'In some cultures, the term cousin and mate are synonymous.'
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Author of the Month: Leon Woon- gotta give him props for becoming an instant classic.
A/N: Can somebody make a continuous loop of Gwen hugging Ben at the end of 'Alone Together' and send it to me? I really love that BxG scene and I want to use it for my blog. Thanks. Future chapter ideas have all been action so far and I want this fic to be somewhat more fluff. Got to think this out. This chappie will be quite long which would explain the long update. I decided on a few modifications after being out for some time. Everyone please enjoy.
Hero Generation Chapter 8: The Date part 1
Today is an extra special day and Gwen Tennyson knows it. Today happens to be the 14th of February which could only mean one thing: Valentine's Day- the day of romance, passion and love-struck boys giving you hordes of presents just to be their special 'valentine'.
And who will be Gwen's (super lucky) valentine, hmm?
A lot of guys have already asked her out but she declined, saying that she's not interested. But who is she interested in? Doesn't take a genius to figure this out, or does it?
I wonder where he's gonna take me to? Gwen Tennyson gushed with excitement. But then she remembered someone else. Someone she's grown quite attached to. Someone she never expected she would actually like. Someone-
The doorbell rang, catching Gwen by surprise and quickly snapping her out of her wistful thinking. That's gotta be him she thought although not feeling too eager- on the contrary, feeling quite guilty. It's not easy at times to make a choice. Not just any choice, mind you- the choice you won't regret.
The doorbell rang again. "Coming!" Gwen called out, hurriedly running down the stairs towards the door. She paused for a moment to catch her breath before fixing herself and calmly opening the door. And wouldn't you know who just happened to drop by?
"Ben?" Gwen blinked in disbelief "What're you doing here?"
"What? I can't come to visit my favorite cousin from time to time?" Ben smiled. He had both hands tucked behind his back as if he was hiding something.
"But Ben, today's-"
"I know, I know. That's why I bought you these." Ben humbly presented his two gifts- a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolate (the classic, *sniff*)
"Wow, Ben. I don't know what to say." Gwen blushed, gratefully accepting his gifts. Why would he go to all the trouble to give this…to me?
"Just please say yes when I ask you this." Ben knelt down on one knee and held Gwen's hand, causing her to blush even more "Gwen would you be my valentine?"
What? Ben wants me? To be his valentine? I would be happy to say yes but…
"Ben this is all so sudden…but-" Ben's smile quickly turned into a frown "But Kevin's already asked me out."
"Oh. I see." Suddenly it felt like the entire life's been sucked right out of Ben. So this is what rejection feels like. Being the most popular guy in school Ben's not really accustomed to this.
"Ben…I'm sorry. I-"
"No. It's okay. You said yes to him first. Well I guess I better…" he didn't bother to finish that sentence. Simply turned around and started walking away; shoulders slumped, head down and hands in pocket.
"Well…" Gwen began in a tone that gave Ben new life. He stopped in his tracks, eager to hear what she has to say. "I never really said yes to him. What I said was 'I'll think about it'"
"So do I take this as a yes or are you just making me feel better?" Ben raised a brow.
"Hmm…I don't know." Gwen began in a playful tone. "I mean it would be weird if someone we know catches us especially if they're from school. You know, two cousins out on a valentine's date."
Date? Is she acknowledging this as a date? Ben thought happily.
"They might think we're really desperate. And Kevin might go berserk if he found out- so will our parents too. Let's see. This is hard." Gwen (fake) pondered.
"Oh my-" Ben said, getting into the act. "Is our dear Gwen Tennyson afraid her reputation may get soiled if she's ever spotted going out with her cousin? Oh, the travesty indeed." he said with fake disappointment.
"And you? You're not worried?" Gwen raised a brow.
"Please. Would I go through all the trouble if I didn't think the risk was worth it? They can say whatever they want about me. Kevin can kick my ass as hard as he wants and my folks can ground me for the rest of my life but at least I got to spend Valentine's Day with the most important person in my life." Blech! What cheesy novel did he get that from?
"That was really touching, Casanova." Gwen said sarcastically before becoming serious. "But really, Ben- that was the sweetest thing I've ever heard. You know you should really read more romantic pocketbooks."
"So are you saying 'yes' or not?" Ben said with a smirk, extending his arm out to Gwen with a smile on his face.
She was more than happy to wrap her arm around his. "Definitely. So where are you planning on taking me anyway?" she eagerly asked.
"Well I figured we could dine at the finest restaurant here in Bellwood. Then maybe go see a movie- of your choice of course. Lastly, we can top it off with an evening stroll in the park. How does that sound?" Ben said, looking all suave.
"I'm impressed. You really know what a girl likes." Gwen said with amusement.
"Nope. I just know what MY girl likes." he grinned goofily.
"Ben!" Gwen blushed, playfully smacking him on the head. "Let's not get too carried away with ourselves now. You're making it sound like we're a couple. Remember, this-"
"This is only a friendly date." Ben said in unison with Gwen. "I know, I know. We're only friends. You don't have to remind me." he chuckled. "Are you sure Kevin won't mind?
"Seems to me he would." A familiar but intimidating voice called out from behind them.
"K-Kevin?" Ben stammered after looking back and seeing a very angry Kevin Levin glaring at both of them.
"What the hell, man?!" Kevin spat out "I bust my butt yesterday trying to cheer you up and here you are taking away my valentines date?!"
"Wait, Kevin, it's not his fault. I agreed to go out wi-"
"No, Gwen. If you're gonna get angry with someone it's gonna be me. You asked Gwen first and I kinda got in between and urged her."
"Then you better back off before I kick your rear end all over the place." Kevin threatened but didn't really mean it.
"Wait. C'mon, man. We're practically brothers. Can't we settle it nonviolently?" Ben said, trying to calm Kevin down.
"Not really." Kevin smirked, pounding his fists together.
"If you hurt me then Gwen won't probably ever talk to you again." Ben said, smiling evilly after seeing Kevin's smirk fade.
"Okay, you got me there but still- why ask your own cousin out? I mean, dude, you could take anyone you want and you choose Gwen?"
"Okay, what's wrong with choosing me?" Gwen blurted out, feeling rather insulted.
"Nothing. There ain't nothing wrong with you but come on now- you? Going out with Ben? That's just plain weird." Kevin said, chuckling a bit at something so ludicrous, to him anyway.
"That was really uncalled for, Ke-" before Gwen could finish her statement Ben quickly interrupted, looking quite annoyed.
"Okay, I was suppose to apologize based on the 'first come' rule but that was way out of line. You can't justify that statement with false presumptions just 'coz we're somewhat related." I never knew I knew so many big words. Maybe I should hang out with Gwen more.
"Just where exactly are you coming at?" Kevin curiously asked.
"Yeah, Ben. What exactly are you trying to say?" Gwen asked- quiet eager to know where this is headed.
"I mean just 'coz me and Gwen happen to be cousins doesn't necessarily mean that we don't have just as much right to go out with each other like any other couple, not that I'm implying we're a couple."
"Uh, dude, yes it does."
"No, it doesn't, Kev." Ben said, looking at him with a serious expression..
"Okay, even if you have a point and it's perfectly alright but you--so determined to get Gwen to go out must only mean that…you're in love with her?" Kevin said, wide-eyed at the initial shock of finding out. Both Ben and Gwen blushed deeply after hearing the statement and quickly looked away from each other.
"What?! That's totally ridiculous! I was just making a point! A-and I-I just wanted to, uh, spend a bit more time with Gwen like the old days. When you were evil!" Ben said…rather yelled, trying to defend himself.
Kevin simply smirked slyly, raising both arms as if admitting defeat "Aw'right. You got me, man. You know what? Why don't you take Gwen out instead of me? No fuss. No complaints."
"What? Why?" both cousins said in unison, astonished at Kevin's sudden change of demeanor.
"I just thought, you know, you two need to spend more quality time together. I can totally ask Gwen out some other time. You two enjoy the entire day together, 'kay? Be seeing you guys later, way later." Kevin said, turning his back to them and walking away while waving an arm in the air as a goodbye.
"Strange." Ben mumbled to himself just enough for Gwen to hear.
"So-" she began in that adorable tone of hers "Were you serious back there or did you just make it up 'coz you have a crush on me?" Gwen teased.
Ben backed away a step or two, taken aback by Gwen's nonchalant question. A hint of redness was clearly visible in his cheeks. "N-no! Of course not." He stuttered "I wasn't lying a-and I do n-not have a crush on you!" even now he was still a very bad liar.
"Fine- whatever you say. Well…" Gwen said holding Ben's hand, causing him to blush even deeper "Are we going or not?"
"Ri-right." Gwen held unto his arm and rested her head on his shoulder as they walked causing Ben to frantically look left and right hoping no one would see.
"I thought you didn't care who sees us like this?" Gwen raised a brow but still kept her smile.
"I don't. I'm just a little nervous that we would give people the wrong impression and they might think-"
"Aww…is Ben scared of a little physical contact?" mocked Gwen, pushing her own body unto Ben, intentionally making him feel her soft chest.
For a moment Ben couldn't even think- aside from relieving the fantasies he had been imagining night after night but quickly returned to reality after hearing Gwen's faint giggling. Just then his nervousness started kicking in again.
There was an awful silence in the air while they walked.
"You're awfully quite, you know that?" Gwen said, smiling innocently enough at him "I have to know- did you get all those stuff you said about the cousin thing?"
She seems unfazed or even the slightest bit disturbed about the whole thing. "Well, I happened to come across the whole thing while doing some research on, uh, a school project."
"Uh-huh. And what subject would that be?" she challenged.
"Uh, world geography?"
"Ben, we're both in that class and I don't recall Ms. Briggs ever giving us a project."
"That true but, uh, I'm taking advance classes and I-"
"Can it." Gwen said and Ben quickly became silent. "I'm sure you have a pretty good reason but let's just focus on our date for now."
"Da-date?" Ben gulped.
"Sure. This is a date, isn't it?"
"If that's what you wanna call it." Ben said with a blush, which caused Gwen to giggle at his expression.
A few minutes later, after some more Ben mind prodding and teasing…
Hey, we're almost at the restaurant." Ben pointed towards a lavish building just straight ahead.
"Oh wow, Ben! 'Garden of Eden'? I've heard about this place. Can we even afford eating here?" Gwen asked worriedly.
"You don't need to pay for anything. This date is my treat and I totally have us both covered." He said reassuringly, waving his wallet in the air.
"Oh, how so? Did you use your alien forms to rob a bank or somethin'?" Gwen joked, giggling adorably.
"Haha. Real funny." Ben said sarcastically, chuckling a bit "Kevin isn't the only one with alien connections these days. It was a tiring job but it pays well." Ben smiled.
"Don't tell me you're an intergalactic mercenary now. And where do you even find the time to do this?"
"Hello? I'm the legendary Ben Tennyson, remember? Space travel is a cinch when you've got friends with cruisers that can go hyperspace. Why do you think I come home very late at times? And don't worry- It's only a couple of autograph signings and photo shoots. Did you know I have an intergalactic fan base?" Ben said with a satisfying grin.
"No, I didn't." Gwen chuckled "I'm impressed. You must've been saving for something big doing all those 'odd jobs' for awhile now."
"Well, aside from a 70's vintage Plymouth-" Ben blushed, nervously rubbing his head "I kinda did it just for a special occasion like this. When I could finally take you out somewhere nice…" his voice faded out of sheer embarrassment.
"You're such a dweeb, you know that?" Gwen giggled, wrapping her arms around his neck which, as you all would have probably guessed by now, made Ben feel even more uneasy.
"Hmm?.." she mumbled, still latching tightly unto Ben's neck.
"You're depriving me of oxygen." he jokingly wheezed.
"Oh, sorry." Gwen said, letting go of his neck.
"Well?" Ben inquired but Gwen only gave a confused look. "Aren't we going inside?" Ben finally added after realizing Gwen hadn't caught on.
"Oh, right, right." She nodded rather embarrassingly. Both of them made their way through the door and were greeted by a finely dressed fellow.
"I beg your pardon sir but do you have a reservation?" asked the man.
"Uh…" Ben simply gave a quizzical look, a look which Gwen understood easily.
"Don't tell me you forgot to get reservations? Honestly, Ben…" she shook her head. When will he learn?
"I got this covered, kay? Just stay put." Ben reached for his pocket and stepped closer to the man. He motioned for the man to take the note from his hand. Upon grabbing it the man realizes that Ben had just handed him a hundred dollar bill.
"Now I do believe my friend 'Benjamin Franklin' already booked us a table for two under Tennyson?" Ben whispered to the man with a gratifying wink.
"Ah, yes" The man hurriedly said, stuffing the bill into his front pocket "Table for two under Tennyson. Very good. Please follow me."
"You bribed the guy?" Gwen said in disbelief. Ben simply chuckled, finding his actions somewhat funny. Gwen couldn't also help but chuckle too at Ben's rather 'effective' method. "I swear you're becoming more like Kevin everyday."
"I take that is a compliment?"
"Not really." Gwen said with a smirk.
Upon showing them their table, conveniently located in front of an orchestra, the man bowed politely and made his way to the counter. Ben offered Gwen a seat (like a true gentleman would) before taking a seat of his own.
"So…how long?" Gwen curiously asked, resting her chin on both her hands.
"How long what?" Ben asked, wondering what was on her mind. Just then a waiter hands both of them a menu.
"How long have you been wanting to do this? To go out with me, I mean." She said, this time grinning.
"Madam, sir, are you both ready to order?" asked the waiter, pulling out a pencil and notepad.
"Since…well-" Ben rubbed his head, a blush crept to his cheeks.
"Since when?" Gwen prodded.
"Sir, madam, your order, please?" the waiter asked a little bit louder this time.
"Since…the end of our first summer together 5 years ago…" Ben said tearing his gaze away from Gwen, his voice barely audible.
"What?" Gwen laughed "Let me get this straight- you've got a crush on me since we were 10?" she laughed even louder at the very thought.
"Madam, sir if you don't mi-"
"I never said I had a crush on you!" Ben said, blushing deeply "I-I just, uh, I…"
"Relax. I was just kidding." Gwen stuck her tongue out.
"Madam! Sir! Could you please just order something! There are still other customers here!" the waiter finally barked in annoyance.
"Oh, um, sorry." Gwen apologized and quickly scanned the menu she didn't know she had been holding for awhile. "I'll have the, uh, oh wow. These are really expensive, Ben." Gwen said in a worried tone.
"Don't sweat. Pick what you like. I told you I got it covered." he smirked.
"Okay then." she said, softly "I think I'll have the, umm, Caesar's Salad and maybe a tropical ice tea on the side."
"Very good." the waiter huffed "And you sir?"
"The 'Deluxe Mega-pounder Burger' with chili-cheese fries on the side and a jumbo mega-swirl super shake smoothie!" he beamed, grinning from cheek to cheek. The waiter almost felt sick to the stomach after hearing the 'exotic' combination.
"Right away, sir." he said with a bow before leaving.
"So where were we again?" Ben turned his attention back to Gwen.
"Well, aside from your bizarre food cravings don't you think Kevin was acting a bit…weird earlier?"
"Yeah. I was just thinking the same thing. You'd think he'd make more of a fuss considering he's like head over heels for you." Ben teased.
"True." Gwen said with a slight smirk "Do you think he might be hitti-" an attractive –looking girl suddenly passed by their table and Ben couldn't help but turn his gaze upon her...all the way to the other end of the room.
"Ben!" Gwen fumed.
"What?" he inquired as he quickly turned around to face her, acting all innocent-like.
"What'd you think you're doing?"
"I don't know. Did I do something wrong?"
"This is supposed to be our date! Stop making googly-eyes at other girls!"
"Aww…is our Gwen getting a little bit jealous?" he teased. Gwen suddenly felt heat surging to her cheeks.
"What?! That's ridiculous! Why would I be jealous over my own cousin?!"
"Then what are you so steamed about?" he chuckled but didn't mean to. It's just that he found Gwen's reaction kinda funny.
"It-it's just not polite to be checking out other people when you're on a date with someone else!" Gwen said, trying to make up a valid excuse.
"Uh-huh. C'mon now, Gwendolyn. I know you find me hot." Ben teased, smirked devilishly.
"Eww. Not in your life!" Gwen shouted in disarray.
"Was that why you were constantly hitting on me moments ago?" he said, still with that devilish smirk on his face.
"I wasn't hitting on you. That was just-" suddenly there was a twinkle on Gwen's eyes. A faint smile appeared on her face. "You're right, Ben. How could I ever resist someone as good-looking as you." she stated flirtingly.
"Huh?" Ben blinked, caught off-guard by Gwen's statement.
"I mean just look at that fit figure." Gwen said, checking out at Ben's body from top to bottom.
Ben blushed deeply and studied his own frame. "Well, fighting does keep you fi-"
"-And your wild messy hair." she continued.
"I do try my best to make it lo-"
"That tight little butt." she smirked sexily, sliding her gaze down towards Ben's lower half.
"-And those oh, so sexy green eyes." she said, looking dreamily at him.
Ben couldn't believe that this is really happening. That Gwen is really saying all those things about him. Does she really mean it? What the heck is going on?
"Ben?" she stated softly with a hint of seduction in her tone.
"Yeah?" He monotonously replied, looking wide-eyed at her.
"I can't take it anymore. I can't hold it in any longer. Please kiss me." she pleaded.
"Wha-what?! But there are people here and…" he turned his head away, looking as bright as a tomato.
"Please Ben. I need this so badly. I want you right now. Just please kiss me." she practically begged him, putting on that puppy dog pout.
"Um..." Ben gulped "Okay but..." he said weakly. Gwen closed her eyes and leaned forward with her lips puckered up and Ben's automatic response was to do so also. Their face inched closer and closer, their lips mere millimeters apart. Ben could practically feel Gwen's hot breath wash all over his face. He waited anxiously to feel her supple lips on his. He waited and waited and waited…but felt nothing…
He slowly opened his eyes only to see Gwen smiling evilly on the other side of the table.
"Hah! I so totally got you!" she said triumphantly "Now who's got it bad for the other?" she mocked.
"That was really a low stunt to pull." he mumbled, looking away with an annoyed expression on his face.
"Hey, I was only joking." she said reassuringly. "You should have seen that coming anyway- unless of course you really wanted to kiss me." she teased.
"Why would I? You're not that great of a kisser." he shot back, still looking quite upset.
"Ben, don't be like that. I'm sorry 'kay and FYI- I am a great kisser. Do you want me to show you?" she winked.
"Will you?" he said, anxiously sitting up from his seat.
"No." she replied, bursting into laughter. "You're really gullible aren't you?"
"This date isn't turning out as I was hoping." he grumbled. "You know how much people would kill to be with someone like you?" he stated, looking seriously at her.
"What's that got to do with anything?"
"Well I-" Ben quickly stop in his statement and quickly looked away. "It-it's nothing. Forget what I said." he said, resting his chin on his hand while still avoiding eye contact with her
Gwen looked on worriedly at her cousin "Ben, what's the matter?"
"It's really hard, you know." He began "Really hard to like someone you know you'll never be with. To wish for the impossible. Hoping that somehow, she…or he likes you back…even just a little bit." he said, slightly trembling just to get the words out of his mouth.
"Ben…" she held herself back for a moment to think. "Maybe it's not impossible. Maybe that person does like you…I mean whoever you were referring to. Maybe he…or she just doesn't know it."
"You think so?" Ben said with a curious look, turning his gaze to Gwen.
"I know so. Ben-" she smiled warmly and closed her eyes for a second before looking at Ben. "You know I've never told you this but…I-I do li-"
A waiter suddenly interrupted Gwen, placing the food that both cousins have ordered on the table.
"You two enjoy you're meal." he smiled before walking off.
"So what is it you were going to say?" Ben said, shifting his gaze back at Gwen after glancing at the food on his plate.
"Nothing." Gwen said, putting on a fake smile as she picked up a fork and began eating her salad.
"Okay then." Ben mumbled, taking a bite of his burger.
Both cousins ate their meal in complete silence, a slight blush evident on their faces, not daring to look at each other.
You know this date is only gonna get more interesting.
A/N: I was originally going to continue this chapter 'til the park scene but decided it is already too long and this seems to be a good place to stop. Next chapter will be the continuation of their date. Tell me if you liked this chapter. As of press time 'Hero Generation' will compose 33 chapters according to my plan but that might change later on. Please review.