Author's Rant Space: I have no idea where this came from. Enjoy.
He whistled at the pretty lady and the older boy grinned mischievously. The lady whipped her head around, glaring. But the older boy pointed at the younger and shrugged ruefully. The lady caught sight of the pair, chuckled and continued walking. The afternoon was hot and their butts burned on the cement but they didn't want to leave just yet. "How many does that make Up?" The little boy scrunched his face, "A million!" The older boy sighed, "You need to go to school more often." They continued sipping on the icy Coke and whenever a cute girl passed by Up would whistle so his brother could get a good look. When the lady turned around, Up made sure to open his eyes to the size of saucers while Dash shrugged and pointed at him. They never got in trouble, they never got scolded.
There were blisters forming on his hands, the sweat poured into his eyes and he impatiently tried rubbing the stinging sensation away. Still his eyes stung and his vision remained blurry. His laughter sounded nearby, "Up, here. Tip your head back." Obediently, Up did and Dash poured water on his face. Snorting and coughing in surprise, Up spat onto the ground. Dash's laugh was not unkind and suddenly, something was tightened around his forehead. "This'll keep the sweat off ya'. Don't worry if ya' lose it or tear it. Just grab some old GLEE Commander's cargo pants from the 'Will and cut 'em into strips." Up touched his forehead, it felt like a bandana, he looked up at Dash who sported one exactly like his. Grinning, Up nodded and put his weight back onto the machine, forcing the old gears to turn. "Say." Dash frowned and turned to face his little brother, "You'll be 11 in a few days right?" Up nodded, showing a gap-toothed smile. He'd pulled out the last of his baby teeth yesterday with some rusted pliers he'd found. Dash smiled back, "Wanna go to the arcade? I've been saving some space bucks to spend for your birthday. "
He scuffed the grey ball and it disintegrated into smoke and ash. He glanced back one more time and then up at the sky. The stars were barely becoming visible now and the smoke that still rose from the smoldering buildings was now being masked by the darkness. Up crouched down one last time; Dash appeared to be sleeping. However, the angle of his neck betrayed the reality of the situation, Up ran a hand down his cheek one last time before hefting the backpack onto a shoulder and walking away.