Tommy sat in that fox hole for a whole two minutes before some kind of movement occurred a short 30 feet away. It could have been a slight breeze rustling some bushes, but the movement was somewhat defined. Tommy knew only another kid could have created such a stir. Then, the unmistakable silhouette of a laser tag gun appeared. This was it! Tommy slowly brought up his laser tag gun and waited for the right moment.
The oncoming player happened to be Dane, a youngster who lived next to Tommy in the neighborhood. Dane was fast and was hoping to quickly maneuver around the field and eliminate the other team without stopping. He knew the field like the rest of the gang, since they had played all sorts of childhood games for years there. He was aware that several fox holes were situated just ahead of him and the possibility of someone hiding there was high. He slowed down and proceeded very carefully.
Just then, Tommy realized it was Dane. It would be ever so sweet to take him out! He thought, "sitting here will probably get me killed, and Dane probably knows someone is over here somewhere." He also noticed that there was a lot of fire and noise coming from elsewhere on the field. Those noises and shouting slowly died down, which probably meant that most of the others have been eliminated. Sitting and waiting could be good or bad, but Tommy wasn't going take that chance. He decided to take Dane by surprise.
Tommy got up and began moving quietly but as quickly as possible. Dane saw the movement and began firing but it was too late. Tommy had been running and hard to hit, plus was shooting non-stop when he got close enough. Dane had been taken out and Tommy did not stop moving. His careful quickness transitioned into a full out run as he intended to make any others hiding miss as well. He eventually came to the "D", a D-shaped base in a corner of the field near the other team's base.
Joe had been taken out and was walking the trail to leave the field and past Tommy. Tommy will never forget the look that Joe shot him as he left. It was one of surprise, confusion, and jealousy. Tommy took joy in the fact that his strongest opponent was no longer in the game. Anybody else left would be too easy. Just then he saw another body coming towards him along the trail. He quickly dove into the nearby woods.
Drew was coming into view and moving slowly. He had a pretty good idea of what went down and who was left. He was methodical and smart. He was in the middle of the large firefight that occurred and also noticed the shots from Dane and Tommy's area. He was walking along the trail fairly confident that most players were gone or far away. Just then, he noticed a player diving into the woods. He thought he recognized the clothing but wasn't sure and moved quickly to gain ground before being noticed.
Tommy peered out under the brush and noticed the other player coming along the trail was Drew, a teammate. He was excited and yelled to Drew to signal it was him and came out. They were glad to see each other still alive. Drew explained that he just shwo Joe out, while Tommy shared the Dane story. They linked up and then moved back towards their own base to sweep the field and eliminate any remaining kids. They moved easily and confidently and made it all the way back to their base safely. They then noticed Tim, looking off in the complete opposite direction. Tim had made his way to the base earlier during the firefights and thought he was sneaky as he waited for victims. Tommy and Drew knew Tim wasn't paying attention and quickly disposed of him to win the game!
They ran off the field and the other kids inquired as to what happened and who was left. Once it was learned that Tommy and Drew had won, their team let out a loud "Whoop!" while the other team was mad, making excuses, and grumbling amongst each other. The kids unanimously agreed to redivide teams and play again. One by one they headed back out into the field.
By now the sun was setting. The kids knew what they were going to do differently. They didn't know it at the time, but those hundreds of laser tag games lasting the next few years would create some of the best memories any of them would ever have.