( Weird question ahead ) How did Oliver react to Jules getting her first period? Is he the omg-I-cant-deal-with-this-where-is-Felicity type of dad? Or the crying-because-my-baby-girl-is-growing-up type? Or the supportive sweetie-you-are-a-woman-now-your-body-is-changing, totally OK with buying tampons and chocolate for his daughter? I'm assuming it was easier with Ellie, since it was the second time. And also it must have been EXTREMELY HARD for Will with Bethany ...
Kudos to you, Anon, because you asked something I had not thought about yet. LOL. I feel like that deserves some kind of award… Okay, but let’s suss this out…
We’re talking about Jules here. And Jules is not telling her father she started her period. No way in hell. Not if there’s any way around that, anyhow, but maybe there isn’t. She’d be what? 11? 12? Something like that? So, we’re talking right around the time of the Valentine’s Day one-shot, maybe a little later. So… okay I’ve got this (it’s like live-blogging my writing process…).
Jules is 12. She’s home with her dad and her siblings, all three of them. She’s been a grouch all day and Oliver’s kinda worried because what the heck Jules? You’re snapping at people and you’d gotten so much better about relating and being open and now I’m worried that we missed something and it’s all getting worse. She starts bleeding and quietly freaks out but tells no one. She hides in the bathroom for like fifteen minutes wondering what the hell she does until she remembers her mom keeps pads under the sink and thank goodness for that. She fumbles through figuring that out and bypasses tampons because they’re intimidating. She snaps really hard at Ellie after she leaves the bathroom because she’s sort of internally screaming still and on edge and just wants to curl up with her stuffed elephant and buster and hot cocoa and some potato chips, because those sound awesome right now. Ellie’s feelings are hurt and she’s worried, so she goes off to tell Oliver.
Jules is like awesome this is totally not what I need right now oh my god as she runs to her room to find clean panties and then scurries back to the bathroom to try and scrub the old pair clean (she’s the Arrow’s daughter; she knows to use cold water, so that works out okay but then she has to hide sopping wet panties somewhere and she runs back to her room to do that). She gets back to her room before her dad’s up the stairs, but she knows that’s coming and she just wants to cry because this is big and weird and she’s uncomfortable and she sorta wants her mom but she also just really wants to be alone and possibly eat her weight in fried cheese and chocolate covered-everything.
Oliver gets there - just like she knew he would - and he’s sooooooo concerned and worried about her and tip-toeing around trying to figure out what’s wrong right up until she starts crying and yells at him “I started - you know… bleeding… like the girly kind… for the first time and I just really don’t want to deal with people right now, okay?” He’s all “…oh…” like a light bulb goes off over his head. He’s a hell of a lot less worried because this… this he can deal with. This he knows how to manage. At least sort of. He’s been with his wife for about 13 years now. This isn’t foreign to him. He asks her if she’s okay and she says “Yes. No… I dunno. Maybe? Am I supposed to hate everything in the whole world because right now I do.” And he tells her that’s okay because it’s probably a little scary and she’s not used to any of this yet. She grumbles that she doesn’t want to get used to it because it sucks. He asks if she wants him to call her mom or her aunt or one of her grandmas and she says no… it’s fine. She just wants her bed and to not feel like she’s being stabbed in the stomach over and over. He tells her to hold that thought and leaves for a few minutes. She wonders where the fuck he went, but really doesn’t care too much except that it makes her want to cry more. Buster’s a whiny mess because his girl is unhappy and when she sits down on her bed he jumps up immediately and rests his head in her lap whimpering up at her in concern.
By the time her dad gets back, she’s curled up with Buster and her stuffed elephant that the first Ellie left her. She’s uncomfortable and tired, but nowhere near asleep. Her dad’s got a bowl of her mom’s favorite ice cream in hand along with a bag of chips, a coke, some midol and a heating pad. Jules starts crying like the hormonal pre-teen she is when she realizes he left to get things for her to make her feel better. He puts it all on her nightstand and kisses her on the top of her head. He promises her that the other kids will leave her alone and says her mom left work early and she’ll be home soon, just in case she decides she wants her mom after all. Jules cries more and says “yeah, I kinda do, but you being here is a whole lot more helpful than I’d have thought.” And Oliver sits next to her quietly on the bed and strokes her hair with her head in his lap until Felicity gets home and finds them like that. The ice cream by Jules’ bedside is melted by then, but that’s okay. She brought more with her.