Time Runs Short, Part 9
Everyone had gathered around Leela. She felt as if she were the main star of a tragedy story. They were all sharing stories of the past together and even Bender managed to have a little respect for the recent events.
"Leela, I-", Amy was cut off by a rumble that shook the building.
"Sweet Manila of Gomilla, what was dat?!" Hermes asked.
"That was Santa!" Fry yelled, as he heard people running down the hall, screaming and yelling.
"I'm sorry." Leela said, looking down, and hanging her head.
"Why?" Amy asked, sitting down at the end of her bed.
"This is my entire fault.if I had told someone besides Fry, you all wouldn't be trapped here with me."
"Don't say that, we all would have been trapped somewhere. It's X-Mas Eve! Everyone gets trapped somewhere on X-Mas Eve! Remember last year?" Amy said.
"Heh.yeah." Leela thought back to a year ago, when they were all huddled up with one another in the PE building without anything.
"Uhh.people? Visiting hours are over," the doctor said, peeking his head in. "You will all have to leave.n-now," he said as another loud noise shook the building.
"No one can go outside, mon, it's too dangerous!" Hermes said.
"That's uhh.not our fault, sir. Visitors have to leave now."
"Now they don't," Bender said as he pushed the doctor out of the room and slammed the door shut.
It was one o'clock in the morning and everyone had stayed up talking, sharing stories, and waiting for Santa to pass by. The attacks from Santa had just stopped, and the building was starting to settle. Everyone was tired, yet glad that they shared X-Mas together. They were all starting to say their good byes.
"Leela, you were a good captain. It will be really hard to replace ya," Hermes said as he started to step out the door with LaBarbra.
"We won't forget ya," LaBarbra said.
"No, we won't forget," said Professor Farnsworth, "who was I saying good bye to?" he asked himself as he stepped out the door.
"Zoidberg wishes you a happy death.WHY COULDN'T I HAVE BEEN THE ONE TO DIAGNOSE HER?" Zoidberg wailed as he walked down the hallway.
"Leela, I really wish that this hadn't happened," Amy said. "I'm really sad about this.I don't want you to die. You've been a really good friend to me. I just hope that things end the best," Amy said tearfully. "Goodbye, Leela," she said, and walked out the door.
"Well.what can I say? You've been a good captain.and I won't delete my memory of you. But seriously, I wish that it didn't have to end this way, meat bag. A robot shouldn't say stuff like this.but.you're one of my goodest friends." Bender said as he started to walk out the door. "So long, captain!" he saluted her and walked out of the room.
"So.I guess.that's the last time I'll ever see them." Leela said as tears started to fall from her eye.
"But they'll always remember you," Fry said as he sat down in a chair next to her bed.
"Yes.I know. But they'll only remember me as an up-tight, bossy captain."
"Hey, that's not true."
"Yes, it is Fry. I really didn't mean to be bossy, mean, or up-tight. I just wanted to be nice.but I was too afraid."
"That's not true.I think you're the nicest person I know."
"No I'm not. I mean.think about it. You've always been nice to me. You sometimes even told me your feelings for me. But I pushed you away.of fear that's not even there. I love you, Fry!" Leela was in tears now.
Fry was silent for a moment. "I love you, too, Leela," he said, but by the time he looked back at her, she had fainted.