October 13, 2005
Week 24 - The Quest 3
"No way!" Hal says. "You're a Zoner!"
"The morons who wrote that book..." Murray pantomimes spitting on the floor. "They should all be arrested for fraud. They say to use the Perimeter Gun to defend against the Flak Cannon... Idiots! Everyone knows the Perimeter Gun is all flash. Totally useless in combat."
"What are you talking about! All the dudes in my clan... they say the Perimeter Gun rocks!"
"Then all the dudes in your clan are a bunch of Nancys."
"You little shit..."
Chuck holds his palms out. "Girls, girls... Don't fight! Murray here is a card carrying member of the Ultra Geek Party. I'm sure he knows what he's talking about."
"F--k off, Agnew," Murray says.
Hal shakes his head. "Forget this dweeb... Let's just get the game."
He grabs a copy of Death Zone 3 from a shelf and he and Chuck walk to the counter.
The old woman sitting there makes a "tsk tsk" noise with her tongue. "Now, son… You know I can't sell this to you. It's got an 'M' rating. That means you have to be seventeen to buy it."
"I am seventeen." Hal reaches into his pocket and pulls out an obviously phony driver's license. "Um... I've got an I. D."
"Well..." The woman takes the license and examines it. "You look a bit, young... but I suppose, since you have this, it's all right." She hands the card back to Hal and begins to ring up the game. Hal smiles and pulls out a roll of money.
Murray Rosen walks to the counter. "Hey!" he shouts. "You can't sell that to him! He's in my Middle School. That kid is fourteen, tops!"
The old woman considers for a moment. Several customers have turned to watch the scene. The woman looks at them. Then she shrugs. "I'm sorry, honey," she says to Hal. "I can't risk it." She takes the game and rests it below the counter.
Hal and Chuck stare at Murray.
Murray grins and runs out of the