The Five Times Ray Palmer Thought He Might Be The Love of Felicity Smoak's Life and The One Time He Realized He Wasn't
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Title: The Five Times Ray Palmer Thought He Might Be The Love of Felicity Smoak’s Life and The One Time He Realized He Wasn’t
Pairings: Atomic Smoak/ Olicity
The first time was the moment she told him would come back to work at QC. Especially considering just earlier that day she’d yelled at him and told him under no uncertain terms that she would never work for him. Subtlety had never been a strong suit of his. Money had always gotten him what he wanted in the past, be it friends, women, companies– whatever. He hadn’t expected Felicity to be so vehemently against him at the board meeting. Although truth be told, he hadn’t really expected her to be there in the first place. But still, he thought she’d be impressed if nothing else.
When him taking over the company failed to impress her, he thought he could certainly win her over later that night, when he pinged her cell and tracked her down. Ray had to admit, finding a formidable opponent in the hacking field was a rarity and clearly Felicity had been worked up about the situation with the company board. But porcupine flatulence was going a bit far, wasn’t it? He almost found it endearing. Almost.
But when he’d found her that night, she was at the hospital and their conversation left something to be desired. Clearly she would be harder to win over than he initially anticipated. So Ray Palmer did what he always did– he used his money to get what he wanted. He had big plans for Queen Consolidated and his research on Felicity made him positive that he needed her as part of his team.
So he bought the company she worked for.
In hindsight, it probably wasn’t his smartest move, not once he’d seen how she’d reacted to his previous advances. But she was clearly adamant about not working for him, so he figured leaving her no options was his best shot.
She came to see him when she found out. He knew that she would. She was angry and yelling and close to tears and she quit. None of which he’d been expecting. But he also knew it went deeper than just what was going on with him. He thought that her disappearing into the elevator would be the last time she would intentionally come into QC, but she’d surprised him again.
Felicity had walked straight up to him, told him that she’d changed her mind because she wanted more out of life and he knew. He knew right then and there that he might be the love of her life. It wasn’t because he’d worn her down or because he’d won her over. It was because she had made a rational decision in a clearly emotional moment in her life. And if Ray Palmer knew anything about anything– he knew about that.
The second time was when she genuinely laughed at one of his jokes for the first time.