Bellarke and 'being camera shy plus some unexpected hand holding' Thanks so much this + happy holidays!
The first time Bellamy Blake meets Clarke Griffin, he’s eleven and she’s seven and absolutely terrified of the mall Santa.
Bellamy’s been kind of worrying about the Santa thing, if he’s honest. O wanted to come to the mall to inform Santa he didn’t get her what she wanted last year, and tell him to do a better job this year. Which is not going to work, because their family doesn’t have any more money this year than last year. As a kid, Bellamy sort of got that Santa was never going to get him a pony, but Octavia thinks she deserves one, and if she doesn’t get one, she’s going to be an asshole in the coming year.
So, yeah. He’s possibly looking for some kind of distraction when he spots the girl alone in line, looking like she’s about to cry or bolt, he can’t decide which.
“Stay here, okay?” he tells Octavia, and goes over to the girl. “You okay?” he asks.
She startles, and then glares with fierce blue eyes. “I’m fine.”
“Yeah? So, you want to get your picture taken?”
“No,” she says, too quickly. “It’s weird. If I’m not supposed to talk to strangers, why would I sit in one’s lap and get my picture taken?”
“It’s not a stranger,” he says, trying not to smile. “It’s Santa.”
“Santa’s not real. Mom just wants the picture for her Christmas cards.”
“Where is your mom?”
“At work. My nanny’s supposed to be watching me, but her boyfriend works at the coffee shop so she said I could wait by myself.”
“Huh. Well, I’m here with my sister. You want to wait with us instead?”
“I don’t know you either,” she says.
“I’m Bellamy. My sister’s Octavia. She wants to tell Santa he’s a sham, so you guys should get along.”
“She thinks he’s real?”
“Honestly, I’m not sure. I think maybe she just wants to yell at someone.”