Hi everyone! A few months ago my old computer decided to break down and I lost EVERYTHING! (Note to self: back up ALL files) I've had to save up for a new computer and rewrite this chapter. Sorry it's taken me so long. Enjoy reading it!
Soon the long voyage comes to an end when Leela lands the ship in the Planet Express building. Leela, Fry, Bender and Sandy walk out of the ship in single file, exhausted and irritable.
"We're back!" shouted Sandy. "Where is everyone?"
"What were you expecting, a big parade in your honour?" Leela said sarcastically.
"Why should she be the one to get the parade?" Bender said, sounding annoyed. "I'm the only one here who deserves a parade!"
They all walk away from the ship and enter the lounge. They find Amy sitting on the couch applying her make-up. She takes notice of them and then puts her make-up aside. She stands up and runs towards them.
"I'm so glad that you guys are back!" said Amy excitedly. "You've been missing for a month! We thought you were dead, or at least missing."
Sandy sighs. "And no one thought to form a search party and look for us? I hate this company and all the employees! You're all so selfish and stupid!"
Amy folds her arms. "We couldn't form a search party; Hermes thought it would be a waste of time so he concentrated on doing bureaucratic things. I had to go to Kif's home planet because his parents were celebrating their anniversary, Zoidberg was annoying everyone as usual and the Professor was looking for a new delivery crew in case you didn't come back."
Sandy shakes her head. "Oh please, don't lie to me! None of you helped because you're all lazy cheapskates! I could run this company better than any of you lot…"
"What's all this noise?" came Hermes' voice from another room. He walks into the room and gasps in surprise at the sight of Fry, Leela, Bender and Sandy. "Sweet rain of Southern Spain! You're alive!"
Zoidberg walks in soon afterwards. His face fills with delight when he sees everyone standing in front him. "My friends, you're alive! All month I worried about you, but I never gave up hope that you would be found!"
"Shut up Zoidberg!" said Bender.
"Oh, how I've missed you jokes Bender" Zoidberg said, smiling. He rushes over and pulls Bender into a tight hug.
"Get off me, you stupid lobster!" Bender shouts, struggling to break free from his scissor-like grip.
The Professor slowly shuffles into the room shortly afterwards. "What's going on in here?" He then catches sight of Leela, Fry, Bender and Sandy. "Aren't they meant to be dead, or am I going senile?"
"You went senile years ago, old man" Sandy said, with bitterness in her voice.
"They not dead Professor, they're really alive" said Hermes.
"Oh, then I suppose I need to stop the search for a new delivery crew" said the Professor sadly. "I need to go and take down the ads I put up around town… And in the newspapers… And on the internet…"
Sandy walks towards the Professor and produces a folded sheet of paper from her jacket pocket. "Would you sign this for me please?" she said, unfolding the piece of paper in her hand.
"Professor, I don't think that it's a good idea for you to sign that" said Leela. "You haven't even read it yet. You don't know what you could be agreeing to."
"Be quiet, Leela" said Sandy. "Sign it, Professor."
"Okay, then" said the Professor as he takes out a pen from his lab coat pocket and signs the sheet of paper.
Sandy turns to face everyone and waves the paper in the air. "Everyone, follow me into the conference room now!" she said before leaving the room.
Everyone shrugs their shoulders and reluctantly follows her. Bender tries to leave as well, however Zoidberg tightens his grip, causing him to remain still.
"You can let go of me now" said Bender.
"Never!" said Zoidberg. "Let's never be apart again!"
Bender lets out a frustrated sigh. "Okay, let me try it this way. Get off me or I will kill you!"
"What a sense of humour you have!" said Zoidberg, laughing energetically.
Bender finally manages to pry Zoidberg off of him and pushes him to the floor. Zoidberg gets up and follows Bender into the conference room.
In the conference room, everyone is sat in their usual places. The Professor is about to sit down in his chair, but Sandy shoves him out of the way and takes his place.
"Excuse me, I think you'll find that you're sitting in my chair" said the Professor.
"It is to my understanding that the owner of Planet Express sits in this chair" said Sandy.
The Professor nods his head in agreement. "Yes, and that's me!"
"No, I'll think that you'll find that it's me" Sandy said.
"Since when?" the Professor asked.
Sandy holds up the sheet of paper the Professor signed earlier. "Since you signed this legal document handing over your ownership of the company to me."
"What?" everyone said in unison.
Sandy turns to face everyone. "Why do you think I summoned you all in here? I wanted to tell you that, thanks to the Professor, I'm the new owner of Planet Express."
"What does that mean for us?" asked Zoidberg.
"It means that I'm your new boss" explained Sandy.
Amy gasps dramatically. "Professor, how could you do this to us?"
Leela sighs. "I told you that you shouldn't have signed it Professor. But, as usual, no one ever listens to me."
Hermes takes the contract from Sandy's hand and looks it over. "I'm sorry to say this, but this contract is legit and watertight."
Sandy snatches the contract back from Hermes. "Of course it's legit! Now, I have new changes to make. Everyone will be assigned new jobs tomorrow-"
Moans and groans are heard from everyone.
"What if we don't want a new job?" said Bender. "I barely do the job that I have now!"
"Then you will be fired and banned from the building" said Sandy.
"You can't do that" said Amy.
"I can do whatever I like!" said Sandy, suddenly snapping at her. "I own the company now! I have the power to hire and fire employees as I please! If you all want to keep your jobs, I suggest that you all stay quiet. Do you understand?"
Everyone looks at each other nervously, too afraid to say anything.
Sandy stands up. "Good. Now everyone will line up by the ship tomorrow to be told what their new job is, but for now, you're not needed. You can all go home."
Everyone stands up and leaves the room, muttering their hatred for the change of ownership. Leela stay behind and pours herself a cup of coffee. As she takes a sip, Fry walks up to her.
"My answer is yes" Fry said suddenly.
Leela stares at him. "What are you talking about? Yes to what?"
"Remember when we were still on the ship and you asked me if I loved Sandy?"
Leela nods her head.
"Well, my answer is yes. I do love her" said Fry.
"Oh, okay..." said Leela, sounding disappointed.
"And that is why I can't see you any more" Fry added.
"What?" said Leela. "What do you mean by that?"
"I think that my old feelings for you are coming back and I'm too distracted with you around, so I must stop talking to you."
"Distracted?" Leela asked. "Distracted from what?"
Fry looks away from her. "I'm not allowed to tell you."
"Did Sandy tell you to say this to me?" asked Leela. "You do know that you don't have to do everything Sandy tells you to do?"
Sandy walks towards them and joins the conversation. "Yes he does. He's my husband."
"Did you tell him to say that he can't see me anymore?" Leela asked Sandy.
Sandy shakes her head. "I didn't tell him to do anything. Fry is just expressing what he truly believes. Isn't that right, Fry?"
Fry nods his head in agreement. "Yes, I'm in love with Sandy and there is nothing that you can do about it."
"Forgive me, but I don't believe either of you" said Leela. "That sounded rehearsed to me."
"Well you have to believe it at some point" Sandy said. "Fry doesn't love you anymore, and he never will as long as he is married to me. Now, if you excuse us, we are going home."
Sandy beckons Fry to follow her and they walk out of the room together. "At last you told her" whispered Sandy as they leave. "My plan can continue now that there are no distractions."
Fry stops and watches Leela pour her coffee into the sink. "I don't love her" he whispered to himself. "I love you, Leela, and I always will..."
Sandy turns around when she realises that Fry is no longer following her. "Fry! Get here now!"
Fry watches Leela put the cup in the sink and sighs sadly as she walks out of the room. He turns around and walks slowly towards Sandy, who is tapping her foot impatiently as she waits for him by the front door. She grabs hold of his wrist and drags him out of the room.
Please review, plus any kind of constructive criticism you may want to give me (thank you to those who have left reviews, and who have favourited this story, etc). I'm not sure when I can upload the next chapter, but I'll try to do it soon.
See ya later!
(P.S. If there are any mistakes, I apologize. I always check my chapters before I upload them, but sometimes I don't see the mistakes until afterwards or until someone points them out)