Time Runs Short, Part 6
Leela took a sip of the rich, thick coffee that was warmed her while the snow
delicately fell outside. She watched a few flakes fall and then turned her attention
back to Fry, who was sitting there with her. He stared at the opposite end of
the café, where he watched people select their sandwiches and assorted
"So...do you like the snow?" she asked, looking at her reflection
through her coffee, mostly setting her gaze on her eye.
"Yeah, it was my favorite thing to watch on days like these. My brother
would always sleep, and I actually got some peace now and then," he chuckled
and tried to break the uncomfortable silence between them.
"I used to watch it all the time at the orphanarium. It made me feel happy
"What are you gonna do for X-mas?"
"Oh, I don't know...be lying in a grave by then..."
"Don't talk like that."
"S'okay. I just don't want you to feel like that..."
"Oh! I just remembered, I got you something for X-mas."
"What is it? Tellmetellmetellmetellme!!!"
"I can't. It won't be a present then."
"Aww, c'mon Leela, I got you something and we can both tell each other
what we got."
"No, Fry. You're just gonna have to wait."
"Fine then, see if I tell you that I got you a- whoops! That almost got
"Like I said, if you don't tell me, I don't tell you."
"Okay, then," she laughed and took another sip of her coffee.
Fry took a look at his watch and looked out the window. Leela looked around
the coffee shop, trying to find something distracting. Soon, their eyes met and
they stayed there. Leela's mind begged herself to look away, but her heart beamed
and made her eye glued to Fry's.
Fry's heart leapt with joy and thought about all the possibilities that could
come out of this..a date, a possible, 'I love you,', or just even an 'it's nice
to be with you.' Leela's mind took over after quite a bit of a struggle and looked
"Well, I have to go X-Mas shopping..d'you wanna come?" he asked.
"Yes you can, I've already got yours."
"Oh..yeah..right. Sure, we'll go X-mas shopping," she said and smiled
as she mentally beat herself up.