A/N: So, I've decided to re-edit this story a bit. As well as a few other things, it should be much easier to read now. :) Hope you guys enjoy! And don't forget, please R&R to lemme know watcha think! :)
Disclaimer: I do not own Beyblade, just this idea/plot.
"Man, it is WAY to hot!" Tyson whined from his spot on the couch. He was sprawled out on it with one hand over his face and the other dangling lifelessly over the edge. His feet were stretched out and laying in Kai's lap; which, to the others' deep shock, the captain let him keep there. Whether it was because he was to hot to complain or for some other reason was irrelevant.
It was the middle of summer and the city was plagued with the worst heat wave either of the Bladebreakers could remember. The heat was stifling and the air was so thick you could barely breathe. Looking out the window, everything looked like a surreal dream due to the heat waves rising from the ground and pavement, causing mirages and a hazy field of view.
Tyson had been complaining about the heat all morning and it was really starting to get to his friends. They knew how hot it was, they didn't need him reminding them every few minutes. But, they were all to hot and weary to tell him to shut up so they merely kept their mouths shut and put up with it.
Aside from Tyson, Max was visably uncomfortable too. There was a frown on the normally happy-go-lucky face and every so often he'd let out a sigh.
Rei was stretched out in an arm chair fanning himself with a simple, paper fan; and although he didn't say anything and his face looked emotionless, it was clear the heat was really bothering him as well.
Kai was the only one who almost appeared to be unaffected by the heat. Almost. But Max could tell it was bothering him too. He was reading a beyblade magazine he had in his lap, but his ever present frown was deeper than normal and Max noticed every now and then that he would lift his hand to wipe the sweat from his brow.
Max glanced over at his best friend and noted the blunette's feet in their team Captain's lap. He stole a quick glance at Rei across the room, whose eyes were closed as he lay, and inwardly sighed. The heat could be easily dismissed if-
"ACK! Stop it Max!"
Max reverted his gaze from Rei and looked at a spot on the ceiling instead.
"Why don't we try and find something to do?" He said aloud.
"Like what?" Tyson asked moodily.
"I dunno." Max replied. "How about a water war?"
"We left our supersoakers at Kenny's remember? And he's still on vacation with his parents."
"Oh yea. Right. Hmm... how about soccer?"
"It's way to hot!"
Max crossed his arms and placed a thoughtful finger on his chin.
"Um... well, we could always just take those big fans you have outside."
"Gramps sold them last year when he bought the air conditioner."
Max sighed deeply. The air conditioner had broken down earlier that day and Tyson's grandpa was gone for the weekend so he couldn't fix it.
"Well I give up." Max said sullenly. "I tried."
"Can't blame ya for tryin' Maxie." Tyson replied, attempting to sound a little cheerful.
There was a long silence as Max laid flat on the floor and continued to sift through and discard ideas in his head. Eventually he thought of something he figured just might work and sat up to look over at his best friend again.
"Hey Ty? Hiro is still here isn't he?"
"Yea, he doesn't leave until next week. Why?"
"What time do you think he'll be home?"
Tyson removed his arm from his face and looked at the clock on the wall. The time was eleven o'clock am. He looked over at Max and gave him a questioning look.
"He said he'd be back around lunch time. Why?"
"Well." Max said thoughtfully. "There's this place I know just outside of town. It's a really nice place and I think it would be a huge relief to just sweltering away here in this heat. I was thinking maybe Hiro could drive us."
Tyson laid his head back and replaced an arm over his face again.
"Sounds good. I'll ask him when he gets home."
Hiro had just come through the door when he was immediately ambushed.
"Hiro! We need your help man!"
"Yea! Can you do us a favour? Pleeeease?"
"Woah! Slow down roadrunners."
Hiro looked back and forth between his energetic little brother and his hyper-active blonde friend. His gaze then lifted to see an amused looking Rei just behind, and Kai looking as calm and emotionless as ever.
Hiro looked back to his brother and the blonde next to him.
"What do you need my help with?"
"Well, are you busy? Do you have anywhere else to go?" Tyson asked hopefully.
"Well, yea. After lunch." Hiro replied, raising an eyebrow at the two. "Why?"
Tyson's shoulders drooped.
"Oh. No cause, we were just wondering if you could take us somewhere."
Hiro looked at his brother's sullen face and laughed, then shook his head.
"Where do you want to go?"
Tyson and Max cheered.
"Alright!" Tyson said happily. He then turned to his best friend.
"Where is it Max?"
Max looked at Hiro.
"Do you know where the old turnpike site is?"
Hiro furrowed his brows.
"Yea. But why do you want to - Ohhh!" Hiro smiled. "OK, I know where you want to go."
Max smiled back.
"OK. Grab your stuff and lets go."
Max ran and threw some things into a big bag and Rei went into the kitchen and put some food into a picnic basket while Tyson and Kai waited with Hiro.
When everything was ready, everyone went out to Hiro's car, put their stuff in the trunk and got in.
Tyson sighed happily as the car was turned on and he was immediately hit with a blast of cold air.
"Ahhhhhh! The best thing ever invented was air conditioning!"
Hiro started his car and gave his brother an odd look as he pulled away from the dojo.
"Didn't grandpa buy an air conditioner last year?"
"Yea but it broke down this morning." Tyson whined.
Hiro rolled his eyes.
"Stop whining Tyson. Will you ever grow up? I'll try and fix it when I get back from dropping you guys off."
Tyson grinned at his older brother.
"Really? Thanks bro!"
Hiro smiled and shook his head.
"Yea, yea. The things I do for you guys."
The others, save Kai laughed and each thanked Hiro graciously.
After a fifteen or twenty minute ride (neither of the boys were about to complain, because anything was better than being stuck in the heat at the dojo), Hiro finally turned off the main road into a small, thin tree covered road that lead into the forest.
"Wow..." Tyson admired in awe as he looked around at the scene outside the window.
"You ain't seen nothing yet Ty." He said excitedly.
Soon the car arrived at a pair of old, rusted, ancient looking gates. Hiro stopped the car, got out and opened them, then got back in again to drive through. After a short drive, the the boys finally reached their destination and got out of the car.
"Wow...!" Tyson exclaimed again in awe.
Before them was a large body of sparkling, clean and clear water. There was lush, green vegetation all around them and a waterfall that poured into the body with a height of about ten to twelve feet. At the bottom of the body was a small stream that acted as an outlet, probably eventually leading to the ocean somewhere along the line.
Hiro leaned against his car with crossed arms and a smile.
"I thought you guys would like this. This was a good idea Max."
Max turned and grinned at the older Granger brother.
"Thanks Hiro! And thanks for the ride!"
Hiro nodded and stood up straight.
"No problem. I gotta go take care of a few things so I'll be back later this afternoon to pick you guys up. Just gimme a call if you wanna come home sooner."
Max nodded and was the only one to wave to Hiro as he drove away, seeing as the other three boys were still starring at the scene before them.
Once Hiro was gone, the boys finally snapped out of their awe-inspired trance. Tyson walked up to the water's edge and looked out over the water, then turned back to his friends with a grin.
"Good thinkin' Maxie! This place is way cool! Too bad you didn't think of it sooner."
Max smiled and shrugged.
"Sorry Ty. Anyway, even if I did, we wouldn't have had a ride."
Tyson thought about this for a moment.
"True. Good point." He then smirked and looked back at Max. "I don't know though if it's gonna be enough to cool me down. I am pretty hott after all."
Rei snorted in amusement and Kai raised an eyebrow. Max however simply placed a finger to his cheek.
"Really?" He asked thoughtfully. "Ya think so?"
Tyson's grin widened and he crossed his arms.
"Yea, I think so."
"Huh." Max replied. Then he shrugged. "Well then, I guess you won't mind if I do this."
Max reached out then and gave Tyson a push, causing him to loose his balance and topple over into the water with a huge splash.
When he came up for air, Tyson found his friends all laughing heartily.
The blunette looked at Max to see him clutching his stomach with laughter.
"You think that's funny do you?" He asked the blonde.
Max tried to stop laughing but only managed to dull it to a boyish giggle.
"A little, yea." He replied through his laughter.
Tyson waded over to the waters edge.
"Yea? Well ya wanna see something funnier?"
And before Max could respond or move, Tyson had grabbed a hold of his arm and yanked him into the water too.
Max hit the water with a splash and immediately joined into Tyson's laughter when he blonde then nudged Tyson and gestured towards Kai. The duel-haired teen was standing in his usual position with crossed arms and closed eyes, only this time, there was an amused smirk on his face. Tyson winked at Max and as one, the two waded over to the edge of the water. Tyson grinned and held up his fingers. Max did his best to hold back a giggle as Tyson counted down.
"NOW!" Tyson yelled, and together him and Max grabbed Kai's arms and pulled him into the water with them.
Kai surfaced and glared ahead of him with a very unamused look. His cheek markings were smudged and running and his hair was drooping into his face. His expression was none to happy and he looked like he was ready to drown the blonde and buenette.
Instead of being intimidated however, the younger boys found this picture extremely amusing and immediately burst into hysterical laughter.
Rei, who was the only one still dry on land, was doubled over as tears of laughter sprung to his eyes.
The three boys in the water all looked at each other and grinned.
Max quietly waded over to the edge of the water a second time and leaned on his elbows to look up at the raven-haired boy.
"What do you think you're laughing at kitty cat?" He said playfully.
Rei straightened but before he could back away, the three boys in the water each grabbed an arm or leg and yanked him into the water with them.
When Rei resurfaced, just like when each of his friends had done so, everyone was laughing at him. Even, he was surprised to see, the usually stony-faced Kai.
Rei then looked towards Max.
"You know Maxie, you're the one who started all this." He said with a mischievous grin.
Max gulped and backed away but Rei advanced on him.
"I think it's time for some payback, whatta you guys think?"
Tyson and Kai looked at the blonde and grinned mischievously as well.
"I think you're right Rei." Kai agreed as him and Tyson advanced on the blonde too.
"Yea, this was all your idea Max." Tyson added.
Max waved his hands in front of him defensively and backed slowly away.
"Yea, but I got pulled in too!" He replied defensively.
"Yea, but like I said, you started it." Rei said with a grin.
Max gulped and jumped for the edge of the cliff but Tyson grabbed him from behind and held him tight. Rei and Kai then swam up to the two and began tickling the blonde mercilessly.
Max burst into laughter and tried to wriggle free of his friends' grasp.
"OK, OK! I give! I'm sorry, I shouldn't have pulled you guys in!"
"Too late now Maxie!" Rei laughed. "Now you've gotta suffer the consequences!"
Max yelled out as the two older boys tickled his sides and feet.
Finally, when he thought he couldn't take it anymore, Max decided he needed to fend for himself. He kicked splashes at Kai, making him let go and back away, then took a mouthful of water and spit it over his shoulder at Tyson, making him release the blonde as well.
"Ugh! Max!" Tyson yelled through a laugh.
Max grinned, then tackled Rei. He put his hands on Rei's shoulders and dunked him underwater, then jumped over his head and swam past the three boys to the other side.
"Ha! You can't keep me down!" Max yelled triumphantly.
Tyson splashed water over his face and laughed again.
"Man, and they say blondes are dumb." He said playfully. Max grinned.
"Yea, well, I'm not your average blonde!" He said happily.
"That's for sure!" Kai said with a smirk. Max laughed and sent a tidal wave at him, making their team captain laugh as he covered his face.
Max waded back over to his friends, then looked at Rei and saw him smiling at him. His eyes locked with the White Tiger's and he couldn't tear his gaze away.
Eventually Rei laughed and sent a spash at him.
"This really was a good idea Max." He said with a smile. Max returned Rei's smile.
"Thanks Rei. I'm glad you guys like it."
Kai then cleared his throat.
"I think we should get out of these clothes and let them dry before Hiro comes back." He said, wading over to the water's edge again.
"That's a good idea." Rei agreed with a smile.
Tyson and Max simply followed as their teammates waded to the edge and stripped down to their boxers.
Once they were more comfortable and had their clothes spread out in the sun, the four friends once more plunged back into the cool water, this time more willingly.
After hours in the water, the sun finally dipped down in the sky and painted a deep, orange and red flush across the horizon. The bladers then decided to give in to their stomachs and got out of the water to eat the contents of the picnic basket Rei had packed. It was still hott, but the lowered sun decreased the temperature considerably so it was at least bearable.
"Hey Max?" Tyson questioned as he paused in his eating.
"Yea Ty?" Max replied, uncapping his bottle of iced tea.
"I've been thinking about something lately, don't know why but I have... Do you ever miss America?"
Max's hand froze half way to his mouth. After a few seconds of no movement, he finally lowered the bottle again and looked down at it. It took him a while, but eventually he answer Tyson without looking at him.
"Sometimes, yea. But then I think about how I'd feel if I left here, and, well... I don't think I'd be able to do that." Max finally looked up at Tyson and smiled. "Not now."
Next to him, Rei choked on his drink and had to resort to a fit of coughing.
Max looked over at him and frowned, patting his back as he waited for Rei to stop coughing.
"Are you OK Rei?" He asked in concern.
Rei nodded and cleared his throat.
"Yea, I'm fine..." He replied hoarsely. "Went down the wrong way."
"Geeze Rei, it's not goin' anywhere. Take your time, you don't wanna be like Tyson here."
"Hey!" Tyson protested. Max laughed and Rei looked between the two, then gave a half-hearted smile before continuing eating again.
Max sighed, knowing Rei was hiding something, but he continued eating anyway, forcing smiles at all the jokes and comments Tyson made thereafter.