It was late at night, and the Gangreen Gang and Belladonna (better known as Buttercup Utonium) were getting ready for their concert.
Belladonna was helping her boyfriend Ace fix his hair, while Snake was busy putting on some eyeliner.
"Beautiful. Thanks, babe," said Ace, looking into a mirror after Belladonna had finished.
"No prob," said Belladonna. She went over to see how Snake was coming along.
He had just finished with his makeup when he turned to Belladonna and Ace and asked "Hey, guysss. Don't I look hot?"
Snake's pink eyes were lined with black eyeliner and his black lips were very glossy. His sharp fingernails were painted black. He was wearing a black denim vest that was opened to reveal his bare chest. Also, his long black locks had grown a bit over the years, cascading down his back and making him look more feminine. He truly did look hot.
"Yeah, you look great," said Ace.
"The eyeliner's really pretty," said Belladonna.
"Thanksss. You guysss look awesssome too," hissed Snake.
"Now remember, just like we rehearsed," Ace reminded them as they got out of the tour bus and headed towards the stage.
"Right," said Belladonna and the Gang.
As soon as everyone got on stage, they could hear the announcer's voice: "Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for the Gangreen Gang!"
The audience went wild as Belladonna sang the first few notes of their newest hit. Meanwhile, Ace was rocking out with an awesome guitar riff. He did a few hip thrusts and started dancing. He turned around, but unfortunately he lost his footing and tripped, falling right off the stage. The audience gasped.
"Ow, my ankle," Ace groaned in pain.
"Isss it broken?" asked Snake.
"No I think it's just sprained. It hurts really bad," Ace winced, clutching at his ankle.
"Oh Acey," Belladonna looked sad. She then ran back up to the stage and spoke into the microphone. "Unfortunately, Ace just hurt his foot, so we have to cancel the show. Sorry guys." She heard a loud 'aww, man' from the audience.
Later, Ace was laying down on the bed inside the tour bus. His left foot had been bandaged up and there was a small scrape on it from where he fell. Belladonna was holding an ice pack on his ankle.
"Oh, that's cold," Ace winced. "How did I ever get used to having ice powers that one time?"
Belladonna was still holding the ice pack. "Also, judging by that nasty bruise you just got, it's gonna hurt to wear shoes for a while. And you're gonna have to get around on crutches until it heals."
"But what about the concert? I was supposed to have that big duet with you and everything." Ace was disappointed.
"I told them we'd come back tomorrow," said Belladonna. "I'm just glad it's not broken, that was a nasty fall."
"You're telling me," said Ace.
"And the paramedics said that you have to soak it every now and then," Belladonna said.
"I know," said Ace sadly. "Man, I hate water."
Later, after Ace had finished soaking his ankle, he was relaxing on the bed while Snake and Belladonna massaged his feet. Since Snake was rubbing his bad foot, he was being extra gentle so he wouldn't hurt Ace.
"Mmm, that feels good," said Ace, smiling. "Thanks for helping me feel better."
"You're welcome," said Buttercup. "Man, how can you stand to wear those pinchy boots? You almost got a blister."
"Eh, you get used to it," said Ace.
After they had finished rubbing his feet, Ace and Belladonna were having a romantic chat.
"You know, you looked really pretty up there on stage," Ace said, looking into Belladonna's beautiful green eyes.
"Thanks. By the way, how's your ankle?" she asked.
"Still hurts like heck, but it's getting better," said Ace.
They looked out the tour bus's window at the moon. It was a gorgeous night outside.
"You're so beautiful. I just know you're going to grow up into a fine young woman," Ace said.
Belladonna blushed. "Aww. You're really sweet. Hard to believe that only 8 years ago you were a total jerk."
"I guess being in a band changes people. I mean, you started wearing goth makeup," Ace said, noticing Belladonna's green streaked hair and trademark running mascara. But it was true how they had changed. Belladonna was now a beautiful teenaged girl and Ace was now a very handsome young man. Even for a mutant, he was still quite gorgeous.
"Yeah, but it's a good look for me," said Belladonna. She smiled. "I can't wait until I'm done with school so we can get married."
"I know you will make a lovely bride," Ace said, looking at her lovingly. He could hear Snake groaning from the other side of the bus.
"Don't worry, Snake, you can be my best man," said Ace.
"Worksss for me," Snake hissed. At least it was better than nothing.
Belladonna giggled. "Now get some rest, babe, so your ankle can heal."
"Okay, Sista Spice," he laughed. "See you in the morning. I love you."
"I love you too," said Belladonna. "Hope you get better." Then they both kissed each other good night, and drifted off to sleep.