Anthony-Reese

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Paul Wesley in ‘The Baytown Outlaws’ [first scene]

the office au
  • the company’s called thornhill industries. they sell security software
  • harold’s the ceo
  • root’s his assistant
  • harper’s the office secretary
  • carter and elias: human resources
  • zoe, anthony, cal beecher: PR
  • john, fusco, leon, shaw: sales
  • jason greenfield, daizo, daniel casey: IT
  • dani gets brought in as the new intern
  • everyone sees the tension between root and shaw. they know it’s only a matter of time
  • root’s always flirting, shaw’s always rolling her eyes
  • it would’ve happened years ago only they’re both too stubborn to be the first to make a move
  • they’re also both idiot losers who don’t think the other is really interested
  • there’s an office-wide betting pool
  • the will-they-wont-they has been going on for years, so the pool just gets bigger and bigger
  • everyone tries to get them super drunk at the holiday parties in hopes that one of them will finally make a move
  • so far, no luck
  • leon’s the one dumbass who thinks it’ll never happen. the poor fool
  • he and shaw have a particularly intense rivalry, so he doesn’t think shaw is capable of soft human emotion
  • finch also bets against them. he knows root too well, and thinks they’ll just dance circles around each other endlessly
  • anyways, the shaw/leon rivalry is intense
  • no one remembers how it started, but their desks are right across from each other and they love to give each other a hard time
  • LOVE it
  • sometimes their coworkers get caught in the crossfire
  • fusco once opened shaw’s desk drawer to borrow a pen while she was in the other room and ended up getting glitter bombed
  • it’s been three years and he still finds glitter on all his clothes
  • cal once accidentally grabbed leon’s lunch out of the staff room fridge instead of his own. by the time he realized someone had added a layer of glue to the pb&j it was already too late
  • harper gives dani the tour on her first day, introduces her to everyone, shows her around the building
  • dani very quickly develops a crush on root
  • who can blame her? root’s a shameless flirt
  • poor dani isn’t very good at hiding her feelings—she gets flustered too easily around pretty girls—so root knows Immediately
  • she starts lingering by dani’s desk. calling her into her office to help with menial tasks
  • asking her to stay late for this and that
  • dani’s so far gone. shaw’s pissed
  • “give the kid a break, root. you’re torturing her”
  • “do i detect a hint of jealousy, sameen?”
  • shaw scoffs. “that’s contempt. you’re stringing this poor kid along, letting her think she’s got a chance—“
  • “who says she doesn’t?” root challenges
  • she really does think dani’s cute. she likes her. the similarities to shaw are undeniable, but root becomes fond of her on her own
  • they go on a few dates
  • everyone thinks it’s very cute
  • well. not shaw
  • shaw takes to sharpening knives at her desk
  • “im just looking out for the damn kid, john,” shaw huffs
  •  one day dani comes bouncing into the office with a dopey grin after her lunch break and everyone knows she just got smooched
  • shaw leaves early that day
  • root breaks it off, after a few months. she tells dani she’s wonderful, but she’s hung up on someone else. dani lets out a huge sigh of relief
  • “oh thank god. i didn’t know how to tell you, but i think im in love with harper”
  • root sets them up
  • they’re the cutest couple in the office. the gaybies
  • everyone ships them
  • sends them fruit baskets. honorary toasters. they haven’t even moved in together yet
  • they get a dog together after a couple years and elias thows a baby shower
  • the day that word of the breakup gets around, shaw gets a memo from root asking her to stop by her office before she leaves for the night
  • shaw makes her wait all day
  • finally stops by like 30 minutes after everyone else has gone home just so root has to wait
  • doesn’t even knock on the door, just walks right in
  • “root”
  • “sameen”
  • they stare at each other for a moment. shaw waves her hand impatiently
  • “did you have something or were you just gonna waste my time?”
  • root glances at her watch “actually, we’re right on time. grab your coat”
  • “on time? for what?”
  • “we’re getting dinner, shaw. a date. im told that’s ‘what two oblivious idiots do to work through their shit’”
  • “……..carter?”
  • “carter. backed up by, apparently, all of our coworkers. they signed a petition”
  • the IT boys make bank the next day. after five years the betting pool has really added up