Sotto-Voce

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POI APPRECIATION WEEK
(day 3) favorite dynamic: root and shaw 

We’re so good at this together. You’re gonna realize that someday. Root, no offense, you’re hot, you’re good with a gun. Those are two qualities I greatly admire. But you and I together would be like a four-alarm fire in an oil refinery. Sounds cozy.

Just a thought, before I turn into sleep: 

I wish we saw more of a reaction from Fusco when he saw Shaw (or John had more of an expression). 

Maybe he was overwhelmed from John’s revelation (ASIs exist! There’s a secret ASI war!) and suddenly Shaw’s there! 

After they finished standing around Fusco’s head finally catches up and then he goes to Shaw, and looks like he’d want to hug her but he ended up saying, “You’re right.”

Confused, Shaw would say, “Right about what?”

Fusco would smile, “You are like a cat, nine lives.” But maybe his eyes are shiny.

And, Shaw would chuckle, “Stop being emotional, you’re embarrassing.”

Fusco settles for holding Shaw’s shoulder and Shaw inhales because other than Root, Fusco’s the only other person to hold her with anything approaching to kindness the past nine months. Shaw reaches for Fusco’s arm and feels how solid his arm is. Fusco is real. She’s really home.

Belisarius Cawl: Primarch, I have crafted for you this exquisite suit of artificer armor. It is modeled (somewhat transparently) upon pict-captures of the Omnissiah himself, when he strode the galaxy in the flesh.

Roboute Guilliman: Uh, thanks. That’s… a little like getting your dad’s old necktie but all right.

Inquisitor Greyfax (under her breath): We’re getting him presents?!

Saint Celestine: I present you with this halo, blessed by your Holy Father on Terra, that wards against attack and shines with His Eternal Glory.

Bobby G: Um. Did you say holy father…?

Greyfax (hissing at Cawl): You didn’t say anything about presents?!

Cawl (sotto voce): Just hurry up and give him something before he starts asking questions about the Imperial Faith

Greyfax: I, uh… I got you this… hat. (gives him her big dumb pilgrim hat)

Bobert: ….You know what, this is kind of a neat hat. Let’s go save the galaxy!