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Geek's Obsession
Writer Jennifer
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Geek's Obsession
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Intro 2 3 4 5 6 7
Once a Geek, Always a Geek?
Sep 16, 2017
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It was about 4:30 p.m. and a handful of detention kids had just been let out. copyright protection40PENANAwZExXYBsoR

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 protection40PENANACz9zIAcaGF

Good. He breathed a sigh of relief.copyright protection40PENANAW2mvjVXNZ7

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 protection40PENANA1w7G34FFw3

Edison turned around to see Carter Townsend towering over him.copyright protection40PENANAx9DGIlhVwY

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 protection40PENANAAt0WYkRV7Q

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 protection40PENANA39maQqfv5M

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 protection40PENANAyCVbjDxAy4

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 protection40PENANAy8xz5vTWr1

"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 protection40PENANANua9F1AUwF

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 protection40PENANAG4iBgBeOcN

That is until he'd woken up to a strange text message on his phone that morning:copyright protection40PENANASLWpk1VeXm

"Edison, starting tomorrow, you no longer have to take orders from anyone. Ever."copyright protection40PENANAfLRqUwruqY

It was signed: "I'm always with you."copyright protection40PENANAa73sIj4X8g

The weird thing was that there wasn't a number to go along with the text, and his phone showed no incoming calls. copyright protection40PENANAL01HqmJlAH

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 protection40PENANAIQsAhn6JSx

He really liked Nora, Nora was great, but he wasn't in love with Nora. Besides, she was his best friend.copyright protection40PENANAH2EKvm4zkc

 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 protection40PENANAQ5dSMDewZP

"Where do you think you're going?" Carter demanded as he blocked Edison.copyright protection40PENANAdIGFiX2pGU

"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 protection40PENANAWoXB8sYd2i

"You can go home after you give me my English homework that's due tomorrow." He crossed his arms and stared at Edison.copyright protection40PENANAqTnDLah0Gh

"I don't have it."copyright protection40PENANAQTZwziuCHb

"What?" Carter looked surprised.copyright protection40PENANAxDzueIXcW0

"I said I don't have it."copyright protection40PENANAvmTSZF3gGJ

"What's up with you, Bates?" Carter's eyes narrowed.copyright protection40PENANAxwDx3dPxPw

Edison turned away from Carter but now Trey blocked him.copyright protection40PENANAJnajRp1PCX

"Stay. Good dog." Trey said with his creepy grin.copyright protection40PENANAP7jJZjp3A5

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 protection40PENANAM8CqFGDvdt

"I need my homework," Carter hissed.copyright protection40PENANA2XQcgIBhxe

"Then do it yourself."copyright protection40PENANAfnlz7lTwot

The shocked look on both of the jerk's faces made Edison smile a little. It felt so good to smile.copyright protection40PENANACbBeBhUfM8

"What the friggin hell did you just say?" Trey got in his face.copyright protection40PENANAJO5A1liDDQ

Very quietly, Edison said, "Find some other sucker to do your homework."copyright protection40PENANARTddtlymRX

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 protection40PENANAPt8rHKIC0v

"Something is different about you, Bates," Carter said, looking confused. copyright protection40PENANAKKkQklcDZQ

Carter was never confused. Interesting, Edison thought.copyright protection40PENANAtQKH4d2CzT

"I'm just tired of being pushed around."copyright protection40PENANAzpnIQ5tzHt

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 protection40PENANA4sdpiyLvbK

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 protection40PENANAmFB6mFjpiT

"Hey," a feminine voice interrupted them. "Is everything okay here?"copyright protection40PENANAiSiGA9L4Is

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 protection40PENANAxNVLdekYJv

"Hey," Edison smiled at her. "Yeah, it's fine."copyright protection40PENANAI5akbxZvWi

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 protection40PENANAofaHVLRGPz

Carter gave her a cold glance before he turned and started walking down the hallway with Trey.copyright protection40PENANA9nn49Aitz2

"Tomorrow," Carter reminded him over his shoulder.copyright protection40PENANAZh79CjHCOD

"What's tomorrow?" Nora asked, slinging her backpack over her shoulder as Edison shut his locker.copyright protection40PENANAUdS5VOQMuG

"He thinks I'll keep doing his homework, but I told him I quit."copyright protection40PENANAmE3KIck1GU

"I'm so proud of you, Edison! Finally!"Nora surprised him by hugging him tightly. copyright protection40PENANA3FbaPOuwqj

"Why are you still here?" Edison asked her as she let him go.copyright protection40PENANAakw3psRgem

"I, uh, was hiding in the bathroom. To skip gym class."copyright protection40PENANAWB00lJcGKT

"Nora, you can't solve problems by running from them -"copyright protection40PENANAAOyMZnAtU0

"No lectures, please, Edison? Not today." She looked as if she were about to cry. copyright protection40PENANAM4lj8LLZ20

"Okay. Listen, I'm sorry," he touched her arm as she wiped away a tear. copyright protection40PENANAmYBnYX6bDR

"Come on, I'll drive you home," he told her.copyright protection40PENANA4dFD0F1A8V

"Thanks," she tried to smile at him. "That'd be nice."copyright protection40PENANABV0Xe8J08L

They started down the hallway, not too far behind Carter and Trey. Suddenly, someone screeched. copyright protection40PENANA0uJCRIzYTd

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 protection40PENANAQYrvBrbD2j

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 protection40PENANAyDezBtIktR

He put his arm around Nora tightly and said, "It will be alright. Stay still a minute." copyright protection40PENANA5ulP6dxGbr

Nora breathed in the delicious scent of Edison's aftershave, then caught herself.copyright protection40PENANAT1qkx2LIFN

...Oh, My God,  she thought, no I can't be thinking of that, something is seriously off here.  What is happening to Carter?!copyright protection40PENANA2ergO3Jwnd

Nora sideways glanced at Edison. He was talking to someone to his left, but no one was there. "No, not Nora," he said.copyright protection40PENANAnsHJiNWPt8

"Huh?" Nora asked him but he didn't reply.copyright protection40PENANAhmaHHHJsqp

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 protection40PENANAgsDHJrKtY8

Slam. Back down he went.copyright protection40PENANAGlBn5Tb1IE

Now, Carter was flipped over onto his stomach.copyright protection40PENANA901jHJ1rbs

"Oomph." He struggled but was held in place.copyright protection40PENANAQrUu9EWU7U

Trey started to whine. "What the hell is going on?!"copyright protection40PENANA3NgEalxmmg

Carter gurgled something.copyright protection40PENANA1wh2QYMSqX

Edison stepped closer until he was standing in front of Carter, staring down at him. Nora still gripped his arm, shivering.copyright protection40PENANAkhpeMzSIu0

"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 protection40PENANACxNScYdKkA

"Damn it, you coward, get over here and help me up," Carter yelled at Trey who hadn't left his corner.copyright protection40PENANA0l7ioXgaQH

"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 protection40PENANA8aZxpL7itC

"Our lives will never be the same," Edison grinned as he backed out of the parking space.copyright protection40PENANAi6a6Ym4c6p

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Thank you for reading!44Please respect copyright.PENANAsGudBUmtAG
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