TITLE: Lenny of Nowhere
GENRE: Middle Grade
Lenny Weedon logged in to his preferred world. His Blood Battle avatar, Inviso, was a muscular, decisive hero who had lost dozens of lives saving the planet Earth from humanivorous aliens.
In the next bedroom, Lenny's parents slept. His neighborhood made no noise. Even the dogs were asleep.
Just one other player was on - Kronos. Lenny wondered about him. He was always in the game - even now, when it was past midnight. Where were his parents? Lenny would never ask. They didn't talk about things like parents.
Kronos: wanna go X67
He charged his flamethrower and selected X67 - an abandoned school. It would take a moment for the level to load.
Kronos was probably Lenny's best friend, he thought. At least, he talked to Kronos more than any other boy his age. And he never talked to girls, unless he couldn't get out of it, at school. Then he stuck to nods and grunts. It wasn't that he didn't like girls. He did. He really did. It was just that he was more comfortable dealing with flesh-eating aliens.
"Hey, beautiful," he winked at his own reflection in the wardrobe mirror. Yeah, that would really work. Better stick to the people-eaters.
He looked at himself. Longish, light hair curled around his collar. He hated it. But at least it covered his ears. His nose, unfortunately, was harder to hide.