Imagine Being Alone On The Fourth Of July
Characters: Owen Grady x Reader
Fandom: Jurassic World
A/N: two things guys! I was going to post this last night, in celebration of the holiday, but I was babysitting my nephew and he fell asleep. Also, I’m doing this all from my phone and an iPad, so really, I can’t tell if something isn’t working. Thanks!
Despite the fact that Islar Neblar was located on an island in South America, most of it was run by North Americans. Therefore, on the Fourth of July, there were fireworks.
You hadn’t seen fireworks since you were young, and since you got off work early for the celebration and had no one to go home to, you decided to join the party on the street and watch the sky explode into different colors.
You wrapped your arms around yourself, staring up into the night sky, even though the show hadn’t started yet. Everyone around you had someone besides them, whether it be friend or lover or family, and, frankly, it made you feel like a bit of a loser. You had left your home and everything you knew to go to Jurassic World. Everyone said it was a bad idea, considering what happened to the park twenty years ago- but you refused to admit that it could possibly happen again. Security was better than ever, and the biggest and most dangerous thing they had was a T-Rex. You knew that history tended to repeat itself, but you had pushed that thought aside.
Jurassic World was safe, and so were you. More safe than you had ever been. But you were also alone.
People began cheering, and you knew the show was about to start. You looked around aimlessly, trying not to seem like a total loser- you didn’t know why you thought that would work, but for some reason, it seemed like the right thing to do. And it was a good thing you did it, too, because you caught sight of the famous Owen Grady- the Raptor Trainer.
You wished you could do what he did. But you worked with the baby Triceratops and the baby humans. Owen seemed so much happier, better off. You had tried for a job with the big guys, but had realized how inexperienced you were when brought to an orientation for each dinosaur.
He caught you staring, and smirked. You blushed, quickly turning your head towards the sky, cringing and scolding yourself for the mistake. You bit and sucked on your bottom lip nervously, watching as the red and blue and white fireworks lit up the sky. You smiled to yourself, only to be interrupted by a hand on your shoulder.
“Sorry, didn’t mean to scare you, y/n,” Owen laughed, walking up next to you.
You took a breath before responding, your voice low, “sorry. I didn’t mean to stare. I was just looking around and got lost in thought… I didn’t even realize…”
He smiled kindly, “thats alright. Honestly, I was pretty happy to see you looking at me.”
You blushed a dark Crimson, and tried to look away, “why’s that?” You asked, staring up at the sky.
He looked up as well, shrugging, “I don’t know. Maybe because your beautiful.”
You didn’t think it was possible, but you blushed harder- perhaps the color of the red fireworks in the sky. He noticed, and smiled to himself, staring at you instead of the light show up above.
“You always get what you want, don’t you, Owen Grady?” You asked, your voice low and overwhelmed by the explosions in the sky. You were almost sure they were scaring your Dino’s. Despite your longing for something bigger, you still loved the little guys.
You thought Owen hadn’t heard you, but he responded quickly. “Not always. Why do you say that?”
You felt a cold nervousness settle inside of you, and you shrugged. Your voice shook a little bit. The moment seemed surreal. Darkness around you, cheers, humans and dinosaurs, Owen Grady. “You’re always flirting. I see you, sometimes.”
He smirked, “I see you, too. Nothing ever comes of it, really, by the way.”
You looked down, embarrassed. You decided that you could see the show equally as well from your apartment window. Maybe even better- you’d be much higher up.
“I think…” You said, feeling a little chill watch over you, “I think I’m gonna go back to my apartment.”
He frowned, placing a gentle hand on your arm. He was warm, and surprisingly gentle for a raptor trainer, though his hands were calloused and scared. “Why?”
You looked up again, thinking of a valid reason why. “I don’t know. It’s a little chilly, and I’m tired. Long day today, it being a holiday and all…”
He smiled, “let me walk you back. There’s a lot of people out here not paying attention. I wouldn’t want you to get hurt.”
You swallowed, though you did really want Owen to go with you. “Okay.” You said, turning to the side, taking one last long look at the fireworks, “it’s… It’s this way.”
He smiled, walking so close to you that your shoulder kept bumping into his upper arm. He was a little bit taller than you. “You work with the kids, right?” He asked.
You nodded, awkwardly glancing up at him and then the ground. He was beautiful- his face was lit up by the different colors, occasionally going dark because of the lack of light.
Suddenly, you had a question. “Don’t the explosions scare the dinosaurs?”
He smiled, having heard the most from you all night in that one question. “They’re fine, I’m sure. My girls don’t seem to mind them at all. You care about them, don’t you?”
You smiled to yourself, thinking of the rest of the Dino’s. “Yeah,” you said, “sometimes I wish I could work with the bigger ones. I just- it’s fun, and all, but… I don’t know.”
You arrived at your apartment building and turned to him, trying to look up into his eyes, and smiling.
“You could come see the girls. I’m sure I could get you a position near the paddock. People come and go all the time.”
You bit your lip, not sure what he meant exactly.
He laughed, “I mean, like, people think they can handle it, and then they can’t. They haven’t eaten anyone, at least, not on my watch, they haven’t.”
You couldn’t help but smile. “Maybe I’ll stop by tomorrow, before my shift?”
Owen nodded, staring at you as you looked down. “Hey,” he said, placing a finger gently under your chin, “eyes on me.” He was demanding, you assumed he’d be like that- being the alpha of a velociraptor pack could do that to you.
“Goodnight, then,” you said weakly, your eyes just barely meeting his. You cringed away from his gentle touch.
“Mhm. I’ll see you tomorrow. I’m afraid I’ll have to come looking for you if you don’t show.” He smirked.
You but your lip, losing yourself in the green of his eyes. You blushed again, and he leaned closer to you, his eyes closing. You swallowed, your own eyes widening. But you wouldn’t stop it. He pressed his lips gently against yours, and immediately your eyes fell closed. Fireworks exploded in the distance, and too soon, he pulled away. He
Another chill ran through your body, and you visibly shook. “I’ll be there… Uh… Tomorrow…” You hurried, flustered.
He smiled, still staring at you. “Sure, sure. Go on inside. You seem really cold. Don’t know why- it’s usually pretty hot here.”
You shrugged, “I’m always cold.”
He wrapped his arms around you, “I can fix that.”
Your chest raged with butterflies, and your entire face grew warm and red.
He was right. You weren’t cold anymore- he was so warm. You hugged him back, growing tired.
He laughed, “okay, don’t fall asleep now. Tomorrow?”
You pulled away, smiling, which made his smile grow wider. “Yeah. Tomorrow.”
You couldn’t help it- as he walked away, and you turned, you kept thinking: tomorrow. You were too excited to sleep, though, so you settled on watching the rest of the fireworks through your windows, falling asleep just past midnight on your couch with dreams of Owen Grady’s eyes dancing in your head.