The story starts with a little aside from Jake West. He assures us that he "didn't go looking for addiction." It just showed up one day in a lemon yellow Mustang . Hmm… interesting.
Jake's story starts with a breakdown. Specifically, his Jeep. On the side of the road right by a huge gorge.
This particular spot has a whole lot of significance for Jake. It's the place where a girl named Amy committed suicide by driving her car off the road last year. It also reminds him that he's a huge jerk. Why's that, we wonder?
Jake gets out of the car and notices that the memorial for Amy is dwindling a bit. There used to be all kinds of signs and flowers and teddy bears when Amy first died, but now there's just a couple of random items left.
Oh, and a bowl of lime Jell-O. Complete with a note that reads, "In case there's no lime Jell-O in heaven. Love D." Sweet.
Jake stands by the side of the road and considers his hometown, Raynesville. The place is your typical small town and Jake is feeling pretty suffocated there.
Suddenly, Jake notices a dirty yellow Mustang drive by.
And then he sees his friend, Alex, drive up in a different car and hop out.
Well, "friend" might be a bit of an exaggeration; Jake doesn't seem to think much of Alex. To be fair, the kid's accomplishments include throwing a football and eating twelve double cheeseburgers in one sitting.
Alex jumps out of the car and runs up to Jake. Does he need help with his Jeep? No? He also mentions that he saw Jake's ex-girlfriend, Katrina, at the pool today and, boy, was she looking hot. Jake doesn't mind if he asks her out, right?
Jake is doing his best to ignore Alex, but the kid keeps on talking.
Seems Alex's dad (who also happens to be a local cop) has hired some guys to build a shed for him. One of the dudes, Chuck, always has the best weed.
Okay, so now Jake is trying pretty hard to give Alex a clue that he's not interested in chatting, but the guy keeps going. Does Jake wanna hang out at the Bus?
An old bus that was abandoned in the woods by some hippies years ago? No thanks.
No biggie, Alex tells him as he heads back to his car. All the guys will have better luck with the ladies without Jake's pretty face hanging around anyway.
After Alex leaves, Jake notices the yellow Mustang has pulled into a gas station.
A skinny lady with tattoos and black spiky hair calls out to Jake for directions and then gets into the car.
Jake also notices a pair of amazing legs sitting in the passenger seat.
The Mustang pulls off. They're headed right in the direction of Jake's house. Nice.