Looking around, I was back in reality. I took off the helmet to see my grandfather grinning from ear to ear.
"Congrets, you have won the grand prize from me!" He esclaimed.
"What on Earth are you talking about?" I inquired.
"Why, I won the grand tornament for the beta testers. The victor would be allowed to use his avatar that he has already created for the game itself. Since I won this, I could have done such a thing. There was, however a catch. I had to pick the best opponent I could think of to battle me in one last match, and if I were to lose, then that victor would recieve this gift. That victor was you, and so now your new avatar is saved for tomorrow, when all the previous avatars will be deleated and will have to use new ones. For me, I think that is more of an advantage for I can begin anew, with ideas of how the game opperates and what feels good and what doesn't.
So congrets on your victory and merry christmas to you." He said as he got up. "Oh, by the way, diner is ready."
We joined the rest of the family as they all moved into the dining room that held two tables, one for the adults and one for the kids. I joined my cousins at the later of the two tables while my grandfather went to the other table. They were talking to one another as I joined them, but soon silence feel as they all looked at me in a funny stare.
"So," my older sister stated to break the ice "What did you and grandpa play?"
"Just some virtual game that seemed good enough."
"Oh yeah, well, I bet I can beat you!" She snapped back.
Even though she was older, she was still acting like a child.
"Sure, some other time. We cannot because the game server is now down for the game release."
"What! You played one of the games that grandpa was a beta tester in?" One of the younger cousins asked, their curiousity peaked at this idea.
"Yeah, I did. The game is officially online as of tomorrow though, so it doesn't matter. Besides, why do you care?"
"Because of the fact that we are all worried about you." Another of the younger cousins shot out. She then put her hands to her mouth, regretting to have spoken.
"Ok then, why worry about me then, since you brought it up. Why worry about little old me?"
"Because we all think you are going to become as insane as grandpa."
Shock grabbed hold of me. Did they really think such horrible things about the old man? But surely they much about him. Grandpa can be mad, sure, but aren't we all a little insane?
Silence fell, and i didn't press anymore. The rest moved on with their own dull topics of choice while I sat eating in white noise.