26. Left Behind, original chapter posted 10/20/06
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*Mike and Lucy walk together outside. Lucy is holding Yashy. Mike, wide-eyed, is shivering.*
*Mike rubs his arms and grits his teeth.*
Mike: It’s been too cold lately..
*Lucy raises an eyebrow.*
Lucy: So wear a sweater, idiot.
*Paulo slides up next to Lucy, grinning.*
Paulo: ♥ Hey, since the weather’s so cool, maybe we can share some warmth, eh babe~? ♥
*Lucy gives him an annoyed look.*
Lucy: Go away.
*Tess smiles slyly, hands on her hips.*
Tess: Don’t make me have to kick your ass, Paulo.
Paulo: I’m only offering to help!
*Paulo grins again, placing a hand on Lucy’s shoulder.*
Paulo: She’ll let me know when I start bugging her, Tess. Don’t worry.
*Lucy has a blank expression. Yashy stares angrily at Paulo.*
*Lucy smacks Paulo in the face, shoving him off. He looks shocked. Yashy cheers.*
*Paulo lays on the ground, one foot sticking up in the air, as Lucy walks away.*
Paulo: Okay.. I bugged her.
*Tess leans over him, glancing at Lucy with a concerned look.*
*Tess holds a finger to her cheek in thought.*
Tess: Did something happen to her?
*Paulo begins to sit up. He glances at Lucy.*
Paulo: Man, I dunno. She’s been this way as long as I’ve been around.
Tess: Well.. she’ll rarely ever talk about herself, so how am I supposed to find out?
Mike: A-hem.. If you have a moment..
*Tess looks to Mike curiously.*
*Mike stands with his arms crossed. He looks serious.*
Mike: I could tell you everything.
*Mike holds up a finger.*
Mike: First things first, though..
*He leans over, pleading. Tears stream down his face.*
Mike: TAKE ME HOME!! IT’S SO COLD!
[Caption: Tess’ house]
*Mike has a big smile. He’s wearing a cozy striped scarf and holding a mug.*
Mike: Ah~ ♥
*Mike leans back in a bean bag chair, looking relaxed.*
Mike: What a comfy bean bag chair.. and this is the best cocoa ever..
*Tess sits across from him, smiling.*
Tess: Thanks! It’s homemade.
Tess: Anyway.. I’m really dying to know what made Lucy the way she is! She’s a fascinating one, that’s for sure.
*Tess waits, smiling patiently.*
*Mike relaxes with his eyes closed, smiling blissfully. He is surrounded by sparkles.*
[The words “CLOUD NINE” appear above Mike.]
*Tess leans forward and shouts.*
*Mike’s eyes pop open, and he holds up a finger.*
Mike: Oh, right! Lucy.. yeah.
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