Disclaimer I do not own Miranda.

Just Good Friends?

Stevie sipped her drink through her straw as she watched her friend at the bar. She knew Penny had been matchmaking again. She couldn't help but smile as she saw how totally useless her friends were. It was obvious that Gary and Miranda were crazy about each other. Even they could see it but after years of dodging around each other neither had got the nerve to do anything about it. She smiled slightly as she wondered if Penny knew how wrong she was. Her daughter had been in love with one man since the day she had started university. Now years later nothing had changed. She smiled and shook her head as she watched Gary laugh at something Miranda had said. It was time to do something about it. Ten years! Ten years or was it 12? Anyway, Stevie decided it was too long to be dancing around feelings. If Miranda and Gary were not going to get the nerve to do something about it, she was just going to have to help things along a little bit. Cupid was going have a helping hand, no matter what anyone else thought. She finished her drink and walked towards the bar as she began to formulate a plan that if she had her way would end up with her two best friends where they were supposed to be. Together.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

"Gary!" Miranda laughed as he handed her a chocolate sponge cake. "You made this?"

"No" He shook his head. "I waved a magic wand and it appeared. I'm a chef, what else do you think I do?"

"Well, I don't know do I?"

"You are useless sometimes." He smiled as she nodded sadly. She knew just how clumsy she was. Her mother had no end of fun telling her how she dispaired of her.

"I know."

"Hey." Gary instantly felt bad. The last thing he had wanted to do was upset her. "I didn't mean it."

"I know." Miranda tried to smile a little before resting her head on one hand. "But there are other people. As in my mother that do mean it. And they are right." She pushed herself off the barstool as Stevie approached.

"Hello." Stevie beamed.

"Hi." Gary answered automatically. Miranda smiled slightly at her friend.

"Bye." She waved one hand. "I'm going home. See you tomorrow."

"Miranda." Gary started.

"It doesn't matter." She shrugged before heading out of the bistro. "It's ok."

"What's got into her?" Stevie watched her go as Gary stared after their friend.

"I think I just messed things up. She isn't happy, Stevie. I dunno."

"Messed what up? Exactly?"

"I just never realised. And there's me thinking we were friends and I never saw it. Not until just then."

"Saw what?" Stevie really was at a loss.

"How unhappy she is. She's always joking and making everyone laugh but she's really unhappy." Gary felt sick as he thought of his friend alone in the flat above her shop.

"Well." Stevie leant forward. "I've been thinking about that. I think there is a way we can cheer her up."

"Yeah?"

"Yes." Stevie waved a hand as if it was the most obvious thing in the world. "You are going to be her date for her parent's anniversary party."

"I am?"

"Yes."

"What if she doesn't want to go with me?"

"Don't be an idiot Gary. She wont know until tomorrow night and by then it'll be too late."

"Thanks." He raised an eyebrow.

"You're welcome. I mean you two are just good friends. What harm is there?"

Stevie smiled slyly as she caught the look that crossed Gary's face. She knew she was on the right track.

##########

A/N Any good? Please review.