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 When I got off, I followed the usual routine: get
the mail and continue on the mile-long walk to the house.
It wasn’t really a mile, but it was long enough that from
the point I was at, I couldn’t see any part of the house.
 My house or “castle” as Dad referred to it as, was
hidden behind what could be a forest of trees. In fact, I
faintly remember being not five-years-old and naming the
woods; the Whispering Woods. “A perfect name,” I
recalled my father saying...
 It had stopped raining about an hour ago. Levi
was by my side walking up the driveway, still not talking.
 “I’m sorry for what I said on the bus,” I finally
said when we had just walked out from under the
dripping trees of the forest, “I was just kidding.”
 “It wasn’t you,” he replied, “it was just me.
Forget about it. I forgave you already.”
 “That’s good, ‘cause I was worried,” I looked at
him and stuck my tongue out at him. He smiled and we
continued walking up the front door.
 We finally made it to the front door. I opened the
keypad and hit in the six digit code. The keypad beeped
and I opened the door slowly.
 “Take off your shoes,  please,” I said to Levi.
 “Okidoki,” he replied, kicking off his black and
white Converse onto the rug.

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 When I got off, I followed the usual routine: get
the mail and continue on the mile-long walk to the house.
It wasn’t really a mile, but it was long enough that from
the point I was at, I couldn’t see any part of the house.
 My house or “castle” as Dad referred to it as, was
hidden behind what could be a forest of trees. In fact, I
faintly remember being not five-years-old and naming the
woods; the Whispering Woods. “A perfect name,” I
recalled my father saying...
 It had stopped raining about an hour ago. Levi
was by my side walking up the driveway, still not talking.
 “I’m sorry for what I said on the bus,” I finally
said when we had just walked out from under the
dripping trees of the forest, “I was just kidding.”
 “It wasn’t you,” he replied, “it was just me.
Forget about it. I forgave you already.”
 “That’s good, ‘cause I was worried,” I looked at
him and stuck my tongue out at him. He smiled and we
continued walking up the front door.
 We finally made it to the front door. I opened the
keypad and hit in the six digit code. The keypad beeped
and I opened the door slowly.
 “Take off your shoes,  please,” I said to Levi.
 “Okidoki,” he replied, kicking off his black and
white Converse onto the rug.
 Then, I proceeded to walk through the hall, with Levi following close behind. Three doors down was the TV room. I stood in front of the French doors and opened them slowly.
 The TV room was perhaps the darkest room in the house, having no windows. The walls were painted a blood red that was so deep, it was like looking at the scene of a brutal accident that had stained the walls and never dried. The walls were lined with lights to make the space look like a theatre. However, the room was completely dim at the moment.
 “Wow,” Levi said, “it’s really dark in here!”
 “Yeah,” I replied, “No windows.”
 He scoffed. “Obviously,”
 Ignoring that, I continued into the room, reaching for the hidden light switch. When I found it, and switched it to the ‘ON’ position, the room was illuminated with intense light.
 It took a second for our eyes to adjust, but as they did I staggered into the room, attempting to find one of the comfortable chairs to rest on. Levi followed suit.
 “Well,” I began, “this is the TV room.”
 “More like a theatre room,” he said, admiring the huge projector screen that the chairs were facing at the other end of the room.
 “Yeah,” I said, “Dad was never one for subtlety. He always needed to be bigger and better then the rest of the family. Something about proving himself…”
 “I know exactly what you mean,”
 “Do you?”
 “Yeah,” Levi looked depressed now as his eyes fell to the floor, looking at his bleached-white socks, “I have the exactly same problem with my father.”
 “Well, why don’t you tell me about it?”
 He laughed, apparently amused at my question, “We’ll save that for another date,”
 “Date?”
 “Well, what would you consider this?”
 “I don’t know, not really a date… but I suppose…”
 He cut me off suddenly, “I mean, I consider this a date, I don’t really know though…
 “I’ve never been on a date,”
 “Me neither,”
 “So what now?”
 “I don’t know…”
 “Yeah, me neither,”
 “Wanna watch a movie or something until my dad gets home?”
 “Okay,”
 I let Levi pick a movie, as he was my guest. He picked an old classic that was one of my favorites: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. And we watched it to the excellent ending, and we clapped when the spaceship took off, heading back to Transsexual Transylvania, and finally stopped when the credits started rolling.

The End

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