The Paths We Take...

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January 7th, 2008, 2:41 am #1

((Continued from Out on the Town and Out of the Closet.))

It was a cool, breezy night in the city of Highland Beach. It had rained sometime earlier that day, and the sides of the streets still retained puddles of water that had yet to evaporate or drain down into the sewers below. The street lights surrounding Bryan's Bowl-a-Rama provided some sort of dim lighting around the cracked sidewalks, but only enough to illuminate the area some feet around them. It was fairly late in the evening, probably nearing around eleven o'clock, so there wasn't a lot of traffic in that particular part of town.

Viki Valentine hadn't had time to notice all these things.

She finally came to a stop from the quick dash she had made away from the bowling alley and turned around to face Evan Angler, who had also opted to leave the area just as the police had barged in. She was obviously winded, her face flushed a pale pink from the exhaustion of having ran away from the bowling alley, and she flipped the stray black hairs away from her face as she began laughing quietly.

"Ha... ha ha ha... ha..." she exclaimed breathlessly.

She could still see the bowling alley in the distance. Things seemed like they were calming down a bit at the bowling alley. The squadron of police that had been called in seemed to have all left, the last of them were pulling out of the parking lot as she watched. She felt a little bit bad for Gabe and the rest of her classmates that would probably be spending the night in jail for disorderly conduct, though part of her was laughing at a certain blonde bimbo who had undoubtedly been hauled off along with them.

"Whew..." she uttered, placing an arm against the side of the nearby building momentarily until she could regain her composure.

"Looks like we got out of there just in time," she laughed, "My dad... he's a cop... something tells me he might've been pretty mad if he'd caught me back there in the middle of that. Doesn't matter if I had anything to do with it or not, ya know? Just the fact that I was there probably wouldn't have been good, so, I figured it was time to make my grand exit."

Evan probably didn't care either way, and she didn't really feel the need to justify herself, but it was just some sort of conversation starter. He didn't exactly seem like the most socially adept individual, even though he was fairly high up on the social totem pole at Southridge. Either way, she was just glad to have somebody with her at the moment, because she couldn't help but think that she probably wouldn't want to be walking down the streets in this part of town at this time of night alone.

"That was crazy," she muttered with another laugh, "Are your friends always that dramatic, or was tonight just a special occasion?"
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January 7th, 2008, 4:42 am #2

((Continued from Out on the Town and Out of the Closet))

"Oh drama seems to follow them on a daily basis" Evan replied to Viki, squatting down to catch his breath. He looked up at Viki's face and realized that she looked very pretty when she smiled. She seems real enough... even pretty cute. Time to put her through the compatibility test

"Hey Viki, turn around, there's some dirt on your butt...just there" he said, pointing with his index finger.

He smiled on the inside, as there would be nobody else at the moment he'd rather be stuck downtown with.
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January 8th, 2008, 9:45 pm #3

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"I'd believe it," Viki mused at Evan's response, "Especially with that girl around. She seems like she creates drama out of all sorts of stupid things."

She hadn't said it to be rude, it just sort of came out. Besides, it was the truth, and she couldn't help but think that Evan would probably agree with her. Kara Holmes had to be the biggest drama queen at Southridge High School, there was just no way around it. From the short portion of the night that Viki had spent around her, she couldn't wrap her head around the fact that that girl was apparently Serenity Halos's best friend. Serenity was so sweet and so compassionate toward other people, and that girl was the polar opposite. She practically tried to eat them alive. Evan didn't seem to want to talk about Kara though, and instead his focus turned toward another, less serious topic.

"Where?" Viki inquired.

She didn't remember sitting in any dirt, but stranger things had happened. She absent-mindedly dusted off her bottom in an attempt to get the offending dirt off before a faint grin appeared across her features.

"Were you staring at my butt?" she mused with a laugh.

She sincerely doubted that he had been, but either way, it was a funny thought. After the kind of disasterous occurrance the rest of the night had been, it was fun just to laugh at something. The brief thought of asking Evan whether or not they should go bail Gabe (but probably not his creature) out of jail ran through her mind, but she blew off the thought almost as quickly as it came. She doubted she could talk Evan into getting one out without the other tagging along as well, and she was better off for not having to spend the rest of her night with Kara.
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January 8th, 2008, 10:19 pm #4

"Ok, I'll admit, that was a little bit elementary school. You caught me" Evan said, looking more proud than embarassed. "I can't help it, it's a habit". His mind wandered to the events that had just transpired. His friends were probably in jail right now, and here he was hitting on (rather blatantly, some would say) this girl from school.

"Do you think they'll be ok? Should we, uh... like, do something, do you think?" he said, an expression of concern plastered on his face that seemed more forced than real. He wondered if he was capable of even doing anything. He certainly didn't want to wander into a police station while he had coke in his system and announce that he was at the bowling alley with the group that started fighting. He hoped Viki would respond saying that there was nothing that could be done. As much as he liked Gabe, he really wasn't comfortable trying to help him out given his present situation. Also he was enjoying his time alone with this cute, albeit somewhat unremarkable, girl. "Do they, like, need bail or something?"

Then his mind flashed to outside when the Viki and Kara were in each other's faces. That's my ticket out of heading down to recue them. Kara will be there. Viki would never help her. And Gabe and Kara were a package deal. I'd bet anything she'll tell me some simple logical excuse to get out of this. "What do you think we can do? Isn't your dad a cop or something? You know what happens when this stuff goes down, right?"
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January 9th, 2008, 1:58 am #5

Evan full-on admitted to the comment that she'd thrown out there jokingly, but Viki simply took his words as just that -- a joke. Even if he had been, it wasn't like it was going to make her uncomfortable. He seemed like a nice enough guy, and completely harmless, so it wasn't a big deal. He called it a "habit" and she couldn't help but crack a smile.

"I wouldn't call it elementary," she mused with a grin, "Elementary would be pushing me down in the mud and laughing. Nah, I'd give you junior high at least."

It hadn't been an uncommon thing for Viki in Junior High either. Back then, she was still in the running to be the "it" girl. That was before she had graciously stepped out of the running and let people like Kara and Serenity overtake it. In junior high, and during her younger years, it had been fun to be popular and have friends and be considered pretty by your fellow classmates. When high school came around, it became way too much of a hassle, and it was like a fierce competition. It all seemed so silly.

She could still remember herself prancing around the playground back in elementary school with the Shirley Temple ringlets her mother always curled her hair into and the poofiest dress she could find at the local department store. Strangely enough, Viki was one of the few people she knew who could look back on memories like that and smile. Things got way too complicated on the high school level. Personality didn't matter at all, and the sad truth was that looks had little to do with anything either. Basically, one's claim to fame in high school depended on who they were sleeping with, as sad as it was.

She was brought away from her thoughts as Evan's turned toward his friends in jail. He might've been a decent actor when he was trying, but he didn't even seem to hide the disinterest in bailing his friends out of jail. When he voiced it, she couldn't help but think that he was looking for some kind of reassurance that he should (or maybe shouldn't) do something about Gabe and Kara being incarcarated for the evening. If he wanted someone to convince him to go bail them out, he had definitely picked the wrong person.

"Don't worry about it," Viki shrugged with a smile, "Gabe won't get in much trouble. He might've started it and all, but the police around here have much bigger things to deal with than some kid that started a fight at a bowling alley, ya know? Best case scenario, they take him home with a slap on the wrist and tell him to mind his manners, worst case scenario he spends the night in jail and goes home in the morning."

She didn't say anything about Kara. She didn't know all the details of the fight. She had only run inside long enough to pull who she could out of the alley before bailing herself. She thought that Kara had thrown a bowling ball at Brad or something, but she wasn't entirely sure. She couldn't help but hope they'd prosecute her for attempted murder or something, but she sincerely doubted HBPD would take it that seriously. She somehow figured Kara had probably wriggled her way out of trouble many times before.

Besides, she couldn't help but smile at another thought that was passing through her mind.

"And besides that, I don't know about you, but I think being stuck in a jail cell overnight with a chick named Butch might take little miss Kara down a couple knotches."

Viki shrugged her shoulders nonchalantly and smiled.

"Why let it ruin the rest of the night?"
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January 9th, 2008, 5:48 am #6

He couldn't put his finger on it, but Evan really enjoyed the vibe Viki gave off. It was a sort of non-chalant cool that made her seem so genuine. Evan always considered those around him to be fake (they likely thought the same of him) so this girl was turning out to be a refreshing change to what he was accustomed to. By now the coke was coming out of his system. Or more likely sweated out during their last 100m dash to escape the police. Evan could see really clearly he was starting to get attracted hard to this girl.
The last time Evan had had a steady girlfriend was over a year ago, and since then he'd had only a couple of "casual" encounters with girls from work or that he'd meet at parties. Whatever it was, Evan reserved his usual judgemental yearning for the highest standards in women, and decided he would test how far things might go with her.

"Yeah, why let it ruin a fun night huh? Right now, I'm up for doing something cool. This is going to sound really dorky, but there's two things I'd be really down for... there's uhh, the go karts..." he said, sheepishly rubbing the back of his head, "...or maybe Lazer Tag?". He remembered that old kitsche-y things from childhood seemed to become the popular pastimes of the day. It was, after all, why they were out bowling. But the way Evan suggested them felt pretty embarassing. Nice Ev... what's next? Mini-putt and rock-climbing? He looked over at Viki for some reassurance that what he'd said wasn't worth making fun of, but before he could get an answer he added "...I mean, we could do whatever. It's really up to you. I'd just think it'd be cool, you know? I mean how long has it been since you've gone go karting or done some Lazer Tag?". He tried to sound excited when he said it, to sound like a unique suggestion that'd just popped into his mind, but the truth was he'd been wanting to do those things for a few days now and failed to find anyone to go with. People were always too busy to do the stuff Evan wanted. "I don't think either is a long way off. Two blocks walking, maybe three...". He remembered that Gabe's car was probably still at the bowling alley, but cursed that fact Gabe probably still had the keys with him.

"What do you say, hmmm?"
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January 10th, 2008, 11:51 pm #7

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"Go-Karts and laser tag..." Viki repeated with a slight giggle, "I haven't heard anyone suggest something like that in a long time."

She hadn't been on the go-karts in years, even though when she was younger she had always loved that little theme park down by the pier. Sure, it was probably cliche, and the park sounded like something out of an old eightees romance movie or something campy like that, but even though it was a little worn around the edges, it still held this certain charm to it that a lot of places around town didn't have anymore.

Or...

"Sounds like fun to me," Viki grinned, "Go-Karts sound awesome, but can I tell you something really funny? I've never played laser tag before in my life."

She really hadn't. Her whole childhood had been filled with pageants and the like, and she'd never had time to do many of the things other kids did. Maybe that was part of the reason why she didn't try to be the Queen Bee of the school here and now. She wanted to live and enjoy her life, not be boxed in by what the rest of the school thought she should and shouldn't be doing.

"When I was little," she explained, "I was mom's little pageant girl. Got to get all dressed up and be paraded around like Barbie or something, so I... I dunno, I guess I missed out on a lot. Mom always thought I'd get dirty or something if I ever went to play outside."

She couldn't help but laugh, because as seriously as her mom had taken the whole pageant thing back when she was little, it just seemed funny now for her mother -- a semi-celebrity in town -- to be so worried about her daughter's appearance.

"So," Viki mused with a grin, "Wanna teach me?"
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January 12th, 2008, 2:37 am #8

Evan wasn't sure of Viki's intentions, but he was quite excited at her enthusiasm for his ides. When he first thought of suggesting them, they sounded cheesy in his mind. But as he witnessed, maybe they weren't such bad ideas after all.

"Lasers it is. It's pretty simple to learn. Point and shoot. The trick is to dodge and aim. You can shoot all willy-nilly, but that'd reduce your accuracy. At the end they even give you a scorecard so you can see how you did." Evan had a scorecard at home in a game where he came in first out of twnty-four other people, but he didn't tell Viki that. "The place is only just around the corner on Palsen St. You know... next to the Pizza Hut." He looked into Viki's eyes just to make sure she was serious on going, and not just stringing him along. To Evan she seemed legit, so he added "If we go now, we can get in a game before they close for tournament night". He was probably showing her that he knew a little TOO much about Lazer Tag, and he started fidgeting with the ring on his right index finger out of nervousness.

Evan could tell internally that this night would have two outcomes: he would hook up with Viki, or he would go home depressed. He was falling for her, and there was no way he could avoid it.
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January 13th, 2008, 5:58 pm #9

Apparently, Evan was pretty into laser tag. That much became blatantly apparent as soon as Viki vocalized the fact that she had no knowledge of the game whatsoever. As he described it, though, she couldn't help but think that it sounded pretty easy. Just point, and shoot. Then again, most things that seemed easy weren't really as simple as they claimed. There were other factors to be taken into account, and even she, having never played the game before, could imagine what they were. Obviously, you didn't want to get hit by the other players.

But she supposed things like that pretty much went without saying.

"Sounds like fun," Viki mused with a grin.

She'd probably be an easy out, having never played the game before. From what she picked up as Evan talked about the game, it seemed like he had played it many times before. In truth, she was kind of surprised that someone like him would be interested in something like laser tag. He just didn't seem the type. Then again, he was a lot nicer than she had ever imagined him being. It wasn't that she ever though Evan Angler was a bad person, but before tonight, she hadn't really known much about him other than the fact that he was friends with Gabe McCallum and Steve Digaetano, two of Southridge High School's star football players.

That was about the extent that she knew about Evan. He was friends with Gabe and Steve, he ran around with Kara Holmes and occassionally Kara's cousin whats-her-name and Serenity. Maybe it was just the impression he gave off walking around the hallways, but he had seemed like somewhat of a snob then. Now, though, she felt bad for ever thinking that, because he seemed like a genuinely nice guy. Then again, it seemed like all guys came off that way at first.

"Tournament night, huh?" she laughed, "I'm up for it, but I'm probably gonna be the first out. I'm horrible at stuff like this."

It wasn't like she would be too distraught if she was eliminated early. She just wanted to go out and have fun. So far, this had been the most interesting (and least dramatic) part of the night for her, and she wasn't in too much of a hurry for it to end. She didn't quite know what Evan was thinking or why he'd chosen to come along with her after his friends had gotten arrested back at the bowling alley, but to her, it was just her, going out with a new friend and having a good time. It never crossed her mind that Evan might be thinking something entirely different.

"Well, what're we waiting for?" she smiled, "Let's go."
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January 14th, 2008, 8:17 pm #10

Evan did a quick check of his personal belongings before he decided he'd take off with Viki and go do something. Housekeys? Check. Wallet? Check. What little coke I have left? Got it. Cellphone? Yep. Ok, let's get this show moving.

"Ok ok, hold your horses. We'll get going. Just wanted to make sure I didn't leave anyhting behind". His mind flashed to Gabe sitting in the back of a cop car, and he did his best to shake it. A tinge of guilt gripped his mind for a few seconds before he turned to Viki, calmed his composure, and said "Let's do this".

He started walking, very slowly at first to ensure Viki was following, then he stepped up his pace when he was sure she was. What luck. How did I end up here? It's like life is giving me things on a silver platter again.
Evan often felt as though he was constantly surrounded by a string of good luck for lengthy periods of time where just about everything would go right for him. And now, escaping the cops, being alone with Viki, and just generally feeling pretty good for someone who was almost arrested ensured he believed he was in one of those lucky runs. As the two walked, Evan attempted some more small talk.

"So, do you work? I mean, what do you do after school. I work. I think I'm one of the few people remaining whose parents forced him to get a job. Do you like your job? I wasn't a fan at first, but now it's strating to grow on me." He was babbling again, as it happened whenever he'd try to talk to girls he thought were cute. He forcibly stopped himself from talking when he realized he was doing it, and awaited an answer from Viki, keeping walking pace with her the entire trip.
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