Hey, little man, Ran says. They do their special
handshake, which involves rubbing palms together.
I dont think Ran knows or else cares how risky it is
to touch Charlies hands. No one knows where theyve
been but most likely in some pretty disgusting places.
Wanna sundae? Charlie asks.
Yeah! Ran follows Charlie to the ice- cream counter,
and they disappear behind it. A few minutes later,
they return with a huge banana- split bowl filled with
every topping we sell. They each have a spoon but share
Thats disgusting, Sara says.
Charlie and Ran ignore her and go to town.
Miraculously, they eat the whole thing. When they finish,
Charlies mouth has an almost-perfect chocolate
circle around it that slowly drips down his chin. He
looks just like the dinosaur on his T-shirt.
Ran carefully wipes his mouth with a napkin from
the dispenser on the table. Then, instead of getting a
new one, he just folds it over and wipes Charlies mouth
for him. Charlie beams.
In the distance, my dad tries to get the line cooks
behind the counter to say, See you at Harrys, but
they look kind of confused. Instead, Charlie yells it
from our table.
I hide my face in my hands.
Whats wrong? Ran asks with his familiar bewildered
Cant you tell how lame this commercial is going
to be? I ask him.
Well, yes, he says slowly. But thats not your
Since when does it matter if an embarrassing
moment is your fault or not? I ask him. Do you not
remember the elf cards? It took months for me to live
Only because you let it bother you, he says
Whatever, I say, staring at the orange letters on
his T-shirt. glow. Yeah. Why is it so easy for Ran to
just glow, when Im the one wearing the neon T-shirt?
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