Ada developed an obsession with an upperclassman named Lavar Andrews from her literature class. She looked up his phone number on the school directory and started calling him, trying to persuade him to join her at the art museum. Not anything like a date, really.
Lavar never seemed to have time to talk to her. Then he stopped answering her calls at all. What was wrong? Didn’t the Orbital Mind Control Lasers want him to notice her?
One day, she decided to take matters into her own and called his house. “Oh, yes!” Mrs. Andrews said cheerfully. “Lavar’s home and just watching the television. Come on over?”
But when she arrived, he wasn’t there.
“I’m sorry,” Mrs. Andrews said nervously. “He had to dash out to the store. Maybe another night?”
“I’ll wait for him,” Ada said. And she did.
“I really think you ought to head home, young lady,” Mrs. Andrews said coldly when curfew got close. Ada had to leave without seeing Lavar. The Mind Control Lasers were playing tricks on her.
Charles had heard good things about the fish in the graveyard lake, so he headed out one bright morning to see for himself.
He had the place to himself, except for an old busker and his audience of one.
The graveyard…. What an interesting place to busk.
And there was something terribly odd about the guy who was listening.
(Why yes, that is Sean!)
The fish weren’t biting terribly well, so Charles settled down for a long day. He should have been enjoying himself, but there was something odd in the air. He couldn’t put his finger on it.
“Look!” someone shouted. “In the sky! Get out of there!”
Charles looked up and was paralyzed at the sight. An enormous asteroid, wreathed in flames, was hurtling out the sky toward him.
He should have teleported away, but his mind was empty. His life flashed before his eyes.
Then it hit.
Crimson light flashed. The air was filled with dirt, debris, flame. Then it settled down around him.
He hadn’t felt anything. The asteroid had hit him dead on. He was standing in its crater. He should be dead….
…Unless he already was?
Charles was half-mortal, half-ghost. His skin was warm, but he could feel the pull of the Netherworld that his father had returned to. What was he, really?
He looked across the lawn and locked eyes with the mysterious man he had seen earlier.
They had something in common, he knew suddenly. They were both not quite alive and not quite dead. He didn’t know what the man was, but he wanted to know more.
“Hi, I’m Charles,” he said awkwardly, closing the distance with his hand outstretched.
“What the hell was that?” the stranger said by way of greeting.
Then he collapsed at Charles’s feet. Charles started to check his vitals, but he knew that he wouldn’t find anything. The man was all right, just stunned.
There was more metallic debris lying around the graveyard than Charles had ever seen in his life. He gathered up the scrap to bring home to Mom. She might not need to go back to the junk yard for inventing materials for the rest of her life.
He hauled the meteor itself home and placed it in the lawn as a decoration.
OOOOOK. The way this played from the other side of the keyboard:
“Oh, hey, it’s a meteor! I’ve never had a meteor in the game. That’s awesome!”
“Wait. It’s really headed for Charles’s head. I’ll just teleport him out of the way.”
“They won’t let him teleport!! They’re just going to make him stand there and wait? What the heck??”
“Ohmigod ohmigod. Charles is going to die! This can’t be happening! What am I going to do?”
So, I’m pretty sure a direct hit was supposed to kill him, wasn’t it? He wasn’t harmed at all. He didn’t event get the soot-face explody hair. I have to assume that’s because he’s a ghost kid?
Gawping at the meteor is apparently like a birthday party. It seems to preempt everything else in the queue, and it can’t be canceled. I don’t understand why you get so much warning if you can’t run away. Bah. Or maybe I was too clever to try to teleport, and he’d’ve responded if I’d just told him to walk. Charles can’t actually run. He just floats at a very slow ghost speed, or he teleports.
It was pretty awesome to run into vampire Sean. 🙂