Francine's Special Day

Story by: Phoenix710

Summary: Francine is just one week away from marrying Captain Ryuho Kiryu, the one she loves with all her heart. Her friends are busy getting ready for the happy event, but Seymour Cheese has other plans. The stupid rodent creates a massive battleship, and proceeds to wreak havoc on cargo ships carrying food and medical supplies, hoping to force Little Tokyo into electing him as their new Emperor. The Pizza Cats and Good Bird must launch into action once again to put a stop to Cheese's plan before it's too late. Will they be able to defeat Cheese and return in time for Francine's wedding? Read and find out.

Disclaimer: I claim no rights whatsoever to Samurai Pizza Cats, nor do I claim any rights to any of the characters. Samurai Pizza Cats, and all associated characters, are property of Saban. All original characters are products of my imagination.

Speedy's song for Polly- 'You're The One That I Love'-The Vogues.

Polly's song for Speedy- 'I Only Want To Be With You'-Dusty Springfield

Chapter One: A New Day In Little Tokyo

Polly woke up with the first rays of the new morning's sunshine. As she stretched herself out and got herself ready for the day ahead, she gazed out upon the city. The brisk autumn wind was blowing cherry blossom petals all over the place, which made the city look so beautiful, more so than it already looked with the colorful banners that adorned the buildings. The annual Fall Festival was approaching, which was one of Polly's favorite times of the year. She then remembered the other very special day that was coming up in a week. That special day was none other than Francine's birthday, which also happened to be the day when her blond-haired friend would be walking down the aisle with her beloved Captain Kiryu of the Royal Guards. Francine and Ryuho had met four years ago, at the wedding of Guido and Lucille. They'd been dating steadily since then, and just after Sayaka had been sworn in as a Samurai, Ryuho had asked Francine to marry him. Francine had been overjoyed to accept, and now Polly would be serving as her friend's matron of honor, while Ryuho had asked Al Dente to be his Best Man. Polly walked over to her bed, and gently sat back down. She reached over and began softly rubbing her thumb across Speedy's cheek, eventually working her way down to his chin. She leaned over and kissed him, and then he began to stir.

Speedy said, "Good morning, my lovely Kitten." With a smile on her face, Polly pulled Speedy close, and she said, "Good Morning to you, my handsome Pussycat. How'd you sleep last night?"

Speedy replied, "Like I was in heaven, Polly…whenever I'm with you, I feel like the whole world ceases to exist. I love you so much, Polly…and I'll never leave your side, no matter what."

Polly's lips met Speedy's in a deep, searing kiss, and when they pulled apart, Polly said, "I love you too, Speedy…there's no force on Earth that can ever separate us, and if anyone tries to make you feel miserable, I'll defend you to my dying breath."

The two felines kissed once more, and then they went into the bathroom for a quick shower. After they'd cleaned themselves up, they dried their hair and fur, before pulling on some clean clothes. Aiko walked in, and she said, "Good morning, Mom. Hello, Dad."

Polly knelt down and hugged her daughter. The adorable five year-old kitten was the apple of her eye, and she was definitely a younger version of Polly in every way. She had the same fiery red hair, the same sparkling blue eyes, and the fiery temper that made her mother a force to be reckoned with, both on and off the battlefield. Polly's younger sister Sayaka came in, and she knelt down to hug her niece. Aiko said, "Good morning, Auntie Sayaka." The younger Esther sister replied, "Morning, sweetie…and good morning to you too, sis. Hello, Speedy." Polly embraced her sister, and Speedy hugged her as well, before they all headed downstairs for breakfast.

Guido was already up and about, and he was whipping up the batter for some blueberry waffles for himself and Lucille. The pretty female ram was putting a puzzle together with Yattaro, while Guido held Pururun in one arm, while using the other one to dish up the waffles. Speedy came down, along with Polly. He said, "Good Morning, Guido. Good Morning, Lucille."

Guido replied, "Morning, Speedy." Guido repeated the ritual with Polly and Sayaka, and then he gently ruffled his God-daughter's hair. Speedy said, "Hey Guido…your hands seem kinda full. If ya want me to, I'll take Pururun, so you can whip those waffles up better." Guido smiled, and then he replied, "Thanks, Speedy…you're a great friend." He turned to his daughter, and he said, "Okay, sweetie…I'm gonna let Uncle Speedy take care of ya for a while. Play nice with Aiko." Looking up at her father, she looked as though she was about to coo, and then Pururun said "Daddy!" Guido had tears in his eyes…his daughter had just spoken her first word, and Polly said, "Awww…daddy's little girl already. She's so cute!!" Polly whipped out a camera and snapped a photo, as Guido handed Pururun over to Speedy, who then proceeded to set her down next to Aiko. A few minutes later, the two young girls began playing a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos. Lucille took in the happy scene before her, and she said, "Oh Guido…our daughter just said her first words…I'm so happy that I could cry…" Guido quickly scooped Lucille into his arms and ran out the door, and he barely got up to the nearby hill before her missiles went off. The loud bang woke up Francine, and she thought it was a thunderstorm, until she looked out of her bedroom window and saw Guido coming back with Lucille. She said to herself, 'Well…I guess I should get up anyway…Ryuho's taking me out to dinner tonight, and I've got to go pick out my wedding dress with Polly and the other girls.'

Francine walked into her bathroom, showered herself until she was sure she was nice and clean, and then she dried her hair and fur, before getting herself dressed and heading downstairs for breakfast.

Good Bird came in with Carla. The pretty red-haired female crow was carrying their son Kazuma in her arms. Good Bird said, "Good morning, everybody!!" Carla walked over and hugged Polly, and she then repeated the process with Lucille and Sayaka, after putting Kazuma down. He went over to join Aiko and Pururun, and the three of them began a new game of Hungry Hungry Hippos. Speedy said, "Hey, where's Francine?" Polly replied, "I don't know, Speedy. I just hope she's not sick. Today's the day we're supposed to go and pick out our wedding attire. Speaking of which, have you thought of what you're going to wear?"

Speedy replied, "Actually, I think I'll wear that suit that you bought for me, Polly…the one you got for me when we were delivering those documents to Al."

With a smile on her face, Polly said, "Speedy…do you really like it that much?" Speedy replied, "I LOVE it, Polly…it was a gift from you, and there's only three things that you've given me that I cherish more…your friendship ever since the day I met you, your love, and our beautiful daughter Aiko. Polly, I could never find another girl like you anywhere on Earth. You're smart, strong, honest, loyal…and the most beautiful Cat that's ever graced this city. You mean everything to me, Polly…and I want you to know that I will always love you, now and forever."

Polly hugged Speedy, and she had tears of joy in her eyes as she replied, "I love you too, Speedy…more than words could ever describe. Most other men would've run for the hills with my temper, and the way I used to throw things at you, call you names, or even hit you when I got mad or worried. Speedy…I never, ever meant to hurt you, and I'm so glad that you're able to see past my hot temper. I couldn't ever love anyone other than you, Pussycat."

Speedy pulled Polly into a warm hug of his own, and he said, "I'll never leave your side, Kitten…you've given me everything I've ever dreamed of. Since the day I met you, every day is like a new beginning…you've been at my side since we were only eight, Polly…and I'll be with you until the end of my life." They kissed again, and then Guido called out, "BREAKFAST IS READY!!"

When Francine came downstairs, she took in the wonderful scene. Everyone was chatting happily over breakfast, and she said, "Mmm…that smells great, Speedy!! I can't wait to try those blueberry waffles of yours!"

Guido said, "I actually made breakfast, Fran. I hope ya like it." Francine sat down and poured herself some milk and orange juice. After she cut a piece of one of her waffles, she slid it into her mouth, and once she'd swallowed it, she said, "Guido…I didn't know you could cook like that…how long have you been hiding that talent?" The blue-armored feline replied, "I just never really had anybody to share my cooking with…until Lucille and I got married. I used to watch my mother cook when I was little, so I've been able to take care of myself like that for a long time…I just wish I'd been able to be a better friend to Speedy in the past…I still feel ashamed of how I used to treat him…in fact, sometimes I'm surprised he still talks to me, let alone calls me his friend." Polly replied, "I know, Guido…but the fact is, Speedy's a mature and honest cat. He can see through the few flaws that we have…my temper, and your insecurity. He's forgiven both of us, and I've forgiven you too, Guido…just remember, we're all here for each other, and no matter what, nothing can ever break apart our bonds of friendship and love." Guido pulled Polly into a friendly hug, and the two were soon joined by Speedy, and then everyone else. When they pulled apart, they went back to their breakfast. After they cleaned up, Sayaka turned to face her sister, and she asked, "Got any plans for tonight, sis?"

Polly turned to face Sayaka, and she replied, "Yes, actually. After we get back from picking out the gown I plan to wear on Francine's wedding day…not to mention we need to get her some birthday presents. Anyway…later on, Speedy said that he wanted to surprise me with something special, and knowing him like I do…he's got something really sweet and romantic in mind." Sayaka smiled, and she replied, "You're lucky, Polly…you've got a wonderful husband, the best friends on earth…and I've got the best sister that's ever existed. I love you, Polly."

Pulling her younger sister into a hug, Polly replied, "I love you too, Sayaka." Speedy walked up to his wife's side, and he said, "When are ya planning on heading out, Kitten?" Polly snuggled up against him, and she replied, "Actually…I think I'll wear the dress that I married you in, Speedy…it's still in good shape." Speedy smiled…that would mean that he and Polly could eat lunch together as well. Polly apparently had the same idea, since she said, "Hey Pussycat…how about if I make lunch today, and we can eat it together while everyone's out shopping?"

Speedy smiled, and he replied, "Sounds like a great idea to me, Polly. What's on the menu?" Polly smiled back, and she said, "You'll see when the time comes, my handsome Samurai."

Francine said, "Well…I've gotta say that I honestly never believed I'd see the day when our resident Casanova would settle down and get married, much less become the father of two kids. Guido, I've been proven wrong, and I want you to know that I'm proud of you." She hugged Guido gently, and the blue-armored Cat said, "Thanks, Fran…when do you plan on heading out for your dresses?"

The blonde-haired cat replied, "Just as soon as Ryuho and Wally get here…ah, there they are now!!" True to Francine's word, Captain Kiryu walked in, followed by Lucille's older brother Wally. Lucille embraced her brother, and he said, "Hi there, sis. How's Guido treating you?" Lucille smiled, and she replied, "He's been wonderful…he hasn't strayed once, and he's the perfect father. Here…look for yourself."

Wally looked into the den, and he saw his brother-in-law reading a book to his nephew Yattaro, while his adorable little niece Pururun played CandyLand with Aiko and Kazuma. He said, "You were right, Lucille. Guido certainly has come a long way. I'll see you later…I'm heading out with the guys now." Lucille waved to her brother as he followed the others out. When Francine and Sayaka were finished getting themselves ready, Carla and Lucille joined them, and they headed out, leaving Speedy and Polly alone.

Business was fairly slow today, which Speedy and Polly were thankful for. They took turns running deliveries, and Speedy got back from running a Pepperoni and Meatball pizza to the Bulldogs, when he heard one customer smart off about Polly in a way that made his blood boil. He said, "Hey…look there, that's Polly Esther, the resident hothead of Little Tokyo. I hear Princess Vi is getting jealous because somebody else might win 'Hothead of the Year'." His friend chuckled, and he replied, "Yeah. I REALLY feel bad for the poor little sap that married that bi-polar witch. After all the times she's whacked him, called him names, and screamed at him, you'd think he'd leave before he suffered brain damage."

Speedy was clenching his fists and gritting his teeth in anger, and he said to himself, 'That does it…nobody insults my Kitten like that. These two punks are gonna pay!!'

Walking up silently behind the first idiot, Speedy tapped him on the shoulder. The punk turned around, and he said, "Oh crud…it's Speedy!! He must've heard us!!" His friend replied, "So what. What's the little shrimp gonna do? He's probably gonna thank us for shedding the truth on his psychotic wife…I'm sure he only married her because nobody else would, and he felt bad for her. If I were him, I'd divorce her in half a heartbeat. Why don't ya take my advice, Speedy…walk up to her, tell her you're gonna find somebody else that knows HOW TO BE A PROPER WIFE, and take off. Make sure ya toss your ring at her feet too…let her know ya mean it." Speedy saw Polly behind the counter…with anger burning in her eyes. She vaulted the counter, looking like she was ready to tear someone apart with her bare hands. The first goon said, "Oh look…it's 'Little Miss Halibut Breath'…come to cry for Speedy not to leave you?" Seething with raw fury, Speedy's eyes narrowed to slits, and he shouted, "YOU LOUSY, NO GOOD PUNKS!! YOU DON'T KNOW A DAMNED THING ABOUT HOW I FEEL FOR POLLY, NONE AT ALL!! I'M NEVER, EVER GONNA LEAVE HER SIDE, BECAUSE I LOVE HER MORE THAN I COULD EVER DESCRIBE, AND WHILE SHE MAY HAVE HIT ME, SCREAMED AT ME, AND THROWN STUFF AT ME, WE'VE BEEN FRIENDS LONG ENOUGH TO LET THAT ALL BECOME WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE!! I DON'T CARE IF SHE'S GOT A BAD TEMPER…SHE'S ALSO GOT A GOLDEN HEART, ALONG WITH THE MOST WONDERFUL PERSONALITY I'VE EVER SEEN!! I LOVE POLLY, AND NOTHING IS EVER GONNA CHANGE THAT!!"

Polly shouted, "DON'T YOU EVER TRY TO MAKE SPEEDY AND I DOUBT OUR LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER, YOU LOUSY TWIT!! AFTER HE CAME BACK FROM DESTROYING THE COMET, HE PROMISED ME THAT HE'D NEVER LEAVE MY SIDE, AND THAT WE'D SPEND THE REST OF OUR LIVES TOGETHER!! SINCE YOU DECIDED TO TRY AND DRIVE ME AND SPEEDY APART, YOU'RE DEAD!!"

Speedy slammed his fist into the first punk's gut, and he followed up with a flurry of fast, sharp jabs into the ribs. He finished the first idiot with a spinning crescent kick, and the second one came at him with a chain. Polly pulled out her kodachi, and then she sliced the chain apart. She threw the punk outside, and his friend soon joined him, courtesy of Speedy's fist to the face. Speedy called Al Dente, and once he informed him of what the two goons had done, Al personally handcuffed them and led them to the Palace to face the wrath of Princess Vi.

Speedy said, "I'm sorry you had to hear that, Kitten. I'm not gonna let anybody get away with trying to break your heart. Your love means everything to me, and I'll always be with you…forever and until the end of time."

Polly hugged Speedy, and she said, "I'll never leave you either, Speedy. If anybody ever tries to make me doubt your love for me, or tries to drive us apart, I'll kill them myself!!" Speedy said, "I know, Kitten…and that's why I love you so much. You never back down no matter what, and you've got a heart of gold. You're also the most beautiful Cat that I've ever laid my eyes on, and no one else could ever take your place in my heart."

After she kissed her wonderful husband, Polly said, "I'm gonna go make a special lunch for you and I, Pussycat. Go on and get cozy in the den, and I'll be right in after I make lunch."

Speedy kissed Polly's nose, and then she headed out into the kitchen. After she put on a fresh apron, Polly got some chicken out of the freezer, thawed it out, and then she got out the wok. Grabbing some soy sauce and some other seasonings, she whipped up a batch of yakitori, one of her favorite meals. She grabbed two bottles of Pepsi, and headed back into the den. Speedy watched as she set the wok down on a hot pad, and he asked, "What's that, Kitten?" Smiling, Polly pulled off the lid, revealing the yakitori. Speedy said, "Oh wow…that smells great, Polly!!" The lovely red-haired Cat smiled, and she replied, "Thanks, Pussycat…and thanks again for coming to my rescue." Speedy said, "Polly, I'll always be here at your side, until the end of time itself. I've got a song for you, that fit's the occasion perfectly. It's called 'You're The One That I Love', by The Vogues."

Polly said, "Oh Speedy…that's just what I need right now!!" Speedy kissed her nose, and then he began to sing for his beautiful kitten.

'Every time we meet, everything is sweet
Ooh, you're so tender, I must surrender
My love is your love now and forever
You're the one that I long to kiss
Baby, you're the one that I really miss
You're the one that I'm dreamin' of
Baby, you're the one that I love

Keep me in your heart, never let us part
Ooh, never leave me, please don't deceive me
I want you only, you must believe me
You're the one that I long to kiss
Baby, you're the one that I really miss
You're the one that I'm dreamin' of
Baby, you're the one that I love

I adore you and no one before you
Could make me feel this way, yeah
Since I met you, I just can't forget you
I love you more each day, yeah yeah yeah yeah
You're the one, yeah yeah yeah yeah

There may be some tears through the comin' years
Ooh, all the while I know you'll be smilin'
Your love will guide me through every mile, 'cause...
You're the one that I long to kiss
Baby, you're the one that I really miss
You're the one that I'm dreamin' of
Baby, you're the one that I love!'

Polly kissed Speedy, wanting to hold him in her arms forever. Her hands came up to frame his handsome face, while his began to gently rub up and down her back. She purred, as she felt him start to massage her neck and shoulders. Polly said, "Thank you so much, Speedy…and I've got a song for you too, called 'I Only Want To Be With You', by Dusty Springfield."

Speedy said, "Polly, I love that song, and I love you more than anything, my sweet Kitten."

Polly replied, "I love you too, Pussycat…with all my heart." She kissed him lightly on the lips, and then she began singing.

'I don't know what it is that makes me love you so
I only know I never want to let you go
'Cause you've started something
Oh, can't you see?
That ever since we met
You've had a hold on me
It happens to be true
I only want to be with you
It doesn't matter where you go or what you do
I want to spend each moment of the day with you
Oh, look what has happened with just one kiss
I never knew that I could be in love like this
It's crazy but it's true
I only want to be with you

You stopped and smiled at me
And asked if I'd care to dance
I fell into your open arms
And I didn't stand a chance
Now listen honey
I just want to be beside you everywhere
As long as we're together, honey, I don't care
'Cause you've started something
Oh, can't you see?
That ever since we met
You've had a hold on me
No matter what you do
I only want to be with you

Oh, oh, you stopped and you smiled at me
And asked if I'd care to dance
I fell into your open arms
And I didn't stand a chance
Now hear me tell you
I just want to be beside you everywhere
As long as we're together, honey, I don't care
'Cause you've started something
Oh, can't you see?
That ever since we met
You've had a hold on me
No matter what you do
I only want to be with you
I said no matter, no matter what you do
I only want to be with you!'

Speedy embraced Polly when she was finished, and then they began having their lunch. When they'd finished eating and cleaning up, they went back to work. The others came back, and when Speedy told Guido about what had taken place, he said, "Those lousy little…I hope Princess Vi throws the book…or SEVERAL books, at them."

Good Bird added, "Yeah…nobody makes fun of my friends and gets away with it." Polly hugged both Guido and Good Bird, and Lucille said, "I'm glad Speedy was able to help you out, Polly…I hate seeing you upset." Polly hugged her friend, and she replied, "Thank you, Lucille…Speedy's the most wonderful Cat I've ever met, and I could never love anyone other than him. He's become the very core of my soul, and I'd die without him."

Francine came back down from putting her dress inside her closet, and the other girls showed off theirs. Lucille's was a lovely red and white, with simple gold patterns woven into it. Sayaka had chosen a light blue dress with white trim. Carla had a pretty yellow dress, and Francine had chosen a nice white dress, nothing too fancy, however, since she and Polly shared the same opinion about over-the-top weddings. The boys had picked out tuxedoes and suit jackets with matching pants. Speedy had decided to wear the same suit that he'd worn when he and Polly had been delivering documents to Al Dente, and Polly decided to wear the evening gown that Speedy had bought for her birthday last year, along with a Garfield figurine of the famous orange feline holding his teddy bear.

After things settled down, everyone went back to work. Francine manned the register, while Sayaka took care of writing down the delivery orders. Lucille and Polly cooked, while Speedy, Guido, and Good Bird did the delivery runs. Everything ran smoothly, and Francine was eagerly awaiting her dinner with Ryuho tonight. In just seven more days, she would officially become Mrs. Francine Manx Kiryu. She looked down at the ring on her finger, smiling as the diamond made sparkling patterns on the ceiling as it reflected the light. She turned her attention back to work, and the rest of the day ran without a single problem.

Later that night…

When the time finally came to punch out, Speedy and Polly were overjoyed, even though Francine had decided to close up early, since she had a date. Speedy and Polly both headed up to their room to shower, while Francine did likewise. Sayaka headed up to her room to take a short nap. Guido took Lucille and their children out to see a movie, while Good Bird and Carla headed back home with Kazuma. Captain Kiryu came in, and he saw Polly coming downstairs, along with Speedy. He said, "Hello, Speedy…and you too, Polly. Where's Francine?"

Speedy replied, "She's upstairs showering, Ryuho. I'm sure she'll be down in a few minutes. Can I get ya anything to drink?" Ryuho answered, "Actually…a bottle of Root Beer would really hit the spot. Princess Vi's been running us ragged all day, and I could use the refreshments." Speedy grabbed a bottle of Barq's and handed it to his friend, and he said, "Thanks, Speedy. I'll just drink this while I wait for Francine."

About five minutes later, Francine came downstairs, and she pulled Ryuho into a hug when she saw him. He said, "Ready to go, my dear?" Francine offered her hand, and he gently wrapped his hand around it. She said, "I'll be back in a couple hours, so have fun while I'm gone!!" Francine and Ryuho both giggled at the last bit, and then they headed out the door.

Once Francine was gone, Speedy and Polly both looked at one another, knowing that they could definitely find a few ways to go about having fun. Speedy said, "How about this, Polly…I'll go and make us a nice, romantic dinner, and we can eat up in our room. After that, we take a nice, warm bath, and then we can relax for a little bit before we go to bed."

Polly said, "That sounds great, Speedy! I'll be waiting for you upstairs." Speedy kissed her, and then he headed into the kitchen. Before long, he had a nice steaming pot of Chicken Teriyaki ready, and he carried it upstairs.

Speedy walked into the bedroom that he and Polly shared, and he saw her sitting on the bed, reading a book with Aiko. He said "Dinner is served, my Kitten." She said, "Oh Speedy…it smells so good!! I didn't know you could cook like that!" He replied, "I'm a cat of many talents, Kitten…and so are you. You're a great fighter, a great cook, a great singer…and you're the most wonderful wife that I could ever hope for. I love you, Polly."

Polly kissed him, and she said, "I love you too, Speedy. "You're an incredible leader, a great friend…not to mention my BEST friend in the world, and the most loving husband possible. I could never love another Cat as much as I love you, Speedy." Aiko said, "I'm going to my room now, mom. I hope you and daddy enjoy your dinner...and I hope that nothing ever breaks you apart, because you're the best mommy and daddy that I could ever hope for. I love you both." Speedy and Polly kissed their daughter, and then the little kitten headed into her room.

Once they were alone, Speedy and Polly kissed again, before scooping their dinner onto their plates. After they ate, they headed into their bathroom and took a long soak in the tub, before climbing into bed. Speedy looked down into the swirling blue depths of Polly's eyes, and he said, "Polly, have I ever told you before that you've got the most beautiful eyes that I've ever seen?"

Polly snuggled her head against Speedy's shoulder, and she said, "You've got really nice eyes too, Pussycat…and you're also the most handsome Cat I've ever met. You may not be the tallest, strongest, or richest cat alive…but none of that matters to me. I love you just the way you are, Speedy…and I'll always be right here by your side."

Speedy pulled Polly closer, and he said, "I'll never let anything or anyone separate us, Polly. You may be hot-tempered, but I don't care what people say about you…because they don't know what true love is. I've loved you since I met you, Polly…even though I never told you until after I almost died. Polly, we'll never be apart, this I promise to you with every beat of my heart."

The two of them snuggled up for about an hour, and once they'd gone in to clean up, they went back downstairs to greet their friends and tell them goodnight, and then they headed up to their room to get some sleep. Speedy curled up with Polly warmly nestled against him, and he soon fell asleep next to the lovely female Cat who would forever have his love.

Next Chapter: Princess Vi begins plans for the upcoming wedding of Francine and Ryuho, while the Pizza Cats and their friends go out to buy presents for Francine's birthday. Guido makes a stop to visit his brother Cosmo about the wedding cake, while Lucille enlists the help of her brother Wally. Unknown to them, however, Cheese is plotting his latest caper. What is that rotten rodent up to this time? Find out in Chapter Two: Fun and Schemes