Viki's comment had made Evan wonder the very same thing. He pulled his phone out of his pocket and checked it. "2 Missed Calls" flashed on the front LCD screen, and he suddenly realized he had set his phone to "silent" earlier in the night. Panic ran though his body. He opened the phone to view the calls he missed. The screen switched to the missed calls panel immediately.
The first call said "Home", followed by Evan's house phone number. No doubt his parents had been trying to get a hold of him, probably to ask some silly question like "When are you coming home?" or "What did you want for dinner?". The second call said "Unknown", followed by a number Evan didn't recognize, but had no doubt it was probably a phone down at the police station. Without thinking, Evan shut his phone and turned to Viki, saying "Ah I had it on silent, but the only call I missed was from home anyways. I guess Gabe and Kara and Steve probably figured stuff out on their own. No need to let it spoil the night, hmm?". He slid the phone back into his pocket, keeping it on silent so it wouldn't interrupt the evening.
Evan approached the front counter of the place. Like the rest of the decor it was spattered with flourescent paints and colors that glowed under a blacklight (which Evan always felt was odd, since the blacklights were only on in the arena.) Behind the counter was a flat panel of plexiglass, from which Evan could see a small part of the arena, which was designed like a maze to keep the game interesting. The blacklights were on in the arena, but the houselighting was off. This caused the maze to glow with the special paints used to draw random zig-zags and patterns on the walls, and made the kids with white shirts stand out from miles away. He could see a breif glowing set of blobs move past, and had no doubt it was a kid running by the window. The clerk at the counter was a younger guys, about 17. Evan new him well.
"Hey man, how's the night treating you?" Evan said calmly, placing an arm on the counter and pulling out his wallet. "Oh hey dude. How's stuff?" the acne-faced attendent replied. "Stuff's good. I'm just going in for one game tonight, but I've got someone with me, so I need two". The attendent looked past Evan to Viki, who was standing just behind him. He shifted his attention back to Evan and smiled slightly. "Two games it is buddy. With your discount that's seven bucks". Evan handed him a ten dollar bill curtly, and collected his change and the small neon blue tags that allowed players to activiate their weapon packs in-game. "Thanks buddy. How much longer till the round in there is done?" Evan asked politely. "About ten minutes bud. You came on a good night. Lots of newbies". The two of them cracked a smile at each other, and then Evan turned to face Viki. "It'll be about ten minutes. Looks like we've got some time to kill. You want a drink or something?"
The game in session would be over in ten minutes, but that didn't bother Evan. There was no shortage of things to do in the lobby. Some of the other kids waiting to get in had already surrounded the many arcade games in the lobby, including Evan's favorite one, Silent Scope. There was also an unused basketball throwing game in the corner, and a snack machine next to a drink machine. "Or we can just sit down and chill for a bit... up to you...".
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<font color=green>Currently In-Game: Evan Angler, Gabe McCallum
<font color=red>Currently Deceased: Alex Steele, Monique St.Claire
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