Chapter 2

He walked around for hours, not caring where he was going. Though he stopped in his tracks when he saw her. She was talking to that stuck-up, flirting machine, Irvine. They were always laughing, always having fun, always doing things together, without him. Zell glared at Irvine from afar. Why did he always get the girls? Is it because of his looks? 'Well goddamnit! I'm as good looking as the next guy out there!' Zell continued to walk on, still sulking.

"So Selphie. What're you doin tonight?"

"Um...nothing really."

He grinned and wrapped an arm around her. "Well then, what say you and me go out for dinner and hit the haystack afterwards, hm?"

"I..uh...I'm kinda busy...oh look at the time! I gotta run, see ya Irvine!" She said rapidly as she ran off.

"Hey wait! Selphie! Come back!"

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That night, Zell climbed onto the tree and sat on the fat branch while leaning back on the trunk of the tree. He sighed as the warm wind blew against his face and made the green leaves rustle. It was a dark night out and it was hot. He began to think but was soon interrupted with another sigh. He looked below him and sitting on the roots that stuck out of the ground was Selphie. She was picking at flowers and linking them together...plus, she looked extremely bored.

"Hey you."

She jumped up.

"Selphie, up here."

She looked up.

"You just love doing that to me don't you?"

"Sometimes, yeah."

She mumbled.

Zell tried to listen but could hear nothing.

"What did you say?" he asked.

"That's really none of your business."

He rolled his eyes. "Wanna come up?"

Her eyes gleamed. "Really? I can?"

"Sure. You just have to climb up."

She gave him the puppy eyes. He glared at her. She knew he hated that and now she's using it against him. Sometimes she was a brat but he liked it.

"Fine!" He fell back and caught himself on the branch by his legs and held out his arms. "Hold on Selphie."

"Alright." She grabbed his hands and waited as he swung her up in a few seconds. Then he swung himself up and they were sitting across from each other.

"Ya happy?"

"You bet!" Selphie said with much enthusiasm.

He noticed she still had the flowers with her and she continued to link them without talking. He watched closely as her skillful fingers worked quickly. She was looping them in and out until she was about to link the first and the last together. A few minutes flew by and she was still working at it.

"Oh c'mere! You're slower than my grandma!"

"No, no! It's alright." Selphie protested. "And by the way, I don't like being compared to your grandma okay?"

He gave a tiresome sigh. He pulled her against him that surprised her but she said nothing. He wrapped his arms around her waist and took the flowers out of her hands and surprisingly, he linked them just like that. He gave it to her and leaned back.

"Err...thank you Zell."

"You're most welcome but now...will you please move away?"

"You have manners!" she said with a hint of sarcasm.

"Oh go play with the puppies."

"Shut up! Where's your girlfriend huh? Huh?"

"Do you mind getting down?" Zell said.

"Where is she?" She felt like pushing the subject since he sounded so determined earlier. Besides, he was acting like a jerk now...as always.

"If you must know, I have my eyes on someone else." He said casually.

"And who's that?"

"Uh..."

"Well? Aren't you gonna tell me? If you're not gonna get a girlfriend you might as well tell me who you're 'crush' is."

"I can give you details. How 'bout that?"

"Sure, why not."

"Okay. She has brown hair that surprisingly curls out at the end. She has jaded eyes that shine luminously through ebon lashes. She's a debonair-teen that's always smiling. In short, she's just plain cute and I'm in love with her."

She smiled. "Aw...come off it! Really, who is it? I mean, if that's your crush then gee! We'll probably become great friends in no time!"

He grunted. "That is you! Geez...the person I love most ain't smart either."

"You take that back!"

"Make me!"

Selphie stuck her tongue out at him.

"Nevermind."

Selphie looked up at the sky. There were no stars out and she frowned.

"What's the matter?"

"Oh nothing. How do people expect a night to be beautiful when there are no stars out? It's stupid, really." she replied.

Zell looked at her. "I see one, that's for sure."

Selphie blushed lightly and continued to stare at the sky as Zell pulled her into a warm embrace, watching the bare night sky with her.

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Author's Notes: Grrr...sappy I know. I honestly didn't know how to end it so I did everything that came to mind! Please don't flame me about it....I'm not exactly an ff8 writer...I'm never inspired...for some reason, it's only ff7. >.< Oh well....hoped you enjoyed this!