Chapter Five:

Marshall brought Ash down to the ground and pushed his head against the floor. Marshall locked Ash's arm behind his back, causing him to grunt in pain. Marceline ran over to the two, trying to break them up. She was pushed away and she fell to the ground.

"Marshall, stop!" Marceline called. Marshall wasn't listening. He pressed Ash against the floor and, punched him in the nose. Ash's arms came free and he forced his hands to choke Marshall Lee. He squeezed as hard as he could. Marshall Lee was beginning to black out. Marceline was so worried and afraid. She just wanted it to stop. Marceline panicked and did the first thing that came to mind. She ran up to Ash and kicked him in the balls. He yelled, and let go of Marshall's neck. Marshall fell to the ground, breathing heavy. Ash looked at Marceline with anger. He looked like he was about to attack her. Marceline grew afraid. Ash regained his strength and, charged towards Marceline. Marshall jumped in front of Marceline and, hissed at Ash, revealing his fangs. Ash flinched and began to back away.

"This isn't the end, Vampire boy…" Ash said as he backed away, making his way to a different exit. Marshall and Marceline were both trying to catch their breaths. Marceline was so shocked. She didn't think that Marshall would defend her. She waited for him to say something. He still hadn't said a word since she saw him. They just stared into each others eyes, daring one another to say something. Marceline couldn't take it. She spoke.

"Marshall, thanks for-"before she could finish her sentence, Marshall turned around and walked out the door. He didn't even look back. Marceline got that feeling in her stomach again. She stared at the floor in sorrow. Would he ever look at her the way he used to? She didn't want it to happen like this. She braced herself and ran out the door in which Marshall had walked out of. She just had to at least hear his voice. When she got outside, she didn't see Marshall. She couldn't find him. She tried to sense him, but she smelled nothing. A tear formed in her eye, this time she let it roll down her cheek. She just wanted her Marshall back. She went to a place where she knew she would always be welcome. She went to the Candy Kingdom.

Princess Bubblegum was in her den, drinking tea. Marceline busted in through the doors, making sure PB knew she was there.

"Marceline?" she jumped in shock.

"PB, can we talk? I need someone to talk to."

"Sure Marceline. What is it? What's the matter?"

"If you tell anyone, I swear I'll pound you into your grave!"

"I 'royal promise'! What's wrong!?"

"I- I…. Never mind. I can't."

"Marceline, you can talk to me. It's okay..."

"…" Marceline stared at the ground. She was trying to decide whether she should say anything.

"Okay. Marceline, you don't have to tell me if you're not comfortable with-"

"I'm in love with Marshall Lee!" she blurted out. Marceline's face grew shocked, as if she couldn't believe what she had just said.

"Well, yes…" Princess Bubblegum looked at Marceline with a sideways glance.

"What do you mean, 'yes'"…? Marceline asked.

"Well, it was quite obvious. And besides, you've been quite sad and gloomy lately. I assumed that he was the reason-"

"He won't even talk to me now. I don't know what to do."

"Well, you could go find him. Maybe that'll show him that you care, and you two can just go on from there."

"I don't know…"

"Just go for it Marceline. He is probably at home."

"Swear that you won't tell anyone!"

"Marceline, I have already 'royal promised' I will not tell anyone about your feelings for Marshall." Marceline flinched. It was almost as if she wasn't used to those words. Honestly, she wasn't used to those words. Marceline didn't respond. She simply just flew out of PB's window and went off into the night. It was a few hours before sunrise, so Marceline still had some time to float around freely. She thought about what Princess Bubblegum had said. Marceline exhaled and flew into the forest. She figured that she could be alone there. She sat on top of a large rock and, rested there.

After about 15 minutes of moping in the forest, she heard footsteps. She paused, and listened closely. She heard the laughter of a girl. Marceline stood up and walked closer to the sound. She wanted to get a better view on what was happening. She flinched when she saw Marshall. He was with the girl, making her laugh. They were holding hands. Marceline sunk down behind the rock, her breathing increasing. She didn't want him to notice her. She would look like a creep. She had already made the situation worse enough. Marceline's heart sank down into her stomach. She quivered.

"Marshall, you're amazing." said the girl, cheerfully, tugging on Marshall's shirt. Marceline hissed as quietly as she could.

"Yeah well, you're pretty amazing too." said Marshall, in response to the girl. Marceline grunted in anger. It came out louder than she thought though. The two both looked in the direction in which Marceline's grunt had come from. Marceline ducked and, hoped with all her heart that they weren't walking over to the rock, where she was hiding. They weren't coming. Marceline exhaled in relief. She listened closely to the rest of their conversation.

"So, how old did you say you were?" said the girl with a cheeky grin, as she slid her finger tips across Marshall's chest. Marceline balled her fist.

"19" he said with a smile. The girl bumped Marshall's shoulder.

"No, really. Like, in vampire years." she said. Marshall Lee chuckled.

"I'm 1,015." he said.

"Oooh! I like older guys." Marceline couldn't take it anymore. Marceline really wanted to just run up to the girl and rip her face off. What were they doing in the middle of the forest anyway? What were they about to do? Marceline just couldn't take it. She turned into a bat and flew away. The plan of going to Marshall's house to talk to him was off. Instead, Marceline went back to the Candy Kingdom. She busted through the doors, startling Princess Bubblegum. When PB realized that it was only Marceline, she calmed herself.

"How did everything go Marceline? -Marceline?" Marceline ignored Princess Bubblegum. She stormed right past her. Marceline stormed into PB's laboratory and slammed the door behind her. Princess bubblegum was on the other side, knocking on the door.

"Marceline? Open the door Marceline. Is everything okay?" Marceline didn't answer. Marceline was sitting against a wall, hugging her knees. She had her head down. She never did answer the door to let Princess Bubblegum inside. Even though it was PB's house, and she had no locks on her doors, she respected Marceline's need to be alone. She simply waited for her to come out. Marceline never did come out through the door she entered. After a couple hours, PB opened the door to check on Marceline. She wasn't there, so Princess Bubblegum assumed she left through the window. Princess Bubblegum exhaled and walked out of the room.

xx

Two weeks had past and, Princess Bubblegum hadn't heard from Marceline. She was worried. Every time PB would call Marceline's house, she would never answer. It had been two Thursdays since she saw Marceline.

Princess Bubblegum heard a knock at the door. She rushed to open it. She would have been shocked to see Marceline, but she was even more shocked to see Marshall.

"Marshall, hello. It's good to see you." said PB as she greeted Marshall.

"Sup, pinkster. Hey, you got a sec?" he said, inviting his self to her couch.

"Sure, what is it?"

"Uhm… you seen Marceline lately?" He tried to say it as casually as he could, but it was obvious how uncomfortable he felt.

"Oh, Marceline? No, I haven't seen her. The last time I saw her was two weeks ago. I could give her a message if you'd like." Marshall looked at the ground, as if he was looking for something.

"Uh... Nah." He paused and began heading out the door, but turned around to speak again.

"Has she said anything about me? You know, since the last time you saw her?" he asked.

"Oh, uhm, no." she lied. Marshall had caught her off guard. She remembered that Marceline told her not to tell anyone about her feelings.

"Oh." Marshall replied in disappointment.

"Yes."

"Well, damn. I guess she really does hate me after all…" he tried to say it in a joking way, but, you could see the hurt in his eyes. Princess Bubblegum felt terrible. She wanted to tell Marshall. But she couldn't break a royal promise. There was an awkward silence. Marshall Lee turned his back to PB and began heading towards the door.

"Wait, Marshall!" PB almost jumped out of her shoes. A spark of hope hit Marshall right in the gut. He almost snapped his neck, trying to turn back around.

"Yeah, Pinky?" he asked. There was another silence that seemed as if it lasted forever.

"…Never mind." PB finally said. Marshall Lee nodded his head in sorrow and walked out the door. When Marshall Lee got on to the other side of the door, he ran right into Marceline, nearly knocking her over.

"Shit, sorr-"He cut himself off when he realized who it actually was. They both froze and stared at each other.