I shivered from the cold night air and instantly felt a pair of strong arms wrap around me, pulling me closer to my main source of heat. I smiled happily to myself as I snuggled closer to Gaz. After we had made love we both agreed that, because of the lack of heat, it would be best to put our clothes back on. I was currently wrapped up in Gaz's leather jacket, swimming in his scent. It was addictive, a mix between leather, Gaz's musky aroma that followed him and something close to old spice.
He was holding me gently, his head buried in my neck as he whispered soothing words to me. I sighed happily.
"Are you awake?" he asked, sounding tired.
"Yeah." I said turning in his arms and pressing my forehead to his. He was smiling at me, a goofy grin covering his face. I don't know why, but I really wanted to hear him sing some more. Like I said before, his voice was beautiful, but hearing it when it was just for me was better then pissing off the Gaga girls then having a jam session with the Bohemians all wrapped into one. "Can you sing me something? Just to fall asleep to?" I asked. His smile grew and he kissed my nose.
"Of course." he breathed before taking a breath, only to stop. He gave me a distressed look. "I can't think of anything." he mumbled sadly. I gave him a reassuring smile.
"It's ok. Just listen to your heart instead of your head for once." Gaz smiled at me, pure love in his eyes. He kissed me gently, pulling me even closer to him. When he pulled away he stared right into my eyes.
Nothing's gonna harm you, not while I'm around.
Nothing's gonna harm you, no sir, not while I'm around.
Demons are prowling everywhere, nowadays,
I'll send 'em howling,
I don't care, I got ways.
No one's gonna hurt you,
No one's gonna dare.
Others can desert you,
Not to worry, whistle, I'll be there.
Demons'll charm you with a smile, for a while,
But in time...
Nothing can harm you
Not while I'm around...
I could feel my eyes watering already. I had never heard him say something like that before, to anyone.
Not to worry, not to worry
I may not be smart but I ain't thick
I can do it, put me to it
Show me something I will do the trick
Not to worry, chick.
I blushed at the nickname as he continued.
Being close and being clever
Ain't like being true
I don't need to,
I would never hide a thing from you,
No one's gonna hurt you, no one's gonna dare
Others can desert you,
Not to worry, whistle, I'll be there!
Demons'll charm you with a smile, for a while
But in time...
Nothing can harm you
Not while I'm around...
I was crying as he finished, but he just smiled as he wiped the tears away. That was the most beautiful thing I'd ever heard. I could practically hear the music playing softly through the song, knowing he could hear it.
"I love you Galileo Figero." I said honestly as I slipped back to sleep. As I drifted off I heard Gaz say something in my ear.
"I love you, too, Scaramouche. Now and forever."
I was woken up again by the sound of Gaz sitting up, shrieking loudly.
"Seven Seas Of Rhye!" he gasped loudly, coughing slightly. I grinned as I sat up as well, ready and willing to have more…fun with my Gaz.
"Well good morning Gazza!" I said cheerily. "Or perhaps I should use your full name, Shagileo Gigolo." I joked, stroking his shoulder. He randomly leaped up, turning over and pinning me down as he mumbled things incoherently. He stopped when he realised what I had said, my legs slowly wrapping around his waist.
"Shagileo Gigolo?" he asked, a smile slowly stretching on his face. "You really think so?" he asked, his smile turning into a smirk. I nodded before pulling him into a kiss, his body falling on top of mine as I leaned back. Just as I felt his hands creeping up my stomach, he pulled away. "We don't have time. I've been dreaming of Big Mac and the others. I dreamt that there were cops and there were cages made of lasers and-"
"Gazza, believe me there is nothing, and I mean nothing, more boring than people wanting to describe their dreams to you" I said dryly, cutting him off. He looked a little annoyed that I had interrupted him.
"No but really…" he said, trying to get back in the conversation.
"Trust me on this, it kills relationships stone dead. The day one partner wakes up and starts saying "it was amazing, there was this rabbit in a bowler hat cooking an omelette…" that's when love dies." Gaz looked positively dumbfounded, not finding the point of my metaphor. While he tried to figure out what I was talking about I reached over to the front seat of the van and grabbed the micro chips, studying them some more.
"Scaramouche I'm sure of it. The Bohemians are heading across the Seven Seas of Rhye" oh great I have to hear this for the second time this morning.
"I know" I mumbled carelessly.
"I think it's somewhere in the Euro precinct of Planet Mall- there's water, lots of water…what?" finally Gaz realised that I actually knew what he was talking. He might be 'The Dreamer' but that didn't mean he was the only one who knew everything, which is weird considering Gaz can barely remember his own name.
"I know all about the Seven Seas of Rhye. Actually they're not seas at all, but rivers, rivers that supply a lake. They used to call it Lake Geneva. The Spirit of Rock is very strong there. It's where they put the misfits, the rebels". Galileo was staring at me, a loving glint in his eyes. I think he had gotten the wrong idea about how I knew all this
"But this is incredible, Scaramouche! We've had the same dream! It's like we're soul-mates, split aparts, kindred spirits-" he babbled happily.
"Gaz, I didn't have any dream, I've just reversed the polarity on one of Khashoggi's micro transceivers. I've been monitoring Police Headquarters." I said quickly. Gaz then moved away and started putting his shoes back on looking kind of put down
"Wow, you certainly know how to make a guy feel inadequate." he mumbled as he pulled his boots on.
"Aw bless! Let me make it up to you". I said with a smirk as I leaned across to him again. He looked over at me and I caught the tempted look stirring in them but, just like before, he pulled away.
"No! I have to go to the Seven Seas!" he said determinedly.
"Pretty dangerous, the cops are bound to be still after us. I say we hide out here on this mattress… for a few days… and while we're here…" I suggested, laying back down and praying he would join me.
"No Scaramouche! I still haven't found what I'm looking for. I can't get no satisfaction." Well that hurt a little, obviously I wasn't good enough for him. "You don't stop till you get enough… Aaaah Ga… doo doo doo, push pineapple shake the tree". I've said it before and I'll say it again, I got stuck with a complete nutter. A cute nutter who stole my heart.
"pardon?" I asked, this time not sounding sarcastic.
"I'm sorry, I don't know where that last bit came from. Look, I'm going, Scaramouche, but I shall come back for you." wait what?
"Hang on, what do you mean? There'll be cops all over the place. I should go not you." I know it sounded like I was just trying to sound tough. But in reality, I couldn't stand the idea of Gaz getting hurt.
"Forget it, Scaramouche, this is my fight!" he said stubbornly. Of course the guy I fall in love with is as stubborn as I am.
"Excuse me? How'd you work that out?" I asked sarcastically.
"Because I'm the Man! Britney Spears said so." he said with an annoyingly cocky smirk on his face.
"And look how well that turned out for him." I mumbled. I felt the air around me grow colder as two eyes burned onto my head.
"That's not funny Scaramouche." Gaz muttered darkly. "He died to save us and I will not let his sacrifice go to waste."
"Exactly which is why it's stupid for you to risk your life. I'm dispensable. You stay here." I argued. A look washed over Gaz's face as I said dispensable. Something tells me he doesn't agree with me.
"Oh yeah, like I'm really going to let my chick go fight my battles for me" that one got my attention and I stood up in front of him. Boyfriend or not I will not be talked to like that.
"Let. Your. Chick!" I repeated in a steely voice. Excuse me but at what point in this relationship did you actually take the arse-hole pill?" Gaz stood up as well, facing me with a pissed look on his face.
"Oh for God's sake, Scaramouche, does everything always have to be a fight with you? I thought you said you'd mellowed out?" me asked, dragging out the last two words.
"Well I guess I haven't!" I repeated in the same voice.
"Well you know it's really starting to irritate me." he said. Like I cared if I pissed him off. If he really loved me as much as he did then he would listen to me.
"Oh no! My heart just broke." I snapped sarcastically.
"Look! You're my girlfriend and I want to protect you." as sweet as that was, I didn't ask for his protection. He knows better then anyone that I can take care of myself.
"You think just because you got you're leg over, you own me or something?" I asked and he looked a little red at that comment.
"Oh you are such a pain with this constant female assertion thing!" he muttered. There is nothing wrong with being a feminist.
"Fine! At least we know where we stand." I yelled at him.
"Yes we do!" he shouted back.
"Which is not together!" I yelled. Gaz looked like he wanted to say something but stopped at my words, his face crumpling slightly. I stopped arguing as my words finally settled in my brain. Not together? I didn't want that. I wanted him to tell me he loved me like he did last night.
"If you say so." Gaz finalized before turning and storming off. I glared at his back as I followed him, not about to be left behind.
"Right! From now on our relationship is purely professional. We have a job to do and we'll do it and that's all!" I screamed at him. He didn't even turn around as he walked briskly away, his strides hard to keep up with.
"Suits me. But I'm going to the Seven Seas." he yelled as he found the path to take us there.
"So am I, but if when you get there you get caught, and the Dream is lost and the kids are enslaved till the end of time, well you're going to feel a bit bloody stupid, that's all!" I screamed at him as I followed him, watching him flinch at my harsh words.
We stomped in silence, coming across a tunnel. The close confinements of the tunnel caused us to be closer then we would have liked, but we had to get to the Seven Seas of Rhye. Unfortunately I was slower in my new outfit. We carried on walking for what must have been a whole day and ended up arguing the whole time. Eventually we got tired of screaming at each other so we were walking in silence. During that time Gaz had managed to gain at least a good four meters on me. It was like he was trying to get rid of me.
"Oi! Oi! Slow down will you!" I yelled at Gaz as he carried on walking ahead of me. I was tired and his pace wan't helping.
"No you keep up!" he yelled back, flashing me an annoyed smirk.
"I've got shorter legs than you!" I tried to reason.
"Don't worry, your mouth makes up for them." he muttered as he carried on.
"You didn't have any objections to it last night." I retorted slyly, licking my lips suggestively. Gaz turned around, his face reddening a few shades.
"That is below the belt!" well he walked right into that one. I smirked as I looked below his belt and smirked which really made him blush. I didn't want to hurt his feelings like this but he started it.
"Which seems to be all you think women are good for!" I snapped.
"Hey- we're not on some feminist achievement course here, it's a battle as big as the planet!" he yelled as he stomped over to me. I rolled my eyes.
"As big as your ego more like!" I said as he approached me.
"Me, egotistical? Let's get one thing straight here. You're a girl." that's not a good enough reason for him to be better then me. "You're slower than me, weaker than me…"
"Cleverer than you…" I added, smirking at his expression.
"What? Just because you managed to reverse the polarity on a couple of micro transceivers?" he started fake laughing after this, probably because he knew it was true. I started fake laughing in too adding in a quick
"Yes." he glared at me again.
"My intelligence is abstract! I have the mind of an artist!" Oh for the love of god.
"A piss-artist more like!" I snapped he turned away and started walking off again whilst saying.
"A rock artist! And I have a world to save, so if you're going to hold me up then…" I followed him, feeling hurt that I was now a waste of everyone's time, even Gaz's.
"Hold you up? Listen mate. We're in this together, and despite the fact that you're an emotionally immature, little prick, I'm staying!" I snapped, noting his expression change from one of anger, to devastation. That's right Galileo Figero, that is what I think you are.
"Suit yourself!" he snapped.
"Don't worry I will!" he scoffed and he walked off again. I, letting my emotions get the better of me, mimicked him. He stopped as he turned around, facing me with a grim expression.
"What?" he snapped. I mimicked him again and he got even angrier. "Hey!" I mimicked him again, this time dropping my voice to copy him better. "Scaramouche stop doing that! Quit pointing at me like that! Ugh!" he yelled. Before I knew what was happening, he was singing again.
Here we stand or here we fall
History won't care at all
Wake the dead, fight the fight
Lady Mercy won't be home tonight
I already got the idea of the tune he was singing and joined him, venting all my frustration to the love of my life.
You don't waste no time at all
Don't hear the bell but you answer the call
It comes to you as to us all
You're just waiting for the hammer to fall
Great, now he's mimicking me!
Yeah, the hammer to fall!
Every night, and every day
A little piece of you is falling away
But lift your face, the western way, babe
Build your muscles as your body decays
Toe your line and play their game
Let the anaesthetic cover it all
Till one day they call your name
You know it's time for the hammer to fall
Hey! The hammer to fall!
He sang before he slouched down on the floor, glaring up at me as I continued.
Rich or poor or famous
For your truth it's all the same
Lock your door but rain is pouring
Through your windowpane
Baby now your struggle's all in vain
I knelled down in front of him, getting in his face. He glared as he shoved me away but I only shoved back. This continued on, us shoving and pushing each other like a couple of five year olds. Soon I got tired of this and stood back up. He followed me.
What the hell we fighting for?
Just surrender and it won't hurt at all
You just got time to say your prayers
While you're waiting for the hammer to, hammer to fall
The hammer to fall
The hammer to, hammer to, hammer to fall!
Gaz jumped in front of me, posing.
"Well give it to me one more time!" he yelled. I raised an eyebrow at him.
"In. Your. Dreams, mate." I seethed as I stormed off. Gaz followed me as we carried on to the Seven Seas. I hope we figure this out soon, I miss the feeling of him holding me, kissing me...telling me he loved me.
Sorry it took so long.
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