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Chapter 10- Receiving Punishment
As soon as the rest of the Robinson family saw us coming up the hill, the rushed to meet us.
"Are you hurt? Any broken bones?" Mrs. Robinson asked Lewis. He shook his head.
"No, I'm fi—"
"Do you have a temperature?"
"No, no, no, I'm fine, I feel fine. In fact, better than I have in a long time," Lewis insisted.
"We're fine too. If that has any value left," Jenna said lazily, strolling away.
"Franny, their gone!" A voice called from within the garage, "Oh, this is terrible!"
"Well he's home early," Bud said, looking at his watch.
"Franny, where are you, the time machines are gone!" A tall man came out of the garage. He wore the same outfit as Lewis, only with long pants, a red tie, and a white lab coat. His hair looked the same as Lewis's too. As soon as he saw Lewis, his eyes popped. "Oh! Oh."
Lewis looked shocked. He waved to the man, who waved back, then looked to the Robinsons for answers. Mrs. Robinson reached into the crowd and grabbed Wilbur, pulling him to the front. The man's confused look changed into a disappointed look. "Uh huh."
Wilbur sighed. "Ratted out by the old lady. Harsh." Jenna squeezed her eyes shut tight, waiting to be pulled up front so that she could get ratted out too. But she wasn't. She waited and waited and refused to open her eyes, because she knew that Mr. Robinson and especially her father would not be pleased.
"Jenna, you've been standing like that for ten minutes, everyone's gone," Wilbur said, prying one of her eyes open. She opened the other.
"Why didn't I get punished?" she asked, clearly confused.
"You're ears probably closed up when you closed your eyes, so I'll tell you. I took complete blame and all punishments. You're off the hook," Wilbur said.
"Why did you do that?"
He shrugged. "I thought you might not want to get grounded. And that's what best friends are for, I guess."
Jenna smiled and hugged him. "You are such a dork." He hesitantly hugged her back.
"Yeah. But it was worth it."
"Jenna!" Suddenly, Jenna was swept out of Wilbur's arms and into a new pair.
"Dad!" She hugged her father with all her might.
"I'm so glad you're safe! Mrs. Robinson told me everything," he said, his face turning serious.
"Everything?" Jenna asked nervously.
"Everything. But you got lucky because Wilbur took the blame for you. So I'm going to reduce your first punishment from three months of no TV, computer, video-mail, or leaving the house except for school to only three weeks."
Jenna smiled and sighed in relief. "It's better than nothing."
"Well you two better get over to the garage. As your last act in freedom, you both have to fly Lewis back to the Science Fair. Go." He pointed towards the garage. Wilbur and Jenna both trudged over there as slooowly as possible. Everyone was waving goodbye to Lewis. Wilbur hopped into the time machine and pulled Jenna inside.
Carl tapped on Lewis's shoulder. "Have a safe trip little Lewis," he said cordially.
"I will," Lewis replied, shaking his hand.
"Hey, while I got you here, just a few little tips on my design." Carl pulled out a picture of himself with huge muscles and hair. "Let's face it, these skinny limbs don't exactly make the teapot whistle. But hey, all that really matters is don't forget to invent me," he said, taking Lewis's face in both hands.
"Are you kidding? No way!" Lewis said happily.
"I love ya!"
Lewis turned to Bud and Lucille. "There are so many things I wish I could ask you."
"Excuse me! Time travel now, questions later," Wilbur called.
"Don't worry, just get back to that science fair, and we'll see ya real soon!" Lucille said happily.
"Oh right… right! Ok! I will. Goodbye."
"Goodbye, son," Bud said.
"Thanks again for everything!" Lewis called.
Franny stopped him. "Wait, Lewis. Just a tip for the future. I am always right. Even when I'm wrong, I'm right," she said, tapping his nose. Lewis looked at Cornelius in confusion.
"She's right," he said, shrugging a little, "I'd just go with it if I were you. And I am."
Lewis paused for a minute. "Then you're absolutely right!" Franny nodded in approval. Wilbur started honking the horn. "Alright, I'm coming," Lewis said, getting into the time machine.
"Well it's not like you're never going to see them again. They are your family after all," Wilbur reminded him. Lewis looked back at the Robinsons, who were all smiling.
"Not to mention my dad. Did you talk to him?" Jenna asked. Lewis nodded and spotted Jenna's father in the crowd.
"He looks a lot like you," he said. It was true. They both had brown hair and green eyes.
"I guess so. But don't tell him I said that. During any time period," she warned. He smiled and sat back in the time machine. Wilbur started it up and flew it gracefully through the sky.
"Told you I knew what I was doing, Jenna," he said with a cocky grin.
"You should have been there the first time he drove it," Jenna whispered to Lewis. Lewis looked out the window, watching the Robinson family until they were surrounded by bright colors and a flash of light. As all the colors diffused, a grey and rainy cityscape was visible.
"Wait a minute. You're supposed to take me back to the science fair," Lewis said.
"I know." Wilbur landed the time machine and turned on the invisibility shield.
"Well I think you punched in the wrong numbers."
"We agreed that if you fixed the time machine, I would take you back to see your mom," Wilbur noted. Jenna smiled a little. Lewis looked out of the glass window. A woman was walking up the street, carrying a bundle in her arms. Wilbur opened the time machine. "A deal's a deal."
Lewis got out of the time machine and hid behind one of the stone pillars at the bottom of the stoop of one building. Jenna squeezed Wilbur's shoulder. "I'm proud of you," she whispered. He just nodded in reply.
Lewis came out from behind the pillar and advanced up the stairs. He was about a centimeter or two from touching the woman's back. Wilbur grabbed Jenna's hand and squeezed it tightly. Lewis pulled away his hand, backing up a little.
The grip on Jenna's hand loosened. Lewis cautiously started back down the stairs, slipping a little on one step and taking cover behind the pillar. The woman put the bundle in a box on the doorstep and left. There was a soft crying from the porch. Lewis went back up the stairs and knocked on the door before running back to the time machine.
A woman opened the door and saw the little baby Lewis. She picked it up and started rocking it, looking for anyone else. Wilbur had closed the time machine so they wouldn't get soaked. They watched the woman for a few more moments before they took off in the time machine to the rooftop of the orphanage.
"I don't get it," Wilbur said quietly, helping Jenna out of the time machine, "Why'd you just let her go?"
Lewis smiled. "Because I already have a family." Wilbur bit his lip. Lewis rushed forward and hugged him. Wilbur slowly started to hug him back. Jenna felt her eyes tear up. Don't cry, don't cry, no matter how touching the moment is!
"I never thought my dad would be my best friend," Wilbur said quietly.
He rolled his eyes. "You know what I mean, Jenna!" They let go of each other. "Now don't make me come and bail you out again," he said, taking the sketch of the memory scanner out and handing it to Lewis.
"I won't," Lewis promised.
"Remember, I've got a time machine. If you mess up again, we'll just keep coming back till you get it right," Wilbur warned.
"If we're ever allowed within five-hundred feet of it again," Jenna joked. She and Wilbur got back into the time machine.
"You got that motto?" Wilbur asked.
"I got it," Lewis answered.
"Don't forget it."
"I don't think that's possible," Lewis said.
"You'd better get going."
"Yeah, before Mr. Time Travel over here messes something else up," Jenna said, lightly punching Wilbur on the arm. Wilbur started up the time machine.
"See you later, Wilbur," Lewis called as they took off. Jenna looked back down at Lewis.
"You know, I'm going to miss him. I know we get to see him when we get back to the future, but it's just not the same." Wilbur didn't answer he was too busy writing "See ya later dad" in the sky before breaking back through the space-time continuum.
Wilbur landed the time machine in the garage, which was deserted. "You did the right thing, letting him go back to see his mom. Even though it could have destroyed us all," Jenna praised, hopping out of the time machine.
Wilbur got out. "Yeah, I guess… look, Jenna, thanks for helping me fix the future. I couldn't have done it without you," he said sheepishly.
"It was nothing. I'm used to getting you out of trouble. Like remember the time when—" Wilbur pressed his lips up against Jenna's, effectively silencing her. They broke off in need of oxygen.
"So… after your three week grounding and my life sentence are up… you wanna get some pizza?" Wilbur offered nervously. Jenna smiled.
"I'd like that."
A/N: Alas! Tis the end! I am soooo sorry that I haven't updated in forever, but I lost my MTR DVD and couldn't remember all the lines. But now I have the last chapter! Sadly, thought, Jenna and Wilbur couldn't be here today to sign off. They're off on a date. So much for Wilbur having crushes on authors. Anyway, I guess this is it. Adieu!