Earth, not so far away has a lush green forest, full of squirrels and chipmunks (in case you find this weird). The cities have humans in it and they're two hours from the forest. Living in one of the trees in this forest is a family of chipmunks. One of the chipmunks was brown and had purple eyes with purple glasses to match.
This was Jeanette.
Brittany was her mother, Alvin was her father and Simon was her stepfather. Theodore was her brother and she had lots of sisters who she trusted and loved. Life in her treedome (Jeanette liked it best as a treedome) is pleasantly peaceful. Her brother and sisters love her and so do Alvin and Brittany. They're always ready to keep Jeanette out of harm's way, but they promise not to overdo it.
Jeanette took the subway home. Since, she didn't want to take the dome off, nothing had changed. The dome helps her spot her house easily if she gets lost. It's not there for a safety reason, she just liked how her tree stood out of the rest.
Jeanette soon spotted the treedome and walked through the front door. Once inside the dome, she took her suit off and air helmet. The smell of something cooking wafted out of the house. Jeanette caught it. It smelt strong of baking bread; no doubt they would have that along with whatever else they were having for dinner tonight.
Jeanette stepped inside the tree into the kitchen with a wooden dining table and five chairs in the middle of the room. A small flight of stairs near the far right hand corner of the kitchen led upstairs. On the left wall was a stove over a roaring fire. Brittany, dressed in her pink school clothes was stirring something in the stove. She was Jeanette's mother. Jeanette liked having Brittany as her mother because following the rules would be much, much easier. Brittany loved Jeanette as her daughter and already feels lucky. She turned to face Jeanette, having heard her walk in.
"Hi, Jeanette," she greeted.
"Hi, Brittany," Jeanette said, walking over to her and giving her a big hug. "How's Alvin?" she asked as she let go.
"He's good," Brittany replied. "He's watching Combination in your room because I told him that you really like that movie, so he wanted to see it for himself."
Jeanette smiled. She hurried upstairs where Alvin was. He was curled up in Jeanette's blanket. "Hey, Jeanette," he said. "Come and watch with me." With a huge smile, Jeanette curled up next to Alvin. Every time her song Sputteringgot to the chorus, Alvin put his paw on Jeanette's shoulder. When the movie came to Maybe Alvin hugged Jeanette and she hugged him back. After the movie, Jeanette went back downstairs to the kitchen whilst Alvin went to his and Brittany's bedroom to take a nap.
"Where's Eleanor?" she asked Brittany.
"She's outside in the yard," she told her daughter. "Would you like to go out and play with her?" she asked her daughter.
"Yes Brittany," Jeanette answered, nodding.
Jeanette walked outside and found her sister lying in the grass. She was watching the sunset clouds through the dome. She was dressed in her green school clothes with wobbly green shoes to match. It was her sister Eleanor, as they became sisters when Jeanette was adopted by Alvin and Brittany. The day after Jeanette had been grounded, her parents died in a sandstorm. Since then, Jeanette had been alone for seven hundred years until she was adopted by Brittany. Eleanor had been afraid of germs until she met Jeanette. Both of them are now sisters and they loved it this way. Alvin and Brittany have always wanted a child, but Brittany did not want to get pregnant to one. When she met Jeanette, she thought the purple-eyed chipette was a threat until she got a closer look at her. It took a long time for her to understand what Jeanette wanted from her and when she finally did, Jeanette was the only thing she cared about. Alvin and Theodore made a promise not to cause any harm to their new daughter/sister.
"What a beautiful sunset," she said as her tail twitched slightly.
"Can I join you?" Jeanette inquired innocently.
"I would love you to join, Sissy!" Eleanor said as she looked at her sister who sat down next to her. "This is so pretty."
"Yeah, but my parents never let me watch the sunset," Jeanette replied.
"Why not?" Eleanor asked as Jeanette sighed quietly.
"My parents say that sunsets will hurt your eyes," she said to Eleanor as she lay down next to Eleanor.
"That's not really true," she said looking at Jeanette. " This dome will keep so the sun won't hurt your eyes," she continued when her eyes were looking up at the sunset through the dome.
Jeanette began to feel sleepy, so she closed her eyes and relaxed a little more. Eleanor closed her eyes too and gently relaxed as she stroked her sister's paw. After resting her eyes, Eleanor opened them.
"Hey, Jeanette?" Eleanor inquired. Her sister, who was done resting her eyes, opened them and looked at her. "Is Alvin asleep?" she asked.
"I-I think so, why?" Jeanette replied.
"Why don't we take a walk outside the dome," she suggested. "We can be back before Alvin wakes up,"
"I don't think that's a good idea," Jeanette said to Eleanor.
"Oh, why not?" Eleanor asked her taller Sissy. "Did your parents have something against it?"
"Yes," Jeanette said, her paws starting to shake. "They wouldn't let me do anything without their permission, not even playing with my younger siblings in my room, understand?" she told her sister.
Eleanor looked away. She thought about the time when Jeanette was weakened and how sad she felt. This was when they introduced themselves and Eleanor even helped to save Jeanette. She was learning every day what Jeanette's parents did to her when they were still alive either from Jeanette herself or from Brittany, who had seen in a video message what Jeanette's days with her now-dead parents were like. Surely, Alvin wouldn't yell at them for leaving the dome without his permission as Brittany always says in situations when Jeanette does something her parents would scold her about, "Everybody makes mistakes."
"O-okay," Jeanette said nervously to her sister.
"Jeanette, don't worry. Alvin won't scold us," she replied.
"I sure hope your right Eleanor," Jeanette said, her voice trembling. "I feel like he won't keep his promise to me. He promised not to electrocute me anymore!" she said.
"He'll keep his promise," Eleanor said to Jeanette.
"I just want to make sure you're right," Jeanette said timidly to Eleanor. "Now, I don't want to go out there and I don't think you should either!"
"Well, I want to," Eleanor said to Jeanette. "You don't have to come,"
Eleanor walked over to where the suits were hung up and put hers on. She walked out the door, closing it behind her.
"Take your time, Jeanette," Eleanor offered.
"Are you sure we won't get in trouble?" Jeanette asked her sister, slightly trembling.
"I'm sure we won't," Eleanor assured her sister. "Just trust me, we'll be back before Alvin wakes up and he'll never know,"
Jeanette was cut off when Eleanor closed the door behind her. After a few moments, she sighed and tapped her paws together.
"Alright," Jeanette finally gave in to Eleanor. "But we only go out for a few minutes," she said, pointed at Eleanor to show that she was telling the truth.
"That's fine," she said.
Jeanette nodded, though not sure what Brittany's reaction would be, and walked over to where the suits were hung and put hers on. She opened the door and followed Eleanor outside. Eleanor and Jeanette walked into the city where many people were dressed in their best things. Men were wearing smart suits and shoes and women were wearing dresses with large flowery hats. The reason for all this; it was a special day for Bosnia's capitol Sarajevo. Today was the day that Archduke Ferdinand was coming to visit the city.
Archduke Ferdinand was a national celebrity in the Austro-Hungarian Empire; in fact he was a royal national celebrity. He was the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. He had been the heir to the throne for the last twenty five years. His cousin, Duke Francis V of Modena, had died in 1875 when Ferdinand was just twelve. Ten years later, Ferdinand was named the heir to the throne. Since then he had married Sophie, Duchess of Hohenburg and had three children. Today, he and his wife were visiting Sarajevo.
Bosnia and Herzegovina were new territories to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Thirty six years earlier, the Austro-Hungarian armies took over the city and much of the surrounding territories of Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, it was not until 1908 when the territories were captured fully. Although the new territories were on the border of the powerful Islamic Ottoman Empire, division in their Balkan provinces were beginning to arise. Eventually, in 1912, the Balkan League nations, made up of Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Montenegro, took arms against the Ottoman Empire in the First Balkan War. In May 1913, the war came to an end and the Ottoman Empire was kicked out of the Balkans.
Many states expanded or were formed under the now free Balkan lands. One of these expanding lands was Serbia. It was the most powerful of the Balkan states and one that Austria-Hungary was jealous of. In fact, Serbia was not really the best of friends with Austria-Hungary either. This was probably because Serbia was allied to Russia, who was in turn allied to France and Great Britain. The Austro-Hungarians were allied to Germany and Italy. The worst nightmare for any leader had come into reality for Germany and Austria-Hungary. A fortress surrounded on all sides. Despite this, the Austro-Hungarian empire, old and withered from time and long past but also long lasting effects war, was determined to remain strong.
In the streets of the city, many people were gathered to welcome the arrival of their empire's prince. He had arrived earlier on and would be driven past with his wife Sophie.
"Isn't it amazing," one man, dressed in a black suit with black shoes, said as he brushed dust of his shoulder. "Prince Ferdinand! Here! I never thought this would happen,"
"I know," a nearby woman, wearing a navy blue dress and a flowery hat, replied. "Oh, I cannot wait to hear him in his speech!"
As the crowds of people readied themselves for their prince's arrival, several men, also dressed in suits, were also waiting for the prince of Austria-Hungary to arrive. However, they were not overjoyed like everyone else. They had a deep hatred for the Austrian prince. The reason; they were a group of Bosnian Slavs (people generally from the Balkans and Russia) who took upon themselves to kill the Austrian prince, and when they heard about today, they began planning their attack.
These men were being led by a man called Danilo Ilić, who was a member of the Black Hand secret society, which was formed three years earlier for the greater Serbia movement. It's aim was to unite the lands Austria-Hungary had freed but then taken for themselves, and what better way to strike a blow against your enemy by killing the heir to their throne.
Today, Danilo had placed members of the society either in group or alone along the street from which the Archduke's car would pass on It's way to the town hall. Every member was tasked with a pistol and/or a bomb, both of which they to use to stop the Archduke's car by any means necessary.
The first group, stationed outside a small café, was made up of a tall man with a shaven head and dressed in a black suit called Muhamed Mehmedbašić, who was a Muslim, and Vaso Čubrilović, also a tall man with a neat crop of black hair and two small tufts of a moustache and dressed in a black suit. Both were armed with a pistol and a bomb.
Further down the road, on the other side a few meters from the Miljacka River, was a solo member of the Black Hand. His name was Nedeljko Čabrinović who was also tall with short black hair, revealing most of his forehead, and two bushy tufts of a black moustache above his lips. He was also dressed in a suit and was also armed with a bomb and a pistol.
Finally, one last group of three was placed further down the road. It was made up of Cvjetko Popović, another tall man with short black hair and dressed in a suit, Trifko Grabež, a tall man also dressed in a suit with short black hair with a bushy moustache and a small black beard that covered part of his chin, and Gavrilo Princip with a messy crop of black hair and two small black tufts of a moustache. All were armed with a bomb and a pistol. They were to fire on the Archduke's car if it managed to pass through the other three stationed along the street.
Gavrilo looked back up and down the street, as if he was searching for his target. This was their only chance to get the Archduke. If they succeeded, it would mean a great victory against their Austrian enemies. He just could not wait. Part of him just wanted to hunt for the Archduke personally, but he was stopped by the amount of security and the great risk. Apart from the many policemen scattered throughout the crowd, he knew that if he attacked the Archduke before he had even passed Mehmedbašić, and Vaso, then the entire plan would be foiled and even if Gavrilo was just captured, the others would not fare much better in killing the Archduke.
Suddenly, as if awoken, the crowd began to clap and cheer. Gavrilo looked down the street and saw a car driving down towards him. It was a 1911 Gräf & Stift Double Phaeton. Driving it was a middle aged looking man with a moustache dressed in a smart army officer-like uniform. The two tiny chipmunk girls stopped to rest on a park bench. Little did they know was that some bad guys threatened to shoot them. They were as tough as Brittany when it came to weaponry.
Suddenly, everyone was screaming and diving for cover. Eleanor and Jeanette hid under the park bench, fearing another explosion would erupt at any second.
"Look, someone is in the water!" they heard someone shout.
"Stop!" a policeman shouted as he reached the park bench to sit down. The bench sagged under his and Eleanor felt it brushing against her back.
She took Jeanette's gloved paw and led her away just as the bench split in two with the policeman exclaiming.
He got up and rubbed his sides. Then, with a moan, he slowly and carefully walked away, holding his aching side.
Suddenly, he grabbed the two 'ettes and vomited into their faces, probably because he was weak from his failed suicide pill, and took them to the docks. He put them down and got into the river. He sighed in relief, even though the river didn't bring it down as much as he expected. Eleanor scrubbed down Jeanette's helmet so her sister could see again, then scrubbed her yellow heads-up goggles. Jeanette dusted herself off and Eleanor did the same. They watched the policeman vomit into the river in an uncomfortable silence. The policeman placed his hand over his mouth to stop himself from vomiting again.
Jeanette and Eleanor watched closely at the policeman's actions, wondering what would happen next. The policeman stayed in the river, allowing it to do its work on his sore side. He was furious. His one chance to relax and he killed himself, all because of them! Not only did his two targets distracted him, but they wasted his valuable time, not to mention his job.
"What the Hell do you two think you were playing at?" he shouted at them from the river. By now, his suit was soaked. "Running away without your parent's permission! What the Hell is wrong with you!"
He was acting like Jeanette's father, scolding her, making her entire body shake. The cut on his side was just visible through his shirt.
"This is the second time you two have gone running off like a pair of monkeys and look what you've done," he said to Jeanette and Eleanor. "Not only did you…" he pointed at Eleanor. "Get hurt, but you also risked you lives because of this fox you saw and you've broken our neighbours' fence!"
"Hey, are you okay over there?" Alvin butted in. "Is something wrong? Are you two okay? Did something happen? Do you need help?"
Jeanette and Eleanor looked at each other guiltily. They thought what they had done was wrong and they had to suffer the consequences for it.
"I cannot believe you two would do something like this!" the policeman continued. "I did not expect you to set foot in the wrong place without this guy's permission,"
"Dad, I'm really sorry!" Jeanette said, shaking with guilt. "I'm sorry for going out without you knowing, and so is Eleanor. I only went out with her because we wanted exercise,"
"It doesn't matter why you went out, Miss Shakes-A-Lot," the policeman snapped. "The point is you went out and look what you and this girl did!" he turned to face Alvin. "Sir, I am so sorry for what they did,"
"It's cool," he replied. "No harm done." he cooed at Jeanette and Eleanor. "You just wanted some exercise, that's all. It's alright."
Alvin took his trembling daughters home.
"Alvin," Eleanor piped up. "I'm sorry. It wasn't Jeanette's fault, it was mine. I dragged her into it. If anyone's to blame, it's me,"
"You just wanted exercise," Alvin replied as they arrived home. "Everything's alright. Don't take the policeman's words personally. You just wanted exercise,"
Jeanette and Eleanor nodded and walked past Alvin and up the stairs towards their rooms.
"Alvin," Brittany said as the two disappeared from view. "What's wrong with them?"
"You see Brittany," he said in a whisper. "A policeman scolded them for taking a walk and getting their exercise. They were so scared,"
"I can see that," Brittany said her husband. "They were scared, so we should comfort them any way we can,"
"That's true," Alvin said. "That policeman was as bad as I was before I learned my lesson,"
Later that evening
The night had descended across the sky, filling it with the beautiful show of stars. The moon was just visible in the far off darkness, but it still shine brightly. It was the perfect night for a walk or a night out.
Jeanette, who was now dressed in her nightgown, lay in her bed, looking out through her window at the stars. She sighed at their beauty. They were amazing, but she was still feeling guilty about what happened earlier. She shook a little in fright when the policeman's words ran through her mind. Jeanette curled under her blanket to prevent getting chilly. Well, Jeanette closed her eyes while trying to fight back tears that already began pouring down her cheeks.
The door to the room opened. It was Eleanor. She was also dressed in her nightgown. Eleanor sat down on Jeanette's bed and sighed. Jeanette turned on her bedside lamp and slowly peeked out of the covers to look at Eleanor. Eleanor sighed and scooted a bit closer to Jeanette.
"Look, I'm sorry, Jeanette," she said.
"That's okay," Jeanette replied. "I forgive you . . . Sissy!"
"Jeanette-" Eleanor began but Jeanette cut her off.
"Eleanor, I just took in the policeman's words. Did you see how angry he was?"
"I'm still shaking," Eleanor replied, her voice in a pure whisper. "We just wanted to have fun and got scolding by someone much scarier than Alvin used to be,"
"It's like he threatened to take my helmet away," Jeanette said timidly. Jeanette sighed. "It's not like I don't like you or anything,"
Eleanor nodded and listened. She got up and slowly began to walk out of the room. Jeanette and Eleanor looked at each other for what felt like as long as Jeanette had been grounded. Jeanette knew that this was a good night for an evening stroll. Surely Alvin or Brittany would take her outside for a night out.
Eleanor also noticed how pretty it was outside. She never noticed so many stars like Jeanette had. It was pretty and after some thought, the girls did want to go outside for a night out.
"Eleanor," Jeanette said as she blinked a couple of times. Her sister kept her eyes on her. "Do you want to go outside for a night out?"
Eleanor smiled with slight excitement.
"Uh-huh," she replied.
"I'm still thinking about what the policeman said," Jeanette continued. "We really did set foot in the wrong place,"
Eleanor nodded slightly.
"That's true," she said. "I bet your parents are always telling you that,"
The door to Jeanette's room opened. It was their mother Brittany.
"Do you want to go to bed?" she asked. "Or do you want to go outside?"
"We want to go outside, Brittany," Jeanette and Eleanor replied in unison.
They all went outside and put on their suits. Then, they left the dome, closing the door behind them.