Dear Fry, part 3
[Over the next year, Fry was sent on dangerous missions by Zapp’s orders. But he was lucky to survive them all. Now he was getting ready to go home on his leave to see Leela. They had sent letters to each other and Fry had called her when he could. And just like Leela asked, he looked out at the moon and thought about the their time together. Leela had told Fry about the new delivery boy, Josh, and how much he and Fry were alike. She also said that she received a raise and was able to get a car and a new apartment. Fry told her about the new guys he had met; Mike, John, Joe, and Jim. He also said that he got 3 tattoos, plus he grew out his beard, not long, but stubby. Also that they had gotten new uniforms, and these ones weren’t skirts. He didn’t get into the missions though, and Leela was glad, she said that she didn’t want to think about him being in danger. After what seemed like five years instead of one, they were going to finally see each other.]
[Space port 5:00 PM: Leela was standing at the gate looking for Fry. He came out, in his uniform, looking around for Leela but didn’t see her. He checked again but she saw him first and Leela ran up to him and he dropped his bag. She jumped into his arms, causing Fry to almost fall and lose his balance.]
Fry: Leela! Oh my God, I’ve missed you so much!
Leela: I’ve missed you too!
[She kissed him and held him tight to make sure that he was really there]
Leela: I love you.
Fry: I love you too.
Leela: (pulling away) Let me see you. Look at your beard, you look some how older. And different.
Fry: You look different too, but in a good way.
Leela: Come on, lets get out of here.
[He picked up his bag and they went out to Leela’s car. On their way to Leela’s new apartment, Fry had her pull over for a couple minutes and they made out like teenagers. But when Fry started to make a move she pulled away]
Fry: Okay, okay, sorry. I’m stopping.
[she smiled and kissed his nose. They just sat there for a while holding hands and finally made their way to Leela’s.]
Leela: I’m sure Seymour’s gonna be happy to see you.
Fry: Yeah, I’ll be happy to see him too.
[they pulled up, got out and Leela led him upstairs. As soon as she opened the door, Seymour jumped at Fry]
Fry: Hey buddy!
[he dropped his bag and picked Seymour up]
Fry: Oh, I’ve missed you! (kisses his head) have you been good for Leela?
Leela: (laughs) He’s been great.
[he put him down, went over to Leela and put his arms around her]
Leela: Hey there stranger.
Leela: I’ve missed you so much.
Fry: I’ve missed you too.
Leela: Fry, say it to me.
Fry: (thinking) Say what? What’s “it”? I- wait, I’m an idiot!
Fry: I love you Leela.
[she gave a happy sigh and Fry led her to the couch. They sat down and Fry put his arm around her]
Leela: So, can I see your tattoo?
Fry: Alright, let me change first.
[he took his bag into the bedroom and changed into jeans and a t-shirt. But he waited to put the shirt on and went into the living room.]
Fry: Check it out.
[she looked at it and smiled. He had gotten a heart with her name in it. She also noticed that he had a barbed wire around his other arm, and his name and unit under his forearm.]
Fry: I got this one just for you, so what do you think?
Leela: I love it,
Fry: Now I have something else to think about you when I’m away. I think you need one now.
Leela: (laughs) I don’t think so.
Fry: So you really like it?
Leela: Yeah, because, its very sweet of you, plus it shows how much you care about me. I mean if you’re willing to get a tattoo with my name, it proves that you’re in this for the long run.
Fry: Of course I am. I cant imagine my life without you.
[he put his shirt on and sat down next to Leela]
Leela: So, what do you want to do?
Fry: Well, I’m starving, what do you say that we get some pizza? I haven’t had pizza since the day I asked you to marry me.
Leela: Alright. Do you want to go out for it, or order in?
Fry: Lets just order in, I’m beat from the flight and everything.
Leela: I had a feeling you’re tired. You just relax, and I’ll go order it.
[she went into the kitchen and ordered the pizza and Fry stayed on the couch, leaned his head back and closed his eyes. Leela came back out after she ordered it and sat next to Fry.]
Leela: Hey, (he opens his eyes) Come here, lay your head down.
[he scooted over and laid his head on her lap. She stroked his hair and he smiled]
Fry: It’s so great to be home.
Leela: I’m so glad you’re home, and I’ve got something big planned for the next two days, I think you’ll really like it.
Fry: Cool. I’m just glad I get to spend time with you.
Leela: Me too.
[After the pizza arrived, Fry and Leela sat on the floor talking and laughing with Nibbler and Seymour. Leela got up and went into the bedroom, saying she’ll be right out. But when she didn’t, Fry went looking for her. He found Leela sitting on the edge of her bed, her shoulders stressed and her eye looking down.]
Leela: Well, we got a big day tomorrow.
Fry: We should probably get some rest then.
[She paused and Fry looked at her, not sure she was going to say anything else. But when she finally spoke, her voice was barely a whisper]
Leela: I’m just not ready. I thought I was, and I thought about it all week. I mean I love you and you love me. And this is what people do when they’re in love, but I just-
Fry: Its fine.
Leela: You’re not mad?
Fry: Of course not.
Leela: (teasing) But you’re disappointed?
[He didn’t say anything, just gave a shy smile]
Leela: (laughs) I’m sorry.
Fry: Don’t be. Its fine, really.
Leela: Then why do I feel like I need to be sorry?
Fry: Well, I’m a solider home from war.
[They both laughed, and Leela seemed to relax]
Leela: But if you think about it, we have spent the night together. So you could tell your buddies that you slept with me.
Fry: That’s true.
Leela: You wont though, right?
[He smiled and sat down]
Fry: Why don’t we keep it our little secret?
[Leela smiled and kissed him]
[The next day, Fry and Leela are walked into Planet Express. As soon as they all saw Fry, they ran up to greet him.]
Amy: (hugging him) Hey Fry, we’ve missed you around here!
Bender: Alright my buddy’s home!
[they all said hello, and a man about Fry’s height with short black hair, and a blue t-shirt on came up to Fry and Leela]
Leela: Fry this is Josh, our new delivery boy, Josh, this is Fry.
Josh: Nice to meet you. Leela’s told me all about you.
Fry: (teasing) Oh, has she?
Leela: Why wouldn’t I?
[the three of them laughed]
Professor: Shut up friends! Now, we have a delivery to Luna Park, and then we’ll spend the rest of the day there.
[they all cheered and boarded the ship]
[At Luna park Fry, Leela, Bender, and Josh stood at the entrance]
Leela: Fry, Bender, you two go on in, Josh and I will deliver the package.
[before Fry could volunteer to go with them Bender grabbed him by the collar]
Bender: Lets go meat bag!
[he dragged him into the park as Leela and Josh walked off]
Bender: So, how’s the army treating you?
Fry: It’s fine, except for the people shooting at you all the time.
[they both laughed a little, and Bender put a hand on Fry’s shoulder]
Bender: You be careful, alright? I don’t want anything to happen to my best friend. Plus, I know how much you mean to Leela, and she would be a wreck.
Fry: I will, thanks Bender.
[he spotted Leela and Josh walking in the entrance]
Bender: Listen, you didn’t hear this from me, but I think the new kid might have a thing for Leela.
Bender: Well, he has been comforting her while you’re gone, we all have, but I don’t know, I think he likes her. But please, don’t say anything. Alright?
Fry: I wont, he’s probably just being a good person.
[Leela came up and took Fry’s hand]
Fry: Hi, so where should we go first?
Leela; Why don’t the four of us go on the virtual moon tour?
[they all agreed and made their way. But Fry couldn’t help but notice that Josh was standing a little too close to Leela. Not that it bothered him. Right?]
[During the Virtual moon tour, Leela was sitting between Fry and Josh, not that he cared. They were all looking up at a big screen that had a picture of the vast surface of the moon.]
Voice: And there you will see yet another crater, fascinating!
[Fry faked yawned and put his arm around Leela. She smiled and leaned into him.]
Leela: (whisper) Fry?
Fry: (whisper) Yeah?
Leela: (whisper) Meet me outside in 5 minutes.
[she carefully made her way out of the theater and stood outside the door. Fry constantly checked his watch and when five minutes were up, he started to make his way out]
Josh: (whisper) Where are you going?
Fry: (whisper) I’m-uh-gonna go get a bathroom- I mean go to the snack- in the bathroom.
Josh: (whisper) Alright, just wash your hands when you‘re done.
Fry: (whisper) Will do.
[he walked out and found Leela standing outside. He put on a southern accent, and began courting her]
Fry: (accent) Well, hello there miss. (she turns around) You know you have to be one of the prettiest girls I have ever laid eyes on.
[she laughed at his whit and put on the same type of accent.]
Leela: (accent) Really?
Fry: (accent) That’s right. I don’t think I’ve ever see someone as pretty as you.
Leela: (teasing) Well, I guess I have to reward you for your very nice complement.
[she took his hand and led him behind the theater. With Leela leaning against the wall, Fry put his arms around her waist and kissed her.]
Leela: Is it just me, or do you feel like a couple of crazy teenagers?
Fry: I’ve never stopped being a crazy teenager!
Leela: (laughs) Well, you better be careful, who knows what punishments the army can come up with if you misbehave.
Fry: (teasing) Yes captain.
Leela: I love it when we do this.
Fry: Do what?
Leela: When the two of us just tease each other like this. Its fun.
Fry: Yeah, it is fun. (kisses her) But I think this is even funner!
Leela: You mean more fun?
Fry: That too.
[she smiled and held him closer. They remained like that until the show let out and Bender and Josh came out]
Leela: Hey guys.
Josh: Hey, what happened to you two? You never came back.
Fry: We got a little occupied, right?
Leela: Yeah, now lets all go meet up with the others and have lunch.
[They spent the rest of the day at the park, and by the time Fry and Leela got home, they both crashed on the bed and fell asleep, almost with out saying goodnight to each other]
[the next day Fry and Leela went on a delivery with Josh and Bender. Which wasn’t what Fry really wanted. When Leela asked him why he was so quiet he just said that he was tired from the day before, when he was really pissed off that they weren’t spending a lot of alone time together]
[Fry really wanted to be alone with her. So he decided her was going to take matters into his own hands. He made reservations at Elzar’s and they were going to treat themselves. He was waiting for Leela to get home from work, so he could tell her the news. They only had a half day today and she would be home around 1;00. He killed some time by picking out a dress for Leela, and trying on his suit to make sure it still fit him. Time past slowly and it was finally 1:00. He waited for a half hour, but Leela wasn’t home yet. He figured that traffic was bad, and thought nothing of it. But then 2:15 came and she still wasn’t home. Then 2:30, and finally 3:00. She walked in around 3:10 and Fry looked at her.]
Leela: Hey, sorry I’m late. Josh got talking to me about piloting and we couldn’t stop talking. He said that he’s always wanted to be a pilot when he was little.
[Fry nodded and she took it as a signal for her to continue]
Leela: Did you like him? I wasn’t sure, it didn’t seem like you were having much fun.
Fry: Oh, no it was great. And Josh is really nice.
Fry: (thinking) Except for the fact that he’s trying to steal you away from me.
Leela: (pause) Are you okay? You seem upset.
Fry: (shrugs) Just tired I guess.
Leela: Are you sure?
Fry: I’m fine.
Leela: Come here.
[He got up and went over to her. She looked him in the eyes]
Leela: You’re not okay, I can tell. What’s bothering you?
Fry: Nothing, (she stares) Okay, I just thought that we were gonna spend some more time together.
Leela: What are you talking about? This is our fourth day together.
Fry: I meant alone. It just doesn’t seem like we have our alone time, you know, like we use to.
Leela: We have been alone. We were alone the day you came home, and last night and the night before that. We’re alone now.
Fry: I’m talking about for the whole day, just you and me. No one else.
Leela: Fry, I do have a job, I just cant stop going. I have bills to pay.
Fry; I understand that, but can you just tell me, what’s going on with you and Josh?
Leela: What do you mean?
Fry: I mean, you two seem pretty close.
Leela: We’re just friends, he’s been helping me get through this whole experience with you being gone. Nothing is going on between us.
Fry: Then why did we spend the whole day with him and everyone?
Leela: (voice raising) I thought you would be happy, they’re our friends.
Fry: (voice raising) I know their our friends. We’ve spent the last two days with them.
Leela: (shouting) And what’s that suppose to mean?
Fry: (shouting) I just thought, after a year of not seeing each other you would want to spend time with me!
Leela: (shouting) And you don’t think that I want that?!
Fry: (pause/ soft) Honestly? I’m not sure.
[And with that, he walked out.]
[Fry walked around town until dark. He did a lot of thinking. About him, about Leela, about both of them. And he finally realized that he shouldn’t of blown up at her like that. He should of sat her down and told her, that he would rather just stay in with her instead of going out with everyone. She would of understood. But now, he didn’t know what to do. Should he go back and say he’s sorry? Or just go to Bender’s incase she was mad at him? After thinking about how much he loved her, he made his way back to Leela’s. When he walked in, he saw Leela setting the table for dinner. She had two plates in her hands and looked up when Fry came in. He also noticed that she had showered and changed into a button down blouse and a pair of jeans.]
Fry: Uh- hey.
Fry; Look, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t of made a big deal out of this. I just should of told you what I was feeling, instead of it coming to this.
Leela: It’s okay, it’s my fault too. I should of realized that we needed to spend as much time together as we could. (pause) Come here.
[she put down the plates and Fry walked over to her. Leela took his hands.]
Leela: (soft) I don’t want to fight anymore.
Fry: Me neither.
Leela: So where did you go?
Fry: Just around town. I did a lot of thinking.
Leela: About what?
Fry: About you, me, us. Everything.
[she gave a sad smiled.]
Leela: Do you forgive me?
Fry: Of course! I think I should be the one asking for forgiveness.
Leela: Well, I’ll always forgive you.
[he smiled back and hugged her]
Leela: I cooked some chicken, can you get it out of the oven while I finish setting the table?
[he took out the chicken and looked up when the lights dimmed. Leela had lighten two candles and stood smiling at him. Their was a bottle of wine on the table and two glasses. Fry swallowed and walked over to the table.]
Leela: Is it too much?
Fry: (soft) No, its beautiful.
[She noticed that he was looking at her when he said this. After he set the plate on the table, he didn’t sit down, but walked over to Leela. All he could think about was how beautiful she looked in the candle light. He gently caressed her face, as if asking for permission to go on. Slowly he moved in and just barely brushed his lips against hers. He kissed her lightly a few times and then harder. She wrapped her arms around him, and he did the same. After breaking the kiss, Fry kissed her neck, her hair hitting his face and he could smell the strawberry shampoo she had used earlier. He took her hand and led her down the hall to the bedroom. She didn’t stop him, giving into her feelings. Seymour and Nibbler jumped out of the way, and watched as Fry started unbuttoning Leela’s blouse. She felt the tips of his fingers brush against her skin. Leela reached for the snap on his jeans and unsnapped it with ease.]
Fry: (whisper) I love you Leela.
Leela: (whisper) Oh Fry, I love you too.
[They stumbled into the bedroom and fell on the bed.]
[ It was past midnight and Fry and Leela were laying in bed. Fry was gently moving his fingers up and down her arm and when she couldn’t take it anymore, she playfully slapped his hand away]
Leela: That tickles!
[he kissed her and looked at her]
Fry: You were great by the way.
Leela: (teasing) So, you’re stooping to that level now? Where I’m just a one-night stand? And you play the cards right so you don’t feel bad about taking advantage of me?
Fry: No, I mean it you were great. The best.
[she laughed and he smiled]
Fry: What? You don’t believe me?
Leela: Of course I do. I was great, the best ever! You never knew-
[he started tickling her before she could go on. He laid on his side and she did the same]
Fry: And I didn’t take advantage of you by the way.
Leela: (teasing) No? I was getting ready for a nice dinner with you, and then the next thing our clothes are flying all over the bedroom.
Fry: (laughs) I was seductive wasn’t I?
Leela: You sure were.
[she kissed him softly]
Leela: I really do love you Fry.
Fry: I know.
Leela: (teasing) You know, you could at least say it back.
Fry: (serious) I love you Leela.
[They laid there for hours talking and later Fry laid on his back staring up at the ceiling. Leela had fallen asleep and was laying on her side. He looked at her, smiling]
Fry: (whisper) Good night Leela.
[he rolled on his side and wrapped his arms around her. She stirred and moved closer to him, holding him tight. As if she wanted to make sure he was real, and Fry knew it.
Fry: (whisper) Don’t worry, I’m here. And I’m never going to leave you.
[The next morning: Fry woke up to see that Leela had left for work. Beside him on the nightstand was a note]
Leela: (VO) Good morning sleepyhead. I hoped you slept well, I know I did. Last night was amazing, I mean it. Just so you know, there’s a hot pot of coffee in the kitchen to help you regain your energy. I’m looking forward to our date tonight, and I’ll see you when I get home. Love you, Leela.
[he smiled and got out of bed. After taking a quick shower and getting dressed, he poured himself a hot cup of coffee and cooked himself some eggs. After reading the paper, he went into the bedroom and stripped the sheets off, then put new ones on. While he was doing that, he noticed the photo album he gave her for Xmas. Picking it up, he saw that she added pictures they took during their last week together. He guessed she looked at it before she went to bed. Smiling he put it back and picked up his clothes off the floor. While doing this, he replayed the events of the night before, not really believing that all of this was real. Leela loved him, she was going to marry him, and last night they became closer than ever. He decided to pack them a picnic, and they could go to the beach when she got home. ]
[Once she got home, Fry told her his plan. She got so excided and Fry smiled]
Leela: Let’s go. And lets bring Seymour and Nibbler with us.
[she picked up the basket and walked out the door with Fry, Seymour, and Nibbler]
[At the beach, Fry and Leela were sitting on the blanket with the basket with Seymour and Nibbler laying at their feet. Leela pours two glasses of Champaign while their eating, and handed one to Fry]
Fry: A toast, to the most beautiful, wonderful woman in the universe and my best friend.
Leela: (smiling) Thank you, that was beautiful.
[they clinked glasses and took a sip]
Fry: I love you, you know that right?
Leela: (teasing) You might of mentioned it before.
Fry: (laughs) Hey, try to throw a grape in my mouth.
[she threw it, but it hit him right between the eyes]
Leela: (laughs) Sorry!
Fry: It’s fine, try again.
[she did and this time he caught it]
Fry: (mouth full) Yes!
Leela: You want to know something?
Leela: I have to say, that even the army, and war, and being in battles, none of them can break that tender, loving man I fell in love with. You’ll always have a sweetness in you.
[Fry smiled and she looked out at the sun beginning to set, then back at Fry]
Leela: (soft) And I know that you would never hurt me.
Fry: (soft) Of course I wouldn’t.
[she smiled but her eye started to well up with tears]
Fry: What’s wrong?
Leela: (voice breaking) I just keep thinking about, how you’re leaving the day after tomorrow. I don’t know what I’m going to do.
Fry: Shh, don’t cry. It’ll be okay.
Leela: No it wont be. I know how I seemed fine, when I wrote to you, but the truth is, I wasn’t. I cried myself to sleep every night. Even looking at the album you gave me, to remember all the times we had, just made me feel worse.
Fry: Oh, Leela.
[she stared into his eyes and he took her hand]
Fry: Come on,
[they got up and stared walking along the beach with Seymour and Nibbler walking in front of them. Fry held her hand tight as they walked, re-assuring her that everything would be fine]
Fry: I’m gonna miss you so much.
Leela: I’m gonna miss you too.
Fry: Can I ask you to do something for me?
Leela: Yeah, go on.
Fry: Will you write me another letter for me to read on the ship like you did last time?
Leela: Of course. If you promise to write me a letter after you read it.
Fry: I promise.
[she smiled and leaned into his arm. Fry released her hand and put his arm around her waist]
Leela: Promise me, that we’ll walk like this everyday when we’re married.
Fry: I promise.
Leela: I love you, Fry.
Fry: I love you too. Now, I had an idea. Tomorrow, I’ll meet you at Planet Express at 5:00. What we’ll do, is take my telescope and fly around in the ship.
Leela: That sounds like a lot of fun. I cant wait.
[the next day, Fry walked into Planet Express with his telescope and a backpack. Inside the hanger he saw Leela waiting for him]
Fry: Hi, (kisses her) can you help me?
[she took his backpack as they board the ship and they take off]
[inside the PE ship Fry was setting up the telescope while Leela was piloting]
Fry: Okay, now, (reaches into his back pack and pulls out a map) I want you to find this star,
[she put the auto pilot on and took the map. She saw the star marked on the map]
Leela; Alright, (she looks in the telescope) Lets see. (pause) found it!
[while she was doing this, Fry reached into his backpack again and took out a rolled up paper]
Leela: So, why am I looking for this star?
Fry: Because I had it named for you.
Leela: (looks up) What?
Fry: (holds up paper) It’s official, from the International Star Registry.
Leela: (she took the paper and looks at it) This is unbelievable! (looks at Fry and whispers) I love you.
[he smiled and kiss her. She rested her head on his shoulder]
Leela: You’re amazing, Fry.
Fry: So are you.
[she lifted her head up]
Leela: So, what do you want to do now?
Fry: I don’t know. Its our last night together.
Leela: I cant believe that you’re leaving again.
Fry: Don’t worry, everything will be fine.
[she looked away, but Fry turned her face towards him]
Fry: I’m gonna miss you. (pause) Let me tell you something, when ever I’m thinking about you, I go out alone, no mater where I am, and just stand there in the wind. Do you know why?
Fry: Because, your love is like the wind. I cant see it, but I can feel it.
Leela: (smiles) I love you.
Fry: I love you too. Plus, now I can look at your star in the sky.
Leela: Thank you again for that. I cant believe you named a star after me.
Leela: You know, I have something for you too.
[she opened her purse and pulled out a letter]
Leela; Just like you asked.
[he took it and smiled]
Fry: Thank you. I’ve been saving all the letters you’ve sent me.
Leela: You have?
Fry: Yeah, I read them all the time.
[he looked at the letter again]
Fry: So what did you write?
Leela: You’re just going to have to wait.
[the next day Fry and Leela waited at the space port for Fry’s ship. Leela gripping his hand so tight his knuckles were white. He didn’t care though]
Leela: I’m gonna miss you.
Fry: I’m gonna miss you too.
[he brushed back some of her hair and smiled]
Fry: But don’t worry, next thing you know I’ll be back home.
Leela: But then you’ll be leaving again.
Fry: Then I’ll come back one more time, and then after a few months, I’ll be back for good. And we’ll be getting married.
[she smiled and hugged him. Then his flight was called and they kissed one last time. Fry waved as he boarded the ship. Another woman, who’s husband was leaving too, came up to Leela.]
Woman: Is that your husband?
Woman: You two must be having a tough time, huh?
Leela: Yeah, but, we’re gonna get through this.
[Fry went to his quarters and opened the letter that Leela gave him. He had a pile with all of the letters she had sent him through out the year, along with the first one she gave him.]
A lot has happened between us these last few days. We’ve been reunited, we had a fight, and we made up. When you walked out the door after our fight, I thought about what you said, and I felt terrible. And I got scared, I thought I might of lost you forever. But I realized that no matter what happens between us, we’ll be together in the end. (Fry smiled and kept reading) When I thought about how much I love you, I decided that I wanted to be even closer to you. And I remember how happy I was when you whispered you loved me. That night meant the world to me.
I’ll wait for the day you get back on your next leave, and the day you come home for good. Please be careful, I want you back in one piece.(Fry laughed) Make sure you write to me and let me know you’re okay.
I love you,
[Fry smiled and put the letter with all the others.]
[To be continued…]