Not Losing You
Pairing: John Proudstar/Clarice Fong, Thunderblink
A/N: I saw a post by @quintessentiallyscorpion on the fear of Clarice creating portals/leaving and thought of this short fic :)
He heard before
he saw the all too familiar purple and pink lights. His blood ran cold, fear
gripping him like a vice. His instincts immediately took over, his legs already
propelling him towards the bright lights.
She was standing outside, her portal glaring bright in front of her. Her magenta hair blowing around her like a halo. All she had to do was step through the portal. And just like that, John could lose her all over again.
No, no. Not again. I just got her back.
“Clarice!” He called out, running towards her as fast as he could.
The sound of John’s panicked voice disrupted her focus, causing her portal to quickly disappear between her hands. She whipped her head around to face him, worry etched across her features.
“What is it?” She asked breathlessly as she covered the distance between them.
Realization struck and John froze.
She wasn’t leaving.
He opened his mouth to answer her but didn’t know what to say. He felt stupid all of a sudden and he probably looked stupid too just standing there.
What should he say? That he was paranoid and thought she was teleporting herself out of the Underground? That the sight of her portal scared him because all he could think about was her slipping away again?
When John didn’t answer, Clarice looked at him questioningly, her beautiful green eyes studying his and he found himself holding his breath.
Maybe it was that strong, weird connection they seemed to share but she somehow understood and managed to piece together his reaction.
“I was just training,” she told him calmly, as if reassuring him.
“Right…” Swallowing the lump in his throat, John felt his face burning and desperately hoped that it wasn’t visible.
Clarice continued studying him, an amused expression appearing on her face but thankfully said nothing.
Needing to break the silence, “I’m heading out with Reed for a while, there’s a possible lead. I should be back in a couple of hours,” he hastily added. He mentally smacked himself. Did he think she would be concerned about where he went and when he’d return? He inwardly cringed and made a move to leave, not expecting her to reply but she surprised him.
“Hey, be careful,” Clarice said, her striking green eyes making contact with his. The genuine concern he saw in them made his heart soar.
It must have shown on his face because Clarice averted her gaze and muttered lamely, “The Underground needs you.”
“The Underground? Got it.” Fighting a smile, John reached out to gently squeeze her shoulder and added more seriously, “I will.”
As he turned around and made his way back inside, he couldn’t suppress the smile that crept up his face even if he tried.