By Samuel Clayton
It happened after Wendell’s funeral, there was a small convention for video-games, Anime, And most of nerd culture. Rose, who had become quite lonely since her friends were revealed to be terrible people, Decided to attend wanting to get her mind off of the lack of friends. She thus decided to learn about some of nerd culture and maybe make new friends, although John wouldn’t let that happen if he could help it.
While there, John, of course, kept an eye on her. Rose, unknowingly did the worst thing that she could have done. She made a friend. The guy she started talking to was named Gerald Thomson Albertson. He was a short, stout young man with red hair. He had brown eyes and was overweight in the way one might find cute.
At first, Rose didn’t find what Gerald was talking about interesting, however, as they kept talking she, in her loneliness started finding what Gerald found interesting. Listening to each word that Gerald said, John winced at each single word. Throughout the convention, John followed Gerald eventually stepping in to act as a good friend. He, as usual, tolerated the competitor but, Gerald would have to go. John was now sick of anyone that even dared to get his his way, even if they were only going to be friends, John was the only friend rose needed now.
The next day he walked with her to school for the first time having gotten up the courage to do so. However there was one problem that john had with the current situation. Gerald also walked with them. Again, John tolerated the existence of this interloper but he had watched the tables that jerald visited and his mind was already coming up with plans that would get rid of Gerald.
At lunch that day, As much as john wished to have this person disappear he couldn’t do it in front of Rose so he merely listened to everything that the intruder said so as to better weave his web of destruction.
Something that he could do came into johns mind as Gerald took over the conversation talking about his favorite shows and the characters in them. Johns suspicions of the character of this would be thief as, all of Gerald’s favorite characters were on the younger end.
The next few days went like that and, Despite the new member of Roses little group, John was happy as he was getting closer to Rose. Over those days he also stalked Gerald online and discovered some questionable behavior. Eventually through hacking Gerald’s computer, John finally had enough evidence to destroy the would be interloper.
John had found thousands of images that could get gerald in huge trouble with the law. This calmed john as he knew that soon enouph Gerald would be behind bars and unable to ever speak to Rose again.
After going through the day as usual John enacted his plan. He first planted some evidence from Geralds own computer on one of the computers that the school had then called the police when he was alone. The cops came in and inspected the computer system and by the end of the day Gerald was drug off the campus in hand cuffs. He would be convicted with five years prison and registered in a list prohibiting going within fifty feet of anyone at a school. Gerald was gone and John was confident that he finally had Rose all to himself.
After finding out why Gerald was arrested Rose was disgusted with the guy and decided to stick with john. The good times only lasted a couple of weeks and during that time john was getting closer and closer to his Rose.
However, after Wendell’s death Shawn had fallen into a small depression. During this depression his girl friend had dumped him because he wouldn’t spend time with her. After this Shawn Johnson did the worst thing he could to, the worst nightmare of John, Shawn noticed the existence of Rose. Whats worse is, as soon as Shawn came over to say Hi to rose, John learned where he stood in his relationship with Rose. He was a friend, a close friend, But still just a friend.
Not only that but Shawn had figured out after Dawson’s gang didt immediately dissipate that, there was a new leader and he had seen John giving them instruction. Shawn didn’t like John. He thought of John as a stalker and a neurotic freak. As such, He proceeded to try and separate John from Rose.
Over several painful weeks Shawn pushed John out of Roses life, further and further.
It wasn’t like John wasn’t fighting back, he was. During those weeks he tried everything he could to stop Shawn from pushing him away . Every attempt failed and he no longer had Dawson’s gang because of the car accident a bit ago. Eventually however, the push back stopped, he never got any closer, but at least he wasn’t moving further back. This equilibrium was torturous however as he no longer attended the group lunches, no longer was able to talk to her often, every gain he had made for months had been undone within a couple of weeks. John however was a patient man, he could wait, after all, Rose didn’t actually like Shawn right?
It was a week before the homecoming dance and, in Johns mind, It was the last chance he would have to win Roses heart. He however had already lost as, during a lunch he couldn’t go to, Shawn had already been asked and, had said accepted. John hadn’t figured this out until after he asked her though.
One day John came up to rose and asked if she would like to go to the dance with him. A sad look came across Roses face as she said that she was already going with Shawn and, soon after john went through a roller coaster of emotion related to loss. Upon hearing about it from Rose he ran. For the next couple of days didn’t even go to school, instead he sulked in his room and slowly stewed with his disappointment and anger and the rejection.
When John came back he was in a sad phase and people seemed legitimately worried about him. People were asking him what was wrong and who had hurt him but under that sadness was an intense, seething rage towards the one who had taken his rose from him.
After John started a couple of fights in the school, Been called into the principals office, and even sent to the school councilor, Shawn too was worried about John. He couldn’t find him however, because john was skipping class and sulking on the roof. At lunch Shawn went up to the roof and found him. He looked with a worried expression wondering what he might have done to bring on such a change in the freaks character.
Seeing Shawn up on the roof with him John stood and looked strait at him. Shawn looked slightly worried at the fact that this guy was looking at him but was more curius about what John meant as John asked, “Why…”. Shawn looked confused at this but didnt have time to respond as john said in a slightly more angry tone, “Why did you take my Rose!”.
Shawn questioned this assumption of Rose being John’s but couldn’t finish as john interrupted him with, “She was everything to me, and you took her you…” Shawn had already started to aproch slowly thinking that John needed some help. John spoke as Shawn approached, “YOU TOOK MY ROSE RIGHT FROM UNDER ME YOU BASTARD!”
With that Shawn was about to back up but he couldnt get away and was hit with a mean right hook and then an upper cut. Shawn reciprocated and the fight on the roof continued for hours. John was weaker but more skilled and Shawn was stronger and less skilled. From the outside the two combatants would appear to be evenly matched, however, John was pushing Shawn back towards the fence slightly.
The two fought for a long time both now in a druken stuper hitting each other again and again. Eventually however John pushed in his anger one step too far. He stepped into shawns center of balance and hit Shawn’s gut with his knee. Shawn tiptoed back from his breath knocked out of him then off the opening in the fence.
Time slowed as John regained control of his actions and watched as Shawn fell off of the building. He watched as time seemed to slow. Shawn tumbled down the five stories and landed head first a few feet in front of Rose with a, “Splat!”
Seeing this John went to his knees looking at his hands with a shocked expression. He eventually regained his composure and, before the police arrived to question everybody. John knew well what had happened but the story he came up with was ingenius. John had tried to commit suicide and Shawn had tried to get john away from the ledge before falling off himself. The police arived at the scene and questioned everybody. Johns story checked out as several people reported that John had been depressed after his rejection by Rose.
After school was let out early due to the death John went down to the exit of the school to see Rose and maybe walk her back home. John then saw the effect of his own actions as Rose, looking scared and shocked by the death she had seen right in front of her, ran up and hugged John and buried her face in his chest crying.
She had lost everybody that had ever loved her save one, John. And as such, would grip onto the only thing that hadn’t left her or been revealed to be some terrible monster. She would never leave him. He had gotten rose, in doing so however he had destroyed the very things he loved about her the most.