The two boys stood across from each other on either side of the living room. The tension was thicker than an Uranian snurg pudding. Mando stood at one end of the room, afraid of being humiliated when asking for forgiveness. Nazzu stood across the room, overcome with hurt, anger and confusion at his former friend’s rejection.
Mando broke the silence asking, “So… is that force field cast uncomfortable?”
Nazzu shook his head, “Nah. Actually, other than not being able to bend my arm, I hardly remember that it’s there.”
“Was it scary? I mean when the Def-Grav exploded. Did you see it explode?”
Looking down at the ground, Nazzu confessed. “I do remember seeing the Def-Grav above me one second and then a large burst of flames, but everything went dark so quickly. I don’t know if I was scared or not.”
“Crizzle! I sure am glad that you didn’t get hurt worse,” exclaimed Mando.
“Well, you sure have a funny way of showing your GREAT concern for me,” Nazzu snapped back. “Where were you when I was lying unconscious in the hospital?”
Shame overtook Mando. He turned his head away from the accusing face of his friend. “Nazzu, you weren’t the only one who got hurt in that accident. I got in a lot of trouble when your dad called my house that afternoon looking for you and my parents told him that you weren’t there. They thought I was lying for you and I got punished for your lie!” Mando, hoping Nazzu would understand, continued. “Look, the reason I came over today is because I need to ask your forgiveness for treating you so badly. I was wrong to be mad at you and not talk to you. I can’t undo what I’ve done; all I can do is forgive you for the hurt your lie brought me and ask if you would do the same for me.” Mando let out a sigh. He felt as though a massive weight had lifted off his heart. He stood anxiously in the Torba living room, waiting for a reply from Nazzu.
The looming silence that followed was finally broken when Nazzu answered, “I forgive you. If anyone needs to be forgiven, it’s me. I am the one who lied about you. All I wanted was for Kett to like me. It turns out that he never really was my friend. He was just using me to get to the Def-Grav. He won’t even look at me when we’re doing our community service.” Nazzu looked up and smiled. “But, I thank Jesus that I have a friend like you.”
“You got it Naz!” Then suddenly Mando had an odd, quizzical look on his face. “Hey, is that a booger hanging from your nose?”
Curious, Nazzu reached up to check. Sure enough, there was one of those big, green, slimy boogers that strings out forever on your finger. “Ewwwww!” And the room broke out into uncontrollable laughter.
Meanwhile, Star was shopping in the mall with her mother when, suddenly, she felt a warm sensation in her spirit. She wondered what was happening. Star looked up and for just a split second, she could have sworn that she saw the face of a smiling King.
The Chronicles of Nazzu Torba: The Def-Grav 100
by Joseph B. Hawkins
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