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Chapter 7: Towels

Normal POV

Quistis leaves the room leaving Seifer alone. He enters the bedroom and plops down the bed. Tired, he soon falls fast asleep. While the blonde sleeps in his room, Quistis finds herself face to face with a pair of dark and icy moonstone orbs. Oh crap, I'm in deep shit! I better play it cool.

"Uh, hey Squall! What are you –"

"Save it Quistis. Explain."

"What do you –"

She is cut short as a young girl clad in yellow peeks behind the Headmaster, telling the blonde that she can't get out of the trouble she's in now. Oh well, it was worth a try…crap.

"Well? I don't have all day, Quis. Spit it out before I make you spit it out."

"Um, well, you wanted to look for him…so we thought we could –"

"I know. I'm asking why the hell does he show up only now after we've looked for him so hard for 2 fucking years."

"Oh."

She couldn't say anything more. The Secretary just stands there, remaining motionless. She goes to her thoughts, picking out the right words to tell the brunette. What am I going to say? 'We tried to find him for you because you were becoming worse than before so we thought Seifer could give you some of your real emotions back after Rinoa dumped you because she found out you were unintentionally in love with Seifer.' Crap, I can't tell him that!

"I'm waiting, Quis."

"Because we found him and I called him to get his ass over here. And what does it matter anyway? He's here already."

The brunette lets out an audible sigh and shakes his head.

"Fine, whatever…"

The blonde sighs in relief, not wanting to tell the real reason why. Just then, a squeal comes out from the brunette who has been quiet for a while.

"Now that's settled, let's have a surprise welcome party for Seify!"

"Give me one reason why."

"Aww, c'mon Squall! He's a part of the gang! We should celebrate 'cause he's back! If you don't, I'll bother you for the rest of the day!"

The Headmaster surrenders to the small brunette while the blonde just laughs at them as they walk away and head for the brunette's office to plan for the party.

Seifer POV

I open my eyes, expecting to see a gray sky and a wasteland. But, as I open them, all I could see is a blue sky and a never ending sea of flowers.

'How can this be? I thought we're still in Time Kompression. Unless…'

I can't believe it. They defeated her. I sit up, hoping to find a certain brunette. But when I found him, he held to him close a girl clad in blue. As he held Rinoa, he smiled. I've never seen him smile like that… Squall pulls back and cups her face.

"I love you Rinoa."

And then, a kiss…

I wake up from the dream as tears stream down my face. That dream again… I can't believe I still have that dream. I wipe the tears off as I get out of bed. What time is it? I look at the clock beside my bed. 6:05? I've been out that long? I need to take a shower… With that in mind, I go straight to the bathroom and strip off my dirty clothes and put it in the laundry. I turn the knob and let the bullets of water run through my body. I stand there for awhile, letting the water run through the scar that my rival gave me and onto the other scars on my body that I have given myself as a punishment. I start to wash my body as I scoff at how I couldn't even kill myself properly. Why can't I die? I should have died…I don't even deserve to be here and yet…why did Squall let me in without hesitation? Why did he…? I shake the thoughts out of my head, deciding not to dwell on them too much. As I finish my shower, a voice of a young girl calls me.

"Hey Seify! Open up! I know you're in there!"

Uh oh, it's Selphie. Count on her to be a nuisance. I better answer the door before she starts to break it down. I look for something to cover myself but the only thing I could find is a minty green towel.

"Come on Seifer! Open up!"

I could go to my clothes on the closet and dig up my unused and possibly dirty clothes there while Selphie destroys my door and sees me butt naked or I could just cover myself with this towel and Selphie won't break my door. Choices, choices…

"Open up or I'll bust open the door!"

I guess I better go with option number two. I don't bother to dry myself as I cover myself with the damn towel. I step out the bathroom and head for the door.

"Seifer, come on!"

"Alright, alright! Just shut the fuck up!"

I press the button, making the door slide open. As the door opens, I realize that the small bundle of joy wasn't the only one waiting for me. Damn…I should have picked option number one.

Squall POV

I'm standing outside of Seifer's room, carrying in my hand his damn clothes and other stuff while the small brunette calls for him. What's taking him so long? I drop the damn bag as I go to my thoughts. Damnit, how the hell did I agree to go with Selphie again?

flashback

I don't know why they want the party at my room… Oh well, anything to make them go away and let me do some real work…

"Okay, I got Seifer's stuff!"

Quistis holds out a big, blue duffel bag and drops it on my desk, scattering some of my paperwork in the process. She picks the papers up and places them in the right place. At least she picks them up. Then, Selphie sits on my desk and spills my papers again. Unlike Quistis, she doesn't bother to pick it up. What a nuisance… I pick up the papers and put them were they belong.

"Can I bring it to Seify?"

Why can't that girl talk normally? She could just say it in a normal voice, but no, she has to squeal. Selphie tries to lift up the duffel bag but, unfortunately, her small stature can't carry such a weight.

"I can't carry it!"

"Then let Irvine carry it for you. Just get off my table."

"Irvy is still working."

"Then it's not my problem. Just go away and leave me already so I could work in peace."

I push her off the table and put the damn bag on the floor. I start to work when I realize that Selphie is staring at me.

"What are you looking at?"

"Nothing."

"So you refer to me as nothing?"

"Then why do you ask what I'm looking at if you already know the answer to the question?"

I just don't understand Selphie. One minute she's as innocent and annoying as a child, the next she's a smart ass.

"Fine. What do you want?"

"Can you carry the bag and –"

"NO."

"But why not?"

"I'm busy. Ask Quistis."

"Me? I can't carry that thing. It's too heavy."

"What are you talking about? You carried it just a while ago."

"I can't carry it all the way there. Beside, I'm busy."

"Why can't you just tell Seifer to get his ass up here and carry it himself?"

"Would you want all the cadets to run amuck and start attacking him?"

"C'mon Squally! Please?"

I hate it when she calls me that. My reputation will be ruined.

"No."

"Fine. I'll just have to bother you all day."

Oh no, not again… Damn it, I hate it when she threatens me like that. Yes, I know, the Great Ice Prince threatened by the sweet Garden Committee President.

"Alright, you win. Just don't bother me after this…"

"Alright!"

end flashback

sigh Note to self: I should never, EVER –

The door finally slides open to reveal the blonde. But I didn't expect him to be dripping wet and wear nothing but his towel. My mouth drops open but I quickly close it. Note to self: I should do favors more often for Selphie…damn, Seifer's so fucking hot and…wait? What the hell am I thinking! Wait, is he blushing? He looks kinda cute…shit, I better stop myself! I feel my face becoming warmer as I chase my thoughts away. I don't want him to think that I'm drooling over his damn perfect body that has scars all over it. Wait…scars?

"Hey, Seify! Um, did we interrupt something?"

"Wh-what the hell are you talking about, Selph? I was fucking taking a bath when you came! What do you want?"

"Oh, we're just here to give you your things."

I pick up the duffel bag and give it to him. As he got his bag, our fingers touch, making me blush again. Damn it, what is it with me today?

"Can we come in Seify?"

"And see me naked? No."

"Yay, alright!"

I sigh as the small girl passes through the blonde and enters his room. He sighs and looks at me.

"You coming?"

"Huh? Sure…"

I must've looked like a stupid moron 'cause he was smirking at me. But, nonetheless, I go inside the room.

"What are you smirking about?"

"Nothing."

The door closes behind me as I look around the room. I decide to sit down the silver blue sofa beside Selphie.

"I'll just go and change. Don't mess up anything."

He disappears into the bedroom and locks the door. After about ten minutes, he comes out wearing a silky green shirt and black leather pants and plops down on one of the sofas.

"So, what do you kids want?

"Hey, I'm not a kid!"

"Right, pouting makes it more evident that you are so grown up."

Selphie sticks her tongue out as the ex Sorceress Knight smirks at her while I just sigh at their childishness.

"Anyway, Seify, you wanna hang out at Squall's room later on?"

"Why on puberty boy's room?

I roll my eyes at him. He knows that I hate him calling me that fucked up name.

"Because his room is fun!"

"Squall and fun? Two words that don't go well together."

"What? Are you coming?"

"I don't have much choice, do I?"

"Yay!"

"What time?"

"Around 7:30?"

"Fine. See you kiddies then. Now get out."

"Meanie."

"Whatever."

"Hey, that's my line."

"Ah, so you do know how to talk."

I roll my eyes at him once again as he smirks at me.

"Whatever…"

"Don't you have anything else to say other than 'whatever'?"

"No."

He shakes his head and does his smirk.

"Some things never do change."

"And some things do."

And with that, we went outside the room, leaving him. I go straight up my office and try to do some work but then, my Secretary stops me.

"And what are you doing here?"

"I'm gonna go back to work."

"We're supposed to prepare a party, dumbass."

"Then you prepare it. I have work to do."

"Oh no, you don't. You're gonna help me and that's final."

I sigh in defeat as she drags me to the elevator, through the hallway, to the dorms and up in my room. I open the door to see Zell playing again. I knew this was going to be a long day.

A/N: Oh my gosh! At last, I'm done with this chappy! Sorry if it took ages to update. I had a lot of stuff to do…not to mention my damn thesis.; Anyway, thanks for the reviews. (To Leonhart Zero: Squall also has three black belts on his right or left thigh.;) Happy birthday, Seifer. Happy holidays to everyone. Don't forget to write me reviews.