Real Cool. Part One

The first part of a story I'm writing for fun.

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Life is good. I can barely hear from the deafening sceams, I'm the sweatiest I've been in my entire life, and I'm having a hard time catching my breath, but I feel more alive than ever have. My dad always said, "In any situation, good or bad, always ask yourself: How did I get here? Well.

How did I get here?

Let's see, it started about a year ago. My best friend Deric and I were just driving home from school, and he was singing along to some Alice In Chains song, "No Excuses" I think, when I suddenly realized how good he actually was. When the idea came into my head, it was so crazy, so ridiculous. I didn't know if it was going to work or not, but I just said it.

"We should start a band."

"What?" Deric was clearly thrown off.

"Well, I just got that Thinline Tele two Christmases ago, and you can really sing man. I know I'm not the greatest, but I'll just play rhythm."

"Listen Jeremy, I want you to think about that idea for a minute. You're just a scrawny guy with an emo haircut who can kinda play guitar. I'm, *ahem*, a much more better built guy who looks like Eddie Veder from the early nineties and can kinda sing. You really think we have any chance at making it big?"

"I'm not talkin' about making it big, I'm just talkin' about having some fun"

"Even so, we don't know anybody musically talented, and we're sixteen, it's not like either of us has any connections or anything like that. How do you propose we put this band together?"

"I don't know, posters? I could make a bunch of flyers and put 'em up everywhere. They'd say that we're looking for a lead guitarist, a bassist, a drummer, and maybe even a keyboard player. It could work."

"Whatever man, as long as you do the work. I'm lazy, and it was you're idea."

"Cood dude, I'll see if the high school will let us use the band room. I know they've got a really good drum set in there."

"Sounds good, but we want to give it enough time. It'll have to be in like three weeks."

"Alright, I'll make it that Saturday from two to four. That fine?"

"Yeah man, it's fine. You know, this could be really cool."

8 comments sorted by best / new / date

    ZeGuitarist
    First of all, it's good to see so much inspiration among UGers these days, all the content delivered can only make UG better! Your effort isn't bad, and it would be great if you could keep it up... Although there are things you need to improve on. First of all, this is very short... and second of all the dialogue in the end is confusing, as there is no indication at all who is talking. That, and some minor spelling/grammar mistakes make this otherwise quality fiction installment a bit flawed... Work on it, man! Keep it up!
    sergiume
    wow it's a storm of new stories, i think each week there are about 2-3 stories that are born . nice read
    Rocker Extreme
    I know this one is a little short, and I plan to make the next one at least twice as long.
    breakdown123
    The emo haircut line made me start hoping for a UG story about a screamo band. Please?
    NearlyPrescient
    ZeGuitarist wrote: First of all, it's good to see so much inspiration among UGers these days, all the content delivered can only make UG better! Your effort isn't bad, and it would be great if you could keep it up... Although there are things you need to improve on. First of all, this is very short... and second of all the dialogue in the end is confusing, as there is no indication at all who is talking. That, and some minor spelling/grammar mistakes make this otherwise quality fiction installment a bit flawed... Work on it, man! Keep it up!
    besides them using names, it'll make it easier to tell who's talking if you realize and remember that Jeremy is the driving force for starting a band, and Deric is the hesitant one.
    Icarus Lives
    So, how many different stories are going at the moment? I've got Riot Band Blues, Disbelief and now Real Cool. Any others? On this article I think for a first installment it moved too fast. You could have covered the same ground in a much longer instalment with a bit more detail and it would have been better I think. Also so far there's nothing to tell it apart from any other of the stories here on UG.