Jimmy's POV

Jimmy stared out his window at the girl he'd loved since he moved to Retroville – Cindy Vortex. She was sitting at her vanity gently brushing her golden hair. Jimmy gazed at the way the light lit up her hair like fire. Her eyes were like two perfectly cut emeralds, the finishing touch to her face.

She's so beautiful . . . if I could just touch her cheek . . . her skin must be so soft . . . and if only for a moment I could kiss those lips . . . those beautiful lips, such a gorgeous shade of pink . . .

sigh "Why does she have to be so mean to me?" Jimmy turned to find Goddard giving him a weird look.

"Of course me bragging and yelling at her all the time probably doesn't help . . . at this rate she's never going to like me. I need at way to show her my true feelings. Goddard, options." And with that, Goddard's screen popped up revealing possible answers to Jimmy's problem. Jimmy loved that he had installed this program in Goddard. No matter what problem came up in Jimmy's life, Goddard always had a handful of solutions.

Tell her how you feel.

"No, she won't believe me if I tell it straight to her. She'll think I've gone crazy!"

Find another girl and get a fresh start.

"Goddard, I've loved her since the day I met her, I can't just go find someone else! Haven't you been listening to anything I've been saying?"

Be nice.

"That's it! If I'm nice to her and become her friend instead of her enemy, then she'll understand how I feel. Thanks Goddard!"

"Bark! Bark!"


Cindy's POV

"Almost . . .there! Perfect! I'm ready for a new day."

I can feel it – today's going to be different. Maybe I'll meet the love of my life. He'll come up to my door and sweep me off my feet like in my dreams.

The moment Cindy said that, there was a knock at the door. Cindy froze. She then began bolting down the stairs with a million thoughts running through her head. She was so excited she almost tripped down the stairs and had to stop and catch herself before continuing on.

Calm down, Cindy, it's not that big a deal. Oh who am I kidding?! Of course it is! It's him, the love of my life! Who could it be? Nick? Bobby? Maybe it's that new kid, Jason from California.

Cindy stopped by a mirror and checked her hair. After smoothing her shirt, she grabbed the doorknob and slowly turned it. She held her breath and slowly pulled open the door.

"Neutron?" Cindy asked with a surprised tone.

"Yea, um hi . . . so I was wondering i-if you . . . um if you wanted to uh go with me to the . . . the uh . . .

Jimmy couldn't finish – he was speechless. He was too distracted by Cindy. She was wearing a tight black halter top that was ever so slightly showing her skin above her dark wash jeans. She had let her hair fall down past her shoulders with a slight natural wave to it Jimmy had never noticed. She had a small amount of pink eye shadow on that complimented her emerald eyes. He would have stared forever if he hadn't been snapped out of his gaze by Cindy waving her hand in front of his face.

"Helloooo? Hey, Neutron, snap out of it!"

"Huh, what?"

"You were trying to ask me something?"

Is he asking me on a date? Why is he stuttering? And was . . .was he staring at me?!

"Oh yea, right. I was wondering if you wanted (deep breath) togowithmetothefireworkstonight."

"You mean the ones at the beach?"


"Sure I'll go."

"Great! I'll meet you here at 8:00."

"Ok, see you later."

Cindy slowly shut the door as she watched Jimmy run across the street into his clubhouse. After she went back to her room she leaned against the back of her door and exhaled as if to blow a piece of hair out of her face.

Did I just agree to go on a date with Neutron? The boy whom I hate for always bragging about his latest invention or winning the science fair . . .again.

"But then again . . ." she said to herself as she fell back onto her bed.

He is always helping me when I'm in need. Like the time I borrowed mom's diamond earrings for the dance and ended up losing them. He made me new diamonds and she never found out. If it wasn't for him I would have been dead. Even though he's always making himself better than me, he's always there when I really need him. Maybe I'll really enjoy this.

"Wait, could this . . . could this be what I've been waiting for?"