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Rubber Ducky

Title: Rubber Ducky
Challenge: Fine, Bang, Tepid
Words: 883
Rating: PG
Note: Happy Birthday, lija_chan!

For once, every single bit of work was done for the day. Work orders were complete before schedule; plans for upcoming projects were on the drafting table awaiting final approval and the supply of machine parts were fully stocked in the workshops.

This was why Gippal was nose deep in blissfully hot water, his worries slowly melting away as his muscles unknotted themselves. He sighed, water quietly rippling as he stretched out and propped his feet on the opposite edge of the bathtub. The only thing that would take the relaxation level up from fine to fantastic would be a book, but he was far too comfortable to get up and find one.

And since everything was going great, he knew that it wouldn’t last long. A loud bang had him sitting upright, water sloshing onto the floor.

“Don’t worry about that!” he heard Rikku shout from somewhere. “It won’t leave a mark! I hope.”

He groaned. He hadn’t heard any breaking glass or major rubble, so he seriously debated getting up and checking to see if his girlfriend hadn’t blown his temple sky high. Hot water won out against potential unplanned skylights and he sank back in the tub.

Five minutes later, another shout had him sitting upright. “Of course Gippal doesn’t know about this! Now help me clean that up.” He slipped further down into the water until only the crown of his head was visible, his sigh making bubbles float around his hair. Several seconds of internal debate had him getting up and reaching for a towel.


Rikku bit the tip of her thumbnail and looked around the temple. What was once bright and airy – a feat she marveled at, seeing that the majority of the place was built into the mountain – was currently splattered and smoky. She coughed and waved her hands around to try and dissipate the smoke. Workers who had the day off were peering inside the doorways to see what she was up to. She frowned when she heard several of them place bets on what disaster she’d start next. Grabbing a broom, she tried to clean up her mess.

Maybe I should have tried a mop instead, she thought. Some of this stuff is really goopy.

The sound of someone clearing their throat behind her had her jumping, the broom handle clenched tightly in her hands.

“Hi,” she said sheepishly, giving Gippal a ‘please don’t kill me in front of your employees’ smile.

“What,” Gippal started, looking at the destruction that was before him. “Were you trying to do, exactly?”

She blinked. A shirtless Gippal was distracting at best. A shirtless Gippal who just happened to have damp hair and water droplets still on his shoulders made thinking virtually impossible, especially when one took into consideration the fact that his pants were low slung and the waistband was wet as well. She flinched when he reached out and picked something out of her hair. She’d been so distracted that she hadn’t realized he had gotten so close. “Is that chicken? It looks weird.”

She huffed. “Yes, it is chicken. I was trying to surprise you with dinner, but the stupid oven is broken.”

Gippal glanced at the oven, which was open and still had smoke spilling out of it. The insides looked as if the food Rikku was attempting to cook had somehow blown up. He decided not to comment.

Instead, he hooked his thumbs into his belt loops and tilted his head. “I was trying to take a nice, relaxing bath before all this,” he said. “But now I bet that if I go back right now, the water is gonna be cold.”

She jammed her fists on her hips. “Well, I’m so sorry if I tried to be a good girlfriend for once and surprise you with something. Forgive me for your tepid bathwater.”

“Tepid?” He looked at her incredulously.

She shrugged. “What? Okay, so hanging out with Yunie kind of rubbed off on me. Anyway,” she turned her nose up in the air. “You can forget about me doing anything nice for you now, Buster.”

“Well, that’s too bad,” he drawled, unhooking his thumbs and taking hold of her scarf. The ends were a little scorched, but for the most part, it had escaped unscathed.

“You bet. I’m serious here.”

“Oh. Well, see I was thinking that since the water’s already cold, that I was gonna drain it and then start up a new one. And since you were part of the,” he tugged at the scarf as he searched for a word, bringing her closer to him, “blast radius, I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind joining me. But since you won’t be doing anything nice, I guess I’ll just have to take a soak all by my lonesome.”

Her eyebrows rose past her bangs. “Well, since you put it that way, I guess I can let this one slide.”

He grinned and leaned down to kiss her forehead. “I thought you might.” Then he glanced over at the countertop. “What’s the lumpy stuff in the bowl supposed to be? Potatoes?”

He followed the sound of Rikku’s laughter back to his bedroom, rubbing his now sore arm as he went. He really should have remembered about her nasty left hook.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 2nd, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)

so very cute... and now I want a scene with Rikku and Gippal in the bathtub.

And blissfully hot water... very silly phrase for some reason. And your mood theme is so appropriate. :D
Jun. 3rd, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
Adorable! I love love love the interaction in this; domestic Al Bhed lovin' is awesome!

And I too would like to place a request for the bathtub scene.
Jun. 3rd, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
Cuuute :D
I concur to the naked!Gippal. heh. heh.
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