"How'd wrestling practice go, Ethan?", Timothy asks.
"Not bad", Ethan replies. "What's up?"
"Nothing, I was just planning on bringing a friend tonight", Timothy explains. "Will said it's cool with him but he wasn't sure what you'd think".
"Eh, why would I care?", Ethan says dismissively.
"Well, because it's Samar, I guess", Timothy explains.
"Aww, the chess geek?", Ethan scoffs. "I dunno man, he's gonna be a buzz kill.. I don't get why you wanna bring him"
"C'mon man, he's been helping me.. with class.. you know?", Timothy says, suggestively.
"Ahhhh... gotcha.. I get it, no problem man", Ethan agrees. "He can come along.. this time".
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(set: $domainpath to "http://www.scissored.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/CollegePrologue7-")"I really appreciate it, man", Timothy says. "This class is kicking my ass. I need all the help I can get".
"I hear ya", Ethan replies.
"How are you managing anyways", Timothy asks.
"Hah! I'm not", Ethan says.
"Ahh, you too huh?", Timothy says.
"Nah bro, that's not what I meant", Ethan says with a smirk. "I've got it all worked out with the coach"
"Heh, ok I think I know what you mean now", Timothy chuckles. "I'll see ya tonight dude"
"Later man", Ethan says.
"Oh, and remind me to try out for the wrestling team next year, haha", Timothy says as he leaves.
"Haha, good luck bro", Ethan laughs.
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''Boys Night Out''
[[Continue->Continue1-00]] "So, are you two still up for our ping-pong rematch?", Samar asks. "3-way tournament again. Winner takes all?"
"No, no, no! Not tonight!", Asako chirps.
"That's right, I'm taking Asako to the spa", Maika replies. "We're getting pampered"
"Maika, I can imagine you at the spa, but Asako? Come on?", Samar says with a laugh. "We already know you can't sit still for more than 5 seconds, Asako"
"Eehhhh, maybe 6", Asako jokes.
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[[Continue->Continue1-01]]"Besides, I think you're just scared you'll lose again", Samar teases.
"Oh, //really?//", Maika replies. "Asako, who was that was ''winning'' last time we played"
"Maika was kicking butt!", Asako says cheerfully.
"Well--", Samar begins an excuse before he's cut off"
"--That's right it was ME", Maika proclaims. "But don't worry Samar, we'll put your next beating on hold for another day"
"Yo Samar!!", a voice shouts in the background. "Wait up Samar!!"
"Oh no... not again", Samar sighs.
"Sounds like someone needs your //help// again", Maika mutters.
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[[Continue->Continue1-02]]"Hey Samar", Timothy greets. "Got any plans for tonight?"
"Uhh, I'm sorry Tim, but I don't know if I feel like studying tonight", Samar says. "It's Friday, you know?"
"Exactly man! No way I'm gonna be studying", Timothy agrees. "I wanted to ask if you'd come out with us tonight?"
"Oh, uhhhh", Samar mumbles, caught off guard by the request.
"You got other plans... Or?", Timothy waits.
"No.. I guess I could go", Samar says.
"Great!", Timothy replies. "I'll text you when we're ready to head downtown later tonight".
"Downtown?", Samar asks.
"Yeah... //King Street//", Timothy replies.
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[[Continue->Continue2-00]]"Christ, where the fuck are they?", Ethan complains.
"Relax Ethan, it's only been a few minutes", William assures. "Besides, Tim's always late".
"Nah bro, Tim's not always late", Ethan states. "It's this fucking Samar geek, I'm telling you"
"Haha, well at least he's famous", William replies.
"Famous for doing some lame game", Ethan scoffs. "I'm telling you, I told him this was a bad idea from the beginning and our night is already off to a bad start"
"Chill dude, they'll be here and we'll have fun", William insists.
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[[Continue->Continue2-01]]"Sorry guys!", Timothy says, hustling in from behind.
"See? Told ya they'd be here in no time", William whispers to Ethan.
"Took a little longer than expected to pick up Samar", Timothy explains.
"Told ya it was the geeks fault", Ethan whispers to William.
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[[Continue->Continue2-02]]"Gentlemen, this is the infamous Samar, chessmaster of this fine city", Timothy introduces.
"Hello", Samar says shyly.
"Samar, you've already met William... he's known as the local smooth-talker of the ladies", Timothy introduces. "Ethan is the BMOC, otherwise known as the Big Man On Campus and also known as the captain of our wrestling team"
"He might be more famous than you, Samar", Timothy teases.
Ethan looks to move past the introductions and get into the action, saying "yeah, yeah, where we going anyways?".
"Dude, you guys have been standing around this whole time and haven't decided yet?", Timothy says with a laugh.
"I bet big man thinks he knows where we're going already", William remarks.
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[[Continue->Continue2-03]]"Fuck yeah I know where we're going!", Ethan says authoritatively. "We're going to Club Massive!".
"Nah man, The Ascension is the best spot, we've gone over this", William argues.
"Ascension is old news bro, the best girls are at Club Massive now", Ethan insists.
"Well, it's a good thing you stubborn fellows have me here to decide for you", Timothy says with a grin. "Or else you two would be standing here arguing all night like a married couple"
"Follow me!", Timothy announces.
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[[Continue->Continue2-04]]As they walk down King Street, Ethan asks Timothy, "Speaking of couples, are you still with Evie?"
"She's gotta be the ultimate catch", Ethan adds. "I don't know how you scored that one"
"Yeah, yeah man.. Err-, I mean nahh", Timothy says. "Not really, anymore".
"Right, you were talking to that Lori chick?", William mentions.
"Yeah... I dunno about her though", Timothy says. "I think she's playing hard-to-get".
"Oooohhh, did the chick magnet himself finally find a girl that can resist his powers", Ethan teases. "And she's not even a 10, either".
"Uh oh, Timmy's losing his powers!", William joins the teasing.
Tim laughs dismissively, adding a "stop it... besides, Will's the one with the magic fem-magnet powers".
"We'll see about that //real// soon", Ethan jokes.
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[[Continue->Continue3-00]]"C'mon Samar, stop bullshitting me", Ethan says. "There's gotta be at least //one// of these chess geek chicks that you're fucking right now".
"Ethan, he doesn't have to talk about it if he doesn't wanna", Timothy says.
"No, I'm being serious... It's like with the wrestling team", Ethan explains. "You get groupies. Different groupies, sure, but there's still ''some'' kind of girls interested in the chess guy".
"It's not like that for me... Really, I promise", Samar replies.
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[[Continue->Continue3-01]]"What about those two girls I see you around with all the time", Timothy asks. "Aren't you with that one with the glasses?"
"Oh, you mean Maika?", Samar replies. "No, no, it's not like that... She's a very good friend of mine".
"Ahhh, the friend zone", Timothy replies.
"It's not a bad thing", Samar says defensively. "She's my friend. Why should we mess with that?"
"Besides, I don't know how you guys have time for girls", Samar remarks.
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[[Continue->Continue3-02]]"Hey bro, there's ''always'' time for girls", Ethan pipes.
"Cheers to //that//", William chimes in.
"Amen", Timothy adds in the background.
"You know, if being on the wrestling team ever got in the way of spending time with girls... I'd quit the damn wrestling team", Ethan says with a laugh.
"Hah, shit I'd quit //school//", William adds with a grin.
"See you gotta ''make'' it happen, Samar", Ethan tells him. "Can't just sit around at your chess board waiting for one of them things to turn into a girl".
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[[Continue->Continue3-03]]Sensing Samar's discomfort, Timothy tries to nudge the conversation in a slightly different direction.
"Ethan's over here talking about 'making things happen', but I thought Will was gonna show us how to make it happen with the ladies tonight", Timothy teases.
"C'mon Will, why don't you go show us how it's done?", Timothy challenges.
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[[Continue->Continue3-04]]"Oh, I'll show ya how it's done", William replies. "But I thought Timothy was gonna be doing all the showing off with the women tonight?"
Before Timothy can reply, Ethan jumps in.
"Wait guys... I've got a better idea", Ethan says with a dramatic pause. "Why don't we get.... ''Samar'', to be the first one to pick up a girl here?"
The guys break out in laughter.
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[[Continue->Continue3-05]]"No, no, I don't think I'd be successful", Samar says. "Besides, I'm surrounded by the experts here".
Ethan is already groaning at Samar's attempt to decline his suggestion.
"I think I'll leave it to you guys... I learn best by watching", Samar says.
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[[Continue->Continue3-06]]"Come on Samar, you gotta do it", Ethan insists. "You ride with us, you gotta play by our rules bro".
"He doesn't have to do it if he doesn't want to", Timothy tells Ethan.
"Why not?", Ethan replies. "What the fuck else are we doing here?"
Samar tries to speak, but Ethan cuts him off, "so what if you get rejected.. it's part of the game man".
"Yeah, we've all been rejected before", Timothy assures Samar.
"Well, not me", William says to laughs from Ethan and Timothy.
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[[Continue->Continue3-07]]"Come on bro, you gotta do it", Ethan tells Samar. "Can't win, if you don't play".
"Just like chess", Timothy notes.
"It's not a good idea guys, really", Samar replies quietly.
"Look, here's the deal", Ethan continues. "You go find the ''hottest'' girl here".
"Walk up to her and ask her if you can buy her a drink", Ethan offers. "That's all you gotta do.. and if she says 'yes', I'll give you $100".
"And if she says 'no', I'll still give you the $100.. just for kicks", Ethan says.
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[[Continue->Continue3-08]]"I don't know.. even for $100, it's not worth it", Samar replies.
"Awwww, come on!", Ethan replies with dismay.
"Come on man, we'll have your back", William insists.
"Okay, okay... $200!", Ethan barks.
"$200? Hmmmm", Samar ponders. "Just to ask someone to buy them a drink, and that's it?"
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[[Continue->Continue3-09]]"Easy money, bro", Ethan tells Samar. "Ask someone for a drink and that's it".
"It'll be over in 2 seconds", William says. "Who makes $200 in 2 seconds? Nobody".
"I can't just go up to a stranger though", Samar says with concern.
"It doesn't matter dude!", William replies.
"Yeah, you can ask anyone.. ask this chick walking by you right here", Ethan says. "You gotta get up and do it right though. One on one".
"But you said the //hottest// girl, remember?", Timothy reminds Ethan.
"Yeah bro, just get up and look around ask the one that looks the best", Ethan says. "It's easy".
"It's not like she's gonna kick your ass for asking to buy her a drink.. it's a compliment", he continues. "She'll thank you either way".
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[[Continue->Continue3-10]]Samar ponders the offer.
It //was// easy money. That much was true. What could go wrong?
As they await his decision, the boys start chanting "Do it! Do it! Do it!".
Samar reaches his conclusion.
"I'll do it", he says firmly.
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[[Continue->Continue3-11]]As Samar gets up to find the //hottest// girl there, William whispers to Ethan, "You're not gonna pay him, are you?"
"Fuck no", Ethan says with an evil laugh. "Had to lie to get us some entertainment".
"$10 says he gets slapped", William bets.
"$30 says he gets a drink thrown on him", Ethan chuckles.
"Yeah, but you're not gonna pay me either anyways, so what's the point?", William questions.
"True", Ethan agrees with a smile.
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[[Continue->Continue3-12]]"This is gonna be a disaster", Timothy says.
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[[Continue->Continue3x-00]]Samar walks towards an area of the room where there appear to be many beautiful women.
As Samar surveys the area, the guys begin guessing which one he's going to ask.
"He's going after the chick in pink, it's so obvious", Ethan claims.
"Nah man, they're looking ''past'' each other", William counters. "She's looking at the dude behind him and he's going for the girl behind her".
"No way, you guys don't know him", Timothy interjects. "He's gonna chicken out and come back".
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[[Continue->Continue3x-01]]Samar zeroes in on his target.
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[[Continue->Continue3x-02]]"See, the guy's a fucking idiot", Ethan scoffs. "He's going ''way'' out of his league approaching //her//".
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[[Continue->Continue3-15]]"Well Ethan, you //did// tell him to go after the hottest", Timothy says.
"Yeah, but that was for //my// entertainment", Ethan explains. "Even I wouldn't try it with //her//".
"Man, only guys that come here know she never talks to guys when she's here", Timothy notes. "And she's hardly ever here anyways. Not his fault he's new to the scene".
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[[Continue->Continue3-16]]"Hello, uhhh, I'm, uhhh", Samar stutters.
"Samar.. the chess guy, right?", she replies. "Tim's friend."
"Yeah, and uhhh.. I wanted to uhh--", Samar stammers again.
"Buy me a drink?", she finishes his sentence. "Sure, Samar".
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[[Continue->Continue3x-03]]"Oh... my....", Ethan and Will's jaw's drop to the floor, seeing Samar's apparent success.
"Bro...", Ethan says with a pause. "Teach me how to play chess. Right. Now."
"Hold up...", Tim says. "Her friend is coming back... I've gotta intercept, or she'll interrupt them".
"Go intercept, dude!", Will exclaims.
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[[Continue->Continue3x-04]]Samar is stunned.
Kira waits for him to lead the way. She decides to break the awkward silence.
"Did you... still wanna get me that drink?", Kira asks.
Samar catches his breath as he stares at her.
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"... Yup", Samar replies.
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