The time came. Shard was in her ready room smoothing out the last wrinkles from her clothes. She was nervous, excited and happy at the same time. She was scared that he wouldn’t show. She didn’t want to be embarrassed again.
She waited for what felt like hours when her comm screeched. She looked at it and saw Curse’s name on it. Her face lit up.
She answered her comm, his hologram shooting up in the palm of her hand.
“Hey Shardy.” he said cheerfully.
“Hello Curse.” she returned the warm greeting.
“I’m on the landing pad right now. Where are you?”
“I’m heading out the door right now. I didn’t know you were here.”
“I said seventeen hundred didn’t I?”
“I mean yeah, but…” she trailed off.
“I’ve been lied to so many times, I just thought that you maybe didn’t want to see me.” she whispered.
“Of course I want to see you. You’re beautiful.” Curse immediately regretted the last word.
Shard’s eyes went wide. She had never heard that compliment before. Or any compliment to be precise. “You… you said that I’’m…” she trailed off.
“You heard me. You’re beautiful.” he smiled.
“I… I’ve never been called that… or complimented in general… it… it feels nice.” she whispered.
He stared at her with a loving look. She was beginning to realise that he loved her more than she thought. She needed to know she had someone there for her. He didn’t care anymore if he was mocked along with her. He was going to be there for her through thick and thin.
Shard finally met him out on the landing pad. The ramp of his ship opened to reveal him standing at the top, smiling down at her. She smiled back. He beckoned for her to come up the ramp. She did so and was greeted with a gentle kiss on the cheek. She relaxed from the tension she was feeling. She was afraid that she was going to be abandoned yet again, but it all melted away when his lips touched her cheek.
Curse’s heart fluttered as he kissed her. He was afraid that she wouldn’t let him. She did, which made him rather happy.
They left the hangar moments later and headed to Coruscant, where Curse already had a reservation made at a cantina for clones. They sat and scanned the menu, finally deciding on what to eat.
Half an hour later, they finished. Curse wiped his mouth delicately with the cloth napkin and asked, “So what do you wanna do now?”
Shard swallowed her last mouthful and answered, “I dunno. How about just a stroll through the streets?”
Curse smiled, “I’d like that.”
Her cheeks went pink for a split second then it went away. “Let’s go then. We got nothing but time.” She stood up and waited for Curse, who was just finishing up counting the credits and leaving a tip for their meal.
He held out his hand for her when they got outside. She took it, something he didn’t expect her to do. He wasn’t going to complain but he was still surprised she did.
After a while, Curse stopped. Shard looked at him, wondering what was wrong. She noticed his cheeks were turning pink.
“Would you maybe wanna,” he swallowed hard again and went red, “Come to my place tonight?”
Shard’s eyes went wide for a moment, then her gaze softened and she replied quietly, “That would be nice.”
Curse looked down at her, into her eyes and smiled. A small flare of guilt bubbling up as he thought to himself, ‘Curse you’re such an idiot! Asking her BACK to your place? She probably doesn’t even like you the way you do her. Are you out of your mind?!’
They left back to his place for the night. Curse opened the door and let her in first. But before she could sit down, he took her hands and pulled her close to him.
Shard was confused about what he was doing but she liked it, him being that close to her.
“I, I love you Shard. I know we’re clones and aren’t programmed for this, but I can’t help it. I always have loved you,” he whispered softly.
She stared at him in shock, her very thoughts coming from his mouth as if he had read her mind.
“I love you too, Curse. Ever since that day on Kashyyyk, when you wanted to be with me. It showed me someone cares.”
He smiled at her and the only response he gave was a gentle kiss on her lips, her stomach tying itself in knots.