Thomas Gomel is a 12 y/o boy who is dealing with the school bully. Chapter 1 gives you background of home and what Thomas is dealing with.
Thomas's body tried its best to keep him in bed. I don't want to get up. Mom doesn't realize what was beginning.
Emily yelled at him twice trying to urge him out of bed. Today was the first day of school. Thomas can't make himself move <b>due to fear and anxiety filling his body. He couldn't show it. No one to see his real feelings. He'd convinced himself he was an excellent actor at twelve years of age. He believed his mother never recognized his stress. Thomas was rather proud of himself.
Thomas and his family live in Gomelton were he was born along with every other Gomel since the town was founded. His mother frequently showed how proud she was to be the wife of the Great-Great Grandson of the founding Gomel.
A large picture hung over the fireplace of Great-Great Grandfather, Silas Gomel. The painting's appearance was awkward because of its size and the down lighting that made it the only thing which stood out in the room. Visitors and family thought Thomas and his fourth Great Grandfather resembled one another. It's hard to understand how two relatives so far apart in years could mirror each other so closely in looks.
Thomas's dad, Charles, told everyone they were identical twins except, one of them was 100 years older, give or take a few years. Everyone laughed at his overused joke. Thomas never laughed. He tried his best to smile, so he didn't hurt his father's feelings.
Thomas heard his mother call his entire name for the third time, he no longer had a choice, he got out of bed. Straight to the bathroom, he went to brush his teeth and dress.
A twelve-year-old boy doesn't care what he wore, as long as it resembled jeans and a tee-shirt. Thomas observed himselfin the mirror and he saw a geeky, dark-haired, boy who wore glasses, with a body like a stick and no muscles. No wonder I'm the one Crusher picks on the most. Thomas, you're the biggest nerd in school.
The school put restrictions on what shirts the boys wear because of all the gang violence going on in the bigger cities. Gomelton never had a real gang problem with violence, but they wanted to prevent it if they could.
Every Monday morning during school, she handed him lunch money and told him not to spend it all in one place and laughed like it was the greatest joke in the world. Thomas thought it was corny but did his best to show her how much he loved her for what she did for him. He stepped in front of her and placed his arms around her middle and hugged her for a long time. Tears sprung to her eyes because of the tenderness her son demonstrated.
Thomas' heart pounded in his chest due to his anxiety over school. Crusher was a secret his parents knew nothing about. The one boy in school who made life hell for any kid he <b>encountered.
The closer Thomas got to the school the slower he walked, thanks to Peter Cusher.
Everyone at school called him the same name, <b>teachers included, "Crusher." He looked fourteen or fifteen years old instead of the same age as Thomas. His was muscled more than Thomas had seen on a 12-year-old. Crusher had a work out gym he frequently used at home.
Crusher's build filled Thomas with self-loathing and fear when he was around. The teachers thought him the perfect student because his family had money and his speech was polite around them. Out of the teachers' sight, every kid younger than Crusher was a potential target.
Bookbag in hand Thomas walked down the street towards the school. He observed what a pretty street he lived on with the roadside full of trees and flower gardens. The sweet scent almost made him forget his fears. You're a nerd again, Thomas's mind told him. He cringed and felt his shoulders tighten. Relax, you haven't even reached the school yet, Thomas told himself.
Occasionally, his mind flashed back to Crusher and the year before. I want Crusher out of my mind. He forced his mind back to the neighborhood with the birds in the trees singing, the amazing smelling rose hedge. Anything to keep Crusher out of his head. This year will be the same as the last and the one before. Life at school is total misery. Thomas spends a lot of time beating himself up with his inner dialogue.