Eric x Reader
Fandom: Divergent Series
Character: Eric Coulter
Request: So I’d like to request an Eric Coulter oneshot where the reader is an Amity transfer and Peter is bothering her about the free love stuff and Eric overhears and says something to Peter (like he’s sticking up for her or something). And she shyly thanks him after Peter leaves and Eric just gives her a nod and a small smile that only she notices before he walks out of the training room and then she smiles to herself? I know it’s a pretty weird request but imagining that all in my head just makes me smile. Thank you so much:)
Requested by: lust-for-pan
Word Count: 898
Transferring from one faction to another is a huge decision. One that can make or break your family. The decision is hard for everyone and the results can be as easily shocking. No transfer shocked everyone more than your decision to go from Amity, the peaceful faction, to Dauntless, the brave faction. The complete opposite of your original faction. Your family was shocked, but true to their roots. They didn’t make a commotion about you leaving, on the contrary, they supported you. This was a huge help considering your new Dauntless family wouldn’t be as accepting.
The train ride to the Dauntless faction wasn’t too difficult. You had practiced running here and there in the fields in Amity. You weren’t the fastest, but you definitely weren’t the slowest. Jumping off the train was one of the scariest, yet most thrilling moments of your life. You knew at that moment you had made the right decision to transfer.
You were in the back of the line as people jumped to an unknown location to get accepted into Dauntless. The leader, Eric, intrigued you. You thought he was a bit intimidating yet handsome. You would glance at him from time to time, but he didn’t notice you until it was your turn to jump. Knowing you were form Amity, Eric didn’t think you would jump. The rest of the transfers agreed. But much to their surprise and his, you did. Once you landed on the net, and everyone asked for your name, you responded with. “ Y/N.” Everyone welcomed you.
Soon enough you settled in and had only made one acquaintance. A girl from Candor. You were too quiet to start a conversation with anyone and make more friends so you were happy she had approached you. Plus, your only friend would be an honest one. You were happy with that.
You hadn’t met everyone, yet. Until training started. That’s when you were introduced to everyone who was fighting to stay in Dauntless. That included the ever so ill-tempered Peter Hayes.
“ Hey, we got ourselves a brave little tree-hugger over here.” Peter said as he approached you along with a few other people. Wanting to not cause a scene, you quietly tried to walk away and avoid him, but he was faster and ended up wrapping his arm around your shoulder, keeping you in place. Still not wanting to cause a scene, you decided to wait it out. Maybe they wouldn’t bother you too much.
“ How does a free loving hippie as yourself end up here, huh?” Peter asked you, shaking you a bit. You contemplated your answer before you said it. “ W-Well I wanted to join the faction my instincts told me to join.” You quietly answered his question hoping he would finally leave you alone. You were wrong. It only made him want to mess with you more.
“ Instincts?! Ha! The only instincts you have are singing songs about nature and dancing over a fire while you have that idiotic smile on your face.” He laughed along with his friends. You weren’t sure how to respond. You weren’t in Amity anymore, but you were too early on in the transferring stage to forget what they taught you. You were taught to ignore the insults thrown your way and instead forgive your enemy and show them peace. But you wanted to prove you were part of Dauntless now. You just weren’t sure what to say.
“ And the only instincts you have are to be an asshole, right initiate.” A voice behind you commented. You all turned to the voice to see it was Eric. He was staring at Peter with narrowed eyes waiting on an answer. Peter looked at him unamused and sighed,” Right.” He hesitantly began to walk away with his little group when Eric spoke up once more. “ Initiate. You cause another stunt like that and you’re out. I don’t accept any attention seekers here in Dauntless.” He warned him. Peter only looked back at him and walked away muttering a few incoherences under his breath. Rest assured he wouldn’t bother you again. At least not under Eric’s watch.
You stood there not knowing how to thank Eric. He intimidated you a bit, still, but after he stood up for you, you knew deep inside he was kind. Even if it was hidden very well.
“ Thank you.” You shyly thanked Eric. You looked up at him noticing he was already staring at you with a blank face. You stared at him waiting for his response. The whole time he had been analyzing you. Trying to figure you out. You had been so quiet and standoffish all this time. You were a mystery to him. A mystery he wanted to solve.
The corner of his lips pulled up into a small smile as he nodded at you. You were a bit shocked seeing a happy emotion show on his face, but nevertheless you were happy to be the only one to get that emotion out of him.
Soon after he walked away and you stood there smiling to yourself. Looking around you noticed no one else had seen or acknowledged the interaction you and Eric had just had. This made you smile even more. The moment you two just had was just yours and his. No one else’s.
Who knew you two would have more moments like these…
hope you liked it! :)
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