This was a short piece I wrote for a weekly creative writing task for uni last year. In my mind it's Violetwind and Smokescreen just being cute. I might make a better short story out of it but if I do it won't be for a while. So enjoy. :)

Being Human

"Ugh… I can't believe this."

"Can't believe what?" Victoria glanced back at her partner.

Samuel huffed. "This!" he waved his arms to gesture around them. "All of this."

Pausing to let him catch up, the young woman chuckled. He could be so dramatic sometimes. Sure, things didn't look great. Having your car break down in the middle of nowhere wasn't exactly fun. But, she saw no need to act like it as the end of the world.

"What are you smiling about?" He asked, coming to stop beside her.

Slipping her hand in his, Victoria flashed him a smile before turning her gaze to the landscape and kept walking. "Come on. It's not like we've never been through some crazy situations before. Just… Just try think of this one as a really long walk."

She felt him squeeze her hand and she turned back to him, catching the smile in his eyes.

"A long walk? With you? I guess I could do that," he said.

In her chest, her heart fluttered. He had a way of doing that, making her feel loved, with the simplest of gestures and plainest of words. Whenever they were together it was like walking on air.

Lightly bumping his shoulder against her, Samuel grinned teasingly. "You have a way of making even the most boring tasks better."

She raised an eyebrow. "Only better?"

"Well…" his smile faded as a distant noise drifted their way.

The pair turned, a dust cloud in the distance accompanying the sound. A car.

Glancing back at her, Samuel squeezed her hand, a light dancing in his eyes, "Maybe they can give us a lift! It sure beats walking through this dust bowl."

Looking from him to the car, she bit her lip.

"Oh, it'll be fine, Vi. I know you're not cool with strangers but it's going to be a very long walk on our own," he waited, watching for her response.

Lifting her gaze, she nodded. "You're right. If a car's coming we should take the opportunity and get a lift."


Letting her go, he dashed out into the middle of the road, waving his arms to gain the driver's attention. "Hey, over here!"

As the car, a white Holden Ute, drew closer it slowed down, eventually coming to a stop beside them. Jogging over to the driver's window, the young man peered through the window. "Hey there."

"Bit strange to see two young'ns out walking this stretch of road. That your car parked by the side back there?"

"Yeah, had a bit of engine trouble. Think you could give us a lift to town?" Samuel asked.

"Sure, no worries. Hope in."

"Thanks." Turning back to Victoria, he grinned. "Looks like our walk won't be so long after all."

She smiled. "Then what are we doing standing around here? Let's go."