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A Bath Interrupted

Title: A Bath Interrupted
Rating: PG
Words: 653
Summary: All he wanted was a quiet soak.

The port of Balfonheim was currently their temporary home. Just that afternoon, Vaan had come back from the Whitecap, dead set on journeying out to catch a mark. He, along with Fran and Balthier, had been joined by another Viera for the hunt. Penelo had gone to the marketplace to haggle with the old woman selling magick scrolls and Ashe had gotten herself buried deep into a book that Reddas had loaned her. Basch had left her downstairs, curled up in a plush chair. There really wasn’t much else for him to do while they waited for the rest of their party to return.

There weren’t many occasions for luxury on their journey. Stepping into the narrow tub, Basch let out a contented sigh. The water was hot, the steam rising from the surface sinking deep into his bones. Old injuries that flared up every now and again were soothed after a few minutes. Resting his arms on the rim of the tub, he stared out the window. The sea was calm today, the waves almost the exact brilliant blue of the sky, the scent wafting through the open shutters.

He ducked his head underwater, slicking his hair back with both hands. The move made droplets of water slide over his forearms and onto the floor. He’d have to clean that up later, but for now, he was content to relax in peace.

That peace was shattered though, by the heavy footsteps coming down the hall. Ah, Vaan and the others were back, and it seemed as if they had captured their quarry. And by the shouting following closely behind the footsteps, it was apparent that Vaan had gotten himself injured and Penelo was berating him for it.

“Really, Penelo, it’s just a scratch,” Basch heard the boy say, realizing only too late that the door to the bath was opening. Seeing that he had neglected to put any concealing bath foam in the water – they had all smelled far too flowery and had made his nose twitch – he vainly tried to reach for a towel to preserve his modesty.

The fates were cruel; the nearest scrap of cloth was a good three feet away.

“I don’t care if it’s a paper cut, you could get it…” Penelo’s tirade died on her lips. “Oh.”

Vaan stopped in his tracks. “Whoops. Sorry,” was all that he said before turning around and leaving as if it was an everyday occurrence to walk in on someone.

Basch sunk down as far as he possibly could, the water now at chin level. He wasn’t sure if he was more embarrassed about being walked on or that Penelo was still staring. “I’ll be out in a while,” he finally managed.

Penelo blinked, her mouth finally closing. “Right.”

“As soon as you leave.”

She blushed even harder, if that was possible. “Oh! Right. Well.” She backed up and into the closed door. “I’ll be leaving then. I’ll be sure to let someone know that you’re in here, Naked.” She shut her eyes, red now shooting up to her hairline. “I mean, Basch. Because of course you’re in here naked, I mean, that’s what people do when they take baths. It wouldn’t make much sense to take one wearing clothes, right?”

“Right.” Slinking down was becoming uncomfortable on his back. He slowly pushed back up to a sitting position, regretting it when her eyes followed the trail of water down his shoulders and chest.

“I’ll be leaving.” There was a fumble at the door handle before Penelo could open it. It closed with more force than was probably necessary. Basch heard a thump on the other side of the wall and could have sworn he heard her whisper something that sounded like “Okay, you can just kill me now.”

Basch eyed the door, wary that at any moment, someone else might come through. “Really,” he wondered aloud. “Doesn’t anyone knock?”


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 28th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
LOL Oh, that was hilarious!

Poor Penelo! *snort* I giggled like a crazy when she called him "Naked", though. LMAO!
Feb. 28th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
OMG Chandler! Is that from the episode where he thought Monica bought him porn and it wound up that "Candi and Cookie" was the birthing video from one of Phoebe's friends?

Poor Penelo is right. This wasn't where I was thinking about going at all, but then it just went there. :)

Flustered!Penelo earns all kinds of sympathy points.

Penelo: *Runs by everyone, face flaming*

Vaan: What's her problem?
Feb. 28th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think it is from that episode! LOL I can't ever remember exactly, but I know that the line is hilarious and he does a funny hand-gesture thingy. XD ♥ Chandler! XD

I loved in your fic how Penelo just STOOD there, staring. LOL I would've too, not gonna lie. Like "Oh, hello there, Basch. And Little Basch. How are you this evening?"
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