This is a oneshot dedicated to Ham-Kelly. Thanks for reading and enjoy! They're ham-human in this one.

I Hope by cappyandpashy4ever

"CANNONBALL!" exclaimed Boss, diving off the board and into the pool, making a huge splash and getting everybody wet.

"Pepper's annual pool parties sure are fun!" Stan said. "So Bijou, Pashmina, how about we go swimming in the love pool?"

"Non." Said Bijou, shaking her head indignantly.

Stan expected to hear another 'no' from Pashmina, but it never came.

"You Bij," he asked her. "Where's Pashy-babe?"

"I 'ave no idea." Bijou answered. "She never came out of the 'ouse."

Stan was shot with a feeling of worry. What happened to Pashmina? He walked into the house, and there was Pashmina, sobbing on the couch.

"Yo Pashy? What's wrong?" Stan asked, taking a seat on the couch along with her.

"N-nothing!" she choked between sobs, hiding her face in her scarf.

"It's definitely not nothing," answered Stan. "Come on, I won't bite."

"Okay, but promise not to tell, Stan."

"I promise." Was his reply.

"I- I can't swim!" Pashmina gasped out. She was instantly flushed with color and embarrassment and hid her face in the scarf again.

"Aw, Pash, that's nothing to be ashamed of!" Stan told her.

"It-it's not just that. I'm overall afraid of water." Pashmina spluttered with a horrified look on her face. "Once when I was just a kid, I went into a pool, and I got my foot caught on something, can I couldn't swim up! I thought I would have drowned if not for the fact that my mom pulled me out. But on that day, I pledged never to go anywhere near water again."

Silence.

More silence and then…

"Oh Stan!" Pashmina cried. "You see why I didn't want to tell you? It's embarrassing and…and…you must think I'm pretty pathetic right now." Her face fell.

"Pathetic? That's nothing to be ashamed of, Pashmina!" Stan told her, allowing her to rest her head in his lap.

"Oh yeah?" Pashmina said. "I bet you can't think of anything more embarrassing than that!"

"How about this? When I was little, I was afraid of automatic toilets."

Pashmina burst out laughing. "Automatic toilets! Ha! You've proven me wrong, Stan!"

"Well it's not that pathetic…" sighed Stan, turning red from embarrassment.

"Oh, I'm sorry for laughing at you, Stan." Pashmina said. "After all, you didn't laugh at me."

"I don't mind," he said. "And I could never laugh at you."

"Wha-what do you mean?" Pashmina asked.

"I'm saying that you're special, Pashmina." Said Stan. Pashmina did not reply, so he went on. "I know I flirt with all the girls, but you've always been the one I care about most, and I've never really understood why I always have the need to protect you. I was worried when I didn't know where you were, and I can't laugh at your fears. What I guess I'm trying to say is that…that…I love you, Pashmina."

Stan took a deep breath and waited for Pashmina to respond, but nothing came. He looked to his side, and there was Pashmina, sleeping silently on the couch.

How much had she heard? Stan wondered. But he smiled all the same, reached into his pocket, and pulled out a shining silver locket.

The locket was carved and it read "To my true Pashy-babe, love Stan."

He slipped the locket around her neck and walked slowly away.

"Will Pashmina return my feelings?" Stan asked himself. "I hope. I hope."

As Stan walked away, Pashmina smiled in her sleep.

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Well, hope you liked it Kelly! Thanks for reviewing!