Time Runs Short, Part 7
It was Monday, also to be known as X-Mas Eve Day. Not a lot of places were
open, but everyone was assured that the Planet Express would be open. Everyone
there was at work, doing their portion of work, save for Bender and a few other
people, who never did any work. Surprisingly, there were no deliveries because
everybody knew to be home and locked up by the evening.
It was seven o'clock, and the Planet Express building didn't close until ten
PM everyone was just talking or putting decorations up. Leela still hadn't told
anyone about her secret, not counting Fry, since he had known all along. She sat
alone on the main sofa, looking around, admiring everybody's work. Fry walked
over and took a seat by her. She had her hair down and was hugging her knees because
she knew that her time was running short.
"Merry X-Mas," he said to her.
"Merry X-Mas," she said, sadly.
"Aw, c'mon, Leela, cheer up! It's X-Mas!" he pointed to his Santa
"Easy for you to say," she said, looking down at her boots.
"You gotta stop this, it's making everybody depressed; they all want to
know what's wrong with you., they even tried to get Bender to see what was wrong,"
"C'mon, Leela, PE is doing a party later, don't you wanna come?"
Fry asked, clasping his hands together and begging like a little kid.
"I guess so," she said, laughing at him.
Fry grinned and pulled her off the couch by her hand. There was a soft music
playing and a few couples were dancing for the fun of it. Bender had a girlfriend,
Hermes was dancing with his wife, LaBarbra, and Amy was dancing with Kif, who
was stepping around nervously. Fry twirled Leela around and they slow danced together.
"I didn't know you could dance, Fry," Leela said happily.
"Neither did I, I just saw everybody else and tried it," Fry said
as he pulled her closer to himself.
Leela sighed happily and put her head down on his chest. She ignored her screaming
head and listened to his heart beat just like that first day she had found out
she had limited time. She didn't care now if her time was running short, because
this moment felt like forever.
The music had long stopped and Leela had fallen asleep. Fry laid her down gently
down on the sofa and everybody had gone about, tending to their preparations for
their little X-Mas party.
"Okay, spill it, Fry," Amy said as he sat down next to the sleeping
"G'uh! Everybody's been watching you and Leela lately. What's up with
"What is it?"
"You have to swear not to tell anyone! Not a soul. Leela will get really
mad if she finds out that I told."
"Okay, I promise."
"She's...God, how do I put this...she's dying."
"Oh my, God! No way, she can't die!"
"Well....she is," Fry said sadly. "And she's finally accepting
"What?! How do you know?"
"She told me. I tried acting like I was something else, but she stopped
me and told me that I didn't have to."
"Aww, Fry, that's so sweet."
Fry was just about to tell Amy how much Leela had been around him when they
were cut off by a scream-Leela's scream.