Paradise High

Vote by December 22, 2013!

Paradise75x99In episode 4, readers voted for Michael to go meet Shelly Bloom.

Episode 5

One simple truth of the universe is all living creatures are driven by DESIRE: the desire for pleasure, and the desire to avoid pain.

Michael never really cared about causing pain, but he did have a strong desire to avoid it. And the ironic push/pull of pursuing a girl is that in order to get her (i.e. pleasure) you must risk rejection (i.e. pain). And it is no different for a 16 year old boy than it is for a 10,000 year old “teen” angel.

So, as Michael marched towards the restaurant, his confidence diminished with each step. This led to an internal pep-talk:

“I’m sure she’ll fall in love with me. What’s not to love?”

But these positive thoughts were undermined by the undertow of doubt coming from his gut. Even though her falling for him would be logical, one thing Michael had observed throughout the millennia is this world is anything BUT logical.

Michael powered on, making his way inside to the bar. He looked all around for Shelly — he then heard a woman’s voice.

“Hey good-lookin’. New in town?”

Oh no. Not this! Michael thought.

Through the centuries Michael has dealt with his fair share of succubus-es. Truth is some are quite nice, once you get to know them. But the role of the succubus is to tempt — to divide the mind of a man and destroy his mission, causing his ruin.   

This woman wasn’t a true demon. She was human. But since she was in her mid-twenties, and Mike appears to be in his teens, this woman really is a cougar, and some say they’re even worse.

“The name’s Mo,” said Mo. “Lookin’ for somebody?”

“Just a friend.” Mike replied.

“I’ll be your friend.” She purred. “I live right up the beach.”

Mo was coming on strong, putting her hand on Michael’s thigh as she spoke. Mike felt a twinge of desire for this shape-shifting seductress, and he did sort of forget what he was doing here.

But his attention snapped back as soon as he felt the presence of light. Shelly Bloom entered the room carrying a tray of empty glasses which she unloaded. As luck (or miracle) would have it, she looked up and over at Michael who could only stare at her, agog.

Shelly flashed a quick, friendly smile, loaded up her tray with drinks, and made her way back to the tables.

“Hello?” Mo said. “Where did you go? I’m talking over here.”

“Sorry. I was just wondering … how do humans get the girl?” Mike asked.

“Well, when one’s throwing herself at you, you should just go with it!” Mo said, miffed. “That’s the short answer.”

“What’s the long answer?” Mike asked.

“You’re a real charmer.” Mo said. And with that, she scooted.

Mike didn’t try to stop her. Instead, he screwed up his courage, and continued on with his quest.

Mike wandered into the restaurant, found Shelly waiting on customers. He plopped himself down at an empty table nearby.

She approached.

“Can I help you?” Shelly asked.

It was at this exact moment Michael remembered he had ZERO money.

“Um… what’s free?” Mike asked.

“Free?” Shelly giggled. “Water’s free.”

“Great. I’ll have water.”

“Aren’t you going to eat?”

“No.”

“So why did you come to a restaurant?” She asked.

“I just came here to, um … to not eat.”

That was dumb. Re-group. Try again.

“Actually, I wanted to talk to you.” Michael heard himself say.

“Do I know you?” She asked.

“I’m Michael.” He said reaching out his hand to shake. “Now you know me.”

Shelly took his hand and asked: “Do we go to school together?”

“No. I’m just on earth … er, I mean, I’m just in town for a few days. I was wondering if I could take you out sometime?”

“Out? Like a date?” she asked, confused.

“We don’t have to call it a date, but yeah like a date. JUST like a date. Exactly like a date. What do you think?”

“I’m sorry but, my mom only lets me date guys I know from school.” She said.

“What school is that?”

“Paradise High.” She said.

“That is so weird because I go to that school.”

“I thought you said …”

“I haven’t actually STARTED but, yeah. Earth school. That’s what I’m doing here.”

“Well, I’ll see you at school then.” She said, turning away.

Michael was elated. All he has to do is hang out at school, get to know her, and once she sees how cool he is …

“But just so you know,” She said, interrupting Mike’s internal dialogue. “I just broke up with my boyfriend, so I’m not looking to date right now. Maybe we could just be friends.”

And with that, she was gone.

The worst thing a pretty girl can say to a guy is she wants to be “just friends.” It’s an emotional kick in the nuts. The kiss of death. Armageddon of the heart. It’s enough to make a guy want to blow up the world.

Glum, Michael slipped out the back of the Cove restaurant and headed back toward the trailers.

“WHAT’S GOING ON DOWN THERE?” asked God.

It was a fair question. What IS going on?

Michael had to make a choice.

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