It’s June, 1955 in a sleepy little community in mid-west America. School has just let out for the summer vacation and the days are turning hot and lazy in the humid air.
While race relations are starting to flare in the south, the aftershocks of Korea still resonate in many families. The Red Menace still holds its sway of fear as the cold war continues after the detonation of the first Hydrogen Bomb less than a year before. The hints of a new conflict begin to rise as the first “Advisers” go to South Vietnam just a few weeks ago… Where IS Vietnam anyway?
The papers report McDonalds opens in Dayplain, Ill… not that far away and the first non-segregated school year has just ended.
But, all of this has little bearing on the lives of a group of close friends faced with more than 2 months of freedom from school and most of the responsibilities of life… when a slow moving river on the edges of town calls and lazy days of summer promises so much. A summer that may hold a change for all of them in ways that no one could have imagined… and a sexual awaking that not even their parents could have imagined.
It’s a time that clings tenaciously to it’s morality, prosperity and innocence while the first hints of the sexual revolution is starting to make it’s presence felt in the coming years. A time when a group of teenagers might take a step away from “the path” and into a bold new world of self exploration and friendships that might last forever.
Thank you for getting this far. I want to invite you to partake in a story set in a time of change, of turmoil, and of exploration. The characters, if any appear, would be teenagers (16-18) and know each other through various means. They have grown together for many reasons and those bonds will be what will allow them to take the first steps into taboo lands and the secrets of adulthood. Sexual encounters will happen, but the story is about the characters growing and evolving as a result of what they learn from, and teach each other… of the naughty steps into something that can be both wonderfully fulfilling and terrifying at the same time.
I’m looking for 3 to 5 players to fill these roles; an equal number of male and female characters (Including myself) to take this journey.
A few Notes:
I’m only looking for dedicated players. If you cannot post 2 to 3 times a week, or can’t stick with it, this isn’t a story for you. This is the second attempt for this story and I don’t want to lose half of the group before the first week is out.
I don’t care what you play, but keep in mind the times. A Japanese looks very much like a Chinese, a Korean and anyone else from South-east Asia… and the Korean War is only 2 years old for many. Racism is alive and well, so be warned. The woman’s place is still in the home, with a few exceptions and equality is still on the horizon even for them.
I’m not looking for a bunch of teenagers who will go pairing off into couples. Rather, the experience would be more group oriented. Partners may change as often as the days of the week… maybe faster and Jimmy isn’t going to get bent out of shape if he sees Emmy-Lou kissing Dean…. Neither is Emmy-Lou going to get into a cat fight if she sees Samantha with her head in Jimmy’s lap… There may be “favorites,” “Crushes,” and eventual pairings in the future, but it’s going to be a lot more fun if it’s more like a puppy pile than if 3 different stories appear at the start and no one sees anyone else afterward.
There may be a 16 year old character. If you have a problem with this… not the story for you. E allows it and no one is going to pressure either me, or the other players to play 18 year olds. This IS High school, and a bunch of 19 and 20 year olds will be out of place.
I would not say that everyone is a total innocent… but no one has actually had sex. They have probably seen a naked woman in their father’s playboy, seen a penis from some diagram or in health class… but seeing a picture or something at a distance isn’t the same as seeing it up close and personal. Keep that concept up. Seeing your first living, breathing breast shouldn’t be an “Oh… hmmm… but a “Wow!” experience. Seeing your first erect penis might be a little scary, if fasenating.
If you’re interested in the idea, post here and if we have enough, I’ll post a basic character sheet at that point.