Persona: IWFMOP: Story Thread


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June 17th, Midday

Daniel sighed, watching the buildings pass as they drew closer to their new home. He still didn't understand why they had to come

“Sweetheart, don't be so depressed. Phoenix Island is a great opportunity!” His mother said, glancing over at him and offering a reassuring grin.

“Yeah, for Dad.” Daniel replied, slouching lower, letting his dark hair fall and cover the scowl on his face.

“Phoenix Island is a wonderful place. The Phoenix Corporation is one of the leading companies in its field, so the schools are wonderful. I'm sure you'll make some new friends soon.”

“I'm trying to read,” a voice called out from the back, and he spared a glance at his younger sister.

“Whatever squirt.”

“That's not my name. It's Lucy.” His younger sister stated calmly, not even looking up from her book. “Stop behaving like a child. It's embarrassing that my older brother act like a little kid.”

Dan just leaned back, and stuck his tongue out at her.

“Perk up a bit! Phoenix Island was founded to be the forefront of humanity. New technologies are being discovered each and every day. I'm sure you'll be able to find something to do.” His mother said, trying to cheer him up.

Daniel simply slouched lower, folding his arms. His mother let out a well practiced sigh of exasperation, before leaving the teen to stew in his own thoughts.

The rest of the ride was uneventful, and within a short time, they arrived at their new home.

Against his will Dan had to admit that it was nicer than their old apartment. It was a real house, two stories, probably a furnished basement. Sure, it wasn't the largest place he had ever seen. Hell, the neighborhood had a few mansions scattered around, not even touching on the estates of some of the executives, but it was more than he had expected.

And just as quickly, his rising mood was crushed as his mother called to him “Dan! Help us bring in our stuff!”

“Couldn't we have just hire some movers? What's the point of getting a new job and moving us to a freaking island if we can't afford movers?” He replied, already resuming his slouch.

“There's nothing wrong with an honest day's work young man.”

“Yeah, because this is exactly how I wanted to spend my first day here. Moving boxes. I didn't even want to move in the first place...”

“DANIEL STELLA MORGEN! You will stop acting like a spoiled brat and help out your family!” his mother commanded, the steel acquired from her old job showing through.

Dan winced at the use of his full name, and out of the corner of his eye, saw someone snickering at him. He had been here less than five minutes, and already, people were laughing about his name. It wasn't his fault he was given it, but he was the one to suffer the consequences. He shot a brief glare at his mother for giving it to him, before sighing, grabbing one of the boxes containing his things, and bringing it into their new home.

As angry as he was about the move, he had to admit, his new room was much better than his old one. It was easily twice the size, and had a television in the corner. Probably meant as a peace offering from his parents. With a sigh, and a small smile that quickly vanished, he reutrned downstairs to help unload the rest of their belongings.

June 17th, Evening

It took most of the day to move the essentials. By the time they had finished, the sun was already setting. Daniel quickly returned to his room, surveying the scene before him. It was still a mess, he hadn't bothered to unpack anything just yet. He didn't want to unpack anything tonight, but the television still hadn't been hooked up... his eyes drifted towards the window, and a plan formed.

It was only the second floor so escaping out the window wasn't difficult. He just had to be careful to avoid attention, but after all the work that day, his parents were probably too tired to really notice. He quickly made his way out of the yard, and proceeded down the street.

“I'm going for a walk.” Dan called over his shoulder, already far enough away that he couldn't hear any potential protests.

Time to see what this place had to offer.