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'When was I born?' Doris said.
Will Gunther guided his spacecraft around a
hurtling chunk of debris, and zapped two smaller rocks that were tumbling
in its wake. A pink saucer scuttled from behind one of the explosions,
and he picked it off for a fifty point bonus.
'She didn't know the date,' he said. 'The month
'My favourite colour?'
'It's a Wonderful Life.'
There was nothing for it; he was going to have
to go into warp drive. The bombardment slowed to quarter-speed, but he
was almost out of power. 'Somebody called Michael J. Pollard,' he said.
'I never heard of him.'
Doris shook her head, as if she couldn't believe
it. 'You and Julie really were talking about me,' she said.
'I told you.' The warp ended, and he was out
of juice; his spacecraft drifted for no more than two seconds before busting
into a yellow flower. 'Your turn.'
They swapped places in front of the video console,
but Doris wasn't really concentrating on the game. 'I don't even know where
you're from,' she said as the screen set itself up again.
'Houston, originally. But we travelled around
a lot when I was a kid.'
'Houston,' Doris said, marvelling. 'That sounds
like Mars to me, it's so foreign.'
'It's not all that different. It's full of
people, some real, some phony. Not many of them as real as you are.' He
nodded towards the screen. 'And you just got blown up. You've got to pay
attention,' he said.
Doris didn't exactly seem cut up about her
zero score; she moved aside to let Will take over his end of the Universe.
It was lunchtime, and Kickers wasn't officially open; all of the barrels
were up on the tables, and the only sounds were the zaps and pows of Meteor
Madness as they played.
'Will,' she began, but he grinned.
'Won't work,' he said. 'I'm concentrating on
'Do we have a relationship?'
'I'd say we were working on one.'
'Well . . . you know what Woody Allen says
'Nope,' Will said, pouring out the photon torpedoes.
'What's he say?'
Doris couldn't believe it. 'You never saw Annie
Hall? You are of this planet and you never saw Annie Hall?'
'So? I bet you never saw True Grit.'
She laughed, and reached across the console
for his hand. 'I need to get in touch with your agent,' she said.
'Because I'm gong to draw up a contract for
you and me, and he'll probably want to look it over. You know how agents
'What's the contract going to say?'
'That for the rest of our lives, no matter
where we are, if one of us needs the other, the other person will be there.'
Will Gunther smiled, but there was nothing
mocking or cynical in it. 'And what'll the password be?' he said.
He nodded. 'Meteor Madness. You got it.'
'That way, as long as we're alive, neither
of us can ever be alone.'
Will's attention was no longer on the game;
as soon as he turned from the screen, the pink saucers moved in for the
kill. He reached out to Doris, and lightly touched her cheek.
The kiss that followed was so gentle, it wouldn't
have left an imprint on a soap bubble.
And, like a soap bubble, it caught the light
and held rainbows.
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