Imagine Me and You (I Do) — A Single Dad!Ashton AU
Summary: Ashton is a father to twin boys, a YouTube vlogger, and also your best friend. Rating: T Word Count: 4,858 A/N: This is the result of a series of text messages sent back and forth between Rachel and me. We’re kind of obsessed with Dadshton. I hope you like it, @gladsyoucame!!!
It’s 8:30 in the morning on a Saturday when Ashton decides it’s time to wake his boys up so they can start their day. He himself has been up since five, long since finished his daily routine of checking his schedule for the day, powering through some yoga and meditation, followed by a few miles’ jog on the treadmill.
His hair is still wet from the shower when he creeps up to Frankie’s room, pushing the door open to find the four-year-old tucked up beneath the blankets, eyelashes fanned out against his round cheeks as he snuffles softly in his sleep. Ashton walks over to the edge of the bed and sits down gently, leaning in to press a soft kiss to Frankie’s cheek.
“Frankie,” he whispers gently, nudging Frankie’s ear with his nose, “it’s time to wake up, Pal.”
Frankie grumbles tiredly, turning his head so he can bury it in the pillow.
He’s always been a light sleeper, and Ashton knows after all this time that if he doesn’t wake Frankie gently, he’ll be cranky all day.
“Gotta get up, Frank,” Ashton tries again, “I need you to help me make the pancakes.”
“Pancakes?” Comes the garbled reply, Frankie lifting his head to look at Ashton.
“Oh yeah,” Ashton grins, lifting Frankie from his sheets and cradling his slight frame against Ashton’s own. He knows Frankie’s getting too big for it, but he wants to hold onto his babies for as long as he can.
Alright, I finally watched episode 9. This is so good and fucked up on so many levels. But let’s talk about Fridget. Note this is a 4am rant xD First and foremost PRE WARNING IF I HEAR DISCOUNT ERICA ONE MORE TIME …
This is NO HATE OF ANY KIND. This is rational and logical thinking of this puzzled mess that is Wentworth. (AKA Franky’s love life apparently) Rumor has it, Libby Tanner was supposed to play the part of Erica, but she was pregnant at the time so she couldn’t. So the character Erica was sticking but it was a last minute thing. Why do you think the producers/writers approached Libby Tanner 2 years later to play Bridget? I highly doubt (since they waited and were keen on Libby) that they would throw/kick her off after 1 season. (So this is probably why people see so many similarities with Erica and Bridget) Wouldn’t make sense to go through so much trouble for one actor. And Libby is LITERALLY SLAYING THIS ROLE, and her character Bridget. ( I told ya I had a feeling Bridget would SLAY this ep)
This episode HAD TO be proof enough for all of you that Bridget and Franky’s relationship is far from just plain physical. Bridget Westfall and Erica Davidson are two completely different people. You can check out my 1st rant about it here;
Let’s get back to it, Bridget SLAYED (I’m sorry but she did, even if you don’t like Bridget (I don’t see how you couldn’t) but SHE IS THE ONLY CHARACTER ON THIS FRIKKEN SHOW THAT IS NOT REMOTELY INTIMIDATED by Fergurson. How she stands up to her head up and eye contact, no submission no fear. SHE SLAYS, PERIOD.
Next, she is such a professional it’s amazing. Her EMPATHY for the women. Something that her and Miss Davidson don’t really have in common. Bridget isn’t the one to push herself over the top with her career even if she thinks she isn’t fit for it (Erica) she is content with her position, and is improving herself on it. The sass and courage and ATTACK of Fergurson ;) that’s where some of Vera’s doubts start.
In the Library. Bridget whispering Jodi’s name…. Sweet Mother Of All that Is Holy…….. ‘Stops breathing wide eye, jaw dropped, tries not to hyperventilate’
First and foremost. Erica/Bridget x Franky
Franky DIDN’T STOP her chase on Erica. In my opinion, Franky had a huge crush /in love? With Erica. But Erica didn’t share the same debt of those feelings. Franky never stopped the flirting/sassy comments/slightly aggressive approach (blunt/direct) perhaps she thought Erica shared her feelings but was in denial of her sexuality. She tried so hard to open her and crack her. But like is said in my first rant. Erica chose the logical/rational solution = her fiancé. (Why do you think all those flashbacks with him were?) Whilst with Bridget. We see no back story (Not yet?) but Bridget obviously shares the attraction/MIND BLOWING chemistry and feelings towards Franky. Bridget and Franky connected on an emotional level-the session’s sure, but the key thing to any relationship is….? TRUST Something we hadn’t seen with Erica and Franky.
Another difference between Erica/Bridget x Franky. RESPECT Now, like I said Franky kept pushing and pushing until that kiss where Erica finally gave in. But what happened after that? Nothing Franky just seemed happy to gain her prize? And then Erica was written off (This is the show’s decision obviously, Libby returning for S3, so maybe this was just to get it, to start the session with something hot/forbidden to hook up viewers. If that rumor about the actors is true this could be the reason. Because if Erica had any potential to return wouldn’t they say anything? And Pete ships Fridget? ) With Bridget- When Franky tried flirting, obviously Bridget denied it or would look away ( ‘ Are you threatening me? Because you’re trying to intimidate me and I don’t like it… and don’t respect it) Franky INSTANTLY backs off. When she goes near the line Bridget warns her and she doesn’t push. Ep 8 Bridget doesn’t deny her attraction, obviously Franky is retaliating because she’s so hurt by Bridget’s rejection she instantly refers to sex ‘So you wanna fuck me?’ (That is all she knew, how to be close with someone and this part is sad rly ..) ‘I Can live with that’ (I am WILLING TO BE YOUR FUCK BUDDY/USE ME just as long as I can be close to you Bridget replies ‘I can’t ‘ (ofc cuz she DOESN’T want JUST that, she wants you as a WHOLE FRANKY ( If this was only physical Bridget wouldn’t Protect Franky at all/hide incriminating evidence)
Let’s get back to the library scene in ep 9. (RESPECT) The way she looked at Franky and smiled with such admiration. ‘I thought we weren’t doing this anymore’ (Sessions, flirting) And Bridget is being playful (Not therapist anymore so they can be a bit chill) ‘We can still talk’ FLIRTY GIDGET?!
(And then the whisper…. Just a second ‘gets a bucket of ice water and pours it over me’ Ok.. I’, calm now :D )
SHIT NOW GETS SERIOUS
Talking about Ferguson, Jodi. Franky wants to find out what is it and motions for Bridget to follow her behind the book shelves. Bridget being careful steps in. AAAAAAAAAAAAAND
DING DING DING DING FERGURSON IS BEHIND IT!
Franky smiles, checks to see if anyone is there and doesn’t waste any time,whispers ‘Do you miss me?’ (EHEM! THE INTENSE EYE CONTACT) Ah…. I know that smile… Franky gently caresses Bridget’s cheek…then lip (HAVE WE EVER SEEN FRANKY DOYLE DO THIS?! ’Wide eyes, shaking tries to find oxygen tank! )
The way Bridget MOVES HER HEAD and how Franky’s finger trailed her bottom lip, Bridget smirked ( …..THIS IS NOT SUPPOSE TO.. HFQOEIRHGONEOIR ‘Starts having a seizure faints…comes back to life after 2 hours o.o……………. WHAT AM I FEELING?!)BRIDGET HAD A SHAKY GASP OMFG!!!
Franky’s finger slowly trails down in the most tender way down Bridget’s chin, releasing her lip, but her fingers still gently resting on Bridget’s cheek …she’s still keeping her head down (This is the most intense/romantic thing ever….) Franky can’t stops staring at Bridget’s lips…she wants to kiss her, gently with her fingers she tilts Bridget’s head straight so they are nose to nose, (THIS WAS THE MOMENT OMG FEELS FEELS ‘Gets oxygen mask’)
‘I can’t’ ‘I know’ ‘Do this…’ ‘I know’ ‘I can’t’ ‘I know’(Franky is being playful but in a loving way, both are smiling like 2 little love birds! Bridget’s smile! The way Franky keeps her fingertips on Bridget’s chin and moves down her neck! Omg! ) Franky tried once more but Bridget didn’t budge. Her eyes still closed then she gets serious‘Not here, not yet’( Like more sternly ;) )
(yet…..YET!? OMFG ‘Has an immediate heart attack quickly tries to get a shocker to revive myself)
Franky has a happy smile but then COCKBLOCK (well in this case uh Clit Block? Idk the term sry xD ) Bridget turns serious again but steps away a bit…. ‘Oh fuck’ (OMG BRIDGET UR SUCH A SASSY LIONESS XD) And Franky reassures her ‘she didn’t see anything’ and she sighed. Bridget smile to reassure her, and she turns, straightens her jacket, smiles again and goes. Then Franky her happy smile there. I don’t think we’ve seen a more genuine smile from Franky ever! (Bridget panting…swearing….I think I need a cold shower now xD)
Bridget SLAYING THE SHIT OUT OF VERA, VERA OPEN YOUR GOD DAMN EYES.
WTF VERA Bridget doesn’t want Fletch wtf I’m sorry but has Hep C made you dumber?!
Omg She is STILL SASSY AF I LOVE HER! ;)‘THAT is rubbish’ (Notice Bridget cool and calm but when Fergurson showed the statement notice for the first time in EVER Bridget’s voice is slightly LOUDER ‘WHICH WAS NOTHING’) (……………she can shout at me any day of the week o///o)
Then notice how Bridget shook a bit/twitched? ‘ I’ll take that risk’ (YOU GO BABE!) Bridget DIDN’T WANT TO RESIGN SHE WANTED TO STAY DESPITE HOW THAT COULD DAMAGE HER CAREER/REPUTATION But when Fergurson mentioned ppl close to her/Franky’s parole)
Bridget still keeps her cool but when Fergurson leaves the room she can’t believe Vera! (And neither can the entire frikken FANDOM! )
‘Plant in his head’…. Vera… I think you need TO GET HIT BY A FUCKING
CONCRETE WALL WTF ?! OMG NO NEED TO BE SO MEAN VERA JUST WTF?!
How Franky ran up to Bridget, Gidget?! ‘What about my parole, I’m never getting out of here?! ‘( Bridget was HER ONLY ALLY, THE ONLY PERSON TO FRIKKEN BELIEVE IN HER AND THAT COULD HELP HER GET OUT OF THAT SHIT HOLE) I love how Bridget is calm and smiles ‘You’ll be alright…’ Franky sighed ‘I’m sorry’ (She sounded so broken…and small) and Bridget is confident ‘You did nothing wrong’and smiled (TO ME, THESE Words are that stick out the most.Bridget NEVER blamed Franky NEVER punished her ONLY WANTED WHAT’S BEST FOR HER AND TO HELP HER ‘You’re a good person Franky’ ‘The REAL YOU got lost’ ) (HOW CAN YOU SAY BRIDGET DOESN’T CARE FOR HER?! )
SHUT UP VERA, HOLD UR FUCKING HOARSE
Bridget sighs slightly frustrated at Vera, the way Franky looks at her! ‘I’ll be at your hearing, okey?’ Franky smiles and nods. At least this isn’t goodbye. Bridget will be there Bridget will stick by her! ‘Don’t worry’ Smile. I know that smile <3 THAT look they shared! (LOVE)
VERA SHUT THE FUCK UP
Bridget looked back at Franky for once last time. Bridget ran after her at the gate, and was HOLDING HERSELF BACK FROM CRYING, LOOK AT HER, HER EYES ARE GLASSY! I HAVE NEVER SEEN FRANKY BEHAVE LIKE THIS TOWARDS ANYONE ( EP 8 AND 9 FOR BRIDGET GLASSY EYES! ) BRIDGET SMILES REASSURING HER ONE LAST TIME. SLOW MOTION FRANKY GLASSY EYES TEARS. TELL HER BRIDGET! U SCREWED UP VERA ! U BETTER MAKE UP FOR IT NEXT WEEK! IF I HEAR ONE MORE REMARK ON BRIDGET WESTFALL! SHE IS LITERALLY THE BEST CHARACTER IN THIS FUCKED UP PRISON SHE IS AN ANGEL! SHE’S GOING TO THE PAROLE HEARING, SHE IS NEXT TO FERGURSON. DON’T WORRY FRANKY! BRIDGET WESTFALL AND ERICA DAVIDSON ARE 2 TOTALLY DIFFERENT PEOPLE AND IF THIS EPISODE DIDN’T CONVINCE YOU THEY ARE ENDGAME – HOT GIRL IN HOT CAR – THEN YOU NEED TO GET YOUR HEAD EXAMINED JUST LOOK AT THE WELL BUILD UP STORYLINE, NOTHING IS RUSHED NOTHING, EVERYTHING IS IN IT’S PLACE. Bridget BROKE Franky, and was repairing her damaged soul but then the TRANSITION / FEELINGS came into place! MUTUAL I REPEAT MUTUAL! NOT HERE NOT NOW! I CAN’T STOP WATCHING THE LIBRARY SCENE! SOMEBODY SEDATE ME! THE FEELS ARE TOO MUCH I CAN’T EVEN I CAN’T NOT HERE NOT NOW!
Here we are… the final chapter. A huge thank you to everyone that’s been reading, sending comments, helping me through this and just been absolute sweethearts to me. I love you all so much and I love writing for our Zankie family. I hope to get a new project soon to write on, but right now I’ll try to get some Larry-writing done. Again I love you all SO much and I hope you will like the ending. Big hugs to everyone x