I've been off the site for a while, waiting for inspiration to strike. And now that N.E.R.D.S. has its own section I can begin. The first chapter is set on the end of Christmas holiday. The weekend before kids go back to school.
It was Saturday, the last weekend before the beginning of the new semester. Jackson Jones laid on his bed, staring at the ceiling, bored as a rock. In just a few months he went from popular, to nerd, to secret agent. You'd think his life would be more interesting, but it wasn't at the moment
After seeing his family for the holidays, Jackson was looking forward to coming home and spending time with his friends. But he couldn't get ahold of Duncan or Ruby, Matilda had a cold, and Flinch was busy. He actually thought they were avoiding him on purpose. He couldn't blame them, he was their worst enemy up until a few months ago. He'd tried to change his ways and they seemed to like him more. But he couldn't shake the feeling that they were hiding how they really felt.
He didn't know where to find Mindy, his would-be girlfriend. Because she was working on some classified project for the N.E.R.D.S. Believe it or not, she tried to keep in touch with him. Sending him E-mails whenever she had free time. But in her new line of work, she didn't have much free time.
His dad was busy with their dog Butch, whom he'd been getting along better with. His brother was finishing up homework he'd been assigned over the holiday. So Jackson had absolutely nothing to do. He glanced over at a framed family photo on his side table, taken before his mother died. He remembered how much happier he had been with his mother around. Just then he got an idea. After changing into some clean clothes, he ran over to his dresser and searched through it
"I don't know why I didn't think of this before" Jackson thought
He pulled out a pair of square, rimless sunglasses out of the drawer and put them on. He stopped by the bathroom to admire the dark eyewear in the mirror. He sped out the door to see his father hosing soap off of Butch.
"I'll be back later" he called out to his dad
"Where are you headed son?" he asked
"I'm going to the flower shop first" he said adjusting his shades "Second.....I'm..."
His dad took notice of the sunglasses and gave a sad smile. "I get it" he said "Tell her I said hello"
Jackson ran down the street, and into town. He bobbed and wove through a crowd of people. After a few minutes he entered a large brick building. He looked around at the bunches of multicolored flowers that decorated the inside. He walked to the front counter, jumped up and rang the bell. A kindly looking young woman came up.
"Hello" she said "Is anyone here?"
"Down here" Jackson said pointing at himself
She bent over the counter and smiled at him "How may I help you?" she asked
Jackson removed his sunglasses and hung them on the front of his shirt "How much for a bouquet of flowers?" Jackson asked
"That depends on the kind of flowers you want" she said
"It doesn't really matter" Jackson said "They just have to be yellow"
"That's odd" she said "Any specific reason for the color"
Jackson throat tightened a bit "Yellow is my mom's favorite color" he said
He smile grew warmer "Let's see what I can work out for you" she said
She went into the back room and came out with small book. A catalog of different flowers.
"Choose the kind you like" she said handing him the catalog
Jackson searched through the book. There were so many different kinds he wasn't sure what to pick.
Eventually he decided on a mix of three different flowers, Daffodils, Goldenrod, and something he'd never heard of called Crocus. After about five minutes, she prepared the bouquet for him.
"So..." Jackson began "How much is it?"
The woman tapped her chin thoughtfully "How much do you have?" she asked
Jackson had gotten money for Christmas. But before he got to spend any of it, his dad always had him save a portion of whatever he received. Whether it was from his allowance, birthday money, or Christmas money, he'd save some and put it away for later. He wasn't sure how much he had left to spend. He reached into his pocket and pulled out two folded bills. A ten and a five.
"Fifteen dollars" he said
She looked around to see if anyone was watching. She hit a few buttons on the cash register. She smiled and whispered " Your total comes to........Fourteen dollars and Ninety-nine cents"
Jackson smiled back as he paid the nice woman. She was obviously giving him a discount on the flowers. He didn't know why, but he was glad she was doing it. He took his flowers and walked out of the shop. He walked for about four or five blocks, without stopping.
After about half an hour of walking he arrived at his destination. The Arlington Grand Cemetery. Jackson didn't like this place, the constant eerie silence was very unnerving. But he swallowed his fear and walked down the stone pathway. He looked to his sides, headstones and mausoleums as far as the eye could see. He walked off the path and stooped in front of one headstone. He placed his flowers in front of it, and put his sunglasses back on. He placed his palm on the large grave marker
"Hi mom" he said
The silence of the graveyard was the only answer he got. But he continued on
"I'm sorry I haven't been around much" Jackson said "Things have been really crazy lately"
He gave a glittering smile, seeing his reflection in the polished stone. "First thing, I got braces" he said "Second....I'm a secret agent now"
He sat down comfortably "It's a long story, but I've got time""It all started when I tried to spy on some of my classmates....."
It's shorter than I'd have liked, but I think it's a good place to leave the first chapter. The second chapter involves his teammates banding together with the rest of the nerds in school. Forming a plan to avoid the bullies hazing ritual. They believe they can do it because the bullies former leader is one of them now. Let's see how far they get when they realize they forgot to invite him.