Nothing left (to burn)
Alternatively named “Say my name/Who I used to be,” although, truth to be told the title is something I’m still pondering.
TRIGGER WARNINGS: sensitive themes such as suicide mentions, discrimination (mentions of bullying), violence and strong language. All the awful things you can expect from High Schoolers, but nothing too graphic. I would say the story is suited for audiences that are at least 15+.
In Nothing left (to burn) you take the role of a teenager in their junior year who learns of the death of someone important to them. The media dismisses it as a suicide, but you know better; the only way Drew Moore would have jumped from the school roof is if they had been pushed into their deaths.
Having dropped out from St. Mary’s Grove High School at the end of your second year because of the harassment suffered, you finally decide to come back as a senior to uncover the truth of Drew’s death, this time as someone who has remade themselves and is no longer anyone’s plaything.
You have a faint idea of who’s responsible; the same people who made you leave River Grove. You could blame most of the student body and the teachers for covering their eyes when the abuse happened, but out of all of them, you are looking for the main perpetrators
The game: Nothing Left (to burn) <---- It’s better if you scrub your cache!
Olivia “Livvy” Haywood: senior. As the class representative, she only has the best of intentions. Livvy was meant to act as a mediator between teachers and students to make their communication easier, yet most of the time she takes the brunt of both sides.
Rami Moussa: senior. You remember him from your sophomore year, but back then he was a grade ahead of you. You’ve gathered that he was held back a year after getting expelled for violently assaulting two members of the football team.
Chadi Khan: sophomore. Chadi identifies as bigender and prefers feminine pronouns. You don’t know much about her, but she seems to be terrifying good with words and too smart for her age, having managed to gain a position in the debating club.
Kiyo Miura: junior. You think you’ve heard about her before leaving River Grove; an emerging track and field star. Yet for some unknown reason, she has stopped running indefinitely, and seems to be mingling with the wrong crowd.
William Tate: senior. He has transfered this year. Although he seems friendly enough, he’s reticent and quiet, preferring to be left to his own devices. There are rumours of him being a goth who thinks of himself as a vampire, due to his pale complexion and never seen eating.
Alexis Payne: senior. Identifies as non binary, but refuses to tag themselves further, finding labels too restricting for their liking. A free-spirited soul that believes in the innate goodness of people regardless of how many times they are let down.
Update June 2 (2019): Finished Prologue (about 3000 words).
June 3 (2019): corrected some errors and changed the files to UTF-8, should work in Chrome and Firefox.
June 7 (2019): added 1/4 of Chapter 1 and information about the ROs.
July 14 (2019): Chapter 1 is 3500 words long.
July 16 (2019): Added 1 full scene + the start of a second one in Chapter 1 (+3500 aprox)
August 28 (2019): revamped prologue, 11,5k words (code included)
TOTAL DEMO: 11.500 words aprox (code included)
I know I have been absent these past two years, but a lot of stuff happened. I have had a lot of unpleassant issues in real life, both mental and physical health problems, and while I’m not going to elaborate much on that, it has been a ride. I have other projects open, but after some time, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not ready for them. I didn’t abandon or scratch them; I just need to take my time with them because I started them when I wasn’t in my best headspace.
This story is meant to be a lot of bad things in my life handled in a way that won’t hurt me anymore, so I need to get rid of them first to improve. I hope that in the long term, this can be cathartic for you too