I wrote this story as a birthday gift for my girlfriend. It's already completed, but you guys will have to wait for the rest of the chapters. Want me to update quicker? Then please review. :)

The Power Of Time

The power of time is an incredible force.

It has the power to change, to wither, to move…

Chapter 1 - Sunset

She's got you high and you don't even know yet.

She's got you high and you don't even know yet.

The blaze of the sunset stung his eyes every time he blinked. His eyes were growing heavier the longer he stood awake. It didn't help that he was exhausted from the day's earlier events. With every breath, his body beckoned for the warm embrace of bed, his consciousness waning and the pull of sleep growing within his person. It was a battle for sleep waging in his body, and he was losing.

The sun's in the sky, its warming up your bare legs.

You can't deny you're looking for the sunset.

He'd normally sleep a little later into the night like he'd usually do, but due to the slow pace of time life had been moving at, sleep had become more appealing as the sun took longer strides into the sky each day. He refused to sleep this early without some sort of accomplishment of a heroic feat achieved today. But as there was nothing to do and no one who needed to be saved all week, he was finding it harder to fill in the huge gaps in his schedule. Not to mention how the intense heat of the sun had been exhausting him quicker than normal.

She's got you high and you don't even know yet.

She's got you high and you don't even know yet.

At the very least, Finn didn't want to sleep without an objective to do the next day.

"Man, the days have been getting slower, haven't they?" he asked the air.

Finn knew he looked awkward speaking to no one but himself. And even if he weren't alone, as someone could be listening in on him talking to himself, he wouldn't care. It was a moment in his life where he harbored little care for anything in the world, whereas he'd normally be sensitive to other's opinions, and Finn wasn't sure of what to make of it. Generally, he didn't care.

It's the search for the time before it leaves without you.

Have you lost your mind or has she taken all of yours too?

He closed his eye lids, passively ignoring the sting in his eyes, and laid his head back on the wood as he rested his mind. Giving up on conjuring an objective for tomorrow, he let his mind free to wander the depths of his subconscious. He watched through his mind's eye as images of various random things listlessly entered and exited the scope of his conscious. One of those images showed him the image of the Ice King holding the princess of the Candy Kingdom under his arm.

It was then that Finn was reminded how long it had been since he contacted the princess.

What's this about? I figured love would shine through.

(Sheee's got you high…)

We've lost romance this world has turned so see through.

"Huh, it has been a while…" he said to himself.

The more he thought about it, the more he realized how long it had been since the two spoke much to each other. It was roughly a week ago when he saved Bubblegum from the Ice King's palace and she congratulated him heroically. He thought back to other days beyond that, but the only time he and the princess spoke to one another would be during the weekly rescue mission or the rare phone call. Otherwise, there had been little conversation between them all week, all month, even.

"Hmm… I should go check up on her…" he said, staring at the sun touching the horizon, "…tomorrow."

Open your mind, believe it's going to come to.

(Sheeee's got you high…)

Keep romance alive and hope she's going to tell you.

Finn brought his knees to his chest, wrapping his arms around them, as he continued to bide the flow of time.

Now that his subconscious brought it up, Finn couldn't focus on any thought other than the candy princess. He was normally shy about thinking of the princess in any way, but whenever she did make an appearance in his mind, he'd usually just think about the features he liked the most about her. The way she smiles, her brilliant scientific mind, her kooky whacked dark side she shades with an adorable demeanor. Finn began to blush at the image of her in his head, her sweet face, her tall stature, her voluptuous shape…

She's got you high and you don't even know yet.

She's got you high and you don't even know yet.

With a fierce shake of the head, Finn forcefully removed the dishonorable image that cropped up in his mind, his face flushed with heat. It was unjust and dishonorable how his subconscious could possibly conceive that image. Finn would never think so low like that and he became ashamed of himself for subconsciously thinking of the princess like that. What compelled his brain to paint such an image anyway?

The sun's in the sky, it makes for happy endings.

You can't deny you want a happy ending.

Perhaps it was his inner desire to see Bubblegum again after nearly a month long absence. He spent much of his free time adventuring or exploring, but whenever he got the chance to visit the Candy Kingdom, she would always be inside and unable to meet visitors, as well as other heat sensitive candy people turning reclusive. He naturally grew concerned about the princess's well being, but then he recalled being told by her that she wasn't fond of intense heat or hot days, as she would melt from the exposure. Considering it was summer, the hottest session of months all year, it was feasible as to why Bubblegum hasn't been outside as often as she had been.

What's this about? I figured love would shine through.

(Sheeeee's got you high…)

We've lost romance this world has turned so see through.

"She must be really lonely in that castle…" Finn said to himself.

Bubblegum had remained cooped up in her castle during the day, and even during the night she rarely left the walls of the palace, for that the leftovers of the sun's wrath still lingered in the air and made things unbearable for her. This had been going on for a month or so now. If anything, he figured, she could use some company to occupy her while she bided the summer heat during the day. And since Finn's schedule was wide open, he could potentially spend the whole day with her if she wanted, and perhaps a little extra compensation for being a good friend. What a dream that would be…

Open your mind, believe it's going to come to.

(Sheeeee's got you high…)

Keep romance alive and hope she's going to tell you.

Finn sighed as he lightly shook the thought from his head. It was no use bringing his hopes up like that. He knew well enough about the status of their relationship and how Bubblegum only looked at him like a little brother, being shorter than her, less smarter than her, always asking the questions for something he didn't understand. Besides, he probably wasn't her type. The princess would rather have someone tall, smart, handsome, and not a little kid.

She's got you high…

Finn was normally optimistic about the things that crossed his mind, especially love. But after a few weeks of not seeing the princess or having thoughts of her, he noticed how far he was from Bubblegum as a romantic interest. He began to realize the reality of their relationship.

She's got you high…

"We're just friends…but…can it be more than that?"

She's got you high…

He had to face it. After such a long time of nothing happening between the two or any light of hope for a romantic union, the possibility of becoming romantically involved with the princess dwindled by the day.

Besides, if Bubblegum really did share the same feelings, why hasn't she tried to return them?

What's this about? I figured love would shine through.

(Sheeeee's got you high…)

We've lost romance this world has turned so see through.

Finn reminded himself about his not so secret crush on the princess and how everyone was aware of this. Even Marceline knew about this childish infatuation and exploited it whenever she could for her own amusement. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Bubblegum was aware of it as well, she even seemed to tease him about it. So if she had the same feelings for Finn like he'd like to think so, she'd cut the foreplay and tell him soon, right?

"She likes me too…doesn't she?"

Open your mind, believe it's going to come to.

(Sheeeee's got you high…)

Keep romance alive and hope she's going to tell you.

But no. She hasn't hinted at any mutual feelings, other than the occasional tease or hug, in the months they've known each other, nor was she showing any signs of developing them. Things between them have been rather stale and uninteresting, and it's been that way since they first met. It was likely she was keeping the crush in mind and did not want to waste her time pursuing it to Finn's wishes. Not to mention the obvious fact that he was still just a kid compared to her.

The more he thought about it, the more far-fetched the idea seemed.

What's this about? I figured love would shine through.

(Sheeeee's got you high…)

We've lost romance this world has turned so see through.

Finn shook his head again. He couldn't lose hope like that. There was always the chance that perhaps Bubblegum had been playing hard to get, waiting for Finn to confess his feelings to her first so that she could feel better about her emotions. Maybe she really is madly in love with him, but she's too shy to tell him.

"Yeah, maybe she's just teasing me…"

Of course, there was also the chance that Finn was just being delusional to the jarring truth he had dug up, but Finn buried that idea in his conscious.

Open your mind, believe it's going to come to.

(Sheeeee's got you high…)

Keep romance alive and hope she's going to tell you.

Finn looked back to the sunset, almost forgetting it was there, as it was hunkering under the horizon in preparation for sleep. The recession of the sun brought upon a shade of night from the opposite side of the sky, painting clouds a vivid violet and red in the scope of the sun's light.

Finn inhaled deeply, releasing his knees from his arms, and lifted himself up from the tree branch he had seated himself on. He brushed off some dirt and a few leaves he contracted on the climb to the spot he gazed the sunset on. He turned and reached for a set of wooden planks, nailed to become a makeshift ladder on the side of the tree.

She's got you high…

The candy princess was still the focus of his mind as he climbed the wooden planks to a window of the tree house. He was unsure of the princess's opinion of him, whether he was just a little kid to her or a source of romantic admiration. The evidence was clearly leaning towards the former of the two, but like the stubborn kid he was, Finn would rather believe that Bubblegum had some sort of romantic feeling for him, even if just marginal.

'Maybe I should ask her about it tomorrow…' Finn thought, entering the tree fort.

What's this about? I figured love would shine through.

(Sheeeeee's got you high…)

We've lost romance this world has turned so see through.

He made his way past the rooms and hallways, as well as Jake fixing up some tea in the kitchen. Finn didn't say anything and stayed out of the sight of his friend, not wishing to engage in conversation and would rather head straight for the bedroom. The earlier he was to rise the next morning, the quicker he'll find out the answer to the irritating question plaguing him.

'Bubblegum…I like you a lot…and, I want you to know it…' he thought as he opened a drawer holding his pajamas.

Open your mind, believe it's going to come to.

(Sheeeee's got you high…)

Keep romance alive and hope she's going to tell you.

As Finn exchanged his normal clothes for his pajamas, he pondered what he would say to the princess the next day. Should he be straight forward and ask her directly or draw the subject to the matter that pestered him? Either way, he was determined to find out the answer, even if it made things awkward between him and Bubblegum. It was rather bold of Finn to confront his crush in such a way, but the problem made him anxious and he was just dying to find out the truth.

Maybe because it scared him so how doubtful he was of the nature of their relationship and how it was, if at all, progressing to one of romance. The subject gnawed at his conscious and, as a result of curiosity and fear, he had to figure out if things really weren't the way they seemed between him and the princess. He really wanted to know if the princess liked him or not. Finn wasn't afraid of what the answer might be, he was afraid of that status of their friendship after the question would be asked. Would they still be friends? Would they become lovers? Would their friendship sour? There was no telling what the future held for them.

She's got you high!

Finn sighed as he tugged his sleeping bag and flapped it in the air, ridding it of any unsightly material it may have contracted during the day. A few green worms tumbled out of the bag and rushed to wiggle their way off of the mattress, but Finn ignored them as he climbed his bed and settled himself within his nest.

There was no use thinking any further of the subject as he would figure it out the next day. Finn sighed and closed his eyes, meditating on clearing his mind to ease into sleep. Soon, the stress of the questions receded and Finn fell into a slumber, calmly resting in preparation of the following day.

Tomorrow, he would find out the answer to his questions. It would be the best day of his life, or the worst. There was no way to tell.

End of Chapter 1

Yes, it's a song fic. I've little experience with song fics, actually. It doesn't help that all of these chapters are song fics. Oh well, she loved the story anyway. (:

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Song used: She's Got You High by Mumm-Ra