#57 – Thanks For Nothing, Buddy!

Reno: “Think there will be booze tomorrow? I could be thankful for that…”

Originally Published: ?? . 29 pages

Synopsis
It’s Thanksgiving time at the ramble room, and Lark is making everyone say what they’re thankful for. Will Sephiroth finally be able to say what’s in his heart?

Ramble Milestones
Nothing this time.

According to my ending notes, I listened to the song “So In Love” from the musical Kiss Me, Kate a million times when writing this ramble, which explains a lot. I like this ramble, even if it kind of has more drama than laughs. Some of the funniest moments for me were when Lark kept offering to “do the looking” for the other girls when it came to Sephiroth and when Rufus admits he’s thankful for his employees and Reno responds, “But we hate you.” Irvine also lies in this ramble, claiming his favorite holiday is Valentine’s Day, when we find out later he hates it. Yeah, he lied. I never make mistakes like that. EVER.

(lark is decorating the ramble room with thanksgiving stuff. there’s a big table in the center of the room covered with a white tablecloth, and it has been set up for a fancy dinner.)

Sephiroth: *entering with rufus and irvine* “What’s all this, woman?”

Lark: *not looking at them* “Thanksgiving, duh! It’s tomorrow!”

Rufus: “Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving!?”

Irvine: “I had no idea.”

Lark: *shakes head* “Don’t you guys pay attention to what month it is or anything?”

Rufus: “Sure I do. It’s just that…Thanksgiving?” *shrugs* “Eh. Who cares? You just eat and stuff. Christmas is my favorite holiday.”

Irvine: “I like Valentines Day.” *wink*

Sephiroth: “I like–“

Lark: “I know, Sephy. You like Saint Patrick’s day.”

Sephiroth: *sighs with annoyance and then says with no enthusiasm* “Yeah. Go Saint Patrick’s day. Whoo.”

Lark: *turns and looks at the guys* “I don’t believe you guys!” *frowns* “I love Thanksgiving! It’s a nice holiday! Plus you get that kick ass parade on tv.”

Rufus: “Ooh! With Santa at the end!”

Irvine and Sephiroth: *give each other weird looks*

Lark: “Forget Santa. The stores always prepare for Christmas around *Halloween* and forget Thanksgiving even exists! Meanwhile, everyone in America celebrates it! It’s our national holiday! Not that I don’t love Christmas, but I think Thanksgiving should be given its due.”

Sephiroth: “And I think I’m bored.”

Lark: “Sephy-sama.” *disapproving look*

Rufus: “But you don’t get any presents or anything at Thanksgiving. What’s the point?”

Irvine: “Yeah, and there’s no excuse to get laid or drunk either.”

Sephiroth: “Or wear green.” *rolls eyes*

Lark: “There is a point! It ain’t called *Thanks*giving for nothing! You’re supposed to tell what you’re thankful for!”

Rufus: “Yeah, but no one ever does.”

Lark: “Well…. This year we are. This year everyone is going to say what they’re thankful for. And it has to be something serious. Or no one’s eating.”

Irvine: “Speaking of eating, who’s making our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow?”

Lark: *laughs* “Not me! I made cookies, that’s it. Noelle, Ashley, Rinoa and Selphie said they would take care of it.”

Rufus: “They can, um, cook, right?”

Lark: “I guess so.”

Sephiroth: “The Gundam Wing jerks aren’t coming, are they?”

Lark: “You know, I invited them, but Heero said Wufei spent a week preparing their dinner.” *shrugs* “I don’t wanna mess with that freak. He said they might stop by later, but not to count on it.”

Sephiroth: “What about Twilight?”

Lark: “Of course he’s coming. Where else is he going to go? He doesn’t really have any friends–“

Sephiroth: *glares*

Lark: *sweat drops* “Besides you, Sephy. Eh heh.”

Irvine: “So what are we having tomorrow?”

Lark: “Um…turkey…”

Irvine: “Besides that!”

Lark: “You know, the Thanksgiving stuff! Turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes – stuff like that.”

Rufus: “Aren’t we supposed to be nice to everyone on Thanksgiving? You aren’t inviting Hojo and them, are you?”

Lark: “Ugh! No! You’re never supposed to be nice to them!”

Rufus: “I love you, Lark.”

Lark: “I know, hon. Now, you all go spread the word that everyone had better be thankful for something tomorrow! Or no one eats!”

Irvine: “The food had better be good, or no one will want to.”

Lark: “……I’d better go check on that.”


(lark goes into the kitchen where, Noelle, Ashley, rinoa and selphie, clad in aprons, are busy cooking…)

Selphie: “Tee hee! I love cooking!”

Ashley: “Better not slip any crack into the food, crackwhore.”

Rinoa: “Like I would, even if I had some, Ashley.”

Noelle: “Stop talking and stir, Ashley.”

Lark: “Hey, girls.”

Selphie: “Tee hee! Hi, Lark!”

Rinoa: “Wanna help?”

Lark: “No… I just came to see how everything is coming.”

Ashley: “All right…except for crackwhore here.”

Rinoa: “What did I do?!”

Lark: “Now, now. Let’s be nice to each other on Thanksgiving-eve guys. By the way, I’ve decided in the true spirit of Thanksgiving, everyone has to tell what they’re thankful for before we eat tomorrow.”

Noelle: “Why? Were you visited by three ghosts last night, Lark?”

Lark: *gives her a look* “No. It’s just that no one appreciates Thanksgiving cause there’s nothing to do. Now I’m giving them something to do, so no complaining.”

Ashley: “They’ll complain anyway.”

Lark: “Probably. But about other stuff. Anyway, make sure you do a good job on the food, or no one will want to eat, and I won’t get anyone to tell what they’re thankful for.”

Ashley: “I’ll just be thankful if crackwhore doesn’t mess up the meal.”

Rinoa: “I’ll be thankful if you can keep your big mouth shut!”

Selphie: *eyes narrow* “I’ll be thankful if you two stop fighting!”

Noelle: *sigh* “I’d be thankful for some booze right now.”

Lark: *slowly backing out the door* “I’m gonna be thankful as soon as I get out of here.”


(seph, rufus and irvine have found some other guys in the tv room and are talking)

Reno: “What we’re thankful for? That requires thinking!” *pouts*

JT: “It shouldn’t be that hard. It just should be…um…you know. What you want most in your heart.”

Barret: “Say what now?”

JT: *sigh* “Never mind.”

Seifer: “What if I’m thankful for something that hasn’t happened yet?”

Squall: “That can’t work, Seifer.”

Seifer: “Shut up, Squall!”

Tseng: *nervously* “What if we’re thankful for something we can’t say…”

Reeve: “Yeah…”

Tseng: *looks at reeve* “What are you…?”

Reeve: *looks at tseng* “What are *you*…?”

Reno: *scratches head* “Why they always gotta make everything so hard?”

Vincent: “I know what I am thankful for.”

Reno: “Can I steal yours?”

Rude: “Reno, you have to think of your own. Everyone’s is different because it’s based on what’s in your heart, just like JT said.”

Reno: “JT spoke? When was this?”

Rude: *sigh*

Reno: “Think there will be booze tomorrow? I could be thankful for that…”

Rufus: “I could be thankful for my new pair of shoes.”

Irvine: “I could be thankful for all the sex I’ve had.”

Reno: “Ooh! That’s a good one!”

Rude: “No! Don’t you see? You’re missing the whole point!”

Reno: *blinks in shock* “Whoa. Rude, man. You like, yelled.”

Rude: “Look, you’re not supposed to be thankful for sex, or shoes or booze on Thanksgiving. You’re supposed to be thankful for—“

JT: “Wait! Don’t tell them.”

Irvine: “Hey! Why not?!”

JT: *calmly* “You can’t tell them the true meaning of being thankful. They have to figure it our for themselves.”

Reno: “Can I have a hint?”

JT: “We already gave you like 5.”

Rufus: *frowns* “Guess the shoes are out.”

Sephiroth: *deep in thought*

Vincent: “What are you thinking about, angel?”

Sephiroth: “I don’t know, Vincent. I know what I’m thankful for, I just don’t know if I can say it without everyone making fun of me.”

Vincent: “What is it?”

Sephiroth: *whispers in vincent’s ear*

Vincent: *eyes widen* “Oh, angel. That’s beautiful. You should not be ashamed to say it.”

Sephiroth: “Really?”

Vincent: “No. I want you to say it.” *leans over and kisses him on the cheek*

Sephiroth: *blushes* “Vincent… Not in public…”

Rufus: “I’m thankful for Shinra!”

Tseng: “I’m not.”

Rufus: “Shut up, Tseng.”

Reno: “Hmm…. Thankful….”


(the next day… sephiroth is fast asleep all curled up in a ball when lark tip toes in wearing a little red dress)

Lark: *quietly goes over next to the bed and leans over whispering* “Sephy-sama…”

Sephiroth: *mutters in his sleep* “Come on, Lark. We just had sex.”

Lark: *raises an eyebrow and freezes a second but then just shrugs it off* “Sephiroth, come on.” *lightly shoves him*

Sephiroth: *mutters in his sleep* “Oh not that position again.”

Lark: *getting a little scared* “Sephiroth!” *shakes him harder*

Sephiroth: *still asleep* “Oh yes! Ri–“

Lark: *claps a hand over his mouth with lots of sweat drops* “Oh boy.”

Sephiroth: *wakes up struggling to breathe and sits up prying lark’s hand off him* “Woman! You tried to kill me!”

Lark: “I think I was trying to do something else according to your dream.”

Sephiroth: *paling with sweat drops* “Heh heh…. What dream?”

Lark: “Never mind.” *climbs in bed next to him* “Good morning, sweetie.” *smiles*

Sephiroth: *pulls the sheet tightly around himself* “Woman, I’m a little weirded out by this wake up call.”

Lark: *peers around to study his back* “Are you naked?”

Sephiroth: *turns bright red* “LARK!” *pulls sheet up more*

Lark: *giggles* “Sorry.”

Sephiroth: *sighs* “So why are you here?”

Lark: *shrugs* “Just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving! And it’s not early anyway. It’s 9 o’clock! Twilight will be here soon.”

Sephiroth: “Mmhmn.” *eyes on her outfit* “Nice dress.”

Lark: “Think it’s too slutty?”

Sephiroth: *quickly* “No.”

Lark: “What are you going to wear?”

Sephiroth: *laughs* “Ha! Like you don’t know!”

Lark: *sly smile* “Or….you could just wear what you have on now…”

Sephiroth: *chuckles* “I don’t think I’d be too popular walking around naked.”

Lark: *hand on his arm* “I know I wouldn’t mind.”

(sephiroth raises an eyebrow and goes to kiss her when there’s a knock at the door)

Shell: “Lark! We need you!”

Lark: *garden snap and mutters* “Dammit.” *sighs as she gets up* “We’ll talk later.” *she leaves*

Sephiroth: *breathlessly* “Or maybe we won’t.”


(lark and shell are setting up the last minute preparations for the dinner. the tv has been moved into the ramble room and a bunch of the guys are crowded around watching)

Twilight: “Where’s Sephiroth?”

Lark: *shrugs* “I don’t know. He should be here soon.”

Reno: *watching the parade* “What’s all this Broadway crap? Where are the balloons?”

Lark: *looks up eyes flashing* “Who’s dissing Broadway?!”

Reno: *sweat drops* “I didn’t say nothin’, Lark. Honest.”

(sephiroth comes into the room dressed…normally…?? he’s wearing black dress pants and a black dress shirt. he looks really really hot)

Vincent: *blinks* “Angel?”

Sephiroth: *sweat drops as he tugs at his collar* “Hi, everyone. Happy Thanksgiving.”

(everyone looks at him and stares blankly)

Twilight: “Wow! You do have other clothes!”

Opal: *mutters* “You’re one to talk.”

Shell: *blinks* “Wow, Sephiroth! You look great! Better than Rude!”

Rude: *hangs head* “I tried to look nice…”

(lark is just staring at him open mouthed)

Sephiroth: *meets her eyes* “What do you think, Lark?”

Lark: “Uh….” *snaps out of daze* “Oh…” *blushes* “Very nice, Sephiroth. Very, very nice.” *shies away* “I better see how they are in the kitchen.” *gives him one last look and leaves*

Vincent: “You look beautiful, angel.”

Sephiroth: “Thank you.” *smiles*

Rufus: “Ooh! The Snoopy balloon!”

Irvine: *pouts* “Where’s Big Bird?”

Zell: “Yo! I wanna see Clifford! He’s cool!”

Reeve: *snort* “Rufus just wants to see Santa Claus.”

Rufus: *snaps* “And you just want to see Tseng naked, but I didn’t say anything about that.”

Reeve: *sputters* “Wha-what!?”

Tseng: *eyes widen*

Reeve: “I never said that!” *turns to tseng* “I never said that.” *turns away and mutters* “Not out loud…”

Rufus: *snickers*

Shell: “Be nice over there! Rude, tell them to be nice!”

Rude: *sigh* “Be nice.”

Reno: *laughs* “Okay, mommy. If you say so.”

Rude: *glares at him with a very scary glare*

Reno: *slides away* “Whoa, man. That’s scary.”

Irvine: “Oh yeah! Big Bird is coming up next!”

Squall: “Whatever.”

Seifer: “This parade sucks. The one I had was better.”

Squall: “You mean the one Edea had.”

Seifer: “Shut up, Squall.”


(lark goes into the kitchen fanning herself)

Noelle: “Yeah, it is hot in here, huh?”

Lark: “Huh?” *more sweat drops* “Oh. Yeah. That’s why I’m fanning myself…”

Rinoa: “Wow! Have you guys seen Sephiroth?”

Lark: *mutters* “Don’t remind me.”

Ashley: “No, why, crackwhore?”

Rinoa: *eyes narrow* “Cause he looks really hot.”

Selphie: “He does?”

(the girls all go to look but lark stops them)

Lark: “Come on. He doesn’t look that good. Go back to cooking and I’ll do the looking for all of us.” *leaves*

Ashley: “…….That was weird.”

Selphie: “She kind of, um, contradicted herself.”

Noelle: *thoughtfully* “Hmmm….”

Rinoa: “Well he did look hot.”

Ashley: “Shut up, crackwhore.”


(lark rejoins the others and keeps her eyes on sephiroth as she comes next to shell. in fact she’s concentrating so hard on seph that she bumps right into shell)

Shell: “Whoa! Watch it!”

Lark: *still staring* “Huh, what? Oh sorry.”

Shell: “Where are Katie and Lizzie?”

Lark: *still staring* “Store.”

Shell: “What store?”

Lark: *still staring* “Dunno.”

Shell: “What are you staring at?” *sticks her head in lark’s line of vision*

Lark: “Shell!” *pushes her away* “I’m not doing anything! Why don’t you keep folding these napkins?”

Shell: *whispers* “Are you staring at Sephiroth?”

Lark: “No!” *stalks away*

Shell: “Geez. Just asking.”


(meanwhile…back in the kitchen…)

Ashley: *basting the turkey* “You know, I think we actually did a good job. If I hear one complaint, I’ll cook *him* for dinner.”

Rinoa: “What makes you think only a guy would complain?”

(all the girls look at one another and laugh)

Noelle: “That was actually a good joke, Rinoa!”

Rinoa: *smiles* “Thanks.”

(just then barret and cid enter with red on a spit)

Barret: “Yo! We caught ya a turkey!”

Red: *calmly* “I am not a Turkey.”

Cid: “#$@^&#$*&!”

Barret: “Cid’s right! Only cost ya 20 gil!”

Red: “Please let me live.”

Ashley: “Aw, poor Red!” *pets him*

Noelle: “Um… Barret… Cid… Red’s not a turkey.”

Barret: “Sure is! He tol’ us himself!”

Red: “I did nothing of the kind. They are morons.”

Noelle: “We already have a turkey, guys. We don’t need yours. You can let him go.”

Barret: “Yo! If you say so!”

Cid: “@#$%#&$*#!”

Red: “Listen to the girl.”

(they leave)

Rinoa: “….That could only happen at *our* Thanksgiving.”

Selphie: “I have to agree.”


(Katie and Lizzie return from the store with quistis and yuffie)

Lizzie: “We’re back!”

Laguna: “Hey hey! What did you get?”

Katie: “Quistis did most of the shopping.”

Quistis: *arms full of cakes and stuff* “I got dessert.”

Zell: “Why aren’t they in bags, Instructor?”

Quistis: “……They ran out.”

Yuffie: *pouts* “They were out of materia.”

Katie: “They didn’t have any to begin with.”

Yuffie: *still pouting* “That too.”

Lizzie: *jaw hits the floor* “Oh my g-d.”

Katie: *frantically* “What?! What?!”

Lizzie: *in a trance* “Look at Sephiroth.”

Katie: *spots him* “Oh. My. G-d.”

(they look at one another and then go to run for him but lark steps in their path)

Lark: “Why don’t you guys go help Quistis bring that stuff to the kitchen?”

Katie: *pouts* “Aw, but Lark!”

Lark: “Go ahead. I’ll stare for you while you’re gone.”

Lizzie: “That does us no good.”

Lark: “Just go!”

(they mutter unhappily and go off. lark goes back over to shell, fanning herself)

Lark: “Is it hot in here, or is it just me?”

Shell: “Just you.” *giggles* “You like Sephiroth.” *giggles*

Lark: *pushes her* “Do not! Stop it!”

Shell: “Do to!” *giggles* “You think he’s hot!”

Lark: “Who doesn’t?” *stops and blushes* “But I don’t like him.”

Shell: “Liar.”

Lark: “Shut up! I do not! And if you lie and tell anyone I do, I’ll tell everyone you like Nida!”

Shell: *mutters* “You suck.”

Irvine: “There’s Big Bird!”

Zell: “Big deal. Where’s Clifford?”

Shell: *nudges lark*

Lark: “I don’t like him, Shell!”

Shell: “He’s looking at you.”

Lark: “He is?!” *looks*

Shell: “You just missed.”

Lark: “You’re liar.”

Shell: “No. That’s you.”

Lark: “Shut up!” *stomps off*

Shell: *thinks up devious plans*

Twilight: “That band sucks! And their uniforms suck too!”

Seifer: “Yeah! They blow!” *laughs* “Get it?! Blow?! Like horns and stuff?!”

Twilight: *gives him a weird look* “Just shut up and save yourself the humiliation.” *turns to opal* “I used a big word!”

Opal: “Yes, Twily.”

Shell: *comes over smiling fakely* “Sephiroth, Lark went off. Can you go find her for me?”

Sephiroth: “Sure!” *he leaves*

Shell: *takes his place* “Okay, who wants to back me up here. I think Lark likes Sephiroth.”

Reno: *eyes wide* “No way.”

Rufus: “She does not!”

Squall: *nods* “I think she does.”

Tseng: “So do I.”

Irvine: “No she doesn’t. You’re all crazy.”

Shell: I think she does. She hasn’t stopped staring at him since he came in.”

Vincent: “…..Angel?”

Squall: “I asked her once if she liked him, and she avoided the question.”

Tseng: “Same thing when I asked her.”

Vincent: “….Someone else actually likes my angel….?”

Shell: “I think she wants him bad.”

Rufus: *covers his ears* “I am not hearing this!”

Zell: *punching air* “You have no proof!”

Twilight: “I could probe her mind using the Force and find out.”

Opal: “You will not.”

Twilight: *frowns* “I can never have any fun.”

Shell: “True… I have no hard evidence.”

Reeve: “Maybe we should all try to get her to admit it.”

Rufus: “Don’t look at me to help!”

Zell: “Me neither.”

Irvine: *shakes head* “Count me out too.”

Reno: “I’ll help!!”

Rude: “Hm.”

Shell: “You’re helping too, Rude.”

Rude: *sigh*


(meanwhile…outside on the porch, lark is pacing and fanning herself)

Lark: “Oh man…”

(sephiroth comes out looking for her)

Sephiroth: “There you are. Shell was looking for you.”

Lark: *startled* “Oh! Sephiroth! You scared me.” *still fanning herself*

Sephiroth: *comes outside* “Are you all right? You’ve been acting strangely. Are you sick again?”

Lark: *not looking at him* “No. I’m fine. Just fine.”

Sephiroth: “Hm.” *leans against the wall*

Lark: *fans herself faster and there’s a long silence before she speaks* “Okay, I’m just gonna ask.”

Sephiroth: “Ask what?”

Lark: “Sephiroth, I’m sure you remember the dream you were having before I woke you up this morning.”

Sephiroth: *gulp* “Yeah… Why?”

Lark: *turns to look at him* “Let’s just say you talk in your sleep.”

Sephiroth: *eyes widen and he gets totally embarrassed and claps both hands over his mouth* “Ohmygod.”

Lark: *staring him straight in the eyes* “Sephiroth…. Do you want me?”

Sephiroth: *stares right back at her* “So bad I can’t stand it.”

Lark: *raises an eyebrow seductively* “Then come and get me.”

Sephiroth: *eyes get really wide but he comes over and grabs her and they start making out like their plane’s going down*


(meanwhile…inside…)

Ashley: *calling from the kitchen* “We’re almost ready to eat!”

Rufus: *watching parade with a happy sigh* “That Santa. He never changes.”

Other guys and Shell: *exchange weirded out looks*

Lizzie: “Where’s Sephiroth?”

Katie: “Yeah, where’s Sephiroth?”

Irvine: “Better question: where’s Lark?”

Shell: “Lark left. I sent Sephiroth to look for her.”

Everyone: “……………………………………………………………………….”

Rufus: *calmly* “Shell…”

Shell: *meekly* “Yes?”

Rufus: *yells* “I’m going to kill you!”

Shell: “Eep! Rude, save me!” *hides behind rude*

Rude: *just sits there*

Rufus: “Fine… I’ll back off for now…” *slides away* “But only cause Rude’s scary.”

Rude: *smiles*

Zell: “Yo! Someone should find them!”

Irvine: “Or both of them…. Hopefully they’re not together.”

Squall: *snort*

Irvine: *kicks him* “Shut up, Squall.”

Shell: “There is a simple explanation to this problem. We’ll all split up and look for them. It’ll take us two seconds.”

Reno: *snickers* “Better start with their rooms.” *gets jabbed by rufus* “Ow!”

Shell: “All right. Let’s go.”

(everyone leaves the ramble room. a few second later, Ashley enters)

Ashley: “Guys, we’re ready to…” *sees there’s no one there* “Guys?” *whimpers* “Guys?” *stamps foot* “We made all this food! It’s good, dammit!”


(meanwhile…sephiroth has backed lark up against the wall outside and they’re still going at it like their plane is going down. lark has both her hands under his shirt as he’s sucking on her neck)

Lark: *gasping* “Ah… Sephiroth… *shuts her eyes* “This… This isn’t right…”

Sephiroth: *breaks away and looks at her* “What?”

Lark: *gently pushes him away* “This isn’t right.”

Sephiroth: “….Why not?”

Lark: “This is stupid! We don’t….like each other that way! It’s just lust, you know?”

Sephiroth: *frowns* “Yeah.”

Lark: “It’s natural that two people who are close like us, might want to…you know… But it’s wrong. And we should forget this happened.”

Sephiroth: *sadly* “Yeah. You’re right.”

Lark: “See, if you really liked me, then it would be different.” *pleading eyes* “But you don’t, do you?”

Sephiroth: *doesn’t look at her* “No. I… I just think you’re pretty. That’s all.”

Lark: *frowns* “Oh. But see? I am right.” *goes back inside*

(2 seconds later vincent comes out)

Vincent: “Oh, angel. There you are. Everyone is looking for you and Lark. Have you seen her?”

Sephiroth: “Yeah, she was just here two seconds ago.”

Vincent: “Oh.” *pause* “Did something happen?”

Sephiroth: “Oh, Vincent!” *hugs him and cries into his shoulder*

Vincent: “My angel! What’s wrong?!”

Sephiroth: “I can’t do it!”

Vincent: “Do what?”

Sephiroth: “I can’t do it! I can’t tell her! I can’t say what I’m thankful for! And I don’t know why!”

Vincent: *strokes seph’s hair* “Hmmm…”

(meanwhile…lark goes inside and runs into reeve and tseng)

Reeve: “Oh, Lark. There you are. Everyone is looking for you and Sephiroth. Have you seen him?”

(lark grabs both their wrists and drags them into the tv room and locks the door)

Tseng: “Um… Is there some reason you’re doing this?”

Lark: *turns to them* “Look, I have to tell *someone* before I die. And I’m telling both of you because I trust both of you not to breathe a word, and I know if I don’t tell the other, he’ll find out anyway.”

Reeve: “What is it? Is something wrong?”

Lark: “Fine. I’ll admit it. I like Sephiroth, okay? I think I’m in love with him! But you can’t tell anyone! Not a soul! He doesn’t like me back, and if he found out, it would just be weird between us. Okay? Promise you won’t tell?”

Tseng: *blinks* “I promise.”

Reeve: “Me too.”

Lark: *sigh of relief* “Good. That was good to get off my chest.” *leaves*

(reeve and tseng stand in shock for a moment)

Tseng: “Well, there’s the proof. Looks like everyone’s suspicions were right after all.”

Reeve: “Well we promised we would be quiet.”

Tseng: “A Turk never breaks a promise.”

Reeve: “I think it’s weird that they both like each other and don’t know it!” *glances at tseng*

Tseng: “I know, it blows your mind, doesn’t it?” *glances at reeve*

Reeve: “If you liked someone, you’d tell me, wouldn’t you?”

Tseng: “You’d do the same, right?”

Reeve: “…….Yeah.”

Tseng: “Okay then.”

(they go to leave)

Tseng: “If I ever like anyone I’ll let you know.”


(everyone finally returns to the ramble room)

Shell: “There you are, Lark.”

Lark: “Yeah.”

Ashley: “Where did you all go?! We’re ready to eat!”

Lark: “Sorry.” *frowns* “What are you waiting for? We’re here now. Bring everything out!”

Ashley: “Tch. What a bitch!” *goes back into the kitchen*

Rufus: “Something wrong, Lark?”

Lark: “No. Everyone sit down.” *she sits at the head of the table*

(everyone takes a seat around the table. lark is at the head, like I said, and Sephiroth is at the other end. Ashley and the other girls bring all the food out and they all sit themselves. everyone is poured some red wine and then there’s silence for a moment)

Reno: *quietly* “….Are we still going to do that thankful stuff?”

Lark: “Yes. Go ahead, Reno. You start.”

Reno: *gulp* “Me? Can’t I hear some examples first?”

Lark: “No. Just go.”

Reno: *blushes* “All right… I’ve given this a lot of thought…” *looks at his plate* “And I’m most thankful for Noelle and all the times we spend together.”

Noelle: “Aw! Reno! That’s so sweet!” *hugs him* “I’m thankful for that too!”

Reno: “You are?!”

Ashley: “All right, gag me.”

Noelle: *glares* “What are *you* thankful for, Ashley?”

Ashley: “I’m thankful for all my anime guys.”

Seifer: “Even me?”

Ashley: “Yeah.”

Seifer: “I’m thankful I got a better girlfriend than Squall.”

Ashley: “I take that as a definite compliment.” *kisses seifer*

Katie: “I’m thankful I get to hang out here with all you cool people!”

Lizzie: “I’m thankful I have a nice, smart boyfriend!”

Laguna: “I’ll drink to that!” *spills his wine* “Whoops!”

Lizzie: “….Even if he is kind of klutzy.”

Laguna: “I’m thankful I have a loving girlfriend, two good friends and a son who loves me.”

Squall: *mutters* “Yeah, you wish.”

Rinoa: “I’m thankful Squall is such a great guy.”

Squall: “Whatever.”

Rinoa: “That’s not something to be thankful for, Squall.”

Squall: *sigh* “I’m thankful for you, Rinoa, of course.”

Rinoa: “Aw!” *kisses squall*

Ashley: *mutters* “Gag me.”

Shell: “I know I’m thankful for all the stuff Rude buys me!” *grins*

Rude: “….What about me?”

Shell: *turns to him* “What? Did you say something?”

Rude: “………..”

Reno: “What are you thankful for, Rude?”

Rude: “………………..”

Reno: “Rude?”

Rude: “I’m thinkin’.”

Shell: “Hey! He’s thankful for me, right, Rude?”

Rude: *hangs head* “Yes, Shell.”

JT: “I’m thankful that I get to hang out with all you pretty girls.”

Noelle and Ashley: “Tee hee! Aw!”

Tifa: “I’m thankful to have a friend like Cloud.”

Cloud: “Huh?”

Tifa: *shoves wine down his throat*

Cloud: “I am thankful to be here with all you fine people.”

Cid: “@#%@#^@^&&$%@#$!”

Noelle: “English, Cid.”

Cid: “I’m thankful to have a friend like Barret!”

Barret: “Right back at ya, man!”

Red: “I am thankful to still be alive through all the torture.”

Yuffie: “I’m thankful to have *some* materia, even if it isn’t a lot.”

Selphie: “Tee hee! I’m thankful to be a SeeD!”

Quistis: “I’m thankful I have such a useful skill.”

Zell: “You mean being a SeeD?”

Quistis: “Yeah… That’s what I meant…”

Zell: “Yo! I’m thankful for all my friends!”

Seifer: “What friends?”

Ashley: *jabs him* “Stop it, Seifer.”

Irvine: *grins* “I’m thankful to have so many fine ladies that like me.”

Tseng: “I’m thankful for…” *cough* “Reeve.” *cough*

Reeve: *blushes* “I’m thankful for Tseng… As my friend! Friend!”

Everyone: *sigh*

Elena: “I’m thankful to be a Turk!”

Rufus: “I’m thankful that I have a great company with great employees and great friends too! I’m a lucky guy!”

Reno: “But we hate you.”

Noelle: *nudges him* “Reno!”

Twilight: “I’m thankful that the Force is with me!” *grins* “And for Opal too, of course.”

Opal: “I’m thankful for my Twily and all my great friends!”

Vincent: “I, of course, am thankful for my angel and the ever amusing company of all of you.” *turns to seph* “Come on, angel.”

Sephiroth: *looks down* “I…. I….” *pushes away from the table and gets up* “I can’t.” *runs out*

Vincent: *frowns* “Hmn.”

Shell: “How about you, Lark?” *turns* “Lark?”

(lark’s gone…)


(she goes back to the porch where sephiroth is sitting on the swing crying again)

Lark: *shocked* “Sephiroth? Are you crying?” *goes over*

Sephiroth: *wipes away tears* “Leave me alone.”

Lark: *sits next to him and puts an arm around him* “Sephiroth, why are you crying? Don’t you have anything to be thankful for?”

Sephiroth: *not looking at her* “………………………………..Yes.”

Lark: “Well…. Why can’t you say it?”

Sephiroth: *shakes head*

Lark: *takes his hand* “Sephiroth… Look at me.”

Sephiroth: *slowly looks at her*

Lark: “Know what I’m thankful for?”

Sephiroth: *slowly shakes head no*

Lark: “I’m thankful for the ramble room and everyone in it, cause I love them all, but most of all, I’m thankful for having you as my friend.”

Sephiroth: *quietly* “….Why?”

Lark: “Because you’re always there for me. Whenever I need you. I can’t say that about anyone else. Just you. And I’m very thankful for that.”

Sephiroth: *squeezes her hand* “Lark… I… I’m thankful to have you as a friend too.” *looks down* “…I don’t have many of them. So I have to treasure the ones I have.” *looks up at her* “So thank *you*, Lark.”

Lark: *lost in his eyes* “Sephiroth…?”

Sephiroth: “Yes?”

Lark: “…Know all that crap I said before about lust and everything?”

Sephiroth: “Yes.”

Lark: “I take it all back. Every word. If we’re such good friends, I don’t see any reason why we can’t kiss one another once awhile… In a friendly way of course.”

(meanwhile there is a huge crowd of people at the window in the tv room, staring out at them)

Reno: “What are they saying?”

Seifer: “Ow! Ashley! Stop pushing! That hurts my face!”

Noelle: “Shush! Shut up and maybe we can hear!”

Shell: *chanting softly* “Kiss, kiss, kiss, kiss, kiss!”

(irvine, zell and rufus are the only ones not looking)

Zell: “This is bootleg.”

Irvine: “Ghetto.”

Rufus: “Ass lancing. They’re wasting their time! She doesn’t like him!”

(back outside)

Sephiroth: “I don’t see why not.”

Lark: “So….”

Sephiroth: “Sooo….” *looks at her and then takes a deep breath* “Lark, I love–“

Lark: “Saint Patrick’s day?” *laughs* “Yeah, honey. Don’t worry. It’s only 4 months away. But Thanksgiving is pretty nice, don’t you think?”

Sephiroth: *defeated sigh* “Yeah.”

(back inside)

Almost everyone: *chanting* “Kiss, kiss, kiss, kiss!”

(outside)

Lark: “So… How about a short little kiss to just ‘seal the deal’?”

Sephiroth: “Sure. Just a little one.”

(they look at one another and hesitate before kissing. it’s much more than a ‘little one’ and it goes on for awhile. muffled cheering is heard)

Sephiroth: *blushing a little* “So, Lark, is this Thanksgiving as nice as you hoped?”

Lark: *smiles* “I think it was nicer.”

Sephiroth: *gets up* “I think everyone is probably wondering where we are.”

Lark: “Yeah.”

(they go to walk back inside and the group in the tv room quickly fumble to close the curtain)

Lark: “By the way, Sephiroth, did you hear the sound of cheering a little while ago?”

Sephiroth: *shrugs* “Thanksgiving day football.”

Lark: “Yuck. Some people will cheer at anything.”

THE END

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2 Responses to #57 – Thanks For Nothing, Buddy!

  1. Stupid Aquarius says:

    Hey Lark! It’s me, your long time fan and reader! I’m really glad to hear that you’re at least storing the Rambles in another place because the truth is I still read them religiously. \o/

    Anyway here’s a little art for ya. Consider it as an early birthday gift haha. Well enjoy, thanks and take care!

    http://img30.imageshack.us/i/larkn.jpg/

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