Reality Engine Abridged: Part 2

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“Michael, we need to talk,” Shelly said. “Ever since you and Nikki broke up, you’ve done nothing but play video games. Can’t you go for a walk, or at least bathe?”

“I found a teen dating app you can try,” Steve said. “It’s called Timber.”

“If I give this app a try, will you two get off my back?”

“Yes.”

“Fine then.”

That Monday, Steve, Shelly, Sarah, Melody, and Michael ate lunch together.

“I saw you texting all weekend,” Shelly said. “You found somebody on that app, didn’t you?”

“Yup,” Michael said. “Her name is Allison.”

“What does she look like?” Sarah asked.

“She has red hair, and well…let’s just say, she’s in great shape.”

“In other words, she has big boobs.”

“Allison never shows her face in any of her photos, though.”

“So, she’s a butter face,” Shelly said.

“Maybe. But I really like this girl. I might ask her out.”

That Friday, Michael and Allison spoke to each other on webcam, except that Allison didn’t show her face. Instead, she pointed the camera toward her breasts. Not that Michael was complaining.

“So, why aren’t you showing your face?” Michael said.

“No reason,” Allison said.

“There’s got to be a reason.”

“In grade 5, when we took our class photo, I had this goofy grin on my face. The other kids made fun of me. I haven’t be able to show my face on camera ever since.”

“Kids are such bastards. What are you doing next weekend?”

“I’m going to my prom. Want to go with me?”

“Yeah. That would be great.”

“One more thing, it’s a masquerade prom.”

“Sounds like fun.”

“Well, I’m going to bed. Good night.”

“Good night.”




That Friday, Michael went to the Convention Center, where Allison’s prom took place. Michael waited for Allison for about five minutes until a girl with red hair snuck up from behind him. She wore a skimpy white dress with a white laced mask that covered most of her face. Michael wore a black tuxedo with a black mask that went over his eyes.

“Hey, Allison,” Michael said. “Damn. You look great.”

“You’re not so bad yourself,” Allison. “I have a few friends I want you to meet.”

A short while after Allison introduced Michael to her friends, the students at Gonzaga High School watched slide shows.

“I suppose you’re not in any of these slides,” Michael said.

“Nope,” Allison said.

Later that night, it was time for the last dance. The song was “A Moment Like This” by Kelly Clarkson.

“This song is so old,” Michael said.

“I know,” Allison said. “But I love this song.”

“Me too. Want to make it our song?”

“Okay.”

Michael and Allison kissed at that point.

When the dance was over, it was time for the unmasking. Unfortunately, as soon as Allison took off her mask, the power went out. The emergency lights were activated, but it was still too dark to get a good look at Allison’s face.

“That ruins the surprise,” Allison said.

“What surprise?” Michael asked.

Allison handed Michael a hotel key.

“We can still go,” Michael said.

“Of course, we’re still going. It just wanted the surprise to be special. Yeah, that sounded stupid.”

“I don’t think it did.”

“Well, I’m going to call a taxi.”

As soon as Michael and Allison called the taxi, they waited outside in the dark. A few minutes later, the taxi arrived and it shined its headlights on Michael and Allison. However, Allison turned away. So once again, Michael didn’t get a chance to Allison’s face.

So, Michael got into the back of the taxi with Allison, a girl whose face he had never seen. This was one mystery that Michael desperately wanted to solve. However, as soon as Michael and Allison arrived at the hotel, the power came back on.
“My God!” Michael said. “You’re beautiful.”

Michael gave Allison the biggest kiss anyone has ever given her. Michael and Allison then excitedly went to their room.

That Sunday evening, Michael came home with the biggest smile on his face.

“Best. Weekend. Ever,” Michael said.

“Glad to hear it,” Shelly said. “Is your girlfriend coming to our prom?”

“I don’t see why not.”

“So, that’s six people sitting at the table.”

Two weeks later, it was time for the Holy Heart High School prom.

Throughout the night, Steve, Shelly, Michael, Allison, Sarah, and Melody talked and laughed with friends and they danced. All in all, they all had a great time. Two weeks later, everybody graduated high school. After their graduation ceremony, Steve, Shelly, Michael, Sarah, and Melody walked the hallways of their school one last time. Even though Allison didn’t attend Holy Heart High, she joined Michael, Shelly, and their friends.

“So, what are we all doing with our lives now that we’ve graduated?” Shelly asked.

“I’m going to M.U.N to get a business degree,” Melody said.

“I have no idea what I’m doing,” Sarah said.

“I plan on perusing a career in writing fiction,” Michael said.

“I want to become a photographer,” Allison said. “Since I hate being in front of the camera, it kind of makes sense.”

“I’m going after my 8th degree black belt,” Shelly said. “After that, I want open up a dōjō.”

“I’m 2nd degree black belt in Kenpo,” Allison said.”

“Maybe we can train together!”

“I’d like that.”





“I have no idea what I’m gonna do with my life,” Steve said. “One thing that I’ve learned from my parents is that things never turn out the way you expect them. So, I’m just going to see what happens.”

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