C.J was just about to wave goodbye to Brook when he felt his cell phone vibrate in the pocket of his jeans. Reaching in with a practiced flip of hand, he took note of the words flashing in blue light. It was a call from his father. A beefy Asian man with a sardonic sense of humor, he'd always been a person that C.J had blended well with. Smiling and turning away from Simon so he wouldn't be rude, C.J raised the cell phone to his ear and said:
Then his father spoke. C.J listened for a bit and even nodded a little in the beggining, utterly bemused by what his father was saying. Then his emotions begin to flood in. Glaring when his father was done talking, his mouth gaped and he was at a loss for words. Then, grimacing as his fingers tightened on the cellular phone, he shouted:
"Wait? We're moving again?"
"I got a new job offer, C.J. Your mom called and pulled you out of school this morning. We would have told you last night but we got home too late, and then you left for the bus stop too early this morning. We're moving to Colorado. I'm coming to pick you up in about an hour. Make sure you say goodbye to all you frie-
"FUCK COLORADO!" C.J howled. "I'M TIRED OF THIS SHIT! THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME WITH YOU AND YOUR STUPID JOBS! WHY CAN'T WE JUST SETTLE DOWN SO I CAN ACTUALLY MAKE FRIENDS?"
"THIS IS MY SENIOR YEAR! THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MY CHANCE TO SHINE! DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?"
Then he hung up. Feeling mildly like a complete asshole, he looked over in a state of shock and was only vaguely aware of the fact that Simon Grey - a person who seconds ago he had considered befriending - was still standing there. Clearing his thoughts, C.J sighed and offered the boy a weak smile despite what had just happened. Simon seemed like a genuinely nice guy, and C.J couldn't let him get the wrong impression. Not at all. Life's all about impressions...
"Well Simon ", C.J sighed. "I guess you can tell what just happened. I got to go tell the school newspaper that I'm leaving. They'll need to replace me. Nice talking to you, hombre. Adios".
Then he turned and started to walk away from the flowers, his head bowed down toward the ground.. C.J hadn't bloomed at all. Instead, he'd been downright over-watered and now he was leaving the garden for good.
All in all, it was a blow. There were so many opportunities down the drain: friends, parties, good times like the senior trip. It all seemed like a waste of space - not much different from C.J himself. C.J Wong, who felt lost in crowds. C.J Wong, with his little advice column and why-won't-anybody-play-with-me kind of childhood mentality. At the moment, he was angry at his father. Maybe even furious.
Months later, he became aware that his father had saved his life, and if anything, it was for the simple fact that moving had stopped him from going on the senior trip.
((C.J Wong is off to Colorado and discluded from pre-game))
The new batch....
Chad Klitou: Location Unknown
Hera Alosso: Location Unknown
Laverne Falciander: Location Unknown
Dory Stoeber: Location Unknown