Chapter 1 The First Day Of School
March 12, 2003 8:45 Friday
We start out on a cold crisp morning at James Dean High. Jack a new freshman, wondering what the day held for him and Mark a Junior at James Dean high or how the cool kids say it JD high. Jack is reporting to his first science class in high school. He was the top of his class in 8th grade at JW middle. Jack noticed the time it was 8:45 his class started at 8:30 he sprints through the hall crowded with teenagers he takes a sharp right heading to C7 this hall seems to be empty. Mark slams open the math class door knowing his test grade was an F. Jack slams into the door causing him to fall straight on the floor. “Oh my god I am so sorry,” Mark says. “Oh um no it’s fine.” Jack says even though he could feel the large bump on his head when Jack looked into his eyes he knew that he was in love. Mark helped Jack up. Jack saw the test on the floor and grabbed it to hand it to Mark. Jack saw the big red F on the test. “Do you need some help with math? I tutor some kids and I can help you too.” Jack says. “Yeah sure, maybe we could go get lunch sometime.” Mark says thinking it is strange that he would ask him that right after he slammed him in the head with a door. “Ok so maybe tomorrow at noon?” Jack says hoping Mark will say yes. “Yeah for sure!” Mark says happily.
March 13, 2003 10:35 am Saturday
Jack wakes up inside his house 324 Mable street, he lifts himself out of his bed silencing his phone alarm. He sees a text from Mark, the text says “Hey Jack was just making sure we are still a go for that lunch.” Mark texts. Jack replies “Yeah for sure!” Jack can feel the nervousness running through his body. “I got this is will all be fine.” Jack says knowing that it won’t be. Jack enters his old subaru he pulls his keys out of his back right pocket. The keys are shaking in his hands. Jack begins driving slowly knowing he will be early and how close he lived to the cafe. Jack took a deep breath in, in and out. Jack pulls his car into the parking spot seeing Marks car he sees that Mark is early too Jack becomes concerned. Jack steps out of his car nervously, he grabs his papers to help Mark study. Jack opens the door to the cafe where he can feel the warmth of the brewing, steaming coffee. He spots Marks red streaked hair, he approaches him.
Jack walks over to Mark as Mark waves at him while smiling. Jack waves back. “Hi, Mark I got the papers so we can study.” Jack says in excitement. “Thanks, this is gonna help me out a lot.” Mark says. The waitress comes over to their table. “So what can I get you, two gentlemen?” She asks. “Um, can I get a number 12 with no mayo please,” Jack says. “Any you?” The waitress says. “I will have a number 12 as well but grilled and with no tomatoes, please. Marks says politely. “Ok, that will be about 15 minutes.” The waitress says. Jack looks at Marks test for a couple of seconds. “Looks like you need help with your geometry class.” Jack says. “Yeah, It’s been kinda hard I have been questioning a lot of things lately.” Mark says in a sad tone. “Just being honest I have too, I personally think I am a homosexual.” Jack says quietly, but Mark still hears him. “I have been too, but I don’t know yet because I haven’t really had any experience you know?” Mark says. Jack pauses knowing that Mark and him may have a chance at a relationship. “Yeah, well what do you say about us getting into some math.” Jack says trying to take the topic back. “Yeah for sure.” Mark says. The waitress returns, “Here is you two wonderful gentleman's meals.” She says in a funny western accent making Jack and Mark look at her with a little grin on their face. “Thank you.”
The evening together
Jack and Mark remain to be at the cafe. “What do you say you come back to the house I've been living with a couple other people.” Jack says. “Well… maybe.” Mark says “I got Mario kart odyssey.” Jack says raising an eyebrow. “Ok, I’ll go.” Mark says smiling. “Ok you can just follow me back you got my number if you need anything.” Jack says while getting into his car.” Jack arrives at the house. “Hey, whats up bro!” Jack says to one of the guys that are there. “Well, who is this handsome guy,” One of the frat guys asks Mark. “Um.” Mark realizes this frat is made up of homosexual men. All of the frat guys leave it is just Mark and Jack. They hear the door close. “So you want to watch a movie?” Jack asks Mark. “Sure why not.” Mark says still scared of what had happened before. 45 minutes later. Mark has been thinking this entire time he has made a decision, he is gay.