Marlo And Joe: Wedding CrashersSkyler Temporal / Actions & Adventure
Marlo and Joe
By Skyler Temporal
Copyright Skyler Temporal 2012-2014
Marlo and Joe
By Skyler Temporal
Cover Illustration by Amado Temporal
©2012 by Tempfield press. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form by any means, without the prior written permission of Tempfield Press.
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I dedicate this book to my mom for all of her editing, my dad for the cover illustration and my grandfather for giving me the story idea from his many stories. I appreciate all of your help. And thank you to everyone who supported me. I hope you all enjoy this book.
“This weekend is going to be so boring,” Marlo grumbled while he and his cousin Joe were walking home from school. They were talking about Joe’s, sister’s wedding this weekend. They weren’t exactly enthusiastic about sitting through it, but it was Joe’s sister and they had to go.
“Let’s look on the bright side, after the ceremony we can go to a big building for the reception and-”
“What’s so great about a big, dumb building?” Marlo asked grumpily, cutting off Joe’s words.
“If you let me finish,” Joe drawled, frowning at Marlo. “There will be an all you can eat buffet. That’s what my mom told me. And it’s all free!”
“Free?” Marlo repeated, now very enthusiastic. Joe knew that would get Marlo’s attention. It had certainly gotten his. For a skinny kid, Marlo loved to eat. “You mean, we can eat as much as we want?”
“Yep,” Joe smiled.
“Maybe this won’t be so bad after all,” Marlo smiled back.
“Hey, I have an idea. Why don’t you spend the night at my house tonight?” Joe asked.
“That’s a good idea,” Marlo agreed. “Maybe, we can find out what kinds of foods will be served and, put together a plan of attack to get as much of our favorites as we want.”
“Sounds like a plan!” Joe smiled. Joe and Marlo gave each other a fist bump as agreement. They continued on home trying to guess what different dishes were likely to be served.
When the boys got to the block before Marlo’s house they parted ways. They only lived a couple of blocks away from each other. They agreed to try and persuade their mothers to let Marlo spend the night at Joe’s house.
When Marlo got home he asked his mother, Mary, if he could spend the night at Joe’s house.
“Sure. I don’t mind as long as your Aunt Catherine doesn’t mind,” she said. “Go put your things away while I call her.”
Marlo was surprised she had agreed so easily. He had been all prepared to beg and plead. He sure hoped Aunt Catherine was this agreeable.
Marlo tried to wait patiently while his mother called her sister. She was on the phone for a good ten minutes. Every minute seemed like an hour. But, since his mother had agreed so easily, he knew it would be wise to just be patient. So, he cleaned his room and vacuumed the floor while he waited. He’d just gone down to the kitchen to munch on some trail mix when she finally hung up. He heard his mother coming to the kitchen and tried to act casual, as if, he wasn’t about to fall out from waiting.
“Marlo, I talked to Catherine and she agreed to let you spend the night. I’ll bring your suit and everything you need for the wedding. Pack yourself some pajamas and your tooth brush,” his mother said.
“Yes!” Marlo said with a burst of joy, and clapped his hands together. Mission accomplished, he thought as he jumped up from the table and headed to his room. Once his bag was packed, they were out the door before you could say pie.
Of course, Marlo and his mother walked to Joe’s, house. Marlo’s mom was big on exercise. But, since Joe only lived a few blocks away, Marlo didn’t mind, and they got there pretty fast. Besides, he was just happy his mom and his aunt had agreed to let him spend the night at Joe’s.
When they arrived, Joe met them at the door, equally excited that Marlo was spending the night. They were going to have a load of fun. Their mothers went to the kitchen to talk about the wedding while Marlo and Joe headed to Joe’s room to watch television and play with toys. It seemed the women never got enough of talking about the stupid wedding.
“That’s a great idea. That will keep the boys busy and out of trouble,” they heard the two sisters saying as Mary was preparing to leave. She called the boys down to say goodnight.
“Now you behave, and help your Aunt Catherine, ok?” She said to Marlo. He agreed. She gave both boys a hug and a kiss, then left.
“I don’t want you guys up too late, you hear?” Aunt Catherine said.
“Ok, mom. We hear,” Joe replied.
“Ok, Aunt Catherine,” Marlo said.
They headed back up to Joe’s room and spent two hours watching the cartoon channel. They loved cartoons, even though, they were getting too old to watch them. But, they figured it was still ok as long as none of their friends found out.
They were watching their favorite cartoon about transforming robots when they just had to get up and act out the scenes. Soon, the boys were up bounding around the room, in a pretend battle acting as their favorite characters.
“One shall rise, one shall fall,” Joe boomed in a deep menacing voice holding up a clothes hanger like a saber.
“Then I will rise Prime robot, because you still fight for the weak!” Marlo returned, also in a deep threatening voice and leaped off the bed towards Joe. The boys were rolling around, wrestling on the floor when Aunt Catherine came in.
“That sounds like bed time to me,” she said, shaking her head and laughing at them. “The battle is over. We’ll call it a draw. You two turn the television off, brush your teeth and get ready for bed.”
“Yes, mom,” Joe ducked his head sheepishly.
“Yes, Aunt Catherine,” Marlo said doing the same. They weren’t nearly done with their battle, but they knew that her word was final. And arguing would land them in trouble.
When they were ready for bed Amanda, Joe’s sister, came in Joe’s room. Amanda was the one getting married tomorrow.
“Hi Amanda,” Marlo and Joe greeted her.
“Hi, yourselves. Now, you two listen to me,” She said firmly but kindly. “I don’t want you ruining my wedding day tomorrow, so please, stay out of trouble.”
“Amanda, why would we try to ruin your wedding?” Joe asked offended.
Amanda sighed, softening a little. “I know you wouldn’t try to ruin my wedding. I just want you to try not to ruin it. You guys are always ruining something. You two put together are like lightning and thunder, always causing a commotion. Just stay out of trouble, please?”
“Ok Amanda, we’ll try,” Joe replied.
“Thanks. Night Joe. Night Marlo,” she said softly. They said good night and she walked out of the room. They climbed into the twin beds in Joe’s room. Even though they were cousins, they were as close as brothers. They each had their own bed at the others house. It had been that way as long as they could remember. And, they’d always spent most of their time together.
After climbing into bed, they talked for about an hour, planning the best way to approach the buffet. They decided they were going to start with dessert first. Eventually, they fell asleep and were snoring as loud as boulders during an avalanche.