#35 – The Morning After

Irvine: “Either we’ve entered the twilight zone, or you got laid.”

Originally Published: 10/1/00 . 7 pages

After his date with Lark, Sephiroth thinks everything went well…or did it?

Ramble Milestones
-Sephy sings!

This is a sequel to Sephiroth’s Date With Destiny, and ties up some loose ends from that ramble. Since I didn’t write that ramble myself, I had to respond to the events that occured by writing a quick little follow up ramble. This was the result of that. It’s one of the shortest rambles ever, but it serves its purpose.

(it’s the next day–irvine and rufus are sitting in the tv room at the bar quietly sipping coffee. suddenly the door opens and sephiroth enters grinning ear to ear and *singing* surprisingly well)

Sephiroth: *singing* “Why do you build me up–build me up–buttercup baby just to let me down–let me down–and mess me around when you know worst of all–worst of all–you never call baby when you say you will–say you will–but I love you still–I need you–I need you–more than anyone darlin’! You know that I have from the start! Build me up–build me up–buttercup, don’t break my heart!”

(rufus and irvine look scared)

Irvine: “Rufus, you call the loony bin. I’ll try and tie him down.”

Rufus: *nods and reaches for the phone*

Sephiroth: *comes between and two and puts his arms around them* “Good morning, my good friends! Isn’t it a beautiful day?! I just feel like singing!”

Irvine: “Either we’ve entered the twilight zone, or you got laid.”

Sephiroth: “Wrong on both accounts, my good man.”

Rufus: *sigh of relief* “Then what the hell happened? Did you hit your head? Repeatedly, I might add?”

Sephiroth: *dreamy sigh* “She said she loved me….”

Irvine: “When?”

Sephiroth: “Last night…she came to my room and she thought I was asleep.”

Rufus: “Uh….Sephiroth…I think you fail to remember something…”

Sephiroth: “What’s that?”

Irvine: “Um….I hate to break this to you, but she *was* kind of drunk off her ass last night…”

Sephiroth: *pales* “Are you saying she didn’t really mean it?”

(Irvine and Rufus solemnly nod)

Sephiroth: *getting defensive* “That’s bullsh*t! You guys are just jealous because she never tells *you* she loves you!”

Irvine: “Actually she tells us all the time.”

Rufus: “Like five times a day.”

Sephiroth: *chin quivers* “No! It’s just not fair!” *collapses in tears on the counter*

Irvine: “We made him cry.”

Rufus and Irvine: *shrugs* “Eh.” *go back to drinking their coffee*

(Lark stumbles in a hand to her head)

Lark: “Uh….my head…” *sighs* “You’d think by now I would learn not to drink so much.”

Irvine: “Good morning, sunshine!”

Rufus: “Would you like some coffee, sweetie?”

Lark: *thinks* “Wait….is today St. Patrick’s day?”

Irvine and Rufus: “No………”

Lark: *laughs* “I was so drunk last night I thought today was St. Patrick’s day!” *chuckles* “I can’t even imagine what kind of other crazy things I said!”

Sephiroth: *sobs harder*

Lark: “What’s wrong, Sephy-sama?”

Sephiroth: *wipes his eyes then looks up* “Nothing. I have to go.” *he leaves*

Lark: *frowns* “Did I say something wrong?”

Irvine: “Nah.”

Rufus: “He’s just a big baby.”

Lark: “I hope he had fun on our date last night.”

Irvine: “Oh…I think he did.”

Lark: “Really?” *sighs* “I don’t think he likes me much.”

Rufus: *chokes on his coffee*

Lark: *pats him on the back* “Are you okay, Rufus?”

Rufus: *coughing* “Yeah……fine….”

Lark: *sighs* “I have to say I’m a little disappointed.”

Irvine: “Why?”

Lark: “Well….” *looks down at the counter* “I mean, the date didn’t end right….”

Rufus: *recovering* “What do you mean?”

Lark: “Well….” *blushes* “We never even got to….you know…”

(the guys lean in intently)

Lark: “….Kiss.”

Guys: *sigh of relief* “Oh.”

Lark: “I think I should go talk to him.” *leaves*

Irvine: “Well, I’m glad we’re not in the twilight zone.”

Rufus: “I never want to see Sephiroth singing again. I’d rather see him crying.”

Irvine: “I’ll drink to that!” *takes a sip* “Aw, damn. I forgot it was just coffee.”

(red is still tied to the tree outside)

Red: “Help me! Please…. Someone…. Anyone?”

(nida walks by, slumped over)

Nida: “I didn’t pick up *any* chicks last night… This sucks! Don’t they understand that I’m the pilot of Garden?!”

Red: *looks unhappy* “Well I said *anyone*…” *calls* “Hey there! Garden pilot! Do you think you could help me?”

Nida: *looks over* “Huh? Oh yeah, sure. I can do anything!”

Red: “Could you untie me from this tree, please?”

Nida: “Sure!” *unties him* “Did Squall do this to you? Cause if he did, I could kill him ya know. I was gonna anyway, but–“

Red: “No, no. It was not him.” *sweat drops* “Thank you anyway though.”

Nida: “You know, if they’re mistreating you, you could always come and join me and *my* friends.”

Red: *sweat drops* “Uh…..I…..um….”

Ashley: *comes outside* “EWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! Nida!! Get away from Red!!” *picks up a stick and starts chasing nida down with it*

Nida: “I was just being niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii—owwwwwwwwww!” *runs*

Ashley: *follows* “I’ll show you good!”

Red: *grins* “I like her.”

(meanwhile, lark has gone looking for sephy)

Lark: *thinks* “If I were him, where would I go?” *light bulb*

(lark goes over to the only tree on the grounds and looks up. sure enough, there he is, drying his tears)

Lark: “Sephy-sama. I knew you’d be here. Come down here and tell me what’s wrong.”

Sephiroth: *sniff* “Nothing’s wrong.”

Lark: *knowingly* “Sephy…. I don’t like to see you sad…” *frowns* “Did you not have fun on our date?”

Sephiroth: “No! That’s not it at all!”

Lark: “Then… Then what is it?”

Sephiroth: *softly* “You wouldn’t understand.”

Lark: *is silent a moment before she requests softly* “Sephiroth…..can you come down here?….Please?”

Sephiroth: *jumps down and faces her* “Yes?”

Lark: *looks up at him* “I don’t think our date ended the right way last night.”

Sephiroth: “Why do you say that?”

Lark: “Well, I was drunk, and…I…I forgot to…”

Sephiroth: *trying to edge her along* “Forgot to what…??”

Lark: “I forgot to do this.” *reaches up to take his cheek in her hand and brings his face to hers. just as they’re about to kiss…*

Ashley: “I’LL KILL YOU GOOD, NIDA!!!!!!!!” *runs by, chasing nida with a stick*

Nida: “Leave me alone!!!!! I didn’t *really* want him to join us! He’s just a stupid animal!”

Ashley: “You’re a stupid animal!”

Nida: “Ahhhhh!!!”

(lark and sephiroth watch them run by)

Lark: *sweat drop* “Um…..yeah.”

Sephiroth: “Where were we?”

Lark: *backs away* *blushes* “Never mind….I’ll see you later….”

Sephiroth: “Uh…..”

Lark: “Sephiroth, I…..” *shakes her head and goes off*

Sephiroth: *heaves a sigh* “Oh g-d…..” *frowns* “Lark…if only I could tell you I

Ashley: “Die, Nida! Die!!!”

Nida: “Ack!!!”

Sephiroth: *tearing at his head* “Urgh!! I can’t even say it to myself!!”

(rinoa and squall walk by)

Rinoa: “What the hell is Sephiroth talking about? I feel like we missed something…”

Squall: *shrugs* “Whatever.”

Nida: *runs by, Ashley still in pursuit* “SQUALL! SAVE ME!”

Squall: “Go to hell!”

Rinoa: “Squall!”

Squall: “Sorry…”

Sephiroth: “I HATE YOU ALL!” *goes inside*

(Ashley and nida stop running and stare in shock.)

Rinoa: *blinks* “Yeah. We definitely missed something.”

Squall: “Whatever.”


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