Lebron James looked around, fidgeting. Kobe Bryant rolled his eyes and said, “fine, I’ll do it – but you need to learn to man up and just gun it.” That’s when Kobe reached out and rang the doorbell. (Though, to be honest, he was fidgeting too.) Meanwhile Dirk Nowitzki looked sort of like a billy goat.
The boys heard someone coming to the door and they all stared apprehensively at the handle.
The door opened.
A kind woman was standing there, smiling at the sheepish boys. “Why hello! I hadn’t seen you for a while!”
“Hi,” the boys said in unison, “is Talent home?” A keen observer would notice that the three boys had their fingers crossed.
“Ohh,” the woman said sadly, “I’m sorry boys, Talent took a trip with Off-Season-Effort.”
Dirk loosened an imaginary tie, Kobe overtly gulped and Lebron chewed his nails like a beaver attacks a tree.
“But,” the woman continued, “Talent will be back around the start of February.”
The three boys looked at each other, shrugged, said “OK!” and walked away happily.