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Mind Control 14 (Book 3: Club Wars)
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Alvin Atwater
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No Plagiarism!K4Jx33U3tkgllXlAtsMKposted on PENANA

MIND CONTROL 14copyright protection19PENANAQLYeodsxWX

A short story by Alvin Atwatercopyright protection19PENANArH2be5e99I

Continued a few weeks after story 13…copyright protection19PENANAtq4OnpoRSa

Demand, Love, Kindness, and Hate. These are the four legal Iyan gemstones that Gemini barged into my life some time ago. Hero, Seduction, Evil, and Colorless are the illegal gems that were created way back when in secret, supposedly with a purpose to combat the main four. Or evil Iyan dictators. The creator of the gems is supposedly someone or something named Gonto…The World’s Eraser. This is all utter nonsense, so let’s just ignore all of that. It was some dude hundreds or thousands of years ago, end of story. In other words, I’ll cross the bridge when I get there. It took some hard convincing to get the Black Star group to just let me be—I needed time to think. They vanished for the time being with a silent promise to return.copyright protection19PENANABIWAWkOpRK

Gemini attempted to embarrass me. She held a chocolate cherry to my lips in hopes of feeding me in front of the entire club. Never mind the project Kate assigned us while she put the most difficult case on hold. Everyone’s eyes were on us, some grins, awes, marriage jokes, and somewhere among the crowd, I heard, “Gemini and Matt sitting in a tree.” I wanted to find that guy and just drag his face through some mud.copyright protection19PENANAnjrpvGvJPE

            “For the last time, Gemini, I—” the whisper didn’t finish because my mouth was wide enough for her to shove the candy in. It actually wasn’t that bad, a little sugary for my tastes—hey! The club cheered, Gemini grinned, and I finished chewing the chocolate before glaring. PDA is embarrassing to me and Gemini knew it. That’s why she couldn’t stop.copyright protection19PENANAsi5w7sWvjO

            “Your blush is so adorable,” she said, her voice squealing at the end. I wanted to look at the sky and scream, “what has science doneeee? Or kill me nowww.” Instead, I endured the abuse. This was better than being controlled by Iyan gemstones.copyright protection19PENANAGVxDwuYkUP

Brandon looked happy, chatting up a storm with Rachael. They’ve got into some kind of weird trading card game lately, based off a famous show, and wouldn’t shut up about it.copyright protection19PENANA4h9wHFdcp3

            “Can we just focus on the assignment,” I said to my group. Gemini kissed me, igniting the cheers and the tree guy again. Before things could escalate any further, Kate finally returned. I’ve never been so happy to see our sadistic twat of a president. The cheers vanished as others twirled back to their work, unwilling to invoke the wrath of Kate. She came over to our table.copyright protection19PENANARRmWotplZJ

            “So, what can you tell me about it?” she said. “Any fancy magic tricks?”copyright protection19PENANA9GEHjabhv5

I glanced at the plastic elephant statue resting on the center of the table. It was about six inches tall, standing on two legs, wearing a gold fedora, ripped with muscle, and painted in a way that looked as if it was made of stars.copyright protection19PENANA7zmh64Wkgm

            “We really didn’t get much done,” I said. “You leaving is like a teacher stepping out. The class or in this case, club, start acting like monkeys.”copyright protection19PENANAn8dK5CduXd

Kate sighed. “Well, don’t just sit there, get to work, research it. It was found in the latest Iyan burial site.”copyright protection19PENANAd7TSOd30vy

            “We really should stop disturbing their tombs,” I said in an even tone, while shooting a blank glare at her. Kate poked my cheek.copyright protection19PENANA5C8sUfxRzN

            “You let the archaeology club do their jobs, lover boy,” she said. “Club funding doesn’t come cheap.”copyright protection19PENANAdXWrH14Uw1

Of course club funding is the goal... I didn’t bother arguing any further, reaching for the stupid elephant thing. Gemini swiped it just a millisecond before I got my hands on it. Perfect. I knew she’d fall into my trap—there’s no one better…that thought froze. Oh god. Gemini with an Iyan object is bad for me. She was getting antsy again, despite how much fun our dates surprisingly were… Okay, maybe not surprising since we’ve known each other since childhood. But details aside, she showed signs of wanting to use Iyan magic on me again like the “good” ole days. I had other ideas in mind—and that didn’t involve getting tortured by the monstrosities.copyright protection19PENANA7J81CXeFXJ

I held my breath in anticipation but nothing happened.copyright protection19PENANAd3mmwhB38a

            “Anything special about it?” Rachael asked her.copyright protection19PENANARm7OOOPSJm

Gemini shook the statue. “Nope, nothing.”copyright protection19PENANATR52SH06nY

My phone buzzed. I checked the notification, while silently commending myself for not forgetting my phone today. “Oh nice, the next episode of Dragon Ball...” I paused at my group’s blank glares. “Never mind.” I fake-coughed and then cleared my throat. A knock on the door grabbed everyone’s attention.  Kate walked over to answer.copyright protection19PENANAQB2cXztyDC

            “We’re not allowed to lock the doors,” she muttered. “Idiots.”copyright protection19PENANAJuYQjMF9Fp

When she opened the door, Kate nearly leapt out of her skin, yelping at the sight of a clown.copyright protection19PENANAvygBB8jCfG

The clown sighed. “Well look at Ms. Sun revolves around her. We knocked because we didn’t want to interrupt a club meeting. It’s called being polite.”copyright protection19PENANAA5hDhfcLNP

Kate flushed with a mix of anger and embarrassment. “Come right in.  How can we help...you?” I could tell she held back the words she wanted to say to that guy. Following the clown, a group of…normal people walked in.copyright protection19PENANAnwklnD83MN

            “We’re the comedy club,” the clown said. “You can call me Marley. We’re inviting all clubs to watch our show tomorrow—but hearing all the awesome things you guys did, came to personally invite you to the front row VIP seats. And free refreshments. Normally the teachers charge but—” One of his club members interrupted him.copyright protection19PENANAsimITYRcA6

            “Yo homie, I forgot to give this back to you,” he said to Brandon, giving knuckle-taps, a handshake and then a folder. “My girl appreciates your study guide.”copyright protection19PENANATbbaOsp0dd

            “It’s not a problem,” Brandon replied. “Tell Melissa I said thanks for trading shifts with me Wednesday.”copyright protection19PENANAQBJaW7O5aB

Marley cleared his throat.copyright protection19PENANATCTglMecZP

            “Sorry,” both Brandon and the club member said.copyright protection19PENANAiS0u3PWsQa

            “Since you’re already talking, introduce yourself.”copyright protection19PENANAGGMqQJxFOI

            “I’m Jamal,” he said. “I’ll be the third act tomorrow.”copyright protection19PENANAgIk9YGWcSV

            “Anyway,” Marley said. “Hope to see you tomorrow. This will be my last show, since I’m graduating this year.”copyright protection19PENANA1bN2FQRCjH

My breath caught a little as the realization of this guy being a senior struck. Seniors are evil. I know I said it before, but let it be clear: seniors are spawns of pure evil. Did I have the right to be suspicious of this random clown? Yes. Oh well, it’s just a comedy show. What’s the worst that could happen?copyright protection19PENANANZnzpeiWT7

When the comedy club left, Kate barked at us. “Get back to work. I expect doubled efforts and investigations.”copyright protection19PENANAFaP0jNGf0z

Nothing productive happened afterwards. Gemini gave up on tinkering with the dumb elephant statue and resumed teasing me. Rachael and Brandon went back into their little world of geeky card games and Michael Bay movies. All seemed right…yeah.  After an hour, Kate ended the meeting.copyright protection19PENANAb2LY4qPW38

            “Let’s get out of here,” I told my in-heat girlfriend. She grabbed the elephant statue and we were off.  “Are you really going to keep that?” I asked Gemini halfway through the walk.copyright protection19PENANAEQ82qxhJub

            “It’s cute,” she said.  She snuggled it against my cheek, triggering my blank glare defense. She laughed. “Come on, you know it’s adorable.”copyright protection19PENANAQ9lGaEuQUu

            “That thing is what Dumbo would look like on roids,” I said. Gemini laughed again.copyright protection19PENANAp5wa4BBUyE

After dropping her off, I dragged feet home. Uncle wasn’t there as usual, but surprisingly he cooked, according to the note left on the fridge. I peeked inside and smiled. Yes! Uncle’s spaghetti was like a gift from God. I checked for other notes to make sure this wasn’t a trap for chores late down the line. Nothing. I reheated the pot of gold, turned on Unsolved Mysterious, and sat, relaxed. Not even a minute passed by when I heard knocking on the door. Could Uncle be back?  Nah, he has key, he can get in. I placed the TV on mute and ate my food in silence. The second round of knocking sounded. Ignoring it, I returned a text to Gemini.copyright protection19PENANA2cvbeWJvFe

            “Matt, I know you’re home. Come on, open up.” That voice. What was she doing here? I looked at the time. Seven. The sun dipped below the horizon, allowing the hue of night to take over. I opened the door. “You know the rules. No student interactions on my off time, besides my girlfriend.”copyright protection19PENANAGwo1cyGGoB

            “Whatever, stud,” Chelsea said then barged in.copyright protection19PENANAaOGHZLjBFR

            “Whoa-whoa-whoa, I didn’t say you come in,” I said.copyright protection19PENANAgI3LThHDNn

            “Is that your uncle’s awesome spaghetti—you—”copyright protection19PENANARuTfv5NcMc

I blocked it. “What do you want?”copyright protection19PENANANW0uE0gXBV

She sighed. “Fine. I came over because I found this.” The blonde pulled a red ring from her purse. “Will you break up with Gemini and marry me.” I snapped out of my relaxed state to submit her a glare. She laughed in response. “Lighten up. Someone has his panties in a bunch.”copyright protection19PENANAOSEREy9mbX

            “Probably because I’m being driven crazy by everything going on around me,” I said. “Now what’s so important about this ring that couldn’t wait until the morning.”copyright protection19PENANAJ2rCiXI59u

            “I’m leaving it with you,” she said. “I think it goes with the elephant we gave you guys.” She put the ring on her finger and aimed it at me. “As far as I know, it does nothing.”copyright protection19PENANAhXrir5jH3V

            “Same with the elephant,” I said. Chelsea took of the ring and handed it over.copyright protection19PENANADRNhJrPTO0

            “My cousin lives just a few houses ahead, so I stopped by while on the way,” she said.copyright protection19PENANARx3ialfSrp

            “I guess I’ll put the ring on the elephant and hope that it doesn’t explode or something,” I said. She turned to leave but I stopped her. “Are you and her still having that stupid fight?”copyright protection19PENANAmJmO2OTlvX

            “No,” she said. “I was just being silly.”copyright protection19PENANAh9P5qzxgsl

I still couldn’t believe Chelsea liked me. I let the thought ponder for just a half-second as she left. Yeah right as if I’m going to read into that any more than I should. I made a mental note to secretly set her up with a nerd from the science club. Pssh...That’s a terrible thing to do to the science club guy.copyright protection19PENANAhjSkC2GRV7

That night, I had strange dreams. And I mean dreams that couldn’t possible ever, ever, ever, ever, be a part of my unconsciousness. In one of them, I was married to Chelsea with three kids. We…did many things in the night—that stretched out of this genre if mentioned. Another one, I was her personal slave in medieval times. The dream ended in yet another sexual way that I can’t explain. The worst one however is one that depicted Chelsea as a giant demon, chasing me throughout a steampunk-style city. That one ended with her falling onto me in a pool of vanilla ice cream.copyright protection19PENANAhhQD6Sr0eX

I woke up very, very tired. Note to self: don’t let Gemini ever find out about this. A plup sound made me look at the floor. The red ring. I wasn’t sure if it was responsible or my unconsciousness simply responded to Chelsea’s joke last night.  Oh well.copyright protection19PENANAXv6MBxl8NO

After classes, we all met at the mystery club first then departed for the show. The auditorium was surprisingly packed with every club—I’m not going to name them all, but Marley did keep his word at giving us front row VIP spots. After a short introduction, the act got started. It was then they started “roasting” everyone.copyright protection19PENANAt48lpKo5Cj

            “Science club do even interact with the opposite sex in your own club?” Jamal said. “I get it, you don’t want coodies, but come on, the sun is shining, the shower is a real place.” Laughter. Even I somehow couldn’t suppress it. The science club wasn’t amused.copyright protection19PENANAdTB4wHXYHb

            “And mystery club, have actually solved anything?” comedy club guy, Padron said. “Your club is like the Scooby doo shows nowadays. Failing.”copyright protection19PENANAVFH2rizNrn

That stung. So much, that the rise of anger within surprised me. I knew they were only joking—but this guy had no freaking idea what he was talking about. There were roars of laughter at each roast, so I did my best to hide my indignance.  copyright protection19PENANABUrJgRuEX6

             “At least you’re not the theatre club though. You do interesting things and don’t put us to sleep.”copyright protection19PENANAYaZzewhcvY

            “Let’s not forget the good ole, math club. So useful, so adventurous. Why anyone would want to spend their afternoons doing math problems is beyond me. I think we should check in there and make sure they’re not actually using it as a nap room. They are the only club that’s allowed to run during the day.”copyright protection19PENANAnrD5t5o3SP

Jamal grinned as he briefly glanced at none other than Amy. “In a teenage girl’s fantasy world of vampires and werewolves, Edward Collins sparkles to youuuuu, the Goth Club.” Everyone around roared in laughter. “I mean makeup is nice and all, but when they’re smothered around a man’s face in a poor attempt to imitate our boss, Marley the clown here, well… that’s just depressing. I like goth girls though.” He chuckled. “But, man do they hate me. Every time I make a Twilight joke and then glance into the mirror, one of them would appear.” He made a face, which triggered laughter.copyright protection19PENANAquKSd0JIFG

And so, the roasts of the clubs went on for another fifteen minutes until Marley finally appeared back on stage, concluding everything.copyright protection19PENANAODROc6luiQ

            “One more thing,” he said then pulled a remote from his pocket and pressed a red button. A loud airhorn sounded on the massive speakers planted everywhere, scaring the souls out of us. Following that was an annoying cringe-worthy, comedy-anime theme song that finished off our eardrums. He pressed the button and took off earplugs that I hadn’t seen before. “The prank war has started, worms. Every club for itself. Whoever impresses me the most gets this.” He held up a bright orange gem that was the size of the lemon. “Trust me, it’s worth a lot and we’re simply giving it away for my last show, but you’ll have to take us on. Welcome to the club wars.”copyright protection19PENANAtFi7LLcaP5

Gemini and I made eye contact. She was full of glee. I…well, I wanted to die.copyright protection19PENANAZfzJ7NKRvp

And so, a new arc of my life starts. The comedy club jerks declared war on every club in the school. Knowing Kate, she was going to force us to participate. There were things I needed to figure out such as that weird red ring and the elephant. More mysteries. Great.copyright protection19PENANAxk2o9fvuJN

Sheesh, can I have at least one day of peace, please?copyright protection19PENANAlctDkepwoe

END.  copyright protection19PENANABoub8CYStu

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Alvin Atwater - This may be the last one I do because no use of milking the series when the popularity isn't there.

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