A huge weight had just been lifted off Jackson's shoulders. Jack had become a sort of "big brother" figure to Marcus. Just a short while ago, Jackson
had to pull out his brass knuckles to divert a local bully from throwing him into a locker and locking it shut. His name was "Church", and it seemed
as though he got some sort of personal enjoyment out of harassing those physically weaker than him. It wasn't just Chruch, there had been others, and
Jackson wouldn't stand for it, not at least if he was there to do something about it.
Marcus was probably the most perceptive and intelligent person Jackson had ever met. In a way, Jack was somewhat jealous. He always wanted to be super
smart, like the "nerds", but Jack just didn't have it in him to be as smart. He sure admired them though. It tore him up that he wasn't just born with
smarts, like Marcus was.
Jackson is no fan of violence, but something snaps inside of him when he sees bullying of any kind, including the kind toward those who have no choice
but to be in a wheelchair. They were born that way, it was Jacks philosophy that no-one, no matter who they were had a right to belittle them.
Bullying just sets a fire deep down inside of him. It's like doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hide. He's a nice kid, until something snaps, then you wouldn't
even recognize him anymore.
Jack shouted enthusiastically - "HA!! I knew it was you dude! There's no-one else who sneezes like that!! HAHA!"
Jack gave Marcus a good and long hair ruffle. "I'm glad to see ya Marky! Holy #, what a day! Listen, I think I can get us to a safe place, just follow
Marcus quizzically raised his eyebrow with a slight smile while nodding in agreement.
The two of them both started walking back to where Jack's mother was laying low.
"Mom, look what I found! It's Marky!" Jack said with excitement.
"Oh hello Marcus! I'm so glad you are safe! What happened at your school was just horrible!" Carol replied, then knelt over and gave Marcus a big hug.
"School!" Jack Shouted. "That's it! School! It's just so simple, why didn't I see it??"
His mother, concerned asked - "Uh, ok, what are you talking about, Jackson??"
He replied - "She said Right on Williams street! We were standing at the SCHOOL when she said that! I'm so dumb!! She must have assumed we were coming
from the school (obviously) and figured, when we got to Williams Street, it would be on the right! Duh! We're five blocks west of where we need to
So they traveled east until they reached the intersection where the school is directly parallel with the spot at Williams Street where they were
standing. They walked about half a block east until they saw it. There it was. A house sitting above a hillside. This is not abnormal in most
instances, no-one would even normally notice. But in this part of the desert, hills, even small ones were not so common. Jack knew this had to be it.
There was no obvious entrance to speak of, but Jack was persistent. He instructed both his mother and Marcus to feel around the hill through the brush
and report anything abnormal.
*Clink* "I think I found something!" Jack's mother said.
Jack brushed away the foliage and saw a metal door.
"This is it!" Jack stated.
He then proceeded to knock on it. He knocked once, then paused, then knocked two times fast.
At first there was no response, so he tried again. There was no immediate response.
Jack's mother started to speak "maybe this isn't.."
But Jack interrupted.
"Shh, I told them this is how I would knock so they could recognize it was me when I came back. It's probably just taking them a minute to realize it"
Jack hoped that at least there were some
students inside who heard him explain his knocking technique that would have recognized it was him.
So he tried one last time. He knocked once, paused and then 2 more times fast. The three of them now eagerly waited for a response....
4-6-2014 by Wookiep because: (no reason given)