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Translations:
shinsen na kuki wa kenko ni ii = fresh air does you good

Trapped Under Ice
Chapter Three
By:
Fantasy Girl (Saturn Angels)

"You mean you couldn't get the money back from Yukari and Hisae?" Larva asked, his feet firmly placed on the wooden poker table infront of him.

"That's an insult to the Gods of poker." Lemures said, pushing Larva's feet off of the table.

Larva snorted, "And you not being able to win against Yukari and Hisae ISN'T an insult to the God of Poker?" Larva asked.

Garline fidgeted, moving around the room and sifting through the drawers to pull out clothing for himself.

"And why is Garline half naked?" Larva asked, pointing towards his brunette friend.

"You see, it wasn't Yukari and Hisae that we had to play. It was some girl named Lilith, Yukari and Hisae lost the money to her right after they won it from us."

"Lilith?" Larva asked, having a brief flashback of the blonde who had pushed him overboard.

Garline nodded, "Though she does have nic--"

Lemures shot his friend a look and he rolled his eyes, "So, we need more time. It appears that Garline can't win against her at poker so we'll have to find a different way to get the money."

"And what did you have in mind?" Larva asked unamused by the current situation.

"Ah... sneak into their bedrooms during the dance tonight and take it from them?"

Larva laughed aloud at Garline's suggestion before becoming all seriousness once more, "What if Lilith spends all the money by then? You know women, all they need is money to be happy. And $500,000 can go by fast..."

"So what do you suggest we do?" Lemures asked.

"Well that's your problem isn't it?" Larva asked with a sly smile.

"Oh come on!" Garline said, buttoning up a white longsleeve shirt, leaving the top three unbuttoned. "Why are you making such a big fuss out of it? You went and had a good time with a girl because we bribed you too-- and you still expect us to pay you? Nothing really happened between you-- you didn't sleep together in the other sense so we really don't have to pay you."

"The deal was just to go up to her and flirt." Larva corrected, "Which I did."

"Though the flirting was of your own free will." Lemures pointed out.

"And how would you know that? You two were too busy being cowards and losing all your money just to win it back later to weasel out of having to pay me."

Garline and Lemures stared at their companion, then they both shrugged in unison and commented at the same time, "So?"

"So... if anything you should pay me more than what you had before." said Larva with a dull sort of smile.

"Now you're just trying to find out a way to get yourself more money. Which I'm not going to agree to. Idiot." Garline said, folding his arms across his chest.

"Why don't we just strike another deal and call it even? Larva's no poorer for it, he's actually 50 cents richer anyway." Lemures suggested.

"But I'm supposed to be $50,000 richer." Larva said, rolling his eyes upwards, "Which is far better than 50 cents."

"What isn't better than 50 cents?" Lemures said, though it was a rhetorical question anyway. "Now, How about-- if Garline seduces Lilith then we'll call it even?"

"Why me?" Garline asked.

"Because she's already seen you practically naked."

"So?"

"So that makes you the obvious choice, now quit whining. What do you ay Larva?"

Larva stared at the two as if they had gone crazy, "Has the sea gotten to your head or something? What good does Garline seducing Lilith do me?"

Lemures shrugged, "He'll be less anal retentive."

Garline, of course as anyone would, took offense to this statement while Larva simply pretended to nod and agree to it.

"No." Larva shook his head, "It is rather very sad that you can think of nothing better than that..."

"Get Garline to seduce Miyu then." Lemures continued.

"No." Larva answered, this time serious and much quickly than before.

"Why?" Garline asked suspiciously, "Don't tell me... you're fond of the girl?" he questioned, noticing how curtly he had responded to Lemures' fake suggestion.

"It's not everyday your life is put in the line and you wait up all night listening to a girl's life story as you wait for her friend to raise a damn lifeboat."

"See? You had a good time with her last night, if we pay you then it makes your memories seem fake..." Lemures said in a calm tone though the prospect was making him anxious-- if only Larva would take the bait then their debt would be completely erased...

"All right, Garline if you seduce Lilith tonight at the dance then I'll forget about you ripping me off."

"Deal." Lemures said with a grin, without giving Garline a choice.

"You better start getting ready Garline," Larva said with a smile (which to Garline seemed cruel), "you want to look your best don't you?"

Garline muttered to himself, "I'll go take a shower then."

"Better hurry though, the banquet's in around 2 hours..." Lemures said.

"Yeah, yeah..." Garline muttered dejectedly heading into the bathroom and slamming the door behind him.

"Think I should tell him we don't have any towels?" Larva asked with a slight grin.

"Nah, let him find out on his own." Lemures replied with a laugh.

"Well, you've put me through this, we're putting Garline through it, I wonder when it will be your turn, Lemures?" Larva asked.

"There's only one girl for me..." Lemures sighed wistfully than chuckled, "Actually I'm planning on being a bachelor my whole life. I'm not into the whole find the love of your life on a boat thing."

Larva smirked, "There are plenty of fish in the sea, and plenty of girls on this boat. We'll find one or the other for you."

Lemures chuckled once more, "That's what you say now, but it's not going to happen. But that does remind me, are you going to go to the dance?" he asked.

Larva shook his head, "No, I don't see any reason to..."

"I hear they have great food."

"I ate down at the bar not too long ago, I couldn't eat more even if I tried."

"But it's not until another two hours," Lemures pointed out. "Are you meeting someone or something?"

"If I'm lucky." Larva replied with a soft smile, and amazingly it wasn't the usual mocking sort that he displayed.

Lemures laughed and shook his head, "Sometimes I worry about you Larva..."

Larva smirked and shrugged, "It happens.."

Somewhere else.

"I'm wearing this dress, what do you think?" Lilith asked.

Miyu looked over to her blonde friend and the pale blue, form fitting dress she had just bought. She shrugged, "It matches your eyes?" she commented.

"But does it look good?" Lilith asked again, turning slightly.

Miyu nodded, "Yes."

Lilith grinned happily, "Good! Because I'm going to have fun tonight-- we're going to have fun tonight. I'm going to make every man there fall in love with me."

"I'm not going to the dance." Miyu said, causing her friend to look at her blankly.

"What do you mean you're not going?" Lilith asked, "You have to go!"

"No, I don't. Plus I have nothing to wear and they don't sell anything that I would want to wear so don't even suggest that."

Lilith pouted, "But Miyu... what are you going to do then?"

"Probably just go up on deck since everyone will be busy at the ball anyway-- have some real quiet time to myself you know... I haven't had that in a long time."

"Yes you have!" Lilith replied, "That's practically all you have! You're always locked up in this room..."

"Well I need quiet time to myself with fresh air included. How's that?"

"So help me Miyu I will drag you there."

"Lilith-chan, you know what you used to always say to me: shinsen na kuki wa kenko ni ii." Miyu said with a smug smile.

"You're evil, do you know that? Evil." Lilith said, looking at the clock, "It's already time to get going. You go up on deck then, be a party pooper."

"If I'm a party pooper than what does that make you?" Miyu asked Lilith laughing at her childish antics as she reached the door that led out into the hallway.

"The toilet paper." Lilith replied with a joking smile as she stuck her tongue out at Miyu and left the room.

Miyu sighed, looking up at the ceiling, it was already evening... the day seemed to go by so fast. She sincerely hoped Lilith had fun at the dance, it was what she had been looking forward to ever since they'd arrived on the boat.

But she had other things on her mind. And she needed a good place to clear her head so of course she went up on deck, clad in her usual kimono (which many a guest had stared at her for), walking around barefoot. Since there was no one there to see her anyway.

She sat at one of the benches, looking up at the starry sky... the stars really were beautiful when you were far away from the city limits...

...it was so silent-- the dull trill of laughter and music from the crystal ball room seemed to fade away as she was engulfed in her thoughts.

She really did almost feel as if she was all by herself...

"Didn't expect to see you so soon after our last meeting." a voice said, and she recognized it to be Larva withou even opening her eyes.

Though she did move to sit on her feet to cover the fact that she wasn't wearing any shoes. "Good evening."

"Why aren't you at the dance?" came their question in unison.

"...You go first." Larva said with a chuckle.

"I wanted to be alone."

"Ah."

"What about you? Why aren't you there? It seems the perfect place for someone like you." she muttered.

"What's that supposed to mean?" Larva asked, raising an eyebrow at the seemingly annoyed girl.

Miyu shook her head, "Disregard it if you don't know what I'm talking about, unless you're just playing innocent of course. So what's the reason you aren't at the dance? You seem to be avoiding answering."

"Because my answer is the same as yours." he lied.

Miyu eyed him suspiciously, "As you can see I got here first."

"You want me to leave?" Larva asked surprised.

"Yes."

This was certainly a first for the cerulean-haired one, he had never ever been told to leave by a woman. ...Ever.

"That's a bit harsh don't you think?" Larva asked, purposely moving and sitting right beside her. "What are you afraid of?"

"Does this look like the face of someone who is afraid?" Miyu asked, looking him straight in the eye, her gaze unwavering.

And strange enough, another first for Larva happened.

After the stinging sensation right beneath his eye subsided and after he saw Miyu head back inside in quite a huffy manner he realized exactly what he had done.

He had kissed her.

He had made the first move...

Which was very unsual to say the least, in fact it hadn't happened before.

'It was her eyes...' he tried to convince himself, '...hypnotizing.'

And thus Larva spent the rest of that night in a stupor staring down at the floorboards of the deck.

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To be continued...

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