Erik: What exactly ARE cooties?
Stephen: You know, I’m not sure.
Erik: I don’t think anyone is. I’ve been asking around.
Stephen: So, why are we so afraid of them?
Erik: Good question. Maybe we shouldn’t be.
Stephen: Maybe not. From now on, cooties won’t stop us!
Erik: Excellent. Soooo you think that guy from The Wiggles is gay?
Erik: I didn’t say which one.
Stephen just stares at Erik.
Erik: Good point.
Stephen: Want to go play dodgeball?
Erik: Can’t. I totally tweaked my hammy. We were playing “duck duck goose” and I wasn’t ready for the goose.
Stephen: Been there, my friend. It’s important to always stretch.
Erik: This never happened when I was four.
Stephen: We are getting older. Don’t sweat it. I’m a little tired anyway.
Erik: Didn’t sleep well?
Stephen: Nope. Monsters again.
Erik: I hate them! Under the bed or in the closet?
Stephen: The bed.
Erik: They are the worst! Very sneaky. Last week I had some tapping on my window and then turning into tree branches.
Erik: We can go pull Siobhan’s pigtails.
Stephen: I could go for that.
Erik: Cool — Oh wait. I heard through the grapevine that she has cooties.
A few moments of silence.
Stephen: Sucks to that. I can’t take the chance.
Erik: Good point. Want a pudding cup?
Stephen: Don’t mind if I do.