When I woke up the next morning I smiled as I heard Marco get up and start to walk to the shower. With a series of crashes and other assorted sounds I walked out of my room and to the shower, pausing only to look at Marco, who was now tied up, wet and covered with itching powder. "That's for yesterday" I said, walking into the bathroom.
As we, that is, me, Marco and his dad, sat down for breakfast Marco spoke up "I'm heading over to the mall today, Jake says that the arcade has this new game" he said.
"Why don't you take Kari with you, if I remember correctly she's pretty good at that sort of thing" Marco's dad asked. Upon seeing Marco frowning he added "she's your cousin Marco..."
"Ok, jeez dad, don't start guilt tripping me" Marco said, downing the last of a piece of toast.
"Speaking of tripping, Marco please promise no pranks at the mall?" I asked
Marco laughed "don't worry, there I have Jake to torture" he said with a small chuckle
As Marco and I arrived at the mall, we noticed three boys standing outside the mall, probably waiting for us, as I recognised one of the boys, a average looking brown haired teen known as Jake. The other two were a dirty blond haired boy who looked very serious and a disturbingly beautiful boy. "Hey Tobias, didn't expect you to turn up" Marco said.
"Jake called me up, heard this is much better than the rest of the games" the blond boy, Tobias, said. "Who's the girl?"
Marco smirked "not one of my usual attempts, this is my cousin Kari, she's from Japan" he said.
"Hi" I simply said.
"Kari?" the pretty boy said "as in Kari the digidestined?"
I was a bit awestruck for a second, then Jake said "this is my cousin Phillip, he from out of town. Watches a lot of TV"
"Oh" I said "I guess saving the world would be international news huh?" We all laughed, though I thought that Tobias was eyeing me suspiciously. Probably my imagination "so, who's up for some video games?" I asked.
"This game might be a bit hardcore for you Kari" Jake warned.
Marco and I just grinned evilly at each other "dude, you are so going to regret those words" Marco said
The game was, to put it simply, an arcade fighting game. It was sort of a mix between a Street Fighter style of fighting and a Super Smash Brothers game. The end result of this game was me beating Jake twice in a row. Suddenly another teen, older than us, entered the arcade, causing Jake and Marco to freeze, Tobias and Phillip having decided to go to the food court earlier on "Tom, why are you here?" Jake asked "I thought you had an inner members only meeting today?"
"It finished early, I thought I'd stop by and see how my little brother is doing" the teen, who I now recognised as Jake's older brother Tom, said. He then looked at me and after a minutes pause he shook his head "I don't believe it, Marco's Cousin Kari!" he said "why are you here?"
I smiled back "Mum found out about this program that's being used by this group called The Sharing, I took advantage of it" I said
Tom laughed "sorry, it's just that I'm an inner member of The Sharing" he said.
Now, I'm not sure why, but at the time Tom's presence made my spine tingle. I dismissed this again as my imagination though as we kept discussing The Sharing, Marco and Jake having gone back to the video games. Tom looked at his watch "oh, look at the time, I've gotta get going, see you at the meeting tonight Kari!" he said, waving goodbye to us and leaving the arcade.
I looked at the two boys "so, which one of you is going to play me next?" I asked.
A few hours and a lot of severe whoopings later, we were making our way over to the food court to meet up with Phillip and Tobias when Marco spotted some people "Rachael, Cassie, I didn't know you guys were going to be here!" he said.
The two people he spotted were a beautiful blond haired girl who was looking very fashionable and a dark skinned girl who looked completely out of place. And they were both carrying shopping bags. "Well, now this is a surprise, Marco, Jake and..." Rachael, I remembered she's Jakes cousin trailed off "who's the brown haired girl?"
"I'm Marco's cousin, Kari" I said.
Rachael groaned "that's all we need around here, another Marco"
I looked at Marco with a raised eyebrow "you cause more havoc than I thought" I said, and then laughed.
"What are you guys doing here anyway?" the other girl, Cassie, asked.
"New arcade game" all three of us answered at once.
"These guys stood no chance" I added, the guys scowling at me as Rachael laughed. After a bit of discussion we headed over to the food court as originally planned, the two girls in tow.
A/N: Leonite: Jeez, it's hard to write an entire chapter purely at the mall than I thought it would.
Tobias: ((That's because you're used to writing superhero and power rangers stories.))
Leonite: 1. that's only true on fanfiction
Tobias: ((Oh yeah, let's not bring in deviant Art))
Leonite: and 2. what are you doing here?
Tobias: ((We all knew you would try this sometime, I'm confused as to why you stopped there?))
Leonite: Next chapter is big, better to split off this bit than split off at a cliffhanger.
Tobias: ((You're just lazy aren't you?))
Leonite: Are you kidding? I've had to do this after two homework assignments , how would you feel after that?
Tobias ((Point. By the way am I going to be hanging around with this job?))
Leonite: We'll see, anyway r&r everyone!