Chapter 5 of 6 – Blake was filled with fury. You could have cut the tension between his parents with a knife. They yelled at each other half the night, as Blake lay trembling and angry in his room. At school, he felt the need to vent that anger on some of the other students.
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Chapter 5: Blake & Tim
The next day, Blake was right back to feeling angry again. You could have cut the tension between his parents with a knife. They yelled at each other half the night, as Blake lay trembling and angry in his room. He thought, “Man, I hate this! I hate their yelling! I hate the way they make me feel! I can barely take the suspense of wondering who I’m going to have to end up living with. Man! I need some help! Maybe Alicia was right. Maybe I should talk to a guidance counselor. I’ll think about it for a while first.”
At school, Blake felt his frustration and anger build and build. Once again, he needed to take out his frustrations on someone. This time, it was directed at this rather easy-going black kid named Tim.
Tim was kind of sauntering through the hallway, taking his time getting to class. Blake came barreling up, stopped suddenly, and snapped, “Hey, Jerk Face!”
Tim was no exception to having his FIGHT OR FLIGHT Instinct kick in when a potentially fearful situation occurs. His FIGHT OR FLIGHT Instinct warned, “Warning! Warning! You just got called a name. It’s time for action!
Tim wondered, “What kind of action?”
His FIGHT OR FLIGHT Instinct Voice said, “You can try to FIGHT him in some way, or you can choose some form of the FLIGHT option.”
Tim asked, “Which should I do, FIGHT OR FLIGHT?”
Tim’s Inner Little Kid voice said, “Well! He called you a name, and he looks kind of dangerous. You should do something!”
Tim’s Inner Grown-Up or Inner Wisdom voice said, “Why don’t you be clever and use some strategy? Change the subject. Then distract him with something he might like to do.”
Tim nodded his head thoughtfully at this bit of Inner Wisdom, paused for a moment, and smiled slightly. Then he said, “You know, I love skateboarding!”
Blake said, “So? I love dirt biking! What’s that got to do with me calling you a Jerk Face?”
Tim said, “Awww! I figured you were just having a bad day! When I have a bad day, I like to think about skateboarding. I love the speed! I love the cool maneuvers I can do! I love that feeling of power when I do flips and land back on the wheels! I love listening to heavy metal music while I try to be in the air for what feels like 10 seconds. I even like the feeling of wrecking now and again, believe it or not. What about you?”
Blake was a bit confused. He asked sarcastically, “What about me?”
Tim asked with interest, “What do you love about dirt biking?”
Blake said, “Well … .” Blake was confused. He couldn’t hold on to his angry feelings and think about what he loved about dirt biking at the same time. He quickly weighed his options and then shrugged. Slowly, Blake said, “Well, I kind of like wrecking too. It’s kind of fun to show off my scars as each one tells a story about one of my adventures on the dirt bike.”
Building momentum now, Blake said with greater and greater talking speed and enthusiasm, “Yeah! I love the feeling of getting away from everybody. It’s so much fun and I feel so free! I like to see how far away I can ride. I really like the suspense of those rock climbs. It gets me all hyped up! I like to listen to heavy metal music too. That gets me even more pumped up! Then I love doing tricks in the air, the speed, popping my dirt bike into fifth, and doing a wheelie! It’s great! Jumping is like flying! Boy! Just talking about it makes me want to get out there and get on my dirt bike now! I can hardly wait for school to end so I can do just that!”
“Wow, Blake!” Tim said. “You make me want to try out dirt biking sometime. That really sounds great!”
Blake said, “Yeah! You make skateboarding sound kind of fun too! Well, I gotta get going. I don’t want to be late to class! See you around!”
Tim said, “Yeah, Blake! See you around!”
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