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Life In 101

Life In 101

Klaus Schilling

Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: iDon’t Own Zoey 101or any other of the shows or works of arts used for this story.
Abstract: Genres include fluff, family, adventure, drama, friendship, science fiction.

The story occurs in the identified universe of a huge variety of current or past live action shows and movies produced for Nickelodeon channel, including, but not restricted to, Zoey 101, Unfabulous, Drake & Josh, Victorious, True Jackson VP, Bigtime Rush, Unfabulous, Neds Declassified School Survival Guide, Bucket & Skinners Epic Adventures, How To Rock, Supah Ninjas, The Troop, and makes heavy use of a variety of members of their casts.

There are no hard prerequisites for reading this story that exceed the content of the Wikipedia pages of the most important Nickelodeon live action shows. But general familiarity with the main cast of Zoey 101 and its plot lines is largely appreciated.

The timeline starts with the beginning of the canon of Zoey 101, coinciding with the start of that of Unfabulous and Neds Declassified School Survival Guide. Drake & Josh is in its second season. None of the other shows have started.

textbfSummary: Zoey Brooks is a new middle school girl at Pacific Coast Academy. Due to a few plot twists, including a mystery encounter, she makes many decisions that change the canon story of almost all characters of most Nickelodeon shows. This starts with joining the tennis team, establishing several clubs and electives, and similar activies. It turns out that Zoey is tantamount to the life force of Pacific Coast Academy.

Couples include Zoey Brooks / Olivary Biallo (a guest character from Zoey 101: School Dance) alias Jerry Crony, Quinn Pensky / Simon Nelson Cook, Lola Martinez / Spencer (a guest character from Neds Declassified School Survival Guide: School Play, Nicole Bristow / Nicholas Webber (a guest character from Zoey 101: School Dance), Dana Cruz / Logan Reese, Stacey Dillsen / Josh Nichols, Lisa Perkins / Drake Parker, Coco Wexler / Walter Nichols, Chase Matthews / Addie Singer, Michael Barret / Wendy (from Drake & Josh: Number One Fan), Dean Rivers / Francine Briggs, Kazu / Mrs. Lee (from Victorious: Wok Star), et alii.


The story is written for LiveJournal-Community Tamingthemuse, prompt Thats Life.

The story is indebted to third party owned song Thats Life by Frank Sinatra.

“It is the Spirit who gives life ; the flesh profits nothing ; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” — from Gospel According To John, 6:36


Chapter 1  Prologue

1.1  The Way To PCA

Hello, my name is brooks … Zoey Brooks!

Zoey derives from a Greek word with the meaning of life, and the story I have to tell you is one that’s life at Pacific Coast Academy, the most illustrous boarding school in the greater Los Angeles area, a school of which I was a student since my last year of middle school.

When I started out here, it was the first year of coeducation at this school. Our landlord was perversely conservative, and he had not allowed for this step for many years, just like his father, who was even supposed to have been worse.

My brother Dustin, younger by four years, had already been a student here since his first grade, and now he was in his fourth grade.

I was happy to be reunited with him over the whole course of the academic year, but this was of course not the one and only — not even the primary — reason why I was so happy about this step. Really, it is still not easy for me to say what had impressed me. Maybe the beach and the pools, which made me think to live in a spa rather than on the campus of a school … but maybe I just wanted to stay with cool friends, twenty-four out of twenty-four, and seven out of seven. Although I was born in Louisiana, my family came to move to Oceanside in San Diego County already early in my life. I was thus accustomed to sandy beaches, but my school had been located in some busy street and looked certainly more like a prison than a school.

I had begged mome on my knees to send me there, and also promised to keep good care of my little brother. With hindsight, I have to say now that my worries were largely exaggerated, but back then I was not able to avoid behaving like this.

So, now it was time for our dad to take us in his car to my new residence.

It was late August, and the red hot Californian sun had was burning mercilessly.

For this reason, we had drunk a lot before and during the car trip. Dustin had apparently been too busy emptying the bottles, and his bladder threatened to burst. He would not have wanted me to intervene, but I told dad to take a break and let him discharge his bladder in a regular place before he starts peeing into his pants and the back seat.

For that avail, we stopped at some wayside restaurant.

Dustin declared to find his own way to the toilets. “I am already big!”

I shrugged and let him run away. Dad was up to buying some takeout food for his way home, and so I was loitering a bit outside the station. I had tried hard to avoid showing it to dad and to Dustin, but I sure was a bit nervous, as the school had been reserved for boys until now, and some of them had never seen a girl in their life.

Suddenly, an elderly Japanese guy appeared next to me. “Hello, you are Miss Zoey Brooks?”

I gasped, because I had never seen that starnger before. “This is true … but how do you know me?”

The senile man smiled like a true Zen master. “Do you know yourself, so that you may wonder whether others know you?”

I scratched my head. “Certainly I know myself …”

The stranger kept on remarking, “maybe you just think that you know yourself.”

His words made not much sense to me, right?

The stranger continued, “if you are really looking for yourself, you may find me on the campus of Pacific Coast Academy. My name is Takato.1 I am a middle school teacher.”

Finally, Dustin and dad were back. But where was Takato? OK, I did not care about that weirdo anyways, and I was glad that he was gone. That did not mean that I had understood what he had been talking about. I decided to keep it all to myself.

We jumped back into the car and continued our course along the coastal roads to the beach of Malibu.

Takato is a guest character from Zoey 101: Chasing Zoey.

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