Season One:: Empty Nest Syndrome
On a summer afternoon in a normally rainy city, two particular teenagers were found at Seagull Bay. Nikolai Newton, a new resident of the town after a move from a cold city he highly preferred, was found on the shore, daydreaming the day away. His future enemy, Clementine Whitefield, was parasailing with her many brothers driving the boat, enjoying her time away in the easy life. Of course, how many sunny days end up perfect? Soon the rope broke and she was sent falling downward. But something could be said for her aim, because she hit the target with her eyes closed. Niko down.
They both wrestled their way out of the debris, Niko with Clem’s help, his first words anything but grateful. Insults were flying before they exchanged surnames, influencing Clem to pick up all the debris and take the two hour walk to her brothers, who she remarked would leave without her. Niko had offered her a ride, but she refused. Well, until her head sunk in size when all the pieces fell out of her hands. Then they were forced on a car ride to her brothers, who instantly joked on her behalf. Of course, they were interested in this Nikolai, the one that aggravated their sister, and Chad took him aside to invite him to a movie.
Along with Niko came his sister, Iris, and along with Chad came his sister…and his brothers. Clem quickly came to like Iris, as much as she could like another human being, as came the opposite for Niko to all of the Whitefield boys. As soon as they figured out it was movie suggestion time, they all shouted names of movies, some of them not even available. Iris, the angel, quieted everyone with the suggestion of Juno and they were off. Of course, when they got to the theater, her brothers had made it impossible for Clem and Niko to sit anywhere but side-by-side. Which would have been alright if Chad hadn’t passed down the popcorn for Clem.
When it was handed to Niko, he ogled the germs and the grease oozing over the kernels and fluffy white clumps. Clem thought he was just retaliating since she had taken over their ‘shared’ armrest and ripped the popcorn from his hands. This created a whispered argument that rapidly grew into a loud insult exchange. They grew so loud that the security escorted them outside. And when the movie was finally over and their siblings came out, they were informed they would be spending yet another day together under supervision.
After several days living their individual lives at basic ease, they were returned to each other yet again at the bowling alley. Since, with Clem’s brothers, there were a lot of bowlers, they split up into two teams. Niko, Clem, Steven, Chad on one team and Jason, Nelson, Brian, Iris on the other. They were also partnered to choose names for each other, and Clem obviously got Niko. She called him “Pop Hog” and he called her “Clementine” and then Iris named Jason “Blue Eyes,” which just sent off more sparks in Niko’s mind as the two had been acting suspiciously. But all was quickly cast aside as it was learned that Clem was a brilliant bowler and Chad and Steven…not so much. Even Niko was above them and his imagination was screwing him over. It got even worse when Clem came around and got herself some chili cheese fries; so bad that on Niko’s turn he accidentally lost control and threw the ball into the next lane, getting a random man a strike. Clem of course laughed at him and the whole embarrassment was quickly and eventually over with. He began to eat one of the apples he’d brought along.nThat’s when he noticed a scent, a rather lovely perfume, and searched for its holder. It took him a bit but he found it…Clem. Who would have thought?
Since the bowling was over, they were all off to the restaurant. It started off pretty great at first. Clem, Jason, Iris, and Niko played sugarpacket football and enjoyed it rather well. While when teamed with each other Niko and Clem sucked, the misery was over as soon as they switched teams. There were two quick embarrassments that they both got over with laughter: Clem bumping into a waitress and Niko flicked the sugar packet into a man’s soup. After Niko’s incident, though, the game was thought to be cursed and the food arrived shortly after. They enjoyed their meals but were disturbed by Iris and Jason’s actions towards one another. The pair were laughing in the oddest fashion and Jason had basically fed Iris.
And so a meeting took place where Niko and Clem basically just stated what they’d been noticing. That Iris and Jason had been acting way too friendly to one another. That it was totally unorthodox. That it had to be stepped. But nothing further, as they came to the conclusion that nothing had really happened so they just had to wait and hope.
They separate, once again, to their different households. Although Iris and Jason don’t seem to care for the breach for they text and chat consistently. Which, of course, gets on Clem and Niko’s nerves.
Both of their siblings convince them to go skydiving and of course have tricked them to meeting once again. Clem is on board immediately to go sky diving with her brother because she has before and the experience gives her something that nothing else can. Niko takes persuasion. Lots of it. But they end up on that plane with the harnesses and everything, all ready to go. Well, about, Clem had to push him on his turn, but he still went. And he loved it, he loved it. The scenery was pulchritudinous, a word he’d always wanted to use for something truly beautiful, and the falling, he felt, made you feel closer to yourself. When he landed he saw Iris and Jason entangled in a kiss, something he couldn’t convince Clem of when she had landed after her fall. Clem had loved it as she always had, of course. But, still, she wouldn’t believe him. He invites her to call him to discuss it all, a little oblivious that there’s pretty much now way she will, she didn’t see the kiss. But before they leave, Iris and Jason kiss again, and this time Clem sees. So, although she doesn’t like Niko, she does see has to team up with him and fix this.
After digging through her room for her cellphone, she calls him. There’s a bit of explaining about what they can do and their families and they decide that they’ll steal and hide their sibling’s cell phones. Then Niko will occupy Iris and Clem will try to find another girl for Jason. They do just this. For a long time, Niko plans events for them to do and Clem goes looking for a girl for Jason. Eventually she finds a girl, Adrianna, who actually crashed into Clem’s car and won’t shut up about paying for the damage. Clementine’s mother, in the meantime, is planning a party and, while on the phone, Chad invites Adrianna to it. On Niko’s side, they had two visitors and Iris had created a painting of him drowning and had also managed to call the Whitefield’s, but Clem had answered and so all was well. Amazing how time flies.
On the day of the party, Clem and her brothers are forced to work about the house. Niko is struck by a desire to clean, making him completely absorbed with his work. And then Spencer takes him into his room to have The Talk, something that has been attempted before and ended up with Niko blacking out. All in all, until Clem calls, Niko doesn’t even realize that Iris has left. He uses the spare car to speed through red lights and make it to the Whitefield’s.
When they’re about to talk and sort this whole ordeal out, however, Adrian, the supposed set-up for Jason, runs to Clem with great news. Chad! She likes Chad. As soon as Adrianna skips off to flirt with Chad, Clem and Niko have a verbal fight over who is responsible for the failure of their plan. Niko didn’t watch Iris and Adrian wasn’t the right girl to use. They argue senselessly until Clem, surprisingly so, stops and brings back the fact that they need to fix this. Niko leans against the wall and thinks, what is there left? And then he gets it.
He will commit treason and tell Clem that Iris isn’t his sister’s real name so that she can tell Jason, and Clem will tell Niko about a time when Jason almost set the house on fire so he can tell Iris. Both kept it down to the bare minimum of the secret, not actually saying the full story behind them. And then they separated and told their siblings…only to find out they already knew.
And so their plan was down the drain. There was nothing else they could do. It was weird, but Niko told her good job and she aimed it right back at him. Again, walked away from each other and ‘enjoyed’ the party separately.
While brooding on a seat, a girl by the name of Mercury, who, by her accent, was clearly not from around Virga City, started up a conversation with him. It didn’t take long before it was pretty much obvious they’d be good friends.
Clem didn’t have nearly as good as a time. She went up to her room and let go of her anger with a punch into her pink wall. Then she just stayed in her room until the party was over, and when it was, Jason came up to talk. He admitted he knew what had gone on and that she really had gone too far, but he wasn’t going to let it bother him. Because, really, he probably would have done the same in her position. But she didn’t have to worry, because he wasn’t going to leave her behind.
Iris confronted Niko as well, but on their way to their cars. Niko apologized and apologized, saying why he did it, with her always leaving him behind with new boyfriends, but that it wasn’t good enough. She accepted the apology, too, and all was well between them, too.
Between Niko and Clem, a universe-sized understanding and acceptance was known. And so the cells were delivered back to their owners and Niko planned to be a better person to people and Clem planned to consider other people’s feelings.
- Clem crashes into Niko (the hate begins)
- Niko and Clem break into fight in the middle of a theater featuring the movie Juno
- Niko, Iris, Clem, Jason, Nelson, Brian, Chad, and Steven all went out for a game of bowling and then out to eat. And when out to eat, Niko and Clem notice how Iris and Jason are acting and decide that it must be stopped, but say nothing further on it.
- Iris and Jason text among themselves
- Niko and Clem are tricked into meeting each other again by their sibling suggesting sky diving. There’s a quick moment of friendliness between before Niko dives, but it is short-lived, as expected. When they land and are about to leave they both see Iris and Jason kiss, Niko for the second time. Niko invites her to call him, and although she doesn’t want to admit it, she needs his help.
- Clem calls Niko and they decide over the phone that they’ll steal and hide their siblings cellphones and Niko will occupy Clem with events and Clem will find someone for Jason.
- A girl named Adrianna, a swimmer, crashes into Clem and won’t not pay for any damage. Clem eases her over and decides to invite her to the party and introduce her to Jason.
- The party. With Niko being occupied at home, he doesn’t even notice Iris has left until Clem calls. He speeds over and finally arrives, only to see his arch enemy in a yellow dress and his sister flirtatious and happy with Jason. Clem and Niko converse and decide that as a last resort they will tell each other a dark secret of their siblings and then tell it to their own in attempt to make them separate by the knowledge. Iris’s name with Jason’s arson attempt. So they tell their siblings and what do they find out but they already know that.
They cannot separate their siblings.
- At party, Chad woos Adrian. How very wonderful for their original plan.
- Niko meets a girl named Mercury at the party after accepting the defeat.
- When the party is over, Clem and Niko give the cells back to their respective owners and their siblings accept their apology. A deep, deep lesson is learned, beyond just stealing other people’s property.
IMPORTANTISH INFORMATION MENTIONED
- Iris likes to make up stories at random for Niko, and is pretty good at it in his opinion
- Since she was six, Clem has been hanging out with her brothers and they enjoy activities similar to parasailing
- Spencer has a terrifying anger stare
- Niko has never been grounded
- Iris always wakes up really early so she’s ready before Niko has even eaten
- Clem doesn’t like shopping (surprise, surprise)
- Clem’s mother tries to arrange many parties and all that for Clem to attend
- Clem likes chocolate
- While Iris is the one that takes care of Niko and the maturer one out of the two, Niko is the one that gives her piggybacks
- Clem is a pretty easy riser (getting up in the morning), and so is Niko.
- Her brothers read her the book The Cat and The Hat and then Chad and Steven did as Thing 1 and Thing 2 did and created havoc and annoyed their mother
- Niko has never heard of Thing 1 and Thing 2
- Clem smells of Freesia (a flower), coconut, lotion, and the smell of a warm blanket after someone uses it, which is a lovely perfume to Niko
- When at a restaurant, the Whitefields play sugarpacket football
- Iris likes nicknaming people she likes after a feature of them, like Jason’s “Blue Eyes”
- Jason has never really-really flirted with someone (meaning he meant it) until Iris and was constantly set up with girls by his mother, but he doesn’t quite enjoy the snobby, rich types. But he has gone out with them to try and please his mother.
- Niko’s one romantic relationship lasted twenty-nine days
- The faults that Niko would name for Iris are romance, their parents’ death, and algebra. With romance, it’s that she gets attached and absorbed into the person.
- Iris is Niko’s rock and he looks up to her kind of like a saint. She’s very mature or wise, either one.
- Niko doesn’t curse often, only in his head. He doesn’t have a problem with them, just finds using them lowers their dramatic ability.
- Clem has never been that good at reading emotions based simply on the way peoples faces looked. She can recognize anger and fear, but every other emotion is simply a mystery to her.
- Niko is usually a very polite person who doesn’t go hoarse on anyone; that is except Clem and other people who really, really get on his nerves.
- There are two stuffed animals Niko keeps in his closet. Iris jokes that they are gay, but Niko has already decided that they are asexual and will never like anyone in that way. He humors her, but she is still wrong. One was his mom’s, according to Spencer, and the other was given to him by a friend in Germany. The stuffed animal originally owned by his mother is a giraffe of normal colors with a black pebble for an eye missing. She’d hand made it. A Build-A-Bear is the gift from the German. It has a pink heart and when squeezed will proclaim its love. The giver was a male; it had been a joke.
Niko didn’t know the giraffe was his mom’s until about five when Spencer told him.
- To get out of an outing with Spencer, Niko or Iris have to say they will do something productive like start an art piece or scientific research. Cleaning doesn’t make a day worthy.
- Apparently Niko is ideal to be a teacher.
- Spencer is easy to talk to and a great listener.
- Niko doesn’t like shopping; it’s a lot of work for things he doesn’t always need.
- Only in Iris’ presence will Niko completely let go and cry.
- Skydiving is something brilliant to Clem
- Clem is intimidated by Niko with his make-up on
- If Niko ever dies, he has an instinct to want to have all involved to be sued
- Clem hates it when people are scared, especially of something she loves.
- Willingly skydiving is probably the most heroic thing Niko had ever done at that point in his life.
- When Iris has a boyfriend, they are put at first, basically. And so one time in Paris, her, Niko, and her boyfriend had gone to a soccer game, and when the many people left the stadium, Iris had forgotten all about Niko. He waited for hours on the sidewalk, wanting to die, and Spencer ended up picking him up. Iris hadn’t even noticed until Niko walked through the door.
Spencer is similar to this with company and focuses all of his attention on the guests. He doesn’t forget or ignore Iris or Niko like Iris does, granted, but he doesn’t allow them too many words either.
- Spencer is waiting to tell them all the info he has about their parents. He has told them, though, how they died, how they met, their names, and, to Iris, how they fell in love at a very young age.
- Niko always keeps his room clean. Clem never does.
- Living with seven rowdy brothers, Clem doesn’t get to experience that much silence.
- Niko does not assume people’s sexual orientation. Which is probably a lot because of how Spencer raised him.
- Clem went out with one of her mother’s “attempts” but it didn’t work out so well; as soon as he found out what she liked to do, he dropped her like a hot potato. It didn’t bother her much, he wasn’t all that great, and he wasn’t conservative like she was.
- Iris is a deep sleeper that talks in her sleep. And before she falls asleep, she stares up at the ceiling in complete concentration. Then her eyelids will close like shutters and she’s out, no questions asked. This usually takes about twenty minutes.
- Clem is a little over-analytical.
- Jason isn’t one to lose things, and if he lost his cell he’d just buy another one.
- Spencer is a master of all sports, and so he doesn’t usually play with Iris or Niko so they have a chance of winning. Instead he’s a cheerleader. But, you don’t want him cheering for you, usually you lose.
- Iris is a pretty athletic individual, and in physical matches her and Niko are usually evenly matched (because he’s clever and thoughtful with his attacks). It’s with video games that she usually wins.
- Jason is Clem’s fatherly figure. Always knowing when something is wrong and all that.
- Niko usually gets around dirty work about the house because if he gets involved with something really bad he’ll only make the situation worse, like barfing.
- Iris enjoys mystery books.
- Whenever asked about being a godfather, all Spencer says is that Iris and Niko are good kids.
- Clem used to watch her mother sleep as a kid because she looked so peaceful.
- Niko isn’t all that fond of his looks. He’s not really sure if they are one way or the other, so he’s really just confused, but he doesn’t believe he is attractive. It doesn’t matter to him all that much, but sometimes it gets on his mind.
- Niko loves extremely long, hot showers and only has them about once every six months because they add so much to the bill, which Spencer reminds him of.
- Niko & Iris’ father made a set of earrings for their mother with the same blue and green of Iris’ dyed hair on a heart that’s enveloped with a mathematical symbol. Together, it means ‘the boundary of the heart’.
- Adrian goes to Clem’s school.
- The veterinarian Iris & Niko helped is named Maxwell Victorian.
- Clem enjoys running.
- There was a soft white kitten missing an eye, the remaining one very luminous, that was very affectionate towards Niko. Maxwell named him Stray as a placeholder.
- Iris calls one of the houses they lived in in Germany home. Niko doesn’t find anywhere or anyone to be of an equal feeling.
- Clem doesn’t often eat before eight in the morning, her body just doesn’t have the urge.
- Niko barely enters Iris or Spencer’s room. In fact, the only times he has been in Spencer’s was upon request.
- Niko once consoled Iris after a slimy fool cheated on her and then had the audacity to dump her when Niko was already an inch away from kicking him out the seventeenth floor window. He listened to her lullaby herself to sleep by a boy’s name and watched tears roll down her freckled cheeks. He has always been there to be her shoulder when she needed one, like she always is for him.
- Throughout his entire fifth grade year Jason would wake up about twice a week with supposedly terrifying nightmares about toilets chasing him down the hallways of school and the floor of the hall opening up and swallowing him and the toilet whole. And Jason finds those nightmares quite amusing now that they no longer plagued his sleeping hours.