The CAP: Ladybug and Lambda--Bosom Buddies
Back at home, the other CAs were in full swing, taking advantage of their new positions
with the chancellors gone. They were quite inventive in granting themselves the perks
theyd always wanted; and, to be fair, that theyd always deserved, in light of
the mostly-absentee chancellors.
But Ladybug sat in her room reading a book. In Omars absence she might grant herself
certain privileges with Autolycus, but he was gone too. She couldnt even go out with
warrior-bard, as he had left campus. There was really nothing for her to do.
There was a knock on her door. Come in, she called.
Lambda stuck her head in. Hope Im not intruding, said the gangly girl.
I just noticed you werent out with the others.
Not at all. Come on in, have a seat. Ladybug was actually eager for a little
company. I was just about to make some popcorn. Want some?
Id love some. Lambda came in and plopped down on the sofa before
recovering, quickly sitting up straight with her ankles crossed. Actually Im
kind of surprised youre here. Arent you supposed to be in Lost Wages?
She blurted it out before clapping her hand over her mouth.
Ladybug eyed her. So, one of my mouthy compatriates has blabbed about that. Well,
dont let it get any further than this room. It was all for the good of the
I dont understand. Lambda was clearly curious.
I cant explain now. Itll all become clear later.
I see. Well, if you arent with that handsome rogue Omar, then who is?
A friend. Ladybug smiled.
Arent you jealous? Lambda said. Why, if Omar were my man, I
wouldnt want anyone else near him!
Im not jealous. Shes just doing me a favor for a while. Normally, I am
quite territorial about him, yes.
I cant blame you. Lambda batted her eyes. Hes quite a
Listen, I dont feel like hanging around here after all, Ladybug said,
suddenly depressed at the thought that Omar was somewhere having fun without her.
Would you like to go out to the Battlefield with me? I think theyve re-opened
it. Acting Chancellor privileges, you know. I just really feel like being around a lot of
people right now.
Sure! Im kind of new, you know. I need to meet everybody.
Thats the place for it. Lets go.
At the Battlefield, Ladybug and Lambda danced and talked and drank and soon became quite
good friends. Lambda often tried to pry details of the CAs activities from her, but
Ladybug was tight-lipped even when inebriated. Too much was at stake.
Care to dance? came a voice from behind them when a slow song started. Cathbad
put his hand on Lambdas shoulder.
Oh, no, I couldnt, Lambda said, pushing his hand away. I
cant leave Ladybug alone.
You go on ahead, hon, said the CA. I dont mind. And frankly,
she lowered her voice, hes been kinda droopy lately. He could use a little
Cathbad took Lambdas arm and led her to the dance floor, where she kept him at a
more than respectable distance, looking worried. Ladybug wondered why she was so
reluctant. Maybe Cath wasnt her type. Oh well. She shrugged and downed a few more
Apple Pucker shots.
It was later in her dorm room that Ladybug finally discovered why Lambda didnt like
dancing with Cathbad. Theyd trudged back together after the Battlefield closed and
now sat up talking, slumber-party style, all about their deepest secrets.
As she emptied her heart out to this new girl, being slightly melodramatic due to the
alcohol in her system, Lambda listened sympathetically.
And so thats how I knew he was the one, Ladybug said, waving her glass
in the air. Hes the best friend a guy could ever have. I mean a girl. Im
the girl. Hes the guy. And hes off running around with that hussy! I mean, I
made her do it, but still! She sniffled.
Its all right, dear, Lambda said. Hes devoted to you.
Hed never run out on you. She crossed her fingers behind her back.
But he thinks shes me! Ladybug wailed. I just....love him so
Lambda, full of compassion for the girl, forgot herself for a moment, and leaned over to
give Ladybug a kiss.
Ladybug was surprised. Its not like she hadnt kissed a girl before (dont
ask), but this was different. A lightbulb went on over her head and everything fell into
place. With her new knowledge, she decided to have a little fun with Lambda.
And she kissed her back. Hard.
Lambda realized then what was happening and pulled back. Im sorry, she
Why? Ladybug said. You care about me, I care about you. Dont you
think all of us CAs comfort each other this way when our men have left us?
I, I, I didnt know that. Lambdas mind was racing. Do you
really? In spite of herself, she was extremely intrigued.
Sure. I can even call Bird in here. We train the new CAs all the time. Ladybug
kissed the girl again.
Lambda was trying desperately to find an out. What about Omar? I thought you said
you were faithful to him.
It doesnt count if its a girl, silly. She licked Lambdas
Lambda was tempted. Really, really tempted. This was a side of Ladybug shed never
known about. Oh, what shed missed! But no--if they got involved then shed have
to disrobe and then everything would be discovered. She jumped up. I have to go! I,
uh, have to wash my hair!
Ill wash it for you, darlin, Ladybug drawled.
No, no, no, I have to go, there are so many things I have to do, Im really
sorry, Ill see you tomorrow, have a nice night! SLAM went the door, and she
Ladybug waited for a moment before doubling over in laughter. So were playing
that kind of game, are we? she thought to herself. Wait til the other CAs hear
Posted on Aug 27 1999, 03:54 PM