About: Jesse was intrigued by the rumors of an injured boy to become a new agent of Overwatch. What he didn’t know was how much that boy would affect him.
“’What’s it feel like then?’ Jesse asked.
‘Intense,’ he wrote before scribbling it out and writing, ‘Inhuman. I hate it. I hate all of this.’ This wasn’t so much as a surprise to Jesse as he’s had many friends become more cynical when stressed, but it made him wonder. What was Genji like before any of this happened? Was he happy? Jesse figured that he probably was and pictured Genji’s face from when he was laughing before. Jesse made it his goal for Genji to be able to laugh like that all the time.”
A/N: I wrote this from like 12 to 4 am, so it’s probably not as good of quality as the last chapter, but it gets better I promise. Chapter 3 is already almost done, so stick around. I’ve only slept two hours out of the past 34 hours and all I had to eat yesterday was a cornbread muffin and three McDonald’s french fries lol. It’s better today, so I’m working on that next chapter. The tone in this chapter is kind of all over the place, don’t worry about it.
Another day and there was nothing on the schedule. All agents were informed that they had a day off, but with the local Shimada clan being on edge, they were advised not to go into the city. Under no circumstances could the Shimada clan know that Overwatch was in Hanamura. That said, Jesse had no intention on going out at all anyway. Not when he had someone to apologize to.
Going from the cafeteria to the medical ward, Jesse made his way down corridors and through doors until he reached his destination. He breathed in then out before opening the door. There he saw Genji with Dr. Ziegler, apparently discussing something, but she stopped talking as she noticed Jesse walk in. She smiled at him. Genji waved.
“I’ll leave you two to talk,” Dr. Ziegler said as she walked to the door and out of the room. McCree awkwardly walked over to the bed.
Now in the daylight, he could see the reality of the situation. All of Genji’s bandages were replaced so there was no blood, but there were stitches on every fleshy part left of Genji’s body. Everything else was a sleek silver metal. It covered his lower torso, shoulders, upper chest, and neck like oil on water. Smooth and flat. Genji was no longer strapped to the bed, but he looked like he was more on edge than before. The visible parts of his torso were colored like a painting with bruises.
“How ya doin’?” McCree asked tentatively, still inspecting Genji. He could his face growing warm, thinking about how everything that happened the day before was his fault. He could feel the boy’s eyes on his skin as if he was being put up for trial.
Genji quickly scribbled down, “Don’t look at me.”
“Uh okay sure thing,” Jesse stammered, looking down at his feet before getting to the point of coming here. “I just wanted to say that I’m sorry for what happened yesterday. I didn’t meanta freak you out or anything.”
Genji wrote again. “Yeah I heard you blubbering to Dr. Ziegler yesterday. She said it was a severe stress induced panic attack.” Genji pushed it to the end of the bed where it would be in Jesse’s view. If Jesse didn’t feel embarrassed enough before, he did now. Was the boy getting enjoyment out of embarrassing him?
“Well, that’s all I came here for, so I guess I’ll be on my way,” he said and turned quickly, walking away.
There was no time for Genji to write anything to him, and the man was moving fast out of the room. Genji looked around for a way to get his attention, but couldn’t see anything. He wrote, “come back!” on the board before swiftly throwing it at him and hitting him in the head. The force knocked Jesse’s hat off and made him stumble a bit, making Genji cover his mouth with his hands in shock. He certainly did not mean to throw it that hard.
Jesse was bewildered. There’s no way that boy could have thrown anything in his state that far with such strength, and yet his hat was laying on the floor in front of him, his hands were gripping at the new bruise on the back of his head, and there was a whiteboard with the words “come back!” written on it behind him.
“Dear lord, did you do that?” he asked in amazement. He looked back to the boy in the hospital bed who was now silently snickering with both hands still over his mouth. Jesse could see his cheeks raised and the laughter lines appear around his eyes. At first he was slightly perturbed, but seeing him laugh so carefree… It made him feel proud almost. The little trouble-maker. He chuckled a bit himself before walking back to the bed, sitting on the edge, and handing the whiteboard back.
“Well if I had known you wanted me that bad, I’d’ve stayed longer, darlin’,” Jesse flirted, tone light and cheery after making someone he thought surely hated him laugh. After taking some time to try to figure out what “I’d’ve” meant, he realized that Jesse was flirting with him! This time, it was the boy’s turn to turn red. Genji had flirted with plenty of people before, but he’s never had someone come on to him, it was always the other way around. Especially so forward like that, surely the practice was American. And especially when he looked the way he did. Jesse must be a fool.
Genji wrote on the newly returned board, “Please don’t look at me.”
“I don’t get it, why not?” Jesse asked, purely curious, but looked away anyway. Genji wrote on the board once more.
“I’m disgusting,” written in small letters. That was a shock to Jesse. Surely he didn’t really think so, and even if he did, why would he tell him something so personal so soon after meeting? I guess the only other person he had to talk to was Mercy, and he couldn’t tell her what he really thought because she was the one doing it to him and she was only doing what had to be done to keep him alive. And since he’s joined Overwatch, he doesn’t know anyone else here, so Jesse was really his only friend.
“What? Why do you think that?” Genji snatched the board and began again.
“Do you not see me? I’m not even human anymore. Everything feels different, like it’s not real.” Jesse read the words slowly, then over again to try to really get the meaning, but he just couldn’t relate.
“You seem fine enough to me,” Jesse said. This time, Genji leaned forward and shifted around on his bed so that he was turned all the way around, careful not to accidently disconnect any wires or tubes or anything.
“I can’t see it, but I can feel it’s different,” Genji wrote and slid it back to Jesse. He was right. Jesse looked over the sheets of metal plated on Genji’s back. They were stacked and trailed down his spine. Jesse had the urge to touch them. He reached out his hand and slowly ran a finger down one plate before he stopped when Genji jumped and stiffened.
“Can you feel that?” Jesse asked. Genji nodded.
“Do ya want me to stop?” he asked. Genji paused a moment before nodding. Jesse gently retracted his hand.
“Sorry,” Jesse muttered, slightly embarrassed again from doing something so awkward. Genji turned back around and settled back into the bed. He wrote on the board.
“There’s something else.”
Jesse remained quiet while Genji slowly removed the sheets covering his legs. Other than the heavy bruises and multiple cuts scattered around his legs, they seemed fine until Genji grabbed on to his leg a twisted to where Jesse could see the underside. There was a horrid straight gash down the back of his leg like a river of red. The wound was stitched, but it didn’t keep Jesse from gasping.
“What happened here? Genji, what is this?” he demanded. Genji was caught off guard by first and sudden use of his name. Genji looked at the cowboy as if to say “be patient” and starting writing.
“They replaced the bone here with something stronger, the cybernetics,” he wrote. He erased before continuing, “It’s like this in multiple places. I’ve lost some feeling in a lot of those places.” Jesse felt like this was personal and was a little honored that Genji trusted him like this.
Genji wrote more, “There is feeling on the metal though. I don’t understand how it works, but it doesn’t feel like normal touch.”
“What’s it feel like then?” Jesse asked.
“Intense,” he wrote before scribbling it out and writing, “Inhuman. I hate it. I hate all of this.” This wasn’t so much as a surprise to Jesse as he’s had many friends become more cynical when stressed, but it made him wonder. What was Genji like before any of this happened? Was he happy? Jesse figured that he probably was and pictured Genji’s face from when he was laughing before. Jesse made it his goal for Genji to be able to laugh like that all the time.
They talked on about simple things for about an hour. Genji would sometimes stop in the middle of a conversation and stare at his wounds or touch the metal plating on his body for a minute before continuing. Jesse was patient and tried not to stare. Once or twice Jesse was able to get him to laugh. That made it a lot more difficult not to stare, and he found himself looking despite himself. Genji was so pretty, it confused Jesse why he couldn’t see it.
At that moment, Dr. Ziegler walked into the room, interrupting Jesse’s thoughts.
“Genji, I have some news for you,” she said pausing, looking at Jesse, “Is it okay if he is in here? This is pretty personal information.” Once again the green-haired boy took a moment to think. He nodded once.
“Okay, whatever you’re comfortable with. We are going to be finished with the rest of your cybernetic suit tomorrow morning,” she cheered. Jesse looked at Genji who smiled faintly and went back to frowning again.
“Not only that, but the voice box correction unit we installed should have healed enough for you to use by tomorrow,” she said. This time, Genji looked surprised, as if to say, “Really?”
Since it was around two o’clock by then, Jesse decided to go back to the cafeteria and have lunch. It was strange to him how quickly he became attached to the injured, green-haired boy, but he didn’t think too much on it. Instead he just ordered his meal and waited.
Genji was feeling tired finally after not sleeping for a few days so he asked Dr. Ziegler to tell McCree that he was going to rest and wait for tomorrow morning for the doctors to put the rest of the cybernetics together. He asked her to tell Jesse to come visit after then.
Jesse wasn’t happy about not being able to see Genji, but he understood that he needed to rest. When going to bed that night, he found that resting wasn’t easy when someone was occupying your mind the entire time. Genji found that out too.
Summary: In another life, what would have happened differently if Val had known Zendaya since the moment she was born? What if instead of Oakland, Zendaya grew up in Brooklyn? In the townhouse next to the recently migrated Chmerkovskiy’s no less.
The story of valdaya told in small snippets of time.
Author’s Note: This will basically be a timeline of drabbles starting from Claire being pregnant with Zendaya to either present day or the future (haven’t decided yet). This is just something I’d like to play with and hopefully y’all enjoy it. So without further ado, part one!:
So Natural Organic Restaurant & Market
Alright guys this is my parents restaurant. It’s a all natural/organic, black owned, and veteran owned restaurant in Harker Heights, Texas. So if y'all are in the Central Texas or just visiting Texas be sure to check us out! We cater to gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and paleo diets. If you have celiac disease you can feel comfortable enough to eat in our restaurant we have a strict cleaning protocol when a customer comes in and tells us they have celiac. Just some of the things we offer gluten free is our mac and cheese, cornbread muffins, pizza and any of our sandwiches you can get on gluten free bread! We make everything from scratch with the exception of our hamburger buns, rice tortillas, and gluten free tortillas. All of our salad dressing are vegan, and the base of most of our dressing is our homemade vegan mayo. We also provide juices and smoothies! Our smoothies have coconut sugar(which is low on the glycemic index) if you’re diabetic you can drink our smoothies and not worry about your blood sugar fluctuating. We try our best to accommodate everyone we can. With that being said we have vegan, gluten free, and paleo desserts! Picture #5 is our gluten free/vegan/paleo pecan pie! Picture #8 is our lemon vegan cheesecake!(best seller) We also try to support local as much as possible any beef you eat here is from our farmer out in Belton Dr.Baker. Our kombucha is straight out of Austin. Our honey is from Rogers which is great with people who has allergies! Take a teaspoon of local honey a day and it keeps the allergies away! My parents are also making history(especially my mom)! We are the first allnatural/organic in the area! Picture #1 is a screen shot of the website theculturetrips.com we were voted 10 of the best restaurants in bell county with only a year and half in business! Picture #2 is my parents at a local new station advertising the restaurant and some delicious food! Picture #3 is our chicken ceasar salad!(homemade gluten free croutons, organic chicken) Picture #4 and 5 is my mom the first black/Muslim women on the cover of Tex Appeal! Ok guys two more things we offer juice detoxes, and get fit meals, which are pre portioned and pre packaged meals! We offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. In closing if you guys have any questions about anything feel free to message me! Call the restaurant or just come and pay us a visit! Our number is 254-245-8571 and our address is 706 G Edwards Drive Harker Heights, Texas.
I know, I know, the idea of apples in chili probably seems strange, but this chili is amazing, and it’s an excellent way to get some fruit in your diet in a more unconventional way. (Plus, apples are fairly inexpensive as far as fruit goes, and you don’t need good ones for this recipe - cheap red apples will do. If you’re in the UK, I usually get the £1.50 6-pack of British apples at Tesco, and those work just fine for this.)
2 red apples, diced (don’t worry about peeling them, the peels soften as they cook)
1 medium yellow onion (or 1 cup frozen pre-chopped onion)
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed (I usually use butter beans, but cannelli beans or any other white beans work just as well)
2 cloves garlic, chopped (or ¼ tsp garlic powder)
2 tbsp butter
400 ml broth (chicken or vegetable, depending on if you want to keep it vegetarian)
½ cup plain yogurt (or sour cream)
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp thyme (optional)
chili powder to taste (I usually use 1-2 tbsp)
pepper to taste
shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in the onion and garlic and heat until the onion is a bit translucent.
2. Dump in the beans and apples, and add in the spices. Stir to coat.
3. Add in the broth - feel free to use less if you like your chili a bit on the thicker side. Stir in the yogurt.
4. Allow to simmer until the apples are soft. Depending on how small you diced your apples, the time for this will vary. It’s very hard to OVERcook this (the longer it cooks the more the flavors sort of come together), so really you could just throw a lid on the pot and go do something else while it cooks, so long as you don’t forget about it!
5. Serve with cheese sprinkled over the top, if desired.
Notes: I usually have enough leftovers of this to have another couple of bowls (but it depends how much you eat in one sitting, I suppose!). This goes really well with cornbread/corn muffins. Additionally, you could add in some chopped/shredded chicken or ground turkey if you’re not vegetarian and want to stretch it a bit farther.
Also, if you happen to have a crockpot, you can just dump everything except the cheese into the crockpot and let it all cook that way for a few hours. I’ve made it both ways. :)
Hi everyone! I’m so happy by the response I got for the first part of this little story. Thank you everyone for liking and reblogging it. Chapter 2 is done, but I’m not sure when chapter 3 will be ready. I forgot about MEA weekend (which means nothing to you other than my kids didn’t have school yesterday or today) plus an overnight at work last night and an author signing tonight! Yikes! I’ll get to it when I can.
Anyway, I hope you like this chapter and thanks again to @bravefsmoak for betaing it for me!
Felicity fell into her chair with a sigh. She had gotten to
work late which meant she’d had to go straight into a meeting which had lasted
for four hours. Thankfully, they’d had lunch brought in, but she was exhausted.
Plus, the whole time she was in there she couldn’t stop thinking about Harley.
She knew she was a little overprotective, but she couldn’t help it. He was her
baby and she’d left him with a virtual stranger that morning. A really beautiful stranger.
She’d been speechless when Oliver had brought Harley back to
her that morning. The man was gorgeous with all of his rippling muscles and
sleepy smile. Add in that scruff, those incredible blue eyes and Felicity’s
brain had short circuited. It had taken her far too long to even notice her dog
in his arms.