Welcome back everyone. I'm sorry for the late update, but for those who did read the previous chapter, I hope you enjoyed it. I felt that it was pretty "bleah" to me.
Anyway, for this chapter, the gang gets their surfing underway, but Twister and Reggie's playful nature starts to annoy Otto. He must try his best to keep his cool, but the question is, will he actually manage to do so?
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 03: "Those two are really starting to get on my nerves!" Otto's Test of Patience!
The group of five made their way up to Rocket Beach, Otto still a bit tense and annoyed over the fact that he had to spend the day – once again – with his sister and Twister. Sure the two didn't act "lubby-dubby" or in a mushy fashion, but they were still a couple. His so-called "best bro" preferred hanging around his older sister than with him. The "traitor" had abandoned him for his sister's company. Twister had been ignoring Otto, unintentionally, for a good while since he seemed to want to hang around with Reggie more, even before the two had officially hooked up. That was Otto's main beef with Twister, and it still was.
Twister stared out at the sea, while shielding his eyes from the bright sun. "Those waves look mighty juicy, guys."
"These waves'll be all yours, Ottoman!"
Otto looked over at Roderick, who seemed to have an undying faith in him. "Of course," he responded smugly.
Roderick started growing restless again. "What are we waiting for? Let's hit those waves!"
The five heaved their boards overhead, and ran towards the salty sea. They dropped their boards in, and started paddling to a nice, unshoobiefied area, which was a bit difficult since the place was loaded with tourists, but not overwhelming. Otto was the first to paddle out and catch a wave, showing off as usual, but it was his normal kind of showing off, not his extreme, going to run himself ragged type of showing off.
Twister filmed the boy, making sure that he had his underwater housing to prevent its getting damaged. "Man, Otto is so good!" He lowered his camera and sighed discouragingly. "I'll never be as good as Otto."
"Aww, don't sweat it Twist. You're good in other ways."
"Yeah right, Reg." He raised an eyebrow up at her. "What am I good at."
"Well, you're great with your video projects, you're a genius when it comes to building sand castles, you're good at singing, and you can shred Madtown better than anyone I know!"
Twister laughed shortly. He gave her a look of amusement while pointing to a certain dread-haired boy who was currently performing a perfect Aerial. "Anyone?"
"Well, almost," the girl corrected, splashing Twister.
"Hey!" He splashed her back as best he could while holding onto his camera, but he just ended up falling off of his board, which caused Reggie to laugh hard at him. Sam and Rod just watched the two, quite entertained at their hi-jinx.
Otto paddled up to Roderick and Sam, also seeing the laughing splash fest going on between Reggie and Twister. 'Those two are really starting to get on my nerves!'
"It's a little weird," Roderick admitted, "but isn't it cool how happy Twist and Reg are?"
"Yeah, it was bound to happen sooner or later, even though Reg surprised me. I always knew that Twister liked her as more than a friend."
"He told you?"
"No way!" Sam lifted his glasses, like a university professor, or a person about to explain how he came to the solution of a difficult equation. "Pure observation and speculation."
Tiring of the conversation, Otto pretty much yelled, "Are we going to surf or what?"
Hearing her brother's impatient cries, her focus was finally diverted away from Twister. "Oh, yeah. Surf. Ready Twist?"
"Sure thing, Rocket Girl!" He climbed back onto his surf board and has his camera gripped in his right hand securely.
"How about we make a game of this?" Roderick suggested. "Most impressive trick without messing up wins and...has to um...well, who cares," he laughed, "let's just go."
Sam shook his head while staring out at the crashing waves. "I'm not as bad as I used to be, but I'm still not all that good either when it comes to doing stunts."
This was pretty much true. Sam was a much better surfer than in his early days, but he still wasn't as good as Otto and Twister. But, when it came to skateboarding, it was like he was a totally different person. You never would've guessed that at one point, he could barely stand on a skateboard without falling on his backside.
"At least you're not a 'Sponge Head' anymore," Twister smirked.
Reggie laughed, as did Sam, recalling the term that Otto and Twister used to call him when first learning how to surf. Otto just rolled his eyes. If he wanted to reminisce, he would've stayed home and looked through an old photo album.
The youngest looked rather confused, not understanding why Reggie and Sam were laughing. "'Sponge Head'?"
"When I was learning to surf, I used to use a boogie board. Being from Kansas, there really weren't any places to surf. Anyway, there was a big surf session in Malibu, and I was invited to go, but I felt kind of dinky for using my spongy boogie board, so Otto and Twister started calling me 'Sponge Head' and how I'd never become a real surfer."
"Harsh!" Roderick laughed.
"After that, Reggie and Tito helped me learn how to surf that week, and Tito figured out what my problem was, and gave me this board I'm riding on now."
"Yeah, you're right, it was pretty cool," Sam agreed with a small smile. "Tito's a great guy, and he taught me one more important thing during that time."
"What was that?"
"To just have fun."
"Ooo, I liked that rule," Roderick clapped energetically. "Fun is my middle name!"
"HELLO! Let's surf!"
"I'm spectating," Sam spoke up quickly.
"Okay Rod, Reg...Twist...let's go."
"Hey Reg, I have a great idea for a trick!"
"That's a first," Otto muttered under his breath, his arms crossed.
Twister moved his board closer to the girl to tell him her idea. Reggie listened to every word attentively. "You want me to ride on your shoulders while you surf?" He nodded. "There's no way you could surf with me on your shoulders."
He looked down at his board, concurring with her. "Oh yeah, you're right. The board is too short."
"Ooo, a googly wave!" Sam exclaimed. "Forget doing tricks, let's just surf." With that, he paddled out, leaving the others behind.
"Squid, now you're speaking my language!"
"Hey, wait for me! I can handle that wave!" Rod called out, as he paddled out behind Otto and Sam.
"You know," Reggie started after the other three had gone, "I'm not in much of a mood to surf. I feel like shredding Madtown instead."
"What about the others?"
"It should be okay. Let's just go ourselves. They're all really psyched on surfing, especially Rod, and I would hate to ruin his fun. Besides, when we put our boards back, we can tell dad and Tito that we're going to Madtown, and when Otto and the others go up there, one of them can give them the message, so that if they want to, they can join us later."
"I don't mind much. I can get some sweet footage of you in the Blader Bowl."
Their tasks set, the two headed back to shore and up to the Shore Shack, leaving their three friends behind...