Liberty High

Liberty High

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Genre: Young Adult

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Liberty High is a story set in the 1980's in Los Angeles California. It follows several groups of high school students, The Jocks, Preps, Dancers, Musicians, Rebels, etc. They are all trying to survive 'the best four years of their life'. The main character is a rebel outcast, Jared Hess, with a troubled home life, terrible addictions, and complicated love life. Will he survive high school with all the fast balls coming his way? Or will his addictions and bad home life be his downfall?
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Summary

Liberty High is a story set in the 1980's in Los Angeles California. It follows several groups of high school students, The Jocks, Preps, Dancers, Musicians, Rebels, etc. They are all trying to survive 'the best four years of their life'. The main character is a rebel outcast, Jared Hess, with a troubled home life, terrible addictions, and complicated love life. Will he survive high school with all the fast balls coming his way? Or will his addictions and bad home life be his downfall?

Chapter1 (v.1) - Back to School Again

Author Chapter Note

This chapter is really short but I just wanted to introduce the main character really and set the setting. It's not really interesting, I'm aware of this, but it does pick up so I hope people will give it a try and enjoy!

Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: March 22, 2017

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Chapter 1

It was a relatively cool morning in Los Angles, California on August 20, 1985. The sun was shrouded behind several clouds. A perfect looking morning for another year of school. Despite the gray clouds growing the sky, the ever bright LA sun was shining through the cracks of Jared Hess bedroom. Inside the room Bon Jovi was singing “In and Out of Love” loudly hardly disturbing the sleeping teenage boy. “Come on Jared get up! I’m not playing Bon Jovi for my pleasure.” Jared’s older brother’s voice travelled fast and loudly in their small three bedroom house. Jared always laughed at the term ‘3 bedrooms’ because he was room was no bigger than a small study. Jared moaned as he stuffed his head under his pillow. “Go away Chris!” Jared’s voice was muffled but his message had reached Chris who was now standing at the doorway to his room. “Mom says I have to take you to school. She says you can’t walk on your first day of high school.” Chris said. “I thought little siblings were supposed to be the annoying ones.” Jared said as he got out of his bed to stop Chris from talking.

“Oh trust me you are. Hurry up, I don’t want to be late.” Chris smiled before heading back into the kitchen with Bon Jovi. It took all the energy Jared had to get out of his cozy bed and stumble over to his dressed. As with most days, Jared didn’t give much thought to what clothes he grabbed. In the end, Jared ended up with a pair of torn bleached, jeans, a T-shirt from his favorite band, “The Police”, and a blue plaid jacket. To complete his outfit, Jared put on a pair of belted, black boots. Usually he would have gone for converses but it seemed as though Chris was wearing the only pair they owned.  

Still half asleep, Jared made his way to the bathroom he shared with his brother. His parents had a small washroom in their room. Jared began to splash ice-cold water on his face in hopes it would help wake him up. He was never that fond of caffeine like his mother and brother. After his futile attempt to wake himself up, Jared dried off his face with a towel and stared at his reflection for a moment. The image looking back at him was one he had grown to disdain over the years. He had champagne colored hair that went no further than his shoulders and a pair of beautiful eyes that had flecks of grey clouds on an otherwise cloudless blue sky. He often wore black eyeliner around his eyes which seemed to take away from the prince charming like blue eyes. If not for their physical features he and Chris wouldn’t look related. While Jared had light hair and eyes, Chris had chocolate hair with a pair of honey colored eyes. Chris was also more built than Jared. Jared looked like someone who got by in life on rations and soup kitchens.

Jared took a brush from the bathroom and quickly ran it through his hair not caring what the end results would be. Before heading out to the kitchen to join his brother, Jared touched up his eyeliner and took one last look at his reflection. Maybe it wasn’t disdain he felt when he looked at the somber boy staring back at him. No it was more of bitterness and guilt. The boy in the mirror, with his expressionless face was too broken for Jared to hold any feelings of hatred for. Now wasn’t the time though to lament over a past that Jared couldn’t fix. As much as he detested school, he’d rather be there than at home with his a cheap excuse for a father, Manny Hess. Just thinking about him caused Jared’s reflection to instantly change from that of a depressed soul to that of a vengeful one. “Jared if you aren’t here in five minutes I’m leaving without you!” Chris’s voice stopped Jared from furthering upsetting himself by thinking about their ‘father’.

“I’m coming, quit your winning!” Jared said as joined his brother in the kitchen. As expected, Chris was finishing up his second cup of coffee for the morning. It was as if Chris was a car and his fuel was caffeine. “That stuff will rot your teeth.” Jared said picking up an apple and taking a small bite. Chris shrugged his shoulders. “They are going to rot one day anyways might as well enjoy whatever I want. So you ready little bro to start a new journey?” Chris said with a smile. Jared didn’t respond warmly. “Oh yeah I might explode with excitement.” Jared threw his apple in a wastebasket after taking three bites. Chris was about to push the matter when their mother entered the room. Her voice filled the room with a certain air that touched their hearts. “Are you boys just about to head out?”

Chris got up, leaving his mug behind, and reached for the keys to his truck. “Just about, I was waiting for Jared, per your request.” Chris answered.  “My little baby isn’t a baby anymore.” Jared’s mom said as she pulled Jared into a hug before he could protest. Jared had no negative feelings for his mother, in fact he pitted her for being with a man like his father. Of course it’s not like she could get away so easily. “Come on mom lighten up a little.” Jared said with a laugh as he tried to wiggle away from his mother’s surprisingly strong grip. “I’m sorry Jared, I promised myself I wouldn’t get emotional. Manny come and say goodbye to the boys!” “I’m busy Katherine I don’t have time!” Manny shouted from the back of the house. Probably too busy to walk off that hangover ‘Dad’. Jared thought. “Don’t sweat it mom. We’ll see him for dinner.” Chris said. “Hopefully not.” Jared muttered under his breath. “Well then you two go off and have a great first day of school. I want to hear all about when you get home.” Katherine said with a bright smile. It had always baffled Jared how perky his mother could be even when she had to come home to that foul man in her bedroom. “Bye mom.” Jared smiled as he and Chris took turnings giving their mother a soft kiss on the cheek before heading outside to the driveway.

Jared jumped into Chris well taken care of truck, slamming the door shut. “Why do people make such a big deal about high-school anyways? It’s just like stupid middle school but with more fucking drama and airheads.” Jared said as he put his feet on the dashboard. “Best four years of life, god how miserable.” Jared added as he began to flick through the channels on the car stereo. “I’d be lying to you if I said it was all glamour. But there are some good things about high school too. You’ll never know until you get there.” Chris said with a grin. “Whatever, still lame.” Jared said leaning back in his seat and closing his eyes. “You can at least try to be happy. You’re not just going to any school after all. This is Liberty High Jared!” Chris said, glancing over at Jared to make sure he hadn’t fallen asleep. “I so can’t wait!” Jared said putting on his best impression of the valley girls that he and his friends usually laughed at.

Chris couldn’t help but chuckle at his little brother. “This place is mad cool Jared. I mean you have to audition just to get in. Don’t you remember yours last summer?” Chris asked. Liberty High was a school dedicated to the Arts and Athletics. It was a private school that Jared and Chris were only able to attend based on scholarships. Jared’s mind went back to June when he was auditioning for a spot in the school. Jared was a skilled baseball player and a member of the team, but he applied for the art scholarship and therefore had to play in front of the music teachers. His ‘judge’ was the guitar teacher, Mr. Montelongo and Jared had played a series of Police songs for him on both the guitar and the piano. Jared could also sing but often times choose not to. “Yeah I remember. Man we are going to be surrounded by Richies aren’t we?” Jared moaned.

Chris nodded. “Well ain’t that hellacious.” Jared said, he was too tired to offer his usually snarky comments. “Hey at least you’ll be playing baseball and making music, that’s got to count for something.” “Whatever man I’m not even on the team yet. They just asked me at that lame audition if I played a sport and I said yes. They didn’t offer me a spot on the team I think they just liked that I had a skill in both of their stupid programs.” Jared said. “Coach Brooks holds his tryouts this week. I’m sure he’ll love you and put you on the time.” Chris smiled. Jared sighed. “I’m sorry I’m being such a hoser. I guess I’m a little stressed.” Jared said looking over at his brother. Deep down he knew Chris was only trying to make him feel better. Jared just wasn’t too fond of starting high school. He didn’t see the point. He already knew that he wanted to make it big as a famous guitar player and school just seemed unnecessary to him. “Perhaps Billy can make you feel better.” Chris said pointing out the car window to a teenage boy sitting under a large tree. Jared hadn’t even realized they had arrived and were parked in the upper-classman parking lot.

Jared’s eyes lit up when he spotted his best friend, Billy Valentine. “You can go and see him, I’ll be fine alone.” Chris laughed. Jared turned to his brother and smiled. “You mean you don’t want to hang out with a couple of fresh meat?” Jared said sarcastically causing both boys to have a fit of laughter. “I’m good, I’ll see you around. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.” Chris said with a wink before both got out of the car and went their separate ways. Billy Valentine had his back turned when he heard Jared screaming his name. Billy was very large for a freshman in high school, probably because he had been wrestling since he was little. He also worked out daily, longing for the days he could join up with the Marines. Billy was no longer sitting down but was standing up with one foot on the tree. He was wearing black cargo jeans a gray tank top that showed off his fresh arm tattoos he had gotten over the summer. Billy’s hair, which was once longer than Jared’s, was now cut short and spiked. Jared thought it suited his mocha colored hair better.

“Jared Hess, I was wondering when I’d see a familiar.” Billy said as he and Jared bumped fists together. Billy was an orphan, or at least that’s what I told people. He never knew his mother. He just knew she was very promiscuous and left his father to raise him and his little sister when his sister was barely two years old. After his mother left, his father spiraled downwards and hardly took care of his two children. It was why Billy was often over at the Hess house and why he and Jared had been the best of friends since they were three years old. “It’s good to see you too man. It’s not like Chris is bad company but I’d rather see you. Any signs of Russo?” Jared asked. Russo, or Jacob Russo, was the third member of their group, the fourth being Shawn Montelongo. “You know Russo, he’s probably barely combing through his fur.” Billy laughed. “Speaking of hair what did you do to yours?” Jared asked. “Veronica cut it last night. What do you think?” Billy twirled around mocking typical models as she showed off his new hair. “Your sister should considering being a fashionista.” Jared smiled. “What about you, how was your summer? I mean the parts that I weren’t around for?” Billy asked. Jared shrugged his shoulders. “Well my mom went off to some business trip for most of the summer so Chris and I mostly tried to dodge Manny. He wasn’t that bad either.” Jared answered. “Shocker dude. At least Chris was around.” “Yeah well Chris couldn’t help me when I ‘fell’ down the stairs last week.” Jared said rolling up his plaid jacket to show a fresh looking bruise surrounding by old scars and tiny puncture wounds. Billy shook his head. “What a dick.” Billy said.

Jared shook it off. “Whatever, it’s nothing new. Should we go in or give Russo a few minutes?” Jared asked as he and Billy stood at the stairs leading to their new school. “We don’t have enough time to wait around for the princess to be ready.” Billy smiled causing Jared to laugh. Before the best friends could enter the school a familiar voice came shouting from the parking lot. “Jared, Billy wait for me!” a young girl shouted as she happily jogged over to Jared and Billy.

The girl was fair skinned with flowing platinum blonde curls that rested softly on her shoulders. A black bow was wrapped around her hair. She had sky blues eyes that shinned like diamonds under the bright California sun. Her outfit consisted of a tight black leather, skirt that was very form fitting around her perfect looking waist. As for her shirt, it was a “Police” shirt that matched the one Jared was wearing. Except hers was tied back to be just as form fitting as the skirt.  She had fish net stockings that matched her laced gloves and long leather heeled, boots. “That’s a cold chick.” Billy said as if he just making an observation. “Aren’t we lucky to have run into you Vivian?” Billy said with a grin as the girl stopped in front of them.

Vivian had a sassy grin as she looked at Billy. “Not as lucky as I am big guy.” Vivian winked before she went to Jared and wrapped her arms around Jared’s neck. “But I’d rather be seeing this stud.” Vivian said seductively. Jared ran his hand down her back stopped at the leather skirt. “You make it easy to want to see you.” Jared said before giving Vivian a very passionate kiss on the lips. Billy rolled his eyes. While Vivian was attractive, and they did have their flirty bits, Billy had always thought she was a bit much. “Okay let’s stop there man. We don’t want a repeat of our eighth grade formal dance.” Billy said. The young couple pulled apart, despite neither of them wanting to. “I ain’t going to get horizontal out here Billy. That would be wrong.” Jared said.

“Man I hope not. Let’s just get inside and get our schedules?” Billy asked. “I’m down. I want this stupid day to be over with.” Jared said as he reached for Vivian’s hand. She grabbed on tenderly squeezed. “What’s lame about a school for such talented people like us?” Vivian smiled as she looked from Jared to Billy. “School is lame, period.” Jared said. “Well we’ll never know unless we go inside.” Billy said. Jared sighed. “Well then Liberty High, here we come.” Jared said as he, his girlfriend and best friend stepped inside the halls of Liberty High. Home of the Fine Arts and Athletics. Their new chapter in life. The best four years of their life…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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