It was a normal day in West Eastman. Groups of students were walking and chatting around. Some daredevils were skating of the stairs, teachers were drinking coffee, the more active students were playing soccer and so on. It was a beautiful day. And why wouldn't it be. It was the last week of school. Three more days to go and school was officially over
for three months. Everyone was excited, except maybe for two smart chipmunks who just got the hang of school life. Those two chipmunks were Simon Seville and Jeanette. Like others, they were walking around, trying not to be stepped on.
"I just can't believe that school is over." Jeanette said. "I'm gonna miss is here."
Simon chuckled. "Don't worry, after three months we can enjoy our classes again."
Jeanette sighed. "Three months?"
Simon smiled. "You'll see, three months are passed fast enough. We're going to have so much fun this summer."
"Like what?" Jeanette asked, crossing her arms.
Simon thought about it a moment. "Well, we can work on our Chess strategies. We can watch Alvin make a fool of himself. Oh, and there is that Beach Concert we're giving in a few weeks."
Jeanette froze. "T-t-the beach?" She asked, clearly scared. "W-with the s-s-sea and all t-t-that water?"
"Yeah." Simon said, not knowing why she was so startled." What's wrong?"
"I'm not very good with beaches." Jeanette whispered.
Simon laughed. "Don't tell me you're afraid of water."
"NO." Jeanette said angrily. "Well, not of water in the pool or bath or even to drink. I'm afraid of the sea."
Simon knew he had to stop laughing, but he couldn't stop. Jeanette got really angry now, she stopped and turned to Simon. "Simon Seville, that is not funny!." She said rather loudly. "How dare you laugh with that?"
Simon stopped laughing, and dried the tears in his eyes. He couldn't stop chuckling thou. "I'm sorry Jeanette. It's just that
" He stopped and his pupils narrowed. "LOOK OUT!"
He gave Jeanette a hard push and she fell on the ground. Everything seemed to go in slow motion all of the sudden. Jeanette fell on the ground and she had just turned her head in Simon's direction in time to see him smacked away by a soccer ball. She gasped as she saw her friend skipping across the paved ground at an incredible speed. The ball flew at such a speed that Simon couldn't get off of it. Jeanette gasped as the ball hit the school wall with such force, she could almost hear bones break. Something blue fell in the bushes. No movement.
Jeanette woke up from her trance.
"SIMON!" She yelled as she ran to the bushes. She ran past Simon's glasses, which were broken in pieces. Her heart started beating faster with fear. She hoped he was alright. Groups of students ran towards the scene. Jeanette saw girls gasping, turning away from the scene. She saw boys getting pale.
Jeanette reached the bushes, but didn't dare to enter them. "S-Simon?" She asked with a weak voice. "A-are you alright?"
Jeanette saw Simon's arm. Motionless. Suddenly she couldn't breathe anymore. The whole world seemed to go quiet. She felt that she was picked up by one of her friends and put on the table. She saw Alice, a friend of her, talking to her, but she heard nothing. She saw teachers carefully getting something out of the bushes and carrying it away. Jeanette didn't feel well, her head was spinning, she had trouble breathing. Suddenly the whole world went black.
"SIMON!" Jeanette yelled. She couldn't see clearly. Her glasses were off. She felt around her for her glasses. As soon she had found them and put them on, she noticed that she was at Dave's home back in her bed.
She jumped of her bed and ran to the stairs. Where was everybody?
"DAVE!" She yelled. "ALVIN? THEODORE? SISTERS?"
"Don't yell, dear. I'm not deaf." An old voice said.
"Mrs. Robinson." Jeanette whispered and she ran down the stairs and then to the kitchen. In the kitchen was Mrs. Rita Robinson, their elderly neighbor, age 74, with a passion for the music the Chipmunks and Chipettes loved so much. Even at her ages she still loved to rock on. Dave usually asked Mrs. Robinson to look after the six chipmunks when he was away. And she always managed to keep the six of them in order, somehow.
"Mrs. Robinson, Where is everybody? Where is Simon? What happened with him?" Jeanette asked quickly.
"Easy, dear." Mrs. Robinson said. "Dave, Alvin, Theodore and your sisters are at the hospital with Simon."
Jeanette jumped on the table. Simon at the hospital. She felt her head spinning again. Mrs. Robinson noticed that and quickly gave Jeanette a chipmunk-sized cup with water. "Drink this, Dear."
Jeanette drank the water. "How long was I out?" She asked. "How long has it been?"
"Oh, my dear." Mrs. Robinson said. "You've been unconscious for six hours."
"SIX WHOLE HOURS?" Jeanette asked. She needed to sit down.
"Maybe I just have to tell the whole story." Mrs. Robinson said. "First off all, Simon survived his
accident. But he's in a very bad shape."
Jeanette first fell relieved but then gasped. "What do you mean, 'survived'?"
Mrs. Robinson gave a worried, sad look. "Oh, sweetie. The six of you are wonderful, special and smart creatures, but you are still small chipmunks." She said. "An impact with that ball at such speed would have
killed every other chipmunk. But Simon survived, but barely."
"He saved me." Jeanette whispered. "He knew it could have killed him, but he pushed me away to take the fall."
"That's what young men in love do." Mrs. Robinson said, taking a sip of her tea.
"In ..love?" Jeanette asked, feeling her cheeks heating up. "With
"Sure." Mrs. Robinson said. "Maybe Dave, Simon's brothers or even you and your sisters haven't noticed it. But I have."
Jeanette turned her head away to hide her uneasiness. "Are you sure?"
"Dear, I'm almost 75 years old, so I have to necessary experience." Mrs. Robinson said. "And I'm a woman so I notice these things. Surely you must have suspected something?"
Jeanette thought about it. She loved to spent time with Simon, If it was playing chess, doing homework together or sing together. She always felt save around him. With him she could be who she was. And the looks in his eyes. Eyes filled with love. "Oh my god, it's true." Jeanette whispered.
"And I know you love him." Mrs. Robinson said.
"Do I?" Jeanette asked herself. "Yes, I do love him. Always did." She always had felt something for him and she had a crush on him when they first met. But that crush had slowly evolved to a unbreakable friendship. Or so she thought.
Mrs. Robinson got up from her chair. "Well, enough chitchat." She said. "I'm sure you want to go to the hospital."
Jeanette jumped up and climbed via Mrs. Robinson's sleeve to her shoulder. Mrs. Robinson walked to her car and left with Jeanette to the hospital.
As soon as they arrived at the hospital they went to the reception for information.
"Hello" Mrs. Robinson said. "We're here to see
"Mr. Simon Seville." The lady said, who had noticed Jeanette. "He's in the 'VIP Wing', room 2B."
"Thank you." Jeanette said.
After a few minutes of searching they arrived at Simon's room.
"you ready to go inside?" Mrs. Robinson asked opening the door for her a bit.
"You're not going in?" Jeanette asked. She had hoped for some emotional backup.
"No, no." Mrs. Robinson said. "This is family business. I'll visit him another time." Mrs. Robinson waved and left.
Jeanette took a deep breath and entered the room. As soon she popped her head around the corner, she was caught in a crushing hug of her two sisters.
"Jeanette, I'm so glad you're okay, I was so worried and poor Simon is hurt and, and and." Brittany rambled.
"Easy, Britt." Eleanor said. "Are you okay, Jean?"
"I don't know." Jeanette said, putting her glasses back on their right place. She looked around. Theodore and Alvin were sitting at the window, looking outside. Dave was sitting in a chair next to the bed and looking at something at the head of the bed. Probably Simon. "How are you doing?"
"I'm fine." Dave said. "The doctors said it will be a long recovery, but he'll be okay. But you should talk to Alvin. He's taking this really hard."
Dave got up and walked over to Alvin and Theodore. "Alvin, Theodore, Jeanette is here."
Theodore quickly turned his head and smiled sadly when he saw Jeanette. Alvin jumped of the window and walked over to Jeanette. He kept looking at the ground. When he reached Jeanette and looked up, she noticed that his eyes were a bit red.
"Alvin." She asked. "Have you been crying?"
"Off course I have been crying. "Alvin said. "That's my brother in a hospital bed after his accident. Why did it had to be him, Jeanette?"
"What?" Jeanette asked confused.
"We're talking about Simon." Alvin said, throwing his hands in the air. "The smart one, the responsible one. He doesn't get in accidents. Why did this happen"
"It happened." Theodore said, who had joined the conversation. "We can't change it. How much we want it to."
"But he'll be alright, won't he?" Jeanette asked.
Alvin looked at the ground for a moment and then smiled. "He will be okay
"You guys, I think it's best that we leave the room for a moment." Dave said. "We all have seen Simon today, but I think that Jeanette would like to see him alone. Or do you want someone to stay with you."
"My sisters." Jeanette whispered weakly. She felt her head spinning again. She didn't know if she could handle it alone.
Dave and the two chipmunks left the room. Eleanor and Brittany stayed.
Brittany laid a hand on Jeanette's shoulder. "Are you up for this?"
Jeanette nodded, but it took a soft push of Eleanor before she jumped on the bed. When she landed on the bed, she put her hands before her eyes. "I'm not very good at this. I'm NOT very good at this." She whispered. "C'mon Jeanette. For Simon."
She slowly removed her hands from her eyes and looked at the head of the bed. She gasped when she saw Simon. He had bruises and cuts all over his body. He had a bandage on his head, one of his arms was in a cast. The rest of his body was under the sheet so she couldn't see other injuries.
"Did they had do perform any surgery?" She asked her sister on the ground.
"Yes. His ribs were broken and had punctured one of his longs." Eleanor's voice said.
"But don't worry." Brittany's voice said. "He's alright now. We're going to leave you alone now."
Jeanette heard the door shutting. She took a deep breath and slowly walked over to Simon. Her Simon. When she reached him she kneeled next to him and caressed his head.
"I'm so sorry." She whispered as she closed her eyes. "This is all my fault."
She heard groaning and felt movement. She opened her eyes and saw that Simon was slowly opening his. His eyes scanned the room, looking for something to recognize. He was still drowsy. He noticed Jeanette.
"J-Jean?" he asked with a croaked voice. "Wha-what happened?"
"Do you remember anything?" Jeanette asked.
Simon closed his eyes. After a few seconds Jeanette thought he had fallen asleep again, but his eyes sprang open. "Our walk at the school yard. The soccer ball. The pain. And then, nothing." He tried to bring his right hand to his eyes, but then he noticed that it was in a cast. With a little help of Jeanette, he sat up straight. He rested his back against the bed. He looked around. "Can you give me my glasses?"
"I can't." Jeanette said, starting to feel guilty. She clenched her hands on her lap. "They are broken. This is my entire fault."
Simon, with his unbroken left hand, grabbed Jeanette's hand. "Why would it be your fault?" He asked. "You couldn't have seen the ball. I pushed you away. It's my own fault."
"It CAN'T be your fault." Jeanette said, putting her hand on Simon's. "You're Simon Seville. A smart, courageous hero. And nobody's perfect"
"You're pretty close to perfect." Simon said, winking at her.
Jeanette felt her cheeks heating up again. Good thing chipmunks can't blush. "You
you think I'm
thank you." She said. "No-one has ever said something that nice to me."
"I'm just telling the truth." Simon said. "For me, you're perfect."
Now Jeanette couldn't restrain herself anymore. She threw her arms around Simon's neck and kissed him. Simon groaned in pain. Jeanette quickly released him.
"Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry." She rambled.
"Don't be." Simon said. He then realized that he had been kissed
by the girl of his dreams. "Did you just kissed me?"
Jeanette realized that just herself. "I guess I did." She said, turning her head to avoid his eyes. "D-did
Simon smiled. "You're my first kiss." He said. "And it was the best kiss I ever had."
Jeanette smiled. Just before she could do anything, the door opened again and Dave stepped in. "Jeanette, we gonna have to
Simon, you're awake!"
Immediately, Alvin, Theodore and the two other Chipettes ran in the room and jumped on the bed. Alvin gave his brother a big hug, but quickly released him when he realized that Simon still had broken ribs. "You okay, bro?"
"Well, considering I just had an accident that nearly killed me, just woke up with casts, bruises and cuts all over my body and that you gave me a crushing hug, I'm
pretty good." Simon said, giving Jeanette a quick look.
"We're leaving, Simon" Dave said. "You can't go to school, obviously, but you're brothers, Brittany and Eleanor do."
"Wait, what about me?" Jeanette asked.
"Well, Jeanette." Simon said. "Technically, you were involved in the accident, so you can skip school for a few days."
"But school's ending in three days." Jeanette said. "Can't I go on the last day to go to the goodbye party?"
"I guess you can." A voice from behind the door said. Dr. Rubin entered the chamber. "I'm sorry to barge in like this, but as School Principal I had to come see you."
"I can't believe this is happening at the end of the school year." Simon said.
"Believe me, all the other student agree with you." Dr. Rubin said. "But we've already made arrangement to film the party for you
if that's okay for you."
"That would be swell, Doc." Simon said, grinning.
"Well, good to know." Dr. Rubin said, opening the door to leave. "Sorry for the short visit, but I have to make preperations for the goodbye party. Bye Chipmunks, Chipettes, Dave."
"By Dr. Rubin." All seven persons in the room said. Alvin and Brittany started a game of 'Jinxed, double jinxed' before Eleanor broke that up.
"Well, guys, time to go." Dave said. "Simon, I'll visit you after I dropped the boys and girls at school. I'll bring Jeanette with me, if that's okay with you."
"I have nothing against it." Simon said, giving Jeanette a meaningful look.
"Okay, c'mon Jeanette."
"Okay Dave" Jeanette said, jumping off the bed. "By Simon, see you tomorrow."
As Dave and Jeanette exited the room and nearly reached the stairs, Jeanette realized she had forgotten something in Simon's room.
"Dave, I forgot something. Be right back." She said, running back to the door.
"I'll be at the car." Dave said.
Jeanette ran back to Simon's room. Simon was pleased, but surprised to see her.
"Jean?" he asked as she jumped on his bed. "Why are you
" His words were cut off, because Jeanette planted her lips on his'.
"Just had to give you this." Jeanette whispered. "Get better soon."
"I will." Simon said, stroking her hair. "To be with you, I'll even fake to be better."
Jeanette giggled. "Just stick with the normal method of healing."
The two lovers gave each other a quick kiss and Jeanette left the room.