carter x hanna

the x files au: i want to believe
  • it’s one of their first few cases together, when shaw learns about hanna
  • root’s had them investigating yet another bizarro town in the midwest, this time in pursuit of a killer that root’s convinced can….travel via mirrors or something
  • “all of the victims were found near shattered glass; mirrors, eyeglasses, a watchface” she explains with that all-too-familiar arrogance
  • shaw rolls her eyes
  • four cases in and she’s already wondering if she can talk to assistant director carter about being compensated for every time she has to say “root, that’s impossible”
  • absurdity of the theory aside, they’ve definitely ended up on someone’s radar, and that someone is definitely after root
  • shaw hears the startled shout through the wall
  • leaps out of bed and kicks down her partner’s door to find root, hastily wrapped in a towel with her hair dripping wet, gun trained at a puddle on the floor
  • “what the hell happened?” shaw asks, adrenaline pounding in her head
  • “it’s not just mirrors!” root is uncharacteristically excited for someone who’s just been attacked in the damn shower. “it’s /all/ reflective surfaces!”
  • shaw rolls her eyes (again)
  • that’s how–after urging root to collect her things and get dressed–they end up in shaw’s room for the night
  • in direct violation of bureau policy, of course
  • then again, root had made it very clear what she thought of bureau policy
  • they’d covered up the windows, the bathroom mirror, the television screen. shut off all the lights
  • they’re sitting in the dark with a candle between them–shaw lounging on the bed, root sitting on the floor with her back to the bed–when shaw speaks
  • “has it ever occurred to you that there might be, oh, i don’t know…more rational explanations for these phenomena?”
  • she can hear the wry grin in root’s voice when she answers, “what, agent shaw, my theories don’t satisfy your scientific curiosity?”
  • “no, root, they don’t. none of our cases have yielded concrete answers, and where anyone else would be discouraged by the lack of evidence, you’re–fueled by it”
  • “lack of explanation isn’t lack of evidence, shaw.” she turns to face shaw. the candlelight flickers gently over both their faces. “you want to know why i believe”
  • shaw nods
  • “i was ten. my friend hanna was over, my parents were at the neighbors. we were playing a board game. she was losing, i remember. she was never a great strategist. hanna…she was a sister to me. she looked out for me. we were playing this game, she was losing, and then there was this. this flash of light. bright, white light. and the door opened, and there was a silhouette there. i thought it was my father, at first, but. the shape was wrong. and then hanna started to scream, the closer it got. i tried to move, to reach for her, and i couldn’t. i couldn’t move. something, /it/, wouldn’t let me. and then she was gone. they were both gone and the light was gone and i was alone”
  • “root…” shaw’s at a loss for words
  • “they never found her. twenty years and they never found her. gone without a trace. they all gave up on her a long time ago, but…” root shakes her head. “she’s out there, somewhere”
  • “you really believe that?” shaw asks gently. she understands what she’s working with, now. knows that shock and trauma experienced in childhood can lead to false rememberings
  • root nods firmly. “i know how it sounds, shaw. i know you’re probably diagnosing me now. but it’s /real/. and i have to find her”
  • shaw nods slowly. she tosses a pillow and blanket down to the floor
  • “goodnight, root”
  • “’night, shaw”
american ninja warrior au: the competitiors
  • john, carter, shaw, root and dani are competitors on american ninja warrior
  • john is competing for his 4th time
  • he’s made it to Vegas last year but ended up failing in stage 2
  • the damn hourglass table got the best of him
  • he’s hoping to make it again this year, make it to stage 4 and conquer that damn mountain
  • he’s a gymnastics instructor and built his own anw obstacle 
  • he now trains future anw competitors
  • it’s hella cute seeing john helping the kids run up the warp wall
  • they all call him uncle john
  • this is also carter’s 4th year
  • she’s made it to vegas 3 years in a row
  • first and second time she failed in stage 1 and last year failed in stage 3
  • she was 1 obstacle away from completing stage 3
  • her arms gave out on those damn floating boards
  • she won’t be defeated by those again
  • john has mad respect for her
  • they train together sometimes
  • carter was in the army for a short time
  • a machine gun tore up her right leg and she was sent home
  • she got stronger and back into shape and decided to try out for this show for shits and giggles
  • now she’s dedicated to it when she’s not working a homicide case
  • dani works with carter in the homicide task force
  • this is dani’s very first year competing
  • she sent in an audition tape instead of doing the walk in line
  • fuck that shit
  • her girlfriend harper convinced her to give it a shot
  • “the worst you can do is fail the first obstacle-but please don’t or else I’ll have to rethink this relationship”
  • “love you too babe”
  • harper’s totally kidding she loves her little detective too much
  • carter helped train dani for the past 7 months
  • dani’s main goal is not to fuck up on the first obstacle, the floating steps
  • as long as she can make it past that one she’ll be good
  • shaw has been in the marines for quite some time now
  • she has never in her life heard of america ninja warrior
  • all she knows is it’s brutal and physical and not too many women make it
  • oh she is gonna crush them all
  • she looks up videos and diagrams of the obstacles
  • she sees what muscle groups are used and she works them out
  • she notices grip is the main thing and by now she can probably crush a watermelon with one hand
  • she also submits a tape in and of course they take her
  • she doesn’t care that this is her first time
  • she’s gonna be in vegas and be the first women ever to win this show
  • this is also root’s first year
  • her best friends hanna and harold are addicted to this dumb show 
  • harold mostly watches for john
  • he has a lowkey crush okay leave him be
  • one day root foolishly makes an off hand comment about how it has to be rigged
  • hanna fucking goes off
  • “even if it was rigged there is no way they could save your noodle ass from even the first obstacle”
  • root is offended and up for the challenge
  • she starts training and she figures out the angles on each obstacle and how to tackle it
  • yes upper body is needed for it but root is smart enough to figure out that it’s not just brawns required
  • she has to hack the anw servers to get her audition tape accepted
  • she’s gonna shock the nation with how far she’ll go
  • honestly the network isn’t ready for what is in store this year on american ninja warrior