Under the Waterfall
"Come on Sheen, we're going to be late!" shouted Jimmy as the gang
toward the airport entrance, dragging their suitcases behind them.
"I am hurrying!" Sheen replied annoyingly.Libby rolled her eyes, an
feat for someone who was dragging three full suitcases behind her.
shut up and pick up the pace."
Sheen, of course, shut up and obediently followed behind. Soon after,
gang reached their gate and clambered onto the plane.
"Welcome to your flight. We will be taking off shortly, so I advise
your seats soon. Thank you and don't hesitate to ask one of our flight
if you need assistance."
Libby settled into her seat, which was an aisle seat, the aisle to her
and Sheen and Carl to the right. Unfortunately, Cindy and Jimmy
to be sharing window seats. Cindy was right beside the window, and
was next to her, the aisle to his right.
"Why am I stuck next to her?" complained Jimmy audibly, seeing as the
were the only ones on the flight, not counting the captain or the
"Because Carl's asleep and you know you can't move a Wheezer out of a
after they fall asleep!" explained Libby.
Sheen interrupted, not once looking up from the Ultralord action figure
was holding. "And I'm never leaving the side of my queen."
Smiling, Libby rubbed his shoulder before glaring at Jimmy. "Stop
Jimmy. No one's switching seats with you."
"Well, I could just move to one of the many unoccupied seats on the
he scoffed, motioning to all of the other seats on the plane. As he
to get up,
one of the flight attendents approached him.
"I'm sorry, sir. But you can only sit in the seat you're assigned."
"I'm sorry, sir. Rules are rules."
"Look at all the empt-"
"Sir, please don't make me turn this plane around, because I can."
Grumbling in defeat, Jimmy sank down into his seat. The flight
gave a bittersweet smile before turning around to join the other flight
"Geez, Nerdtron, can't you act civil for once in your life?" asked
not bothering to look up from her book.
Jimmy glared at her, and replied loudly. "I am civil. I prefer to think
myself as the most civil person on this plane.I mean, who wants to sit
to something as
disgusting as you?"
Her face turning a deep shade of magenta, she snapped back quickly.
are you talking about yourself?"
Both scowling, they turned away from each other and flipped open either
Libby sighed and wondered, Are they going to be like this the whole
As Cindy was unpacking, she heard someone come in through the door of
hotel room she and Libby were sharing.
"Libs, is that you?" "Yeah, it's me. I just wanted to talk to you about
Cindy kept on unpacking, laying her clothes out carefully before
them in the drawers. Libby came and sat on the bed opposite Cindy's.
"What did you want to talk about?"
"Well... It's that problem you have."
"You know... The problem with Jimmy."
At the sound of Jimmy's name, Cindy's face turned red.
"W-What problem?" she repeated.
Libby sighed and sprawled out onto the bed. "The way you guys fight
And it's not even in the joking sense..."
"Yes it is."
"No. It isn't.".
Cindy sighed before zipping up her now empty suitcase.
"Look. I'm sorry, Libs, if our squabbling gets in the way of you and
others from having fun... I'll talk to Jimmy about it tonight during
Libby smiled slightly before launching into a huge conversation
Sheen, her long time love.
"Did you see me and Sheen before we went off to our rooms?"
"No. Personally, I prefer not looking at the two of you together."
"You're just jealous because the guy I like, likes me back."
"Who says I like anybody?"
"Girl, even a blind man would be able to see that you've got the hots
"Do not," snapped Cindy, her face flaming up in an instant.
"Then why you blushing?"
"Girl, you actin' like a five year old. Get over yourself and ask Jimmy
"Well... Hypothetically, let's say I did like him. What if he says no?"
"Well, hypothetically, he'd be crazy to say no. I mean, since he's been
love with you since you guys first met."
Her heartbeat pounding in her ears, Cindy sank lower onto her bed. Just
Libby opened her mouth to say more, they were interrupted by a loud
at the door.
"Libby, Cindy, time for dinner! We'll be down in the lobby!" came the
voice of Sheen, the ever hyper Mexican jumping bean.
"Okay, Sheen! We'll be down in a minute!" replied Libby. Then she
"Think about it during dinner, Cindy," she said before snatching her
and strolling out of the door.
Dinner was good. No, wait, let's rephrase that. It was awesome. Cindy
Jimmy hardly fought at all during the dinner, Sheen wasn't as stupid as
Carl just ate, no questions asked. Okay, well, Jimmy and Cindy did
just not as much as before.
"That's a decoration, Nerdtron, you're not supposed to eat it!"
"I knew that, I was checking... What it smelled like!"
Libby interrupted before things could get too out of hand. "Guys, Sheen
I are going to take an early night off, don't expect us to come back
At least, not
until tomorrow." She finished her sentence with a wink before Sheen
her hand excitedly.
Jimmy made a face before grumbling, "How loathesome. I can't bear to
of what their offspring looks like."
Cindy shook her head and pushed the food on her plate around with her
"For once, Neutron, I agree with you. I mean, what does she see in him?"
"Hey, Sheen's a good friend, so shut your mouth, Vortex!"
"You know what? I'm tired of this, come walk with me, Neutron."
Cindy threw down her napkin before grabbing Jimmy's forearm and
"W-What are you doing, Vortex? Have you finally gone crazy?"
"No. I just really need to talk to you."
"Talk about what?"
"There is no us!"
"Okay, so what's to talk about?"
Cindy stopped and sat on a large boulder obscuring their path.
"Libby mentioned something to me at the hotel room when I was
She said we fight too much."
Jimmy stood next to her in his swim trunks and hawaiian print shirt,
of what to think of this 'confrontation' with Cindy.
"Okay, I admit, we do fight somewhat a lot of the time, but that
mean it...Well, I guess it kind of does."
He sighed and sat down next to her on the boulder. And Cindy continued.
"Libby also said it gets on her nerves sometimes, you know?"
Jimmy sighed again and ran a hand through his thick brown hair; which
no longer in its whippy-do form.
"Yeah, I know, I know. Carl reminds me how annoying it gets ever five
"Then maybe, do you think, we should stop?"
"Old habits die hard, Vortex."
"And you're telling me this because...?"
Jimmy hastily stood up, sighing once again to show his frustration.
"Look, Vortex, if you wanted to talk, talk already!"
Cindy threw her hands into the air and rolled her eyes. "Okay, okay!
don't get your panties in a bunch!"
Jimmy glared at her before leaning on a palm tree off to the side of
path. "Shut up," he muttered.
He looked far off into the distance, closing his eyes as a gentle
brushed his cheek.
"Why can't you be more civil?" whispered Jimmy. He opened his eyesto
a teary-eyed Cindy, clutching her t-shirt so hard so that her knuckles
Her face was flushed, her lips red where she had been biting them, she
up and saw Jimmy approach her.
"What do you want, Neutron? You always make my life miserable, so just
away and never come back!"
Jimmy looked at her, a mixture of surprise and anger in his eyes. He
spoke, his face expressionless.
"Well, bad news for you; I wanted this to be the vacation where I told
I loved you, but I guess it wouldn't really matter, would it?"
But that wasn't what he said, this was what he really said;
"Wish granted, Vortex. I'm moving to New York in the beginning of the
and I'm never coming back."
With that, he was up and running, running to a place he knew nothing of.
Cindy had followed, followed long enough to see Jimmy sink down to the
his hands covering his face.She hid behind a large, leafy plant and
Jimmy as he hurled stones into the still water.
"I-" A stone hurled. "-don't-" Another stone. "-deserve-" Yet another
He was screaming it now, stone after stone hurled into the water. The
were making the water foam, a whirlpool of its own.
Cindy decided enough was enough. She stepped out from behind the leafy
making only a slight noise as she approached the sobbing genius.
He whirled around, stone in hand in case she had been some wild animal.
"Oh, it's you," he said bitterly. He dropped the stone onto the ground;
made a small thunk as it landed. "What do you want? I thought you hated
Cindy swallowed to make the odd lump in her throat disappear. No such
"I-I don't hate your guts, Jimmy... I was just..."
"Don't get mad at me, Neutron! I came here to apologize, so I think you
shut the hell up for once in your life!"
A tear slid down Jimmy's cheek, and he wiped it away absentmindedly.
Cindy stopped herself as she prepared a barrage of insults to throw at
"Look. I really did come here to apologize for being such a bitch back
and I really don't wish you would leave and never come back."
She took a shallow breath before continuing.
"In fact, I wanted to tell you something really important, but I
really gotten around to it..."
Cindy slid down to the ground, looking off to the side as she began.
"Neutron... Jimmy. We've been across-the-street neighbors for a long
and ever since I met you, I felt so... So strange. It was as if someone
holding onto my heart, squeezing it every so often to remind me how I
I felt so attracted to you, Jimmy. I'm sorry that I was so cruel to
but it was the only way to hide
the truth... And you always knew how I was competitve, competitive
you. Against you in every academic competition, but always being
That was one of the reasons why I couldn't tell you how I really felt!
I was... Against you, against you in, like, everything! And if what you
is true, I think there's no
reason to be against you anymore... I think that because..."I love you,
more than I love my mother, thought Cindy. She tried to urge the words
of her mouth, but her brain hesitated, producing a sound that sounded
that much unlike the sound her dog, Humphrey, would make when he was
Cindy sniffed, a lone tear straying away from the rest and sliding down
cheek and dripping off her chin. She heard soft footsteps padding
her, and she
Jimmy looked down at her, a pained exression clear on his face.
"Cindy," he sighed, sitting down Indian style next to her. "Do you
feel that way? Or is it your mind speaking for you?"
She looked up in disgust, and scoffed, "You really don't think I mean
"Of course I do. I was just checking." He looked off into the distance,
unlike when he was doing so as he was when he was leaning against the
Cindy almost retorted, "So what?", but decided against it in the last
"I guess... I guess we're on the same wavelengths here." He laid down
the dirt, his hands wrapped behind his head, his legs sprawled out in
Cindy copied him, relaxing as soon as she was in contact with the
"What do you mean, Neutron?"
A silence hung in the air as if there were a rolling fog, but Jimmy
"Do you still have to call me Neutron?" Cindy giggled as Jimmy sighed.
what I mean is that... Well... I feel the same way you do, except way
sounding. I was kind of bad in English, mind you."
Cindy giggled again and she closed her eyes, the stars still twinkling
enough so that she could see them through her eyelids.
"Jimmy," she breathed, as if his name was of a god's. "Are you really
to New York?"
There was a mixture of movement and noise as Jimmy hastened to sit up.
Alarmed by his behavior, Cindy sat up quickly.
"You really are moving to New York, aren't you?" she whispered, the
she held back threatening to resurface.
Jimmy nodded grimly, but he wasn't going to give up easily.
"I'll come back every time I can, I'll write, I'll call, I'll do
to keep in touch. We're going down swinging, Cindy."
Then he faced her, tears apparent on his pale face. "But yeah, I'm
to New York like I said... And there's nothing I can do about it."
Cindy sighed sadly, her eyes drooping by the second.
"Cindy, don't be like that, I never told you the good part."
She looked up, a glimmer of hope shining in her eyes. "Please tell me
really, really good."
"Well... It's not the most incedible piece of news, but it's better
Cindy sucked in a breath and held it as Jimmy continued. "I'm going to
York to work in a lab, so I'm going to be able to come back frequently
visit you guys... So please, please don't be like this. It hurts me
to see you like this."
Cindy smiled slightly, the tears drying as she picked herself up off of
"Jimmy?" she asked quietly. "Do you love me?"
Shock filled the air as the unforseen question took its toll.
"Cindy," Silence hung in the air as he prepared himself for what he was
to say. "Yes, I love you. I love you with every fiber of my being, and
Cindy managed to crack a smile and she reached forward to hug Jimmy.
stayed like that, clutching each other, as the night rolled on,
at the two
individuals that had just become one.
Then Jimmy pulled away, staring into Cindy's eyes sensually, knowing
well that this was the only time they would be alone together.
So he kissed her. He kissed her fully on the mouth, slowly pulling her
tightly against his chest, where his heart was beating like crazy
his rib cage.
They pulled away, Jimmy with a look of sadness, and Cindy with a look
showed opportunity. Opportunity to become something great.