All of Arie's Booksie friends and family, had travelled to his hometown in the exotic country, we all like to call India, just to attend his awesometastic birthday party. He was turning twenty one after all, which is a pretty big deal. Wasn't this just super exciting? Of course, they had never met each other before, but that was half of the fun. They had invited themselves, because Arun's the don't-do-anything-special-for-my-b'day kind of person, which at times can be quite frustrating. When they had told him that they were all coming, he couldn't exactly turn them down, could he? No, of course not. However, what are birthday parties without any surprises? Boring, and we can't have that, can we? Of course not. Expect the unexpected!
Arie hadn't gotten any sleep that night, he had been so nervous! It was going to be a very different birthday, there was no doubt about that. They could be here any minute. What if they didn't show up after all? These thoughts went through his head, as he walked around his house, making sure all of the decorations were just perfect. Oh, god! That went the doorbell, he thought to himself, and walked hesitantly toward the front door. He stopped, took a deep breath in, and put his hand on the door knob.
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ARIE!" They all embraced him in a gigantic group hug.They were all there: Iris, Abby, Asiya, Roja, Nimmy, Guru Guy and Alice. He let the breath out, he didn't know he'd been holding, and said hello to them individually. Gosh, it was so surreal to see his cyber family in reality, he thought. But, they all seemed just like he'd imagined.
"Come in, come in, my friends!" Arie exclaimed, and gestured toward the hall. They all stepped inside.
"What a beautiful dress, Iris! A true fashionista worthy!" Arie beamed
"Thank you so much, brother!" Izzy said, and smiled.
"Well, this is for you!" Asiya said, and added: "Made especially for you, my love!" She handed over a small gift, wrapped in shiny, purple wrapper.
"Why, thank you, my love!" Arun accepted the gift, and gave her a hug, as he laughed.
The first thing on the menu, was of course cake. To be more exact - delicious and yummy chocolate cake. They all sat down around Arun's kitchen table, everyone with a happy and excited look on their faces. I still can't believe that they actually showed up, he thought to himself and smiled.
"Well, what are you waiting for?" Roja asked, then added: "Isn't it tradition for the birthday kid, to take the first bite out of the cake?" She handed Arie a cake knife, and smiled encouringly.
Arun, the humble guy he is, replied:"Oh, I don't know. I think someone else should have the honour. You aleady have done too much. I don't deserve it."
"Weirdo," they all mumbled.
"Seriously, Goofy? Cut the cake, for God's sake!" Asiya said sarcastically, and gave his shoulder a shove. He sighed, then slowly, he cut a small piece out of the cake.
"Take a bite, Arie!" Abby smiled, sweet as she is. He sighed again, and took a bite out of the cake. They all looked at him, their eyes filled with expectation. Suddenly, Arun made a weird facial expression, and spit out something that looked like a tiny piece of pink paper.
"What's that?" Nimmy asked, leaning over. Everyone else leaned across the table, eager to see what he'd found.
Arie flipped the paper over several times, before he said: "I ... I think it's a note."
"Well, what does it say?" Guru Guy asked, looking slightly curious.
"Read it!" Asiya exclaimed, who seemed quite excited.
"Well, okay." Arun coughed, and seemed to hesitate for a moment, but then took a deep breath, and read what the note said:
"Happy birthday, Arun! I can see you and your friends are having a lovely time. Now, is 'lovely' really enough? Don't you want to have fun? If the answer is 'yes, I would love to have fun', follow my first order: Open Asiya's present."
They all looked at each other, everyone with different expressions on their faces. Some seemed worried, and other seemed excited.
"I don't think we should follow the orders," Gury Guy said, shaking his head.
"Yeah, me neither. This is far too creepy!" Abby exclaimed, and furrowed her brow.
"Oh, c'mon!" Asiya complained, and added: "We should do it! What is the worst the could happen?"
"What if it's a bomb?" Nimmy said, and looked as if she was about to cry.
"Ugh, listen to you!" Alice said, and sighed dramatically.
Make the choice:
Follow orders (Go to chapter three)
Not follow orders (Go to chapter two)