Shara was keeping a secret from her friends; she knew a girl who was like Tanya Shinnok. That girl was disabled, yet bullied. But the friendship cost that girl her life.
Team Sescape Fanfiction:
1. Scarlet Dusk
2. Emerald Snow
4. Chenglei Lew
5. Aleine Dewspell
6. Piari Zuzon
7. Eraenas Lunatree
2. normal students
3. Anti-Tanya Club
4. Upright Students Brigade
*Harrison Creek High School
“Wow, you must really hate Mackenzie,” Fabian said to Shara as he noticed her glaring at the other girl. Shara was sure Mackenzie wasn’t serious, not if she had anything to say about that.
Of course, Fabian didn’t know that Shara knew Mackenzie before they both became students at Harrison Creek High School. Back then, Shara knew Mackenzie as Denise Tillman when they were living in San Francisco; Shara was 10 years old and Denise was 12. Denise was a troublemaker while Shara was a good student. Denise was also a bully, as she bullied one of Shara’s friends, Christina McAllen, for being disabled.
“Well, you can say I knew her a long time ago,” said Shara. “But I don’t like her, not where it counts.”
“Whatever,” said Fabian, not knowing that the truth about about to come out…
You’re not going to believe what happened, but I’m telling you the truth. But you have to promise not to say anything until I have finished speaking, OK?
Several weeks ago, my friends and I received a message which described a mysterious incident that occurred in San Francisco, California. In fact, the incident occurred over six years ago. I don’t know what to make of it, as it had been a year since I moved to Harrison Creek, Oregon from San Francisco. And to make the story more interesting, the message was addressed to me, saying that I needed to help Randal McAllen find out what happened to his younger sister Christina, who had disappeared over six years ago.
At this, I didn’t know what to do or say. All I knew was that Randal and Christina didn’t get along, and Randal hated anyone who spoke to her, which included teachers. I was among those brave enough to be friends with Christina, which earned me Randal’s wrath.
So why would he ask me to help him find his sister? As far as I knew, she could have ran away from home due to the hate she was given, especially from her own brother and parents. If I was in her shoes, I would make sure that I was never found.
So, I have no choice but to take this case. Who knows? Maybe finding out what happened to Christina McAllen would help me in the long run.
Before the story about Taylor Parker’s disappearance and how she was erroneously known as my cousin Tanya Shinnok, I once knew a girl named Christina McAllen. If anything, Christina reminded you of Taylor; she had a way of making you feel special, but bullied those who sought to destroy her. In hindsight, Christina and Taylor weren’t that much different, but they were.
I knew Christina from my days in St. Francis Elementary School, when one of the teachers made me and three other girls named Joanna Marshall, Sabella Tucker, and Rebecca Walker sit with her at lunchtime. The rest of the school bullied anyone else who spoke to Christina until they dumped her. The funny thing was, though, no one in the school bothered Joanna, Sable, Becky, or me, not even if we spoke to Christina in a public place.
And what Christina went through, Taylor also went through, yet Taylor didn’t experience the abuse Christina went through. I wondered what did Taylor have that Christina didn’t have in terms of being treated kindly in the school? Something had to give.
Yet, when Christina disappeared, no one seemed to care. No one liked her, and they were more than relieved when the news broke out that Christina was gone. Not so with Taylor, as when she disappeared, the police tore apart the city until she was eventually found and returned to her family. As for Christina, she was found dead TWO years after she disappeared. The person who found her dead went into witness protection to protect him from the people who would come after him for finding Christina’s remains.
So, what’s the clue in this story? It seemed that people preferred Taylor over Christina, which was why the police was willing to help find Taylor and leave Christina to die. And believe me, that’s the worst part about this story.
Shara: What? You mean to tell me that you guys aren’t allowed to just stay at home and hang out with your families? Or at least clean your rooms?
Mara: Uh, nope.
Shara: And why not?
Stuart: Because back in 2002, the city decided that we kids were spending way too much time watching TV and not playing outside, so they put an end to Saturday morning cartoons and forced our families to hire people to clean our rooms so we have to go away from our families during the day.
Pearl: No families allowed.
Irene: I know. Tragic, isn’t it?
Shara: Well, I can’t help but find that unacceptable. No teenager is allowed to be with their families anymore? That sucks!
(music turns on)
Can’t go to school, can’t stay at home, is there no place for a teen to roam? You look at me like I’m the clueless girl next door, but I’m the girl you’ve been waiting for!
Hello daddy, hello mom! I’m your…CHERRY BOMB! Hello world, I’m the bad girl! I’m your…CHERRY BOMB!
Life is sad if you don’t do your chores, yet they want you to get a score. They took away your right to choose; come on, guys, we’ve got nothing left to lose!
Hello daddy, hello mom! I’m your…CHERRY BOMB! Look out, Harrison Creek, here I come! I’m your…CHERRY BOMB!!
(brief instrumental solo)
Hello daddy, hello mom! I’m your…CHERRY BOMB! hello world, I’m the bad girl! I’m your…CHERRY BOMB!
Now is the time to break free, it’s time to make them see that we’re so done with this town, now we have no choice but to shut it down!
Hello daddy, hello mom! I’m your…CHERRY BOMB! Look out, Harrison Creek, here I come! I’m your…CHERRY BOMB!!
It was now over.
Michael Lowery, Sadie Green, and Isaac Hammond had graduated from Harrison Creek High School, the school they were forced to attend due to their “unforgivable sin” of befriending the hated Thomas Stone many years ago. To be honest, the kids don’t have much of a choice in that matter.
“I can’t believe that this is over,” said Michael.
“I’m not,” said Sadie with a strange look on her face. “It’s just like that story is repeating itself.”
“Like when we got that letter from the Stranger?” said Paul Turner, who at age 14 was the youngest high school graduate. They all stared at him. “At least Mr. Stewart won’t be cyber-stalking us from behind bars.”
“Still can’t believe that Terry’s dad was the Stranger,” said Isaac.
“Yeah, who knew?” said Michael. “Anyway, I’m feeling kind of depressed.”
“Why?” said Isaac.
“It’s our last day here,” said Michael with a look of concern on his face. “After this, there is no more. Our time as high schoolers is over, as is our lives as teenagers. Soon, it’s off to college with us. Isaac, you’re doing fashion design in San Diego, Sadie, you’re heading to D.C., and I’m going into game design at Texas A&M. It’s time for us to end our youth and prepare to enter the harsh and complicated, for better or worse.”
“I know,” said Sadie, with tears on her face. “It’s so hard to say goodbye to everything we know. We’re all going our separate ways and I don’t know if we’re ever going to see each other again.”
“We still have Facebook,” said Paul.
“But for how long,” said Isaac. “We could be making new friends within a month and forget the friends we had in high school. It’s a thing that I fear the most.”
Shane Stone, overhearing the conversation, came to them, saying, “Don’t think of this as the end. Instead, think of this as a new beginning, a time for new discoveries and new experiences. We have the future before us, but we can’t have that future if we keep holding onto the past. Like, remember when you had to let go of Thomas and move on with your lives and enjoy your high years. Now that those years are ending, we need to let go of our youth and go on with our lives. Besides, you’ll never know when you’re going to see each other again. I wondering if I’ll see you guys again; after all, my other friends and I are jetting off to Fresno next week.”
He said to them, “Well I had fun hanging out with you guys, but it’s time for me to head back to California and my other friends. I’ll see you on the flip side.”
With that, he bounded out the room.
Michael, Sadie, Isaac, and Paul stood together for the final time, knowing that even though all things (such as their high school years) ended, they knew that for better or worse, they would see a brand-new beginning.
You may know about Mara Llewellyn, Stuart Greer, Irene Haughton, Pearl Tanner, Shara Shinnok, Tara Schindler, and Marie Lewis, but it’s time to meet another group of teenagers who don’t exactly influence the main events in the story.
Their names are Maia Wagner, Vincent Holloway, Caroline Cowan, Jennifer Mosley, Imani Ozuna, Zara Kirshbaum, and Tiponi Stewart.
This is the other main seven.
They were very briefly seen in the story “The Summer of Our Discontent,” but not much was known about them until they were seen in the sequel “The Beginning of the End.” For starters, Imani had moved to Harrison Creek, Oregon from San José, California, just as Shara had moved to Harrison creek from San Francisco. Maia, Vincent, Caroline, and Jennie attended Harrison Creek Middle School, and Jennie is the youngest member of the group at age 11. Zara and Tiponi came to Harrison Creek High School from Nathan Hale Middle School in Hubbard Lake, Oregon.
The seven of them contend with rumors about Tanya Shinnok, the anti-main seven (even if there were nine people in that group), the upright students brigade, and even an elaborate scheme to take over the city of Harrison creek. But are they the main heroes?
Let’s leave that to the professionals, shall we?
As for the MINOR seven, we have Jacalina Gilmore, Noah Fischer, Brandon Horne, Tammy Baldwin, Cody Kramer, Alexander Jensen, and Fabian Morton. As we all know, Jacalina was once part of the infamous Bullying Trio (with Trevor Shinnok and Grace Gifford), Tammy has Down Syndrome, and Fabian was once part of the Upright Students Brigade. We don’t see them very much, except in the background. But that’s for another story.
“Well this is interesting,” Sadie Green said as she, Shane Stone, Michael Lowery, Isaac Hammond, Paul Turner, Louis Mercer, and Terry Stewart were standing in the room. Three hours had passed since George Stewart was arrested for cyberstalking and threatening a group of minors under the age of 16 years. “How did we know Terry’s father was the Stranger?”
“I don’t think so,” said Shane. “He definitely was a patsy, as no one would believe a middle-aged man would stalk a group of teenagers. That’s something that would inspire a Lifetime Original Movie.”
“You’re right,” said Terry. “My father may be full of hate, but he would NEVER do anything like *THAT*!”
“I’ve noticed,” said Louis. “But who forced George to stalk us? What did they have on him?”
“Me,” said Terry. “You remember when he forced me to leave when I got those kids in trouble while we were at Harrison Creek Elementary School? I had to go to another school under the name Chris Michaels. Only Shane knew who I was.”
“What kind of father does this to his own kid?” said Isaac. “Wait, don’t answer that question. I just realized something.”
“What?” said Shane.
“I know who forced George to send Terry away,” said Isaac. “And Team Sescape must find them and stop them. We cannot remain silent a second longer.” The others agreed, knowing that the time had come for the Stranger to go down…
To make a long story short, Team Sescape caught 17-year-old June Jonson as she tried to flee from the city. June had gotten mad at the Teen Rebels and Terry (and Taybor) when they exposed her as a liar. (Jane was a year older than Tyler Dawson and Lucas Nelson when she was sent away from the school. Terry got her in trouble for attempting to kill the two boys in question the year before; June swore to make him pay for telling on him.) She became The Stranger to destroy Terry and his friends, and the game continued until the end of the kids’ freshmen year, when everyone in Harrison Creek High School discovered who she was and called the police.
As the Team toasted their victory, they knew that now that the game was over, they now had a brighter future. But they had to deal with the fallout of June’s evil deeds and the results that happened because of those deeds.
And that’s a different story.
Let us begin this story by saying that friendship is very much needed in today’s world. I’m not talking about the friends that you have on Facebook or the friends that you create in your head. I’m talking about the friends that you get while you are on your life’s journey.
Today, we shall deal with the (rather toxic) friendship that the Teen Rebels share.
As we all know, Stuart Greer, Irene Haughton, Mara Llewellyn, Pearl Tanner, and Tanya Shinnok had claimed to be friends since the fourth grade, when Tanya was mistakenly placed in their fourth grade class instead of the seventh grade. Most of the other kids did not approve of the friendship and labeled Tanya as a bully and Stuart, Irene, and Mara as rebels. Tanya herself was cruel to the kids (since she was bullied first) and she certainly showed her “friends” no favors, from slamming Mara’s decisions to wear costumes and play RPGs to Irene wearing dresses and even yelling at Stuart for his controversial views about America and its foreign policies.
BTW, a true friend stands by you and doesn’t criticize your choices. But Tanya wasn’t really a true friend, or was she?
I’m beginning to think that maybe the Teen Rebels had a toxic friendship with her.
Why am I saying this? It’s mainly because Tanya was bullied and she took it out on the kids. Plus, having a mental disability and people already making fun of you doesn’t help much; neither do people who are spreading rumors that claim that you are the bully. That’s what happened in Tanya’s case.
Anyway, the friendship was toxic mainly because Tanya kept Stuart, Mara, and Irene close to her and away from the other kids. No one was allowed to get too close to them unless they were nice to Tanya. Since very few people were nice to Tanya, namely Pearl Tanner and Marie Lewis, they were allowed to hang out with the Teen Rebels. Even then, they weren’t allowed to fully become friends with the Teen Rebels.
That was, until Tanya disappeared and the Teen Rebels quickly fell apart.
But then Shara Shinnok showed up and in her own way, she helped the Teen Rebels find their “groove” and actually becomes their friend. How she actually does that is a different story.
~~~to be continued…
- Letting go of toxic friendships (strawberrynesquik.wordpress.com)
- Toxic Friendships; Good, Bad or Just Plain Ugly? (birthdaymagazine.co.uk)
- What Friendship Means to Me (dagoteahouse.wordpress.com)
- Are Friendships equal to relationships? (richmilannovels.wordpress.com)
- Unfriend. (andreapena09.wordpress.com)
- Friendship (tabanfatha25.wordpress.com)
- Day Five: Community and Friendship (365daylove.wordpress.com)