Nothing Matters Anymore

by: Terrell James

Chapter 1: Gizmo's Issue

Early morning in Pen Gu Island, Austin "Gizmo" Maverick woke up and walked around the beach, looking a little moody. He looked up at the sun and sighed sadly. He was thinking about his biological parents from California and realizes that he was in another life that he felt as if he was lost in his own world and that no one cares about him anymore.

Then, he saw Lani walking across the beach and she can realize that something was wrong with him. She asked him, "Hey, Giz. What's wrong?"

"Nothing's wrong." said Gizmo.

"Something is. Can you tell me what it is, though?" she asked.

"I'm not sure if I can talk about it. Maybe later." said Gizmo.

"Well, okay. But if you do, you could tell me, right?"

Gizmo nodded his head kinda nervously and then she walked away. He sighed softly and watched the sun go up. He leaned across the ocean, staring at his reflection and kinda felt as if he's alone. He stands up and wants to keep his sadness away from everyone else.

As he was walking across the beach, he saw Cody standing around the beach, looking at the other surfers. He smiled and covered his eyes with his flipper. He said, "Guess who?"

Cody chuckles and said, "Hey, Giz."

He uncovered his eyes and said, "Hey, bro. How's it going?"

"It's going great. How 'bout you?" said Cody.

"Okay, I guess." said Gizmo.

"So, I haven't seen you around yesterday. What's been going on?" asked Cody.

"You know, just hanging, catching some waves." said Gizmo.

Gizmo's trying to hide away from the problem from Cody, but he could already sense it. It's a brother's instinct when something's on his mind. He got completely concerned and wanted to find out what the problem was.

He asked, "Is there something that you would like to tell me?"

"No, nothing. I'm completely borderline perky. Nothing's bringing me down soon." said Gizmo.

"I'm here for you, bro. It's okay to talk to me." said Cody.

"Nothing's wrong." said Gizmo.

"Are you sure?" asked Cody.

"Positive." he answered.

"Well, okay. If you say so." said Cody.

"See you around, man." said Gizmo.

"Later."

He walked away and then Cody saw Lani coming towards him. He said, "What's up, Lani?"

"Not much. I see he's got you fooled, didn't he?" said Lani.

Cody scoffs and said, "What's that supposed to mean?"

"I tried telling him what's the problem this morning, but he didn't tell me what it is." said Lani.

"Really? I did the same thing, too." said Cody.

"I think something's bothering him, and yet we don't know what it is." said Lani.

"So, what are we gonna do?" he asked.

"I'm not sure yet, but I think we'll find sooner." said Lani.

"Well, that would mean we would sneak on Gizmo when he's on his 'sadness mode', and he would talk about why he's been moody and that--" he paused, then he realized that it's a great idea for Gizmo to open up his problem, then he looked at Lani and she nodded her head to figure out the point.

Cody smiled and said, "I never thought I would say this, but I'm extremely proud to call you my girlfriend."

Lani chuckles and said, "Don't push your luck."