Nikki (shanaqui) wrote in pyre_flies,

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Baralai, Gippal, Nooj and Paine - Experiment

Title: Experiment
Setting: Post FFX-2
Theme + Number: #21 Watching, #23 Fish, #24 Hypothesis, #31 Games
General Relationship: Baralai, Gippal, Nooj and Paine
Rating: K
Warnings: Implied Gippal/Rikku, silly
Summary: Relaxing in Besaid.

"Would the machina short out?"

Gippal pulls himself up out of the sea a little, onto the hot wood, not giving a single explanation. His hair is wet and plastered to his head, and Nooj has gotten so used to that ridiculous spiky hair that he almost misses it. The girl -- Rikku -- wraps her arms around Gippal from behind, pulls him back into the water, and he makes a big show of gurgling and flailing around before he pops back up to ask again.

"The machina. If you came in the water, would it short out?"

"You're the Al Bhed," Nooj says, shrugging slightly, "you know better than me how machina behave."

"Just, you seem to be missing out on all the fun."

Nooj follows Gippal's eyes to where even Baralai is joining in a friendly game that is almost like blitzball, except with fewer rules and no clearly defined sides. "I'm used to that," he says, dryly, and Gippal tsks softly.

"What d'you think, Rikku?" he asks, turning to his -- his girlfriend? or just his friend? it's kind of hard to tell with all the touching and embracing they do that seems simply expected between them -- turning to her, splashing her a little to get her attention.

"Think we can't tell unless we try," she says, eyeing Nooj with one of those unholy lights in her eyes that Nooj has come to fear from smiling young girls with too much energy. Nooj takes a careful few steps back and sits down, settling comfortable and firmly on dry land. Rikku and Gippal confer for a moment, then swim back to the game, apparently forsaking their plan.

Nooj should've known better than to go to sleep, however, since he gets a very rude awakening when Baralai, Paine, Gippal and Rikku drag him into the water while Yuna smothers giggles and -- not entirely whole heartedly -- tells them not to do it.

It turns out that his machina is waterproof, and some experimentation has him swimming as strongly as he ever did when he had the right number of natural limbs.

It also turns out that he swims faster than Gippal.

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