The summer afternoon was very hot. He was playing basketball topless at the park as he heard a giggle in the distance. He pulled off his sunglasses and smiled.

“I see some things never change!” She yelled in a sarcastic tone.

He raced for his shirt and put it on. He wiped the sweat on his face with his arm.

“How’s it going?” He said out of breath.

She approached him slowly and gave him a hug, “Pretty good. How long have you been out here?”

“Not too long…” He said.

“Why’d you put your shirt back on? Afraid of showing off your bod?”

“What bod?” He said referring to his skinny body.

“Good point.” She said smirking.

“Let’s get out of this heat. Let’s go over there!” he said pointing to a small brick wall in the shade that was perfect for sitting.

“Ok.” She said.

They slowly trekked over the wall as she pushed him from behind. “So do you still work out at that one place?” She said trying to start conversation.

“Yeah… About three days a week. Whenever I find time in my precious schedule. I’m taking a week break… Get all fattened up again.” He said.

“Yeah, you are kinda fat!” She said smiling.

“You’re fatter!” He said looking her square in the eye.

“Don’t look at me that way!” She said staring back.

“What way?!” He said making a face at her while still keeping eye contact.

The staring contest pursued as each of them made faces at each other in order persuade the other from breaking eye contact. Finally, she looked away.

“Ha!” He said in a triumphant tone.

“I’m sorry. I couldn’t help it. You’re too ugly!” She said maintaining a straight face.

He held his head low pretending to be sad.

“Oh come on. You know I’m kidding!” She said defending herself.

“I know.” He said as he tried to push her off the wall.

“You’re weird!” She said regaining her balance.

“Yup.” He said in agreement as he pretending to pick his nose and eat the booger.

“Now you’re a dork!”

“Ok… so now I’m a weird dork?” He asked.

“No, you’re a weird dork with puny biceps!” She said laughing.

He playfully hit her on her shoulder and she let out a gasp of pain.

“Oh yeah!” She said.

She curled her fist and hit him back in the same spot that he hit her.

“Ok, I give up! I give up!” He screamed in terror.

“You are such a dork!” She said in annoyance.

“I thought we already established that!” He said defending himself.

“Well, you’re a dork with Alzheimer’s, so I have to keep reminding you!”

He grabbed his heart and pretended to have a heart attack and said, “I’m hurt, I’m hurt!”

“I’m just kidding! Geez.”

In his best retarded voice he said, “Duh! Do I know you? Pretty girl sit down next to me?”

She shook her head. “You’re how old and you still act like you’re seven?!”

“I’m 35 thank you very much!” He paused and said playfully, “Besides… not all seven year olds act this immature.”

“You are not 35!”

“Well, I feel that old. I always said once you turn twenty you’re an old fart. Now it’s twenty five. Than it’ll be thirty, then forty, then soon it’ll be ninety.”

“Unless I kill you first!” She said smiling.

“You just try!” He said egging her on.

“Don’t make me strangle your ass!”

“Go ahead!” He yelled sarcastically.

He extended his neck and closed his eyes.

She wrapped her hands around his neck and pressed her thumbs firmly beneath his Adam’s apple. He let out a gasp of air and started wheezing. She abruptly let go. He started coughing heavily as she patted him on the back.

“Why’d you let go. I wasn’t finished watching my life pass before my eyes!” He said coughing.

“I’m so sorry!” She said as her face turned red from guilt.

“It’s ok. I’m sure you enjoyed it!” He said. “Remind me to never piss you off!”

“That’s right! Piss me off, you get strangled.” She said grinning.

He laughed with her as the color in their faces slowly returned to normal.

“Well, I better get going. Dinner’s almost ready.” She said looking at her watch.

“Alright… Is it alright if I call you later?”

“I don’t know… I’ll have to tell all the other guys why I was on the phone with some weird dork instead of them.”

He laughed, “I’m sure they’ll understand.”

She smiled at him. “I’ll talk to you later, alright?”

“Ok…”

He watched her walk out of sight.