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"Do you want to play Bull Run again or Antietam?" I said to Jeff.
"Antietam!" said Jacob.
"Nobody asked you," I said to Jacob.
"I don't give a shit," said Jeff. "You guys always sit around looking at that book for like nine hours before we go play. Let's just fucking play."
"We have to get it right," I said. "That's why we look at the book before we play."
"Are we gonna play with the ten second rule?" said Jeff.
The ten second rule was when you get shot you have to die and be dead for ten seconds, and after you're done counting in your head then you can get back up and keep playing.
"I fucking hate the ten second rule,"said Tommy. "When you get shot in real life you're supposed to just die. People don't get back up after ten seconds when they get shot in real life."
"It's no fucking fun to play that way,' I said. ‘When we play that way everybody gets shot and dies and they're out of the game and then the game's over in two minutes, and then everybody starts arguing about whether they're dead or not."
"Let's make it a hundred seconds," Jeff said.
After bitching about it for a while we decided this was a good idea. So we got all our guns and Tommy finally said it was fine if we do the Battle of Antietam and then we all rode our bikes to the park. When we got to the park Bobby and his fake Chinese brother Danny were there. Bobby and Danny were climbing the tree.
"Can we play too?" said Bobby when we got to the park with all the guns.
"Yeah, but we didn't bring guns for you," said Tommy.
"We can go back home and get more guns," I said.
"Jesus fucking Christ," said Jeff. "You retarded assholes always make this shit take for fucking ever. I just want to play the fucking game."
Bobby and Danny went back to my house with me and I got them some guns. My mom had come inside from gardening when we all came in. She thinks Danny is creepy, too. We told her we were going to the park and she said ok, have fun.
We rode our bikes back to the tree and decided who was going to be on what team. Tommy's brother Andy was always on the Union side while Tommy and Jacob were always on the Confederate side with me. That left Jeff, Bobby and Danny.
"Should Danny even get to play?' Tommy said. ‘They didn't have Chinese people in the Civil War."
"There were probably some," I said.
"I've never seen a picture of the Civil War that has a fucking Chinese person in it."
"He's not Chinese," said Bobby. "He's from Cambodia."