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Hollow Creek High School
Village in Illinois
Hollow Creek is a village in Will County, Illinois, United States.
The population was 31,410 at the 2010 census.
: 73°F (23°C), Wind N at 1 mph (2 km/h), 72% Humidity
: 3star averaging $90.
: Monday 08:12 AM
8.3% (Apr 2013)
There’s not much to be said about Hollow Creek that hasn’t been said about other small towns.
Depending on who you ask, there’s not too much to do. There’s a few subdivisions, plans to
build a Wal Mart, and rumors of a mall.
A few high schoolers who live in the subdivisions across town go to Hollow Creek High with the
kids who live in the old part of town.
Most people in the town have lived here all their lives, but there’s no town pride, and the natives
don’t care about outsiders coming in to change things.
The high school sport teams are decent, not enough to ever win State, but the seasons revolve
around Friday night games.
Hollow Creek has had a large heroin problem, but a person wouldn’t notice from the highway.
A few people in Hollow Creek have grown up together, there’s nothing wholesome about it. It’s
Vanessa (Freshman), Maddy (Freshman), Jade (Alumni), Carlos
“Yeah, I can’t think about anything else. Idk haha like it’s crazy man all there is is sadness and
darkness but at the same time it just like overpowers you so much that you know nothing else
can really affect you. Like nothing can touch you and like it’s funny walking around in school or
seeing people u know and like wondering if they know or trying to see if they’re acting weird.
Usually it’s obvious when they know something, but hahah people act so weird around me
anyway. People are so weird and annoying here, like especially at Hollow Creek. And it’s in
this stupid, normal way. But you can watch them be uncomfortable and laugh at their
discomfort like what the fuck you do know, like imagine if they felt the kind of pain we feel, and
it’s just funny. To just know they could never handle it. Their lives would fall apart, and we are
just stronger and better in every way, ” I said
“Ya I mean idc. Idc about anything,” she said.
I put the phone down. Both of our dads had died in the same month like 2 months ago. I
remember her at my dad’s funeral. Her and like 4 other friends. I didn’t invite any of them, but
they came, and I cried when I saw them. I cried a lot besides that, but we talked about normal
stuff too, and it felt better. It would feel better for like 30 seconds until it felt like shit again.
Sometimes this cycle felt pointless, but sometimes it felt like the feeling better parts were
starting to last longer and the feeling awful parts were starting to get shorter, and eventually I
would just feel ok all day with maybe a couple moments of feeling awful.
It didn’t really seem to be working. I thought talking to Maddy would be helpful, but she didn’t
really wanna talk about that stuff. It was hard for me to talk about too. Like when I found out
about her dad, I just said “I’m sorry. This sucks. I’m sorry,” and hugged her. This was the most
we had talked about it since and she didn’t seem into it. We talked about other stuff, though.
I picked my phone back up, and she had said, “That guy is talkn to me again.”
It was this fucking freak guy. He was into what I thought was some really dumb shit, plus he
was 19 which made it even dumber.
She sent me a picture he had sent her. It was heavily edited, but beneath the filters and the
shifted colors was what looked like a skinny, shirtless kid covered in blood, licking a gloved
I said, “Jesus Christ” in my head and said, “lol...” back to her.
She said, “Come on hes hot haha”
I asked what she sent back and she responded with a pic of herself.
“Idk im just like smiling and surprised like ooo wow thats cool haha”
She didn’t look surprised. She looked sad, and I instantly felt self conscious, like fuck am I so
unaware of how miserable I look, but I didn’t look in my front cam or open a mirror. I just stared
at the phone then said, “Cuuute.”
“He said he wants to chill with us,” she said.
I knew his name was like “Jade Highgarden” or some other made up thing, and I searched him.
He had posted bunch of pics with even more blood and more editing than what he had sent
Maddy. He had written “ThE KOVeNant” in a metal band type font in the back of some of the
pictures, and tagged “#ThEKOVeNant” in any picture with other weird looking boys.
I clicked “ThE KOVeNant” and it was a private page with Jade Hightower listed as an admin,
and a picture of him and four other boys in a graveyard as the profile pic.
“What is ThE KOVeNant?” I said, typing it stupidly like Jade had done to kind of draw attention
to the whole thing being really stupid.
“Oh haha,” she said, “It’s just like his gang like his friends.”
I looked back through his pictures. There was a guy he was with in a lot of the pictures who was
pretty hot and looked a lot more normal. I wished Maddy would like that guy. I felt protective of
her cuz, come on, we were going through the same shit, and it really sucked.
“Gang?” I said. Obviously they weren’t some tough street gang. They were weird scene kids
into some kind of weird devil stuff or something. I just wanted her to say it, like really say it to
realize how stupid it sounded.
“Theyre into vampires and spirits and healing and shit,” she said.
“Godddd really maddy???” I said. Being into vampires was like middle school stuff, and we
were in high school now, and this guy like wasn’t even in school at all.
“Will u come?” she said. “Please lol he can bring his friend.”
I thought about it, automatically assuming it was the hot guy in Jade’s pictures. What reason
did a cute guy have to believe in this dumb shit? I could talk to him, I thought. I could see how
crazy Jade really was, and maybe I could tell the guy that Jjade was freaky and that this was a
hard time for Maddy, like really hard. Like her and I had real shit going on. We had
experienced death, so what good was it to play like we were dead or undead or whatever, like
play with blood and all that? He could probably understand that.
I said, “Fine lol.”
Maddy came by my house the next weekend, and we walked to Jade’s house together. She
told me his friends name was Carlos, and I knew that was the hot guy’s name because he was
tagged in Jade’s pictures. I was kind of happy about that, but I felt really nervous, and I think
Maddy did too. Maddy had cigs and we smoked 2 each in the 8 block walk to Jade’s house and
said like less than 20 words to each other
He lived in these duplex apartment buildings, and we didn’t know which door to knock on, so
Maddy texted him and said, “Hey i think were here,” and we sat on the curb.
Both of them came down like 2 minutes later, and then they closed the door behind them.
“Oh, what’s up?” said Maddy as she stared past the guys at the closed door. “Are we going
“Yeah,” said Jade. He started walking toward the apartment’s parking lot.
Carlos followed, then turned back to see Maddy and I staring at each other. He said, “Hey, I’m
Carlos, what’s up?”
We started to follow, and I said, “Hey, I’m Vanessa.”
Maddy said, “I’m Maddy. Where are we going, though?”
Jade turned around from the front of our line and said, “Just follow me. It’s where I go to be
I rolled my eyes said, “There are four of us, though.”
He laughed in a dickish way, and we kept following him. Maddy sped up gradually to walk next
to Jade, and I found myself next to Carlos.
We talked, but just about stupid shit like school and what teachers I had. He seemed like he
could barely remember the teachers’ names or any details about them, but every time I
mentioned a name he was like, “Oh yeah, haha, she sucks I think” I asked him if he was in
school, and he said he wanted to focus on other shit, like making music and trying to rent a
party house where he and his friends could play and sell beer and charge people to get in.
I looked up at Maddy and Jade, and she was already holding his hand, and I was kind of like
what the fuck why, but I kept talking to Carlos. He didn’t seem smart really, but he was trying
hard to talk to me and sound cool, which I appreciated. Most people left me alone, which was
really what I wanted most of the time, but it was nice to have some variety, and just like talk
about completely not serious stuff with someone who didn’t know about my dad or how I was at
school or really anything about me.
After like 10 minutes, we got to a graveyard. I straight up said “What the fuck?”
And Jade said, “Are you scared or something?” then laughed like a dumbass wannabe vampire
I wanted to kill him, but I just shook my head and looked at Maddy like “What the fuck, let’s not
go here. I don’t want to go here, you know why I don’t want to go here, and you shouldn’t want
to go here either. You don’t wanna go here, like, come on.”
She acted like she didn’t pick up on that, though, and just looked up at Jade like a dog when
you grab it’s leash or say walk.
Carlos said, “It’s not scary. We’ll protect you.”
Jade laughed again, and I said, “I don’t fucking need to be protected.”
I walked away, and Carlos and Maddy followed me.
Jade said, “Byyyyye,” and waved like an idiot.
Carlos said, “It’s cool, I’ll come with you somewhere else. Let’s go to McDonalds.”
And I stared at Maddy waiting for her to say the same thing, but she said, “Ok, cool I’m gonna
go with Jade.”
I said, “Whatever,” and walked away.
Carlos kept following me, and when he caught up to me he said, “What’s up?”
I said “Nothing, let’s go to McDonalds.”
We went to McDonalds, and I got chicken nuggets and didn’t really talk to Carlos at all. I looked
at my phone waiting to see something from Maddy. After we finished the food I stayed looking
at my phone, and Carlos got up to refill his drink.
“Hey,” he said and pointed to my cup, “You want some more?”
I said, “No, I’m good,” and looked at my phone.
“Ok, I’m gonna go then,” he said.
I said, “Ok, bye, sorry.”
He refilled his drink and left. He tried to be nice I guess. Fucking Maddy. I looked at my phone.
Nothing. I didn’t give Carlos my number or anything. He wouldn’t try to find me. She still didn’t
I wished I didn’t care about her. She didn’t seem to care that much about me. Nobody does.
Nobody is that nice. Even I’m not that nice to Maddy. I just know I can’t deal with something
fucked up happening to her. She was probably just making out with Jade in the graveyard.
“God,” I thought, “What if that actually makes her feel better?”
“That wouldn’t be real,” I thought instantly in response. “It’s a fucking vampire. None of it is
real. I wished my life wasn’t real. Haha god, I felt dumb. Just as dumb as the vampires, and it
sucked, like it sucked so much.
I refilled my drink and left McDonalds. I didn’t want to go home or like anywhere really, so I
started walking toward 711. I looked at my phone. Still nothing from Maddy.
McDonalds was on this busy street that I guess is kind of like a highway, so there’s no sidewalk,
but in between the gas stations and other fast food places there are pretty big patches of grass
that you can walk on. I put the hood of my hoodie up. There was always a good chance
someone you knew would see you walking on this street because a lot of people went to
McDonalds and Target and Taco Bell and the gas station and all of that stuff was off of this
street. I’m sure anyone who knew me would recognize my hoodie anyway because I wore it like
almost every day, but at least I wouldn’t know that they saw me and I wouldn’t see them.
I kept the hood up when I got to 711 and looked for the guy I knew. Malcom would usually sell
me a cigarette or two out of his pack as long as I bought a Slurpee or something too. He wasn’t
there, though. It was this woman who was kind of mean, but I was like fuck it. I looked at my
phone. Nothing from Maddy. I walked up to the counter.
I said, “Can I get two black and milds.” cuz I knew she wouldn’t sell me her loose cigs.
She said, “Where’d you get that?” and pointed at my McDonalds cup.
I said “Uhh, Mc...Donalds” and looked at big ass M on the cup and then at the lady again.
“You know we got big gulps cheaper,” she said. She hadn’t reached back for the black and
milds yet, so I was still kind of nervous and still had to be kind of nice.
“Yeah, next time,” I took out my money like it was a sure thing that she would sell me tobacco
shit and there was nothing I had to worry about. “But I came from McDonalds, though.”
“Next time,” she said, then turned around and grabbed the black and milds. She put them on
the counter and said, “Hey, how old are you anyway.”
I had been rehearsing saying 20 in my mind the whole damn walk over there, so I said it fast as
She said, “Ok sweetie, just gotta show me something for the camera.”
Like what the fuck, if they even have a camera no one watched that shit. But this lady was
really stupid, so I pulled out a debit card and said, “All I have on me is my debit card, but you
gotta be 18 to get one.”
She looked at it intently like she really was afraid of someone watching the cameras or she
really thought she could tell my age from the card. She handed it back and took the money. I
went outside and sat on the curb and sparked the first black and mild. I looked at my phone. I
opened up my conversation with Maddy and looked at her last text to me, which said “here”, and
thought pretty hard about sending her either “Whats up” or “wtf”, but instead I scrolled back
through the conversation. I looked at the few times we had talked about our dads. I looked at
my blocks of text and her 14 word responses and thought, “God, what the fuck,” and was
determined not to text her until she said something first.
I finished the black and mild, checked my phone, then walked home. I watched TV until around
midnight, then got freaked out by the fact that she hadn’t texted me yet. What if Jade did
something fucked up to her or like what if she was just mad that I left her there alone or like I
didn’t even know. I texted her “Whats up”.
I kept watching TV until 3 then texted her “...”
I kept watching TV until like 5 then fell asleep.
I woke up and saw a text from Maddy that said, “Dude holy shit text me when uw ake up”
Then another that said, “I just got home. Jade is crzay.”
Then another that said, “In a good way.”
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