Catch up on Part 1!
Rolling her eyes, Megan pushed the door open and walked into the
room. I hung back, not quite sure what I was expecting. A fanfare,
maybe. Rabid applause. Maybe rotten fruit. But when nothing especially
unusual was forthcoming, I stuck my head warily around the corner and
peered into the room.
Four kids, two pretty normal looking and two
looking like the King and Queen of the Geeks – glasses, ties, the pale,
washed-out, pasty skin of people who spent too much time indoors, you
know, the works – perched variously on chairs and desks, deep in
I stepped into the doorway, and they all completely
ignored me. I forced my fists to unclench, shoving aside memories of my
Chris-fit days, and cleared my throat. Nada. I cleared it again, louder
The normal-looking guy lounging on one of the desks
turned and nearly lost his eyebrows as they shot upwards. “What the
hell?” he said, turning to Megan. (The other normal-looking kid. Not
that anything about Megan is normal. It’s not normal to be super smart and wicked hot, is it? I mean, it’s just not fair on the rest of the gene pool. Never tell Megan I said that. Ever.)
there, mate,” I said, grinning my trademark bad-boy grin and raising my
hands. “We’ll find your eyebrows again, don’t stress.”
Megan shot him a warning glare, which he kindly returned. She turned to
me. “Guys, this is Chris. I told you he was one of us. Chris, this is
Matt, Pip and Greg.”
The geeky guy and girl, who now I looked past
the apparel were clearly related, nodded in a nonchalant sort of way.
Greg, on the other hand, looked like he might fall off the desk. “What
the hell, Megan?” he said. “You invited Chris? Are you insane? The guy’s fifty kinds of dick just on Mondays!”
“Thanks,” I said, shoving my hands into my pockets. “Nice to know my reputation precedes me.”
rolled her eyes. “Seriously, can we put the testosterone away for like
five second please? Greg, you should have heard the circles he ran Mr
Hang-me in just now in maths. It was awesome.”
I totally didn’t glow at that. Totally.
Greg eyed me suspiciously. “He could’ve memorised it, or something.”
raised an eyebrow, but Megan came gallantly to my rescue, shaking her
head. “Nuh uh, he knew what he was talking about. He’s the real deal,
Okay, I confess: I grinned. “Real deal, huh, Greg. She ever called you that?” I bounced on my toes.
made to scramble off the desk, settling for killing me with his scary,
scary eyes when Megan laid a restraining hand on his arm. I snickered.
“Oh, go wank yourself,” Greg muttered, and turned away.
figured that was as good an invitation as I was going to get, so I
strode into the room and pulled up a chair, flipping it around so I
could lean on the back. “So,” I said. “What’s the deal?”
“Nothing,” Greg muttered again, but this time I had the distinct impression the angst wasn’t directed at me.
Sure enough, Megan shot him a filthy look before turning to me. “Officially or unofficially?”
shrugged. “Whatever. Both.” I wouldn’t have admitted it for fifty
bucks, but my heart began to pound. I was about to learn their big
secret, and despite the fact that they were geeks to the max and the
secret was probably about how they planned to finish extra credit
homework before three pm, I was curious. And I hadn’t been curious about
anything in a long time.
Megan’s lips twitched. “Officially,” she said carefully, “Greg is right. Nothing. Yet,” she stressed, shooting Greg another Look.
“And unofficially?” My palms itched and I rubbed them against my thighs.
shifted in his chair. “Unofficially, we’re investigating the real-world
effects of extreme scientific theory with the aim of utilising these
theories to create an environment more conducive to justice, equity, and
“We’re saving the world through science,” Pip added,
smiling. She actually managed to be kind of pretty when she smiled – it
was the contagious kind of smile that had me smiling back before I even
realised what she’d said.
I shook my head. “Hang on, wait. What?” Again with the Confused Brethren act. Would I ever feel in control of a situation again?
equity and compassion, dimwit,” Greg said helpfully. “Surely even your
old band of miscreant friends have heard of the concepts?”
off, numbskull,” I countered, drawing on my superior wit and
intelligence. Greg’s like that; he brings out the best in everyone.
made a grumbling, growling sort of noise and tossed her hair. “This is
going to be impossible if you two can’t get over yourselves.”
“Hey, you invited him,” Greg said, holding his hands up in defence.
it’s not my fault Greg’s insecure about having another male around,” I
added, lifting an eyebrow. “Um, no offence,” I said quickly, nodding at
Matt, who just shrugged.
“Oh, would you shut up,” Megan said, voice full of exasperation. “Do you want an explanation or not?”
I hesitated for just a second, then swallowed the bickering and nodded. “Yes.”
[To be continued next month!]