The next day, I went to school. After getting off the bus I walked to class alongside my exercise clubmates.
”Occasionally, I have the passing feeling that school is pretty useless. ”
I smiled at Gloria who had talked and I laughed.
”You may be right, but some of the information is useful to know. Its good to be educated about certain subjects. ”
William voiced his opinion:
”I think education is important no matter what you are doing. Information is important, for some subjects, because you never know when it may be useful. ”
”You practically just repeated what I said. ”
”Yes, but elegantly. ”
”Screw you. ”
”Come on boys, play nice. ”
We both looked at her and our faces turned sour. Matthew and Gavin were also there with us, but they were mostly silent.
We eventually arrived at school. History was always an interesting class. We were talking about Roman civilization today.
”Romans modernized the world. Their military was unmatched. They had good architecture and great generals for the most part. Rome started out as a small town-like entity. Eventually it became bigger by means of its war efforts. ”
Savannah, the teacher, continued to talk about Rome for the rest of the class. I listened particularly to the famous generals because I figured that it was a good possibility that other Legends had been brought back to life like me.
At lunch, I sat down at an empty table. Matthew, Gavin, and Gloria all came over and sat by me. I had told them in PE that we should all eat together and they had agreed. I had something that I wanted to discuss with each of them.
”Hello my fellow classmates, it is a pleasure to meet all of you in a passive setting. I have a question for all of you. Do you want to become stronger? Not just because you can, but because it is what you feel you must do to protect those around you? ”
They all thought about it for a moment and nodded their heads in affirmation. I continued with my proposition.
”I talked to our PE teacher after class about a school sanctioned club. To have a club, you must have a teacher who vouches for your group and helps to manage the finances given to your group by the school. Bruce agreed, if I was the leader and you were the members, that he would vouch for us. ”
”A club, but I am already in the swim club. ”
I replied to Gloria.
”You can be in more than one, I asked Bruce. ”
”Okay, Ill join. ”
I stared at Gavin, who stared back piercingly and said:
”Ill join I suppose, but you had better not call us spartans. ”
I frowned, I had totally been planning on it.
”Why not? ”
”You seem to be sticking to that joke a little too much. If you want to make an exercise club, It should not be a joke, but an iron standard of strength and unwavering will. ”
”I understand where you are coming from I suppose. It is a new era for me afterall. ”
”What do you mean, no actually, I don care. I will join if you let me choose the name. ”
I was a little annoyed by the audacity of the grim child before me, but I decided it wouldn be such a bad thing.
”Fine, but I will have to agree with it. ”
”Your terms are acceptable. I already have a proposition, how about we call ourselves the wolverines. They are ferocious beasts that can challenge animals much larger than themselves. They are fearless. ”
”I suppose that is an acceptable name, but I still think that spartans would have been better. Matthew, how about you? ”
He looked at me and laughed.
”Of course Ill join. You are a leader who I expect will lead by example. Just from that one game, I have seen that whoever follows you will never be bullied. ”
I nodded my head. My team had gathered and I was happy. I opened my lunch box and started to eat. My mom had packed me a carton of milk and some slabs of pork. It was a protein heavy meal, my favorite.
As I was eating, Jackson, Bill, and William walked up.
”Our friend Jack here was hit a bit hard by your ball, so why don you apologize to him. ”
”Hey Bill, why don you walk back to your table before you regret it. As they say an eye for an eye. Jackson made me mad on the bus this morning, so I paid him back. It was also within the rules for me to hit you in the face, so if you have a problem go talk to Bruce. ”
Jackson looked me in the eyes and started to talk.
”I will forgive you for hitting me in the face in dodgeball if you forgive me for the spitball. You caught it though. ”
His response made me angry because he was not even sorry.
”You want forgiveness? ”
I spat on the floor next to him.
”Then get religion. ”
It was a phrase that I stole from my dad who liked to be dramatic. Bill and Jackson walked off while Wiliam had something to say still.
”I don hate you for what you did because I would have done the same. I used to play basketball with Bill and Jack, but theyve become different people. They seem stuck up now and I don particularly know why. ”
”William, you seem like a smart kid, so let me ask you a question. What do you think makes a person seem strong and what is important in life? ”
”I think that a person has to go out of their way to become truly strong. It isn a comfortable process, but it is fulfilling. In life a person should protect what is important to them and they have to be strong and smart to do that. ”
”Damn right William. Anyways, we are making a club. If you want to join it, just let me know. ”
”Ill consider it. ”
William walked away. He would be a good addition to our group, but I would keep an eye on him until he had gained my trust.
The room was complete, I had the keys in my pocket and everything I had asked Bruce to buy had been delivered to the room. It had taken a month, but our clubs base of operations was fully functional.
I was surprised at first by how big the room was and how the school gave such rooms for full use to a single club. Upon the door, a picture of a wolverine facing up against a grizzly bear with teeth bared was posted.
Inside the room, there was a collapsible circular table in the center and collapsable chairs surrounding it. On one side of the room there was a whiteboard, and on the other there was a coffee table and on top of it rested four barrels of protein powder each weighing about five pounds. There was a minifridge next to it filled to the brim with gallons of milk. Upon the ground lay several sets of weights of varying masses. In the far corner, there was a pullup bar with a chair next to it.
Bruce had gotten every single thing I had asked for and I was purely delighted.
I showed Gloria, Gavin, Matthew, and William into the room. William had decided to join the club a week after I had given him the choice.
They all stared in awe at the room. I walked over to the white board and started to draw a workout.
The set would be ten pullups, ten pushups, and ten curls with the five pound weights. We would repeat the set five times and I would use the ten pound weights.
The workout took about thirty minutes.
After the workouts, I took out five cups and five spoons. I put them on the coffee table and divided up some protein powder into each of them. For every cup I put a scoop of protein powder in. That amount filled the glass to about one tenth of its maximum volume. I poured milk into each cup and handed it to each person.
”This may look disgusting, but it has about forty grams of protein overall. ”
”Its so globby. ”
”Don worry, I ordered the chocolate flavor. ”
”Oh, and that somehow makes it better? ”
Matthew was being a little squeamish, but he still chugged the concoction. My club was set up and everything was in order. I was finally feeling content with life.
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