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The rain was coming down in buckets outside, or at least that's what his uncle Alvin said. AJ could not exactly see any buckets falling from the sky outside when he looked out over the large yard that afternoon. Thunder purred in the distance while the heavy plops of rain drops fell against the driveway and smacked against the glass of the windows.

The six-year-old sighed and set his head down over his crossed arms. Today was supposed to be a nice day to go to the zoo, Uncle Theodore had said earlier. He had suggested the idea before the clouds had even rolled in. He and Auntie Eleanor planned on taking AJ and his twin cousins out for the day while his Auntie Brittany cleaned the house; Uncle Alvin would be out working at the police department.

But then the rain began to fall around lunch time… and Uncle Alvin came back home early due to having yet another miserable morning at the station—AJ knew that his uncle had difficulty getting along with most policemen and women due to the "gift" he had. He said they were afraid of what he could do, and therefore treated him differently when he was not singing for The Chipmunks. It frustrated him so he would go to the race tracks and spend time with his pit crew or else return home to play some music; music always calmed him down.

Coming home soaked and wet did nothing to improve his mood. AJ had greeted him cheerfully upon entering the house, but the chipmunk simply grumbled in reply, hastily rubbed the boy's head and then walked off to the music room to be alone. Uncle Theodore and his pet Mia went to join him shortly.

Eleanor walked around the corner and smiled at the boy as he continued to stare up at the sky. "Would you like a snack, AJ?" she asked, just as the boy raised his head and looked at her. "I was just making your Uncle Alvin a sandwich. Did you want one too?"

"No thank you, Auntie," the child replied. "I'm not hungry." Just as she turned to leave, he pulled himself away from the windowsill. "Is Uncle Alvin still mad?" he asked meekly.

Eleanor looked at him in silence before shrugging. "I think he's cooling down, finally," she said. "Why?"

"Because I wanna play a video game with him. David's still grounded because he made a mess in the garage Tuesday, and Claire's boring when she plays races with me. She thinks I dunno how to play, so she goes easy on me. And that makes it boring."

Eleanor giggled at this before looking down the hallway. "I could ask him if you want," she said. "But he might still need to relax. Your Uncle Teddy's been trying to make him feel better for a while now."

AJ sighed and slid down onto the couch until his chin was resting on his chest. "Where's Papa?" he asked.

At these words, he saw his Aunt quickly look away. Unease filled her brown eyes and AJ knew why; for the past few months now, it had been a whirlwind of turmoil for his papa. Ever since he had been rushed to the hospital because of serious depression, the other grownups had found it quite difficult to tell when or when not to speak to him. And ever since the accident last spring, he had been, as Uncle Alvin said, "slowly going downhill." It had been so bad at first that Simon had gone all the way to blaming Alvin for not being able to stop the accident from happening. Luckily, that phase of dark feelings had passed; unfortunately, Simon's depression had only but begun. He may have forgiven his brother, but it did not change what had taken place.

AJ had not understood everything that had been taking place at the time, but knew enough to know that his Aunts and Uncles were still trying to help his father adjust to his new life. Alvin had even made Simon take a leave of absence from work. That meant that Simon would stay at home during the day instead of work at the bank or at the university. Alvin, as well as AJ's Grandpa Dave, even decided that recording songs and performing would be postponed until Simon was feeling better and adjusting to his medication.

So wherever he was in the house at the moment, he was undoubtedly in a bad mood—which was why Eleanor looked away when AJ asked of his whereabouts. She had tried numerous times to cheer AJ's Papa up, but to no avail. He would either ignore her or snap until she left. It had gotten so bad that Uncle Theodore had told her to simply let Simon be until he was ready to have company.

"I… I don't know where he is, AJ," she squeaked.

AJ continued to stare at her a moment longer before turning onto his stomach and carefully sliding off of the couch—he was still too short to reach the floor without hurting himself. "Did he take his Heart Healer?" he asked. This was what AJ called his father's medication. When he wanted to avoid saying words that frightened him, he either used a substitute or made something up.

Eleanor had already grown accustomed to the boy's vocabulary. "Not since this morning," she said. "At least I don't think so."

"Can I take it to him then?" He figured that if he had an excuse to go see his papa, then maybe Simon would want his company.

Eleanor was onto his little game. Her smile reflected pity as she nodded her head. "It's on the counter where your vitamins are," she said as she left. "Take the bottle with you but only give him one, okay?"

"Yes, Ma'am," the six-year-old replied.

"And be careful not to drop them. It's an expensive bottle."

"Yes, Ma'am." Attempting not to trip over his extra long navy blue sweater, AJ waddled into the kitchen and moved the stepping stool in place in order to reach for his father's medication. The bottle was white with a blue lid on it—the name Seville, Simon was written on its side, although that was all AJ bothered to read; he had not yet gotten skilled enough to read anything else. If he recognized his father's name, he knew he had found the right bottle.

Snatching it like a hawk snatches its prey, AJ leaped off of the stepping stool, grabbed a glass, filled it with orange juice—Uncle Alvin always gave Simon orange juice with his medication—and waddled off up the stairs, once again careful not to trip over his clothes.

There were children giggles in his Auntie Brittany's and Uncle Alvin's bedroom. While passing it by, he suspected that the Chipette was busy playing another board game with the twins. AJ was disappointed they had not asked him to join, but then remembered what he had come to do and went on his way.

He looked in his Papa's office—empty. He even dared to peek in his mama's sewing room—nothing had been moved since last Spring, so he quickly turned away from it. Both he and Simon had avoided the room for months.

Bathroom, video game room, even his Uncle Theodore's and Auntie Eleanor's room. AJ had purposely left his Papa's room for last, perhaps because he subconsciously knew he would be there but wanted to avoid it—despite wanting to find his Papa, he was also afraid to arrive.

The door was opened just a crack, which made it easier for the boy to open it without letting go of the medication and the juice. The door creaked as it opened and AJ took two steps into the dark room. Nothing had been disturbed, save the bed that was still unmade—Simon had gotten in the habit of not making his bed. His cousin David said that it was because he started getting lazy; his cousin Claire said it was because he started forgetting. But AJ knew why he stopped doing it: it had been the first thing every morning that his Papa did with his Mama. They would make the bed together before going to work in their car—Simon would drop Jeanette off at the library and he would drive to the bank or the university. Even if making the bed was a simple and meaningless task, Simon had begun to avoid doing it because he had to do it alone.

AJ allowed his eyes to adjust to the darkness before being able to recognize a familiar silhouette sitting in the cushioned windowsill at the back of the room, head against the glass as the rain continued to smack against it from the outside. The chipmunk had his arms held out straight over his knees, playing with something small between his fingers—something AJ guessed to be his Mama's wedding ring. He did not seem the least bit concerned with who had come in the room, which told AJ that he was still in a gloomy mood; he was not ready to enjoy someone's company.

But AJ raised his chin and puffed up his chest. His Papa wouldn't mind if he came in. Uncle Alvin did say that AJ was his Papa's little guardian angel, right? That meant that if anyone could make Simon feel better, it would be him. AJ never took responsibilities like this lightly. Especially if it meant to please either of his parents.

He took a few steps into the room and was about to greet his papa when his foot tripped over the sweater that dragged over the floor. AJ gasped quickly as he fell forward to the ground and landed with a thud, his large glasses bouncing off of his muzzle. He hardly paid any attention to his lost glasses though, because he was more focused on the blurry yet dark splash of liquid that now stained the carpet, right next to a glass that had a giant piece chipped out of it. And sitting in the pool of spilt orange juice was the tablet bottle, cap off and its contents out over the floor.

AJ gasped again, this time in great horror, and then let out a loud whimper as tears filled his eyes. "Oh no, oh no, oh no, no, noooo," he cried, raising himself to his knees and reaching for the pills. "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry…" He felt something sharp prick his left hand, making him squeak in pain and pull it back, but hardly a second later did he continued to try and pick up the blue and white capsules. Tears trickled down his cheeks, making his blurry vision even more so. "No, no, no," he sobbed.

Quiet footsteps made their way across the room to him, and AJ immediately snatched up his head to see a fuzzy silhouette looming over him. He cried harder and continued to pick up the pills. "I'm sorry, Papa, I didn't mean to spill your Heart Healers," he said. "I just wanted to bring one up to you in case you didn't take one. Auntie Eleanor told me not to spill them because they're expensive, and I spilled everything, even your orange juice. I'm sorry, I'm sorry, Papa, I didn't mean it, honest…" He sobbed on and on, apologizing for his clumsiness, replied by nothing but silence for sometimes afterwards.

Then he saw two hands reach down and grab his own. They gently scraped the soggy pills out of the boy's one hand before moving to the next and inspecting what AJ believed to be a cut. He sniffed and wiped his eyes. "I'm sorry, please don't be mad at me," he squeaked.

The two hands moved to wrap around his waist next. "Ssshhh," came his father's voice, as he scooped AJ up and held him in his arms. He reached out for the boy's glasses before finally rising from his squat and holding the tiny chipmunk against his chest. "It's okay, AJ."

"I'm sorry, I'm sorry," AJ continued to apologize as his father carried him into the small bathroom at the back of the room.

The light was turned on and AJ winced at the brightness before Simon set him down on the counter next to the sink. The Chipmunk then knelt down and opened a door beneath the counter, pulling out a first aid kit.

AJ sniffed and wiped his tears again until he felt his glasses being placed over his nose. Raising his right hand, he helped his father put them in place and finished wiping away tears before finally looking at the grownup.

Simon did not seem to notice AJ staring at him. In fact, while the man grabbed AJ's left hand and began cleaning the mess of blood over it, it seemed as though his Papa hardly took any notice of anything around him at all, including the presence of his son. AJ had seen his eyes cloud over this badly many times before. They darkened, remained downcast, never looking anyone in the eye, almost as though attempting to forget anything or anyone else existed. It was like how AJ pretended not to see the bullies at school and hope that they didn't see him either. He did not like seeing eyes like this, especially his father's. It had been a very long time since the last time his father had looked at him longer than a few seconds.

Simon pulled some small pinchers out of the first aid kit and held up AJ's hand. With an expressionless face, he reached down over the boy's palm and began pulling a sharp shard of glass out from the cut. AJ cringed in pain and tried not to pull his hand away, afraid that his father would snap at him if he did.

Once the piece had been removed, Simon carefully cleaned the cut and then bandaged it until AJ's entire left hand resembled that of a mummy's. Then, he silently put the first aid kit away beneath the sink, stood up without a word and left the bathroom.

AJ watched him leave and leaned forward to see better until deciding to follow. He scooted his bum over the counter until he had reached the toilet, carefully slid off until his feet were over the toilet lid and then jumped off onto the floor. Stumbling once, he ran into the dark room and stopped a few feet away from the window where his father had returned. It hardly seemed as though Simon had even changed positions at all.

The boy wiggled his toes before deciding to speak up. "I'm sorry I made a mess, Papa," he whispered.

Simon did not reply, nor did he turn his head.

"I could clean it up if you—!"

"Ask your Uncle Theodore to do it later," Simon said, again without looking at his son.

AJ played with his fingers for a few seconds, not saying a word, before attempting to speak once more. "Papa, did you—!"

"Papa wants to be alone, Alvin," Simon interrupted again, this time with a tone that sounded as though he was speaking through a lump in his throat. The chipmunk wrapped his arms around his legs and rested his head on his knees. "Please go away."

AJ had never heard his father ask him to go away. It almost hurt more than the cut on his hand did. AJ placed one foot on the other, trying not to let his chin tremble as tears climbed up to his eyes again. "But I wanna help," he said.

Simon did not reply right away. He remained immobile before hugging his legs tighter and taking a shaky breath. "I don't want to be helped right now," he said.

AJ silenced a squeak that reached his lips and then wiped a stray tear from his cheek. Putting on a brave face, he disobeyed his father for the first time and walked over to the windowsill instead of leaving the room. His father never looked up when the six-year-old clumsily climbed onto the cushions, nearly falling twice. The boy groaned with the effort of sitting up properly and only stopped moving once he was sitting on his knees, facing his papa. Without waiting to see if the pianist would rebuke his aid again, he leaned forward and said, in his meek voice, "… Do you want to be loved instead then?"

It seemed as though Simon had ceased to breathe at that very moment. While the rain continued to smack against the window and the sun shed what light it could through the dark clouds, AJ watched as his papa slowly raised his head until his eyes had finally locked gazes with his son's. This time, AJ could tell that his papa wanted to see him—instead of the blankness he had so often seen since the accident, he could see every bit of pain his father was feeling at that moment in those grey-blue eyes. Loss, loneliness, sorrow and despair—all the emotions his Uncle Alvin said someone depressed felt.

But he also saw hope; or a sliver of that. It was as if hope was trying with all its might to push back the emptiness of depression, but without any help, it would be but a dying flame in a hurricane. He did not want to be left alone, AJ realized; he wanted to get out of that pit of despair.

Simon stared at him in silence, never speaking, hardly blinking. AJ teetered from side to side, and placed his hands on his feet once he decided to cross his legs, and tilted his head to one side before finally smiling pitifully at his father. He had learned since his earliest years that his uncles and his father needed a bit of music in their hardest days. His Uncle Alvin did go to the music room when he was upset, just as he was now. Maybe what his Papa needed right now was a song. And AJ knew a few which his mama used to sing to him when he was upset. There was one in particular he knew would do the trick.

Finding the tune in his heart, AJ opened his mouth and began to sing:

Another day has almost come and gone
Can't imagine what else could go wrong
Sometimes I'd like to hide away somewhere and lock the door
A single battle lost but not the war ('cause)

Tomorrow's another day
And I'm thirsty anyway
So bring on the rain


He swayed from side to side as he sang, never taking his eyes off of his papa's.

And Simon never took his eyes off of his son.

It's almost like the hard times circle 'round
A couple drops and they all start coming down
Yeah, I might feel defeated,
And I might hang my head

Tomorrow's another day
And I'm thirsty anyway
So bring on the rain


He admitted that he was not as great a singer as either of his uncles or his papa, but AJ enjoyed singing nevertheless. He knew as much as any Seville that music and singing ran in the family. It had been a known cure to any blues since before he was born.

And the more he sang, the more he saw the hope in his father's eyes grow. A light sparked and slowly brought his dull grey eyes to life again. Tears welled up in his eyes, almost as though it had been a long time since he had last cried.

A healthy cry, that is.

No I'm not gonna let it get me down
I'm not gonna cry
And I'm not gonna lose any sleep tonight ('cause)

Tomorrow's another day
And I am not afraid
So bring on the rain


AJ hummed sweetly, and never stopped singing, even when tears began to slide down his father's cheeks.

Tomorrow's another day
And I'm thirsty anyway
So bring on the rain


Simon bit his lip and finally reached out for his son. AJ allowed himself to be lifted from his place on the cushion and pulled towards his papa until Simon had him against his heart. He wrapped his arms tightly around the six-year-old, resting his head on the boy's and cried as he rocked back and forth with him. And all this time, AJ continued to sing.

(Bring on, bring on the rain)
No, not gonna let it get me down
I'm not gonna cry
So bring on the rain
(Bring on, bring on the rain)
(Bring on the rain, Bring on the rain)


He placed his arms tightly around his papa's waist and his ear against his chest, listening to his heart beat through the sobs that came from his mouth. AJ never liked hearing his papa cry, but he knew that this cry had to come out. It was a cry that had been locked away for a long time, and like the sky had to sometimes pour out in so-called buckets, AJ figured that it was important that a heart emptied itself now and again as well.

He closed his eyes and snuggled against his father's sweater. "Do you want me to go tell Uncle Theodore you need another bottle of Heart Healers, Papa?" he whispered.

Simon had fallen silent by now, but he only hugged his son tighter. "Stay here," he replied, stroking AJ's head. "Please stay here, AJ. I need you here."

AJ opened his eyes and looked up at him momentarily until the sound of someone clearing their throat softly was heard. With a soft gasp, AJ stared across the room, just as he felt his father slowly raise his head and turn it.

Alvin, followed by Theodore, walked into the dark room, holding a blue mug in his hands. The red-clad chipmunk came to a stop by the window and sat down where AJ had once been while Theodore held out a cookie for the boy. Alvin held out the mug of coffee to his brother. "Might want something to warm you up though," he said in such a gentle tone it seemed out of character. As Simon quietly took a sip, the guitarist looked at his nephew. "You should stay here, AJ," he said. "Your dad needs you right now."

"Don't worry about the pills," Theodore added as Simon passed him the mug. "We'll take care of that tomorrow."

AJ nodded ever so slightly until his father wrapped his arms around him again. He closed his eyes and hugged him harder as his uncles began to hum the song he had just been singing.

Tomorrow was another day, and he had a feeling it would be a little easier for his papa to bear—for everyone to bear. It did not change what had happened last spring, but it was always easier to move on when you did not need to do so alone.

Bring on the rain…


Link to chipmunk version of the song (thank you*kiki-kit for making it btw): [link]
link to the actual song (WAY better than the chipmunk version of course =P--> [link]


No critiques please. I'm not ready for any critiques on my writing yet. Still trying to get over stuff from last year.

This may explain a few things. Like I said, the Chipmunks were the first characters I ever decided to practice writing about real life scenarios.

Heart Healers: AJ's word for Simon's anti-depressants.

Alvin's bad day at department: Before the chipmunks moved to Hearttropolis, they lived in L.A. Unfortunately, the people then weren't exactly warmed up to the idea of others having "actual superpowers," and while the people Simon and THeo worked with were more accepting, the people at the police department were more than a bit rude to Alvin, considering his gift was something that could be deemed "dangerous." The people on the race track liked it though, which is why he would often leave the police department just to go race.

Age: AJ turned six about a month or two before this story takes place. The actual Series I partially wrote takes place when he's eight and th twins are 11.


ok, dun. *braces herself* X3


Chipmunks and Chipettes (c) Bagdasarian Productions
Seville Kids, story (c) KicsterAsh
song (c) Jo Dee Messina
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DawnDewdrop Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student Artist
so sweet, made me cry so badly I could hardly see out of my glasses (THATS CAUSE THEY'RE MINE YA DUMB TOTADILE!... I loved the story though...)
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loyalartist Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
this was such a great read I really loved it
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DarkAngelfromheaven Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The more I read it the more I cry, beautiful story :) (Smile)
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LiveAndDie40 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This made me cry..It's so sad,but it's also heartwarming.
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SillyCharmSeer Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Artist
This warmed my depressed heart :")
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salaria-topaz Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so sweet and heartwarming. I'm crying right now... but in a good way.
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XGBlue Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is the single most heartwrenching thing I have ever read. :cry:  I wish I could write like you, because this is a masterpiece.
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Jeanetterocks Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Oh my gosh. This story is amazing! I'm literally crying right now! You are awesome Kicster Ash!!
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Kathy1523 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What happend to janette
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doom141 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
what happend to gennet?
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