Disclaimer: Immortal Wars was the book I came up with and wrote in high school. I hadn’t even hit college by the time I wrote the first two books. That means I hadn’t developed my style yet, wasn’t good at self-editing, and the story was fairly basic. So, you’ve been warned that this is the ultimate author throwback segment for my blog and will show my author origins. FYI- I put the first book (The Summoning) through a Print-on-Demand publisher and the second one (Light, Blood, & Tears) never saw the light of day. Enjoy!
At the bustling entrance to Lance Park, a redheaded girl’s patience comes to an abrupt end. That is if she ever had any patience to begin with.
“I can’t believe this is happening again. Where are those two? I swear that I am going to go back home if they don’t show up soon! I bet that they’re making out in an alley like the dogs that they are instead of getting here,” the girl shouts. Her hazel eyes flare like bonfires and her shimmering, red hair seems to shine in the warm sunlight. It is a very interesting contrast to her pale, white skin. Her fancy clothes look like she paid over two hundred dollars for them. Delila Mandervale III probably paid a lot more than that for her current outfit. She is easily the richest, and most stuck-up, teenager in Oceanhead. She also really hates to be kept waiting for any amount of time.
“Calm down, Delila. Eddie said that he would be here with Kelly and he has always managed to keep his word. Unless an emergency comes up. But something like that would be understandable. Hey, do you think that light I saw last night was an alien spaceship? There are really no facts that say it couldn’t be. That would be so cool if I found an actual spacecraft flying through space,” explains a young man with brown, curly hair and sunglasses, which cover his light, blue eyes. He is Steve Vascotti, who is rapidly getting tired of his girlfriend’s loud complaining. He is one of the most popular young men in school thanks to his position on the tae kwon do team and that was one of the reasons Delila wanted him to be her boyfriend. Ever since their first date, nine months ago, Steve has had to tolerate her annoying, nonstop whining. It simply boils down to the fact that he likes her, but he hates her voice.
“Of all the boyfriends in the world, I have to get a conspiracy freak. It was just a shooting star, Steve. Why can’t you admit that there is no life in space? Never mind. I don’t want to have this argument again. Right now, I don’t care if that criminal, Edward, keeps his word or not. Those two . . . . losers can never manage to show up on time. I think we should just go into the park without them.”
“He’s not a criminal. Eddie just doesn’t like taking no for an answer and does what he wants. Like somebody else that I know of. Hold on. They’re right over there. Ed! Kelly! We’re over here!” hollers Steve as he sees his friends turn a nearby corner. The idea that he won’t have to listen to Delila by himself brightens his day.
When Ed and Kelly walk over to the others, Steve quickly takes Ed aside by his arm so that he can talk to him in private. Kelly and Delila quietly walk into the park with the basketball that Steve had brought. Of course, Delila keeps looking back and glaring at Ed while she walks away. Kelly notices and gives Delila a quick shove to get the redhead moving.
“You okay, Steve? You look worse than I did this morning. And that was something I didn’t think was humanly possible. Even dead people look livelier than I did,” Ed says with a smirk.
“Very funny. Delila would not stop complaining ever since I picked her up at her house. I don’t want to break up with her, but she is beginning to drive me totally insane. Now, I want you to be completely honest with me. Do you think we have a chance to be like you and Kelly? You know what I mean. The whole perfect couple that doesn’t fight type of deal,” explains Steve while Ed perches himself on a low wall. Since the time Ed had helped him out of a large fight, Steve has been his best friend. They did almost everything together whether it involved doing homework or getting into trouble with local authorities.
“Honestly? The two of you still have a slight chance in hell. She just has to start acting like a normal human being instead of a spoiled, rich brat that nobody in their right or left mind would put up with. No offense.”
“None taken. So, how could I possibly tell her that without causing her to scream at me for a few days? Maybe if I find an alien mind altering device.”
“I’d stick to more simplistic ideas, man. But I really can’t help you out here. She hates me simply because I exist. That and the time I talked you into sneaking onto the Air Force base. At least the soldiers let us go and didn’t shoot us. But anyway, I wouldn’t worry, Steve. You’ll figure out the right thing to do. Hopefully. Just make sure you’re wearing a steel cup when you decide to talk to her. That is unless you decide on breeding with Delila and then I’ll have to kill you. She should not be allowed to wreak the gene pool anymore than she already has.” Ed just grins at his best friend as he somersaults off the wall and stands up next to Steve.
“Thanks for absolutely nothing. I should have left you in that plane hanger instead of sticking around to get you out. Hey, did you see the news this morning? They found strange energy signatures out in space. Some of them go through Earth’s atmosphere.”
Ed rolls his eyes and simply says, “You think it’s an alien invasion and they’re currently trying to make plans for galactic conquest. Honestly, it doesn’t sound that strange to me. Weird, but not out-of-place.”
“And Delila says my head is in the clouds too often. You sound like you’re about to say that you’re an alien, which I’ve known for a long time. Nobody that acts like you could possibly be human. Let’s get to the basketball court before the inevitable happens between Kelly and Delila. As we have seen countless times, tomboys and snobs don’t get along at all,” mentions Steve with a happier smile than before.
The two young men sprint into the park and head to the fixed up basketball courts. When they get to the farthest court, Kelly and Delila are already standing there doing what they do best. They’re arguing at the top of their lungs.
“Why don’t you just shut your oversized mouth before I rip it off your face and use it to kiss my ass? I don’t know how Steve can put up with you constantly insulting his friends! Then again, I’ve kicked his ass in fights several times in ninth grade, so he could just be a wuss! Still, I don’t see why he puts up with you, bitch!” shouts Kelly, whose face is starting to turn a furious red. Her hands are already balled up into fists and she is hopping on her feet like a very angry kangaroo.
“I’m not being insulting. I only told you that your clothes make you look like a desperate streetwalker. It’s not my fault if it’s the truth,” states Delila in a snotty voice.
“Why you arrogant, little bitch!”
Before Ed and Steve can get to them, the two young women are trying to tear each other apart. Kelly gets an open-hand slap across her face while Delila gets punched in the gut before the fight is broken up. Ed grabs Kelly by her waist and holds her back while Steve does the same to Delila. Both of them wish for earplugs because the girls they are holding continue to scream and curse at each other.
The yelling finally ends when Ed whispers to Kelly, “Don’t let her get to you. Just ignore her and forget what she said.”
Kelly stops shouting and quietly apologizes to Delila. In return, Delila stops yelling and after Steve persuades her, she mumbles an apology. They are talked into shaking hands, but both of them dig their sharp nails into the other’s hand. The glare that they show each other makes both of their boyfriends a little nervous.
“Now that the two of you have somewhat calmed down, we can play some basketball. The teams will be Steve and Delila against Kelly and me. As usual, the losers have to pay for lunch. And I would like to say that I want pepperoni on my pizza and a large cup of soda with no ice. Got that, Steve,” explains Ed as he picks up the ball.
“You can get it yourself after you buy me a slice with extra cheese. Let’s play,” says Steve as he steals the ball from Ed.