Author's Note: I did the following meme on LiveJournal a month or so ago: "Give me one of my own stories, and a timestamp sometime in the future after the end of the story, or sometime in the past before the story started, and I'll write you at least a hundred words of what happened then, whether it's five minutes before the story started or ten years in the future."
Zenavvy chose to have me write about the events one day after "Observation," the short story posted a bit earlier in this collection.
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Breakfast the following morning after Lina discovered that Amelia and Zelgadiss were now a couple was a very ... tense occasion. Amelia and Zelgadiss were sitting close together, but contrary to the noises that half the town heard the day before, they were acting very platonic toward each other. It made sense, give Amelia's upbringing as a princess and Zelgadiss's naturally reserved personality. There were differences, Gourry observed. They sat closer together and there was a different sort of feel about them. He really was very happy for them, even a touch envious.
"They make a good couple," Gourry commented as he joined Lina at the breakfast buffet.
Lina speared up a sausage link, then caught sight of the happy couple. She glanced at the sausage, then at Amelia and Zelgadiss and immediately dropped the serving fork.
"What's with you?" Gourry helped himself to the sausage.
"Nothing," Lina ground out. She stomped to the table.
Because he knew Lina, he quickly followed and took a seat blocking her view. "Cheer up," he told her. "There's worse things in life."
"Such as?" Lina asked around a mouthful of scrambled eggs.
"Well, at least they didn't do it on your bed."
She spat out the food. Gourry gave her a sunny smile. She jabbed her fork at him. "You just love to torture me, don't you?"
"Absolutely!" Gourry cheerfully agreed.
Then he risked his life and kissed her cheek.
"So, was it worth it?" Zelgadiss asked Gourry 15 minutes later once they managed to put the fire in his hair out. Amelia already had scissors out and was trimming away the burnt areas.