Greatest Prize Chapter Two - Fiolee
The word "date" always seemed to be emphasized in my mind if Gumball were to simply say it; I guess it was because I really liked him. Even if the prince asked me, "What's the date today?" I'd hesitate to answer, and it's not even the right use of the word date that I'm afraid of. That kind of thing only happened with Gumball. Only Gumball. Now I'm hearing it with Marshall Lee. Could it be because I like him, too? No. It can't be. My mind is playing tricks on me, and my heart feels like a rock n' roll drum beat.
Marshall Lee. He's someone who cares about me that wants to go out with me for who I am. I take a deep breath, and my eyes fixate on the floor rather than Marshall.
I don't have the nerve to look back into those raven black pupils.
Marshall Lee's POV
I'm couldn't hold it all in, and it's only been three minutes. I've known Fionna since she was 12. Back then, I was going through a tough time. I finally learned that nothing lasts forever, not even friends. I practically gave up on making friends, and instead I ended up making enemies, because it's not like they'd always be there to hate me forever. I live forever, but Fionna doesn't.
When I met her, I realized that she was something worth holding on to.
I thought she was cute for a kid, but, she's grown out of that. I never really had any strong feelings for Fi, but when I caught her singing that song. . . I don't know. Something deep inside of me just clicked. I felt like we had a strong connection. The obvious mistakes she made while playing the bass, the look in her depressed, blue eyes, the way she sings with so much passion and emotion, her choice of words for her song. Those were all just few of the many things I thought that came across my mind while sitting in front of her moments ago.
"Fionna, I know Gumball hurt you. You're the girl that's always there for people when they need help. Now, the girl who's always there for others, needs someone to be there for her. I want to be that person." I stand up, grab a gentle hold of her wrist for a second time, look straight into her deep blue eyes and I wait for a response.
The next thing I know I’m not looking at her eyes anymore and my hand holds no wrist. Fionna’s arms are tightly wrapped around my neck, and she digs her head into my shoulder, with her fingers gripping onto the back of my shirt. I return her hug and I stop myself from hovering off the ground once I realize that she’s on her tip-toes. She’s not crying, but I rub her back anyway.
“Thanks Marshall,” she whispers. Fionna releases me, and I scratch the back of my head. “I’d love to go out with you."
I let out a sigh of relief and I smile at her. “Grea-!”
"Maybe after I get over Gumball." she says swiftly.
My face goes blank for a moment. "What?" Did I hear what I just heard correctly?
"Look, Marsh, I really do like you, okay? It's just that I need time." She sits back down on the side of her bed, elbows on thighs and chin in palms. "I just don't think it's a good idea right now for us to be dating."
Great timing, Marshall Lee. I feel the urge to face-palm myself.
"I need time," She repeats.
I can't help it but to sigh and hide my face with my hair.
"Wait, I'm not saying I don't want to go-"
"Fi, I get it," I cut her off without knowing and I attempt to conceal any other emotion with a slight chuckle. "Take all the time you need."
Now I know how it feels to be rejected by someone you really like. I can wait, though. It's not like I'll die of old age or anything.
I clear my throat from the itching pain, and I straighten my back. "I... I better go." Leaving right now is the best thing I could think of at a time like this.
"O-Okay." is all she can say. I pick up my bass, and exit the tree fort the same way I came in.
I think I totally just screwed up what I had with two of my best friends today. Wait, I know I screwed up. All I've done since Marshall left forty-five minutes ago was curl up like an armadillo on my bed and think. I open my eyes and look up at my ticking clock hanging near the picture of Cake and I when we were babies. It's not late at night yet, there's no sign of the sun, but I stand up anyway and grab a loose-fitting black sweatshirt and put it over what I'm already wearing. I take off my bunny hat, exposing my long, thick, golden hair that only reaches to the end of my blue skort. It takes me a while to comb through it, but I manage. I place my bunny hat back on my head, and I tuck all of my hair back in, minus a small portion of my bangs that never cooperates with me to stay inside.
Before leaving the tree fort, I realize how dark it really is outside. As I climb down the ladder, I spot BMO.
"Hey, BMO, you wanna come with me to Marshall Lee's? He won't harm you, I promise." I put my right hand over my heart and continue. "I need lighting as I walk and I'm in too much of a hurry to go on the hunt for a flashlight or lantern."
Marshall Lee's POV
"You're obviously the star of Aaa
You make all the good times last
You make all the bad hours pass
And girl you make me laugh
Your voice is raspy, yeah-oh
You're always happy, yeah-oh
And when the girl finally sees
The guy is on his knees
And he's begging please
Thump thump thump goes my heart again
Thump thump thump goes my heart again
No she's not just a normal friend
'Cause thump thump thump goes my heart again
Goes my heart again."
I like staring out the window, because it soothes my mind during times like these. Seconds after I finish singing, I feel a small hand grip on my shoulder and I quickly turn around. “F-FIONNA!” I jump a bit at the sight of the human girl.
I see her cheeks have big blotches of light pink over her peachy-colored skin. “It’s not so funny when you’re the one about to pee your pants, huh?”
“Psh! You wish you could scare this guy.” I say pointing at myself with my thumb and a hint of a playful attitude. “So what are you doing over here?”
“Well, uhh, I just came to talk… you know… about earlier. But, uhh.” Okay, I’m confused. Fionna steps aside and what I see behind her is that little live game console. “BMO, press play, please.” There’s no video, it’s just audio. Fionna and I are looking at each other right in the eye from at least a two feet distance, she looks away, and then I realize what I’m listening to is my own sexy voice singing my song. Oh. Glob. I can’t exactly find the right words to say, but I feel blood rushing to my head and I think I’m blushing a shade of deep purple.
Before she has the chance to even look back at me I’m already walking in her direction with an idea in mind.
Eh, what the hell. Gumbutt had his chance to make a move on Fi, and now it’s Marshall Lee’s time. Nothing’s stopping me now.
I place a gentle, passionate kiss on her lips once her head has turned. I can tell I caught her by surprise by her gasp, but I don’t break the kiss. Instead, she kisses back, and I smile. There’s a sudden flash I see at the corner of my left eye, but I ignore it. Satisfied that she kissed me back, I break the kiss to let her breathe. Now, her face is fully covered in a shade of red. I’m pretty sure that the deep violet spread across my cheeks, too after what had just happened.
I use a hand to lift up her chin so that her eyes are looking into mine. “You’re not still into that walking piece of gum, are you?”
“N-not anymore,” she stutters with that innocent look in her eye.
I take Fionna’s hand with my free one and I intertwine our fingers. I bend down to place my lips near her ear. “Good. So, about that date…”