When they exited the car, they stood in front of a decent sized three story home that stood only a few hundred meters from a lake. There tied up to a dock were some jet skis and a boat. “Dude, this is awesome!” Duncan exclaimed. “I wonder if we are the first to arrive?”
“Let’s go find out,” Alejandro said and they both rushed for the door, Alejandro squeezing in before Duncan. “Anybody home?” he called out looking around. There was silence. “I guess not,” he said.
“Let’s go claim our room!” Duncan said excitedly as he raced for the stairs. Alejandro followed behind him, amused as Duncan ran the hallway, poking his head in each room. “What about this one?” Duncan called, standing at the last one in the end.
“Okay,” Alejandro said. There wasn’t really much difference between the rooms and as far as he could tell, all of the rooms were quite adequate and similar in appearance so he didn’t really care where they slept. The main difference between this room and the others was the wall paper was this one was blue while the others were green, yellow, and pink. Dropping his bags, Alejandro sat down on the bed. Removing his shoes and socks, Duncan got on top of his bed that was opposite Alejandro’s and started jumping.
“Ooh bouncy. You got to try this out.” Alejandro rolled his eyes but got up and started jumping as well.
“Wow, you’re right. These are bouncy and very good quality beds to be supporting our weight like this.” Duncan started jumping and doing flips.
“Oh yeah, check this out!” He bounced higher and spread his legs out more.
“That’s not a very good…” Alejandro started when there was a crash and a groan. “…idea.” Alejandro finished. Duncan had overleapt and landed on the floor hard giving a loud cry of pain. “Are you okay?”
“Yeah, just…give me a minute.” He said clutching between his legs. They soon heard another car come up.
“Sounds like we got company, I wonder who it is? Let’s go find out.” Alejandro left the room.
“Wait for me! I-ow, am coming!” Duncan staggered up and followed. When they got down the stairs, they saw the arrival of two girls. Or, a girl and a giant. Both Alejandro and Duncan twisted their heads back to see one of the tallest girls they have ever seen who had to duck when entering the doorway.
“Damn, I wanted to arrive first,” the shorter one said. She was wearing short-shorts and a cropped tanktop which her boobs spilled out of not leaving much to the imagination. “Oh well, at least I’m no longer getting crushed.”
“Jesus Christ, you’re tall,” said Duncan to the dark skinned, almost black girl. He only came up to the bottom of her stomach. Jasmine bore it patiently as this pretty much always happened whenever she met someone knew.
“Si, very tall,” Alejandro added.
“So hi, my names Jasmine,” she extended her hand. Alejandro took it and kissed it. “A pleasure to make your acquaintance. I’m Alejandro. And you?” He turned to face the other girl.
“Heather,” the girl growled out. Alejandro reached out his hand but was disappointed when Heather didn’t return the favor. Pouting a little, he drew back.
“I’m Duncan,” said Duncan.
“Whatever.” Heather heads towards the stairs. “I’m going to claim my room now.” They all watched her leave.
“So…I guess we’re going to be in for a fun time with that one aren’t we?” Jasmine said in the brief moment of silence.
“Yep. Hopefully the other people aren’t as bad. Are you going to room with her?” Alejandro asked.
“I hope not but I have a funny feeling I will end up being with her unless one of you guys wants to room with her?” She looks around. “Anybody?” Duncan and Alejandro shook their heads. “Didn’t think so and I doubt the other girls would want to be with her either. Guess I’ll just have to make the best of it then.”
“Good luck with that,” Alejandro said.
“I’m going to need it but I think I’ll wait down here for a bit and see what happens when the others arrive.”Pretty soon, there was a knock and two more people came. One was a sort of punk-goth looking chick with blue-greenish hair and rather pale skin, the other the exact opposite being tan and slightly freckled with brown hair.
“Darn, I was hoping to be here first!” the brown hair complained.
“Hey, I’m Jasmine,” Jasmine went over to greet them and once again, people had to crane their heads far back to even be able to see her face.
“Wow, you’re tall” Courtney said. Gwen nodded silently in agreement.
“And you are?” Jasmine prompted.
“Oh um right, I’m Courtney, and this is Gwen,” the brown haired girl explained.
“Duncan,” “Alejandro,” both said as they joined Jasmine. Courtney’s eyes widened at the sight of them as she gave them a very overt once-over.
“Well, well, well it seems like this is going to be a very fun time after all,” Courtney purred. Gwen blushed a little at Courtney’s overtness which made her feel awkward, especially when Alejandro winked back and said “anytime.” Gwen didn’t consider herself a prude and she was aware these types of things did happen but the moment they stepped into the house? Really? Barf. She was surprised that Courtney was the first one to make a pass though. She had gotten the impression that Courtney was more than slightly icy with guys and a fierce intimidator of them and yet here she was already drooling over one. What happened to female independence and her crushing anyone in her way? To be fair though, Alejandro was extremely good looking. She herself was looking forward to drawing and painting him if he allowed it.
“I’m Gwen,” she said shyly, nearly fainting when Alejandro stepped up close and took her hand. He was even more intense up close and she almost fell against him.
“Are you okay?” He asked, seeing her almost stumble and fall against him. His mouth smirked a little tauntingly in a way that would have Gwen wanting to slap him, or at least imagine that she would have, if she was in a normal frame of mind but right now, all she could concentrate on was how prominent and hard his chest was and the strength in that arm.
“Uh-huh,” she mumbled and Duncan came over supported her as Alejandro let go. Courtney looked a bit pissed but Gwen was still sort of out of it. “I can stand, I can stand,” she eventually said when her head stopped spinning and Duncan holding her got annoying. He let go and she haltingly stretched and stood up.
“Wow, you’re not wasted are you? It’s a bit early for that.” Jasmine joked.
“No, I’m not, it’s just that someone is too charming for his own good,” Gwen muttered. Duncan smiled.
“All right!” They all looked at him weirdly. “Oh, yeah, you mean Alejandro. Hehehe.”
“Idiot,” Courtney muttered.
“You’re kind of rude,” Duncan said to her.
“I’m not a moron though.” Duncan grit his teeth a moment, his eyes darkening, before he smiled.
“I’m just going to ignore that.” Courtney opened her mouth to say something before they heard the final car pull into the long driveway heading up to the house. They all turned expectantly as a tall ginger and a hippie looking guy in a beanie came in.
“Hey,” Duncan said rushing over to them. “I’m Duncan.”
“Scott,” the freckly guy said. “And this here is Shawn.”
“Excuse me, I got to check for zombie weaknesses, be back soon,” Shawn said as he ran past them and started checking the locks and curtains on all the windows, rushed to the basement, then barreled up the stairs.
“What the-?” Courtney started.
“He’s checking to make sure we’re safe from zombies.” Scott explained.
“Why?” Gwen asked.
“Who knows when the undead will rise? If they do we got to be ready.”
“Really?” Courtney said sarcastically. Scott shifted uneasily.
“I don’t know, it could happen.” Courtney sighed.
“I’m surrounded by idiots.” Gwen and Jasmine glared at her. “I mean of the male variety, not us girls.”
“Ouch,” Alejandro clutched his heart dramatically. “Stab through the heart.” All of a sudden there was a loud piercing yell.
“GET OUT!” Shawn came barreling back down the stairs chased by an angry irate Heather “What was this…thing doing poking around in my room?!”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t know it was occupied…” he cried running around in a circle.
“Then fucking knock you moron instead of just barging in while I was changing clothes!” She grabbed him and he cowered, putting his hands in front of his face.
“Don’t hurt me!” Heather was clearly livid and about to slap him when Alejandro reached out and pulled her back.
“Okay, that’s enough. It was an accident. Let it go-“ Heather slapped him and tried to leap towards Shawn again. “Oh no you don’t,” Alejandro pulled her back again. “Calm down, the poor guy is scared.”
“He should be! Sleep with one eye open because I will get you!” She called, struggling against Alejandro’s grip. They all stared as he nonchalantly picked Heather up as if she weighed almost nothing and slung her up over his shoulder and carried her up the stairs. Jasmine whistled.
“Well damn, that was something.”
“Who wants to bet they will make out?” Duncan asked.
“Jeez, she’s almost as terrifying as a zombie. She could probably scare them off,” Shawn said calming down.
“So what’s this about zombies?” Jasmine asked.
“I’m checking to make sure we’re zombie ready in case they should show up. The house seems a decent enough structure with few cracks the zombies could punch through and they’re not usually smart enough to climb. Tomorrow we have to go food supply shopping in case of an emergency or zombie attack and we have to hole up in here.” Courtney just sent a “wtf?” look over to Jasmine and Gwen while Scott looked worried.
“The zombies won’t be able to get in right?”
“No I don’t think so as I said. We will also need to get some guns…
“Woah there, no weapons allowed remember?” Jasmine asked, imagining what would happen if this guy got his hand on a weapon, none of it good. He seemed to have a few screws loose because zombies, really?
“True, well, we will have to make do with whatever we could find. Remember that you have to hit where the brain would be because anywhere else and they will just keep on coming.
“Put me down you Neanderthal!” Heather pounded on his back. Alejandro roughly kicked the door shut and dropped her on the bed.
“Are you going to be a good girl?” he asked.
“I’m going to show him a good girl!” Heather yelled. “And you! HOW DARE YOU FOR THROWING ME OVER YOUR SHOULDER AND MAN-HANDLING ME!!”
“Don’t act like you didn’t enjoy it.” Alejandro grinned. Heather growled.
“I most certainly did not! That was the worst experience of my life!”
“Says the girl who sighed and only started fighting as soon as I entered the bedroom. You totally laid there otherwise.”
“Ugh why are we even talking? I need to get that guy!”
“He’s a housemate and it wouldn’t be very good for us or the show if he ends up dead the first day because you killed him in a fit of rage. Besides, he wasn’t looking to spy on you but check to make sure we’re safe from zombies.” Heather stared at him.
“Yeah, the guy is convinced that we’re nearing a zombie apocalypse or something and it is only a matter of time before the dead rise to eat off the living. Or something like that.”
“That’s insane. I can’t believe someone like him even got on this show.”
“I think that’s why he kind of did,” Alejandro said. “Anyway, he’s harmless enough. We have to be nice to him and everybody as we’re going to be living with them for three months. Anyways, are you calm enough to come downstairs without killing someone?”
“Ugh, fine. But he gets one more chance. I will destroy him if I see zombie guy come into my room without permission.”
“Cool. Let’s go greet our new partners.” Alejandro opened the door. “Ladies first.”
“As it should be.” Heather said snottily. They both headed down the stairs where the others were.
“Everybody is here and going to behave right?” Alejandro asked, looking directly at Heather.
“Yeah-yeah, who put you in charge?”
“I don’t see why not,” Alejandro said. “Any objections?” With the exception of a fuming Heather, they all looked at each other and shrugged. “Okay then we’re all in agreement. We should probably have our first house meeting now that we’re all here.”
“I’m leaving,” Heather said, turning to leave and Alejandro tugged her back.
“No you’re not, we have to finish introductions and then assign duties.”
“Can we not?”
“No, we are doing this. Anyways, let’s go through introductions again.”
“Duncan,” said the guy with the Mohawk.
“Jasmine!” Jasmine said excitedly.
“Gwen,” the blue-green haired artist said.
“Courtney,” Courtney said disinterestedly.
“Scott,” the red head with the absurd number of freckles said.
“Shawn,” the guy with the beanie said. He cowered when Heather glared at him.
“Heather,” she snapped out.
“And I’m Alejandro,” he flashed, smiling brightly exposing his clean white teeth.
“Where are you even looking towards?” Scott asked, turning his head to face the same direction.
“Who knows when we’re being watched,” Alejandro sad. “Cameras could be pointed at us anytime. Anyways back to a chore chart…”
“I’m out of here,” Heather said.
“Yeah, me too,” Courtney added as they both headed up the stairs. Shawn and Jasmine rushed up after them.
“I have to pick my room and keep Shawn out of trouble,” Scott said getting up to follow. Soon it was just Duncan and Alejandro.
“So…” Duncan started, tapping his fingers together. Alejandro sighed.
“You can go. I guess I will just do a confessional.” Duncan perked up.
“Where’s that? I am going to do one after you” Alejandro pointed past the hall running past the stairs.
“It’s that way.” Alejandro went into the room marked confessional and closed the door behind him. He stretched out on the couch to do a relaxed pose before he turned the camera on. Of course they were always being filmed, either overtly or through secret hidden cameras, but the confessional was one of the openly known cameras and a good place to vent private feelings and tell what one thinks.
“Hey, I’m Alejandro Burromuerto, first day at the house, night technically. Nothing much has happened yet. The house looks totally awesome and I will have to explore some more but yeah, it seems pretty nice. The other housemates are uh…different. My roommate is Duncan, he seems pretty cool and totally not the hard-ass punk he tries to look like. He seems more hyperactive and excitable than anything. What I think of Jasmine…well she’s tall. It’s rare that someone makes me feel short and she’s got to be 6’6 at least? She kind of reminds me of that giant lady Hagrid liked in the Harry Potter movies.” He grinned and licked his teeth. “It’s easy to tell all the girls are into me, even Heather although she tries to deny it. Courtney and Gwen pretty much melted when they saw me and Jasmine also seemed interested. Heather tries to put off a show of not liking people but when I carried her, she stopped fighting. She totally even pinched my butt.” Alejandro raised his arm and flexed. “I mean, who wouldn’t be interested? I don’t know much about Scott yet other than that he is very pockmarked and something is up with Shawn. His irrational obsession with zombies….I don’t know, it is a bit crazy. We will have to see if he would be a problem. I was hoping we could assign chores and who does what tonight but I guess it was not meant to be. We will have to do it though because I do not plan to live in a house with slobs.” Alejandro got up off the couch and turned the camera off.
“There, that should do it,” he muttered to himself. He opened the door and switched the sign where it said occupied to closed. “Hey Duncan?” he called out.
“Yeah?” Duncan’s voice echoed.
“The confessional’s open! Where are you?”
“Basement!” Duncan called back. Alejandro looked around and then found the door that opened to steps leading down. Alejandro made his way down to find Duncan standing in a large well-lit and surprisingly clean basement. There was a large screen tv, a humongous couch, a ton of games and gaming systems ranging from the PS2 and 3, the Wii, Xbox, Xbox360, Gamecube, and surprisingly an old NS64. There was also a foozball table, a pinball machine, and an air-hockey table.
“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!” Alejandro said making the cross. “This place is incredible!”
“Are you Catholic?” Duncan asked.
“Raised, not sure if practicing but force of habit” Alejandro said. “Just wow though.” His eyes and smile went even wider when he realized that there was another connection that went into a fancy state of the art gym that had machines and free weights for just about everything. He still planned to occasionally go into town for company and stuff but as a home thing this was freaking incredible.
“Oh yeah, that too,” Duncan said coming in behind him.
“It’s all so…so…”
“Amazing?” Duncan added helpfully.
“Okay then. I’m going to go do my confession now okay?”
“Sure sure,” Alejandro said waving at him. Duncan went up the stairs for his turn at the professional. He cursed when he discovered someone had already beaten him to it in the brief time Alejandro had finished and came to the basement so Duncan waited there for whoever was in there to leave.