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29 October 2006 @ 09:43 pm
Opening Odessa, Texas thread, circa Ep. #2  

“Aaron, hey, I’m putting together a video for homecoming. Want to say a few words?” Zach asked, lifting his camera to back up his statement.

“Sure,” Aaron said, standing. Zach prepped the camera, switching it on and focusing on the boy in front of him. “Let me just start by saying what an awesome year this has been, and how gnarly—”

“Gnarly?” the girl seated on the ground said with a laugh. “Who says that anymore?”

“Hey, if you watch Jay and Silent Bob –” Aaron began to argue.

Smiling at their banter, it quickly changed to a frown as Zach saw something in the viewing screen just off to the right behind the tree that Aaron was standing in front of. Curious, Zach zoomed in on the object. The picture shook violently in his hands. But he was certain, it was a police car. And there was somebody getting out of it, heading for the main entrance of the school. Zach closed the screen on the camera and switched it off.

“Zach, man, what are you doing? I wasn’t finished!” Aaron protested.

“Mind my stuff,” Zach said, lowering his backpack and placing the camera down beside it.

Racing towards the hedges, keeping low so he wouldn’t be spotted, Zach headed towards the front pathway straining to overhear the conversation between the sheriff and the other uniformed man that accompanied him. They were looking for a cheerleader – one with Union Well High’s school uniform – who had been at the site of the train wreck. Claire. He had to warn her. And it was then that he remembered the tape.

Rushing back to his backpack he discovered that, although he had told Aaron and his girlfriend to watch it, they had long abandoned his gear at the sound of the bell. A little irritated, Zach glanced around quickly before picking up his belongings and racing towards the quadrangle. He placed his camera into his backpack, but the thought suddenly occurred to him that he still had Claire’s tape, or at least he thought he did. Rummaging through his bag as he rushed through the crowd of students, he became more fretful at the disappearance of the tape. He was so immersed in his search he ran into a fellow student, turning to round them as he continued to pat his bag down. Nothing. Glancing up he saw that the lockers were ahead of him. Dashing around the other students as if he were a skilled football player weaving between his opponents, Zach reached his locker and fumbled with the combination before yanking it open. He noticed he had passed Claire, but he wanted to find the tape before he bothered her about it. His hands flicked through the folders, papers and books that lined the top of his locker. It wasn’t hidden there. Time to panic. Unless Claire has it.

“Claire,” he said softly, rounding her and hoping maybe Jackie and Brody didn’t hear him. He waved a hand at her, indicating she should pull herself away from the others. “May I borrow your ear just for a minute?”
Zach (Thomas Dekker): Wantedifilmdeadpeople on November 2nd, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
“I know. I know, and I’m sorry,” Zach apologised. “I really thought it was still in my backpack.”

He could see how worried she was. If anyone saw what was on that tape, it could risk exposing everything. But he had no way to explain what had happened, and it was unlikely to have just ‘fallen out’ as Claire was suggesting. He knew she was grabbing at explanations, just like he had been, out of desperation.

“I know. I just can’t remember when I last saw it. I mean, I checked all through my backpack, and I looked in my locker.” He didn’t know where else it could be, and he looked around helplessly as if he expected it to appear right in front of them. “I’ve still got my camera. I was taping footage for Homecoming this morning. I used a different tape because I knew that tape was important to you and you didn’t want it erased or whatever. Are you sure I didn’t give it to you? Because the only time I left my bag this morning was when I went to see what the sheriff was doing here. And I doubt Aaron or Christine would have stolen it, I wasn’t gone that long and they had no reason to look through my stuff.”
invinciblecheer on November 2nd, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
"No, you didn't give it to me. I would have remembered if you gave it to me. What if we lost it a few days ago after we taped it or something? I mean, you can't remember when you last had it, what if it fell out yesterday?" Claire was really worried about what in the world had happened to this tape, she had no clue where it could be.

She held onto his hand as they walked off the field and headed around the parimeter of the school, "I just really want to find it."
Zach (Thomas Dekker): shrugifilmdeadpeople on November 3rd, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
“I didn’t lose it after that. I couldn’t. It was in my camera. And I still have my camera don’t I?” he said, lifting his eyebrows. Of course she hadn’t seen that, it was still in his bag, but if she wanted him to pull it out to prove it he would. “And it was in my backpack today. At least I thought it was. I haven’t pulled anything out of my bag since the day of the train wreck.” He stopped, looking rather abashed. “Apart from homework, I mean.”

Claire appeared rather adamant that it had fallen out, but Zach knew it couldn’t be so. Not when he kept his bag with him the whole time. Not when it was zipped closed. Not when he checked it a hundred times a day to ensure his camera was still in it. But why hadn’t he seen Claire’s tape? Where had it gone?

“It didn’t fall out. I don’t want to lose my camera, Claire. Do you really think I’d be that careless to leave it unzipped?”

With her hand fastened around his again whilst she led him around the perimeter of the school, Zach again found it hard to concentrate on what he remembered. She’s holding my hand. I can’t believe she’s holding my hand. She wouldn’t even ride my bike a few days ago.

“Maybe we should head around the front,” he suggested. “That’s the first time I noticed it was gone.”
invinciblecheer on November 3rd, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)
Claire wasn't really acknowledging the fact that she was holding onto his hand, she had bigger things going on in her head. She nodded her head in response to his suggestion and headed up that way, "I just am so worried about what happened, I'm sorry Zach. I know you wouldn't knowingly put me in danger."

She turned to look at him and gave him a smile hoping he'd forgive her for accusing him and just being a general pain in the ass, "Forgive me?"
Zach (Thomas Dekker): oh rly?ifilmdeadpeople on November 3rd, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
[ooc] Think maybe next post you should click on the first reply to comments selection again. We're getting kinda squished ;) [bic]

He gave a brief smile, shyly looking down. How could he resist those puppy dog eyes? She could win over anyone with that look. Glancing up he smiled, raising his shoulders in a sheepish manner.

“You wouldn’t expect me to do otherwise,” he said. “Even if it was my fault. I feel like I should have made a copy for you but that would kind of defeat the purpose. We only made the original for you so you would know, so it wouldn’t get out. Even though it’s all over the news.” He paused in thought. “Wait, the sheriff didn’t have it, did he? Is that why they were looking for you?”