Disclaimer: I don't own the Toy Story movies or characters.
Meant to Be
By Jennifer Collins
Woody sat with Bo Peep on the window sill one Friday afternoon while Andy was still at school. They sat hand in hand and talked quietly amongst themselves while they watched as all the other toys played. Bo nodded to where Buzz and Jessie were engaged in their own private conversation by Andy's desk chair. She smiled. "Will you just look at those two? They are too cute," she said.
Woody followed Bo's gaze. Buzz was leaning against one of the legs of the desk chair, animatedly talking to Jessie, who was sitting in front of him on the bar connecting the legs. She sat straight with both her hands gripped tightly around the bar on either side of her and her legs crossed. Occasionally, she would throw her braid over her shoulder flirtatiously and laugh at something Buzz said. Woody rolled his eyes. "Oh, yeah. Adorable," he said.
Bo poked him in his side with her crook. "Come on, Sheriff. Don't you remember what it's like to be young and in love?" She purred.
Woody turned his gaze back to her. "Who are you calling old?" He asked teasingly. "Besides, I hardly think they're in love. They barely know each other for crying out loud!"
"Well they sure could've fooled me. I think it's great that Buzz found a nice girl. He deserves to be happy. And how wonderful is it that our new friend is adjusting so well?"
Woody scratched behind his head. "I guess so. But does he have to be all over her like that?"
Bo's eyes narrowed. "Woody! Are you jealous of them?"
Woody lowered his eyes. "It's just… she was my friend first!"
"Will the rivalry never cease?" Bo said as she folded her arms across her chest. "Somebody who wasn't familiar with you two might never know that you're best friends."
Woody sighed and wrapped both his arms around Bo's waist. "You're right, as usual. And of course, I'm happy for both of them."
Down by Andy's desk, Jessie was twirling her braid around her fingers. "I had a great time last night, Buzz," she said with a smile. "The movie was perfect."
Buzz smiled back. "Do you really think so? I enjoyed it too."
Jessie clapped her hands loudly. "Well now, I reckon that's three things that we have in common!"
"Three?" Buzz asked, leaning closer. Being around Jessie without making a fool of himself was getting easier and easier.
"Mmm-hmm," she said nodding. "Our interest in space, your amazing cowboy skills and our taste in movies."
"I wouldn't call my cowboy skills amazing… more like lacking," Buzz said with a laugh.
Jessie shook her head and placed a finger on his nose. "Buzz Lightyear, I seem to remember that you commandeered a horse to come to my rescue not too long ago. I'd say that's pretty impressive."
Buzz chuckled. "I owe it all to an adrenaline rush. And I'm pretty sure I would never be able to do that again. Sorry, madam, but we're stuck at two."
Jessie wrinkled her nose. "That's okay. You're probably a better space man than cowboy anyway."
Buzz nodded. "Next time I'll come for you in a cardboard rocket ship."
Jessie laughed. "Well aren't you just my knight in plastic armor?" She swung her legs back and forth. "Oh well. I guess we'll just have to wait to find other things in common."
"We could discuss it over another movie tomorrow night. If you'll go out with me again," Buzz said.
Jessie nodded eagerly in time to the butterflies' wings flapping inside her stomach. This was becoming a routine with these two toys. Jessie would tell Buzz what a great time she'd had on their date and Buzz would ask for another one, to which Jessie would happily agree.
"I would love to go out with you again Buzz Lightyear," Jessie breathed as she rested her forehead against his and touched his nose with hers.
Buzz touched a hand to her chin and tilted her head back. He had recently discovered that there was nothing in the universe that was better than kissing Jessie, and he couldn't wait to be reminded of that fact again.
Jessie closed her eyes and breathed in his minty scent. The butterflies in her stomach were moving their wings so fast, she thought they might lift her into the air as he covered her mouth with his own. She wrapped her arms around his neck and scooted closer as she felt his arms lock around her waist.
"Ahem," a loud voice said. The two broke apart quickly, both blushing, and turned to find Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head standing behind them. Mr. Potato Head was carrying a mini football that was almost half the size of him.
"We wanted to know if you two lovebirds wanted to play a game," Mrs. Potato Head said in her shrill voice.
Buzz looked at Jessie and she nodded eagerly. "Let's go ask Woody and Bo," she said, already hopping up and skipping over to the bed. Buzz gave her a boost and she grabbed onto the bedspread and climbed up to the top, with the other toys following closely behind.
"Hey, Woody! Bo!" Buzz greeted them with genuine enthusiasm.
"How about a game of football?" Jessie asked, equally excited.
Woody looked horrified and Bo giggled at his expression. "I'm afraid my big dress would get in the way," she said with a slight pout. "But you four go on and have fun." She waved as they took turns jumping off the bed to the floor.
"How irresponsible of them!" Woody said. "I hope those two aren't so ga-ga over each other that they forget how breakable you are."
Bo rolled her eyes. "They were just being polite. Come on," she said, taking his hand. "Let's go down and watch." Woody obliged and gently helped her down to the floor.
Bo walked over to sit against the wall. "So who's winning?" She asked when Jessie ran over to them.
Jessie shrugged. "The guys are," she replied. "But we're about to catch up!" And with that she caught a long pass that Mrs. Potato Head had sent flying her way.
Bo Peep clapped and cheered. Just then, Buzz came up beside Jessie and tackled her to the floor. Woody threw his body in front of Bo Peep so she wouldn't get hit with the ball that had fallen out of Jessie's hands, but she playfully swatted him away.
Mr. Potato Head grabbed the ball and ran away with it. Jessie pushed herself up on her hands, ready to take off after him, but Buzz wrapped an arm around her waist and tackled her to the floor again, tickling her mercilessly. The Potatoes clapped their hands and cheered Buzz on as Jessie howled with laughter. She kicked her legs, but Buzz held both her wrists in one hand and continued to tickle her with the other.
Woody felt a flicker of jealously light inside him as we watched the playful scene before him and heard Jessie's squeals. He tried to fight it but after a moment, he rose from his seat on the floor and pulled Buzz off of her. "Okay, I think that's enough," he said in an authoritative voice.
"Aw, gee, Sheriff," Jessie whined. "We were just having some fun!"
"Yeah, lighten up Woody," Buzz added.
Woody shook his head. "You should probably break up the game anyway. Andy will be home from school soon and don't forget he's bringing a friend."
The Potatoes grumbled, but they obliged and wandered off to find Hamm and Rex.
Jessie jumped on Woody's back. Woody faltered slightly under her sudden weight, but he held on. "Are you mad at me?" She asked, sticking out her lower lip.
"No, I'm not mad at you," Woody answered.
"Great! Then how about a ride back to Molly's room?" Her eyes lit up and Woody couldn't help but to do as she asked.
"Well I guess I'm going to have to walk then," Bo said with a smile.
Buzz shook his head. "What's gotten into Woody?" He asked, politely offering her his arm.
"He's just been a big 'ol grump today," Bo replied as she slipped her arm through his. "I'm sure he'll start to feel better once Andy gets home from school," she added.
"I hope you're right," Buzz said with genuine concern. He started towards Molly's room.
"So how are things with you and Jessie?" Bo asked to change the subject.
Buzz's eyes sparkled at the mention of her name. "Great," he said with a huge smile. "I'm taking her out again tomorrow night as a matter of fact."
"Isn't that sweet?" Bo said. She stopped walking when they were in front of the door to Molly's room. Buzz helped her inside and they joined Woody and Jessie, who were on the floor thumb wrestling.
"Ha! I win!" Jessie shouted.
Buzz winked. "That's my girl."
"Only because I let you!" Woody said defensively. He turned to help Bo back up onto Molly's dresser.
When Woody got back down to the floor Buzz slapped him on the back. "Race you back to Andy's room?"
"You're on!" Woody yelled, and they took off.
Jessie looked up at Bo Peep and rolled her eyes. Bo just shook her head and smiled.