A/N: I believe that this is the shortest prompt I've ever written, but it was exactly what I had in mind, so…well, here is my very last Vaan/Penelo prompt for this table. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who joined me on this venture--I had a blast with this. I hope you all had fun reading, too.
Prompt #10 - Imagine
They were sitting on top of their airship, parked on the edge of a cliff that looked down into a canyon. Vaan wasn't entirely sure where they were, but that didn't seem important. Penelo had asked him to stop as soon as she had spotted it. "The sun is setting, Vaan, let's watch it set over the canyon!"
Vaan had long learned that when Penelo had one of her whims, it was best just to go along with it. He had to admit, too, that it was an amazing sight. The setting sun lit the red-brown walls canyon with an explosion of brilliant oranges and reds.
It certainly didn't hurt that Penelo was sitting between his legs, leaning back against him as they watched the sun slide beneath the horizon. She sighed and leaned her head back on his chest. "It's beautiful, isn't it?"
"This is one of the things that makes traveling around worth it," Penelo said. "Getting to see sights like this." She tilted her head up and looked at him. "What do you think our lives would have been like if we'd never left Rabanastre?"
Vaan had barely begun to open his mouth to answer when she continued. "I mean, think about it. So many things that happened to us--good and bad--got us to where we are now," she said thoughtfully. "So many things could have happened to us. There are so many amazing things that happened to keep us together. To keep us alive." Her forehead creased and a slight frown crossed her face. It looked upside-down from Vaan's angle as she continued to gaze up at him. "What if it had been different? What if you had never escaped from Nalbina? What if I had never made it out of the Lhusu Mines when I was kidnapped? What if we had--"
Vaan covered her mouth with his fingers. "Don't."
Penelo's frown deepened--he could see it in her eyes and feel it under his hand. She pried his fingers away from her mouth and turned around so she was facing him directly. "What's wrong?"
Vaan looked at her seriously for a long moment, and then leaned forward and kissed her gently. His answer was simple, but he knew it said everything he needed it to. "I don't want to imagine me without you."