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When He Smiles Ch. 2
By Throwaway22

 

She moves like she don't care
Smooth as silk, cool as air
Maria, you got to see her
Go insane and out of your mind

--Blondie, Maria




THEY SAT IN A circle on the floor, cool hardwood beneath Ray's palms. He wasn't sure what to make of the trio before him, but then again, it had never been this easy for him to make friends. When it was, moments like this came only once in a blue moon. He'd always been a shy one, sometimes painfully so. Even now he could feel himself retreating into his shell.

Ray had since learned the two boys before him were brothers
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named Gerard and Mikey. Gerard was the shorter, dark-haired one as well as the older of the two. Mikey was the taller one, blonde and bespectacled. Ray couldn't help but be unnerved by him a little, as he had not once changed his blank expression since they invited themselves into Ray's house. Then there was the girl, Maria, unrelated to either of the boys. Loose black curls tumbled down her back, and there was a carefree smile reaching up to her light brown eyes.

``That sound good?'' said
Gerard. Ray looked up quickly.

``Huh?''

``The arcade,'' he said. ``Maria and I were thinking of heading over. You in? Or is that not your thing?''

Ray looked over at Maria. She sat cross-legged, elbow on her knee and chin propped up on a fist. She was looking back at him expectantly. Her eyes seemed to laugh.

``Yeah, I'm down for that,'' Ray said.
Gerard grinned.

``Fuck yeah!''

He helped Maria to her feet, and Ray and his emotionless brother followed. As they headed down the street, Maria hopped onto
Gerard's back and thrust her fist into the air.

``FREEEEDOM!'' she yelled. The movers and Ray's mother looked up. Ray and his mother shared a look, not sure what to think at first, but then she smiled.

``Looks like you made some new friends,'' she called with a wave. Ray just shrugged.

``I guess.''

Along the way,
Ray found himself on an unofficial tour of the group's stomping grounds. Gerard and Maria pointed out various places they frequented, though they assured him that there was more than what he was seeing today, and that he'd see much more later on if he wanted.

``This place has the best pizza. Maria doesn't think so, but that's just cuz she doesn't know her pizza,'' said Gerard, earning a smack upside the head from Maria. ``And up here, we skip in this park sometimes.''

``But don't tell our parents,'' Maria said with a conspiratorial smile.

``Dead men tell no tales,'' Mikey chimed in, looking Ray in the eyes. Ray let out an involuntary shudder. ``I'm kidding.''

``Aaand here, you can find pretty much any novelty item. Spoink has the best shit if that's what you're into. Frankyou'll meet him laterseems to like it enough. Next door, at The Missing Link? They're kinda weird but they're still cool. Lotsa Godzilla shit, I noticed.''

Ray nodded as Gerard spoke. It was a lot to take in, and when Gerard noticed, he assured Ray that he'd have plenty of time to get used to this area.

``If you hang with us enough, this part of the neighborhood will become a second home to you, trust us,'' Maria said.

``It's like the rest of New Jersey doesn't exist to them,'' Mikey added.

``We do know there's a rest of Jersey,'' Maria shot back. ``Why do you think we avoid the shore?''

For the first time since they met, Ray allowed himself a laugh.

``Here it is!'' Gerard declared. Maria slid off his back, and the two of them gestured dramatically to a square, yellow building with a sign that read
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The Avalon. On each side of the sign were clowns, and the sign itself was bordered by blinking lights. ``Casa Avalon Arcade!''



INSIDE, THE LIGHTS WERE dimmed down, but the blinking lights of the games more than made up for the lack of over
head lighting. After paying admission, Gerard and Maria immediately ran off down the corridor and to the right, into a room where some of the more serious arcade games were held. Ray was taken aback when he entered, as a large movie-sized TV screen at the far end of the room was playing an episode of Dexter's Laboratory. In front of the screen, people sat at tables eating pizza. Not too far away, a young couple were playing air hockey. Though the guy was winning, his girlfriend insisted she was ahead, claiming that air hockey's point system was the same as golf's.

Mikey took his bag of nickels to a game of Ski Ball, and Gerard had challenged Maria to a game of House of the Dead. Ray wasn't sure where to start. There was too much to choose from.

``
FUUUUUU!'' Maria shouted, throwing down her gun. Gerard grinned and held his up, pretending to blow away a puff of smoke.

``Problem?''

``Yeah, I got a problem, you fucking kill stealer!'' Maria glared at Gerard; then, from the corner of her eye, she saw Ray approaching. ``Did you see that, Ray?''

``Ididn't see anything,'' Ray admitted.

``Well, don't play House of the Dead with Gerard. He's a filthy cheating whore!''

``What?! Since when is protecting my dearest partner in crime from oncoming zombie monkeys
cheating?'' he asked, almost too sweetly. Maria wriggled in Gerard's arms as he brought her close and gave her a kiss on top of the head. ``I couldn't bear to lose you to abominations in the eyes of God.''

``Yeah, well, I was going to kill those damn monkeys and you know it,'' she grumbled.
``Fuck this shit. I'm out.''

Gerard grinned, watching Maria stalk away. Ray just raised his eyebrows.

``Don't mind her, Ray. Zo
mbies are just serious business in her world.''

``You don't say.''

 

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