Author's Note: This was going to be part
of a Drake story I was writing, but then I had a flash of brilliance
for a new plot and this didn't fit anymore, but I liked it, so I'm
posting it as a vignette. A sly poke at some, ahem, romantic possibilities
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"Mmmm, cinnamonny..." Bobby Drake drooled out as he let
the warm, partially doughy center of the cinnamon roll hit his tongue.
"On a Jim Belushi training diet or something, 'Cube?" Jubilee
mused while watching him down his fifth cinnamon roll and eating her
oh so fattening ... carrot.
"Jube, Jube, Jube..." Bobby clucked. "Did two straight
days of watching the Best of Saturday Night Live not teach you anything?
Belushi's method was through Little Chocolate Doughnuts. I prefer
using all natural herbs and spices in mine."
"Well then, Colonel Sanders, tell me something: how natural
is that frosting?"
"Hey! I happen to have it on good medical authority that
this frosting is full of vitamin B6."
Jubilee sighed and sank her head into the table. "Bobby, Paige
Guthrie has never been, and will never be, considered a 'good medical
"How do you know that it was Paige that told me?"
"Last week, Artie and Leech had a diet consisting of Runts because
they overheard her say that it was chockful of amino acids."
Jubilee shook her head. "If Runts were healthy, do you think
I'd waste my time with this stupid carrot?"
"tupid husk," he began to mumble. "spends so much
time in that damn med lab recuperating from getting her lame ass kicked,
would have thought that she would have picked up something, but nooo..."
"Tell me about it."
"Well, for one, can we start with the name? 'Husk'? Even Jeannie
had a better name--"
Jubilee shushed him. "That's not what I meant, Drake. I mean,
tell me about whatever it is that brought you to our neck of the woods.
I tried to get it outta Hankers, but he was pretty tight lipped about
the whole thing, being the big blue killjoy, wouldn't ya know."
Jubilee took a breath for air. "And now, what I want to know
is the answer to the $50,000 question: 'Why are you here?'"
"I missed you."
"Errt! Wrong answer. Try again!"
"I miss ... Sean?"
Jubilee shook her head.
"I'm just a New England country boy at heart?"
"Now that is just lame, you Long Island Iced Tea!" Jubilee
kicked his shin. "Now, seriously, why did you come down to the
MassAcad, just to chill? And give me a straight answer, because I'm
missing hanging out with Ev for this, you goofball."
Bobby Drake wiped his hands on his jeans to rid himself of the frosting
on his fingers before answering.
"Well, part one of it is that I wanted to try your cooking,
and I have to say that you're coming way up from instant mac'n'cheese."
Jubilee beamed. "Glad you liked the rolls, Drake. And as for
the mac'n'cheese, I learned from the best," she added as she
pointed to him.
"Thank you, thank you. It's nice I went to college for something!"
"I thought you went to be an accountant?"
"Yeah, that too..."
"Okay, Yankee, what's part two?"
Bobby took in a quick breath. "I'm hiding from a girl my mother
set me up with a while ago. She has a timeshare in the Poconos and
wants me to come."
"I thought ya'd thrill to some one on one action, as opposed
This time, he kicked her in the shin. "Not this one. Childhood
friend who used to bully me around. She isn't exactly a cuddle bunny.
I get flashes of her and handcuffs and that scene from 'Misery' with
the sledge hammer..."
They both shuddered.
"Wait, if you don't like that stuff, why did you have such a
crush on Frosty, the Ice Woman?"
"You had a crush on the White Queen, right?"
Bobby let his jaw gape. "What in the hell--?! The woman mind
raped me, teased me, kicked me like a puppy, and I'm supposed to have
a crush on her?! Excuse me, J, but I'd want to have someone I could
just cuddle with..."
"Hey, sorry, B. Rumors happen." Jubilee took a bite of
her carrot before adding, "You know, Bobby, Rogue isn't exactly
a cuddle cookie herself."
"Rogue? I don't follow..."
"You know, you had that crush on her and--"
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