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7: The aftermath: The morning after

The crew gathered in the dining room of the evil twins for their usual breakfast. Shego really did not want to be near the dining room, but she was hungry after such a weary night and her stomach begged for real substance. Trin was practically hiding in the kitchen, not bothering to come out and cuddle with Tatsu while the food cooked as she typically did. As they got together, Shin accidentally brushed against Tatsu and an outsider might have thought that he pulled a knife on from the way she reacted.

"Don't ever fucking touch me!" Tatsu ordered Shin as she grabbed him by the collar of his pajama shirt and slammed him against the wall. There was a loud thud and the wall shook, causing pictures and other things to chatter.

"What the fuck is your problem?" he demanded, glaring at Tatsu as if she had lost her mind. He was not in the mood to put up with any flighty shit that morning, but then again, none of them were.

"Just don't fucking touch me," she commanded him in a menacing tone and wild look in her eyes that matched it. After a lighter, warning shove, she released him and threw herself into one of the dining room chairs. She glanced at Kim, who immediately looked away.

"Shego, are you going to sit down or just stare at the fucking chairs?" Shin inquired as he moved by her to sit down too. Shego stood almost a foot away from the table and just stared at the chairs.

"Yeah, why don't you just sit down?" Trin suggested from her safe zone of the kitchen. If Shego actually sat down, Trin would not be able to see her from her angle in the kitchen.

"Why don't you mind your own goddamn business?" Shego countered, growling at Trin.

"Don't tell me what to fucking do!" the blonde retorted, glaring right back.

"Go to hell!" Shego replied.

"Fuck you!"

"Not in this lifetime, bitch," the green-skinned woman said.

"I damn sure wouldn't want to," Trin replied.

"Then get the fuck out of my face."

"Make me," Trin growled.

"With pleasure," Shego replied as she ignited her hands.

The other three saw that they were about to have a serious fight on their hands, so they all moved to either prevent it or just not get hurt in the process. Kim was the only one that made it to Trin and Shego. Shin accidentally touched Tatsu again and she pounced on him.

"What the hell did I just say!" Tatsu hollered as she took a swing at the young man, which he took offense to her actions. He did not hesitate in countering and they were suddenly locked in a battle.

"You two," Kim said to Trin and Shego. The redhead had not noticed the other fight yet.

"Back off, Kim. I've got to whip her ass," Shego said, pointing a flaming finger at Trin.

"In your fucking dreams. I'm about to plant you in this fucking hardwood," Trin stated.

Kim would have tried to be more of a peacemaker, but Shin pushed Tatsu and the mechanic knocked into Kim. The redhead freaked when she saw who it was that hit her and her body automatically attacked because of her panic. Tatsu was stunned, but she blocked just in time. But, there was also Shin to deal with.

Without Kim in the way, Trin and Shego went at each other with a vengeance. Breakfast that morning was a battle royal when the two fights merged after a few accidental hits between the five of them. They did not know why they were fighting each other, but they were not about to stop.

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"Okay, just what the hell was that all about?" Shin inquired as the group settled in the living room.

They were all sporting some heavy bandages, ice packs, and bruises, but at least they had gotten it all out of their systems. Whatever "it all" was because they really had no idea why the others were coming at them. They just knew about their individual experiences.

Shin was laid out on the sofa while the two couples were occupying the armchairs opposite each other. Kim sat on Shego's lap while Tatsu sat in Trin's lap. Everyone looked back and forth between them all. Had they really just lost it over some dreams?

"Hey, let's not all answer at once," Shin said sarcastically.

"Hey, maybe we don't want to talk about it, nut-boy," Shego replied.

"Oh, a double insult. That's why I like you," he commented with a teasing smirk.

"Shut up," the former thief huffed. Usually, she would have been all for going back and forth with him, but at the moment, she did not feel like putting up with anything irksome.

"Look, guys, we just went seriously ape-shit on each other. I'd really like to know why, so I can get us to do it again next month," he remarked, forcing out a grin. Honestly, he would rather never have the dream that unnerved him again. If anything, he would like to find a way to forget it ever happened.

"Shin, shut up," Trin said.

"Fine, am I the one that's going to have to say it?" Shin asked, curling his lip in disgust and disappointment.

"Say it and then shut up," the blonde replied.

"Kimmie, sweetie, no more baking for you," Shin informed the girl and there were mumbles of agreement on that one.

"Why not?" the redhead inquired.

"Because I had just about the freakiest fucking nightmare imaginable last night after eating one of your cupcakes," he answered.

"You weren't the only one," Shego muttered.

"Did we all have nightmares?" Kim wondered aloud with a furrowed brow. Shego ran a hand through Kim's hair, as if trying to relax the crease in her forehead.

"Really bad ones," Trin commented, staring at Shego.

"The worst," Shego concurred while eyeing Trin.

The pair wondered if they had had similar nightmares. Trin decided to take a gamble and suggested they talk about it, but when they were alone, which they did not want to be, so they would never get around to talking about it. The group all looked at each other.

"Should we all just talk about it?" Kim offered, curling closer into Shego. The former villain tucked herself around Kim.

"Let's just get one thing straight. I hate you," Shego said to Trin in a dead serious tone. She pointed at her again.

"The feeling is very mutual," Trin promised in the same tone, moving closer to Tatsu. If she got any closer, they would share a body, but that suited them both right now.

"Good," the emerald-eyed woman said.

"And just in case anyone here forgets it, I'm very gay," Shin announced. "I've never wanted a woman and never will."

Tatsu breathed a sigh of relief, which Trin felt. She glanced at Tatsu, who could only shake her head. Trin patted her leg. The other ladies looked at Shin and wondered what made him think that any of them doubted his sexuality. He seemed to celebrate that he was gay, after all.

"And I love you," Kim said to Shego and embraced her tightly. Shego returned the embrace, even though she was curious as to what Kim had dreamed to make her say that. After all, Shego knew what she had dreamed and she felt like declaring her love for Kim.

"So, let me see if I got this right. We fought each there because Shego and Trin hate each other, I'm gay, and Kim loves Shego. If that's the case, why don't we kick each other's ass everyday?" Shin pondered aloud, scratching his head.

"Because Kim doesn't bake everyday," Tatsu commented.

"Right, so definitely no more baking for you, young lady. Or at least let's find you a lab rat until your stuff is ready for human consumption," Shin said and then he felt the need to be naughty. "Not that any of your ladies care about what you eat," he added.

"Please, like you care what goes into your body," Trin countered, rolling her eyes.

Shin laughed a bit, but he actually felt better. He felt reassured of his sexuality while being around the four women, especially after coming out of a fight with them. He did not feel an attraction to any of them. So, his nightmare was just that. The others felt the same.

Tatsu was able to remind herself that Shin was… well, Shin. She would not sleep with him on a bet. While busting his ass earlier, she barely thought of him as human and she did not mean that in a bad way. He was sort of like an annoying family member or something. Something that did not have a gender or a sex or anything like that and she could not be attracted to him. She was happy to be with Trin and she wanted to always be with Trin. She wrapped her arms around the blonde tighter and settled against her, kissing the side of her head.

"You're perfect, all around and for me," Tatsu whispered against Trin's soft hair. Trin smiled softly and patted Tatsu's leg again.

Trin felt love fill her chest as she rested against Tatsu. She thought about how she hated Shego. She was certain that it was a new type of hate, but it did not come along with a sexual attraction to the green-skinned woman. It might actually be a sibling rivalry because Shego was older than she was and she had never to deal with someone only slightly older than she was. But, even if it was what the dream tried to suggest, she would never do that. She would never do something that had the potential to hurt Kim or Tatsu. Kim was her little sister and she had to look out for the redhead. And Tatsu was her beloved, simple as that.

Shego could relate to what was going on in Trin's mind. Maybe she was starting to look at Trin as a younger sibling. Someone that she could tease, order around, and things like that. Trin was someone that offered her some form of entertainment that never crossed that line of sexual behavior. She was certain there was no sexual tension between them.

And if what she felt for Trin was what the dream suggested, she certainly would never do it. She had almost lost Kim once and knew how terrible that felt and that was before they were lovers. Now that she had Kim, she would hold onto her tightly and cherish her forever. She would never provide Kim with an excuse to leave.

"You're so special, Princess." Shego kissed the top of Kim's head.

Kim smiled while she kind of wondered where her dream came from as she looked at Tatsu. Yes, she sometimes wondered why her sister settled down with the mechanic, but she never felt like she wanted Tatsu just because Trin had her. Tatsu was a good friend, but that was all. Kim was happy with Shego, very happy.

"You're the special one," Kim replied and she moved her head, giving Shego access to her lips. They exchanged a brief kiss.

"All right, all this mushy stuff is making me sicker than the damn cupcakes!" Shin declared, if only to get them back normal. But, even his outburst did not move them just yet.

Even though the dreams unsettled them all, they were calming down. It would just take a few moments to get there. Everything seemed to be all right, so they knew things would work their way back to normal at it's own pace… or until Shin tried to kill himself to force things back to normal. But, they sure would never, ever eat anything Kim baked again, especially if she made the goods on her own. It just caused too many problems.

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End… for now.

If you want to see these characters again, check out: Pariah, Memoirs of the Malcontent, Forsaken, and Cryptic.

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