Chapter 9: Basket Case
Sometimes I give myself the creeps
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me
It all keeps adding up
I think I’m cracking up
Am I just paranoid?
Fry opened his eyes and looked around at his surroundings and realized he was back in the DOOP and he was back on base. Tim, Ted, and Alex were there playing poker with someone else who Fry couldn’t recognize since they had a hood over their head. Sitting down with them he picked up the cards that were on the table and looked them over before picking up a few chips from a stack that suddenly appeared in front of him and placing them in them on the table. But when he looked to see what everyone else was doing, they were gone.
“What the hell” he thought out loud. “Guys? What’s going on?”
He jumped when the table suddenly disappeared and he saw his friends dead on the floor from being beaten badly.
“Oh my God!”
“You think that’s bad?” Fry heard a voice say before feeling a crushing blow to his nose. He fell to the floor gasping for breath and spit as the blood began to fall on his lips.
“You don’t know the half of it the voice said again. This time Fry felt a force pile on top of him and felt the air being crushed from his lungs. He tried to call for help but his lungs burned when he tried and he breathed deeply when the force finally was gone. But then he felt someone pull his hair before placing a gun against his head. Looking up he saw Ben smirking.
“Hehe, see ya.” he said before pulling the trigger.
Fry bolted up from his nightmare and gasped for breath. His face was covered in sweat and his chest was constricted. Putting a hand up to his head he steadied his breathing and looked around. The clock said that it was 4:00 AM and he realized he had only been asleep for a hour. Leela was sleeping peacefully next to him and he placed his hand on her arm smiling at how warm and soft her skin was. Breathing a sigh of relief he sat against the headboard.
“It was just a dream,” he muttered, “It was just a dream.”
He needed sleep, and he knew it. But these dreams wouldn’t stop and he didn’t want to live through another one. When he was in the DOPP he had trained himself to sleep through almost anything. He remembered his father telling him “A tired soldier is a dead soldier,” so he knew that no matter the conditions or what was going on outside he had to rest.
Laying back down he looked at Leela sleeping and just watched her. Leela loves me, he thought, I can’t believe this. The whole thing seemed unreal. But the thing that surprised him was how fast it happened. He had only been home for two weeks, but there he was, lying in her bed.
While everything was great, there was still one thing bothering him. He couldn’t figure out why he was having the nightmares again and why was Ben in them? He had never been in any before and it wasn’t like Ben actually scared him. After all his bark was worse than his bite. Although Leela did say that after they were married he changed. He told her that if he saw Fry he would shoot him on spot. Fry looked over at Leela and thought about everything she had told him about Ben then about his dreams. All of them involved Ben killing him, were they some kind of warning? Was there something he was missing? Sighing heavily he rubbed his temples trying to relax.
“Hey,” Leela said.
Turning his head he saw her propped up on her elbows looking at him. “Are you okay?
Oh yeah, he thought, I just had the most wonderful dream where I was killed by your ex-husband!
“I’m fine,” he said pulling her closer and wrapping the blanket around them. “Go back to sleep.”
Leela nodded and was asleep in a few seconds. Fry however stayed up for another hour just thinking about everything. He thought about everything that had happened between Leela and him, he thought about what it would be like to have Cody as a son, he thought about is parents, his friends Amy, Kif, and Bender down in the city, along with the friends he had lost in the DOOP. He refused to think about Ben though. He hadn’t been this happy in years and decided that nothing was better than having Leela sleeping in his arms and being in love with him. Smiling he let sleep overcome him.
But he couldn’t help but feel like someone was watching them.
Chapter 10: Always on your side
Everything was easy then
So sweet and innocent
My demons and my angles reappeared
Leela woke up and looked around the bedroom searching for Fry. The sheets were messy, the blinds were closed and her alarm clock read twelve noon. Sitting up Leela stretched her arms before noticing that her robe was laid out and there was a note with it.
I didn’t want to wake you up, but I went to the store. There’s breakfast keeping warm in the oven if you’re hungry. I’ll be back soon.
Smiling Leela laid back down. Even though she could hear her stomach growling she had no desire to get up. She wished that Fry was home so he could just bring her everything and the two of them could stay in bed all day. It’s not like it would be hard to convince him. She loved the fact that he would just lay in bed with her all day and not even want anything in return. Fry was like that, he always had been. Sure he might beg a little but if she meant no, he would lay off and just be content to talk with her.
Her thoughts were interrupted when the phone rang and she rolled over reaching for it. She paused and thought about just ignoring it, but ending up picking it up when she thought that it could be her mother or Cody.
“Hello?” she asked with the phone up to her ear.
“Hey Leela, long time no talk.”
She recognized the voice as Amy’s and smiled. Even though she didn’t really feel like talking to anyone it was nice to hear from a old friend.
“Hey Amy, what’s up?”
“I just wanted to see how you’re doing.”
“You just wanted to see if Fry’s here.”
Amy laughed and finally spoke, “Okay you caught me.”
“Well he got up here fine and he’s been staying with me and Cody for the last two weeks.”
“Great, so what have you guys been up to?”
“Nothing much, just hanging out.”
Leela knew there was no use in hiding it from Amy. She would keep asking until she got a answer.
“We might of went out for a date last night while Cody was at Ben’s.”
“Really? Did he plan something romantic? Knowing Fry he probably did something special for you huh?”
“Actually, we went and played mini-golf.”
“Yeah, but we had a really great time. We came back here, had dinner, danced and I told him I love him.”
“Oh, well it sounds like- wait, what? You love him?”
“Amy, he’s the best thing that’s ever happen to me. I’ve never been so happy.”
“Wait, so how did this all happen?”
As Leela told Amy what had been going on in detail, Fry walked in the house with two bags. One was large with a new blue suit and the other was from a sporting goods store with a blurnsball mitt. He decided to get a mitt since the day before he had been catching with his bare hands and was paying for it. Looking around the house he realized that Leela was still in the bedroom and he could hear her talking. That’s when he noticed that the “Line in use” light was flashing on the phone in the living room. A smile came across his face and after tossing the bags on the couch he got on his stomach and silently crawled into her room. She didn’t even notice as he settled himself at the foot of her bed and kept on talking.
A few minutes went by and he got tired of just hiding there so without warning he jumped up causing Leela to scream. Laughing Fry sat on the bed and picked up the phone she had dropped.
“Hey there,” he said handing her the phone back.
“You jerk! Don’t ever scare me like that again.”
“No you’re not,” she smirked hitting him with the pillow.
Fry looked at the phone when he heard Amy’s voice, “Hello? Leela? What’s going on?”
Grabbing the phone Fry did his best to keep Leela from hitting him again with the pillow. “Hey Amy, it’s Fry,”
“Fry, what’s going on?”
“Then why did I hear Leela scream?”
“She has tourettes, she cant help it.”
“Give me back the phone!” Leela said beating Fry with the pillow.
“Can you just give her the phone back?” Amy asked Fry laughing.
Fry grabbed Leela’s waist and tickled her. “She’s a little busy, she’ll have to call you back.”
Leela grabbed the phone and pinned Fry down. “Sorry about that Amy.”
“Let me up!” Fry said.
“Not a chance.”
“What is going on?” Amy asked.
“Nothing Fry just got home from the store.”
“Well maybe I should let you guys go. I’ll talk to you later.”
“Okay, bye Amy.”
Hanging up the phone Leela looked at Fry.
“What?” he asked innocently.
Smiling and shaking her head Leela grabbed her robe before slipping it on. “Where’d you go?”
“Well I got myself a suit. I thought we go out and have a nice dinner tonight.”
“Really? No amusement parks or arcades?”
Laughing Fry leaned in and kissed her shoulder. “I thought we do something adult tonight, unlike last night.”
“We did do something adult last night.” she said standing up, “Which was amazing by the way.”
“Maybe we can do it again tonight,” Fry suggested slyly.
“Wait, what do you mean ‘we’ll see’?”
“Depends on how much of a smooth talker you are.”
“Oh, I smooth talk really good.”
That night around 10:00 Fry and Leela were sitting on the swing on the back porch. They had just gotten home from dinner and while Leela was in the bathroom Fry poured some wine and lit some candles before waiting for her outside. They sat there for a while, cuddling on the swing looking up at the stars. Fry had given Leela his jacket when he felt goosebumps on her skin and a few minutes later he stood up.
“I’ll be right back.”
She thought he was going to get a blanket but soon he came back with a small picture frame. Inside was the picture he had kept with him during the war.
“I want you to have this.”
“Oh Fry, I, I don’t know what to say.”
She looked at it for a few seconds before standing up. “I’ve got something for you too. Wait here.”
She walked inside and Fry could here her rummaging through her desk before coming back out with her sketch book. She flipped the pages before finding a sketch of Fry, herself and Cody. Handing the book to Fry she smiled.
“You drew this?” he asked.
“Yeah. It’s not done yet, but once I add the details it’ll look better.”
He shook his head, “It’s perfect.”
The three of them looked like a family, something he always wanted. It was at that moment Fry realized that this was why he survived. He was meant to come back to New, New York, find Leela and take care of her and Cody for the rest of his life. And that’s what he planned on doing.
“Tell me you love me.” he heard Leela say, “Please.”
Smiling, Fry moved closer and brushed her hair back. “I love you, with all my heart. And nothing is ever going to change that.”
Leela felt Fry gently move his thumb across her cheek and she kissed him, long and hard. The two of them remained like that until there was a banging at the front door.
“Ignore it,” Leela said kissing him again.
“Leela open up!” someone said.
Sighing Leela pulled away. “What’s he doing here?”
“I don’t know. But you should get it, I’ll be right here waiting for you.”
Standing up Leela walked into the house as Ben started banging at the door again. “Leela!”
Opening the door Leela’s eyes went wide. Ben was there, but so was Cody and he had a black eye.
“Leela,” he started, “I can explain-”
She didn’t need an explanation it was obvious what happened “How hard did you throw it?”
“I didn’t throw it that hard. The ball bounced out of his glove and hit him. He’s fine though, its just a bruise.”
“It’s not just a bruise!” Leela said getting a closer look at Cody’s swollen eye. “Go inside honey while I talk to you dad.”
“Okay,” Cody said.
Once he was inside and on the couch Leela closed the door and crossed her arms.
“What?” Ben asked.
“What the hell is wrong with you?”
“What’s wrong with me? He’s the one who can’t catch if his life depended on it.”
“Don’t blame this on him!”
“Stop yelling! I’ll have you know that I did the mature thing and took him to the hospital.”
“What did I just say? I mean, this is like the time he fell and broke his wrist. You took him to the hospital and I didn’t freak out on you.”
“That’s is totally different! He broke his wrist, he needed to see a doctor.”
“Well I thought that he needed to see a doctor for this.”
Leela sighed and finally shook her head. “You know what, I’m done talking to you. Just leave.”
“Wait,” Ben said.
Leela turned around and glared. “What?”
“Why are you all dressed up?”
“It’s none of your business.”
“I think it is.”
“Ben we’re divorced, okay? Do you understand that? If not then I’ll speak real slow. We….are….through. Forever.”
“You had a date didn’t you?”
“What does it matter?”
“I think I have a right knowing what type of…Perv, is around my son.”
“He is not a Perv.” Leela said turning around. She felt Ben grab her arm.
Leela turned and looked at the tight grip Ben held on her arm. “Let go.”
“I have a right to know what’s going on.”
“Ben, I’m only going to say this once: Go.”
“Need some help leaving Ben?”
Both Leela and Ben turned when they heard Fry’s voice. “I mean, I believe that she asked you to leave.”
I knew he was here!
“What the hell is he doing here?” Ben demanded.
“It doesn’t matter.” Fry said taking a step forward. “But if I were you I’d let go of her arm.”
Ben stared him down trying to call his bluff, but he did realize he was serious. Letting go of Leela’s arm Ben walked back to his car silently. Without a word his got in the car and drove away.
When Ben’s taillights were gone Fry turned to Leela. “Are you okay?”
“I-I’m fine.” she said a little shaken up.
Fry put his arm around her and held her close. “It’s okay. I’m here.”
“I know. Thank you.”
After he lightly kissed here the two of them walked inside. Cody was sitting on the couch.
“Sweetie are you okay?” Leela asked sitting down.
“Yeah, I’m fine.”
“Here let me see.”
After taking a closer look at it Leela kissed his forehead. “Let me get you some ice and then you can go to bed.”
Leela walked into the kitchen and got a icepack before sending him to bed. Without a word Leela walked into her bedroom and Fry looked around. Was this what his dreams were warning him about?
“There is more.” a voice said.
Looking around Fry’s eyes went wide when he saw Ted sitting on the couch. “What?”
“There is more,” he repeated. Then he was gone.
Fry just shook his head. I’m loosing my mind. I just need sleep. After turning out the lights he began walking into the bedroom, but not before looking at the couch once more.
Leela was sitting up in bed with her nightgown on when Fry walked in. She was holding her knees against her chest and taking deep breaths.
“Hey,” Fry said. “are you sure you’re okay?”
“Yeah, I’m fine.” she said quietly.
After quickly changing into his pajamas and sitting down next to her Fry gently rubbed her shoulders.
“Fry I’m not in the mood.”
“I know. I’m just trying to help you relax, that was stressful.”
“Yeah. I mean, I knew that you would have to meet him sooner or later. I just didn’t want it to be like that. I would rather have it where we all could just sit down and talk about it like adults. But that’s impossible with him.”
Fry remained silent and soon he felt Leela lean back resting her head on his shoulder. “Why don’t you get some rest?”
Leela just shook her head and Fry gently laid her down before pulling the covers over her.
“Hey, I love you.”
“I love you too.” Leela said.
Fry turned out the light and closed his eyes, but he kept thinking about what Ted said. There is more. What does that mean? He wasn’t sure, all he knew was that he had to do something. And quick.
Chapter 11: One Step Closer
Everything you say to me
Sends me one step closer to the edge
And I’m about to break
I need a little room to breath
Cause I’m one step closer to the edge
And I’m about to break
Fry finished writing his note to Leela before putting on his shoes and walking out the door. I just need some time alone.
It was 5:30 AM and he had already been up for a hour sitting at the kitchen table staring at his coffee. He had nightmares again, all like the ones before, but now he understood that they were trying to tell him something. Last night proved that. Finally he decided to go for a run just like he use to do in the DOOP when he needed to relax or just be alone with his thoughts.
Looking both ways he decided to take the way that led him away from downtown and he soon felt his feet thumping against the pavement.
I have to talk to someone, he thought as he passed the houses, but not Leela, she’ll be freaked out.
He knew in the back of his mind that he should talk to Leela about this, but he just couldn’t. He even lied on the note saying that he just felt like going for a run because he hadn’t done it in a while.
Like she’ll believe that, he realized, I walked from Texas. I think I’ve had enough walking and running.
But he knew that the running would help him clear his head. The last few weeks he spent in Texas he was depressed. Even though he was recovering, he knew that he still had nothing, and he was right back where he started after the Professor died. After all he had joined the DOOP just so he could feel like he belonged somewhere. It was also around that time he had really wished that he had died instead of Tim, Ted and Alex. His doctors didn’t even realized that on the days he was depressed he would get on his treadmill, put the speed on 10, the incline on 12 and just run through the pain and tears. It was also on days when he was thinking of Leela he would do that.
The sun was just rising and the dew on the grass sparkled in the light as Fry kept running. He glanced over his shoulder to see if someone was following him. He knew that no one was there but he couldn’t help it, when ever he was out he would look around.
I could call Amy or Bender, he thought running even faster, although Bender might make me give him my credit card number.
For some reasons he felt himself run even faster as the thought of what was going on began to overwhelm him. This is not good, this is dangerous. Ben is dangerous. He felt his legs carry him farther away from the house, as if telling him to go back to New New York City, but he wouldn’t have it and forced himself to stop. It was only then he realized he was out of breath.
No, I have to solve this problem right away. Asking other people might complicate things. Words can get twisted around and make this worse than it already is. Not to mention Ben’s bat-crap-crazy. Turning around Fry looked down the street realizing he was pretty far from Leela’s house and started on a slow jog back. Don’t beat around the bush, go straight to the source. That’s what I’m gonna do.
As he made his way back to the house he wondered if this plan was really going to work, or if he was trying to convince himself it would work.
“There is more.” a voice said.
Fry looked around and this time saw Alex running next to him. He was suddenly filled with the memories of the two of them taking late night jogs back on base after dangerous missions, both wanting to clear their head.
“What am I suppose to do?” Fry asked.
“You know what you have to do.”
“Uh, wrong. I wouldn’t be asking you if I did know.”
He saw Alex fade away and he stopped. “I’m going insane!”
Chapter 12: Pressure
I fear I might break
And I fear I cant take it
Tonight I’ll lie awake
I can feel the pressure now
It’s getting closer now
Fry walked into the house about 25 minutes later and kicked off his shoes before collapsing on the couch. He was exhausted and just wanted to rest, that run had taken it out of him and he knew that he worked out too hard. Running at 5:30 AM when you’ve stayed up most of the night worried about some psycho can wear you down. Leaning his head back he closed his eyes.
Leela walked out of her room fully dressed and was running a brush through her hair before putting it up in a ponytail. She saw Fry sitting on the couch and smiled as she walked over to him and placed her hands over his eyes.
Fry smiled, “Uh, the Easter Bunny?”
Fry opened his eyes and felt Leela kiss his forehead before sitting down next to him. “So, what’s bothering you?”
“What?” he asked.
“Fry, we’ve known each other for years, and you only work out when you’re upset or when you’re trying to impress me. So what’s wrong?”
“Nothing’s wrong. I’m fine.”
“Fry come on, talk to me. Something’s wrong I can tell. I mean you’ve been acting weird since-” she paused and it finally hit her. “Since Ben came over.”
Fry hung his head. She had caught him.
“Fry don’t worry about him. He’s an ass. Nothing he can do will stop me from loving you.”
Leela put her arm around Fry’s shoulders. “Everything’s gonna be fine.”
I wish I could believe you, he thought. I really do.
That afternoon Fry was sitting on the back porch watching the trees blow in the summer breeze and made a note to go get supplies to fix Cody’s tree house like he promised he would. But before that he had to think about what he was going to do about Ben. Looking inside to make sure Leela and Cody weren’t back from the store yet he pulled out his phone and scrolled through the numbers before hitting “call”. It rang a few times before someone answered.
“Honest Bender’s Computer Dating and Pimping service, how may I help you?”
Fry laughed, Good Ol’ Bender,
“I’m looking for my old drunken roommate.”
“Hey man, it’s great to hear from you. how’ve you been? You’re not with the cops right?”
“No I’m not with the cops. But I’ve got a question. Do you remember when I saved your ass from the cops when you were running that pimp motel?”
“Well you still owe me for that one. So here’s what I need you to do.”
He went on explaining everything that had happen the past few months to Bender. About him being hurt and discharged, about him finding Leela and everything with Ben. Once he finished with Ben giving Cody a black eye Bender had a feeling about what Fry was going to ask.
“So since Leela doesn’t want you to talk to him, you want me to do it?”
“Exactly. Can you help me out?”
“Of course Fry. I know it never seemed like it but I always wanted you and big boots to get together. So I’ll be there ASAP.”
Chapter 13: Gives you hell
When you see my face I hope it gives you hell
Hope it gives you hell
When you walk my way I hope it gives you hell
Hope it gives you hell
Leela was gathering her purse and looked out the kitchen window to see Fry and Cody playing catch. She smiled and thought about how happy Cody had been the past few weeks with Fry around. Grabbing her keys she was about to walk out the door to go pick up the pizza they ordered but as soon as she was about to turn the knob there was a knock. She sighed thinking it was Ben but instead she saw a familiar face.
Sure enough it was the robot standing on the other side with a suitcase and a cigar in his hands. “Hey big boots.”
“What are you doing here?”
“Thought I’d come visit you and the little meat bag you had with that jackass.”
Rolling her eye Leela closed the door after he walked in. “Well it would have been nice if you’d called first.”
When he didn’t say anything else Leela knew there was no point in arguing with him. “Okay, well I was just about to go pick up some pizza. I’ll be back in about 10 minutes.”
“Great, you got any booze?” he asked looking in the fridge.
“Uh, no I’ll pick up some. But Fry‘s out in the back yard.” she said walking outside.
As Leela drove away it dawned on her that Bender didn’t seem surprise that Fry was at her house. I’m sure it’s nothing. But for some reason she had a feeling that something was going to happen, and it wasn’t going to be good.
Back at the house Bender and Fry were sitting on the porch and Fry was tossing the ball back and forth with Cody.
“So what happen?” Fry said since Cody was across the yard and couldn’t hear them.
“Well after I got your call I packed my suitcase and stole a car before driving up here.”
“Did you go to Ben’s yet?” Fry asked softly.
Ben was sitting on his couch thinking about what happened a few nights earlier. He couldn’t believe that Leela was with Fry. He had a beer in his hand and his feet were up on the table. He could hear the shower running and he ran a hand through his wet hair. Kristie, or Carrie or whoever had stopped by and one thing had led to another, but he was glad she came over. All day he couldn’t stop thinking about what happened between him and Leela the other night and needed some unwinding. He was about to get himself another beer but heard a knock at the door. Opening it he saw a robot standing on the other side. He recognized him from when Leela worked at Planet Express.
“Yep, and I’ve got something to say to you.”
“You stay away from Fry and Leela, okay?”
“Leela doesn’t love you anymore. Okay? She loves Fry, and Fry has always loved her more than you ever did or ever could and he’ll do anything for her. So if you come near her again he will beat you to a pulp.”
“No you listen!”
Ben’s eyes went wide and Bender continued.
“Fry will whoop your sorry ass. He’ll sack you, bust up your foot, maybe knock out a tooth. And when he does it is gonna hurt. Oh damn! Whoo! You are going to crying like that time your mom found you wearing her church clothes.”
Ben’s eyes went even wider.
“Yeah, you’ve got quiet the back story don’t you?”
“How, how you do know that?”
“I’ve got my sources. So anyway stay away from Fry and Leela!”
“And that’s why Ben will never bother you guys again.”
Fry was staring speechless and Bender shook his shoulder. “Fry?”
He said nothing and didn’t notice Cody pick up the ball and throw it to him.
When he turned it was too late and the ball hit him in the nose causing him to fall over. Cody ran over and Bender helped Fry up.
“Fry are you okay?” Cody asked, “I’m so sorry, I-I didn’t-”
“Don’t worry about it buddy. It was an accident. I wasn’t playing attention. But the good news is that your arm is getting stronger.”
Cody smiled and gave him a hug. “I’m sorry again.”
Fry smiled, “It’s okay.”
In the house Leela was getting plates out with the pizza and just happened to glance out the window. That’s when she saw Cody give Fry a hug. Smiling she walked outside.
Fry looked up and Leela saw his nose. “Oh my God, what happened?”
“It’s nothing.” Fry said. “Just a small accident.”
“Well dinners here, lets go in.”
That night Ben was in the bush across the street looking at Leela’s house. He was grinding his teeth and wanted to go over to Dan’s house, grab his gun and just shoot Fry. He hated him. No, I loath him! He is going to pay. If it’s the last thing I do I will make him pay.
Chapter 14: Fall to pieces
I looked away then I looked back at you
You tried to say things that you cant undo…
…Today’s the day I pray we’ll make it through
Make it through the fall, make it through it all
And I don’t want to fall to pieces
While Ben was across the street Fry was sitting in the living room floor with his back up against the wall. Bender was in the broom closet powered down, Cody was sleeping and Leela was sitting on the couch just staring at the wall. Fry had told Leela how he felt like Ben was watching them. She didn’t believe him so they snuck out the back door and walked in the woods until they came to a street about a quarter of a mile from her house. That’s where they saw Ben’s car.
“He’s out there right now, isn’t he?” she asked.
Leela sighed and looked at him. “Why is Bender really here Fry?”
He didn’t answer and Leela asked him again. “Why is he really here?”
“I don’t know. I just called and said we should catch up.”
“Bull. You called him to come up here and talk to Ben because I wouldn’t let you do it.”
He looked down at the floor and Leela sighed disgustingly. “Fry are you insane? Who knows what he might try to do? He might try to kill you, he might try to hurt me or Cody, he might try to have Cody taken away from me. I‘m scared even in my own house now! I mean, is this what you want?”
“Of course not. I love you and Cody. One day he’s going to be my step-son but I’ll care for him as if he was my own. Leela I had to do this. We can’t keep living like this. I-”
“What did you say?” she said stunned.
“That I had to do this.”
“No before that. Did you say that Cody was going to be your step-son one day?”
“Yes. Leela, the moment you said you loved me I knew that we were going to get married. Hell the day I found out your were divorced I knew that we were going to get married.”
Suddenly the anger Leela had felt with him had faded away. He was only doing this out of love and she knew that it was the right decision. Without another word she got up and crossed the room. Sitting next to him she felt him wrap his arms around her.
“I love you. Did you know that?” he asked smiling.
“I know. I love you too.”
They sat there like that for a while and Leela finally said, “You know if we get married we’ll have to get a bigger house.”
Fry laughed, “I know. But maybe then we can move far away from that psycho.”
He meant it as a joke but neither of them laughed knowing how real this situation was. Leela thought about how this type of thing was only suppose to happen in movies and she never thought it would happen to her.
“What are we gonna do Fry?”
“I don’t know. All I know is that we have to think of something before something bad happens. Time is running out.” he paused, “But we’re gonna be okay. I promise.”
Leela tightened her grip around him and closed her eye. A few minutes later Fry felt the steady rise and fall of her chest as she slept. Gently he picked her up and carried her into the bedroom. Pulling the blanket over her he brushed her hair back and kneeled next to her.
“I’m sorry I’m putting you through all this Leela.” he whispered. “You don’t deserve this.”
He waited a second before standing up and walking out into the living room. What am I going to do? he thought sitting down.
“There is more.” a voice said.
Here we go again, he thought as he sighed. Looking in the kitchen he saw Tim sitting at the table.
“Okay I am getting sick of this. You guys are telling me I know what I have to do but I don’t so why don’t you just tell me? It’ll make this thing a whole lot simpler!”
Tim said nothing and Fry sighed. “Please?”
“Who the hell are you talking to?”
Fry turned around and saw Bender standing there with a beer.
“Bender. What are you doing up?”
“I was thirsty. Who were you talking to?”
He turned around and saw that Tim was gone.
“Uh…I was talking….on…my….Bluetooth.”
When he didn’t add anything Bender shook his head and started walking away. “Whatever meat bag.”
He walked away and Fry looked out the window across the street. There is more.
Chapter 15: Losing My Grip
I’m starting to trip
I’m losing my grip
And I’m in this thing alone
The next morning at 6:00 when Fry woke up it was pouring and he sat on the back pouch under the roof just staring into the woods. He was numb and didn’t know what he was feeling. Taking a sip of his coffee he sighed softly and leaned back in his seat. Leela was looking at him from the kitchen window, he could feel it but he didn’t want to turn around. If he did she might come out on the porch with him and right now he just wanted to be alone.
Leela watched as Fry gently swung on the porch swing staring up at the sky. She pulled her robe around her tighter and stirred her coffee thinking about how weird he was acting. She heard what he said to her as she slept the night before, how she didn’t deserve this. It was like he was blaming himself for this whole thing even though deep down he knew there was nothing he could do. He does realize that, right? Sighing Leela watched as a bolt of lightning struck but Fry didn’t seem phased. She had to talk to him before she left for work. Today was the first day of school for her and Cody. Hearing the sound of metal feet behind her she turned around.
“Morning Bender,” she said.
“Morning.” he said pulling a beer out of the fridge. He opened it and pointed out the window, “What’s with him?”
“I don’t know. He’s so out of it.”
“Want me to talk to him?”
“Would you? Just ask him what’s going on and see if there’s anything we can do to make him feel better.”
“Sure, but it’ll cost ya.”
Rolling her eye Leela opened one of the drawers and found a $20 bill. “Here, now go find out what’s bothering him.”
“Pleasure doing business with you.” he said putting the bill in his chest cabinet.
Bender walked outside and sat down next to Fry.
“Hey Bender,” he said flatly.
“Hey Fry. What up?” he responded cheerfully.
Bender noticed his tone didn’t change and he just seemed depressed.
“There’s nothing you want to talk about?”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes Bender. I’m fine.”
“No you’re not.”
Fry sighed and looked at his metallic friend.
“Bender please, I just want to be alone.”
“If there’s anything I can do to help-”
“Actually there is one thing.”
Bender stood up and went back inside.
“So?” Leela asked.
“He just wants to be left alone.”
Sighing Leela looked out the window and looked at Fry with his head in his hands. Finally she went outside herself.
“Fry, tell me what’s wrong.” she demanded.
This time he looked up showing his bloodshot eyes. Her face softened but Fry just turned away. Sitting down Leela softly said “Please tell me what you’re feeling.”.
“There’s a man out there that I haven’t seen in 10 years who wants to kill me. You tell me what I’m feeling.”
“You don’t know that he wants to kill you.” she said. Although it occurred later to her that she was trying to convince herself more than she was trying to convince Fry.
“Leela, you said it yourself. He hates me and now he hates me more for being with you.”
He’s not wrong, she thought.
“I just don’t know what to do.”
Putting her arms around him and resting her head on his shoulder she said, “You’re just going to forget about it. Ben can’t back up what he says. I mean he’s threatened me a few times but he never went through with it.”
Fry’s eyes went wide. “He did what?”
“Well mostly it was just threatening to take Cody away from me.”
“What do you mean ‘mostly’?”
“There were a few times that he said he was going to kick my ass or whatever, but he was drunk. Plus its not like I couldn’t take him.”
Doesn’t matter, Fry thought, the guy threatened you and he’s gonna pay. If it’s the last thing I do, I’ll make him pay.
That afternoon while Leela and Cody were still at school Fry parked his car a few blocks down from Ben’s house and looked at Bender who was sitting in the passenger seat.
“If I’m not back in 20 minutes come looking for me. Got it?”
“Yeah, but are you sure you want to go through with this Fry?”
“I have to Bender. Leela and Cody don’t deserve this. I realized the reason I survived the accident was to come back here and take care of them. That’s what I’m going to do.”
Bender didn’t answer, he knew there was no changing Fry’s mind. He was going to confront Ben.
“Can I just offer you one piece of advice?” Bender said.
“Let him make the first move.”
Fry nodded and got out of the car. Slowly he walked down the street to Ben’s house and once he was at the front door he took a deep breath before knocking. Ben answered a few seconds later. Crossing his arms he glared at Fry.
“What do you want?”
“I just want to talk to you.”
“Please. Its important.”
Ben sighed knowing that Fry was not going to leave. “Fine.”
“I know what you’ve been doing. Watching me and Leela? What is wrong with you?”
“Don’t give me that crap. I still love her and you’re the one who ruined everything.”
“If you really loved her you wouldn’t of divorced her, you would of tried to work things out. That’s how a marriage works. You have problems you work them out”
Deep down Ben knew Fry was right but he wasn’t about to admit that. He had to get this guy out of here and he knew exactly how to.
“You’re right.” he said, “It is my fault. I’ll stop bothering you and Leela. My word is good.”
Fry nodded and started to walk away. He knew that he wasn’t being sincere but just wanted to leave. If he didn’t get out of there soon he might do something he’d regret.
“Oh wait, Fry?”
Turning around he saw Ben leaning against the door. “Can I just ask you one more thing?”
“How’d you like doing it with Leela?” he said devilishly.
“What did you say?” he whispered angrily.
“I was just wondering. She’s quite a tiger, huh? Did she do that thing where she bites your ear and-”
“You son of a bitch!”
Fry charged at him and tackled Ben to the ground. He pinned him down and Fry could see the fear in his eyes.
“Listen to me- if you ever talk about Leela like that again, trust me you will regret it.”
“No, listen. You will stay away from us. The only time I want to see you is when you come to pick up Cody and if you’re angry with me and take it out on him you‘ll answer to me.”
“Leela’s right behind you.” Ben whispered.
Fry spun around and looked out the door seeing nothing. “What?”
Before he could look back at Ben he was being pinned down on the floor in a choke hold.
“Don’t mess with me buddy.” Ben said.
“It’s me you don’t want to mess with.” Fry responded. He broke lose from Ben’s grip and stood up and body slammed him. Then he picked Ben up by his shirt, slammed him into the wall and punched him in the face repeatedly.
Bender was sitting in Fry’s car watching the clock. It had been twenty minutes and Fry still wasn’t back. I hope he didn’t do something stupid. Oh who am I kidding? Of course he did.
Sighing Bender made his way to the house.
Fry still had Ben pinned up against the wall. “You wanna talk shit, huh buddy?”
“You son of a bitch!” Ben choked before shoving Fry back causing him to fall over the couch landing on the glass coffee table.
When he stood up Fry could feel blood dripping from his lip and his arm stung. Looking down there was a large cut on it.
“You may have been in the DOOP but I’m gonna kick your little ass.”
“Bring it.” Fry said jumping over the couch. He charged again at Ben but stopped short when he felt a pinch in his side. Looking down he saw a knife in Ben’s hand and he pulled the blade out of Fry’s side. Ignoring the pain Fry socked Ben right in the nose.
Bender grabbed Fry’s arm and pulled him away from Ben. “Lets go.”
“You got off lucky this time!” Ben said, “You come near me you wont be walking away.”
Fry tried to go after him again but Bender forced him out the front door and closed it. They started walking back to the car and Fry sat in the passenger seat since he was in no condition to drive. He wiped his lip and looked at his banged up face in the mirror.
“What have I done? That was the dumbest thing I could do.”
“But did he attack you?”
Fry sighed, “No. I attacked him.”
“Oh. Then yeah that was pretty dumb.”
Chapter 16: What I’ve done
In this farewell there’s no blood, there’s no alibi
Cause I’ve drawn regrets from the truth of a thousand lies
So let mercy come and wash away what I’ve done
Leela pulled into the drive way at 3:30 with Cody in the back seat. The whole way home he kept saying how he just wanted to get home and play catch with Fry again. This brought a smile to Leela’s face. She kept thinking about how great Fry was with Cody and how much Cody liked him. He was going to make a great father. Since their conversation the night before she kept thinking about him proposing. She could just see him getting down on one knee with a ring in his hand. Every time she thought about it her heart started racing.
She couldn’t wait to just see him again. This was the first day in the past few weeks they hadn’t been with each other all day. She opened the door and looked around.
Cody walked in and set his bag down. “Where is he?”
“I’m not sure.”
She went into the bedroom, but couldn’t find him. Walking back into the living room she noticed his back pack was gone and it finally dawned on her that the car he borrowed from Amy was gone.
Where is he?
“Mom.” Cody said from the kitchen. “Come here.”
She walked into the kitchen and saw a envelope in Cody’s hand. On it was her name. She opened it and inside was a letter.
First off I just wanted to say how great it was to see you again. I’ve missed you so much over these past few years and I knew that if it was the last thing I did I had to see you. I’m also glad I got to meet your soon. He is a great kid and I know he’ll make you proud.
You’re probably wondering what this note is about so I’ll just get to it: I’m going back to New, New York City. I don’t know when I’ll be back or if I’ll be back. All I can say is that I love you and I’m sorry. I didn’t listen to you, I disrespected you and all I can say is that you don’t need to have someone like me around. You see, when you were at work I went over to Ben’s. While I was there we fought. Not like yelling at each other, but physically. And I started it. So Bender and I are leaving, we can’t stay any longer.
I’m so, so sorry.
Leela put the letter down and wiped her eye.
Leela looked at her son. He reminded her so much of Fry. Even though he wasn’t his son their personalities were so much alike.
“Is Fry coming back?”
It took her a second to respond. “I don’t know sweetie.”
Cody looked down at his feet. “I hope he does.”
“So do I,” Leela said her eye welling up with tears. “So do I.”
End Part Two