Square One
Narrator Anwar Ibrahim
Volume One Rainy Day in May
Starts May 10, 2014 (08:43:59)
Ends May 10, 2014 (09:19:20)
Previous chapter Lupita's
Next chapter zhong

"Square One" is the third chapter of One Rainy Day in May. It is the first chapter to be narrated by Anwar Ibrahim.

Chapter Quote Edit

"If the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably wrong." - Norm Schryer

Summary Edit

The chapter opens up on May 10, 2014 at 08:43:59 in Los Angeles, California. Anwar and Xanther arrive to a restaurant called Square One Dining, where they eat breakfast. Xanther asks if they are late for her appointment with her therapist, Dr. Potts. Anwar responds by saying the appointment isn't until 10am, and the "big surprise" that was previously mentioned will not happen until 3pm in Venice. Anwar can't get over the fact that the surprised cost $20,000, but he is still happy to give Xanther the gift. An extra $10,000 has been spent to seperately gift Xanther's younger twin half-sisters, Shasti and Freya. As they eat, Xanther starts asking Anwar about how game engines work. Anwar answers her questions and she starts asking about his friends and co-workers, namely his old friend Mefisto Dazine.

It is explained that Mefisto is a fellow programmer, but his skills far surpass those of Anwar's. However, it has been over a year since he last saw Mefisto in person and Anwar is unsure of where he is today. Strangely, just recently, Mefisto had suddenly left an apologetic voicemail on the Ibrahims' answering machine regarding a prank gone wrong. It may have been for a web advertisement, or some kind of distribution scheme, as Anwar speculates. Anwar checks his phone and sees that he has missed 117 phone calls, 2,187 text messages, and his voice mail has become full since the last time he checked it. His e-mail account has also been flooded with such related messages.

Anwar's thoughts then shift to an old memory of Xanther standing in front of Dov's casket at the Arlington National Cemetery. His daydreaming is suddenly cut off when Xanther successfully guesses that he was thinking about Dov. Anwar admits that he misses Dov just as Xanther does. Anwar begins thinking again, about two facts: the first being the fact that Anwar and Astair began dating when Astair was already three months pregnant with Xanther. The second fact was that Dov was Xanther's biological father. When Anwar and Xanther both finish eating, they leave Square One Dining and continue driving. While driving, they continue talking about Dov.

The chapter ends on May 10, 2014 at 09:19:20.

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