By: Amanda Palacios
Welcome To Ocean Shores
was like any other Monday morning. Reggie woke up, yawned, and checked the clock.
It was 7:16 a.m. as she woke up to the
smell of breakfast coming from downstairs… either her dad or Noelani was making it.
She got out of her bed, brushed
her teeth in the bathroom and opened up her mirror door.
Otto and Reggie’s bathroom both had mirrors in the same
spot so that if Reggie or Otto wanted to talk to one another, they just had to open their mirrors to face each other.
checked to see if her brother was already p, but noticed his door closed--- he wasn’t up yet.
Reggie went back to
her room, changed out of her PJ’s and heard her brother calling her. “Reg, you up yet?”
Otto.” Reggie replied while walking back to her bathroom mirror. She opened the two-way mirror and started talking to
So Reg, you ready for the big science test today?”
“You know it little bro.” “You know I’m never ready. Man, I never
even aced science before! I’m just glad I’m not in your and Sam’s science class…or grade!”
I’m glad you’re not too,” Reggie said as she laughed a little.
She knew that out of the four (her, Otto,
Sammy, and Twister) that Sammy and she were probably the smartest.
Meanwhile, Otto pretended to look slightly annoyed
at his sister’s remark and shut the door.
Both kids went downstairs and went into the kitchen where Noelani was
cooking their breakfast.
“Good morning guys! I made you two a big breakfast.” “Uhh…thanks Noelani!”
Reggie thanked her step-mom.
“Cool!” Otto exclaimed as his “thank you” while he rushed over
to the table to eat his breakfast.
“Wow, Noelani, I’ve never seen Otto this happy to start a Monday morning.”
Reggie said while she looked at her younger brother and started to dig in.
Noelani agreed with Reggie as they laughed
while watching Otto dig in, as he seemed completely oblivious to everything around him.
As the two kids finished up
their breakfast, Otto spoke up, “We’d better get going Reg.” “Why? It’s still a little early…you
never even want to go to school early…”
“I still don’t! I just want to try out a new stunt on
the ramp outside… well, me and Twist want to.”
“So I’m guessing that means you want to show off
and he’ll just follow you around?” “No…well, whatever. C’mon let’s go now!”
you would try something stupid before even getting to school. What if we’re late?” Reggie pointed out.
C’ya Noelani---thanks for breakfast,” said Otto. “Yeah thanks! By the way, where’s dad?” Reggie
“Oh, well, Ray and Tito had to go to the shack early today to set up, apparently there’s another retired
“Okay, well…we’ll see you after school!” Reggie called out
to her step-mom.
“Alright, but Reggie, Otto---I’ll be at the Shack around the time school ends helping
your dad and Tito clean up. Come by there, alright?”
“Right. Later, Noelani!” Otto said back while he
and Reggie walked out the front door.
As the two Rocket kids got outside, they met up with Sam and Twister who were sitting on
the sidewalk with their skateboards beside them.
Monday mornings also weren’t Twister’s favorite time of the
week just like Otto.
Sam got up to greet Reggie and Otto while Twister tried to stand up on his board, but since he was
so tired, he fell after riding about two inches from the sidewalk.
“Hey guys, ready for the science test today
Reggie?” Sam asked. “Yeah, I studied for it like crazy!” was Reggie’s reply.
you Sammy? You study up for it?” “Of course, but I already knew the subject well enough…” Sam started
“Well, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m going to try my new move--- it came to me in a dream
last night!” Otto boasted.
“Well you do that, Otto. Me and Sammy are going to school,” Reggie said
as she prepared to skateboard down the hill. “Yeah guys, I’m going to school.”
Sam agreed. “Uhh…okay,”
said Twister tiredly, “Let’s move. C’mon Otto---I want to get to school early today!”
everyone starred at Twister. Did he just say he wanted to go to school?
Now, that was weird. Reggie looked up from
adjusting her knee pads, Sam glanced at Twister with confusion, and Otto looked at his best bro in shock.
himself couldn’t believe he had just said that!
“Well…I meant if we get to school early, then I could
fall asleep on my desk faster…” Twister said as he appeared to wake up a little bit more.
Then foursome skateboarded
with great speed down the hill to school.
Otto, Twister, Sam, and Reggie haven’t changed much over the years.
Besides maybe growing up (such as their
voices and height), their looks and personality always stayed the same.
Reggie was just about twelve and the boys were
Sam grew maybe ½ and inch since the gang came back from Hawaii, right before the wedding.
was still extremely smart and still the “Squid”.
The nickname just stuck to him that way (since he got it
when he was still considered “the new kid on the block”) and he was still in Reggie’s grade and classes
Twister’s voice kept changing ever since the day he was going to sing in front of everyone at the
Cinco de Mayo festival.
It was a sign that this little Latino boy was growing up too. Twister was still a bit naive and
followed in Otto’s shadow quite often.
He was still Otto’s best bro and in his grade.
voice was changing too, but not as much as Twister’s. He was still the same show-off boy who thought he was the greatest
at everything he did.
Reggie was in Sam’s grade and classes just as she’d always been.
the oldest in the group and didn’t grow much either physically. Her violet hair was still shoulder length, she was thin,
and had no curves yet.
The four really didn’t change at all.
Even throughout all their amazing and not so
amazing experiences as friends, things always kept moving forward and they all stayed the same.
Team Rocket had
done and gone through so many different things.
They’ve met famous skateboarders (like Tony Hawk, etc.) and pop
stars once (like Shafikka), during their Beach Break (like spring break in Ocean Shores).
The whole gang went to New
Zealand to compete in the The Junior Waikikamukau Games, they went to Hawaii and had many adventures. (good and bad)
experienced so many memories, and to top it off, Ray (Otto and Reggie’s dad) got re-married to their late- mom’s
best friend, Noelani.
The four kids skated down the hill and Otto picked up a lot of speed as they reached the
bottom. Apparently they started to race to school and Otto was in the lead as always.
Reggie and Twister followed and
Sam was in back. Reggie started to grind on a near by rail with her skateboard which led to the school.
caught up with Reggie and Otto as Twister, being as tired as he was, lagged behind practically sleeping while he was still
Suddenly Otto, Reggie, and Sam heard a loud “THUD!” and turned around. Apparently Twister
skated into a light pole.
The three kids surrounded Twister, helping him up as the four of them all laughed together.
Little did they know that today would be the start of an adventure they’d never even thought was possible.
adventure they didn’t even expect to happen. Something they were totally unprepared for.
Sam and Reggie left
Twister and Otto to go to their first period which was science class. Reggie and Sam were always lab partners.
science teacher was acting a little different to the class once she came in.
To Reggie and Sam, it wasn’t all that
first considering that their science teacher,
who was always perky and extremely friendly,
strange when class began trying to organize her papers and take attendance.
What threw the whole class off was when
she stood in front of the door, faced them all, and waited so very patiently for them to settle down. Everyone became quiet.
Trish and Sherry (Reggie’s two best girl friends) who sat together talking, suddenly quieted down.
old crush who came from New Zealand and was the last new kid to arrive after Sam) was talking to some kids in the row behind
him, but turned around.
Reggie and Sam looked at each other at the same time and wondered what was going on.
of a sudden, their teacher spoke happily with a smile on her face (as usual),
“Kids, settle down. We’ll start
the science test soon…but first, I’d like to tell you all some news.” The whole class started to talk again.
They tried to guess what this “news” might be. “Oh boy,” Sam said, “This is gonna be huge.”
“I think so too… I wonder…” Reggie was cut off by their teacher speaking again.
we have a new student joining us today.” Everyone stopped in mid- sentence.
The room turned silent for about 2 seconds
until their teacher walked over to the door, turned the knob, and opened it. “Class, this is Dani Ramirez.”
Everyone was in shock at what they saw. After their teacher opened the door, in came a girl. She so didn’t
look like a typical Ocean Shores, California girl.
Yeah, she looked alright, but not like everyone else. She looked different…
she looked as though she knew she wouldn’t belong.
“Class, this is our new friend Dani. Dani, sweetheart,
would you like to tell us about yourself?”
Their teacher asked with a sweet smile on her face, she so thrilled to
have a new student there.
“Umm… okay. Well, my name’s Dani Ramirez, I’m turning thirteen in
a few weeks, I’m from New York City.
We moved here because my dad’s job gave him a big promotion in Ocean
“Well Dani, happy birthday. Wow, New York City… that’s a long way California--- I’ve
been there before and I loved it there.”
“Yeah, I miss it a lot… I lived there with my mom, dad,
and my pet turtle.”
“That’s very nice, Dani. Thank you so much for sharing with us,” the teacher
said as she put her arm around Dani and smiled again.
The class all looked at one another. Everyone was slightly in
shock since Dani walked into the room.
People in Ocean Shores looked ready for the beach, whether they were regulars or
You were either a skater, a surfer, somebody who could do any sort of extreme sport, a shoobie, or considered
a dork. Dani Ramirez didn’t look like any of those things.
Reggie and Sam looked at one another. They could tell
what each other was thinking--- who is this girl?
For Sam, he felt a sudden pang inside him, like he didn’t know
what was going on.
Reggie felt a sudden feeling too… but she didn’t know what it was of. The two observed
Dani just like everyone else did.
Dani Ramirez was thirteen.
She had long brown curly hair with orange highlights
at the ends and on the tips of her bangs which were swiped to the right of her head
(left towards everyone else who faced
her). She also had her ears pierced--- five times, each earring was an extremely shiny, bright red color.
She wore a red
shirt which was ripped all along the bottom and green colored jeans that had different patterns on it.
She had on
bright red sneakers, her skin was very tan, and she had on her right wrist a black bracelet.
Most importantly, unlike
every other girl in Ocean Shores, Dani had curves and a bigger chest---she looked older than she was.
She had the perfect
body. The girls in the classroom starred at her and then back down at their desks, or tried to sneak a glance at themselves
The boys all looked at her in such awe. They never saw a girl like her before.
To herself, Dani
was petrified. At her old school she was never considered “popular” and had only a few friends.
NYC was different
than Ocean Shores. Once she got in the classroom, she noticed that everyone looked at her.
The girls looked kind of disappointed
or excited and quite a few the guys never took their eyes off her.
She knew she didn’t belong though. Dani knew
what they were all probably thinking; after all, Dani had been like them in her old school.
Whenever a new boy came and
he was cute, the girls would go crazy. If it was a cool new girl, no one would be as excited as the boys.
dear, we don’t seem to have enough seats, and you probably don’t know what we’ve been covering in class…
do you have your schedule with you?”
“Yeah, I put it in my backpack.”
The teacher looked at
the class. She saw Reggie and Sam up in the front row. They were two of the smartest in the class.
They aced pretty much
every test and project, and were very bright and attentive. “Reggie Rocket, Sam Dullard…” their teacher
“I’d like you two to skip the test today and help out Dani instead.”
“Yes. There’s no room for Dani to sit today… the desks need to be moved around, and
also I’m afraid if she takes the test she might not know the material we covered.
I think you two should help her
out. Show her which rooms she’ll have each of her classes in---but don’t open the doors.
Get to know her and
show her around the school. What do you say?”
Sam and Reggie looked at one another and happily said, “Sure!”
the three kids left the classroom Reggie was the first to speak up.
“Hi, I’m Reggie, Reggie Rocket.”
The two girls started laughing.
“So how long have you been in Ocean Shores?” asked Reggie.
“For about four days. It’s
been really hectic.”
“How so?” Sam asked.
“Well, my birthday was only a little while ago
and I’m still getting used to being a teenager. I miss my old friends…my old home.
You see, because of my
dad’s promotion, we had to move here as quick as we could.”
“Wow, that’s tough,” Reggie
started to say, “I’m sorry…but maybe you’ll like it here. I’m sure you will!” Reggie
She could tell that Dani was feeling kind of shy and sad so she put a hand on her and so did Sam. Dani looked
up and tried to smile back.
“You know Dani,” Sam started, “I was new here once too, I grew up in
Kansas and moved here when I was about nine with my mom.
Then I met Reg and Otto and Twister and I felt better knowing
I made new friends on the first day.”
“Yeah, out friend Twister had another nickname too---Squid, and
then when Sam moved here we gave him that nickname.” Reggie and Sam laughed a little at the memory.
I’m “Squid”?” Dani laughed.
This got all of them to start laughing a little and soon enough the
three went down the hallways checking out different classes and showing Dani the ropes.
They all talked about random things
like how Otto and Reggie became friends with Twister and Sam and how Twister, Otto, and Reggie learned to do all these extreme
Apparently, since the Rocket’s dad was great at extreme sports when he was younger, he taught Otto and
Reggie at very young ages.
If he never did, the kids might not have been where they were today.
Ray’s best friend
and work partner who helps run the Shore Shack with him, Tito, also helped teach the Rocket kids and their best friend Maurice
Maurice would twist around the instructions given to him all the time and he would always mix up his thoughts
and get easily distracted.
Also, since he was (and is) so naïve, gullible, and obviously would never become the next Einstein
but could still manage to get the hang of extreme sports,
he was a pretty twisted kid. That’s how he got his nickname
Reggie even felt comfortable enough to tell Dani how her real name’s Regina and no one
ever calls her that and lives to tell the story.
At the end of one of the hallways, the three got to a classroom where
Twister and Otto were in. It was their math period.
The three looked through the glass window on the door and tried to
find Otto and Twister to point them out to Dani.
Twister was busy sleeping on his desk (as he previously said he would)
and Otto was playing around with a pencil.
Sam waved and Otto caught a glimpse of him and Reggie with some girl he didn’t
recognize. Otto punched Twister who suddenly woke up.
They looked at the window and around their classroom. Otto and
Twister’s math teacher was busy writing on the blackboard, and the kids were all dozing off or asleep.
the words “Who is she?” and Dani and Sam searched in her backpack for paper and a pen to write messages to the
two boys in the other room.
Meanwhile Reggie mouthed, “She’s new. Her name is Dani Ramirez.”
and Sam stuck around with Dani as much as they could that Monday. During periods in which they weren’t in the same class,
Dani would start to read a book or daydream. When recess came around, Reggie and Sam rushed up to Dani just as she walked
out the door.
They tugged her arms and pulled her over to meet their friends. First Dani met Trish, Sherry, and Trent
and a few others.
Then Reggie and Sam pulled Dani over to meet Twister and Otto.
reached two boys who were high-fiving at something and laughing. Out of the blue, Reggie said, “Hey guys, this is Dani.
“Hi…” Dani said shyly.
“Hey, I’m Otto and this is Twister.”
Otto said pointing over at his best bro.
“What’s up dudes?” Twister said.
Sam thought to himself
how Twister probably got a lot of sleep in his last few classes considering the fact that he seemed a lot happier and awake
“Nothing. We showed Dani around during science,” said Reggie.
“So we didn’t have
to take the test!” Sam finished.
Reggie continued, “Yeah that was so rad! I’m glad we were chosen to
show you around Dani--- you’re so cool!”
“Thanks!” Dani smiled, “That means a lot.”
Then the five kids started to make a plan for after school.
“So Dani,” Otto started saying, “You
wanna hang with us after school?”
The whole group looked at Dani, waiting for a response.
Thanks. What’ll we do?”
The gang looked at each other and they all had smiles. Then they started laughing
and Reggie put her hand on Dani’s shoulder.
“We’ll do what we always do.”
“Skateboarding at Mad Town, surfing at the beach, and going to the Shack--- you remember the place
I told you our dad owns with his best friend?
That’s what we always do.”
Everyone looked at Dani to
see her reaction. They thought she’d be so happy to have new friends on her first day that wanted to hang with her their
Apparently, that was enough to break down Dani.
“Well… the thing is… I can’t
skateboard or surf. I don’t know how to.” Dani said with such a sad look on her face.
The gang exchanged
looks again. Twister was the first to speak up, “Well, when the Squid was new we taught him how to skateboard, and stuff.”
“And they also taught me how to dirt bike, snowboard, surf, and be better at street hockey,” Sam added.
we’ll teach you if you want,” Otto offered nicely.
“C’mon Dani, it’ll be fun!” Reggie
“Okay, guys, I’m in.”
After school ended, everyone rushed out on their blades, skateboards,
bikes, or went running out the door.
The Rocket gang rushed out on their skateboards too but remembered to wait outside
for their new friend, Dani.
Dani walked out the door soon enough and met up with them outside. She noticed how cool they
all looked right then and there. The four kids looked so rad.
First there was Otto.
He was on the short side and had
tan skin and auburn-colored dreadlocks
held in place by a green headband, sunglasses, and a pale yellow v-neck t-shirt
with red walk short and white basketball shoes.
He tucked his skateboard under his right arm and held his head high. He
Next to him stood his best friend, apparently named Maurice Rodriguez but nicknamed “Twister”.
He had a gray/ light blue t-shirt overlaid by a blue tank top, green cargo pants, rebooks with red/orange stripes, and
a striped yellow and brown fat cap worn backwards.
His style looked baggy. He had orange hair and when he took his hat
off, it was different yet very cute, and he had one foot on his skateboard just then.
Reggie was next, apparently her
real name was Regina. She was the tallest and oldest in the group. She had wavy purple hair and sunglasses on top of her head.
She had a magenta shirt and a yellow rocket on it (probably a logo from her father’s shop that Dani had heard about.)
Her pants were camouflage and she wore red shoes.
Reggie leaned on her skateboard and her big eyes shown so brightly. She
was totally rad and different than other girls Dani had met.
Right next to Reggie stood Sam. He wore blue pants and green/
blue sneakers with an orange shirt with an “N” printed on it. His hair was blonde and short.
His glasses were
black and his helmet he wore resembled a shark- like creature. He was such a nice boy.
The five kids went to the Shore Shack. Once they got there, Otto, Twister, Reggie, and Sam introduced Dani to Tito, Raymundo,
“Hey kids, how was school?” Ray asked.
“Sammy and I didn’t
have to take the science test because we were showing our new friend around the school.”
All of the kids started to talk at once about their day and
about Dani. Finally Otto pushed her forward to meet the adults.
“Hi, I’m Dani.”
new little cous! I’m Tito.”
“I’m Ray, Otto and Reggie’s dad…and this is Noelani”
“Glad to meet you guys,” said Dani sweetly. She didn’t know why or how, but apparently California liked
Most importantly, Ocean Shores liked her and that was a totally new experience for her.
The adults looked at
her as she sat with the other kids at the table. They all seemed to notice that she didn’t look like the typical Ocean
Shores kind of girl.
They also noticed how much older she looked than all the other kids, but they didn’t seem to
mind. The kids really liked this new girl.
The five kids went up the hill to put away their school stuff and get their gear. As they went up, the Rocket gang all
told Dani stories about their adventures and lives, etc.
Then they reached Dani’s new house. It wasn’t exactly
on the cul-de-sac where the other kids lived but it was on their street (surprisingly).
“You guys wanna come in?”
“Can we?” Reggie asked.
“Sure! C’mon in, my mom would love to meet you guys
and I want you to meet Lightning.”
The five went into the Ramirez house. It smelled new, obviously looked new,
and not all the boxes were unpack yet.
“Hey mom…?” Dani called out, “I want you to meet my new
Suddenly a woman came out of the next room. She looked a bit like Dani in the sense that she had long
brown hair with light highlights and her skin color.
She came around, hugged Dani and then stopped and stared at Otto,
Twister, Sam, and Reggie.
Then the woman looked at Dani quizzically and Dani tried to avoid the stare. The woman stared
at the other four just a little longer before she said something.
“Hola Dani,” she spoke in Spanish and then
switched to English still smiling, “How was your first day?”
“It was great! I made new friends--- they’re
awesome.” Then Dani pointed out each of the kids.
“This is Otto, Twister, Reggie, and Sam! Hey Twister…are
Everyone turned to Twister.
“Yeah…how’d you know?”
guess, Maurice!” Dani said, “Actually it’s because your last name sounds Spanish.”
said “Maurice” mockingly, everyone started laughing---even Twister!
Earlier on, Sam and Reggie told Dani that
she should make fun of Twister’s real name--- just for the laughs!
Dani was either getting good at being funny,
or her friends were good at making her feel good.
Once they all stopped laughing, Dani showed the gang her pet turtle,
The kids then all went to their separate homes and planned to meet back at Dani’s front door. They decided
to walk down to the beach and surf.
Since Dani didn’t know how to, she offered to just sit on the sand and watch
Dani met with them outside. Reggie’s bathing suit was a green two piece and she wore it well. Dani looked
at Twister and she could only think of one word--- wow.
To the other kids, they all noticed that Dani really filled out
her bathing suit.
Her top and her curves were so unlike anything the boys ever saw in a girl their age in Ocean Shores.
Reggie grew jealous but didn’t show it.
Dani’s bathing suit was a two- piece which was black and red.
looked like a much younger and hip version of Noelani like when she went surfing with Ray, Otto, and Reggie once.
“Let’s go catch some waves.”
“Just don’t beef it Sammy!”
“Maybe I should wait on the beach with Dani?”
“Stop being a wimp Squid!”
started laughing and walked down the hill.
On the beach, Sam, Otto, Twister, and Reggie went out to ride the waves. Meanwhile, Dani sat on the beach--- her hair
waving from a slight breeze.
She thought about her best friends that she missed from NYC. What was Austen doing right now?
What about Trey or Leah Ann? Dani laid on her stomach, laid her hand on her hands and thought.
the perfect swell!”
“You know it Ottoman!”
“Hey, Rocket Boy, why don’t you take that
Otto did what his sister said and took the chance to ride this amazing wave. “Maybe Dani’s
watching,” he thought to himself.
As Otto ended it he raised his arms in the air and started shouting about his
awesomeness when he just rode that wave.
Unfortunately, since he wasn’t paying attention, he didn’t notice
that the wave crept closer towards him throwing him off his board.
“Yo, Otto, you just totally beefed it!”
Twister shouted out loud. The gang started laughing.
Just then, as Reggie paddled out towards her brother to make more
fun of him, Twister and Sam did the strangest thing.
They both looked out towards Dani on the beach and decided to paddle
out to the beach.
“Hey, why aren’t you joining us---hit the waves?”
“She can’t Twister,
remember? She doesn’t know how!”
Dani and Sam glanced at each other then back at Twister who was still
trying to figure out why Dani didn’t join them.
Out by the waves, once Reggie finally stopped laughing at Otto,
she realized that Otto wasn’t really paying attention anymore.
He was looking at his best bros sitting on the beach
talking to the new girl.
“Hello?” Reggie said in such an annoyed attitude, “You there Rocket Boy?”
Reggie waved her hand in front of Otto’s face, which was completely focused on the beach.
Meanwhile on the beach,
Twister randomly asked Dani, “Why’d your mom give us a weird look before?”
The two boys looked at Dani,
waiting for her response.
“It’s just that I’ve never really had guy friends before. Well, one, but Trey’s
a family friend so that doesn’t count…”
“Who’s Trey?” asked Twister.
lame-o,” Sam said, “She just said he was a family friend.”
“Ohhh…” was Twister’s
“Yeah, and he was the only guy that ever came to my house so my mom was probably freaking inside her head!”
“Why?” Sam asked.
Dani didn’t respond. The three kids just sat quietly until Sam asked, “So,
do you like having us as friends?”
“Of course! It’s only been my first school day in Ocean Shores and
I feel so welcomed already!”
At this point, Otto and Reggie stepped onto the sand and came to chill by their
friends with their surf boards tucked under their arms.
“Dude! You missed some totally tubular swells now,”
Dani watched as Otto stood up facing her and the two guys by her side. He looked amazing.
thought how her and one of her best friends could have dated Twister and Otto together. It was the New York City girl’s
You’re about twelve, but you seem older than you are. From what Dani saw, apparently in Ocean Shores you
always stayed the same.
It’s as though you’re always the same kid you were from when you were younger.
Twister, Otto, Sam, and Reggie took their boards and heading to the Shack with Dani. As they were walking up the ramp
by Mad Town, Reggie asked,
“So why was your mom so tweaked earlier?”
“Yeah dude, what’s up
with that?” Otto asked.
“It’s just that she never saw me bring home guy friends before. It just wasn’t
what she was used to.” Dani said.
“So you never had guy friends?” Reggie asked curiously.
I did, it’s just that my mom never met them and I never invited any of them over.
Also, I only had one best friend
who was a guy but he was a family friend…I don’t think that counts.”
“But Twist’s a family
friend, he’s my best bro,” Otto said back.
“But it’s not the same as back home. A family friend’s
more like my parent’s friend’s kids who end up being my friends because their parent’s are my parent’s
friends, get it?”
Dani attempted to explain as easily as she could.
Reggie, Otto, and Sam got it but Twister
took a while. Reggie, Otto, Sam, and Dani starred at Twister doing the math.
He was running his finger through the air
trying to calculate. They looked towards him quizzically; the expressions on their faces were priceless.
Once the five
got up to the Shore Shack, they took a seat at one of the round tables (they’re only four bar stool seats by the surf
where the Rocket Gang usually sits). It was getting late, almost 5:30, when the gang sat down.
it be, lil couses?” Tito asked grinning from ear to ear. Reggie and Dani looked at each other and decided on a burger
and fries, as did Otto.
Twister and Sam, with cast iron stomachs, ordered something of their own creation.
at the sound of it and Reggie and Dani made barfing gestures at one another, then to Sam and Twister.
and said, “What? It all ends up in your stomach anyway!”
“Gross, Twist!” Reggie said.
yeah, that’s just wrong.” Dani added with a slight smile on her face, her eyes met up to Twister’s, then
glanced back down at the table.
“So what?” said Sam, “I actually agree with Twist--- it’s all
The food came and then the five started to dig in. Reggie and Dani sat next to each other.
was in between her brother and Dani, and Dani in between Reggie and Twister; across from Sam.
The two girls ate mostly
their fries and Twister and Sam chowed down on their gross food creations.
The gang started talking about Otto’s
sweet, new stunts and then they talked about many off- topic things.
“Hey Dani,” Otto started to say, “is
your real name Dani?”
“Well… I’m not sure if I already told this to you guys yet, but my real
name is Dani.
My cousin who was like, 15 when I was born said that “Dani” was a really hardcore name and my
parents thought it was cool.”
“Our mom’s name was Danielle…” Reggie started to say and trailed
off not knowing at all why he even said that.
Otto looked at Reggie who quickly looked away but then he whispered to her,
“What are you doing? That’s so random… it’s not you Reg.”
“Cool! So, what about your
earrings?” Reggie suddenly and quickly asked.
This was the first time ever that Reggie actually gave even the smallest
hint about being a true girl.
A few years ago when Twister’s cousin, Clio, came with Team Rocket for an important
ice hockey game
(but she went to compete in a figure skating competition which was just next door---explaining why she
tagged along), Reggie looked like a real girl--- just for once.
She and Clio switched spots to compete to see if girly-girl
Clio could play ice hockey with the boys
and if tom-boy Reggie could wear a pink tutu and win a figure skating competition.
They managed to fool the boys in the ice hockey game when Clio posed as Reggie, but when it came down to the figure skating
Ray, Tito, Otto, Twister, Sam, and Clio were there to support Rocket Girl all the way (surprisingly).
well, glad you asked; back home me and my two best friends, Leah Ann and Austen, went to a place and got our ears pierced!
It was so much fun,” Dani said with such thrill in her eyes.
She continued the story, “Most people think
that it hurts a lot but it actually doesn’t! It’s extremely addicting and fun too.
Why don’t a lot of
girls here have their ears pierced? Also, why don’t a lot of people here have braces?”
The Rocket gang all
looked at each other. Dani was absolutely right--- they never even really thought of those things before.
point. Uhh…I don’t know actually,” Reggie said, “And I’m sorry about before… I have no
idea why I mentioned what I did Rocket Boy.
It’s not like me, I mean, you know?”
Dani noticed how all
three of the boys were about to drown Reggie with questions and were starting to look at her funny.
Dani knew so much
about the gang just from one day, and she knew that she shouldn’t let her new friend feel bad right then and there either.
Also, she noticed Tito by the counter listening in while Ray and Noelani were unpacking boxes out back. He looked down
and was just about to approach the kids.
She could sense these things.
Reggie looked around her and saw all the guys
starring at her, by the counter was Tito who pretended not to notice.
Reggie tried to smirk and shrugged her shoulders
as she tried to say as plainly as she could, “What?”
Dani thought about what she should do…
was apparently in a tight spot and was either starting to feel very uncomfortable, sad, angry, feeling stupid, or embarrassed
at her sudden outburst that she rarely had.
‘What would I do back in NYC?’ Dani thought to herself. Better
yet, what would her best friends do to make each other feel better? The answer was so totally simple, it was starring at Dani
right in the face!
“Hey guys,” Dani started to say as she cut off the major silence from
the past two seconds,
“Umm… I wanna learn to surf.” Dani tried to change the subject completely and
surprisingly it worked like a charm.
“Well, I’ll teach you how, after all I am just that amazing of a surfer.
I AM THE KING!” Otto exclaimed with such a proud and powerful tone of voice.
He raised his arms and tried to flex
his ‘muscles’ even though that didn’t work out too well. Dani started to giggle which made more conversation
“I could teach too you know Otto!” Reggie challenged her brother. Tito even joined in seeing how the
kids started laughing and smiling again.
“Hey little new cous, I could teach you too--- I taught young Sammy here
and he’s a mighty fine surfer now, right brotha?”
Tito said with a mighty smile and a laugh to match.
Tito did teach me how but I’ll admit, I’m not the right person to teach you to surf, sorry,” Sam said.
the Squid’s good but not all that good like me and my best bro Otto here,” Twister teased, “Right Ottoman?”
“Well Twister, I can surf too--- did you not just hear me say that to Otto?” Reggie stated.
if you like, drown or something or fall off your board when you wipe out?” Dani asked questioningly.
there’d be no air in the water so you’d---“Twister was cut off.
“So you’d take all the air
you can from inside Twister’s head. There’s definitely plenty of it in there!” Reggie made fun of Twister
Everyone started laughing, even Tito. Twister just said, “Hey! That wasn’t funny Reg!”
“Well you lil couses,” Tito started to say, “If you want to, you can go back out on the beach now,
you still have time until it starts getting dark.”
And with that, the gang departed for the beach.
“So you wanna surf?” Otto asked. Dani thought that Otto would be hitting the waves right about now.
looked so intense, even the Squid was joining Twister and Reggie while surf board racing.
“C’mon lemme show
you around,” Otto said extending his hand to help Dani off the sandy beach floor.
“This is where Lt. Tyce
Ryan is,” Otto explained, “He’s the lifeguard on the beach and majorly strict. Dude, he’s really something
Dani and Otto stood there watching Lt. Tyce Ryan doing these push ups which seemed impossible.
walked on when suddenly they spotted four guys on the beach. It was Lars and his gang.
“Hey there Rocket dork,”
Lars said looking straight at Otto who didn’t seem afraid at all.
“Ohh… and who’s this?”
Lars said looking over at Dani.
“My name’s Dani.” Dani could tell that this was where she should really
bring the New Yorker’s sass and attitude.
These dudes were obviously not wanted around the Rockets.
then, my name’s Lars. I’m the Twisted one’s brother,” Lars said pointing at Twister in the water and
then back over at his friends, “This is Pi, Sputz, and Animal.”
The four grinned an evil grin and took a step
forward towards Dani and Otto.
Twister, Reggie, and Sam noticed the two getting bullied by Lars and his crew so they decided
to come out of the water and help their friends.
“Hey, Lars!” Twister shouted once he laid his surf board
on the sand. What could he possibly say to his own brother to make him stop bugging Otto and Dani?
Twister managed to
remember what Otto once said to a big bully in an ice hockey competition when they were only about nine or ten years old.
“Lars, Pi, Animal, Sputz--- pick on someone with your own steroid dosage!” At this, the four older teens came
right at Twister.
Twister didn’t even know if what he said was the same thing Otto had once said and also, he didn’t
really get it either.
All he knew was that it got the older, rough, mean teens mad and that Otto once used that line.
Dani and Otto rushed to his side and Twister whispered to them, “What does that even mean? I heard you say it once
Dani and Otto looked at each other annoyed and Dani flicked Twister on the head.
Then they told Twister
what it meant and his eyes turned big with disbelief.
He couldn’t believe he just said that to his brother and his
friends that could whomp him without mercy.
Dani needed to distract again. This time it was even more important and also
much more crucial.
Reggie and Sam backed up to the surf boards, telling the other three to join them by where Lt. Tyce
Ryan was (just incase).
“Twister, Otto, GO! I’ve got this you guys!” Team Rocket looked at Dani in total disbelief.
Dani you have no clue who you’re messing with,” Twister said out loud, trying to block Dani since she was stepping
too close to Lars and his friends.
“Yo Twister, I thought this was the Rocket dork’s girlfriend. Why you stealing
little bro? You know you shouldn’t---unless you’re us.”
Lars laughed like an evil maniac and his guys
“Lars, she’s not my girlfriend!” Twister said to his brother. “Mine either dude,”
Otto also agreed.
Dani couldn’t decide now; Otto or Twister? Should she use herself as a distraction now? What about
Reggie and Sam?
Unlike anything the kids have ever witnessed before, Dani did the unexpected.
She fixed up her bathing suit little
by little and managed to push Twister back a few feet to where Reggie and Sam were standing. Otto however wouldn’t go.
Oh so quickly, Dani turned back to Otto, kissed him on the cheek, and said, “Move Rocket Boy. Please?” Also
to everyone’s surprise, he did.
Dani walked up to Lars and said oh so smoothly, “Que pasa,” then changed
back to English, “Why you so mad?”
Dani made sure she looked extra attractive right then and brushed back
her long curly hair which exposed her three earrings on her left ear.
“How could be hanging out with these lame-os
when you could be hanging out with us?” Lars said so temptingly, “We have so much more fun, we do much cooler
The gang thought Dani would give in, but she didn’t. This time she leaned in even closer.
“Tell me something..?”
think me hanging out with them is a bad idea?”
“Uh, no kidding. They’re a bunch of losers, just a whole
bunch of little kiddies.”
“Then tell me, would this bother you---“
Dani swiftly turned around
and marched right up to Twister. She wrapped her arms around his bare back and pulled him in.
Right there, on the beach
in front of the lifeguard shack, surrounded by the four bullies, three other best friends, and the waves, Dani kissed Twister.
The group was in shock. Lars and his friends looked so mad and also pretended to get somewhat bored with this, so they
started to bail.
Reggie, Otto, and Sam were so shocked and apparently so was Twister. At first he was kind of tense considering
that he was taken by surprise.
Eventually he calmed down and grew more into that kiss. When Dani and Twister parted, they
starred at each other for what seemed like the longest amount of time to pass.
Dani held Twister’s hand and yelled
out to Lars, “Did that bother you now? Your own brother can get a girl! Hah!”
“I’m gonna tell
mo and dad about this Twister, don’t think I won’t!”
“No Lars, don’t!”
gonna be so busted!”
“No he won’t,” Dani saved Twister.
“How?” Lars demanded.
Dani’s quick thinking saved Twister when she said, “Because up until a few minutes ago, you didn’t even
know I existed!
When you tell your parents, they won’t even know who I am--- you have no proof!”
joined in, “Yeah, besides Lars, who will your parents believe? You or Twister? I’m thinking---“
Sam finished Reggie’s sentence.
Lars and his posse left the beach saying to the five remaining kids, “We’ll
get you, you little twerps!”
“Oh yeah!” Otto cheered and celebrated.
“Victory is ours!”
Twister added in.
Reggie, Otto, Sam, and Twister ‘woogied’ and started laughing again but saw Dani walking
off the beach.
They ran up to her and Twister put his hand on her shoulder. Reggie said, “For knowing you only one
day--- it’s been a real adventure so far.”
Sam nodded and Otto finished, “Can’t wait to hang with
you tomorrow, Dani.” And the other four agreed completely.
Once the five reached Dani’s house, Dani apologized for the crazy day she led and how she felt she was a burden
because she couldn’t surf with the rest of them.
They told her that tomorrow they’d teach her to surf and
do other things. Each day would be a new adventure.
Then as they were all leaving and said their “goodnights”
and “c’yas” by Dani’s house, Dani turned to Twister in front of them all and said, “Sorry about
“It’s okay, I didn’t mind.” Twister replied blushing a lot as the others
Dani also blushed and they stood close to each other. Reggie “awwwed” and Otto rolled
his eyes but held a smile. Sam tried not to laugh.
Dani then spoke, “C’ya tomorrow Twist?”
“And by the way…”
“Yeah, “Dani said as she looked
into his eyes.
“Welcome to Ocean Shores,” Twister said, his arms outstretched wide to show all of Ocean Shores.
The five kids laughed and high-fived. It really wasn’t a bad first day of school in Ocean Shores for Dani Ramirez.