neil falling asleep on top of andrew is one of my favorite things ever like
it doesn’t happen that often
neil knows andrew doesn’t particularly love physical contact, many times he isn’t in the right mood for it and neil ofc respects that
but sometimes after really intense practices with their pro teams and being away from each other sunday finally arrives and they spend all day at home
they drink coffee and smoke and catch up
sometimes neil does most of the talking, other times none of them feels like talking so they just sit there quietly, and other times andrew is in a really good mood and they speak about everything and anything
those days, the days neil notices andrew is in a remarkably good mood, are neil’s favorite sundays
peace surrounds them and neil feels so relaxed he can’t help but smile at the thought of how his life has improved out of nowhere
well not really out of nowhere but thanks to the foxes
and of course thanks to andrew
but anyway one sunday, a good sunday, neil and andrew are watching a movie
they’ve spent all day eating and being their cute selves and they’ve even gone for a drive around town
after dinner they decided to watch some tv and that’s how they ended up watching tangled
neil is a disney boy no one is going to convince me otherwise
neil is really sleepy but he likes the movie way too much to miss it so he fights with all that’s in him not to fall asleep
he is so focused on the screen that he doesn’t realize at first that andrew’s sight is fixed on him
andrew looks at him blankly and just says “shut up”
neil laughs fondly bc his not boyfriend is an idiot
he can’t help it but stare back at him and suddenly he gets even more sleepy and can’t fight it anymore
he whispers “can i lie on your lap?”
andrew thinks about it for a second before saying “whatever”
neil gets closer and whispers in the man’s ear “is that a yes or a no?”
neil doesn’t hear any sort of doubt in his voice so he moves to lie across the couch with his head on andrew’s lap
he doesn’t want andrew to get overwhelmed tho so he doesn’t hug him or anything, he just puts his palm on top of andrew’s thigh
In which Ginny pitches a no-hitter and then some other stuff happens too:
He thinks loving her is like trying to catch smoke with your bare hands: elusive, frustrating, useless. There is no way anything can happen between them, but it doesn’t stop him from looking at her like she’s Christmas morning personified. She is a force of nature and he’s the casual bystander that was either too stupid or too proud not to realize the inevitability of what was coming his way.
He ignored every warning sign: the phone calls, the easy conversation, the inside jokes, the near gravitational pull they had for each other whenever they went anywhere with the team. Mike would always be found either sitting with Ginny, going with her to the bar, or at the very least keeping a close eye on her whenever she ventured more than 10 feet from him. He has an almost pathological awareness of her, it’s like the damn air shifts around him whenever she walks into the room, like he’s a compass and she’s true north.
Camaraderie and closeness between pitchers and catchers is normal and to be expected. On the field, it’s an ostensible game of two against one, the pitcher and the catcher against the hitter, the rest of the team is there for support and only necessary if the hitter wins. Baseball fields can be up to 400 feet from the catcher’s box to the outfield but he majority of the action happens in the 60 feet and 6 inches between the pitcher’s mound and home plate. In order for the pitcher and the catcher to do their jobs there needs to be trust, a rhythm, an understanding.
Mike hadn’t been lying when he’d told Baker that he’d never seen a rookie like her before, that she was far and away one of the strongest people he had ever met in his life. The annoying thing is that he always feels like he should have stopped speaking two sentences back almost every time they interact, or even any time he talks about her. He had definitely not meant to tell her that she blew him away, he had wanted to keep that tucked somewhere safe and protected, but it came out anyway. He certainly had not meant to go on such an intense rant about her on TV, but he feels overly protective and if he could make her life easier, make all the overly critical talking heads take her a little more seriously then it was his responsibility to do so.
It just so happened that he was ass over tea kettle in love with her as well.
I know that certain events that I have taking place at the Indy OTRA show
actually happened at different ones. But
this is fiction. Big thanks to my dear
friend Alex, @niallandharrymakemestrong, for her ideas and help on this one.
Kacey called every ticket outlet to try and get tickets to
the sold out One Direction concert in Indianapolis. Nothing.
She called her agent to see if she could pull some strings. Nothing. As a last resort, she turned to e-bay. Unbelievably, she found two pit tickets and
meet and greet passes up for auction.
The notes explained that the seller’s teenaged daughter had been getting
in all kinds of trouble; getting caught shoplifting and sneaking out of the
house at night. The last straw was
catching the girl smoking weed with her boyfriend. Mom and dad, going for the ultimate
punishment, grounded her and put the prized tickets that they had held for a
year up for sale. When Kacey found the
auction, there was only a half hour left to bid. The highest bid was up to $3000 for the
pair. Determined to get the tickets,
Kacey signed in and placed a maximum bid of $4000. Within seconds she was outbid by someone
willing to go higher. With ten minutes
left, Kacey placed another bid, this one outrageously high. She watched nervously as the bid climbed
steadily. Chewing her thumbnail, she saw
the total hit $9000 with two minutes to go.
Oh please, please don’t let someone snipe her at the last second. She had typed in an even higher bid and was
ready to hit the enter key as the last seconds ticked off. Time was up! She had won the auction. She was trying to imagine the surprise on
Harry’s face when she showed up at the meet and greet. All for a mere $10,000. Her accountant was going to have kittens but
it would be worth it.
She messaged the seller to inquire whether she could pick up
the tickets rather than wait for mail.
Fortunately, they were located only about 40 miles away in southern
Indiana and Kacey made arrangements to meet them the next morning. Whooping for joy, she ran down the hall
yelling for Laura.
“I got some! We’re going to see Harry!” she shouted over and
over again. Laura indulged her by
jumping up and down and shrieking with her but silently wondering how she was going
to keep her best friend calm for the next week and a half.