Summary: A new phase of your life begins as you move to an apartment in New York with an unknown roommate.
Word Count: 2,568
Warnings: None, maybe one ot two curse words?
Author’s notes: Wow, I’ve been with so many things in the works between college, collabs and personal matters that I didn’t even see time fly. This is the first thing I’ve written by myself in probably months, so I apologize in advance if I’m a little rusty. This is pure fluff and an adaptation of a story I wrote for my crative writing class, so… I hope you guys like it!
“Sorry, I didn’t-” your hands touched and the blush on your face became even more evident.
“No, it’s okay. Take it.” Lin’s smile was genuine, and you took the knife without saying a word. The both of you ate in silence, the cutlery against the ceramic plates being the only sound in the small kitchen and neither knowing how the dynamic between you worked.
Well, it was the first time you were sharing an apartment with a stranger, afterall.
You blamed the big city, the fear of conquering the concrete jungle without anyone to go to if needed. Online adverts about sharing an apartment in New York City brought you and Lin-Manuel together, both not knowing what each other looked like until only a few hours earlier, your moving trucks competing for a parking spot in front of the old building.
The two bedrooms were smaller than they looked like in the advert, which was already pretty small. When seeing the amount of boxes you unloaded, Lin gave up the bigger bedroom in exchange for you letting him place his piano in the cramped living room: you were unsure of how many nights you wouldn’t be able to sleep because of the instrument, but your initial bet was ‘many’.
Arrow 5x19 “Dangerous Liaisons” Review: Girls Rule The World
Oh my goodness. This was such
a good episode.
The fandom touted this episode
as SMOAK VS ARROW—but it was more like Team Smoak (Helix) vs. Lyla (ARGUS)
with Team Arrow assisting. And really
this episode was about the women. Felicity and Lyla. Meanwhile their rather
befuddled hubbies watched on and wondered if this was going to ruin any future
chance of dinner parties once Digg’s OTP gets its shit together. (Digg is still
waiting to try Oliver’s cordon bleu.)
Felicity’s involvement with
Helix came to a head in this episode. We all knew it was coming; even if her
storyline with Helix was rather slow going at the start. I knew it was too good
to last and too good to be true. Frankly,
I’ve enjoyed watching Felicity take control over how she wants to be a
vigilante if only because it’s the kind of experience that will reaffirm for
her the kind she knows she should be. For me this experience is much more
about Felicity exploring herself than just a means for Oliver and Felicity to
I am absolutely not here for
anyone bad mouthing Felicity Smoak for what she did with Helix. There isn’t a
character on this show that hasn’t done things equally as bad or worse. I still
find a way to love Oliver (when he’s really Oliver) and Diggle. I root for
Thea. I don’t need Felicity to be perfect—though to me she’s perfect the way
she is—to love her. So if you’re of the mind that Felicity was wrong or out of
line then please do us both a favor and click the X on the tab.
I know that many of us are all
eagerly anticipating the reunion of Olicity and we definitely are on that path
and next week will be even more instrumental to that. But what this episode did,
which we’ve sorely been lacking for over 19 episodes, is it had them
communicating. Those trust issues were brought back to light in this episode.
Olicity and Dyla
Felicity is convinced that she
needs to do whatever it takes to get the tech from Helix that will finally
pinpoint Adrian Chase so that he can be thrown in jail. Alena tells her that
the never heard of before now Cayden James has the capability of tracking
someone’s heartbeat to their location. Cayden James was imprisoned by ARGUS eight
months ago and has been held in a Black Site ever since. Alena wants to break the
founder of Helix out of his prison.
Felicity attempts to convince
Lyla to release Cayden in exchange for the tech. Lyla won’t budge because Alena
killed an ARGUS agent (supposedly an accident) to get one of the necessary keys
to free Cayden James. Not to mention another agent was nearly killed too. Also
because she says this mysterious man is bad news—and even compares him to a
loose nuke. I personally didn’t think it was a coincidence that a nuclear
weapon was mentioned. There are a lot of implications with that for
Felicity—Havenrock and something that she worked to stop with her estranged father.
(Who I really think might be Cayden James.)
That showdown in the Bunker
was a really strong scene and went a long way towards Felicity’s motivations. In
many ways Diggle and Oliver both have held Felicity to a higher standard than
themselves. They said from the beginning they were going to protect “this girl”
and I think in part that meant shielding her from making questionable choices.
They’d been through real ugliness in the world; they didn’t want to expose her
Except that she was faced with
it anyway—in fact she came already prepackaged with a history of pain. But
since S1 she’s been through four terrorist attacks; she’s been shot twice; paralyzed;
gassed twice; kidnapped multiple times and lost several people she cares for.
Meanwhile she fell in love and then lost the love of her life. For the last
four years, Felicity has mainly been trying to make the right choices—and
trying to lead her guys to those choices too. But she also respected that she
couldn’t (for the most part) make the choices for them.
Her goodness and faith in
Oliver allowed him to believe there was still goodness in him. She helped him
to harness his light. But there’s been little reciprocation here and that’s the
journey in 5x19 and 5x20. Felicity was making all the right choices and the pain
kept coming, for her and her loved ones. It’s easy to see why she’d start to
think that the only way to get something done was by taking the moral
In the Bunker when Felicity
proclaims that they have no right to not let her make dubious moral choices.
They are a team—OTA. And she wants to be considered equal in all parts. They’ve left her out of some
of the darker parts of vigilantism but it has done little to shield her from
the overall consequence and suffering that comes with it. She’s tired of
watching her friends take that burden alone. Especially when, as she sees it,
if she makes those choices they lead
Felicity tells Oliver (and
Lyla) that they have absolutely zero ground to stand on for telling her she’s
out of line. She’s not wrong. Frankly, Diggle doesn’t have much of a right
either. It was only a handful of weeks ago that he was torturing a man in
Russia. Not to mention he shot his brother. So for me, it was all rather
hypocritical for anyone to judge Felicity for her association with Helix.