bellarke +ark au
After Octavia turns eighteen and is pardoned, she’s recruited by engineering where Jake Griffin takes her under his wing. Bellamy’s not too pleased about the high and mighty of the Ark taking such an interest in his little sister, but he can’t bring himself to be too pissed about it when he knows Jake Griffin had a lot to do with Abby Griffin’s vote against floating Octavia.
It gets weird when she’s invited to dinner in the Griffins’ quarters on Alpha Station, though. The invitation is extended to him, and after a bunch of yelling he finds himself sitting across from Clarke Griffin, princess of the Ark, over rations about a billion times better-tasting than the soy packs most of them have to survive on.
Abby Griffin is quiet, though pleasant when she does speak, no doubt remembering him from the day they floated his mother. In spite of that memory, to his surprise, the dinner is nice––Jake and Clarke banter back and forth about sports and history and literature, drawing the Blakes into conversation little by little until he’s in a lively debate with Clarke about the influence of the creation of the atomic bomb on modern society.
He doesn’t notice the way his sister grins, or the way Abby gives him a considering look, but two weeks later he’s reassigned from the janitorial department to the education system. There’s a note on his desk (his desk, because holy shit, he’s not a janitor anymore), and it’s from Clarke. Good luck, Mr. Blake.
Bellamy realizes his shifts teaching end about fifteen minutes before Clarke’s shifts in medical do, which is just enough time to make it there just as she’s leaving. The first time he’s there waiting for her, she looks surprised, like she never expected him to seek her out on purpose, like she didn’t realize Bellamy Blake has no control over how much he actually likes the princess of the Ark. But he gives her an awkward smile, and the grin that spreads across her face is blinding.
Thirteen walks home later, she’s the one to kiss him first.