Student Unions TG: Jacob and Meredith - Part 1Student Unions: Jacob and Meredith
It's Not Time To Worry Yet
The first words Jacob McBride and Meredith Holt ever exchanged with one another were, "So, she was dressed as a ham?" and "Yeah" in the middle of a group reading of To Kill A Mockingbird for their ninth-grade English class.
The group they'd been randomly placed in by their teacher, Mr. Meder, was supposed to be working together but really it was one brunette girl who wore hipster glasses and stared at the group paper like a tiger going in for a kill, two junior varsity basketball players who were trying to get through a full game of paper football without the teacher seeing (they moved their books around a bit when he came over to look as if they were just checking on something really important for the group), and a tiny hispanic girl who focused only on her page of creepy, morbid doodles.
Jacob and Meredith were seated next to each other by chance alone. They flipped through their books calmly whi
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All her life Kevin Jo Starkel had wished for two things: a little sister and a first name that she wasn't forced to share with her older brother. Through an odd clause in the will of her great-uncle Mendel, Kevin's parents had to name their first two children 'Kevin' after Mendel's father to inherit college annuities for all their children from his estate. They were given the right to choose a different middle name for each.
Miss Kevin Starkel had long loathed her great-uncle for assuming she would be born a boy. When it came to school, her parents made sure that the teachers and principal knew that her name was always to be "Kaye" or "Jo" for the sake of anything around her peers. For years, she kept the secret of her real first name from most friends and would always tense up when there was a substitute. Oftentimes, she just skipped those classes.
Once, she was chosen to get an award and a fill-in speaker spoke the "hated" name. While she tried to show no rea
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I finally got home from my new job after an hour of different buses.
After kicking off my shoes and cracking my back, I set my bags on the kitchen table. I heated up some day-old pasta with cheddar chunks melted in a bowl for supper and slid my laptop out of its bag after I'd had a few bites.
I thought for a moment on the third bus that I'd lost my laptop but it had just slid a ways underneath. As soon as I moved to open my laptop, I paused and rubbed my hands over the top. It felt different. I had a flash of prickly terror where I feared that I'd accidentally swapped laptops with someone else. Turning it on, I got a sudden zap of static electricity from the keyboard. I had a moment of strange wooziness but it soon passed.
My heart raced and thoughts of how screwed I might be swelled through my head. But all the fear went away when my wallpaper was there and everything was in the right place.
Easing back in my chair, I made sure to backup my work files to the flash
The Quest TG - Chapter 5 (Part 2 of 2)The Quest TG - Chapter 5 (Part 2 of 2)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 5 - A Matter of Time (continued)
Elaina set out some tea for Patricia and sat in a nearby chair. Glancing over at Zoe's sleeping form, Elaina noted, "Guess it really is inevitable." Patrica cast a look her way and picked up the cup before asking, "You mean about Trevor's friends?" Zoe made a slight turn of her head as she rested.
Stirring her own tea, Elaina answered, "Meaning it seems like there's only one way through they have to meet. Despite any of our efforts."
Patricia sighed and blew the stream from her tea. "I can't say. I've certainly tried my best for a good while."
Using that opening, Elaina moistened her lips a bit and asked, "If I may inquire though this is probably rather rude and forthright for a princess to ask so bluntly "
Patricia leaned her arm on the table and noted, "You aren't actually a princess "
Elaina shrugged and noted, "It's still my role. As your role is as it is. And the roles of the others and the roles of the four
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Chapter 7 – Hold
Isaac first word uttered as a girl was an echoing swear, which made Marley quickly cover her ears in surprise. Seth hurried over to help Isaac away from the wall. Panting, Isaac took a breath and asked, “Mirror?”
Seth clutched Isaac’s arm and offered, “Maybe you should sit down first…”
Shaking her head and brushing her hair back, Isaac answered, “I want to see what that Sim….jerkenface…did.” She gave a glance to Marley and was clearly holding back another swear for her benefit. Marley clutched Isaac’s hand.
With a sigh, Seth picked up the mirror. It didn’t seem damaged by reflecting whatever came out of the periscope. She turned it towards Isaac slowly, letting the base sit on the floor. She frowned as Isaac stepped forward slowly to look.
Immediately, Seth noticed something odd. Isaac was pulling at her clothes and tugging the bottom further down her thighs in embarr
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Chapter 5 – Combustion
Seth and Isaac gawked as Marley stretched and told them, “Not that that’s my name but it’s my favorite name I remember. Oh and you lot still have your tags…”
She approached and pointed at their name tags. “Isaac and Jessica. Serviceable names. I burned my tag off. I didn’t like it at all.”
Holding a lighter taken from her pocket, Marley told them, “I can do the same for you if you like. Doesn’t even hurt.”
Seth quickly offered, “That’s alright. My name is actually Seth anyway.”
Marley smirked. “A man’s name? I’m hardly one to talk though.” She flipped the lighter in the air with her eyes shut but caught it easily as she continued, “So how far have you gotten?”
A puzzled moment of silence followed. Seth asked, “What do you mean?”
Tucking her lighter away, Marley held a hand out with a smile and said
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Part 2 – You Are Not Alone
Chapter 6 – Hatches
They quietly stared at one another until Seth pronounced, “Something inside here must be messing with us. All our last names can’t be the same.”
Cupping his mouth, Isaac wondered, “But if we can’t trust our own thoughts…then we have nothing.”
Marley also cupped her mouth and offered the quick apology, “I’m sorry I said my name!”
Seth waved it off and said, gesturing to herself, “I don’t know about our thoughts but I know what I know.”
Isaac remarked, “Do you? Really? What about our new old friend right here?” He gestured to Marley, who grimaced. Isaac added, “What if that’s the Marley who blew into the room just a bit before? The same Marley.”
Seth answered, “We don’t know that.”
Isaac bowed his head. “You’re right. We don’t know. Same as we don’t kno
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Chapter 9 – Husks
Darkness. Blackness. Unmitigated emptiness. That was all Seth felt at first, along with a headache which radiated all over her skull. It was bad enough she expected to see dancing colors and strange blurs but nothingness was all that surrounded her.
She was glad for the pain because it told her that, on some level, she still existed. Where and how, she didn’t know. Reaching out in the all-consuming night barely even told her she still had hands. Her jaw seemed to move too slowly to form words and the rest of her body just floated. But the pain was ever-present.
After long, disorienting spell in the void, Seth finally started to pick our bits of light in the dark. They appeared first as stars cast off the strangest of night skies but she watched as they loomed larger with each passing moment. Eventually, they resolved as unblinking, colorless eyes. They swelled more and more, less like drawings than black and white renderings of real e
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Chapter 10 – Hollow
The other Seth gave her a cloth to dry her eyes as Isaac guided her to lie down on the couch. Immediately, with tremulous concerns she usually didn’t dwell on, Seth asked with Marley’s voice, “Is it okay? I don’t want to take up the whole couch.”
Seth by the dresser fished out a convenient pair of roll-out cushions with pillows and tossed one to Isaac, who urged, “I insist and Seth agrees, right?”
With a pleasant smile she’d given out when that face was hers, ‘Seth’ answered, “After what we’ve experienced lately, we can all use a breather. I do wish there were more couches. Beds would be ideal. But…Marley, looking at you right now, I can tell you need that couch. Besides, this is a comfy roll-out.”
There was so much Marley-Seth wanted to say but her mouth quivered as she tried to use it. She was the weak one. The frail one. The frightened one and that fee
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Chapter 2 – Contact
Seth wandered around in the dark, feeling nothing in his way and hearing only his footsteps until the whispered words…
*Never open the box…*
“Who said that? Who’s there? What box?”
Silence answered in the void. He turned in place. Even little flashes of after-image light behind his eyes were gone. Just darkness.
Sighing in frustration, he muttered, “Nothing at all. I don’t know where I am… I should’ve stayed inside…” Granted, he had to admit that he didn’t know where he was inside the cube either but at least the dimensions were perceptible and somewhat familiar.
Continuing to talk to himself with his words dying just past his ears, Seth admitted, “Bit too late for that though. Now I’m stumbling in the void….”
He mulled to himself, “If only it wasn’t quite so dark. I’d love to have a wall….” Miming in
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Where The Truth Is Revealed
I shook my head and told myself that any giant bugs I remembered from dreams were probably just false memories. I sipped my soda and moved closer to the front of the café where things weren't quite so lonely.
Still, I felt an unnerving sensation that something was there just over my shoulder, though I didn't see anything. I plopped my head on table. I'd read about the psychology computers in the library and they only gave users a few minutes of the symptoms of an abnormal condition and only when you were there. I knew from the last class with safety protocol not to mix more than three conditions without standing up and looking away from the magical field around the computer.
But I couldn't really remember much about what I'd done with the computer. I really hoped that wasn't a sign of amnesia. If Professor Kellemann was still around, then I knew I could stop by and ask about this. If nothing else, there
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Chapter 4 - Pieces (continued)
Gwen staggered. Trevor used her hands to brace themselves against the cave wall. Still, their legs gave way and they tumbled to the ground.
Neither Gwen nor Trevor could understand why the figure before them had their mother's face. It didn't have their mother's voice. They would've immediately remembered something like that. Trevor asked the question, "Who are you?" Gwen added, "What do you want?"
The figure gestured with its swollen arms to the chairs beside a table carved from the stone of the cave. The figure sat calmly and Trevor cautiously led Gwen's body to a chair near but not too close to the figure. Little amber lights sat in small niches carved into the rock and gave plenty of light to fill the room.
The figure gave a faint smile to Trevor/Gwen and said, "I was going to name you Gwen before you were born because I didn't know what sex you would be and I didn't get an ultrasound because your father wanted it that way. He wanted a bo
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Where I Get To Know More
After a lovely lunch with Nasira, she followed me back to my room. Both Berns were cooking some kind of pasta. Shawn was practicing something resembling tai chi. And Quinn was away.
It was just Nasira and me in my room. Despite how small it was, we sat together on my bed and Nasira's gentle hands traced all over me. Her body around me made me shiver despite its warmth.
Her hands clutched so close to mine that I couldn't tell where my hands ended and hers began. Her breath around my cheek flowed into my breath and mingled with it. It was wonderful and so strange.
To be loved like this, all cares about my body and this world flew away. I could be Michelle for this Nasira forever if she wished it.
But I felt a tickle in my stomach. I sighed and leaned from Nasira's embrace.
She bent forward, her hair curling in dark colors. "What's wrong, Michelle?"
Looking at her face, twisted in concern, I lost my word
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Where It Ends
Pure confusion and fear over what the heck was going on reigned and ricocheted through our thoughts as the darkness swelled in all directions.
*Don't give up! You can stop them and we'll help!*
The voices inside our heads spoke in chorus. I tightened my grip around Miguel's hand as the dark creatures reached out.
*We have an idea. Say this and you might have a chance.*
We listened, trying to edge away from the crush of monsters.
Together, we yelled what our voices told us.
"YOU AREN'T REAL! YOU'RE NOTHING!"
The bug-like Kellemann shuddered as though that assault of sound had done more to him than the pole through his chest. All the creatures flinched. Behind us, the way cleared and we ran through it.
The meditation hall and rooms looked rotted through, like giant termites had feasted on them and spewed blackness behind them.
*Remember what the message said, get to some place
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Chapter 5 A Matter of Time
Arthur woke up feeling like he'd just thrown up several times but all he could feel in his throat was drool and ragged rawness. He had no idea how long he'd been asleep. He stared with half-opened eyes at the ceiling and reached a hand over to touch his face. It was clammy and strangely soft. His lips felt swollen too but not numb.
Grappling with these feelings at he tried to start up his thoughts, he remembered Koral. He remembered healing her. He felt a phantom ache like he'd been beaten up in his gut and his shoulder but it wasn't as bad as before. Turning his head, he noticed he was on a bed in a simple room with an open window towards the far end and a door next to it. A narrow column of light spread across the floor. That didn't really tell him the time but by the coolness of the room he figured it was early or late.
Coughing, he didn't noticing anything weird about his cough. He scanned the room and caught a bit of fur no hair a
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Where Everyone Is Female
The absence of the voice worried me as much as my sudden change of gender. Movement felt so disconcerting because my body impression in my head didn't match what I was feeling. I was grateful for the small breasts on my chest. They were still rather sensitive though.
I tried calling out loud to the voice and paused. The more I heard it, the more this voice resembled 'the voice'. It wasn't a perfect match but it felt very similar.
I tightened my broad lips, scratched at my elbow, and figured I couldn't hide out in the bathroom forever in the hope this would just pass.
Walking around didn't help the disconcerting feeling, so I tried to focus on the world around me and not trip.
I tightened my bag and noticed a little toy frog dangling on the end of it which wasn't there before. I brushed back a bit of hair. I really didn't like it this long. I searched my bag for an elastic hair band and found one near the bottom. I al
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Where Memory Is Concerned
I wrote all I could about memory till my left hand seized up into a ragged claw of Absolute Suffering. Then I dragged it across the page again.
*I think you have enough.*
Maybe. But there was this line right at the edge of my thoughts. Even if it took all hour, I probably wouldn't get it but it seemed to taunt me. So I wrote some more just to show that I didn't need it.
And then I still had time. Rats!
I tried to corral my wild imagination with possibilities for my abnormal psych paper and then connect that with the subjects which were coming up in my organic biology and chemistry classes. But I kept wandering to the idea of "gratuitous boy-on-boy butt-secks", which Andrea wrote on the dorm marker board.
But I almost had to smack myself because I was getting into that idea to the point it was like my skin was about to launch itself like a rocket.
And then it was time to stop being Crazy-Nasira and time to listen t
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Where I Have Plenty To Think About
Fortunately, Psychology was my only class in Longbloom Hall. This was good because it was on the far side of the campus from the dorms. My other classes were in the much closer Dixon Hall.
Once outside, I grabbed a coffee from the nearest cart vendor. Aside from being the furthest, Psychology was also the earliest for me and it let out too late for breakfast and too early for a decent lunch.
Still, as I stood there and sipped, I considered whether to head back to my room for noodles or to wait on the cafeteria or the café serving anything that wouldn't require I use actual money.
After some thought and the voice going on about needing to "learn the layout", I took a walk around the center of the campus. There were about five main roads that divided things up and it was about a square kilometer in size (according to the info on their website and including land to grow).
The new athletics center had just been
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Where I 'Wow' the Ladies With My Charisma
A curling question mark of yellow appeared in her red bangs when I asked her, "So does all your hair change colors?"
It was just a 'starter' question. Soon enough, I'd have her wrapped around my finger and an assured, sexy college girlfriend.
*Took you all hour to come up with that line, huh?*
I ignored the familiar voice and waited on her answer with a smile.
The girl looked up from her book and stared at me. Clearly taking in a full view of my impressive physique.
*Only if she has a wild imagination.*
She blinked and asked back, "All my hair?"
"Even if you like to keep it trimmed or waxed I'd love to know." I drove the point home with a little smirk.
Her mouth dropped open and I don't remember much after that before waking up in the university doctor's office with a massive headache.
Then the walls melted and I was back in the classroom again. Everyone
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I began life as a line, only vaguely-aware of the pencil and artist above me and the paper beneath me. The line, soon to be my arm, wobbled a bit. The wobble was soon corrected by the eraser and a touch of the pencil.
With time, the rounded outline of my head, marked by a light X, emerged from simple, supporting lines underneath. I could feel where the pencil touched. It was electric, like a slight, stimulating shock. Like directed pins and needles. Each touch brought more and more into me, like the guiding hand was giving of itself. I felt a sliver of that presence far above me, distant but still connected.
From the nebulous presence of my form, sketched in basic bubbles, came slow solidity. The sticks which were my arms fleshed out with broad, muscular texture. Tense, spread fingers extended from my bulky hands. I was strong.
The strength of my arms spread out to a muscular chest. The lines of hard muscles asserted themselves. The form of a rough tunic traced those
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Where Things Start To Get Complicated
I didn't actually slack off that night. I read a good bit of the assigned reading after dragging myself back from my later classes. Then, I went with both Berns to dinner in the cafeteria and drowned my confusion and anxieties in several glasses of root beer.
Neither probed about my first day. Both ate ravenously. Mostly they just talked about the game. I nodded at points but I was mostly curious if Nasira would make another appearance.
I thought I saw her a few times. One girl actually had a reflect ability to present what others wanted to see. I could tell because her Nasira-like skin was see-through.
The two Berns did give me a look at my searching gaze. They shared a couple looks between themselves but didn't pry.
*The Berns are really cute together. Two for one deal too.*
I imagined music drowning out the girlish musings of my voice and that kept her at bay for a while.
Back at the roo
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Andrea groaned under the covers of her bed. All the lights were off, except for the nightlight in the corner which cast a cool, blue glow to push back the shadows.
She'd been sick since Friday after getting out of school. So many precious days of the weekend had been swallowed up, along with the short holiday she'd been looking forward to. She hadn't thrown up in a while but her stomach didn't feel much better than when she was. The bucket was still by her bed. She leaned over to look at it.
Beside her in the bed, along with a pile of plushies, tissues (both new and used), and a sealed bottle of Pedialyte she'd been sipping from, was the tablet (in its waterproof case, just in case) her parents never usually let her use in bed. She didn't feel like raising her head up for a distracting game or even shutting her eyes to listen to some music she liked.
She just wanted this over. The aches in her little body. The tenderness and pangs in her stomach. Her mom had obse
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I've been on dozens of missions behind enemy lines and this was the first one which made me nervous before I even got close.
I checked the guard posts seven times. Two Shieldmaiden-level sentries. Not even the Valkyrie-level ones in the briefing papers. And certainly not the Durga some feared might be waiting. If I'd gotten eyes on one of those then that would be the end of me. But Shieldmaidens were great. Perfectly great.
I kept scanning. Standard watch pattern. They looked a little tired. Going over the same paces hour after hour. They were due for a shift change. Just as the briefing had planned. And that's why I was scared.
No one remembers how it all began. Some say it was a mad scientist, a box of nanites, and a regular day. I don't care. All I know is the world I live in.
It's a place where there are no more regular days, where identity and appearance can be instantly rewritten. Where the long ago children's games of the boys verses the girls are games n
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It only took a second for the light under the screen to flash and the light on the door to turn green. I would much prefer if all the locks were so simple.
I grasped the handle with my narrow fingers and slipped through without needing to open the door that wide. On the other side, everything was illuminated. I tried to find a darkened scouting corner but it didn't make much difference.
It was bigger than the data systems room, with levels and consoles. Girls, all facing away from me, sat at consoles. Some were typing away. Others were blankly staring into the screens. Still others were monitoring those who were staring and working on other systems. A bustle of activity. I was fortunate they were all so consumed in their various tasks that they didn't seem to notice me lingering to one corner. I crept towards an empty console nearby and crouched down low.
Despite being a woman, that didn't make me any less of a target for the Embracing Sisterhood. The le
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Introduction Wind-Swept Strands of Fate
Koral Strener lingered at the very edge of Brookmoore High School. One more step and she would technically be on campus. She scuffed her boot across the weed-tangled broken pavement and set her black backpack against the fence for the moment. The lesser-used baseball fields loomed beyond the high grasses and wooden fence separating the field from 4-H. An echoing, harsh moo carried on a sudden burst of breeze.
Past the baseball fields, with their muddy ovals instead of diamonds and lumps instead of mounds, the portable buildings spread out across the grass like pale mushrooms. It was more of a walk to Koral's first class from this entrance but she preferred it.
She leaned back on her leathery, black boots, pivoting on the broad platform heel. From the pocket of her tight, charcoal pants, she pulled out a red carton of Poker cigarettes. Koral shut her eyes and sighed. She considered just putting them back.