dodds comforting an anxious s/o? i know you don't normally do dodds i was just wondering as i love all your other writing
A/N: OK, I’ve done a thing! I hope you like it. I just want to say, I don’t feel like I know Mike well enough to do his character justice. On the other hand, I have a deep affection for Andy Karl. So here you go!
Mike knows how much you love animals, particularly the little critters. He would love to get you a small friend to help you through your anxiety. There is only one drawback; you are allergic to fur. Just walking past the pet store gives you sneezing fits and one time you petted a dog on the street and broke out in hives. He could tell how much this upset you.
One day when you went over to his place, when you were feeling particularly stressed out, he told you that he had a surprise for you.
“For me?” you smiled, glad that he was so thoughtful and caring.
“For you!” he smiled back at you.
“What is it?”
He led you over to a cube structure on his coffee table which is covered by a bedsheet.
“Take a look.”
Apprehensively, you removed the bed sheet, revealing a small metal cage with two tiny turtles.
“Mike!” you gasped. “They’re gorgeous. Are they yours?”
“No. They’re yours.”
“You got me turtles?”
“Yeah, they stay pretty tiny, don’t need too much attention and mostly importantly, you’re not going to die from anaphylaxis by touching them.”
“Always a bonus!” You flung your arms around your boyfriend’s neck and kissed him. “Can I?” you pointed at the cage, indicating that you wanted to pick up a turtle.
Mike nodded. “I hope you don’t mind, but I kinda named them already.”
You raised an eyebrow at him.
“In my defence, they’ve been sitting here for a few days and I had to do something to tell them apart!”
“Fair enough, what are they called.”
“That one over there, with the frilly shell is called cuff. And the other one has that interlocking pattern on it’s shell, like little links, so I called him Link,”
Mike announced, looking pleased with himself.
“Cuff and Link,” you smirked at his pun. “Very clever!”
“They should keep you company until I get home from work. They are pretty good listeners too!”
“Yeah, I bet they don’t talk back like you do!” You watch them silently for a while before voicing a thought. “I wish you had a nice hard shell like cuff and link to protect you.”
One of you fears since Mike had been shot were that one day he wouldn’t come home.
“Sweetheart, I wear my vest.”
“I know, but a girl’s gotta worry about something.”
“But worrying doesn’t make things any better.”
“Tell my brain that!”
“Let’s play with Cuff and Link to get your mind off that.”
“How about a race?”
“This should be interesting!”