It was another day at Royal Woods Primary/Intermediate school, and the cafeteria filled with the chitter-chatter of students ready for their dismissal to their 1st period classes. At the table in the far left corner, we find a group of five boys chatting away.
"So, Lincoln, what's up with Clyde? He's been unusually mopey lately," Liam asked.
"Yeah, he's been acting like your sister Lucy. They haven't been hanging out, have they?" Rocky asked, chuckling.
"Well, it all started yesterday…
Clyde and Lincoln sat in his room, reading their favorite issues of the Adventures of Ace Savvy. Suddenly, Lynn burst into the room, startling both the boys to the point of falling off the bed.
"Sorry bros, didn't mean to scare ya," she said as she helped them up.
"Yeah, whatever. What do you want Lynn?" Lincoln asked.
"Lori said she wants us for something," Lynn answered, a hint of dissatisfaction in her voice. Lincoln sighed, but followed her out of the room. Clyde kept close behind.
"This is my chance to woo Lori," Clyde rambled on, causing Lincoln to shake his head.
"Clyde, buddy, did you ever stop to think that you should find a new crush?" Lincoln said, hoping to dissuade his best friend.
"Linc, ole buddy ole pal, you know I can't do that. Lori must be mine!" Clyde exclaimed. They reached the door to Lori's room, and knocked. Lori opened it, and beckoned them in.
"Hello fellow siblings. As you both know, you two owe me for the incident last week. Well, I'm calling in the favor. Dad wants me to help clean the shed, hence, you two will be cleaning the shed," Lori said. Lincoln and Lynn groaned, but reluctantly agreed to do this chore for her. Lincoln and Lynn walked out, and made their way to the stairs, only to stop at the sound of shouting from Lori and Leni's room. They turned in time to see Clyde being kicked out of the room, and to hear the shouting of Lori.
"For the last time, I will never, ever, go out with you, ever! Even if my life depended on it! The only reason I even put up with you is because you're friends with my brother! Also, stay out of my room!" she shouted as she slammed the door.
"Dude, that was cold," Lynn said as they walked over to Clyde.
"Clyde, you alright buddy?" Lincoln asked, but got no response. Clyde stood there, mouth slightly agape, appearing to be on the verge of tears.
"C'mon buddy, let's go downstairs," Lincoln said as he practically dragged Clyde down the stairs to the living room. They at him on the couch, and that was when the breakdown came. He grabbed onto Lynn's shoulder, and started wailing.
20 minutes later
Clyde finally managed to settle down, and a small cluster of the Loud siblings had gathered around him. Clyde was still linked to Lynn's shoulder, but had thankfully stopped bawling his eyes out. Lucy, Lola, Luan, Luna, Lynn, and Lincoln had all done their best to comfort him, but in the end, he decided it was best if he went home.
"Wow man, that's rough," Liam replied.
"Yeah, but he seems to be doing a little better," Lincoln said, glancing over at Clyde. He still looked like he had a rough night, but at least he wasn't balling his eyes out.
"So Clyde, you ready for that test in Mrs. Wamplers class today?" Rocky asked. Clyde's only response was to shrug.
Meanwhile, three tables over, Lynn glanced around her friend Lorraine's head to look at Clyde, a clear look of concern on her friend. Lorraine followed her gaze, only to ask...
"What's his deal?" Lorraine asked, referring to Clyde.
"My sister was a bitch to him yesterday, and she shattered his self esteem," Lynn answered, making a fist with her hand.
"Yikes," Lorraine replied.
"Yeah. It really pissed me off that she treated him like that," Lynn said, slamming her balled fist onto the table. Lorraine raised her eyebrow. Lynn glanced back at her.
"What?" Lynn asked.
"Why do you care so much?" Lorraine asked.
"Because she shouldn't treat people like that," Lynn replied. Lorraine shot her an incredulous look, and the bell rang for class.