Previously at 24 College Avenue: Despite misgivings over the filthy conditions, Josh Williams, a junior at State College, has moved into the century-old Victorian house with 10 other students, including linebacker Kenan Hill; a gorgeous sprinter named Nicollette Mayle and her roommate, med student Cheryl Bellamy; profane gambling addict Danny Edmonds; ROTC cadet Katie Maynard (the Red Devils' school mascot); and Jenn Robbins, his old high school girlfriend.Josh hated almost everything about his bedroom.
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Chapter 1: The Panty Raid
Chapter 2: Burning Down the House
Chapter 3: Virtual Tour
Chapter 4: The Bear
Josh pulled on a pair of jeans, slowly walked toward the stairway and met a wall of sheetrock. Yet another thing to hate about the house. The landlord was trying to pass off the house as a duplex for tax reasons by "temporarily'' blocking off the third floor from the rest of the place. Josh would have to use the outside stairway and walk around to the front of the house to get to the kitchen. He looked outside. It was raining."@#$%, @#$%, @#$%,'' he muttered down the staircase. He stepped in a puddle that was ankle-deep. "@#$%!'' Just before he reached the front steps, he stepped in a pile of dog manure. "@#$%!'' And then he banged his shin on the top step. "@#$%! @#$%! @#$%!'' Josh was still cursing when he opened the front door to find Nicollette performing Pilates or some such routine in the living room. She wore loose-fitting gray sweats and a "State Track'' jog bra that revealed an abdomen smooth and flat enough for figure skating. Her blonde hair was pulled back in a pony tail. Good Lord. It was their first conversation; and not only were Josh's first words to her "@#$%!," he was soaking wet and he had dog crap on his shoes. "Geez, that's some mouth you've got on you,'' Nicollette called out between sit-ups. "Better not let Katie hear that sort of language. Listening to Danny is bad enough.'' "Ummmm, yeah. Sorry about that.'' Nicollette paused in her routine and glanced over her shoulder. "You're Josh, right? The new guy in the Hobbit Hole? Kenan said you're making pancakes for everyone. That's really sweet.'' She smiled and Josh felt like Christmas morning.
"Yeah, uh, right. Nice to meet you, too. I'm, umm, Josh. Ummm, Josh Williams. Ummm, I go to school here, too.''(Jeez, what an idiot. Of course, he went to school here.) "Ummmm, Jenn says you're on the track team. You must run a lot.'' (Good Lord, what a stupid thing to say. The next thing he would be asking is what her major is.) "So, what's, ummm, your major?' (He was blowing it, BLOWING IT!) "Ummmm, about the pancakes?'' Nicollette turned back to complete a stretch and flipped her pony-tail back. "Yes?'' "Ummmm, nothing. Just ummmm, would you like your pancakes with blueberries?'' FRIDAY: Chapter 6, ''Ouch!'' Jim Caple is a senior writer at ESPN.com. His first book, "The Devil Wears Pinstripes," is on sale at bookstores nationwide. It can also be ordered through his Web site, Jimcaple.com. Howard Chaykin pioneered the graphic novel in the United States and is best known for his groundbreaking series, "American Flagg!" He has worked as a writer/producer on several television series (including "The Flash" and "Viper"), and freelanced in feature films, pilots, and episodic television. He is currently back in comics full-time as a writer and artist. The theme song for "24 College Avenue" is "Threefold" by AUTOLOGIC. Download the free MP3 in its entirety by clicking here.