#74 – I Love You…You Love…Me?

Opal: “Twilight, when I open my eyes I better not see any dead bodies.”

Originally Published: 2/12/01 . 24 pages

Synopsis
It’s Valentine’s day at the ramble room. Irvine is hiding, Reno and Rufus are fighting, Rude has gift difficulties and Sephiroth can’t decide between Lark and Vincent. What’s a super villain to do?

Ramble Milestones
-Reeve and Tseng finally admit they love each other
-Nida and Scarlet kiss
-Kuja does unspeakable things for diamonds

There’s a lot going on in this ramble, because obviously I wanted to touch on all the different couples. It’s pretty cute. Reeve and Tseng finally confess their love for each other in this one, and Rufus is really sweet to a distraught Reno. And of course there’s more action in the ever complicated Lark/Sephiroth/Vincent triangle. But Zell and his popsicle stick art project is probably the responsible for the funniest moments.

(ah, Feb. 14th. the day of love. oh, gag me. it’s pretty early in the morning, and irvine seems to be sneaking out of the ramble room)

Irvine: *looks both ways* “Good. The coast is clear.”

Reno: *turns corner* “Oh, hey, Irvine.”

Irvine: “Argh! Reno! What are you doing up so early?”

Reno: “I had to get the rest of Noelle’s present. Today’s Valentine’s Day you know. I’m gonna win her back.”

Irvine: “Valentine’s Day.” *twitch* “Don’t remind me.”

Reno: “Let me guess. You’re high tailing it outta here, aren’t you.”

Irvine: “Hells yeah I am! I can’t hang around on Valentine’s Day! All the girls I’ve bedded over the year expect me to be *romantic* and all those other scary things. I’ve gotta hide, or I’m dead. It’s the price I pay for being me. Pa always said Valentine’s Day was designed by women to rope men into commitment. So this is the day I disappear.”

Reno: “I was once like you, my friend. Then I met Noelle. And I’m gonna use today to win her back.”

Irvine: “Good luck with that, man. I’m outta here. See ya tomorrow.”

Reno: “Bye, man.”

(irvine leaves. reno continues down the hall and bumps smack into rufus)

Rufus: “Ack! Robber! I have no money!! Please spare me!” *500 gil falls out of his pocket* “That’s not mine!”

Reno: “Rufus! Relax! It’s me!”

Rufus: “Reno!? What are you doing up at this time? Shouldn’t you be drunk?”

Reno: *winks* “I was looking for you.”

Rufus: “Do you *want* me to die?”

Reno: “Relax. I’m joking.”

Rufus: “So where were you headed?”

Reno: “I got Noelle a Valentine’s Day gift. I was just going to get it.”

Rufus: “Yeah, I got Lark something too. I left it in the hall closet.”

Reno: “That’s where I was keeping my gift for Noelle.”

(they both glare at one another, then they turn and run for the closet. Rufus goes in. then reno follows him. they both grab for their gifts and then the door slams shut. they both freeze)

Rufus: “Reno!”

Reno: “What?”

Rufus: “You shut the door!”

Reno: “I did not!”

Rufus: “Well open it!”

Reno: *tries* “Uh-oh.”

Rufus: “Uh-oh?! What do you mean?!”

Reno: “Uh, we’re locked in.”

Rufus: “Let me try!” *shoves reno out of the way and tries but the door is locked* “I don’t believe this! We’re locked in!”

Reno: “I don’t believe this! How am I supposed to win Noelle back now?!”

Rufus: “How am I supposed to give Lark her gift I spent so long begging Reeve to go out and buy for me?!”

Reno: *sigh* “Guess we have no choice but to wait until someone opens the closet.”

Rufus: “Great. Now I’m stuck with you.”

Reno: “More like I’m stuck with you!” *sits*

Rufus: *bangs head against wall* “It freakin’ figures…”

……………………………………………………………………….

(several hours later, lark, dressed in a cute red dress with her hair in cork screw curls and red high heels, knocks on the door to seph’s room)

Sephiroth’s voice: “Come in!”

Lark: “Sephiroth! Happy Valentine’s—-“

(she spots vincent standing in the room)

Lark: “Not that Valentine.” *frowns*

Vincent: “Hello, Lark.”

Lark: “Hello, Vincent.” *to seph* “Sephiroth, sweetie! I planned what we’re gonna do today!”

Sephiroth: “You want to spend today with me?”

Lark: “….Are you Sephiroth?”

Sephiroth: “Okay, okay, I get it.”

Vincent: *annoyed* “Angel, it’s VALENTINE’S Day. We always spend VALENTINE’S Day together.”

Lark: *mutters* “Just because it’s your last name doesn’t make it *your* day.”

Sephiroth: “That’s true, Vincent.”

Lark: “Sephiroth! Come on! I planned stuff even though I *hate* Valentine’s Day! I bought this nice dress! I even got my hair curled, even though I hate it!”

Sephiroth: “You look *gorgeous*, Lark.”

Vincent: *ahem* “Angel, I too planned things.”

Lark: *glares at vincent* “I got a romantic boat ride.”

Vincent: *glares at lark* “I planned a picnic in the park.”

Lark: *turns to seph* “I’ll let you get to second base!”

Vincent: “I’ll let you go all the way home, angel.”

Lark: “Grrrrrrr………”

Vincent: “You have to make a decision, angel.”

Lark: “Third base?”

Sephiroth: *hand to his head* “Why does this have to happen to me?”

Vincent: “I’m waiting, angel.”

Lark: “I’ve got whipped cream, you know.”

Vincent: “I’ve got champagne.”

Lark: “Just make a decision, Sephiroth! Me……or Vincent.”

Sephiroth: “Argh! I can’t make that decision! Forget it. Maybe I should spend it thinking.”

Vincent: “But angel…”

Lark: “What about the plans I made?”

Vincent: “And *I* made?”

Sephiroth: *blinks* “Why don’t you two go out together?”

Lark and Vincent: *blink* “What?”

Sephiroth: “You’re friends. I think you both need some time together. That way you won’t *glare* at one another so much.”

Lark and Vincent: *look at each other* “Hm.”

Sephiroth: “Good idea? Of course it is. Have a good time.”

Lark and Vincent: “But angel….” *glare at each other*

Sephiroth: “This is what I mean.” *leaves*

Both: “……………”

Lark: “So……”

Vincent: “Well……..”

Lark: “Guess he’s right. Look, just because we both….*love* Sephiroth, doesn’t mean we have to fight like this.”

Vincent: “You are right. Our fighting is childish.” *sigh* “Shall we enjoy the day?” *offers arm*

Lark: *takes it* “Let’s go, my Valentine.”

……………………………………………………………………..

(meanwhile, Noelle walks in the ramble room where zell is sitting at the table with some glue and popsicle sticks. seifer is half asleep on the couch)

Noelle: *walking in* “Happy Valen–” *notices who’s in the room* “Uh………never mind. Where are all the cuties?”

Zell: *popsicle stick creation collapses* “Darn it! Not again!” *glares at Noelle* “You broke my concentration!”

Noelle: “What the hell piece of crap is that, Zell?”

Zell: “It’s a popsicle stick picture frame! It’s Lark’s Valentine’s Day present.”

Noelle: “I’m sure she’ll treasure that all the way to the garbage can.”

Zell: *flips out* “Hey!”

Seifer: “Relax, Zell. Valentine’s Day isn’t for awhile yet.”

Noelle: *blinks* “Are you playing dumb, or are you just stupid?”

Zell: “Valentine’s Day is today, Seifer!” *laughs* “You idiot!”

Seifer: *sits up* “What?! Today?! Really?!”

Noelle: “Uh, yeah.”

Seifer: “Oh @$#%@ I’m screwed!” *runs out*

Noelle: “Ashley’s gonna kick his ass. Anyway, I came here for a reason. Have you seen Irvine?”

Zell: “Nope. And you won’t see him either.”

Noelle: “Oh no. Did Sephiroth kill him?”

Zell: “No. It’s Valentine’s Day. He hides.”

Noelle: “Hides? Why?”

Zell: “I dunno.” *picture frame collapses* “Grrrrrr!! Barney made this look easy!”

Noelle: “You suck, Zell! I’m gonna find Irvine.” *leaves*

Zell: “Hmm….maybe if I had some glitter…”

………………………………………………………………………

(meanwhile, tseng is in his room, brushing his hair. he’s not wearing his turk suit, but black pants and a white shirt)

Tseng: “Hm.” *puts down brush* “I need cologne.” *looks at the bottles and picks them up one by one* “Too girly.” *next bottle* “Too girly.” *next bottle* “Too girly.” *next bottle* “Too girly.” *next bottle* “Too girly.” *next bottle* “Ooh. Vanilla. I’ll take it.” *puts some on*

(knock at the door)

Tseng: *gasp* “It’s Reeve!” *gets up, smooths hair and opens the door* “Hi, Reeve.”

Reeve: *smiles* “Hello, Tseng. You look love–er…nice. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Tseng: “Happy Valentine’s Day to you too, Reeve.”

Reeve: *sniffs the air* “Vanilla?”

Tseng: “That would be me.”

Reeve: “It’s nice.”

Tseng: “Thank you.”

Reeve: “Well…..I thought we could go for a walk in the park and then go out for dinner. Is that all right with you?”

Tseng: “Oh yes. Yes of course.”

Reeve: *clears throat nervously and offers his hand* “Ready?”

Tseng: *looks shocked but takes his hand* “Let’s go.”

……………………………………………………………………..

(back in the ramble room, zell is still struggling with his picture frame. he has some macaroni, but no glitter. he has glue all over his hands)

Zell: “Come on, you stupid glue! You’re supposed to stick!” *it falls apart* “Aw, dammit!”

(twilight comes in with a package and leading a blindfolded opal)

Opal: “Twilight, when I open my eyes I better not see any dead bodies.”

Twilight: “Of course not!!” *takes off blindfold and holds up gift* “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

Opal: “Oh! You’re so sweet, Twilight!” *hugs and kisses him*

(shell and rude come in the room)

Shell: “Believe it or not, Rude, I actually got you a gift. You can have it later.”

Rude: “It’s been awhile since we did that, Shell.”

Shell: “NO! Not that! I mean I *bought* you something. Well…kind of.”

Rude: “I’m shocked, Shell.”

Opal: *looks at her gift* “Oh! How sweet! You wrote me a card!” *opens it and reads it* “Oh, Twilight….and you wrote it yourself!!”

Twilight: “Took me 3 hours!!”

Opal: “That’s so thoughtful of you!” *kisses him and then opens the gift* “Ooh!! Wow! It’s one of those talking bears!”

Bear: “I love you, Opal! I love you, Opal!”

Twilight: “See, the bear says stuff like I do.”

Opal: “You’re so sweet, Twilight! I love you!” *kisses him*

Shell: “If you get me one of those, Rude, I’ll have to kill you.” *walks out*

Rude: *frowns and drops a package labelled ‘to shell’ in the garbage* “Oh I’m a dead man.” *walks out*

Zell: “Hey, Rude, do you think you could help me with these popsicle sticks?! ….Rude?” *to twilight* “How about you?”

Twilight: *breaks away* “See where you gotta go, jerk!” *goes back to opal*

Zell: *sighs* “If only I had some glitter….”

………………………………………………………………………..

(meanwhile……Katie and jake are making out on the porch swing when laguna and Lizzie come out.)

Laguna: “Hey hey! Are we interrupting…?”

(they break apart)

Katie: “Hehe. It’s okay. Happy Valentine’s Day you two!”

Lizzie: *shudders* “Don’t remind me.”

Jake: “What’s wrong?”

Lizzie: “Valentine’s Day sucks. I refuse to celebrate it.”

Laguna: “We were just going to the bookstore.” *sigh*

Lizzie: “That’s right. Come on, Laguna.” *drags him off*

Jake: “Is it just me, or did Laguna look kinda sad?”

Katie: “Yeah…..and it’s supposed to be the opposite way around!!”

Noelle: *comes outside* “Hey, sis.”

Katie: “Hi, Noelle.” *blinks* “Where’s your Valentine’s Day date?”

Noelle: “I’m trying to track him down. Have you seen Irvine?”

Katie: “No, I haven’t. Sorry.”

Noelle: “I’m gonna rope that cowboy if it’s the last thing I do!” *runs off*

Jake: “Well…we were doing something normal before all this happened.”

Katie: “Yeah!” *grabs him and kisses him*

……………………………………………………………………..

(meanwhile, seifer is pacing outside Ashley’s room with a handful of weeds)

Seifer: “Oh man! This is all I could find last minute!! Ashley’s gonna kill me when she sees these stupid things! She’ll laugh in my face! Oh man! What’a a Sorceress’ Knight to do!?!?!”

Ashley: *opens the door* “What the hell–” *blinks* “Seifer? ….Are those weeds?”

Seifer: “Uh……” *kneels and holds up the flowers* “Ashley, my darling! How do I love thee! Let me count the ways! Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you! Won’t you be my Valentine?”

Ashley: “…..I don’t know why that babbling of regurgitated crap got to me, but it did. Now get that cute ass in here.”

Seifer: “All right.”

(he goes in and she shuts the door.)

……………………………………………………………………….

(meanwhile…back in the closet…..)

Rufus: *still banging head* “Just…….let…….me……..die.”

Reno: “Yes, please! Just let him die!”

Rufus: *stops* “Hey! You’re supposed to be….supportive.”

Reno: “Supportive of what? Your whining?” *sighs* “This sucks. This was supposed to be my big chance. I was going to win her back, and it was all going to end like a #@$%^;@ fairy tale.” *draws his knees to his chest* “Now I’m stuck in this damn closet, listening to you complain.” *unhappy sigh* “….Maybe this is some kinda sign or something… Maybe…maybe she’s never gonna take me back.” *puts head down* “………….”

Rufus: *shocked* “Reno?”

Reno: *choked voice* “Leave me alone…”

Rufus: *hesitantly* “Reno… Are you… Are you crying?”

Reno: “……….”

Rufus: *draws knees to his chest* “I…I’m sorry.”

Reno: “….Just leave me alone.”

Rufus: “I can’t do that. We’re both stuck in a very small space.”

Reno: *looks up*

Rufus: “We should think of something to do to pass the time and cheer you up.”

Reno: “Since when did you ever give a damn about me?”

Rufus: *takes out paper and pen* “Let’s play hangman.”

Reno: *wipes away tears* “Hangman?”

Rufus: “Yeah, come on. It’ll be fun.”

Reno: “A-all right.” *small smile* “Uh….thanks, Rufus.”

Rufus: *mumbles* “Don’t worry about it.” *hands the paper and pen to reno* “Here. You go first.”

………………………………………………………………….

(we return to the ramble room, where zell is *still* struggling with the picture frame)

Zell: “The macaroni will stay on, but why won’t the sticks stick!?!!?!”

(sephiroth wanders in, deep in thought)

Zell: “Hey, ‘Roth! Sup? …Where’s Vincent? Or Lark? How come you ain’t chasin’ Lark?”

Sephiroth: *mutters* “Because I don’t have to.”

Zell: “What?”

Sephiroth: “I sent them off to spend the day together. I didn’t want to deal with either of them.”

Zell: *blinks* “Why?”

Sephiroth: *snaps* “Look, it’s none of your business, okay? Just do your pre-school project and leave me alone!”

Zell: *blinks* “Geez, okay, Sephiroth.” *goes back to the popsicle sticks*

Sephiroth: *watches zell for a few moments* “…Who’s that for? Lark?”

Zell: “Yup. At least it will be, if I can get it to stick!”

Sephiroth: *raises eyebrows* “Interesting.”

Zell: “Can you throw this out for me?” *throws empty macaroni box*

Sephiroth: *catches it* “Yeah, why not?”

(he goes over to the garbage and puts it in. then he decides the garbage is piled too high, so he steps on it)

????: *coming from the garbage* “I…love…you…Shell….”

Sephiroth: *eyes widen* “Ugh.” *steps on it again*

????: “…..I……love….you…..”

Sephiroth: *steps on it again* “Argh!!”

????: “I–“

Sephiroth: “SHUT UP!!!!!!!!” *steps on it really hard*

????: “……….”

Sephiroth: “There.” *turns back*

Zell: *staring at seph* “Uh…..you talkin’ to the garbage, ‘Roth?”

Sephiroth: “No. I was talking to something *in* the garbage.”

Zell: *blinks* “Uh—“

Sephiroth: “Don’t even ask.”

Zell: “Actually, uh….. I was gonna ask if you could help me get my fingers unglued.” *holds up his attached fingers*

Sephiroth: *sighs*Β  “Oh what a day….”

………………………………………………………………………..

(meanwhile, at the land of the losers……scarlet is sitting on the couch looking bored. then kuja peers in)

Kuja: “Is Hojo in here?”

Scarlet: “Thankfully no.”

Kuja: *comes in* “This is very strange. Every other day of the year he’s trying to get into my skirt, but now it’s Valentine’s Day, and I have not seen him once!”

Scarlet: “Why are you complaining?”

Kuja: *pouts* “I’m feeling unloved.”

(heidegger walks in)

Heidegger: “Gya haa haa! Happy Valentine’s Day, ladies!”

Kuja: “I am not a lady.”

Heidegger: “If anyone’s not a lady, it’s Scarlet! Gya haa haa!”

Scarlet: “You know, Heidegger, we have a bunch of those stupid candies with the sayings on them in the kitchen. Why don’t you go choke on them?”

Heidegger: “Sounds good! Gya haa haa!” *leaves*

(then hojo comes in with a black box in hand)

Kuja: “There he is.”

Hojo: “Kuja! My darling! Happy Valentine’s Day!”

Kuja: *sigh* “What is it now?”

Hojo: “Oh, don’t play hard to get, my pet.”

(he goes over to kuja, holds out the box, and opens it. inside is a *very* expensive looking diamond necklace)

Kuja: *eyes widen and jaw drops* “T-That–You bought me *diamonds*?!”

Hojo: *grins* “Uh-huh…” *starts backing away* “You want them?”

Kuja: “Of course I do! Diamond’s are a girl’s best friend!” *follows*

Hojo: “Hmmm…” *still backing up* “I’m ready to experiment and see how well that lip gloss of yours stays on.” *grins and leaves the room*

Kuja: “Wait for me, lamb!!” *follows*

Scarlet: “And they call me the slut.”

(then nida comes in, dragging his feet unhappily. he comes over to the couch and sits down in a slump)

Nida: “I hate the world. I rock, it’s just the world that sucks.”

Scarlet: “Yeah, that’s it.”

Nida: “No one likes me.”

Scarlet: “Yeah, well join the club. Even *Hojo* got Kuja.”

Nida: *scrunches up his nose* “Ew…” *pause* “Well, what about Heidegger?”

Scarlet: “I’m not even sure he’s a person.”

Nida: “I think I saw something like him on the X-Files once.”

Scarlet: “Big surprise there.”

Nida: *sigh* “So here I am, on Valentine’s Day, all alone, without my girlfriend of a whole day.”

Scarlet: “And here I am without a customer. Even Palmer was busy.”

Nida: *turns to scarlet* “You know…..you’re really pretty……for a whore.”

Scarlet: *turns to nida* “And you’re pretty handsome……for an underage whiner.”

(they both lean forward and gently kiss one another. then they separate, looking shocked, and turn away and sit in silence.)

Scarlet: “Okay, know what?”

Nida: “What?”

Scarlet: “That never happened.”

Nida: “Works for me.”

………………………………………………………………………….

(meanwhile, rude is in his and shell’s room, eyes closed, sitting on the bed. there’s a big cake in the middle of the room, but shell is nowhere in sight)

Shell’s voice: *very muffled* “Okay, Rude! You can open your eyes!”

Rude: *opens eyes* “Shell?”

Shell: *pops out of the cake in a red bikini* “Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s your present!” *starts singing ‘love don’t cost a thing’ by jennifer lopez*

Rude: *laughs hysterically* “Hahahahahahahahaha!! Oh, that’s a good one, Shell! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!” *wipes tear from eye*

Shell: *finishes with a grin* “I knew you’d like that one, Rude! That’s *so* not me!! So where’s my present?”

Rude: *sweat drops* “Uh…..”

Shell: “Where’s *my* present, Rude?”

Rude: *stands up* “I didn’t get you one!”

Shell: *gasp* “What?!”

Rude: “I didn’t get you one!!” *winces and expects to be hit*

Shell: “WHAT?!?!?! NO GIFT?!?”

Rude: “No!”

Shell: “Grrrrrr!” *stomps off*

Rude: *hangs head* “Oh….”

………………………………………………………………………..

(meanwhile, reeve and tseng are having dinner, and they’re both pretty quiet)

Reeve: *clears throat* “So….”

Tseng: “Um….” *fidgets*

Reeve: “So….uh…that was a nice walk, huh?”

Tseng: “Yeah… Very nice. …Except for that little kid who laughed at us for holding hands.”

Reeve: “Forget him. I like holding hands with you.”

Tseng: *blushes* “Oh…Reeve…”

Reeve: “Tseng…I…” *cough* “Uh…never mind.”

Tseng: *nervously* “Um…Reeve…I…uh…there’s, well…there’s something I need to tell you.”

Reeve: *clears throat* “Actually, Tseng….there’s something I want to tell you too….”

(they both look up and lock eyes and blurt out at the exact same time)

Both: “I’m in love with you!!!” *pause and blink* “You *are*?! But I thought you were–” *stop*

(silence)

Reeve: “….You…you love me?”

Tseng: “Yes. Yes, Reeve. I’m very much in love with you.”

Reeve: “Oh, Tseng…” *reaches across the table, takes his hand and kisses it* “God, how I love you.”

Tseng: “Oh, Reeve… You’re going to make me cry…”

Reeve: *stands, drawing tseng to his feet* “Let’s go home…” *nuzzles him*

Tseng: “Ah…okay…” *smiles* “Let’s go home.”

………………………………………………………………………

(now that I’ve made you all sick with yaoi–or not, for you cool people like me who love it ^^–we return to the closet, where reno and rufus are still playing hangman. rufus is guessing)

Rufus: “Is there an……e?”

Reno: “Nope.”

Rufus: “An D?”

Reno: “Yup.” *writes it down*

Rufus: “Let’s see…” *studies it* “Ah ha! It’s Vodka!”

Reno: “Damn, you’re good at this.”

Rufus: “Well, you keep using alcohol!!”

Reno: *listens* “Do you hear footsteps?”

Rufus: “Yeah….!”

(they both listen, and then they hear a bang against the door of the closet)

Reno: “What the…??”

????: *moans* “Oh….Reeve….”

Guys: *sweat drops*

Reno: “Ain’t hard to guess who that is.”

Rufus: *covers his ears* “Oh god, oh god, oh god!”

Reno: “Oh come off it! Why does it make you so uncomfortable? You’re not really gay! Why should it bother you?”

Rufus: *uncovers ears* “Hm. I don’t know.”

Reno: *bangs on the closet door* “Open up, you lovebirds! We’re trapped in here!”

(there is some brief mumbling outside the closet, and then the door is opened. reeve and tseng look pretty shocked to discover reno and rufus)

Reno: *grinning* “Hey there.”

Reeve: “….And what were you two doing in the closet?”

Rufus: “Oh god no.”

Reno: “We both came in here to get our Valentine’s gifts for *girls*, and we got locked in. We’ve been playing hangman half the day.”

Rufus: “Speaking of which, what time is it now?”

Tseng: *checks watch*Β  “It’s nearly 9 o’clock.”

Rufus: “Oh man. We were in there the whole day!” *pockets the gift* “I’ll give this to Lark later.”

Reno: “Let’s go get a drink.”

Rufus: “What about Noelle?”

Reno: “….I’m gonna have to think about that for awhile. C’mon, buddy.” *puts a friendly arm around rufus* “I’m buyin’.”

(they walk off)

Reeve: *blinks* “Wow. I guess Valentine’s Day can be for friends too.”

Tseng: “But they were never friends before.”

Reeve: “….Some things are weird like that.”

Tseng: *clears throat* “Speaking of things….uh…I was thinking maybe we should continue to keep *us* a secret.”

Reeve: “You mean from everyone other than *us*, right?”

Tseng: “Right.”

Reeve: “Understood.” *puts an arm around tseng’s waist and they start walking off* “I think we’re getting pretty good at our excuses for making out all the time.”

Tseng: “I don’t know why I never realized you loved me before!”

Reeve: “I didn’t notice either. I guess we’re both dense.”

……………………………………………………………………….

(meanwhile……Noelle is wandering around outside, still searching for irvine. she looks really tired)

Noelle *sigh* “Where is he?! He certainly has a good hiding place! …But I’m not giving up! Not now! Now that I’ve come so far!”

????: “Yee haw!”

Noelle: *stops*Β  “Irvine?” *looks up* “Irvine?”

????: “Uh-oh…”

Noelle: “Are you on the roof?!?!”

Irvine: *peers over the edge* “Noelle?”

Noelle: “I found you! I found you!”

Irvine: *sighs* “Ugh, my worst nightmare.”

Noelle: “I spent all day looking for you!! The least you can do is sleep with me!”

Irvine: *blinks* “…That’s what you want from me?”

Noelle: “What did you *think* I wanted!? Time for crazy chipmunk sex! Let’s go!” *goes inside*

Irvine: “Best Valentine’s Day ever! Yee haw!” *runs inside*

…………………………………………………………………….

(rude sadly drags himself into the ramble room, where zell and seph are. seph is on the couch, legs crossed, still talking to zell, who’s at the table)

Zell: “You know, Aaron Burr only really killed Alexander Hamilton because he ruined him politically. And what right did Hamilton have to constantly pick on Burr when he had that affair and all.”

Sephiroth: “I completely agree, my friend. And might I add that Alexander Hamilton was basically disliked by everyone, except of course, George Washington.”

Zell: “That’s because Hamilton was a HUGE brown noser.”

Sephiroth: “I could not have said it better myself.”

(rude sits on the couch)

Sephiroth: *to rude* “Did you know it was possible to have intelligent conversation with Zell? I didn’t.”

Zell: “Thanks, ‘Roth!” *holds up picture frame* “Look! It took me all day, but it’s staying together!” *to rude* “Sephiroth even found me some glitter!”

Rude: *looks at seph strangely*

Sephiroth: “…….I was bored.. … …”

(shell enters, still looking upset, and goes up to rude)

Shell: “There you are.”

Rude: “Here I am.”

Shell: “Hmph.”

Rude: “Are you breaking up with me?”

Shell: “…..You know…. I’ve given this a lot of thought, and I decided to let this one slide.”

Rude: “Thanks, Shell.” *smiles*

Shell: *dragging him from the room* “Now what did you really get me?”

Rude: *sweat drops*

…………………………………………………………………..

(about a half hour later, lark and vincent are walking back to the ramble room arm and arm)

Lark: “Wow, Vincent, I had a really good time!”

Vincent: “As did I. You are certainly pleasant company.”

Lark: “I’m glad we’re not fighting.”

(they turn and face one another on the porch)

Vincent: “It is silly for us not to be friends. Clearly, we have much in common. We should not let the fact that we both love the same man get in our way.”

Lark: “Totally. I’m so glad we could come to this understanding.” *sigh* “Well, Happy *Valentine’s* Day, Vincent, and good night!”

Vincent: “Good night.”

(lark leans forward to give him a friendly little kiss on the lips, but when she backs off she barely parts their lips, vincent grabs her wrist, and they kiss one another again, and this time it’s anything but a friendly kiss and goes on for some time.)

Lark: “Mmmm…” *draws away reluctantly and then her eyes widen in shock* “Oh… Oh…”

Vincent: *clears throat* “Well, I’ll see you tomorrow.”

Lark: *breathlessly* “Yeah……”

(vincent goes inside, and lark lingers outside a bit longer. she puts a hand to her cheek and stares at the door where vincent had exited transfixed for about a minute. then she shakes her head to clear it, and quickly goes inside. she peeks inside the ramble room, where zell is asleep at the table, and where sephiroth appears to be asleep. he’s really not, but lark doesn’t know this. she goes into the ramble room, goes over behind zell, and sees the picture frame that says ‘to lark’ on it, and smiles. she pats him affectionately on the back and kisses him lightly on the cheek. sephiroth sits up on the couch and watches her)

Sephiroth: “Lark.”

Lark: *jumps a little and turns* “Oh, Sephiroth. You startled me.”

Sephiroth: *stands* “How was your day with Vincent?”

Lark: “It was very fun. We had a good time.”

Sephiroth: “I missed you.” *slips arms around her waist*

Lark: “What about Vincent?”

Sephiroth: “Not so much.” *goes to kiss her*

Lark: *steps away*

Sephiroth: “What’s wrong?”

Lark: “Nothing….just…don’t.”

Sephiroth: “Did Vincent say anything? Cause I swear, if he did——“

Lark: “He didn’t say anything! Geez, you blame everything on him! Did it ever cross your mind that I might say something to him and tell *him* to back off?”

Sephiroth: *sighs and covers his face with his hands*

Lark: *hesitates* “Come on.”

(lark uncovers his face, and leads him to the couch, where she sits down. he then sits down, and lays with his head in her lap as she strokes his hair and face)

Lark: “So how was your Valentine’s Day?”

Sephiroth: “Very strange. …I actually had a conversation with Zell.”

Lark: “Oh yeah?” *smiles* “Well, there’s a first time for everything.” *sigh* “You know, I think you did the right thing today. Having Vincent and I go off….”

Sephiroth: *shakes his head and takes her wrist, bringing her hand to his lips and starts kissing the tips of her fingers* “No…” *kiss* “All day…” *kiss* “I just wanted…” *kiss* “To be with you.” *kiss*

Lark: “Oh…”

Sephiroth: *sits up and pins her against the arm of the couch* “You. Just you, Lark.”

Lark: “Oh, Sephiroth. I… This… I can’t. Not after….Vincent…”

Sephiroth: *scowls*

Lark: “If Vincent were here you’d be just as confused as you were this morning! Just when you get one of us alone can you make up your mind.” *slips out from under him and stands* “Besides. It is *him* you love, not me.” *pause* “Good night, Sephiroth.” *leaves*

Sephiroth: “Grrrrrr!!!!”

(he picks up a pillow in anger and chucks it. it hits the garbage can, knocking it over)

?????: *from the garbage can area* “I……lo……ve……yoo…..Sh…e….ll…..”

Sephiroth: “Argh!!!” *collapses on the couch with his arms over his face as the bear keeps going*

THE END

~*~

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