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Saga - OT A Steamy Romance: OTP Crack!Pairing Challenge (Rebels, OC)

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  1. Raissa Baiard

    Raissa Baiard FFoF Artist Extraordinaire star 4 VIP - Game Host

    Nov 22, 1999
    Title: A Steamy Romance
    Author: Raissa Baiard
    Genre: humor, crack!fic
    Timeframe: Saga OT
    Characters: Zeb, Chopper, OC Evie the caf maker
    Notes: Zeb’s Evoluo caf maker first appears in “Not Your Mother’s Life Day”

    Thanks to my beta-readers, Ewok Poet and Findswoman. I owe you both ZEBSPRESSOS :zeb:
    A Steamy Romance

    Sigh…. Everyday he came in with the others, and everyday he he passed her by. He was so strong, so brave-- a hero! She'd heard him reminding the navicomputer about his very important service in the Clone Wars when it tried to get snotty with him, as it always did, the misbegotten pile of mismatched circuitry! It just didn’t appreciate him like she did! His dome was such a bright, BOLD orange. And those graspers! The non-standard leg strut that gave him such a rakish, bad-boy aura! Her circuits quivered just to process it!

    If only there was a way to get him to notice her! Wasn’t she shiny enough? The big purple one was always so careful about polishing her, she ought to be! Wasn’t she up to date? She was the top of the line, the very latest model in her class! Wasn’t she efficient? She could heat up in a mere twenty seconds! Wasn’t she friendly? She greeted him with her most cheerful and melodious “ping” every morning! But still….still...he never took any notice of her. What more could she do to win his processing unit?



    The glossy clavi-pian black Evoluo caf maker gave a shuddering sigh as it dispensed the last few drops of premium javarican espresso into the purple mug. Zeb reached for it eagerly. He'd never thought of himself as the kind of guy who was into those fancy caf drinks whose names sounded like Nubian starfighters, but ever since the Idiot’s Array had given him the shiny new caf maker for Life Day, he’d developed quite a taste for them. Now he looked forward to a hot, steamy cup of espresso every morning. So much better than that sludge he used to make...not that he was ever going to admit that.

    Zeb brought the mug up to his lips, savored the rich aroma, took that first glorious sip… and choked.

    “Aw, karabast! That is the worst thing I’ve ever tasted!” He gave the Evoluo a forceful thump on the top of its water reservoir. It shuddered again, this time with a disconsolate, whining hiss. “That’s the third time this week! This stupid machine; haven’t even had it a year and it’s already frotzing out on me.” He turned to Ezra, who, along with Sabine, was having breakfast in the dining alcove. “Tell your girlfriend her Life Day present was a piece of poodoo.”

    “Hey, don’t blame Mara!” Ezra exclaimed, looking up from his datapad. “You’re the one who’s been doing percussive maintenance on it. You probably haven’t been using it right, either.”

    “I’ll have you know, I've been very careful with it. I clean the caf chamber weekly, use triple-filtered water and...ah, yeah.” The Lasat’s gravelly voice trailed off as he noticed the way his crewmates were smirking. “Anyway, it’s not my fault.”

    “Bwaa,” Chopper remarked, tapping the caf maker a sharply with one grasper. It sighed, a long, steamy exhalation that smelled slightly of scorched caf. “Bwa bwop bwaabwop bwaaaaaaaah!”

    “What’d he say?” Zeb shook his head. His comprehension of Chopper's irate vocalisations had improved over the years, but that particular batch of electronic squawking made no sense.

    Ezra had always been better at understanding the astromech droid, but he frowned, too. “I think he said the caf maker is...pouting?”

    “Pouting? What the karking Karkadon does a caf maker have to pout about?”

    “Bwop, bwaa bwaabwop bwah…” As the droid explained in tones that were even more aggrieved than usual, Ezra burst out laughing. He hastily stifled his amusement at Chopper’s affronted “BWAAAAAAH!”

    “No, no, I'm sure you’re very desirable, Chopper! It’s just that…” He collapsed into another fit of helpless laughter, head down, pounding the table with a fist.

    “What?” Zeb demanded. “What’d the little bucket of bolts say this time?”

    “He says...he says the caf maker is…” Ezra broke off, snorting with suppressed chuckles. “…is in love with him!”

    “In love? Aw, Chopper, that’s so sweet!” Sabine exclaimed. “…I think.”

    “Yeah, yeah, really sweet. I hope the two of you are very happy and have lots of little sprockets together.” Zeb sloshed his caf around in his oversized purple mug, took another experimental sip and grimaced. “But what’s that got to with my espresso tasting like burnt bantha grease and engine coolant?”

    Ezra listened as Chopper went off on another lengthy harangue, gesturing melodramatically at the offending kitchen appliance. “Well, she...she?” Chopper blatted an irate affirmative at him, and the young padawan held up his hands placatingly. “Okay, okay, the caf maker’s a she...she’s not his type, but she keeps pestering him...and she’s sort of...pining after him.”

    Zeb snorted. “Not his type? Since when do droids have a type?” He got a sly look in his eyes and gave the astromech a toothy grin. “Maybe you fancy the dishwasher or the conservator instead, eh?”

    Chopper demonstrated what he thought of Zeb’s witticism by extending his electro-shock attachment and zapping the Lasat in the seat of the pants.

    “Ow! Why you…!”

    “Bwahahaha!” Chuckling evilly, the droid sped out of the galley before Zeb could thump him with the nearest kitchen implement.

    “You stupid rolling scrap heap!” Zeb yelled after him. “Yeah, you're not good enough for my caf maker!”

    As the week progressed, the quality of Zeb’s espresso continued to decline, and his mood deteriorated correspondingly. He took to following Chopper around, badgering the droid to say something nice to the caf maker so it would stop pouting and function correctly again. Chopper, however, stubbornly refused, declaring that lying like that was against his principles.

    Between caffeine withdrawal and the persnickety astromech’s bantha-headed obstinacy, Zeb was very irate indeed the Taungsday that he pursued Chopper into the galley, where Ezra and Sabine were again having breakfast.

    “Tell Evie you love her!” Zeb shouted at the unfortunate droid.

    “Evie?” Sabine asked, as she poured blue milk onto her boiled mealgrain.

    Ezra shrugged. “Short for Evoluo. Zeb named it that after Chopper said the caf-maker is a she.”

    “Bwah!” Chopper replied, with a zoochberry-like noise. “Bwop bwah bwahbwop!”

    “You don’t have any principles! Tell Evie you love her, so I can have a decent cup of caf again!”


    Zeb snarled, looming over Chopper like a giant purple storm cloud. “Listen, droid,” he said jabbing an emphatic finger towards Chopper’s optical sensor. “If I don’t get my caf, I’m not a happy Lasat, and unhappy Lasats smash things! Especially frotzing, no-bit astromechs who upset the caf maker!” His voice dropped to a low growl. “I know where you recharge at night.”

    Sabine dropped her spoon and Ezra stopped in mid-bite to stare at the wild-eyed Zeb. Even Chopper rocked back on his wheels. “Bwop,” he agreed in uncharacteristically subdued tones.

    “Thank you. Very. Much.”

    “Bwwwwaaaa….” Chopper wheeled over to the counter and made a half-hearted “ahem”. Zeb gestured forcefully for the droid to continue. “Bwah...bwop...bwaa.”

    The caf maker suddenly gave an enthusiastic, bell-like “ping” that reverberated through the confines of the tiny galley. It switched on and began to bubble and hiss merrily; soon the air was filled with the heady aroma of javarican espresso. The caf dripped steadily into Zeb’s purple mug with a musical pitter-patter. When it had finished, the caf maker gave another cheery “ping” and blinked its power lights flirtatiously before switching off.

    After a moment’s trepidation, Zeb brought the mug up to his lips, inhaled the rich aroma, slowly, hesitantly took that first uncertain sip… and sighed. “Aaaah! Karabast! Now that is what caf is supposed to taste like! Thanks, Evie.” He patted the caf-maker’s sleek black form affectionately.

    Chopper gave an indignant blat. “What about you?” Zeb eyed him over the rim of his mug. “No, I am not thanking you; this was all your fault in the first place.” He took another eager gulp of the caf, draining almost half the mug, his craggy features dissolving into an expression of unadulterated bliss.

    Muttering profusely about ungrateful Lasats and ditzy, glitch-brained appliances, Chopper rolled out of the galley. After a few awkward moments during which Zeb continued to sip his espresso--mug cradled in his huge purple hands, eyes half closed, and occasionally murmuring, “Aw, yeah, that’s good…”--Ezra and Sabine exchanged an uncomfortable glance. Ezra jerked his head towards the galley door, and Sabine nodded. They slipped out silently, leaving Zeb alone to sigh beatifically over the Galaxy’s most perfect cup of caf.

    He didn’t notice when the caf-maker’s rapturous sigh joined his and it puffed out a heart-shaped cloud of steam.


    Evie sighed. She knew now who her love really was, and it wasn’t that awful C1-10P. No, it was the one who’d defended her, the one who named her, the one who’d appreciated her from the start. She’d never felt this way about an organic being before, but he was so big, so strong, so purple....


    DARTH_MU Jedi Master star 4

    Feb 9, 2005
    Oh wow.

    I never saw a droid with such devotion before <3

    Hugs my own coffee machine. There there.

    So strong, so purple. Yes.
  3. Mistress_Renata

    Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 9, 2000
    I. Can't. Even! [face_rofl][face_rofl][face_rofl]:_|

    There is just SO MUCH to love about this! This goes up there with white milk, pink starfighters & cooking shows. And I'm glad that Evie realized who truly cares about her. And as long as Zeb gets his tri-caff frothaccino froufrou the way he likes it, I think it will be a long, satisfying relationship.

    Loved this line:
    And this:
    Is the Ghost crew going to have to start knocking before coming into the kitchen, for fear of intruding? And will Chopper ever realize just what he's missed out on?

    This is just great, Raissa (as always!) I'm hearing a Barry White soundtrack for this one...
  4. Kahara

    Kahara FFoF Hostess Extraordinaire star 4 VIP - Game Host

    Mar 3, 2001
    This was hilarious to start with and then the ending twist! [face_rofl] Also liked poor Ezra and Sabine backing away slowly as Zeb goes into raptures over the coffee. This is just awkward (they have no idea).
  5. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 6

    Jul 31, 2014
    I laughed at this a lot during the beta stage and I am laughing at it again. You put the "crack!" in the "crack!ship" here. The whole idea with the caf maker being somewhat sentient could have been silly from the start, but it turned out great. :D

    B-wop?! But men don't care about that! Duh.


    I loved the eventual solution and the twist at the end. And since Zeb is just about the greatest, no wonder Evie fell for him. I mean, sighhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....
  6. DarthMarly

    DarthMarly Jedi Master star 1

    May 10, 2010
    Simply delightful. Very funny. This brightened my day. :)
  7. Cowgirl Jedi 1701

    Cowgirl Jedi 1701 Force Ghost star 5

    Dec 21, 2016
    This is completely silly. Yet, on a certain level, it also manages to make some sense.
  8. Findswoman

    Findswoman Fanfic and Pancakes and Waffles Mod (in Pink) star 5 Staff Member Manager

    Feb 27, 2014
    WOW! :eek: [face_rofl]

    I really have to hand it to you—you hit this one out of the park in so many hilarious and delightful ways. I am usually the sort of person who cringes as soon as the word “crack!ship” comes up (please note that I mean no offense at all to my good colleague Captain Rakkaus, who came up with this challenge :p )—but you managed to write one that is in no way squicky or unsettling and that in fact is totally lighthearted, innocent, and fun, requiring no brain bleach whatsoever. Pretty darn amazing!\

    You’ve made Evie the Evoluo so cute—and even sympathetic—in the way she moons and ssssssighs over Chopper. Her “wasn’t she? She does this! She does that!” thoughts about him, sprinkled aplenty with exclamation points, are not only the perfect expression of her infatuation with A Certain Orange-Domed Astromech, but also totally reflect just how rudimentary and flighty her AI is. (Ditto for her sudden shift in affection at the end… more on that later.)

    How can I not love how you write Zeb here? :zeb: His outrage over his deteriorating caf... his bewilderment as Ezra attempts to explain it all… his ferocious anger at Chop’s noncompliance...even his blissed-out sighs ( [face_love] )… you manage to make all of it perfectly with the character, and I can hear it all in my head. Of course Zeb cleans it regularly and only uses triple-filtered water—probably gives it regular coats of wax to maintain that impeccably glossy clavi-pian black finish. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say again just how awesome it is that our little “Zebspresso” in-joke has taken on such hilarious new life in your stories.

    Your Rebels touch shines in the other characters, too. Chopper’s more expressive than ever here; I swear I can hear each of the “bwaas” and “bwops,” and even I can hear the “I love you" in his "Bwah...bwop…bwaa” pronouncement. And, um, yes, Chop, you’re very desirable indeed, don’t you worry about that! I love that Ezra is the “droid whisperer” here, in a variation on his “animal whispering” abilities.

    And the ending… oh, this ending… there simply aren’t enough [face_rofl] ’s in the world. But really, who can blame Evie? Who wouldn’t fall in love with blissed-out!caf!gasmic!Zeb? (Though Ezra and Sabine were indeed totally right to skedaddle…) So big, strong, and purple, indeed—and he did stand up for her, after all! As we’ve seen elsewhere (I’m thinking of “Toon Wars,” among other things), you’ve got a real talent for these final wacky plot twists!

    Love this story—thanks for such a delightful and fun take on the whole concept of the crack!ship! =D=
  9. Nehru_Amidala

    Nehru_Amidala Force Ghost star 7

    Oct 3, 2016
    I have been meaning to review this story for a while now. I think this is one of the sweetest and funniest stories I have read in a long time. We never see things from the droid's perspectives on Rebels, and now we have a love story for the ages! Well done! (No pun intended.)
  10. AzureAngel2

    AzureAngel2 Chosen One star 6

    Jun 14, 2005
    Had to read it twice and loved it even more. I need a Zeb T-shirt now.