A/N Thank you to my reviewers, Lighty and FAN :) Here's the final chapter, I hope you both enjoy it :)
Syrenne hated Lazulis Castle. It smelt of money and snobbery-the things Syrenne hated with all of her hate.
She had wandered in without too much difficulty. The guards recognised her as one of the mercenaries employed by Count Arganan. In effect, she could roam the castle as she pleased. She knew both Mirania and Yurick were making use of this ability to study in the library. She wondered if this was where Mirania had scuttled off to and decided to stop by. Sure enough, she heard Mirania's voice the moment she opened the door.
"-just wish they'd get a room or kill each other," she was saying. Syrenne wondered who she was talking about.
"Hey!" said Syrenne, deciding it was time she made her presence felt.
Mirania jumped out of her skin, her face awash with guilt.
Yurick was sat opposite her, looking grumpy as always. She and Yurick were not exactly firm friends- he thought her silly and she thought him stuck up.
"What are you doing here?" he asked.
"Looking for a date for Lowell. He likes maids."
"Are you off your head?" demanded Yurick.
"No! We made a deal, see? If I get him a date he'll give me his money so I can get another drink."
"For pity's sake, Syrenne! That's…barbaric…"
"Like I care what you think, creep!"
"There's no need for that, Syrenne," Mirania protested. "This deal does seem a little…unfair however."
"Too right. I've been lumbered with all the hard work. What girl would be stupid enough to go out with Lowell?"
Yurick and Mirania exchanged glances.
"You're a girl, Syrenne," said Yurick carefully.
"Oh, what you only just noticed, did you?"
"And you're pretty stupid." Yurick said scathingly. "The answer is obvious."
Syrenne just stared at him. Yurick sighed.
"If you agree to go out with him, you'll have fulfilled your side of the deal, right?"
Syrenne spluttered. "Why would I go out with him?"
"Well, if you want your booze that badly... Although frankly I'm surprised your organs haven't shut down yet."
"Shut it, clever clogs."
Syrenne mulled it over. Do I really want a drink that badly? She was unsurprised to learn that the answer was yes.
"OK. Good idea," she said to Yurick grudgingly.
"I'd get out of here if I were you," advised Yurick. "The Count is on the warpath after what happened with Jirall."
"No worries. I hate it here anyway," said Syrenne, heading for the door.
Syrenne trekked back to Ariela's Tavern, wondering how she was going to explain herself to Lowell. She decided on "I definitely don't fancy you but a deal's a deal. Buy me a drink."
Lowell was exactly where she'd left him. He looked at her expectantly.
"Who's the lucky girl, then?" he asked.
"I definitely don't fancy you but a deal's a deal. Buy me a drink," said Syrenne.
Lowell raised an eyebrow. "You wanna run that by me again?"
"I'm your date, Lowell. Your only requirement was for the date to be female. I'm female. Buy me a drink."
Lowell looked surprised to say the least. "You and me? A date?"
"Yep. Any questions?"
He shook his head slowly.
"No, Syrenne. I don't think that's a good idea. But I have to give you props for thinking outside the box. Here's your money."
Lowell chucked a bundle of notes in her direction.
"Mega," said Syrenne. Then she caught Lowell's dejected expression. "What's that face for?"
"Well, what am I supposed to do now?"
Syrenne patted him on the head. "Poor dear. Let's go to the arena and kick some arse. That'll make you feel better."
"Are you still drunk?"
"Maybe a bit. I can still walk mostly in a straight line though, so I'm sure I'll be fine."
"Right. OK then. You'd better have this drink first though, eh?"
"Yeah. By the way Manda and Ali both threatened you."
"I'm sure I'll be fine. You'll protect me, won't you?"
"You've got to be joking. You deserve everything you get! It would be a shame if your face got all messed up though."
"You're all heart, Syrenne. I'm truly touched by the implication that you quite like my face the way it is."
"Whatever. Buy me a fucking drink already."
He got up to go to the bar- and kissed her on the cheek as he walked past her.
"I still don't fancy you," muttered Syrenne. But she'd finally stopped believing her own lie.
A/N: Keep an eye on The Last Story section, I have a few more ideas for Syrenne/Lowell.
And now for some random trivia- Mirania's UK voice actress is most famous for her part in Ashes to Ashes as Shaz. That's where the line 'I wish they'd get a room or kill each other' is shamelessly stolen from.