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Summary: Marceline is really, really bad at the relationship thing. So Bubblegum decides to step up.

One night, in the castle garden, Princess Bubblegum grabs Marceline and kisses her. Marceline reacts by not reacting at all, and after a few minutes Bubblegum sighs and says, "I'll see you later, Marceline," as she walks off. Marceline eventually stops floating insensibly long enough to get back to her cave, find a large rock, and smash her head into it hard enough that she's left with three smallish rocks, and a headache that takes two days to fade.

Glob, why is she so bad at this?

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When Bubblegum knocks on her door days later, she's carrying a large bag, and Marceline seriously considers not letting her in. Except that Bubblegum was looking right at her when she pulls back the curtain, and she's already made things awkward enough, so...yeah. She opens the door.

"What's up, Bonni?" she asks, and belatedly realizes she's standing in the doorway, and pretty much blocking Bubblegum's entrace.

"I thought maybe we could hang out for a while," she says with an admirably friendly smile, considering what Marceline...considering. "If you're not busy."

Of course she isn't busy, and of course Bubblegum can come in...except she can't, because Marceline's feet are still planted like she's preparing to be tackled by a rhino, or something. She forces herself to move, and says, "Do you wanna...?"

Bubblegum generously slips past without making Marceline finish that thought, and perches on the edge of the coffee table. One day Marceline's going to ask why she never uses the couch, but first Bubblegum pulls two books out of the bag. One doesn't have words on the cover so much as just a jumble of letter and numbers next to a bunch of geometric shapes, but the other...

Marceline darts forward and grabs "Classical Masterpieces for Electric Bass" out of Bubblegum's hand. "Score!" she crows, because while she's freakin' boss at the bass, everyone can appreciate the masters.

"Do you have any of that juice you had last time?" Bubblegum asks, now pulling a cushion, of all things, out of her bag.

"Oh, yeah--here, let me grab you some," Marceline says, because she's finally remembered that she's the host. But first she darts into her bedroom to grab her axe, because, well, priorities.

The next hour or so is really pleasant, yeah, but also easy in a way Marceline wasn't really expecting, given, you know, that whole garden thing. The bass's music is constant, as always, but Bubblegum remains quiet unless she's murmuring math formulas out loud as she tries to solve them, and Marceline only occasionally calls out, "Hey, listen to this."

Bubblegum sets down her book right around the same time Marceline finishes up "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," which just seemed kind of appropriate. Bubblegum is looking at her expectantly now, so she forces herself to stop strumming, although her fingers still dance across the strings nervously.

"Are you upset I kissed you?" she says, and Marceline's finger plucks in reflex. The E that rings out is so sharp and loud they both wince, a little.

"...No," she said, because it's true. She's pissed, but only at herself, because she was such a spazz that night, and she's doubly pissed at herself now, because it's all she been thinking about, but she still doesn't want to be having this conversation. She shifts her left hand and thumbs the D string, but doesn't strum.

"Was it bad?" Bubblegum asks before Marceline can think of anything else to say, because the only thing that comes to mind is, Why did you do it? and there's no way that doesn't sound pathetic.

"No!" she says, sharply this time, because geez. That was not the problem.

Bubblegum looks surprised, and maybe...pleased? "Well, would you like to do it again sometime?"

Marceline doesn't know what her face looks like--although it feels like it's on fire, which is just awesome--but whatever it is Bubblegum sees makes her clear her throat and say, "Not now, necessarily, but maybe..."

"Yeah," Marceline says, and sounds a little hoarse herself. "Um, can I get back to you on that?" That answer is of course an unequivocal YES!! and that is the problem. Marceline's never had a relationship that didn't crash and burn, and those weren't with super genius princesses who looked like, well, that. Sure, she'd thought about it, and apparently Bubblegum had too, which means...well, she doesn't really know what it means, and maybe that and other things make her a little gunshy. She runs her fingernail over the familiar ridges of the strings.

Bubblegum sighs again, then grabs the bottom of her shirt and shucks it off.

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Marceline doesn't actually remember the dash to her bedroom closet, or when exactly she turned into a bat, but here she is. Bubblegum's still in the living room, laughing so hard it sounds like she might start choking.

"Marceline!" she cries, eventually, around stuttering gasps for air. "I was hot--it's a sweater!" Which--oh. In retrospect, it had looked pretty fuzzy for a shirt. Marceline doesn't answer, but does beat her head against a shoe box a few times.

"I knew that!" she yells. "I was looking for...stuff."

"What?"

"Never mind." There is no believable way to finish that sentence. Instead she knocks her head one more time, shifts back, and slips out of the closet as quietly as she can.

When she gets back to the living room, one look at Bubblegum tells her that no excuse is going to fly. "What did you think I was going to do?" Bubblegum asks, a laugh in her voice. As if she doesn't know--oh, plop, she probably knows exactly what Marceline thought she was going to do. Oh, gumballs.

Marceline is going to die. She is going to crawl in a hole, and die of embarrassment.

"Honestly," Bubblegum says casually, like Marceline isn't literally dying in front of her. "As if I'd let you get under my shirt on the second date."

"The second--what? What?" Marceline demands. Bubblegum's laughing too hard to answer. "What was our first date? It wasn't--tell me it wasn't the garden. What the plum, Bonni, our first date cannot be me floating around your garden like a braindead zombie! I mean, geez, let me do better than that!"

Bubblegum's quieted down again, and Marceline mentally reviews what she said and...oh. Yeah. She kind of talked herself into a corner there. But Bubblegum's eyes are shining, and she's smiling like she's really happy, here, and...Marceline doesn't take it back.

"Do you think you can?" she asks, gently. "Do better?"

Marceline darts forward. She stops, though, inches away, because... "I'm not very good at this."

Bubblegum threads her hands through Marceline's hair, and tugs her those last few inches. She still starts them, but Marceline follows her lead, this time.

"Liar," she breathes when they pull away. Marceline has to get her brain back online to figure out what she's talking about, but oh. She almost protests, because she hadn't meant bad at kissing, she had meant, Don't let me screw this up like I always do. Then Bubblegum pulls her in again, and, well.

She always has been good at improvising.
Maybe by this time next year I'll have published enough to push the Pony Creator off my front page.

I'm 0k with that.

Written for Ash! I wasn't sure if I should share here, but I'm a bit bored, and while Tumblr's a nice place, I never actually get an feedback there. I get likes and reblogs, but almost no one who says anything at all, and that's not very good for my own development as a writer. At least people on dA comment (sometimes?).

Hm, maybe I'll upload my other Bubbline story while I'm at it.
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pikasache Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I ship it like FedEx Adventure Time - Princess Bubblegum Icon +Adventure Time - Marceline, The Vampire Queen Icon=GIF Adventure Time - Blushing Intensifies  
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FandomsFandomsGalore Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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heatherj117 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
big fan C: Nice Work
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ShadowSlayahhh Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That was really good c;Hug 
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heeheelala Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was sooooooo good. You had my face smushed against my screen. XD Not literally, but... y'know...
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lovemintkittin Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
eren how is that titan thang going for you Attack On Titan Icon: Moves Like Jeager 
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heeheelala Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"... Pon pon wei wei wei, a titan ate my friends today."
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lovemintkittin Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
who was it eren
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heeheelala Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Probably everyone. I don't know."
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lovemintkittin Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
yea
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generalzoi Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Aww, you are just the sweetest! <3
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heeheelala Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
X3
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tienwashere Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well then
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IsowenRose Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow... awesome!!!
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animeloverallways Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
but i didnt get the last part :???s
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animeloverallways Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
lol i agree with kittehsandssweets. IT GOT ME FLIPPING SPEECHLESS XD
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Kittehsandsweets Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Photographer
i love it i love but its gay but it's awesome ok im not gay i just like it the way you make it sound not gay.... SEE IM FRIGGIN SPEECHLESS peace :3
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generalzoi Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Make it sound not gay? It's two women in a romantic relationship with each other. It's super gay, and that's exactly what it was intended to be.
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Kittehsandsweets Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Photographer
ok then i guess you do make it gay :D if that's what you ment it to be im srry if it offended you your a great writer keep it up :)
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maggi-lambert Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Favourite!
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SezeTsamsaiyu Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Oh my
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blahblahgirlz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is this a journal entree?
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generalzoi Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
It's a fanfic.
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blahblahgirlz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
like how do u write it im kinda new
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generalzoi Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Well, the dA help or Google would offer more information than I could.
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UsagiChan1111 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student General Artist
LOVE THIS!!! :heart:
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subarashi-sama99 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ponies and Adventure Time? Plus one of my favorite ships? You are amazing.
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Kululu2 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok... lezbo fanfic relationships are ok o_o u should post on fanfiction.net
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Ana-Kat Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
so cool :)
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HeartlessRiku10 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This hot haha :D good work!
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jjagainst Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
simply fantastic
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ColorsthePegasus Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
i like it
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Danielletje Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow, really nice story!
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VengefulAbyss Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
D'aww Marceline is so cute when she nervous!
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generalzoi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
She is! The idea was to write a story where PB makes the first move, so I had fun making Marceline the unsure one. XD
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minasientific Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i love marceline vampire queen!!!
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VengefulAbyss Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is a great story, I think you should do another one!
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SavytheBrony Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol with my failed comment down below :I
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SavytheBrony Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was pretty co[link] bro. I give it a thumbs up!
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MacElf Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I have only watched enough of this show to know who the characters are, but this story - your writing is just...

You do it to me every time, you know? You could write a fic about Weeblewobbles, and I'd still find myself hooked by the first sentence!
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generalzoi Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
I have the BEST longtime readers. The best.

This just made my day! You are too sweet :). I'm glad you liked the story, even if you don't know the characters all that well.
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Divided-Chaos Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Since you asked for my opinion I am giving it! Do with it as you will my General!

I loved this from the moment PB came over to Marceline's place with the books, but the paragraph before that that set up the whole story was grinding on my fanboy senses and almost made me stop reading :( It was so abrupt and factual I felt like it should be in dot point format. The only thing that kept me reading was that you wrote it and I love all the rest of your work.

The rest totally made up for those few sentences a hundred times over though! I loved how... 'average' (I use that word loosely XD) you made them! hanks for the fic!
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generalzoi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
First, I'm going to admit that I don't know what dot point format is, although a Google search shows the Wikipedia page for bullet points, which sounds about right.

I will say though that I'm not upset or anything that you felt that way about the first paragraph because that was exactly the point of it. It was portrayed as very dry and factual because Marceline wasn't processing the emotions involved at all, so I didn't put any hints of the emotions in the writing. As for the abrupt part, I have to speculate a bit on what you mean, but it might help to know that when I write PB/Marceline, it's not quite in the regular Adventure Time canon. It's set much more firmly in the fanon, where PB/Marceline is a widely acknowledged thing and you don't have to justify their attraction for each other, because it's just accepted to exist. Now I'm not saying that's the right or even good way of doing things, since it can have an alienating effect, but that is the assumption I'm writing under. I could go into a big rant here about getting tired of having to give all the pairings I want to write backstories because the creators never let things get any clearer than subtext, but that's neither here nor there.

I also feel I'm at a point where I can experiment with some stylistic choices, like making the telling of the first kiss dry and rushed to reflect Marceline's mental state, and hope that people recognize it as a stylistic choice and not necessarily reflective of my writing as a whole. I guess I'm failing there. But oh well, live and learn.
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Divided-Chaos Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Whoa! Big response! I'm glad I didn't upset you because I wouldn't have said anything if I thought I'd do that. I hate flamers and all their related cousins. Thanks for explaining what you were aiming for with that first paragraph, I'm still not up to the later episodes of Adventure Time and I'm new to the Sugarfree Gum ship. I am still trying to work out what is fanon/canon and how people write the characters from these different stand points. I re-read the story and while I think the paragraph is still a little too rushed I get it now :)
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generalzoi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I should note that I'd only be upset with myself if it was badly written, not with you for pointing it out, but I stand by what I was going for. However, it does assume in the reader a certain level of familiarity with the characters and the ship. My main concern is that the friend I was writing it for enjoyed it, and she did, so success!
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Divided-Chaos Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Huzzah! Congratulations!!! :D :D :D
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Divided-Chaos Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
*Thanks (It's called proof reading Chaos. D it -_-)
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