The Surprise By: Pent Ghelsburg
Disclaimer: The characters depicted in this work are purely fictional. All are original and used only within the context of this story. Any similarity to characters both real or fake is purely coincidental. If this is not your cup of tea, then do not read. You have been warned.
There comes a time in every boy's life where uncertainty is the way of maturation. The timing depends on many factors and it may even come at various milestones in during childhood and even into adolescence. This is especially true for the boys who often feel ostracized by society as a whole. It could be said that many in the furry world would feel this way and so they often cling to whatever comforts they find that comes easiest to them.
Cameron the cheefox is one such boy who revels in his own ability to make friends. Although not always the most social individual the boy often found himself rather eager and willing to fraternize with his age mates. Though the child was not the most popular one in his school, one could easily say that he was rather plentiful in the realm of friends. The end of the year was coming and like many kids his age, the cheefox was eager that summer would come sooner rather than later.
However what he was more auspicious about was the coming of his own birthday. It was the final year of his primary school career and he was a bit nervous for the coming of Middle School. However there was one thing in his favor, he already knew a fair amount of furs who already were a year into the school and soon would be graduating into their second year. Cameron couldn't help but be curious as to what the day would hold. His parents were being rather tight lipped about the ordeal and his friends weren't rumoring about the event either.
Truthfully the clandestine nature of the occasion was bothering him. However, the cheefox did what he could to hide that he was bothered about it. There was only a week left of school and he needed sure to end with good marks at the end of the year. What he didn't know was that his teachers had already closed grading and were giving their students little other than busy work, even if they didn't admit it. Cameron was intent on leaving on a good note.
With the final week of schooling underway, Cameron's mind was set on getting his yearbook signed. It was after all his final year in that particular establishment so his parents insisted that he get one, even if he didn't understand the reason for it. Still once Monday rolled around the cheefox was keen on getting as many signatures as possible. When the boy arrived into class, not many of his friends were there yet. It was early and some of them weren't coming because their own parents had planned for some early vacations.
The teachers didn't bother to take attendance as the usually strictly enforced policy was rather loose during the last few weeks of the year. However it didn't bother Cameron much since, for once, the majority of the class was furs like himself. Once announcements were over the teacher didn't waste any time in calling order to the unruly class.
“You have today to get your yearbook signed. That means if you need to go, other classes, I will allow it so long as you ask me first.” The stern woman quickly sat in her desk as the year had taken a toll on her mentally.
Some kids didn't have a yearbook, however, they were still happy that the day would be spent in leisure rather than doing another silly assignment to waste time.
The hybrid dug in his backpack for the book. It was hardcover unlike most of the books he was used to, so finding it was rather easy. Once he had pulled it out, Cam wagged his tail behind him in excitement. He went about around the room to each table where kids were signing yearbooks as if they were professional athletes. The first group Cameron went to was a small section of human kids who brashly brushed him off leaving him feeling rather unwanted.
However, his real friends were quick to notice. Micah, a friend of his from the soccer team, quickly called him over to the other side of the room. It was quite strange if one looked into the room afar, the kids were segregated by their own means; humans on one side and furs on the other. Gradually the cheefox made his way over and eventually his discernment turned from sad to happy. Micah was the first one to greet his friend.
Like Cameron, Micah was a breed of fox as well, just not a hybrid. Though shorter than Cameron, the fennec looked quite similar to Cameron with their matching pitch white fur. The only thing that really set them apart was their hair and various markings on their fur. But to the untrained eye, they may have been brothers.
“Hey Cam!” Micah chirped happily greeting the other boy.
“Hiya. Micah.” Cameron's tail wagged casually behind him.
“Want us to sign your yearbook?” Micah asked looking at the boys souvenir for the year.
“Sure, I'd like that.” Cameron didn't waste any time in plopping down the book on the desk.
Along with the Fennec were several other friends of various varieties.
It was mostly boys from the soccer team, FC Furwood; Seliron, Shizari, Kiphi, Kevin, Kalo, Robbie, and Kalo. Some others were there though they were further back in the classroom removed from the larger group of cubs.
Once Cameron entered into the group, some of the larger furry boys roughhoused with him some. Seliron put him under his arm and even ruffled his hair in order to seem playful. Kiphi took it a step further and gave Cam a firm pat on the behind, making sure to tug on the other boys tail just to make him aware that he was present.
“Thanks guys!” Cameron watched as his book was handed around and each of the boys on the team passed it around.
Once they chummed about and talked for a while, Cameron made his way to less athletic furs. Takeru, Spots, Ezhno, and Mellan were all preoccupied with either playing or watching a game of chess.
Here the Cheefox was definitely outnumbered by more mindful boys who occupied themselves with more constructive things than caring for nuanced signatures. Though the two playing didn't seem to mind and gladly accepted the gesture when Cameron asked if they would do him the favor of signing off. The predominately feline group was much more interested in their battle on the board and did very little in the realm of socialization. Quietly they continued about and did little else than sign their name when asked.
Cameron felt as if he was being a bother since he himself was not into Chess, nor did he completely understand the nuances of the game. Once they fulfilled his request, the cheefox wasted no time in showing himself back to the comforts of the soccer furs. The skunk was busy throwing around a ball to the other boys. It wasn't long before they were yelled at by the room minder who commanded them to go outside. The FC boys certainly didn't mind since they didn't like being stuffed up inside.
The cheefox, of course, joined them but not before storing his book away in his bag before finally turning out to play soccer with his friends. Together they spent the rest of the day playing together and getting quite sweaty in the process. By days end they were a sweaty mess. The teacher was happy to be rid of their nuisance and quickly dismissed them to lunch. Much of the week went this way as the school faculty wanted little else other than the end to come.
Before long the weekend comes and summer had finally arrived. The 5th grade would have their graduation that night, surely a grand ceremony for some and very little for others. Cameron, on the other hand, was looking forward to his own special day. It was merely days away and no one had mentioned it. Its arrival was making him rather nervous at what was to come. Normally his friends would discuss it but they had remained hush and Cam didn't want to seem pushy about it and decided to ignore the issue.
However, the focus now was on getting him ready for moving on to secondary school. Once he arrived home on Friday, his parents quickly rushed him and told the cheefox that he needed to look his bed. They assured him that it was a special day and he needed to be dressed appropriately for it. His father whisked him into his room. Frankly, the boy hated wearing stuffy stuff like his “formal wear” as much of it was warm and it certainly didn't help him cool down with his thick fur.
His father told him that he needed to wear black since wearing white would be nothing short of camouflage. Cameron looked through his closet and found a suitable dark colored t-shirt and pants to wear. It was gray and long sleeved, hardly what one would consider professional but for a boy of his age, it would have to do. The cheefox quickly undressed from his school clothes and went about his routine in the shower. He was still a mess from his daily soccer match and he wanted to be clean for his affair.
The kit was not exactly keen on showers as it took him a great deal of effort in order to dry off. He quickly stripped and went about making quick work of the mud stains and sweat splattered around his body. It took him but a short time as he wasn't the most hygienically focused boy but he figured it would fit the purpose of coming across as well kept. After he cleaned himself, he exited the stall he went about and dried himself with a towel before fetching a blow drier and doing the same.
It was a rather tedious process and by the time he was done, his mother was yelling at him to hurry up. Cameron knew it was best not to anger her and skipped the rest of the drying process. Still feeling a bit damp, he went about and dressed. His clothing clung to him as fabric clung to his matted fur but the cheefox decided it needed to be ignored. All that was left was to get his shoes and socks. Going back into his room he finished dressing and was ready.
Once the boy had left the room, it seemed his parents were ready. Both the mother and the father were already dressed, and possibly even overdressed for the occasion. They quickly whisked him away into the car and rapidly drove towards his school. By the time they had arrived back at the school, it seemed that many of the other parents had already come with their kids. Much of the parking lot was already empty of personnel.
The family went indoors and split apart. Cam already knew what he had to do and had long been rehearsing with his class for the event. The ceremony went off without a hitch. It was a hit with all the parents and led to a lot of pictures and even tears between some of the students who were leaving for different schools in the next school year. After one final class picture, they were dismissed and finally, they could bask at the beginning of summer.
Cam's family invited some of his friends out for dinner. Of course the entire Furwood FC was there and frankly, it was strange for the cheefox to see some of them in formal clothing. Other friends showed up too of course, including Pent and Tumelo both of whom were already in secondary school. Their collective families ordered some pizza for the entourage of kids. By the end of the night, it seemed like a rather normal ordeal minus them being a bit overdressed for a pizza joint.
However, there was one final surprise remaining, set by the entirety of his family and friends. A waiter came over with a cake lit up with sparklers and twelve candles in total. Shortly after his friends and family began singing happy birthday. It seemed that this was what they had in mind, after all, a surprise party. The cheefox soon blew out the candles and made a wish but truthfully he had gotten what he wanted after all. Of course, the gifts were a plus, but to be with his friends and family was all he could as for as they all shouted together.
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAMERON.”