“Hey,” Chris greeted as Rick walked in the door.
“Yo, thanks a ton for babysitting.” Rick smiled.
“Nah, no problem, dude, ‘sides, she fell asleep,” Chris said, pointing to the couch with Maru fast asleep on it.
“By the way,” Chris began.
“I wanted to tell you; I went digging through her files,” he then paused.
“Her Birthday is in like, three days.”
Rick quickly looked up.
“Eh!?” He cried.
Chris quickly raised a finger to silence him.
“Yeah, according to her files, it’s on the seventeenth of October.”
Rick looked around frantically.
“I don’t have time, I mean, I don’t have time to put together a party an-”
Chris shot him a look.
“Yeah, and that’s where the four of us come in!” He smirked.
“The huh...?” Rick asked, giving a confu
"Hey," Rick began as he walked over to the couch."What's up?" Chris asked."While I do appreciate the unnecessary amount of presents you got for Maru," he paused, then smirked."Oi, Oi, what are you smirking about?" Chris glared."You're a Richie rich, aren’t you?" He asked snidely.Chris blushed then quickly turned away."Nah, I just came into good money at the time, is all." He responded.Rick narrowed his eyes."Really, for when you failed at kidnapping Maru?" He taunted.Chris shot Rick a dirty look."What the hell are you trying to get at!?" He cried."Nothing," Rick paused."Abbey found something interesting about you, though."Chris turned his head."What?"Rick handed Chris his phone."Give us a tour?" He grinned."How did you find my house!?" Chris cried just as Abbey stepped into the apartment."Quit yelling, idiot." Abbey sighed."I w
Rick let out a sigh as he packed up his belongings. The school day had come to an end. * As he was walking down the hall, Ms. Hoffman tapped his shoulder from behind. Startled, he jumped. "Oh...sorry, I didn't mean to scare you." She looked at him, then quickly looked down. "N-Nah, it's fine! Is everything ok...?" He asked, chuckling nervously. Suddenly Ms. Hoffman began blushing. "M-Ms. Hoffman...?" Rick whispered, hesitantly touching her shoulder. "Are you okay...?" She looked up, blushing wildly. "Will you go on a date with me, Mr. Summers!?" She cried out. Rick nearly doubled over, quickly becoming a blushing mess too. "M-me!?" He cried. Ms. Hoffman nodded, averting her eyes. "I-I'd love to!" He stammered. Ms. Hoffman quickly looked up. "R-really?" She smiled, tearing up. She then leaned on Rick's chest. "I’ve always...wanted you." She whispered
As the cab arrived at the restaurant, Rick stepped out. He began fixing his tie, then smoothing his hair."Ok!" He beamed as he walked through the doors.He began looking around the restaurant, searching for Annette.Someone then tapped him on the shoulder. Startled, he quickly spun around.Rick was met with Annette, wearing a spaghetti strap green dress."A-Annette!" He yelped."Did I scare you again...?" She smiled softly, reaching for his hand.Rick held her hand and smiled."Shall we?" Rick asked.Annette giggled."Let's." She said.*"Chris?" A voice called out from behind the door.Chris opened the door, greeted by Tammy."Oh, Tammy!" Chris smiled."I came to see if you needed any help with watching Maru," She began as she looked over at the couch which Maru was fast asleep on.Tammy smiled softly at the sight of the sleeping girl."Actually," Chris began, loo
There was a buzz of commotion. Monitors beeping, IVs dripping. Rick slowly began stirring. He sat up clumsily. Looking around, he let out a sigh. "I guess I'm alive..." He muttered. He took a look around the hospital room. Suddenly, a nurse came walking over. "Ah, Mr. Summers, you're awake!" She gave a smile. Rick nodded his head. "Your friends are out right now but said they'd be back soon," She paused. "Is there anything I can get you?" She questioned. Rick shook his head. The nurse smiled sadly. "Not in the mood to talk, I see..." She whispered, walking away. * As Rick was eating some pudding, there came a knock at the door. The door opened as Chris walked in. "Yo." He waved. He immediately plopped down on the stool next to the bed. "Get me the hell out of here..." Rick grumbled. Chris scratched his head. "Geez, not even a
“Rick!” A voice cried out.As Rick walked into the door of their apartment, Maru charged at him, hugging his waist.Rick grunted at the force.She began sobbing.Rick gave a sad smile as he patted Maru on the head.Sena walked out of the bedroom.“Welcome home, Rick.” She smiled softly.*“You didn’t...you know, tell her exactly what happened, right?” Rick asked as he took a seat on the couch.Sena shook her head.“All we told her was that you got sick.”Rick nodded his head.“I see...”Sena stared at her lap in silence for a minute.“How are you...?” She questioned.Rick looked at her and then looked away.“Fine, I guess...” He mumbled.Sena kept her gaze shifted down.“Rick...” She then fell silent.“Huh?”Sena smiled sadly.
As the sunrise came, Norio sat on the porch watching.Then came a tap on his shoulder. He turned around, greeted by Keren.“Mind if I sit?” She smiled.“Go ahead.” He replied.She plopped down beside him.“So...” She began.Norio kept his sight on the sun as it rose.“You think you found him, huh?”Norio kept looking forward.“Mm.”Keren smiled.“Are you nervous?” She asked.Norio looked at her.“Why should I be?”Keren turned.“I don’t know; you haven’t seen him in what, thirteen years?”Norio looked down.“It’s been fourteen, but-” He cut himself off.“But...?” She looked at him.“Nori,” Keren frowned.“Sun’s up; I’ll go make some breakfast,” Norio said as he got up and st
“Weird choice for a location...” Rick muttered, stepping out of the cab.He looked up at the building.He then realized the location was part of what used to be the Labs. The building was mostly destroyed, with a lot of rubble lying around.Rick closed his eyes for a moment.He thought about the day he rescued Maru.His thoughts then wandered on to think about the last time he saw Norio.*Fourteen years ago, a family was getting ready for bed. A man tucked two boys into bed.“I’m going to go say goodnight to your sister now,” the man paused for a minute.He then gave a smile.“Boys...I just wanted to tell you...” He gulped and looked down.Before he could get another word out, they heard a loud banging on the door.The man quickly turned his attention toward the doorway.“...Hold on.” He said.As he stepped out into the kitchen, he
Rick stared for a good second.As he stepped over some rubble, his mind went blank. However, his body kept moving.Walking towards the boy he had let down fourteen years ago.He opened his mouth.“Nori-” He tried to get the words out, but they got caught in his throat.“Oh?” Norio turned around.Rick quickly turned.Chris and Maru pulled up.“Hey!” Chris ran out.“Wait, what the hell are you two-”Norio stared at Maru.“Ah.” He said.Rick quickly turned back to Norio.“I’m sorry, I don’t know why they’re here-“Norio closed his eye, nodding his head.“Nah, it’s fine.” He then opened his eye.“What’s the kid's name?” He questioned.“M-”Norio narrowed his eye at Rick.“Let her answer.” He said.Maru