Synopsis of “Scanner Drama”

I began working on this story on the evening of January 31, 2004, into the morning of February 1, 2004. I had modified the plot quite a few times over the years and it still needs work. Generally, it rotates around a high school/teen drama or soap opera during the first decade of the New Millennium. This was the first story I had written in 2004 and was longer than those I had previously done.

It begins with eighteen-year-old high school senior and part time warehouse worker Grant West waking up for school on a stormy Friday morning. His parents left for the weekend to go vacation in the mountains. Grant West is a technology guru and somewhat of a fighter. This is because his dad works for port security and taught him these things. He drives a military surplus Jeep and carries several gadgets everywhere he legally can. Many people find him to be a little off and thus avoid him.

He makes it to school just moments before the first bell. His first class is Trigonometry, then his second is a Job Skills class. The third class is P.E. Because of the stormy weather going on that day, the students taking P.E. were told to sit in the gym and study. During that class, Grant notices Adrianna Parker passing by and his heart skips a beat. She is a beautiful aspiring writer and free spirit of seventeen going on eighteen but didn’t like most of the people at the school. They both finally sit down in the bleachers and looks at her composition books. Grant’s eyes fixate on her. She eventually notices and offers for him to come sit by her. She goes on to tell Grant that, while many people think he is strange and potentially violent, she thinks he could be someone that would rescue a damsel in distress, just like in the stories she writes. She then reads to him. She gets to a sensual part in her story and both begin to blush. They look at each other, then their lips begin to meet until a teacher commands them to separate. Adrianna suggests they meet up later. The bell soon rings afterward.

It is now recess and Grant walks through the commons area with his expensive gym shoes in hand. Four bullies, Lance Johnson, Benson Porter, Joe Price and Bruce Gray, surround him and take the shoes.

Grant takes out Bruce Gray by kicking him in the in-step then the groin and gets the shoes back, but is over powered when Joe Price grabs him and slams him to the cement. Lance Johnson then stomps on Grant’s crotch and the others kick him from all sides. They take the shoes and leave. Adrianna sees Grant lying there and she rushes up to him. She rests his head in her lap and he looks up at her. She asks ‘who did this to you?” He replies the names of the boys. He then blushes. She asks him if he had plans after school and he said he planned on doing inventory at his job. Disappointed, Adrianna says how she hoped they could have done something together. Grant wants to know if she is asking him out. She tells him indeed she is. Grant explains how his boss would understand and he agrees to go out with her. They then kiss and exchange phone numbers.

The bell rings and they go back to class. The next two periods drag on but then there is lunch. Grant and Adrianna meet up in the quadrangle but then walked to a secluded area of the campus for privacy. They discuss their plans to meet up for the afternoon. Grant offers to drive her to the park in his Jeep where they could wait out the rain that would be moving out. He says that she could read to him some more during that time. Adrianna says how she can’t wait until then. They then hugged each other affectionately, not knowing that the four boys were eavesdropping. Bruce tattled on them for public displays of affection and being in a forbidden area of the campus. They were caught and both were issued a Saturday school. The bell soon rang shortly afterward and they headed back to class.

After the last class of the day, Grant and Adrianna headed to his Jeep and drove to the park in the pouring rain. As they got into the entrance of the park, Grant notices that there is a pickup truck following close behind them. He suspects that they are being stalked and tells Adrianna to lock herself in and that he is going to try and neutralize the situation. Soon he realizes that it was the four boys.

They step out of the truck, Benson walks over to Grant’s side and pulls him out. Grant plays along the then grabs a 5 D sized Maglite from under his driver seat and whacks Benson on the head with it, knocking him out. Bruce flees the scene. Grant then sees Lance trying to invade Adrianna’s side so he gets back in the Jeep then guns the engine crashing into a tree. Lance is ejected through the windshield. Joe is now super angry and tries to pull Grant from the wreckage when Grant strikes him in the throat with his 5 D sized Maglite.

The bullies have now been dealt with, but Grant knows the cops will probably be coming. He also knows that his transportation is shot.

So he tells Adrianna, ‘I don’t want you to go down with me, Adrianna. Please get out of here while you still can.’

She replies, ‘No, I will stand by you. You are a noble hero and you saved us.’

Still realizing the need to get out, Grant retrieves his flashlight and portable scanner, from his Jeep then removed the vehicle plate off of it. He then says ‘I can hide in the culvert outside of the park. Bruce fled the scene and won’t know where I am. The other three are dead.’

Grant then also says, ‘You need to get out of here Adriana. Is your house far from the park?’

She tells him that her friend’s house isn’t.

Grant replies, to go there and see if she can take you to yours.

Whilst kissing and hugging him passionately Adrianna says, ‘All right Grant. If we don’t see each other again, know that I love you!’

Grant then crawls into the culvert and Adriana leaves.

Not long after, Adriana made it to her friend’s house and then called Grant, saying, ‘My friend is driving me to my house and I will get the family car and pick you up. I will then get you to safety.’

Grant replied, ‘Thank you so much Adriana, and, just so you know; I love you too.’

After minutes seeming like hours, Adriana came in her family car and picked Grant up. He stepped in the car just a the lightning flashed.

Grant lies down in the backseat and Adriana asks, ‘Where to Mister?’

Grant replied ‘I took the plate off my vehicle, so I don’t think they will be able to figure out it’s mine. Therefore, we can go to my house, you know just in case they see your [family cars plate.]’ With that, they rush to Grant’s house and arrived just as the rain had begun to fall it’s hardest.

Adrianna asks with concern, ‘What will they do when they find it it’s your car?’

Grant then points to his scanner, probably a Radio Shack Pro 95, and says ‘That’s where this wonderful device comes in.’ He then turns it on.

He hears the City of Melody 911 dispatcher calling Melody EMS for a fight in the park with several males injured. Hears the Melody PD is also en route. Finally, he hears on the scanner that one of the PD units crashed into an overpass column and burst into flames.

Grant passes the remark that as messed up as it sounds they may have been bought some time.

They step into the chilly house in soaking wet clothes. Adrianna throws her arms around him, as he was cold and wet. Grant was overcome by the feeling of Adriana’s gentle arms wrapped around his wet skin. He kisses her wildly. They fall onto the sofa and snuggle together. Adriana lay there with Grant up against her.

Then the scanner starts talking, ‘Dispatch, it turns out that a subject named Grant West was the assailant. I believe he is the son of Mark West in port security. I am on my way to search his house. He is probably hiding out there.’

‘Affirmative Jack. I’ll also notify the chief.’

Meanwhile back at home Grant is in distress over what he had just heard over the radio. He tells Adriana that they have to get out of here now and asks if she is ready to leave?”

Adrianna replies, ‘Yes let’s do this thing baby!’ and laughs a little.

At the same time, the dispatcher direct connected to Chief Harold on the Nextel, and told him of the events.

Immediately Chief Harold direct connected to Mark West, ‘Mark are you there?’

Mark was sitting down in the cabin with his wife Elaine fixing her hair when he heard Chief Harold calling in.

He answered back on his Nextel ‘I’m here Chief. What’s up?’

Chief Harold replied ‘I am so sorry to disturb your vacation, but your son has become a wanted criminal.’

Mark replied ‘Oh God, what could he have done?’

Harold replied ‘He was in a fight with four other male subjects at the park and has fatally injured three of them We have an APB out on him at the moment, but we think he is hiding out at your house. I am so sorry Mark.’

Mark replied ‘I’ll be there as soon as I can.’

Elaine walked out the bathroom and saw the look of distress on her husband’s face.

‘What’s the matter?’ She asked.

Mark replied ‘We have to get home immediately. Grant is in trouble with the law. I’ll explain to you in the car.’

Grant goes into his room and grabs his Gerber Multi-Tool, along with his scanner and flashlight, and a backpack with changes of clothes explaining to Adrianna that he didn’t want to get caught with these items at school, but doesn’t think they’ll be in school for a while.

Ever so quietly they crept out of the house silently shutting the door behind them. Quietly they walked down the steps of the porch, then to Adriana’s family car. Adriana drove Grant to her house and they walked into her bedroom. They stayed in there until right before her parents came home.

She also packs a backpack but Grant says ‘I know how I can get away from the police. I will sneak out of the country but I will have to leave you here. I want to spare you this drama.’

Adriana begins to sobbing and says ‘No, I want to come with you. I don’t care about any of this drama.’ She paused and then asked Grant ‘How will you be able to get out of the country?’

Grant replies ‘That’s easy. All I have to do is get on a supply boat that is headed towards Archangel Island. There is one that is leaving tomorrow morning in fact.’

Adriana asks, ‘How do you know it will let you on?’

Grant answers, that he works in the maritime supply industry and has connections.

Adriana smiles and then says, ‘Well I wish I could board the boat with you.’

Grant asks, ‘Do you really want to be with me that much?

Adriana nods.

Grant then says “I could possibly have them take you as well. But you will have to defect. The only problem is you are not yet 18.”

Adrianna replies, “But I will 18 be in a few days.”

Grant reluctantly agrees.

Immediately they leave. They walk to Grant’s workplace under the cover of darkness holding hands and shivering.

They made it to the warehouse and went hide in the secret room for the night, snuggling in each others’ arms.

Early that next morning they stepped out of the warehouse. The cargo ship bound for Archangel Island was about to leave.

Grant went to the captain, who was standing on the dock smoking, and spoke with urgency, “We need to get out of the country and I know you can help us?” ‘

The captain answered ‘I will get you out of the country if you agree to pay me.’

Grant handed him the cash he had on hand then said ‘I know where we are going that I can easily find work that pays well.’

The captain then lets them on board. Grant and Adriana went below the deck to hide. After getting comfortable Adriana held his hand and kissed him passionately deep below the deck of the ship.

Soon they heard the engines of the cargo boat kick on and they started to move. All through the night, they kept moving. By the next morning, the boat stopped. They climbed onto the deck of the ship and ran off.

They were interrogated by a security officer.

Grant explained the situation, ‘It’s a long story. We are on the run from the law. I am charged with second-degree murder, but I assure you it was all in self-defense. I assure you, I will not cause trouble on this island.’

The guard said ‘Self defense, huh? Tell me how it happened.’

Grant replied ‘Well I would love to…’ Grant then recounted the fight in great detail. He went on to say how the company he works for supplies Archangel Island with tactical gear and defense instruments.

Impressed the guard replied ‘I assure both of you, do not worry about anything. Our country will not allow extradition. You are safe here. We are constantly looking for security forces. I would be more than happy for you to work for me. You see we have much trouble with pirates, trying to invade.’

Grant smiled and said ‘My dad works for port security back in the States so I am that much more familiar with the trade.’

The guard continued ‘I promise you top pay and protection from any foreign entity if you agree.’

Grant nodded his head and looked at Adrianna, and she smiled at him. He then agreed to take the job. Adrianna also gets a job on the island as a nursery worker, entertaining them with some of the stories she writes.

Soon enough they are married and purchase a dwelling on the island.

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Synopsis of “Separated Affection”

Separated Affection is one of my “Public Displays of Affection” stories that I am currently on hiatus with writing.

Though I consider it one of my Public Displays of Affection stories, it doesn’t attack false religion, but it does attack Communism and oppressive governments quite a bit.

Part of this came to me in a dream I had in June of 2006, part of it is based on childhood experiences and the third part is directly from my imagination.

And yet, another part came to me in March of 2014 while I was watching CNN at my now ex-in-laws’ house.

It begins late one evening in June of 1989, where two-year-old Easton Milford and his dad, Perry Milford, are in the kitchen listening to a news report on the radio.

The news reporter tells of what going on in the Communist countries, such as the Soviet Union getting its first credit card to modernize its banking system and Red China being put under martial law.

Perry Milford remarks, “Those damn good for nothing communist bastards.”

Easton repeats him.

Perry tells Easton to, watch his language.

Easton replies, asking ‘What language, Dad, I only speak English.’

At the same time, Easton’s mother Penny Milford walks into the kitchen and announces that it’s time for bed. Easton protests, but then agrees when his mother says she’ll read to him.

The next morning Perry is pushing Easton on a swing set when some new neighbors are moving into the house adjacent to theirs.

The Milfords all walk over to the house and greet their new neighbors.

It is a thirty-three-year-old man Anton “Tony” Davidov and his four-going-on-five-year-old daughter, Kamilla Davidov. They are defectors from The Ukraine.

Upon learning this, Perry refers to Boris Yelsten as an ‘S.O.B.’ and says that he can’t stand him.

Curiously, Easton asks, “What’s S.O.B.?”

To which, Perry says, “Nothing, son, don’t worry about it.”

Kamilla looks at Easton and says, “Oh, that’s a cute little boy. Maybe now I can have someone to play with.” She then looks at her dad and asks, “Papa, can I play with him while you unpack?”

All of the adults agree. Kamilla and goes into Easton’s room with him and they socialize. She begins to rock him in the rocking chair and Penny takes a picture of them together.

Meanwhile, Perry is trying to cut the grass but is angered because his lawnmower won’t start.

Being a high school history teacher and not mechanically inclined frustrates him even more.

Anton, hears him cursing the mower, walks over and offers to fix the mower.

Perry agrees.

Anton gets the mower running, then explains that he worked his way from assembler to machinist at a tractor factory while living in The Ukraine.

Perry then says how he has tickets to a baseball game and offers to take Anton for fixing his mower. Anton agrees.

Back in the bedroom, Easton is soon fast asleep and Kamilla is laying next to him on the mattress.

Perry begins to cut the grass near Easton’s bedroom and the noise of the lawnmower startles Kamilla.

She says how when she was really little that tanks used to pass through the streets in her old country.

Easton says how he thought that was “neat.”

Kamilla corrects him and says, tanks are not neat and that they ‘kill people and burn down houses with their missiles.’

Easton replies, that it’s not neat but scary and that he hopes she’ll ‘stay over here from now on.’

Kamilla tells Easton that her dad says he’ll always stay in America as long as the Soviet government controls The Ukraine.”

Easton giggles Kamilla then wants to know, what’s so funny?

Easton explains, his dad calls the Soviet people ‘damn good for nothing communist bastards’.”

Kamilla giggles too.

Suddenly the lawnmower flings a piece of gravel from the yard and it hits the windowpane, shattering it.

Kamilla ducks down thinking they are being shot at by the police.

Penny comes in and demands to know how was the glass broken.

Easton replies, very matter of factly that a rock from the lawnmower hit it.

Kamilla looks at Penny and says, “You mean we weren’t being shot at?”

Penny explains that a rock got caught in the lawnmower blades and hit the window. No one shoots at them.

To which Kamilla asks, ‘not even the police?’

Penny explains that the police aren’t allowed to shoot at innocent people in America

Kamilla confesses, that Easton says that his dad calls the Soviets ‘damn good for nothing communist bastards.’

Penny gives Easton a stern look, but then reassuringly tells Kamilla, that it’s ‘all right to say that in America, the Soviets aren’t in power here.’

Penny then makes the children leave the room so she can clean up the broken glass.

They go into the kitchen and listen to the radio and learned of a Chinese man standing up to a tank in Tiananmen Square, Bejing.

Kamilla says how she would never do something like that.

Easton tells her that he would pull her out of the way if she tried.

Kamilla then kisses Easton and they listen to the radio until Penny puts on Dr. Seuss tapes for them.

Perry finishes cutting the grass then comes in.

Penny tells him how the mower flung a rock and broke Easton’s window.

Perry yells, “Damn it to hell and son of a bitch! What next?”

Penny corrects him and says how his son repeats everything he says and that he shouldn’t talk like that in front of Kamilla either.

Moments later, Anton comes in to pick up Kamilla and she tells him about the broken window.

Anton offers to help Perry install the new pane, to which he agrees.

Anton then measures the dimensions of the window and has Perry write them down.

He then tells Perry to go to the hardware store and have them cut a piece of glass to those dimensions.

Perry says he’ll go right now and he’ll take Penny and Easton with him.

Easton is very excited to go look at all the stuff there.

Anton tells Kamilla to ‘come and see her new room.’

First, she kisses Easton goodbye and he kisses her in return.

That’s all I had written to this story, but there are plans I have to go with it:

Fast forward to July of 1991, over two years later.

Easton and Kamilla had strongly bonded with each other and became very close. They are just about in love if one could call it that.

Kamilla comes running out of her dad’s house screaming and crying because she learned that they are moving back to The Ukraine to care for a dying relative. She continues crying and states that she hoped that they would grow up together and maybe even get married.

Easton kisses the tears off her face and says how they should play together while they still can.

He then asks, ‘Where is The Ukraine?’ and Kamilla replies that ‘it’s on the other side of the world.’

Easton then says quite prophetically that, “One day, there will be a way for people to talk to each other and see each other even though they are on other sides of the world. We can use that when it is invented.”

Kamilla seems distressed and unsure.

They sit together in the grass for a bit then Kamilla says, “I have an old calculator I want you to have. My dad gave it to me and now I want you to have it. I know you like to play with that kind of stuff and I want you to remember me with it.”

Easton then replies “OK, then I want you to have the swirl to my Shelcore Activity center.”

They exchange their items.

I have yet to write the scene where Kamilla and her dad move away, but one day I will. It will require a lot of emotional energy to do so, I can see that for sure.

Fast forward to Easton’s teen years (2000-2007): He is obsessed with Kamilla to the point where it is unhealthy but generally harmless. He teaches himself how to work on computers and every day carries a vintage Mini Maglite flashlight. The reason behind him doing this is that the said flashlight was invented in 1984, the same year Kamilla was born and also it was invented by an Eastern European machinist, named “Tony” very similar to Kamilla’s dad. He also carries the calculator Kamilla gave him in the same pocket as his flashlight. The calculator is an Elektronika MK-61.

Then, fast forward to 2005: Easton is a senior in high school and has a side hustle of repairing other people’s computers. With some of the money he earns, he collects calculators, especially those from the vintage Soviet era. He soon graduates and gets a job at an office supply company but also and begins attending community college taking up Information Technology and English.

In 2006, nineteen-year-old Easton gets his own apartment.

In 2008, he begins his career at age twenty-one as an online blogger.

In 2009, as a lonely twenty-two-year-old, he signs up for Facebook and uses it to search for Kamilla Davidov, still obsessed with her.

In 2014, Russia annexes Crimea, Ukraine and the factory where Anton works is bombed, killing him. Twenty-seven-year-old Easton learns of this on the news and decides to do a frantic search for Kamilla Davidov on Facebook. Finally, he sees her picture and is overcome by her beauty. She is twenty-nine-going-on-thirty. The war between Russia and The Ukraine prompted her to get on social media.

Easton friend requests her and writes a message “Hi. I don’t know if you remember me or not or even if I have the right person. However, I knew someone by your name as a child and she was someone whom I really cared about. Did you live in the United States from 1989-1991? Please let me know either which way and I’m sorry if I have the wrong person.”

She instantly accepts, and replies, “Yes. I most definitely remember you. I still have your Shelcore Swirl toy. Do you still have my calculator?”

“Of course I do, I carry it on me all the time.”

They begin exchanging messages and he eventually convinces her to come to the United States where she will be safe.

That’s all I have. I’m willing to write some more of this one day, but I’ll need a very high amount of emotional energy to do so.

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