The Second Mistake

Yugikun
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Joined: September 17th, 2014, 5:36 am

February 5th, 2016, 6:29 am #1

The sun blared down on the Kingman roads as Jeremy Frasier looked at both sides of the road, trying to see if any cars were coming. He saw one that was just about to turn onto Main Street, but that was fine. He cut across the road, taking hurried steps across so as not to get run over. He could have walked the rest of the footpath to get to the traffic lights, true, but it was quicker if he just crossed in the middle; and if he went to the lights he’d have to wait like, five minutes before they allowed him to cross the road. Besides, there weren’t that many cars out right now. He was in between rush hours, it seemed, and the Kingman Sun probably persuaded families to just stay in the house all day and laze around. He liked that. It was easier to cross roads and there were going to be less assholes driving around the streets looking for people to mock. Considering the mood Jeremy was in right now, he was likely going to be less appreciative of those people than he was normally.

He had at this point crossed the street, and he took the first steps inside Kingman’s record store. It was a pretty cool place. He never came here that much but it wasn’t because he didn’t like it or anything. CDs of all genres lined its walls, and he knew that it was going to be a little bit troublesome to get his mom a gift for her birthday. He placed his hand into his pocket and felt the $30 stuffed in there. His $30, that he was planning on saving so that he could get something that he wanted. He was expecting his dad to give him the necessary money since he was the one being so gung-ho about him getting a mother a birthday present but nope, apparently he “couldn’t be trusted with the family’s money” because of something that he had done by accident nearly a quarter of a year ago. He protested against that, but his father threatened him and basically said that if he didn’t treat him as the supreme lord of the house he’d get grounded. God, he couldn’t wait until he could graduate and leave the house.

Anyway, he looked around. The place was kinda big, and he didn’t really know where to start. He knew his mother’s tastes a little, he knew the album that she was super into at this moment (a giant mess that was a massive fall from grace for Coldplay and easily the worst of their albums so far) but he didn’t know what in relation to that she’d like. She probably owned all Coldplay’s albums already, she already owned all of the Killers’ albums already, so he probably had to go somewhere new.

Well, he knew that Coldplay leaned more towards pop, and that the Killers were classified as pop for reasons completely unknown for Jeremy, so going to the pop section seemed like a good place to start. He took a couple steps towards the pop section, seeing what other genres the store had on offer. He preferred to buy on itunes, but having a physical copy of the album was worth having to rip the songs onto his laptop.
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G???: Anna "Roxanne" Herbert - "...It's a god-awful small affair..." - 0%
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1 2 3
THEME: Dire Straits - Skateaway

G???: Teresa Rojas - "..." - 0%
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1 2
THEME: Tata Young - Sexy Naughty Bitchy Me

B???: Jonathan Meyers - "..." - 0%
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1
THEME: Kate Miller-Heidke - Caught In The Crowd
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Ashley Tanner - The Tattooed Jackass - "We got the music, we got the drinks, I think we have a recipe for some rock n' roll."
Yuko Hayashibara - The Tomboy - "Yo, homeboy, come over here. I wanna play some ball."
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B003: Jeremy Frasier - ?Yeah. No regrets.? - 57%
Kills: 2 | Equipped with: Scoped Raging Bull, $1000, Wooden Baseball Bat, Eyepatch, Pancor Jackhammer
PREGAME - Past: 1 2 3 | Present: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 | Sadie Hawkins: 1 2
V6: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
THEME: OneRepublic - Love Runs Out

B013: Alvaro Vacanti - ?Thank... you...? - 41%
Kills: 3 | Equipped with: MAC-10
PREGAME - Past: 1 2 3 | Present: 1 2 3 4 5 | Sadie Hawkins: 1 2
V6: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
THEME: The Megas - The Haystack Principle

G030: Jasmine King - "I win." - 11%
Kills: 0 | Equipped with: Brass Knuckles
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1 2 3 | Sadie Hawkins: 1
V6: 1 2 3 4 5
THEME: Luck Ganriki - golden sneer


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MurderWeasel
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February 6th, 2016, 1:35 am #2

In the cosmic scheme of things, the record store rated "mediocre," but given the competition in Kingman it got bumped up to "solid" or even "good," especially when the stock had been recently rotated. Unlike Target, the proprietors realized that metal was in fact no longer best represented by a "Best of Black Sabbath" CD and whatever Five Finger Death Punch put out most recently. The prices weren't too bad either, especially if you bought used. BB could pretty reliably get what she wanted for eight to twelve bucks—less if it had sat for a while or was scuffed a bit or was one of those advance CDs with "DO NOT SELL THIS, PROPERTY OF THE RECORD LABEL" stamped all over it and ended up in clearance.

Usually, BB just browsed through the store to see what she could find. Her route took her through most of the genres, not because she found too much in a number of them, but because sometimes things got misshelved and sometimes she'd also see what other people were checking out and either learn about a new group or judge her fellow shoppers for their abysmal taste.

Today, though, BB was looking for something specific over in the metal section. There was a lot of buzz about this new album coming out by a group called Liturgy, and while she was pretty sure she'd seen some of their older stuff mentioned before, she'd never actually listened to any of it.

Liturgy didn't have their own tab, but there in the generic Ls, BB found a CD of theirs with a white cover featuring two black crosses side by side, the lefthand one upside down. It was labelled "Aesthetica" and perhaps more importantly it had a sticker on it that said it was four bucks, which was the perfect price to check out a group. So BB picked it up and, primary mission accomplished, was feeling pretty good as she turned to scout out the rest of the store. It was a pretty quiet day, not many people browsing, and so it caught her interest when the door opened.

Her attention was drawn even further by the figure who entered the store. Jeremy. Someone decently cool, someone who stepped up and played along when she decided to joke around in the lunch room. So BB gave a nod and a wave in Jeremy's general direction.
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Yugikun
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February 6th, 2016, 4:54 am #3

Jeremy saw someone waving to him from the metal section, so he looked up from his feet to see who it was. Hey, it was BB! He expected it to be one of the people he passed in the halls but hadn’t talked to, so this happened to be a pretty pleasant surprise! They hadn’t been able to talk much to each other since the snark fight, none of their classes lined up and they were in two completely different social circles. Still, he hadn’t forgotten about his humiliation at the cafeteria the first day back, and it seemed that she hadn’t forgotten either, considering her greeting to him. It seemed that if he continued walking forward, he’d have to have another encounter with the person he beat him. He would have liked to say that he had prepared since then, but.. nope. He kinda did the same shit he always did the last couple of months. Play video games, check the internet, watch Survivor, occasionally do homework if it was like, the last day before it was due. He hadn’t practiced, and if he continued, it would show.

However, he had come into the store for a reason, and that reason was to buy him mom a CD as a birthday present. He’d probably get shouted at if he came home without anything in his hands, so it seemed he had no choice. He marched on forward, into the store.

First, he went into the pop section, which was… goddammit it was next to the section BB was in. He walked through the row, taking a cursory look at the CDs and thinking about if his mom would like them or not. He said an upbeat “Hey!” as he passed BB, before stopping at the I section. Imagine Dragons. That was the band that played Radioactive, right? He had heard the Weird Al parody and he loved the Weird Al parody and although he knew that his mom hated Weird Al for some reason, he figured that it was Coldplay like and parsed through their CDs, looking to see which one had the coolest sounding songs.
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G???: Anna "Roxanne" Herbert - "...It's a god-awful small affair..." - 0%
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1 2 3
THEME: Dire Straits - Skateaway

G???: Teresa Rojas - "..." - 0%
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1 2
THEME: Tata Young - Sexy Naughty Bitchy Me

B???: Jonathan Meyers - "..." - 0%
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1
THEME: Kate Miller-Heidke - Caught In The Crowd
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Ashley Tanner - The Tattooed Jackass - "We got the music, we got the drinks, I think we have a recipe for some rock n' roll."
Yuko Hayashibara - The Tomboy - "Yo, homeboy, come over here. I wanna play some ball."
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B003: Jeremy Frasier - ?Yeah. No regrets.? - 57%
Kills: 2 | Equipped with: Scoped Raging Bull, $1000, Wooden Baseball Bat, Eyepatch, Pancor Jackhammer
PREGAME - Past: 1 2 3 | Present: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 | Sadie Hawkins: 1 2
V6: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
THEME: OneRepublic - Love Runs Out

B013: Alvaro Vacanti - ?Thank... you...? - 41%
Kills: 3 | Equipped with: MAC-10
PREGAME - Past: 1 2 3 | Present: 1 2 3 4 5 | Sadie Hawkins: 1 2
V6: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
THEME: The Megas - The Haystack Principle

G030: Jasmine King - "I win." - 11%
Kills: 0 | Equipped with: Brass Knuckles
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1 2 3 | Sadie Hawkins: 1
V6: 1 2 3 4 5
THEME: Luck Ganriki - golden sneer


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February 6th, 2016, 5:26 am #4

"Hey," BB said as Jeremy passed and greeted her. He was heading towards the pop section. This was probably gonna be good. She gave him a second or two to fall into his routine, then followed. She moved pretty slowly, thinking she'd probably have better luck catching him with something embarrassing if he didn't realize she was there. He was flipping through the I section and, as she got closer, she saw he was specifically looking through the works of Imagine Dragons.

That was, well, okay, that was pretty bad. Still, she supposed it could be worse. There was at least the possibility Jeremy was appreciative of their status as a semi-local band, and they certainly weren't the most offensive thing on the charts in the past few years, even if they were one of the most persistent. They had a new album that had just come out or was coming out soon or something; BB's eyes had sort of glazed over when she tried to comprehend the differences between the deluxe, digital deluxe, super deluxe, and Target-exclusive editions on their Wikipedia page.

"What're you looking at there?" she asked, stepping up closer to Jeremy. She already knew, of course, but how he responded would give her a good idea how to approach this.
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February 6th, 2016, 8:51 am #5

Okay, turns out that Imagine Dragons only had two albums, aside from live concert CDs that were more expensive and probably not worth it since he didn’t know if his mom would like it yet. Night Visions and Smoke + Mirrors weren’t really interesting or sparky names for albums, and they didn’t really tell him much about what they were like (although most albums didn’t really tell much about the songs in the first place, he needed to take a look at the previews on itunes or YouTube or somewhere else). He was leaning towards Night Visions more, mostly because it was the one that had Radioactive on it and it didn’t use a + instead of an and in the title despite using an and in the titular song. He wasn’t going to buy anything just yet, though. He should check out the store more first, maybe there was something else that he knew that his mom would like. Maybe The Killers or Coldplay did another live show and made a CD out of it that his mom hadn’t gotten yet.

He jumped as BB snuck up from behind him and asked what he was looking at. When did she move? He could have sworn she was still at the metal section. He spun around and there she was. Apparently she had learned to teleport since the encounter at the cafeteria because there was no way anyone could move that fast without being seen. It was a pretty good skill to have for someone snarky like her; if she took someone by surprise like that it’d be much harder to make a foolproof response, and whatever technique this was, it was working on Jeremy. Not wanting to look like an idiot or someone who planned too much, he opted to just go for the truth. If he said it in a direct enough wording it’d be harder to get a response out of it.

“Imagine Dragons. I need to get something for my mom’s birthday and she listens to Ghost Stories all the time so I was looking for something similar.”
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G???: Anna "Roxanne" Herbert - "...It's a god-awful small affair..." - 0%
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1 2 3
THEME: Dire Straits - Skateaway

G???: Teresa Rojas - "..." - 0%
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1 2
THEME: Tata Young - Sexy Naughty Bitchy Me

B???: Jonathan Meyers - "..." - 0%
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1
THEME: Kate Miller-Heidke - Caught In The Crowd
[+] spoiler
Ashley Tanner - The Tattooed Jackass - "We got the music, we got the drinks, I think we have a recipe for some rock n' roll."
Yuko Hayashibara - The Tomboy - "Yo, homeboy, come over here. I wanna play some ball."
[+] spoiler


B003: Jeremy Frasier - ?Yeah. No regrets.? - 57%
Kills: 2 | Equipped with: Scoped Raging Bull, $1000, Wooden Baseball Bat, Eyepatch, Pancor Jackhammer
PREGAME - Past: 1 2 3 | Present: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 | Sadie Hawkins: 1 2
V6: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
THEME: OneRepublic - Love Runs Out

B013: Alvaro Vacanti - ?Thank... you...? - 41%
Kills: 3 | Equipped with: MAC-10
PREGAME - Past: 1 2 3 | Present: 1 2 3 4 5 | Sadie Hawkins: 1 2
V6: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
THEME: The Megas - The Haystack Principle

G030: Jasmine King - "I win." - 11%
Kills: 0 | Equipped with: Brass Knuckles
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1 2 3 | Sadie Hawkins: 1
V6: 1 2 3 4 5
THEME: Luck Ganriki - golden sneer


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February 7th, 2016, 3:31 am #6

"Oh, thank goodness," BB said. "I thought you were looking for yourself."

Out of touch moms were exactly the demographic BB associated with the type of music Jeremy was talking about, really. It was bland, safe, radio-friendly stuff that was just adventurous enough to let people claim they were into "weird" songs or thought outside the box while at the same time being safe and conventional enough to ensure no actual listening challenge of any sort. Even some of the stuff the rest of the band was into edged close to complacent-FM-listeners territory in BB's opinion, but it was miles ahead of this stuff.

"You have to be careful what you get your parents, though," she said. "If you pick something they like too much, then all of a sudden it's Mumford and Sons every time they drive you to school."

She took a glance at the other artists in the I section, looking for something that could be Jeremy's salvation; the pickings were pretty meager, but one option stood out to her quickly.

"She might like Iron and Wine," BB said, gesturing at the tab. "They're folksy, pretty quiet, inoffensive, but won't make you claw your ears out."
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February 7th, 2016, 4:51 am #7

“Well, I haven’t really listened to Mumford and Sons, but I’ve listened to Little Lion Man and that’s better than anything in Ghost Stories at the very least.” Oh wait, shit. He just set himself up for something there, didn’t he? Note to self: Don’t give opinions about things you’ve barely listened to. You’re likely going to get proven wrong or mocked if you do that. He already knew that Imagine Dragons was apparently not that great considering BB’s reaction to what he said. Mumford and Sons apparently wasn’t that great, either, so it was better to edit what he just said. “I mean, if it turns out that they’re like, an eskimo throat singing band or something like that I can probably convince them to turn on the Killers. I like listening to them, at least. Don’t really know their reputation among music super fans, though.” Music super fans referring to BB, of course, if that wasn’t transparent enough. If he was going to get humiliated again, he may as well start it and turn it into a humbling experience or something like that.

BB pointed towards a band he had never heard of before, and recommended it to his parents. Iron and Wine. He picked up one of their albums, the front cover depicting a bearded man laying on the grass. Was he supposed to be Jesus? The beard was the same colour, and “Iron and Wine” sounded a bit like a Christian band. Not that that was a bad thing, though. If it was a Christian band it’d at least be better than B-Shoc, and BB gave it her recommendation so it couldn’t be mediocre, or anything. “I’ll take your word for it,” he said to BB, picking up the CD with the man on the grass. “I can’t really listen to it in the store so I guess I’ll have to hope you’re not trying to trick me with this.” He flashed a small grin to her. Maybe he should have checked around on ITunes or YouTube before he went out here, getting an idea of what to buy before he went out to buy it was a pretty good idea in hindsight.
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G???: Anna "Roxanne" Herbert - "...It's a god-awful small affair..." - 0%
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1 2 3
THEME: Dire Straits - Skateaway

G???: Teresa Rojas - "..." - 0%
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1 2
THEME: Tata Young - Sexy Naughty Bitchy Me

B???: Jonathan Meyers - "..." - 0%
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1
THEME: Kate Miller-Heidke - Caught In The Crowd
[+] spoiler
Ashley Tanner - The Tattooed Jackass - "We got the music, we got the drinks, I think we have a recipe for some rock n' roll."
Yuko Hayashibara - The Tomboy - "Yo, homeboy, come over here. I wanna play some ball."
[+] spoiler


B003: Jeremy Frasier - ?Yeah. No regrets.? - 57%
Kills: 2 | Equipped with: Scoped Raging Bull, $1000, Wooden Baseball Bat, Eyepatch, Pancor Jackhammer
PREGAME - Past: 1 2 3 | Present: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 | Sadie Hawkins: 1 2
V6: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
THEME: OneRepublic - Love Runs Out

B013: Alvaro Vacanti - ?Thank... you...? - 41%
Kills: 3 | Equipped with: MAC-10
PREGAME - Past: 1 2 3 | Present: 1 2 3 4 5 | Sadie Hawkins: 1 2
V6: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
THEME: The Megas - The Haystack Principle

G030: Jasmine King - "I win." - 11%
Kills: 0 | Equipped with: Brass Knuckles
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1 2 3 | Sadie Hawkins: 1
V6: 1 2 3 4 5
THEME: Luck Ganriki - golden sneer


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February 7th, 2016, 5:04 am #8

"I'm not tricking you," BB said. "Even if it'd be pretty funny to give your mom black metal."

BB was actually pretty proud of the fact that most people went "What the fuck is this?" when she played her favorites for them, and she had a quick moment of regret that she hadn't told Jeremy to buy his mom Earth 2 or something like that. There was this whole branch of drone that used pretty landscapes and such for their album covers, and while in most cases it was absolutely fitting it also made it fairly easy to pass the albums off as something else.

She leaned back and smiled and tried to catch Jeremy's gaze. There was something else he'd said that also caught her interest, something that she could use to poke a little and see if he knew what he was talking about.

"But, hey, you're the one trying to trick me," she added. "First you say you haven't really listened to Mumford and Sons, then you tell me you know 'Little Lion Man.' So which is it?"
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February 7th, 2016, 5:29 am #9

“Well now that you say that there’s absolutely no way I can trust you now.” He looked at the CD again. It didn’t really look like anything bad. Then again, that was how Darius had tricked him into listening to B-Shoc. He kinda just linked it into a skype chat and Jeremy clicked on it and he decided to leave it in the background for a bit and he only noticed it when it became hilariously terrible. In that case though it was just Darius linking shit as a joke. If he gave a B-Shoc album to his mom for her birthday he doubted that she’d like it that much. Plus, this was BB. There was just something about her that wasn’t really that trustworthy in the first place. Her smile and lean alone would have set off the fire alarm at his place.

But still, she was gazing at him with that look in her eyes begging for him to challenge her, and- shit, he was game. He had fallen for the trap hook line and sinker, and there was no way he was going to get out of it now.

“I’ve only listened to Little Lion Man. Besides…”

He grinned, returned her gaze.

“I said that I haven’t really listened to Mumford and Sons. That’s not the same as me saying I haven’t listened to it at all. Geez, BB, you get good grades in class. I thought that you’d at least know that
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G???: Anna "Roxanne" Herbert - "...It's a god-awful small affair..." - 0%
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1 2 3
THEME: Dire Straits - Skateaway

G???: Teresa Rojas - "..." - 0%
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1 2
THEME: Tata Young - Sexy Naughty Bitchy Me

B???: Jonathan Meyers - "..." - 0%
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1
THEME: Kate Miller-Heidke - Caught In The Crowd
[+] spoiler
Ashley Tanner - The Tattooed Jackass - "We got the music, we got the drinks, I think we have a recipe for some rock n' roll."
Yuko Hayashibara - The Tomboy - "Yo, homeboy, come over here. I wanna play some ball."
[+] spoiler


B003: Jeremy Frasier - ?Yeah. No regrets.? - 57%
Kills: 2 | Equipped with: Scoped Raging Bull, $1000, Wooden Baseball Bat, Eyepatch, Pancor Jackhammer
PREGAME - Past: 1 2 3 | Present: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 | Sadie Hawkins: 1 2
V6: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
THEME: OneRepublic - Love Runs Out

B013: Alvaro Vacanti - ?Thank... you...? - 41%
Kills: 3 | Equipped with: MAC-10
PREGAME - Past: 1 2 3 | Present: 1 2 3 4 5 | Sadie Hawkins: 1 2
V6: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
THEME: The Megas - The Haystack Principle

G030: Jasmine King - "I win." - 11%
Kills: 0 | Equipped with: Brass Knuckles
PREGAME - Past: 1 | Present: 1 2 3 | Sadie Hawkins: 1
V6: 1 2 3 4 5
THEME: Luck Ganriki - golden sneer


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February 7th, 2016, 5:43 am #10

BB chuckled.

"Oh, no, I know what you said," she said. "It's just, like... that means you've heard Mumford and Sons. You understand the sum totality of their artistic output. I'm not kidding here. You buy one of their albums, it's 'Little Lion Man' for forty minutes straight."

Jeremy was getting the benefit of the doubt at the moment because his tone was in keeping with their less-than-serious throw down in the lunchroom previously and because BB was actually right about Mumford and Sons so she wasn't feeling particularly threatened by his jab. In fact, her grin widened; she'd found the album she wanted cheap, and Jeremy seemed like he was in the right sort of mood to joke around. BB actually did pay decent attention to the situation most of the time, and a lot of her classmates weren't the sort of people to appreciate her jokes. If Jeremy was alright with them, well, that meant she'd have a fun time.

"Besides," she said, "you know you can trust me. I play the bass. That means I'm reliable and mellow, but the guitarist gets all the girls."
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