More Than Us, Part 2
In the last part, when I promised that it was gonna get better from here on,
you knew I was kidding, right?
Leela stretched as she got out of bed from an uncomfortable night's sleep.
She still felt pretty bad about turning Fry down, yet again. He was a nice guy
after all, she started thinking, but she couldnt just start dating him because
hed saved her life last Valentine's. She was grateful of course,
but it wasnt going to make her attracted towards him all of a sudden; the
two of them were just totally different people. Besides, it would interfere with
work and all, and it might not even work out right, and she would lose not only
another chance with love but one of her only real friends. Maybe hed learn
this time and just forget about being anything more than friends, Leela mused
as she got ready for the day. Maybe.
As everyone was arriving at Planet Express for work that morning, and getting
ready to sit down to hear where the professor was sending them, Leela took Frys
arm to grab his attention.
Fry, about yesterday, Im sorry I left you in the park like that,
but Im just tired of you always trying to ruin things between us, I just
want us to be friends. I hope you can accept that, Leela stated, as she
made sure her feelings were clear.
No problem, Leela, Fry answered.
I know its hard, but youll just have to try and...what?
Its fine, I said; Im completely okay with that, Fry
Oh, well, good.
Yes, good news everyone! cried the professor from his chair. Youll
all be going to a planet inhabited by peaceful little creatures who work all day
to manufacture cigarettes and alcohol and other similar luxuries for absolutely
Hey, that actually is good news, Bender commented.
Once there, youll receive a package which must be delivered immediately
to the Vampire Capitol on the Planet of Doom, in the heart of the Demon system,
continued the senile old scientist.
Great, Bender cried, another trip into the jaws of death
to deliver crap for jerks for practically no pay.
Oh, fuff! Youll be fine. Off you go!
The ship took off on its delivery and arrived shortly at their first destination,
Troasis 3. On the surface were warehouses stuffed with booze and cigars that were
unlocked and unguarded. Bender could barely contain himself and insisted that
they forgot about the delivery and just spent the week here. The strange thing
was, Fry didnt run off with him and drink himself stupid like youd
have expected. Leela thought that this was strange, but was pleased with Frys
attitude. Normally, Fry and Bender would have run off together and it would have
taken her ages to get them to get back to work, but this time she had Fry on her
side, which saved her the trouble because Bender didnt want to get drunk
all by himself on a planet populated by disturbingly cute little creatures with
no hookers AND no drinking partner.
Heres your box of stakes, one of the little creatures said.
They look like little like miniature polar bears, but they have three eyes and
a black stripe down their back.
Why would vampires want stakes? Fry asked.
Theyre for you, that is what you're delivering
the creature said, as it pointed to a crate to its left. The crate was big and
wooden and had stake-proof armour written on the side. You also
have to deliver a case of Red wine, if you know what I mean,
he continued, with a wink.
Amy and Kif where having a picnic in a great park in the centre of the capitol
city on planet Henrik 7. It was a manufactured park they called Parkhead, ideal
for picnics or just strolling through. The grass was beautifully cared for, lush
green. And in the distance, tall buildings that were flawlessly white stood tall.
A huge fountain in the centre of the huge park sprayed out water into the air,
and from its base, two streams leaked out that waved naturally through the turf
adding to the beautiful scenery. There were trees and other things there too,
but the only thing that really mattered to Kif was his girlfriend, Amy. She was
the only thing there worth noticing.
This is a beautiful place, Amy said, taking in the view as the
two of them sat down on the ground.
I thought youd like it.
Ive had a great time so far, Kiffy, Amy smiled softly at
him, locking her eyes with his.
Its such a shame we only have a weekend to spend together,
Yeh, Kif agreed. He was rubbing the back of his neck a little and
looked as though he was fighting to say something.
N-nothing, I just
Kif looked Amy in the eyes. Amy,
I was thinking, about how maybe we could spend some more time together,
Kif said, he was nervous, he thought she might say no. We could use another
engineer on board the Nimbus, I might be able to get you assigned. Then we could
be together all the time.
Oh, Kif! That would be so great! Amy beamed.
Really, youd like that?
Of course! Amy dived on Kif and embraced him in a loving hug. Sometimes
Kif was so amazed at how much this great girl actually enjoyed his company.
On the bridge of the ship, Fry and Leela were alone, as Bender was down on
the planet carrying out the actual delivery. The two of them had managed to convince
him to go, while they remained safe from vampire attack in orbit around the planet.
Leela sighed. The two of them were alone again. Fry would probably do something
stupid or try and prove he loved her, and she would get fed up and yell at him.
It was always the same old routine, Leela thought to herself.
Whats up? Fry asked.
Nothing. Leela just sat there in the captains chair looking
out the front window. There was a lovely collection of stars in the corner of
the window that had caught her attention.
Oh, Fry looked over at Leela and then down at his feet. Yknow,
Leela, he began. Leela looked over to him. Im sorry Ive
been a kid sometimes, and an idiot. You probably have to put up a lot being with
me and Bender all the time.
You could say that, Leela smiled, But, you can be fun sometimes,
when youre not acting like an idiot
The two of them looked at each other for a moment. Leela started feeling that
feeling she sometimes gets for Fry. The look between them was one of happiness
and understanding. Leela knew that feeling, and started to feel awkward. She shook
it off and looked back out the window again. Nice stars.. Leela commented.
Yeh, Fry agreed, looking at the stars, smiling, with just a breath
And so, the trip to the Vampire capitol hadnt been quite as dramatic
as Fry and Leela had feared. Bender wasnt hurt when he got back from the
planet. He just wiped his mouth and mumbled something about vampires having a
funny taste in wine. And surprisingly the mission came off without a hitch.
As weeks went by, Fry started acting pretty responsibly, at least as much as
you could have hoped from him. He didnt bitch about making deliveries, he
stopped asking dumb questions and tried using his initiative and sense once in
a while. It didnt exactly work smoothly on its first run, but like a muscle
became better with use, and over the course of time, Fry grew up a little and
started acting more maturely. Leela noticed these changes and was pretty impressed.
She even started to chill out a little around Fry and trust him a bit more with
stuff like flying the ship. Their friendship together even strengthened a little
as they shared more moments together. He had definitely made a distinct
improvement in his habits. He had become a better man because of Leela.
One day, after a successful delivery, once the ship entered the hanger, Fry
left while Leela finished up on the bridge. She took the keys out of the ignition
and stood over the controls for a moment, thinking to herself.
Frys really cleaned himself up. I cant believe how much
hes changed. Hes showing up on time for work, hes not lazing
around all day, hes like a totally new person, but still the cute little
guy I always loved. Maybe he really has grown up. Maybe I could
Leelas thoughts were interrupted, and she jumped slightly in surprise
when Bender strolled onto the bridge.
Bender, what are you doing here? Leela asked.
I think I left my hat up here. Ah, there it is! Bender spied a
brown, trilby-type hat, like Frank Sinatra wore, lying on the floor under one
of the consoles and picked it up, putting it on. Cool, huh? Bender
lit a cigar.
Yeah, great, Bender, Leela replied. She sounded distracted.
Well, see ya, skintube, Bender started off the bridge.
Wait, Bender. Have you, noticed
Fry acting differently lately?
Leela asked cautiously.
Are you kidding? Hes gone crazy the last couple of weeks. Hes
not drinking on the job, hes showing up for work on time, hes started
clearing out the trash in our apartment!
Any idea why?
Of course I know why, Bender said. Its cause
hes trying to get you in the sack.
Beautifully put, Bender. But I think he has definitely been trying to
impress me lately. He just wont give up.
So what are you gonna do?
I dont know, Ive already turned him down so many times, it
would feel weird asking him out, Leela answered. She seemed pretty excited.
Then again, maybe he wont aks me again after all that I
Whoa, whoa! Youve actually fallen for him? You do know hes
just trying to get you in bed, dont you? Bender stated.
Thats not true.
Oh, I suppose he really loves you? Like Zapp Brannigan and Alkazar?
Hah! You women are such suckers for romance! Bender laughed.
Shut up, Bender! Besides, I didnt sleep with Zapp because he loved
me, Leela retorted.
Oh no? So why did you? Did he do something for you, you dont like
to admit? Bender teased.
Leela cursed herself for letting herself open to that.
Just get the hell out of here, Bender! Leela barked, vowing never
again to discuss romantic matters with an alcoholic, pimping robot, no matter
how desperate she was.
Ha ha ha ha! Bender laughed as he walked away.
Jerk, Leela muttered to herself. However, Bender had planted some
doubt into her head. What if Fry really was only interested in one thing? What
if he didnt really care about her at all. He had been unusually nice lately,
it wasnt like him. No. Fry wouldnt do that to me, would he?
Weve known each other too long.
Leela ran over all of this in her head. But eventually she shook it off with
determination. She knew Fry. She wasnt going to let that dumb robot ruin
anything. Shed finally found someone who really cared about her. Hed
changed himself for her. Hed even have given up his life for her. He really
Fry was kicking about the front door of Planet Express waiting for Bender.
He was thinking about himself and Leela too. Only, he was wondering if it was
ever going to work out right? Ive been working so hard to impress
her, Fry thought to himself. I dont even think she hardly
noticed. She probably doesnt even care. I know she likes me, at least I
think she does. But maybe
shell never love me. This whole thing is
hopeless. Fry had done his best, hed worked so hard, but he was
worn out. He thought about just taking a few days off work to chill out and relax,
maybe get back to his old habits. But, to be honest, some of his new habits had
actually grown on him, and he felt better because of them. At least something
good had come from his efforts, Fry figured as he stood by the doors.
The doorbell rang, stealing Fry from his thoughts. Hmm, Fry wondered.
It was after 5 and they were technically closed. But Fry wasnt bothered,
so he answered it.
At the door stood a young woman, about 24, smiling sweetly. She wasnt
too tall, a fraction shorter than Amy, maybe. Her blonde hair was short and straight,
but sort of curled forward slightly at her chin.
Hi there, the woman said. My names Sian, Im here
to pick up a package.
End of Part 2