Okay, okay, hear me out. Remember the Reaper part in the Christmas comic where he stands alone in an alley looking at families. What if he was looking beyond the families to a certain person, waiting to go and approach them (he tried to do so for years, but just ended up watching them in the shadows, making sure they're fine). They don't know he's alive, Reaper is scared to face the terrified faces they'd put when seeing him now, to see what he has become. What would happen? Hcs are just fine :D
Just walk over.
Reaper shook his head, willing his feet to move.
Just go. What are you waiting for?
He cursed the voice in his head, his hands clenching in his pockets. He had been watching you for so long. All he wanted was to pull you against him, kiss you and apologize for making you be alone for so long.
But he couldn’t.
He was a monster; he wasn’t the man you knew and loved. He wasn’t the man you fell in love with. And that broke his already shattered heart.
He loved you more than anything in the world. You were the only thing that made him feel human any more. You were the only thing holding him to the world.
Deep down, he knew that you would still love him. That’s what he wanted to think, of course.
But how would he know if he didn’t approach you?
Would you recoil in fear when you saw him? In disgust? In anger?
He took a deep breath as you walked past the dark alley he was standing in. You didn’t seem aware of his presence. He frowned as he saw the look on your face.
You looked so heartbroken.
He carefully followed behind you, staying a bit back so he still had time to retreat if you happened to see him. You turned a corner down a deserted street, allowing the tears to flow down your cheeks. You collapsed against a wall and cried into your gloved hands, shaking slightly.
He wanted to go over and comfort you, to find out what was wrong, to find out why you were crying so hard. But he stood frozen in place at the end of the street, staring at you. You glanced up and saw him, which caused you to stand quickly and wipe the tears from your face.
“I-I’m sorry.” You said quickly. “I didn’t realize anyone else was here..”
He stood and blinked for a moment before coming back to reality. “I-It’s fine.” He said gruffly, quietly. “Are you okay?”
You nodded, staring at the ground. “I-I’ll be fine. I just… don’t care too much for the holidays anymore.”
“Why is that?” He asked, not moving closer.
“I.. I lost my boyfriend a little while back.” You murmured. “He was the love of my life and I miss him every day.” You looked up at him. “The holidays just aren’t the same without him.”
“I see.” Was all he said as he turned away. “As long as you’re going to be okay from now on.”
“I’ll be fine.” You said softly. “Sorry for startling you.” You turned and started to walk to the end of the street.
“Y/N.” He called softly, causing you to turn and look back at him.
“Do I.. Do I know you..?” You asked, frowning.”
“…No.” He said and walked away. “Not anymore.”