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Geek's Obsession
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Once a Geek, Always a Geek?
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It was about 4:30 p.m. and a handful of detention kids had just been let out. copyright protection31PENANAIDsA9vMbgr

Edison Bates hurried down the hallway of Meadow Ridge High School to his locker. He usually never stayed after school, but today he'd been in the library to work on a project.  He glanced around and saw that the hallway was quickly becoming empty.copyright protection31PENANA2X2AdxKDKs

Good. He breathed a sigh of relief.copyright protection31PENANAlvmajS9zk3

Edison opened his locker and pulled out his Advanced Mathematics book. As he was closing the locker door, the tap on his back startled him so much that he jumped and the book clattered to the ground.copyright protection31PENANAK3GcDPIq1Y

Edison turned around to see Carter Townsend towering over him.copyright protection31PENANAS3VUE9roNc

Carter fit the cliche of the handsome, popular high school guy who dated whomever he wanted. Carter used girls for only one thing and then coldly threw them away when done with them, like used Kleenex.  Some girls lasted longer than others. Even though girls knew his reputation, they still seemed drawn to him as if under some hypnotic spell.copyright protection31PENANAQ9Idj15sBq

There was even a rumor that Carter had dated Miss Holly, the new young English teacher. Edison didn't believe this as Miss Holly was the kindest and most pure teacher he'd ever had.  copyright protection31PENANAwmtdy73hy4

Carter and Edison had been best friends in junior high until Carter realized the power that came with being popular. He tried to get Edison to come with him when he joined a new group of kids, but Edison wasn't comfortable within the snooty crowd. He always hung back, and eventually, the clique labeled Edison a "complete weirdo" and "geek."  That's when Carter stopped talking to Edison as if he had some horrible, contagious disease. copyright protection31PENANAgq7ckLmMa9

During their last year of junior high, Edison had watched his ex-friend change even more. Carter reminded Edison of a taller version of Leonardo Di Caprio, but without the Di Caprio coolness. Somehow Carter developed an incredible arrogance along with a cruel streak. This made him an absolute jerk in Edison's eyes and that's when he had given up any hope of ever being friends again-even in adulthood when they would hopefully be past all this junk.copyright protection31PENANAY1iHeCJk4k

"Carter Townsend is like one of those Calvin Klein models. Nice to look at but otherwise, totally empty upstairs. You could rent it out as empty space," his best friend Nora Slater always said.copyright protection31PENANAKAGdOflRwT

Now, during their last year at Meadow Ridge, Edison had still allowed himself to be bullied into being Carter's puppet. He did Carter's homework on a regular basis, and sometimes even some of the basketball team's homework. Better to suffer through that than be harassed daily by Carter and his entourage. copyright protection31PENANAVNj3ZEOlqZ

That is until he'd woken up to a strange text message on his phone that morning:copyright protection31PENANAup0N7epQyt

"Edison, starting tomorrow, you no longer have to take orders from anyone. Ever."copyright protection31PENANAai4RwS7RJE

It was signed: "I'm always with you."copyright protection31PENANALFr4IqIxM9

The weird thing was that there wasn't a number to go along with the text, and his phone showed no incoming calls. copyright protection31PENANAwgzw3HLsxj

Maybe it was Anna. Her father worked for some fancy IT company that made secure and encrypted messaging apps for businesses. It was either her or Nora playing a trick, but it wasn't Nora's style.copyright protection31PENANAWIC1z9TH0D

He really liked Nora, Nora was great, but he wasn't in love with Nora. Besides, she was his best friend.copyright protection31PENANAlLjNQ1ezz0

 He loved a good mystery and planned to find out who had messaged him by the end of the day tomorrow. He was in a hurry to get home and study the text further and watch his favorite chemistry web series.copyright protection31PENANAJ5gjBk0mNx

"Where do you think you're going?" Carter demanded as he blocked Edison.copyright protection31PENANAGJfjKPsExt

"Home," Edison replied, looking straight ahead. It was better to not give too much eye contact. Out of the corner of his eye, he noticed Carter's best friend and school football star Trey Vance, standing nearby.copyright protection31PENANAiTfCG6DUFd

"You can go home after you give me my English homework that's due tomorrow." He crossed his arms and stared at Edison.copyright protection31PENANAUoibIUwIhj

"I don't have it."copyright protection31PENANAgY3vhOlJtS

"What?" Carter looked surprised.copyright protection31PENANAdLLsnsy1me

"I said I don't have it."copyright protection31PENANAehDxtlrZ4J

"What's up with you, Bates?" Carter's eyes narrowed.copyright protection31PENANAikHlQYabID

Edison turned away from Carter but now Trey blocked him.copyright protection31PENANA4VpQoNiXOF

"Stay. Good dog." Trey said with his creepy grin.copyright protection31PENANAc3XPBqa2pe

Carter looked a little nervous. It was nearly the end of the semester before summer. He couldn't afford to not turn the last few assignments in, and he sure as hell wasn't going to go to summer school.copyright protection31PENANAMIzt4preA9

"I need my homework," Carter hissed.copyright protection31PENANARF5gvu3OsS

"Then do it yourself."copyright protection31PENANAtEWquyQEAg

The shocked look on both of the jerk's faces made Edison smile a little. It felt so good to smile.copyright protection31PENANATnYsQ2Rhgs

"What the friggin hell did you just say?" Trey got in his face.copyright protection31PENANAr87xoD2sru

Very quietly, Edison said, "Find some other sucker to do your homework."copyright protection31PENANAlV8ilCQchr

Carter glanced around to make sure the hallway was empty before he grabbed Edison by his windbreaker collar and shoved him hard against the locker and stared into his eyes. Edison stared straight back.copyright protection31PENANAsbOrEEtwWK

"Something is different about you, Bates," Carter said, looking confused. copyright protection31PENANAZnS7VhKXKc

Carter was never confused. Interesting, Edison thought.copyright protection31PENANAr67AotdfFv

"I'm just tired of being pushed around."copyright protection31PENANAH8Hvzma3S6

Carter tightened his grip on Edison's jacket collar. "I want my fucking homework before school. I'll come by your house in the morning to pick it up." He let Edison go.copyright protection31PENANANSuFZqWJnH

Edison smoothed his jacket and straightened his glasses. He bent over to pick up the fallen math book and tucked it into his backpack.copyright protection31PENANAVPN2qbvErb

"Hey," a feminine voice interrupted them. "Is everything okay here?"copyright protection31PENANA98kRDTdOX6

They all turned to see Nora Slater walking up to them. She wore her favorite "Nirvana" long sleeved t-shirt and jeans. They hugged her curves. Nora wasn't thin enough to be considered "pretty" but she was cute with her freckles, perfect teeth, and flowing auburn hair. She pushed back her bangs as she glanced at Edison.copyright protection31PENANAVKYqqXQnHd

"Hey," Edison smiled at her. "Yeah, it's fine."copyright protection31PENANA4C3RFt2b7u

If she lost a little weight, she'd be a knockout-or at least, that's what Carter had told her last year before she'd turned him down. He hated her for that because she'd said no in front of his friends, embarrassing him.copyright protection31PENANAnhCH8fBl4y

Carter gave her a cold glance before he turned and started walking down the hallway with Trey.copyright protection31PENANArZjqpJnf74

"Tomorrow," Carter reminded him over his shoulder.copyright protection31PENANAtbHx2n05z8

"What's tomorrow?" Nora asked, slinging her backpack over her shoulder as Edison shut his locker.copyright protection31PENANAzWqbEyrgUv

"He thinks I'll keep doing his homework, but I told him I quit."copyright protection31PENANAPmv9MUT9a0

"I'm so proud of you, Edison! Finally!"Nora surprised him by hugging him tightly. copyright protection31PENANAeEbWbdjcjT

"Why are you still here?" Edison asked her as she let him go.copyright protection31PENANAkSQK4ujwLd

"I, uh, was hiding in the bathroom. To skip gym class."copyright protection31PENANA1AAxJmrCwC

"Nora, you can't solve problems by running from them -"copyright protection31PENANACKgOHr20Dl

"No lectures, please, Edison? Not today." She looked as if she were about to cry. copyright protection31PENANATYeJJie2PZ

"Okay. Listen, I'm sorry," he touched her arm as she wiped away a tear. copyright protection31PENANAgQAQnjdPWJ

"Come on, I'll drive you home," he told her.copyright protection31PENANArzuInb9pcN

"Thanks," she tried to smile at him. "That'd be nice."copyright protection31PENANAL6MZPvi4y7

They started down the hallway, not too far behind Carter and Trey. Suddenly, someone screeched. copyright protection31PENANA3OYDFmXSbT

Edison and Nora watched as Carter was slammed up against the wall next to the exit doors. The thing was, they couldn't see who had pushed him. Trey was in the corner, whimpering, his eyes huge.copyright protection31PENANACDt7lQjvfv

Edison froze for a moment. A warm feeling encircled around his mind and body as Nora gripped his arm. The warmness communicated with him but not in words. copyright protection31PENANAj1B50rAjv9

He put his arm around Nora tightly and said, "It will be alright. Stay still a minute." copyright protection31PENANAqzYpdDLbwX

Nora breathed in the delicious scent of Edison's aftershave, then caught herself.copyright protection31PENANA59BygWozsE

...Oh, My God,  she thought, no I can't be thinking of that, something is seriously off here.  What is happening to Carter?!copyright protection31PENANA5LFGQG8rZE

Nora sideways glanced at Edison. He was talking to someone to his left, but no one was there. "No, not Nora," he said.copyright protection31PENANABqezQsdBDJ

"Huh?" Nora asked him but he didn't reply.copyright protection31PENANAzJSah97GJz

Edison couldn't say anything even if he wanted to because suddenly Carter was slammed to the floor by the unseen force. They watched Carter got up on his hands and knees. Blood streamed from his nose.copyright protection31PENANAlOk1vbIDDH

Slam. Back down he went.copyright protection31PENANAie8wNYY0AC

Now, Carter was flipped over onto his stomach.copyright protection31PENANAK9lDkCMrjv

"Oomph." He struggled but was held in place.copyright protection31PENANA1FklGPxota

Trey started to whine. "What the hell is going on?!"copyright protection31PENANA6LpficegdO

Carter gurgled something.copyright protection31PENANATXYeAiRmKb

Edison stepped closer until he was standing in front of Carter, staring down at him. Nora still gripped his arm, shivering.copyright protection31PENANASLQc7w2EVv

"Come along, Nora. Don't look at them," he opened the exit door open for her as they both stepped out into the late afternoon.copyright protection31PENANAP1hegzqvQD

"Damn it, you coward, get over here and help me up," Carter yelled at Trey who hadn't left his corner.copyright protection31PENANAjJBiYbAPyk

"Don't ask me to explain what just happened in there, but it was fantastical!" Edison said as Nora pulled on her seat belt inside of the blue Nissan. copyright protection31PENANA1q6RDdoFRj

"Our lives will never be the same," Edison grinned as he backed out of the parking space.copyright protection31PENANAbHlsVC1m7S

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