As Our Lives Change (Come Whatever) | Leo Fitz/Jemma Simmons | G | 6,400 words
As graduation approaches, Jemma Simmons is determined to beat Leo Fitz for the valedictorian spot. But commencement is a beginning and it’s one that Jemma never expects.
Thank you to ruthedotcom and fitzsimmmonsy for betaing.
A cheer rose up through the classroom as the final bell of the
semester rang, echoing amongst the cries of the free. At her desk, Ms. May
didn’t bother to look up from her laptop as her students sprang from their
desks, talking excitedly. “Your final is on Tuesday,” she said without a hint
of enthusiasm. “Remember, it is cumulative and there will be an essay.”
As Jemma stood up and slipped her bag over her shoulder, she
glanced over at Fitz, who was shoving his tablet into his backpack. “So, I
guess this is it then,” she said, a bit of nostalgia in her tone.
He glanced up sharply, surprise clear in his blue eyes. “Oh? Oh,
yeah. Yeah, I guess it is. I mean, after the final and everything.”
“Finals will be the deciding factor, I suppose.” Jemma twisted a
lock of her brown hair around her finger, wondering if she should take this
last chance to psych him out. Realizing that would be unsportsmanlike of her,
she just smiled at him. “It’s been a nice four years, Fitz.”
“Yeah.” He dragged his tongue over his lips slowly. “Has been. Uh,
good luck studying.”
Nodding assuredly, she said, “You too. I’ll see you next week.”
She headed to the door briskly, calling goodbye to Ms. May on her way.
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