Candace ran after the robot Jeremy at Dansville Park. Kids, dogs, and adults were everywhere, having a picnic, playing Frisbee with each other, or just walking around.
"I'll get you my Jeremykins!" Candace shouted after the robot.
A few minutes later, the orange haired girl was getting tired of running.
"I'll…get…you…Jeremykins!" Candace said, exhausted. She stopped to catch her breath. The teenager wiped her brow.
"Whew!" She sighed. "Chasing after your boyfriend is enjoyable but can take a lot out of you! I need a drink. She went to the nearest water fountain. Behind her was a little playground.
She turned it on and took a drink. When she was done, she turned it off and sighed with relief.
"That was refreshing! Now back to chasing my boyfriend." She walked by the playground. "Now where is he?" She then began to call for him. "Oh, Jeremy! Jeremykins! Where are you?" She was about to give up when she heard a familiar voice.
"Candace?" She turned around. There was the real Jeremy pushing his sister on the swing set. "Were you looking for me?"
"Yes, yes I was." Jeremy laughed nervously.
"Then you found me I guess." Candace laughed too.
"Yeah, I guess I did."
"Higher; higher!" Little Suzy shouted.
"Okay kiddo!" Jeremy pushed the swing higher. Suzy laughed with excitement. Candace looked confused.
"Hey, when did Suzy get here?" She asked. "And I was chasing you. How did you get here so fast?" This time, Jeremy looked confused.
'You weren't chasing me."
"Yes I was."
"No you weren't. Suzy and I just arrived here after my shift at Mr. Slushy Dawg and I never saw you chasing me, did you Suzy?"
"Nope!" Suzy said. "Maybe she's crazy!" Jeremy looked back at Candace.
"See? You weren't chasing me."
"Yes I was!" Candace protested. "You didn't see me? Not at all?" Jeremy shook his head. Candace sat on an empty swing, trying to sort this out. Suzy's swing began to slow down.
"Well, that's queer. I had been chasing you all morning." She looked at Jeremy. "So, you didn't see me?" Jeremy shook his head.
"Hmmm, you don't have an identical twin; this is so strange!" Suzy's swing stopped. Jeremy was about to push her again when she spoke up.
"Brother?" She started. "I'm hungry. Can I have a chocolate ice cream cone?"
"Sure thing, Suzy." Jeremy replied. He looked at Candace. "Candace, can you watch Suzy while I go get some ice cream? Do you want one too?"
"Yeah, vanilla please!"
"Okay, I'll be back in two minutes. You be good, okay Suzy?"
"Will do!" The little girl lied. Jeremy then went off to the ice cream vender. Candace glared at her as the little girl gave her a mischivious grin.
"What are you planning?" Candace asked her, not in the mood.
"I don't know yet! But I assure you that you won't like it!" Candace began to sweat in fear. Suddenly, robot Jeremy came. Candace jumped up and hugged the robot.
"Jeremy!" Suzy shouted as she got of the swing. She then looked confused.
"Where's my ice cream?" She wanted to know.
"Ice cream?" The robot Jeremy questioned. "What is this 'ice cream' you speak of?"
"You know ice cream! The wonderfulest frozen dessert on the planet!" She laughed. "Silly Jeremy!" Candace looked at her with a grin.
"Ha!" She sneered. "I guess that your brother finally realized that you been a naughty girl and trying to get rid of me!" She hugged the robot.
"Oh Jeremy! We're be together forever, won't we?"
"Yes." The robot answered. "Together forever. That is what I am programmed to do with you. Be forever together with you." Candace snickered as she played with his chest.
"You sound just like a robot."
"Yes, I sound like a robot." He and Candace laughed and laughed. Suzy looked annoyed.
"That's because he is a robot." The two stopped laughing and looked at her.
"Huh, what?" Candace questioned.
"That's not my brother, he's a robot."
"Oh yeah? How do you know?"
"Cause I know and he didn't bring me ice cream. Jeremy will always give me what I want. Always!"
"Well what if he is turning over a new leaf, huh? What if they were all out, huh? What are you going to do then, huh? Answer me that!"
The five-year-old went to the fountain and turned it on. She pressed hard. The water squirted the robot!
"Water does not compute." He looked at Candace. "Good-bye my love." He then exploded.
"NOOOOO!" Candace shouted. "Jeremy! Oh Jeremy!" She broke out crying.
"My work here is done."
"Oh Jeremy!" The teenager sniffed. "I guess it just wasn't meant to be!" She cried and cried.
"Sheesh; it was just a robot! Get over it"
The real Jeremy then came back with the ice cream. Chocolate for Suzy and two vanillas for Candace and for himself.
"I'm back!" He announced. "Who's ready for some ice cream?"
"Me!" The little girl bolted and got her ice cream. She went to sit on the edge and began eating it. Candace looked at her.
"So, that was a robot Jeremy?" She wanted to know.
"Yep!" Suzy answered. She went back to eating.
Candace looked up at the sky.
"PHINEAS!" She hollered.
"He's not here." Suzy reminded her. "You're yelling at the sky for nothing."
"Here you are Candace." Jeremy said, giving her ice cream. She grabbed it and cursed at the sky again. Jeremy joined his sister on the ledge and started eating his ice cream.
Candace sat with them on the ledge, and began eating her ice cream.