“The great thing about movies, is that you can go anywhere, meet anyone, learn lessons you may have never learned. I’ve got everything I need to learn right here in this store.”
One of Nathan’s earliest memories is of being taken to the movies when he was just four or five years old. It was a big deal, because there was, and still isn’t a movie theater in Tala Springs. He remembers waking up to his mother’s smiling face, and hearing the words, ‘we’re going to the movies’. They drove all the way to Tampa, somewhere they rarely ever went unless they absolutely needed to. The Smiths didn’t exactly have a lot of money to waste on the gas to get there. While his father went to do who knows what, he and his mother went to see Heavyweights, which remains to this day, his favorite movie. From that day on he was hooked, whenever he got a chance to see a movie, he watched it, no matter what it was about. It was the best and only way for him to get away from home.
You see, Mr. Smith was a heavy drinker, a very heavy drinker, and had some bad anger issues. He took his anger out on his wife, and his son more than a few times. Nathan loved his mother more than even his precious movies, and when seeing his father’s anger rising to the point her he might strike out at her, Nate would distract him by angering him instead and take whatever beating for her. One would think that his homme situation would have turned him bitter and cold, but he’s actually one of the nicest, sweetest guys you would ever meet. When his mother died shortly after he graduated highschool, he moved out, away from his father and opened a much needed video rental store on mainstreet. Without his mother, there was no reason for him to put up with his father anymore.
Opening the store had him interacting with people much more, and he quickly became the town sweet-heart. His great movie advice always gave people something to talk about, and he knew how to put a smile on some one’s face with ease. It was how he met Grace, and eventually ended up dating her. They were happy for a good amount of time, but she broke it off just as they started getting serious. He still doesn’t understand why she ended it between them, he thought he did everything right, but he decided not to dwell on it. He still sees her around since they live in such a small town, and he knows being bitter won’t help the situation. They still talk, quite a bit actually. His other good friend is Brandon, despite the fact that most of the town dislikes him, they’ve managed to become close, close enough that he know about his poaching. He really doesn’t approve, but because of his non-confrontational personality he doesn’t ever say anything about it. Most of the time, you can find Nate at the video store, if he’s not there he’s probably grabbing a bite to eat, or he’s gotten sucked into a conversation with one of his friends.