damn you shaun

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Inadvertently, Ratonhnhaké:ton’s gaze shifted towards you, much like it always did when you were near. It was strange, the feelings you evoked. He never felt as soothed as he did while in your presence, but at the same time, he never felt as scared. His heart would beat a little faster, his hands would twist nervously together, his eyes would follow every movement, a brilliant blush would litter his cheeks, and his feet would shuffle. 

It was this strange sensation, like he couldn’t speak for fear of messing everything up, yet he longed to speak of everything, of anything. Had it not been for Kanen’tó:kon’s throat clear suddenly, he was quite sure he would’ve watched you all day. It was harder than he cared to admit to tear his eyes away from the enrapturing scene, but he forced himself to pay attention to his friend, heat creeping up his neck at the knowing look.

“She is good with them.” Kanen’tó:kon nodded his head in your direction, observing as a few of the younger children laughed at your actions, playful shouts of delight when you chased them. A small smile tugged at Connor’s lips, his head bobbing up and down as his eyes moved back towards you. He wished it could stay like that, knowing that the loud laughter bubbling from your throat would soon be replaced with shouts. The hands that lifted the children and spun them around would soon be replaced with the blood of your enemies. He sighed. That was just how the life of an Assassin was. 

“Is something wrong?” His friend asked, slightly confused by the change in demeanor. Just a moment ago, Ratonhnhaké:ton was mirroring the expression of a lovesick puppy, only now, he held a sort of grim acceptance on his features.

“Nothing,” Connor whispered, an unfamiliar weight resting on his shoulders once again. If Kanen’tó:kon didn’t know Connor as well as he did, he might’ve been oblivious to his emotions. Unfortunately for Connor, he did know him well enough to notice the shift in his expression. He was clearly troubled. And, Kanen’tó:kon’s gaze swept back towards you, it more than likely had something to do with the unresolved feelings he had for you. 

It had been quite surprising when Ratonhnhaké:ton had brought you to the village, arousing suspicion in his friend from the very start. Watching the way the two of you interacted and looked to one another when you thought the other wasn’t aware made it all the more obvious, specifically on Connor’s side. The man really was clueless when it came to such emotions. Kanen’tó:kon knew that he’d finally found a way to get back at Connor for his endless teasing as a child, but he just had to wait for the right moment. And it was definitely the right moment. A smirk bloomed on his face, mischief practically oozing from his expression.

“I am happy for you, Ratonhnhaké:ton.” He said, laughing to himself when Connor’s face morphed from that of confusion into a full on blush.

“I do not know what you speak of.” Connor grumbled, dropping his head to the ground in an attempt to stave off the heat coloring his cheeks.

“You do, but she does not.” Kanen’tó:kon argued, tilting his head in your direction. “Go on then, tell her.” Connor was shifting from foot to foot, clearly uncomfortable. His face was violently red, painstakingly obvious despite his best efforts.

“Tell her what?” Connor asked innocently, voice not nearly as even as normal.

“How you feel,” he prompted, hand gesturing towards your body. He muttered inaudibly under his breath, something that Kanen’tó:kon didn’t have to hear to know it was a denial. Honestly, that man could be so stubborn sometimes. At least his teasing would help him!

“Then when will you tell her how you feel?” All hints of playfulness all but vanished, leaving something much heavier in the air around the two friends. Though the embarrassment was still present, Connor seemed to accept the nature of the conversation.

“Soon,” he vowed, looking back towards you. Your eyes caught his, a smile pulling at your lips. He couldn’t help but return it. He was in way too deep but, when you smiled at him, he couldn’t care less.

‘Too clever - that’s Morse’s trouble!’
Colin Dexter, The Remorseful Day
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A/N: There’s only the combo drabbles left. So those will be up soon enough! As for the one-shot native-snowflake I apologize! D: I really thought I’d be able to finish it today! I promise it’ll be up tomorrow! And due to an earlier mishap, there’s two for #46. My apologies!

41. (Thomas Hickey)

“I do-” His confusion was cut off by your lips pushing roughly against his own, both legs coming up to rest on the wooden chair so you could properly straddle him. He paused for a beat, overcome with confusion and amusement, before returning the kiss. His large hands rose, pulling you closer by the back of your thighs as his tongue left a trail of desire on your lips. You couldn’t stop yourself from moaning, body jerking as he pushed up to get closer. 

You were too lost in the feel of his hands and his mouth moving in tandem, your mind addled from the lust. It wasn’t supposed to be this intimate and exploratory, but damn it all, it felt too good. Using the last bit of strength, you pulled away from him, almost giving back in when his lips chased yours like a thirsty man desperate for water. 

“Now, I didn’t say I wasn’t enjoying it, but what the ‘ell was that?” A breathy laugh left your lips, your racing heart beginning to return to normal.

“A distraction,” you whispered lowly, his darkened gaze following your movements as you attempted to slide off his lap. He caught you in a strong grip, keeping you above him.

“Ah, don’t tell me you’re just goin’ ta leave me aftah that.”

42. (Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad)

Had you not felt the wet trail a single, bold tear left as it slid leisurely down your face, you might’ve believed you were numb. Your head rested heavily on your knees, both arms wrapped tightly around your legs. It wasn’t often you allowed yourself to cry, but when you did, there was always a damn good reason. And today, sadly, was no exception. You closed your eyes against the whirlwind of emotion, wishing for nothing more than it all to just leave you alone. But no, you sighed, the sound of footsteps drawing closer, you couldn’t just be left alone.

“(Y/N).” Altaïr sounded unsure and scared, reminding you of a child.

“Yes?” You croaked, cursing yourself when your voice cracked. The air was heavy with confusion, Altaïr approaching you not unlike how one might approach a timid animal.

“I didn’t mean it.” He whispered, knowing he’d messed up. A ghost of a smile graced your lips, eyes once again opening to observe the man behind you. He was worried; hood down, hands fumbling, eyes shining, and lips pressed together. “Please don’t cry. It hurts me when you cry.”

43. (Desmond Miles)

“I told you this was the wrong way.” Desmond grumbled, his hand tugging you back towards the street you’d just come from. Despite the annoyance in his tone, he still had a smile on his face, his golden eyes completely focused on you.

“Yeah, yeah,” you laughed, rolling your eyes. “Let’s just hope this is the right way then.” You replied, a hint of teasing in your voice. He noticed it, a brilliant chuckle bubbling up his throat.

“Oh, it’s going to be the right way.” He stated firmly, the hand interlaced with your own jerking you into his chest. He dropped it, instead choosing to rest both hands on your hips. “And if it’s not,” he began, leaning down closer to your lips, “then we’ll just try another.” You managed a small smile before he closed the distance, his eyelids fluttering closed and his lips meeting yours sweetly.

44. (Connor)

You weren’t entirely sure how you’d ended up this way, but you weren’t complaining in the least. Connor’s hands were spread out along your ass, pushing you closer to him, his tongue laving at the bare skin of your neck. Your legs were locked behind Connor’s waist, head thrown back and hips surging forward in the need for sweet, sweet friction. Breathy moans were escaping your mouth, both hands tangled in his dark hair. 

Despite his obvious enjoyment of the situation, something was on his mind. Something that you were almost sure you knew. Every time a groan of  “Connor” managed to tumble from your lips, he seemed to stumble. It wasn’t that he didn’t love this, he just wanted to hear his name roll off your tongue in ecstasy; his real name. So you delivered.

“Ratonhnhaké:ton.” Your voice was breathy and laced with desire. The brown eyes that you’d spent so long gazing into were swallowed by a sea of black, disappearing in the light of pleasure. “Ratonhnhaké:ton,” you echoed, sure to grind against him at the same time. A low growl was torn from his throat, his words dark and voice husky as he leaned forward.

“If you keep that up, we’re not making it to a bedroom.” A slow smirk formed on your face, his own mirroring yours with absolute wickedness.


45. (Shaun Hastings)

Normally you’d understand Shaun’s diligence when it came to his work, but it had been weeks since there had been any word on Abstergo and peace seemed to finally be here, if only for a bit. Unfortunately, Shaun saw that as all the more reason to work. It was frustrating you to no end, your head resting on top of your fists as you looked up to him with narrowed eyes. Honestly, it wasn’t like you were asking for a whole lot. You just wanted to spend a little bit of time with him away from the whole Templar/Assassin ordeal.

“I know what you’re thinking so just stop.” He grumbled, fingers moving along the keys gracefully without missing a beat. He could be so damn stubborn sometimes. You watched silently for a moment, the insistent sound of tapping as Shaun typed filled the void, almost taunting you to think of someway to get him out of there. And think of a way you did. Biting down on your lip, you suppressed a smile. 

Schooling your expression into one of absolute innocence, you looked up at him, eyes wider than usual and sunlight shining off them like a beacon. Shaun wasn’t able to stop himself from looking, trying to figure out how he’d gotten you to be quite so suddenly. He pulled his gaze away just as quickly, trying his damndest to avoid your look. 

“Don’t you dare give me puppy dog eyes.” He bit out, resolve wavering as his fingers slowed their pace. You smiled, already knowing that you won this round.

46. (Charles Vane)

“You alright?” Vane asked, his head tilted towards you. He couldn’t see much, the sun far too bright, but from what he could see, you didn’t look to be doing too well.

“Just keep moving.” You ground out, a palm pressing roughly into your side. That had been one hell of a fight, but you’d come out more or less unscathed. As for the others, well, they wouldn’t be bothering anyone else anytime soon. You couldn’t help but chuckle darkly, the action sending jolts of pain down your spine.

“That wasn’t what I asked.” He grabbed a hold of your arm, stopping you in your shaky steps. Despite the pressure of his grip, it wasn’t painful. In fact, his touch was quite comforting.

“I’m fine.” You whispered. “But we need to get out of here.” Maybe it was the ache laced in your tone or the urgency of your voice, but he dropped the topic, however reluctantly.

“I bloody well know that.” He grumbled, walking ahead of you. You smiled at the tense muscles in his back. Even if he didn’t admit it, he was worried about you, and that was something you’d never let go of.

46. (Benjamin Hornigold)

The silence was deafening, your head cast down as Hornigold looked to you expectantly. He’d just finished some lecture on how “just” the Templar cause was but you didn’t want to hear what he had to say, too angered by his actions. Why had he betrayed you?

“Will you join me?” He questioned quietly, the smallest twinge of regret in his voice. His hand reached up for you, stopping and dropping once again when he realized it might not be welcome.

“I hate you.” There was no malice in your tone, just you stating a simple, true fact. You thought you loved the man oh so long ago, but you could never think that now. You couldn’t even look at him.

“That wasn’t what I asked.” His voice was barely audible above the sounds of waves crashing against the shore outside. Your eyes slipped shut in a shoddy attempt to stave off the inevitable pain.

“I will never join you and I will never forgive me.” You didn’t need to look up to know he had dropped his head, hand going to his blade. You were a threat, one that he needed to take care of. Only, you weren’t a threat, not to him. But you had too much pride to tell him that. You held your tongue, waiting for death to drag you down in its tight grip, a tear slipping from your eye no matter how hard you tried to hold it in. You never thought it would end like this.

47. (Haytham Kenway)

You were careful to avoid any particularly small branches, knowing that should you hit one, he’d be more than aware of your presence. No, you couldn’t have that, so you continued forward, leaping gracefully to another, studier branch. You’d been following Haytham for a little under an hour, his deep blue cloak almost seeming natural against the solid white snow now. Just a few more minutes and you could strike; you could end this. A smirk tugged at the corner of your lips, nearly losing your balance in your cockiness of the moment. 

So long as the cold winds were at your back, you were not out of the water yet. But, you were considerably closer to shore. Excitement twinkled in your eyes as Haytham stood exactly where you needed him to, your feet pushing you off the branch and towards him with a little more force than intended. A second of biting winds and you were on him, your hands pinning his arms on either side. For a full moment there was nothing but silence, his gray eyes betraying nothing as you stared into them. Ever slowly, your expression melted, a smile taking its place. His soon followed, adoration in his gaze.

“(Y/N),” he greeted, still sounding eloquent despite the fact that he was pinned beneath you.

“Haytham,” you breathed, wondering what it was he wanted. He’d left you a letter a few days ago, stating that he wished to speak with you. “What is it you wanted?”

“I think you know exactly what I want.” He growled huskily, eyes raking down your figure. You shivered, though it wasn’t entirely from the cold. You may have caught the Grand Master off guard, but he was the one that really surprised you.

48. (Jacob Frye)

Ever since you’d returned from America, Jacob had been acting different. You hadn’t been gone for very long, but the Brotherhood found it fitting that you spend a little more time amongst those who might be a better influence. Granted, Jacob and Evie weren’t necessarily bad, but you’d definitely gotten a little more aggressive since meeting the twins. You couldn’t complain too much, you’d only been gone for a few months. Not to mention, the trip wasn’t all that terrible. But from the day you returned to this very moment, Jacob had barely left your side. There were times when Evie needed to, quite literally, drag him away from you. Finally fed up with his incessant following, you turned to him with blazing eyes.

“What the hell is your problem? You’ve been following me like a lost puppy!” Immediately after your outburst, you felt a twinge of guilt. He looked so hurt, his head dropping in something akin to shame. He may have been annoying you the last couple of weeks, but that certainly didn’t give you a right to hurt him. He muttered something inaudible under his breath, top hot obscuring your view of him. “What?” You asked much quieter than last time, taking a step closer to the Englishman. A swallow worked its way down your throat when he looked to you, a strange look in his eye.

“I said,” he paused, sighing. “I missed you.” His stare caught yours, seriousness conveying in it. “I need you. I need you so bloody much.”

49. (Ezio Auditore)

Each breath sent a stab to your abdomen, the impending doom that had been looming above you for a while now, finally caving in. You weren’t going to last much longer. No matter how hard the doctor tried and no matter how hard Ezio begged, you were going to die. The thought made itself apparent in every scrape and bruise on your body. Time was dwindling with each passing second, the end presenting itself to you in the form of a bloodied sword and a scarlet stomach. The hand squeezing your own was pulling you from the embrace of death, steadfastly ignoring the beckoning of darkness. It was boldly keeping you from your own demise, guiding you back towards Earth. Only, despite its best efforts, it was only delaying the inevitable.

“Amore mio,” Ezio whispered, voice gravelly with emotion. His teeth were clenched, a clear effort to hold back his tears, to accept your fate. “I don’t ever want to live without you. Please, bella, please don’t do this to me.”

“Ezio.” His name came out like a sob, your body shaking in fear. You didn’t want to leave him, you wanted to stay. You weren’t ready to die. Your head fell limply in his directions, eyes attempting to memorize every detail of his face; from his brown orbs to the scar running through his lip, you wanted to remember it all. Your unoccupied hand reached out for his cheek, hoping to rub it along his familiar features one last time. The hope was snuffed out as your hand fell back to the ground, your eyes shutting out the world. With one last painful breath, everything disappeared. You weren’t there to hear his shouts, his cries, his pleas, his screams. You weren’t there to see his world shatter around him. And you sure as hell weren’t there to see him break.

50. (Ezio Auditore)

It was an accident, nothing more. One that most definitely could have been avoided, but an accident nonetheless. However, Ezio did not see it that way. He saw it as you being incompetent, perhaps even foolish, for attempting what you did. How were you supposed to know that there would be that many guards at a church? Honestly, what is with these people? It’s a church! There isn’t supposed to be enough guards to create a small army! Paranoia seemed to run deep in your enemies, some of them even going as far as refusing to leave their homes entirely. But bringing an army to a church was a little ridiculous. Besides, you were just using an opportunity presented to you, something that Ezio had taught you was important in your line of work. Unfortunately, that particular point doesn’t seem to extend to you trying to take out a leader of the Templar Order.

“Do you have any idea what could have happened, sciocca ragazza?” His voice was sharp, no humor present like usual. “Cosa diavolo stavi pensando?”

“It wasn’t that big-”

“Non era un grosso problema?” He laughed curtly. “It was foolish.”

“Ezio…” You tried, dropping your head to the ground. He may be mad, but he always had a weak spot for upsetting you. The guilt would just eat away at him until he caved and apologized. A few seconds ticked by, your eyes trained on the colorful carpet beneath. Just a few more minutes and…

“Mi dispiace, (Y/N).” He sighed heavily, his hand beneath your chin so you were forced to look into his eyes. “Just please,” he paused, adding to the effect of his tone, “Don’t ever do that again.” You nodded, smiling softly at him.


Second Chances

Haytham Kenway x Reader

A/N: Oh my gosh, this fic XD I don’t even know. Like honestly, I just chose one of the ones that I started writing at random and finished it. I probably should’ve went with the Jacob one but here we are. XD

Time was nothing more than an endless void, every sound, every movement, every smell, everything, nothing more than an annoyance. Nothing seemed to be allowing you to rest, your eyes snapping open at the uncomfortableness. Instead of the grimy, dark walls you’d gotten accustomed to, a brilliant light assaulted your eyes. You were expecting the constant drip of rainwater seeping through a leak in the roof, instead hearing the soft clatter of porcelain being placed back onto a wooden table. 

The man in front of you was wearing a soft smile, hands clasped elegantly behind his deep blue cloak. Had you not known who he was, you might’ve thought he was friendly. Alas, you did know him. Even if a thousand years passed, you’d recognize those grey eyes anywhere. They were boring into you, looking past your physical appearance and into your very soul. Like the clouds on a stormy day, they were bringing you nothing but gloom, your curiosity turning into a scowl.

“Haytham.” You all but growled, casting your eyes away from his familiar form.

“(Y/N).” He greeted you not unlike how one would an old friend, something that grated on your nerves. How could he do that? He was not your friend. A few moments ticked by, the air filled with heavy silence. You were much too busy with your anger to pay him any heed, your thoughts only fueling the fire. “I believe a show of gratitude would be nice.” You couldn’t stop the curt chuckle that left your lips, your fiery eyes zeroing back in on him.

“A show of gratitude? For what?” You taunted, arms crossing across your chest in a show of annoyance. And annoyed you were.

“Saving your life.” He stated, accent as immaculate as ever.

“Oh, I’m sorry.” You said mockingly, your legs and arms dropping down in a sloppy curtsy. “My greatest thanks, Haytham. You saved my life just so you could take it instead.” You spat, glaring at him. You no longer saw the grey eyes that continued to haunt your dreams, your eyes only seeing red.

“I am not going to take your life.” He was as patient as ever, looking for all the world like your anger didn’t bother him the slightest. And didn’t that just piss you off. You took two steps at a time, grinding your teeth together. You wanted to hurt him, to hit him, to… kiss him? Your steps faltered momentarily, your mind berating itself for THAT particular thought. To stave off the strange feelings plaguing you, you jabbed one finger into his sturdy chest.

“If you’re not going to kill me, let me go.” You ground out, pushing clenching one hand to restrain yourself from punching him.

“I will,” he paused, smiling ever so gently. “Once I am assured that you won’t run off and get yourself killed anyways.”

“Let me go.” You stated again. Haytham’s eyes flashed, an obvious sign of his patience wearing thin.

“If you wa-”

“Let. Me. Go.” You practically shouted, wanting nothing more than to return to your home. You’d been gone for so long, captured by a regiment of bloodthirsty redcoats. Had Haytham not taken you away, you had no doubt that you would be dead. But you weren’t going to give him the satisfaction of that. Not after the years that he’d sat there and lied to you. You joined the Brotherhood, you’d taken the oath, and you trained every day. Even with all of that, you still were too blinded by your feelings for Haytham to realize that he was the enemy. He wasn’t who he said he was and your damn heart wouldn’t let you see what your mind was telling you the whole time; Haytham wasn’t your friend and he sure as hell wasn’t your lover. He was manipulating you and you let him. You’d rather die than let him do it again.

“No,” he whispered harshly, pushing your back forcefully against the wall as his body loomed ominously above your own. You were trapped between the wall and him, your mind cursing you for your lapse in concentration.

“Then kill me.” You yelled, shoving at his chest. He caught your hands, forcing you back even closer to the wall than before. Even with you pressed up against the wall, there was only an inch between you and Haytham.

“No,” he repeated, grey eyes shining with a foreign emotion. He didn’t seem angry, instead almost… sad? Why would he be sad? A soft finger traced your jaw, gaze intently following the movements. You didn’t breathe, too shocked by the change of emotion. “I will never hurt you.” He spoke so quietly, you weren’t even sure he said it, his actions betraying nothing.

“Haytham,” you breathed, wishing that you’d push away, flee, do something other than watch him. But you couldn’t, his expression alone pinning you to the spot. He was so hesitant, so unsure, so unlike himself. Before you could question it, he dropped his head into the crook of your neck, his arms coming around your waist to hold you against him. Hot breath caressed your bare skin, the feel of his eyelashes fluttering closed against you almost too much to bear.

“I missed you.” He whispered, his voice so fragile. You could feel the anger drain out of you, being replaced with something much sweeter as your arms wrapped around his neck, one hand running through his hair beneath his hat.

“Why are you doing this?” You questioned aloud, not really meaning to ask him. You were asking yourself. However, he answered.

“Because it hurt too much leaving you the first time, I’m not going to do it again.” Each syllable rolled off his tongue smoothly, his accent like music to your ears.

“And I’m just to trust you?” A strange sensation skittered down your spine at his gentle laughter, his hold temporarily tightening around you.

“Even if I were to say yes, we both know you wouldn’t believe me.” Your lips twitched up in a smile. He was absolutely right. You’d come much too far to trust him without question. Hell, you probably wouldn’t trust him even with question. But you’d also come much too far to deny anyone a second chance. If Achilles had allowed you to return to the Brotherhood after everything with Haytham, why shouldn’t you allow Haytham to redeem himself? After all, the only thing at stake was your heart, and that seemed to annoy you most of the time anyways.