Welcome back everyone. Thank you for your reviews. I really appreciated them. I was surprised to see as many as I did when checking my e-mail. Just so you all know, I will be updating this fic every week unless said otherwise. If it isn't updated on Monday, I'll just update that Friday. As for why I didn't update last week, quite a few things happened to me. On Monday, we had tornado watches and a few storms, but none too bad with a lot of lightning, just a lot of rain. Because of the rain, our house flooded downstairs (where my room is) and I didn't get the chance to update like I'd wanted to.
All week, my family and I have been cleaning up because of it, and just recently finished today. When I was finally able to run my computer again (I use my parents' to get onto the net now) it wouldn't boot, and found out that it had a very bad virus and couldn't retrieve the files. Since I made you all wait, I'll update another chapter this Friday or Saturday to make up for missing out last week.
Now that that's out of the way, I guess I should say something about this chapter. In all honesty, there really isn't much to this chapter. It's actually quite short. Twister and Roderick meet up with Otto and the others, and they all try to decide on how they should spend their day.
Now, as always, I do not own anything dealing with the Rocket Power series or franchise. Klasky-Csupo has (had?) that honor, and as a reminder, here are the ages of the characters once again:
Oswald "Otto" Rocket: 16
Regina "Reggie" Rocket: 17
Maurice "Twister" Rodriguez: 16
Sammy "Stonewall" Dullard: 16
Lars "Whompinator" Rodriguez: 19
Roderick "Rod" Vandenack: 13
Chapter 02: "Those waves look juicy!" Time to Hit the Beach!
"Reggie, Sam!" Roderick called excitedly, as he ran over to the Rockets' driveway, Twister trailing behind him tiredly, still trying to rub the sleep away from his eyes.
Sam, still a bit husky and shorter than both Otto and Twister, was wearing his trademark yellow t-shirt along with a pair of faded blue jeans and white sneakers. Reggie – who was tall, sleek, and thin – was wearing a dark-pink tank top, a pair of loose-fitting white sweat pants, and sandals.
"Hey Rod, hey Twist," Sam greeted back.
"It's about time you two finally woke up," laughed Reggie. "Sam and I have been out here talking for a good while now."
Twister grinned goofily as he made sure his red and yellow striped cap was on just right. "W-well, you know how I like to sleep in late," he slightly yawned.
The girl rolled her eyes humorously. "Don't I..."
"Hey, where's O-man?"
Reggie snorted and crossed her arms in slight annoyance after Roderick mentioned her younger brother. "He said he would come down in a bit to hang, but he has no concept of time, just like Twister."
One habit that Reggie found irksome, was when people were late. She, herself, was "Miss Punctuality". Even though Twister was never usually very punctual, he was generally on time for things that counted.
"Speaking of hanging," Sam interjected, "what do you want to do today, Roderick? We've done a lot since you've been here, like how we all went mountain-biking yesterday. We even played baseball with some of the others, and that's not something we do very often."
He thought for a moment. "How about an all-day surf session? I never get sick of surfing, especially since I'm getting better at it!"
Twister gave him a thumbs up. "All right!"
"Fine by me," Sam stated plainly.
"You can count me in!" Reggie nodded.
"Are you sure you're up to it, bro?" a dull voice asked from behind the four.
They all turned to see a semi-short boy (compared to Twister) with thick dreads, a headband, a pair of sunglasses with dark-green lenses, a bright yellow T-shirt, and long beige shorts.
"Ottoman," Roderick exclaimed, "you're finally here!"
"Of course." He gave the boy a forced smile. "I wouldn't just leave one of my best bros hanging." Otto ruffled the younger boy's hair. "Bros don't ditch bros."
Even though he wasn't addressing him or talking to him, Twister felt as if the comment was being directly aimed at him. Ever since he and Reggie had officially announced their being together, Otto seemed to be more distant with him and seemed to have no desire at all to close the gap that had grown quite a bit between them.
Roderick had picked up on how distant the two boys had been back during the surf competition. Due to this, Roderick was insistent on doing group activities in hopes of reconciling the two boys, but Otto would act as if Twister wasn't there, and would usually only talk with Sam, and maybe give one-worded responses to Twister. As for Reggie, he seemed slightly different, but would talk to her voluntarily without it sounding too forced.
"So, we're all going surfing!" the boy said happily while putting his hand out for the group's signature handshake. Everyone joined in. "Let's go right now!"
Reggie nodded. "Yeah, lets get our blades, skate up to the Shore Shack to grab our boards, and then head down to the beach."
With that, everyone – including a very reluctant Otto – went back to their homes, changed into their swim clothes, strapping on their blades, minus Roderick who decided to ride his bike, and Twister making sure he had his video camera with him. With everything set, the group headed off to Rocket Beach...