Noah has a unique history. He was born into a normal family, that lived in a normal home, in the normal Denver, Colorado. Unbeknownst to him, he was born destined to do great things, given the abilities of the Fire Element. Noah has an older brother, Benjamin, who was 4 when he was born. Named Jackson Noah, his parents called him Noah. His father was a teacher, and his mother was a nurse, both at the high school. His family was Christian and attended church every Sunday. Noah was a quick learner and was walking a talking a month before the average baby. He was a bright and happy baby. Very seldom did he cry. He was constantly laughing and smiling. His older brother loved to play with him, his parents were proud of their two beautiful children. So, why are you here if Noah had a perfectly normal life, with a perfect family, and no conflict at all? Well, you wouldn't be here. Things get exciting once Noah gets into elementary school.
He was always a favorite once he got into school. Noah was nice to all the kids, and was well behaved. He frequently participated and was well liked. He kept good grades, as most elementary students do. But in fifth grade, he began to do things most elementary students don't.
Noah, sitting in his desk, looked around the class, waiting for the recess bell. By now, most of the kids were done with their exams and were waiting silently. The boy 4 seats over wasn't done, and everyone had to stay quiet until he finished. The recess bell rang and all the kids dashed for the play ground. Except Noah. He waited for the boy, Garrett, to finish his test. They sometimes hung out and Noah had become accustomed to waiting for him. But this time, something else happened.
As Garrett exited the class to meet Noah, two of the other boys came up to him.
"Hey nerd, why do you take so long on your tests? Are you stupid?" One of them, Blake, says.
He's cut off by the other boy, James, hitting him. I watch as he falls, defenseless against the two bullies.
"Maybe you won't take so long next time!" Noah listens as one of the bullies insults Garrett again.
Noah, now angry, jumps in, shoving Blake over. Noah also turns and punches James, angering the boy. Noah had just enough time to help Garrett up before James swings a punch back. It hit Noah right in the jaw, knocking him out. When he woke up, he was with the nurse. His mother was also there.
Noah then had to explain how he was only protecting Garrett from a bully, which his mother approved of.
This led to a beautiful friendship between Garrett and Noah, one that no friendship could rival. They hung out after school, they went to the movies, and they had sleep overs. Noah had began to develop feelings for Garrett, but didn't reveal this. Not until one night during a sleep over.
"Garrett, what do you think kissing's like?" Noah asked, very curious.
"I don't know." Garrett was too consumed in the movie to actually think about it.
Annoying, Noah threw a pillow. "No really! I want to try it. Do you?"
Now paying attention, Garrett replied. "Well, I guess. Doesn't everyone?"
Noah, without hesitation, got up and slid over to Garrett's sleeping bag. They were on Garrett's living room floor. "Well, lets try it!" Noah exclaimed.
Confused, Garrett replied. "With who?"
"Each other." Noah replied, as if it had been obvious the first time.
"Uh? I'm not gay though." Garrett replied, looking around to make sure his parents hadn't heard Noah.
"So? It's just a kiss. What will it hurt?" Noah asked, scooting closer.
Garrett tried pushing him away, but failed. "It's just weird."
"Why? If you don't like it, we'll never do it again." Noah bargained, just wanting to experience his first kiss.
Garrett considered it for some time, and then finally, somewhat reluctantly, agreed. "Fine."
Noah barely gave him time to process his answer, and leaned in for a kiss. It was a 5 second kiss, but enough to tell Garrett something. There would be more Garrett-Noah kisses.
And that was only the first of many. No one knew about the relationship that began that night in 5th grade, when an 11 year old Noah kissed Garrett. Noah kissed many other girls after that on the play ground, in the cafeteria, and other places. But Garrett was who he really cared about. Garrett knew about Noah's other conquests, but didn't bother caring, as it kept other people from being suspicious of Garrett and Noah.
Noah hid his bi-sexuality from his parents, due to their disapproval of that lifestyle. Only a select few knew about Noah and Garrett.
As time went on, Noah and Garrett's relationship became more serious. Through middle school Noah had many "girlfriends" though he only really dated Garrett. They hung out often and still went to the movies. They stopped having sleep overs as many people were suspicious of them, even though Noah did like girls as well, and made that obvious in public. However, even though Noah was bisexual, Garrett was gay and wished for his sexuality to remain a secret. So they kept it that way. They never held hands unless they were alone, or at the movies in the dark. They only kissed when alone, and never did much past that, aside from the occasional cuddling.
Until they were both fourteen. The two had wondered about sex often, and talked about what it was like just as much. They kept saying they knew they were too young, but a part of Noah didn't care. He wanted to know what it was like.
So one day, Noah asked Garrett to come over, saying he wanted to play a new video game that had just come out. Garrett, unknowing of what was going to happen, agreed.
"So, you got that game?" Garrett questioned, oblivious to Noah's plan.
Noah awkwardly looked at his bed room floor. "No..." He looked at Garrett, waiting for him to get mad and exclaim he was on to him.
"Oh? I thought you said..." Garrett trailed off, his eyes revealing his mind was busy with thought. "Did you just want to hang out?"
Thank goodness. Noah thought as he realized Garrett was clueless. "Well, kinda."
"Oh, well you could'a asked...?" Garrett replied, somewhat confused.
"So, you know how we were talking about sex the other day?" Noah quickly asked, skipping to the point.
Angrily, Garrett replied. "So that's what this is about?! You lied to trick me into sex?!" Garrett was furious.
"No it's not like..."
"How could I be so stupid?! I'm not one of your girlfriends Noah! You can't just play with me!" Garrett yelled, angry.
Remaining calm, Noah replied. "It's not like that. I wanted you to be my first. Garrett... Please just listen..." Noah pleaded at the angry Garrett.
"Listen to what?! Are you gonna say we "don't have to do it again if I don't like it"?! This isn't as simple as a kiss Noah!" Garrett mocked, referencing to their first kiss.
"I'm sorry for that. But I was right and I have an amazing boyfriend because of it!" Noah exclaimed.
"Well, what else do you expect me to say?! "Oh yes Noah, sex me." Because that's not gonna happen."
"Garrett, I don't just want sex. I want you! Don't you understand that?! I date and kiss girls so people leave you alone! I want to be with you so I protect you." Noah explained, truthfully.
"Oh, so you're some kinda hero?" Garrett said, somewhat annoyed.
Noah responded with a kiss, tried of arguing. He wrapped his arms around Garrett's waist and kissed him like never before.
Garrett didn't push away or leave, but rather let it happen. Noah took control and they ended up having sex... much to Garrett's dismay. It wasn't what he expected and told Noah he regretted it.
After that they broke up due to Garrett wanting time away from Noah, who Garrett felt was too controlling.
Noah, heartbroken, did the only thing he knew how. Moved on. After having sex once, it was easy the second time. The third time. The fourth time. Both with guys and girls. All of them were older and Noah drowned out the pain with lust. While Noah regretted his decision to have sex with Garrett, it didn't hinder him from doing it with others. He never found another permanent relationship before his parents sent him off to the Academy.
Lost and internally full of regret, Noah did the best he could to move on. He hoped leaving to the Academy would produce new beginnings and help him move on from Garrett.