Kids littered the golf course. Everywhere you looked there was a small child racing back and forth with a smart phone in their hand. Once and a while one child would stop and slide a finger on the screen of their phone. A small sound would erupt and cries of joy would ring out over the fairways.
“What is with these damn kids and their phones?” growled Brian as he teed up his ball. His face was red from drinking. The flushed skin made the subcutaneous fat on his face large and puffy. He was dressed in a blue striped polo shirt and a beige pair of khaki pants. A golf visor was pulled down tight around his forehead blocking out the intense afternoon sun rays.
“It’s Pokémon Go… a new game where you capture monsters,” replied Alex. “All the kids are playing it these days.” Alex was dressed like Brian, in a polo shirt and khaki pants. He was downing his fifth Coors Light which was not unusual conduct at this point in the game. His medium length blonde hair fell over his eyes so a hat was not necessary.
“Since when is it okay for them to run all around our golf course? Back in my day, I played in the woods like all the other kids. We didn’t go trouncing around spoiling other people’s games. Where are their parents? Shouldn’t they be supervising? And who says a kid has any business owning a smart phone? I didn’t get a cell phone until I was in college and I had to pay for it myself.”
Alex rubbed the stubble on his face thoughtfully. “When I was a child, I wished my friends were into Pokémon.”
“Then why don’t you go play with the kids instead?” Brian spat. “Lord knows your score is abysmal and I’m going to beat you to a bloody pulp.”
Alex looked at a group of kids gathered nearby. They looked like they were having so much fun. And with as many drinks as he had had, he would be lucky to make it to the 18th hole.
“Well, I think I will. I’m tired of looking at your fat face anyway. And since I’m going to lose, I might as well bow out now before my game gets any worse.”
And with that, Alex sauntered off, completely sauced, toward the kids. Brian stood with his mouth wide open.
As soon as Alex arrived near the edge of their circle he pulled out his phone and installed the Pokémon Go app. The kids looked up at him confused.
“Sir, what are you doing?” asked one child.
“Why, I am joining you. Little does everyone know but I can catch a Charmander on the green. Digletts in the clubhouse. Rhyhorn in the parking lot. Magikarp in the sand hazard. Growing up I played the original Pokémon games on Nintendo Game Boy and followed those adventures through a few more generations of handheld game console. I collected trading cards and obsessed over the TV series, too! And now, I will use the golf course to my advantage. You’ll see. I’ll become the greatest Pokémon trainer the links has ever seen.”
And for the rest of the afternoon, Alex played the game with the children. He ran around the entire golf course with the kids in tow, catching as many Pokémon as he came across and adding them to his Pokédex.
To Be Continued…