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Arsenal/Roy Harper: ENTP [DC Comics]

ENTPs have a rare creative spark that allows them to generate a stream of new ideas on any number of topics. This is mostly likely to occur in discussions with other people. An ENTP’s ideas often relate to how systems, processes, and the world can be improved. In thinking of these ideas, the ENTP is not restricted at all by conventional wisdom. In fact, ENTPs would rather try out new approaches to find a better way than rely on how it has been done (even if successfully) in the past.

ENTPs work in bursts of inspiration, not by carefully structuring or planning out their process. Often their best work occurs in a flurry right before a deadline. They also tend to remain extremely calm in very stressful situations (relative to other types). This is partly due to their tendency to frame the situation in terms of the big picture, and not get caught up in a momentary loss of perspective. ENTPs often thrive in roles where handling pressure and the unexpected is required daily, and find roles with too much structure and certainty to be less engaging.

Strengths: Knowledgeable | Quick Thinkers | Original | Excellent Brainstormers | Charismatic | Energetic

Weaknesses: Very Argumentative | Insensitive | Intolerant | Can Find It Difficult to Focus | Dislike Practical Matters

Descriptions from 16personalities and Type-Coach.

suspicious-pigeon  asked:

Ok I want to follow the nhl next season. The only knowlege i have of hockey is from the aihl (which i started following this season) and i think I've seen Mighty Ducks like once. What should i research and how do i pick a few teams to follow

Just want to apologize in advance for the novel I have written.

So I was super into the AIHL last year but this year the games have just been on to late for me this year. Like 3 am.

First of all the NHL is a lot bigger than the AIHL, obviously. But that means there are a lot of resources on NHL teams and the league as a whole. There are a few really interesting documentaries I would suggest you looking up. 

Kings Ransom - This is a documentary about the trade of one of the biggest NHL players and athletes of all time, Wayne Gretzky. This isn’t a lot of info on like the operations of the league but you’ll hear the phrase “Even Gretzky got traded” as a way of a hockey fan/player/reporter saying “anything can happen” quite a bit. It also shows you how CRAZY the fans can get over this kind of thing. Trades are a big deal and this documentary is a good representation of it.

The Last Gladiators - This documentary centers around what hockey is predominantly known for, which is the goon. However, this also shows how that part of the game is dangerous, harmful and is slowly being removed from the game. It follows former Montreal Canadien, New York Rangers and Boston Bruin Chris Nilan, a Boston native with the nickname “knuckles.” It gets even crazier when you realize all three of the teams he was on were huge rivals. 

NHL 36 - These are short documentaries that follow NHL Players around for the 36 hours before a big game. They show the preparation and other things NHL Players do in their off time. It’s more modern than the others and features mostly current NHL Players.

A Day That Changed The Game: NHL Expansion - Up until 1967 the NHL saw teams come and go except for 6, these teams would be named the original 6. From 1942 to 1967 these 6 teams were the only ones in the NHL. The 67′ expansion saw another 6 teams join the league with only one that is not in operation anymore, RIP golden seals. This Wikipedia page goes through all the expansions, or you could just watch the documentary.

You can also catch all the all-star games, skills competitions, and drafts on youtube! And I would really suggest doing so they’re a lot of fun. There’s also a documentary called Big Shot, it’s not as informative but it is SUPER interesting.

There’s also a youtuber called Steve Dangle, he makes videos about the Toronto Maple LEafs but every now and then he has something to say about other teams, leagues and any huge event in hockey. He has his own channel but also he has videos on the sportsnet channel that are interesting. He also has his own podcast called The Steve Dangle Podcast and they’re like an hour long but they Cover EVERYTHING.

And Now, because this post isn’t long enough, I’ll go through a quick rundown of all the teams and I’ll link to their websites where you can look at full rosters and highlights and stuff.

Anaheim Ducks - This would be the team named after the Mighty Ducks. They used to be the Anaheim Mighty Ducks but they changed the name and the color scheme to something more unique to them. They seem to fluctuate between really good and really bad and were seen as Stanley cup favorites for the past few years, but they’re trending down now. This is a Californian team AND they’re one of the most hated teams on Tumblr. They play a little dirty here and there and I never understood all the hate, but it’s there and it can be a lonely team to love.

Arizona Coyotes - They used to be the phoenix coyotes except they don’t play in phoenix so they changed their names. They were good once and now they seem to be getting better again. There one of the teams that actually doesn’t have cap issues, and they have to work to reach the floor (there’s a cap floor and cap ceiling, you need to stay in between, as in you can only spend so much money on players). They have a lot of good young players but no one is too sure of their future success. Their fan base is definitely one of the smallest, but they’re passionate and no one really hates them.

Boston Bruins - I’m biased because this is my team. They’re one of the Original Six but all that really means is they have a huge fan base and a long history. They’re known for being the Big Bad Bruins but in recent years have tried to trend closer to having a faster game. They were really good from 2010-2013 and then 2014 happened and they’re still fighting back. They went through a mini-rebuild and even the fans don’t really know who's’ on the team. They’re generally seen as the perennial bad guys in the NHL however, the organization as a whole has a really good record of being progressive. Basically, a good team if you like the villain but also have morals.

Buffalo Sabres - Since I started watching hockey years ago, they have always been the bad team, the easy win on the schedule. This is about to change. They have some of the best players in the league going into next season, their only issue seems to be goaltending.  Their big names are Jack Eichel, Kyle Okposo and it doesn’t matter after that. They’re about to surprise the rest of the league in the next few seasons.

Calgary Flames - They fluctuated between really fucking good and “why are they even here” for a bit. They seem to be solid on every front except goaltending and yet the whole team would fall collectively many nights. They just addressed their goaltending issue and with a very hot offense I wouldn’t be surprised if they shot to the top this season. No one really hates the flames and they’re Canadian, so they have a solid fan base.

Carolina Hurricanes - This team is a mess because they aren’t good and they don’t have a lot of fans. They won a cup in this century so that’s a good thing at least. Except they held onto that same lineup and now they’re all dead. They just signed the league’s most mediocre goalie to a 2-year deal and got rid of the face of their franchise, Eric Staal. They have some young talent, but they’re not really special in any way. The team as a whole has a small following but they have some popular players.

Chicago Blackhawks - The Blackhawks have been the most consistently good team in the NHL since 2010. They’ve won 3 Stanley Cups since 2010 while also getting rid of a lot of players after each win. Their core and coaching staff is mainly to thank for the wins. However, their players have been accused of some terrible things and have been known to say some pretty bad things. They’re one of the most popular teams in the NHL now but proceed with caution. 

Colorado Avalanche - They were supposed to be good and nothing happened. They have a lot of really good players but they haven’t been able to do anything with it. Fun fact, they’re also the NHL team who is furthest from any other NHL team. They have a crazy coach named Patrick Roy who is a big deal. They also managed to make Jarome Iginla one of the most iconic and amazing NHL players in HISTORY, irrelevant. Seriously, I’m not sure if the hockey world is aware he still plays. 

Columbus Blue Jackets - I’ll sum this team up with one stat: They have only won 2 playoff games in franchise history. Now in their defense they’ve only been around since 2000….but that’s really not that good of an excuse. The only reason they made the playoffs to begin with, was their goaltender, who was AMAZING, but shouldn’t have had to be. They have an overpaid mediocre lineup. I don’t have much good to say about them because along with being bad at playing hockey they also are dirty and don’t draft well. Their fans are fun actually, blue jackets games look like a blast. Oh and they have a cannon that pisses off the rest of the league.

Dallas Stars - This is the new up and coming team to get into. If you want to feel like you’re following a team to the top start with them. They have a killer lineup that basically destroys teams. Sadly for them you only get 2 points for a win regardless if you win 2-1 or 7-1. THey don’t know how to balance being good in the regular season and being good in the playoffs yet but they’ll get there. You would think a team from texas would have a small fanbase and maybe they do…in texas…but the internet LOVES them and their mediocre looking white boys.

Detroit Red Wings - Only the second original 6 team on this list. They’re pretty legendary honestly. They boast the first Russian player to win the stanley cup, the longest playoff streak, and some of the most iconic names in hockey (Steve Yzerman, Gordie Howe, Nicklas Lidstrom ect.). Recently though they HAVE been making the playoffs just they don’t seem to do much after that. They have a huge fanbase but they’re a pretty middle of the pack team. I think they’re slowly going down hill but Red Wings fans would punch me for that. They also just lost their biggest name, Datsyuk and the rest of their lineup is either old, mediocre or Dylan Larkin.

Edmonton Oilers - OOO boy where do I start with these guys. First of all, they have some of the best forwards int he game on their team and have been the WORST team in the past decade, and that’s not even an exaggeration. As far as I know, no one has looked into a babe ruth-esque curse for trading Gretzky but they should. This team can’t get anything done right. They draft the best players year after year and year after year they come in last (or second last whatever). They have the player who may be the Wayne Gretzky of our generation (Conor McDavid) AND traded one of their best players away and while it was a terrible trade Edmonton still has so many amazing forwards they may have still managed to make their team better. Basically, they could have a breakout season anytime now and maybe you want to jump on now so you can say you’ve been around since they were bad, but don’t hold your breath because they have the worst luck EVER.

Florida Panthers - beware, if you chose this team you will be faced with a lot of “lol they have ice in florida?” which may actually be something you can relate to coming from Australia. They have had their years of being meh, bad and good. It seems like they’re in their good years right now. They have Legend and immortal Jaromir Jagr who is currently the oldest NHL player. THey also have Aaron Ekblad who is very obviously lying about his age and maybe the most loved social media goalie, Roberto Luongo. Their a good pick for a team in my opinion but their fans are few and far between. 

LA Kings - From 2010 to 2015 only three teams won stanley cups, The Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015, the Boston Bruins in 2011 and The LA KIngs in 2012 and 2014. For those 5 years they were generally considered one of the best teams in the league as it seemed they always made it far in the playoffs. However, people started questioning them this year when they got knocked out uncharacteristically early. Either way, their part of the team why a California Swing (basically a set of away games that are all in California and usually include all three californian teams) is not considered a relaxing vacation. But also one time a player on the Kings was asked to move his car on a kings game day because Kobe Bryant was coming to watch the game and needed t park his car there. Oh Cali. I hate picking on out of market teams but sometimes it’s too easy.

Minnesota Wild - You know how I said the Carolina hurricanes were old and dying. Well so are the wild and they’re embracing it. They made the playoffs this year but only because the western conference was abysmal this year. Seriously just steer clear of this team. They may have big shiny names like Zach Parise or Ryan Suter or Eric Staal, but don’t be fooled because they are all way past their expiration date. there are better teams in the grocery store. unless of course. you still believe, in which case take it home with you and pray you don’t get food poisoning.

Montreal Canadiens - This team is the exact opposite of the Boston Bruins, and for good reasons considering they are the leagues Biggest Rivals and have been for 90+ years now. I’m not kidding. The rivalry is almost as old as the league. we HATE each other and it’s literally one of the best parts of hockey. Even non hockey fans watch these games because it’s very possible someone might be murdered. So basically the habs are seen as the perennial good guys, and their organization is shit. They just traded their best player who was universally loved by literally EVERYONE but their GM and coach. PK Subban literally donated 10 million dollars (he only makes 9 mil a year BEFORE taxes) to a childrens hospital in Montreal. Everyone was super pissed about it and so was I, but as a bruins fan I was also happy he got out of there.They’re historic, have the most stanley cups by far, speak french all the time and they’re a great franchise. It’s just not the time. Give them a few years. 

Nashville Predators - it’s pretty ironic this team comes after the habs considering this is the team PK Subban got traded to. Their goaltender is either amazing or terrible, they have a really good looking defense, their offense is eh and their logo is an anatomically impossible saber tooth cat. I guess when you’re a vague predator tho you can make shit up. But basically this team is p in the air whether they’ll be better or worse next year remains to be seen.

New Jersey Devils - now a few years ago this teams average age was like 50. They don’t really do anything and honestly they’re so irrelevant I don’t know who’s on the team. Actual conversation I had with a friend of mine: “I don’t even know who their captain is” “They have a captain?” regardless they see to have a good size fan base and they boast one of the best goaltenders of all time, Martin Brodeur. but he retired. so. who cares.

New York Islanders - a few years ago these guys would have been irrelevant to me except then they did this thing where they built literally the worst arena of all time. Like their old arena apparently used to RAIN, IN DOORS, and yet it’s still worse than that. THey built this place in brooklyn like a year ago and they used it for one season and they’re already planning on moving to Queens now. because it’s that bad of an arena. Not to mention they’re the Islanders because they’re frm long island and play in Brooklyn right now. They’re just a mess. But they’re good. So we’ll see. I heard a lot of players wanted to get th ehell out because of the arena but that could have been a rumor. although Okposo, one of their best players, did leave for Buffalo.

New York Rangers - Okay I’m biased again because this is my least favorite team but I’ll do my best to stay straight forward. Basically they were pretty good for the past few years but couldn’t get anything done. They brag about having the best goaltender in the league. And their original 6 team. that’s all i could do. Anything else i could say would be tainted by my hatred. But their huge, a lot of people love them and i knew a kid who was named after them, not fucking joking.

Ottawa Senators - So basically they’re kind of screwed. Their team is okay at best, their best player is their only good player and they have an internal cap, meaning they have less money than the league says they can spend on players. They’re not doing too good and HAVE to make the playoffs next year just to have enough money to exist. and People are wondering why they aren’t putting a new team in canada, Y’all can’t even handle 7 and you want 8? chill.

Philadelphia Flyers - This team, similar to the boston bruins, is the perennial bad guy. They were the Broad Street Bullies and now they’re just Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, and the highlighter boys. They’re not Terrible but they’re not necessarily getting any better either. Only choose this team if you have a good pair of sunglasses because those jerseys are AW-FUL.

Pittsburgh Penguins - They’re the Montreal Canadians to the Flyers Bruins. They’re generally seen as the good guys, and they hate the flyers (they also hate the bruins, go figure). They boast the best players in hockey like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc Andre-FLeury. And they just won the stanley cup. This is probably the team new fans would pick. Either way, if you decide to hate them you have to promise not to make any sidney crosby crybaby jokes because they’re uninspired and douchey. 

Saint Louis Blues - Okay this is an interesting team. They’ve been at the “should win the Stanley cup” level of talent recently and yet have not been able to actually do it. They made a lot of moves and lost a few players this offseason and I’m honestly not sure if they got better or worse. If you want to hate the blackhawks like most of us do, this is a good team to root for instead. Plus their named after a music genre and they have a music note as their logo, that’s pretty unique.

San Jose Sharks - Listen, they’re good, they’re pretty damn good actually, but they’re not getting better. This team is old and they have great players but they could all conceivably be my father. Their goaltending is pretty amazing but they rely on guys like Joe Thronton and Joe Pavelski who are great but past thier prime. otherwise, they don’t really do anything to hate them for. one time Joe Thronton said he would masturbate if he scored four goals during another teams interview so that’s cool. They also made the stanley cup final this year so they have a few more years of being good.

Tampa Bay Lightning - Look, I’m not in love with this team so this next part may sound biased, but it’s all fact. THis team is about to murder all of the other teams and crush their way to a cup. I’m not joking they have every single piece they could ask for. They got both of their best player sto take a 2 million paycut AND they have a bunch of other players you could argue are their best players. The Lightning are set up for success right now and it’s REEALLY exciting. THey also have the cheapest tickets in the whole league, so if you ever take a trip out to tampa why not go to a game maybe??

Toronto Maple Leafs - hahahahhahaha all i can do is laugh. they’re such a big mess i don’t know where to start. I guess the good news is their probably going to be one of the best teams in a few years. Like their prospects are amazing, but the past few years has been ridiculously entertaining. This would be why you watch Steve Dangle, cause even if you don’t like the leafs, they’re doing some weird shit that you want to hear about. They’re also the biggest franchise in the league, the most popular and are set up to be very good. They’re a good choice if you want all of canada to hate you. On the flip side if you want leaf fans to cry just say “it was 4-1″ they’ll all get it (this will also simultaneously make a bruins fan very happy so use wisely). 

Vancouver Canucks - Just stay away from them. They were really good for a few years and now when you talk about them and you want to say something nice you gotta be like “well…the view is nice” there’s just no good about this team. They keep getting rid of good players. like seriously. they let go of two goaltenders in the past few years and both of them have arguably turned into the best goaltenders in the league right now. Their GM Jim Benning may not even be a real person. just, avoid them.

Washington Capitals - Literally th e most exciting team right now. They have Alex Ovechkin, I would say be their fan just for that reason alone. Ovi is the best scorer in the NHL right now maybe one of the best of all time (no scratch that he is one of the best of all time). Ovechkin is the answer to the NHL’s prayers because he’s fun, he’s AMAZING, his personality could light up literally any room, and he encompasses everything that makes hockey exciting. And yet they still shit on him because he’s russian and the NHL hates russians (that’ll become clearer the more you get into it). They won the presidents trophy which just means they were the best regular season team this year, their goalie won the vezina for best goaltender. This is just a good team to watch.

Winnipeg Jets - Okay they somehow made the stanely cup playoffs two seasons ago but last season were one of the worst teams in the league. go figure. Their fans LOVE them but that’s about it. They will be exciting very soon because their prospect pool is amazing, however right now they’re bad to okay. I don’t really have a lot to say about them honestly.

Well that was really long and extensive. Hope that answered your question. If you have any more questions feel free to send them to me. Also consider checking out leagues like the NWHL and CWHL. women’s hockey is also super awesome and fun.

anonymous asked:

If you don't mind me asking, which teams (besides the Blackhawks and the Kings) are employing/recently employed players who have a history of violence against women? I only got into hockey recently, and this is the kind of stuff that gets shoved into a corner and ignored because god forbid it's taken seriously. I apologize if this question makes you uncomfortable.

Teams that currently have players on their roster (this doesn’t include prospects):

Chicago Blackhawks (Patrick Kane)

Los Angeles Kings (Drew Doughty, recent: Slava Voynov)

Nashville Predators (Mike Ribeiro)

Colorado Avalanche (Semyon Varlamov. Patrick Roy (Coach) )

If there are any I’ve missed, please don’t hesitate to point them out in a reply.

anonymous asked:

OIympics 2014 AU prompt: Oliver Queen is the captain of Canada's Hockey team, the reigning gold medalists and Felicity is Team Canada's reigning bronze medalist in figure skating. They never got along so why is Oliver Queen showing up to her skating events, why is Felicity Smoak coming to the hockey games and most importantly why is Oliver kissing her in front of the world(much to her surprise) after winning gold in the hockey finals? As usual only Dig and Roy(his teamates) know what's going on.

Note: I’m from the LA area. And while it did get quite cold where I grew up, I know exactly zilch about ice skating and related activities. Basically everything I know I’ve learned from watching The Mighty Ducks trilogy.

*~*~*

Felicity Smoak glided onto the ice, eager to get a feel of the rink. The figure skater had arrived in Sochi yesterday with the rest of the Canadian team and had been anxious to get back to her practice routine.

Despite the twenty plus hours on the plane, the multiple stops, and the fiasco that was their hotel accommodations, Felicity felt loose and limber and ready for her events.

She had just finished her warm up and was beginning to practice portions of her routine when a banging of the door and a commotion caught her attention. Felicity paused, annoyed, skidding to a stop to stare at three burly men coming down the steps toward the edge of the rink. Their red and white jackets with a hockey player silhouetted on the maple leaf indicated their interest in the ice, but hockey players had their own arena. Why were they bothering her?

The trio drew closer, allowing her to identify the man in the lead. “Ugh, Queen,” she thought, rolling her eyes. That made the other two Roy and John, the one they called Digg. It also meant she wanted absolutely nothing to do with them. Shaking her head, Felicity continued her routine, skating toward the opposite end of the rink.

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Prompt: Baseball

AN: So this probably sucks cause I wrote it in like an hour. Sorry if it doesn’t make sense. But maybe you’ll enjoy it. lol


Take Me Out To The Ball Game

She’d never been a huge fan of baseball, mostly because her brother talked about nothing else her whole life. Eventually she’d developed a block that allowed her to tone it all out. That was until her brother who’d been playing all his life got drafted by the Starling City Rockets. It was impossible then. Though she had been able to avoid it some being so far away at MIT. And though she’d never admit it under oath while she was away from him she’d developed an appreciation for the sport. Or well…the pants anyways. She blamed her hormones and lack of love life for her infatuation with those stupid pants and the men in them. Except her brother, that was just gross.

Over time she actually came to enjoy watching the games on TV. So it was true she came for the uniforms but stayed for the sport itself. Though she’d never been to one of her brothers games. The opportunity came when she graduated and got offered a job at Queen Consolidated that just so happened to be in Starling. When her Mom found out she’d be close to Roy she’d squealed and pestered her to death until she accepted the job.

A month later found her standing outside the Starling Field, her whole body humming with nervous energy as she made her way into the stadium where she quickly found her seats thanks to a really helpful man selling peanuts. She was right behind the dugout and to the left of home plate, so close she worried with her luck she’d be leaving the field with either a black eye or a concussion.
Not too long later she heard her name being called and she looked up from her perusal of the field to find her brother smiling up at her. She leaned forward, her elbows resting on the metal railing.

“You made it!” Roy exclaimed happily. “I wasn’t sure you would with being so busy at QC…and your obvious disdain for the sport.”

“Ha ha. Well much as I hate to admit I have a soft spot for you. It won’t kill me to sit through one game. Just try not to hit any balls this direction will you?”

“I’ll do my best, though I can’t promise the same from my teammates.” Roy replied with a laugh.

Suddenly a man appeared and slung a arm around Roy’s shoulder. “Who do we have here?”

Roy rolled his eyes. “Tommy this is my sister Felicity.”

“Oh little Smoak is smokin,” Tommy said causing a blush to color her cheeks.  

“Don’t even think about it Merlyn,” Roy growled. A moment later a coach called for them to join the meeting that was taking place.

“Diggle bellows,” Tommy said with a smirk.

“I heard that! Now get your butts over here.”  

“You’re gonna get us benched you idiot.” Roy shoved Tommy who erupted into laughter. Her brother threw her a look before heading towards his coach.

“Remember your promise Roy.” She called after him.

“Don’t worry babe,” Tommy answered while lifting his glove as he jogged backwards. “I won’t let anything hit you.”  He threw a wink her direction.

“Merlyn stop hitting on my sister,” Roy demanded.

“What are you gonna do?” Tommy shot back. He didn’t get to answer as they both received slapped to the back of their head by the coach. She had to cover her mouth the hide her giggles. The crowd around her erupted into Take Me Out To The Ball Game and she joined in. The time passed quickly and soon the National Anthem was being sung. Ten minutes later the game was in full swing. The Central City Stars were playing their best making the Rockets play even harder, leaving nothing on the field.

She was enjoying the game…and of course the pants when a particular pair caught her eye. She couldn’t see the guys face as he lined himself on home plate, his large hands flexing on his bat that was at the ready, but she could make out the letters on his jersey that spelled Queen. When he swung at a pitch she couldn’t help but notice his arms were twice the size of Roy’s. The ball didn’t have any other choice but to go out of the park. She was looking forward to getting a look at him when a man sitting next to her spilled his drink and started shouting a someone beside him that had caused the accident. When she looked up again the mysterious Queen player was gone. Dang it.    

She forced her curiosity down and was into the game again in no time. Her hand was in a bag of popcorn and a straw at her lips when Roy went up to bat. When he was ready her breath caught in her throat as she waited for the pitcher to throw the ball, when he did it was so fast she couldn’t even see it. The only sound that alerted her it hadn’t been missed was when Roy threw the bat and took off running towards a base. Her eyes flitted to find the ball and found it too went out of the park. She immediately jumped up, her popcorn spilling at her feet as she screamed and clapped as Roy rounded the bases.
When he slid into home plate she yelled louder. Team members clapped him on the back and he turned to her.

“I told you I wouldn’t hit you.” he yelled over the roar of the crowd.  She shook her head and was just about to reply when she caught a pair of the bluest eyes she’d ever seen staring at her. Dark blonde hair peaked out from under his cap and he had stubble that her fingers itch to rub through. Her knees started to quake the longer he looked at her and she felt her whole body flush with heat. She couldn’t look away even if she tried and it seemed at though neither could he. A sharp call of ‘Queen’ had the mans eyes jerking from hers and towards the voice. Her legs finally gave out and she sunk into her seat, her hand moving to her head. Wow. That was Queen.

After that the rest of the game was a blur except when he was on the field, then her eyes were glued to his form. The game was coming to an end and Queen was on third base when it happened. Maybe if she hadn’t been in such a fog she would have seen it coming. She was aware of people around her calling for her to look out. She could see the ball coming at her but she was frozen, not even ready for the impact before it hit her knocking her to the cement floor right into the pool of Coke. Her eyes closed and murmur around her disappeared as she faded into unconsciousness.

When she finally came to she became aware of arms holding her and a hand rubbing soothing across her back. Her eyes cracked open the slightest and she was met with a familiar pair of blue eyes staring down at her with concern. His lips were moving but she couldn’t make out the words, either too concussed or addled by the feel of his muscular arms around her. A hand squeezing hers pulled her back and the world came into focus a moment allowing her to notice Roy sitting beside her. A moment later Tommy appeared over his shoulder. She looked at them confused. How had Queen got to her first? He was on base last time she saw him. Had she been out a long time or only seconds?

Her gaze moved back to Queen’s where she proceeded to get lost. “You have beautiful eyes,” she blurted and internally groaned.

Please God let him think it’s from the hit.

Much to her surprise he started smiling.  Well how about that.

“Man I hard hit you hard,” Tommy exclaimed.

“No that’s just her,” Roy explained and if she’d had a clear mind then she would have smacked him for it.      

“Sorry I broke my promise Felicity,” Tommy apologized, a pained look on his face. Her hand moved to the lump on her head and she tried to sit up, Queen and Roy helping her lean back against the seats.

“Oww,” she muttered. “How long was I out?” She directed to the group at large.

“Maybe five minutes,” Roy supplied as he patted Queen on the back. “Oliver here got to you first. Never seen him run so fast. Thanks for at least hitting home plate first buddy.”

Oliver. So that was his name.  

“You took quite a hit. I’ve seen men who didn’t wake up for a lot longer after something like that,” Oliver disclosed.  

“Felicity defies the odds. For good and bad,” Roy said with a chuckle.

“Mostly bad,” she intoned before the world shifted and she started to fall to the side.

“Woah.” Oliver caught her and a moment later she was being lifted, the heat of his hand pressing into her back. “Let’s get you to the doctor.”

The three men stayed by her side as she was carried through long corridors and finally deposited on a med table.

“Umm Felicity.”

“Yes,” she answered tiredly, her eyes shut against the bright lights of the room.

“Your shirts wet.”

“That typically happens when you fall into a puddle of soda Roy,” she quipped angrily.

“Yeah well, normally I wouldn’t say anything but your shirt…it’s white.”

Her eyes flew open then and her arms came up to cover herself. Well what she could cover, it wasn’t like she had a lot. “This is why I never did won the wet t-shirt contest,” she mused. A burst of laughter from Tommy was what made her realize she’d said it aloud. She face palmed causing a new wave of pain to fill her head. “I am never going to live this down,” she moaned.

“Here,” Oliver said softly as he shrugged out of his jersey and offered it to her. She of course didn’t turn it down and he helped her slip the sleeves over her arms.

“Thanks.” She started buttoning up the top. It was really big and was a little sweaty but she wouldn’t complain…at all. Not when it smelled like him.  

“It looks good on you,” Oliver returned with a smile that she knew under different circumstances would have her melting into a puddle of goo.    

The doctor came in a moment later and shooed them all away and twenty minutes later she was cleared to leave but not without promising that she’d let someone look out for her. She’d assured him she would and exited into the hallway to find only Oliver waiting.

“Coach wanted to talk to them,” he answered her unasked question. “I told Roy I’d make sure you came out okay.” She nodded as she walked towards him. “What did the doctor say?”

“Mild concussion. I expected to come out with worse.”

He winced. “I’m sorry that happened to you. It was your first game and we didn’t make a very good impression.” Roy and his big mouth. What else had he told him?

“I wouldn’t worry about that,” she answered vaguely a small smile lifting the corners of her mouth as her fingers fiddled with the hem of his shirt.

He tilted his head. “Really and whys that?”

The head trauma must have addled her mind because before she could stop it she started babbling. “If it hadn’t happened I probably wouldn’t have met you, and I really wanted to, meet you that is. You’re a good ball player and your wear a uniform really well and I have this thing for baseball pants and you’re hot and oh my gosh did I really just say that. I don’t like you just for looks, I’m sure there’s a lot of wonderful things about you but I just…I really like baseball pants,” she finished lamely, her face flaming as she stared at her feet waiting for him to run away from her.

“Felicity,” a husky voice echoed through the corridor and her head snapped up. “You’re not the only one that wasn’t focused on the game.”

Her mouth dropped open and her heart beat double time in her chest. Oliver smiled and she swore right then was when her life started to really mean something.

He stepped forward, his hand outstretched. “This isn’t really how I wanted to do this but… hi I’m Oliver Queen.”

She placed her hand in his, his own warm hand engulfing hers.“Felicity…Smoak.”

“Well Felicity…what do you say. Will you go out to dinner with me? When you don’t have a head injury?”

The smiled that stretched across her face couldn’t have been any bigger, words escaped her so she settled on nodding. He beamed as he stepped closer, his arm slipping around her waist and they walked together toward the light of the field.

Two years and a lot of dates later Oliver took her out on the field and handed her a jersey. She unfolded it and her eyes immediately locked on the name on the back, Mrs. Queen. When she looked up it was to find Oliver down on one knee velvet box in hand.

“Felicity Smoak I love you and I-” He didn’t even get to finish before she flung herself into his arms with a cry of ‘yes’. They both fell backwards laughing but it was soon silenced as their lips found each others.

Their bubble was burst when the sounds of clapping filled the stadium and she looked over her shoulder to find the whole Rockets team whooping and hollering before breaking out in song. She smiled and turned back to Oliver allowing him to slip the ring on her finger.

“I hit a home run,” he whispered, his eyes roving her features as his hands came up to touch the spot she’d been hit all those years ago. She kissed his jaw as she lifted the jersey up and he helped her put in on, his fingers deftly buttoning up before pulling her into another kiss that left her breathless.

When he pulled back she wrapped her arms around his neck. “You can take me to a ballgame anytime.Just…buy me a helmet first” Laughing he picked her up and whirled her around before they the team descended on them offering their congratulations, the strains of 'Take Me Out To The Ball game’ never dying out.

It was the best night of her life… and for Oliver, well let’s just say he hit the biggest home run of his life and when he looked back over his career it was his favorite…and it didn’t even have anything to do with baseball.


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