Dear Fry, part 2
[The weeks pass and the next thing they knew, it was the day before Valentines day. Fry had two plans, and was going to ask Leela what she wanted to do.]
[PE lounge: Fry and Leela are sitting on the couch with Bender]
Fry: So Leela, tomorrow’s Valentines day. And I wanted to ask you, would you rather, go out for a fancy dinner at Elzar’s, or relax at my place, we’ll get a pizza, and some romantic movies. So what will it be?
[she thought about it for a second]
Leela: Lets just stay in.
[Fry smiled, because he really wanted just to stay home with her.]
Leela: I’m gonna get some water, you guys want anything?
Leela: I should of guessed.
[she walked out of the room and saw Amy hanging up her phone]
Leela: Hey Amy.
Amy: Oh hi Leela. You getting excided for Valentines day tomorrow?
Leela: Yeah, what about you?
Amy: I’m so excided! Kif’s coming over and he says he has a big surprise for me. What are you and Fry doing?
Leela: We’re just staying in at his place. We’re gonna rent some movies, and get a pizza. Just the two of us.
Amy: What do you think he’s gonna get you?
Leela: I don’t really know. Knowing him, it might just be some of the knickknacks at target. But it’s the thought that counts.
Amy: What are you getting him?
Leela: He told me not to get him anything actually. I was surprised.
Amy: I wonder why he did that.
Leela: I don’t know. He just said being with him will be his gift.
Amy; Aw, that’s sweet.
Back out in the lounge, Fry tapped Bender on the shoulder and reached into his pocket]
Fry: Bender, check it out.
[He opened a small box and revealed a diamond ring with two purple studs on each side of the diamond.]
Fry: I’m gonna ask her tomorrow night. I’m thinking about having the pizza guy spell out “Will you marry me?” with pepperoni, and put the ring in the pizza.
Bender: You think she’ll go for that?
Fry: She’ll love it. Leela loves it when I’m romantic and spontaneous.
Bender: Well the ring in the pizza isn’t really romantic in my opinion, its more messy.
Fry: Well, I’m gonna do it any way.
[He looked at the ring and heard Leela come in. he quickly put the box back in his pocket.]
Leela: What were you guys talking about?
Fry: Uh, guy stuff, you know football, junk food,
Bender: Beer, porn, stuff like that. I didn’t realize Fry was a big a fan of it as I am.
Fry: Shut up! He’s lying.
Leela: I know, I’ve checked your apartment when you weren’t home.
Leela: I’m kidding, but I know he’s lying. Your not that shallow.
Bender: Don’t be so sure,
Leela: So, what movies are we gonna get?
Fry: It doesn’t matter. Anything you want.
Leela: You want to go now, just so we have them?
Fry: Okay, here Bender, take my beer.
[the two got up and made their way to Rent-A-Wreck Video]
Leela: So, how about this one? Its from the 21st century.
[She held up “The Notebook”]
Fry: Sure, that’s fine.
Leela: Well, its your night too, you can pick anything you want.
Fry: No, its fine. Like I said, pick anything you want.
Leela: Well, looks like we’re getting this one.
[They ended out picked out two movies, “A walk to remember” and “the notebook”. (and yes these are my favorite books and movies.)]
Leela: Alright, so why don’t you take them and keep them at your place.
Fry: Okay, and I’ll pick up some slurm and I’ll clean up a bit.
Leela: Thank you.
[Fry walked her home and told her to bring her most comfortable clothes the next night and that she could also bring Nibbler. And then made his way to the pizza parlor]
Owner: How can I help you sir?
Fry: Well, I’m planning on asking my girlfriend to marry me tomorrow night, and I saw that you have a heart shaped pizza just for Valentines day, right?
Owner: That’s right,
Fry: And I was wondering if you could spell out the words “Will you marry me?” on the pizza.
Owner: We usually don’t do stuff like that, but you seem like a nice young man. So I’ll write down your name and everything now, and when you order tomorrow, I’ll make sure that this gets done.
Fry: Oh, thank you so much.
[he gave the owner everything he needed and walked home]
[The next day: Fry is sitting on the couch waiting for Leela. He has the two movies out and is still in his regular clothes. He has the ring in his hand and is staring at it, Seymour is at his side]
Fry: Well buddy, looks like you’re gonna be seeing Leela and Nibbler a lot more.
[Seymour gave a happy yelp and looked at Fry. He smiled and patted his head. There was a knock at the door and he got up with Seymour following him, on the other side of the door was Leela. (who else?) She had a bag with her clothes and Nibbler in her arms.]
Fry: Hi, (kisses her) how are you?
Leela: Fine, you?
Fry: The same. Now, I have to go pick up the pizza, why don’t you go change and I’ll be back in like ten minutes.
Fry: I’ll be right back. Go on and make yourself comfortable.
[she sat down Nibbler and he and Seymour started playing. She went into Fry’s bedroom and started changing. She noticed the photo she got him for Xmas on his night stand. There was no dust on it, so she knew he looked at it every night. She finally changed after staring at the picture and thinking about how lucky she was. By the time she was finished, Fry had already gotten back.]
Fry: Hey, I got the pizza.
Fry: I’m gonna go change, just don’t start eating the pizza before I get back out. Alright? In fact, don’t even open the box.
Leela: (confused) Alright.
[He went in his room, and she sat down on the couch. She could smell the pizza and couldn’t wait. Well,
maybe she’ll just sneak a pepperoni out. No, Fry told her to wait, and she would. But it just smelled so good! Maybe she’ll just open it and smell it. Just open it a crack, and, wait…]
Leela: (soft) What the? What is that in the pizza?
Fry: Alright. Lets dig in!
[She jumped a little and closed the small crack]
Fry: You didn’t open it did you?
Leela: No! (he doesn’t buy it) well, maybe just a crack.
Leela: Why are you acting so weird?
Fry: No reason, but before you open it, I need to ask you something.
Fry: Do you love me?
Leela: Of course.
Fry: Will you do something for me then?
Fry: (thinking) This is it, go on and ask her.
Fry: (deep breath) Will you marry me?
Leela; (shocked) What?
[He got down on one knee and opened the pizza box. Just like he had asked the owner, the pizza was heart shaped and had the words “Will you marry me?”. Fry had put the ring in the middle of it. Leela gasped as he cleaned off the ring]
Fry: So, will you marry me?
Leela: (voice breaking) Yes, yes! Of course I’ll marry you Fry! (he slips the ring on her finger) Oh my God! I love you.
Fry; I love you too.
[He got back on the couch and put his arms around her. She cried tears of joy and he held her close. Leela looked up at him and kissed him. She ran her fingers through her hair and he fell back on the couch. She rested her head on his chest and gave a happy sigh]
Leela: I cant believe this.
Fry: Me neither.
Leela: We’re getting married!
[Fry looked out the window and looked back at Leela]
Fry: Look out the window.
[she did and they both got up and looked out the window]
Leela: Look at the moon.
Fry: I know, I’ve always loved full moons.
Leela: I remember when we went to the moon, do you?
Fry: Of course, it‘s one of my favorite missions. Now, shall we have our pizza and watch the movies?
[Fry got out two plate and opened the cans of slurm. He first popped in “A walk to remember” which had both of them tearing up at the end. The whole time he held her hand, grazing his thumb over her fingers and he felt the ring on her one finger]
Fry: What do you think everyone’s gonna say tomorrow when we walk in and tell them that we’re getting married?
Leela: I know they’ll be happy.
Fry: I bet they’ll all say “Finally!”
[They both laughed. Fry got up and put in the other movie. When it was over, Bender had been home for half and hour already. Fry suggest to Leela that she stay the night. Of course she didn’t decline. They cleaned up the trash and went into the bedroom. Fry laid down and playfully pulled Leela next to him. Then Nibbler and Seymour jumped on the bed and they both laid at the foot]
Fry: Good night Leela.
Leela: Good night Fry.
Fry: I love you.
Leela: I love you too.
[The next morning: Fry is woke up besides Leela. He smiled and moved some of the hair from her face. Her eye opened and she smiled]
Leela: Good morning.
Fry: Good morning, how’d you sleep?
Leela: Great, you?
Fry: Great. (looks at her ring) you know, this is how its gonna be every morning when we’re married. You, me, Nibbler, Seymour, just like this.
[Then they heard Bender yelling from the other room]
Bender: (OS) Lets go meat bags! We’re gonna be late for work!
Fry; (laughs) Well, except that.
Leela; (laughs) Yeah I guessed.
[PE: Fry and Leela are standing outside holding hands.]
Fry: So, are you ready?
Leela: As I’ll ever be.
Fry: Lets go then.
[He opened the door and they took their spots]
Hermes; So, does anyone have anything they would like to share?
Fry: We do. Leela, do you want to tell them or should I?
Leela: Go on,
Fry: Well, Leela and I-
Leela: We’re getting married!
[Everyone gave cheers and congratulated them]
Leela: Wait a second, where’s Amy? I was gonna ask her to be my maid of honor.
Hermes: She said that she was gonna be late. But she should be here-
Amy: (walking in with Kif) Hey everyone!
Amy: Kif and I have great news, we’re getting married!
Leela; No way! Fry and I are getting married!
[They two both screamed, forcing Fry and Kif cover their ears.]
Fry: Looks like we’re gonna have to get use to this, huh Kif?
Kif: I’ll say!
Hermes: Okay, we’ll go over everything later, but the Professor has a very important announcement.
[They all sat down and the Professor held up a letter]
Professor: Good News everyone! According to this letter, Fry has been drafted into the DOOP army!
Fry: What do you mean I’ve been drafted?
Professor: Zapp Brangine has decided that you are perfect for the DOOP and decided to draft you for a four year tour! Exciting isn’t it?
Fry: Oh my God, you were right Bender, he would stoop as low as to draft me!
Leela: No, this cant happen!
Fry: What if I refuse?
Professor: You’ll be put in prison for the rest of your life.
Fry: (pause) Excuse me.
[He got up and went into the locker room. He started punching the wall]
Fry: Damnit, damnit, damnit! This cant happen! That bastard ! How can he do this?! Mother fu-
[He turned around and saw Leela. She ran up to him and threw her arms around him]
Leela: (crying) I cant believe this! He cant do that just because of me!
Fry: I guess he can, he has so much power in the DOOP. But there’s nothing we can do.
Leela: I wish there was. I don’t want you to leave me, not now, not ever!
Fry: I don’t want to leave you either. I love you.
Leela: I love you too.
[He wiped her tears and kissed her forehead]
Fry: Look, it’s obvious that I have to do this, I wish there was some way out of it, but there’s not. I rather be away from you for four years than be put in prison and never see you again.
Leela: But what if you get killed?
Fry: Don’t think like that, I’ll be fine, I promise. I’ll never leave you. I’ll never leave you. I’ll be back before you know it and then we’ll be married. Plus, I’ll see you on my leaves, I’ll write you, call you, e-mail you. I promise.
Leela: I believe you, and I’ll wait for you.
Fry: (kisses her) I love you Leela.
Leela: I love you Fry.
[he wiped her tears and led her back out into the conference room. Everyone was sitting there, extremely quiet]
Fry: So, Professor, when do I leave?
Professor: One week.
Hermes: Fry, you and Leela take this next week off, you two need to spend as much time together as you can.
Fry: Thank you Hermes. Come on, lets go.
[He and Leela left and everyone looked shocked]
Amy: I cant believe this. Kif isn’t there something you can do?
Kif: I’m afraid there’s not, I wish I could.
Zoidberg: Why did he choose Fry?
Kif: He just wants Fry and Leela to break up.
Hermes: So that’s how he has to do it? By drafting Fry? He could be killed!
Kif: I know. But the only thing I can do, is make sure he is able to stay on base as much as possible, so he wont be in that much danger. But you never know, Zapp might find out what I’m doing and then we both will be in trouble. Or he might give the orders to send him on a dangerous mission.
Amy: Well just do what you can. Fry and Leela don’t deserve this.
[Robot Arms: Fry and Leela are sitting on the couch. Fry has Leela in his arms and is trying to comfort her as she cries.]
Leela: I still cant believe this!
Fry: I know,
[He took a deep breath and looked her in the eye]
Fry: Listen, I know your upset, and so am I, but I don’t want to spend our last days together like this. I want them to have fun. So I can have even more things to think about, when I think about you.
Leela: (tearful) Okay, and I agree with you. I’m just making things worse.
Fry: Don’t say that, I understand why you’re upset. You’re scared.
Leela: Are you? Scared I mean.
Fry: To death, (pause) hey, lighten up.
Leela: Its not funny. (pause) I’m scared of not being with you.
Fry: Oh baby that will never happen.
[He held her tight and let her cry into his shoulder]
Fry: I’ll be here.
[Over the next week, Fry and Leela spent every second together. They did some things with their friends, but mostly spent their time alone. He had also moved all of his stuff to Leela’s and she was going to take care of Seymour. They walked along the shore of the ocean every night, and Fry told Leela how much he loved her. They went rocket skating, they went to the movies, had dinner at Elzar’s, anything they could think of. (except that.) Now it’s the night before Fry is leaving, he and Leela are walking along the shore. Leela has his jacket on and his squeezing his arm]
Leela: I cant believe that you’re leaving tomorrow. This week went by so fast, I wish you didn’t have to go.
Fry: Me too, I wish I could just stay here with you forever.
Leela: (laughs) I guess the two of us will need some clones to be in all the places when you’ve said that to me.
Fry: (laughs) Yeah,
Leela: I have something for you.
[She reached in to her purse and pulled out and envelope]
Leela: I wrote this last night for you. But I don’t want you to read it until you’re on the ship.
Fry: I wont,
Leela: So are you all packed?
[He stopped walking and she looked at him. Fry didn’t say or do anything, he just stared at her]
Fry: I just want to remember everything about you.
[She touched his face and he kissed the palm of her hand. Leela smiled and fiddled with his dog tag necklace]
Leela: Do you think they’ll let you ware this?
Fry: They better, cause there’s no way I’m taking this off.
[she put her arms around him, feeling the warmth of his body]
Fry: So, will you still love me when I come home bald and covered with tattoos?
Leela: (laughs) As long as you grow your hair back. The tattoos I wont mind, in fact I think they’ll make you even sexier.
Fry: (laughs) Why didn’t I get a tattoo earlier?
[they both laughed, but then realized that this was the last night they would be together for a year]
Fry: Come here,
[He brushed her hair back and kissed her softly. Leela pulled him closer and kissed him passionately. She ran her fingers through his hair and he rubbed her back. They finally broke the kiss and stared at each other]
Fry: Lets go home,
[They walked back to Leela’s, and they laid down on the bed in their Pjs.]
Fry: I want you to know, I’m going to cherish our time together this past week, and anytime we’ve ever spent together. And I want you to know how much I love you, I know I tell you this all the time, but I love you more than there are stars in the sky.
Leela: I know you do, and I love you more than anything and I just wish that there was something we could do to stop this. I know we cant but, I will treasure every day, every hour, every minute, every second that we’ve spent together. And I’m going to miss you so much. I cant even explain how much you mean to me.
[she cuddled up to him and he held her close. Neither of them ever wanted to let go.]
[The next morning at the space port: Fry was in a DOOP uniform, like in “War is the H-Word”. He and Leela were sitting on a bench waiting for Fry’s ship to be called. She was gripping Fry’s arm as tight as she can. The other crew members were around them along with Kif, who is leaving with Fry. They all had said their good buy’s to Fry, and are now leaving him and Leela alone.]
Announcer: Now boarding flight 5-43, the Nimbus for all DOOP soldiers.
[Fry took a deep breath and he and Leela stand up. He puts his arms around her and she started crying]
Fry: Don’t worry, I’ll be fine, (pause) I love you, so much. I cant say it enough.
Leela: I love you too.
[They kissed one last time. And Fry forced himself to let her go. He and Kif walked away. Amy went and put her arm around Leela to comfort her.]
[On the Nimbus. Fry was in his quarters, sitting on the bed. He opened the letter that Leela wrote him]
Leela: (VO) Dear Fry,
There are so many ways that I love you, you’ve asked me what’s my favorite thing about you. Could it be the way you always make me laugh? Or could it be the way you comfort me when I’m sad? Or could it be the cute little bump on your nose? The answer is, its everything about you. All I can think about, is when you read this, you know that I want nothing more than for you to be here with me and hold me in your arms. You are a true gentleman Fry, and I love that about you. You’ve never pressured me into sleeping with you like all the other guys I’ve dated, and I thank you for respecting that.
All I can think about is when your tour ends and you come back home. I’ll think of you every day, and wait for the day when we say “I do.”. I’ll never forget the day you asked me to marry you and the joy I was feeling when I saw you get down on one knee. I remember the full moon we watched, and thinking how lucky I am to have you in my life. I want you to do one thing for me though, every night of the first full moon, I want you, no matter where you are, to look out at the moon and think of me and the time we’ve spent together. No matter where I am, or what I‘m doing, you know I‘ll be doing the same thing too, and if we cant be together, at least we’ll have this to share.
I love you Phillip J. Fry, and I’ll wait for the day you return. I’ll wait for your letters, and think about you every night before I go to sleep. And even though you’re not here, I’ll feel the warmth of your arms around me as you whisper to me, and gently fall asleep.
Love you with all my heart,
[Fry put the letter back in the envelope and wiped his eyes]
[To be continued…]