Chapter 2: Mike's Advice

Shortly after Z's talk, Cody walks around half of the forest and clouds started to form and thunder starts bling in the distance, sensing that it's starting to rain. The voices still haunt him and it can't stop.

"You're nothing!" exclaimed Tank.

"You should've stayed in Antarctica." said Mike.

"Loser!" exclaimed Glen.

All those voices still haunt him completely and even when he's living his dream, he still feels scared deep inside. To make it all go away, he starts singing a song in order to let out all the feelings inside.

The day a door is closed

The echoes fill your soul

They won't say which way to go

Just trust your heart

To find what you're here for

Open another door

But I'm not sure anymore

It's just so hard

More voices followed and thunder kept bling all around him. He covered himself in a little ball and rain started coming in. And then all those voices escaped from his mind. He got up and started to take those negativity words out. He got a stick and started to crash down leaves and threw everything in sight while he was singing.

Voices in my head

Tell me they know best

Got me on the edge

They're pushing, pushing

They're pushing

I know they got a plan

But the ball's in my hands

This time, it's man to man

I'm dropping, fighting inside a

World that's upside down

And spinning faster

Who do I do now without you?

I don't know where to go

What's the right team?
I want my own thing

So bad I'm gonna scream

I can't choose, so confused

What's it all mean?
I want my own dream

So bad I'm gona scream

Cody walks through the forest and still holds the stick around him, looking angry and troubled.

I'm kicking down the walls

I gotta make them fall

Just break through them all

I'm punchin', crashin'

I'm gonna

Fight to find myself

Me and no one else

Which way, I can't tell

I'm searchin', searchin'

Can't find a way that I should turn

I should turn right or left
It's like nothing works

WITHOUT YOU!!

I don't know where to go

What's the right team?
I want my own thing

So bad I'm gonna scream

I can't choose, so confused

What's it all mean?
I want my own dream

So bad I'm gonna scream

Yeah, the clock's running down

Hear the crowd gettin' loud

I'm consumed by the sound

Is it them, is it love?

Can the music ever be enough?

Gotta work it out, gotta work it out

You can do it, you can do it

Cody jumps through the tree and feels the rain pouring in his skin and his fur and that streaks down in him. Then, thunder starts bling and he sees a thunderous figure of doubters and non-belivers all around him in the trees. Feeling ticked off, he decides to knock out all those images through the trees and heads to North Beach and sees the picture of Tank Evans in the open. He starts breathing furiously and throws down the banner of it along with Reggie and starts ripping it up in pieces and lighting strikes down around him.

I don't know where to go

What's the right team

I want my own thing

So bad I'm gonna scream

I can't choose, so confused

What's it all mean?
I want my own dream

So bad I'm gonna scream

As thunder and lighting surround him and the rain pouring down on him, another side of Cody has been released and feels as if all the negative feelings throughout his life and voices will be fading away. He looks up at the sky and let's out the biggest scream ever.

"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!"

The scream echoed all across North Beach and all of those feelings he had been sheltered were released. Cody panted furiously and slowly started to catch his breath until he saw a certain bird flying in the distance. Cody's scream caught Mike Abromowitz attention as he wandered around late.

"Mike?"

Mike turned around and saw Cody wandering around late at night. He nervously said, "I know I'm not supposed to be here."

"Aren't you?" he asked.

Cody nodded his head and Mike said, "Neither should I in this hour and in this weather, I suppose. However, I'm trying to be more outgoing and letting all the stress I have fade away because of working with Reggie. Besides, he's a slacker and I'm glad I quit his job. That way, I'm gonna find a new job on my own. And the reason for your visit is?"

Staring at Mike, Cody said, "I don't know, man. But, I just feel like... this is kind of a good place for me to--"

Before he could finish, Mike said, "Scream? Be my guest."

Then, Cody quickly said, "Or just to think."

Mike clicked his tongue and said, "I've always been told that surfing is a passionate expression of self-discovery and finding yourself through your life. You seem pretty comfortable in the waves, I see."

Cody stared at the waves and said, "I know."

Then, quickly the rain stopped and all they can see is just clouds diminishing back to the clear sky and moonlight. Cody sighed and said, "I don't know, man. Sometimes, I just lost all hope in my dreams growing up in Antarctica and I just-- feel like I'm not--"

"Good enough?" Mike asked.

Cody stared at Mike as if, he just read his mind, but nodded his head to agree with him.

"Let me give you some advice. When I first caught your attention, I had serious doubts about you, not because you're not good enough, but knowing that you're one of those people who risk everything to chase their dreams. Even when I thought you should give up, you still go for it, no matter what they say to you. If I went too far, I apologize." Mike said.

Cody chuckled slightly and said, "No, man. I'm not mad. I'm just... confused."

Mike nodded his head and said, "What taught me about believing in your dreams is that when you stick to it and be committed to work hard at it, it always falls into place and it takes perseverance and courage. And I can tell when you chased after that whale to catch my attention while we were leaving Antarctica that you were gonna do everything to get your spot. Those two are qualities to you don't seem to lack and that's what I admire about you."

Cody let out a half-smile and stared at Mike and said, "Maybe you're right."

"Maybe? At the contest, you were phenomenal and brought back Big Z. That tells that you're charisma is rubbing off on him."

Mike chuckles and said, "You surprise me, Cody. Pen Gu changed when you arrived and came in the contest. So, you're amazing."

Cody smiled at Mike and he starts to fly off saying, "Last one out flies the coop."

"Hey, Mike."

Mike stopped on his tracks and waited for Cody to say something and Cody said, "Thanks, man. You're awesome."

"You're welcome."

Then, flies away and Cody definitely feels like he's someone again and went back to Z's beach, unwaware that he sees the morning sky coming up on the horizon. When got back to Z's beach, he saw Z strumming his ukelele, but not singing. Just playing for fun.

He went up to Z and gave him a hug. He looked confused, but starts to accept it. He soon asked, "What's that for?"

"Believing in myself based on your advice and that I just felt like it." said Cody.

"You're okay, kid."

Z rubbed Cody's head and felt as if he's like the son he never had for a long time. Cody's negativity voices started to fade away and felt really good about himself.

That song was "Scream" from High School Musical 3. I know Wolf dislikes it, but I just got bored one time and I had to let it out. Anyways, this is dedicated to my friends: ILoveAnimatedOutcasts, Wolf Mystic. Hope you guys likey!