You wouldn't believe how many of you want romance, even in this instructional piece. I guess you waited long enough. You can argue there's no lesson in this chapter, but sometimes the best lessons are taught through example. :) Enjoy the crowd pleaser.
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SD Filler: How to Write a Kissing Scene
"It wasn't that difficult coming up with the FCP," Summer Dae told her friend Ben McCoy. "It just sort of came to me one day."
"It was more creative than anything I could ever come up with," he mused, and she snorted in response.
"So, Ty Lee's creativity lesson had no impact on you whatsoever? Speaking of which, I forgot to ask, did you learn a lot from Mai?"
It was nearing sunset, and the pair was sitting on a wooden bench outside the movie theatre across from their favorite coffee shop. In response her question, Ben choked back what sounded like a mix between a laugh and a cough. However, his expression remained neutral.
"I guess," he said at last, still feeling humiliated about what had actually happened. He could still hear Mai's words echoing in his head: I'm sure your girlfriend will appreciate this. Ben had been fifteen minutes late to the movie they were supposed to see and the tickets had ended up selling out in that time period. At least it wasn't forty minutes like his appointment with Mai; he was getting better. That's what he told himself anyway.
"What did she teach you? Did she use my lists?" Summer persisted a little too hopefully, an excited grin on her face.
"Why are you so interested?" he asked lazily, leaning back and placing his hands behind his head.
"Because I matched you up."
"Nice match," he returned, his voice turning a little frosty. "Why do you need to know what went on? I don't get any privacy with this?"
"Well, I'm pretty much in charge of whether something goes on the Internet or remains in the depths of my computer, but if you want it that way, you don't have to tell me. I'll just ask Mai instead…" Ben's eyes bulged, and he sat up straight.
"No. I did learn a lot. It was really interesting," he said quickly and a lot more nicely.
"I was just teasing," Summer said, touching his hand. Her fingers tingled and her stomach filled with butterflies. She quickly pulled away and looked down at the ground. She grabbed a strand of her hair and began to twirl it around her finger. Luckily, Ben didn't seem to notice.
"You know, it's been a while since we've actually sat down like this and talked," he said casually. "We did this every day that one month you took a break…" Ben was trying to make eye contact, but Summer refused to meet his gaze. Instead, she looked up at the fluffy clouds that were gradually turning to a gorgeous sunset. When she didn't reply, he continued, "So, what's been going on? What have you been doing? Other than the FCP and all that, I mean."
"I don't know. I've been busy. What about you?"
"That's not an answer."
Her face twisted at his unexpected reply.
"It is too an answer! What are you looking for, a detailed documentary about these last few weeks?"
He laughed, which made her lips twitch to a slight frown.
"You're so defensive sometimes, Summer, I swear," he continued laughing. He was enjoying himself so much that Summer couldn't help but crack a smile. However, his comment about her being defensive reminded her of someone else who was a little too defensive…
"I'm sorry about Sokka," she said abruptly, and Ben stopped laughing. A frown quickly replaced his radiant smile.
"How did I even end up in that hole anyway?" he asked, his voice full of genuine curiosity.
"Well… I think that when Sokka hacked my computer, he became the writer and had the power to change whatever he liked. The power of being an author, I guess, allowed him to alter the fictional universe that I created." Ben blinked and she sighed. "Summer is writer. Writer controls characters. Sokka became writer after Sokka hacked computer. Sokka banished Ben to hole. Ben is character in Summer's story. Ben was banished to hole. Capishe?"
Ben began laughing again, and Summer cracked a smile.
"Now I understand," he said between laughs. "I'm sorry, I'm no writer. I don't have any experience with good word choices and what not."
"You should become a writer. The job is fun enough, and FanFiction is absolutely addicting." She sighed. "It's taking over my life."
"No kidding," he replied in a monotone voice, and Summer took the hint. She began to feel a little guilty for those weeks she hadn't gone out of her way to get in touch with Ben. This was the first time they'd seen each other since Ben had interrupted her creativity lesson with Ty Lee. Sensing his irritation, she made a quick decision to be bold.
"Would you rather I spend more time with you?" she asked flirtatiously, and his expression immediately became calmer.
"It wouldn't hurt, would it?" Summer turned away so Ben could not see her blushing furiously.
Silence followed as they both watched people walking around the shopping center. The sky's light sunset colors were slowly darkening. They sat in silence for five minutes. Five minutes in which Summer's head was buzzing with anxious "Does he like me or not?" thoughts. A slight breeze began to blow, and Summer scooted closer to Ben on the bench.
Deciding to do a very cliché move, Ben casually stretched his arms upward and relaxed his left arm around her shoulder. The butterflies in Summer's stomach went into overdrive, making her feel sick with flirty anticipation. So, maybe he did like her back. She relaxed her head on his strong shoulder, memories flooding through her like a dam that had been broken. Every new thought of the times they had spent together brought a new smile to her face.
"You know, Miss Dae, you are one of the most conflicting people I've ever met," he said quietly, though his intonation was light and humorous.
"What do you mean by that?" She was smiling now. The crowds around them were growing, since the movie theatre was a popular site for teenagers on a Saturday evening.
"Your attitude is so diplomatic when you want it to be. Then other times, you're so completely high strung it drives me mad." Even though Summer couldn't see his expression, she knew he was smiling; it was embedded in his voice. "And what did Sokka mean when he said that I was a complete Gary Stu?" She frowned and was hoping that this question wouldn't come up.
"You have a wonderful life and a wonderful role in my story. You always know what to say to everything. You're clumsy and tardy - sad attempts at fatal flaws - and you're attractive," she replied. She already had the list in her head before she had come to meet him that night. He only seemed to hear the last word of her explanation.
"You think I'm attractive?" he asked, giving a cunning smile and raising his eyebrows.
"I think you're very attractive…" she admitted. "But you're no Gary Stu, Mr. McCoy," she teased.
"Shouldn't Sokka be able to see that?" he questioned.
"He doesn't know you like I do."
"And what do you mean by that?"
"I know your fatal flaw." His eyebrows rose.
Before she could stop herself, she blurted it out immediately.
"You are the only guy on this entire planet who PMSes worse than Zuko." This was true, even tonight, and both of them knew it. Ben's mood had dramatically shifted at least five times in the last five minutes.
They began to laugh, and Summer snuggled closer to his warm body as the temperature became cooler. Ben's arm tightened around her shoulder, and the whole scene suddenly became a lot less awkward.
Summer racked her brain for something romantic to say, but nothing came to her. Ben, it appeared, since he was not saying anything, seemed to be at a loss for words as well. Still, there was no need to talk. All their emotions were laid out in their actions. Summer shifted her weight so she could look at Ben. His expression was unsettled and somewhat sad.
"What's wrong?" she asked, grasping his warm hand. She was not uneasy anymore, now knowing that he felt the same way. He looked down at her and smiled as if not wanting to burden her with his worries.
"Nothing," he replied quietly. She raised an eyebrow. "Just wondering why we didn't do this weeks ago." Summer knew that was definitely not why he was upset, but she decided not to press the issue.
"Do what?" she asked, almost positive she knew what was coming.
"This," he replied, leaning towards her.
Crap! Crap! Crap, she thought, he's leaning right. That means I have to lean left… right? Summer began blushing again and almost wanted to run away, but instead, she began to lean in herself. It was gradual, and soon, their lips scarcely touched. Ben ran a hand through her hair as she wrapped her arms around his neck.
The kiss was quick, and they were about to do it again when someone interrupted them.
"Get a room!" someone blurted out loudly. They lost their balance and snapped back to reality immediately. Summer recognized the voice instantly and spun around. Her face turned red in anger instead of embarrassment when she heard someone hush him.
"Sokka!" the voice shushed him, but it wasn't Ellie or Linda. Or even Fyre or Mikyla.
It was Zuko.
Summer stood abruptly and turned quick on her heals to see Zuko and Sokka both casually leaning against the wall next to the bench. Zuko looked slightly uncomfortable, and Sokka looked somewhere between annoyed and frightened.
"Zuko?" she asked angrily, a twinge of angry sadness overtook her voice. "Why?" she demanded. "Don't you know that this happens to be a very private moment in my life?!" Sokka didn't reply, but his eyes seemed to say, So, that's why you chose to start smooching in the middle of the shopping centre, right?
"Linda, Ellie, and Fyre were taking us to see a movie," Zuko explained. "You know, they don't have those in the four nations, and we wanted to go. Then Sokka insisted he saw Ben walking around and wanted to do some damage –"
"Did not!" Sokka complained, and Summer glared at him.
"I cannot tell a lie," Zuko said defensively, beginning to take note at how angry Summer was getting. Anger was bubbling in her chest, and it was taking every ounce of her self-control to keep from punching Sokka square in the face. Though, she didn't want to look bad in front of Ben either, now that they had finally… Well, nevermind.
Summer gritted her teeth to keep herself from losing her patience further. Ben stood up and joined her, and he began to rub her shoulder affectionately. This made her feel better, but she wasn't about to let Sokka know that.
"So, this is the famous Ben McCoy that Mai's been telling me about," Zuko said, breaking the icy silence. He stuck out his hand. "Nice to meet you." Ben reluctantly and awkwardly shook it. His cheeks flushed scarlet, still embarrassed of being caught making out with Summer.
"And here's that famous Summer Dae who never flames, or loses her patience, and is always ready to forgive people!" Sokka exclaimed, sticking out his hand as well. His mouth transformed into an overly large grimace. Summer slapped his hand away.
"Zuko! Sokka!" Fyre came running over to them with Ellie and Linda following close behind. "What's going on?"
"I thought we told you to meet us outside the coffee shop," Ellie said impatiently, tapping her foot in obvious annoyance. Her face immediately brightened when she saw Summer and Ben. "Oh, hey, you guys! Do you want to come see the movie with us? We couldn't get in touch with you. Your cells were both off."
Linda studied Summer more closely. She'd always had a knack for reading people's faces.
"What's wrong?" she asked sympathetically.
A billion things were about to come rolling off Summer's tongue. Explanations at how happy she and Ben were and how Sokka and Zuko decided to ruin everything… but Ben interrupted before she could sputter a single thing.
"Sokka's just jealous, that's all," he said simply.
"Oh, really? That's all?" Fyre noted in slight sarcasm, eyeing Ben's arm that was still around Summer's shoulder. Summer began to tug at her hair again.
"I'm not jealous," Sokka protested loudly. "Why would I be jealous?" Zuko released a loud awkward cough. Summer's eyes widened threateningly at Sokka, who was still being careful not to make eye contact with her.
"Eh, maybe jealous was the wrong word. You're protective," Ben supplied, breaking into one of his signature grins. Summer took note of how sour he had been looking, and then how quickly he became happy again. Sokka didn't reply, but the look on his face said, Yeah, right.
"Of what?" Fyre asked, and then turned to Summer, her voice growing deeper. "What did you do?" she demanded accusingly.
"This," Ben responded for her, swiping Summer around and planting a big kiss on her lips. Instinctively, she wrapped her arms around his neck to keep from falling and didn't let go. Her surprised expression quickly evaporated as the scene around her played out.
Zuko was doing his best not to watch and was taking note of a sunset cloud that looked like a silver sandwich. Fyre was also taking note at how she would love to take a bite out of the silver sandwich. Ellie was smiling smugly at Sokka's reaction. Linda was trying her hardest not to cry out of pure happiness… she was also trying, unsuccessfully, to contain a fangirly scream. And – Summer's favorite – Sokka's jaw had fallen so low she thought it was going to flop off his face.
She was embarrassed, of course (she didn't exactly plan for her friends to witness her second kiss), but she too terribly happy to stay that way for long. Ben released her from the five-second kiss, and she whispered, "Again with the PMSing," so no one but he could hear. And as she grabbed him and pulled him into a tight hug, she couldn't help but wonder…
You know, this would make a fantastic filler for Summer's Day.
As for a sneak peak of the next chapter… This next chapter is about Beta Reading. You'll learn how to find the right Beta for you and how to be a good Beta Reader. Also, as is in every four chapters, Random Reviews and Replies will be featured.
As for a review prompt… As always, we love hearing what you think of us, what lessons you want us to teach, and things you'd like to happen… Wait. Was it a FAN who told Summer and Ben to make out?! Oh, when I find you, you're being banished to a hole, buddy! I will hunt you down!