Telran Academy

First Meetings


First of all, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Alex, and I'm a bit of a nerd, but then, who isn't in this school of mine? But I suppose I take it a little further than most students here. Oh, yeah, I attend the highly prestigious boarding school, Telran Academy, located on an island off the coast of Southern California. That's kind of important. But I digress. I was in my second year at Telran when my life changed, forever. Of course, I wasn't the only one...

But again, that isn't the point. You'll hear from them, too. Anyway, I was fifteen when this story starts. 2nd year in Telran, sophomore in regular high schools. Telran Academy has two types of rooms: big, three person rooms, and smaller, two person rooms. I got a three-person dorm, one at the end of the hall on the top floor of Dark Hall. It was a corner room, with lots of windows. As a semi-suite, it had its own bathroom, a real bonus for me. And how, you may wonder, did a mere sophomore like me get such a great room? Easy, I got straight A's in all of my classes last year. No lower than a 97% in all of them. I'm very proud of that.

Anyway, those rooms are normally reserved for 3rd or 4th year students, but I got in on my outstanding academic performance. My two roommates were in their third year, and, to be honest, I was a little nervous about meeting them. But, honestly, I'm a very shy person, and I'm always a little apprehensive when it comes to meeting new people.

So, there I was, first day of school in the new school year, sitting in my dormitory. Classes didn't start until next week; we were given a week to adjust to being away from our parents once more. I was the first to arrive, and as such, got my pick of the three beds. Naturally, I chose the one of the ones closest to the walls. I did not want to be stuck sleeping in between two strangers. Well, anyway, there I was, all alone, waiting for my roommates to arrive.

When the first of them finally got there, I was seated on my bed, studying one of the textbooks that I would be using this year. I didn't notice him at first, but it got really hard not to notice him, as he made an awful lot of noise. I looked up at him curiously. He had short blonde hair, bright blue eyes, a tan to die for, and very white teeth, which practically flashed when he smiled at me. He looked... like a classic Greek god.

"Hi. I'm Terry. You must be Alex. The sophomore with the super good grades, right? That's how you got this room." Terry grinned cheerily at me. It was infectious, so I smiled back shyly. Terry laughed rather loudly, and then started setting up his own third of the room, on the other side of the room.

I sighed softly and went back to studying, wondering all the while what my third roommate would be like. I wasn't quite sure I'd survive a year with someone like Terry as a roommate, and if the other was anything like him, I knew for sure I wouldn't...


So, I bet Alex has already introduced Telran Academy for you, right? So I don't need to go through all of that boring shit. And if he didn't, tough luck. You're just gonna have to wait for Jason to tell you what you want to know. Yeah. So there. But, anyway, I'm Terry, a junior at Telran Academy. I will, of course, be staying for the college courses they offer here. If they'll have me. And they will, as long as my parent's money doesn't run out...

Anyway, I can still remember the first time I met Alex and Jason. But not at the same time. No, we didn't meet at the same time. I met Alex first, because he was already in the dorm when I got there. My parents had just dropped me off for another year at good old Telran, one of the most prestigious schools in the country. I was convinced that it was my parents' money that got me in, and not my grades, which were never all that stellar to begin with. At least, not compared to some students, especially Alex. Man, that kid's grades are higher than a stoner in the seventies.

But, that isn't the point. We'll get into that later, I suppose. Let me tell you, it is perhaps one of the most annoying things when you're a happy slacker and your roommate happens to be the most annoyingly studious person in the world. God, I thought I was gonna kill the kid after living with him for a week. You know, I just wanted to shout at him to get out and have some fun. After all, you only live once, right? But, I'm getting so far off topic, it's like I'm trying to get to Mercury by way of Pluto. And even I know that doesn't work very well.

So anyway, my parent's had just left me all by myself at Dark Hall, the hall where my dorm was. Where it had been for the past two years. This year, I was on the top floor, though, and had a long way to carry my stuff. Most of it had been shipped to Telran earlier in the summer, and was already waiting in boxes in the dorm. I had a three-person dorm, and that was going to be a novel experience. We even had our own bathroom! See, with most dorms, there's two bathrooms on every floor, but the dorms in the top floor of Dark Hall, and all the other halls, have their own bathrooms. They are semi-suites, if you will. So, I took the rest of my stuff that hadn't already been boxed in the dorm, and went up to check out my room, and my new roommates.

My first impression of Alex was... well, I dunno. I can't really say without being horribly biased, I guess. He had this short brown hair, tucked behind his ears, glasses, big brown eyes, and looked like he'd never seen the sun before in his life, he was so pale. He wore a cross around his neck, and was deeply involved with studying. He looked so involved that I didn't want to interrupt him, so I went about setting up my bed. But I couldn't resist annoying the kid just a little, so I made sure that I was very loud about it.

He, of course, looked up, looking more than a little annoyed. But that's okay, I love annoying people, it's fun. So I smiled at him, and introduced myself. "Hi. I'm Terry. You must be Alex. The sophomore with the super good grades, right? That's how you got this room." I smiled at him, rather cheerfully if you ask me. And he smiled back, although it looked very awkward on his face. I wondered how often he had smiled before, and vowed I would make him do it more often. Nevertheless, his smile made me laugh. It was good to know that even though he's a bookworm, he could still smile. I can't tell you how many people I've met that seemed to have traded their sense of humor for a few good grades...

Anyway, I let him get back to studying; after all, I doubt he'd appreciate it much if I just annoyed the hell out of him on the first day. Anyway, I normally wait until the second or third week to start bugging the hell out of my roommates. So as he studied, I flopped down on my bed and began to doze. As I dozed, I wondered about our third roommate, who had yet to show.


So, you've already met Terry and Alex, huh? And what do you think of them? Well, anyway, I'm Jason, the last main character of this little tale you're going to read. What're we supposedly telling you about now? Oh, the first meetings. Yeah, I can do that.

I remember when I first met them. Which is good, because it wasn't all that long ago. If I'd forgotten, I'd be worried about Alzheimer's, or something. But I can remember. It was the first day of the new school year; on the first day of that week they give us to adjust. I remember that I was running late, and I knew that I would get stuck with the middle bed, and that pissed me off. I hate feeling boxed in, but I figured I could deal.

Anyway, I got to the room, and found that yes; I was the last one to the room. The other two... I wondered if I'd got zapped into an episode of the Twilight Zone or something. The one I recognized was Terry, class clown and all around jerk, who only got into the school in the first place because of his parent's serious money. The one I didn't recognize I figured was Alex, the super-smart sophomore. Neither one of them were the type of people that I'd regularly associate with. So I figured I could get through the school year without talking to either one of them. Well, at least with the bare minimum of required contact.

So I set up my bed, put all of my clothes away, and never said a word to either Terry or Alex. By the time I was finished, both Terry and Alex were watching me curiously. I didn't speak to either one of them, simply flopped onto my bed and stared up at the ceiling. Terry didn't seem surprised, but Alex almost seemed... hurt? Like I would ever waste my time on a geek like him. I just wished that I could room with my friends, like last year, or the year before that. Regardless, I knew that it wouldn't happen, and I couldn't request a roommate change, so I would deal. I had dealt with freaky roommates before, and I would do it again. Although, before, the freaks had always been friends of mine...

"C'mon, don't be a jerk. At least introduce yourself." Terry sounded almost angry at my refusal to even say hello. I wondered what he was so angry about. After all, we'd never gotten along before. I decided that it was just Terry being Terry.

"You know who I am. You can, therefore, tell the geek-kid over there who I am, and I never have to address either one of you again." I didn't stop staring at the ceiling, but I immediately regretted calling Alex a geek- kid.

"Asshole. Don't bother with Jason, Alex, he's just a freaking asshole, and needs to be given rabies shots or something." Terry's words, so rotten and rude, really pissed me off. But I didn't say anything, just ignored him. After all, what I'd said hadn't exactly been the nicest thing, either. But that sure as hell didn't give him leeway to say I needed rabies shots. What had I done to deserve that? It was just wrong, to compare someone to a dog...

"It's okay, I'm used to that reaction." Alex's voice was soft, and gentle, but held and undercurrent of pain. I can't remember if it's just now that I'm feeling it, or if I felt it then, but the pain in his voice made me feel so very guilty, and made me want to go and give him a great big hug. Anything to take that pain away.