Hi everyone! I really wanted to try my hand at writing this pairing again after a year of not writing any FF at all...so here we are. This is a new one shot collection. I'm going to try and keep it as fluffy/light as possible...but I do love my angst. None of these are related unless I say they are.

In this first one, they're in high school and they've just won a quiz bowl competition. Why QB? Two reasons: I used to love playing when I was in HS, and J/C would totally KILL working as a two man team at those tournaments.


"We won!" Cindy made her way down the stairs, a shocked look on her face. "I can't believe it, we won against Strych's stupid academy!"

Jimmy offered her a bright smile. "Believe it, Vortex. You nailed it!"

She let out a triumphant laugh. "I guess I did pull the last three questions...I mean, Henry James was a given, but I almost didn't get the Spanish American War-" She stopped in her tracks and raised an eyebrow. "Did you just compliment me, Nerdtron? Shame I didn't catch that on video."

He shrugged and loaded their giant Quiz Bowl trophy into the backseat of the hover car. "Maybe, maybe not."

As he turned back to look at her, his mouth suddenly went dry. She looked absolutely beautiful in the moonlight; strands of her pin straight blonde hair framing her face, her emerald eyes aglow with the rush of victory, a mechanical pencil tucked delicately behind her left ear.

"Cat got your tongue, James?" she teased.

An idiotic grin was making its way across his face. In a moment of pure joy, he picked her up and twirled her in the air; his heart beating stars and symphonies. She looked surprised but let out a giggle nevertheless.

When he set her back down, he noticed a blush had crept across her cheeks.

She looked up at him after a minute of shuffling her feet; voice low and hesitant. "You know...I thought we wouldn't get it together in time..." She paused for a second to recall their loud arguments after school. One afternoon had seen Jimmy stuffed into a locker, and another had seen Cindy shrunk down to the size of a dime. Needless to say, their practice sessions hadn't always been the most...amicable affairs.

Her gaze travelled to the trophy and a small smile occupied her features. "But we managed just fine."

"Just fine?" Jimmy's robin blue eyes sparkled with pride. "I'd say we did more than fine."

"We're going to KILL at the championships, Neutron." Cindy rubbed her hands together deviously. "I can't wait to hand Strych's ass back to him on a plate after we obliterate his team again."

"One thing though, Cindy." He smirked as they settled into the hover car. "Leave the chemistry questions to me next time."

"You're just mad you didn't come up with titration before me."

"Hey! I would have gotten that one and you know it- my buzzer wasn't working." He protested.

"Excuses, excuses, King Cranium."

"Whatever, I let you get the Archimedes Principle question anyways." He goaded.

"Just like I let you have the Battle of 1812." She shot back.

"Which is funny, because if I'm not wrong-and I never am-you got a 98 on our our AP history test while I got a 100..."

"Notably for the first and last time." She rolled her eyes.

"We'll see about that, Vortex..."