TO On Valentine's Day

This fan fiction picks up from my previous one, TOW The Fire.

Disclaimer - These characters do not belong to me. They belong to Bright, Kauffman, and Crane Productions and Warner Brothers. This is intended for entertainment and not profit.

Written by: Jenna Blanchard

[Scene: Joey and Rachel's. Joey and Rachel are showing Ross around.]

Joey: This is where we keep the pizza. (The couch.)

Rachel: And there's the napkin. (The floor next to the couch.)

Joey: It was Rachel's idea to move the pizza spot and the napkin. That's about it.

Rachel: Yep.

Joey: Any questions?

(Ross looks at them in disbelief.)

[Scene: Monica and Chandler's. Everyone is there.]

Ross: (To Rachel.) I was really hoping we could spend Valentine's Day together at my place. Y'know, our first one while living together.

Rachel: We can still do that. Just not at your place, unless you can make a pile of burnt wood romantic.

Monica: I still can't believe your entire building actually burned down.

Phoebe: Maybe it's a sign, y'know? Ross's building burns down the day before Rachel's supposed to move in.

Ross: It's not a sign, okay? It's an unfortunate coincidence.

Chandler: Did they tell you what caused the fire?

Ross: Yeah. It was some people's candles that they had lit during the power outage. They apparently left them burning and they caught their drapes on fire.

Joey: That sucks.

Monica: Hey, you know what would be really great, is if you guys could find an apartment in this building.

Joey: They got an apartment! They're livin' at Joey's now!

Rachel: You do know that we're gonna move out as soon as we find a place, right Joey?

Joey: Oh, well, yeah, I know. (He obviously didn't know.)

[Scene: Joey and Rachel's. Rachel and Joey are watching TV.]

Joey: Don't you have to work today?

Rachel: Yeah, but I don't want to.

Joey: Cool.

(Ross enters.)

Joey and Rachel: (Without turning.) Hey.

Ross: Hey.

Rachel: (Turning around.) I thought you had a lecture today.

Ross: I did. It's almost four.

Rachel: Really?

Ross: Yep.

Rachel: I know I'm spending too much time with Joey when I lose track of time while watching TV. Oh, I have to get ready for dinner. (Gets up and starts to walk into her room.)

Ross: Our reservations aren't until seven.

Rachel: I know. (Goes into her room.)

Joey: Where you guys going?

Ross: Y'know that new Italian place?

Joey: Yeah. What about it?

Ross: Uh, that, that's where we're going.

Joey: It's cool that Rachel still wants to go out and stuff, y'know, even with the pregnancy thing.

Ross: Yeah, I was thinking the same thing the other day. I know she wouldn't go out on, like, a regular date, though. She's just okay going out with me 'cause I'm her boyfriend, you know?

Joey: Yep.

Chandler: (Entering.) Hey. Monica wants to know if you guys have any Russian salad dressing?

Joey: Nope. We got pizza.

Chandler: Oh, yes, I'm sure Monica would love to put pizza on her salad. (To Ross.) Hey, what are you doing on Valentine's Day?

Ross: Rachel and I are going out to dinner, then back here I guess.

Chandler: Bummed about your apartment, huh?

Ross: Yeah.

Chandler: What did you get for Rachel?

Ross: Earrings. Why?

Chandler: 'Cause I don't know what to get for Monica! It's our first Valentine's Day as a married couple and I want to get her something special.

Joey: Hey, y'know what's always special...

Chandler: I think we're past the mixed tape stage, Joe.

Ross: Just get her jewelry. You can never go wrong there. Diamonds, maybe, since this is so important to you two.

Chandler: Yeah, okay.

Joey: And a mixed tape.

(Ross and Chandler glare at him.)

[Scene: Monica and Chandler's. Everyone except Phoebe is there.]

Monica: How come everyone always eats here?

Rachel: Because Joey is in charge of shopping for food.

Monica: Ohh, I see.

Joey: Hey! If you ever need pizza, we got it!

Phoebe: (Entering.) Hey! (To Ross and Rachel.) I have good news for you!

Ross: What's up?

Phoebe: (Giving him a newspaper.) There are tons of apartments available!

Rachel: (Looking at it.) Phoebe, this newspaper is two months old.

Phoebe: Oh, I know. I just wanted to make you feel better.

Chandler: Pheebs, what are you doing on Valentine's Day?

Phoebe: Oh, nothing.

Joey: Hey, me too!

Phoebe: Oh, we could do nothing together!

Joey: Okay!

Monica: Rach, aren't you supposed to be at work?

Rachel: Um, no...

(Monica looks at her.)

Rachel: Or yes.

Chandler: You're missing more work than me.

Rachel: I know. I just, I get up in the morning and then there's the morning sickness and then I just don't wanna go to work and by the time I want to it's five.

Phoebe: I know exactly how you feel. Except I didn't really have a full time job. I didn't really have a job.

Ross: Little different then.

Phoebe: Just a little bit.

[Scene: Joey and Rachel's. Rachel is there watching TV. Ross enters.]

Ross: Hey, Rach. You okay?

Rachel: Yeah. Morning sickness in the afternoon.

Ross: Can I get you anything?

Rachel: No, I'm okay. Think they'll miss me at work?

Ross: I'm sure they will. Have you told your boss yet?

Rachel: Not yet. I'm gonna have to soon so I can explain why I'm missing so much work.

Ross: Hmm. So, Sorentino's tomorrow for Valentine's Day. Sound good?

Rachel: Yep.

Monica: (Entering.) Hey.

Ross and Rachel: Hey.

Monica: Rach, do you have any marinara sauce?

Rachel: Yeah, that's about all we have.

Ross: What're you making?

Monica: Spaghetti and meatballs.

(Rachel watches Monica take the sauce out of the fridge.)

Rachel: Um, you better take the unopened one.

Monica: Why? I don't need that much.

Rachel: Just take it.

(Monica looks at her and she nods.)

Monica: I'm not even gonna ask.

[Scene: Monica and Chandler's. Monica is there. Rachel enters.]

Rachel: Monica, you will not believe who I just ran into!

Monica: Who!?

Rachel: Mark.

Monica: Mark!? Bloomingdales Mark!?

Rachel: Yes! What other Marks are there? But you can't tell Ross, okay?

Monica: Why not?

Rachel: Because he'll get all jealous. You know him.

Monica: (Pause.) Wow, you haven't seen Mark in, like, over four years. How is he? Wait, no, nevermind! You have to tell Ross. Okay, this exact same thing happened with Chandler. We ended up fighting. It was awful. You gotta tell him.

Rachel: But tomorrow's Valentine's Day and I don't want him to be all uptight and, y'know, all "Ross." Besides, you and Chandler made up! Look at you now! You're married!

Monica: That's not the point. Rach, at least think about it, okay? Chandler was so mad, we almost did break up.

Rachel: You almost got married that same day.

Monica: (Pause.) Um, so, what happened with Mark?

Rachel: Okay, well, I was at the newsstand and so was he. We saw each other, talked a little bit, and that's all. I even told him that Ross and I were back together and about the baby.

Monica: Then you should just tell Ross! He has nothing to get mad about!

Rachel: I know him, okay. He'll freak out. I promise I'll tell him the day after Valentine's, okay?

Monica: Okay, but I just want you to know that I think this is a horrible idea.

Rachel: It'll be fine, Monica. I will tell him.

Monica: I just hope this doesn't backfire on you. I mean, the marriage thing in Vegas didn't even work out. Yours did. Well, it didn't work out, but you did get married... (Rachel looks at her.) But that's not the point. The point is Ross is more jealous of Mark than Chandler is of Richard, so you might be worse off.

Rachel: Well, I don't listen to you anyway, so I'm gonna wait.

Monica: (Sarcastic.) Thanks.

Rachel: You're welcome.

Monica: Come on, Rachel. Tell him.

Rachel: I'll think about it, okay?

Monica: Promise me you will tell him. Not just think about it.

Rachel: Thinking about it is the best I do, Monica.

Monica: Okay, okay.

Rachel: It'll be fine.

Monica: I hope you know what you're doing.

[Scene: Central Perk. Chandler is there. Ross enters.]

Chandler: Hey, man.

(Ross sits down and doesn't say anything. He looks angry.)

Chandler: You okay, Ross?

Ross: Yeah, fine.

Chandler: Okay, not fine. What's up?

Ross: Well, you remember Mark, right?

Chandler: Uh, well, no...

Ross: Bloomingdales Mark. Mark who went out with Rachel after we broke up Mark.

Chandler: Oh, that Mark. Yeah, I remember. What happened?

Ross: I just saw him with Rachel.

Chandler: What?

Ross: At the newsstand.

Chandler: What were they doing?

Ross: (Pause.) Well, I don't know. I just saw them and got mad and walked off.

Chandler: It was probably nothing.

Ross: They were smiling and talking, I know that.

Chandler: It was still probably nothing, okay?

Ross: Should I talk to her about it? Or wait and see if she tells me?

Chandler: Oh, you should wait. Monica did the same thing. She had lunch with Richard and didn't tell me about it. You remember Vegas. We almost got married. But I guess you had your own marriage to deal with.

Ross: So what are you saying?

Chandler: I'm saying you should wait and see if she tells you. If not, well, you do what you think is right.

Ross: (Pause.) I don't know why I should take advice from you, someone who has only been in one serious relationship, but I'll wait.

(Chandler nods.)

[Scene: Joey and Rachel's. Joey, Phoebe, and Rachel are there.]

Rachel: Okay, I gotta go, I'm meeting Ross at the coffeehouse.

Joey: See ya.

Phoebe: Oh, have fun on your date.

Rachel: Bye!

(Rachel exits.)

Phoebe: Ready for a whole lot of nothing?

Joey: I sure am!

Phoebe: Where do we start?

Joey: We could eat some pizza.

Phoebe: That's not doing nothing! That's doing something!

Joey: Eating isn't nothing!? (Joey looks horrified.) What about TV?

Phoebe: That's something too.

Joey: Oh my God! What have I done!?

[Scene: Central Perk. Ross and Chandler are there. Monica enters.]

Monica: Hey, guys.

Ross and Chandler: Hey.

Monica: Rachel's not here yet? What a surprise. Looks like we'll be waiting a while.

(Rachel enters.)

Monica: Nevermind.

Rachel: Hey. Hi, honey. (Kisses Ross, who glances at Chandler.)

Monica: Okay, ready to go?

Chandler: You didn't give me a kiss when you came in.

Monica: Ohh. (Kisses him quickly.) Okay, gonna be late! Bye Rach, bye Ross.

Ross and Rachel: Bye.

(Monica and Chandler exit.)

Rachel: Ready?

Ross: Mmm hmm.

Rachel: You okay?

Ross: Yes.

(They exit as well.)

[Scene: Joey and Rachel's. Joey and Phoebe are sitting around.]

Joey: Pheebs, I am so bored!

Phoebe: No, Joey, we can't give in! We have to keep doing nothing all night!

Joey: Couldn't we just take a little break and watch TV or something?

Phoebe: Joey! Watching TV isn't nothing! You promised me a night of nothing!

Joey: It's almost nothing!

Phoebe: It's everything!

[Scene: Michelle's. Monica and Chandler are eating dinner.]

Chandler: I did pretty well slipping the waiter the money, huh?

Monica: Yeah, you did. It only took you three tries this time!

Chandler: Yep. Are you having a nice time?

Monica: Oh, yes. I love you.

Chandler: I love you too. Happy Valentine's Day. (Gives her his gift.)

Monica: Oh, thank you! I didn't know we were giving our gifts here. I left mine at home.

Chandler: No, no, it's okay. We were supposed to open them at home but I just couldn't wait.

Monica: (Opening the gift. It's something pretty. Use your imagination.) Oh, wow! It's beautiful, Chandler. Thank you.

Chandler: You can exchange it if you want.

Monica: Oh, no, this one's really pretty. This is one I won't exchange.

Chandler: Aw, that's sweet. Like those earrings I got you for your birthday?

Monica: Oh, no, I exchanged those.

[Scene: Sorentino's. Ross and Rachel are eating dinner. Ross is acting "distant." Rachel has noticed.]

Rachel: Okay, Ross. You're acting strange. Don't think I haven't noticed. What's wrong?

Ross: Nothing. I'm not acting strange. I'm completely normal.

Rachel: Ross, come on. Please tell me.

Ross: There's nothing wrong, okay? I'm fine.

Rachel: (Not convinced.) Okay.

[Scene: Joey and Rachel's. Joey and Phoebe are still bored.]

Joey: I can't take it anymore, Pheebs. (Reaches for the TV remote.)

Phoebe: No!!! (She grabs it before Joey can.) You can't!

Joey: Pheebs! I'm so bored!

Phoebe: No, we're having tons of fun! Doing nothing is so fun!

Joey: Come on. We could watch some TV, order some pizza...

Phoebe: No! Oh.

Joey: Yeah, pizza, TV, we could even play a game or something...

Phoebe: No! We can't give in. Oh no.

[Scene: Sorentino's. Ross and Rachel have just paid the bill and are about to leave.]

Rachel: Will you tell me what's wrong now?

Ross: You should know.

Rachel: What?

Ross: I saw you with Mark.

Rachel: Oh, oh. Okay, look, Ross, nothing happened...

Ross: You didn't run into Mark and then not tell me about it?

Rachel: Okay, you're right, I should have told you...

Ross: But you didn't. You didn't tell me.

Rachel: Ross...

Ross: Look, I don't want to talk right now. Let's just go.

(He gets up and starts to walk away. Rachel quickly follows him.)

[Scene: Central Perk. Monica and Chandler are there getting coffee.]

Monica: I had a really nice evening, Chandler. Thank you.

Chandler: Oh, I had fun too. Thank you.

Monica: Let's hurry and drink these so I can give you your present!

Chandler: Okay!

(They take a drink from their coffees.)

Monica: Burn your tongue?

Chandler: Yep. I do that a lot.

Monica: I wonder how Ross and Rachel's date went.

Chandler: Yeah. I hope it went okay...

(Monica looks at him.)

Monica: Do you know?

Chandler: Do you know?

Monica: About Mark?

Chandler: Yes!

Monica: Does Ross know!?

Chandler: Yes!

Monica: Oh, no...

Chandler: What?

Monica: Rachel wasn't gonna tell him about it.

Chandler: Uh oh.

Monica: How come you didn't tell me Ross knew!?

Chandler: I don't know! He told me not to tell anyone! And I am an excellent secret-keeper. I didn't even tell Joey this time! But this is bad…I told Ross to wait and see if Rachel would mention it.

Monica: Oh no.

[Scene: Joey and Rachel's. Joey and Phoebe have given in. They're watching TV and eating pizza.]

Joey: I told you this was better than nothing.

Phoebe: Okay, so you were right. Besides, this is the same as nothing, right?

Joey: Exactly. We should do nothing more often.

Phoebe: We really should.

[Scene: Central Perk. Monica and Chandler are still there. Ross enters followed by Rachel.]

Rachel: Ross, I swear, we just talked, that's it...

Ross: But you talked with Mark. You know how I feel about Mark.

Chandler: (Quietly, to Monica.) Here we go again.

Rachel: I even told him about you, Ross, and the baby. He congratulated us!

Ross: You shouldn't have been having a conversation with him! Is it that hard not to talk to someone?

Rachel: Ross, it's not like he's an ex-boyfriend! We went out one time! It was nothing.

Ross: He's the reason we broke up that first time.

Rachel: He's not the reason! How can you blame him? He had nothing to do with it!

Ross: He is the reason! You were attracted to him and that's how it all started.

Rachel: Oh my God. Ross! I was never attracted to him! How can you even say that? You were the one who got all jealous for no reason!

Ross: It wasn't my fault! He was obviously attracted to you!

Rachel: And that's my fault!? Just because he was attracted to me, does it mean I have to be attracted to him?

Ross: That's not the point! The point is, you ran into Mark and didn't tell me. You didn't tell me.

Rachel: I know, Ross, I should have told you and I'm sorry. I don't know what else to say.

Ross: It's too late to make up for that. You lied to me, Rachel. How am I supposed to trust you?

Rachel: (Quietly.) Ross...

Ross: Look, let's just talk about this later. I'm gonna take a walk. (Exits.)

(Rachel watches him go, now tearing up.)

Monica: (Walking over to her.) Oh, Rach.

(Chandler walks over and puts his hand on her shoulder.)

Rachel: Should, should I go after him?

Monica: Maybe you should wait...

Chandler: No, you better go now. I mean, you know how Ross can be. Last time...

Rachel: (Interrupting.) I know. Okay. (Exits.)

Monica: They'll be okay, right?

Chandler: I don't know, Mon. I really don't know.

[Scene: Joey and Rachel's. Joey and Phoebe are still watching TV. Rachel enters.]

Rachel: Is Ross here?

Joey: No.

Phoebe: What happened?

Rachel: I can't talk right now. I gotta go find him.


Joey: Uh oh.

Phoebe: That doesn't sound good.

[Scene: Central Perk. Monica and Chandler are still there.]

Monica: Maybe we should go look for him too?

Chandler: I don't think so. We're not the ones he needs to talk to.

Monica: Okay, well, let's just stay here until Rachel comes back. If she comes back. Okay?

Chandler: Yeah, alright. But, but then I want my present.

(Monica glares at him.)

[Scene: Joey and Rachel's.]

Joey: Maybe we should go see if Rach is okay?

Phoebe: We don't know where she is!

Joey: Maybe she's at the coffeehouse. We could at least check.

Phoebe: Okay, all you want is coffee.

Joey: I'm worried about Rachel too! I mean, I don't know what happened, but it must've been pretty bad. I haven't seen her that upset in a long time.

Phoebe: Well, then we should stay here in case Ross shows up. He does live here, you know.

Joey: Yeah, okay. Will you make me some coffee?

(Phoebe glares at him.)

[Scene: Central Perk. Monica and Chandler are still there.]

Chandler: Where could he go? I mean, he doesn't have an apartment!

Monica: I just hope he doesn't do anything stupid.

Chandler: Seriously, though. There are only so many places he can go!

Monica: Chandler! He has the whole city! He could be at the airport for all we know!

Chandler: I don't think he's...

Monica: Hypothetically!

[Scene: Curb outside Central Perk. Rachel is sitting there. Monica walks out of the coffeehouse.]

Monica: Couldn't find him?

(Rachel shakes her head.)

Monica: (Sitting down next to her.) It's gonna be okay. It always ends up okay.

Rachel: What if it's not, Monica?

Monica: I don't know. I hope it is.

Rachel: (Quietly.) So do I.

To be continued...

- End -

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