Derek Johnson - Story Card

I’m Derek and I just turned 16. I’ve been living with my grandmother since I was six years old, when my mom died.  My dad was never really a part of our lives.

I pretty much like school and I do OK.  My teachers always say, “Derek, you’re so smart, you’ve got so much potential,” but I think they’re just glad to have a brother with manners in their class.

I’m on the swim team and I’m really good.  At first everyone was like, “Derek, have you thought about the basketball team?” But I’m only 5’10” and I don’t even like basketball.  When I’m not in swim practice, I’m working as a lifeguard at the community pool.  Or I’m with Charlene.

Charlene and I have been together for six months.  We have a great time together; she is always taking me to cool places that I could never afford on my own and to try new things.  Seems like she has the perfect life – her dad is this hot-shot lawyer, her mom is always baking cookies or something, and they live in this big house.  Charlene is so beautiful, fun, and magnetic.  I can’t even believe she gives me the time of day.  I feel like I hit the jackpot with her, but sometimes it is a little hard…

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