What was taking those darned LGMs so long?
I didn't know how much time had passed by, but I didn't care. I spent most of the day in my room, thinking. Buzz didn't even bother me about going on missions. I just sat in solitude, only coming out to eat, but never completely knowing what I was doing. I only went through the actions while other thoughts consumed my brain.
Was it humanely possible for an organic to love a robot? I wanted to love XR, I truly did. I knew that I did love him. And I knew that I would still love at least a part of him, even when he changed back.
Would people accept it, though? Our… being together? Father would never approve, that's for sure, but when did I ever really seek his approval? Sure, I wanted him to accept me, to love me unconditionally, no matter what. But if I was happy, shouldn't that be enough for him?
And what would Buzz and Booster think? Commander Nebula? Booster would be happy enough, I guess, but none of them would understand. How could they? What other organic had ever fallen in love with a robot-turned-human, or a robot for that matter?
Craters. Why did I always have to be so different?
"Mira?" My thoughts were interrupted as a large red figure opened my door halfway, eyes peeking inside, hesitant to come in.
I gave a weak smile. "Yes, Booster?"
He entered my room cautiously, standing close to the wall and twiddling his fingers. "Do you think XR's gonna be okay?" he asked.
My heart leapt in my chest. Of course I had thought about the well-being of XR, but never thought about "if" he recovered, but "when" he recovered. What if he didn't make it? I swallowed my tears, patting the bed beside me.
Booster ambled over, planting himself on my bed. It sank in, and I could hear some of the springs break. He made a nervous face and I gave him a reassuring grin, trying not to think about how uncomfortable it would be to sleep on it tonight.
"I bet XR will be just fine. He's in the capable hands of the LGMs, you know." I gave Booster a pat on the back. Yeah, the same LGMs who are taking forever to "put him back together." I mean, really, how long can that take?
"You really think so, Mira?" inquired Booster, his eyes never leaving the floor.
"I know so." I said, giving his rather large shoulder a squeeze. You just keep telling yourself that, Mira.
"Gee, thanks Mira." Booster still didn't look at me. There was a long awkward silence as we just sat there. All the while I tried to stifle my tears, aggravated at myself that I held them back all week, but of course when I was in the company of someone else it was harder than ever.
Finally Booster spoke up. "When did you first know you loved XR?" he asked. In my head I wished we would go back to the silence.
"Um, well…" I stumbled to find the right words. When did I know that I loved XR? I remembered our kiss, and I wanted to say that was the moment, but for some reason my heart just wouldn't let me. The longing glances he gave me, the way he was jealous when Romac came back, the time he got me out of marrying Fop, all the moments we had spent together on missions, did it mean nothing? I wanted to say I fell in love with XR when we shared our first kiss, but I realized that I had been falling for him for a long time. It was just that one instance, that one "trip" that made me fall even faster for him.
"Mira?" Booster waved his hand in front of my face. He shuffled his feet. "I mean, you don't have to tell me if you don't want to." The mattress squeaked as he made to get up.
He was halfway to the door before I could even find the words to answer.
"Booster…" I said quietly. He turned back around to look at me. "It's not that I don't want to tell you. It's just that I'm unsure myself."
Booster gave a small smile. "Thanks Mira." he said, and walked out the door. I never what that big guy was thinking, but he always seemed to help me somehow, someway.
I felt myself getting drowsy and I lay down in my bed, finally able to get a good night's sleep.
"Not now, Dad. Five more minutes."
"Mira, it's me."
My eyes shot open as I heard a familiar, metallic voice. XR stood in the doorway, brand new and shiny looking, a look of apprehension on his face. I rubbed my eyes to make sure I wasn't dreaming.
"XR." I didn't know if it was a question or a statement, but I was out of bed in a flash, my arms around him. I felt his arms encircle me, barely touching as he stretched them across my back. I shivered a little, waiting for him to release, but the moment never came. I didn't want to be the one to let go.
Finally I pulled back, looking at his yellow eyes, his golden face, his quirky eyebrows. I missed that face. I missed it so much.
"Are we…?" he trailed off, but I knew what he was implying.
I stared at him, trying to think of something to say. Of course "we were!" I wouldn't change that for anything. But the only thing that came from my mouth was, "When has an organic ever fallen in love with a robot?"
I mentally slapped myself. I didn't mean for it to sound like a sarcastic question; I was only curious. But I was afraid he might take it the wrong way, and I would hurt him.
Surprisingly, XR just looked me strait in the eye and countered my question with his own. "When has a robot ever fallen in love with an organic?"
I chewed on my lip, trying to work up the courage to actually say what I felt. Why was it so difficult? I finally managed to force something out of my mouth. "Now."
This time it was XR who instigated the kiss. It was so different than before, so unreal, but so much better. This time he wasn't warm or gentle. This time, he kissed me with so much passion and force that I wouldn't have been surprised if the whole galaxy exploded and I didn't feel it. I wrapped my arms around him tightly and kissed him back. It was bizarre and familiar at the same time, the way it felt to kiss a robot. Or maybe it was just the way it felt to kiss XR. There was some sort of spark between us, and I felt little electric waves run up and down my arms.
When we pulled apart, my heart was beating wildly in my chest and I was out of breath.
"Promise me you'll never become a human again?" I asked, smiling widely for the first time in days.
"I wouldn't have it any other way." XR grinned, pulling me into an embrace.
Neither would I.
AN: I decided to put this at the end this time, just because I wanted to thank all of you for putting up with my busy schedule and sticking by me through this story. You guys are so amazing, and make this fandom even more awesome!
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