AN: Wow, this can't be! This honestly cannot be! The very last chapter? How on earth did that happen?

Disclaimer: I hold no claim over the plot or characters of Cowboy Bebop.

Fallen Petals of the Rose

Chapter 11:
Paying Back James

Last time...
"You can't win!" Sekart said, his eyes glowing with growing insanity. "My men! My men will get me out! They are lost without me and my guidance!"

"Oh shut it, you windbag," James said, "Your men are too stupid to do anything for themselves, which is why they were with you in the first place."

"You'll see!" Sekart shouted "You'll all see!"

He broke into insane laughter, only to be stopped by the hilt of James's gun. The unconscious, hand cuffed man could no longer hurt, threat, or annoy them now.

The Bebop pulled into the port.

"Hope we're not too late for the show," Jet said as he exited the craft.

It's been three months and a couple genetic tests since Sekart's capture. Shockingly, it was discovered that Sekart was in fact Robby Shnider, one of his first alleged victims. The Bebop crew had gotten their reward for the capture of the mad man, and even had a small cameo on Big Shots, but when it came time to give James his share, he was no where to be found. And the Bebop crew was not about to let it all go to waste, they bought the biggest freezer they could fit on the Bebop and filled it with as much frozen food as they possibly could. They would have a little trouble going hungry now. Well, you know, until it all ran out.

But, as previously stated, three months had passed. It was all over, everything was just starting to get back to normal, even the food showed signs of running low. The Bebop crew was growing restless, they hadn't had a decent bounty to go after since, well, Sekart. There had been plenty of small ones, though, they hardly paid enough to be worth the effort.

Faye and Spike? Well, their first week back they avoided each other like the plague, but then someone decided to eat someone else's food and the fighting returned to the Bebop. Though, every once in a while they still had their moments, Jet saw it as only a matter of time before they would evolve into something more. But today was a lazy day, a day filled with boredom. Actually, it was a very familiar setting...

Faye shifted on the couch trying to find a more comfortable position. She was attempting to read another trashy love novel, but for some reason the plot was giving her a head ache, she let out a girly little grunt and tossed it aside.

"Having fun?" Spike asked, peering over his week old news paper. Faye had her legs dangling over the back of the couch, her head was hanging over the edge of the seat.

"You look funny upside-down," she said.

"So do you," he replied. He glanced at his watch and threw the news paper away with a reckless abandon, "Big Shot's is on." He said, turning it on. Faye even moved for a better view of the show, right next to Spike.

"I wonder if there will be anything worth while," Faye sighed.

Spike nodded, "Maybe."

The show came on with all of it's glitzy wonder, it made one realize how quiet the Bebop was when it wasn't on... With Spike and Faye weren't fighting, that is.

"Boy," the blond said," Do we have a bounty for you today! This one claims to be the, ehem, Real Sekart, the only difference is, he lures men to their deaths instead of women. A real nut-case if you ask me! But here's who ya gotta look out for!" A picture, and oddly familiar picture, took up the screen," No one knows who his real identity is, but don't let that stop you! There's a 10,000,000 wuulong reward for his capture!"

Faye stared at the screen,"That looks just like..."

"...James," Spike finished for her.

They looked at each other, each letting out a helpless chuckle and a sigh.

"No wonder he didn't come to claim his share," Spike said.

"What in hell's name do we do now?" Faye asked.

"I, for one, am thanking my lucky stars," Spike said, leaning back on the couch, "I was alone with that crack job on multiple occasions."

"Yeah, but still," Faye sighed, "He did sorta help us out, remember?"

"Yeah, so?" he asked.

"Are we gonna go after him or not?" she asked with frustration.

"What do you think?" he asked, sending her a sideway glance.

"Grr!" she growled, "Will you just give me a straight answer already? Do you think we should go after him or not?"

"Calm down, no need to get your nostrils flaring," he said, "What do you think we should do?"

"You don't have a clue what to do either," Faye concluded.

Spike shrugged, "The way I see it, we owe him, I mean, he hasn't even gotten his share of the reward from us."

"True," Faye said, "But he is going around murdering people."

"Yeah, but there are other bounties out there, and to be quite honest with you, I don't think it would be the best course of action to piss James off," Spike explained, "I mean, look what he got us to do to Sekart for him."

"For him?" Faye repeated. "Wait, what?"

"Oh yeah, that's right, I never told you," Spike realized, "Well, apparently, Sekart, or whoever he is, um, sort of wronged James, sort of hurt him. You know, when you get down to it, James really is a lot like a chick! After a one night stand, if the guy is "mean", they go all psycho."

"I see what you're saying." Faye smacked him upside the head.

"Ow!" he cried, "What was that for?"

"Men are all alike," Faye muttered. "Complete and utter nimrods."

"I'm no nimrod," He scowled, "Shrew!"

"That's right!" Faye smiled. "You're a Lunkhead!" She got on her knees and gave him a noogie.

He grabbed her wrists and pinned her on the couch. "Don't mess with the hair."

"Yes, because it just looked so good before," Faye smirked. "So I take it we are just going to leave it to some other idiots to get James."

"Yup, sounds about right," Spike nodded. "Just think of it as the 10% we owe him."

"Ok, great, now that we got that settled, would ya get offa me already?"

Spike pondered this for a minute. "No, I don't think so."

Faye's eyes narrowed, "Remember, I tried to ask nice."

Spike let out a howl of pain as he fell to the floor with a thump. Faye smirked as she got up. She hadn't meant to kick him there, but there was no use running from the past.

"You fucking Shrew!" Spike yelled, "You're going to pay for that!" He tried to get up, but was over come with pain, "Just as soon as I can get up! You're gonna be sorry!"

"Well, at least you learned your lesson," Faye taunted, "When a lady says no, she means no."

"I don't see any lady's around her," Spike wheezed.

Faye kicked him in the side.

Jet sighed, he had been standing in the door way the whole time. As soon as Spike was able to get to his feet, he sent Faye an evil look. Faye squealed when he lunged at her.

"Why don't you two just save all the drama and screw each other already!" he called to them. They stopped in their tracks and threw him an angry glare.

Jet took his cue and got out of there as fast as his legs would carry him. Sadly, on the Bebop, there was nowhere to run and nowhere that an angry pair of bounty hunters wouldn't think to look.

Ed and Ein looked on with mild amusement, they would all kill each other one day.

The End


AN: This came out a lot differently than I had thought, it's almost like I have more to write, but I have no clue what it is! If I do happen to think of it, maybe I will write a sequel, but I don't think that's going to happen. I'm sorry there wasn't more S/F action here, but I really couldn't find a place to add it without going incredibly OOC, I tried, really I did, but they wouldn't let me!!!

Oh, and an extra special thanks to all of my reviewers! I love you all! Thanks for sticking with me through the 2 month hiatus! I appreciate it!