“So… how long have you known, uh…” Brent asked. He and Issac had walked about three blocks and Brent had already forgotten Issac’s friend’s name.
“Xavier?” Issac finished.
Brent nodded. “Yeah, Xavier.”
“Well, to tell you the truth, I’ve only been here for six weeks. Xavier was the only one in our school that would actually talk to me,” Issac said.
“Oh,” Brent said. Brent felt as if Issac was uncomfortable about talking about the topic, so he changed it to video games. “Have you ever played any other video game systems?”
Issac answered. “A little. I play the Xbox with Xavier sometimes. I’ll admit that it’s a good system, but I’m just not that much of a fan.”
Brent nodded. “I can understand that.”
After several minutes of walking and talking, Issac and Brent had arrived at Xavier’s house. Issac walked up to the door with Brent right behind him and knocked on the door. They waited a few seconds and then the door opened.
“Issac?” a voice asked, groggily.
“Hi, Xavier. Uh… I have something to ask you,” Issac asked.
“Sure, but… who’s this?” Xavier said, pointing to Brent.
“I’m Brent,” Brent said, introducing himself.
“… my cousin,” Issac added.
Xavier said, “uh-huh. So, what did you want to ask me?”
“Right. Um… it might sound really weird, but my PlayStation came to life,” Issac said.
“Really?” Xavier asked. “So, what do you want me to do?”
Brent spoke, “we want you to help us destroy Issac’s PlayStation.”
Xavier thought to himself for a moment. “Alright, destroying a PlayStation… I’m in. Sure, it sounds weird, but asking me if I want to destroy a PlayStation… I won’t reject it. I hate PlayStation. I’m more of an Xbox guy myself.”
Issac gave Brent a look and whispered to him, “I told you.”
Brent spoke to Xavier, “do you know where any nearby video game stores are around here?”
“Yeah, there’s a GameStop a block away from here,” Xavier said, pointing behind Brent and Issac.
“Why are you asking about that?” Issac asked Brent.
“Where else would a video game system go to find some help?” Brent said.
“He has a point,” Xavier said. “Let’s go!”
“Do you want to go now? I mean, we don’t have to…” Brent said. He turned to Issac. “What time is it?”
Issac gazed down at his wristwatch. “4:00 p.m. Xavier… will your parents mind if Brent and I stay for dinner?”
“Of course not. Come on in,” Xavier said, inviting Brent and Issac into his house.
Brent turned to Issac. “shouldn’t you call your parents?”
Issac was already on his phone. “I’m already on it,” he said. Issac dialed his parents’ home number and asked if he and Brent could stay at Xavier’s place to have dinner. After a few minutes, Issac turned off his phone. “Let’s eat.”
Brent and Issac entered Xavier’s home and find their way to the dining room. They sat themselves down and waited for the dinner to be served. Xavier walked into the dining room a few moments later and sat himself down next to Brent. “So, Xavier, what are we having?” Brent asked Xavier.
“My mom is making pork chops with barbecue sauce on top,” Xavier explained. “Oh, and, don’t worry about my mom making more. She always cooks extra pork chops just in case one of us in still in a hungry mood.”
Issac nodded. “So, we’re all leaving after dinner, right?”
Xavier answered. “Yes.”
Five minutes passed until Xavier, Brent, and Issac all smelled the pork chops’ aroma fill the dining room. “Mmm, they smell really good,” Issac said.
“Well, thank you, Issac,” a feminine voice said. Xavier’s mom entered the dining room with a tray holding ten pork chops. Xavier’s dad was on her heels walking into the dining room. Xavier’s mom placed the tray onto the table and took off her oven mitts. She turned to Brent and said, “hello, I’m Sally, Xavier’s mother.”
Xavier’s dad approached Brent and held out his hand. “I’m Robert, Xavier’s father.”
Brent shook his hand and looked at Sally quizzically.
“You boys can dig in if you want,” Sally said, motioning towards the tray of pork chops.
“Thanks,” Issac said, picking up a pork chop. He cut through the meat and took a bite. Issac’s expression changed. “Brent, you’ve got to try this. It’s really good.”
Brent immediately grabbed a pork chop and cut off a small piece and ate it. “Wow, that’s really good!” he said.
The boys and Xavier’s parents all ate the pork chops within forty-five minutes. Xavier then asked his parents about him going to GameStop with Brent and Issac. “Mom… dad… can I go to GameStop with Brent and Issac?”
“What for?” Robert asked Issac.
“Oh, I just wanted to buy him a game for his Xbox. Just because his birthday is in two days and I’m going to be really busy with my… cousin during the weekend,” Issac explained.
“Well… I think that’s very nice of you Issac,” Sally said.
“Very well,” Robert said. “It is your birthday soon anyway.”
“Thanks,” Xavier said. He got up and hugged his parents and left with Brent and Issac.
Brent spoke to Xavier. “Just for a heads up, I don’t know exactly know what to expect. Last time I’ve dealt with this kind of issue, my friends and I ended up battling a minion.”
“Expect the unexpected. That’s what I always say,” Xavier said.
They walked a few blocks and stood at the door of GameStop. Brent walked up to the door and grabbed the handle. The boys walked into darkness. There was only silence until a voice spoke one single word.