A Long Night
By Rye Guy
December 31, 3003...
Leela relaxes alone in the lounge watching Linda and Morbo on TV.
Linda turns to the screen. "Tonight there is expected to be the largest
New Year's party in decades. And it is in the middle of New New York Time Square.
The party's host, a clone of the late Slurms McKenzie, will be promoting a new
alcoholic version of the popular soft drink Slurm called Slurmeiser. Countless
New New Yorkers are expected to attend."
"May this New Year bring pestilence upon the heads of Morbo's enemies!"
Linda chuckles and Leela turns off the TV.
"Another year over," she says to herself.
The door opens and Fry steps in with his hands behind his back. "Hey Leela."
"Hey. Whatcha got there?"
He grins. "It's a secret. Close your eye." She does and then feels
him set something down in her lap. "Okay."
She opens her eye and sees a small box wrapped in purple paper with a pink
bow in her lap. "What's this for?" she asks with a smile.
"It was four years ago today that we first met."
"This is so sweet, but I didn't get you anything."
"I don't need a gift from you. Just seeing you smile is all I want."
She blushes and begins to open the package. Inside is a gold heart-shaped locket
necklace. She opens it and sees a picture of her parents and Fry on the right
side. On the left side is an engraving that reads 'Your parents love you very
much, and so do I. Love, Fry.'
"Here." She hands it to him and turns. He clips the strap around
the back of her neck and she turns back to him caressing the locket between her
"I have to do something to thank you."
"You just did. Your smile says everything."
She blushes again. "Still, I want to do something for you." She thinks
for a moment and her eye trails over to the TV. "How about you and I go to
the big New Year's party tonight?" A huge smile graces his face. "As
friends," she quickly adds.
He slumps a little bit but still keeps his smile "Of course...look, I
gotta go. But I'll meet you here later."
"See ya." He gets up and walks out the door. It closes behind him.
He sighs and leans back against it, his head hung low. "I saw that look in
her eye. It was the look I've been longing for, but still she only likes me as
a friend." He angrily stomps his foot "What do I have to do? I've already
done more for her than anyone ever has!"
Amy cautiously steps out from around the corner. "Um, hi..."
"How long were you there?"
"A while... Listen, I know this probably won't help but it's just that
she's confused about her feelings for you. She doesn't exactly know what to think."
"How do you know?"
"We always talk to each other about stuff like that. What you think 'girl
talk' is all about?" she asks rhetorically.
"So you two talk about me?"
"Yeah, well she does more. Anyways, all I can say is 'be patient'. I can
tell you're starting to grow on her."
A smile manages a place on his face. "Thanks Amy."
"No prob. Well, I'd better head on in. She'll probably be wanting to show
off that locket."
Fry continues on down the hall as Amy joins Leela in the lounge. Leela is standing,
facing the window and admiring the locket; still hanging from her neck.
She quickly turns to Amy with a tooth filled smile. "Look at what Fry
gave me!" she exclaims, literally jumping over to her.
Amy opens the locket, reads the engraving, and sees the photo. "Wow!"
"I know! Isn't it lovely?"
"Sure is. So, you gonna do anything special for him?"
"I'm taking him out tonight."
"Oh, a date?" she asks already knowing the answer.
"NO! I mean, of course not. We're just going as friends..." she looks
down apprehensively to her boots.
"Are you sure?"
"Yes...no...I don't know..."
Amy rolls her eyes "Smeesh! What's the problem? Just go out with him already!
Look, he can obviously give you what you want; why can't you do the same for him?
Is it really that hard for you to just open up and trust your feelings?"
she asks, almost yelling.
Leela, shocked, steps back. "Amy? What's gotten into you?"
She calms herself down. "Sorry; it's just that I'm getting really tired
of seeing you hurt him so much."
"I don't hurt him!"
"You do too! Hell, he was almost crying just a minute ago! And that's
not the first time I've seen him cry over you! Have you ever stopped and wondered
why he keeps on even when you reject him all the time? Because he-"
"-loves me...I know...and that's where the problem starts...because I
love him too."
Amy gasps. "Well, if you do then why don't you just tell him?"
Silence as Amy awaits a response. "I know what he wants and I can give
it to him. But that's why I can't tell him."
"Leela, you're not making sense. If you know what he wants then you should
give it to him. It's what he's been doing for you all this time, right?"
She shrugs "Yeah, I guess you're right. Thanks."
"Don't mention it."
Later that evening...
Fry stands out front of the Planet Express building. He looks at his watch;
it's 10:30 p.m. "Okay Fry, don't be nervous," he says to himself. "Besides,
you're just friends. It's not like anything's gonna happen."
He hears footsteps from down the empty street. Peering over the corner, he
watches as the lonely Leela draws closer. Unaware of his watching; she strides,
almost dancing on her tip-toes and humming. His curiosity grows. "Whoa, she
seems happy. Wonder what's up..." he smiles as he continues admiring her
under the street lights. She suddenly looks up and sees him, he ducks behind the
corner and she giggles.
She rounds the corner to see him leaning nonchalantly on the wall. "Hey
"Oh, hey," he responds acting surprised. He smiles when he notices
that she is still wearing the locket.
She looks up to him. "You ready?"
They walk closely together down the street to Time Square.
The clone of Slurms McKenzie stands atop a large cylindrical object shrouded
in a blue tarp. "Hey dudes!" he yells into the mic. The crowd cheers
loudly in reply. "Well alright! Whimmy wam wam wozzle! Now, be sure to buy
plenty of our new Slurmeiser!" He jumps bringing the tarp down with him revealing
a large Slurmeiser can. The crowd applauds.
Fry and Leela are stumbling their way through the swarm but are being pushed
around like rag dolls. One guy jumps from the top of a car and knocks Leela down
as he lands. Fry quickly gets on his knees and takes her arm.
"Oh God, you okay?"
She rubs her elbow as they stand. "Yeah, I'll be fine. But that's more
than I can say for him."
Unconcerned, the man just continues dancing wildly. She grabs him by the shoulder
and turns him to face her.
"What're you doing?" he yells.
"You knocked me down. The least you can do is apologize."
He scoffs, "Yeah right! Whatever, one-eye!" He turns and begins to
Fry goes after him. He grabs the guy by the arm and forcefully pulls him back.
"You really should apologize!"
He pushes Fry. "Screw you!"
Fry's fists clinch. Leela gently puts her hand on his back. "Fry, just
let it go."
His hands relax and he looks into her eye. "But, he knocked you down and
"I know, but that's no reason for you to go and get yourself hurt. Now
let's just forget about it and enjoy ourselves." She takes his arm. "Come
They make their way through the mass and wind up out front of Ozorgnax's Bar.
They go in and manage to find two empty booths side by side right at the bar.
"What'll it be?" asks the bartender.
"Two Slurmeisers," replies Fry.
The bartender slides two cans of Slurmeiser down the bar to them. They pull
Fry raises his can. "To four years of friendship."
Leela does the same. "And to many more."
They toast and sip their drinks.
"Leela! Over here!" calls a familiar voice.
She turns to see Terry waving to her from across the room. She waves back "Hey!"
She looks back to Fry. "Excuse me a sec."
She heads over to Terry and the two shake hands.
"Hope I'm not interrupting your date, Leela."
"Oh it's not a date."
"I see...Well, hey it's been a while. How ya' been?"
"Really good. You?"
"Great! I've found the love of my life! I unfroze her a few months back
and we've been together ever since." He reaches into his wallet and shows
her a photo of a young woman with curly brown hair and thin framed glasses.
"Well I'm happy for you."
"Thanks. So, you got someone special?"
"Me..." she thinks for a moment and shrugs, "...no."
He eyes her locket. "Then who gave you that?"
"He did." She glances over to Fry, who's slumped over his drink at
the bar. The site makes her cheery face sadden.
Terry gives her a curious look. "You sure you're not on a date?"
Completely uncertain of what to say, she takes a gulp of her Slurmeiser.
Fry and Leela have been enjoying each other's company. But, Fry has noticed
that the Slurmeiser is starting to get to her. Over time, she has been drinking
one after the other, and her speech has started to slur. Fry hasn't even drunk
half of his first can. For some reason, he doesn't feel like drinking. Leela,
now drunk, spins on her stool. She stops and leans over on Fry's shoulder.
"You-you know what Fry?" she slurs. "You are like the gr-greatest
guy I've ever known. I'm serious-I'm serious-you have been so sweet to me."
Fry blushes slighty. "Thanks."
"No. No. I'm thanking you, Fry. I know-I know I don't say this often but
I appreciate everything you've done for me. And I love you!" she shouts as
she throws her arms around his neck. She tries to kiss him, but he turns his face
"Leela, you're drunk."
Feeling discouraged, she lets go of him. He faces away from her and stares
blankly at the wall. He sighs. "Well, she said it," he thinks. "But
she didn't mean it. She's drunk. But still..." A bra falls on top of his
head. "What the?" He turns and looks up to see Leela standing on the
bar, topless, twirling her shirt over her head. "Leela!"
All the guys in the room cheer her on. She tosses her shirt and it vanishes
in the crowd. "Get down here!" He grabs her hand and pulls her back
"You're no fun!" she snaps back. She notices him staring at her and
then grins mischievously. "Do you like it?"
He snaps out of it. "I'm taking you home now." He takes off his jacket,
puts it over her shoulders and zips it shut. He leads her outside to the sidewalk
as she laughs and stumbles. They head down the street, she trips and chuckles.
He helps her to her feet, but she's way too drunk to walk any further. "Here,
get on my back."
He kneels down. She wraps her legs around his torso; he holds them up; and
her arms around his neck. He stands and carries her down the street. She rests
her head on his back and nestles comfortably. "Mmm, this is nice." She
kisses the back of his neck.
In Leela's apartment...
He lays her down on the bed and looks at his watch. 11:59 and 50 seconds. He
steps to the window and listens as everyone outside begins to count down.
He breathes deeply and sadly...
Leela quietly gets out of bed...
She unzips the jacket and drops it to the floor...
She unbuckles her left boot and slides it off...
She removes her right boot and slips her foot out of it as well...
She takes off her pants...
She removes her scrunchie, allowing her hair to drape over her freely...
She steps towards Fry who is still unaware of the happenings behind him...
He sees her reflection in the window and turns. "Leel-mph"
She kisses him...
"HAPPY NEW YEAR!" echoes through the streets as fireworks explode
in the sky.
Though happily accepting and embracing at first, he suddenly realizes what's
going on and pushes her away. She just stands there in the dark, the light from
the window shining on her naked body. The only thing she is wearing is the locket.
Fry stares at her, his lips unable to form words.
The silence is broken by Leela, "Why'd you push? Don't you think I'm beautiful?"
"Of course I do..."
She starts to cry. "Then why did you push just now?" He doesn't say
anything. "I thought this is what you wanted." She sits on the side
of the bed and cries into her hands.
He sits by her and puts his arm around her. "Leela, all I want, all I've
ever wanted, is to be with you." She turns and begins crying into his chest.
"Why are you crying?"
"Because I'm so confused..."
"About..." her crying gradually stops.
"Leela?" he lifts her head to see that she's fallen asleep. He lies
her down and tucks her in. With a smile, he unclips the locket from around her
neck and sets it on the table by the bed. His hand bumps something off of it.
Picking it up, he's shocked to see a framed photo of him. "She keeps this
by her bed?" He stands it back up on the table and kisses her on the cheek.
"You're gonna have one hell of a hangover."
Bender sleeps in his small part of him and Fry's apartment...
He snores. "Kill all humans," he mumbles. He's awakened by Fry opening
"Hey Bender, sorry to wake you."
"Yeah, you should be, bonebag. So where you been?"
He thinks for a second. "Just...out..."
"You okay, buddy?"
"Yeah, I'm just tired. It's been a long night."