"He's somewhere around here," Angel said, leading Greed-ler towards World of Disney.
"Once-ler's probably inside there. Most likely," Greed-ler said looking up at the lit up sign in the dark night. He then turned and looked over at Angel. "Thanks for everything. Not just for helping me find him, but just everything you've done for us."
"It's no problem," Angel said with a smile.
"But...I gotta do something for you, right? Isn't that how it works?" Greed-ler asked.
"Not necessarily," Angel began. "But if you insist on doing something, I can think of something."
"What?" Greed-ler asked.
"Remember when you told me a secret, and yours was that you'd never kissed a girl?" Angel asked. Greed-ler nodded. "I was thinking maybe we could make it so that didn't apply to you." Greed-ler seemed a mixture of surprised, unsure, and confused. Angel wrapped her arms around Greed-ler, and placed her lips onto his. It wasn't very long, just long enough for Greed-ler to enjoy it. Angel pulled away her lips. "Now we're even," Angel said with a smile, placing her hands in the pockets of her green thneed sweater. And she walked away. Angel left Greed-ler standing there, watching her go, when he should be looking for Once-ler. Greed-ler walked into the store, and pushed his thoughts about the kiss aside. He needed to find Once-ler.
Greed-ler walked up and down the store, no sign of Once-ler. Angel said he was around here. And knowing Once-ler, he couldn't pass up a chance to go in here and get his hands on all this. But the question is, where did he end up? Greed-ler wondered. He looked through the entire store. The only place he hadn't checked, was...
"The bathrooms?" Greed-ler thought out loud. He went into the men's and immediately saw Once-ler in the only closed off stall. He was on his knees and he looked like he was shaking. Oh no. Greed-ler knocked on the stall door. "Once-ler? Are you in there? Are you okay?" Greed-ler called, asking obvious to answer questions. Yes, it's Once-ler, no one has legs that long or pants with that pattern other than him. And no, he's not okay! He's clearly sick out of his mind! Greed-ler thought.
"Greed-ler?" Once-ler faintly asked. "Hey, how's it going?"
"Once-ler, I'm fine, but what happened? Why does it smell like an animal farm in here and your locked in a bathroom stall?" Greed-ler asked.
"Well, you know how it was our birthday two days ago, and we turned 21?" Once-ler asked.
"Oh, gosh, just stop right there, I get it," Greed-ler said, placing a hand on his face. "Why did you do it?"
"You seemed so upset and I was mad at myself because I kept making you feel bad. And you know what people say about problems and-," Once-ler began.
"Yeah, yeah, I know," Greed-ler said. "So, I'm guessing with you in here, you had way too much for your first time."
"I got drunk after one sip. That answer your question?" Once-ler asked. Greed-ler couldn't help but start giggling. "Stop laughing! It's not funny! I've been in here for over two hours and I've got a splitting headache. Not to mention I've been worried about you all day." Greed-ler stopped laughing.
"You've been worried about me all day? I've been worried about you. At least I was with someone, you just went out on your own. And your only self defense mechanism you can use without flipping out, is a watering hose. And then there's also the issue on how you are now old enough to drink and we saw what happened here," Greed-ler said.
"We'll it's good to know that you care," Once-ler said, trying to sound sincere, but it was hard when he was sick out of his mind.
"Can you get up, or do we have to wait a while?" Greed-ler asked.
"Um, I can unlock the door, can you help me up and walk too?" Once-ler asked.
"Yeah, sure. I'm gonna try and clean you up before we go too. There are kids outside, after all. And I'll put my goggles on you," Greed-ler said. Once-ler reached up from the ground and unlocked it. Greed-ler was unprepared for what he saw. Once-ler was lying on the ground, his hair messy, his hat hanging on the knob of the stall, and stains on Once-ler's shirt. "Hold on, I wanna see how okay you are," Greed-ler said when he finished staring at Once-ler. He noticed that Once-ler's vest was off. "Put on your vest and button it for me. Just lean against the wall." Once-ler was able to put the vest on fine, but it was hard for him to button it. A couple of buttons were out of place. "Okay, your wearing the goggles," Greed-ler said, reaching into his pocket. "Ya know, between the two of us, I always thought it was going to be me who was drunk and you we going to carry me. Funny how it's reversed. How many drinks did you have anyway?" Greed-ler asked, placing Once-ler's arm on his back and help him walk along.
"Oh, well, I...um...Two," Once-ler said, flatly.
"Seriously?! That's all it took you to get like this?!" Greed-ler asked as they left the store and had a long walk to get back to the hotel.
"I told you that it only took one sip for me to get drunk!" Once-ler exclaimed.
"Sh, sh, sh, calm down. We're just gonna have a nice quite walk. Try your hardest to get completely sober," Greed-ler said. Both were quite for the longest time. It was only when they were in the hotel elevator, when Once-ler said something.
"Hey, Greed-ler?" Once-ler asked, taking off the goggles.
"Yeah?" Greed-ler asked.
"Thanks for looking out for me. You really are like a brother to me," Once-ler said, handing Greed-ler back his goggles. Greed-ler put the goggles back in his pocket and smiled at Once-ler.
"Your welcome. And thanks for that," Greed-ler said. When they were back in the hotel room, Once-ler took a long shower. When he came out, he asked Greed-ler something,
"So, Greed-ler, what did you do while I was gone?" Once-ler asked, the towel he had been using, resting behind his neck.
"I saw Angel. We went to Rainforest Cafe, walked around a bit, went looking for you, and then we kissed," Greed-ler proudly said.
"You-You kissed her?" Once-ler asked.
"Yup. I kissed a girl. Took me long enough," Greed-ler said.
"No,no,no,no, that's not good," Once-ler said. Greed-ler looked over at him.
"Huh? Why?" Greed-ler asked.
"Angel isn't good!" Once-ler said. Greed-ler began to get a tad bit mad.
"Once-ler, we've been over this, Angel isn't bad. I've been given no proof that she's bad," Greed-ler angrily said.
"No, Greed-ler! Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean she's bad. So maybe you can't see what the photo said, I know she's bad!" Once-ler said, starting to get mad himself.
"Look who's talking! You can't even see her!" Greed-ler exclaimed.
"Maybe not, but I know she's bad news!" Once-ler exclaimed back.
"She's not bad!" Greed-ler shouted.
"She's bad! Not just for me anymore, now she is with you!" Once-ler shouted. "She's gotten contact with you, that's not good! She's evil! She uses her powers for evil!" And that was when Greed-ler snapped. He slapped Once-ler's face. "Ow!" Once-ler exclaimed. He touched his cheek.
"Not everything you say is right, Once-ler! You're wrong. Dead wrong. And besides, you can't tell me what to do! And your so two faced about her! One minute, you think she's bad, the next minute, you let me be with her, you even encouraged it, and then, when I have the best thing happen to me, you tell me that she's evil and for me to stay away from her, which, I'll point out, is what you keep telling me, and then you let me be with her! Just pick a side!" Greed-ler shouted. Once-ler tried hard to hold back his tears. From not only the pain of Greed-ler hitting him, but also the pain of finally feeling happy for once that day, and feeling like his split personality was a brother instead of a bother, and then having that feeling shot down.
"Fine," Once-ler managed to say. "If you don't want my help, you don't need it. Ever again."