Type

                “That was…cool,” Artemis blinked, shutting her newest novel and staring up at the fluorescent lights of her lamp.

                She flipped the book to the cover page, the title reading ‘Chain Mail’. It was an import novel from Japan, laden with all the Japanese names and places and lingo you’d expect from a translated book (it even had the Tokyopop label). But what made it particularly interesting was that it was about writers, and not just any kinds of writers but writers that were loners. Flipping the book around in her hands, she peered over to her laptop, resting in its usual state on her desk, the monitor laying flat against the keypad. She tapped her foot against the mocha-brown carpet and then hesitantly made her way towards her black swivel-chair.

                The boot-up process took a grand total of thirty seconds, her laptop whirring to life and giving her the usual welcome chime. All the usual system-checkup programs popped into view, all of which she closed out on her determined path to the internet. The little blue ‘e’ was in the same spot as always, and Artemis clicked on it. Her imagination was running rampant and her fingers were itching for a go on the keypad.

                Before long, Artemis found herself on the messenger. Her eyes scrolled down the list of names and she made a mental collaboration. From her buddy list, she made a beeline for the compose button.


 

Subject: Type

Sender: Artemis <Azure_Diamond_Core@hotmail.com>

Date: June 10, 3:43 PM

 

This E-mail has been sent to you in the hopes of your collaboration with a new project called Type. Type is an entirely voluntary and, if I need say it, non-profit system created by yours truly. You are in no sense obligated to participate. I’m just tired of the real world and trying to find others who feel the same. In essence, I’m asking you to join me. Below is a link to my new solution, the World of Type. There are six slots in total, five of which are free as of now. You may choose any and take on the role of that certain character.

 

The plot starts simple.

We are based in a loose metro-suburban setting, where your neighbors are nothing more than the people who just happen to occupy the space beside you. There are separate schools for boys and girls, with only the expansive train system and a flurry of clubs and cafes for them to share. And of course there’s the foreboding community separation, the rich from the poor and private schools from the public. This is the story of six kids who decide to cross the tracks…or even the city boundaries.

 

The roles are as follows.

Main Character

Main Character’s Neighbor (opposite sex)

Rebellious Rich kid

Unloved and Unappreciated Scholarship Student

First-Born with Too Many Expectations on Them

Would-Be Photographer

 

You may choose to name your character whatever you please and place a gender onto those without. Make your character have a background to be set wherever you see fit. If you choose to participate, please click the link below. And if you wish to make the pool more diverse…forward it!

 

Hope to see you soon!


 

                Luka drummed his fingers on his desk, reading the E-mail for a second time. It had been nearly six months since he’d last spoken to Artemis. After having left the Island, life had definitely caught up with them, and it was depressing. He understood immediately why she’d picked up on this ‘Type’ thing; he, too, was tired of the real world. But then again, how writing would ever come into play of escaping it, he was unsure. Essays had never given him much relief before. And he wasn’t all too great of a writer in the first place. His eyes lingered over the plotline.

                He decided to swallow his pride and give the site a look, even if he wasn’t planning on participating.

                It was pretty well done, considering that it was done by Artemis. It had a blue-black-silver theme to it, but thankfully, it didn’t have the normal emo-backdrop most homemade RPG sites had. That was Artemis for you. ‘Type’ was at the very top of the page in attractive blue lettering, underlined by a curvy, silver-studded black line. The small plot description was just beneath it and off to the side, beside a small, comical subway train that could’ve come off of a clip-art site. But knowing her, she’d probably drawn it.

                That’s when his eyes came to the roles section, resting just beneath the plot description.

 

Main Character                                                                                                                                                  (                          )

Main Character’s Neighbor (opposite sex)                                                                                                                (                          )

Rebellious Rich Kid                                                                                                                                           (                          )

Unloved and Unappreciated Scholarship Student                                                                                   (                          )

First-Born with Too Many Expectations on Them                                                                                      (Artemis           )

Would-Be Photographer                                                                                                                                  (                          )

 

                Luka couldn’t help but to chuckle at her character selection. He wondered if she’d specifically designed her part or picked it at random out of a list. It really could’ve been either—he could imagine her as any of the characters on the list. Or, truly, anything except for the fourth—she was just too adorable for that.

                He looked at her name, sitting all alone in the right-hand column. Then, with a sigh, he knew that one way or another, he’d end up being a Type follower. They might not have talked for six months, and she might not have been talking to him directly by any means…but it was too tempting to refuse. He cracked his knuckles and hit the keyboard.


 

Subject: FW: Type

Sender: Luka <Cobalt_Crash_Aukraine@hotmail.com>, Artemis <Azure_Diamond_Core@hotmail.com>

Date: June 10, 4:15PM

 

Okay, well, I guess it’s just too enticing for me to refuse…but knowing the “expanse” of Artemis’s buddy list, Type will be a difficult environment to strive in. I forward you this message in hopes that you, even as you may not even personally know me or Artemis, choose to help in this effort to beat the hell out of our boring World.

 

FW: This E-mail has been sent to you in the hopes of your collaboration with a new project called Type. Type is an entirely voluntary and, if I need say it, non-profit system created by yours truly. You are in no sense obligated to participate.

 

 

                “Type, huh?” Mel blinked.

                The E-mail had come as a surprise, for Luka was really just some guy she’d met on the internet. It wasn’t anything kinky; they’d exchanged addresses a few months back on an art site after a heated discussion over drawing styles. She hadn’t talked to him since, and seeing the gigantic panel that was the ‘To:’ box, she figured that he’d just highlighted his entire address book and sent it out in bulk. But, the more she lingered over Artemis’s original message, the more intrigued she was. A quick glance at her calendar told her that there was another two, three months left of Summer Vacation. That was a long time to be doing nothing.

                At this moment, her cat jumped up onto her desk, causing her to click down on the mouse, and in a sheer stroke of luck, the link to the Type page was opened. She gazed at it for a few moments, looked at her cat, and then grinned, clicking into the character box and entering her name.

 

Subject: FW: FW: Type

Sender: Mel <AquisKCD@yahoo.com>, Luka <Cobalt_Crash_Aukraine@hotmail.com>, Artemis <Azure_Diamond_Core@hotmail.com>

Date: June 10, 4:23PM

 

Alright, so most people who receive this E-mail will most likely not remember me but…following the footsteps of Luka here….

 

FW: Okay, well, I guess it’s just too enticing for me to refuse…but knowing the “expanse” of Artemis’s buddy list, Type will be a difficult environment to strive in. I forward you this message in hopes that you, even as you may not even personally know me or Artemis, choose to help in this effort to beat the hell out of our boring World.

 

 

                Artemis blinked in awe. It hadn’t been a few hours since she’d first sent out the E-mail to those ten people on her buddy list, and yet she was staring at the Type homepage and the entire character list was full. In her inbox were five unread messages, all referring to Type. She’d yet to open up the story matrix, and nobody would be able to post yet. She figured that this was what they wanted gone. It was time to open up Type. But, before even that, she gave the character list a good, long glance.

 

Main Character                                                                                                                                                  (Gabriel            )

Main Character’s Neighbor (opposite sex)                                                                                                                (Angel               )

Rebellious Rich Kid                                                                                                                                           (Luka                 )

Unloved and Unappreciated Scholarship Student                                                                                   (Noel                  )

First-Born with Too Many Expectations on Them                                                                                      (Artemis           )

Would-Be Photographer                                                                                                                                  (Mel                   )

 

 

 

 

                “Type?”

                Noel flashed a glance over his shoulder to his mother, hovering over him with a bowl of ice cream clutched in her fingers. He rolled his eyes and turned back to the E-mail from Artemis. He wasn’t sure why, but her reply had actually surprised him. After all, these names were just names until they started talking to you.

                “It’s like an online RPG…but it’s restricted to six players,” Noel explained to her, skimming through Artemis’s text. “I got it forwarded to me from this gal named Angel. She was in my English class two years back.”

                His mother raised her eyebrows at him, “never heard of her.”

                “I know,” Noel sniffed. “I wasn’t friends with her, but I got everyone’s addresses before we moved, remember?”

                She chuckled at him and scooped another spoonful of ice cream into her mouth, and was soon after muttering, “you have fun with that.”

 

Subject: RE: RE: Type

Sender: Artemis <Azure_Diamond_Core@hotmail.com>

Date: June 10, 8:32PM

 

Hey, Noel! It’s nice to hear from you. Thanks a lot for participating! I never thought that I’d get all the roles filled so quickly. I’m just E-mailing you back to ask for your continual participation…there might be six of us, but if any one of us was to drop out, the storyline would get really messed up! Feel free to E-mail me anytime, my URL is right up there­. Oh, by the way, I’ve put a new link into the Type site for character BIOs…I’ve attached a BIO form to the E-mail, so just fill it out and send it back! Thanks!

                   -Artemis

 

 

 

Angel: LOL does NOT stand for ‘Lots of Love’ you kno

Luverth4evr: Hey, was this an RPG chatroom?

Colectvv232: Wuts an RPG?

HEATCLUB0783: OMGWTF HEY U did u just as wut an RPG is??

Eggsnbaconparkway: O.M.G.

Frillychillz: ANGEL HE’S INSULTING YOU AND YOUR TYPE THING!!! Tell him off, tell him off!!

Angel: RPG stands for Role Playing Game. Stuff like Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy and (basically) all     the Square ENIX games. In chat rooms, we kind of recreate that sense with multiple players     who all pool their thoughts together to make up a collaborative story.

Luverth4evr: You’re an RPG writer? Awesome, where do you write?

Angel: I’m trying out a new type of set-character RPG called TYPE. The URL is <www.ASTS.type.com>

Frillychillz: It sounds so Angel. But why didn’t you take the main character role? Or is that the person who          made up the site?

Eggsnbaconparkway: No, Artemis is the one who started the whole thing. I got E-mailed by    Mel. I think Angel was on that mailing list 2.

Frillychillz: Oh. Anybody heard of him?

Eggsnbaconparkway: Artemis is a chick!

Frillychillz: Oopsie. Hey, why isn’t anything on the site yet?

Angel: Well, I guess Artemis is waiting for all of our Bios. So far, only hers and Luka’s have been      uploaded onto the site. I’m working on mine right now….

HEATCLUB0783: Hurry, Angel, hurry! I wanna see your work again! OMG, you should so try to work the story to    your advantage, make yourself the main character!!

Angel: What would that prove? Well, anyway, time for me to E-mail Artemis…I’ll ttyl!

 

 

Subject: Storyline

Sender: Angel <Angel_WritersAirway@hotmail.com>

Date: June 11, 10:52AM

 

Hi, Artemis. I’ve got my BIO sheet attached, so you can upload it to the site. I hope we get to start soon! Oh, and just wondering, should we put a message board up for Type? People may want to discuss the story :P or would that be too much? Type already has a lot of publicity; people are waiting for us to start up, especially with Gabriel and Mel working the story! Just in case you don’t know, they’re from the RPG underground! Met them a while back on the writer server. Oh, so just wondering, are you a writer yourself? <3, Angel

Subject: RE: Storyline

Sender: Artemis <Azure_Diamond_Core@hotmail.com>

Date: June 11, 11:41AM

 

I’m actually a novelist. And yes, I’m setting up a chat room for Type, but it’s going to have a different URL. There’s a link to it on our page, but it’s not exactly part of the Type scene. I feel that it would be best for our writers to keep their ideas theirs and theirs alone instead of having a bunch of input from other people. Well, I mean, we are working off of the ideas of five others, but just as well, this is a six person project :P. So, well, if you have any more questions or suggestions just send me an E-mail! I’ll be opening up the storyline real soon!

                   -Artemis

 

 

Subject: BIO sheet

Sender: Gabriel <GabrielzEchozauvelist@aol.com>

Date: June 11, 1:17PM

 

Alright, so I was just wondering when we were going to start up…considering that we’ve hardly got anything done… Oh, but nice site layout, by the way. HTML was never quite my ballgame. Anyway, my BIO is attached, so go ahead and add it in. Thanks. –Gabriel


 

The End

0 comments about this story Feed