I'm sorry that I'm late with this story but It's here and ready to , I really like stories that involve multiple people so In the end I decided to go with this one. In truth no one actually gave me any reasons to do either … so I didn't switch from this one … so … I'm doing this one for that reason … but in any case I hope this story kicks off. In other news I changed one thing from the earlier summary in the fact that it's not Irving that does something wrong but someone still does it.
Disclaimer: I don't own anything or anyone except Erick
It was yet another great day in Danville. Given that it wasn't the best of times, seeing as winter vacation had just ended and we had to go back to school, but I could still tell that today was going to be a good day when I woke up. "Ready to go back to junior high Ferb?" I asked my brother who was still in bed.
Ferb gave me a look that clearly said 'no.'
"Ferb, you can't just not go to school." I said as I got out of bed. "Given that I don't like it either but you can't just go around moping about-" Ferb shot me a glare and I stopped talking. I could tell that he was still upset about Vanessa going steady with some guy that looked like a picture made by M.C. Escher. I didn't really understand why he would fall for a girl so much older than him, but I still felt bad for him. I mean how would I feel if a girl I fell for started dating someone else … but I digress. I walked over to my closet and pulled out my usual winter wardrobe.
"You think maybe you should try something else?" Ferb started. "You know that if you want to get a girlfriend, like you've been talking about, then you should try something other then the orange striped shirt."
I let out a sigh. True, Ferb and I have been trying to get a girlfriend, Ferb so that he could get over Vanessa and me just for the sake of having someone, but I didn't really want to have to change my wardrobe. "Let's just get breakfast and get to school."
Ferb shook his head, pulled himself out of bed, and also got dressed. While he was getting dressed I walked into the bathroom and grabbed my toothbrush. "I still don't see why Ferb thinks it'll be so hard for me to get a girlfriend, I mean it'll be fun to have someone else to be with when we work on our daily projects."
"You do Remember that you've been grounded for a week right?" I turned around to see Candace standing outside the bathroom door.
"It was an accident." I said as I brushed my teeth. "I mean it's not like I knew that the reenactment of Indiana Jones and the temple of doom with only snow and ice as the scenery would injure someone."
"You broke one of Erick's legs."
"Hairline fracture Candace, it isn't broken."
Candace sighed and shook her head. "I just wish that mom could have seen the actual set before it melted but all she thinks is that it was some play thing."
"Well I'm just grounded from doing things without a parent around."
"Whatever." Candace said as she began to walk away. "Do you know what would have happened if Erick wasn't there when the ice bolder came rolling along?"
I slowly put down my toothbrush. "Then he wouldn't have been able to push Katie, Adyson, and Isabella out of the way … and they would have been hit by the ice bolder ..."
"And if we take into account that Erick's bones are as hard as rock?"
I let my head fall. "Izzy would have gotten seriously hurt ..."
"And? … "
I looked at her with a confused expression before realizing what she was talking about. "Oh, and Katie and Adyson." I turned back to the mirror then looked at the ground
"Now don't do something that reckless again. At least you finally see how dangerous your inventions could be."
I didn't hear what Candace said but continued looking at the ground. "I could have hurt my best friend. I could have hurt Izzy ..."
Candace shook her head and walked back to her room.
I can't let something like that happen again … I need to be more careful … I need to keep my best friend safe.
(A short time later)
Ferb and I had finished getting ready for school and were now waiting in front of our house for the bus. "Hey Ferb … can I ask you something?" I asked as I turned to look at him.
He gave me a 'go ahead' look so I took a deep breath and continued. "Do you think that Isabella is mad at me?"
He tilted his head a little showing that he didn't know what I was talking about. "I mean two days ago when we did the reenactment of Indiana Jones and the temple of doom, I almost killed her."
Ferb rolled his eyes. "Bro, she wouldn't have died. The ice bolder was completely hollow. I mean what's the worst case scenario?"
"She could have lost her leg." I said sadly.
"But that didn't happen, she's not angry at you, she has never been angry at you."
"What about that time we were the beak? She thought I abandoned her."
"But she forgave you after, didn't she?"
I sighed. "She understood … but I ..."
Ferb rolled his eyes. "Maybe if you care about her so much then you should ask her out."
"FERB!" I shouted. He smiled at me then pointed across the street over to Isabella who had just stepped out of her house.
"Hi Phineas, hi Ferb." She said as she walked over. "What'cha'doin?"
I looked at her as she came closer and didn't say anything. Ferb gave me a look that said 'talk to her'
"Hey Phin? You okay?" She asked.
I didn't answer.
"He's just afraid that you're angry at him." Ferb said for me.
I looked at Ferb with an angry glare while Isabella looked at me confused. "Angry about what?"
I let out a sigh. "About two days ago when my carelessness almost got you and some of the other fire side girls hurt."
She looked at me wide eyed. "Oh that? If anything Katie would be angry because Erick got hurt, not me."
"Really?" I asked as I looked at her.
"Trust me Phineas, I would never get angry over something like someone getting a minor injury due to one of you ideas."
I let out a sigh of relief. "That's a relief, I was kinda worried when you and the other fireside girls didn't show up yesterday."
"Oh that ..." She paused. "We had a … discussion yesterday … you wouldn't mind if I sat with you for a while, would you?" Isabella usually sits with the other fireside girls but sits with Ferb and I at least once a week.
"Sure, no problem." I felt a small warm sensation overcome me. I figured it was just the relief of having Isabella not be angry at me so I dismissed it.
"Hey, Phin, Izzy. The bus is here." Ferb said as he was walking up to the edge of the street. Isabella and I looked over where the bus usually comes from to see that it was in fact coming.
A few moments later, after we stepped on the bus, Izzy and I looked around to where our usual seats were. As we walked over Izzy and I took our seats on the two person side while Ferb sat across the aisle.
"So what is happening?" Baljeet said from behind us. "I heard that there was an argument in the fireside lodge yesterday."
"It was more of a discussion … then it turned into an argument." Isabella said shyly.
"Oh did you hear? The new top ten most attractive girls in school list came out today."
I sighed. "Baljeet, I don't want to hear-"
"No, no, it has been updated to take into account not just hotness but also intelligence, extra curricular activities, personality, and many more things."
"That list is still a bunch of bull." Isabella said. "They probably didn't even consider the other things-"
"You are number one on the list Isabella." Baljeet said holding the list out so she could see it.
Isabella quickly took it and her eyes widened. I took a peek and sure enough, she was number one on the list. I am not surprised, she is the cutest thing in the universe and she is leader of the fireside girls, and that's not even counting all the other things she does as a member of the fireside girls. On top of that she has gained a few …. distracting curves … not that I'm interested in her, she's only my friend. I thought.
"Oh this isn't good" Isabella said.
"Why? You don't want to be first on the list?" Baljeet asked.
"It's not that … look at who made second."
I took a peek at the list again. "Adyson? Why is that bad?"
Ferb shot me a stare. "Adyson coming in second to Isabella, how is that a good thing?"
"I see your point." I said as I handed the list back to Isabella.
The bus stopped again, this time it was Erick's stop. He came out of his house on crutches and his uncle was carrying his backpack. Erick was a brown/dark red headed boy who always wore glasses. At the moment he had a thick winter coat on but underneath I guessed he had on his signature green hoodie and red tee shirt. Ferb got up to get Erick's backpack from his uncle and help Erick onto the bus.
"So … how are things going?" He asked as he took a seat in front of Isabella and I.
"The new top ten most attractive girls in school list came out today." Baljeet said again.
"Did they do a good job of accounting for other qualities?" He asked.
"Yeah, take a look." Baljeet said handing it to him from across our seat.
"There are four fireside girls on this list." Erick said as he handed it back to Baljeet.
"Wait, four?" I asked as I took the list from Baljeet.
"Yeah, Isabella is number one, Adyson is number two, Katie is number five … You know I think this list isn't as accurate as they think it is."
"And the fourth?" Isabella asked.
"Erick looked back at the two of us. "What do you mean?"
"You said four fireside girls made it to the list."
"Ginger is number ten." I said as I handed the list back to Baljeet who read it over time and time again.
"Why do you think the list isn't accurate?" Isabella asked.
"Because Katie should be higher than number five." Erick said as he looked towards the front.
"I'm surprised she even made the list to begin with." Some random guy said from in front of Erick.
"And what do you mean by that?" Erick asked as he poked his head around the seat.
"I mean she always says those weird and annoying things that are completely out of place."
Ferb grabbed Erick's shoulder before he could respond causing Erick to turn his head around. When he looked at Ferb, Ferb shook his head signaling that it wasn't worth it.
Erick sighed and sat back in his seat. "You know the implications of being number one on the list, right Isabella?"
Isabella let out a giggle. "You mean the number of boy's that will be hitting on me will go from twenty seven to thirty nine?"
"Firstly: there are a lot more than twenty seven boys in this school that are hitting on you, and secondly: look at number seven." Baljeet handed the list back to Isabella.
"Jesse Agréable, She used to be number one on the list until the list changed to include more variables, then her attitude dropped her all the way to number seven. She's a very vengeful person and I'm betting that other girls are going to be jealous of you. Like Adyson."
"I know, and it's not like I don't know how to handle myself" She said as we arrived at the next stop.
And that is the end of the first chapter, I don't know if I'll be able to write more by the end of the week but I will do my best. But until then …