Disclaimer: I don't own Jimmy Neutron. Otherwise, I'd seriously be considering this for an episode!
Chapter 1: Heads Turn
Cindy Vortex glanced at the clock on the wall. It was twenty minutes since Ms. Fowl had started teaching, and still there was no sign of the stuck up boy genius that usually sat next to her in class. She had to admit, she was beginning to get a little worried. What could have possibly kept him from making it to class on time? Maybe he was sick, or—
Before Cindy had time to finish the thought, however, the classroom door opened and in entered Jimmy Neutron. His clothing was mussed, his hair was sloppy, and he had circles under his eyes from lack of sleep. "I'm sorry, Ms. Fowl," he apologized hurriedly. "I stayed up late last night working on an invention, and I slept through my alarm."
A smirk formed on Cindy's lips, all her previous worries fading. There was no way that Ms. Fowl would let him slip by with such a lame excuse. No, Nerdtron was finally going to get his, and Cindy had the glorious pleasure of being there to watch.
"It's all right, Jimmy," their teacher squawked. "Just have a seat." Jimmy nodded gratefully and slipped in behind his desk.
What! Cindy's mind screamed. She was just going to let him getting away with sleeping in? Cindy's muscles tightened, and she turned to glare at him.
"Cindy," Libby whispered from the other side of her. "Doesn't he look kinda cute today?"
"Who?" Cindy asked back, under her breath.
"Neutron," Libby replied with a smile.
Cindy's eyes widened, completely shocked and disgusted with Libby. Surely I didn't hear her right, Cindy told herself. She glanced back at Jimmy and shook her head. If anyone was to think that he was cute, it wouldn't be that day. The late night in his lab had definitely done no good to his appearance. Libby was probably just playing around with her. Dismissing it at that, Cindy settled back down in her seat and tuned in to the lesson.
Cindy was once again in a foul mood when she finally made it out of the classroom into the hallway. It was lunchtime, and she couldn't even keep track of how many girls had shoved their way past her as she was trying to make her way to the cafeteria.
"Cindy!" Libby called and waved her over.
"Hey, Libby," Cindy greeted her best friend with a tired sigh. She looked over at the group of girls who had formed around someone—Nick, probably. "What's with them?" she asked, nudging her shoulder in their direction.
"Are you tellin' me you're not gonna go join em?" Libby laughed. "Seriously, Cindy, 'What's with you?' is a better question to ask."
Just then Nick walked by them, his mouth pulled into a tight frown. "That nerd is gonna pay…," Cindy heard him mutter. Suddenly she had a sinking feeling. If those girls weren't swooning over Nick, then that meant…
"Jimmy, you are too funny," a girl squealed.
No way. There was no way that all those girls were fawning over Jimmy Neutron! Cindy's fists tightened. How could this be happening to her? She felt like fainting right then and there.
No! Pull yourself together, Cindy! she told herself. Get over there and interrupt it, now!
"Cindy, don't you wanna go see what Jimmy's up to over there?" Libby asked.
"Sure, Libby," she agreed. Her limbs felt like pudding, but she knew that she had to go break it up somehow. Following Libby, she pushed her way through the crowd of love struck females until she was face-to-face with the one they were all infatuated with.
"What's going on, Neutron!" she demanded. "I want to know, and I want to know now!"
Jimmy looked at her, surprised. "Why, Cindy," he began, "are you saying that you don't want to sit with me at lunch?"
"Sit with you at lunch? Where the heck did you get that idea?"
"Well, just about everyone is fighting over who gets to sit with me," Jimmy replied with a grin. "I was just waiting for you to come and join in."
"I'd never sit with you in a million years!" Cindy yelled at him. Everyone else gasped, including Libby.
"Are you kidding me?" Brittany cut in. "You're actually turning Jimmy down? Anyone else would kill for an invite like that!"
"Let me remind you that this is the same loser who has endangered our town on multiple occasions!" Cindy barked. Turning back to him, she grabbed him by the shirt and stared directly into his face. "You did something, Nerdtron; I know you did! None of these girls would be crushing on you out of their free will! And especially not all of them at once!"
Jimmy squirmed uncomfortably. "I don't know what you're talking about," he protested.
"Oh, don't play dumb with me," Cindy snarled. With that, she shoved him backwards, turned on her heel, and stormed off. She pushed her way through the double doors into the cafeteria and took a seat at the table she and Libby usually shared.
"Hey, Cindy," Sheen sighed, suddenly sitting down across from her.
"What the heck are you doing here, loser?" Cindy demanded, glaring at him. "Why don't you go sit with your popular friend?"
"Jimmy doesn't want me," Sheen said dejectedly, "and my girlfriend is ignoring me."
Cindy softened a little. They both seemed to be in the same boat now. "Yeah, something really weird is going on," she agreed. "I can't believe that Libby is sitting with Jimmy rather than me."
"Hey, guys," Nick approached them. "Is there room for one more?"
Cindy looked up at him in surprise. "Well, sure, Nick," she welcomed him. "Do you hate Nerdtron as much as we do?"
Nick slipped in beside her. "Are you kidding me? Those girls should be all over me right now, not him!" He glanced at Cindy. "You're, like, the only one that's still sane."
"Here comes Carl," Sheen remarked, as the hefty llama-loving boy came to sit next to him.
"OK, that's it!" Cindy declared, standing to her feet. She had never sat at a reject table in her entire life, and she wasn't about to start now. "We've got to do something!" She slammed a fist down on the table, rocking everybody's lunch. "Sheen, you go try talking some sense into Libby. If that doesn't work, then I think I know exactly what to do…"
A/N: That's Chapter 1! I hope you liked it. I've had this idea for a while, but have never taken the time to write it out. Please review and tell me what you think!