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A new boy named Irving moves to Danville, and he and Phineas become fast friends. But when Irving is being bullied constantly by Buford, Phineas doesn't stick up for him. Then Isabella says something to Irving that would change everyone's lives forever.
NOTE: This is not related to Irving and Albert Move to Danville.
- Phineas Flynn: He is an eleven year old boy in sixth grade. He rides the bus with Ferb, Buford, Django, Baljeet, and occasionally Isabella. He befriends the new boy, Irving. He hates Buford, Django, and Baljeet because they are bullies. When Buford starts bullying Irving, Phineas tries to stick up for him, but he doesn't want to be bullied by Buford. He has a crush on Isabella.
- Irving: He is in Phineas's grade and he moved to Danville. He had never had friends before in his life because people make fun of him for wearing glasses and having a stuttering problem. His only friends are Phineas, Isabella, and Ferb. He is bullied by Buford because of his stuttering problem and being caught kissing Adyson, Buford's crush. Soon, Isabella tells him something really mean, and Irving falls into a depression that he refuses to come out of. His family moves away again, which deepens his depression. He has a crush on Adyson.
- Isabella Garcia-Shapiro: She is in Phineas's grade. She is one of Irving's first friends. She is nice to him. Irving speaks highly of her and considers her to be a good friend. Soon, Isabella gets annoyed by Buford's bullying, and she ends her friendship with Irving so the conflicts will stop. This betrayal ultimately fails. She has a crush on Phineas.
- Buford Von Stomm: He is in Phineas's grade. He is a bully, and he bullies almost everyone. He has a crush on Adyson. When Baljeet tells Buford that Irving kissed Adyson, Buford becomes very angry and starts torturing Irving. Phineas, Ferb, and Isabella hate him.
- Ferb Fletcher: Phineas's stepbrother who is nice to Irving. He hates Buford, but he is friends with Baljeet, Irving, Phineas, and Isabella. He doesn't stick up for Irving when Buford bullies him.
- Baljeet Rai: He is Buford's sidekick. He is afraid that if he isn't on Buford's side, then he would become a target for Buford's bullying.
- Django Brown: See Baljeet.
- Adyson Sweetwater: A girl that Buford and Irving have a crush on. Adyson likes Irving, and she asked him out and gave him a kiss. Unfortunately, this causes problems between Buford and Irving. Irving breaks up with her because he ends up moving away again and he wants the drama to end.
- Albert: Irving's older brother who is in eleventh grade. He becomes very popular at his school in Danville, but becomes depressed when he ends up moving away. Later, he comes back.
The New Kid
At the end of the school day, sixth grader Phineas Flynn walked to his bus. He was one of the first kids there, so he waited for his friends. Buford Von Stomm was a bully who made fun of everyone. Baljeet Rai and Django Brown were his sidekicks. Ferb Fletcher was Phineas's stepbrother who didn't like Buford but was friends with Baljeet; Phineas didn't like anyone in his group except for Ferb. Isabella Garcia-Shapiro was a girl who occasionally rode the bus. She didn't like Buford but she was well-liked by everyone else. Phineas had a crush on Isabella, but he would have never admitted that out loud.
Suddenly, a boy walked over to them. "H-h-hello," he stammered. "M-may I-I sit h-here?"
Phineas noticed that the boy was stuttering, and he looked up to see if the boy looked nervous. He didn't look nervous at all. But he wasn't going to be mean to someone who seemed odd. "Sure," he replied, scooting over.
A few minutes later, Ferb, Isabella, Buford, Baljeet, and Django climbed onto the bus.
"Hi, Phineas!" Isabella greeted her friend. She glanced at the boy sitting next to him. "Hi." The boy smiled.
"So, what's your name?" Ferb asked the boy as he sat next to Baljeet.
"My n-n-n-name is I-I-Irving," the boy stammered. "I ju-ju-just m-mo-moved here from Ch-ch-chicago."
"Cool," Phineas replied. "Welcome to Danville! My name is Phineas Flynn and these are my friends Ferb, Isabella, Buford, Baljeet, and Django."
"Hi, Irving," Ferb and Isabella told the boy. Baljeet and Django rolled their eyes and Buford grunted, which made Phineas angry. Baljeet, Buford, and Django were jerks. They refused to get to know ANY new kid.
For the rest of the bus ride, Ferb, Isabella, and Phineas talked to Irving. Buford, Baljeet, and Django refused to get to know him. Phineas didn't mind. Irving was better off without them.
As Phineas, Ferb, and Isabella walked to their houses, they talked about Irving.
"Why did Irving keep repeating his words?" Phineas asked curiously.
"Maybe he has a stuttering problem," Isabella replied. "My cousin has one. Why do you ask?"
"I was just wondering," Phineas replied. "But I think Irving seems like a great kid. We should sit with him on the bus more often."
"Yes, yes we should," Ferb agreed.
The next day, Isabella and Phineas walked into their Home Ec class. They were surprised to see Irving there.
"Hi, Irving!" Phineas greeted his new friend.
"H-hi P-Ph-Phineas," Irving replied. "Y-you're in th-th-this cl-class, too?"
"Yes, yes I am," Phineas replied, sitting down next to Irving. Isabella sat down next to Phineas.
The teacher wanted the students to work on a worksheet about sewing, so Phineas, Isabella, and Irving worked together. As they worked, Irving told his friends about himself. He was in sixth grade, just like Phineas and Isabella were. He had moved with his mom, dad, and older brother. Irving's older brother was in eleventh grade, just like Phineas's sister Candace. Irving confided that he had a stuttering problem, but that didn't change Isabella or Phineas's thoughts about him.
"I have to go to the bathroom," Phineas told his friends. "I'll be right back." He asked the teacher if he could go to the bathroom, and he said yes.
"Irving, can I tell you a secret?" Isabella asked.
"S-sure," Irving replied.
Isabella took a deep breath. "I have a crush on Phineas," she began. "We've known each other since we were babies, but I haven't been able to tell him how I feel. Last summer, I threw out millions of hints, but he still didn't get them."
"That s-sucks," Irving replied. "But m-m-maybe you s-sh-should a-a-ask Ph-Phineas out on a d-d-d-date. Maybe t-then h-he w-wo-would n-n-notice you."
"I'll try," Isabella nodded. She glanced at Irving. "Do you have any crushes?"
"Y-yes," Irving replied. "It's t-this g-g-girl i-in my m-ma-ma-math class."
"What does she look like?" Isabella asked.
"S-she w-wears a r-r-r-red he-head-headband and s-s-she has l-long b-b-brown hair," Irving said.
"Is her name Adyson?" Isabella asked.
"I-I-I d-don't know," Irving replied.
"Oh," Isabella said.
Phineas came back from the bathroom. "So, what did I miss?" he asked.
"Not much," Isabella replied.
After class, Isabella and Phineas went to social studies class while Irving went to math. As he walked to class, he accidentially bumped into a girl.
"S-Sorry," Irving apologized.
"That's okay," the girl apologized. Irving looked up and saw the girl with the red headband. He began sweating and turning red.
"So, are you going to class?" the girl asked after a few minutes.
Irving quickly found his voice. "Um, y-y-y-y-yes, y-y-y-y-yes I a-a-am," he replied. They walked into the math class together. During the entire class, Irving silently thought about his run-in with the red headband girl. He was always making a fool out of himself in front of her. Yesterday, the girl walked up to him and said hi, but nothing came out of Irving's mouth due to his shyness. He hoped that he could get to know her.
Since January, Irving had felt comfortable around Phineas and his friends. And he began to open up to the red headband girl, whose name was Adyson. They had been working on homework together. Irving felt confident that he finally had friends. Phineas and Ferb were amazing, and Isabella was a very good friend. It was March, and everything was going great.
Until one day...
Phineas had climbed on the bus. He was in a great mood. With advice from Irving, he had asked Isabella out on a date. He slid into the seat next to Irving.
"Irving, you're a genius!" Phineas exclaimed, high-fiving his friend. "I finally asked her out! And she said yes!"
"Why are you so happy, Phineas?" Buford asked him.
"I asked out Isabella!" Phineas exclaimed.
"Well, of course you did," Buford said. "Why did you wait until TODAY to tell her how you feel? Haven't you loved her since forever?"
"Well, maybe it was time," Phineas replied.
"Y-yes, y-y-yes it w-w-w-was," Irving added.
"'Y-yes, y-yes it w-w-was,'" Buford said, mocking Irving. Django and Baljeet burst out laughing. Ferb and Phineas stayed silent.
Phineas's good mood quickly evaporated. For the entire bus ride, Buford made fun of Irving's stuttering. Phineas knew that Buford didn't like Irving, but now he decided to start up with his bully routine again.
"You stammer too much," Buford told Irving. "Were you born retarded?" Baljeet and Django laughed hysterically. Phineas and Ferb became angry; Buford went too far.
"Buford, that was inappropriate," Ferb said angrily. "Apologize."
"What are you, my mother?" Buford snapped. "I can say whatever I want to say to this freak."
Phineas and Ferb's mouths dropped open. They glanced at Irving, who was trying to blink back tears.
"Oh come on, don't be angry, guys," Buford told the stepbrothers. "I was just kidding. Can't you take a joke?"
That wasn't a joke, Phineas thought angrily. He simply gave Buford a death glare.
The next few weeks went like this. Buford continued to make "jokes" about Irving's stuttering. Then the "jokes" became more cruel and along the lines of "Irving is gay" or "Irving should cut himself". Phineas, Ferb, and Isabella hated these remarks, so they told Buford to back off of Irving. But then Buford started being mean to them, so they stopped trying.
Irving's Life Is Ruined
One day after math class, Adyson caught up with Irving. "Hello, Irving!" she greeted her friend.
"H-hi, Adyson," Irving replied. An awkward silence passed between them.
"Irving, can I tell you something?" Adyson asked quietly.
"S-sure," Irving replied obliviously.
"Well....I really like you, Irving. A lot," Adyson began.
Irving's eyes widened in shock. A girl had a crush on him? Girls NEVER paid attention to him!
"I was wondering...if you would go out with me," Adyson said.
"S-s-sure," Irving stammered in surprise.
"Really?" Adyson asked.
"Really," Irving replied.
"Cool," Adyson said. She leaned over and kissed Irving on the lips. Again, Irving was shocked. He had never been kissed before. He felt happy.
The bell rang, and Irving went to his next class, feeling like the luckiest person in the world. However, he didn't realize that Baljeet had watched him and Adyson together, and soon, his life would go downhill.
After dinner, the phone rang. Irving picked it up. He heard boys laughing on the other end of the phone and then a voice said, "Irving?"
"Yes?" Irving asked.
"This is Buford. How's life?" Buford replied. Two boys (probably Django and Baljeet) laughed in the background.
"It's...g-g-g-good," Irving said, confused about how Buford got his number. Buford didn't seem to like him, so he didn't know what this phone call was about.
"Did you kiss Adyson?" Buford asked.
"Um...y-y-yes, y-y-yes I d-d-did," Irving replied. "W-w-w-w-w-why?"
"Because she's my crush," Buford replied. "I've had a crush on her since fourth grade. And now, you stole her away from me."
"I'm s-s-so so-so-sorry," Irving said. "I d-d-didn't know t-t-that y-y-you l-l-liked her."
"Well, you really should have known," Buford said. "Shouldn't he, boys?" he asked Django and Baljeet.
"Totally," Django replied.
"Or maybe he's a retard," Baljeet added nastily.
"He IS a retard," Buford said meanly. "And he's pretty darn ugly. I don't know why Adyson would want to kiss HIM. He looks like a demented platypus. Chatter for us, you stupid monotreme," he angrily told Irving.
Irving refused to chatter for them. Who knows what kind of mean trick Buford would do if he chattered for them?
"Come on!" Buford yelled. "CHATTER!"
"I-I a-a-am n-n-n-not g-g-going t-t-to ch-ch-cha-chatter f-f-for y-y-you, Buford," Irving stammered. He quickly hung up. The phone quickly rang again, and Irving quickly let it go to voicemail. Buford left a message on there.
"You are going to die, Irving," Buford said in an angrier voice. "I will drive you to your ultimate end. I will kick your (bleep). You better prepare." Then the message ended. Irving's eyes began to well with tears. It was Friday. The end of the week was supposed to be good. But now, everything was ruined thanks to Buford.
Irving's brother Albert walked into the kitchen and opened the refridgerator. "Hey, Irving," he said.
Irving ran to his room and burst into tears. He was now going to dread going to school. Buford and his sidekicks were going to ruin his life. He knew that they didn't like his stuttering, but then they started calling him all kind of mean names. He honestly didn't know that Buford liked Adyson; he never told him, then again, Buford never told him anything.
School was gonna suck.
On Monday, while Irving was in math class, Buford and Baljeet walked into the classroom.
"Do you boys need something?" the teacher asked them.
"Yes, yes we do," Buford replied. "Irving is needed in the counselors' office."
"Okay," the teacher said.
Irving reluctantly got up and followed the two boys to the counselors' office. Irving began to panic as he saw the counselors' office was empty.
"We have to talk to you," Buford began, a mean smirk growing on his face. Irving nodded. He really wanted to be anywhere but here.
"Irving, you have no respect for anyone's feelings but your own," Buford began angrily. "You are a worthless piece of trash who doesn't deserve anyone to love. You have no respect for people or their crushes. How would you feel if I decided to move in on your crush!?"
"B-b-b-but Buford, I-I-I-I d-d-didn't know an-any-anything about y-y-your cr-crush!" Irving protested.
"Yes, you did," Buford argued. "Irving, I'm not trying to hurt you, but this is what you deserve. And I swear to God, if you tell anyone, I mean, ANYONE about what's going on, I'm going to kick your (bleep). I mean it."
Baljeet took out a magazine. An ugly German pharmacist was on the front of the cover. "That's your future, Irving," he said meanly. "When you're all alone in your one room apartment, you'll end up like this moron."
"I-I w-w-want to g-g-g-go b-b-back t-t-t-t-t-t-to cl-class," Irving said quietly.
"Go ahead," Buford told him.
Irving practically ran to class. He was relieved that Buford didn't actually beat him up yet. But he would soon. Irving walked into his class and slunk in his seat.
"Irving, you look pale. What's wrong?" Adyson asked.
"I feel sick," Irving muttered. He asked to go to the nurse and he was excused from school. His mom came to pick him up.
"What's wrong, sweetie?" his mom asked.
"My stomach hurts," Irving replied.
His mom made him soup and gave him ginger ale. It helped Irving physically, but it did little to help him emotionally.
The next few weeks went like this. Buford and his friends screamed profanity at Irving in the hallways. There were things written on the bathroom stalls that claimed that Irving was an untrustworthy ladies' man. Irving got used to hearing gossip around him.
Irving really wanted to hang out with Adyson, but because of this drama, the best thing he could do was avoid her.
Isabella and Phineas's Betrayal
Isabella was sick of Buford's bullying. It was causing Irving to be depressed. In home ec, Irving confessed to Phineas and Isabella that he didn't mean for all of this drama to happen. Phineas, Ferb, Isabella, and Adyson were the only people in the school who were nice to Irving.
As Isabella walked to her P.E. class, she saw Buford, Django, and Baljeet huddled together near Buford's locker.
"This weekend, let's go to the movies," Buford was saying. "We can invite Phineas, Ferb, and Isabella with us. But that Irving freak is not invited."
"Maybe we should ditch him," Django added meanly. "Today on the bus, we're going to run on the bus, and tell the bus driver to immediately drive away. That way, we won't be able to see his ugly face anymore."
Baljeet laughed meanly. "I don't know why Phineas ever wanted to befriend that freak. Maybe he felt sorry for him."
"I don't feel sorry for him, either," Django added.
Isabella gasped. Buford was getting worse and worse. That was a mean trick, and she refused to let those boys go through with it. There was only one thing she had to do.
Later, on the bus, Isabella waited for Irving to climb on. She saw him climb on with Phineas and Ferb. Buford, Baljeet, and Django were already there. As Irving sat down, Isabella decided to go through with her plan.
"Irving, I need to tell you something," Isabella began.
Irving smiled. "O-o-o-okay," he replied.
Isabella took a deep breath. Without hesitation, she said, "Irving, we all think you're a freak. We never want you to sit with us again. Go away, and never come back."
Phineas's mouth dropped open. Did Isabella just tell Irving that he was a freak and they never wanted to see him again!? Isabella was Irving's best friend! How could she DO this!? Phineas looked up at Irving to see his facial expression. He immediately wished he hadn't. Irving's eyes were scared, his face was bright red, and he looked like he was going to cry. Without a word, Irving grabbed his backpack and moved to the very front of the bus. Phineas didn't want Irving to go, and he didn't think that Irving was a freak. He should have called Irving to come back with them. But suddenly, he locked eyes with Buford. Buford had a superior expression on his face, which made Phineas feel sick. Phineas didn't want Buford to bully him if he was friends with Irving, so he decided not to call Irving back.
For the rest of the bus ride, Phineas and Ferb sat there, not speaking at all. Isabella was staring out the window, chewing furiously on her fingernails. Buford, Baljeet, and Django were laughing about how Irving was crying. Phineas glanced at Irving and saw that his shoulders were shaking. Phineas knew he should have said something-----but he decided to betray his friend.
Phineas was worried about Irving. Ever since Isabella had said those harsh words to him, Irving had been seriously depressed. In private, Phineas was nice to Irving, but Irving stopped being nice to him.
"Hi, Irving!" Phineas said cheerfully to Irving in the hallways.
"Hi," Irving replied coldly. He kept his head down as he walked away.
One day, Phineas noticed cuts on Irving's arms, but Irving had said that he had fallen off his skateboard too many times.
Things weren't good on the bus either. Irving refused to talk to Phineas or Ferb. He used to ride the bus everyday, but now, he only rode it once a week. It then elevated to not riding the bus all together.
During the last few weeks of school, Phineas lost complete touch with Irving. He never rode the bus anymore, and the home ec class had ended. Phineas was really worried about his friend---well, he didn't know if Irving considered him a friend anymore---and he hoped he was okay.
After dinner on the second to last day of school, Irving's mom had an announcement to make.
"I hate Danville," she said. "The other mothers are snobs. They have this tight clique with this tight child clique. I am so sick of Linda Flynn, Vivian Garcia-Shapiro, Biffany Von Stom, that woman with the Hirano brats, Stephanie Johnson, I CANNOT STAND THEM! We are moving out of this horrible city."
"WHAT!?" Albert yelled. "Are you (bleep)ing kidding me! You want to move because of some jerky forty year olds!? And I have friends here! This is so unfair! I cannot believe how selfish and self-centered you are!" He angrily stormed to his room and slammed the door. Irving ran to his room and began to cry. It was bad enough he had no friends, now he was moving, too!? His life sucked.
After Irving finished crying, he wrote a poem about black and death. He also stole his dad's razor blade while he was at it. After he was finished writing, he went to bed and cried some more.
Ever since the bullying started, Irving had been avoiding Adyson. He stopped sitting next to her in math class and he kept making up excuses of why he couldn't hang out with her. So on the last day of school, Adyson decided to confront him.
"Hey, Irving," Adyson said hesitantly. "What are you doing this summer? I was hoping we could hang out together."
"I'm moving this summer," Irving replied. "I'm leaving right after school lets out."
"But you just got here!" Adyson protested. "You can't move! Why are you moving!?"
"I don't know, and I don't care," Irving replied. "But I think we should break up. I'm not going to be here anymore, so what's the point?"
Adyson's face fell and she looked like she was about to cry. "You've been avoiding me ever since you moved here!" A tear fell from her eyes. "Don't talk to me ever again!" She ran into the bathroom crying. Irving ran into the bathroom and cried. His life was ruined. He just broke up with the first girl he had ever liked and his supposed "friend" had called him a freak. Phineas was also his friend, so why hadn't he stuck up for him?
I'm better off without them, Irving thought. Maybe I'll do something that would make them all sorry that they were ever mean to me.
The Move to Seattle
The move to Seattle was not interesting at all. Irving, Albert, and their dad were really angry that their mom/wife decided to move because she hated Albert's friends' moms. Irving didn't see what was so bad about them. Dr. Hirano, who had two daughters, one in Albert's grade and one in Irving's grade, was pretty friendly. And Jeremy and Candace's moms were pretty nice. But Candace was the sister of Phineas and Ferb, the two boys who betrayed Irving when Buford was bullying him and when Isabella called him a freak. So in a way, Irving was glad to move, but he didn't want to be here.
Things had changed in the family. Albert was missing his Danville friends, and he began to get angry easier, mostly at his mom. Their dad had also began to blow up at his wife more often because of this. They argued all the time, and Irving was afraid that they were going to get a divorce.
Irving spent most of his time in his room, crying and writing emo poetry. No one except Albert suspected that he was depressed. One day, Albert noticed cuts on Irving's arms, but Irving lied and said that he had fallen off his skateboard too many times. Since Albert was kinda depressed, he gave up on trying to interrogate Irving.
"Children, you're going to be starting school, so you need to buy some new school clothes," Irving's mom announced at breakfast one day.
"Mom, school just ended," Albert complained in a snappy tone.
"Well, you need to be ready for school," his mom shot back. "No excuses. You will be driving your brother to the mall so you both can buy school clothes."
Albert sighed and stomped to his room.
"What's his problem?" his mom asked cluelessly.
Irving couldn't believe how much of a (bleep) his mom had been to this entire family, and she had the nerve to question that Albert was being moody just because he felt like it!?
Irving hated his life.
At the mall, Irving didn't feel like shopping with his brother. Besides, he had a personal errand to do. He was glad that he had brought all his birthday money with him.
First, Irving walked into Hot Topic. He bought a black t-shirt and a silver studded belt. Then he went into Sears and bought black skinny jeans. This wasn't his usual look, and the goth look wasn't his thing, but he wasn't Irving anymore. Because of his loss of friends, he had lost all self respect for himself. He didn't know why Isabella called him a freak. Did she hate his stuttering? Was it because of his glasses? And speaking of glasses, Irving didn't wear them anymore. Maybe that was the reason why everyone hated him. And that was a stupid reason! Albert wore glasses, and no made fun of him for it, but everyone wanted to pick on Irving!?
After Irving bought his clothes, he walked into a hair salon. "I'm here for a dye job," he told the clerk.
"Are you kidding me?" the clerk asked. "Aren't you a little young to dye your hair?"
"No," Irving said politely.
"Okay," the clerk replied.
Thirty minutes later, Irving didn't recognize himself, which was a good thing. Irving wanted to be someone that wasn't him, since no one liked the real him. Maybe with this new look, he would actually find happiness.
Irving bought a baseball cap to hide his hair color from Albert.
"What did you buy?" Albert asked his brother.
"School supplies," Irving lied.
As soon as he got home, Irving changed into his new outfit and took his baseball cap off. He touched up his hair with some hair dye to make sure that his red hair wasn't showing. After he changed into his "goth outfit", he cried. He knew that this wasn't going to make him feel any better, but he wouldn't be wanting to do this if it weren't for Phineas and Isabella. They were supposed to be his true friends, but they decided to be jerks just to make Buford happy. Before the move to Seattle, Irving hung out with Albert and his friends because they felt sorry for him, but he still felt left out. The only thing that could keep Irving sane is if he acted like he didn't care about anything.
When dinnertime came, Irving strutted out of his room with his new look. He didn't smile as he walked down the stairs. His family was shocked when he walked into the kitchen.
"OH MY GOSH, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!?" his mom screamed.
Albert's mouth dropped open. "YOU LOOK...EMO!"
"SON, WHY DID YOU DO THIS!?" his dad added.
"Albert, did you buy this for him!?" his mom asked, still in shock.
"No, I swear I didn't!" Albert replied. "I honestly had no idea he did this!"
"You look horrible!" Irving's mom yelled, turning to Irving. "You look like one of these troublemaker kids who end up in jail because they were under the influence of drugs! This look is just...ugh...I lost my appetite." She threw out her dinner and immediately went upstairs. Her husband and Albert followed.
Irving felt even more devasted. His own MOM called him a freak. And Albert and their dad said NOTHING to show that they cared about him. His own family didn't care about him. He was a disgrace to the world. He wished he didn't exist.
Albert Visits His Friends
Albert was kinda depressed. He was missing his Danville friends like crazy and he felt like everyone in his family had changed since the move. His mom had become a total (bleep) and she started having spazz attacks when people didn't agree with her opinions. His dad had gotten sick and tired of it, so he moved out of the house for a while to live with his brother. Irving had become really emo and depressed, and Albert was worried that he might do something horrible. It seemed like something was eating Irving, but he refused to open up about it.
One day, their dad decided to take the boys out to dinner. Albert was worried that his parents were going to get a divorce because of this move. His friend Candace, who lived in Danville, had parents that were divorced. But her biological dad didn't care about her or her little brother. Luckily, Candace had a loving stepdad who was more involoved in her life.
At the restaurant, Irving, Albert, and their dad were quiet. Irving was picking at his food.
"Irving, are you going to eat your food?" his dad asked.
"I'm not hungry," Irving replied quietly.
"What's wrong?" his dad asked.
"Nothing," Irving replied.
Albert didn't want to be around this depressing atmosphere. "Dad, can I go back to Danville and visit my friends?" he asked. "They were my best friends, and then Mom took them away just because she hated their moms."
"Absolutely," his dad replied. "I've been meaning to go back to Danville also, but I have to work. But you should let your mom know first about this, before she has a spazz attack."
"Okay," Albert replied.
Surprisingly, his mom let him go on his trip. Albert was so glad. After his plane landed in Danville, he grabbed his duffel bag and took a taxi to Coltrane's house.
Coltrane was surprised to see him. "Al, you're back!" he exclaimed, hugging Albert. "Did you move back?"
"No," Albert replied. "But I wanted to visit."
"Cool! I was about to go to the pool with the others," Coltrane said. "They'll be so glad that you're back!" They walked to the pool.
"Hi, Coltrane, hi...ALBERT!?" Stacy asked in surprise. "What are you doing here!?"
"I came to visit!" Albert replied happily.
"Oh my gosh, we haven't seen you in forever!" Jeremy yelled. He, Candace, Stacy, and Jenny hugged Albert. Albert was happy to be back with his friends!
For the next few days, Albert had an amazing time with his friends. He forgot about how his parents might be getting a divorce and how Irving had become depressed. That is, until after he had just gotten out of a movie and turned on his phone. His mom was calling him. Albert became annoyed. What did that spazz want now?
"Hello?" Albert asked in an annoyed way when he picked up.
"Albert, you have to come home right away," his mom replied. She sounded like she was crying. "There has been a serious accident in Seattle."
"Did it involve Dad?" Albert asked.
"No," his mom replied. Since it wasn't his dad, Albert wasn't that worried. Besides, he didn't even know anyone in Seattle.
"It involved Irving," his mom said.
Albert suddenly felt like throwing up. He hoped the accident wasn't serious. He reluctantly hung up.
"Albert, what's wrong?" Jenny asked.
"I have to go home," Albert replied. "My mom told me that there was an accident in Seattle that involved Irving. I hope he's alright."
The Terrible News
Phineas and his friends were starting seventh grade. Phineas didn't want to be back at school. He had a fun time building inventions with Ferb, but he kinda wasn't into it this time. Plus, the summer seemed kind of...meh.
In the middle of math class on the first day of school, Phineas was asked to go to the counselors' office. He was confused. He wondered what he did wrong.
When Phineas walked into the office, he saw Isabella, Adyson, and Ferb there. Surprisingly, a teenage boy and his parents were there. The counselor was in the center of the room.
"What's going on?" Phineas asked his friends.
"I don't know," Isabella replied. "Are we in trouble?"
"No, you're not in trouble," the counselor said. "But this following news might shock you. A former student who attended this school has had a serious accident." She gestured at the teenage boy and his parents. "This is Albert, the victim's brother. Albert, please tell the students the news."
Albert, that name seemed familiar, Phineas thought.
"Well," Albert, the teenage boy, began. He seemed to be fighting back tears. "Um, well, I had a brother named Irving. He used to go here. Then we moved."
"I know Irving!" Phineas shouted. "He was an awesome kid! Did he move back!? Is he back!?
"No," Albert replied seriously. "He isn't coming back at all. He's dead. He committed suicide during the summer."
Phineas's mouth dropped open. Irving...dead!? This wasn't possible! He couldn't be dead!
"Are...are you serious?" Ferb asked Albert.
"Yes, yes I am," Albert replied. Then he burst into tears.
Adyson's face went white and she collasped onto the floor in tears. Isabella was bawling and muttering things about how Irving's death was her fault. Ferb was trying not to cry, but was failing. Phineas felt like the room was spinning around. He couldn't believe that this was happening!
Did I cause Irving to do this!? Phineas thought desperately.
After hearing this news, Phineas went back to class. His stomach hurt, and he just wanted to cry, so he made up an excuse about feeling sick and he went home. Ferb came home with him. Phineas also learned that Isabella and Adyson had left school, too.
"Boys, what's wrong?" Linda asked her distraught sons.
"Irving's dead," Phineas sobbed. "He committed suicide."
"Oh my gosh," Linda said, putting her hand to her mouth. "When did this happen!?"
"During summer," Ferb replied. "Irving's brother told us the news."
Phineas went to his room and cried. He couldn't believe that he betrayed Irving. He couldn't believe that HE was the cause of Irving's death.
Hours later, many people visited the Flynn-Fletcher household, including Irving's family. Albert was in a corner with Stacy, Candace, Jeremy, Coltrane, and Jenny, and they were all crying. The Fireside Girls showed up at the house. Adyson and Isabella were extremely pale. Phineas walked over to Isabella and hugged her. The other Fireside Girls hugged Adyson. Even Suzy was crying. Phineas noticed that Buford, Baljeet, and Django weren't there.
At ten o'clock, all the people left, and Phineas and his family went to bed. Unfortunately, they couldn't sleep, so they stayed up until four a.m. crying. Phineas felt responsible for Irving's death. He finally realized why Irving did it. Irving had never had any friends before in his life, so when he moved to Danville, Phineas, Ferb, and Isabella became his only friends, the people he could trust. But they all let him down. Phineas knew that Irving didn't want to move to Seattle, not only because he had just settled in Danville, but he had no friends. Clearly, leaving Danville without friends made Irving seriously depressed, and finally, he thought that no one cared about him and he committed suicide.
A few days later, Phineas and Ferb felt well enough to go back to school. They stepped onto the school bus, feeling drained.
"Hey, guys," Buford greeted them. "Where have you guys been?"
"Sick and depressed," Phineas replied flatly.
"Why depressed?" Buford asked.
"Didn't you hear?" Phineas asked in exasperation. "Irving, the kid who used to ride our bus, is dead. He committee suicide."
"Oh," Baljeet and Django said. Phineas could see the smirks on their faces. "That news is so devastating," they added.
Django began fake crying. "Boo hoo hoo, Irving's dead!"
Baljeet joined in. "Boo hoo, Irving was like my legit BFF!" he said sarcastically.
Buford just snickered. "Screw Irving. He was a loser anyway."
Phineas was shocked. He could not BELIEVE the cold reaction that those boys gave. They just heard a serious matter, but they treated it like a joke!? Ferb and Isabella were also angry about this reaction.
From this moment on, Phineas wasn't speaking to Buford or his clique again. He was never going to listen to them EVER again. Buford no longer intimidated him, and it was time for a change.
2 Years Later
Now, Phineas and his friends are fourteen. They are in high school now. Many things have changed. Ferb has started dating Gretchen, one of Isabella and Adyson's friends. Things with Buford and Adyson didn't work out because Adyson hates Buford because of what he drove Irving to do. Irving's mom decided to move back to Danville, and she gave the other mothers a chance. Albert, Candace, and their friends are nineteen and in college. Phineas and Isabella are still dating.
On the bus, Phineas, Ferb, and Isabella don't talk to Buford, Baljeet, or Django. Besides, those boys have no life. They spent their entire middle school years making others feel bad. Now, they smoke, do drugs, and skip classes.
Ever since Irving died, Phineas made it a priority to stick up for kids that are being bullied. Even though Phineas has been ridiculed for being friends with "nerds" and "losers", he doesn't care.
Phineas still remembers Irving, and the mistake that they both made in sixth grade. But this tragedy has made Phineas a stronger person who could change more lives.