Roddy sat against the wall below deck of the Jammy Dodger II. He was playing around with a little toy he'd found. It was like a little video game. You had to dodge the cats jumping at you with the little arrow-shaped buttons. Roddy found it amusing, so he sat down to play it. The engine rumbled next to him loudly, so he didn't hear Rita come down. She tapped his shoulder. Roddy jumped. He was so into the game, Rita had scared him.
"Oh," Rita said above the engine, "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to scare you!"
"It's fine," Roddy replied, "What do you need?"
"I just wanted to see if you wanted to relax on the top deck with me," Rita asked, "I've been a little closed up lately on you and I wanted to spend some time with you."
"Ummm.." Roddy thought, "Sure. Why not?"
Roddy followed Rita up top and noticed that there wasn't any sunlight streaming through the holes in the sewer lids. It was moonlight. It was nighttime. No wonder he was so tired. Rita turned off the engine and let the Dodger II drift with the current. She grabbed the socks for blankets and threw him one as she sat down on her bed. Roddy caught it as he threw himself on to his. They laid out, ready to talk.
"So," Roddy began, "What's been on your mind?"
"Nothing much really," Rita answered, "Just worried about how the family's doing.."
"Oh," Roddy said, "I see..I've been wondering how Tabitha's doing with Syd."
"I'm sure she's fine," Rita assured him.
"And I'm sure your family's fine," Roddy replied.
They smiled at each other for a moment. Then something slipped out of Rita's mouth that she'd been keeping in for a reason.
"Have you ever had the feeling that you can't leave someone's side or you think you'll die? And when you do leave them..you can't stop thinking about them? No matter what you're thinking about them?" Rita asked.
Her heart gave a sick thud. She wasn't supposed to say that!
"Ummm.." Roddy's face reddened a bit, "Yeah..I have actually."
"Really?" Rita said, hope surging through her heart, "And when you see them you just think they look absolutely amazing, even when they look their worst?"
Roddy nodded, smiling at her.
"And when you look into their eyes and they look back into yours, you can barely force yourself to speak?" Rita continued.
Roddy got an idea to see what she was talking about..or more specifically..who?
"Mhm.." Roddy answered, "And you just love the way their brown hair and their brown eyes match and just look so beautiful?"
"Yeah!" Rita smiled.
Then she realized Roddy had tricked her into confessing that she loved him.
"No fair, Roddy!" Rita cried.
Roddy cracked up laughing. Rita glared at him, jumped out of her bed and walked off the the front of the boat. Roddy stopped laughing.
"Rita?" Roddy called, "Rita, I'm sorry! Rita, come back!"
Rita didn't answer. Roddy had screwed up again. He sighed and followed her and saw her glaring ahead into space. He sat down next to her.
"I'm sorry, Rita," Roddy apologized gently, "I just had to know."
"Why?" Rita asked, "Why did you have to know?"
Roddy paused. She had confessed it. Maybe it was his turn?
"Maybe because I love you too?" Roddy said, looking down at his hands.
Rita looked at him.
"Really?" Rita asked.
"Yeah," Roddy nodded, blushing.
"Well then..you won't mind if I do this then," Rita smirked.
She leaned over quickly and gave him a kiss on the lips. Roddy's heart stopped. His eyes widened, his breaths halted, and he couldn't move. She pulled away and laughed at his face.
"Wow." Roddy smiled, "My turn.."
Roddy returned the favor, but didn't pull away as quickly. In fact..he almost didn't pull away at all. Rita kissed him back. After that long, passionate kiss..they just sat there. Rita's head on Roddy's chest and his arms wrapped around her.
And soon enough..they fell asleep.