“There was this kid named John, and he was super strong and he’s going to a dance program that I’m going to. By the way, my name is Greg. I am eleven. I am a nerd. I like to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I want to be his friend because he is cool, but I tried, and he didn’t really listen to me, so I want to see if I can do it again.”
There was this kid named John, and he was super strong and he’s going to a dance program that I’m going to. By the way, my name is Greg. I am eleven. I am a nerd. I like to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I want to be his friend because he is cool, but I tried, and he didn’t really listen to me, so I want to see if I can do it again. By the way, John is really good at dancing. I want to go and talk to John, but he is next to the bully. I will try to talk to him tomorrow.
The next day…
I thought I found John. So let’s go, I mumbled to myself.
I walked over and said, “Hi.”
He said, “Hi” back.
I didn’t know what to say back, so I just walked away slowly.
But John said, “Hey Greg, you want to be my friend?”
I turned around and said, “Sure,” and in my head I said yes!!!
And when school ended, I told my mom how my day was.
I went to the program. I saw John, and I walked up to him, and I said, “Do you remember me from school?”
He said, “You do look familiar. What’s your name?”
“My name is Greg,” I said. “And your name is John, right?”
“Yes, okay so I guess you are from school after all,” John said.
There was a stage and a professional actor who is famous talking about how it is to act in theater.
The lights turned off. A whole bunch of people came in. I could see the figures walking and I heard feet walking. And the lights came back on. When we looked at the stage, there was a whole bunch of actors about to dance. And then they started dancing.
This program is cool, I thought. One of the dancers was break dancing. Then the program was over.
John said, “It’s cool being in the same program with you, Greg. I hope I see you next Friday.”
My mom and I were watching a movie, and it was called Jumanji 2. We were walking over to the movie theater right now, and I couldn’t wait to watch the movie. I was also thinking on the other side of my brain, What is John doing right now?
So when Jumanji 2 was over, my mom and I were talking about it all the way until we walked to our house. By the way, we went to the movie theater, AMC. That popcorn really messed up my stomach. When I went home, I really needed to go use to bathroom, so I stayed in the bathroom for at least ten minutes. I came out and my stomach felt better. My dad came home.
He said, “How was the movie?”
I said, “It was good. Mom, what’s your opinion?”
Mom said, “It was really good, but I liked the first one better.”
One hour passed. It was bedtime. I really loved my pajamas. They had a whole bunch of penguins on it, and I really loved penguins. I was dreaming a whole bunch about school, and I almost had a nightmare. My nightmare was that one of the teachers was banning recess and all the kids had to fight to get it back.
Today was a chilling day for me. I stayed home and play video games all day. My favorite game was Call of Duty: WWII.
Mom stopped me from playing video games, and she said, “You should go outside and play.”
I said, “Fine, but when I come back, I want to go straight to my video games.”
I think I’m going to go play basketball.
An hour later…
I came back to our house, and I said to Mom, “I made so many three pointers.”
She said, “Great, I have a surprise for you.”
I said, “Really? What is it?
“I’m not telling you.”
Once dinner is ready, we ate dinner. I faked went to go to the bathroom, but I went into my room. I found my present!!! It was a PS4, and I screamed!! So now I could play Call of Duty: WWII on the TV then on the iPad. I gave my mom a big hug. I finished my mashed potatoes and steak and ran into my room and opened the PS4.
The first day of the week. The weekend was so short I felt like Friday should be a weekend day. John and I were in the cafeteria standing next to a garbage can.
I went to John and said, “I got the new PS4.”
John said, “Cool.”
“What kind of games do you have?” I said.
“I have Call of Duty,” John said.
“That’s it?” I said. “I have Call of Duty: WWII, I have NBA 2K, and I have NBA Live. I have Minecraft, Marvel 2, the newest one. And that’s it.”
“Dang, you have a lot.”
The bell rang. John and I left.
“See you at recess.”
A week later…
One day, when I was playing Call of Duty, my mom said to me, “Want to have a playdate with John?”
“Is this the John I go to school with?”
“Hm-hmm,” said my mom. “Did you know that John is your brother?”
I stopped playing Call of Duty.
“Really? Is this true?” I said. My mouth was open, and my eyes were wide.
“How is that possible?” I said.
My mom said, “John is in your grandma’s house. He has been there since you have been three.”
“Well, why haven’t I seen him?” Greg said.
“You guys have not gotten along. For example, when it was Thanksgiving eight years ago, remember the visitor you had, that was John.”
“I remember that, but I didn’t know that I wasn’t getting along with him,” I said.
“You guys were not getting along because you guys were fighting,” Mom said.
“Really?” I said
“Yep it was crazy,” Mom said.
I started to cry.
The next day…
“We wanted to surprise you and also John with a playdate. He will be coming home in a hour with all of his luggage.”
I am cleaning up my room, getting ready for John.