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Harry, a sleepy-faced eight year old, sits on the couch watching movies; he has been there for six hours and his eyes are starting to glaze over. There is an overturned bowl of Captain Crunch on the floor, and he is eating it straight from the box. The remote control sits on the stand beside him.
His persistent six year old sister, Kara, enters.
Kara: Harry, Harry, come look! I made a castle!
Harry grunts and keeps his eyes fixed on the screen. Kara runs to him and starts to pull the cereal box from his hand.
Kara: Come and play with me, please? Please?
Harry: Go away!
He settles back onto the couch, and laughs at something onscreen. Cereal flies from his mouth and sticks to the screen. Kara frowns, and reaches for the remote control. She hits pause.
Harry: HEY! I was watching that!
Kara folds her arms, hugging the remote control to her stomach.
Kara: Come play castle with me, first. You haven’t been outside all day.
Harry: I don’t want to go outside. I want to stay in here. And I don’t want to play with you.
He lunges at Kara, who darts out of his reach. The remote is sticky and does not fall from her t-shirt.
Harry: Kara, I mean it! I’ll tell Mom!
Kara: Just for a few minutes? Please? I won’t even make you be my prince. I just want to show you my castle.
Harry hesitates, then runs for the remote and grabs it.
Harry: Get out. Playing is for little kids—I don’t need castles anymore.
Kara walks out with her head hanging. Harry hits “play” on the remote; his film resumes.