Jump Rope
Summary: Peny coaxes Sean outside to go jogging and instead tricks him with a song he wrote to make her smile when she was younger.
Date: 05 Sept, 2013
Related: none
Sean 


04 Sept, 3013 — Random small park in Landing

(Credit to Blue October for this song and they wrote and performed it first. I'm borrowing it here, but the lyrics are just incredible and don't need changing.)


Jump Rope

Sean and Peny

For the first time in a while, Sean is feeling depressed and his sister can see it in him. Peny has always known when Sean was feeling this way, it's just something she's in tune with. Clearly, her plan with the picnic date didn't go the way she'd hoped… either Sean was doing his best to not date Rivea, or Rivea is seriously not into her hot older brother. (If that's the case, then Peny needs to chat with Rivea about Sean… cause, seriously… just look at him.) She rumages through some of her things and happens on an old music device of hers, one that Sean had made for her. She plugs it into the computer and has Trix load it up and play it. The first song on there is one that Sean had written just for her after her very first bad break up… it brings a bittersweet smile to her lips as she sings along, then… the light goes on over her head.

Sean comes home after a stressful day at school and work, he gives Peny a simple greeting before he strips and goes to shower. Twenty minutes later he's out of the shower and walking to the fridge for a drink. “Sean?” Peny asks him as he leans back to drain his glass of chocolate milk, her eyes can't help admire his unclothed form even if they're related and she's already familiar with it's entirety after how close they are and comfortable they are around each other. She's dressed in athletic clothing for dancing, hugging her own voluptuous form rather tightly. “What's up Peny?” Sean asks as he pours himself another glass.

“I was thinking we should hang out this afternoon… just us. Go running, or freestyling, or something. I'm getting ready to go now… will you join me?” Her alluring voice accentuated with a bright loving smile. He looks at her over his shoulder, “Yeah, sure… I guess. I can go get dressed then.” and drains his chocolate milk before going to get on something to work out in. When he returns, she's ready to go and they head out. After a quick trip through the ways, a public crawler ride to the open park, and some light stretching, Peny's voice starts to pick up into a song.

"Remember how you used to say…"
"Couldn't wait for tomorrow for a brand new day?"
" and. No fuss when you had to ride the bus, "
"You'd just add a little blush,"
"to paralyze your school crush."

Sean's eyes sparkle at her when he hears those words sung to him, and he can't help be smile at her. “Peny…” he starts but she picks back up into song again.

"Now you're older and the weight is on your shoulders,"
"Make your world a little colder, no more hiding in the old days.”
"Be strong don't you give up hope, it will harder…”
"Life's like a jump rope!”

Sean smiles at Peny as she sings and starts to dance, Trix picks up on her song and starts to play the up beat tempo music only. Peny stands in one spot, spinning her arm in time to the beat, bouncing slightly on her toes and causing the effect to carry up through her body. Sean can't help but smile and join his sister in her dance.

”Up! Down, Up! Down, Up! Down,”
”Up! Down,Yeah!”
”Cause it will get hard,”
”Remember life's like a jump rope!”

Sean smirks at his sister and takes over singing from her as he starts to get into the dance and really smile, a genuine bright smile unlike something his sister has seen in a long time now. They start to draw a crowd of kids from the nearby playground who join into the easy, fun, bouncy dance he and Peny are doing.

”Up! Down, Up! Down, Up! Down,”
”Up! Down,Yeah!”
“It will get hard…”
“Cause it will get hard!”

The children draw their parents who smile when they hear the words of the song, and even start to encourage their children to dance and sing along, Sean motions and Peny nods to him. She slides over to the bag where the music is coming from and gets out the device, tapping it lightly so that it gets loud enough to hear, Sean's comm pick-up turning into an impromptu microphone.

“There'll be a bumb, and there will be a bruise…”
” There'll be alarms and there will be a snooze… “
“There'll be a path that you'll have to choose, and”
“There'll be a win a there will be a lose, and”
“You gotta hold your head up high, and”
“Watch, all the negative ah go by.”

Peny's back with Sean, dancing in their simply but so very fun bouncy four step with arm motions that kids can follow, really gearing it towards their sudden audience. Many of the kids are just jumping around, or stomping, shaking hands or heads or both. Free styling it to the beat like all young kids do, one particular young blonde haired boy with puffy cheeks and an adorable bowl cut stands out front listening to Sean with an introspective serious look on his face. As if he's internalizing the music and the lyrics.

Never be ashamed to cry,”
''You go ahead!”
“Cause lifes like a jump rope!”

And to both Sean and Peny's surprise the kids pick up the chorus as a chant all their own to follow along with Sean as he sings, Peny's voice rising up to accompany his.

”Up! Down, Up! Down, Up! Down,”
”Up! Down,Yeah!”
”Cause it will get hard,”
”Remember life's like a jump rope!”
”Up! Down, Up! Down, Up! Down,”
”Up! Down,Yeah!”
“It will get hard…”
“Cause it will get hard!”

Sean and Peny move into a clear space and get all the kid's attentions, motioning them to follow their dance moves. The duo demonstrate for the kids as the music plays in the background, they jump once, then stomp their feet, do a turn, clap their hands then shimmy down before jumping again to repeat the process. The children delight in this and cheer in unison with a resounding “Yeah!”

“I wanna tell you that everything will be ok.”
“That everything will eventually turn itself gold.”
“So keep pushing through it all, do follow lead the way!”
“And don't lose yourself, or you hooooooope.”
“Life's like a jump rope…”

The kids pick up the chorus on their own again and Sean and Peny hold our their pick-ups so that their cute little voices ring in unison as they chant the words together. Then the brother-sister duo get all of them to look up at them and start to sing along,

“Up down, stomp your feet, spin around.”
“Clap your hands to the music, then you slip down.”
“Stomp feet so hard you make them pound,”
“Raise them back up to the top, and now we're never coming down.”

“Up down, stomp your feet, spin around.”
“Clap your hands to the music, then you slip down.”
“Stomp feet so hard you make them pound,”
“Raise the bottom to the top,”
“And now we're never coming down.”

Sean's smile is genuine and bright as he and Peny dance with the large gathering of small children all of them chanting the chorus to the song dragging their parents into the dance with them, or those parents with smaller children are holding them and swaying or bouncing to the beat. Eventually Sean and Peny finish the song and pick of their stuff, linking arms and walking out of the park together with big bright smiles. Sean leans his head on his sister's shoulder, “Thank you Peny… I don't think I've really enjoyed dancing and singing like that is a long time… I needed that.”
“Of course Sean, always remember that I love you and I'll force you to be happy if you like it or not.” Peny's voice resplendent with the teasing nature of her loving words.

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