Kevin Maggliardi was walking over to Levi Cranston’s and Jack Andrews’ Boston apartment. He was tired after an intense workout, and he didn’t want to do much.
Jing Hao, Mike Wong, and Asad Prejesh were going to Cambridge. Levi, Jack, and Kevin weren’t up to joining them.
When Kevin walked into his friends’ apartment, he noticed that Levi was sleeping. Jack was watching stupid cartoons on TV.
“Hi Kevin,” Jack said.
“Hi Jack,” Kevin replied sleepily.
Levi was sleeping on one couch. Jack was sitting on one end of another couch. Kevin fell asleep on the couch within ten minutes.
Rhody Leyman had just recently graduated from high school and was about to head to college and study mechanical engineering. He was dealing with all kinds of depression due to having issues with his biological mother.
He needed to have some time to himself, so he walked over to a nearby church and found his way in. The door was unlocked, so he made his way into the quiet sanctuary and sat on the pew. He stared straight ahead and couldn’t calm his mind. He had way too many thoughts running through his head.
He wanted to know why his biological mom left him, his older sister Jayne, and their dad. Although he has always loved his stepmom, he could never figure out why his biological mom couldn’t stand her when she was rarely in the picture. He had also done some things in the past that he regretted, and he was starting to feel sorry for himself.
Rhody kept quiet and tried to calm himself down. He tried to fight back tears as much as he could, and he managed very well.
He sat on the pew for a good hour and tried to be in tune with himself.
Suddenly, he heard the door open, and there were some people coming into the church, very likely for afternoon mass. And a few people noticed him, even though they didn’t know who he was.
“May I help you?” One of the churchgoers asked him.
Rhody tried to respond but couldn’t figure out what to say. His throat was very dry.
“We have mass starting soon,” she responded. He took this as a sign that he needed to leave, as he was starting to feel pretty unwelcome there.
Rhody headed toward the door, his face beet red. When he came home, he went up to his room and closed his door. He still needed time to himself.
Levi Cranston and Kevin Maggliardi had just finished a run along the Charles River in Boston. They sat along the river to catch their breath and regain their composures.
“Did I tell you the story about when Jack, Rhody Leyman, and I came home from an impromptu trip to Milwaukee?” Levi asked Kevin.
“I love Milwaukee, and no. You may have told me this story, but I don’t remember,” said Kevin.
“You’ve met Rhody before when he was here. The light brunette loud mouth.”
“He’s such a cool guy, though. I introduced him to my brother, Graham. Since they both live a block from each other in Brooklyn. When they both first met, they hit it off so well, and they acted like they were best friends.”
“Yeah, he’s pretty great,” Levi remarked.
“So, about this trip. Remind me what happened,” Kevin said.
“It was during the summer when Jack and I were going to be seniors, and Rhody just graduated. So, ‘13, I think. We spent a weekend in Milwaukee and were supposed to come home Sunday night. There was so much going on our way home, including traffic, that we didn’t get home until about 4 am. So instead of us going out separate ways once we came home, Rhody let us spend the rest of the night at his place. And the three of us didn’t wake up until at least 4 o’clock in the afternoon.”
“Yup. I remember that story. Similar situation with me and my two brothers. My sister wasn’t with us since she had a prior commitment. It sucks not coming home when you want to.”
“Yeah, we were super super exhausted by the time we came back,” Levi said.
“Why didn’t Asad and Savino come with you?” Kevin asked.
“I honestly don’t remember.”
Jayne and Rhody Leyman were back home in Valparaiso, Indiana for the holidays. They were celebrating with their dad and their stepmom, Estrella.
Rhody was living in Wicker Park, Chicago at the time with a couple friends. Jayne, his older sister by two years, was living in Grayslake, Illinois with her girlfriend, who was currently in LA area visiting her parents.
Rhody fell asleep on the couch in the living room while watching TV. He was so sound asleep, that when Jayne tried to wake him up, he wouldn’t budge. His head was turned to the right, into his pillow, and his breathing was very steady. Jayne lay on the couch next to him, and, out of curiosity, placed her ear against her younger brother’s chest so that she could listen to his heart beating.
Kevin Maggliardi was going into his senior year of high school in Rhode Island, and he had just escaped from what could have been a bad car accident. After some tests, including a CT scan and MRI of his head, he was told he had a concussion and needed to recover for a few weeks.
He spent the following day in his bed with an ice pack against his head, since he had a pounding headache. He also had a black eye and was feeling dizzy.
In his subconscience, he heard their cat purring, but otherwise he was sound asleep.
October 13, 2018
Kevin Nathaniel Maggliardi, one of Levi Cranston’s (The Magic Video Game) friends whom he met in Boston, was spending the mid-day on the phone with his older brother, who lives in London.
Kevin's older brother, Sheridan Charles Maggliardi, who is 32 years old, just recently had his tonsils removed after several bouts of strep throat. At the age of 32 years old, no one would or should expect that to happen. Kevin felt that it was his job to walk him through the recovery stage, since he himself had to have his tonsils taken out at the age of 12, and that was in 2006.
Kevin is now 25 years old.
"Dude, I feel like shit," Sheridan spoke quietly on the phone.
"How's your throat?" Kevin asked.
"It hurts like hell. I want ice cream."
"Then, get someone to give you some."
"My girlfriend is out, and my other friends are playing a show. I really don't want to get up," Sheridan remarked.
"That was me when I had mine out. My throat really hurt for the first three to four days, and then I started feeling better," Kevin said.
"This is Day 7. I should be getting over this by now."
"Isn't it worse when you get your tonsils removed as an adult?"
"I don't know, I don't care."
"So, what are you doing to keep you busy?"
"Watching TV. What are you up to, aside from talking to me?"
"Not much. Taking it easy today, I think."
Kevin was lying on his stomach on his bed, with his laptop facing him, since he was talking to Sheridan that way. He hadn't really planned anything with his friends today, since he wanted to get his laundry done, and he felt that today was a good today to not do anything extravagant.
His friends, Levi Cranston, Mackenzie Burbanks, Jack Andrews, Jing Hao, Asad Prejesh, and Mike Wong, were spending an afternoon playing board games and card games at Levi's, Mackenzie's, Jack's, and Asad's apartment in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, but Kevin declined. He wanted to take today to spend talking to Sheridan and helping him through recovering from his tonsillectomy.
Kevin had not left the apartment at all today, and he was perfectly okay with that. It was now 1 o'clock in the afternoon Boston time. He woke up at 10 am, showered, and started on his laundry. Today was his day, and he was going to make the most out of it.
Although Sheridan and Kevin were still online, they were silent for about five minutes. Sheridan looked totally out of it. His eyes were half-way open, he had an ice pack around his neck, and his hair looked pretty unkempt. In May, Sheridan decided to cut his hair to match Kevin's hairstyle.
Kevin couldn't remember if he had brushed his hair this morning. Either way, it didn't look horrible.
"What are you watching right now, Charles?" Kevin asked his older brother. Sheridan has always gone by "Charles" or "Charlie" to his family and friends. Kevin has always gone by "Kid" to his family.
"Some rubbish I can't understand, given my state," Sheridan remarked.
"What TV shows have you gotten into?"
"I'm putting some on, once we end our call," Kevin remarked.
"You're literally doing nothing today?" Sheridan questioned his younger brother.
"Nope, and it feels wonderful. Haven't left the apartment at all today."
"My friends and I hung out at our place last night. So I think it's a good idea to take a day off. Jing, Wong, and I are doing something tomorrow for sure."
"That sounds fun."
It was around New Year’s Day, and Levi Cranston and his friends had spent the holidays in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they live. His good friend and old neighbor, Rhody Leyman, was going to visit them for New Year’s Eve, but his trip to Valparaiso, Indiana was extended to another week because he was hit very hard with the flu.
“Hello?” Rhody answered the phone on his end.
“Hi Rhody,” Levi responded.
“Hey. How are you doing?”
“Not bad, sad you’re not here. How are you feeling?”
“Well, I could be better. I’ve been throwing up pretty much the whole day for about two days. My flight to Boston has been pushed back to next Monday. Hopefully I feel better by then,” Rhody said.
“Better late than never,” Levi remarked. “You’d drive from Boston back to your place in Brooklyn, right?”
“Right now, that’s the plan.”
“How are your dad and your stepmom, Estrella?”
“They’re fine. Jayneley and her wife stopped by. You know they live in Grayslake, Illinois now. Right?”
“Yep. I guess they live right by my older half-sister, Louise. My other half-sister, Elizabeth, and younger sister, Evelyn Maeve, live in Boston as well. Olivia lives by you in Brooklyn. And Victoria and her little family live in Plymouth, Indiana.”
It was Friday night, and Levi Cranston’s old neighbor and good friend, Rhody Leyman, was driving to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Levi and his friends live, from Brooklyn, New York, to spend a weekend with everyone. Levi, Rhody, Jack Andrews, Asad Prejesh, Kevin Maggliardi, Jing Hao, and Mike Wong had all planned to take a week off and hang out.
“Hey, Cranston,” Rhody replied to Levi calling him.
“Yo. Just wanted to see what you wanted for dinner. We were trying to decide what we wanted delivered,” Levi said.
“Oh shit. Anything fish is fine.”
“That’s exactly what we were thinking. Is Graham, Kevin’s brother, coming as well?”
“Actually, he’s not. He and his boyfriend are staying in New York,” Rhody remarked.
“Oh, that’s right. Kevin told me that,” Levi stated.
“I should be there in about an hour, I’ll drop all of my things off at your place, and then drop off the car.”
“Okay, then I’ll place the order when you arrive. What sounds good?”
“Anything fish and chips is fine.”
Friday, April 19, 2019
A couple of Levi Cranston’s (The Magic Video Game) friends, Kevin Maggliardi and Mike Wong, decided to spend this evening together working out. Levi, Jack Andrews, Asad Prejesh, and Jing Hao spent an evening in downtown Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Kevin and Wong had been wanting to run up all of the flights of stairs in Wong’s high rise building in Cambridge, and now was the best day to do it.
“Are you ready to die yet, Wong?” Kevin asked his best friend with a smile.
“As ready as always,” Wong responded, flexing his right arm.
“Me, too. Ready?”
After a brief warm-up session, the two boys started running up each flight of stairs. After about five flights of stairs, both boys started breathing a little harder, but they still felt like they could accomplish this feat.
Twelve flights of stairs in, and Kevin noticed himself gasping for air, and his face felt flushed. He was not going to let this stop him. This was his goal for over six months, as was Wong’s. He had used his inhaler before running up the stairs.
Wong started feeling a burning sensation in his chest, and he could hear his heart pounding in his ears. He didn’t care. They were a few flights up from the top, and this was not going to stop them.
Before they knew it, they made it to the top. Both Kevin and Wong slowly finished their last flight and found a ledge to sit on. They were both breathing very hard and were extremely sweaty.
Wong’s chest hurt even more than it did before. He tried some deep breathing exercises without much luck. He had to catch his breath before he could relax.
Kevin’s hands were on his chest. He could both hear and feel his heart racing. He thought it could pop out of his chest at any moment. He buried his head inside his shirt so that he could dry the sweat off his face.
“Well, unless we decide to shower, I don’t think we should go anywhere tonight,” Wong remarked, after a few minutes.
“I’m winded. I don’t think I’d want to go anywhere tonight,” Kevin replied.
“How are you now?”
“Almost recovered. How about you?”
“I’m fine. Your face is flushed,” Wong said.
“It feels flushed. You in the mood for pizza?” Kevin asked.
“Of course. I’m probably gonna be hungry within the next hour.”
“I call a large pineapple and ham pizza for myself. What about you?”
“Feeling cheese today. My heart is racing.”
“Just take some deep breaths. You’ll be okay.”
Kevin Maggliardi and his friend and roommate, Jing Hao, we’re playing video games in the common area of their Cambridge, MA apartment for the afternoon. They didn’t want to do much else. Their other friends were out and about.
“Do you remember senior year of college when I pulled that horrible all-nighter?” Kevin asked.
“Vaguely. Remind me what happened,” Jing replied.
“I drank coffee, an energy drink, and pop while working on that huge capstone project.”
“Oh yeah. Now I remember.”
“And I thought my heart was gonna explode in my chest,” Kevin said.
“Didn’t you end up in the ER because of it?” Jing asked.
“I probably should’ve because my heart was pounding so hard for a long time, and my chest hurt. But I was able to calm myself down by placing an ice pack on my side. The next few days were pretty rough.”
“Oh yeah. Me, Wong, and David pretty much nursed you back to health.”
“That was so stupid. I’ll never do that again. Like I’ve pulled all-nighters before, but not like that,” Kevin said.
“That’s why I don’t drink coffee, energy drinks, and pop at the same time,” Jing remarked.
“Well now I don’t.”
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