I don't own Hey Arnold or any of its affiliated characters.

I was just hit with an inspired idea I just had to write it out. Bear with me; it is a work in progress. I'm excited cause I've been wanting to do another HA fic.

"And how did that make you feel?"

"Well confused."

"Go on."

"Well doc, I've known her since we were kids but now… things are changing between us; at least for me. I'm starting to realize how much she means to me. She's a big part of my life; the best part. She's everything."

"I see. Well, change isn't a bad thing. Have you told her how you feel?"

"I think about it all the time. But I'm afraid to lose her."

"Don't you think you might not be giving yourself and her enough credit?"

"What do you mean?"

"Well, as you've said you've known each other so long. You value each other. I doubt it would be the end of the world, that she wouldn't want you in her life anymore. Chances are more likely that she would be flattered that you think of her that highly and care about her that much."

"Do you really think so?"

"It's not about what I think; you have to decide for yourself. Decide if you can live with letting the chance to tell her the truth pass you by."

"Thanks doc, you've given me a lot to ponder about."

"Good, we'll talk more about this next week at your regular appointment; since we're out of time today."

"See ya next time, doc." The client says as he gets up off the couch and heads through the door of the room.

A few minutes later, after putting his notes away in a safe place and making sure everything else is in order;
the doctor hurriedly grabs his coat and rushes out closing the door behind him.

He glances up at the clock in the waiting area, "Aww man is that really the time?"
he asks his secretary while fumbling to put his coat on.

She answers," Yes, doctor. I keep saying you should really keep better track of the time when you're in session with clients."

He states, "I know, but I don't want them feeling pressured by the clock."

"Like you are doctor?"

"Cindy, how many times do I keep asking you to just call me Arnold? That doctor stuff is just for the clients, and the last one just left."

"I'm sorry doctor, just force of habit by now."

Arnold shakes his head as he turns to go when the secretary adds, "Oh, and Miss Pataki called. She wanted to be sure you weren't running late again."

"Not so much, I think I'll make it with just enough time to spare if traffic is with me."

"Doctor Pataki puts up with a lot from you."

He smirks as he says, "Yes she does. That's why we're best friends. And you can call her by her first name too."

He starts to leave again, almost out the doors…

"By the way…."

He turns slightly to let her finish, "Arnold you look really nice tonight, everything's set and I know Helga is going to love her surprise."

"Thanks Cindy. It is a big night for her; I just wanted it to be special. I appreciate all of your help."

"Enough. Now go, go. Don't keep her waiting forever."

"I won't." Arnold says with a smile as he finally makes it out his office doors.