Title: To Care for Someone
Character: Danny Rand
First Part: http://ofnifflersandkings.tumblr.com/post/163577578842/title-hello-again-character-danny-rand-an-like
You gasped a little at the sudden loud noise, dropping a couple of books you were holding onto for a customer. You looked over to see Danny, with a broad grin on his face.
“Jesus Danny,” You scolded him with a small laugh. “You have to stop greeting me like this, one of these days I’m going to have a heart attack.”
Danny grinned sheepishly before kneeling down and helping you pick them up. “I’m sorry, you were always the easiest to scare.”
You gave him a look, opening your mouth to protest before you laughed. “I can’t even pretend like that’s a lie.”
Danny handed you the books back and you thanked him.
“Oh hey, you finally got around to getting a haircut then?”
Danny’s beard had been shaven to a short scruff, and his hair was finally clean and trimmed. “Yeah I did,” He said, his hand subconsciously running through the blonde curls. “Do you like it?”
You nodded. “It’s an improvement that’s for sure,” You ran your free hand along his scruff. “I feel like I can actually see you now.”
Danny tilted his head and smiled. “And?”
You laughed, lightly tapping his cheek. “You’re a very handsome man, Danny.”
When you turned around, you missed the way Danny’s eyes lit up and how he quickly followed after you.
He noticed that the shop was quiet, the only noises being the soft music playing through the speakers in the ceiling. “You’re not busy with something are you?”
“Nah, I’m closing soon,” You told him over your shoulder as you started to turn off some of the main floor lights. “Told the workers I’d take care of closing.”
“Really?” Danny asked, continuing to follow behind you as you maneuvered your way across the shop. “Joy was telling me that this is a pretty popular spot in the city, and it’s a big place, don’t you need the help?”
You sighed, grabbing a basket to start sorting through the clearance items that could just be donated. “I don’t mind, I like keeping myself busy.”
Danny paused his movements, watching you now. “I never got to ask, but it’s been on my mind,” He said, running his finger along the spines of a few books. “How come you aren’t at the company like you’re siblings? I mean you were practically your father’s favorite, surely he left you something.”
“Yeah he did,” You said, putting the basket aside while you took a seat up on an empty counterspace. “But you know me, I hated corporate business, it was never my thing. And quite frankly the money was something I didn’t care for either.”
Danny turned to you, moving closer to where you sat. “So you turned down everything?”
You laughed, your gaze turning to your hands. “Well I tried to, the lawyers told me I couldn’t turn down my inheritance money, but that I could give my share of the company to Joy and Ward. But don’t worry about me, I still have far more money than I’ll ever know what to do with.”
Danny was now standing directly in front of you, his arms folded across his chest while he listened to you talk. “How’d they take it?”
“Joy understood, she was always the one I went to about silly stuff, Ward though, was upset with me at first. But I’ve become the master at knowing how to convince my brother.”
Danny smiled. “I remember when you were small you used to tell me you wanted to be a librarian when you grew up.”
“Did I?” You asked with a laugh. “I’m surprised you remembered silly stuff like that.”
Danny shrugged. “I always had a soft spot for you. When you found out Ward locked me in the freezer you chased him around your house, trying to wack at him with one of your books.”
Your eyes went wide and your face felt warm. “Who told you about that?!”
“Joy, she told me when I asked why your Mom and Dad sent you to your grandparents house for two weeks.”
You closed your eyes while you internally cringed. “Let’s stop talking about me, what brings you to my humble palace.”
“Right, well I got Hogarth to help me with getting my company back. And earlier today, Joy and Ward signed over my 51% of it.”
“Oh wow, that’s great!” You said, giving him a smile. “I’m only sorry they gave you such a hard time to begin with.”
He smiled and shook his head. “Doesn’t matter now, I have my name back, and that’s what’s most important.”
“I’m very happy for you, Daniel Thomas Rand.” You said, looking at him with a sigh. “You’ve certainly earned it.”
“That’s not the only reason why,” Danny told you, moving so his hands rested on the counter, his arms on either side of you. “I came to thank you, you were the only person who believed me. You were there when I needed you most.”
You shook your head bashfully, your gaze moving to look at him. “I didn’t do much of anything, except gave you a place to sleep every now and then.”
“You did so much more than that though, when I thought I had lost everything. I found you, and you made everything feel right again. I had my home again when I was with you. I wouldn’t be here without you.”
You smiled, genuinely moved by his kind words. “Well thank you for thinking so.”
Danny stared at you for a moment, he couldn’t wrap his head around the fact that someone as absolutely wonderful as you didn’t see that fact. You were very much still the sweet and more self-conscious girl he knew but now, he found himself caring for you in a different way.
It was strange for him, during his training he swore to give up such frivolous things like romantic entanglements or personal connections.
But with you it felt different.
Anytime he saw you he got this fluttering feeling in his chest, and whenever you were close by he could only focus his attention solely on you. And he found himself caring about your opinion and what you thought about him.
“Danny? You okay?” You asked, snapping him out of his small trance.
“I’m fine,” He assured you, looking back at you with a small smile. “Can I take you out on a date?”
Well that was a surprise.
“I’m sorry, a what?”
“A date, you know, when someone who likes other person takes them out-”
“I know what a date is,” You said, slightly laughing. “Just why would you want to go on one with me?”
Danny smiled softly, reaching out and brushing away some the loose strands of hair that had fallen into your eyes. “Because I like you.”•