Pilot (Those Years)

November 201x…

It was a sunny and brisk November morning as Sophomore Grady Arden was walking into the locker room at the end of his P.E. period. After finding a spot to get dressed, he quickly did so, then waited for the bell to ring. While waiting, Grady removed an iPod Touch from his backpack and began to watch videos on Youtube.

Suddenly Ishmael Brown, his classmate, grabbed the device from him.

“Give it back right now, you idiot! My dad gave me that as a gift,” Grady shouted with anger.

“What you going to do about it?” Ishmael tauntingly asked.

“How about tell the Officer Vilmont and have him beat you to a pulp.”

“If you try that, I’m going get my boys to take you out.”

“Whatever,” Grady said, then tried to take it back.

Ishmael held it over his head until Coach Kidde intervened “Do you want me to cut your ass from the team?” He asked Ishmael with anger.

“No Coach,” Ishmael replied.

“Then give it back to him. You will also do suicides for the first half of practice this afternoon.”

Ishmael sulked, handed it back to Grady and said: “This ain’t over, boy.”

“Oh, it definitely is over if you know what’s good for you. Now step!”

Ishmael walked away.

Grady shook Coach Kidde’s and said: “Thank you, Coach, I don’t know what I ever did to that jerk.”

Coach Kidde replied “It’s just the mentality some people have. If he ever does something to you again, let me or Officer Vilmont know.”

Soon after the bell rang.

Everyone left the locker room and went into the commons area for recess. Grady sat down on the bench near the library entrance door.

He was about to pull his iPod out again when suddenly Ishmael approached him, once again. Quickly, Grady picked it up.

Ishmael said with anger “It’s your fault I have to do suicides at practice today. I’m going to make it worth it!”

Instantly, he punched Grady in the stomach causing him to double over on the cement. He then proceeded to stomp on him.

Suddenly, a girl who had just witnessed the event came running and screaming “Stop! Stop! Leave him alone!”

“Bitch, get out of here!” Ishmael said, dismissingly.

“I will most certainly not! In fact, I will make a bigger scene until the SRO comes and deals with you.” The girl replied, then continued, “We need help. Please, someone. There is a student being assaulted.”

Not long after Sergeant Vilmont came out and pulled Ishmael off of Grady. He then held the teen to the ground and arrested him.

The girl walked up to Grady and asked him, “Are you okay?”

“Yes. I think I’ll be,” He replied.

There was a silence, but then Grady said, “Thank you for helping me.”

She sweetly hugged him and replied “Oh sure. No one deserves to be treated like that. I’m Kylie LaCroix, by the way.”

“I’m Grady Arden.”

Kylie giggled and said, “Pleased to meet you!”

“Likewise.”

The bell rang and Kylie said, “Why don’t you come eat with me during lunch. I’ll be by the entrance to the art building.”

“That would be awesome.”

“Great. I can’t wait to see you,” Kylie said with a wink. She hugged him once more and then they went to class.

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