Here's the last part of this story, wich I enjoyed a lot. I hope you did as well, and I hope you will be kind enough to leave a review.
Extra scene: Teasing aftermath.
G.B. opened the front door in a hurry, almost tripping on the last stair as he finally managed to get his left arm into his jacket. He had been helping Chang at his restaurant these past weeks for some extra money, but today, he wouldn't be on time.
Damned Hamlet on Hallmark channel.
The first thing he saw after closing the door was 003, standing in front of a rather large puddle of mud. Her back was to him; her head was lowered and she appeared to be worried. 007 approached her.
"Hey 003 what's wrong?"
She didn't answer. He took a better look at her; she had her fingernail into her mouth, her face reflected a frown, her other hand was clutching her neck.
She turned to him, her eyes appeared to be watering slowly. "I lost it."
She rubbed her neck in a longing way and spoke with a saddened voice, "My golden chain, it fell in there. I was dancing around and suddenly it somehow slid out of my neck."
007 looked at the offending spot of mud and raised his eyebrows. "And why don't you get it?"
"Oh... --she moved her head, having a sigh come out of her mouth-- it's really deep. I can see my chain, but I don't think I'll reach it."
007 looked at the poodle and scratched his head. He certainly couldn't see the chain, but he guessed 003 was using her vision.
Any way, come on. How deep could it possibly be?
"Get a new one then and leave that one there. The water will eventually dry up any way."
She bit her lip at those words, her anguish renewed. Her hand fisted on her chest as if to grip the missing chain.
"No! I can't do that!"
"And why not?"
"It... it was my mother's."
007 crossed his arms. "Uhm… and where is that fiancée of yours? He should bring his arse over here and help you out."
003 moved her head negatively. "Joe went downtown and I don't know at what time he'll come back."
"Uhm... I see. --007 shifted his weight uncomfortably-- What is a puddle doing in the middle of the front yard by the way?"
She shrugged her shoulders. "I don't know, it's been raining quite a lot." She then held her bright, pleading aqua eyes to him.
007 looked at his watch. He'd be late and Chang would kill him! But then he saw again the distressed face of his team-mate and gave a resigned sigh.
"Alright... I'll get it for you."
"Really? Oh 007 thanks!" 003's face lit up, her smile bigger than ever.
"Thou shall not fear my damsel for this knight shall save you from thee disgrace." 007 swelled his chest and straightened his back. A proud, sort of heroic, gesture formed upon his features.
003 clapped her hands together. She was happy. Very happy.
007 removed his jacket and handed it to her, then he took off his shoes and socks and rolled up his sleeves and pants, and so he got into the puddle.
003 wasn't kidding. The damn thing was deep enough; the mud reached up his ankles! He suppressed a grim at the unpleasant sensation of cold sticky ground getting between his toes. If he had known, he would have transformed himself into something... Anything that could prevent him from getting in there and still be able to get that blasted chain. But he was already in, so what was the point now?
"Where is it?" He called, looking around, but all he could see was mud and several weird little shadows that he didn't pay attention to.
"A little to the right."
"Just a little bit further."
"No, just give two more steps to the front."
007 did as told and then the ground vanished from beneath him. All the sudden he found himself sitting in the puddle. His lower body buried under the stinky matter.
"Oh! 007, I am so sorry! Are you alright?" 003 took her hands to her face.
007 looked at his mud-stained hands and his now ruined clothes. He grimaced. "Yeah. I always wanted to go to a spa and get a mud bath."
003 giggled, placing a delicate hand over her mouth, but the gesture was replaced by her widened eyes and her pointing hand.
"007! Look out! Leeches!"
"Ah?" 007 looked at his shoulder; a little, nasty, black leech rested there. Another one did the same over his arm. He took his hand to his head but he retired it quickly as he felt another of those horrendous animals! He couldn't suppress a yelp.
"Ah! Help me! Do something!" He stood up and tried to walk to the edge, but the slippery ground made him fall again. He spotted more leeches.
003 shouted her instructions, "quickly! Remove your t-shirt! Do it now!"
007 unbuttoned frantically his now full-leech t-shirt, tossing it away.
"The pants too! Hurry! Or else they'll bite you!"
The leeches were everywhere! He stood up again, and again he fell. He felt little sticky things inside his remaining clothes and that finally made him follow 003's advice, removing his pants as well, shouting all the way of course.
"What the-- Shit! Ah you bloody damned things! Go away! Bugger!"
003 kept shouting at him. "007! You have to spread mud all over you! It is the only way to prevent the leeches from sticking to your skin!"
Wha--? The mud! Yes! He had to do that! The leeches wouldn't get to his skin! They wouldn't stick if he had mud on him! They were gonna bite him! He had to do what 003 was saying! He'd be alright! He'd be… They were... He had to--"
Now wait a minute.
To prevent what?
007 stopped his frenetic actions and looked at himself; he was sitting in the middle of a filthy poodle, wearing nothing but his trousers. Mud dropped from his head, his chest and his arms, and the leeches were all around him. Immovable. Not a single twitch came from any of them, they were just there, floating serenely over the murky surface. He took one of them between his fingers.
It was rubber made. Fake. He looked carefully around; they all were fake.
"Did master thespian enjoy my performance?"
A click sounded behind him, accompanied by a flash and a giggle. 007 turned his face and another flash blinded his eyes for a second.
003 was standing there with his jacket neatly folded on the grass next to her. Her head was tilted to the side, her right hand holding a camera, her left one went to her chest and removed the supposedly lost golden chain from under her blouse. She then gave him a sweet, kind smile which soon transformed into a smug grin.
He observed then a shovel resting on the front wall of the house, lying next to it, a hose still dripped water over the grass. 003 placed her hands behind her like the good girl she was not being.
"I told you I'd make you pay, some how, someday." She interrupted him, raising a fine golden eyebrow.
007 clutched his fist, clenching his jaw. "How dare you! You... you little--"
"Uhm... --she placed a finger on her cheek, looking up, her smile never leaving her lips-- I think these pictures will go just fine on the fridge. Don't you agree? And don't worry, you can take them if you like them so much. I will have enough copies to replace the ones you remove. And don't you dare make Joe wash those clothes, understood?"
With those words 003 turned around. She could hear the cyborg splashing in the mud again as he tried to get up unsuccessfully. 007 called after her.
"You're wicked 003! Wicked I said! What did 009 do to you? You're going down missy! You'll see!"
003 laughed. Oh the satisfaction! She then headed quickly to the garage and climbed gracefully on the convertible, which engine already had some time waiting for her to start the ride.
007's screams were still perfectly audible.
Yeah, she'd reveal the film that very same afternoon. That --so eerie in her-- smug smile returned to her face as she lowered her sun glasses over her eyes. And so she hit the pedal.
Once and for all everyone would learn not to mess up with Francoise Arnoul.
There WAS supposed to be a wedding scene after this chapter but... my own, tragil romantic life and the cancellation of my own wedding has rotten every possibility of my muse being able to help me out with this... sorry guys, maybe, one day, when my heart heals (am I being dramatic or what?) I'll maage to write said scene.
About the chain used as a bait: I got the concept from GoldAngel2 story "No greater love". Go and read it! It's great.
In case that you finished this extra scene and still have no idea of its reason or where did it come form, then I suggest you to go back to chapter fourteen and read it again, specially the last part.
Now the answers to the reviewers, in posting order:
GoldAngel2: I don't know what would have been of this story if not for all your help my friend. You are one of the best writers and I am so happy that you got your interest over this little story of mine. Thank a lot for all your patience and constant support. HUGS.
Anna-angel2: I am so glad you liked it. I hope you enjoyed the subsequent chapters as well.
angel-trump: Thanks a lot for reviewing. Yeah, those chats were cute, weren't they?
Moon Shaddow: Thanks for the information ;) A seagull? Hah hah hah I hadn't thought of that! By the way, I classified chapter 15 as a lime according to Cfan's definition. Thanks a lot for your constant reviews. And about chap 17, uhm, what "word"? O.o
Silente faerie64 a.k.a. jenny644443855: Hey my friend. Thanks for your support! I told you I'd make chap 15 good for you! I'll be waiting for you to update your stories.
l-337 lvl3: L337 5P34K 47 FF.N37 ? Cool! By the way, I'm sorry your account was erased, I read your story, but I didn't dare to leave a review (shudders). But you know what? I just might continue it.
f-zelda: Thanks a lot for your reviews and suggestions! And yeah, I thought it wouldn't be fair for you guys if I stopped writing when the main problem was solved, it'd feel incomplete. BTW you'll love my next one-shot ;) ¡Saludos a la Madre Plata!
Gohan-Chan: Thanks so much for your review ;).
LesMiserable: Did I write fast enough :P And wow, I feel honored that you think my story is THAT good. Thanks a lot!
Slasher 242: I told you I knew what for you wanted X-vision hah hah! And sorry for disappointing you on the lemon thing at chap 13, but you can get the real one by e-mailing to me ;) Thanks for reviewing and I am glad you enjoyed the reading.
Shary: My friend! The future engineer! Lots of love to you too! Jajaja espero que te hayas carcajeado tanto como yo, y k te hayan gustado las partes fluffy jejeje. Gracias por tu apoyo hermanita. I'm so glad I found some one as obsessed as I! Heh heh!
Ichia: Thanks a lot! I had a very good time writing this. I loved chap 7 as well, but I think my fav one was 11 heh heh. ¡Muchas gracias por tus comentarios paisa!
Hi299O: I loved your comments, they made me laugh. My greetings to Hi2991, Monoked and of course, how could I forget Squirrelzilla?
Sorrowful: Thanks so much for your constant reviews. I am so happy you liked it! You really thought it was brilliant? And thanks a lot for your reviews on my other stories.
LivEviL: Thanks for reviewing!
Wicked Enough: Ah your review brought a huge smile to my lips! I consider you a fine writer, and the fact that you thought my story was good really made me feel touched.
Wildfire-Sky: Gomen gomen! I am so sorry for forgetting about your review the first time, but I am really glad you are back! thanks a lot for your comments and I hope you enjoyed the end.
Lil Rose Angel: I'm happy you liked my idea! And thanks for the compliments, actually my English got much better since I started reading fanfics!
Cyborggirl: Thanks! I hope you enjoyed the following chapters as well.
Mika00021: I hope I satisfied the obsession! Did I? Yeah, Spanish is my mother tongue, but Fanfics should be an institutionalized method to learn a second language!
Kuroi tenshi – Dark Angel: Thanks so much for your review. Yeah, what a way to fall in love, right? ;)
isa-x: Hey Isa! Thaks a lot for your review and your mail! La verdad es que recibí mucho apoyo de parte de la comunidad hispano parlante. Y sobre Robotech, híjoles, tendría que ver la serie de nuevo por que ya no me acuerdo tanto jajaja, but I might try.
Holli: Thanks for your reviews. I also loved Al in that chapter, though I'd like to know in which parts you had troubles with the reading. You know, I really want to improve myself. I hope you enjoyed the end ;)
Animefreak11: Hi! Oops, sorry for that mistake, but I already fixed it. I am glad you liked this story, and my other ones too! Je ne parle pas français couramment, mais j'aime ton languaje beaucoup! Il est vraiment beau!
Freddo: Hey! thanks so much for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed the… uh… lime version ;) And thanks so much for adding me to your fav list! I hope you liked my other stories as well. I'll be keeping an eye for your cyborg story ;)
Fluff-Hunters: Wow… You noticed that detail! And you were right! That little joke was important for the plot! Thanks for the reviews.
SHAWN PROVONCHA: Thanks for your review! I'm so pleased to know that you enjoyed the reading! And you're welcome!
At last, my eternal gratitude for each one of you. This was my first C009 long fic and you really helped me feel more confident. After one more one-shot I'll be on a hiatus for a while (details at my profile page) but I'll be back, plot bunnies are chewing at my leg too hard these days :-S