It was a pretty ordinary day for Nick. Or so it seemed so. He’d just woken up, had breakfast and packed his bag to get ready for school. Of course, he would pack his bag to the last minute, Nick never really liked school, he was in love with music. He dreamed of being a musician because he didn’t particularly have a good voice, but his passion for music was immense.
He grabbed his back and quickly left so he wouldn’t miss another day of school. He was running and humming a song at the same time, he couldn’t get the lyrics out of his head. Once he finally saw the school in front of him, he couldn’t believe that he would actually make it on time. The door was closed though. He got a bit confused. ” What the…? ” he mumbled while lifting his hand to take a look at his watch.
He looked at his watch, saw that he was 2 minutes late and looked up. The janitor was looking at him, moving his head left and right, to quietly assure him that this time he would miss the whole school day. While he was trying to beg the janitor with the well-known technique ” puppy-eyes” , he got distracted by someone screaming ”Nooooo!” while running like crazy towards the door. That desperate boy seemed familiar. Oh right, it was the ”nerd” of their class, he was sitting behind Nick.
Marko was a top student and a kid every parent would dream of. Well-mannered, sweet, kind, smart, thoughtful. Even though he was a teenager, he sure didn’t know the word ‘rebellion’. Nick immediately wondered how come the nerd kid would be late for school. ” What’s up with you?” he asked. ” How come you’re late? ”.
” It doesn’t matter…. I’m late.” he responded, as if it was really the end of the world. ” So what, come on, it’s not a big deal, it’s only one day. I missed half of the school year” Nick said, while secretly admiring himself for being such a ‘bad boy’. Marko smiled.
” Whatever man, let’s go. ” while Nick turned his back and waited for Marko to follow.
” Go where? ” he asked.
” For a coffee of course. I’m bored. Quick, let’s get out of here, I don’t want anyone seeing me with the nerd of my class. It would ruin my bad boy reputation! ” Nick smirked.
Marko smiled again. He wouldn’t really mind being called a nerd, for a boy his age, he sure seemed unusually mature. To the point where you would find him beautifully weird indeed. He followed Nick without hesitation, he didn’t have many friends, so, going for a coffee with someone was a mysterious territory for him.
As they were walking together, Nick was mumbling the lyrics of the song he was trying to create for one month now. Marko quietly listened and told him that this was a nice song which he’d never heard before. Nick smiled and said ” It’s an upcoming song and it will kick ass.”
Marko seemed a little bit out of space. Nick was always sure about himself, his self-confidence was something to be admired.
On their way there, Nick pointed out the coffee house they’d go while a van was crossing the street. The van’s window opened and a teenage boy with a gun started shooting in their direction. ” If I can’t be happy, nobody else will deserve to be. ”
Marko stood in front of Nick to protect him. 5 people were injured, Marko was one of them. Ambulances and police rushed to the point, police was after the teenage boy who fired the shots and ambulance was taking care of the victims.
” Why bro? Why? Why did you save me? ” Nick asked, shivering.
” Please, to my house. Take care of my mother while I’m recovering. For as long as it takes, please. We have no one, we are alone and she needs help, she is ill… ” Marko requested.
” It’s the least I can do man… ” Nick reassured him.
What would lay ahead of them? What secrets would Nick find out about Marko? How would everything evolve, after that incident that was meant to change their lives forever….?