Gaz bounds down the steps passing Gir with a gleeful smile, into the kitchen. "I have to write a note for Dib when he comes back," Gaz tells Gir who had hopped onto her right leg while she was moving by him.
"OKIE DOKIE!!" Gir smiles bigger and snuggles into her leg and falling soundly asleep.
Gaz smiles at the sight and grabs piece of torn paper and a small black pen and begins writing.
I am taking Gir to Zims base to do some cleaning. Gir says he's made another mess and that there are more 'scary spiders'. I have to clean them out so he's not scared to be there.
She leaves the paper on the dining table and bundles the sleeping Gir into her arms; he instantly snuggles into her small forming chest and she blushes. She pets his ears down and walks to the front door. She gets out her keys after shutting it behind her and locks it tight. She walks down the steps going towards the small, alien, but familiar house.
She walks up to the large purple door and smiles, taking her keychain out and using the Irkens symbolic key to unlock the door and saunters in. Shutting the door behind her she gets a very warm feeling, which suddenly turns cold. Her smile slips away. She hears the metallic spider steps that Irken PAKs make. She swishes around following the sound, and looks up to the dark corner on the ceiling. Seeing two glowing, violet eyes staring at her; she glares back.
The silky, cracked voice reaches her ears, and with a pained twitch, she watches as the female emerges from the shadow. "I remember you, you're that spunky human with the evil streak," She smiles evilly. "Remember me? I was Dibs friend for awhile," her PAK legs twist her down to the floor, and she moves to a short 10 feet away from Gaz.
"Yeah, I remember you," Gaz stares coldly. "Come back for your ship, Tak? Dib hasn't given up on fixing it, it's probably broken even more," she scoffs, Gir twitches in her arms.
The twitch grabs hold of Tak's attention and she smiles evilly, "No, that's not why I'm here." She slips closer at them and studies the pup. "Seems Zim has let his Pooch out again hmm?" she spits.
"Zim isn't here," Gaz recoils Gir further, protecting him as much as she can. She notices that Tak seems to have gotten taller, her chest sprouting a small set as her own, and her stomach has gotten a bit bigger, since their last meeting. "Been eating?" she jabs.
The hurt on Tak's face was unmistakable, but vanished within a second; her face still holding the tiny blush that formed with her embarrassment. "Shut your mouth human!" she hisses and gets much, much closer. "Where is he?"
Zim seems to be all that's on her mind, and Gaz can't help but be slightly jealous. "He hasn't been here all summer! He left and hasn't been back, he just left everything and Gir here. He could be dead!" She growls and shows no hurt that is inside.
Tak tries to hide the pain that struck her with the last sentence, but the tears formed in her eyes and her hands lie on her enlarged stomach. She holds it in, "I'll be back," she tries to keep her voice from wavering. "Next time you see him, tell him I have something for him," she turns and her PAK brings her through the wires that loom through the houses and Gaz hears the ship take off.
Gaz lets out the breath she had been holding in and scratches Gir's tummy, hearing him giggle and slowly wake, yawning. "Where is we?" Gir asks sleepily.
Gaz smiles, scratching underneath his chin, "We are at your house, Gir." She sets the small creature on the couch nearby and feels the chills running up through her spine and wishes away the dread of what come with the surprise Tak has for Zim. She lets the thoughts slip from her mind and focuses on calling Zim from the communicator downstairs. She sits on the couch and looks expectantly at Gir.
"What?" he looks clueless at her. "OHHHH YEAHHH!" He smiles and turns to the large screen tv. "We can call from this one," he smiles waits. "Go on," he urges Gaz.
Gaz looks from Gir to the blank screen in from of them. "Computer?" she calls to the house, like on many occasions where she had come to clean or get rid of scary thing that freaked Gir.
"Yeah Gaz?" the voice answers, a small crackle of thunder booms outside as a zap of lightening goes off. Rain begins to patter on the window outside and Gir snuggles into Gaz's lap.
"Can you call Zim's ship from this TV?" she asks instead of demands. Instantly the screen flickers and many Irken and familiar symbols flash across the screen. She hears a ring begin as the numbers on the screen go dark and the screen is blank for a minute.
"Hello?" a tall, worn Irken answers in a faded voice. There is a scar above his right blue, crystalline eye and his face is aged. His antennae stand at attention and he looks alert, and awake. There are bags under his large eyes and confusion fills his face. Gaz's face grows pale and a shocked scared look crosses her face. "Wait. Gaz? Is that you?" The voice is suddenly less harsh and full of desperate longing. She nods, with her face still confused and scared looking.
Water springs to the Irkens eyes and suddenly he's sobbing and he looks back at her with pain. "Gaz? Why do you look so scared? What happened?" He asks; his voice being familiar, yet not registering in her mind.
"Who are you?" she puts on a stern face and demands looking fierce.
"Gaz! It's me Zim! Don't you recognize me?" he sounded hurt and he wipes away the tears from his cheeks.
Finally it clicks in her mind and she's tearing up as well. "Zim," she whispers, barely coherently, "you're alive." Tears streaming down her cheeks and she has the intention and will to storm through the screen and hug the Irken who looks so alone and so small; who suddenly lost all forceful and harsh look when he cried her name.
"I know!" is all he can muster and his tears start up again.
"You're alive!" she wails and Gir stirs in his sleep. "What happened? Why do you look so different? Why do you have a scar on your eye?" the question rushing through her head and she becomes dizzy. "Please explain."
He begins to tell her about his righteous quest against the war with the fleet of outsiders fighting against the Irken Armada. He explains in great detail how he snuck into the enemy's fortress and saved his sisters with a mighty fist. Over exaggerating greatly, like normal, but for once Gaz didn't care. She was dumbfounded and hung on his every word. She was greatly worried about the gash on his head because he, of course, greatly exaggerated the fall that gave him it.
Another flash of lightening and boom of thunder crashed through the room and Gir turns over. Gaz clearly sees the shiver and corpse look on Zim's face from the raining noise in the background.
"I'll be home the day after school starts. Don't tell Dib, I'll surprise him. And I'm wearing this disguise because if my sisters call I have to be Dax," he explains.
"Understood," she smiles and gives a salute.
"And keep a close watch on that Gretchen girl. And Gaz?" he smiles and blushes.
"Yeah Zim?" she looks bashfully into his eyes.
"You look pretty," he looks down in an embarrassing wave. "You know with the makeup, and your new haircut," he smiles, his face blushing furiously. It was true; she cut her hair a little shorter.
"Thank you Zim. And it looks like you got taller," she smiles and he beams. "I'll see you when you come home," she smiles and the screen goes blank. "I love you," she whispers to the black screen, and her tears fall, before getting up to go home.
Zim sits in his empty cockpit and wishes he'd have told her how he felt right then. "I love you, Gaz," he smiles sadly at the blank screen.
Gaz then picked up the newest letter she found from Dib and began to read:
"You took my hand, you showed me how; you promised me you'd be around. I took your words, and I believed, in everything you said to me. If someone said three years from now, you'd be long gone, I'd stand up and punch them out, 'cause they're all wrong.
I know better. 'cause you said forever, and ever. Who knew?
Remember when we were such fools, and so convinced and just too cool? I wish I could touch you again. I wish I could still call you friend. I'd give
When 'someone' said, 'count your blessings now, before they're long gone,' I guess I just didn't know how. I was all wrong!
They knew better. Still you said forever and ever. Who knew?
I'll keep you locked in my head, until we meet again. Until we
. Until we meet again
.. I won't forget you my friend. What happened?
Still, if someone said three years from now, you'd be long gone. I'd stand up and punch them out, 'cause they're all wrong! And
that last kiss. She'll cherish, until we all meet again. And time makes it harder, I wish I could remember.
But I keep your memory. You visit me in my sleep. My best friend, Who knew?
You're my best friend, and who knew? Your still my best friend and I miss you. Who knew??"
And Gaz started crying. He knew Zim and her kissed and he still misses him. She was so happy Zim was alive. She was so happy and she began to cry