Kowalski's eyes opened slowly, and looked to his right. His eyes widened, as he realised he was leaning on Emma, who was leaning on Private. They were both still asleep, so Kowalski closed his eyes and relaxed again, blushing a little bit.
Later that day, they all woke up, and tried not to blush when they realised what had happened. Skipper and Rico were already awake, Skipper was drinking his fish coffee, and Rico was sitting next to his dolly.
"I see you three are finally awake." Skipper remarked, taking a swig out of his coffee mug.
"Why, what time is it?" Emma mumbled, standing up.
"Waterasttwelv." (Quarter past twelve) Rico answered. Private's eyes widened and he started at the clock disbelievingly.
"Why didn't you wake us up?" Kowalski asked, wonderingly.
"Becuase you all looked so snug down there." Skipper joked, sarcastically. "No really, it was becuase I thought you deserved a break from the morning training, and the annoying zoo visitors."
"Oh ok. Thanks Skippah." Private said smiling at his leader.
"Now we only have 15 minutes until the next training session, so you lot might want to get some breakfast. Or lunch." Skipper advised, pointing towards the cupboard and the fridge. The three of them scrambled over to the fridge, and got food out of it.
The day went surprisingly quick, as they completed training, and entertaining the zoo visitors, in what felt like a matter of minutes to Emma. She and Kowalski were working on making more teleportation wristbands that day, and they made up to 6 as the sky began to darken. In the main bit of the HQ, Private was lying in his bunk, debating if he should tell Emma how he felt.
I feel like I just have to tell her, I don't know how much longer I can hide it. He thought desperately. But what if she doesn't feel the same? One part of him said. But she let me hold her flipper on the way home when we went to see the pups, I think she might have been blushing. He argued back. But you don't want to ruin your friendship do you? The part of him asked. He sighed. He just didn't know what to do. He looked around wondering if he should ask Rico or Skipper about it, but he didn't think that was such a good idea. His eyes fell on the box of Peanut Butter Winkies. He picked up a Winky and sighed. Ok, so if it lands on Winky face, I tell her, if it lands on the back, I don't. Private decided, throwing the Winky in the air. He caught it and looked at the wrapper. The Winky face was staring back at him. Private closed his eyes, took a deep breath. He gazed at the lab. I'll tell her later tonight when she comes out of the lab. He decided his stomach feeling very giddy and queasy.
Meanwhile in the lab, Kowalski and Emma were working on the 7th and 8th teleportation wristbands. Music was playing in the background. They were tapping their feet along to the music merrily. Emma's head was full of thought.
Well I don't know if Marlene's right or not, and if she is, how on earth could I chose between them both, they're both amazing, and sweet guys... She wondered, sadly. I guess I'll have to choose one or none. She added starting to feel a bit gloomy.
"Hey Em, are you ok?" Kowalski asked worriedly.
"Huh? Oh, I'm ok Kowalski." Emma lied, smiling at him. "I've just got a bit on my mind right now." She admitted, trying to concentrate on the wristband. Kowalski looked at her, feeling concerned.
"Do you want to talk about it?" He asked, hiding hs shyness.
"No thanks, I just want to think for a bit more." Emma replied, giving him a small smile. "Thanks for asking though." She added, blushing a bit.
"Um, well no problem Em, if you ever need to talk I'll be here to listen." Kowalski said, his stomach filling with more butterflies. Their eyes met, and they smiled shyly at eachother. They continued working in silence, a very suitable song playing in the background. Emma knew all of the words so she thought along to the song. We started as friends. But something happened inside me. Now I'm reading into everything. But there's no sign you hear the lightning, baby. You don't ever notice me turning on my charm. Or wonder why I'm always where you are. I've made it obvious. Done everything but sing it. I've crushed on you so long, but on and on you get me wrong. I'm not so good with words. And since you never notice, the way that we belong. I'll say it in a love song. Emma lost herself in thought, and time whizzed on. Suddenly they heard a shout from the main room.
"Emma, Kowalski it's late, lets get to bed." Skipper called. Emma snapped back to reality, and shuffled out of the lab with Kowalski. She glanced around and realised that Private wasn't around.
"Hey Skips, where's Private?" She asked.
"Oh, he's probably, still outside, could you go and get him?" Skipper answered, hopping into his bunk. Emma climbed up the ladder, and saw Private sitting down looking up at the stars.
"Hey Private, what are you doing? We've all gotta head bed now." Emma said, closing the fishbowl.
"Just thinking." Private answered, a queasy feeling in his stomach. Emma walked over to him curiously and sat down beside him.
"What's up?" She asked. He sighed and looked up at Emma.
"Well, Emma, I've got something to tell you...."