From Rockybado 4: Running Up a Hill
It was a very cold evening in Crown Point, Indiana. This was during Christmas Break. David Ingram was a senior in college. Brody, his younger brother, was a junior in college. And Toby, the youngest brother, was a junior in high school. Dawson, the oldest, was well out of college, and Brett, the second oldest, was fresh out of college. Well, Dawson had recently received his MBA, so he was fresh out of graduate school.
It was a Friday night, and, of course, no one wanted to do anything because of the cold weather. With this in mind, everyone stayed home. Except for the kids’ mom, and Dawson, who now lives in Merrillville with his fiancée, Daniela Cardis. Brett was getting ready to move out of the Ingram’s house and into a house that his bandmate’s uncle owns.
What was everyone else doing?
The kids’ dad ordered Chinese take-out for everyone because he did not feel like cooking. And neither did the boys, for that matter. Brett was with their dad in the kitchen. David and Brody were playing video games. And Toby was watching his brothers having fun. He was drinking a cream soda. All three boys said nothing to each other for quite a while. They didn’t have much to say, and David and Brody were especially focused on the newest game that they got.
“This weather sucks,” Brody remarked.
“Tell me about it,” Toby said.
“This cold weather seriously makes you not want to do anything.”
“Again, tell me about it.”
“At least we’re getting Chinese tonight,” Brody said on a more positive note.
“And we have cream soda,” Toby answered with a smile.
“We have that as well.”
“Thanks. You made me hungry.”
David and Brody continued to play video games for a little while longer. Toby walked into the kitchen to be with Brett and their dad. Brody was thinking about random things at the moment. While still playing video games with David. Who would’ve thought?
Now, Brody was thinking about an upcoming basketball game in Chicago that he, David, their dad, and their Uncle Alan were going to in a week. What a great way to spend the Christmas Break. Taking the train into Chicago, and then using other means of public transportation to get to the game. So that no one had to worry about driving into the city.
Even though Brody might have been thinking about the game, David was not. He was really not thinking about anything. As a matter of fact, he was more worried about beating Brody in the game that they were playing together.
David was winning, of course.
“David?” Brody got his older brother’s attention.
“Brody?” David answered his younger brother.
“Are you excited about the game next week?”
“Yes! I’m so happy we’re going again.”
“Uncle Alan got tickets from one of his co-workers,” Brody remarked.
“It’s always fun to go to a game in Chicago,” David replied.
“How does his co-worker give him tickets?”
“Probably because he got them first and didn’t want them.”
“And why is that?”
Brett, Toby, and the boys’ dad left to get Chinese food. David and Brody stayed at home and continued playing video games. Of course. The two Irish twins really did not feel like going back out. And even though Mr. Ingram, Brett, and Toby really did not want to go out either, they had to in order to actually pick up their order from the nearby Chinese restaurant.
It didn’t seem long until Mr. Ingram, Brett, and Toby came home with orange chicken, beef lo mein noodles, and other food items. David and Brody could smell the delightful aroma of the Chinese food, and they raced each other to the dining room table. Toby put plates and silverware on the table. David brought out some cans of cream soda, since there were exactly five full cans left. Mr. Ingram, Brett, David, Brody, and Toby gathered around the table and started eating Chinese food because of how hungry they were.
“Well, David and Brody, are you excited about the game next week?” Mr. Ingram asked.
“Yes!” Brody exclaimed. Thank goodness he had swallowed beforehand.
“I’m excited! I always am,” David remarked.
“Uncle Alan’s obviously going, too, right?”
“I hope so.”
“Yes, he’s going as well,” Mr. Ingram remarked.
“Have fun at your silly game,” Brett remarked semi-sarcastically.
“Yeah, really. I think I’ll be hanging out with the cool kids,” Toby said even more semi-sarcastically.
“What will you be doing?”
“Hanging out with my friends while listening to you guys practice, of course.”
After they all finished dinner, the boys helped clean up the table and put the very few leftovers that they had left in the refrigerator. There was only one small box of steamed rice left, and it was a quarter full. Mrs. Ingram could have it if she wanted. Who knew when she was going to come back from her boss’s holiday party? Probably some time later tonight.
With that in mind, the guys decided to have a movie night in the common area. Brett made popcorn, even though they all just ate. David chose the comedy movies that he wanted to watch. Brody chose the comedy movies that he wanted to watch. David and Brody fought over the comedy movies that they wanted to watch. Toby laughed at the two boys fighting over the comedy movies. And Mr. Ingram made David and Brody compromise on the comedy movies.
What a fun night it was.
It was then 10:30 at night, and the boys’ mom came home from the holiday party. She found Brody sleeping on the sofa when she walked in. He was wearing what he had worn that day: a blue quarter zip, a purple t-shirt, and jeans. He still had his white socks on, and, surprisingly enough, he was asleep on his back with his face buried into a pillow by his side. Even though Brody normally sleeps on his stomach, he still looked very comfortable.
“I’m home, Brody,” Mrs. Ingram said.
Brody moaned and stayed where he was. His mom walked into a different room and looked for a warm blanket to cover him, since he didn’t already have a blanket. Honeybunny, their cat, was cuddled up next to him. When Mrs. Ingram returned with a blanket, the cat jumped off the couch. However, Brody was in a pretty deep sleep. How could he have possibly fallen asleep so early at night?
His last final was today, and he had spent most of the previous day studying as much as he could to ace the final.
Mrs. Ingram put the blanket over him, and leaned over to hug and kiss him. When she hugged him, she was so close to his chest that she could hear his loud heartbeat. She smiled and realized the love that she has always had for him. Mrs. Ingram then kissed her son on the cheek and left to get ready for bed.
Check out Rockybado, Rockybado 2: A Run in the Game, Rockybado 3: The Invasion of the Naughty Blue Aliens, and Rockybado 4: Running Up a Hill
For some double awesome stuff, check out The Crazy Chicken Escapade and The Somewhat Perilous Plot of the Patriotic Mosquitoes!
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