Hotel room Rebecca and Joe are sitting very close to each other on a couch in front of a TV with NES controllers resting next to them. The NES is on and hooked up to the TV where the start screen for the game Metroid is displayed.
ROBERT throws open the door and takes a look at the two on the couch. REBECCA and JOE immediately put distance between themselves and reach for the controllers.
Robert (Yelling) What the hell are you doing to my sweet little sister?
Joe Nintendo! Nintendo!
Robert (Walks over to couch) Nintendo, huh? So that’s what you kids are calling it these days.
Rebecca C’mon big bro. You see the controller, don’t you?
Robert Of course I do. I see you both…holding Nintendo controllers.
Rebecca Yep. Met Joe here in the gaming room at the con. He wanted to play Metroid but they didn’t have it, so I invited him back to our room. (grins) He’s…really good at… Nintendo.
Robert Nice story there sis. Funny thing, though…
Joe (holds sides of head) Uh-oh.
Robert Metroid isn’t a two-player game!
Robert walks over to the game box on the counter and picks it up.
Joe Oh God!
Robert Right there on the box! Single player! (waves the box around) I knew there was a reason I kept this box. But I never expected that reason to be catching my darling little sister in some lecherous lie. Metroid, a single-player game, and yet the both of you…are holding controllers!
Rebecca What? No! We were just switching games.
Robert A likely story.
Rebecca A true one.
Joe (Grows a pair) Yeah, I was just about to put on some Contra.
Robert Oh. Really.
Joe Yeah! (Promptly loses the pair) Uh, yes. Sir.
REBECCA reaches out over the couch and pats JOE’s hand.
Robert So…where’s the cart?
Joe Contra! (Looks around feverishly) It’s…that is…I know it was right…
Rebecca Here. (She pulls out the cartridge from the side of the couch. JOE is visibly relieved.) Wanna join us, big bro? We can take turns.
Robert Can’t. (Sighs dramatically and collapses into a nearby chair) You know I can’t play for shit when I’m…(Puts back of hand on head) upset…
Rebecca Your loss. (She begins to set up the game.)
Joe (Poking at his controller) Stupid Select button.
Robert (Pulls hand down from head) What…did you…say?
Joe (Gulps loudly) Uh, stupid Select button? It’s kinda useless.
Rebecca (Quietly) Dammit.
Robert (Calmly) But without Select how would you put in the code?
Robert The goddamn code!
Rebecca The Konami code.
Joe Up, up, down, down…
Robert Everybody and their mother knows that goddamn part. It’s on half the shit in the Dealer’s Room. Say. The. End!
Joe The…the..the end?
Robert The end of the code, goddammit!
Robert Ah hah! B, A, SELECT, Start! You have to hit Select or it won’t work two-player!
Rebecca (Quietly aside) Oh fer Chrissakes.
Robert Were you really going to play Contra with my sweet little sister without thirty lives? And you call yourself a man…
Joe No! The Select was implied, man!
Robert I want to see you put it in!
Joe (Flustered) You…want to see me do what?
Robert Put it in!
JOE shrugs and reaches for his belt. REBECCA catches his hand.
Rebecca (Whispers loudly to Joe) He means the code.
JOE puts in the code as ROBERT glowers over his shoulder. ROBERT is satisfied and sits back down again and puts the back of his hand over his eyes and sighs. REBECCA and JOE begin to play the game. ROBERT opens a gap between fingers and looks at the two, then sighs again, louder.
Rebecca (Pauses the game) What’s wong my widdwe big bwuddah?
Robert They lost it.
Rebecca Lost what?
Robert Our reservation.
Rebecca They did WHAT? Like, for the rest of the con?
Robert We have to leave.
Robert Tomorrow morning.
Rebecca But we prepaid!
Robert I know, I know.
Rebecca What? How?
Joe You guys don’t have an e-mail receipt?
Robert Paid in cash.
Joe How much you guys need?
Rebecca Joe! No!
Robert Three-hundred-and-eighty dollarydoos.
Joe I’ll cover it.
Rebecca (Grabs JOE’s hand, looks into his eyes) You don’t have to.
Joe No. I want to.
Rebecca (Sighs) Okay. But you at least have to let us pay you back.
Joe Naw, don’t worry about it. I saw an ATM by the lobby. BRB. (He exits through the door. Footsteps can be heard outside that fade away.)
Rebecca (Pulls out a joint and lights it up) Easy as pie.
Robert You really think he’ll come back?
Rebecca I’ll bet this Zippo on it.
Robert You’re that sure?
Rebecca You can’t tell?
Robert I never can. That’s why I need you, my sweet…little…(Does airquotes)…sis.
Rebecca Well I can, just by looking at him. Besides, he liked the Rei cosplay. He’s the…provider type. A real rescuer. By the way, that Select bullshit wasn’t in the script.
Robert You really shouldn’t smoke those.
Rebecca It’s just weed. Not like it’s a cigarette or anything. I’ll just blame it on you when he comes back anyway.
Robert You can always tell with them, can’t you. You’ve got a real talent, you know. Still…
Rebecca Still, what? (blows smoke at ROBERT) Why don’t I just tell him I’ll fuck him for four hundred?
Robert It…would be easier.
Rebecca He’s not the kind of guy whose morals would allow him. But he is the kind of guy who feels the moral obligation to take care of the girl he was just inside of.
Rebecca What? One too many vaginas involved in that mental picture, widdwe big bwuddah?
Robert I’m just saying. With my guys, I just give them the cash and we do it and it’s a clean split.
Rebecca What I do…It’s…different. It isn’t just sex. It’s fantasy. Wish fulfillment. A one-night stand with hot cosplay and Nintendo? That’s fucking romantic and shit.
Robert Truly, you are the classiest girl in the room.
Rebecca Only by default. Queens like you don’t count.
Robert (matter-of-factly) Fuck you. So, was he any good?
Rebecca (matter-of factly) Fuck you. He was okay. Had some trouble with the spiky caterpillar dudes.
Robert I wasn’t talking about Metroid.
Rebecca A lady…doesn’t kiss and tell.