Hi, all! This is another of my little one-shots that came seemingly out of nowhere and just planted itself in my head. It's not exactly the best thing I've ever written, but I'm fairly pleased with it. Hope you enjoy!
"You are so wrong."
"Oh, I'm wrong?"
"How am I wrong?"
This was the scene laid out before me when I walked into the cafeteria Friday afternoon: my best friend, Anna, and her boyfriend, Todd -who I was actually starting to like- engaged in an intense-looking argument at a nearby table. Shocked, I walked up to my friend Matt. "Are they fighting?" I whispered.
"Yup," he replied, still watching them.
"Oh my God, what happened?"
Matt shrugged. "I know as much as you do."
I was only half-listening to his response, seeing as I was too busy being devastated for Anna. We'd known each other forever -she was practically my sister- and to see this guy she really liked call her out on something nearly broke my heart.
"Well, shouldn't we do something?" I asked.
"I don't know, intervene? Separate them?"
"Absolutely not!" Anna yelled at Todd.
I went on, stunned, "...Call the cops?"
"Jamie," Matt said, a wise tone to his voice, "things like this, you just gotta let 'em run their course. If they really are in love, or whatever, they'll come to their senses soon enough."
As I watched Anna shove a pointed finger in Todd's face, I couldn't help but wonder when Matt had suddenly become so insightful. This was the same boy who, until third grade, was convinced that pandas were the hybrid offspring of grizzly bears and zebras. And now he was dishing out romantic advice? Had I stepped into some alternate dimension without even realizing it?
I shook the thought from my head, opting instead to mutter, "I just wish I knew what they were fighting about, y'know? At least that way I could, I don't know, mediate or something."
Not even three seconds later, my wish was granted.
"'Samurai Jack' was not 'the best,'" Anna said loudly, using air quotes when she said "the best."
Todd snickered, "But 'Rugrats' was?"
Anna continued, "Generally speaking, a good cartoon should take in a broad audience. 'Samurai Jack' was good, I'll give it that, but it was way too dark."
"What's wrong with a little darkness?"
"'Rugrats' was cute. Who doesn't like cute?"
"If by 'cute,' you mean 'trippy'..."
"I'm sorry, trippy?"
I blinked, nearly at a loss for words. "They're... they're arguing about cartoons?"
"You didn't think it was gonna be about something serious, did you?" Matt chuckled.
Part of me was relieved that they weren't in a real fight, but mostly I was just dumbfounded. What could have sparked such a heated argument over cartoons of all things?
"Well at least trippy can be funny. I see an twenty-foot evil dragon trying to kill a guy, I'm gonna have nightmares."
"Dark doesn't stay with you. Trippy does. I have some weird memories of 'Rugrats.'"
I shook my head in disbelief. "I have to settle this." Before Matt could grab me to hold me back, I headed for Todd and Anna's table, where I sat between them, cleared my throat, and simply said, "'Powerpuff Girls'?"
Immediately, the conversation stopped. Anna and Todd looked at me, then at each other, then smiled. "Okay, truce," she said.
"Truce," he replied.
I stood up to let them hug it out and grinned. "My work here is done."
Gosh, I miss the '90s... I was never in a relationship in high school (I'm kind of scared of people), but, honestly, this is about as intense as I feel a fight between a teenage couple should ever get.
So, uh, what's YOUR favorite cartoon? For me, Ed, Edd 'n Eddy are my boys. Drop me a review and tell me what you think!