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The Brew Pub was closed, the con was done, and all that was left was Hardison and Parker. Hardison was finishing up tweaking the earpieces. He promised her it would be 15 minutes, tops. That was 30 minutes ago. Parker wasn’t annoyed though. On any given day she would be, but today was different. Today she just watched Hardison work. He was so talented, so smart, so handsome, so…Hardison. Why had he chosen her? She wasn’t really anything special. All she could do was take things from other people. She sighed and set her head down on her arms, which were crossed and lying on the table. After a minute of thinking about all of her own flaws, and Hardison’s lack of flaws, she began to cry. He would probably leave her for someone who was…overall better than she was. During the con, he had been forced to grift, and during that time he had to flirt with a girl much more…girly than she was. As much as she had resisted the feelings between her and Hardison when he first started showing obvious displays of affection, she really did love him and losing him would completely destroy her.
After a second, Hardison looked up. He saw Parker shaking, her head buried in her arms. Immediately he was concerned. Parker didn’t cry. Parker especially didn’t cry for no reason. He quickly stood up and went over to her, carefully putting his arm on her back. He felt her jump slightly, and she raised her head a little to look up at him.
“Hey babe, what’s goin’ on?” Parker blushed.
“Nothing, it’s stupid,” she sniffled, sitting up and wiping her eyes. Hardison helped her stand, and then wrapped his arms tightly around her.
“You’re never stupid, baby,” he whispered into her hair, “Let’s head home.” He made sure to turn off his work light, and then carefully secured his arm around her waist. Normally, she’d be uncomfortable with the closeness, but more and more often she’d become much more comfortable with it.
When they got back to the apartment they shared, Alec made sure to open every door for Parker, ask her if she was ok, basically do what a good boyfriend does when his girlfriend is sad and he doesn’t know why. She got ready for bed before him; she was always quicker than he was. When he got to the bedroom, he found her sitting in the middle of the bed, staring at a picture he kept on his nightstand. His favorite picture of the two of them together. They were both laughing, they were both happy. It was also his phone background. Now he was really concerned. He thought she was just tired back at the Brew Pub. He thought maybe the lights were messing with her eyes. But right now she was crying, and Alec wasn’t really sure what he should do. So he did what he would want someone to do to him. He walked over and sat on the bed next to her and pulled her into his lap. Then he held her close and gradually tipped over until they were both lying down. He then pulled the covers up to cover both of them and snuggled up close to her.
“I love you, Parker,” he whispered. He heard her begin to cry more. “What’s wrong, babe, I just want you to be ok.” He was really concerned now. Parker never cried. She rolled over so she could bury her face in his chest.
“I’m not worth it,” she said through her tears. Alec felt his heart sink. Earlier that day he had had to flirt with a girl to get out of a club. He knew Parker was on coms, and he’d told her it was just for the con, and she’d told him it ok. She clearly wasn’t.
“Parker.” His voice was serious. “Parker I need you to listen to me, ok?” She nodded into his chest. “I love you, Parker, I love you. I need you. I need your crazy ass to drag me to a rooftop and throw me off it. I need you to keep being you. You know how I know you’re the best thief in the world?” He paused, and she stilled, listening intently to everything he was saying, “You stole my heart, girl, and ain’t no one gonna be able to steal it from you. You are my world, baby, you hear me?” Alec shifted back and lifted her chin so she was looking directly at him. “Do you hear me?” He asked again. Wiping the tears from her eyes, she nodded, and Alec leaned down to give her a kiss. To his surprise, she deepened it, pulling him closer.
“I love you, Alec Hardison,” she sniffled.
“I love you, Parker,” he replied.