A boy with an unusual condition struggles to make it through the day. Will he survive?
|[author's update: Thank you to everyone who enjoyed this story, and continue to enjoy it. I'm glad everyone still loves Jack's tale after all these years. Because I've gotten so many requests for people to see it, I've decided to make it public again. However, I don't want to take away from the reboot, so I'm going to end all of the story branches where they are. If there are any storylines you would like to be moved over to the rebooted story, you're more than welcome to as long as you credit the original author of the chapter.|
I hope you'll enjoy the new version of the story over here: https://www.writing.com/main/interactive-story/item_id/2202381-A-Squishy-Boy-reb... ]
You are nine year-old Jack Harper. You were born with a squishy, putty-like body. While this makes you practically immortal, it also means you're extremely weak, constantly getting squashed and flattened by almost everything. Things really started getting bad when you started school, after which your mother pulled you out the first chance she got. You seem to be able to take an awful lot of punishment. Getting smooshed doesn't really hurt you. In fact, you could be melted into a puddle and still be fine. You still hate it nonetheless. You're kind of a geek, often studying on the internet and playing video games. You're almost exactly three feet tall, black hair, and tan skin. You like wearing funny or "awesome" shirts, even though no one usually sees them. Being sheltered most of your life, you don't really know how normal people are supposed to act and often get yourself in trouble. You seem to have stopped aging.
Trish Harper - 41. Your mother. You and her are pretty close, especially after your father left. She's sort of cheap and a bit scatterbrained. She home schools you and often takes you to work with her. She's very attractive, though with a bit of extra weight in her rear. She's of average height with sandy blonde hair and lightly tanned skin.
Katrina "Kat" Harper - 13. Your tomboyish older cousin who lives in a rural area on the other side of town. You often go over to her house during the summer and help her and your aunt and uncle with their animals. You've had a pretty good relationship with her ever since you were very little. She seems to have a desire to toughen you up, often allowing you to do things that would normally make your mother freak out.
Andrew Morrison - 8. An annoying, but friendly neighbor boy. He's been your best friend since your mother pulled you out of school. His mother doesn't pay much attention to him, so your mom has taken it upon herself to make him your unofficial brother. He often teases you, but he knows where to draw the line (sometimes). He knows about your condition and tries to help your mom out, sometimes too much.
Barbara Morrison - 40. Andrew's neglectful mother and an old friend of Trish's. While she's very attractive, going through great lengths to maintain her body, she's also not very nice to you. She hasn't put you in danger herself (yet) but she goes out of her way to mock you when she find you in these situations.
Stephan "Stevie" Morrison - 4. Andrew's little brother. Stevie's kind of a brat. While Barbara pays little attention to Andrew, she practically spoils Stevie. (The relationship between Jack, Andrew, and Stevie may change depending on the storyline.)
Ashley "Ash" Parker - 15. Andrew's cousin. You had a pretty horrible encounter with him one Halloween, but he made things right soon after. He seems pretty cool to you, but you still aren't sure of what to think of him. He often babysits his cousins.
Kentwolf created a followup story following up on these characters five years later here: http://www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1975029-A-Squishy-Teen
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