"THE BOYS AND GIRLS OF ROCK AND ROLL!" the announcer said upon the end of the song and the six chipmunks left the stage. "LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE CHIPMUNKS AND CHIPETTES!"
It had been a year since the relapse. Simon had been released from the hospital three weeks after waking up for the second time. For the first three months, Dr. Stevenson had him come in for a check up once a week. As the time passed, the check ups became less and less frequent until he was pronounced completely healthy. He was all caught up with school now and it was like the accident never happened.
"Whew." Jeanette sighed. "Who knew that song would be such a hit?"
"What's the next one?" Theodore asked.
"Bad to the Bone" Simon answered stepping into the changing room as the groups changed into black leather.
"Well done Kids." Dave said as he came up
"Thanks Dave." They chorused.
"NOW! WE RETURN TO YOU, LIVE FROM LAS ANGELES, THE CHIPMUNKS AND CHIPETTES SINGING 'BAD TO THE BONE'"
There was cheering as they went out.
Later that night,
Claire was sitting downstairs waiting for the boys to return home from the concert enjoying the peace and quiet she hadn't gotten in three months since her biological son was born.
"We're home!" Dave called quietly as he came in with the boys.
"It's okay." Claire told him. "Daniel's at Mom and Dad's."
"Took full advantage of the grandparents, huh?" Dave asked as he joined her on the couch.
"This calls for a celebration!" Alvin yelled as he went to the refrigerator and grabbed a can of soda and started waving it around as he relayed the events to his foster mother from the kitchen "That was the best performance ever! You should have seen the crowds, Claire. Personally, I think we ROCKED more than the Chipettes. And the girls! You should have seen the looks on their faces during 'Bad to the Bones'! They were crushing on me big time. And the people LOVED our new 'Witch Doctor'!"
"Alvin," Simon said nervously backing up from his brother. Theodore did the same knowing that Simon knew what he was doing. "At the rate your shaking the can, the pressure building up from the carbon dioxide which is trapped in the closed space will cause…"
"You worry too much, Simon." Alvin said. "What could possibly go wrong?"
Sure enough, the can exploded drenching Simon and Theodore in Coke. Then some of the soda somehow, thanks to Alvin's luck, made its way into the outlet. Sparks flew and the power went out.
"Three…two…one…." Simon counted down
"ALLLLVVVVIIIIINNNNNN!!!!!!!!!" the two adults yelled.
Some things will never change.