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Sneaky Inspection

Title: Sneaky Inspection
Rating: PG
Challenge: Eyelash, expect, engineer
Summary: “If this thing falls down, don’t come crying to me.”
Note: Happy birthday, knightlineninja!

“Your bridge is going to collapse.”

Gippal looked up from his seat on said bridge and found Rikku standing in front of him, her fists on her hips. “Feels solid to me,” he told her, patting the spot next to him.

“I’m serious. When was the last time you got this heap of rocks inspected? It’s seen way more traffic than it was probably originally built for, especially since pilgrims usually didn’t come to the temple on hovers weighing a little over a ton.”

He rubbed his chin with his hand and leaned over, looking at his bridge critically. “I guess it’s been four or five months since I actually looked at it,” he mused.

“And you call yourself an engineer.”

He shrugged. “Hey, I just design the things.” Reaching out, he grabbed a hold of her arm and tugged her into his lap. His cheek against her shoulder muffled his words. “I don’t actually go out and see if they’re a-okay. I have inspectors on my payroll for a reason, you know.” He placed a kiss on her skin, his teeth grazing over the thin straps of her bikini top.

Her fingers sifted through his hair. They were out in public and people were constantly passing by, but she didn’t give a damn. “Well, if this thing falls down, don’t come crying to me.”

He gave her an overly dramatic sigh and let her go. “You’re not going to give up until we go look, are you?”

She rocked back on her heels, her arms swinging behind her. “Nope.”

“Then I guess we’d better get to it.” He swung his feet over the edge and made a move to push himself off.

“What do you think you’re doing?” she yelled, pulling at his suspenders as if that would keep him from going over the edge.

“Going to go check; isn’t that what you wanted me to do?”

“Not like that! There’s a path just a little ways off.”

He rolled his eye and swiveled until he was facing her again. “Where’s your sense of adventure, Cid’s girl?”

“Back over there, where it won’t end up looking like scrambled eggs if it followed you.” She tugged at his arm, her boots skidding on the stone bridge. “Ooof. So are you coming with me or not?”

Gippal followed her down the stone pathway to where the drop wasn’t quite as steep. Just as she had pointed out, there was a small trail that led to the bottom of the gully. Hands on his hips, he craned his neck up to inspect the underside of the bridge. “Huh. Looks stable to me.”

“Yep. Just like I thought it would.”

He turned to face her. “What do you mean?” Giving her a look of mock surprise, he accused, “Rikku, you didn’t just drag me away from everyone just so you could have your wicked way with me, did you?”

She looked at him from under lowered eyelashes. “What do you think?”

“I think,” he started, nudging her arms over his shoulders. “That I should have seen it coming.”

“Is that so?” She tilted her head so his mouth could find the sensitive spot behind her ear better.

“Mmhm. In fact, now that we’re here, I fully expect you to have your wicked way with me. Anything less would be unacceptable.”

And even though he had been expecting her to do something, he still had to take a step backwards when she hopped up into his arms, her legs wrapping around his waist. “Hey Rikku?”

She took enough time to stop kissing him to answer. “Yes?”

“I think I found your sense of adventure.”

Far above, mechanics walking to and from the temple paused and looked around at the sudden burst of laughter that echoed from the rocks. Newer members of the Faction actually jumped, but then someone that had been around longer would shake their head and go “Trust me, you’ll get used to it.”

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