Pretty_Kitty3: DOES NOTHING SATISFY YOU!!!???  Fine, I've rewritten the ending.  Happy?!?  GOOD!

BTW, I know about you…I know all about you, and your biased S/F opinions…Oh yes, I know all about you… And let me just say, that Faye and Jet make a much better couple.  Did you even watch the last episode?  You could've cut the sexual tension with a knife, for crying out loud!

'K, I'm done.

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Life as a bounty hunter has never been easy, even now in the year 2073.  Especially if you were a woman, like I was.  It was bad enough that this job didn't pay very well, and unless you were gifted in the culinary arts then the food wasn't too good either, but women were still treated like dirt.

Well, at the current moment, I was flat broke.  Although I could barely handle instant ramen (Pull the String, Instant Heat!), one of my comrades, Jet, knew how to cook somewhat decent meals.  And as long as I kept most of my skin covered, the other man on board, Spike would leave me alone and harass the other female, Faye, who wore as little clothing as possible.  The only reason I tolerated her babbling was that she was the only other woman on this ship.

"You know, maybe if your shirt was a little lower right here," Faye said, her finger pointed at my chest, "then maybe Spike might actually know you're alive."

"I'd rather he didn't notice," I replied, swatting her hand away.

"Oh really?  I saw you staring at him yesterday."

"That wasn't staring!  That was more like, me spacing out…In the direction of his face…" I muttered, sinking lower into my seat as a deep red blush spread across my face.

"Yeah right, Katryna.  More like his bu-"

"Hey, Katryna!  I need your help!" Jet called from another room.  Relief spread through me as I stood up and walked out of the room.  Jet was stationed on the observation deck of our space ship, The Bebop.

"What's up?" I asked him.

"Nothing.  I just thought that I'd save you from that fashion disaster," he smirked, tilting his head slightly towards Faye's direction in the other room.  "I cannot believe she let you go like that.  I never need anyone's help with anything," Jet said, taking a long drag from his cigarette.  Before I could reply, I was stopped by the beeping of the communications device.  Jet leaned forward and brought up the screen.

"Katryna, do you remember those space pirates I told you about?" Spike's voice came from the computer, his face on the screen.  My heart jumped at the crude picture; damn him for having such beautiful eyes.  "Well, I'm kind of in a jam, and I need you to come save me.  Now, preferably."  The sound of a machine gun rang out, and then the screen went blank.

"Lunk-head didn't even tell me where he was," I muttered as I stood up to go get in my ship.

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"Spike!  Where the hell are you?" I yelled into the communicator, cursing my limited visibility in space.

"Right below you."  I shifted the controls to adjust for the disturbance he made cutting underneath of me.  'Show-off,' I thought.  "By the way, the pirates are right behind me."  I grabbed my controls and swerved to the right, narrowly avoiding a volley of shots.

"What did you do to piss them off?" I asked, as I came back around from behind one of the pirate ships.

"Nothing.  But, they do have one million dollars on each of their heads…" Spike said, and his thought passed to me silently: money.  Life as a bounty hunter was based on the stuff, as a drug dealer's life is based on crack.

The next five minutes happened in a blur of bullets and smoking metal, so I regret to say that I cannot tell them in great detail.  All I know is that it ended quickly, with two of the five pirates injured beyond repair, the other three retreating, and smoke coming from my engine.

"Come on, Katryna.  Let's chase after the others," I heard crackling over the communicator.  The reckless look in his excited eyes spoke volumes.

"Can't.  Serious damage to my engine.  If I start it, it blows up.  If I eject, I die painfully.  If I sit here, I've got ten minutes to live before the poisonous fumes kill me." I announced calmly, in spite of the panic stretched beneath the surface.

"What?  You can't be serious.  It's not that bad-" he protested.

"I've got a perfect view from right here.  Fifteen minutes tops before it blows.  I suggest you get your butt out of here."  The following silence told me that Spike had taken my advice.  I sighed to myself, my heart filling with sadness at his abandonment.  I guess I should have expected it....

RATATATATATATATATAT!  I glanced up in surprise to catch the blur of his ship, spitting a stream of bullets through the nose of my ship.  It was just enough to cut off the nose, so that I was safe from the explosion that I knew would follow.  But the fumes were getting stronger...

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The sun beating on my face and the dusting blowing into every opening in my clothing were the first things I was aware of as I came to.

As I cracked my eyelids, I secretly hoped to see Spike, leaning over me with a look of worry etched across his face, ready to kiss me and declare his eternal love for me once he saw that I was alive.  But no, all I saw was the blue sky and the ungodly bright sun.

I slowly sat up and rested my head between my knees while I waited for the nausea to pass.  I reached inside my back pocket to retrieve a cigarette, and my lips gratefully wrapped around the cylinder.  I reached into another pocket to search for a lighter, only to discover I had none.

"I swiped it from you," Spike said, holding my lighter in his hand as he lit it and put the flame to the end of the cigarette.  "I left mine back on the Bebop."

I stared at him dumbfounded, not even bothering to take a much needed drag.  "You saved me," was all I could say.

"Yeah, well, it's not like I'm madly in love with you or anything.  It just means you owe me now," he shrugged.  I chuckled softly to myself, before finally puffing on my cigarette.

"But…that doesn't mean we can't have sex," Spike said.  "After all, you do kinda owe me now…and I haven't had sex with a blonde in almost a year."

"Will it be kinky?" I asked slyly, my sex drive getting the best of me.

"Only if we can take pictures to torture Faye with.  And we have replays every Thursday."

"Why Thursday?"

"'Cause Thursday is a good day to have sex."

"Oh."

"So…shall we?"

"Today's not Thursday.  It's Wednesday."

"Then let's pretend today and tomorrow are Thursdays," he said, edging towards me until his face was two inches from mine.

"Only sex?"

"Only sex.  And kink," he said.

"Deal," I replied, grabbing the collar of his shirt and pulling him down on top of me.

"Wait, my camera's on the Bebop-"he said.

"We can take pictures tomorrow!"

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Oh yeah, forgot to mention.  The rating went up.  Oops.  Sorry, Virgins. 

Also, I don't own Cowboy Bebop.  But I do own the VHS version of the series.  And all the manga.  I don't own the movie yet…But I will on Thursday, cuz that's when I get paid!

And for those who thought Katryna didn't smoke…I only did that cuz I turned it in at school.  I changed it.  Whee.