AN: I fell in love with the movie Wreck-It Ralph and the animated short before the movie called Paperman. I wanted to try a little one-shot of another point of view; someone other than Meg and George witnessing the magic of the paper airplanes that brought them together. I don’t own the story Paperman nor it’s character; I simply own my original characters Bette and Sam. No flames allowed; constructive criticism is accepted and appreciated. Hope you enjoy!
The lightest breeze rolled through the city streets of New York City as Bette stepped along the sidewalk, her blond curls bouncing along with her movements as she grinned. Her friends chattered beside her with the usual gossip from their college, occassionally turning the attention on their friend for her input. Bette would simply nod along with whatever she managed to catch from their talk before moving on towards the usual dinner they’d visit on a day like this.
“You think Bobby Collins will be there?” One of her friends mused with a flirty grin. “He’s single and definitely a catch; I’d love to catch his eye.”
“I’m sure he’ll be there with some of his friends!” The other friend added along with a grin of her own, the two girls giggling together before turning their glances towards Bette. “You know, Rodger Clint’s been sending looks your way Bette! He’ll probably be there too-!”
Her baby blue eyes glanced over towards the other girls, “oh Rodger’s a nice guy and all; I just don’t think there was a spark there.”
“Oh boo, you’re so boring sometimes,” the first friend huffed as the two of them walked on; Bette pausing on the sidewalk while the others stared back in confusion. “Bette, you coming?”
The blond’s focus was settled on the cart of freshly picked flowers; a woman dressed in business attire admiring the beautiful flora with a smile. At first, all seemed normal until a paper airplane flew and mixed into the flowers; the woman shifting her gaze to stare at the intruder in shock. Leaning forward to get a closer look, her smile returned before the airplane suddenly flew out of the flora and span around the woman before taking off in the opposite direction; the woman chasing after it happily.
Bette couldn’t believe her eyes; it was as if the paper airplane come alive on its own and was leading the woman towards something. Her curiosity was piqued and soon Bette dashed across the street, waving towards her friends before pursuing the woman and her airplane. “You guys go on without me; I’ll meet you there!”
She could hear her friends’ shouting her name but it didn’t matter to Bette; she wasn’t going to miss a chance at a bit of magic for anything.
The wheels hissed against the concrete as Sam rode his delivery bike through the traffic and along his normal route, the delivery boy scanning the building numbers before skidding to a stop outside one of the large business scrapers. He quickly slipped off his bike and lifted it over his shoulder before entering the main building; the man tipping his hat at the women at the front desk who giggled at his handsome grin.
With a bow and a greeting, Sam dipped his hand into his satchel and pulled out the delivery; the women accepting it gratefully before slipping him a tip for his services. “You’re such a handsome man; I hope we get to see you again,” one of the women mused with a flirty grin of her own as Sam tipped his hat once more. “Thank you dear!”
“My pleasures ma’ams; it’s a pleasure to be at your service,” Sam answered before bowing and rushing back into the city streets; the man slipping his bike back on the concrete before checking his pocket watch. He had finished almost all of the afternoon’s deliveries and soon he’d be able to go home. “I just have to get these last few done and I’m-.”
Sam fell silent as he gawked at the scene before him; a man being followed by what looked like various paper airplanes. They all floated about behind him before speeding up and encasing him; the man stumbling through the street before being forced along in the opposite direction. Various men and women stared at the scene with skeptical eyes; all believing the man to be nuts despite what was clearly going on before them. Sam, however, could see the magic displayed and he quickly turned his bike before speeding off to follow after the man.
His final deliveries would have to wait; he wanted to witness what happened with the man and the magical airplanes.
The two pursued their respective target with a similar interest in the magic that flowed within the airplanes. Sam’s bike carried him fast as he watched the man being forced onto a train, the delivery boy releasing an audible groan before doing his best to keep up with the moving vessel. Bette stayed hot on the woman’s heels and watched the plane and her step into a train; the girl quickly diving into the cart closest to her while standing by the window with hopeful eyes. Neither of them wanted to lose their chance at witnessing something so magical; though they had no idea what the situation was, it was too brilliant to leave alone.
The trains pulled onto the platform and Bette saw the woman step out of the train, the girl following suit while pausing at the steps. The paper airplane that was once so full of life was now still in the woman’s hands, the said woman lifting it up a few times but it did nothing for the object. The magic was gone; now all that was left was a paper airplane.
“I thought for sure that-,” Bette whispered to herself before she fell silent; her eyes wide as she noticed dozens of paper airplanes suddenly sliding across the platform. Both her and the woman turned their gaze to where the planes came from, a man encased in more paper airplanes standing there with a shocked and ecstatic expression on his face. With a quick step to send the planes all from his person, the man and woman stepped forward towards each other; their smiles bright as they both admired the plane that had brought them together. “I-It really was magical!”
The paper airplanes danced along the platform and Bette soon found them circling her own feet; the girl bending over to take one in her grasps as she smiled. What a sight she was able to behold; it truly was magic.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” a voice suddenly sounded beside Bette as she jumped and turned to peek at the delivery boy standing at her side with his bike over his shoulder; his eyes focused on the sight before him with a smirk. “Did you see that? It was-.”
“Magical,” the two of them said together, Bette’s eyes wide as she stared up at the delivery boy. Sam lowered his gaze to the girl beside her and he smiled shyly, noticing the girl holding one of the paper airplanes in her grasp.
“Yeah it was quite magical indeed; name’s Sam,” the delivery boy said as he held out a hand towards the girl. “Nice to share this moment with someone who believes as well.”
The girl blushed more as she gratefully accepted the boy’s hand with a smile. “I-I’m Bette; it’s nice to meet you.”
The two of them stood there by the steps of the platform for awhile, paper airplanes scurrying about their feet as they began to converse with one-another. The two barely noticed the original couple depart for a restaurant across the street; they were too enthralled with their own magic that brought them together for that moment.