Pairing: Eric/OC Fandom: Divergent Rating: There is nothing bad in this.
A/N: So I wrote this a LONG LONG time ago, and going through my files it came up and the only reason why I’m uploading is because I surprised myself with the ending and I’m dying here. Rather than have it float in the unknown I’d thought I’d put it up.
I feel my heart beat out of control as I cling to the rock wall. Darkness is surrounding me, and I start to feel as if I am suffocating. “Get a grip Rose, you can do this!” I breath through my anxiety attack, forcing myself to be dauntless and move my feet forward. “Fuck!” I gasp, as I reach the end of the corridor. I was too busy panicking about him leaving to listen to his instructions, did he say left or right?
Right, I think he said right. “God I hope this is correct.” I mumble to myself as I take slow steps, still grasping the wall; the adrenalin from the anxiety attack is pumping through me, making me want to run and throw up all at the same time.
I make it to the end of the hall, turning to my left, I see a light. Taking my steps a little faster, I manage to get to the light. Praying it was the door to the dorm room, disappointment sets in as I see it’s a set of stairs. “Did Eric mention stairs?” I shrug “At least it is lit.” My shaky hands grasp the rail as I start my ascent.
The hallway at the top branched out three ways; one going straight, one to the left and one to the right. “I’ll go straight first.” Talking to myself helps me remain calm.
Walking down the corridor, I hunch inward, feeling uncomfortable by the silence. Where is everyone?
Suddenly the door I am walking past flies open, smashing into me. “Fuck!” I cry out as I bring my hands to my face. Blood is flowing out of my nose, through my fingers, and down my arms. Tears well in my eyes as my hands shift slightly; I think my nose is broken.
“What are you doing here?!” I glance up to see Tobias glaring down at me.
“I’m sorry, I was trying to find my way to the initiates dorm, when I got lost and then I didn’t know where to go and I saw the light at the stairs…”
“Stop talking.” Tobias stops me in the middle of my rambling. Underneath all the blood, my face is bright red. “Follow me.” He opens the door that just hit me, and gestures me inside. Following orders, I keep my mouth shut and head inside.
I am shocked to find it’s an apartment. “come sit over here, let me take a look at your nose.” He places his hand on my back and guides me to a light grey couch. Realizing I was in Tobias’s apartment, I couldn’t form words. Slowly I lower myself to the couch, as he heads into what looks like a bathroom.
Looking around, I am surprised by how much his apartment reminds me of home. Everything is so minimal, only what is necessary for living. The only main thing is it has different shades of Black instead of grey. I don’t have much time to ponder why he would want to keep this part of Abnegation, before he is back in front of me with what looks like a wet towel and some gauze.
“I am sorry I hit you with the door.” He says, unable to completely keep the ‘but’ out of his voice. “Exactly what are you doing up here though?” He puts a small amount of gauze in my nose to catch the fresh blood.
“I um… I was walking from the infirmary to the initiate’s dorm with Eric when he left me in the middle of a dark hallway. Then I…” I trail off, unsure if I should reveal that I am afraid of the dark.
“You what?” He starts dabbing my face with warm soapy towel.
“Nothing, I got lost and ended up here.” I look away from him; it doesn’t feel right to not include everything. He grasps my chin brings my face back to his.
“What happened Rose?” Spell bound, I confessed.
“I was panicking too much at being alone in the dark to listen to the instructions.” I say it as a quick whisper, as if he might miss hear it. Dropping my head, I wait for the onslaught of laughter. Instead he grasps my chin once again and lifts my head to meet his eyes.
“Everyone has fears Rose. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. The fact that you could move at all makes you brave.” It was not the response I expected; my heart leapt into my throat.
I say nothing as he dabs the last bit of blood off my face. “Your nose is not broken, but you’re going to have a good bruise.” He stands up to dispose of the bloody rag; breaking the spell. Clearing my throat, I stand. I need to regain my composure and the only way to do that is to get away from him.
“I should probably get going, the longer I’m absent from the initiates the more rumors will spread about my absence.” I wrap my arms around myself, suddenly feeling awkward. Looking over at Tobias, I notice him staring at me with a pained expression. “What?” I brace for what he might say.
“It’s nothing. You’re right, you should go.” His tone is suddenly angry, as if whatever bubble we had just been in was broken. Confused I just nod my head.
His twist the door knob aggressively. On the other side of the door reveals Eric, fist raise, clearly mid nock. His expression is stunned as he spots me standing in Tobias’s apartment.
“Well, well, well. What do we have here? It only took you, what, a couple of hours to start hooking up with one of the initiates Four.” He barges into Tobias’s apartment.
“It’s not like that. In fact, she is only here because you left her alone in the compound.” Tobias is cool as he crosses his arms; unfazed by Eric’s presence. Eric’s head snaps to me, his angry gaze says he is pissed I ratted him out.
“I left her only a hall away. That means she decided to take an unauthorized stroll through the place.” His glare causes me to take a few steps back. I feel like my skin is going to ignite under his gaze.
“Because of your neglect.” Tobias stands up for me.
“Unless she has a good reason for wandering around alone, she is no longer apart of Dauntless. I have no room for rebels.” He glares at me, waiting for me to speak.
I peek a glance at Tobias, his head hangs. He can’t save me now.
“I’m afraid of the dark.” I say quickly.
“Who gives a shit.” He spits.
“She was having a panic attack because you left her alone, in a strange place, in the dark.” Tobias comes to my rescue.
Eric’s reaction seems genuine as his anger is replaced with regret. “That being said, she still should have been dauntless enough to follow directions.” Tobias opens his mouth again to argue when Eric raises his hand to silence him. “I will let it go this once, since I am feeling generous. Now, get to your dorm initiate.” With the look Eric is giving me, I don’t hesitate to walk out the door.
I Hear the door slam behind me and heavy footsteps following me down the corridor. Turning around I see Eric studying me. he makes a motion with his finger to turn around. “keep walking.” His voice pushes me back down the stairs.
We walk through the pitch black corridors together; Eric barking out directions when we needed to turn. As scary as he can be, I feel completely safe with him. Even the dark isn’t bothering me when he is here.
“Here we are.” He says as we reach a set of heavy metal doors. He starts to turn around and walk away.
“Thank you!” I say. He stops; his broad back straightening as he turns back towards me.
“Any time my Rose.” He starts walking away as I shake my head. Did he just say MY Rose? Pushing open the doors, I see bunk beds full of sleeping initiates. Finding the one empty one, I quietly pull the trunk out from underneath. Changing into the black shorts and tee shirt, I climb into bed, exhausted and confused.
Me, an intellectual:
I should really stop obsessing over fictional people that don't actually exist outside the scope of my tv and book pages and I should focus on reality and getting my life together.
It’s annoying when fans complain about how “inaccurate” the films were. Please, they were one of the most accurate book-to-film adaptations made. I mean just look at other adaptations like the Percy Jackson and Divergent movies. We should be happy that the biggest inaccuracy in the Harry Potter films was that random fire at the Burrow.