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     "That was actually kinda fun," Gaz said, referring to their earlier dance.
"Yeah, I like it," Zim agreed.
"Kinda makes you tired, though." Her hand was pressed to her chest as she took deep breaths.
"It's supposed to. It's an exercise as well as a dance."
"No kidding."
"One bottle of water," Zim said to the lady in the concession stand. She fished one out of the ice-filled cooler and set it on the counter.
"One dollar," she said.
Zim dug a dollar bill out of her pocket and gave it to her, then picked up the bottle. The ice-cold water clinging to its outside made him flinch as it burned his skin. He quickly handed it to Gaz and wiped his hand off on his pant leg.
"Thanks." She twisted the lid off and drank deeply. They walked back to where Dib was sitting. "You sure Dib won't get jealous?" she asked.
"Oh, no. It's a dance. He won't care. Dib's not the jealous type," Zim replied. "If anything, I'm the jealous one. I never like anyone near him. Like this one time, we were at a convenience store getting some soda…" He sat down next to Dib and Gaz sat on his other side. "Hey Dib, I'm telling Gaz the story of when we were at that convenience store."
"Oh God." Dib face-palmed.
Zim went on, "So we were at the counter paying for the sodas. The cashier was a female. I think she assumed we were just friends and decided to start flirting with my Dib."
"What'd you do?" Gaz asked.
"I hit her with my bottle of soda and then shoved her head through the lottery ticket rack," Zim replied.
"Then he grabbed me and screamed about how I was his property for several minutes," Dib added. "Then Zim destroyed the security camera, hacked into the system to get the footage of us off, and we left before the police got there."
"Sounds like a lot of fun." Gaz took another long drink of water.
"Yeah, it was," Zim agreed.
The current song ended and a familiar voice said, "All right, now this is something new."
"IT'S THE CHA-CHA SLIDE!" Zim shouted, jumping up. He grabbed Dib's arm. "I love this song!"
"Oh, yeah, me too! Let's go!" Dib ran with him to the front of the crowd of students that were now on the dance floor. Only a few people remained sitting down. Even Gaz decided to go out there.
"This time, we're gonna get FUNKY!" the song rapped. Everyone sang along, clapping lightly to the beat and swaying from side to side. "FUNKY! Everybody clap your hands! Clap, clap, clap your hands!"
This song was an all-time favorite at dances. Everyone's heard it since middle school. It told you exactly how to dance to it in the lyrics. And it was a lot of fun.
"You really like this song, don't you?" Dib asked as Zim sang along to several of the lyrics.
"Cha-cha now, y'all!" Zim replied.
Soon, the song reached the part everybody always sings along with.
"FREEZE!" all the students roared. "EVERYBODY CLAP YOUR HANDS!" Fast, rhythmic clapping filled the gym.
When the song finally ended, everyone laughed and shouted, "Peace" along with the singer, many of them doing the peace sign with their hands. Then most of them sat down while some stayed on the floor to dance to the next song.
"That was fun," Zim said, looking around as others started dancing around them.
"Yeah, it always is. Come on, let's sit down." Dib went to sit down on the nearby bleachers. Zim sat next to him and leaned in close, putting an arm around him. He played with the homecoming king banner crossing over one of Dib's shoulders. Then he reached up to fix his crown. Dib did the same, adjusting the crown that had started to slip sideways on Zim's head.
"Where's your sister?" Zim asked in a surprisingly calm voice. He was very relaxed right now, watching everyone dance while cuddling with his human and listening to good music.
Dib scanned the dark gym and located her. "There she is. Dancing with some junior."
"Huh. Unexpected, but good nonetheless. That girl needs some love." Zim rested his head against Dib's chest. "Everyone does."
"Even us," Dib said quietly.
Zim nodded. "Even us."
The rest of the night passed by quickly until it was time for the final song. The lights came up. Couples that were dancing a bit inappropriately quickly jumped apart and pretended to be innocent.
"Come on, we have to dance to this one," Zim said, standing up.
"Okay. Let's go." The two walked to the middle of the floor.
The song started playing.
"Wait, I know this…" Dib said slowly.
Zim smiled. "I sent it in. In case we won, I wanted them to play it. I thought it was really good for us." Despite being shorter, he led the slow dance, hands resting gently on Dib's waist.
"I've got a funny feeling," Toby Keith's voice sang gently over the loudspeakers. "The moment your lips touched mine, something shot right through me… my heart skipped a beat in time…"
"Everyone's watching us," Dib muttered, blushing a bit at the sight of everyone forming a wide circle around them, eyes on them.
"Let them watch," Zim replied, standing taller to kiss him briefly.
"There's a different feel about you tonight… it's got me thinking lots of crazy things… I even think I saw a flash of light… It felt like electricity…"
Zim shifted his arms up a little bit to the middle of Dib's back, leaning in to rest his head under the boy's chin.
Dib put an arm around Zim's waist. The other reached around his shoulder so he could rest his hand gently on his PAK. The cool metal seemed to hum under his fingertips.
The watching crowd sighed quietly, enjoying the sweet interaction between the two as they swayed in time to the song. The chorus started.
"You shouldn't kiss me like this, unless you mean it like that… Or I'll just close my eyes and forget where I am… We'll get lost on this dance floor just spinning around. And around, and around, and around…"
The two almost were forgetting where they were. They didn't care that everyone else was watching them. They only cared about being together.
"That's real love," a sophomore whispered to her friend, who nodded in agreement.
"Yeah, being able to overlook such trivial boundaries as gender," the friend mumbled just as quietly. "I can just see the love in the way they're holding each other and in their eyes…"
The song continued to play softly in the background. "They're all watching us now; they think we're falling in love. They'll never believe we're just friends…"
"Falling in love?" Dib asked. "We're already in love."
"Yeah, but songs can't be perfect," Zim replied. His eyes had fallen into a half-lidded expression, but there seemed to be a fire smoldering in their depths. Even in this slow dance, his passion for his human was evident.
A few other couples also braved the floor, dancing near them. Keef and Gretchen were barely five yards away. Zita and her boyfriend also came a bit closer and joined in.
When the song ended, Zim raised a hand to cup Dib's cheek, gazing at him warmly. Dib leaned him back and kissed him gently, holding his head close. His other hand slipped from his waist and simply hung at his side, but he didn't bother fixing it. To keep his balance, Zim grabbed Dib's back with the hand that wasn't resting on Dib's cheek.
Everyone clapped lightly and cheered for them. Some of the girls even cried with joy.
The two separated and smiled at each other.
"Best dance of my life," Dib said quietly.
"The best dance of your life so far," Zim corrected him, tapping his nose with a claw.
"Your homecoming kings, everyone!" the SGA president, Willy, announced. Everyone cheered loudly.
Mr. Don took the mic. "See, this is what love's all about. I think you all can learn from these two. Zim? Dib? Anything you'd like to say?"
"Yeah, I want to say something." Zim accepted the mic. He gave everyone a very serious look. "I have a piece of advice for all of you. If society ever tries to tell you that your love is wrong, don't listen to them. Get in their face and refuse to conform to their standards. You're free to love whoever you want! Look at us! We're not hurting anyone! Our love is not immoral! Hear the words of Zim!" He held his arms up and loud claps came back to him.
"You are so good at giving speeches," Dib said with a hint of jealousy.
"I just have a talent for it," Zim replied. He returned the mic to the principal and held Dib close while the dance was officially ended. The strobe lights stopped and everything was turned off. The two of them stayed behind to help put equipment away and take down decorations.
When they finally finished, it was around midnight. Yawning, they said goodbye to the few remaining adults and left.
"Can you give me a ride home?" Zim asked with a yawn.
"Sure…" Dib replied, also yawning.
They went outside and got in his car. Zim leaned against the door, head resting against the window and eyes drifting closed. The engine started up quietly.
"Where did Gaz go?" Zim asked tiredly, just now realizing that the girl had left as soon as the dance was over.
"She has a car too, you know," Dib replied.
"Oh, right… I forgot…"
Dib drove the car out onto the road and toward Zim's house. He was so tired that his vision kept blurring and he had to blink several times to see where he was going.
"Don't crash," Zim warned without opening his eyes, having felt the car swerve slightly as Dib avoided hitting a cat.
"I'm not going to crash."
They made it to Zim's house without any serious mishap.
"I don't feel like driving all the way home from here," Dib complained as he got out and walked around to the passenger's side to hug Zim as the irken got out.
"You can stay here, then." Zim's steps were heavy as he walked through the front lawn and opened the door.
"Really? You don't mind?"
"Of course not."
Dib followed him, entering the house behind him. He watched Zim pull his disguise off and put his homecoming stuff away carefully. Dib took his own off, putting it on a small table next to the couch. Zim sat down on the couch and stretched.
"Well, you can have the couch," he said, patting the cushions. "It's pretty comfortable."
"It's cold in here, though," Dib said, rubbing his arms a little.
"I'll get a blanket. Computer, blanket!" Computer hit Zim in the face with a thick blanket. Too tired to even yell at it for that, Zim shook it out and wrapped it around Dib. "There."
Much more comfortable and warm now, Dib lay down on his side and used the arm rest as a pillow.
Zim got up and started for the elevator, then changed his mind and laid down in front of Dib, putting his back against his front and pulling the blanket over himself.
Smiling, Dib put his arms around the irken and pulled him closer, resting his chin on top of his head. The antennae brushed his face slightly and he exhaled on one. It twitched before both fell down limply, marking that their owner was completely at ease. A very rare event.
Together like this, warm and content, they fell into deep, peaceful sleeps. Today had been wonderful.
The conclusion to ZaDR Homecoming. :D I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

As usual, everyone here is (C) to Jhonen Vasquez. Except the principal, Mr. Don. I totally just made him up. :p


OMG I JUST REALIZED THAT THIS IS MY THREE HUNDREDTH DEVIATION! EVERYONE DANCE! :iconexcitedzimplz::iconexciteddibplz::iconexcitedgirplz::icondibriotdanceplz::iconzimthrustplz::icontarddanceplz::boogie::dance::party::icongirdanceplz::icongirraveplz:
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BrattyGirl101 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Student Artist
Luv that last two paragraphs so cute 
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :)
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BrattyGirl101 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Student Artist
Cute!!!!!!!!!!
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LycanDrake2828 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Perfect story and perfect message for the world at large.
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I felt I was maybe pushing my message a little too hard with this one, but I don't care. I still like it, despite being one of my earlier works. Thanks. :D
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Invader-Cookie Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DIB IS A PRETTY PRINCESS :dance:
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THE PRETTIEST.
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Invader-Cookie Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
PRINCESS OF URANUS :D
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DragongirlEvolved Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Very charming story; it certainly left me with a smile on my face. I adore the chemistry between Zim and Dib. :iconiloveyouplz:
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
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DragongirlEvolved Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Me too, if I'm honest ;p
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gohany1 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
cute!!!!!!!!!
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you liked it. :D
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gohany1 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
im glad i was in a mood for ZaDr
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Invader-kiyL Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Soooo cute!!!! I love this story! I should show this to some people to teach them about equality. Awesome story!
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks, glad you enjoyed it.
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Invader-kiyL Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
no problem! thank you for writing it
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ridergal126 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Awwww so sweet!
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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chihiro1995 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist
wow 300 deviation. good job
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D
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turret6547 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i started reading this and thought "wow, this is so weird." but i couldnt bring myself to stop reading, then at the end i was like "awwww, that's so cute." oh and by the way i read the description and i have one thing to say...............EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love weird stuff. :dummy:
And yeah, cute stories are my forte. I always have happy endings.
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Annaley Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Ha thinking about Zim doing the Cha-Cha slide makes me laugh! XD
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Zim is the best at the cha-cha slide. :dummy:
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Annaley Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student General Artist
LOL, it's my favorite, well it is to everyone else, I mean who doesn't like it? even Aliens can enjoy!
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VegetaXKakarott Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i loved this... this was my favorite chaptah!
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks.
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VegetaXKakarott Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:iconsadplz: so beautiful...
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VegetaXKakarott Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i loved this... this was my favorite chaptah!
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Biohazard-Mummy Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
AWW! That was so cute! I love the end, and now I have the Cha-Cha Slide stuck in my head. :P Ah well. :XD:

-Bio
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No dance is complete without the Cha-Cha slide. I think Zim would love that one, being such a hyperactive guy. :D Thanks for reading.
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Biohazard-Mummy Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
This is true. Ya gotta have the slide in there to make it complete. :D And I can see Zim loving that too, lol.

No problemz. ^^ It was very enjoyable. :meow:
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IamCambriana Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:icondibriotdanceplz: :iconzimriotdanceplz:
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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IamCambriana Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
=D
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girsgirly Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student Writer
dude you said it
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
^_^ Thanks.
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girsgirly Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student Writer
np and the way it goes it all sounds like a dream and i'm not trying to mess it up im just saying this so please don't get mad.
now i think that it should have been dib's dream and then he wokeup the day that him and zim signed up for the homecoming and dib's like "hey zim this is so weird it's like i've seen this before."
and zim's like "yea yea shut up we're the kings and that's all that matters."


just saying and sorry if you dont agree it just reminds me of a dream i had
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD: Amusing idea. But this actually happened and Dib's faith in humanity has been restored.
Though this is a bit too fluffy, looking back on it now. Hmm. :\
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girsgirly Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student Writer
:) thanks and i think it looks fine.







-I'M NOT FAT!!i'm fluffy.-gabrial.
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The-Roses-Thorn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*cries* this is AMAZING.! I WUV U FOREVER NOWZ
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks. Glad you liked it. ^_^
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The-Roses-Thorn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
but i didn't like it... I LOVED IT

and i agree with your opinion on lemons
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's even better! :D And thanks.
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ZADRfangirl1 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student
daww soo cuuteeee <33
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D
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watdacheese Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
awwwwww i listined 2 the toby kieth song while reading it. the whole thing was soooooo sweet and romantic especially the dance
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Tallest-Ariva Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the song goes great with it. :XD: Thanks for reading, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm a sucker for romantic things...
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Genuine-Discord Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
awwwwwww btw im dancin! even tho im rlly late lol
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