I just thought of this au at work, I don't think i'm any good to write/attribute anything to it and am too shy for non-anon, but please think of gradence frat au and/or the whole squad frat au. idk if i'd want Graves to be the head of a house with Sera at her house who are ""rivals"" but in secret plan all these dumb initiations for their freshman together or for him to be a teacher/dean who has to deal with all the crazy. ok thank u I just needed to tell someone before I exploded lol
OKAY SO FIRST OFF, I DO NOT KNOW A WHOLE LOT ABOUT EITHER SORORITIES OR FRATERNITIES EXCEPT THAT THEY DID THINGS AROUND MY COLLEGE, BUT I HAVE READ A COUPLE FICS WITH PRANK WARS IN THEM AND I THINK THAT WOULD BE FUN.
BUT ESPECIALLY IF IT WERE LIKE, TINA AND NEWT AS THE HEADS OF THE ORGANIZATIONS? AND SERA AND GRAVES WERE LIKE, THE STAFF SPONSORS OF EACH. (that’s a thing, right, faculty representatives?) AND POOR CREDENCE IS THIS FRESHMAN THAT HAS BEEN DRAGGED INTO THE PRANK WAR HAZING RITUAL WHERE LIKE
IDK, THEY HAVE THESE BOARDS THAT THEY HAVE TO HOLD ONTO FOR GREEK WEEK AND IF THEY LOSE THEM, THERE’S A PENALTY. AND THEN THE SORORITY GIRLS HAVE TO STEAL THEM AND THEY WILL USE WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY. and you know the girls will team up and like, one will flirt outrageously with Credence while another steals the board
EXCEPT LIKE, CREDENCE IS ON HIGH ALERT AT ALL TIMES. A LITTLE PARANOID. AND ALSO LIKE, HE’S HELLA GAY, SO REALLY NOT INTERESTED IN ANY FLIRTING THAT MIGHT HAPPEN.
and maybe Credence hides out in Graves’ office sometimes when the sorority girls get aggressive because maybe like, Credence is the only one that hasn’t had to like, steal the board back or anything. They’re narrowing in on him.
POINT IS, he hides out there at a lot, and Mr. Graves is so very nice and very handsome and they have fun conversations and Credence thinks hysterically that he’s really glad that Mr. Graves isn’t teaching any of his classes because he’d really like to surrender to the heated gaze that lingers on him and–
“You can leave that here, if you like,” Mr. Graves says, inclining his head to the board that has the greek letters painted on it. “I’ll keep it safe for you.”
But Credence doesn’t because the instructions were to keep the board with him at all times.
“Don’t you trust me, Credence?” Mr. Graves asks.
AND HE DOES, OH HE VERY MUCH DOES, ugh stupid crushes.
aND IN THE END, CREDENCE (and like, ten other applicants) GET INITIATED INTO THE FRATERNITY FIRST AND MR. GRAVES IS THE ONE TO LIKE, idk baptize them or whatever the fuck fraternities do to say congrats you’re in the gang, do they get pins or something, AND WHEN HE GETS TO CREDENCE, HIS EYES ARE VERY SOFT, VERY KIND, NO LESS HEATED NOW THAN THEY WERE YESTERDAY OR THE DAY BEFORE.
“Good work, Credence,” he says.
And like, Credence spends the next year and a half nursing some truly ridiculous crush throughout like, wet shirt competitions and mud wrestling and fireside chats and cookouts, and like, it’s awful, how much Credence has come to appreciate all the advice that Mr. Graves gives and how nice looking his hands are and the brothers tease him for being into older men but not being into men altogether, and that’s really cool of them, and maybe there is a fiasco where Newt’s secret stash of pets in the frat house gets loose on campus and the whole fraternity has to scour the grounds for them
…and eventually just like, Mr. Graves looking at Credence so tenderly after all this time, and Credence simply cannot stand it. Not another day, no sir. Not with Mr. Graves’ knee resting so firmly against his thigh. And Credence takes the drink – non-alcoholic, of course, HE’S A GOOD ROLE MODEL – out of Mr. Graves’ hand and sets it aside despite the man’s protests, and then he leans in, puts his hands on Mr. Graves’ shoulders, and kisses him.
AND THEN LIKE, maybe they bang in one of the rooms in the frat house. and maybe in Mr. Graves’ office. MAYBE UNDER THE BLEACHERS DURING A FOOTBALL GAME. and then they get married after Credence graduates and the entire fraternity attends and everything is happy and no one gets fired for ethical violations a;lsdkgha;ei