The Best of Times and Worst of Times
Greetings! This is my
first fan fiction. I do not own Futurama or any of its original
characters. This is my own take on what happened after "The
Devils Hands are Idle Play Things." This story takes place
nearly three years after Fry's dramatic and traumatic opera,
and Fry and Leela have been married nearly two years since then. Many
things have come to pass. Some wonderful. Some tragic. It's now
Leela's 31st birthday and Fry is planning a special
surprise party for her. What she really wants is special and only Fry
can give it to her. It is greater than any material gift. I'll
try to keep it light hearted where it needs to be. So I hope you
The first rays of
sunlight illuminate a suburban neighborhood on the outskirts of New
New York. It is 7 am on a cold March morning. One of many electronic
alarms sound the beginning of a new day, and in the master bedroom of
this particularly nice home the Frys are just beginning to stir.
Leela looks over at the slumbering form of her husband and gently
"Phil….time to get up."
(Leela shakes Fry a
time to get up and get going."
"Oh!..(groan)..What time is it?"
we have a big delivery to make today. Remember?"
"Oh…yeah…(Yawn!)…Aww…come on Leels
just a few more minutes....(snooze)."
"Phil!….Wake up or I'll wake
"Aww…Phil!…You don't like it when I wake
Fry: "I didn't
say that! (Purrs) In fact I'd like to wake you up right now!"
"Maybe later, but for now let's get going."
"Aww!…You're no fun."
(Leela knows just how
to remedy that.)
Leela: "Come on
let's get a shower."
(She smiles at Fry and
points at him.)
Leela: (seductive) "You
Fry: (excited) "Now
(Twenty lazy minutes
roll by and a very happy and awake Fry walks out of the master
bathroom followed by an amused Leela.)
"Men." (And regards Fry with a smile.)
(Fry returns that smile
and walks over to his wife and tenderly embraces her.)
birthday Leels. I love you."
Leela: (tender) "Thank
you….I love you too."
Fry: "You know
what!….I have something special planned for you, and it's
"Really!……I can't wait. What is it?"
Fry: (playful) "I'm
not telling…you'll just have to wait and see."
Leela: "Aww!…..Come on…just a little hint…please!"
Fry: (rolls his eyes)
Leela: (excited) "Yes!"
Fry: "A nice
dinner at Elzart's …sky's the limit, and…."
Leela: (excited) "And?"
Fry: (smiling) "And
that's for starters. Ok! No more asking or prodding. You'll
get breakfast started. Hungry?"
…starving! You know what I like so I'll be down in a few
minutes. I just need to make a quick call."
(Fry finishes getting
dressed, and is putting on his durable all purpose boots. They're
similar to Leela's.)
start you off with some coffee. You want the usual?"
"Yes!…Yes!….just get started!"
Fry: (slightly annoyed)
"Alright your worship! I'm going…I'm going!"
Leela: (amused) "Smart
(Fry heads down stairs
to the kitchen and starts banging around. Shortly after there is a
lot of barking and some insane jabbering is heard.)
off wild beasts! You'll get feed!…Just give me a
minute!….Hey! That's my leg! It's not a chew
toy!….No!….Bad Dog!….Bad Nibbler!……
(cracks a whip)….Back!"
(Leela makes her call.)
Leela: "Hi Kif!
Is Amy there?"
Leela! Yes…I'll get her for you."
Leela!….Happy Birthday!….It's the big three-one
"Yeah!….Thanks for reminding me."
Amy: "Well I'm
sure Fry has something special planned for you."
Leela: (curious) "About
that….do you know anything?"
Amy: (defensive) "Of
course not! Why would I?"
some small hints. Dinner, dancing, and something's that will
take your breath away."
I really can't wait. This is the kind of thing that drives me
Amy: "I think
Fry's trying to make up for your birthday last year. In fact
I'm sure of it. After all he promised he would."
(Leela was suddenly
taken back to the events of last March. The rear fatal crash of
Express 1, their last fight with Bender over the incident, and Fry
ending up in the hospital on a life support unit, a mere fraction
away from eternity. She had nearly lost him forever. She quickly
shook off the memories for the moment. Amy was still on the line with
you still there?"
(Leela suddenly snaps
out of her muse.)
Amy!…I was just thinking about something's."
Kif, and Annie will see you guys at the PE building for the nine
o'clock meeting. We'll get the ship ready."
see you there….bye!"
are again on last years events.)
Leela: (to herself) "I
came too close to losing him forever. Never again! I'm never
going to let anyone or anything hurt him….not if I can help
(It was a solemn
promise. A promise Turanga Leela Fry, a loving, loyal, and fearsomely
protective wife was going to keep.)
Leela: (to herself) "I
promised to protect and make him happy….he's done that
for me. There have been difficult times for us….Times of
terrible sadness, anger, even fear,….but we got through it and
we did it together."
(Leela then smiled as
she thought of the good times and the best of things. The times of
laughter, joy, and the love they shared together.)
Leela: (to herself)
"That's what I need to focus on…..The Future!
There are great times ahead for us."
then turn to the one thing she had been desiring for sometime now. A
tiny bundle that would be part of her and Fry. The best parts of them
Leela: (to herself) "A
family!….That's what I want….More than anything
material. That's the greatest gift he can give me. The truest
expression of our love and commitment to each other. Our future."
(Leela then smiled with
Leela: (to herself) "I
know he'll come through for me…..He always does."
(She then shakes off
her reverie and starts to get dressed and ready for the busy day
(Mean while Fry is down
stairs in the kitchen feeding the two bottomless pits Nibbler and
do you guys put it all?"
(Contented belches were
"Eww!….Whatever!…..And you're welcome."
Fry: (to himself)
"Hmm…..Better hurry up. Leela is going to be down soon."
(Shortly there after
Leela walks into the spacious kitchen to join her husband for
(Fry hands a plate full
of breakfast to his wife.)
Fry: "Here you
go…..You know were lucky those two hogs left any for us."
(Fry gestures over to
Nibbler and Seymour.)
Leela: (chuckles) "How
are mommy's little angels this morning?"
Nibbler and Seymour:
(more belches) "Urrp!….Burp!…..Urrrrrp!"
(Leela sits down with
Fry at the kitchen table and starts to enjoy breakfast.)
have to admit you're getting a lot better at this."
Fry: (smiles) "Thanks."
Leela: (curious) "So…."
Fry: "Yes dear?"
Leela: "You have
something special planned?"
Fry: (laughing) "Yes!…I
told you it's a surprise!"
Leela: "I love
surprises!……So what is it?"
Fry (Groans) "You
are bad……You're just going to have to wait and see!….I
swear you're like a kid on X-Mas morning….You know…after
"Oh!….and this is coming from you!….Hardy…Har...Har!"
"Well….What can I say….We've rubbed off on
"Yeah well I wish delivery was over already!….I mean
we've been so busy and on the go that it seems we've
hardly have any time for ourselves."
Fry: (reflective) "I
know….I think were going to have to take your Mom's
advice to slow things down, and make the time."
expression turns very sad and Fry curses himself for bringing up such
a painful subject.)
Leela: (sighs) "I
miss them….I thought we had all the time in the world, and
that we would have them around to see…."
Fry: (sympathetic) "I
know….Me too….I could always turn to them for support
and advice…..They were always kind to me."
and Dad loved you….you know."
Fry: (up beat) "Well
I intend to slow things down a bit and make more time for us."
Leela (excited): "And!….Make sometime for….you know….things
we've talked about."
Fry: (reluctant) "Yeah
that….Let's talk about that tonight….I mean were going
to be busy until then ok?"
Fry: (to himself)
"God!…She's persistent, but that's one many
thing's I love about her."
Leela: (to herself) "I
know he's willing….but it looks like I'm going to
have to take the Buggalo by the fellers and make it happen!
Heh…heh…he's never turned me down before."
(Fry is concerned about
his wife's whimsical expression. When she looked at him like
that it either meant she was happy with him or it was time to
run for the hills.)
"Oh….nothing….just looking at you."
Fry: "Ok….Is that
good news or bad news?"
"Well….You can never be sure….but it's good
"Phew!…..Well that's my favorite kind of news."
(Leela smiles and gives
him a little kiss.)
Fry: (smiling) "What
was that for?"
"Oh….lots of things."
(They finish up
breakfast and make sure Nibbler and Seymour are taken care of for the
rest of the day.)
roll….That delivery is not going to get there on its own."
just the two of us on this one right?"
the two of us, and it's going to take some time getting to and
back from Hyperon 4."
sounds nice…..Do you think we'll still get back in time
for the Supri…..Opps!"
Fry: (groans) "Loose
lips sinks ships!…..And when we get to work I'm going to
sink Someone's ship and Hard!"
"Now!….Now!……Don't get roiled. It's
"Ok…..but I want you to be surprised. So no more probing
Leela: (giggles) "Yes
dear…..but you can be just as bad."
(Fry thinks of all the
times he's driven her crazy and enjoyed every minute of it.)
Fry: (laughs) "Well….I
guess I can't argue with that."
(Fry and Leela both
proceed to gather what they need to leave for work.)
(Fry puts on his
jacket. It's red like the old one but with a few improvements.
This one has futuristic shoulder hoops for starters. It also has five
white reflective bands. One large band around the center of the
jacket. One positioned above each elbow, and one small pin band,
one-inch below each cuff. Below each shoulder on the upper arm is an
insignia patch of the Planet Express logo. The final touches are his
name patch on the upper right chest, and on the left is an honorary
Doop commanders star pin.)
Fry: (to himself) "It's
definitely an improvement over the old."
Leela: (regarding Fry)
"I like that jacket…..It has style….I'd
like to get my green one personalized like yours."
"Hmmm….I'll have to look into that, and by the
way. My sense of style. That comes from what you've taught me."
Leela: "Well I'm
glad your wearing boots now…..They provide better protection.
Especially in this line of work."
Fry: (putting on a pair
of brown thinsilate gloves) "Yeah…..among other things."
(Leela knew Fry was
referring to the three weapons he carries on all deliveries. It was
something she had to force herself to accept. Not being the only on
armed. They made it a general rule to have only one laser pistol in
the house and it would be hers. That was the decided compromise. Fry
had their backs covered on deliveries, and his weapons stayed locked
up at Planet Express. It worked well, and with Nibbler and Seymour
guarding their home while they were away any would be intruders who
tried to break in the house met with a horrible demise. Clean up
(They proceeded through
the entrance hall into the foyer and Leela stops to reflect on the
pictures that are hanging on the wall. They are pictures of loved
ones. Fry's parents, his brother and nephew, the Professor with
Cubert. Leela's mother and father have a center place of honor,
and last but not least is Dr. Zoidberg.)
(Leela just stares for
a few moments and then focuses on her Mom and Dad.)
Leela: (to herself)
"Mom….Dad….Where ever you are…..My
thoughts and feelings are with you."
(Fry stands next to his
wife and contemplates something that would comfort her. The greatest
comfort is the truth.)
Fry: (gently) "Don't
worry Leels…..they're thinking of you too."
Leela: (sad) "You
Fry: (gently) "Leels……
I know so….Please believe me."
Leela: (smiling) "I
do……Because I still have you."
Fry: (laughs) "And
you will….For a very….very….long time. You and I
have a lot of things ahead of us. There are some important promises I
have to keep."
(Leela knows to what he
is referring and feels better because of that. Fry always does know
how to make her feel better. Especially when she needs it the most.)
Leela: (gently) "I
know…..you've been very good at keeping you're
promises. Especially to me. I just want you to know….I'm
Fry: (touched) "I'm
glad….You know there isn't anything I wouldn't do
Leela: (reassuring) "I
know that…..Come on they're waiting for us at Planet
(Leela and Fry walk
outside and are greeted by a sunny winter morning.)
like a beautiful day….I wonder where it will take us?"
(Leela smiles at Fry.)
Leela (up beat): "Well
To Be Continued
Part 1. I'm finished with the rough draft of Part 2. It will
start up with some fond memories. Mainly what happened after Fry's
opera, and I'll go from there. Do you like it? Should
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