Chapter 10 "Return"

Spongebob slammed the book shut with his free hand, crushing his fingers. He had almost read Sandy's diary! He wanted to punch himself, but wasn't quite sure how he would do that.

"Shame on you!" he whispered to himself. He climbed into bed. "Go to sleep, Spongebob, you have work tomorrow!"

THE NEXT DAY

Spongebob walked through the front doors of the Krusty Krab looking sleep-deprived. He had dark circles under his bloodshot eyes. His clothes look like he'd tried to put them on in a dark closet, and his expression suggested he'd been locked in one.

Squidward laughed mockingly at the fact that Spongebob had actually been later than himself.

Mr. Krabs entered the room, looking slightly taken-aback by his fry-cook's appearance.

"Great barrier reef Spongebob, what happened to ya? Did you get taken hostage overnight?"

"No, Mr. Krabs," Squidward interjected, "I know what's wrong! He was up all night worrying that I might out-work him today!" Squidward returned to his crazy, mean laughter.

Mr. Krabs chuckled, but not to make fun of Spongebob. "Is that all, me boy?" he asked. "Well, ye don't have to worry yer little yella head 'bout that. You do more work in one day than this lazy guy does in a week!" he said, and laughed.

Spongebob smiled briefly, and then made his way to the kitchen.

Work was slow that day. At one point, Spongebob found himself staring at nothing, letting several patties burn to a crisp, setting off the smoke alarm and drenching all the customers from the overhead sprinklers.

Mr. Krabs came running into the kitchen. "Spongebob, what's goin' on in here?" he demanded.

Spongebob, snapping back to reality, grabbed the fire extinguisher, and covered the grill in a cool white foam.

"Oh, I'm sorry Mr. Krabs! I've got something hard to do after work, and I guess it's just distracting me. I'll be more vigilant, I promise!"

Mr. Krabs shook his head. "Boy, you had better, or I'm gonna make work a whole lot harder for you!"

Spongebob nodded. "Yes, sir!"

Mr. Krabs left the kitchen.

"Stay focus!" Spongebob murmured to himself. "Mind on work." he cleared off the grill and put a fresh set of patties on. "Keep your mind on work!" Spongebob told himself. "But...what about after work?" he shuddered. You'll get nothing more than what you deserve! His mind told him. In fact, you'll probably get lucky and she won't kill you!

BUZZ! BUZZ! BUZZ!

Spongebob realized her was burning the patties again. He rushed to fix the problem, but it was too late.

"Spongebob!" Mr. Krabs' angry should could be heard before he even burst through the kitchen door.

"I'm so sorry, Mr. Krabs!" Spongebob said pleadingly, once again using the fire extinguisher.

"That's it, boy!" Mr. Krabs declared. "I get the feeling yer just using work today to put off this 'hard thing', whatever that is."

"Oh no, Mr. Krabs! I'm not doing anything of the sort!" Spongebob protested...although Mr. Krabs did kinda have a point.

"Boy, I want you to go! Go and get this offa yer chest."

"But--Mr. Krabs!" Spongebob was NOT ready to face up to this yet!

"Go, boy! Now!" Mr. Krabs pointed a big red claw at the door.

Reluctantly, eyes dropped to the floor, Spongebob walked out of the restaurant.

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Sandy was sitting in her treedome watching TV, when she heard a knock at the door.

"Coming!" she called. She got up, leaving the television on, and opened the front door.

There stood Spongebob, and he looked sick.

"Hey, Spongebob!" she said. "Why ain't you at work?"

Spongebob seemed to be avoiding eye contact. "Mr. Krabs let me off early," he murmured.

"Well, why the look?" she asked.

Spongebob sighed. "Sandy, there's--uh...something I have to tell you..."

"Well, what is it?" Sandy asked, quietly. "It must be bothering you for you to be acting like this."

Spongebob stared at his shoes. "Yesterday, when I came over, I--I..." he pulled a little pink book out of his pocket. "I took this,"

Sandy immediately recognized the item as her diary. She took it from him, slowly, processing his words. "You, you took my diary?" she looked from the book to Spongebob's face, to see his sapphire-blue eyes brimming with tears.

"I know, it was wrong...I--I didn't read it, if that helps," his little yellow hands were shaking. "Look, I know that I probably deserve to be hung up by my feet and left there..." his voice was starting to crack. "Just...do what you will to me, but just make sure I can get to work tomorrow." he closed his eyes tightly.

Sandy looked back at her diary, then again at Spongebob. She knew she should punch his lights out. She knew she should kick him so hard that he had to take a plane to get back to Bikini Bottom.

But, looking at his apologetic little figure, the couple of tear drops on his face, and the way his clenched fists were shaking from fear, she wasn't mad at him. The fact that he could have read her diary, and he didn't, and then he came and told her the truth, knowing that she could have done something terrible and/or painful to him, made her smile. It almost made her laugh, and she had to stifle a giggle.

She cleared her throat, and lay a hand of Spongebob's shoulder. He flinched at her touch, but after he realized she was being gentle, he slowly opened his eyes. Sandy smiled broadly.

"You, you're not mad?" Spongebob asked, slowly.

Sandy had to laugh. "No, I'm not," she said. "I should be, but I'm not." she set her diary down, and softened her voice. "You came to me and told me the truth, Spongebob, and in the end, you ended up respecting my privacy." she wrapped her arms around him in a hug. "That's really what matters."

He returned her embrace, and, with relief in his voice, said "I'm sorry, Sandy. I won't do it again."

END

Thanks for reading! That's gonna have to do for book 1, but I'm gonna get to stepping on book 2 here shortly. It will have more of the other characters in it. I know this one consisted mostly of Spongebob and Sandy, but all of the story plots I could think of had a lot of Sandy in them. So, I hope you liked this one enough to check up on the next one!

Once again, comments and feedback are highly appreciated. I want to thank PixieQueen (what's the numbers at the end of your name?) or sbpixie (youtube account) for pointing me to this website. We met on youtube, and since have started a Spongebob/Sandy fan club that consists of a few Internet buddies. So, if you want to join then visit either my youtube account ( or visit Pixie's ( and send us a letter or leave a comment, and we'll be happy to add you to the list. Stay tuned for the next book!

Hope you enjoyed!

Meg