Hey guys!So this is my first story and I felt the urge to write it after playing the game. :)
Now, I used it as a guide and so if you played the game, you'll recognize a lot of the material and stuff in this story. But I tried to blend it in without it seeming to obvious, hopefully I did an okay job. Now if you have played the game, you'll understand why the long time skips are there. If you haven't played the game, well then do so now. :)
Disclaimer: I don't own the game, the characters (except maybe my character?I'm not sure how that works.) or the title. This is PURELY my adventure as I played, from my character's perspective. The choices and paths I made are my own.
Centerscore High. I breathed in it's environment as I stepped out of my car, anxious to see how the morning would start. Other students were slowly making their way into the school, while some were hanging around in the parking lot with friends, but none of them seemed to pay me much attention. And why should they?I look pretty normal, short brown hair and brown eyes and I wore casual jeans with a grey t-shirt. If anything, attention would be drawn to my eyesore of a car, which was an old 1984 Ford Hatchback and the years were not kind to it. I locked it up and began walking towards the front doors, ready to start a new life here. Shortly thereafter, I was approached by a girl with blonde hair in a ponytail wearing a green tank top and white capri shorts.
"Hey, I've never seen you here before. You must be new." She smiled.
"I just transferred today,"I returned the smile.
"Well it's nice to have you here. I'm Beth, what's your name?"
"My name's Jason."
"Well, Jason, let me show you around."
As I followed Beth into the school, I was surprised to find she was so open and friendly with me even though we just met. She showed me around for a few minutes, directing me to the cafeteria, the science lab, the library and my homeroom class. I also noted how cute she actually was.
"So, what are you into?" She asked.
"Just the usual. Sports, girls."
"I bet you hang out with lots of girls, huh?"
"Well... I prefer quality to quantity." I smiled.
Beth laughed a little at the comment. "Hehe...You're kind of a flirt, aren't you?"
I began thinking of how lucky I was to have her show me around. Deciding to take my chances and use some pick-up lines to make her laugh, I looked at her and smiled. "Are you a parking ticket?Cause you've got fine written all over you."
Thankfully, she did laugh. "Hehe... That's pretty funny!"
Roll the dice again, I decided.
"Wow, is something on fire?Or are you just smoking hot?"
"You're hilarious!Do you have any more like that?"
"I mean, are you some kind of thief?Cause someone just stole my heart."
Beth laughed again. "Ha ha..Real funny.."
"Man, this place is great," I tried my best to smile as charmingly as possible. "I've only been here five minutes and I'm already talking to the most beautiful girl in the school!"
"Aww... You're funny and sweet!,"She smiled at me. "Well, Jason, it's almost time for class, but maybe we can talk some other time.."
As I was about to agree, someone shove me from behind and nearly made me fall. I turned to see a bigger guy than me, with a shaved head and glaring eyes that were fixed on me.
"Hey punk! What do you think you're doing?"The guy growled.
"Look man, I don't want any trouble..I'm just talking to this pretty girl here.."I replied.
"Yeah?Well that pretty girl..,"He frowned. "Is my girlfriend!"
He pushed me again and this time Beth stepped in between us.
"Adam!Leave Jason alone!I thought we talked about this!"
"Stay out of this, Beth!" Adam snapped, before pushing her aside and stepping up to me. "As for you, meat, I hope you're ready to get pounded. What do you have to say for yourself?"
"Alright, look man,"I throw my hands up to my chest in surrender. "There's no reason to get violent. Let's just talk about this.."
He scowled at me. "You running your mouth is what got us here in the first place!"
Without warning, Adam punched me in the stomach hard enough to send the air right out of my lungs. Before I could do anything, he threw another one, which knocked me into the lockers behind me. I fell to the floor in pain, clutching my stomach as Adam made for me. Unexpected help came though, as a girl dressed as a goth stepped between us and glared at Adam. She had long black hair with pale skin that looked like make-up to me.
"Leave him alone, you big jerk!"
It seemed as if he was afraid of the goth, as Adam reluctantly backed away upon her arrival. He didn't leave without pointing and glaring at me. "Look, you better stay away from my girl, loser!" He stormed off and Beth ran after him, I'd guess, to try and calm him down, though it looked impossible to do at this point. The goth girl turned around and looked down at me.
"Well, at least one guy in this high school doesn't try to solve every problem by punching it." She smiled. "I'm Raven. Maybe I'll see you around.."
She turned and left as the crowd that had formed began to disperse. Among them, a boy who looked about my age stepped forward. He had tan skin with short black hair and black eyes.
"That fight looked brutal," He said. "You okay?"
He offered a hand, which I gratefully took and stood up while still clutching my stomach with my other. "Yea, thanks. I'm Jason. I just started today."
"I'm Howard. I'm new here too, but even I know better than to fight a guy like Adam," He said, scratching his head. "From what I've heard, he's the star quarterback."
"Yeah?I've got a pretty good arm... Maybe I should try out and see if I can take his spot." I laughed at the thought of it.
"Maybe... But that guy is the best in the state," As he spoke, the bell rang. "There's the bell... We should get to class. Have you picked out your classes yet?"
"Well, you'd better get to the counsellor's office and talk to Ms. Lee then... Good luck in there. You'll need it!"
Howard turned and made his way to his own class while I began the task of finding the counsellor's office. I looked around the area for a few minutes before finally I found it at the end of the hall, the last door on the right. I knocked and heard a lady call me in. The counsellor was an older black woman with her hair bundled up and large gold earrings.
"Well, hello, hello... You must be the new student I saw getting beaten to a pulp out in the hallway!"She smiled.
I stared at her for a minute, half out of shock and half out of confusion. "You saw me getting beaten up and you didn't do anything to help?"
"Of course," She said. "As a counsellor, I know I can't solve all of your problems for you! See, if you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. But if you teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a.."She trailed off, expecting me to finish the rest. I didn't know what she meant, but I grinned at the word fish.
"You're going to teach me to fish?"
"No!I mean... Never mind..,"Ms. Lee sighed. "Anyways, let me explain how this works.. This semester, you'll have to take English and Math. You also get one elective, either History or Biology."
I thought about it for a minute, then decided. "I think I'll do History."
"History, huh? Did you know I'm actually related to Genghis Khan?"She grinned.
"Yup... Before I became a counsellor, I was totally considering a career in pillaging. In fact, I sometimes still think about bulldozing my ex-boyfriend's house.."
I simply stared at her, unsure if she should be sharing this kind of stuff with a student. As if reading my mind, she stopped.
"Oops!Sorry for oversharing. Now... You go out and do great in your classes!Good luck!"
"Hehe... Sure... Thanks."I thought for a moment how crazy this lady was.
She dismissed me and as I left the counsellor's office, I passed by a couple of people who I thought I heard mention my name. I hid around a nearby corner and listened.
"Did you hear how that guy Jason tried to reason with Adam?"A girl with dirty blonde hair in a ponytail and red tank top said. I think I heard the other guy call her Taylor. "That was totally mature of him!"
"Uh, by 'totally mature', do you mean, 'totally lame'?" Her partner, a tall guy with a red baseball cap turned backwards and in a casual jersey spoke. I think his name was Chuck. "He hit on Adam's girl and wussed out of a fight! That guy got what he deserved."
I sighed to myself as I began making my way to class. At least I was making a name for myself. It didn't take me long to find my English room and it looked pretty standard. I spotted an empty seat available next to a stereotypical 'nerd'. He had unkempt brown hair and big rimmed red glasses. As I sat down, he turned and smiled at me.
"Salutations! I am Spud."
"Uh.. I'm Jason."
Spud grinned at me. "I hope you're as excited about today's quiz as I am!"
"Q..quiz? But it's our first day!"
"Exactly!Now they can test us on our summer studies!" He seemed genuinely excited, which only strengthened his image as a nerd. "You do know how grading at this school works, right?Because it's a little different from most places..."
"Uh.. If it's different from most places, I guess I might not know it.."
Spud gasped. "Egads! In that case, I should explain immediately! One of your classes will give you a three-question quiz every Monday. It's a great way to start the week! For each question you get right, you'll get one 'grade point'! You can also earn extra grade points by doing your homework. To get an 'A' average, you need to earn four points every week. So you definitely need to do some work to keep that GPA up! If you really want to go nuts, you can even do extra homework!That's how I have a 4.8 GPA! There's also a final at the end of the term that counts for a third of your grade!Man... I can't wait for finals!"
I simply stared at him, trying to cope with what he just said and deciding if I could remember it all. "Uh... Cool."
It was then that the teacher walked over to me and smiled. She was a young lady with blonde hair done up like the counsellor's and had little chopsticks in to keep it up. "Hi, Jason. My name is Ms. Prez. Welcome to English! Time for your first quiz."
I stared in mock horror at her. My first quiz within the first thirty seconds of me sitting down... Insane.
"Shakespeare wrote in..." She read off a list of four choices and gave me about ten seconds to answer. I tried to remember everything I could about Shakespeare in those ten seconds.
"Correct!" Ms. Prez smiled and continued to the next question. "Which of these is a book by John Steinbeck?"
Again she read off my choices.
"Grapes of Wrath?"
"Who was one of the original three musketeers?"
"That guy named Portia?"
Ms. Prez shook her head. "That's wrong I'm afraid. Let's see then.. You got two out of three correct. Nicely done, Jason."
I sighed in relief. My first quiz went pretty well. I looked over at Spud and he shot me a thumbs up and I just smiled, shaking my head. The rest of class went by pretty quick and before I knew it, the bell rang for lunch. I grabbed my stuff and took off to the cafeteria. Thanks to Beth, I knew where it was and got there before most of the other students. As I got my food and looked for a place to sit, I saw a familiar face waving me over.
"Yo! Jason!Over here!"
I walked over and pulled up a seat beside Howard. As I did, he slid a crumbled up piece of paper in front of me.
"Check it out! Football try-outs start this Friday!"
"Oh?"I remember our talk that morning. "Well.. I hope I can show Adam up.."
Howard grinned. "I hope I can impress some cheerleaders! Of course... You already have a head start!What's going on with you and Beth?Are you gonna make a move on her?"
I thought about it. Beth was really pretty and nice, plus she was the first person I met when I got here. But unfortunately, she was apparently Adam's girlfriend.
"Well... She's not really my type." I lie.
"Huh?"Howard seemed surprised at my reply. "You don't like hot, popular cheerleaders?"
"Beth's cool," I began. "But there are so many other girls at this school.."
"Are you sure you're not just scared of what Adam will do if he catches you with Beth again?Get this.. I heard that she's not even his girlfriend... They just went out a couple of times."
I grinned. "Huh... I guess he's not as good with the girls as he is at football then."
Howard didn't say anything, but just stared at me wide eyed.
"What's wrong, Howard?"
Noticing he was looking behind me rather then at me, I turned around to find Adam and some other guys standing right behind me looking pretty scary.
"You better watch that mouth of yours!," Adam snapped. "Or I'll have to pound your face in!"
I recoiled slightly as he reached forward, past me, and snatched the paper on the table. He grinned.
"You losers are gonna try out for the team, huh? That ought to be good for a laugh!"
Feeling annoyed and slightly angry at his attitude, I spoke without thinking.
"Yeah. I think I'm going to be trying out... For quarterback!"
"In your dreams, meat,"He scowled. "You're not even good enough to be my backup... That's Bryce's job." He gestured to one of the other guys, who had slick brown hair and wore a similar jersey to the one that Chuck wore earlier. Adam continued.
"Bryce was my backup all last year, and I taught him everything I know. On any other team, he'd be a starter for sure. Looks like there's no room on our roster for you."
I frowned. "We'll see this Friday.."
He matched my frown with his own. "Oh, I'm looking forward to it.. See you on the field, meat!"
Adam turned and stormed off, followed by his friends. Once they were gone, I let out the breath I had been holding and swallowed hard.
"That Bryce kid looked kind of tough.."
"Dude, we need to work on our football skills. I saw some guys getting ready to scrimmage.. If we hurry, I bet we can play before lunch is over!"Howard said.
We both finished out meals as quick as we could and headed out to the field behind the cafeteria afterwards. Like he had said, there was indeed a practice game about to start. As we approached, I saw Chuck turn to face us.
"Well, well, well.. You two wannabes looking to play with the big boys?I hope you can keep up!"
"Man, it's been awhile.. I hope I haven't forgotten everything.." I spoke out loud as I pondered the thought.
"We can go over the rules, if you want." Chuck offered.
"No, I think I can manage."
"Heh, okay, rookie. Let's see what you've got."
I had never thrown something so hard in my life. I got the spot of quartback for our team and Howard was a wide reciever. The game took about thirty minutes and the score was pretty close with 21-24 the final outcome, though luckily our team had won. I walked over to one of the benches and sat down, trying to catch my breath. As I did, Howard walked over and he looked equally as tired.
"Right on, man! If you throw like that during try-outs, you'll make the team for sure!"
"Thanks, buddy. You made some good catches out there." I replied.
I looked over to see Chuck walking up.
"Hey, dude... You had a couple good throws there.. But if you really want to make a name for yourself, you're going to have to build some muscle. If you get strong enough, you might just be able to learn some special moves." He exclaimed.
"Cool,"I smiled. "I'll keep that in mind."
"Okay, dudes... I'll see you around." Chuck turned and left just as we heard the bell ring for our next classes.
"That's the bell!Time to get to class." Howard said.
We headed off the field and back to the school. It seemed that the rest of the day passed by pretty quickly and fairly uneventful. Before I knew it, the bell rung for school out. I grabbed my things and left the building, fumbling for my keys in my pocket as I walked to my car. On the way, I saw Beth waiting for me. She smiled as I approached.
"Hey there, Jason."
"Oh, uh... Hi, um, Beth." I glanced around the parking lot, expecting Adam to show up behind me at any second.
"I want to apologize for what happened with Adam earlier. That was totally not cool."
"It's okay," I shrugged and smiled. "I know it wasn't your fault. Adam's the real problem."
"He can be sweet, really, but he just doesn't know how to keep things in perspective... I mean, we went on two dates and suddenly, he's acting like he owns me." She said, shaking her head.
"Some guys are just too possessive, I guess."
She nodded and then smiled. "Seriously. But enough about Adam. I was wondering... Are you doing anything on Saturday? My friends are throwing this party down at the beach. You should come!"
"Beach party, eh?I'll think about it." In fact, I was already thinking about it. It would be a great way to meet other people and spend time with Beth.
"Great!I'll see you around then!" She said and left.
I smiled as I watched her walk away before shaking my head and walking back to my car. Once I got home, I finished my homework and bummed around until dinner.
"How was your first day at school?"My mom asked as we all sat down to eat.
"Well, I got a good score on my first quiz." I grinned.
"That's okay," My dad said, cutting into his pork chops. "But I think you can do better, son... Tell you what. Just to give you a little extra motivation, let's make a little deal. If you can earn at least a 3.0 this semester, we'll sell your sorry excuse for a car and buy you a decent set of wheels. Trust me, ladies prefer driving with a guy when they're not worried he's got a family of rats living under the back seat."
"That...,"I started, but failing to come up with any defence, just sighed instead. ".. Is a good point. It would be pretty nice to get a car that doesn't sound like it'll explode every time I go over fifty-five miles an hour... Okay, dad, you've got yourself a deal!"
End of First Chapter