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Catch Me

crimson'n'lace - posted on 23 Jul 2014 @ 5:18am

Catch Me

Carbine and Charley rode up to see Vinnie and Harley kissing. Both
women were surprised to say the least. A twinge of jealousy went through
Charley but she quickly threw it off. She was happy for Vinnie. He was reunited
with his long lost love. He deserved a moment of happiness after everything
he'd been through.

"You okay?" Carbine asked, knowing how the Earth woman
felt about the tall white mouse.

"I'm good. I'm okay. This is how it should be." Charley
said.

"Yeah." Carbine replied, glancing at Charley, then at
the happy couple.

Throttle used to kiss her just like that before and during the
war. Now with the recovery and cleanup of Mars, they rarely had time to chat.


Still, she wished Throttle would sweep her off her feet just once. What didn't help
was the fact that she was a general and he was a commander. Meaning she was his
boss. She also had a tendency to let her job go to her head. Doing her duty
first and foremost which irritated Throttle. They often got into arguments
about her by-the-book persona.

"What's wrong with me? Why can't I be the woman Throttle
wants? Sometimes I wish I'd never joined the military." She once told
herself. But she was used to it. Used to being in charge.

Chi and Hideki went inside the dimensional portal that was inside
Dr. Catorkian's lab. Everyone had come to see them off.

"Bye, Biker Mice! Thanks for helping me find Chi."
Hideki said, waving.

"And thanks for helping me and Vinnie get back
together!" Harley replied winking at Chi, and chuckling. She then cuddled
up to Vinnie who grinned. Carbine looked down and away.

"If you're ever in Tokyo, look us up. Sayonara!" Chi
said. The portal lit up and transported them back to Earth.

"I'll be in my quarters." said Carbine.

"Don't you have reports to fill out?" Throttle asked
her.

"They can wait." She said, quickly.

"You okay, general?" Modo asked.

"Sure. Why shouldn't I be?!" She replied, flatly.

"Carbine, what's going on?"Throttle asked.

She wasn't asking like herself.

"It's general, remember? That's all anyone ever thinks of me
as now. Nothing else."She replied, sarcastically, stomping off. Everyone
stared at each other with puzzled looks.

"What's eating her?" Harley asked.

"Who knows?" Vinnie replied.

Carbine put her hands to her face. She felt the tears come. With
them came a little relief.

"I know. I'll put on some music." She said, drying her
tears. There on her night table was a little radio. She switched it on. A
little song was playing. Its soft guitar riffs made her croon.

I guess you could say/I'm a little afraid/A little afraid/That
you'll go away/I've been there before/I've seen it before/I just want to see as
a person you want me/ As a person you want me/I guess you would say that I want
you to stay/I want you to stay/But I'm feeling the pain of all these things in
the way/And I'm thinking you're just gonna run away/And I can’t catch you/And I
can't catch you/

Carbine began to feel sadder. It was true. No matter what she
couldn't catch Throttle. She questioned her relationship with him.

"He knows how I feel about him? How does he feel about me?" She
wondered,"Have his feelings for me changed? Will he leave again at the
first sign of trouble?"

Meanwhile Throttle watched Carbine go puzzled like everyone else.
He knew something was bothering her but he didn't know what. He knew she had a
fiery bad temper but this time it was something else. There was a hurt look in
her eyes that didn't escape him.

Then it hit him as he thought more about it. She began acting like
this after Vinnie and Harley got together. Since he's been back to Mars, he and
Carbine haven't spent any time together. Everything he and his bros have done
lately has been to restore Mars to the way it was before the Plutorkians and
the Catatonians came. Homes and buildings had to be rebuilt. Plus they ran
Freedom Fighter Headquarters.

"Carbine and I haven't even gone on a bike ride." He
thought.

A plan began forming in the mind of the tan furred mouse.

Later that night, Carbine was called to the mess hall. She had
already turned in for the night. All she was told it was an emergency. She
quickly threw on a robe over her nightgown. The raven- haired mouse came
charging in with her whip out ready to put a serious hurt on her enemies.


Instead what greeted her was a tan-furred mouse in a dark blue tuxedo and black patent leather shoes. In his
hand was a single red rose.

"Throttle? What's----" She began. Charley rushed up to her carrying a long blue dress with spaghetti straps and sequins in one hand. Shiny blue pumps in the other.

"Quick put these on." She said.

"Em, Throttle, could you---?"Charley asked. The tan furred mouse turned his head.

Carbine quickly changed wondering what was going on.  

"Okay, you can look now."  He turned around. She looked stunning.

Throttle walked up to her taking her hands in his own.

"I never thought of you as just a general. You're my girl, Carbine. The one I picture spending the rest of my life with. "The tan furred mouse replied, gazing at her.

"Throttle...."Carbine replied, as tears of joy welled up in her eyes. Love shown in her eyes.  They gazed at each other for a long time.

 There was a jukebox in the mess hall.
Charley put in a coin. The song was 'Unchained Melody.'

"Have fun, you two." She chuckled, then walked out.

"May I have this dance?" He asked Carbine, who nodded.

He took her in his arms while they slow danced. Carbine then began
smiling. She and Throttle were on an actual date! No Plutorkians, no orders
from Martian Command to spoil it. Just the two of them.

"I just want you to know I love you and I'm never going
away." Throttle told her.

"I'm glad. I don't ever want to lose you." She said,
softly, "I finally caught you."

"You never lost me." He told her.

Song is by Sixpence. It's titled "I Can't Catch You."