Ben's in a tattoo parlor! Not to worry, he isn't getting a "Margene" tattoo or anything. He's just there with his friend Jason, who's getting a large "sXe" tattoo on the small of his back. After a bit of exposition to reveal that Brynn's going to be hanging with Ben's fam that evening, Jason gives Ben a hard time about "doing it all" with Brynn. I don't know why he's so disapproving; judging by how quickly it went the first time, it's not like sex is taking up a big percentage of Ben's week. Jason has a new theory that it's their fathers' faults for leading them down "an unrighteous path." In other words, he's become disillusioned by the Principle. Although it's hard to say, because he's not only all over the place rhetorically, his mush-mouthed delivery isn't competing well against the loud music the tattoo artist has playing. Jason says, "Every time I come over, Margene's running around in a skirt or a robe or whatever…she's hot, but she's your mom. That's the house your dad made for you." Why is Ben listening to all this pontificating from somebody who doesn't even know how to spell "sexy?" Okay, no, I'm kidding. I've known a couple of straight edge people, but not at all well, and I'm certainly not well-versed enough to try mocking it. Jason invites Ben to come along with him to a thing in Murray and take the straight-edge pledge. "No drugs, no meat, no liquor, no cigarettes. You can quit it with Brynn." My, what a tempting offer. Oops, look what I did there. Ben says he's got it under control: "I'll fix it, I promise." Ben, stop acting like Jason is your all-knowing guru already. He didn't even button his shirt straight. The tattoo artist offers to give Ben a copy of Jason's tat for half price. Ben begs off, and Jason says Ben still needs to take the pledge, like it's only a matter of time. The artist grins approvingly and reveals his own sXe tattoo, above his hip. "Eight years," he says. "That'll be fifty bucks." Kind of steep from a guy who doesn't ever have to spend any money on booze, smokes, or meat. Shit, I did it again.
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