Shift-Shape: Pilot

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is the first draft of Shift-Shape. Shift-Shape is a idea I have for a kids animated show. The story revolves around Derek J. Thompson who attends a shape shifter academy. Right now I'm working on turning it into a graphic novel. The picture is of the cover.

Submitted: July 20, 2014

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Island overview

A small island one hundred miles west of Canada. The island contains a large number of buildings. The island is set up as a private school. The island contains academic buildings ,cafeterias ,parks, shopping centers as well as other places for the students to spend their spare time.

Dorm room building

There is a dorm room on a hill to the west of the school campus away from the other buildings. The building is three stories tall. The building is painted a white color however it is hard to see because the building is coated in a fine layer of dirt. The sign reads "Burkson Academy Boys' Dorm"

Dorm room, room 203 description

In the bottom right hand corner of the room there is a bunk bed. There is a bathroom with a shower and sink with a mirror and a separate closet for the toilet in the bottom left hand corner opposite the bunk bed. On the other side of the room there is two desks between the desks are two small dressers. Above the dressers is a window that looks out across campus. Behind one of the desk there is a small table with a TV and a game box 180 accompanied by two red beanbag chairs that sit in front of the TV.

DORM ROOM, ROOM 203 Activity

Next to the bunk bed there is a small nightstand which contains a glass of water and a alarm clock. The alarm clocks reads 6:59am and then flips to 7:00am. The alarm begins to go off. The clock goes off and beeps three times. before it is shut off by the boy in the bottom bunk.

(Screen goes back temporally to show some opening credits)

The boy sits up and stretches his arms and let's out a big yawn. The boy scratches his head and gets up. The boy is around sixteen years old and is very thin. The boy has bright orange hair that is very shaggy. His eyes have a light blue tint to them. The boy walks over to one of the dressers and gets his clothes for the day and then goes into the bathroom and closes the door.

(Screen goes black again and shows rest of the credits)

A few minutes go by and the boy emerges from the bathroom with a towel resting on his wet head. The boy walks back over to the bunk bed and attempts to wake his roommate. The roommate is wrapped up in a blanket cocoon.

Boy 1

Hey wake up. Your going to be late for class.

Boy 2

I don't want to go! Besides she'll be there.

Boy 1

Alright stay in bed. But you do know that your bound to run into her eventually.

The first boy goes back into the bathroom and turns on the light and walks to the sink. He then begins to brush his teeth. As he is brushing and watching himself in the mirror he begins to think.

BOY 1

(Inner Monologue)

Hi, my name is Derek J. Thompson. And that sad sack over there (eyes look in roommate's direction)is my roommate and best friend Noah. He's just miserable because he got rejected by this girl named Ruby so he's been depressed these last few days. I've been trying to cheer him up but so far nothing is working. No worries though I have a secret weapon today.

Derek puts his toothbrush in the cup in the bathroom and shuts the light off in the bathroom. Derek walks over to his desk chair and picks up his neon green hoodie and puts it on. Derek then heads towards the door and puts his shoes on. Noah throws his blanket off and turns his head and looks at Derek.

Noah

Where are you going?

Derek

I'm going to go get breakfast before class do you want to come?

NOAH

(Acting like a baby)

I don't know

DEREK

Are you sure? (closes his eyes and stretches and yawns)It's pancake day, your favorite.

Derek hears a door close. Derek opens his eyes and realizes that Noah has disappeared. The sound of rushing water comes from behind the closed bathroom door. Derek walks over to the bathroom and knocks.

DEREK

So does this mean your coming?

NOAH

Just give me a few minutes to take a shower.

Derek walks over to the desk in the right hand corner and sits down. He turns on the computer that is sitting there and waits for it to boot up. A few minutes go by and the computer is logged in. Derek opens the program "online messenger" and signs in. A window pops up, it is a incoming message from Purplefox46. Derek confirms the message.

Purplefox46

"Pancake Day!"

Orangedevil33

"I know! I really think this might cheer up Noah. He even got out of bed today. So is anyone else coming?"

PURPLEFOX46

"I sure hope it does. They only person I know whose coming is Sophie."

ORANGEDEVIL33

"Alright then cya at the table."

Derek logs off the program and shuts his computer off. The bathroom door opens and emerges Noah brushing his teeth.

Noah

(With his toothbrush in his mouth)

So is anyone else coming?

Noah goes back in the bathroom and returns a few moments later.

DEREK

Yeah, Olivia and Sophie

Noah

Alright then, Are you coming?

DEREK

Yeah, just give me a few minutes.

Noah

Alright, well I guess I'll meet you outside then.

Noah puts on his shoes and leaves the dorm room with his backpack. Derek swivels his desk chair back and looks at his reflection in the computer monitor. Derek rubs his eyes and gets up.

DEREK

(A little annoyed)

Ugh! Its too early in the morning to deal with Sophie.

Derek grabs his backpack and leaves the room. Derek turns right and heads down the hall. At the end of the hall there is a door that leads to the balcony. Derek exits the door and walks down the steps that leads to the ground floor. As Derek is walking down the steps he sees Noah at the bottom waiting for him. Noah is around the same height and body type as Derek. Noah has dark blue hair and dark blue eyes which are covered by his glasses. Noah is wearing a striped red and white shirt. Derek reaches the bottom and joins up with Noah.

Heading to School

The two boys head down the pathway which connects with the school. To the right side there is a row of trees and bushes that extend all the way down the path. Noah is talking to Derek about how many pancakes he's going to eat. But Derek is ignoring him because he still is half awake. Down the path a little ways someone is heading their way. Noah sees a girl dressed mostly in black and begins freaking out. He grabs Derek and shakes him awake.

NOAH

Derek! Derek! snap out of it!

DEREK

what? (Surprised) What's the matter?

Noah

Dude!, Ruby is heading this way. What should I do?

Derek

(Sarcastic)

I don't know...be a man?

NOAH

(Hysterical)

I've never acted like a man and I ain't about to start now. Should I hide?

DEREK

(Dumbfounded)

You can't be serious just transform into someone else duh.

NOAH

(More hysterical)

There is no time for that now! (grabs Derek by the shirt)

Noah lets go of Derek's shirt. Noah looks around frantically and then jumps into the bushes.

DEREK

What are you doing?

Noah

Shhh! Pretend I'm not here.

DEREK

(Sarcastically)

Sometimes I do.

From behind Derek can hear loud music coming closer. Derek turns and looks to see where the music is coming from. A girl dressed mostly black stood before him. She seemed very depressed but this is normal for Ruby. Ruby pulls out one of her ear buds.

Ruby

Have you seen Noah?

DEREK

No, he was gone when I woke up this morning.

RUBY

Can you tell him that I'm looking for him?

DEREK

Sure thing, Rubes.

RUBY

(Her voice gets deeper)

Don't ever call me that again!

Derek

(Scared)

Sorry

Ruby puts her ear bud back in and continues to walk the opposite way. Noah comes crawling out of the bushes. Noah stands up and is covered in dirt.

NOAH

(Noah brushes himself off)

Well that was close. Shall we go?

DEREK

Your a idiot, do you know that?

NOAH

Your just jealous because I'm a master of disguise.

DEREK

Dude, she's coming back.

Noah jumps back into the bushes. While Derek continues to walk towards the school. Derek begins to laugh as he ditches his friend. A few more minutes go by and Derek finally reaches the quad at the school.

School's Quad

Derek stands there and look around the quad and notices dozens of students heading to class or talking among each other. There are also a number of different buildings all for different classes. Derek walks over to the smallest building which has a larger sign above the door that says "cafeteria."

DEREK

(Inner Monologue)

This may look like your typical academy but in reality this school is like nothing you have ever seen before. Each student here has a unique ability to transform into something else. Sounds pretty unbelievable right? I thought the same thing when I first arrived here six months ago.

Derek reaches the cafeteria building and opens the door. Suddenly from behind a chimpanzee comes running towards Derek. The chimp climbs up and over Derek causing him to fall face forward. Derek lifts his head up and looks at the chimp who is running away.

DEREK

(Angrily)

Hey Jeremy! Watch where your going.

The chimp turns around and stops running. The chimp turns into a boy. The boy is too far away to see his face at all.

Jeremy

Sorry Derek! I gotta get some breakfast before class.

Inside the cafeteria

Derek stands up and walks inside the building. He walks down the hall and reaches the mess hall. He heads to the line for breakfast. Derek picks up a clean tray and proceeds into the line. Derek grabs a carton of milk, a apple, and a small bag of fruit snacks. He then reaches the lady who is giving out pancakes.

Lunch lady

How many sweetie?

DEREK

Three, please

LUNCH LADY

Here you go

DEREK

Thank you

Derek now waits in the line to pay for his food.

Voice

(Nonchalant)

Hey Derek

Derek turns around and notices that Noah is in line behind him. Derek is shocked to discover that Noah is behind him.

DEREK

(Shocked)

Noah?!

NOAH

Eight please

LUNCH LADY

Here you go sweetheart

DEREK

(Confused)

How did you get here so fast?

NOAH

That's not important. The important thing is I will get you back.

Derek and Noah wait in line to pay for their breakfast. Derek looks back at Noah. Noah has his eyes closed and he is inhaling the pancake smell.

NOAH

Ah! pancakes

DEREK

(Inner Monologue)

Noah is a Doppelganger. He has the ability to imitate whatever he wants to for a limited period of time. I'm so jealous I wish I had that power.

NOAH

(Sounding Pathetic)

You know I might forgive you, if you pay for my meal.

DEREK

(Exhales)

Fine. But I'm not made of money, you know.

Outside the Cafeteria

Derek hands the cashier a ten dollar bill and she gives him his change. The boys head through the western door and head to the table in the corner. At the table there are six seats but two of them are filled with girls. One of the girls hasshort pink hair and wearing bright pink shirt. The other girl has long purple dyed hair and she is wearing a dark red shirt with a skull on it.

DEREK

(Inner Monologue)

These are the rest of my friends. The girl with the purple hair is Olivia. Olivia is the coolest girl on campus, with her adventurous attitude and her rad skateboard skills she makes up the third member of our group which is known as the Scabz. Olivia is a skin walker, which means she has a animal form. Her animal form is a gray fox. The girl in the bright colors is Olivia's roommate, Sophie. Sophie is very energetic and a very talkative to everyone on campus. Sophie is the highest ranked student in our class. Sophie is also a doppelganger like Noah.


The boys sit down and join the girls for breakfast.

NOAH

(Excited)

Oh boy! pancakes

Sophie moves a seat over and puts her arm around Noah. With the other arm, Sophie gives Noah a gentle noogie.

Sophie

Cheer up Noah! So what? You officially blew it with every girl at the academy.

NOAH

(Sarcastic)

Gee thanks. I feel so much better

Sophie begins to laugh for a moment

SOPHIE

Hahahaha....(gets serious) wait a minute!

Sophie's face gets serious. Her headlock becomes tighter around Noah's neck. Sophie's noogie becomes more intense.

Sophie

(Angrily)

Hey! you never asked me out!

NOAH

(Whining)

What? Hey, let me go Sophie!

Sophie quickly lets go of Noah. Sophie and Noah are staring at each other awkwardly. Sophie clears her throat.

Sophie

(Acting cute)

Well?

NOAH

(Embarrassed and acting cute)

Um Sophie...

SOPHIE

(Embarrassed and acting cute)

Yes, Noah?

NOAH

(Embarrassed and acting cute)

Would you like to go out sometime?

Sophie breaks her cuteness act. Sophie closes her eyes and turns her head away from Noah.

SOPHIE

(Snubbing)

No...Your not my type

Noah lower his head in disappointment.

NOAH

(Depressed)

Your so heartless. But we're still friends right?

Sophie's eyes fill with tears. Sophie grabs Noah and gives him a hug.

Sophie

(Hysterical)

Of course!

Noah begins to flail his arms in the air. Sophie is laughing.

NOAH

(Annoyed)

Alright, Alright just let me go

DEREK

Sophie's is a good mood today. Why's that?

Olivia

Well, when we were in the buffet line Sophie and...

SOPHIE

(Embarrassed)

Shut up, Olivia!

Derek is now intrigued about what happened this morning. Noah who is sticking a pancake in his mouth is also interested in hearing what happened.

Noah

(Food in his mouth)

What happened?

OLIVIA

(Sarcastic and dramatic)

Sophie and Liam made...eye contact

SOPHIE

(Ecstatic and Getty)

It was the most amazing ten seconds of my life.

Sophie is blabbering on about the experience but no one is really listening. Noah begins eating more pancakes. Olivia and Derek are watching Sophie's energetic hand gestures but they are really talking with each other.

DEREK

(Annoyed)

Is she for real?

Olivia looks at her friend and exhales because she is a little embarrassed.

OLIVIA

(Sarcastic)

Afraid so. Its kind of funny how Sophie is so talkative to everyone but when it comes to Liam she can't even say two words to him.

Sophie overhears Olivia's comment and stops talking. Sophie gets super red in the face and gets annoyed with Olivia. Noah and Derek begin to laugh.

Sophie

(Annoyed and Embarrassed)

Shut up!

Sophie looks at the Cafe exits and sees Ruby walk out with her breakfast. Noah hasn't seen Ruby yet and he's still laughing.

Sophie stands up and waves at Ruby and she is laughing.

Sophie

(Shouting)

Hey Ruby! Come sit over here. Noah has been dying to talk to you.

Noah looks up and sees Ruby standing a little ways away. Ruby is looking around and then sees Sophie waving at her. Ruby sees Noah and the two make eye contact. Ruby smiles a little bit and heads over to their direction. At that moment Noah stops laughing and begins to choke on his breakfast. Noah quickly spits up the piece of food onto his plate. Noah begins to freak out once again. Noah looks up at Sophie.

NOAH

(Scared)

Sophie, Why would you do that?

Sophie sits down and looks at her food. Sophie then tilts her head and looks at Noah.

Sophie

Payback is a bitch Noah. hahaha.

Sophie is laughing menacingly. Noah begins looking around the table.

Noah

(Hysterical)

There are no bushes to hide in nearby. Oh crap! What should I do?

OLIVIA

(Sarcastic)

I don't know....be a man

DEREK

That's what I said but noooo just ignore your friend's advice.

SOPHIE

Besides this is more fun

Derek, Olivia, and Sophie all laugh.

Noah

(Hysterical)

This is serious guys. What should I do?

OLIVIA

(Annoyed)

Just transform, idiot.

Olivia takes a drink and exhales

DEREK

(Sarcastic)

Its like he forgets he has the ability to copy anything he wants to.

Derek takes a bite to eat.

Within a few moments Ruby arrives at the table. Ruby is standing with her tray.

OLIVIA

Hey Ruby, why don't you take a seat and have breakfast with us.

Ruby

Alright

Ruby sits down and opens her milk carton and takes a drink. Everyone is watching Ruby.

Ruby

So Noah can I can talk to you after breakfast?

Zoomed into Noah's tray but you can still see the fork entering the scene and grabbing pieces of the pancakes.

NOAH

What are you talking about? I'm not Noah.

Ruby smiles a little bit.

RUBY

Oh yeah, then how come there are two Dereks?

DEREK

(Confused)

Huh?

(Zooms out so the whole table is now into focus)

Derek turns his head from Ruby's direction to where Noah is sitting. Derek is surprised to see himself on the other side of the table.

DEREK

(Surprised)

What the?! Wait this can work to my advantage, you can go to my classes today.

NOAH

(Angry)

Hell No!

The girls watch with dumbfounded looks as they watch Derek argue with himself across the table. Ruby loudly clears her throat. Both boys stop arguing and look at Ruby. Ruby points her thumb to the left gesturing the need for a private conversation.

Ruby

Can I talk to you Noah in private?

The tension at the table becomes weird and uncomfortable for everyone. Olivia notices this and decides to break the awkward tension.

OLIVIA

(Embarrassed)

Well Derek, Sophie we should get to class before the bell rings.

DEREK

Yeah your right. Lets give these two some privacy.

Derek and Olivia get up from the table. They both look at Sophie who is resting her head on her palms waiting for a fight between Noah and Ruby. Derek and Olivia walk up behind Sophie and grab her. They begin to drag her away from the table.

SOPHIE

(Whining)

Wait...I want to see if Noah cries when she hits him.

Derek, Olivia, and Sophie disappear out of sight. Noah shifts back into himself. Noah quietly drums using the table. Noah looks into Ruby's eye. Ruby is intensely staring at him.

NOAH

(Worried)

Uh Oh

Pathway

OLIVIA

So Derek, What are your plans for this weekend?

Derek is thinking out loud

DEREK

hm....Nothing much. Why? Got any ideas?

OLIVIA

(Excited)

Actually I do. There is a festival this weekend on the Southern beach.

DEREK

(Surprised)

What? How come no one tells me these things!

OLIVIA

Well this is your first year here at the academy. To everyone else its a no brainier, right Sophie?

Sophie is rambling to herself about what she is going to do at the festival. Sophie is in her own little world.

Sophie

(Excited)

First I'm going to get some yummypink cotton candy. Next I'll take a ride on the Ferris Wheel and then I'm going to....

Olivia tries to interrupt Sophie. Olivia snaps her fingers in front of Sophie trying to get her to focus.

OLIVIA

Sophie, snap out of it

SOPHIE

(Ditzy)

I'm sorry Livs, did you say something?

Olivia lowers her head.

OLIVIA

(Sarcastic)

Its so hard to believe that Sophie is the smartest student in our class.

Sophie stops in the pathway because there is a squirrel in front of her.

SOPHIE

(Infatuated)

OMG! This is the cutest squirrel ever!

Derek and Olivia stop walking and turn around to look at Sophie. Sophie is bent down making noise towards the squirrel. Derek smiles and Olivia looks at him.

DEREK

I don't think Sophie is as stupid as everyone thinks. Sophie is a genuine person who is just misunderstood from time to time.

Derek and Olivia both look back at Sophie to see what she is doing. Sophie is now fighting with the squirrel. Sophie is trying to steal the acorn out of the squirrel's hands.

Sophie

(Angry)

Give me that nut, you filthy little weasel!

OLIVIA

(Sarcastic)

You were saying?

Derek closes his eyes and rubs them.

DEREK

OK, So I was wrong

Sophie changes into a squirrel and begins to wrestle the other squirrel for the nut. The two squirrels chase each other for a while. Then they run up a tree and disappear in the leaves. A moment of silence passes between Derek and Olivia. They have a dumbfounded look upon their faces but quickly snap out of it. Derek looks at his watch.

DEREK

(Panicking)

Oh crap! We're going to be late for class.

Both Derek and Olivia begun to run to the end of the pathway which led to the quad. Olivia had a frustrated look on her face.

OLIVIA

(Frustrated)

Ugh! This is taking too long. I'm going on ahead.

Olivia changes into a small gray fox and dashes through the campus and up the stairs to the large silver building with a sign in front of it that says "Academic Building"

DEREK

(Winded)

Hey, wait up!

The Quad

Derek finally reached the quad and begun to run towards the academic building. Derek reaches the bottom of the steps but turns around because he heard a voice.

VOICE

(Afar)

Heads up!

DEREK

(Confused)

What?

Derek turns around and is smacked in the face by a Frisbee. Derek falls to the ground. Derek lies there for a moment. Derek closes his eyes. The one boy playing with the Frisbee runs over to check on Derek. The boy is standing over Derek.

Derek

(Over dramatic)

So this is how it ends. But there is so much I haven't done so much I haven't seen. Wait I think I see the light.

Boy

Sorry to disappoint you mate, but that's just the Sun.

Derek opens his eyes and sees a boy standing above him. The boy has messy black hair with a matching goatee. He is wearing a orange muscle shirt with matching orange sunglasses.

DEREK

(Embarrassed)

I know that

The boy extends his arm and helps Derek up. Derek then brushes himself off.

DEREK

Thanks Liam, Hey aren't you going to be late for class too?

Liam adjusts his sunglasses a little bit.

Liam

Your right mate, I must have lost track of time.

Liam picks up the Frisbee and throws it back towards his friends.

Academic Building

Derek and Liam head up the stairs and into the Academic Building. They walk up the stairs and go down the hall. They reach a room that says AB 209.

Hallway

Derek pokes his head in the room and sees the other students sitting in their desks talking amongst each other. The professor is sitting at his desk going through his papers. Derek goes back into the hallway to inform Liam.

LIAM

Well?

DEREK

The professor is in there, but how do we get in the classroom without him noticing him?

Liam pulls out his cell phone and sends a text message to someone.

DEREK

What are you doing?

Liam

I'm getting a distraction for us

CLASSROOM

The boys poke their heads in the classroom. One girl sitting at a desk reaches into her pocket and pulls out her cell phone. She reads the message and looks at the boys. She gives the boys a gentle wave. The girl gets up and walks up to the teacher's desk. She begins to talk to the professor. She extends one arm and gives the boys a thumbs up to signal its OK for them to sneak in the room. Both boys look at each other and grin. Derek and Liam sneak in the room and head to their desks. Derek passes Sophie's desk. Sophie has her legs on the corner of her desk crossed and she is sitting in a relax position. Sophie is tossing up a acorn is her hand and laughing menacing. Derek moves one more seat behind Sophie and reaches his desk and sits down, Derek and Liam fist bump before Liam heads to his desk behind him. Derek relaxes in his seat and exhales.

DEREK

(Relieved)

Woo, I made it

VOICE

Its about time you showed up. Your five minutes late.

Derek turns his head to the left. Its Noah sitting at the desk to his left.

DEREK

(Surprised)

What?! How do you keep popping up like that?

NOAH

(Modest)

Well unlike you, I have the ability to transform into animals which means I can get here on TIME! Oh and by the way I have a girlfriend now.

DEREK

(Shocked)

What?

Ruby is sitting a couple seats up from Noah. Ruby turns around and smiles at Noah. Ruby then blows him a kiss. Noah smiles and gives a cute little wave. Noah turns to look at Derek and he has a confused look on his face.

DEREK

(Confused)

But I thought Ruby rejected you?

NOAH

Well technically she never did. You see I wrote her a letter and then slid it under her dorm room door. She never rejected me, I was just too afraid to find out if she felt the same way. So it was really all just a misunderstanding, ha-ha.

Derek has a angry and confused look on his face.

DEREK

(Angry)

What the hell Noah! Olivia and I have been jumping through hoops trying to cheer you up.

Derek stops talking for a moment and grins at Noah

DEREK

(Modest)

But you are my best friend, so I'll forgive you. Oh yeah, props on the girlfriend.

Derek and Noah high five.

VOICE

(Angry)

You mean I've been extra nice to you for nothing!

Olivia's face is red and she looks like she wants to kill Noah.

Professor

(Calmly)

Now, Now, that's enough. Lets get started, shall we?

OLIVIA

(Calming down)

But I...

PROFESSOR

(Sarcastic)

Don't worry Olivia. You can kick Noah's ass after class.

OLIVIA

(Smirking)

Yeah your right

Olivia and Noah make eye contact.

NOAH

(Scared and Nervous)

hee....hee

Professor clears his throat to get everyone's attention.

PROFESSOR

Alright class, today's lecture is going to be on ancient Greek culture.

Class

(Disappointed)

AWWWW!

Professor smiles and adjusts his glasses.

PROFESSOR

Now, Now, class. Today's lecture is about our shape shifting origin and how the first Shifter was given his ability. It all started around the time the city states Athens and Sparta reached their golden age. It was long until a man by the name of...

The students take their notebooks and begin to take notes. Derek looks around at the other classmates and then pulls out his notebook. Derek opens it up and props it up in front of him so the professor couldn'tsee his face. Derek rests his head and looks to left. He sees Noah frantically writing in his notebook looking very stressed. Noah's handwriting is very childish very big. Derek then rolls his eyes to his right and sees Olivia taking notes very calmly. Olivia's handwriting is very neat and color coordinated for different facts.

Derek

(Inner Monologue)

So I've been going to the Burkson Academy for about six months now and I think I've finally adjusted to life here on the island. However six months ago It would have been a completely different story.....

Derek falls asleep and dreams about how his Academy journey started.

Dream Sequence-Outside Skate Park

A skate park at the edge of the street. The sign says "P.J's Skate Park" Across the street is the Vancouver Central State Park.

Derek

(Inner Monologue)

I guess my life changed six months ago. It all started one night in August.

Derek gets pushed outside the gates of the local skate park. Derek tries to sneak back in but the owner pushes him out.

Derek

(Pleading)

Come on, man. Just stay open for one more hour I beg you.

Park Owner

(Annoyed)

Go home Kid! Its 11:00pm. The park will be opened tomorrow. Just leave.

The park owner closes the gate and closes the pad lock on the door. The park owner turns and looks at Derek.

DEREK

(Begging)

Please just a half hour more. I almost have this trick down.

PARK OWNER

(Pissed)

GO HOME! Besides isn't a school night?

DEREK

Its summertime

The park owner turns away and begins to walk away. The park owner waves goodnight to Derek.

PARK OWNER

Whatever, just go home! The park will be reopened in ten hours. Can't you wait that long?

The park owner turns around the corner and disappears into the late summer night. Derek puts his skateboard on the ground and rides across the street and into the park.

DREAM SEQUENCE-PARK

The Park is very dark besides the cobblestone pathway everything else is a dark silhouette. Derek begins to walk down the path. A nearby bush begun to rattle. Derek holds up his skateboard ready to swing at what comes out. A small black shadow emerged from the bush and walked into the lighted path. It was a black cat. The cat came over and rubbed against Derek's leg. Derek bent down and petted the cat.

DEREK

Hi there kitty. Are you looking for a friend?

A few minutes went by and from another bush there was louder rattling. The cat stop rubbing and begun to hiss at the source of the noise.

DEREK

(Scared)

Who's there?

Derek looked into the dark bush and saw two red eyes which was followed by a loud growl. The cat run up the nearby oak tree and begun to hiss louder. Derek put his skateboard down and begun to skate as fast as he could down the path. After reaching the exit of the park, Derek turned around and saw nothing was following him. From the dark a large howl was heard.

DEREK

(Scared)

What is going on?

A large mass jumps out of the shadows and lands on the pathway. The mass appears to look like a dark creature. The light shining on the creature has little to no effect on defining its shape. The creature lifts his head and those red eyes are now piercing at Derek. Derek backs up and accidentally trips over his skateboard. The creature sees a opening and charges towards Derek. Derek raises his left arm to protect his face. The creature slashes at Derek left arm causing him to start gushing blood.

DEREK

(Screaming)

AAAHHHH!!

Derek lowers his arm and notices that the creature is gone. Derek quickly took his jacket off and tied it around his wound. Derek got up and skated down the street for a mile or so.

DREAM SEQUENCE-House

Derek reaches a medium sized white house. The living room lights were still on. Derek stumbles inside the house. The man and woman inside looked mad. These are Derek's parents.

Father

(Angry)

We've been worried about you Derek. Where have you been?

Mother

(Worried)

Honey, are you feeling OK?

Derek collapses on the ground.

Mother and Father

(Worried)

Derek?!

DREAM SEQUENCE-Hospital room

Derek awakes in a hospital room. In the corner of the room there is a doctor studying a chart. The doctor looks up and sees that Derek's eyes are opened.

Doctor

(Relieved)

Your up?

Derek is looking around the room and sees that he is hooked up to a ivy bag filled with blood.

DEREK

What happened?

The Doctor sits down on the end of the bed.

DOCTOR

Well, when you came in you were in rough shape. Your injury caused you to lose a lot of blood. So we had to give you a blood transfusion. When we went to stitch up your wound something strange happened.

DEREK

(Confused)

My injury?

Derek looks at his left arm and looks at his injury. The claw marks appeared to be healed and the mark already looked like a scar that's been there for years.

DOCTOR

(Surprised)

Yes, when we went to patch up your wound it was already healed and it was already a scar. Its a medical mystery to us all. Anyways I'm still waiting for you test results to come back before we can let you go home.

A nurse comes in the room and knocks on the door.

NURSE

Excuse me Doctor?

DOCTOR

yes?

Nurse

I have those test results you wanted.

DOCTOR

(Relieved)

Ah! That's good news, now Mr. Thompson lets see if your OK to go home.

The Doctor gets up from the bed and walks over to the door. The nurse gives him the chart. The Doctor flips open the chart and looks inside. The Doctor's face goes from relax to scared.

DEREK

(Calmly)

Give it to me straight doc, will I be OK?

The Doctor whispers into the Nurse's ear and shows her the chart. The nurse has a terrified look on her face.

NURSE

(Scared)

Oh Dear!

The Doctor wrote something a piece of paper and gave it to the nurse.

DOCTOR

(Serious)

Call this number and tell them we have another one. Make sure they come pick him up Tonight!

Derek is lying in the hospital bed watching this conversation taking place. Derek has a confused look on his face. The nurse leaves the room in a hurry.

DEREK

(Concerned)

Is everything going to be OK doc?

The doctor stands there staring at the chart. Then snaps out of it.

DOCTOR

I'm sorry I wasn't listening. What did you say?

Derek is now getting angry because no one is paying attention to him.

DEREK

(Angry)

Alright listen Doc! I want you to tell me what's going on right now!

The doctor walks over to Derek's bed and sits down at the end.

DOCTOR

Derek, you have a rare blood disorder. I won't get into the technicalities but bottom line is there is no cure.

DEREK

(Sarcastic)

So, what no more sugar or something like that?

DOCTOR

(Serious)

No its much worse then that I'm afraid. The good news is there is a special school for others like you, its called the Burkson Academy. They specialize in people like you with unique disorders. You'll be going to the Academy this fall. The preparations will all be taken care of for you.

DEREK

(Confused)

Why can't I just stay home here in Vancouver?

DOCTOR

(Calmly)

I'm afraid its not that simple. Your blood disorder could effect those who you come in contact with your blood. I'm sorry but It looks like you can't stay.

DEREK

(Inner Monologue)

And just like that my life would never be the same again. Of coarse I didn't find out the truth about my blood until the boat ride to the academy.

DREAM SEQUENCE-Harbor

That night I packed my things, said goodbye to my family, and headed to the harbor to start my new life. The boat we took was medium size and there were three other passengers besides me. Our captain, was a older gentlemen with a long white beard. A military soldier also joined our voyage. The soldier was our guide who we asked questions about school. We left the Vancouver harbor around 11:00pm and we headed west.

DREAM SEQUENCE-Inside boat

The inside of the ship was very small. The passengers sat around a table in what was considered the kitchen area of the boat. Ahead of the table was the control room. The control was separated by a door and glass walls. The captain was staring intensely at the sea. The soldier came in the room and pulled up a chair. The soldier sat down and removed his hat. The soldier then opened his front jacket pocket and pulled out a small journal. The soldier cleared his throat.

SOLDIER

Before you start asking me questions. I just want to make sure everyone is here.

Derek looked at the other three passengers and saw that they were confused about why they are here also. Two passengers were boys and the other one was a girl.

SOLDIER

Alright, lets see. There is Sarah, Roy, Monte, and Derek. Yup everyone is here. Alright time to explain everything to you.

All four kids look incredibly tense eagerly waiting for some kind of answer from the soldier.

SOLDIER

(Calmly)

You can all relax you don't have Cancer or any disease like that.

All four kids relax and sigh as a relief.

SOLDIER

(Serious)

No its something far worse then that!

All four kids hold their breath in anticipation.


SOLDIER

(Nonchalantly)

Relax I'm kidding....Your all shape shifters.

The soldier quickly takes a drink from his mug. The kids now all have a surprised/confused look on their face.

DEREK

(Shocked)

What!? You mean from folk lore? But those are just stories right?

Soldier puts down his mug on the table.

SOLDIER

Well, where do you think those stories come from?

DEREK

(Inner Monologue)

And So we stayed up through the night talking with the soldier about what we encountered and the scars they left us on our bodies. We were told that everyone at the Academy has a extra gene known as the Magister Gene which allows us to take other forms by will. We learned that there were three types of shifters at the Academy. There were the Skin Walkers which had the ability to change into a animal form. There is the Doppelganger which has the ability to copy anyone or anything for a limited time. And then there was us. We were classified as Vars. The term Var comes from the Norwegian word Varvulf which translates into werewolf. I also found out that night that I was a werewolf. Each Var has the ability to transform into a powerful creature that is more powerful then any Skin Walker or Doppelganger the only problem is we only change on the full moon or when we come into contact with Wolf's Bane. The reason Vars have to stay on the island is due to the fact that when we change we can't control ourselves. That academy will teach us to control our forms so that we may prevent harm to others. Until then I had no choice but to stay on the island or risk harming the people I care about. My life was never the same again. By the next morning we arrived at the school and begun our new lives as Burkson Academy students. Since then life has been great here at the Academy I've made new friends and I doing well in class. I just hope one day I can go home and visit my parents again.

CLASSROOM

PROFESSOR

(Angry)

Derek! Wake up! Class isalmost over.

Derek lifts his head up and sees the professor standing over him. The professor looks mad.

DEREK

(Embarrassed)

Um..I wasn't sleeping

PROFESSOR

(Sarcastic)

Yeah I'm sure. Now get into your group. We start team training tomorrow.

DEREK

(Happy)

Well at least I get to hang with Noah and Olivia.

Derek gets up from his desk, closes his eyes and stretches.

PROFESSOR

(Serious)

Wrong

Derek opens his eyes.

DEREK

(Confused)

Huh?

PROFESSOR

I picked the groups based on your strengths and weakness to make the perfect team. Noah is in group two and Olivia is in group three. Your in group one. Which is sitting over there.

The professor points over his shoulder. Derek pokes his head around the professor and sees a girl in a school uniform reading her textbook. The girl looks up and gives Derek the evil eye. The other teammate is a boy who a video game system. The boy looks up, smiles and waves at Derek.

DEREK

(Disappointed)

Lauren and Oliver?

The professor puts his arm on Derek's shoulder to reassure him. The professor smiles.

PROFESSOR

(Sarcastic)

Relax these groups are only until you graduate from the academy.

Derek's eyes widen and his jaw drops. Derek looks back at the professor.

DEREK

(Shocked)

But that's in FOUR YEARS!

PROFESSOR

Well then I sure hope you get along with them.

Derek lowers his head and sighs.

DEREK

(Optimistic)

Well at least life can't get any worse then this right?

DORM ROOM, ROOM 203

The next morning Derek gets up and stumbles into the bathroom. Derek flips on the light and looks into the mirror. It takes a few moments for Derek to realize that something isn't right. Derek's hair is now pink. Derek combs through his hair with his fingers and realizes its been dyed throughout. Derek's face gets red.

DEREK

 (Shouts)

NOAH!!!!

Noah's laughter can be heard from the background.


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