30. Troubled Waters, original chapter posted 1/16/07
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*Paulo and Lucy smile at each other.*
Paulo: Been thinkin’ ’bout me again? ♥
*Lucy looks away nervously.*
Lucy: I.. I kind of.. I never gave you a proper thank you for that time back in the river..
*Mike looks back, noticing Paulo and Lucy.*
*Lucy slowly reaches toward Paulo. Paulo looks at her blankly.*
*Paulo looks at Lucy, concerned.*
*Lucy blushes, looking shy.*
*Lucy pulls Paulo into a hug.*
Lucy: T-thank you, Paulo..
*Paulo blushes, his eyes widening in shock.*
*Lucy holds tightly onto Paulo, her eyes closed.*
Lucy: You were brave enough to jump in and help us. You saved my life..
*Paulo blushes even more.*
*Paulo continues looking shocked. His hand hovers over Lucy’s shoulder.*
Paulo: It.. it’s okay.. Wow.. So this is what it feels like to hug you, huh?
Lucy: Relax, I’m not gonna hit you. This one’s a freebie.
*Paulo returns the hug, grinning with glee. Sparkles float around him.*
Paulo: Oh woww~ ♥
*Mike looks back, shocked.*
*Mike looks confused.*
Mike: Lucy? W--
*Paulo, still hugging Lucy, angrily shouts at Mike.*
Paulo: LEAVE US ALONE THIS IS MY CHANCE TO SCORE!!
*Lucy looks annoyed, but continues to hug him.*
Lucy: Don’t push it.
*Paulo and Mike walk together in the hallway. Paulo looks blissful. Sparkles float around his face.*
[An arrow, pointed to Paulo: Cloud nine]
*Mike looks at him in disbelief.*
Mike: I never knew it was YOU who jumped in..
Mike: How come you never told me?!
*Paulo snaps out of his happy state, looking serious.*
Paulo: Well, I never wanted you to feel like you owed me or anything.
*Mike looks impressed.*
Mike: That’s really noble of you.
*Paulo smiles, putting a hand on his hip.*
Paulo: Oh, sure. It’s nothing.
*Paulo grins smugly.*
Paulo: All I needed was the satisfaction of knowing I’m better than you at climbing AND swimming.
*Mike looks up at him, annoyed.*
[Caption: The next day]
*Mike blasts through the swimming pool, an intense look on his face.*
*Paulo stands still in the water, his mouth hanging open.*
Gym teacher: Wow, Michael! That’s a new school record!
*Mike holds his hands behind his head and grins at Paulo. Daisy looks at Mike from afar, blushing.*
*Paulo looks angry.*
Paulo: Hey, what the hell!!
*Paulo points a finger at Mike, looking aggravated.*
Paulo: That’s not fair!! Why are you suddenly the greatest swimmer ever?!
*Mike looks smug.*
Mike: Oh, Paulo..
*Mike looks off with a meaningful smile.*
Mike: Let’s just say I’ve been motivated by someone very important to me.
Paulo: I just can’t win..
*Daisy sinks into the water, with a “blub blub”, still staring at Mike and looking flustered.*
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