Two tag posts in one day? Yomu, you’re crazy! (See other post here).
And with that, it looks like we are back for another glimpse at my literary prowess.
You are all in for an excellent treat. So much so that I couldn’t wait any longer and had to post this tonight.
We should all first thank EdgyAnimeTeen for the nomination that allowed this amazing piece of literature to be created, as well as TPAB / Keiko / Leap for creating the tag and getting it going. It was thanks to all of you that the world has been blessed with possibly one of the greatest stories ever written.
So here are the rules this time around:
- You pick your first word, your setting, and your story genre from the list below. As individuals, your brand of creativity is unique to yours, so we want to highlight that by letting you choose from a bunch of words and creating something beautiful out of it.
- The short story will have a limit of 1000 words. You do not need to write a story with 1000 words exactly. It could be 300, or 500 as long as it doesn’t surpass a thousand.
- YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS TO ANSWER THE TAG.
- You must tag three people to participate.
- Don’t forget to link back to Keiko so she can collect all the stories. You can’t just link back to her WordPress, since she won’t be alerted of the pingback. You need to link back to a post or a page, because WordPress works like this.
- Use the Create-A-Story picture in the post.
- Copy and paste the rules in your tag post as well, so others can be clued in to the Create-A-Story rules.
For my story I chose Music + School + Comedy. But you may want some tissues on hand, just in case you cry tears of joy from the story. It has a heartfelt side to it.
I’ll tag some people after the story.
The story is titled:
The Coolest Kid In School – My (Chuuni) High School Story
High school huh…
I was the coolest kid in high school back when I attended. I bet people still talk about me to this day.
Don’t believe me?
Well, it all started back in 2008…
Grade 9. It was the fall of 2008, and I was a freshman at Terragon High.
My homeroom teacher, Mrs. Smith, hated me from the moment she saw me. She used to constantly keep me late after class, assigning me extra homework once the other kids had left. One day she even took my pencil case and made me write a test with a small piece of lead that I had found on the ground.
My mom used to ask me why I was always doing homework and not out playing with my friends. The truth was, I didn’t have any friends. Mrs. Smith told all of the other kids that they weren’t allowed to talk to me, and so no one ever talked to me. But I wasn’t about to tell my mom that. I told her that it was nothing, that I just fell down the stairs at school.
After school I would fish through the dumpster behind the pet store across the street, looking for bags of expired dog kibble. I used to sell the kibble to the elementary schoolers down the street, telling them it was drugs that would unlock their latent powers. And that’s when I saw it: a dog harness. The harness had sleek black straps and reminded me of Golden Darkness’ outfit from To-Love-Ru. I began wearing it to school, using the various pouches to hold concealed stationery.
That dog harness got me through the rest of the year.
Grade 10. I went to school wearing my white and blue Yukata like Shinpachi from Gintama. Dog harness hidden underneath, of course.
A kid named Fernando sat behind me in homeroom. He was the captain of the disco club, the coolest club in Terragon High. Fernando had slick black hair and always wore a white disco suit. All of the girls in class would always surround his desk, which was annoying. One day Fernando asked me to meet him behind the school after class…
But I never actually managed to meet him, because I had never learned how to tell time. It wasn’t until university that I learned how to measure time in 24-minute increments by watching 600 episodes of One Piece in one sitting.
Fernando was angry, and the next day he got some of the girls in class to write on my yukata in permanent marker. When my mom asked about it after school, I just told her I fell down the stairs onto a permanent marker.
I managed to make it through the rest of the year by wearing my jet black shinobi outfit (like Kakashi from Naruto), and skipping homeroom.
Grade 11. This year I went to school wearing a black cape, like Lelouch from Code Geass. I also wore the dog harness on top of my t-shirt. Mrs. Santoni, my homeroom teacher, gave me a detention after school because capes weren’t allowed in school. But I still couldn’t keep track of time very well back then, so I missed it – instead going to the local arcade to play Dance Dance Revolution with some quarters that I found on the ground at lunchtime.
The next day Mrs. Santoni sent me to the principals office. The principal made me write a 100 word essay due the next day on a topic of my choice. I stayed up all night writing about my favourite anime, Sekirei. I only managed to write 89 words, so I purposely used double spacing and MS Gothic font to make it look like I wrote more than I did. The principal didn’t notice and Mrs. Santoni stopped bothering me after that.
Grade 12. Knowing that this was my last year of high school, I wanted a more intelligent look. I wore a jumpsuit underneath a white lab coat like my favourite Neon Genesis Evangelion character, Ritsuko.
One of the girls in my homeroom was Alice. She was dating Fernando. I liked her a lot, because she looked like one of my favourite anime characters, Hakufu from Ikkitousen. So after class, I mustered up the courage to talk to her. I had never talked to a girl my age before. I offered her a piece of my green tea flavoured kit-kat bar, and asked her if she wanted to watch Zero no Tsukaima with me after school. She said no, and left.
Fernando called me out while I was on my way to bird feeding class. He challenged me to a dance off, right there in the hallway. Students began to gather around us. I threw my lab coat into the crowd, and began breathing exercises to expand my lung capacity before the big dance off. I could see Alice-chan in the crowd, watching intently. I had to win this dance off for her.
A student started playing some disco music on a boombox he got from a nearby classroom. Fernando began shaking his hips and pointing his fingers to the sky. I began moving my feet left, right, up and down just like in Dance Dance Revolution. We were in a dead tie, our bodies taken to the absolute limit. But I had the upper hand. Just when the chorus began to play I switched styles, and began dancing like Tsukihi from Nisemonogatari. It was my secret move. The crowd began to cheer, chanting: “Fight, fight, fight!”
Fernando ran out of stamina, and gave up after three minutes of intense dancing. I had won the dance off! A teacher took us to the office. We were suspended. My time in the office was a blur, adrenaline still coursing through my body.
I left the school and walked down the sidewalk.
I had decided to quit while I was ahead and put the high school life behind me…
And that’s the story about how I became the coolest kid at Terragon High.
1000 words. You all weren’t kidding about how difficult it is to keep a story contained to 1000 words! There was so much more that I wish I could have written…
Consider this the abridged version. I had many more things I wanted to write that happened that just wouldn’t fit.
Also this was a ton of fun. Thanks again TPAB for the idea! Unironically I haven’t written a short story since high school, so this takes me back. Of course I’ve clearly improved a lot since then and it definitely shows.
And with that, let’s get to tagging some people. Apologies if you’ve already been tagged.
Good luck, should you decide to take on the challenge!
I look forward to reading more stories!
And that’s all for this post.
Until next time.
Thanks for reading. 🙂