Chapter 2: The Ups and Downs of Being Sick Part 1

Hey guys! Kelsey here! SOOOO SORRY for not updating sooner, but my internet kind of 'stopped working' for some time… But to make up for it, this chapter is extra long – and I have a feeling you guys would like it, 'cause this is one of (personally) best chapters I've ever written in my life. (including other fanfics) However, this is only Part ONE to the Ups and Downs of Being Sick. I'll have another part coming up ASAP.

So anyway, I know, I said that this would be a Christmas chapter, but I kind of got sudden inspiration and decided that perhaps the Christmas chapter can wait until it's actually Christmas. :-/ Yeah, sorry about that!

Oh, and please check out the Author's Note at the bottom. It's SUPER IMPORTANT!

Disclaimer: I do not own Kickin' It!

Kim's POV:

I trudged out of my first period classroom – Math, feeling exhausted. My eyelids were drooping close, and I had to consciously snap them open every ten seconds. My head was also throbbing, and I couldn't even solve a simple Math problem.

Why was I so weary and tired, you ask? Apparently, my neighbor had gotten this extremely crazy idea and went to adopt – not one, but – four dogs. And these dogs just loved to bark at night – it seemed like they were nocturnal or something. So last night, I was just trying desperately to sleep, but every time I was about to doze off, a loud bark would sound, snapping me awake. It was incredibly annoying. In fact, it was only at 4:00 a.m. when I finally fell into a fitful sleep.

Another thing was my new baby brother! (A/N: I made that up, there is no baby brother in the real show) He's absolutely adorable and all, but when he cries, you don't want to be around. And it just so happens that he bursts into tears like, every hour during the night time, for some particular reason. He was another thing that kept me up.

So, I, Kim Crawford, have been deprived of sleep for the past two days. Of course, I still attended school. I wanted to have a perfect attendance record that semester.

I headed over to my locker and due to my exhaustion, I dropped my books the moment I took them out. I mentally scolded myself before bending down to pick them up.

"Need help?" a familiar voice asked. I looked up to see Jack, and my heart skipped a beat. Then I told myself firmly that I did not like Jack that way.

But he does have really nice eyes. And his smile practically brightens… Wait, stop it Kim! You do not like Jack! Argh!

"No thanks," I replied. I was way too tired to come up with some sarcastic comment. After picking all my books up, I stood up unsteadily, swaying a little.

Jack rushed over to come stable me by putting his arm around my shoulder, leaving a tingling sensation down my spine.

"Kim, are you alright?" Jack asked worriedly. "You've been really tired for the past few days. Are you sick?"

I shook my head fervently. "Pssh!" I said in a really fake voice. "No, no, no, no, nooooooo." Wow, I was really bad at lying.

"Kim, you're just the worst liar ever." Jack laughed. "Now follow me, because I'm taking you to the nurse."

He began leading me towards the nurse's office, but I changed our course of direction by swinging around roughly, causing myself to stagger slightly. Jack had to steady me again, and I had the same tingly feeling.

"Kim, you're going to the nurse," Jack said firmly, looking me in the eye. "It's not good for you to be sick and at school just because you want that perfect attendance record."

I glared at him. "I don't need to go to the nurse! And I don't wanna go home! It's boring!" I announced weakly.

"Then I'll come visit you after school, okay?" Jack said.

I stared back into his chocolate brown eyes and felt myself drowning in a pool of chocolate. He was just worried about me, and here I was, being stubborn and difficult.

"Fine," I gave in.

Jack grinned. "Good."

Jack's POV:

School had finally ended and just as I promised, I was going to visit Kim. I still couldn't believe that girl. Going to school when she wasn't feeling well just for that perfect attendance record? Sometimes I just don't understand my crush.

Whoa, my crush? Where did that come from?

I shook my head to snap myself out of my thoughts as I'd arrived at Kim's house. It was fairly big, with a garden full of flowers and trees in front. The garden even had a swing in it! I rushed up and rang the doorbell.

A lady with curly brown hair and brown eyes like Kim's answered the door.

"Hello, I'm here to see Kim," I said politely.

"Jack, isn't it?" The lady sighed and shook her head. "I'm Kim's mother. Nice to meet you." After shaking her hand, she continued, "Silly Kim and her silly perfect attendance record. She must start understanding that her health is much more important."

Mrs Crawford let me in and showed me into Kim's room.

"Let me know if you need anything," she said. I nodded and thanked her before quietly pushing open Kim's door.

Kim was fast asleep on her bed, and I took a look at her room. The walls were really cool, because it had turquoise, blue, green and white blended into it. (A/N: I'm not very sure how to describe it though) Her desk was very neat, with all her books and papers arranged in straight stacks (and probably in alphabetical order). Above her desk she had a shelf, where she had placed all her karate and school trophies and medals.

I tiptoed over to her bed, then started debating on whether I should wake Kim up or not. I eventually decided to wake her up, if not I could possibly die of boredom just sitting around all day.

"Kim," I whispered, gently shaking her. "Kim. Kim!"

Kim sat up, straight and alert, but when she saw me, she smiled. "Hey Jack. Didn't break your promise, I see."

I shook my head. "Nope." I then gazed around her room. "So, what do you want to do?"

Kim looked around thoughtfully before her eyes landed on one of her desk drawers. "How about a game of Monopoly? I would totally beat you at that."

I rolled my eyes. "Please Kim, I would do the winning around here." I headed over to one of her desk drawers and pulled the first one open. I heard Kim let out a loud, "No, not that one!"

I turned around and frowned at her before looking inside that particular drawer. A notebook with a black cover and bright blue butterflies on it was lying alone inside. I pondered the possibilities of what it was before realization dawned on me.

"Hey Kim," I said teasingly, taking the book and waving it in the air. "Since when did you write in a diary?"

Kim's face was immediately stained red – probably from embarrassment and fury. "Put it down, Jack!" she told me with gritted teeth, tossing aside her blanket and threatening to pounce on me if I dared open the book.

"Nope!" I taunted her. To make things feel worse for her, I flipped it open and saw the date on the first page: 2/8/2011.

"Hmm, you only started like, a month ago? Means that these thoughts are pretty fresh!"

Kim leapt off her bed and charged towards me, but I ducked away and headed over to her closet and started reading the first page out loud.

"Ugh, today was such a tiring day at pep squad, thanks to Donna Tobin who just kept on telling me to stay away from her 'so-called' man Jack," I read. I then started laughing. "Jeez, silly Donna Tobin." Kim's hand quickly shot towards her diary, but I avoided her again and kept reading.

"I just kept insisting that we were just friends, but she said she saw right through my lies. It was so annoying! But even though I say it, I gotta admit that Jack is kinda cute…" I trailed off and stopped reading. Kim thought I was cute?

I turned to her, whose face had turned cherry red. Now, normally I, being Jack Anderson, would start yelling triumphantly that I was right ever since the start that she had a crush on me, but I chose not to, since she looked pretty mad and embarrassed.

So, I did what I should have done from the start – I closed the notebook shut and handed it to Kim.

"Agreed." And we shook on it.

So, did you guys like the chapter? Hope you did!

Anyway, I've had a lot of inspiration lately for fanfictions. I had a sudden idea, where Jack, Kim, Milton, Jerry, Eddie and Rudy go to Japan for a karate competition, but Jack and Kim are kidnapped. So Jack and Kim have to figure out how to get out, and at the same time, spend lots of time with each other (I think they're sooo cute together! XD) while the rest have to find them – which would not be easy, as they have many enemies currently in Japan. So… should I do something like that? Review and tell me!

I also had another idea. Have you guys watched Episode 8, Ricky Weaver? I totally loved it! XD (cuz there's Jack/Kim inside, DUH!) And I started thinking – why not make like, my version of Part 2 of that episode, where Ricky comes back, and meanwhile, the Black Belt Boys try to get gigs but they all constantly end in chaos. The only thing I can't decide is whether Kim should fall for Ricky again, causing major jealousy in Jack, OR, she doesn't fall for him, Ricky keeps bugging her, and Jack has to deal with Ricky. Personally I think the first option is better, but then Kim feels a bit OOC. So should I write this fanfic?

Also, please check out my Phineas and Ferb fanfic, A Strange Land, if you're into P&F! :D