This came out way cuter than I thought it would. High on my list of personal favorites. Thanks for the prompt!!
All the kids were playing basketball when a boy about their
age popped out from behind a bush. He was as tall as Pixel, with short black
hair, a striped purple shirt, and shoes that looked a little big for him.
“Hello, fellow children!” said the boy, “I am here to play, and definitely not
to spy on heroes to learn how to stop them flipping and flopping!”
Stephanie, Stingy, Pixel, Trixie, and Ziggy exchanged glaces. Stingy was
the first to speak up, “What’s your name?”
“Ro— Um, Roband Wroughtiron! But you can call me Rob.”
“Okay, Rob! What do you like to play?” Pixel asked.
“My favorite game is ‘See Who Can Sleep The Longest’. Do you wanna
The other kids all looked at each other again. What kind of game was that? “Uh, not really,” Ziggy said.
“Do you know how to play basketball?” Stephanie asked, holding up the ball.
“It’s easy! You just take this ball and try and get it through the hoop!”
Stephanie lightly tossed the ball to Rob. He screamed and jumped out of the
way, covering his head with his arms. The ball bounced harmlessly passed.
“You have to catch it,” Stephanie said
Rob looked over at the ball. His face turned red. “I knew that.” Rob
grabbed the ball and walked over to the hoop. He threw the ball into the air
with a grunt. It didn’t even make it level with the hoop before it fell back to
“This ball is broken,” He grumbled. Trixie’s giggling turned into laughter.
“Try it like this, Rob.” Pixel picked up the ball and tossed it expertly
into the hoop. After watching Pixel a few more times, Rob tried again. The
basketball fell through the hoop.
“I did it!” he cried, pumping his fists in the air. The rest of the kids
“Ready for a game?” Trixie asked, dribbling the ball.
Rob’s face fell, “Wasn’t that the game?”
An hour later, they all stopped for a water break. Rob was sweaty and
panting, but grinning. He had scored twice and everyone kept congratulating
“Wait ‘till you see how good Sportacus is!” Ziggy said, passing Rob a
“Who? Oh!” Rob looked around, “Where is Sporta-whatever?”
“He went to check on Robbie Rotten,” Stephanie said, “No one’s seen
him in a few days and Sportacus was worried.”
Rob dropped his water bottle and stood up from the bench, “I have to
go!” He cried, “I, um, I hear my mother calling me!” He started running.
“Hey!” Trixie called. Rob stopped and turned back to them, “Will you come
out and play with us again sometime?”
Rob looked at them all, a little perplexed. “S-Sure!”