- ectoBiologist [EB] began pestering turntechGodhead [TG] at 07:40 -

EB: dave, i gotta ask you something.

EB: dave?

EB: c'mon man.

EB: go idle if you're not gonna check your messages.

- ectoBiologist [EB] ceased pestering turntechGodhead [TG] at 08:04 -

- turntechGodhead [TG] began pestering ectoBiologist [EB] at 13:24 -

TG: sorry man

TG: stayed with a friend last night

TG: forgot to turn my computer off

TG: sup

EB: ...

EB: i forget.

TG: oh

EB: wait, you have friends?

TG: sick burn bro

TG: better chisel some ice off your heart for my injury

TG: but damn straight i got friends

TG: no one can resist a strider

EB: if you say so.

EB: listen man, i gotta get to work.

EB: if i remember what i wanted to tell you, i'll message you.

TG: yeah w/e

TG: later

- ectoBiologist [EB] ceased pestering turntechGodhead [TG] at 13:29 -

Dave: Wonder what happened to you and John.

Your name is DAVE STRIDER, and now that you're sixteen, you find that your conversations with your BEST BRO are becoming INCREASINGLY SHORT AND INFREQUENT.

Scrolling back through the chat logs, you wonder how it is only now occurring to you that you barely talking to John anymore, let alone Rose and Jade. The weird thing is, though, that you're not particularly bothered by it. The other three had been great to talk to when, just quietly, none of you had many RL friends, but these days everyone seems to be building lives outside of the internet. Including you.

Even Egderp, king of the dorks, seems to have a decent social life. He doesn't go to anywhere near as many parties as you, but hell, that's the burden of the popular kid. So, between the pair of you going to school, hanging out with real people who are really there and working casual jobs, there isn't a lot of time for you and John to have the ridiculously long conversations you always used to get sucked into.

Life was different at thirteen, and you can hardly expect to stay friends with someone you've never met in real life.

Shit just doesn't work like that.

John: Be really, really bored at work.

You are JOHN EGBERT, and you work at a CORNER STORE. This afternoon is PARTICULARLY QUIET, and you've got nothing to do except STRAIGHTEN SHELVES and THINK.

The first thing that comes to mind is the conversation you had earlier with Dave. There are days when you didn't want to pester him, because it makes you feel like an annoyance. You don't blame him for that, though: from what you've heard, Dave is pretty popular, and what kind of cool kid wants to talk to a geek like you.

You guys had your time. You've been friends since you were eleven, which is damn good for anyone, really. As much as you don't want to let your friendship with Dave die, it doesn't seem like there's much you can do about it.

You've got your own life, and Dave has his.

Maybe they just aren't compatible anymore.