#72 – Ramble Room Is Falling Down My Fair Larky

Rufus: “I bought a new one! It fell off the back of a truck!” *suddenly the mirror falls off the wall and onto rufus* “Ow! And now it fell on me!!”

Originally Published: 1/31/01  . 29 pages

Synopsis
The ramble room is falling to pieces! Can the gang work together and fix everything up, or will Shell have to whip them into shape!

Ramble Milestones
Nothing this time.

People used to ask me all the time if they could be in the rambles. Honestly, I wasn’t too keen on putting “real” people in the rambles because I never ended up making them very interesting. (Didn’t want to accidentally offend anyone!) But occasionally I would put people in there if we talked a lot and they asked. This ramble is solid, I guess, if not particularly hilarious. I do enjoy the whole saga with Rufus and the mirror. And all the stuff with Shell smelling the guys at the beginning is oddly amusing – that was her idea. She really did read that in a magazine, believe it or not. Also, I totally forgot about the drama between Lark and Sephiroth in this ramble. Their relationship was very…slowly…going somewhere!

(shell is in the ramble room with sephy, vincent, reeve, tseng, rufus, rude, reno, irvine, zell, twilight and opal are all in the ramble room. they look bored, of course!)

Sephiroth: “Where’s Lark?”

Reno: “All right, pay up.”

Rufus: *mumbles bad things as he hands reno 10 bucks* “I thought for sure he’d wait at least 5 more minutes before asking that.”

Reno: “Well you were wrong! Haha!”

Sephiroth: *blinks* “Are you betting on me?”

Reno: “No, Rufus is giving me money out of the kindness of his blackened heart.” *laughs*

Sephiroth: *dryly* “Ha ha, Reno.”

Shell: “Hey, you know, I read in Seventeen that you can tell a lot about a person by how they smell.”

Zell: “Hot dogs smell good!”

Shell: “…………That’s not what I meant.” *jumps up* “I’m gonna smell everybody!”

Everybody: *sweat drops*

Shell: *sniffs rude* “….Rude….you smell like Rogaine.”

Rude: *sweat drops* “….I do not, Shell.”

Shell: *sharply* “Are you calling me a liar, Rude?!?!”

Rude: *hangs head* “No, Shell.”

Shell: *sniffs seph* “Just as I thought….hair gel.”

Sephiroth: “……..” *shifty eyes*

Shell: “Vanilla scented! Yummy!”

Guys: *look at seph*

Twilight: “Vanilla?”

Sephiroth: “…..My hair doesn’t stay like this on my own you know!”

Shell: *sniffs reeve* “You smell like….failure.”

Reeve: “Failure! That’s not a smell!”

Shell: *giggles* “Just kidding! You smell like lavender.”

Sephroth: “How gay is that?”

Reeve: “At least I don’t smell like the products I use in my girly hair.”

Sephiroth: “Hmph! Well that’s no reason to get snippy!”

Shell: *sniffs tseng* “You smell like Reeve.”

Tseng: *sweat drops* “…I…uh…don’t see how that could be.”

Rufus: “Sure you can’t.”

Shell: *sniffs rufus* “Ooh! Leather! And expensive cologne!”

Rufus: “It’s the loafers….and the….cologne.”

Reno: “I would hope so.”

Shell: *sniffs reno* “Reno smells like gin. Cheap gin.”

Rufus: “*There’s* a surprise.”

Reno: “You know, if  *someone* would pay me more, it wouldn’t have to be cheap!”

Shell: *sniffs irvine* “You smell like….chocolate…and…hay.”

Irvine: *grins* “Now everyone knows where I’ve been.”

Everyone: *sweat drops*

Reno: “Go Irvine!” *high five*

Shell: *sniffs zell* “Just as I thought. Hot dogs and comic books.”

Zell: “All right!!”

Shell: *smells twilight* “Ew! Twilight, you smell like dirt!”

Twilight: “Opal says I smell like spring rain!”

Opal: *pats him on the shoulder* “And you do, dear.”

Shell: “Sure you do.” *smells vincent* “Vincent…smells like death.”

Vincent: “!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Sephiroth: “Ha ha ha, Shell.”

Vincent: “Must be the cologne Sephiroth gave me.”

Everyone: *looks at seph*

Sephiroth: “….It’s expensive stuff! What!?” *pouts* “What does *Shell* smell like?”

Rude: “Money.”

(just then lark enters with 6 others–3 girls and 3 guys. 4 are familiar faces, 2 are not.)

Lark: “Hey, everyone! I’m back!”

Rufus: “What does Lark smell like?”

Shell: “Skank.”

Lark: “Huh?”

Shell: “Nothing, dear. What’s going on now?”

Lark: “You guys, you must remember Brianna, Pam, Wyatt and Strkyer, and this is Jan, and this is Brad.”

Jan: “Hey!”

Brad: “Yo.”

Irvine: “Do I sense a party coming on?”

Reno: “I sure as hell do.”

Rufus: “You really do take any excuse to party.”

Jan: “I’d love to party!”

Brad: “Me too!”

Reno: “See, Rufus? We’re not the only ones.”

Rufus: *pouts*

……………………………………………………………………

(so they quickly throw together a big party, and *everyone* is there)

JT: “Brad!”

Brad: “Hey, JT!” *they hug*

JT: “I didn’t know you were coming today.”

Brad: “JT, meet my girlfriend Jan.”

JT: “Hello.”

Jan: “Hey. Omg, look! It’s Squall!” *goes off*

Brianna: “Hi, Cloud! Remember us?”

Cloud: *scratches head*

Pam: “The alcohol, Brianna. Remember?”

Brianna: “Oh yeah!! Let’s go get some!!”

(they both take one of cloud’s hands and start dragging him around*

Ashley: “Skyler! Great to see you!” *hugs*

Skyler: *smiles* “Hi, Ashley.”

Seifer: *eyes narrow* “Oh. It’s you again.”

Ashley: “Oh, Seifer, be nice.” *elbows him in the stomach*

Seifer: “Ow!”

Sephiroth: “So you’re Wyatt, huh?”

Wyatt: “Indeed.”

Sephiroth: *glares* “You like Lark?”

Wyatt: “Indeed.”

Sephiroth: “….You heard the pirate story?”

Wyatt: “Indeed.” *chuckles*

Sephiroth: “Stop saying that!”

Lark: *comes over* “What’s going on over here?”

Sephiroth: *pouts* “I don’t like him. Make him leave.”

Lark: “Sephiroth, don’t start this now. Why don’t you go whine to Vincent?” *pulls Wyatt away*

Sephiroth: “At least Vincent will listen!!”

Pam: “Hi, Reno!”

Reno: “Hey there.” *grins* “What can I do for you cute girls?”

Brianna: “Hehe. We need alcohol for Cloud!”

Reno: “Alcohol! Why that’s my department! I’ll go get some and you can talk to my pal Irvine.” *wink*

Brianna: “Hehe, hi, Irvine.”

Irvine: “Why, howdy there.” *grins and leans over on the counter but the top comes off and he falls to the floor*

Pam: “Uh, ow?”

Irvine: “……..Oh that was *so* uncool.”

Reno: *laughing as he returns* “Yo, man, you drunk already??”

Irvine: “I’m not drunk! The countertop fell off!”

Reno: “Sure it did.”

Irvine: “It did!”

Reno: *trips over it and falls on his face* “Umph!”

Irvine: “See!”

Reno: “Who put that there?! I almost spilled the booze!!”

Irvine: “It broke!”

Reno: “How could it break?”

Both: *snort and start laughing*

Pam: “Uh-huh.” *takes the booze from reno* “Thanks.”

Brianna: “Drink up, Cloud!”

Lark: “Irvine! Reno! What happened over here?!”

Reno: “Hahahaha….counter broke….hahahahaha!”

Lark: “The counter broke?!?! How could it break?!?!”

Reno and Irvine: *laugh more*

Lark: “What are you laughing at!?” *throws hands in the air*

Sephiroth: “Who’s breaking things?! I’ll break them!!”

Lark: “It’s nothing, Sephiroth. Calm down. We’ll fix this later.”

Sephiroth: *give irvine and reno a weird look* “What’s with them?”

Lark: “I have no idea.”

(rufus is staring at himself in the mirror while reeve and tseng chat nearby)

Rufus: *combing hair* “I’m so pretty.”

Reeve and Tseng: *look over at him*

Rufus: “I am one good looking guy, aren’t I?”

Tseng: “…….Do you really want my opinion on that?”

Rufus: “Shut up, you. I’m just hot, and you’re–” *the mirror cracks* “Eh?” *jaw drops*

Reeve: “….I believe someone disagrees with you.”

Rufus: “It…….cracked?”

Tseng: “That’s seven years bad luck. Tsk, tsk.”

Rufus: “But…but…I was just…looking at my pretty face…”

Tseng: “You’re still claiming to be pretty?”

Rufus: *starts sobbing*

Reeve: “You did it, Tseng. You made him cry.”

Tseng: “I feel oddly fulfilled.”

Lark: *comes over* “What’s going on now?”

Rufus: *wails* “Tseng’s being mean!!!!!”

Lark: “Tseng? Mean? Rufy, he can’t be mean. He’s *Tseng*.” *sees the mirror and gasps* “MY BEAUTIFUL MIRROR! WHO BROKE IT?!?!” *looks around* “Did Heidegger sneak in?!?!?”

Reeve: “It was Rufus.”

Lark: “WHAT?!”

Rufus: *sobs*

Tseng: “Rufus broke it.” *snort*

Lark: “Not my Rufus! He’s too pretty!!”

Rufus: *hugs lark* “See! I told ya!! It’s a cheap mirror! Just like the rest of this stuff!”

Lark: “Hey!”

Rufus: *sniff* “Hold me?”

Lark: *sighs* “Poor, Rufus. Man, this place seems like it’s falling apart.”

(meanwhile, Skyler and seifer are both talking to Ashley until she gets distracted talking to Noelle)

Seifer: *pushes Skyler* “Haha.”

Skyler: *shoves seifer so hard into the wall that it breaks*

Seifer: “ACK!”

Ashley: “What the–what happened?”

Skyler: “He pushed me, so I shoved him.”

Ashley: “Seifer!”

Seifer: “I didn’t push him through the wall!”

Skyler: “Guess I’m stronger.”

Seifer: “No, it was just my muscular build that went through the wall. I’m so built the wall can’t handle it.”

Skyler: “Yeah, that’s it.”

Seifer: “Yeah, that’s *it*!”

Ashley: “Knock it off!” *calls* “Lark! The wall broke!”

Lark: *comes over* “What?! The wall now?! Grrr…! I can’t take this! What next?!”

Jan: “Lark! The carpet’s coming up!”

Kiros: “Ward says the cabinet handles are coming off!!”

Barret: “Yo! Them chair broke!”

Cid: “#$%#^%&%^&%&#$^!!”

Noelle: “Cid said the table broke too!”

Brad: “Hey, the paint’s chippin’!”

Lark: *squeezes eyes shut* “Anything else?”

Laguna: “Hey hey! You know the couch?”

Lark: *snaps* “What now?!?!”

Laguna: *slinks back* “Yeah….it’s not good.”

Everyone: *looks at lark*

Lark: “………………….” *chin trembles* “If anyone needs me…. I’ll be crying in my room!” *stalks out*

Irvine: “She didn’t take that well.”

Reno: “Hahahaha! Counter broke! Hahahaha!”

Sephiroth: “Shut up!!” *frowns* “You screw-ups better get this room fixed. I’m going to go comfort Lark.”

Wyatt: “No, I’ll go.”

Sephiroth: *glares* “I said *I* was going to go!”

Wyatt: “I’ll go *too*.”

Sephiroth: “……..Fine. Just don’t…..talk to me or anything.”

(he and Wyatt leave)

Brad: “So…uh…who the hell’s in charge?”

Squall: “Do NOT look at me!”

Shell: *barking orders*  “Fine, I’m in charge! Everyone get changed and get ready to clean this ramble room in exactly 15 minutes! Anyone who is late will be lectured and charged 10 dollars! Now go, go, go!”

Barret: “Yo, that girl’s crazy, yo!”

Cid: “$%$#@^@^%@#%@#!!”

(everyone stampede’s out the door, leaving shell and rude alone)

Shell: “What are you doing here, Rude??”

Rude: “I don’t want to be late.”

Shell: “Why not?”

Rude: “I *really* need that ten dollars.”

…………………………………………………………………….

(meanwhile….seph and Wyatt have reached lark’s room)

Wyatt: “So….this is…Lark’s room.”

Sephiroth: “No, it’s mine. I was just trying to get you alone.”

Wyatt: “That’s not funny.”

Sephiroth: “Excuse me. Don’t flatter yourself anyway. Yeah this is her room.” *lowers voice* “You know, I saw her naked once.”

Wyatt: *gulp* “You did?”

Sephiroth: “Sure did. Best contest I ever lost.”

Wyatt: “What?”

Sephiroth: “Never mind.” *knocks* “Lark?”

Wyatt: “Larky? You in there?”

Sephiroth: *gives him a look* “Larky?”

Wyatt: “…….Yeah.”

Sephiroth: “Gimme a break.” *knocks again* “Lark! Open up!”

Wyatt: “Maybe if you weren’t so mean and forceful–”

Sephiroth: “Flake off, twig boy. I know what I’m doing.” *knocks again* “LARK!”

Lark: “God, come in already! If you two would shut up, you would have heard me say come in 5 minutes ago!”

(they come in, where lark is drying her tears)

Wyatt: “Are you all right, Lark?”

Lark: “Yeah, I’ll live.”

Sephiroth: “Don’t worry, Lark, everyone is fixing the ramble room right now.”

Lark: “Really?”

Sephiroth: “They damn well better be, or I’ll personally beat each and every one of them when I get back!”

Wyatt: “Could you get any *more* violent?”

Sephiroth: “Probably.”

Lark: *gets up* “Look you guys, thanks for helping, but I better go back there and help everyone.”

Sephiroth: *pushes her back onto the bed* “I don’t think so. You built it. Let everyone else fix it up. They’re the ones that wrecked it anyway.”

Wyatt: “I can’t believe Seifer went through the wall.”

Sephiroth: “Go figure.”

Wyatt: “So what are we gonna do?”

Lark: *digs up some cards and grins* “Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Hehe.”

…………………………………………………………………..

(back to the ramble room, everyone has regathered. all the guys are wearing overalls. zidane has to keep the back open so his tail can fit through)

Shell: *pacing before them* “Okay, everyone, here is your assignment. We’re going to fix this ramble room! And we’re going to get it done quickly!”

Reno: *raises hand*

Shell: “Yes, Reno.”

Reno: “Can we drink beer?”

Shell: “……….I guess. If you promise to work!”

Reno: “I work best on beer. Right, Tseng?”

Tseng: “No.”

Reno: “See?”

Tseng: “I said no, Reno.”

Reno: “Shut up, Tseng.”

Shell: “Anything else?”

Zidane: *raises hand*

Shell: “Yes, Zidane?”

Zidane: “I feel sorta exposed in these pants. Can I change?”

Shell: “No! Anyone else?”

JT: *raises hand*

Shell: “Skanky slutbag?”

JT: *sneezes* “Can I–” *sneeze* “Have some–” *sneeze* “Cold medicine? This–” *sneeze* “Dust is–” *sneeze* “Making me–” *sneeze* “Sn–”

Shell: “Sneeze. I get it. Fine, go find some. Watch me care. Anything else?”

Jan: *raises hand*

Shell: “What?”

Jan: “When we’re done, can we have fun again?”

Shell: “Yes! Now get to work!”

(so everyone grabs a section of the room and starts working. and mostly everyone is drinking, except for a few people, and JT is downing cold medicine like mad. shell is ‘supervising’ aka, relaxing. and one half hour later….)

Skyler: “All done!!”

Pam: “We did a good job!!”

Brianna: “Cloud helped!”

Cloud: *empty paint bucket on his head* “I’m lost…”

Pam: “Oh no. He sobered up.”

Brianna: “Where’s Reno? We need more booze.”

Rufus: *staring at himself in the new mirror* “See? Now this is quality. This won’t break.”

Tseng: “So you say.”

Rufus: “Why are you so mean to me?! What did I ever do to you?!”

Tseng: *turns to reeve* “Do you believe that! He has the nerve to ask what he’s ever done to me!!”

Shell: *looks around* “Um….where are Brad and Jan?”

Irvine: “I don’t know, they mumbled something that I can’t say in front of innocent minds and snuck off.”

Shell: “Ugh. Wonderful. Oh well, someone go tell Lark to come see how we fixed the room.”

Vincent: “I will go.” *and he does*

JT: “Wheee!!!!! I’m flyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyinggggggggggggggg!”

Shell: “What’s with skanky slutbag?”

Noelle: “He’s high on cold medicine.”

Shell: “Wonderful.”

Reno: “Hey, man, where did Jan and Brad run off to?”

Irvine: “Heh heh. That’s the funny part—Sephiroth’s room!”

……………………………………………………

(meanwhile…in lark’s room)

Wyatt: “Do you have a 2 of hearts?”

Sephiroth: “Go fish.”

Wyatt: “Do you really not have it?”

Sephiroth: “I don’t have it!”

Wyatt: “Are you *sure*? I think you’re lying to me.”

Sephiroth: “I’m not lying to you, twig boy! Now go fish, dammit!”

Lark: “Sephiroth! Only you can turn Go Fish into a mean game!”

Sephiroth: “One of my talents, darling.”

Lark: “Yeah, yeah. So, Sephy, do you have any two’s?”

Sephiroth: “No, but if I did, I would give them to you.”

Lark: “You would have to give them to me.”

Sephiroth: “Oh. Is that how you play?”

Wyatt: “SEPHIROTH!!”

Sephiroth: “Heh heh heh.”

Lark: *sighs*

(knock at the door)

Lark: “Who is it?”

Vincent: “It’s Vincent.”

Lark: *putting cards away* “Oh, come in, sweetie.”

Vincent: *enters* “The ramble room is done, Lark.”

Lark: “Already?”

Sephiroth: “That was done suspiciously fast.”

Vincent: *shrugs*

Lark: “Well, let’s go see it!”

……………………………………………………………………..

(and so they go back to the ramble room. everyone’s standing around while lark inspects it…)

Lark: *stops short* “Is this countertop on with *gum*?!”

Zell: *mouth full of gum* “Does it need more?”

Lark: “ZELL!!!”

Zell: “What?”

Lark: “Okay, what’s next. The carpet?….has been taped down.”

Cid: *holds up tape* “@#$%#@^@^#@^%&%^&%^*^@!!”

Lark: “Um….okay…how about the chairs and table?”

Laguna: “Hey hey! Crazy glue!!” *sits in one and it collapses* “Oops!”

Kiros: “Ward says you’re clumsy!”

Laguna: “Of course I’m clumsy! It’s what makes me lovable!”

Kiros: “……..Ward says shut  up.”

Lark: *ready to cry* “Okay…what about that hole in the wall?”

(she looks at where the hole has been covered up by someone’s shirt)

Lark: “What the hell?!? Whose shirt is that?!”

Reno: “I think it’s Brad’s.”

Lark: “And where is he?! And where’s Jan?!?”

Irvine: “They’re…uh…busy?”

Lark: “Busy doing what do I dare ask?”

Irvine: “Something….in Sephiroth’s room.”

Sephiroth: “WHAT!?!?!”

Lark: “Oh dear…” *looks at the mirror* “Well…that looks fine.”

Rufus: “I bought a new one! It fell off the back of a truck!” *suddenly the mirror falls off the wall and onto rufus* “Ow! And now it fell on me!!”

Tseng: “That mirror hates you more than the other one.”

Rufus: “Shut up! Ow! Pain!!”

(vincent and rude get the mirror off rufus)

Shell: “So, what do you think?”

Lark: “What do I think?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?! I THINK THIS IS THE BIGGEST PIECE OF CRAP JOB I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE! YOU ALL SUCK!” *frowns* “Come on, Sephiroth.” *drags him out*

Everyone: *blinks*

Skyler: “That did not go well.”

Irvine: “Does this mean we have to do it over?”

Zell: *mouth still full of gum* “I guess so.”

JT: “I’m a hummingbird!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wheeeeee!!!!!!”

Shell: *blinks* “Yeah.”

(Jan and Brad return)

Brad: “Hey, did we miss anything?” *grin*

Reno: “Yeah, buddy, we gotta start over. Lark got pissed and said we all suck.”

Jan: “Some of us do.” *grins*

Reno: “Oh really?” *grins*

Shell: “RENO! STOP FLIRTING AND GET TO WORK!”

Reno: *sighs* “It’s so hard being me.”

…………………………………………………………….

(meanwhile, lark is back in her room, pacing while sephiroth watches helplessly)

Lark: “You know, I try and try and try and try to be nice, ya know? Do I *not* go out of my way for these people? And not even sometimes, but a lot too! I mean, didn’t I save Zell from the ‘We Hate Zell Club’? Didn’t I get Squall back with Rinoa? Didn’t I get Rude that raise? Didn’t I promise Tseng I wouldn’t tell anyone he—uhh, yeah. Didn’t I help Seifer get together with Ashley? Aren’t I trying really hard to back off from you so I won’t get in Vincent’s way? Didn’t I—”

Sephiroth: *urgently* “Wait. WHAT?!”

Lark: *blinks* “I was just saying that everyone around here does—-”

Sephiroth: *seriously* “No. What was that about you. And Vincent.”

Lark: *blinks* “Nothing…” *turns away* “Oh, that’s nothing. It’s not important—”

Sephiroth: *seriously* “It’s important to *me*.” *stone glare* “What was that about you staying away from me because of Vincent?”

Lark: “Look, like I said it wasn’t important!!”

Sephiroth: “I want to know!!!!”

Lark: “I don’t want to talk about this right now, all right? I was just saying that I think I deserve my ramble room fixed after everything I’ve done!!”

Sephiroth: “You want me to go in there and fix it myself?! Cause I’ll do that if that’s what you want!”

Lark: “What’s that supposed to mean?”

Sephiroth: “What’s that stuff about you staying away from me because of *Vincent* supposed to mean?”

Lark: “That’s between Vincent and I.”

Sephiroth: “I don’t think it is.”

Lark: “Why do you even care anyway?! If you don’t even like me!”

Sephiroth: “Maybe I do!!” *pause* “…A little.”

Lark: “Sephiroth, if you have feelings for me, why don’t you come out and say it!?”

Sephiroth: “I might ask you the same question!”

Lark: “Look, there’s no time to talk about this stuff right now! Our ramble room is falling down! And all I want is for it to get fixed, okay?”

Sephiroth: “Maybe I do like you!”

Lark: “Sephiroth! Not now!” *she stalks out*

………………………………………………………………………..

(meanwhile, back in the ramble room…everyone’s still fixing and the beer’s still flowing…)

Brad: *stumbling around* “Yee haw! I’m Irvine!”

Irvine: “You wish!”

Jan: “Brad, you seem a little drunk.”

Brad: “I’m not drunk! I am the mighty Sephiroth!” *stumbles*

Noelle: *comes over with JT* “I think I’m going to take JT to lie down for awhile.”

JT: “I’m flying, mommy!!! Look!!”

Noelle: “I’m not your *mommy*, JT!” *annoyed sigh*

Jan: “Yeah, I think I’ll put Brad to lie down and sleep the alcohol off.”

Noelle: “Let’s put them in the TV room.”

(she and Jan leave with their guys)

Zell: “So now that we’re doing this ‘right’, that means no gum, right?”

Squall: “Right.”

Zell: “Not even bubbilicious?”

Squall: “No.”

Zell: “Not even winterfresh?”

Squall: “No.”

Zell: *gasp* “Not even Juicy Fruit?”

Squall: “NO GUM, ZELL!”

Zell: *blinks* “Wow, Squall. You yelled. You *yelled*.”

Squall: “I’ll yell again if you don’t get to work!!!!!”

Zell: “Eep!!!”

Shell: “Pull up that tape! Get that shirt off the wall! Someone un-crazy glue Laguna’s fingers!”

(red walks by dragging boards that are tied to him with rope)

Red: “Please help me. Someone. Anyone.”

Shell: “Get to work!!!”

Barret: “You heard da girl, cat/rat/moo!”

(Noelle and Jan reenter)

Jan: “We’ll go get ’em when we’re done here.”

Noelle: “I hope we’re done soon.”

Brianna: “No, no, Cloud! You can’t finger paint the wall!!”

Pam: “Reno! We need more booze!”

Reno: “That’s my department!”

Rufus: “This mirror will stay *up*.” *proud grin*

Tseng: “…..You sure?”

Rufus: “……Don’t try to undermine my confidence.”

Tseng: “……You *really* sure?”

Rufus: *chin trembles* “No….”

Shell: “We’re almost done, everyone! Then we can go collect Lark and show her what a great job we did so she doesn’t say we all suck again!”

Jan: “I still say some of us do.” *laughs*

Seifer: “I guess this means I can’t shove you through the wall anymore, Skyler.” *laughs*

Skyler: “I shoved *you* through the wall, Seifer.”

Seifer: “…….Shut up!”

(so they all work and work and work and work and they eventually are finished. the ramble room sparkles and shines and everyone admires their work)

Zell: “We did a *good* job this time!”

Rufus: “The mirror’s staying up!”

Shell: “Let’s go get Lark!”

Noelle: “Wait! We have to get our boyfriend’s first!”

Shell: “Well hurry up!!”

(so Noelle and Jan run to the tv room, and open the door, and what to their shock–but their boyfriends….are kissing!!! —um, a note here, JT and Brad *wanted* this to happen since they always joke about it, so this wasn’t my yaoi twisted mind for once!!–)

Noelle: “What the $%%^%^^&#$^#!?!?!?!?!?!”

Jan: “Brad! How could you! Without me!!”

Brad: “Huh?”

JT: “…oops?”

Noelle: “Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrg!”

(she and Jan slam the door shut leaving the guys alone)

Brad: “Beer is…” *passes out*

JT: “Yeah.” *passes out*

(back to the others…)

Shell: “Where are they?”

Noelle: *muttering* “!$%#$@%@#$^$#^$@%….”

Jan: “Let’s just say they looked pretty *busy* and we didn’t want to *disturb* them.”

Shell: *blinks* “Um, okay then. Let’s find Lark!”

(so they all go trooping towards lark’s room, and they are about to turn the corner into that hallway when they all hear arguing and stop.)

Rufus: “Is that Lark?”

Wyatt: “She’s arguing with Sephiroth??”

Sephiroth: “Lark! Why won’t you listen to me?!”

Lark: “I don’t want you to say anything that you don’t mean.”

Sephiroth: “Who are you to tell me what I mean and don’t mean!”

Lark: “Look, I don’t know, but it seems like you don’t know what you’re thinking.”

Sephiroth: “I might accuse you of the same thing!”

Lark: “And you know what?! You would be right!! That’s why I don’t want to talk about this!”

Sephiroth: “Fine. Just worry about your stupid ramble room! Don’t try and talk about anything adult!”

Lark: “Like you’re one to talk! Picking on everyone like a big bully! If I were you, I’d learn to grow up before you accuse *me* of being immature!!”

(she stalks off and turns the corner running right into the whole gang. they all freeze, and then try to whistle innocently)

Lark: “………..Did you hear all that?”

Everyone: *blinks* “Uh, no.”

Lark: *annoyed sigh* “Forget it. Who cares. Is my ramble room done?”

Shell: “It sure as hell is!”

Lark: “Really?!”

Rufus: “Yeah, Lark! Come on and see!!”

(they all go off to look at it, except for vincent who stays behind. shortly after sephiroth comes around the corner)

Vincent: “What will you do now, Sephiroth?”

Sephiroth: “……I really don’t have time for this, Vincent.”

Vincent: “Perhaps not… But I wonder if you realize you are more similar than either of you seem to realize.”

………………………………………………………………………

(meanwhile, back in the ramble room……lark walks in and looks around)

Lark: “Wow! Look! The furniture is new! The mirror is on the wall! The cabinets have handles! There are no holes in the walls! There is no gum anywhere!”

Zell: “I got rid of it, Lark!”

Lark: *smiles* “Wow. You guys did a great job. Thanks so much. I’m sorry I said you guys suck.”

Jan: “I don’t take it as an insult.” *grins*

Lark: “Well now we can all enjoy the brand spankin’ new ramble room!”

(just then Brad and JT enter)

Noelle: “Well look who it is!”

Jan: “Don’t need me anymore, huh, Brad?”

Brad: “I’m sorry, Jan. I was drunk!”

JT: “And I was loopy on cold medicine!”

Brad: “We’re going to show you how sorry we are by singing a song.”

Noelle: “A song?”

JT: “On Bended Knee by Boyz II Men.”

(everyone sits down, and JT and Brad get down on their knees)

Brad: *sings*

“Darling I, I can’t explain,

Where did we lose our love,

‘Girl it’s driving me insane.

And I know I just need one more chance,

To prove my love to you.”

JT: *sings*

“And if you come back to me,

I’ll guarantee,

That I’ll never let you go.”

Both: *sing*

“Can we go back to the days

Our love was strong.

Can you tell me how

A perfect love goes wrong.

Can somebody tell me

How to get things back,

The way they used to be.

Oh God, give me the reason,

I’m down on bended knee.”

JT: *sings*

“So many nights I dream of you.

Holding my pillow tight I know,

That I don’t need to be alone.”

Brad: *sings*

“When I open up my eyes,

To face reality,

Every moment without you,

It seems like eternity.

I’m begging you, begging you come back to me.”

Both: *sing*

“Can we go back to the days

Our love was strong.

Can you tell me how

A perfect love goes wrong.

Can somebody tell me

How to get things back,

The way they used to be.

Oh God, give me the reason,

I’m down on bended knee.”

Brad: *sings*

“I’m gonna swallow my pride,

Say I’m sorry,

Stop pointing fingers,

The blame is on me.

I want a new life,

And I want it with you.

If you feel the Pame,

Don’t ever let it go.”

JT: *sings*

“You gotta believe in the spirit of love,

It will heal all things,

Won’t hurt any more.

No I don’t believe our love’s terminal.

I’m down on my knees,

Begging you please,

Come home.”

(everyone claps)

Brad: “So come on, Jan. Do you forgive me?”

Jan: “Of course I do!! I love you Braddles!” *hugs him*

JT: “N?”

Noelle: “We’re breaking up.”

JT: “Why?”

Noelle: “I’ve been looking to break up with you for awhile. This just gives me an excuse.”

JT: *hand to head* “Well…that sucks.”

……………………………………………………

(sometime later…the guests are leaving…)

Jan: “Well I had a great time!!”

Brad: “Me too.”

Skyler: “Yup.”

Seifer: “No pushing me through the wall next time!”

Skyler: “I’ll try not to.” *kisses Ashley* “Bye, Ashley.”

Ashley: “Bye bye! I’ll miss you!”

Seifer: *pouts*

Pam: “Remember, Cloud, keep drinking that.”

Brianna: “Stay drunk, Cloud!”

Cloud: *sips from flask* “I’ll try my best!”

Wyatt: “Bye, Lark.” *kisses her on the cheek*

Lark: *sigh* “Thanks, hon. And thank you all for helping.”

Jan: “Thanks for letting us come!!!”

(they all wave good-bye to the guests and then they all drift off to do other things. lark goes back to her room, walks in and jumps when she sees sephiroth sitting on her bed)

Lark: “You won’t give up, will you?”

Sephiroth: “I don’t want to talk about it. I want to apologize.”

Lark: “Apologize?”

Sephiroth: “…Vincent said something interesting to me today.”

Lark: “Oh? What’s that?”

Sephiroth: “He said we’re more similar than we realize.”

Lark: *blinks* “Is that so.”

Sephiroth: “I would never accuse Vincent of being wrong.”

Lark: “……..So what do you want to do?”

Sephiroth: “I want to leave you alone. I’m here whenever you need me.” *goes to leave*

Lark: “Seph! Wait!”

Sephiroth: *stops* “What?”

Lark: *goes digging through a drawer and pulls out cards*  “How about a quick game of Go Fish?”

Sephiroth: *smiles* “Sure.”

Lark: *smiles* “You gonna give me all your cards?”

Sephiroth: “Every one I can.”

THE END


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