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By Erica Pacumbaba



Kids Next Door. It was over. Well, at least for her it was. Numbuhs 1, 2, 3, 4…they were still in it. A year or two more and it would be their turn to leave too, but she was the first of them. God, she didn't know what to do without KND.

The former Numbuh 5 was depressed and already missed being in KND. What was she going to do to avoid her mother now? Being in KND provided her an escape from her workaholic of a mother. Not to mention she had great friends as well.

But the most awful thing to her was that she was normal. She didn't go around saving the world or rather the kids from evil grownups, etc. To her it was like she had no purpose anymore. Everything became ordinary. Her life was ordinary. She was ordinary.

That was how she came to be walking around in a daze just hours from leaving KND forever. All she was left to do was mope around and that was how former Numbuh 274 found her.

They were near the docks and Abby had yet to notice him. 

"Can a word from someone who knows what you're going through help?"

Abby whirled around and saw Chad standing there. He chuckled and did a two finger salute. "Hey. Just got detached from KND? I should know. I recognize that look on your face. It was on mine when I was finally relieved from duty as a fellow KND member."

Abby just stared at him for a while before she nodded tartly. 

"Well, it's always good to have company for it. I had 30c when it happened to me." He gestured towards the docks. "Mind if we sit down near the waterfront? The waves might calm your nerves a little." 

She shrugged and followed him to where they would sit watching the sea.

"I've always wondered what would happened when I got out of KND. I never imagined it would be this hard or…to come so quickly." 

Chad nodded in agreement. "That's the thing. Time passes by so fast and you can hardly believe it when it happens."

It was in silence once more. The sun was setting and it was a breath taking view being combined with the ocean's tranquility. Looking over to her companion, Abby just noticed how striking he looked. She blushed a little and wondered if this was how being a teenager felt like. Maybe she wouldn't mind growing up…

"Chad…Don't you ever miss it, though?" 

He looked up to the sky. "Of course. But every member knows that they'd have to leave some day and I was no different." 

Abby sighed. "Right." Then she remembered something Chad had said back when he was Numbuh 274. "But then again, you were the best there was."

Chad grinned. "And always will be." 

They both started laughing. Abby turned somber again. Chad noticed the change in moods and saw Abby watching the sea with grave eyes. 

"My mother never really pays attention to me. My father left when I was about 5 and my sister doesn't care about me either. When I was Numbuh 5, I felt I was special.

"I was cared about and not forgotten or bullied around. I wasn't just an ordinary girl. I helped kids around the world and now I won't be able to do that anymore. I'm just…ordinary."

Chad shook his head. "You don't have to be in KND to be extraordinary. You just have to be yourself." He said softly. 

A tear slid down her face. "It's so hard. I don't know if I'll ever get through this."

"It was hard for me too. At least at first. But I knew I can live a different life and that my days as Numbuh 274 would be great memories. Memories I'll always remember. Memories I can cherish." Abby seemed to understand more. "And KND teaches us to stand up for ourselves. To know our self-values. And to never conform to other ideals if we don't agree with them."

Abby chuckled. "We should have been taught manners; no matter how much we disagree with other ideas, we can't change their minds because it's their own free voice."

"So we should have just talked out everything with the DCFDTL or any other enemy over a cup of tea?"

Abby snorted. "Of course not. They were going to force us into doing something we didn't want to. That's different. What I'm talking about needs to have warranted peace." 

Chad smiled and put a hand behind his head. "Really now. That's very…philosophical."

Abby stuck her tongue at him and Chad swung his arm around her. She blushed again this time at the unexpected move. 

"Come on. You aren't getting that old." 

She swatted at his head but he nimbly dodged it, all without moving his arm from its place around her shoulders. 

"Old? Me? Never. You on the other hand..."

Chad huffed. "What? As if. I am not old." 

Abby grinned over at her fellow teenager. "Say it with more conviction, dearie." 

He faked-growled and started tickling her. "Revenge shall be mine, you old hag!"

"What was that!?" Abby heard the word old and tackled him to the ground. 

They both laughed, but then they realized how close they were to each other. This time both of them blushed.

Then again, there was something Chad wanted to say. And he wanted to do something he only saw in the movies. Or his parents.

"You know, you're pretty when you blush." He moved forward and captured her lips. It wasn't opened mouth but a sweet, innocent kiss. For both of them it was their first ever.

"And you'll never be ordinary, Abigail Lincoln."

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