Disclaimer: In no way at all do I own the ANY of the characters or places in this piece of writing. Unless otherwise specified they are all from the game Final Fantasy VIII, which I do not own the copyright to. This piece of writing was created ONLY for the reading pleasure of fans everywhere. I make no profit off of this writing whatsoever, and it is completely fictitious.

A/N: Yay! My first fanfic! (Actually, this was up here a long time ago, but I took it down due to the fact that I couldn't take it anywhere.) This story takes place two years after our heroes have defeated Ultimecia and they now sit, unemployed and drunk in the pub in Timber. Enjoy! (I don't own any characters in this chapter.)

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Part 1

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Irvine slouched over in his usual stool at the pub. He stared deeply into his cup of Sylkis as if it would tell him the meaning for his life. "Here we sit, wasting our time in this pub again." ::hick::

Quistis sat up straight. "It could be worse... we could be..." She thought for a moment. "No wait, it couldn't be worse than this." She slouched back down in her stool as well.

Just then, Selphie perked up. "Come on guys, cheer up! Just 'cause we're unemployed and drowning away our sorrows with drinks doesn't mean that we can't have a little fun now and than, does it?"

Irvine, Quistis and Rinoa gave Selphie a look that said 'shut-up, we already know what you're going to say'.

Selphie looked hurt by their facial expressions "Oh come on! Just because we played that trick on Fujin and Raijin, who told Headmaster Cid, who totally freaked on us and threatened to kick us out of Garden completely... doesn't mean that I would suggest such a thing again."

Rinoa looked apologetically at Selphie. "You're right Selphie."

Squall rolled his eyes. "Oh brother..."

Rinoa caught a glimpse of Squall and jabbed him with her elbow. Squall got the wind knocked out of him. "What?" he gasped.

Rinoa ignored him and returned her attention to Selphie. "Let's hear what your new idea of having 'a little fun' is."

Selphie smiled. "Thank you. My new idea is that we should go out and PA-TAY!!!" She jumped up and down.

Just than the bartender walked over. "Hey! Do you mind... I'm having enough trouble trying to keep my customers without you bums scaring them away. Now quiet down or get out!"

"Sorry!" whispered Selphie, as she sat back down.

Zell stood up. "That's it! I'm gone! See ya!"

Quistis looked up from her cup. "Just where do you think you're going Zell?"

"I'm getting away from you losers to try and pull my pathetic life together," was Zell's reply.

Irvine looked like he had just been hit with an idea. He also stood up but then fell back down on his stood, but quickly got up again. "If we're ever gonna do anything with the rest of our miserable lives, hick we may as well do it now."

Zell and Irvine headed for the exit.

Selphie looked upset. "Wait! What about the party?"

Squall murmured something and then said, "Just let them go."

Quistis and Rinoa exchanged looks, and exclaimed in harmony, "We should go, too!"

Rinoa gave Squall a 'just play along' look. "Shouldn't we Squall?"

Squall finished up the last bit of his Mimett. "Y-yeah::hick:: I'm ready to go now."

The three waved to Selphie who was sitting in her seat with her mouth wide open. They quickly left before she had a chance to react.

The bartender walked over again to Selphie again. "Ouch! That was rough."

Selphie turned around on her stool to look at him. "Shut-up!" she shouted in his face.

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Zell and Irvine rented a small yellow jeep to get to wherever it was that they were going; they hadn't decided yet.

Seeing as there were no doors on the jeep it was very windy during the trip. Zell who was driving glanced over at Irvine who had his head tilt back, absorbing the rays that were flowing into the car. His long hair was silky and blowing in rhythm with the breeze. Zell returned his attention back to the road.

Irvine opened his eyes. "So Zell, uh... where are we going?"

Zell smiled. "First, I thought we should drop by Balamb and see if I can get my savings from Ma."

"What? You have savings? Why in the world were you just sitting around with us for?" Irvine exclaimed in disbelief. "What are you going to do with your savings?"

"Firstly, I like you guys... and secondly, we're going to go to Garden and buy a whole bunch of hotdogs!" Zell gave a big smile to Irvine.

"What? You're gonna go and get you're life's savings and then blow it all on hotdogs?!" Irvine practically screamed.

"Yeah. It's all you can eat. What else is there to do with it? I haven't had a hotdog since yesterday! I think I'm gonna waste away if I don't get one soon! Do you think I've lost weight?" Zell sounded very worried.

Irvine gave Zell an 'Are-you-crazy?' look. "Well... there is a really interesting fair going on that I've heard about. There would be tons of things to do there! I've always wanted to go and I'm sure that the others would like the idea, too."

Zell was smiling even bigger now.

This may have been the first time that Zell had forgot about the hotdogs. "OK, lets get to Balamb and tell the others from there... Are there lots of hotdogs at this fair?" (OK, I was wrong!)

Irvine smiled at Zell. "Tons!"

Zell almost drove off the road. "Wooo-hooo!" He punched his fist into the air above his head. "Alright!"

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Zell and Irvine had arrived in Balamb several hours earlier and Zell had had no trouble getting the money from Ma. Zell lied to her and said that he needed it until he was employed again because he was going to rent an apartment (OK, so it wasn't a complete lie, he did need the money because he was unemployed.)

Irvine was on the phone with Quistis who was telling Squall and Rinoa about how Zell was taking them all to the fair.

"Really?!" Zell heard Rinoa gasp in the background.

Irvine gave Quistis the details...

"I dunno," said Quistis, "Seifer said he'd be back soon..." Quistis and Seifer were 'dating' but Seifer was never around. He always said that he'd come, but he never did. Quistis could only remember him being angry.

"Come on Quistis, that idiot isn't coming, just come and meet us in Balamb at Zell's," said Irvine.

Quistis sighed, she knew it was true; he wouldn't come. "OK, we'll meet you there in Balamb than." With that, she hung up.

Irvine turned around to see Zell in his face.

"What did they say?" asked Zell excitedly.

"They said they'd meet us here," replied Irvine.

All they could do now was wait, so they settled in.

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Not more than ten minutes later there was a knock on the door.

"Wow that was fast!" Zell said as got up from his spot on the couch and walked into the other room.

As he got closer to the door it swung open so quickly that it hit the wall so hard the whole house shook, and there, standing in the doorway was a very, very angry looking Selphie.

"Hello Zell... Maybe you could explain to me why when I want to have fun everyone acts like I'm not there or brushes me off, but when you come up with something fun to do they get all excited and come straight away, even when you're practically half way across the world?" she screamed at him.

Zell looked at her dumbfounded. He had only seen her like this once before, and he didn't want to think about what might happen to him if he answered her incorrectly. "Wanna come?"

::THUD::

He was on the ground. Selphie whacked him on the side of his head. She was pretty tough when she was mad.

Irvine walked in to find Zell cowardly holding his head, just in case she would hit him again, and Selphie, with the wickedest grin he had ever seen standing over him.

"What's going on?" Irvine asked surprised.

Selphie stepped over Zell and pulled Irvine's face down to her own. "Were you going somewhere without me?" she said between her teeth.

"N-n-nooo! We were just going to c-call you... but we didn't know where you were," Irvine said coolly. "So how did you get here?"

"I followed you guys, how else would I get here?" Selphie said in a tone that was a bit more relaxed. "I was in the back of the jeep and you morons are so stupid you didn't even look back once." She looked very proud of herself for coming up with something so smart. "So when do we leave?"

Zell stood up cautiously. "As soon as the others get here." He rubbed the side of his head.

"Sorry for hitting you Zell," she apologized. "Want me to kiss it better?"

'Why hadn't she hit me? I want a kiss!' thought Irvine.

Selphie moved closer to Zell who took a step back. "Ummm... no thanks. I'm fine."

Selphie ignored his refusal and kissed him gently on the spot where she had whacked him earlier. Irvine gave a disgusted look at Zell who was turning a pretty pink colour.

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When the group had finally gathered together, they packed all their needed belongings and went to the airport.

"Do we have to take a plane?" complained Quistis, who was very afraid of heights and planes.

"Yes, we discussed this on the way here, it's too far to drive," explained Rinoa.

"Don't worry!" Selphie comforted. "We're all right here with you, there's nothing to worry about."

Squall looked up from where he was sitting at the airport. "Yeah right... Owww!" This time Selphie had jabbed him in the side with her elbow.

::bing:: "Attention all passengers! Flight 701 will be loading shortly, please prepare to board soon."

"That's our flight!" Irvine said as he looked at the ticket in his hand.

The six of them picked up their bags and headed to where a line was starting to form.

'This'll be fun,' thought Zell, 'I've never been on a plane before!'

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Quistis was the first one off the plane. She had been clinging to her seat practically the whole fight and was very relieved to be off of the plane.

They gathered their bags and left the airport to go to their hotel.

Their rooms were all pretty much the same. When you walked in there was a small washroom on the right with a shower, a toilet, some towels and a sink, which had little soaps and shampoos with the name of the hotel on them, all in a little basket, and there was an oval shaped burgundy rug on the floor.

Past the washroom, on the left wall was a dresser with a T.V. on it and a remote control, and to the right was a closet, an extra mattress, and a bed that had been freshly made; and to top it all off there was a huge window at the end with a lovely view of a grassy park with palm trees.

Quistis unlocked the door to her apartment, through her stuff in, and collapsed on the bed. 'I just wanna sleep,' she thought. The plane ride had really worn her out.

Selphie walked in after her. "Nice!"

Seeing as it was already 9 o'clock at night they decided to just settle in for the night.

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'Get me off! Get me off! GET ME OFF!!!'

::BAM::

Quistis woke up; her heart was beating fast. She had been having a nightmare in which she was on the Drop Zone ride and she was at the very top, screaming to get off. That's when she woke up... on the floor.

Just then there was a knock on the door. She glanced over at the clock that was on the night table; it read 1:28am. 'Who in the world would be knocking on my door at this hour?' she thought.

She got up off the floor, walked over, and opened the door to find Irvine standing outside looking concerned.

"Is everything all right, Quistis? I heard a loud noise coming from inside as I was walking by. What was it?" he questioned.

"Oh... yes, everything's fine," she lied, "I just dropped something."

"Dropped something?" Irvine repeated, "What did you drop? Sounded pretty heavy... What are you doing up at this hour?"

Quistis didn't know whether to be happy because of Irvine's concern, or angry because of his remark. "What's with all the questions? I couldn't sleep, OK? What are you doing?" she snapped.

"I couldn't sleep either, and if we aren't quiet we'll wake the whole hotel," he said a bit quieter. "If you aren't going to sleep, my room's right across the hall if you want to visit. I won't be going to sleep for a while anyway," he offered.

"I'll keep that in mind Irvine," she said as she started to close the door. Irvine started to walk across the hall to his room. She opened the door again and whispered back to him. "Hey Irvine, thanks for checking up on me."

"Anytime," he replied with a friendly smile.

Quistis shut the door quietly and smiled to herself. 'He's so cute when he smiles like that. I don't think Seifer ever smiled like that... I don't think Seifer ever smiled period.'

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"Hey! Yo! Get up!" shouted Zell.

He was running around like a madman knocking on all the doors of his friends' rooms.

"What do you want, Zell?" Rinoa said sleepily, stepping out into the hallway. Her hair was very matted and tangled.

"Yeah," agreed Selphie, "What's up?" She rubbed her eyes.

"Today we're going to the fair!" Zell smiled widely at them.

Squall looked displeased. "Wake me when you get back."

Squall started to close the door, but Rinoa pushed it back open. "Oh no you don't." She looked at him disapprovingly. "You're coming too." She dragged him into the hall.

"You want me to go like this?" he asked, modeling his pyjamas.

"Oh right, let's all get dressed first and meet in the lobby in an hour. Is that enough time?" Rinoa asked.

They all nodded their heads, except for Irvine.

"One hour? Just one? You think that these looks of mine just happen by themselves?" Irvine shook his head, and quickly rushed back into his room to get himself ready.

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An hour later they were all in the lobby.

"Alright," exclaimed Zell, "Let's gooo!"

Within half an hour they arrived at the entrance to the fair.

"Where should we go first?" asked Rinoa, after they had got their passes. "How about the ferrous wheel?"

Selphie jumped up and down. "Yay!"

Quistis started to turn green. "I don't think I'm up for that."

Irvine looked toward the ferrous wheel that could be seen from any spot on the fair grounds. "Me neither."

Zell looked at Rinoa. "Maybe later."

Selphie looked at Rinoa. "I'll go with them, too," she said and winked at Rinoa.

"OK than," Rinoa said happily, "How 'bout we meet you back here at three o'clock?"

"Deal," said Quistis.

Zell, Quistis, Selphie and Irvine turned around to leave. Squall also turned around, but Rinoa pulled him back. "Come on Squall, let's go," she persuaded.

There was a long line up for the ferrous wheel, but Rinoa and Squall finally made it to the front of the line. They showed the man at the bottom their passes and got on the ride.

It was their second time going around and they were both sitting on the same side. Squall was looking down at the floor and Rinoa was thinking of something to say.

"Squall, can't you loosen up just for once? It's only me. You haven't changed very much you know." Rinoa sounded a bit annoyed.

Squall looked out into the distance and remained silent.

Rinoa was getting angry now. "This is our vacation and you don't even appreciate what Zell is doing for us."

Squall said nothing.

Rinoa moved in a little so that she was right up next to Squall. She put her hand on his leg and squeezed it gently.

Squall looked over at her hand on his leg, then at her, and then he moved over a bit so that her hand couldn't reach him.

Rinoa flopped herself back and crossed her arms in front of her. "You haven't changed one little bit!" she said as she looked out her side and into the horizon.

Squall moved over beside her and put his arm around her shoulders, she looked over with an angry expression on her face and he took his other hand, lifted up her chin and kissed her softly on her lips, and as he kissed her, her anger slowly faded. She closed her eyes and gave into his kiss.

He pulled back a little and whispered into her ear. "I love it when you get angry," he said with a small grin and kissed her again.

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'Where am I,' thought Selphie, looking around for a familiar face.

She had some how gotten lost while in line with Zell to go on the roller coaster for the third time in a row.

'Where can he be?' she panicked.

"Zell?!" she called out and a few people looked over at her. 'If I were Zell where would I be?" she thought. "Hotdogs!" she said out loud, and a few more people glanced at her as she took off towards the hotdog stand.

When she got there she found Zell at a table stuffing his face with hot dogs, Irvine flirting with some cute teenagers sitting at a table, and Quistis was in a line close by waiting to get some food.

Selphie walked over to Zell.

"Hey Selphie," Zell said through a mouth full of the hot dog he was inhaling.

"Thanks a lot! You just scared me half to death back there when you just disappeared!"

"Sorry," he swallowed, "I couldn't resist the smell of the hot dogs."

"You and your hotdogs," Selphie sighed and sat next to him at the table.

A few minutes had passed and than Squall and Rinoa joined the two sitting at the table; Quistis was also coming over now.

"Wow, Zell! Maybe you should slow down a bit, huh?" Rinoa gave a concerned look at Zell.

Quistis sat down on the other side of Zell. "It's always race with Zell, just keep your fingers out of the way."

Rinoa and Squall sat down across from Zell. Selphie smiled at them. "Did you two have fun?" she questioned.

"Yeah," said Rinoa, "but I don't think that Quistis would have liked it very much." Rinoa smiled at Quistis.

Irvine noticed that everyone was back so he walked over and sat down with them. "What are we gonna do next?" he asked.

Zell dropped his hotdog and stared out into the crowd at something. Everyone turned to see what was so amazing that it made Zell, of all people, drop his hot dog.

"What is it Zell?" Quistis asked.

Zell was silent for a long time. Then without warning... "CHOCOBO!!! "He jumped up and ran into the crowd.

Squall put his head in his hands. "I don't know him... I don't know him."

Selphie, Irvine, and Rinoa jumped up to follow Zell.

When they caught up with him, Zell was pushing through a swarm of small children and a few older ones. Arms were flying left and right as Zell continued to push his was past, regardless of the angry parents that were shouting at him.

Zell finally got up to the front of the crowd, took the man dressed as a chocobo's hand and said, "I've been waiting all my life for this moment to come along." Zell shook his hand and wouldn't let go.

Irvine was the first to catch up with Zell. "What do you mean? It was my idea to come her in the first place." Irvine pushed his way through the crowd of children and shoved Zell out of the way. "Hi, I'm Irvine and I'm your number one fan!" he said to the chocobo man, "And this doof here laying around is my friend." He gestured down toward Zell.

The chocobo man looked at Irvine, then Zell, and then back at Irvine. "SECURITY!"

Two big men stomped over to the crowd of now crying kids, and said, "What's up Choco? These two freaks giving you a hard time?"

The chocobo man nodded. "Take 'em away."

"Sure thing Choco," they replied, and they took Irvine and Zell by the arm and led them to the exit.

"Don't come back here anytime soon," the security men said as they kicked Zell and Irvine out of the fair.

"Way-ta-go Irvine! You just got us kicked out!" Zell said angrily.

Irvine smiled evilly at Zell. "Come with me."

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A/N: Review if you have something to say. See you in Part 2!