May 25

Heartless – The Rebellion Begins

Boys:
<Brennan pours a shot and slides it to Christopher, smiles> Get out by the skin of your teeth, too?
Girls:
<Bree smiles> Babe.. we pulled him out to save his ass.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles gratefully taking the shot, slams it, nods> Thanks… <looks at Loch and Saige> And can I just say.. *Wow*.
Girls:
<Saige smiles> All you want babe.
Boys:
<Samuel smiles, lights a cigarette, nods> Gave him a joint to chill him out in the truck.
Boys:
<Christopher shakes his head> That was just a *lot* of people and.. stuff goin’ on and… wow. <smiles> But it was fun as fuck.
Boys:
<Loch smiles> While it lasted?
Boys:
<Christopher nods> Totally.


Girls:
<Aubrey laughs> And you didn’t wait til you got *Here*.
Boys:
<Christopher looks at Aubrey> Babe… fun does not wait. It happens whenever the hell it wants to. In the meantime, we’ve got alcohol, weed and a bunch of fucking stoners. It’s bound to happen again.
Boys:
<Samuel smiles at Christopher> She was talkin’ about the joint.
Boys:
<Christopher blinks, laughs> Oh.
Girls:
<Aubrey smiles> Totally.
Boys:
<Christopher grins at Aubrey> We got those too.
Girls:
<Saige looks at Christopher> Feelin’ better, since your escape.
Boys:
<Christopher nods to Saige> It’s a lot easier to breathe. You get Lucien, Aiden, *Dom* and Silver into a room together.. oh, and Damien and Shay.. and there’s *no* telling what’s gonna happen next which is cool on one hand, but not exactly anxiety friendly on the other.
Girls:
<Saige smiles> Well sit back and relax.. that’s what we’re doin’ here … well that and plotting the demise of fucking during truth or dare.
Boys:
<Samuel and Christopher look at Saige, Christopher smiles> Babe.. the raunchiest truth or dare ever got back home was when I got dared to show up for breakfast at the diner in my underwear.
Boys:
<Brennan laughs> Oh, my god. <smiles> Did you?
Boys:
<Christopher looks at Brennan> Pfffft. It was a *dare*. Of course, I did.
Girls:
<Aubrey laughs> That’s great.
Girls:
<Bree smiles> I don’t think I ever got a dare that was worse than that.
Boys:
<Christopher nods to Bree> Worse dare I saw a girl get was when I dared Dee to show up to the diner in *my* underwear the same day I did it.
Girls:
<Bree looks at Christopher, nods> I remember that.. you showed up matching.
Boys:
<Christopher nods, smiles at the others> We matched. It was awesome. People assumed all kinds of shit which was bonus.
Boys:
<Loch nods> Thing is.. they *assumed*, right? They didn’t *know*.
Boys:
<Christopher nods> Exactly.
Girls:
<Bree looks at Samuel> I am so glad they kind of forget we’re there when they’re playin’.
Boys:
<Samuel nods to Bree> No shit.
Boys:
<Christopher shakes his head> I *never* turn down a dare but there were a couple today I actually would’ve.
Boys:
<Christopher looks at them> And most of those were any that involved that very lucky hay bale.
Girls:
<Bree nods> I’d have to tell ’em to get fucked with some of those.
Boys:
<Loch nods to Bree> That’s pretty much what we were sayin’. Truth or Dare hasn’t always been like that around here, but with Sang havin’ to run around naked at all the hot tub parties and people constantly tryin’ to one up each other on the dares, it’s gotten to where pretty much everyone knows everything about everything they shouldn’t.
Girls:
<Saige nods> Seriously.
Boys:
<Christopher nods> I can see it. <looks at Saige> Which is, honestly, probably why Damien got shitty with you over the porn thing. There’s a much more defined line between Shit You Don’t Talk About in the Falls.
Boys:
<Christopher shrugs> And all things sexual that *aren’t* generally publicized is probably the biggest Shit You Don’t Talk About. Ghost sightings are second on the list.
Girls:
<Bree nods> Really.
Boys:
<Samuel nods> You don’t talk sex to Damien unless you plan on havin’ sex *with* Damien.
Boys:
<Christopher nods to Samuel> Totally. Because when you do.. it’s totally an invitation where we come from.
Boys:
<Christopher frowns> Well.. not just with Damien, but in general.
Girls:
<Saige looks at Christopher> You have Ghost sightings? <looks at Samuel> Hell.. my only excuse is I was still revved from the fight. <shakes her head>
Boys:
<Christopher nods to Saige> Totally.
Boys:
<Samuel looks at Saige> Chalk it up to lesson learned and move on, darlin’.
Boys:
<Brennan smiles at Christopher> We have a lot of those, but most of them are boring ass civil war shit.
Girls:
<Saige nods to Samuel and looks at Loch> I will. <looks back at Christopher> I hate civil war shit.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles at Saige> I think it’s boring because there’s *so* much of it along the upper east coast.
Boys:
<Samuel nods to Christopher> Exactly.
Boys:
<Brennan nods> So, we were talking about the asshole list and realized that all the girls on it are basically the sluts in the group and in general, the majority of us are broke and the most likely to say shit no one else likes. To not worry about being polite.
Boys:
<Christopher looks at Brennan> And you seem to be the ones most lightly to spark up a joint.
Boys:
<Brennan smiles> And there’s that.
Girls:
<Aubrey nods> True.
Boys:
<Christopher nods> Stoners are easy to spot.
Boys:
<Christopher grins> And we run in packs.
Boys:
<Samuel nods to Christopher> Damn right, sparky.
Boys:
<Christopher laughs> Oh, please don’t call me that around the others.
Girls:
<Bree cracks up>
Girls:
<Aubrey smiles> I dig it.
Girls:
<Saige laughs> That’s great.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles> What’s great is you guys are like the anti-establishment and the others are the Establishment. <looks at them> Great in that it’s very microcosm reflecting the macrocosm and .. <looks at Samuel> what is *in* this shit, anyway?
Boys:
<Samuel laughs> Fuck if I know. All I know is Ciara grew it.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles, shakes his head> Damn. That is some seriously good shit.
Girls:
<Bree smiles> She manages to grow the *best* stuff. And it’s all organic.. right down to the bug stuff she uses.
Boys:
<Christopher grins at Bree> I bet there’s LSD in the bug stuff. That would explain *so* much. Like the sudden, unexpected attacks of Existentialism.
Boys:
<Samuel smiles at Christopher> That, so far, only *you* seem to suffer.
Boys:
<Christopher shrugs> Yeah, well…. <grins> Guess I’m just lucky that way.
Girls:
<Bree laughs> No.. shroom oil maybe.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles, nods> Even better. It’s *way* less iffy.
Girls:
<Bree smiles> So we’ll ask her.
Boys:
<Samuel smiles> When she gets here.
Boys:
<Christopher looks at Samuel, blinks> Whatthefuckdidyoujustsay?
Girls:
<Bree looks at Christopher> What? He didn’t say anything.
Boys:
<Christopher looks at Bree, arches a brow> Not.cool.
Girls:
<Bree smiles> Babe.. she’s bringin’ Aiden more supplies.
Boys:
<Samuel nods> Bright and early in the mornin’. You probably won’t even see her.
Girls:
<Bree nods> Seriously. Though it’s Ci.
Boys:
<Christopher frowns> That’s… not really cool either. I mean, if she’s coming all the way down here….<shrugs> she should at least get to see people.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles at Bree> She can be our apology to everyone for all the shit we’ve disrupted with our mass exodus from the Falls into their town.
Girls:
<Bree smiles> Seriously.. everyone *loves* Ci.
Boys:
<Samuel nods> And she could get ’em to forgive us just about anything.
Boys:
<Christopher blinks> And *she* will *not* be down with simulated sex for the crowd.
Girls:
<Bree shakes her head> No way. I mean.. she’d lose her mind.
Boys:
<Christopher nods> Seriously.
Boys:
<Loch nods> And that’s one of the things we’re lookin’ to kinda stamp out of the current queue.
Girls:
<Saige and Aubrey nod, Aubrey> yes we are.
Boys:
<Brennan nods> Like Loch was saying.. nothing’s sacred anymore and we’re kind of tired of our friends knowing every detail of what goes on in our bedrooms.
Girls:
<Bree smiles> I’d be good with that.
Boys:
<Samuel nods to Bree> No shit.
Boys:
<Christopher nods> Yeah. It’s kinda nice to look at a girl you’re talking to and actually see her face and not images of her grinding on one of your friends.
Boys:
<Samuel smirks> Are you kiddin’ me? Most guys just *imagine* their girl with another guy and it’s enough to make ’em crazy. That shit with Aubrey and Damien? If that’d been Bree, I woulda lost my shit.
Girls:
<Aubrey nods, looks at Brennan>I meant to apologize for that one earlier.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles> And it doesn’t help that you’re not exactly one of Damien’s biggest fans, either.
Boys:
<Brennan looks at Aubrey> Don’t. I did what I did to Ren for pure shock and awe. I figured you were going for the same affect.
Girls:
<Aubrey smiles> I totally was.
Boys:
<Loch shakes his head, looks at Bree> That simulated sexual position dare is what started the domino effect that resulted in current couple alignments. Not that I’m complainin’, but.. it could happen again. And you see that shit and you can’t *not* imagine that for real, yanno? It’s openin’ doors most people don’t generally open.
Boys:
<Christopher looks at Loch> It’s like Saige’s thing with Damien. <looks at Saige> I’m not rubbing it in.. there’s actually a point here, so bear with me… <looks back at Loch> Her saying that was like “I want you to think about me like that”, even though it really *wasn’t*, *generally* it would be. All the sex stuff in Truth or Dare is *inviting* other people to start thinking about you or whoever like that.
Girls:
<Bree nods> I can imagine.. but let me ask you this? Did it ever occur to *any* of you to say “Oh fuck no. Not my girlfriend.” Because I gotta tell you if someone wanted Samuel to do that shit.. I’d be all over the No’s. You know?
Girls:
<Saige nods> I totally get it, Christopher. <smiles> We’re gonna start preachin’ it to the others.
Boys:
<Brennan shakes his head> If we say no.. things get worse. Even more over the top.
Boys:
<Loch nods> Yeah, we totally get penalized. When it happened with Ethan and Sang, no one knew what the fallout would be. Hell, I’m not even sure they realize all the ensuing shit even *was* the fallout from that.
Boys:
<Brennan nods to Loch, looks at Bree> And then there’s that. It’s cute. If the golden children are into it, fuck you, you don’t get a vote and if you do, you get to be someone’s slave for the rest of the game or some shit. Peer pressure at its finest, babe. And before you say “then just walk out”.. then *we* look like pussies.
Boys:
<Loch nods> You lose your man card around here, *someone’ll* make sure you and everyone else don’t forget it.
Girls:
<Bree shakes her head> That’s bullshit, Brennan. Not if you stand your ground. Don’t give in. They can’t make you do something you don’t want to do.
Boys:
<Christopher shakes his head> That’s if *one* of you walks out. <looks at them> Do a full on, walk out protest *en masse*.
Boys:
<Loch nods to Christopher, looks at Bree> Babe.. until we were all sittin’ here talkin’ the past half hour, we didn’t even realize anyone else had the same issues with what was goin’ on that we did.
Girls:
<Bree shrugs> Or .. since you *know* what it’s going to become.. don’t play. <looks at Samuel> I think this is one of those situations where “the only winning move is not to play”. You know.
Girls:
<Bree nods> Okay so now we know *now* we go balls out to stop it.
Boys:
<Samuel nods to Bree>
Boys:
<Brennan nods to Bree> And that’s exactly what we’re planning on doing.
Girls:
<Bree looks at Christopher> Exactly. <looks back at the others> They want to play fine.. here are *our* rules of the game.
Boys:
<Loch nods>And we should do it in the most definitive way possible. Not this “I don’t wanna play” bullshit, but flat out over the top “oh, hell no, what the fuck is wrong with you” responses when they start with it.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles, looks at Bree> The rebels are taking a stand.
Girls:
<Aubrey nods> Absolutely.
Boys:
<Samuel nods to Christopher> Yeah. Only we wanna win the war this time.
Girls:
<Saige smiles> Exactly.
Girls:
<Bree looks at Samuel> Who started the sex shit tonight?
Boys:
<Christopher nods to Samuel, looks at the others> And “what the hell is wrong with you?” is *definitely* what you want to drive home.
Boys:
<Samuel looks at Bree> I don’t even know.
Girls:
<Bree frowns> Because it was fun up until then. <looks at Christopher> Exactly.
Boys:
<Loch looks at Bree> David dared Taryn to sing in her underwear.
Boys:
<Samuel shakes his head> I don’t count that one.
Boys:
<Samuel frowns> Damn.. I think it was Ava with Damien’s sex story.
Girls:
<Saige shakes her head> Me either..
Boys:
<Loch nods> Then it was cool again before Sang told Ethan to talk about the best time he used “that move” but that didn’t get graphic.
Boys:
<Brennan nods> And it was Seth after that that dared Aubrey on the sex position.
Boys:
<Loch nods again> And that’s when shit went downhill.
Girls:
<Saige nods> With a quickness.
Boys:
<Brennan shakes his head> And I blame Sang partially for that because of her very open obsession with their porn videos.
Boys:
<Brennan looks at the others> Her.. enthusiasm.. for them made them okay and part of the mainsteam for us.
Boys:
<Loch shakes his head> At this point, it doesn’t really matter where it started because we could go back to the first hot tub party where Ren got trashed and lost her top. Let’s just focus on takin’ our shit back *now*.
Boys:
<Christopher shakes his head> It started as some minor thing, snowballed, gained momentum and now here you are.
Boys:
<Loch nods> Here we are.
Girls:
<Bree nods> Seriously.. Drunken nudity happens especially when there’s hot tubs and water involved. And honestly…<Shrugs> No one is innocent that participated in any of it.
Boys:
<Brennan looks at Bree> I think what matters, ultimately, is that truth or dare is supposed to be a relatively harmless game and it hasn’t been. Look around you at the rubble of anger, pain, bitterness, lost friendships and broken relationships and the majority of it resulted from playing Truth or Dare. The thing is.. we seem to be the only ones that even realize that or have even bothered to *look*. But *we’re* the assholes.
Boys:
<Loch nods> And we’re not willin’ to risk what we’ve got *now*.
Boys:
<Christopher nods> Yeah. Truth or Dare really is a game that has to be played responsibly and with some modicum of common sense and empathy.
Boys:
<Christopher looks at the others> Look.. *I’ve* used it to get to know someone. And I manipulated it to control the pace at which that happened.
Girls:
<Bree nods> And I don’t blame you. <looks at Christopher> It is.
Girls:
<Saige smiles at Christopher> Okay that’s cool.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles at Saige> It went on for *days* and it was fun as hell. And every time she made me feel uncomfortable or I could tell the dares were going in a direction I wasn’t comfortable with.. I dared her to do something on a totally different track. <shrugs> I highly recommend it. <looks at them> And there’s no reason you guys can’t do the same shit. Just because it’s truth or dare, does not mean you can’t control the way it progresses. You can’t control other people’s dares and shit, but you *can* control how you play them out. Like Alexei did to Aubrey. He didn’t *want* to give graphic sexual details and since she said “intimate”, he had a loophole. And taught everyone a little something about “intimacy” in the process, I think.
Boys:
<Christopher shrugs> I get you guys are friends and have been forever, so the boundaries are a lot less defined, but when you start a game and there’s people there that *aren’t* your friends, you need to play to *those* boundaries. Not like those people aren’t there.
Boys:
<Christopher looks at Bree> Is it sad that I actually *have* a whole Truth or Dare philosophy?
Girls:
<Aubrey nods> You’re right. I shouldn’t have done that to him.. I *was* just trying to include him though.
Girls:
<Bree shakes her head> Not at all.
Boys:
<Christopher nods to Aubrey> And wanting to include him is cool, honestly. But like you said.. *that* wasn’t the level of involvement you want with someone you *don’t* know and have no reason to trust. And trust is a huge part of playing.
Girls:
<Bree smiles> So here’s what we do.. *we* start the next game and lead by example?
Girls:
<Aubrey nods> I guess I just never thought about it *because* we grew up playing it.
Boys:
<Christopher nods to Bree> Totally. <looks at the others> And that’s something else I notice and what I think part of the problem is. Someone does the sex dare.. a relatively harmless one.. another one comes up, slightly more.. *more*.. any dare you come up with after simulate this or graphic details about that sounds lame as *shit*. And in Truth or Dare, coming up with the lame dare is like some kind of unforgivable sin. <looks at Aubrey> Babe.. you grew up doing a *lot* of shit.. does that mean you just never think about it?
Boys:
<Christopher shrugs> That’s like saying “I grew up Catholic so I don’t question my religion” which for most people is total bullshit.
Boys:
<Christopher looks at them> You grew up playing it. You also grew up with a certain ingrained set of morals. The question is, do you toss the morals over the game? The answer is.. hell no. You let them be your guide for how over the top shit is getting.
Girls:
<Aubrey looks at Christopher> We grew up playing it with each other.. So it never occurred to me to think about the trust issue involved.
Girls:
<Saige looks at Christopher and nods> I get it.
Boys:
<Christopher nods to Aubrey> And trust is awesome. I trust the shit out of my friends. That doesn’t mean I’m gonna pretend to fuck one of their girlfriends while they watch.
Boys:
<Christopher shrugs> Dare or not.
Boys:
<Christopher looks at Aubrey> Because one, my friends are more important than some stupid game, and two.. they trust *me* not to do fucked up shit. And fucked up is fucked up no matter whose sitting around telling you it’s cool.
Boys:
<Christopher shrugs> Don’t be a sheep.
Girls:
<Aubrey nods> I get what you’re sayin.
Girls:
<Aubrey looks at Brennan>
Boys:
<Christopher smiles at Aubrey> Besides.. if it could get you arrested or start a fight.. your friends shouldn’t be assholes enough to put that dare out there in the first place.
Boys:
<Brennan looks at Aubrey, smiles> He’s right, yanno? That’s pretty much what we were saying earlier. That we’ve been sheep.
Boys:
<Loch smiles slowly> Wait… so if our friends *do* put out a dare that could get us arrested or start a fight… or hurt someone.. we can totally tell them they’re assholes for doin’ it and tell ’em to get fucked.
Girls:
<Aubrey nods> I know.
Boys:
<Christopher nods to Loch> Totally. And without repercussions.
Girls:
<Saige nods> That’s what I’m hearin’. <Smiles>
Girls:
<Saige grins> And they’re the assholes for doin’ it.
Boys:
<Loch looks at Saige> That means when we say no, they *can’t* give us a worse dare like what happened to Sang.
Girls:
<Saige nods> Yep.
Boys:
<Loch shrugs> If *that’s* the criteria we use for sayin’ no anyway.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles at Loch and Saige> See? Loopholes.

Girls:
<Saige laughs> That’s great.

Boys:
<Christopher nods, takes a drink of his beer after the waitress drops them off> It’s how *I* play.
Boys:
<Loch smiles at Christopher> I think we dig the way you play.
Girls:
<Saige smiles> We *totally* dig the way you play.
Boys:
<Brennan nods> Seriously.
Girls:
<Aubrey smiles> Yes we do.
Girls:
<Bree smiles>
Boys:
<Samuel nods> When Aiden first came down, he handled all the dares because I didn’t trust anyone but him. So when we played, every time I was picked, I went for truth because those are a lot easier to get around and the only one I’d take a dare from was him. *Because* of the way we saw y’all playin’.
Boys:
<Samuel looks at the others> And Aiden took all the dares because he always does. Then he don’t have to admit to anything personal he don’t want to.
Girls:
<Saige smiles> Oh.. now see I never noticed that.
Boys:
<Samuel shakes his head> There was no way I was gonna get up close and personal with any of the girls there at the time. <nods to Saige> Didn’t seem like anyone did.
Boys:
<Brennan shakes his head> We didn’t. Because in general, we’re not real good at paying attention to what’s going on with the people around us.
Girls:
<Aubrey nods> No we really aren’t.
Boys:
<Loch nods> No shit.
Boys:
<Christopher looks at them> Then maybe it’s time you guys started paying attention. And forcing the others to, too. Otherwise, you’re not friends. You’re just.. fluffers for the ego.
Boys:
<Loch smiles at Christopher> You said “fluffers” with a straight face.
Boys:
<Christopher nods, grins, bursts out laughing>
Girls:
<Bree cracks up>
Boys:
<Brennan smiles> Or not.
Girls:
<Saige smiles> Tried to anyway.
Boys:
<Samuel smiles, shakes his head>
Girls:
<Aubrey laughs>
Boys:
<the other boys laugh>

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Posted May 25, 2012 by The Universe in category "Fiction", "Solitude