Show Yourself: Chapter 17 – One For The Team, Part 1

Finally the day of most teenagers had come, first day of summer break. It was also perfect timing with Bastian’s mom and step dad going out of town for a few days. This gave Bastian the opportunity to have a sleepover with Claudio and I. His mom knew he was gonna invite some people over and gave the okay as long as it would be just us. Unfortunately for Bastian, he happens to live next door to on my of teachers, Edgar London. Mr. London is a cranky little troll and would probably report any sound Bastian makes. I’m convinced he hates teenagers and could never understand why he chose to teach at a high school.

We started the day at the courtyard at Bastian’s school to play some basketball. I wasn’t really interesting in playing since I never got to play as a kid with my dad and brothers. I can do a lot more now than when I was a child but since the surgery, I still have to ease into physical activities. While Bastian and Claudio played, I chatted with Noelle on my iPad. I will be visiting her in a week and I’m excited to see her. I haven’t seen Noelle since we moved to Italy when I was 10. My dad meets with his publisher in Bridgeport about turning his personal journal into a book. Noelle and her family moved back to the Bridgeport area when her dad’s department relocated to Brightpoint Island permanently. My dad is letting Eli and I tag along on his trip since Eli’s grandmother May is now living there. We also have some older siblings living there as well. It will be great to see my older brothers again. I haven’t seen them since I was a little kid.




I finally put away my iPad, Bastian’s younger brother Lance took notice and asked me to join him. Lance was playing hopscotch, a game that I haven’t played in ages. I only ever played with Noelle and sometimes I had fun but other times I got pissy if I messed up. Noelle had always cheered me on anyway. Man, do I miss her. Lately I’ve been thinking about her. It’s not like I can talk to my own girlfriend, Annaliese.

“Join me, Rai!”

“You really want me to?”

“Yeah! It will be fun!”

“Well I am kinda a pro at this. I might kick your butt.”

“Oh really?”


“Okay, man! Bring it on!”

“Alright, you was warned.”




I had a little fun with Lance, he has 2 slides of himself. He can be friendly and silly but he also can be a little snot, it really depends on how his mood. His mother usually puts him in a bad mood and today he had fussed at him. His parents were running a tad late to the airplane and all Lance wanted was a good-bye hug.

Petra couldn’t be bothered and rushed her husband, Landon out the door to their waiting cab. Lance didn’t get a chance to tell either parent bye. So we figured Lance would be a snotty brat today. Lance’s mood was eventually brightened up after watching Bastian trip and fall face first on the pavement. He’s fine though.

“Ha ha ha! Look! Bastian fell! Ha ha ha!”

“Ha ha ha!”

“Stop laughing! It’s not funny.”

“Sorry bro, but it’s kinda funny. You okay?”

“Yeah, but you 2 are still assholes.”




Bastian looked at his phone and called me over. I wasn’t sure what else he had planned for today but I was sure it would be good. So I thought.

“Look Rai, we are about to head to Venice Point in  little bit.”

“Isn’t that the make out spot? Why are we going there?”

“Girls. Why else? Hopefully it will be just us. Vexille and Rosaria are gonna meet us.”

“So it’s gonna me, you, Claudio with both of your girlfriends? Geeze, can I not be the odd man out for once?”

“Ah man don’t worry, we gotcha covered. Rosaria is bringing her best friend, Tara. She’s half black and Italian, so she’ll be your type.”




“Thanks for looking out for me but I have a girlfriend. Well kinda.”

“And that’s why you need a girl to chill with. Maybe you’ll like her better than Anna.”

“I dunno. I won’t feel right trying to get with another girl.”

“You don’t have to date her, man. Just keep her company. Her boyfriend dumped her a few weeks, she’s probably not ready to date anyone now. Just hang out with her and everything will be okay.”

“Alright, I guess I can do that.”




“C’mon squirt. We gotta go.”


“Venice Point.”

“Eww gross! That’s where you go to kiss girls! I don’t wanna go there! It’s so boring!”

“Too bad, squirt. You’re going.”

“You can’t make me!”

“Oh cute. You gave me the bird. Wait until I tell mom.”

“She’s not gonna care!”

“Okay then I’ll tell your dad!”

“Fine! I’ll go but I’m not gonna have fun!”

“Chill out, besides Vexille is gonna be there and you like her.”

“Yeah cause’s not boring like your other 8 girlfriends!”




After Claudio changed into his street clothes, we headed towards Venice Point along with Lance. He will have to tag along until his friend comes home. Bastian convinced Lance to ask his friend to have a sleepover so we can have the house to ourselves.

Having Lance with us is common, Petra usually makes Bastian take Lance if Landon isn’t around. I’m really glad that I don’t a smaller sibling that I have to bring along. My parents are done having kids, I do have Isabella but I also have many other siblings she could be pawned off to. Having a huge family does have its advantages.




“So this girl, Tara. She isn’t butt ugly or anything?”

“Why do you ask, Rai?”

“I wanna know what I’m dealing with. Is she like the ugly friend they gotta bring along? Cause Clarice has one of those type of friends.”

“She got a nice body, don’t she Claud?”

“Yeah. She has other great qualities about her, Rai.”

“So she’s ugly? Great.”

“Let’s just say she has a unique look to her. Not the standard beauty. She can be cute but tends to make her face look weird.”

“You both are assholes.”

“Ha ha ha ha!”




We got the Venice Point, the usual teenage hang out spot for secret parties and making out. I only been here once with one of my early girlfriends. My parents are aware of this place and really don’t want us hanging out here. I didn’t see what was the big deal, my litter mates and I can’t have sex just yet.  I guess they didn’t want us to get use to being here.

“Where are they?”

“Vex said they’ll be here in soon.”

“I’m bored! I don’t wanna be here!”

“I didn’t want you here either, Lance. But I had no choice. I can’t leave you at home.”

“Why not? I’m almost 8, I don’t need a babysitter!”

“I really hope this girl isn’t too ugly, Bast. But if she is then nothing is gonna happen. Maybe that’s a good thing.”

“Hey, Vex said they are here. Tara is parking the car.”

“Wait? She has a car?”

“Yep. Tara is a rich girl by the way, Rai.”




I was introduced to Tara. She was okay looking and has a nice body like Bastian mention. She would probably be better looking it if wasn’t for the potato nose. She seemed nice and said hi to me. I did kinda stare Vexille a bit, she really looked nice in shorts. Vexille took notice and shyly smiled back as she winked . I wish I could slap myself for looking at her cause it’s not right. But Vexille is probably the only white girl whom I found attractive. I really hoped Bastian didn’t notice.




I was quick to dismiss Tara and headed towards the fire pit. She gave me an uneasy feeling by the way she looked at me. I know that I’m suppose to keep her company but I find myself really not wanting to do that.

“So Raiden, that’s kinda a cool name.”

“Thanks. Yours too.”

“Uh huh. What school do you go to?”

“Trinity Parks, same as Vexille.”

“Oh cool. The art school. I wanted to go to that but I couldn’t get in.”

“Why not?”

“Probably cause I can barely draw a stick figure. Ha ha ha!”

“You kinda need some kind of talent to get in.”

“Yeah, my step mom hoped if she tossed some money, I could get in. Money didn’t matter but it’s okay. The school I go to is pretty okay.”






“Yeah but we don’t have any cute art boys like you there.”

“I heard you had a boyfriend. What happen with that?”

“Oh there was just some dumb misunderstanding. But it’s whatever.”

“Like what?”

“Do we really have to talk about that?”

“Not if it’s a touchy subject.”

“What about you? You have a girlfriend?”

“Kinda. She said we kinda rushed things and we needed to take a break but we aren’t broken up.”




“Please! We need a break is girl code for, I want to break up but not until I find another boyfriend first. Sometimes I have a back up boyfriend before I break up with the current. It sucks to be single.”

“I don’t think she’s gonna break up with me when she find another. I think she just needed a break to think about things.”

“It’s bullshit, Raiden. And guys fall for it. We just don’t want you guys looking for another girl. We keep you on standby until a better one comes along and we cut you lose.”

“That’s kinda mean. Why do girls do that?”

“Not all girls do but most. So you’re pretty much fair game and I like what I see.”

“You do?”

“Rosaria didn’t tell me how sexy you are. She said you’re a genie and I also think that’s hot. I never met a genie before but I heard they are sexy as fuck. I see that’s true. I almost didn’t come out but I’m glad that I did. I’ll be a fool to pass up on you.”

“Uh, thanks.”




I felt a little uncomfortable when she started to kinda rub up against me. I excused myself and laid on the ground thinking about what she said about this girl code. I get the vibe that Tara has had a lot of boyfriends and she may be a bit aggressive. It’s other reasons why I felt a bit uneasy, I don’t want her to think that I’m going to be her next victim.

But what if this girl code is true? It’s not the first time I was told that she’s just gonna break up with me once she has a new boyfriend. I really couldn’t see Annaliese being that type of person or maybe I could be wrong. I didn’t spend a lot of time to really get to know her.




As I started to get lost in my thoughts, Tara had made her way towards me and sat down. I sighed as I barely had a moment to myself since meeting her.

“Whatcha thinking about?”

“Of what you said about the girl code.”


“Is that shit legit?”

“Yeah, you guys have your guy code too. Not much better than ours. But it’s okay, you’re a hot guy. You won’t be single long.”

“What makes you so sure? You don’t even know me.”

“A hot guy like you will always have girls after you. I don’t mind having to fight off a few.”




“I’m not looking to get into anything. I just hope things between Anna and I will get better cause I miss her.”

“What if it doesn’t?”

“It will.”

“But if it doesn’t? There’s always me.”

“You don’t know me.”

“But I wanna get to know you. Don’t you want to get to know me?”

“I guess.”

“That’ what I want to hear.”

“What are you doing?”

“Trying to give you a little kiss on your forehead. You look so sad. Don’t be sad.”

“Uh. Please don’t do that.”





I wondered off to the picnic table only to be followed by Tara. She wasn’t getting the hint that I really wasn’t interest in her. However I still have to keep her company. I sighed and figure I should try to do so.

“So Raiden, what are your hobbies?”

“I like to draw and paint. I’m working on my own comic book. I also like to play video games a lot too.”

“That’s cool. I would like to see your art. I think it’s cool you got a comic book. I wish I could draw.”

“Thanks. What about you?”

“I like to go shopping.”

“Is that it? Just go shopping?”




“Well I also like to make out with cute guys. I’m a very good kisser. Are you a good kisser?”

“I guess so. I haven’t had any complaints.”

“I bet so. You have really nice kissable lips. I bet I could just kiss you all night long. I wouldn’t need to have sex. Kissing those lips would be enough.”

“Uhh. Okay.”

“I bet you had a lot of girlfriends too.”

“I guess so.”

“Maybe I can be one of them.”




“Well I don’t know about that.”

“You don’t think I’m pretty?”

“I didn’t say that.”

“Then what? Do you think I’m pretty.”

“I guess so.”

“You guess?”

“Well no.”

“I’m not?”

“No that’s not what I mean. I think you’re pretty. But I’m kinda with Anna.”

“You’ll be wasting your time. I would never want to take a break from you. A guy as hot as you, I would never want to be away from you.”

“You’ll rethink that once you get to know me.”




I removed myself from Tara and made me way towards Bastian. He could tell that I was annoyed and shook his head at me. I sighed as I plopped down on the chair near the mini fire pit.

“Is it that bad?”

“A paper bag has more personality than her. Her hobbies are to go shopping and make out with cute guys.”

“C’mon bro. You gotta talk to her and play nice. Please brother. I need you to do this.”

“Why? How is this some kind of favor? It’s not like you’ll hanging out with Vexille for the first time.”

“Cause I’m kinda in the doghouse. You know Vexille leaves for home in 2 days. I need to spend as much with her as possible.”

“What did you do this time?”

“I sent Giana a shirtless pic of me. I didn’t know Vex was with her. I said it was a joke but she’s not seeing it that way. I need to show her that I’m still gonna be here for her when she returns for school. I think she’s gonna let me take it.”

“Take what?”

“Her virginity.”

“You guys haven’t?” 



“No. I hoping we will have some crazy sex before she goes home. I really like Vex and she has been my longest relationship.”

“Then maybe you should stop texting my sister. And what does have anything with me having to be nice to Tara?”

“If Tara feels uncomfortable then the girls won’t want to hang out with us later on. So I need to spend time with Vexille. They’ll not gonna leave Tara hanging. Plus Claudio is gonna be returning home this weekend and he needs to spend time with Rosaria too.”

“Tara is a bit too aggressive for my taste. I told her about Anna and she doesn’t seem to care.”

“I know she can be. She made me let her give me a blow job during my first year. I did like it bet don’t tell Vex about that. Please just hang with her and take one for the team. Make her feel wanted and do whatever she wants. I really need this. This is my last shot to show Vexille that I’m real about her.”

“If you’re serious about Vex, I guess I can but you owe me big time.”

“Thanks bro!”




Bastian wandered off to Vexille’s direction which left me alone. I stood up from the chair and stared off into the ocean. I didn’t hear Tara coming up from behind me, usually I can hear from quite a distance but since the surgery, things had been a little off. From my surprise, I suddenly felt my ass being grope from a pair of unfamiliar hands. 

“Nice and tight as I thought it was be.”




I wasn’t a fan of being groped by a female whom I’m not attracted to. Although I just promised Bastian I would play nice with Tara, she took it a step too far. I didn’t think before lashing out at her. My temperament is one reason why Annaliese isn’t here. Just maybe my temper would also scare Tara. At this point, I didn’t care about keeping my promise to Bastian.

“What the fuck! I would really appreciate if you don’t grab my ass!”

“Oh lighten up! It’s not big deal! You’re a guy!”

“That doesn’t matter! Not all guys like to be groped by some random girl!”

“I’m not some random girl! I was just seeing if you’re not gay or anything! You haven’t once tried to hit on me!”

“I told you that I have a fuckin’ girlfriend!” 




“Yeah you say that but I really don’t care! Besides you are really cute when you’re mad.”

“What the fuck is wrong with you?”

“No the question is, what the fuck is wrong with you? Here you got some hot girl trying to get with you and you get all icy.”

“Has it ever occurred to you that you’re not my type?”



“Don’t be ridiculous. I’m every guy’s type. You just don’t know it yet.”

“I know my type and you’re definitely not it.”

“Oh you’re so funny too.”

“I’m not joking.”

“Yes you are. I’m every guy’s dream. I’m amazing in bed and if you’re good then you’ll find out.”

“I likes girls with a personality and talented. The only talent you have is laying on your back. I’m a genie which also means that we go through puberty much differently. We’re not sexually mature until the age of 15 and guess what? I’m 14! Telling me that you’re a great lay doesn’t interested me!”




“Oh c’mon! Tell me that when you look at me, something does go on in your pants! Every guys thinks I’m hot and lucky to be with me. Do you know who I am? I’m the step daughter of Lia Rasi! No guy ever tells me no!”

“I don’t care who the fuck you are! And I’m the first guy is going to tell you no! Even if I didn’t have a girlfriend, I still wouldn’t give you the time or day!” 

“You’re just saying that cause you’re scared if your girlfriend finds out. Trust me, she won’t!”

“You are fuckin’ nuts!”




“Well if that’s how you’re going to be then maybe I’ll tell Rosaria that I’m not having a great time and we should go. I’m pretty sure your boys wouldn’t be too happy about that.”


“Yeah. So what’s it gonna be? You gonna try to get with me or me and the girls go else where. Rosaria is my girl and if I’m not having a good time, then we are gonna go do something else. She promised me this would be fun.”

“Fine Tara, you win. For now.”

“See Raiden, I told you that I’m your type.”



We went swimming for a bit until the girls had to go see a movie. Since Tara was now having a great time, the girls promised they’ll return. Bastian thanked me for putting up with Tara but has no idea how big he owes me.

“That girl is fuckin’ nuts. But a promise is a promise.”

“I think tonight is gonna be the night, man. Please just keep making Tara happy.”

“You owe me and you have no idea how much.”

“Ha ha ha! You’ll live bro.”




We were getting hungry and I was left in charge with the grilling. I don’t know why they thought this was a great idea. I really had no idea what I was doing. My dad tried to show me how to but I was too busy texting on my phone. I probably should had stopped but I was 13 at the time and just wanted to be on my phone all the time. I thought by now I would be able to conjure food but it’s a skill that I have yet to have.




“Damn it all the hell! This is bullshit!”

Looks like we are gonna eat out.

One thought on “Show Yourself: Chapter 17 – One For The Team, Part 1

  1. Oh man that girl is fuckin craaaaazy. Smart to stay away Rai… not surprise Bash indulged though. Thinkin’ with his dick, no doubt Borage is his hero hahaha. >.<

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