A/N: Okay, so I've been working on this chapter for a while, trying to write out a good scene for when Jessie and Buzz are alone, but the more I wrote, the more cheesy/awkward it got, so I ended up just keeping it simple. I hope you all like what I managed to come up with, though. After all, sometimes things are better left unsaid. Gives the imagination more to work with. ;D
Also, apology in advance for the mega corny ending. And thanks again for reading!
About an hour later, after Jessie had tried her best to clean up the crawlspace Dolly had led her to, the cowgirl stepped back into Bonnie's room. She immediately spotted Buzz in the far end of the room, working on Totoro's cardboard spaceship.
She breathed in and attempted to muster enough confidence to walk up to him, which was hard considering he practically shot her down the last time she suggested what she was about to suggest now.
As soon as she was within earshot of the space ranger, she cleared her throat. "Hey, B-Buzz?"
He turned, smiled. "Yes, Jessie?"
Judging by his expression, he obviously completely forgot what they had just discussed just a little while ago. "I wanted to ask you something."
Her tone caused Buzz to immediately stop what he was doing and focus all of his attention on her. "What is it?"
"What we talked about earlier," Jessie started, rubbing the tip of her boot against the floor. "I think I found a solution to our problem."
As the words sunk in, the space ranger's concerned expression began to fade. "Jessie, I already told you, we can't-"
"Dolly helped me find a place where we can be alone," She interrupted.
"You told Dolly about this?"
"She overheard," Jessie said. "She just wanted to help."
"We don't need anybody's help, Jess."
"You said if we had a certain place and time to be alone, we could-"
"I never said that!"
It wasn't until Buzz's last sentence echoed across the quiet room that they noticed their 'private' conversation wasn't so private after all, as all the other toys were hanging on their every word. The space toy blinked, and immediately grabbed Jessie's hand and led her under the bed.
They were silent for a moment, before the cowgirl spoke up. "Why don't you want to be alone with me, Buzz?" She asked, her head down.
"You said we'll never have a chance to be alone," Jessie mumbled. "And when I finally find a place for us to be alone, you won't come with me.
"Why?" She insisted, raising her head. "Does the thought of being alone with me..repel you or something?"
"What?" Buzz's eyes went wide. "N-no, of course not."
"What is it, then?"
"I don't know."
The cowgirl raised an eyebrow, impatiently waiting for an explanation.
"I guess it just...scares me." He admitted, deflating. "The thought of being alone with you scares me."
Jessie paused. "I..scare you?" She reached for her braid, nervously.
"No," Buzz grabbed her hands before she could start tugging at her hair. "Not you, Jess. Just the idea of being alone with you." He sighed. "It scares me."
"Why?" Her voice was barely audible.
"I'm afraid I might..do something wrong," He answered, cautiously. "And I don't want to ruin what we have by doing something stupid." He paused, lowering his head. "I don't want to lose you."
Jessie couldn't help smiling through the silence that followed.
"Oh, Buzz," She said, rubbing her thumb against the back of Buzz's hand. "Nothing you ever do or say will ever make me leave."
He swallowed a random lump in his throat. "Really?"
"Really," She smiled again. "Face it, you're stuck with me for life."
"I wouldn't have it any other way." He leaned close to her then, pausing when their lips were just inches away from each other. He laughed uncomfortably, but before he had a chance to break the space between them, Jessie spoke up.
"Wait!" She said, practically scaring the spacesuit right off Buzz. She giggled. "Sorry, I just thought if we're going to...well, maybe you can check out the place I was telling you about?"
Buzz wanted to say no. Despite his recent conversation with Jessie, he knew he was still terrified of the idea. But he knew this was important to her, and tossing all his insecurities aside, he gave his head one quick nod.
Jessie's face lit up. "Great, follow me!" She grabbed his hand and ran out from under the bed.
But just as they were about to exit Bonnie's bedroom, Mr. Potatohead's voice halted them. "Hey, Buzz! Me and the guys were about to start a round of Poker. Care to join us?"
The space ranger turned around, his face immediately growing red. "No, n-not right now. I was actually about to...uhm...Well, me and Jessie already...I mean..."
"We're a bit busy right now, Potatohead," Jessie finished, smiling. "Maybe later."
The toy spud's eyes went from each of the two toys. If he knew anything, he didn't let on. "Eh, whatever."
A half hour or so later, the couple was lost somewhere in the Anderson's house, down a hallway of some sort that neither of them had seen before. Jessie had led her and Buzz around in circles a dozen times, but for the life of her, she couldn't remember where the crawlspace was.
She bit her lip nervously, trying to recall the turns Dolly had made upon showing her the spot, or which turns she had made to get back to the room, but it just made her head hurt. She fell to the floor, holding her palms against her temples.
"Uhm, Jessie?" Buzz spoke up after a moment, clearing his throat. "I-I don't mean to interrupt, but...you do know where you're going, right?"
She just shook her head, refusing to look up at him.
The space toy sat down beside her, wrapping an arm around her back. "Hey, it's no big deal."
Jessie shook her head again, choking back a quiet sob. This is just the kind of thing she should have seen coming. Something else that would spoil any time she could ever have alone with Buzz. With her luck, any minute now, he would suggest that they...
"We can always try again some other time," Buzz said then, interrupting her thoughts.
Jessie's head shot up then, sudden fury glowing in her eyes. "I just knew you were gonna say that!" She exclaimed, pointing an accusing finger at Buzz.
He held up his hands, defensively. "Jess, I didn't mean anything by it. It's just...maybe it'd be better if we..." He trailed off, watching her crumble at his words. She sunk to the ground again, drawing her knees up to her chest.
He sighed, crawling his way over towards her. Standing on his knees in front of her, Buzz placed his finger under her chin, pulling her face up to look at him. "Jessie, there is nothing I'd rather do than be alone with you."
She sniffed, blinking light tears from her eyes. "Really?"
"Of course," Buzz admitted. "But when we do..have our first time...alone, I want it to special, you know?"
"Why can't it be special now?"
"Well, for one, we haven't even found that place of yours to be alone."
"We're alone now," Jessie pointed out, gesturing towards the abandoned hallway they happened upon.
Buzz's eyes going wide as if he just realized it.
She grinned at his uncertainty, but kissed him before he had a chance to fully grow into it. And the cowgirl practically melted when she felt Buzz kiss back with just as much fervor as she brought to the action.
As soon as they broke apart for air, Buzz leaned over her, pressing her up against the wall she was sitting against, his mouth covering her's once again.
Jessie giggled through the kiss. "Not too scared now, are we, space ranger?"
His cheeks turned pink as he shook his head sheepishly. And it was true. Kissing Jessie now, alone, was one of the most least frightening things he'd ever done. Being with her was as easy as breathing. Nothing made more sense.
He still wasn't sure how comfortable he was with expressing his emotions with other toys around, but when he was alone with Jessie, nothing could be more simple or more perfect.
When Buzz had come down from his thoughts, he realized sometime between then and now, Jessie had pinned him down, her body hovering over his.
He could feel everything. Every inch of her cottoned body molding into his plastic one, as she showered light kisses across his jaw.
Buzz could feel his face growing hot, just under her lips. Okay, so maybe it was only easy for him to kiss Jessie. Everything else was going way beyond his level of nervousness.
The cowgirl could feel Buzz's body tense from under her as her hands explored his chest-plate. She lifted her head slightly, her breath uneven. "Are you scared now?"
He gulped back a lump in his throat. "N-no."
"It's okay," She admitted. "I'm a little scared, too."
They both sat there for a moment, their light breathing hovering through the quietly hallway. Jessie absently traced her fingers around the red button on Buzz's chest.
"T-that doesn't mean we have to stop, though, right?"
Jessie's broke out in a wide grin. "Oh, Buzz!" She jumped on him then and pressed her lips hard against his in a chaste kiss.
Whether it was the surprise from the jump, her arms accidentally pushing up against his chest, or Jessie's kiss itself, neither of them are sure. But as soon as her lips found Buzz's, his wings popped out, startling the couple apart.
Jessie giggled and wrapped her arms around his neck. "I love you."
This time Buzz initiated the kiss, rubbing his thumb against her cheek. "I love you, too, Jess."
"I hope you're still up for what we were about to do," Jessie grinned, nodding her head towards his now opened wings.
Buzz blushed furiously, but forced himself to speak. "Bring it on, cowgirl."
Hours later, when the couple had woken up in each other's arms and finally found their way back to Bonnie's room, Jessie and Buzz gave each other one last kiss before taking separate ways.
Dolly noticed them right away and met up with Jessie at the doorway. "Hey, cowgirl."
"Hi, Dolly," She said, her gaze still following Buzz from across the room.
"So, how'd it go?" The rag-doll insisted. "Did he like the spot?"
"I wouldn't know," Jessie admitted. "We got lost and never found it."
"Oh," Dolly's smile disappeared. "I'm sorry."
"I'm not," She said, returning the smile Buzz gave her from across the room. "What we found was much better."