A/N: Hola, mis amigos! Since my other series were not so very well received, I decided to try my hand at another premise I've thought of, one that I touched upon early on in my "Songfics of Mark and Maddy." The premise: jealous Maddy, of course! Lets face it, with Mark being so kind and gentlemanly (and looking a bit like an Australian Taylor Lautner, if my friend's opinion is representative of the whole), he's bound to attract other women. And although Maddy seems too awkward in most situations, we'll get to see her be a little more defensive of what she considers to be hers. So yeah, jealous Maddy. Review. Let me know what you think of this idea…
PS: This new chick is going to be modeled in looks after Jillian Murray, who happens to be Dean Geyer's actual girlfriend. She portrayed a looney man-stealer in a TV show once, so I thought it might be slightly ironic…
Laughter drifted through the air of the marketplace as people went about gathering their supplies for the week. Maddy reached for the last orange in the crate, just as a dainty, light-skinned hand reached for the same fruit, touching it at the same time as hers did.
Maddy looked up, a bit startled. She found a petite girl about her age, striking blue eyes, long, dark brown hair. A series of freckles dotted her high cheekbones. In short, she was a beautiful young woman.
"Sorry," Maddy smiled shyly, offering the fruit to the girl.
"Thanks," she grinned back, placing the orange into her basket. Then she stuck out her hand. "I'm Katrina Coleman."
"Maddy Shannon," Maddy responded, shaking Katrina's hand. "Have you been here a while?"
"I came on the tenth," Katrina clarified.
"Oh, me too!" Maddy exclaimed. "But it's been a while…weird how we've never met, huh?"
"I've been OTG with my parents—we left almost immediately after arriving. They work in science. We only came back after the raid ended and I'm still trying to get my bearings. I've gotten hopelessly lost so many times…"
Maddy chuckled. "I was like that, too, don't worry. You get used to it after a while." The two girls set off down the market aisles after paying the fruit vendor. "So you came with your family?"
"Yeah—my mom and dad. What about you?"
"My mom got recruited, so I came with my brother, my dad, and my sister." Maddy conveniently left out the part about her dad essentially breaking into the colony. If Katrina didn't know about it, why bother bringing it up?
"You have a brother and a sister?" Katrina asked, seeming a bit shocked.
Katrina chuckled. "Okay. It's pretty cool though, that you have two siblings. I wish I had just one."
Maddy raised an eyebrow. "Take one of mine, please!" The two giggled.
Both heard footsteps coming up from behind them, and Maddy wheeled around to face Mark. "Hi, Mark!" she greeted cheerfully. Beside her, Katrina's eyes widened a bit.
"Hey Maddy," he smiled, then turned to face Katrina.
"Katrina, this is Mark Reynolds, my boyfriend. Mark, this is Katrina Coleman," Maddy smiled as she introduced the two.
Mark offered a hand. "It's a pleasure to meet you."
Katrina shook his hand distractedly. "Boyfriend?" she asked Maddy.
The girl's smile broadened. "Yep. We've been together for a while now—almost a year, actually!"
Mark threw his arm around Maddy's shoulders and pressed a kiss to her forehead. "I have to report for my shift in about five minutes but I'll see you later, okay?"
"Okay," Maddy smiled.
"It was nice meeting you," he said to Katrina as he started off in the direction of his post. Katrina waved a weak goodbye.
"That's your boyfriend?" Katrina asked when the young soldier had disappeared from sight.
"Uh-huh," Maddy beamed proudly. "Isn't he sweet?"
"Sure is…" Katrina mumbled.
"Did you say something?" Maddy looked at her expectantly—she hadn't heard what she had said.
"No. Nothing. I really got to get going…" she started to hurry off.
"Okay, well it was nice meeting you! We should hang out sometime!" Maddy called after her.
Katrina turned around, gave a half-nod, and then rushed away. Maddy frowned at the sudden change in demeanor, but shrugged it off, turning back to the vendors' stalls to purchase the rest of the week's groceries.
A/N: A little trouble in paradise? Maybe so…I hope you guys liked the intro—it was a bit short but I wanted you to meet Katrina and then immediately see her jealousy show through as soon as Mark steps into the picture. Please review and let me know if I should continue this series. Thanks for reading!