Disclaimer: I don't own Jimmy Neutron.


Girls are a very difficult species to understand. Even to this day, I still don't understand exactly what makes them tick. However, there are two girls, one of whom I was recently stranded on an island with, and another about a year older than me that I can never seem to be able to take my eyes of. Unfortunately, I'm not sure the second girl feels the same way about me that I do. Maybe it's because she's so perfect and beautiful, and the other one is...different in her own way. It's very confusing.

Now the first girl I've known quite a bit longer than the second one. She's the next smartest girl in school besides myself. We're always insulting each other, and every time I'm around her, she usually wants to compete with me at everything—grades, school projects, extra curricular activities—you name it. I never knew that all the things we thought we despised about each other would become the same things that would bring us closer together.

Let's just take for instance the last several days. My rival, Cindy Vortex, had been acting a lot nicer than usual. In fact, she was actually being nice to me, which was especially rare, even for her. I suppose it makes perfect sense since we've ended up saving each other numerous times on that deserted island. There was one point while we were stranded that I nearly died, and if it hadn't been for Cindy, I wouldn't be here now. I owe her everything, and even after all we've been though, I'm still very uncertain as to how I feel about her. Sure, there are things about her that I can't stand, but then there's this whole other side to Cindy that attracts me to her. I think I might be fooling myself. There's no way she could ever like me, even if I do find myself attracted to her—which I'm not, believe me. There is no logical way that we could ever be a couple. We still hate each other.

The strangest thing happened to me the other day that still leaves me questioning my relationship with Cindy.

I was in my lab one day working on one of my latest experiments when she showed up—alone. No one else there—just her.

"Um, hey Jimmy! What's going on?" she asked.

"Vortex...I mean, Cindy...I didn't expect to see you."

She looked at the ground shyly while she was speaking to me. "I know...I was just in the neighborhood, and since Libby's out of town I thought I'd see what you've been up to."

Now normally, I would have literally thrown her out of my lab then. But for some unknown reason, I couldn't bring myself to do it.

"Nothing much," I responded, looking up from what I was doing, "just working on another invention. It's not anything extraordinary."

"I was wondering if we could talk..."

I began to feel a bit uneasy as she walked towards me. I put down my tools and looked in her direction.

"It's about our relationship."

When she said that, a sudden chill ran through me.

"Our relationship?" I asked, looking up at her.

Cindy had one of those strange looks on her face—one of those hopeful, yet worried looks.

"I know I haven't been all that nice to you, Jimmy. In fact, I've been nothing but a pain. I know we both have our differences...but I would like that to change."

This is something I took into serious consideration. We've been enemies for as long as I can remember, yet we've been through a lot—which has brought us even closer as friends. The only problem is, every time we have a serious conversation with one another, we always end up fighting in the end.

The look in Cindy's eyes was full of nothing but sorrow. Was she really sorry for all of the things she said? Did I feel the same way too?

Before I could even answer her, she leaned in and kissed me. I looked at her with a surprised expression on my face.

"What was that for?" I asked.

Cindy paused before she answered me. "For always being there for me after all we've been through."

Now it's not like I've never been kissed before—I have...but being kissed by your thought-to-be rival is a totally different matter altogether.

Things between my rival and I were never going to be the same.