So Far Away

Disclaimer: I make no money from these fanfics, they are purely for fun and I acknowledge the rights of the creators/owners of Captain Planet.

A/N: I am currently in the middle of writing a new fanfic but my mind took a slight detour and I thought it might be fun to write a story where you piece together what is happening from a conversation... this is the result. There will be 4-6 installments, it is intended to be short and since it is something of an experiment in styles, I would be interested to hear how you think it works, though I am not intending to use it again.

Chapter one - A new job


Week 1


From: WindPlaneteer

Date: Saturday 2nd November 1996 20:38:00

To: YankeeFire

Subject: Arrived

Hi Wheeler,

As promised, I am writing to let you know I arrived safely, though I still do not see why, as Ma-Ti would have told you before now if something had gone wrong.

The flat they have arranged for me is small but clean and comfortable and in a nice area. There is nothing else to tell you, I do not start work until Monday.

Is everything well with you?

BeregI zdorOvie!

(Take care)

Linka.


From: YankeeFire

Date: Sat, Nov 02, 1996 1:59 pm

To: WindPlaneteer

Subject: RE: Arrived

Hey Babe,

Glad everything is okay. Why did I want you to write me? Because I wanted to hear from you, what else?

My apartment's nice too, better than I'm used to actually. I'll attach some photo's.

I've had a tour of where I'll be working, I'm still not sure this is a good idea, we're a team, we should all be together! But I said I'd try and I will.

The office I'll be in is mostly staffed with cute girls so I wont have trouble making any friends.

You BeregI zdorOvie too!

Wheeler


From: WindPlaneteer

Date: Sunday 3rd November 1996 06:00:53

To: YankeeFire

Subject: RE: Arrived

You wont miss me then. I am glad you are happy there.

Do svidAniya

Linka


From: YankeeFire

Date: Sat, Nov 02, 1996 10:15 pm

To: WindPlaneteer

Subject: RE: Arrived

Lin,

You know I didn't mean that about the girls, I was just joking. I hate everything about this and you know that too.

I'm already missing you and if I thought it would end sooner I wouldn't speak to anyone, cute or not.

W.


From: WindPlaneteer

Date: Sunday 3rd November 1996 06:30:58

To: YankeeFire

Subject: RE: Arrived

You might have meant it as a joke Wheeler but I bet there is some truth in it and perhaps that is for the best.

We will not be apart forever but it might still be a long time, and we will always have to put the planet first. What I am trying to say is that we should not put our lives on hold, or not make friends because we are expecting to go home.

I do not want you to be lonely because of me.

Lin.


From: YankeeFire

Date: Sat, Nov 02, 1996 10:50 pm

To: WindPlaneteer

Subject: RE: Arrived

For the best? You don't really mean that do you?

Does that mean you don't care if I date? Are you going to?


From: WindPlaneteer

Date: Sunday 3rd November 1996 07:30:05

To: YankeeFire

Subject: RE: Arrived

It means I do not have any right to object to you dating, and it would not be fair if I did.

But nyet, I do not intend to look for a relationship, I am here only to work.

UdAchi (good luck) for tomorrow!

Lin


From: YankeeFire

Date: Sun, Nov 03, 1996 12:00 am

To: WindPlaneteer

Subject: RE: Arrived

Well I'm not here to look for a relationship either, of any kind, just so's you know.

It's only just tomorrow here, but thanks for the luck, same to you.

Take care Beautiful, and let me know how it goes.

W.


Week 2


From: WindPlaneteer

Date: Sunday 10th November 1996 21:09:48

To: YankeeFire

Subject: Busy Busy Busy

Hi Wheeler,

I am sorry for not replying sooner but I have been so busy at work that I have been coming back, having dinner and going straight to bed!

I feel like I have not stopped since my first day here. The work is very rewarding though and the best thing is that people listen. I am no longer a teenager with a cause, but a person of authority that my government officials must take notice of, and I must admit that has a definite attraction. Is it the same for you?

I will be travelling for the next few days doing inspections of some of our largest factories and power plants and I am looking forward to it, though I know I will be writing reports for days.

And then next week Piotr and I are giving talks about the environment in schools.

Please write, I want to hear all your news.

Lin.


From: YankeeFire

Date: Sun, Nov 10, 1996 1:59 pm

To: WindPlaneteer

Subject: RE: Busy Busy Busy

Piotr huh? Guess it's not me making the new friends, nice to know you miss me!


From: WindPlaneteer

Date: Sunday 10th November 1996 22:09:59

To: YankeeFire

Subject: RE: Busy Busy Busy

I do miss you! But I am not going to sit here pining away, why should I not enjoy what I am doing?

I am sure I am not the only one who is making new friends anyway!


From: YankeeFire

Date: Sun, Nov 10, 1996 2:28 pm

To: WindPlaneteer

Subject: RE: Busy Busy Busy

What the hell is that supposed to mean?

It's not me that didn't answer for a week! It's not me that's all excited to be doing, whatever it is you're doing with 'Piotr'.

I never expected you to pine for me, I've always known I never stood a chance with you, I just thought our friendship might count for something.


From: WindPlaneteer

Date: Sunday 10th November 1996 22:45:47

To: YankeeFire

Subject: RE: Busy Busy Busy

How dare you suggest that? The only thing I am doing with Piotr is working!

You are being childish. I have done nothing but work since I have been here, but I refuse to feel guilty for enjoying it.

It has only been a week! We have had longer holidays apart, where we have not contacted each other.

Wheeler please, we have to stop this now before it blows up out of all proportion. I do not want to lose our friendship, especially over nothing.

Lin


From: WindPlaneteer

Date: Wednesday 13th November 1996 18:23:45

To: YankeeFire

Subject: RE: Busy Busy Busy

If this is your way of punishing me it is working. You know I have always been made miserable when you are angry with me, even when you are wrong, and it is all your fault.

If you are not going to answer me again, at least tell me so now, and I will not bother you again?

Lin


From: YankeeFire

Date: Wed, Nov 13, 1996 6:28 pm

To: WindPlaneteer

Subject: RE: Busy Busy Busy

Babe, I wasn't ignoring you I swear! I would never be deliberately spiteful to you, no matter how mad at you I got.

Please believe that!

I never got your last mail until you just re-sent it with this one, I thought you didn't want to talk to me anymore. I couldn't blame you after what I said, but I'm missing you like crazy and you know me, I act without thinking sometimes.

What I'm trying to say is, I'm sorry and you're right, nothing is worth losing our friendship over.

The only thing I'll say though is, we might have had longer times apart but I've always known when they would end before, waiting to hear from you makes a week seem like forever.

I know that's not an excuse, just be glad you don't have to work with me, I've not exactly been in a good mood these last few days.

I know, I know, childish right? I can't help it though and at least you'll know I've been suffering too!

Wheeler

~X~


From: WindPlaneteer

Date: Thursday 14th November 1996 06:03:00

To: YankeeFire

Subject: RE: Busy Busy Busy

Oh Yankee, what am I going to do with you? As long as we are okay though!

I am going to be travelling again over the next couple of days, I might not be able to answer but I will check my e-mail as often as I can so please leave me something to read, you still have not told me what you have been doing with yourself.

Lin


From: YankeeFire

Date: Thur, Nov 14, 1996 10:28 pm

To: WindPlaneteer

Subject: RE: Busy Busy Busy

Work!

That's all I've been doing and I'm bored out of my mind. I wasn't cut out for diplomacy and paperwork, but I know it's important, I just hope it doesn't last forever.

Gaia will call us home sometime right?

I mean I know you're enjoying it, and the others probably are too, I don't want to spoil it for you but there must be another way I can help the planet!

Don't get me wrong, it's not all bad. The crowd I'm working with are nice (including the guys before you say anything) and it's great that it all makes a difference. Like you said, they listen to me, which is cool, it's nice to be the smart one for a change.

Having an apartment to myself was fun for a few days, but now I stay at work as long as I can, it's too empty. And besides that, my cooking sucks! I've found this nice little Italian restaurant though, good thing I'm being paid while

I'm here! Don't worry, there's a gym here too so I'm not gonna go all squidgy while you're not keeping an eye on me.

How is/was the traveling?

Wheeler.

p.s. If you need suggestions about 'what to do with me', I have a few…


Week 4


From: WindPlaneteer

Date: Friday 22nd November 1996 22:13:03

To: YankeeFire

Subject: Need to talk

Wheeler are you there?

Stupid question I know, but I really need to talk to you.

Lin


From: YankeeFire

Date: Fri, Nov 22, 1996 2:20 pm

To: WindPlaneteer

Subject: RE: Need to talk

I'm here Babe, I'm at work but I'm not doing anything that can't wait, and you're more important anyway (and always will be.)

So what's wrong?

W

~X~


From: WindPlaneteer

Date: Friday 22nd November 1996 22:45:03

To: YankeeFire

Subject: RE: Need to talk

Just a bad day. I felt like everyone was questioning everything I said and did, and they could not do anything for themselves. I am a planeteer not a babysitter!

Things just kept going wrong, small, silly things but they all built up until even a photocopier breaking seemed like the end of the world.

We used to deal with real disasters and now after only a few weeks I am an office manager? This cannot be what Gaia intended!

I did not realise how much I take you for granted either. You were always there to cheer me up, make me laugh, talk or even fight with. I am sorry I never let you see how much I appreciated your kindness.

Lin x


From: YankeeFire

Date: Fri, Nov 22, 1996 3:03 pm

To: WindPlaneteer

Subject: RE: Need to talk

I'm still right here Babe, you can take me for granted as much as you like. I love that you take me for granted, it means that you consider me a friend and not just someone you work with.

I take you for granted too, that's why I get so jealous sometimes, I can't stand the thought of you not being there.

Gaia wont keep us apart for ever, you'll see. This is just another mission and once we get it over with, we'll go home and do what we do best, together.

W.

~X~


From: WindPlaneteer

Date: Friday 22nd November 199623:18:58

To: YankeeFire

Subject: RE: Need to talk

Thank you Yankee, and of course I consider you more than just a colleague, much more.

We are a part of each others lives now, that will not change with the distance, and I will be here whenever you need me too. But like you, I want to be home, together.

If we were at home we would be curled up on the couch together watching some action movie (because they are the only ones we can agree on.) and eating something unhealthy of your choice.

I miss you.

Lin x


From: YankeeFire

Date: Fri, Nov 22nd 1996 3:27 pm

To: WindPlaneteer

Subject: RE: Need to talk

I miss you too Babe, more than you know.

We can still curl up together, just on opposite sides of the world…. I look forward to your mails, I look for them when I sign in. They make my day and if I don't get one I'm bummed 'til the next one, then I'm ridiculously happy.

I do nothing but sleep, exercise, eat and work.

I just want to get this over with so we can all go home.

W.

~X~


From: WindPlaneteer

Date: Friday 22nd November 1996 23:40:38

To: YankeeFire

Subject: RE: Need to talk

I feel the same about reading your messages, it is nice to know you are still with me in some way.

It was never meant to be forever but what if Gaia decides that it works better? We have to do what she tells us, it is too important to refuse.

Lin x


From: YankeeFire

Date: Fri, Nov 22, 1996 3:24 pm

To: WindPlaneteer

Subject: RE: Need to talk

We put a limit on it, it's okay for a while but we can't do it forever, the planeteers are a team, we need each other… especially you and me, right?


From: WindPlaneteer

Date: Friday 22nd November 1996 23:59:06

To: YankeeFire

Subject: RE: Need to talk

Da, definitely!

It is getting late for me Yankee, I need to sleep, but thank you for being there for me.

Good night.

Lin

X


From: YankeeFire

Date: Fri, Nov 22, 1996 4:20 pm

To: WindPlaneteer

Subject: RE: Need to talk

Any time. Sweet dreams Babe.