looked at him who was busy laughing.
"Dustin, this isn't a verizion wireless commercial."
He shrugged and began hoping around, Tori laughed as she watched. That was one thing she loved about Dustin, his energy. It was endless. She loved how he would make her laugh, make her smile even at the toughest times. They've been together through so much, and she was always lucky that he was there for her. Tori pushed her long blonde hair back behind her ears and turned to see her other best friend walking towards her. Shane waved to him, his open red button shirt was blowing in the wind. He made his way towards the two and stopped in front of them.
"Hey you two. How's it hanging?"
Dustin gave his friend a low five, "Hey man, you left early this morning. Thank's for waking me up."
Shane chuckled, "Sorry bro, I had to do a skating demo and I was almost late. By the way, did you do the English project yet Dustin?"
The forgetful goof ball smacked himself in the forehead, "Oh man. I forgot. I was at the tracks all day yesterday. I was going to do it yesterday."
Shane shook his head, not at all surprise by the answer his good friend had given him. Tori glanced at him and shrugged.
"Oh, by the way Tori. Cam is going to visit in a couple of days. Doesn't that sound cool or what?"Shane exclaimed.
Tori and Dustin's smile just got bigger. That was good news indeed. It was hard to believe they hadn't spoke to him since a few months ago. Ever since Cam became the new Sensei of the wind academy.
"That is awesome." Tori beamed of happiness.
Shane pat Dustin on the shoulder, "Hey man, don't forget. English is today."
With that, Shane ran off, Tori waving him off. She then turned and looked at the boy in yellow.
"I got to get going." She informed him.
He turned, "Catch you later Tor."
Dustin watched the blonde walk away, the wind blowing her hair around. He turned and began walking his own way, he had a few hours to kill before the next class. He figured he spend it at the nearby tracks or something. Walking a little ways, he noticed a group of shady people near a building. He turned and watched as they looked around and entered the all way. Curiosity had caught Dustin by the hook of the mouth and he scurried over to see what they were doing. He entered the all way and turned to see the kids gathered around in a circle.
"Whatcha doing?" Dustin spoke up.
The group of guys all spun around and one of them stuffed something away. Dustin took a few steps forward, looking at the kids. They were wearing black, some with band shirts, a few with hats.
"What do you want?" One fo the boy asked.
"What do you got there?" Dustin got to the point.
"Nothing." Another boy retorted.
Dustin noticed the bag was hanging from the kid's pocket. He lunged out at it and grabbed it, holding it up. A bunch of needles were piled inside the bag. He looked at it, glancing at the kids.
"Heroine. Ever tried it?"
Dustin arched his eyebrows, "No, and I don't plan on it.."
The kids all chuckled and looked at him. A boy in the hat took a step forward and waved his finger at him.
"I recognized you, you're that Dustin kid. Always late, can't stay up during class."
Dustin nodded, agreeing with everything he was saying. Not that he cared what people say about it, he still thinks it is weird that's how everyone knows him for. Not for like his motocrossing skills or anything else.
"You know man, stuff like this can help improve your grade. I mean, you feel good, and in the end, you're a whole new man."
"Nah dude, I'm not stupid." Dustin shot back.
The kid in the hat chuckled and looked at everyone before staring back at Dustin, "Come on, one doesn't hurt. Besides, what do you have to lose. Seriously, what? Afraid you might start acting stupid? Everyone already thinks you are so, what's there to worry about."
"Well...I guess one doesn't hurt." He sighed, handing it back and taking a step forward to join the crowed.
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