The Opal Quartet (Story One: The Window)
* Part 1 *
-From the poem 'We Meet'
Tern was having fun playing a vast, intense Metroid Prime Game, which had 5 million levels. He dodged the monsters that were coming for him, and flew out of the Metroid world to a Mario World. Then both worlds diminished in the distance, and he was in outer space. Then he woke up.
Oh man, he thought, too bad it was just a dream. He had been having fun feeling the freedom of flight, and the complex dream state of dreaming of playing video games.
As he stretched in the sunlight on his bed, he could see that his playstation was as good as new. His Nintendo console was comfortably sitting next to his playstation. The Nintendo console was dusty on the top, unlike the Nintendo console, and it hadn't been played in a week or two because Tern had been intent on defeating a monster on a playstation final-fantasy game.
“Tern! Time to get up!” His mother said cheerily. “Good morning”, she added.
“Okay, Mommy!” He said, looking at his watch. His watch read 6:30 in the morning. It was unusual for his mother to wake him up this early. “Why so early!?” He called to his mother.
“We're going to Palm Valley!” She called back from on the other side of the door. “For vacation. Your father and I have already bought a hotel room there.”
Tern suddenly became excited. He hadn't been on vacation for a long time. He liked vacations because he always got to see places which were far away from where he lived in Cozyville.
He quickly got dressed into a white shirt and blue pants. He stretched one more time, and then headed out of his room for a good raisin-bran meal. He poured himself a bowl of cereal and milk and then ate quickly. Tern was a regular sized, thin, blonde-haired, 11 year old boy, and he had a big appetite for food. He was a growing boy.
“So, are you ready for a resort?” His father asked Tern.
Tern nodded cheerfully. “Where is Palm Valley?”
“In the tropics”, his father told him. “It has palm trees and fern trees there, and it's close to the warm ocean.”
“It will be such a wonderful experience to be at a resort”, Tern's mother said.
“How long are we going to stay there?” Tern asked. He hoped they would be more than a week.
“We'll be staying there for a few days”, his father said. “You should bring some extra clothing with you.”
Tern got his socks from the laundry. Afterwords, he chose five pairs of levis and a few of his sports shirts for the trip.
Soon, Tern and his parents were on the road. He had no brothers or sisters, so he had his horse all to himself. Sometimes he wished he had brothers or sisters, or a friend of some sort, but he rarely thought about that. Little did he know he was going to be thinking about it more, considerably soon.
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