Will Van Shake hands with Mab?

Writers Science Fiction posted on Jul 18, 2022
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Van was shocked! Avery had brought him to the Aqua Park to take swimming lessons...from Mab? The person he hated!? The person he blamed for his downfall. How was Van going to deal with this humiliation? And when his Father finds out, would what little self-esteem he had left will be destroyed forever!? "Have fun!" Avery said as he walked away. "I'll be back in an hour!" "Avery, Wait!" Van cried. Avery was already gone, walking towards a group of pretty young woman wearing bikini bathing suits. Van froze as Cadet Mab walked up to him with a big smile on his face. "He must love this!" Van thought. "Thinking he is going to teach me anything! I despise him so much! I've done everything I can to keep my distance from him. If not for Mab, I would have won our planet's scholarship to Empire Star Academy! My Dad would would love and respect me!" A sickening feeling lurched in Van's stomach as Mab stretched out his hand for Van to shake. "I am NOT going to shake his hand!" Van thought. A second went by, a second that seemed to last an eternity! Van looked at Mab directly in the eyes for only a moment, but it was enough. Van felt something in the back of his mind urging him to shake Mab's hand! "What a nice guy Mab is!" Van thought. "He seems very friendly. Maybe I should at least pretend to be polite!" Van was astonished that he was suddenly shaking hands with Mab. A confused feeling threaten to overwhelm as he suddenly despised and liked Mab at the same time! "Hi! I'm Mab Elon!" Mab said with a friendly smile. "It's great to finally meet you! Your name is Van, right...? "Hi! I am Van Artell!" Van said. "Look about the swimming lessons..." "Oh, I am sure you don't really need swimming lessons!" Mab said. "But maybe you would permit me to give you a few pointers? I know the instructors like to pick out a few Cadet's to make an example out of, and I really don't want that to happen to you!" "Well..." Van stammered. "Why does he have to be so nice?" Van thought. "He's obviously going out of his way to keep me from being embarrassed!" "You would be doing me a great favor, Van!" Mab said. "I am getting credits for this from the Academy and I think it would make both of us look good!" "How so?" Van asked. "The fact that you are willing to come here and take special instruction from a fellow Cadet! The instructors will call it initiative and team work!" Mab said. "Those are the kind of qualities that get you noticed!" "Look at him! Just look at him!" Van thought. "Why does he have to be so kind and perfect?! That Jacket is so cool, too! Nobody else gets a jacket like that at the academy! Maybe I can learn about how he achieves all these things? That would make Dad happy if I can get the instructors to like me as well as they like Mab!" "Okay, Mab!" Van said. "I'll give it try!" "Great! Lets get to the pool!" Mab said. Even as he said the words, Van couldn't believe it. He and Mab doing something together? What was happening to him? To Be Continued!

Comments (18)

Stormrider75 Online Now!

5:34AM | Mon, 18 July 2022

Hi, interesting continuation of the story... But idiom is rare to be :) Again, beautifully accompanied by pictures.

Greets Stormrider75


9:18PM | Mon, 18 July 2022

Thank you so very much! I appreciate it!



6:59AM | Mon, 18 July 2022

Nice setting, great characters. Like the style


9:19PM | Mon, 18 July 2022

Thank you so very much! I appreciate it!



10:11AM | Mon, 18 July 2022

Wonderful story


9:19PM | Mon, 18 July 2022

Thank you so much! I appreciate it!



11:25AM | Mon, 18 July 2022

Fantastic achievement for yourself and how well you have composed both the story and the awesome graphics to go along with it! Congrats my friend! :-)


9:20PM | Mon, 18 July 2022

Thank you so much, Johnny! I appreciate it! That encourages me!



2:25PM | Mon, 18 July 2022

Now that is the power of a super magnetic personality! Am I right? A most excellent chapter and a fine pair of illustrations! Many fine praises from me!


9:23PM | Mon, 18 July 2022

Thank you so much, Radar! Yes you are VERY right, although Mab is clueless about the effect he is subconsciously having on people. Of course, he had great qualities that before the cube incident, they are just magnified! Thank you for all your kind comments and support!


RodS Online Now!

7:26PM | Mon, 18 July 2022

Life is full of surprises, I guess... And this is a great twist in your story! And as always excellent supporting artwork. Top marks! 👍


9:24PM | Mon, 18 July 2022

Thank you so much, Rod! I really appreciate it! You know what's like to make artwork and write a story as well, so I thank you very much for your kind words!



1:14AM | Tue, 19 July 2022

Fantastic story, and nicely illustrated!


5:18AM | Tue, 19 July 2022

Thank you very much! I appreciate it!


Saby55 Online Now!

1:24AM | Tue, 19 July 2022

Amazing graphics my friend and an equally super story.BRAVO 👍🙋‍♂️


5:21AM | Tue, 19 July 2022

Thank you so much, Saby55! I appreciate your kind comments about my work and the story as well!



8:29AM | Tue, 19 July 2022

Excellent Work! The image is awesome and the story quite well done.


1:35AM | Wed, 20 July 2022

Thank you so much, GrandmaT! I appreciate it!



11:57AM | Tue, 19 July 2022

Gorgeous characters and very artistic render !!


1:36AM | Wed, 20 July 2022

Thank you so kindly, Madame! I appreciate it!


3:39AM | Wed, 20 July 2022

His scenes are so good, as if I were there too... :)


8:22PM | Wed, 20 July 2022

Thank you so much, Rozsakert! I really appreciate your kind comment!



9:26AM | Wed, 20 July 2022

Good to keep an open mind!

Wonder what Mab would think if he could read Van's mind, lol


8:23PM | Wed, 20 July 2022

I think he would feel sorry for him! Thanks for viewing and commenting!



7:52PM | Thu, 21 July 2022

very imaginative story and superb illustration


9:00PM | Thu, 21 July 2022

Thank you so very much, Richard! I appreciate it!



3:26AM | Fri, 22 July 2022

Tu n'arrêtes pas de dire que tu as quelque chose pour moi Quelque chose que tu appelles amour mais avoue Tu as été un "messin" là où tu n'aurais pas dû être un "messin" Et maintenant quelqu'un d'autre obtient tout votre meilleur

Ces bottes sont faites pour marcher' Et c'est exactement ce qu'ils feront Un de ces jours, ces bottes vont te marcher dessus Oui

Vous continuez à mentir 'quand vous devriez dire la vérité' Et tu continues de perdre alors que tu ne devrais pas parier Vous continuez à samin 'quand vous devriez être un'changin' Maintenant ce qui est bien est bien mais tu n'as pas encore eu raison

Ces bottes sont faites pour marcher' Et c'est exactement ce qu'ils feront Un de ces jours, ces bottes vont te marcher dessus

Tu continues de jouer là où tu ne devrais pas jouer Et tu continues de penser que tu ne te brûleras jamais (ha) Je viens de me trouver une toute nouvelle boîte d'allumettes, ouais Et ce qu'il sait, tu n'as pas eu le temps d'apprendre Ces bottes sont faites pour marcher' Et c'est exactement ce qu'ils feront Un de ces jours, ces bottes vont te marcher dessus

Êtes-vous prêt, bottes? Commencez à marcher


8:18PM | Sat, 23 July 2022

I am not sure what "These Boots are made for walking" means here? Thanks for viewing and commenting!



5:09PM | Fri, 22 July 2022

Poor Van, befuddled by the all around nice guy that Mab is! I hope he starts to see that the Mab he hates in his mind is NOT the person he's shaking hands with but a fabrication born of jealousy and misunderstanding. Interesting twist in their relationship (particularly from Van's side, as Mab seems to have been unaware of him until now).


8:27PM | Fri, 22 July 2022

Thank you for the wonderful and insightful comments! Yes, Mab was barely aware of him and only wants to help! Van's Dad has filled his head with a lot of untruths!



5:16PM | Sun, 24 July 2022

I really love this new image too, it's very well done! OMG again this insane comment, you have to report it, otherwise he will harass every artist her in this gallery! 😊



8:51PM | Sun, 24 July 2022

Thank you so much for your kind comments and your concern for me, Ute! I appreciate it very much!



3:33PM | Mon, 25 July 2022

What an intriguing turn to this story! It is amazing what our brains can imagine when we don't know all of the details! Excellent illustrations too!


9:40PM | Mon, 25 July 2022

Thank you so much, Flint_Hawk! I really like your insightful comments and I thank you for the wonderful remarks on my work!

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