The fall air is crisp upon my cheeks, chilly but not too cold. The trees have only just begun to turn colors. The lake water is still warm enough to swim in, not that I want to.
Zina and I are walking along the sidewalk. Our friends live on the other side of town and invited us over, so we decided to walk there together. My brother, Drake, was also invited, but he had a something-or-other that I really don't care about.
"Tyler, you have a car. Why are we walking?" Zina asked looking at the ground.
"Because it feels great outside." Was my reply. My opinion reflected in my outfit, a green t-shirt and beige shorts. Zina on the other hand...
"No it doesn't, it's fucking cold!" She retorted, burying her face further into her scarf. "How can you dress like that when it feels like this? You gonna catch something and when you do I'm gonna laugh."
"Aww, is Zee worried about me?" I teased, "Well, if that isn't the cutest thing."
"Shut up, dork!" She protested, a noticeable blush on her cheeks. "So, are you gonna do that project for Mrs. Davis' class?"
"You mean that stupid 'Fall Reading' thing?" I questioned. She replied with a nod and awaited my response. "Yeah, no. Fuck that shit. I'll just reuse the one I did for Ms. Miller's Book Talk last semester."
"Same. If that bitch thinks I'm working through fall break, she's in for a rude awakening." She replied, fire in her eyes.
Half an hour later, the two of us arrived at the 'Nerd Nest' as we called it. The mundane, tan house was the residence of the only people Zina and I could consider true friends. I walk up and deliver a decisive knock on the door, the action is met by a voice through the wooden barrier.
"Password." The semi-nasal voice commands.
"Dammit Roger! You're an adult, is this really necessary?" I question back to the blank, white surface.
The next sound from inside is a buzzer sound followed by a hardy, "Wrong answer, try again." I take a deep breath and cave in to the insanity.
"The password is 'Venusaur is the best Gen 1 starter Pokémon'." I answer. After a few seconds, I hear the door lock unlatch and the door swings open.
"Tyler. Zina. Glad you could make it." Roger said with the biggest shit-eating grin I've ever seen.
I look him square in the face and decide to speak. "Hate to break it to ya, Roj, but Blastoise is actually the best."
"You're both wrong," Zina begins behind me, "the best Gen 1 starter is obviously Charizard."
The three of us share a laugh as Zina and I made our way inside.