This takes place in the year 2022, where Booker is still in exile:
Just before midnight Nile was doing what Harry Potter did on his 11th birthday when he like her laid on a floor filled with dust and was drawing a birthday cake with candles on it and when she looked at her wrist watch and saw that it was midnight, she blew at the pretend candles.
Joe: "Did you wish like Harry did?"
Nile looked up at Joe who gave her a smile before sitting down.
Joe: "Happy birthday, Nile."
Nile: "Thanks, and yes I did."
Nile sits up with a smile.
Nile: "You have read those books?"
Joe: "I'm married to the oldest nerd in the world, so yes."
Nile; "Nicky reads fiction?"
Joe: "Everything he can get his hands on."
Nile: "And I who thought you guys only read old dusty books."
Joe: "That is more me but whenever we find something we really like then we swap books. And yes I liked reading Harry Potter. Especially book 3."
Joe looks behold him when he hears footsteps and smiles.
Joe: "She did as Harry Potter did and made a wish."
Nicky: "Then we better do what Hagrid did. Bring gifts."
Nicky sits down next to Joe with his backpack.
Nicky: "You have to wait with the cake and a birthday party until the mission is over and we also didn't get you an owl."
Nile: "Not a big fan of dead mice or mice in general."
Nicky: "But that doesn't mean we don't get you something, so do you want the big or little gift first?"
Nile: "Big gift. Always went for them in case the small gifts contained socks. It was easier to pretend to be happy for the socks when you have gotten something you wanted."
Nicky just smiles and hands her a big black something Nile doesn't know the word for and looks at it with interest in her eyes.
Nicky: "The word you are searching for is 'Saya'. It's what the Japanese call a scabbard."
Nile: "You bought me a sword?"
Joe: "A 'Katana'. It's what the Japanese call it."
Nile stands up and with shaky hands, she pulls the Katana out of the Saya with awe in her eyes.
Nicky: "I picked it up in Japan back in the 1600th century. Hope you like it."
Nile puts the Katana back in the Saya before she hugs them both trying to put everything, she feels right now over her life's best gift.
Joe: "Glad you like it. When the mission is over, we can show you, how to use the Katana correctly."
Nile: "Oh I can't wait and thanks, guys. I will forever treasure it."
Nicky: "Just promise us you will only use the Katana to defend people and yourself with it in battle and you have thanked us both."
Nile: "I promise you both that."
Nicky: "Oh before I forget."
Nicky finds a bag in his backpack and throws it to Nile, who opens it.
Nicky: "And it isn't socks."
Nile with a big smile: "Twizzlers. How did you get your hands on them in the Far East?"
Joe: "There is one thing you need to know about Nicky and that is that he always knows how to provide your favorite snacks no matter where you are in the world."
Nile: "Thanks for making this birthday one of the best ever."
Andy walks in yawning and throws Nile a helmet.
Andy: "Happy birthday and you might wanna wear the helmet tomorrow when I get shooting at the drug dealers. That way you can't blame me for shooting you on purpose."
My creation: This is a part of a series called: 'Stories About The Old Guard And Food' and you can find the rest of the stories here: https://bit.ly/3gMiqBR