Top 25 Tweens
Chapter One: Breakfast and Jealousy
Sonny skipped happily into the commissary that morning and hummed as she sat down next to Tawni.
"What's with you?" Tawni asked.
"I've been picked as one of Tween Weekly's Top Twenty Five Tweens of 2009!" Sonny exclaimed. "I'm so excited!"
"What?!" Tawni yelled. "How could they pick you and NOT pick me?"
Sonny winced, "They didn't pick you? I thought for sure that if they-"
"Well, they didn't!" Tawni pouted.
"Well, they did nominate you for a Tween Choice Award!" Sonny said with a gulp.
"Yeah, for the same category as you!" Tawni said as she crossed her arms over her chest.
"Um, sorry?" Sonny said weakly.
She scoffed and stood up, "I'm going to go look at the new So Random poster on the side of the soundstage."
Sonny watched her go with a guilty expression, and Tawni turned as she reached the commissary entrance.
"By the way, if you happen to notice something wrong with your picture on the poster later today…it wasn't me," She said in a sugary sweet tone.
Tawni shoved past Chad as she left. Chad raised an eyebrow at her and then stopped by Sonny's table.
"Wow, I haven't seen Tawni so upset since you joined Chuckle City. What did you do?" He asked.
"Me? Why does it have to me that did it?" Sonny asked with a nervous laugh.
Chad gave her a pointed look.
"Okay, fine, I was picked to be one of Tween Weekly's Top 25 Tweens and she wasn't," Sonny sighed. "I hate that every time something exciting happens to me it bums Tawni out."
"Wait, they picked you too?" Chad asked in surprise.
"Yes. Why do you sound so shocked?" Sonny asked with a slight glare.
Chad's eyes widened. That was a trick question. How should he word this?
"Well, I am…but only because you haven't been on the scene that long. I mean it's great! Unless you have a higher rank than me. Do you have a higher rank than me?" He asked fearfully.
"I don't know. What's your rank?" She asked.
"Five," he said hesitantly.
"Oh," Sonny said with a nod. "No worries then, I'm six."
"Six? Already? You just got here!" He exclaimed. "It's taken me years to be five! And still I'm defeated by Jonas, and Efron! But you managed to defeat Selena, Hannah, and Tisdale after not even a whole year."
"Oh great, so are you mad at me too now? Geez, it's not like I chose where I would rank," She huffed as she stood from her chair.
"No, I'm not…mad. Just shocked," He said slowly. "Wait, if you're ranked right behind me…then that means we'll have our photo shoot together."
"We will?" Sonny asked with a gulp. She didn't know why a slight thrill ran through her at that thought.
"Yeah, just you and me. I think. I mean that's the way it usually works," Chad said with a nervous swallow of his own. How was he going to survive a whole day of Sonny's cuteness? How? Her phone rang and she excused herself to answer. His phone rang not long after hers and he quickly answered.
"Chad's phone," He said confidently.
"Hi, Chad, this is Jackie from Tween Weekly," A lively female voice said. "I'm calling about your photo shoot for Tween Weekly. I wanted to tell you that you'll be shooting with-"
"Sonny Munroe, I know," He said quickly.
"Yes, and Jonas. We decided that since Jonas was an odd number that we would just group 2-6 into one shoot," She said in a friendly tone. "We've got the shoot scheduled for this Saturday at 2 PM. Can't wait to see you there. Have a good day, Mr. Cooper."
"Uh, you too," He said slowly as his brow furrowed. Okay he had been freaking out about spending a whole day alone with Sonny, but that didn't mean he wanted that day crashed by Jonas.
"Oh my gosh!" Sonny yelled as she hung up and turned back to Chad. "Our shoot is with Jonas! I am such a big fan! They are so cute."
"Not as cute as me," He muttered bitterly.
"What did you say?" Sonny asked curiously.
"I said 'not as cute as me'," he told her honestly.
Sonny rolled her eyes playfully, "Is anyone as cute as you?"
"In my world? No," Chad said with a shake of his head.
"That figures," Sonny chuckled. "Well, I've got a sketch to shoot so I'll see you on Saturday! Later Chad!"
"Saturday…right," Chad said with a sigh. "Isn't it enough that I have to compete with Jonas in my professional life? Now I have to compete with them in my personal life too?"
"Hey guys," Joe said as he found his brothers in the kitchen. "Has dad said anything about the Tween Weekly shoot?"
"Not yet," Nick said as he poured milk into his cereal. "I think he's on the phone with them now though."
"They better not put us with Fiona. I don't think I could take that," Joe sighed as he sat down next to Kevin.
"Where did she even rank on this years list?" Kevin asked as he buttered his toast.
Joe shrugged, "No idea, and I don't particularly care either."
"Well, boys," Tom Lucas said as he entered the kitchen. "I just got off the phone with someone named Jackie."
"And?" Nick asked expectantly.
"Your shoot is in L.A. on Saturday with Chad Dylan Cooper-"
"Oh great, that guy again," Nick said with a shake of his head.
"Maybe he's not so bad," Kevin suggested. "Frankie seems to like him."
"I guess CDC is better than Fiona," Joe shrugged. "I'll let Stella know."
The boys all stood up to leave.
"Hey!" Tom Lucas called out. "I'm not done."
"Really?" Nick asked.
"Some one named Sonny Munroe is also a part of the shoot," He told them.
All three boys broke out into grins. Joe spoke up first, "Seriously?"
"I'm guessing that's good news?" Tom Lucas asked cluelessly.
"Good news? That's GREAT news! She's only our favorite 'So Random' cast member!" Kevin cried.
"Well, I don't know about favorite, but she's definitely tied with Tawni," Joe said dreamily.
"Oh man, I cannot believe we're going to meet Sonny Munroe on Saturday!" Nick said with a grin.
"We'll need to get Stella to start working on your wardrobe," Tom told his boys as they headed out the door.
"We'll talk to her today," Kevin agreed just before they door shut behind them.
"Awesome," Joe said excitedly as they loaded into Kevin's car. "This shoot is going to be so much better than last year's."
Coming up next: "Jello Knees and Kisses". Be warned the next chapter is really long.