Become a Fan
By Jeremy Elder
Monday, February 04, 2008
Rated "PG" by the Author.
What happens when we use our imaginations?
James Craft was a very peculiar yet often quite average young man. Twenty four years in age, attractive, he wandered through life hiding behind a sharp sense of sarcasm, wit and humor. Stuck with his heart on his sleeve and his head in the clouds, he might simply be described as a hopeless romantic completely oblivious to romance or more appropriately; hopelessness. It is on a late afternoon in the fall on a quite southern California beach town that our story with James begins, and the quite possibly so may the rest of his life.
“Okay so please, when we get in there I just want to grab my food and go. I don’t need any remarks from you about pretty girls or fat girls or really just girls in general. Just because you are in my life does not mean that I am incapable of observation on my own.” James pleaded with the tall man walking next to him.
“ Fine, fine. I don’t want to get wet anyway, but just grab your food and then we will bail okay.” The man responded.
The two of them turned a corner and headed into a small diner along the beach to grab lunch before they headed to the shore to meet some friends for surfing. It was a usual routine, however unfortunate for James, so was what would happen next.
“Hi, can I help you.” The cute girl at the counter asked as James stepped up to order.
“ Yeah, can I get-“
“ Oh it’s you,“ she interrupted, “ I thought you weren’t supposed to come around here anymore?”
“ Is there a problem?” the tall man leaned in from behind James to ask.
“ No there is not a problem okay, I can handle this.” James said, half whispering.
“ It’s always the same with you.” She started with a very puzzled look on her face.
“ No, no,” he quickly came back,” I just want to grab a burger to go. Sorry.”
“ Fine,” she said while rolling her eyes and punching the order into the register, “ that will be six fifty.”
In a last effort to avoid any further conflict he pulled a ten dollar bill out of his pocket, placed it on the counter, grabbed the bag with his food and told her to keep the change before he turned and headed fast out the door.
“ I told you to stay out of it this time Matt!” he snapped at the tall man.
“ I couldn’t help it bro, she was acting up. Just eat your burger and let’s go.”
“ Acting up!? What does that even mean?”
It was at this time that James noticed a girl, about his age, looking very strangely at him. At this point in his life he was quite accustomed to this look, as well as many others that were very similar. After all, it is only normal that you would get these sorts of looks when you are in a crowded public place…talking to yourself. The tall man walking with James is his invisible friend. He has been since James was seventeen. Been there for him through everything, almost to the point where it has ruined James’ life; apparently it is very difficult to meet people when they think you’re crazy. Once when James was using the treadmill at the gym, he was talking to the tall man, who in James’ mind was on the treadmill next to him, and an attractive young girl asked him if he was using the treadmill next to his own. This was both a very awkward and embarrassing question to answer because if she were to use it, then where would the tall man work out? And if he told her he was using it, well he could not think of a way to really justify that answer.
James named the tall man Matt. Matt was equally attractive as James, both tall medium build with brown hair. Matt had bright green eyes where as James’ were hazel. James had done decent with women in the past but nothing ever lasted more than a couple of months at best. One girl was actually quite accommodating of the fact that James had an invisible friend but found more comfort in another man, on James’ bed while he was out of town on a business trip.
James’ was sitting at the table on the boardwalk, enjoying his unhealthy greasy burger, while Matt caught ear of an argument happening somewhere near by. He couldn’t help but involve himself. He told James he would be right back and headed back toward the burger restaurant. He noticed an attractive voice angry somewhere on the other side of the building. He made his way toward it and saw a beautiful girl, his age, standing in a towel outside of a changing cabana arguing with someone inside. People were walking by looking very baffled at their argument.
“ I am so tired of hearing about this Cami! You ARE NOT fat, and if you are so convinced that you are then why don’t we start going to the gym again.” The girl yelled in.
“ You know why Jill, that crazy guy is always bothering me and asking me out.” Cami called back out.
Matt couldn’t help it, he started laughing at the argument, and that is when a most peculiar thing occurred.
“ Is something funny?” Jill turned to Matt and snapped rudely.
“ No I just think you guys are acting so…” he started to trail off when he realized that she was talking to him and then noticed the look of absolute shock in her eyes too.
“ You can hear me!!!” they both cried in shock.
“ What? Who’s out there?” Cami called back from the inside of the cabana.
“ Um, no one.” Jill stuttered back as Matt started to back away.
“ Wait!” she said to him.
“ Wait what?” Cami asked.
“ Not you.” Jill shot back but by the time she looked back toward Matt he was gone.
“ Ready.” Cami said with a smile on her face as she pulled the cabana curtain open and stepped out in her bathing suit top and a pair of short board shorts over her bottoms.
“ HE HEARD ME!” Jill screamed.
“ James, you’re never gonna believe this.” Matt cried as he ran back to where James was finishing his burger.
“ What, what happened? Why are you panting?”
“ I was running.” He replied.
“ From a girl.”
“ You were running from a girl?” James asked while throwing away his trash.
“ Yes. I was running from a girl.”
“ Why would need to run from a girl Matt?”
“ Because she heard me.” This caught James’ undivided attention.
“ What exactly do you mean by that?”
“ I mean exactly what I said bro, she heard me and talked back to me.”
As James was becoming intrigued by Matt’s story he noticed an attractive brunette in board shorts running toward them from behind Jason. Matt must have noticed the look of interest on James’ face because he turned to see her.
“ That’s them!” he said.
“ Them?” James asked as he started examining the girl approaching fast.
“ Yes. The one in the towel is the one who heard me!”
“ The one in the towel? Which one?” James looked around.
“ The one right there! Running over here with the girl in the board shorts.”
“ Uh Matt…”
“ Come on Cami, hurry up.” Jill called back, almost sprinting toward the two boys.
“ That’s him?” Jill said as they finally caught up to the James and Matt.
“ Hi….” Jill said to Matt, through deep breathes.
“ How…?” Matt said until he noticed the attractive girl in the board shorts and James looking oddly at each other and realized he had seen her before.
“ Say something to her.” He urged.
“ What, what do you want me to say?” James whispered back.
“ Excuse me?” Cami asked confused.
“ Sorry, um, hi.” He replied.
“ Hi,” she started and then quickly realized she had seen this guy before, “ oh it’s you.”
“ Me?” He gave her a look over, nice body, tan, green eyes, pretty face, and then realized who she was and immediately wished he was somewhere else.
“ The guy from the gym?” Jill asked.
“ Yes the guy from the gym.” Cami replied.
“ Right, yes, I am the guy from the gym.” James replied sheepishly.
“ No, I was talking…” she paused when she realized she couldn’t tell him she was talking to Jill, her invisible friend who he couldn’t even see, “ to you, yes, I was talking to you.”
“ Right, that is why I responded.” He said awkwardly.
“ Wait a minute, I get it. She’s a me for her!” Matt said to James excitedly about the girls.
“ A what?” James asked.
“ What’s ‘a what?’” Cami asked him looking confused.
“ Hey you, I am standing right here you know, I CAN hear you even if she can’t.” Jill said to Matt.
“ Right sorry, it’s just that…”he started.
“ …It’s never happened before.” She finished.
James and Cami were having a very very difficult time standing with a complete stranger, listening to figments of their imaginations talking to no one. They each felt uncomfortable and crazy in their own minds about having an invisible friend, but it made them feel absolutely insane to see their invisible friends talking to themselves, as neither Cami could see Matt, nor James could see Jill.
“ So you do you still go to the gym?” James asked Cami.
“ The gym,” Cami started slightly angered since he was the very reason she did not go to the gym right now, “ not right now.”
“ Really? Cuz you have just, a really great body.”
“ Wait, did he really say that?” Jill chimed in.
“ Yep, he sure did.”
“ Hey, he’s just nervous.” Matt defended.
“ I’m not nervous.” James argued.
“ I didn’t say you were.” Cami replied.
“ No, I wasn’t talking to you.”
“ Okay guy, you are really starting to freak me out. If you’re not talking to me then who are you talking to you?”
There was a long uncomfortable pause after that and each of them stood as if it were a sundown in a western. Finally one of them spoke.
“ Well, it was nice seeing you again.” James said and turned to walk away.
“ Don’t let him leave.” Jill told Cami quickly.
“ Why he is clearly a freak. HE IS TALKING TO HIMSELF.” Cami argued, but as the words came out of her mouth she realized that she was standing, as it would appear to everyone else around her, by herself having a conversation with a friend who wasn’t even really there and the sudden urge to immediately refuse that thought popped into her mind.
“ Ummmm…wait, “ Jill said to Matt as he too turned away, “ here is Cami’s number.” She grabbed Matt’s arm and wrote it down. Call us.”
“ What? What are you doing? You’re giving him MY number? Jill! That is not ‘our’ number, that is my personal number. It’s not your dating service.”
“ Cami! Do this for me.” Jill snapped and finished the last number.
“ Wait, how is this…” Matt started to say, completed confused.
“…possible? I don’t know, use your imagination.” She answered back with a smile and turned to walk away with Cami.
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|Reviewed by Brandon Nyo
|it was really good although i kind of got the names confused.|