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Astronaut Vlog: Saturday, Movies
“This is going to be great,” Marty said when we rode our bikes to the movie theater in July. “It’s like our first dates.”
I looked at him, “What are you talking about?”
“C’mon, we’ve never been to the movies with girls before.”
“I still don’t know what you’re talking about,” I told him. “Just last week, we came with Nina.”
He waved a hand at me, which was pretty dangerous since he was still on his bike. “That’s different. That was only one girl. And we’ve known her since the fourth grade. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Nina’s hot, but this time Penelope Hathaway and Raya Garfinkle or gonna be there.”
I wasn’t sure how I felt about Marty calling Nina hot. Other than Marty, Nina was my best friend.
“Nina’s going to be there too,” I reminded him.
“Yeah, but like, it’ll be different this time, trust me. We’re here.” We parked our bikes in front of the theater.
“Hi, guys,” Nina waved to us, getting out of her mom’s car. She closed the door of the car and turned to the car, “See you later, Mom. I’ll walk home with Elliot, he lives three doors down from us anyways.”
Her mom hesitated a minute and then said, “Okay, by honey.” She stuck her hand out the window and waved to us, “Have fun you three.”
Nina walked over to us and adjusted her beanie over her dark hair. “Hey.” She looked around, “Are Raya and Penelope here yet?”
As if on cue, the two girls rode up on their bikes. “Sorry we’re late,” Raya said.
Raya and Penelope looked completely different. Raya was tall, had tan skin, dark brown eyes, and wavy black hair that was just above shoulder-length. While Penelope was more on the short side, was pale, had light blue eyes, and straight, waist-length hair.
“But they’re both equally pretty,” Marty always said when I brought this up.
I agreed. They were both pretty, but I wouldn’t say they were the prettiest girls that I’ve ever met.
The five of us walked into the movie theater, bought our tickets, and stood in the line to order popcorn. Nina’s mom had only given her money to pay for her ticket, so I offered to buy her something.
She looked over the menu, biting her lip and I could tell that she was trying to pick the cheapest thing, so I leaned over and whispered, “Don’t worry about it. Just as long as it isn’t a hundred dollars or something.”
She smiled and just asked for a small popcorn and a soda.
I could see Marty smirking at me from the corner of my eye as I paid for Nina’s things. I rolled my eyes and ignored him.
Marty and the girls had walked ahead of us to get the seats, but when we got there, some older teenagers had sat in the seats next to the three of them, so Nina and I had to sit in the two seats in front of them.
“I hope they do justice to the book,” Nina whispered to herself.
Contrary to popular belief, previews are my favorite part of seeing a movie. It’s like getting a bunch of little mini-movies and deciding which ones look good enough to get the full package.
After the movie ended, I looked over at Nina and asked her if they did the book justice, she just shrugged and muttered, “Kind of.”
Oh well. I thought it was good.
Nina stayed behind with Raya and Penelope, as Marty and I walked out of the theater and into the warm night.
“Did you like the movie?” I asked him.
“Yeah, it was pretty good,” Marty replied. “Raya and Penelope cried at the end.”
“Really?” The truth was that I had cried a little at the end too.
Marty punched me playfully in the arm. “Don’t think I didn’t see you wiping your eyes too.”
I laughed, but our happiness was short-lived because that’s when he got the call.