Oscar had twenty three bucks. Jason - his best friend - didn't know that. Oscar decided to call Jason and ask him about it. But then he decided against it and went to his house. Jason would never answer the phone.
Oscar took out his black bike and pedaled to his friend's house. He knocked on the door. he shifted on one foot and tucked his hands into his sweatshirt's pockets. It was cold. Winter was coming soon.
"Yo, man, what brings you here?" Jason grinned, shaking Oscar's hand.
"Nothing much. Just wanted to ask you a question." Oscar smiled, showing his dimples.
Jason looked at him, puzzled, "This couldn't be done over the phone?" Oscar shook his head and Jason shrugged, inviting him in.
"You just wouldn't answer the phone, that's all." Oscar winked at him and followed Jason up the stairs, laughing.
"In ya go, buddy." Jason said, "I'll get some water."
Oscar nodded and settled himself on the bean bag chair. That was his favorite part about this room. Obviously second favorite because this room even had an Xbox One X Robot White Special. He stared at the posters of all of Jason's favorite soccer players in Canada.
"'Kay, so what's up?" Jason brought in the water, shut the door, and sat down on his twin bed.
"I wanted to ask you how much money I have." Oscar started, but was interupted.
Jason held up his hand, "All I know is that I always - and literally always - have fifteen dollars more than you. And that we have sixty one in total. You told me that a few days ago." he said, his tone serious. Math was not a game. It was a part of life.
"I see." Oscar said, running his fingers through his blonde hair. He sipped on the water that his friend had gotten him.
"Look here." Jason took out a piece of paper from his desk's drawer and a pencil from his pencil case.
Let x = Oscar
"The money that I have is obviously fifteen dollars more than you." Jason said thoughtfully. "So. . ." he continued writing:
x + (x + 15) = 61
2x + 15 = 61
2x + 15 - 15 = 61 - 15
2x = 46
x = 23
Jason slammed the pencil down on the table and shouted, scaring his poor friend, "Hurrah!"
"Chill, man, you basically gave me a heart attack!" Oscar exclaimed, clutching his chest.
"Sorry. I figured it out. Twenty three dollars." Jason showed him his paper.
Oscar gaped, "First of all, how the heck is that so neat? Second of all, how did you get that right?"
Jason shrugged, taking off his sweatshirt to reveal a t-shirt with Alphonso Davies on it. Oscar smiled. "I may or may not be Albert Einstein's descendant." Jason grinned, "Wanna go to the library?"
Oscar laughed, "You're a madman. First math, now English!" Jason laughed with him, showing his teeth. "Let's go." The two friends walked out of the house, onto the next road, and into the library. And their next lesson started there.