Strange Days and Dark Nights
By The Original Pippie
Bam groggily stumbled into his room, not caring much if he woke Jenn, or any one else in the house, up.
He didn’t even bother taking off his clothes first before dragging himself into bed. Jenn cracked her eyes open and
stared at him.
“Bam?” She grouched.
“What?” Groaned Bam back, not even moving or opening
“I can’t believe that you’re actually just now coming to bed.”
“Bam it’s almost dawn and you’re just now going to sleep? What’s wrong with you?”
“Nothing! Geeze, Jenn, can’t a guy stay up until the sun comes up without there being something wrong?”
He asked as he rolled over.
She moved in close to where she would almost be on top of him.
that guy has been doing that every night for a week and a half!” She stated, growing frustrated.
you know I’ve always been one to stay up late. I don’t know why you’re making such a big deal over this.
Now I’m tired and I’m going to sleep, so goodnight.”
Jenn rolled back over and rolled her eyes.
like good morning.”
She closed her eyes and tried to go back to sleep. There was no use to try to argue further
with Bam. He had fallen asleep for one; also Bam wouldn’t be able to wrap his brain around the subject at hand and why
Jenn was so bothered by it.
A few hours later everyone else was awake and starting their day, while Bam was still
asleep. Jenn sat in the kitchen sipping on a cup of coffee.
Ryan and Raab came downstairs and joined her in the kitchen
with a greeting smile directed at her. She grinned back and gave them a nod of her head.
“Morning boys. You
want some breakfast?”
“Nah… I’ll just have a cup of coffee.”
sure Dunn? I don’t mind.”
“It’s ok. Hey is Bam up yet?”
sighed with frustration.
“What’s the matter? Did you guys have a fight or somethin’?”
we didn’t have a fight.”
“I think I know what it is. Bam came in late again didn’t he? That’s
like… what? His third time this week?”
“Not to mention all of last week.”Added Ryan as he
poured a mug of coffee.
“He stays up until… right before dawn. Then he comes into bed and sleeps until
late in the afternoon. I’m getting really sick of this.”
“What are you going to do about it, Jenn?”
Jenn shook her head.
“I don’t know. There’s really nothing I can do, that’s the thing.
He doesn’t see the problem with it like I do.”
“Problem? You think Bam’s doing this because
there’s something going on with him?’ Asked Raab.
“Well… not exactly. But this isn’t
normal, even for him. Maybe there is something going on with him, but it’s not like I can ask him about it. Especially
hoe he’s been
acting towards me lately.”
“What do you mean?”
just been really… cranky with me, weather I bug him about his new sleeping habits or not. Every time I start to talk
to him about anything he snaps at me. I know that attitude of his lately has to be from the way he’s been sleeping,
but it’s pissing me off.”
When Bam finally woke up it was about 4:00 in the afternoon. He pushed the covers
off of him and stretched as he sat up.
Taking a look down at himself, he tugged on his t-shirt and thought it would
be a good idea to change his clothes. He decided that the only things that was suitable for that day was all black clothing
from head to toe.
Entering the bathroom, he looked in the mirror for a second. He thought that his black outfit needed
something. Jenn had inadvertently left her makeup setting out on the counter, allowing Bam to believe that it was up for grabs.
He rummaged through Jenn’s make up and pulled out what he wanted.
“Hey Jenn?” He called. There was
“Jenn?” He said a little louder, still no answer.
Bam shrugged it off and continued
to apply the black eye liner.
He put the eyeliner pencil down and grabbed another item from Jenn’s make up,
and pocketed it before heading back into his room.
Once back in his lair, he closed the door behind him and sat on
the bed. He then pulled the little bottle of black liquid out of his pants pocket and looked at his bare nails.
unscrewed the cap from the bottle, and with the small brush, he carefully smoothed on a thick coat of the liquid onto his
nails. After he finished, he blew onto his nails, and shook his hands a little to help the polish to dry faster.
he left his room again he finally noticed the note attached to the door.
“What the? How’d I miss this?”
He asked himself as he picked up the note to read it.
Bam we got sick of waiting for you to wake up, so we all
went out without you. If we’re still gone by the time you do get up, meet us at the skate park.
crinkled the note up and tossed it somewhere aimlessly and headed downstairs.
“He’s not showing.”
“He will. Just give him a few more minutes.”
“Bam’s probably still in bed.
Why’d we even bother waiting for him?” Asked Ryan.
A couple minutes later they saw someone walking towards
them, carrying a skateboard in his hand. They almost had a simultaneous double take when they realized that it was Bam.
the bright sun his skin looked really pale, and with all the black he was wearing, his skin had an even paler appearance.
He was wearing his Turbonegro top hat instead of on of his usual hats, and had a pair of sunglasses hanging from his shirt
When he made it to them, his lips were pursed slightly and he was squinting his eyes.
the hell did you guys make it so bright out here?” He joked as he put his sunglasses on.
that bright out here Bam. If you weren’t such a night owl lately you would be used to the sun like the rest of us.”
“Yeah whatever Raab. So uh… are we gonna skate or what?” Bam placed his skateboard on the ground
Jenn glanced down and saw light reflect from Bam’s shiny black nails.
“Is that my
black nail polish?”
“Yeah. What’s wrong with me using some?”
why did you paint your nails?’
“I don’t know… just trying to accessorize my outfit I guess.”
“Bam did I see you wearing eyeliner before you put your sunglasses on?’
thought I saw that too, Dunn. What’s with all the black shit, Bam?” Raab asked.
Bam looked down at himself.
“I don’t know… I just… Ok I’m here, let’s just start skating ok?” He said,
changing the subject.
They started skating for a while. Bam stayed away from the other three for a while. The sun
beat down on him, making him feel uncomfortable.
He looked down at his arms and saw red patches caused by the beaming
sun. He picked up his board and slowly headed for the park’s entrance.
“Uh hey… it’s been
fun out here but I… I got to go.”
“What? Why?” Jenn asked.
“I just do…
See you at home.”
He rushed back to his Hummer and drove away. Sitting inside the Hummer, the spots on his arms
began to itch. It wasn’t until he pulled into his driveway when he noticed the blisters that had frowned.
realized that this was more than a normal sunburn. Being out in the sun for that short time was beginning to literally destroy
him. He ran into the house to search for something that might be able to take care of the blisters on his arms.
the fuck is that slimy green goop Ape used to use on burns?”
He muttered as he rummaged through the medicine
He found a bottle of aloe and applied some of it to his blisters. He then sighed in relief once the burning
sensation went away.
“What the fuck is going on with me?” He shook his head and gazed into the mirror.