Chapter 14 – the rant

29 08 2008

This chapter made me slightly depressed when I wrote it.

You’ll notice that this story is unfolding in “real time”.  This was a decision taken to make the interactive side of things easier.

The next chapter will be on Monday.  It may be posted late in the day.

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Chapter 14 – Summer Break Ends

29 08 2008

(johnny07)

It’s been fun, but we’re nearing the end of the summer holidays. Fun fact – “holiday” is a contraction of the phrase “holy day”, so it actually means a religious festival. So this should actually be called “summer break”. But I digress.

On Monday, it will be back to school for another year of unpaid labour. Joy of joys. As you can probably guess, I’m none too happy about the prospect. Where do the holidays go? That was never a full break!

There’s a well known saying: “time flies when you’re having fun”. I’m sure you’ve heard it before. It sounds silly, but it’s so true.

There are three days of freedom left to go. I might as well make the best of them. Me and my friends are going to the bowling alley tomorrow. Should be fun. Everyone’s back now, so hopefully they’ll all be able to make it.

The weirdest thing about this break has been the lack of schoolwork. It really has been total freedom. It’s a strange feeling. Sometimes I haven’t known what to do with myself. But I’m sad that it’s ending.





Chapter 13 – the rant

27 08 2008

This is the first time we’ve heard from ianmalcolm, but not the first time he has been mentioned by name.

It’s quite different from previous chapters, I think.

ianmalcom has not allowed comments, unfortunately.  But hey, that’s what rant pages are for! 😉





Chapter 13 – i’ll See You Later, k

27 08 2008

(ianmalcolm)

Are you there? Hopefully you’ll see this. I think you probably will. Admittedly my method of communication is rather public, but that’s fine by me. I dare say it’s less fine by my old allies, but I can’t be looking out for everyone, can I?

I love the Internet. You can access it from anywhere in the world. The best part is, if you take the right precautions, no-one will even know where in the world you’re writing from. Especially not if you keep moving.

So. It’s me. You probably thought I’d be too ashamed to show my face again. I guess you’re probably right. I’ll be the first to admit I screwed up, but it looks like I wasn’t the only one, which is comforting.

Lately, my heart just hasn’t been in this job. I’ve had my doubts about it for a while. After much deliberation, I’ve decided to hand in my resignation. I don’t want to be a part of this anymore. It’s all fake; there’s no real wisdom to it, and the treatment of employees is frankly noxious. I mean, everyone makes mistakes, right? There’s no need to beat them up over it.

I need a change of pace. I need to take a step back and figure out where I went wrong.

When it all gets too much, I have my mantra: “false wisdom and ruthless blades shall not reign forever.” Sure, it sounds a little pretentious, but it’s a saying I hold close to my heart. The words soothe me when I’m down. I guess it’s because I can’t feel bad when I think about something so positive.

Fact is, I’m smart. I can be cruel, too, when I need to be.

You will hear from me again later, but that will be the last time.





Chapter 12 – the rant

25 08 2008

Bradley reminded me of myself a bit in this chapter.

I realise the plot isn’t moving forward very quickly.  I wanted to introduce the main characters properly before introducing too many plot elements.

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It was my poshest friend’s 18th birthday on Saturday (seriously, he has a top hat, a swimming pool and a double-barrelled surname).  It was fun.  We spent most of the time listening to Led Zeppelin, drinking cider and playing Time Splitters 2, when I wasn’t attempting to socialise and doubtless committing faux pas left, right and centre.  There was only one other person from school attending, and like me, I think he felt a bit out of place.  It was great fun though.  We pushed the birthday boy into the pool, which was a laugh.  He wasn’t particularly happy about that, but I passed him his top hat so that he could regain some of his dignity.  You can never look undignified in a top hat.





Chapter 12 – Summertime

25 08 2008

(bizzariarox)

not a lot has been happening lately. dawn is now in steamburg, but i’ve been hanging out with imogen a lot. turns out she’s been just as bored as me lately! it’s funny actually, i never really used to hang out with imogen outside school, even though we’ve got quite a lot in common. we like the same movies, the same sports, the same video games, the same just about everything but clothes, really. it’s really weird how there are some people you only really meet during school hours. different parts of your life are like separate worlds. well, that’s how it is for me, anyway.

i’m still in touch with sakura, naturally. she sounds like she’s having fun in eiriendor, which basically amounts to a really long holiday in california. i’m really jealous.

i think my problem is i have way too much time to spare. sometimes i find myself wishing the holidays would just end, which is a weird thing to wish for, just so that i can be back at school and feel like there’s a purpose to what i’m doing. i probably should think about getting a job. imogen works in the cinema, and reckons it’s alright, so maybe i should see if they have any vacancies or whatever. or i could just not bother, since school’s starting next week anyway, but i could use the cash.

anyways… nothing else to report right now. if anything interesting happens, i’ll let you know.





Chapter 11 – the rant

22 08 2008

Ah, the rock concerts of the future.  I’d imagine they’d be quite a different experience from the rock concerts of today.

This chapter provides more information regarding the geography of the world where this story takes place.  Specifically, it gives a clue as to the location of Hercynia, where Johnny lives.