These keep getting worse. Maybe I should stop pounding them out at lightning speed.

Disclaimer: Sure. Let's pretend for a second, kay?

"Why doesn't he like me?"

The question, innocent and forlorn, split the silence and settled at Abby's feet. It surprised her. She looked at her friend in disbelief. Kuki clutched the Rainbow Monkey tighter as thunder rolled outside and shook the treehouse to its roots in the Uno home. Abby lay on the wooden floor, reading a new mystery magazine that had been brought to her attention by Hoagie. A boy-only mission and sudden storm had sentenced Abby to an afternoon of bunking down in Kuki's room, as the Asian girl refused to be alone when lightning sliced the sky.

"Why don't who like ya?"

"Wal-I mean, Numbuh Four."

Abby's eyes flicked to the ceiling out of habit as she fought the urge to laugh. "Don't be silly. 'Course he likes ya."

Kuki twisted the stuffed animal's purple ear before tossing it away in frustration. "How can you be so sure?" she demanded, looking more like an angry kitten as opposed the furious lion look she had been going for.

"Girl, Numbuh Five got eyes, ya know. Any fool can see it."

Kuki pulled her knees up to her chest, wrapping her arms around her slender legs. "Then how come I can't?" she whispered brokenheartedly. Abby sat up, a little ashamed of her wording. She placed a hand on her friend's green-clad shoulder.

"Aw, Abby didn't mean it like that." She said awkwardly, not used to being at a loss for words. Then she chuckled. "It's just…both of ya been dancin' 'round each otha so long, ya ain't even sure anymore."

Kuki's violet orbs flickered to meet her comrade's warm brown pair. "What do you mean?"

The urge to roll her eyes was strong, but Abby managed to resist. "We can all see the way you two look at each otha. Don't worry 'bout it. He likes ya."

Kuki's doubt temporarily assuaged, Abby went back to her mystery. A short time later, though, Kuki piped up again, pointedly observing the whorls in the wall.

"We can all see the way Numbuh Two looks at you, too, you know." Abby pretended to have gone deaf as her teammate continued. "And I've seen the way you stare at him when you think we aren't looking."

Eh. Blecky. Review if you wish.

Love always,