Slayers belongs to their perspective owners, Eternity belongs to the romantics. I have no idea why I just said that...

By Icka! M. Chif

"Hey, Gourry." Lina asked, breaking the easy silence between them. The 2 of them had been walking for hours down the dirt road with out saying a word now. It wasn't that the weather was bad, in fact it was absolutely perfect traveling weather. Or that she was mad at him. It was just one of those quiet lapses that happen occasionally when 2 people have been good friends long enough that even the silence was friendly.

Gourry blinked his big blue eyes at her. "Yeah, Lina?"

"How long have we been traveling together?" She mused. It was an honest question on her part, not one intended to trick the blond swordsman.

He scrunched up in face in that thoughtful way he did when he was seriously pondering something. "I don't know." He admitted after a minute. "Forever?"


Gourry shrugged, flashing a goofy grin at her. "It seems like I can't remember a time when we haven't been traveling together."

"Huh." Lina pondered this over. Gourry had a hard things remembering stuff in general sometimes, but he was right. It did seem like she couldn't remember a time when Gourry hadn't been by her side. Logically she knew that there must had been a time when she hadn't, like growing up with Luna and some travels with Naga she wished she could forget, but it seem like they had been traveling together forever.

"Hey, Gourry?"

"Yeah, Lina?"

"How long are we going to travel together?"

"Hmm..." Gourry scratched his cheek with a finger. "I don't know. As long as you need me around, I guess."

She grinned at him. "Forever?"

He nodded, resolution set in his features. "Forever."

"Then can I have the Sword of Light?"

His hand went protectively to the hilt of his sword. "The sword is a family heirloom." He said sternly. "I can't give it away."

She giggled, waving it off. "I was just kidding Gourry. Just kidding."

"Oh." He relaxed a bit, but kept a suspicious hand on the hilt any way. She chuckled at him. He was so much fun sometimes.

She sighed, returning to her previous mood. "Hey, Gourry?"

"Yeah, Lina?"

"How long is this road?"

He looked at her for a minute, then shrugged again. "I don't know. As far as the next town?"

"And then?" She asked.

"And then..." He echoed. "And then it keeps going. Forever." He nodded, pleased with his answer.

"Forever..." She stretched the word out, running it over her tongue and mind. It sounded good, almost... right.

Gourry nodded. "Yep. Forever."

Lina smiled at him. "You know, Gourry. You're not as dumb as some people say."

He grinned at her, a smile so bright it could probably break the clouds from the sky. "Thanks Lina!"

"You're welcome."