Test of Time
Marill as herself
Raichu as herself
Firera as herself
?? as Susy Taylor
?? as John Stuart
Jessie sat in front of the table, staring out of the window. The head master sat down at his desk.
"I've just spoken with Mr Clements. He told me that you pushed Chloe Johnston off her chair, stabbed her with a fork and then pushed her against him. Then you threw a chair at some girls in your class and pushed Mr Clements away when he tried to stop you. And then you insulted him. I'm disappointed Jessie, you have a good record of good behaviour. What made you do it?" the headmaster said.
"But Firera, wasn't it a knife?" Marill's voice asked.
"Shut it! I slipped, won't you let it go?" Firera's voice yelled angrily.
"You suck, Firera!" Raichu's voice exclaimed.
"Yeah, I mean if it wasn't for Clive, that mistake would be still un noticed," Marill's voice said.
"But the mistake is still there, Marill, shouldn't we change it?" Raichu's voice asked.
"Why bother. Clive told us about the mistake in the Message Board. People know about it now, so what's the point?" Marill's voice asked.
"Good point. Okay then, lets continue the story," Raichu's voice said.
"Typical isn't it," Jessie muttered.
"What is?" the headmaster asked.
"Ever since Infants, James and I have been insulted, he was beaten up, and when I get my own back, I'm the one who gets told off," Jessie muttered.
"Nobody has ever reported this, why didn't you?" the headmaster asked.
"Ever heard of grassers?" Jessie asked. "Anyway, my sister always defended me if he didn't."
"Jessie, do you realise that what you've done will cause you to be expelled from this school, permanently?" the headmaster asked.
"So, at least I'll get away from those b******," Jessie said.
"Watch your language," the headmaster said.
"I can't see it so how can I watch it?" Jessie asked.
The headmaster stood up and he left the room. A few minutes later he came back in.
"I've just contacted your mother and I've told her what happened. She wasn't too happy about it," the headmaster said.
"Oh great, do you realise what you've done? My sister got thrown out of the house because she got expelled by you and now the same thing is going to happen to me," Jessie said.
"Have you got any other relatives?" the headmaster asked.
"No, why should you care," Jessie muttered.
"I do care. I knew what happened to Allison when she was your age. I don't want that to happen to you. So, have you got anywhere to go?" the headmaster asked.
"Manchester," Jessie muttered.
"Why Manchester?" the headmaster asked.
"My only friend lives there, I want to go and see him. I haven't been able to contact him since mid 2374," Jessie said.
"I understand, I'll take you there if you want," the headmaster said.
"Why are you being so nice all of a sudden?" Jessie asked.
"I was treated the same way as you when I was in school. I got close to losing my temper just like you did ten minutes ago. Just tell me where to go and I'll take you there," the headmaster said.
The headmaster's shuttle landed in the town centre.
"Do you have any idea where he lives?" the headmaster asked.
"No, I just know he lives in Salford. The last time I spoke with him he said he always gotten lost in this place," Jessie said.
"What's his father's surname?" the headmaster asked.
"I have no idea, I would know if James' mother actually used his surname," Jessie said.
"His mothers?" the headmaster asked.
"Taylor," Jessie replied. The headmaster fiddled with his console.
"The computer has no idea where he lives, what are we going to do now?" the headmaster asked.
"Search the city, I hope you don't mind," Jessie muttered.
"No, of course not," the headmaster replied.
Trafford Centre, two
The shuttle landed near the old shopping centre. Jessie stepped out of the shuttle.
"Why are we stopping here?" the headmaster asked.
"James was always dragged out shopping every night, his mother loved old but posh shopping centres, that's why she used to go to the Metro Centre all the time," Jessie said.
An hour later Jessie walked out of the shopping centre and headed back to the shuttle.
"I take it you didn't see him," the headmaster said. Jessie shook her head. "Never mind, we'll try tomorrow," the headmaster said. They both stopped when they heard a familiar voice near by.
"Oh mum, how many times do we have to come here, I know this place off by heart," the voice moaned.
"Be quiet, you have to admit it's fun, especially when we've got money," a woman's voice said.
Jessie turned around. James was being dragged by his mother Susy, they were heading for the shopping centre. She ran to the pair, she tapped James on the shoulder. He turned around and he was immediately being hugged by Jessie.
"James, what's going on?" his mother asked. Jessie stopped hugging James as the headmaster walked up to the group. John caught up with the pair.
"Jess, what are you doing here, I thought you were in Stanley," James asked.
"I got kicked out of the house, and what kind of hello is that?" Jessie asked.
"What kind of hello was that, you gave me a fright of a lifetime. One second I'm being dragged into the Trafford, the next I'm being hugged by a girl," James said.
"Oh, sorry, I was just happy to see you," Jessie said.
"So, how long are you going to be in Manchester?" James asked.
"Probably for a long time, I'll need to find an apartment somewhere," Jessie replied.
"Why don't you stay with us, there's plenty of room, isn't that right?" John said. Susy frowned.
"Well, I'd better get back to the school, good luck Jessie," the headmaster said and he went back to his shuttle.
"Thanks," Jessie said. The shuttle took off.
"John, we don't have enough room in the house, we only have two bedrooms," Susy said.
"Yes, two extremely large bedrooms, I'm sure she won't mind staying in the same room," John said. Susy sulked. The shuttle landed again. The headmaster came back out with Jessie's bags.
"You forgot something," he said and he went back into the shuttle. It took off.
"He's strange," John muttered.
"That's the headmaster, he felt sorry for me so he dropped me off here," Jessie said.
"Why here," Susy moaned.
"I don't have anywhere else to go. Well, James, do you know any good apartments?" Jessie asked.
"I told you, you can stay at ours," John said.
"Oh c'mon Jess," James said.
"Oh, okay," Jessie muttered.
"I've got a friend again," James said.
"You didn't make anymore friends either, I take it," Jessie asked.
"Nope, I spend most of my time in the house, I still get lost," James said. John laughed.
"Oh well, lets go on a shopping spree, then we'll go home," John said.
"We do that every night," James moaned.
"Cos it's fun," Susy said. She started dragging James with her again. John and Jessie followed not far behind.
"Do you understand why you have to pass on my family line?" John asked.
"Huh? Sorry, I wasn't listening, what were you saying?" James asked. Jessie laughed. They were both playing on a computer game. John paused the game.
"Oh, I was playing that!" Jessie exclaimed.
"Yeah, what's the big idea?" James asked.
"This is important, you have to listen to me," John said.
"Why is it so important to pass on your family line, I'm not your proper son," James said.
"Not the point, I don't have a son of my own. You're as close as I can get with a son," John said.
"Carry on your own family line, I'll play a game," James said and he unpaused the game.
"That extra life is mine," Jessie said.
"Fine, as long as I can have the next one," James said. John paused the game again.
"Hey!" Jessie moaned.
"James, listen to me. You have to marry another girl to pass on the family line," John said.
"No!" James snapped.
"Yes!" John yelled.
"No! My life, leave me alone!" James yelled back.
"Yes! My family line!" John yelled.
"No! Your family line, go away!" James yelled.
"Yes! You have too!" John yelled.
"Now, children, stop fighting," Jessie muttered.
"But he's being mean," James muttered.
"And he's being disrespectful," John said.
"I don't see why James has to marry, it's his decision isn't it?" Jessie asked.
"It is," James said.
"That maybe so, but my family line is at stake," John said.
"Well I may get married someday, but that's my choice not yours," James said.
"Sorry, but it's too late, you're getting engaged to Dannielle tomorrow," John said.
"No!" James grumbled.
"Yes!" John exclaimed.
"Who's Dannielle?" Jessie asked.
"Yeah, I don't know anybody called Dannielle," James said.
"She's the only daughter of the Annet family," John said.
"I'm not getting married to a girl I don't know, she's probably a snobby cow," James said.
"Too true," Jessie muttered.
"Don't say that about your future wife," John said.
"I'm not getting married to her!" James yelled.
"You're getting married to her because your mother wants you to, and that's final," John said.
"But I thought you wanted me to get married," James said.
"I do, I agree with you, it is your decision, but your mum doesn't seem to care. She says the girl is very nice," John said.
"So she's already met her," James asked.
"No, she spoke with her mother the other day," John said.
"Oh this is just great," James moaned. John left the room. "Jess, what should I do?"
"I don't know, throw a tantrum when you meet her. Show your parents up," Jessie said.
"Good idea, but that won't change my mum's mind," James moaned.
"I tell you what, to cheer you up, we'll go to this pub I know about tomorrow night," Jessie said.
"Jess, I don't drink," James said.
"And you are, how old?" Jessie asked.
"Nearly nineteen," James replied.
"You've got very strange parents. Just tell them that I'm taking you to the cinema or out shopping," Jessie said.
"Mum'll know if we aren't shopping, remember. She goes to the Trafford every night," James said.
"Fine, just tell them you're going to the cinema with me," Jessie said.
"I'll try. So, how far were we in the game?" James asked. Jessie grinned and she unpaused the game.
"I'm not having that other girl here when Dannielle arrives," Susy said.
"Why not, she is his friend after all," John asked.
"Dannielle's mum will not know that and secondly, Jessie's a bad example to James, I don't want her around," Susy said.
"Will it be okay if she waited near the balcony, at least she'll be able to see," John said.
"This isn't a show, John, but okay," Susy said. James and Jessie walked downstairs.
"Jessie, please wait upstairs, near the balcony. James' mother doesn't want you around," John said.
"Why not?" James asked.
"She thinks that Dannielle's mother might think of you the wrong way," John said.
"Oh fine," Jessie muttered and she walked back upstairs.
"So, mum, if I don't like her, I don't have to get married to her right?" James asked.
"No, you'll still get married to her," Susy replied.
"That doesn't make any sense," James moaned.
"Tough," Susy said. There was a knock on the door. Susy answered it. Everyone nearly had a heart failure. Dannielle walked in and she looked exactly like Jessie.
"Maybe this won't be as bad as you think, huh, James," John muttered.
"Please pinch me, I must be dreaming," James muttered. Dannielle's mother walked in.
"Is there a problem, Susy?" Dannielle's mother asked.
"I think so," Susy replied. Jessie ran downstairs.
"What kind of sick joke is this!" Jessie yelled.
"Huh? It can't be," Dannielle's mother muttered.
"That's the problem," John said.
"How come she looks exactly like me and why is she here? Is she James' girlfriend?" Dannielle asked.
"Huh? The cheek of it!" Jessie exclaimed.
"Did you adopt her or something?" Dannielle's mother asked.
"It sometimes seems that way," Susy muttered.
"No, she's just living here because she's got nowhere else to go," John said.
"It's just, she must be Dannielle's twin sister, I put her up for adoption because I couldn't handle twins. I think she was a baby when I put her in the children's home," Dannielle's mum said.
"Ohno. Kill me, I think she's right," Jessie said.
"Why's that?" John asked.
"I was adopted when I was three," Jessie muttered.
"You mean your fiancee is your best friend's twin sister. Now that's confusing," John said.
"She's not my fiancee cos I'm not getting married, I'm leaving!" James yelled and he stormed out of the room. Jessie and John went after him.
"I'm sorry, he's just nervous, maybe another time," Susy said.
"Yes, of course," Dannielle's mum said. She and Dannielle left the house.
"You showed us up, how could you do it?" Susy asked angrily.
"You shouldn't of planned my own life, it's my choice whether I want to get married or not," James said.
"How is this family suppose to be carried on with such a stubborn son," Susy moaned.
"It's my life, so leave me alone!" James snapped. Susy stormed out of the room.
"Don't worry, she'll cool down," John said.
"Why is she acting like this, I don't want to get married to that girl. Plus she looks too much like Jessie, and it'll be very confusing to have to live with twins," James said.
"Yeah, and she does look like a posh snob," Jessie said.
"She looks exactly like you," James said.
"You can tell by what she wears, only posh snobs wear stuff like that," Jessie said.
"Don't worry about it, I'll try to talk some sense into her when we go out tonight," John said.
"That reminds me, Jessie and I are going to the cinema tonight," James said.
"Oh really, what are you going to see?" John asked.
"I don't know," James muttered.
"James, you don't have to lie to me, you can go where ever you want," John said.
"Thanks," James said.
It was 1am. James' parents were in the living room. "What are we waiting for exactly?" John asked.
"I really don't trust that girl, she's probably taken him out to the pub, or a club," Susy replied.
"So, he's nearly nineteen, he can do what he wants," John said.
"Not as long as he lives here," Susy said. The main door opened and the pair walked into the house. Susy ran towards the door and she spied on them.
"That was fun, we'll have to do that again sometime," Jessie said, sounding a little drunk.
"Yeah, why don't we play a game on the computer," James said, also sounding drunk.
"I told you," Susy whispered.
"I told you," John imitated.
"What was that?" Susy asked.
"Nothing," John muttered.
"You know, that Dannielle lass dresses like an absolute tart. I'm so glad I was adopted," Jessie said.
"Speaking of tarts, I fancy something to eat," James said.
"Strawberry tarts are nice, have you got any?" Jessie said.
"I don't know. I would go to the kitchen but I can't be bothered," James said.
"I'm going out there," Susy said.
"Why?" John asked but it was too late, she had left the room.
"James! What have I told you? You're drunk!" Susy yelled.
"Drunk, Mrs Taylor. No, of course not," Jessie said.
"Absolutely not, mum," James said, shaking his head.
"Who fancies a kebab?" Susy asked.
"Oooh, me!" they both said quickly.
"Oh, she tricked us," Jessie muttered. James collapsed. Jessie laughed, pointing her finger at him. "It must of been that popcorn we had at the cinema. I told him not to have seconds." She fell asleep on Susy's shoulder.
"I'm very mad," Susy muttered. John laughed at her. "She's going," she said loudly.
"What do you mean?" John asked.
"Before she moved in, James wasn't this bad. I want her out of this house tomorrow," Susy snapped.
"But you can't, she doesn't have anywhere to go," John said.
"She can live in a cardboard box for all I care," Susy said and she stormed off, making Jessie almost fall over. She woke up.
"She's a mean big poo poo head," Jessie muttered.
"I heard that!" Susy yelled.
"You've got that right. I'm sorry Jessie, here take this money, you can buy an apartment somewhere with this," John said.
"Cool, my own room. I'll give you my address when I've got it, tell James I'll pop by tomorrow," Jessie said and she stumbled upstairs to pack her bags.
"But, Jessie," John muttered. She had closed the bedroom door.
"You did what!" James snapped, almost cringing at the sound of his own voice.
"I chucked her out, I'm sure she'll be happier in a cardboard box," Susy replied.
"Sorry Susy, I gave her money, she'll be able to buy an apartment. She said she'll pop by later," John said.
"She's not coming anywhere near this house. As soon as I see her on the video cameras I'll chuck her out," Susy said.
"But she's my friend, you cant do that!" James yelled.
"You should have thought about that before you decided to lie to me," Susy said. She walked out of his room.
"I'm sorry, James," John said.
January 2370 (two
years later, several months before Caretaker):
John knocked on James' door. He walked into the room to find him staring out of the window.
"James, what are you doing inside, you should be out with your friends," John said.
"I've told you this loads of times, I just want my best friend back," James muttered.
"I'm sure if your mother was still alive I'm sure she would apologise," John said.
"No she wouldn't," James said.
"It doesn't matter anyway because I know where your friend is," John said. James walked over to him.
"Where?" he asked.
"My friend that works in the Marquis said that he saw her on a ship patrolling the Bad Lands. He's offered us a place, if you're interested," John said.
"But don't the Marquis kill Cardassians?" James asked.
"Not..," John replied.
"I'm in, I'd do anything to see my friend again," James interrupted him.
"Great, get your things packed. We're leaving tomorrow, that Marquis ship is due to be stopping at a planet in the Goloran System," John said.
"How long is this story going to take? I thought it was just going to be a story about why James wasn't at school to stop you from attacking people in your class?" Naomi's voice asked.
"It is, just one thing leads to another, if you know what I mean," Jessie's voice said.
"Why are we in Italics?" Morgan asked.
on Voyager, December 2375:
"That's better," Morgan said.
"Thank god that story is finished," Naomi muttered.
"Yeah, I was going to sleep," Kiara said.
"Kids," everyone muttered
"That story was great," Triah said.
"By the way how did we get back to your quarters?" Tani asked.
"We moved when the story was going on," James said.
"Oh yeah," Tani muttered.
"So what happened when you joined the Marquis?" Craig asked.
"I found Jessie working at a Engineering station so I managed to work with her," James said.
"Then less than a year later we got trapped in the Delta Quadrant. Well the rest you know," Jessie said.
"More like the rest we know, most of them weren't around at the beginning," James said.
"Whatever," Jessie muttered.
"You know, we never got to finish our game of Twister," Morgan said.
"Oh crap!" Triah cried as she fell over.
"And Triah's out of there," Tani said.
"Wow I love this game, I get to be so close to the girls," Craig said.
"And Craig's out of there," Tani said.
"But I didn't fall," Craig moaned.
"I know, you just opened your big gob," Tani said. Craig untangled himself from Morgan and Tani. Morgan fell over when he climbed out.
"Tani, you knew that would happen if you got rid of Craig," Morgan moaned.
"And Morgan's out of there," Tani said. There was only Tani, James and Jessie left in the match. Suddenly 'Double Trouble' came back on. James and Jessie jumped out of the match, Tani grinned.
"I wiiiinnn!" she squealed as she fell to the ground.
"And Tani's out of there," Morgan said.
"Well, nobody won," Naomi muttered.
"Shhhh! The song's on," Jessie and James said. Everyone started singing to the chorus of the song.
"Ohno, not again," Naomi muttered.
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