Brent opened his eyes. He was groggy. Brent felt a forced pushing motion against his ribs.
“Brent… Brent… get up! We’re here!” It was Issac. Issac lightly kicked Brent in his ribs again. “Come on, Brent, wake up!”
Brent groaned. “What?”
“I think we’re in your home town,” Issac said.
Brent suddenly was wide awake. “Really?” He jolted up to his feet. They were all in a store. A video game store. “This place… I remember this place. It’s… Just Press Play. I live near here. My house is right across the street.”
“So, do you have any idea where the next shard of the Technology Triforce is?” Xavier said, approaching both Brent and Issac.
Brent dropped his head disappointedly. “No. Not a clue.”
Jason approached Brent. “It wouldn’t hurt to search your house first, would it?”
Brent shook his head. “Not at all.”
“Then what are we waiting for? Let’s go!” Jason said.
The guys and Penny started to leave the store. Not much has changed since Brent had left. The only difference now was that the sky was now a beautiful shade of blue instead of its old, dark gray. Birds have started to chirp and sing along with one another. Cars had been driving along the roads that have seen better days. The roads were broken. They were covered with potholes, large cracks, and more. It had seemed that no one has either noticed, or even cared about what had happened approximately a week ago. In a weird way, Brent was actually getting used to the dark sky, havoc everywhere world. In retrospect, Brent had forgotten what his hometown felt, sounded, and looked like before this had all started.
Brent was glad to be back home, but he knew he couldn’t rest and feel like he was on vacation… he was in the middle of an important mission. At least it felt like a mission to him.
Brent and the group walked across the street and stood in front of Brent’s front door. Brent knocked on the door and waited. He looked to the right and saw a car. He remembered that it was his parents’ car. They were home. Brent felt happy knowing that at least his parents were home, but what would they say about Brent’s sudden disappearance….
The door opened and his mom opened the door. “Oh, Brent. I just got off the phone with Kris. He said that you’ve left your controller at his house. Go ahead and get it. I’m make dinner for you and your friends once you get back.”
Brent didn’t think that his mom wouldn’t say anything about the rest of the group, yet she didn’t seem suspicious at all about them. “Okay…” Brent said. At least he could pay a visit to Kris, but one question stayed in Brent’s mind. Why did his mom say that he left a controller at Kris’ house? He was obviously in a different town, but he didn’t want his mom knowing about that. Was Kris covering for him while he was gone? Either way, Brent was happy to see him. It has felt like forever since Brent had seen any of his hometown friends.
“Well, I guess we’re going to my friend’s house,” Brent said. He walked down the sidewalk as the rest of the group followed.
Issac spoke up, “So… how long have you known Kris?”
Brent raised an eyebrow. “Nine years. Why?”
Issac responded. “Breaking the silence. That’s all.”
Brent nodded as if he understood, but he didn’t quite understand it entirely. “Alright, then,” Brent said. They continued to walk to Kris’ house. Brent could see Kris’ house hiding behind a few pine trees. The wind slowly blew sending a breeze through the air. They finally approached Kris’ front door. Brent knocked on it and waited.
The door creaked open. “Hello?” a voice spoke.
Brent tilted his head. “Kris?”
The door opened the rest of the way. “Brent, you’re back!” Kris said. He hugged Brent for a second and asked him what he’s been through since he was gone. Brent explained everything that had happened. The Shocking Snake, the Raydien, and the eagle….
Kris looked jealous, and terrified at the same time. “Wow, that seems… odd,” Kris said. “I’ve got to tell the others that you’re back.”
Brent interrupted Kris. “I can’t stay long.”
“What?” Kris asked.
“I’m helping these guys. Issac’s PlayStation came to life,” Brent answered.
“Oh, well, I can help. I’ll call the others and have them help, too,” Kris said.
“Great, we can use all the help we can get,” Xavier said. Kris looked at him oddly. “Oh, I’m Xavier.”
Kris nodded. “So, who are they?”
“I’m Jason and this is Penny,” Jason said.
Kris nodded. “Alright. I’ll come the others and we’ll meet them at Just Press Play.”
“Wow, we were going to look there first, but there was nothing around so we decided to look around Brent’s house,” Issac said.
“Look for what?” Kris asked.
Brent explained. “There are three pieces of this object called the Technology Triforce. There is the Graphics Shard, the Game Shard, and the Generation Shard. We found the Graphics Shard already. The Game Shard is around here somewhere.”
Kris nodded. “Okay then, let’s go.” He opened his cell phone and texted the others to meet him at Just Press Play. They returned to the store and stood in front of it. The sign was now on the ground. The inside was still dark and the walls around it were electrified. “I wonder why it still looks like this,” Kris said aloud.
“Maybe it’ll remain like this until we defeat the PlayStation,” Brent said.
Kris nodded. “That’s possible.”
They walked inside the store and sat on the floor. With nothing else to do Brent, Kris, and the others waited for Brent’s other friend’s to arrive. They waited… and waited… and waited.
They heard a motor roar down the road and squeal as it stopped outside of the store. The group heard the doors slam shut and the bell of the door ring as it opened. “Is that them?” Penny asked.
Kris turned around. Their friends were standing in front of the door. “Yeah, that’s them.”
“Who are they?” Brooke asked.
“Guys, this is Issac, Xavier, Jason, and Penny. Guys… this is Brooke and…”
Brent turned around. The name of his friend that had continued to evade him now was set in stone in his mind. “Derek.”