Title: Minor Set Back
Character: Jake Peralta
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Jake leaned back in his desk chair, arms folded across his chest as a small pout took up his face. His gaze was cemented to your desk where you and Amy were having a conversation and laughing. His eyes narrowed and he pulled a face at Amy, who looked at him with a knowing smile before turning back to you.
After the first successful coversation over coffee, Jake had tried to do so again for the past week. But everytime he even thought about moving to the kitchen, Amy would rush past him, two coffee cups already in her hands so he couldn’t get to you.
“I hate that woman.” Jake mumbled to himself, nearly having a heart attack when Charles came rolling up in his chair behind him.
“Oh, so the romancing didn’t go too well?” He asked, observing the two ladies chat about something with happy faces. “I mean hey, you’ll find someone eventually, and at least Amy gets a friend.”
Jake swiveled his chair around. “What? No? I was talking about Santiago. I’m still trying to win over (Y/n).” His brows knitted together as he tried to scheme up a plan.
Charles nodded. “Huh, well didn’t you get her number? What did you learn about her?”
Jake sighed, casting his eyes down at his hands. “Not much, just that she’s kind of,” He paused, looking up at you mid laugh while he smiled. “Wonderful.”
Charles moved closer to him. “Really? Tell me about her?” He encouraged, practically bouncing in his seat at the prospect of his best friend having a crush on someone.
Jake turned around so he was facing him. “For one, she’s a total movie nut, we had an intense three hour debate on which Die Hard movie was best. She’s not that into sports but she let me rant about the Mets game.” He went on a small tangent about the fun conversations the two of you had been having over the phone for the past week.
He only broke off when he saw Charles looking at him with a weird expression on his face. “What? Why are you giving me that look. It’s getting creepy.”
Charles just sighed. “Nothing, so are you gonna ask her out?”
“I’d like to but,” Jake lazily pointed to Amy. “Santiago’s been keeping her from me, and I wanted to ask in person.”
Charles ears perked up and he straightened his tie. “My time has come, I got you covered, buddy.”
Jake was about to ask him what he meant but Charles had already abandoned his chair and walked over to the two of you.
Whatever he said to Amy must have worked because in an instant she was grabbing her jacket and was out of the door.
Charles looked back at Jake and gave him a dramatic wink along with a thumbs up before leaving you alone at your desk.
Jake watched you work for a moment, suddenly feeling very warm and nervous now that he no longer had an excuse to not ask you out.
He stood up from his chair, walking over to your desk and cracking his knuckles to try and distract himself before he totally psyched himself out of asking you.
“(Y/n)! Hey! Long time, no see.” Jake said, plopping into the chair beside your desk with a smile.
You looked up from your work and gave him a puzzled smile. “What do you mean? I said hello to you when I saw you this morning.”
Jake laughed nervously. “Haha, yeah. What I actually meant to say was that,” His mind was running a total blank like it usually did around you. “Santiago left pretty suddenly huh? That was super weird.”
You laughed, pulling out your drawyer and revealing a collection of dozens of pencils tied together in different piles. “I know right? Apparently there was some kind of technical situation at her apartment and she had to step out.”
Jake reaching into your drawyer, pulling out one of the wads of pencils and observing them. “How come you have so many of these little dudes? Don’t they all do the same thing.”
You gave him a smile and shook your head. “I guess you could say that, but certain pencils are more sheer while others come off darker, some of them have different variations in line shape,” You noticed he had a confused expression on his face and you chuckled. “And you don’t really care about any of this, do you?”
“No! I think it’s kind of cool,” Jake said, taking one of the pencils out of the stack and twirling it in his hands. “I think anything that comes out of your mouth sounds cool,” He instantly looked up at you. “And that definitely sounded less weird in my head.”
“Thank you regardless,” You said, starting another draft of a criminal sketch for a recent statement a witness gave you. “It’s nice to have a conversation with you in person for a change, I feel like all we really do is text one another.”
Jake perked up, accidentally dropping the pencil onto the ground. “Yeah! I totally agree, which is actually what I wanted to come over and talk to you about,” He picked the pencil off the groun and started fidgeting with it. “I thought since it was Friday, you might wanna come over to my place after work.”
You smudged off a bit of your picture and then smiled at him before taking your pencil back. “I don’t think I’m busy, but yeah I’d love to.”
Jake clapped his hands loudly. “Great! Sounds like a plan.” He was mentally congratulating himself for a successful task completed as he went back to his desk.
“Uh, Jake,” You called back to him.
“I kinda, have to know where you live to go there.”
Jake’s brows shot up. “Oh! Yeah! That would be helpful wouldn’t it?” He dug into his jacket pockets and pulled a slip of paper out of one, grabbing a pen and scribbling his address. “Come around 8:30?”
You took the paper. “Works for me.”
“How’d it go? I could only read your facial expressions but it looked fine.” Charles asked whenever Jake pulled him into the locked room.
Jake scratched the back of his head and resisted the urge to start pacing. “I mean I think? She’s coming around my place later tonight.”
“That’s great!” Charles said with a happy clap of his hands. “You know, if this ends up going well I call dibs on being the Best Man at your wedding.”
Jake shook his head. “Let’s think about the present right now, if we’re being honest here, I have no idea what I’m doing.”
“It’s just a date isn’t it? Just do what you usually do.”
That was when Jake remembered something about your conversation. “I never specified that it was a date.”
“What do you mean?”
“I just asked if she wanted to hang out at my place” Jake said with a groan, placing his hands on his head.
“Oh that’s bad,” Charles said with knit brows. “That’s really bad, I don’t even think I’ve done that.”
“Thanks for the support, Charles, I really appreciate it.”
“It’s okay! It’s a simple fix, just go clarify it to her now!”
Jake swallowed, and his hands suddenly felt very clammy. “Yeah,” He said with a totally unintentional voice crack. “Yeah, I can do that.”
Charles clapped a hand on Jake’s shoulder. “I believe in ya, buddy.” He encouraged before leaving the locker room.
He really did.
But anytime he would come up to you again, he’d open his mouth and nothing would come out.
It was like his body was telling him not to do it, because then you’d probably call off the whole thing.
You didn’t have to stay at the precinct as long as the detectives did on Fridays, so when you started putting on your coat and packing up your things, Jake started to panic.
Amy looked over computer at him. “Hey, you don’t look to great? Something wrong?”
Jake was about to think of some elaborate excuse when you came up to their desks.
“Hey Amy, how’s your apartment?”
“Funny thing, I went over to check and the maintenance guy said everything was totally normal. I tried asking Charles about it but his eyes bugged out and then he ran away.”
You tilted your head. “Weird,” You went to say something to Jake, but you noticed he looked a little sick. “Jake, are you alright? If you’re not feeling well we can just reschedule our date.”
The color instantly returned to his face and he sat up straight in his chair. “Date?”
“Oh, is that not what it is?”
Jake saw the minor disappointment in your eyes and he could have broken out into song. “I would absolutely not mind it being a date.”
You smiled. “Good, after all, you still owe me a portrait. I’ll see you later.” You said with a wink before walking away.
Amy looked over at Jake. “Did you just wheeze?”
Jake, who was watching you walk away with the most dazed look on his face, turned back to Amy. “That is definitely a possibility.”•