"What's this all about Ma-Ti?" Kwame walked into the main cabin where all the other household rooms were. Gi and Ma-Ti were waiting for him at the kitchnette.
"You'd have to ask Gi. She's the one who called this meeting." He shrugged. Both boys turned their eyes on Gi.
"Hey, I'm sorry, I'm sure you guys were doing something really important but so is this. And I just sent Wheeler and Linka out so the sooner we finish this, the better."
"Alright, but… wait. Is this about them?"
"Sit down Kwame. We're going to be here for a while."
All was silent on the Geocruiser as Linka directed it through the clouds. A gloomy scowl had been etched on her face for a while, and nothing seemed to move it. Wheeler was in the passenger seat, checking his Facebook on his phone.
"You're not going to say anything?" he asked. Linka shrugged in return. "We just passed a flock of birds and you said nothing." Still, she didn't say anything. Wheeler sighed.
"Alright, I'm going to say this because you need to hear it;" he was stern like his father. "Greg is a fucking idiot. To break up with a chick with beauty and brains like you, just because she won't sleep with the guy, is pathetic. Greg's a pathetic piece of shit Linka, and you need to move on. He never loved you, he just wanted you in his pants."
Her grip on the wheel tightened.
"Linka, you deserve a lot better than him. And you better hope I never see that asshole again because I would really love to kick his ass!"
She sighed and shook her head. "You're right and everything," She shook her head again. "I'm no good with dating boys."
"It's not your fault, it's all his."
"Nyet, he also ended it because of the long distance, the age difference, and because he didn't see me as 'girlfriend material'."
He remembered the tears she shed that Christmas. That was when Greg ended it all with a text message. He was supposed to come over for their Christmas party. She was waiting anxiously in her new dress she got just for him. After he broke up with her, she left the party and never came out of her cabin. Wheeler had never heard a woman cry the way she did. Georgie and Gi missed half the party trying to console her.
Valentines day was the next day, so Wheeler wasn't surprised she was thinking about it. The relationship didn't even last a month. The break up was two months ago.
"That's bullshit." Wheeler argued. "Besides, he was the only boyfriend you had, right? No one ends up with their first love."
"My grandmother did, and my mother did." She told him.
"Well it doesn't work that way in this generation." He said. "Times have changed Linka." The radio started to play Taylor Swift, one of Linka's favorite singers. "You've been singing her breakup songs since Christmas. Isn't it about time you sing them for your fans?"
There was something nerving about singing into a recorder. It was just like performing live. His idea made her stomach jitter.
"Maybe." She was thinking about singing 'Dear John' after he made his suggestion. The lyrics matched almost everything that happened. Slowly, a smile came on her face.
"There's the Linka I know."
"You called us here for an 'emergency' meeting, for this?" Kwame question doutably.
"It is an emergency." Gi insisted. "We need to get Linka and Wheeler together, because apparently they can't do it themselves." She eyed Ma-Ti.
"Heart can do a lot of things, but it can't make people fall in love." He said.
"I know, but you have a heart ring on, so I got lost." She chuckled. "Ok. It's been about four years since they knew each other." The water Planeteer turned around to write on the whiteboard behind her. She drew two stick figures, one with a bow to resemble Linka. "And there's been action. We've seen them have intimate moments." She scribbled a 1 on the left side. "Like they went into the tunnel of love together." She wrote that down. "What else boys?"
"She was really jealous of Jenny because Wheeler was flirting with her." Said Kwame.
"Jealous of Jenny…" Gi listed that. "Three, Wheeler jealous of Greg and Trevor…"
"He stayed in Russia and saved her life three times." Ma-Ti pointed out.
"Ok, if she doesn't date him for that reason, then she's crazy." Gi underlined point 3 three times.
"They almost kissed in Thailand." said Ma-Ti. Gi turned around, her eyebrows lowered.
"No they didn't."
"She didn't tell you?" Ma-Ti grinned. "That's surprising."
Gi swallowed. "And he told you?"
"The conversation about girls came up." Said Kwame.
Gi underlined point 4 four times. "Ok." Point 5. "He tried to kiss her many times but she shot him down."
"They almost kissed in Venice." Said Kwame.
Gi spun around, making the boys grin. They were going to have fu driving her mad.
"Why doesn't she tell me these things?"
"Oh, and they kissed in Russia!" Kwame laughed. Gi turned around looking like she was ready to burst. The boys were chuckling like chickens.
"For one second!" Ma-Ti exclaimed. "Why are you so upset?"
"I'm not upset. Women talk about stuff like this more than men, it's proven by science!"
The boys burst into laughter again. "I wish you could see your face, Gi." Kwame pointed.
"Back to business. The cable car." Gi cut them both. "Romance 101, cram sometime. 'Fuse with you anytime'. They were shrunken together." That made 11. "Ok, we really need to get these two together. Any suggestions, boys?"
Both were silent and clueless.
"I still can't believe she didn't tell you." Kwame snickered.
"Shut up Kwame."
Both boys laughed again, Kwame stomping his foot on the tiles to calm himself down.
"We have an hour to make a plan you guys. Stop screwing around!"
"Well what are we going to do?" Ma-Ti questioned. "Play cupid?"
"We just have to make them open their eyes a little further."