SWC: Story spark #2
The Specials
Kids like the Specials were often misunderstood.
For example, Joshua. He had trouble with making friends, or as adults would call it, “Major introversion.” He was picked on by the Normals constantly for “being a nerd.” They would approach him day by day and tug his dark brown hair, taunting him, stealing his school supplies. The only solace he had from the awful school he attended were books. He wasn’t at all athletic—except for one particular “sport”—which was skateboarding.
He had always loved skateboarding. From the moment he could walk, he’d sit and watch in awe as his brother made multiple flips and tricks at the skateboarding park. When he was old enough to learn himself, he immediately caught on. Joshua was no longer the sickly child who stayed inside all day. He was the happy little kid who would go to the park every day and play around with his best and only skateboard, a light green with darker green stripes.
His parents were relieved. Now was Joshua’s chance to make friends! But their happiness was in vain. For whenever the other 5th graders his age came and asked him to play, he would hurry home in terror. He remained friendless as could be.
Another Special was Tyrone, called Ty. He had been terribly traumatized as a child (his parents drowned in a boat accident), and had never spoken since then. His grades dropped. His grandparents worried. One day, while he was wandering the road, he was hit by a car. He was confined to a wheelchair for several months, and when he finally recovered, he was discovered to have a terrible internal injury that could only be healed through a very complicated operation, which his grandparents had no money to pay for. The doctors told Ty that he had the summer to live unless his grandparents found the $900 to save him along with the mortgage and bills they had to take care of. Although Ty felt fine, he knew that he wouldn’t have much time to live. He comforted himself in skateboarding, a wonderful sport that his caretakers were oblivious of.
Ayasha, ethnically from the Native American tribe Cheyenne, wasn’t shy or quiet at all—she was the very opposite. Ayasha had ADHD, had bad grades, and a pretty bad attitude. She was too insecure to play with others. Growing up tough, in a house full of kids, she wasn’t accustomed to asking others for anything. The only friend that she had was Kavelle, a deaf Special. Kavelle, gentle and sweet and loving, could not be turned down even by the aggressive Ayasha. The other students she shunned and ignored. Both girls were huge fans of...that’s right, skateboarding.
The last Special in this story was Brady. Brady had some trouble learning and didn’t have a very good sense of logical thinking. Adults labeled him with the term “autistic.” The Normals held themselves higher than him because they were “smart” and he was apparently “dumb.” But behind Brady’s supposed “foolish” grin was a huge mind, constantly being filled with more and more possibility of adventure and wonder. His love for animals made him a gentle soul, but his younger years had been harsh for his parents.
The five specials didn’t know each other. They normally avoided other people in general. But this summer, that was all about to change...
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