"I knew you were the one, but I kept you waiting, kept you waiting, anticipating,
now I'm waiting for you." ~Sugar Ray
The news that Bob, beloved guardian, had left
the system of Mainframe to never return was something the Mainframers found
hard to believe, especially when they knew where he was this time. It was
a sad second for all those that knew him, especially those close to him.
Matrix and Enzo had been depressed ever since Bob told them the news.
Both now felt as though they had caused the breakup of sorts with their
plan and now they were paying for it. Worse of all, of course, was Dot herself,
who as Bob figured, took most of the heat for his departure.
The feelings of hurt and guilt seemed to get worse as the seconds turned
to a cycle, then two, then three. Any hope that Bob would return was slowly
dwindling. Matrix, Enzo, and AndrAIa sat in a booth at the Diner,
neither saying a word to each other. The game sprite had watch the two slip
deeper and deeper into a despair that she thought she wouldn't see anything,
especially in Little Enzo.
"Guys..." she said, trying to get the two to talk to her. "At least say
something." When she received no answer, she continued. "You know, system
wise, we really don't need Bob." Both looked up, with evil glares in their
eyes. "Now hear me out." she said, wanting to calm them. "If you really
think about it, the system itself is okay without Bob here. We have a guardian,
whether you admit it or not." she addressed Matrix. "And we know Enzo has
the protocols, so we're pretty much safe and we can handle the games, so..."
With a sigh, she said, "It still doesn't mean things are the same without
"How's Dot?" Matrix asked, looking at his brother. Enzo shrugged and
laid his head on the table. "What do you mean, you don't know?"
Enzo shrugged again. "I haven't seen her." he sighed. "I get up, go to
school, she's still in bed. I come home, she's not there. It just repeats
and repeats, you know."
"You guys should really talk to her." AndrAIa said. "She is your sister
"And what exactly do we say, AndrAIa?" Enzo asked.
"Sorry we drove you to drive our guardian out of the system?" Matrix continued.
"Hey, what you say to her is what you say to her." she replied. "I'm
sure she feels bad enough without thinking the two of you hate her for doing
what she did. Besides...it was our plan that put her in the situation in
the first place."
The two didn't say anything. "We haven't exactly been great friends to
Bob either, I might add." The two looked at her before turning away. "And
you know what I mean." she said.
"It didn't mean he had to leave." Enzo whispered.
"Just think of it as an extended vacation." Andri replied.
"Yeah, one he's never coming back from." Matrix muttered. AndrAIa kicked
him under the booth, sending a look to him about the other person with them.
Enzo had heard the comment, which only made him sadder than he already was.
Dot sat in her office, just
looking at the scenery of Mainframe. She had spent much of her time here,
when Phong didn't demand she go home at night, just sitting and looking at
the large screen of the system in front of her. It was reminescent of the
other times she had locked herself away, wanting to be by herself.
The first time had been after the Twin City had exploded. When this had
been just a wall inside the Principal Office, Phong had let be by herself
in his office. Then during Megaframe and after she had lost Bob the first
time, she had spent her time alone there, the weight of the rebellion weighing
heavily on her.
She shook her head, sniffing. She had lost him again, for a third time
now. The previous times he had come back to her, but this time...this time,
there would be no happy ending. She had pushed him away for a final time and
now he would never come back.
She couldn't believe how utterly basic she was. Life was how she wanted
it, even if it planned into Matrix and Enzo's hands, the bottom line was
she had Bob and they were finally together and she had gone and ruined
it. Like always, she had been scared when things had started becoming real
and deeper between them and she had pushed him away.
But he wasn't going to take it anymore.
As he had said, her actions with Megabyte had hurt him deeply, so much
so that he wasn't sure if he could fully forgive her. But she knew she deserved
it. Even she couldn't believe her actions of late. Dot was so lost in thought,
she didn't hear the door open until the delivery boy was already there.
"Delivery, Miss Matrix." he said, placing a small card on her desk.
"Thank you." she replied, her voice raspy from crying. She picked
up the card, her heart breaking as she saw it was one of those "wish you
were here" cards. Something from Bob, no doubt, who was probably glad to
be so far away from her, he felt the need to actually tell her. It wasn't
until she flipped the card over that she was pleasantly surprised.
I'm miserable without you. I really do wish you were here. I miss you.
I need you. 452.
Dot sniffed again, a small smile on her face. Someone clearing their
throat made her realize in shock that the delivery boy was still there.
"Oh sorry." she said. "Did you want a tip?"
"Yeah actually." he said. "I could kinda use your advice."
Dot listened closely. Why does he sound familiar?
"See, there's this girl who I'm hopelessly, deeply, and madly in love
with, but for some reason I just can't make her understand that we need to
be together." he said.
Dot eyes widened. It couldn't be!
"So I was thinking of going to her
home system, right?" he was saying. "Finding her, grabbing her, and kissing
her passionately like the end of some movie." Dot couldn't help but grin.
"Sounds kinda basic, huh?" he asked.
Dot shook her head. "No." she said. "Kinda like on the fly though."
He chuckled. "Yeah." he said. "She's the planner, not me. I just do what
my heart tells me."
"And what's it telling you?" she asked.
"It's telling me to grab you and kiss you like the end of some basic
movie." he said. "And then fleeing with you to some system with a minister,
so I can marry you on the spot."
Dot turned her chair to face him. "I don't think Mouse would like that."
she said. "Not being invited to the wedding and all."
"We'll make her a video." he said. Holding out his hand, he whispered,
In less than a moment, she was in his arms, kissing him deeply. Breaking
it, she hugged him tightly. "I missed you so much." she whispered. "I thought
you weren't coming back."
"I couldn't stay away from you." he said. "I just couldn't." Pulling back
to look at her, he said in all seriousness, "I was serious, Dot, about marrying
you. I do want to marry you. Like...today, this very afternoon."
Dot looked at him, slightly shocked. She was even more shocked with what
she was thinking.
"I mean, I understand if you don't want to after...you know," he rambled.
"But I love you and I really can't live without you."
"All right." she said.
"I know you'll probably say no, but at least...what?"
"Yes, I'll marry you." she said with a smile. "Today. This afternoon.
Right now if you wanted to."
Bob just looked at her. "Are you serious?" he asked.
"Are you?" she retorted.
"So am I."
"But..." he began, but was silence by her fingertips on his lips.
"You were right, you know." she whispered. "I had us doing this dance
of maybes and even I got tired of it. I was just scared, Bob, especially
after what Megabyte did. I wasn't sure if I could totally trust my feelings,
but..." she paused to kiss him again. "I love you, Bob." she said. "If I
remember correctly, I believe I asked you to marry me. The
offer still stands, Guardian 452."
"How can I refuse?" he whispered against
her lips before kissing them. "We really need to find Phong." he said, breathlessly.
Dot giggled before leaving his arms. "He's out there, I'm sure." she said.
"But we do have to call our witnesses you know."
"They'll be excited." Bob joked.
Excited wasn't even the word for what the others were feeling.
People from the original wedding party were now standing in Phong's office,
dressed in their regular clothes, awaiting a wedding. Matrix and Enzo were
still somewhat in shock over the whole thing. It was one thing to see Bob
had come back, but it was something entirely when he bypassed them, saying
he and Dot were getting married in Phong's office.
Mouse and AndrAIa weren't trying to get the boys dressed up in their tuxedos,
but Matrix blantantly refused. "No!" he had exclaimed. "This is some weird,
freakish joke! I know it!"
Even Little Enzo was suspicious of the whole thing. "This is so not Dot."
he had said. "I'm with Big Me here. This is a freakish joke to get back
at us for our plan. That's what it is, huh, Matrix?" Matrix had nodded.
AndrAIa had screamed.
So now, Mouse and AndrAIa were in their brides maid dresses, while Matrix
and Enzo stood with their regular clothes on. Bob was no where in sight.
"See?" Matrix said. "He's not coming. Told you. Big joke."
"Shut up." his girlfriend said.
Bob soon came into the room, dressed in a tux of his own. He stopped
seeing the guys weren't. "Why aren't you dressed?" he asked. "I know this
is kinda last nano, but I know you have the formats in your icons."
"We're not falling for it, Bob." Matrix said.
"Not falling for it."
"What?" Bob asked.
"They think this is some kind of joke." AndrAIa said, rolling her eyes.
"Right." he said. "Follow me, boys. I have a solution to your problem."
Meanwhile, Dot was in a secret chamber that Phong had allowed her access
to. She looked at herself in the mirror, her wedding dress still in perfect
condition from the last 'wedding'. She didn't even want to wear it, but Bob
"You looked so beautiful in that dress." he had said. "Wear it for me."
She couldn't say no to him.
Dot sighed in rememberance, but then
smiled. This time it would be right. She'd be marrying the sprite she was
supposed to. A knock on the door signaled that her father had arrived to
walk to the ceremony. With one last sigh, she turned to let him in.
It was almost time for Dot to enter
when Bob and the Matrix boys finally came back. To everyone's surprise,
the two brothers wore guardian dress uniforms, both looking incredibly dashing.
Mouse gave a long whistle, with AndrAIa following her.
"Don't y'all look snazzy?" Mouse asked, grinning. Both brothers couldn't
help but blush.
"I hope you saved the tux." AndrAIa whispered. "Not that you don't look
hot in that. I could see you marrying me in that." Matrix nodded, before
realizing what she said. He looked at her smiled.
"Nice lookin' uinforms, Bob honey." Mouse said to him.
"I figured me in the dress blues wouldn't be good." he whispered. "You
know, weird irony? Evil de ja vu. Besides, it's time those two got the proper
guardian attire, don't you think?"
Phong cleared his throat as Dot and Welman Matrix entered the office. Bob's
voice caught as he saw his wife to be. User, she was beautiful! She smiled
at him, to which he returned one of his own. He was just happy that it was
him he was marrying this time.
Dot smiled as she and Welman walked towards Bob and their friends. She
too noticed the outfit switch, which she thought looked better anyways. It
would've been nice to see all three in their dress blues, but things considering,
she was glad Bob didn't wear his. Besides, he was handsome as ever in a tux
The walk was short, but seemed forever before Welman put his daughter in
the guardian's hand, for a second time. After everything, he too was glad
they were finally together, though he wished the ceremony was bigger and not
so elope-ish as it seemed. But, as Dot had told him, there would be a bigger
ceremony in few minutes or an hour.
They were finally happy. That's all he wanted.
Phong looked at the two as he began his surmon. "It is good to see you
two back together." he started. "And on a wonderful second when you will finally
become man and sprite. We are so happily gathered here..."
The group stayed in Phong's office after
the ceremony, needing of course to change and the like. The happy couple
decided to keep this wedding a secret, but in a few minutes they would make
a public announcement about their upcoming "nuptials" which would take place
for all of Mainframe. This was just something Bob and Dot wanted, the knowledge
they were officially man and sprite was enough for them. before they left,
Matrix and Enzo had pulled Dot over to the side, both looking seemingly distressed
with recent events.
"Dot," Enzo started. "We have a bone to pick with you."
"A serious matter indeed." Matrix added.
"This is the most random..." Matrix began.
"Insane..." Enzo continued.
"...Thing you have ever done in you're entire life!"
"And we only have one thing to say about that." Enzo replied.
Dot looked at the two in awe. She didn't she had ever seen them so upset
before. Could her marriage to Bob have been that upsetting?
"We are so proud." Enzo said, a huge smile on his face.
"Very proud." Matrix added.
Dot looked at them. "Are you saying, out of all the things I've done, all
the accomplishments..." she began. "Marrying Bob on the fly, spur of the
moment is what you consider my crowning achievement?" The two nodded.
"And just so you know," Matrix said. "We support you."
Dot just rolled her eyes. "Thanks guys." she said. "You have no idea how
you saying that has set my mind at ease."
Dot sighed contentedly, her finger drawing small circles on Bob's chest.
She could get very used to married life. After the ceremony, after the second
of work, and after talking with Matrix and AndrAIa, who took a sleepy Enzo
home with them, the couple headed downstairs to their apartment. Dot
smiled thinking about it. Their apartment. They could be a family
now. She and Bob could be starting...could have sstarted one that
The first time had been out in the living room, on the couch. It was passion
driven, of course, but spectacular none the less. The second time had been
in their bed and it been slow, sweet, just what Dot had expected from him,
like their first time together earlier that cycle. The third time, Dot had
made him surrender to her, leaving both clearly satisfied and extremely
tired. Dot stretched slightly, causing a small moan from Bob, who tighter
his arms around her.
"Don't start something you can't finish." he quipped.
Dot poked him with her fingernail. "I never start things I don't intend on
finishing." she retorted. Bob chuckled. She looked at him, kissing his cheek.
"I love you." she said.
"I love you." he responded, squeezing her tighter. He opened his eyes and
looked over at her. "Hey Dot?"
"You know how we plan on doing a public wedding?" he asked.
"What happens if...well..." he began.
"What happens if what?"
"What happens if you get pregnant before then?"
Dot thought for a nano. She hadn't really thought about it, well she had,
but..."So I get pregnant before the 'official' wedding." she shrugged. She
then smiled at Bob. "Why do you ask?" she asked. "Am I planning on getting
pregnant before the 'official' wedding?"
Bob shrugged. "It's on my 'do to' list." he said, mysteriously. He was taken
by surprised when she kissed him passionately.
"Well, there is only one way to co-process a baby." she said, her eyes darkening.