Words and Photoshop: Jeremy Curry
Arthur and his mother bounced around the cabin of the plane, with Arthur holding his head down in a panic. “I can’t die this early, not now. Imagine that! The only time I really luck out and get to go somewhere I want to go, and I perish in a plane crash. Just my luck!” he thought. His mother was a lot calmer than he was, and put her arm around her terrified son. As soon as she had her arm around Arthur, the turbulence calmed to a standstill, and the plane leveled out.
Arthur waited until the seatbelt sign had turned off, and rushed to the bathroom to clean off his Coke-splattered clothing. While he walked down the aisle, he heard a girl snicker. He turned around to see her looking in his direction with a big stupid grin on her face. Was she snickering at the fact that he had Coke all over him? Or maybe it was the fact that he was much more terrified than the other passengers during the turbulence? It wasn’t until he got to the bathroom that he found out the awful truth: he had spilled Coke all over the crotch of his pants! It was a massive stain that was easily noticeable on his khakis.
He hadn’t felt this embarrassed since the time he started having constant wet dreams at night. He had to call Dr. Sue Johanson’s Sex With Sue advice hotline to ask if they were normal. At least then his call was anonymous. In this situation, it was only a Coke, but the girl obviously thought otherwise! He scrubbed and scrubbed away as much of the soda he could, but it was no use. He didn’t have extra clothing in his carry-on baggage, so he was just going to have to deal with soda-stained pants.
He walked back to his seat as quickly as possible, only to bump into a flight attendant carrying a food cart. Luckily, as she backed up the cart to let him back to his seat, he was able to conceal his spill. “Finally! A lucky break! My life isn’t as much of a travesty as I thought,” he said to himself. Arthur’s mom was fast asleep next to him as he sat back down. He was sort of glad, because he wanted some alone time to reflect on his current situation.
Things were going wrong for him on the plane, but at least nobody here would see him on a day-to-day basis. He didn’t recognize anybody from Degrassi, and any horrible thing that did happen could easily be omitted when he was telling his schoolmates about his trip. Well, his schoolmate Yick Yu, anyway. He had trouble finding other friends at school, but was content with having Yick as a good friend. He wondered how long that would last though, as he was starting to fall in with some of the “bad kids” at school.
Arthur was mostly concerned about Yick hanging out with Luke, who he heard was a heavy drug user. He also heard a rumour that Luke had given a guy named Shane some acid before a Gourmet Scum concert, and Shane ended up going crazy and jumping off of a bridge. Yick said it wasn’t Shane’s fault, but Arthur didn’t know whether to trust Yick anymore. He was starting to wear tie-dye t-shirts, and a single earring. He was always pretty bad at school, but what if he got into drugs? He might stop going to school altogether.
Arthur was too smart to get into the drug scene. He liked goofing off, but school was important. He didn’t want to upset his parents, who he thought were having enough trouble already with a recent divorce and trying out new relationships. Also, his sister Stephanie was wearing a lot of revealing clothing at school, and pretended Arthur did not exist, which was completely bizarre. “Oh well,” Arthur thought. “I guess sometimes it’s quantity over quality when it comes to making friends!”
He looked down at the spill on his clothes. The shirt wasn’t so bad, but the pants were looking pretty lousy. He spent the next little while with his legs touching, shuffling back and forth. He thought the friction would dry them faster. After doing that for a while, and studying his French book, an announcement came on the speaker system. “Attention ladies and gentlemen, we are about to make our descent into Paris. If you could put on your seatbelts and push your trays back into their upright position, that would be very much appreciated.” A smile beamed upon Arthur’s face. Finally! He was about to embark on his first vacation outside of the continent…