From my (first) novel; Wheezy's adolescent years:
Girls were easy to get.
Wheezy was an outlaw, dangerous, and dreadfully thrilling. There was
the threat of a bruise with every kiss. He gravitated toward girls with
low self esteem; ones begging for his approval. Each dreamed they were
capable of being “the one” to fill the gap in his tormented soul. Wheezy
developed a contempt for them.
Wheezy walked alone a lot of the time. His alienation was nurtured like a hothouse plant.
other end of the spectrum, Wheezy chose to join the high school’s drama
group. He reveled in it. His frightening side dissolved. His fellow
performers saw another side of him: alive with positive energy, amusing,
and gifted with a devilish sense of humor. From the beginning, he was
playing Falstaff and Puck, any character created with a deviant spirit.
His parents couldn’t have cared less; they didn’t bother to show up at
the presentations. Instead of disapproving of his interests, they
ignored them entirely.
The extremes of his personality confused and
threatened teachers; he was an adolescent personable and excellent in
his English, drama and art classes, but could otherwise be deemed a
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