Summary: Jeff is helping Clay to ask Hannah out but in the process Clay makes him realize he is definitely not following his own advice.
It was Friday night. All of the students in Liberty High were gathering up at the baseball field to watch one of the most important games of the year. They were all proudly sporting their Liberty High shirts and hoodies.
Y/N was walking alongside Clay and Hannah, the three of them wanting to be there to support Jeff.
“I have to agree with Clay, there’s no purpose behind zombies whatsoever.” Y/N admitted, getting a fake hurt look from Hannah.
Somehow they were caught up in a very deep discussion about zombies and if their existence had a meaning.
“Thank you!” He exclaimed raising his hands in exasperation.
“Still, even though they don’t have a clear motivation, you have to admit they are entertaining.” Hannah argued.
“True.” She shrugged nonchalantly.
“I thought you were on my side!” Now Clay was the one looking at her, feeling betrayed.
“I’m not on anyone’s side! I do think you’re right but Hannah’s got a point.” Clay glared at Hannah but she just playfully sticked her tongue out at him.
As they approached the field, her eyes immediately searched for the green eyed boy. However, he saw her first and without a second thought, he ran across the field to meet her.
“Hey!” he greeted happily, taking her in his arms and lifting her up in the air. Her arms wrapped around his neck hugging him back just as tight. He let go of her carefully, turning to greet his friends. “Hey guys! I’m glad you’re here!”
“It’s a big game, we wouldn’t miss it for the world.” Clay said patting his shoulder. “Anyways, we’re going to look for some seats. We’ll meet you after the game.”
“Sure, go ahead.” Usually Y/N would go too, but Jeff’s arm was firmly placed around her waist, not ready to let go of her yet.
“Save me a seat!” She asked as they began to leave. They both gave them knowing looks before disappearing in the rows of people.
“Just so you know, I really like your outfit.” Jeff said looking at her shirt with a smirk planted on his lips.
Jeff stood in the middle of the empty hallway, just outside the biology classroom. He was patiently waiting for the class to end so he could speak to Y/N.
After their date, a couple of weeks ago, they had spent plenty of time together and went out on multiple occasions.
She had even joined him and Clay on their tutoring sessions.
Sometimes when Clay had too much work to catch up on, she would help him with his assignments while Clay finished his own work. Other times, she would just sit next to him, doing her homework or reading a book as Clay checked out his assignments.
This just strengthened his feelings for her, and now, there was no doubt in his mind that he was helplessly infatuated with her.
The door finally opened, forcing Jeff to step back, as a mob of students scattered across the hallway, almost sprinting out of the class.
Y/N calmly walked out the class behind them. Unlike her classmates, she wasn’t desperate to leave.
He caught her attention and made his way to her.
“Hey stranger.” she greeted him playfully, holding some books against her chest.
“Hey!” he said, with glee filling his mind at the sight of her.
“What are you doing here? I thought you had class right now” she asked him confused.
“Yeah, I do. But I needed to talk to you ” he admitted rubbing the back of his neck in embarrassment. “I just wanted to make sure if you’re coming to the game tonight…” Y/N covered her mouth trying to hide her flushed face, melting at how adorable he was being.
“Of course! I have to cheer on my favorite player.” Jeff’s eyes twinkled with joy as a smile invaded his face.
“Great! Uh…I’ve got something for you though.” she looked at him expectantly as he opened his backpack taking out a piece of clothing, offering it to her.
She took it from his hands, carefully unfolding it. She looked at him astonished as she realized it was in fact, his baseball jersey with his last name embroidered on the back.
It was a very common thing that the girlfriends of the team players, wore their boyfriends’ jerseys whenever there was a game.
Now, she was aware that Jeff saw her as more than a friend, but that didn’t help to minimize the surprise she felt at his actions.
“I want you to wear it.” he said with a pleading look. “I want everyone to know who you’re there for.” her heart skipped a beat at his request, already knowing she wouldn’t be able to resist him.
“S-sure.” she stuttered, too nervous to say anything else. He fist bumped the air satisfied making her laugh at his excitement.
He leaned in to kiss her cheek, before sprinting across the hallway to get to his next class.
“I’ll see you later!” he yelled as he rounded the corner, Y/N shaking her head in amusement.
“I’m actually wearing a shirt underneath just in case your team looses.” she joked. Jeff snorted at her comment, before frowning at her playfully.
“Shut up, I’m going to impress you.” he said smugly as he squeezed her waist with care.
“Atkins!” They both turned at the call of Jeff’s last name, meeting with a very stressed out coach. “To the field, now!” he ordered, anger dripping from his words.
“I’ll see you after the game, okay?” she nodded her head and planted a kiss on his cheek, before making her way to the bleachers.
Luckily, Clay and Hannah managed to find good seats in the middle section, having a good view of the field.
As she was walking towards them, she noticed a small group of girls, all of them wearing identical jerseys to the one she was wearing with the exception of the last name in the back. The girls were shamelessly looking at her as they whispered among them.
She awkwardly rubbed her arm and took her seat next to Hannah.
“So…I see you’re getting serious” Hannah commented with a smile on her face as she pointed at the jersey. She bit her lip nervously trying to hold back a smile.
“You really hit it off after the first date, didn’t you?” Clay asked, even though he was well informed on the matter.
“Yeah.” she breathed, memories invading her mind.
Jeff stared at his reflection in the mirror as he combed his hair up with his fingers for the hundredth time. He wanted it to look perfect. He wanted everything to be perfect that evening.
He was fresh out of the shower, cleanly shaven and wearing his favorite grey shirt. He had to make sure he looked his best for her. He wanted to impress her so she would want to go out with him again, and he had one date to prove himself to her.
His phone vibrated on his nightstand, indicating a new text. Jeff took one last look in the mirror before exiting the bathroom.
He took the phone in his hand and sure enough, it was a message from Clay.
“Good luck, man! You’ve got this.”
Jeff smiled at his little encouragement text before putting his phone inside his pocket. He took a deep breath, threw his jacket on and made his way downstairs, straight to his car.
It wasn’t a long drive to Y/N’s house, but think what kind of gentleman would he be if he didn’t pick her up in his car on their first date?
He stopped the car in front of her house, taking his time as he walked through her front yard.
He took a couple of seconds to brace himself and rang the doorbell. Placing his hands on his pockets and swaying on his feet, he anxiously waited.
Meanwhile, Y/N was in her room smoothing the soft fabric of her skirt, ready to meet with Jeff.
Her mind still couldn’t process the fact that Jeff Atkins asked her out.
Although she admitted that he was one of the hottest guys in Liberty High, she had never thought of him as a potential boyfriend. They have never spoken to each other before the party so she really didn’t know him enough to think of him that way.
But by the short chat they shared in Jessica’s party, he seemed like a really nice guy, plus, Clay always had good things to say about him.
All in all, she thought he was worth a shot.
The sound of the doorbell pulled her out of her daydream, her body filled with excitement.
She opened the door before any of her parents could reach it and the sight in front of her made her smile.
Stood in front of her door, was Jeff. He had his hands buried in his pockets while rocking on his feet. She couldn’t help but think of how cute he looked.
“Hi.” she greeted him happily.
“Hey!” he responded trying hard to sound as cool and collected as possible. “You-you look really nice.” he mentally face palmed at his awkward compliment, but luckily, she didn’t seem to notice.
She indeed looked beautiful that day, but Jeff had to admit that he felt a little disappointed when he saw she wasn’t wearing the grey dress.
“Thank you. You look really nice too.”she complimented back, make him grin.
“Are you ready to go?”
“Yeah, just let me grab my jacket.” she went to the next room, and returned putting the jacket on, completely oblivious to the man behind her.
“Are you leaving now?” he asked placing one of his hands on Y/N’s shoulder. She turned around and smiled warmly at the man.
“Yeah, Jeff’s here dad.” he followed her to the door where Jeff was standing, completely stiff. At the mention of his name, he immediately straightened his back and let his hands fall at his sides.
“Good evening sir.” he greeted politely, holding his hand out to him. “Jeff Atkins, nice to meet you.”
Her father took his hand and gave it a firm shake before releasing it.
“Nice to meet you Jeff.” he said with a kind smile that helped Jeff to feel a little bit better. “So you’re going to Rosie’s, right?”
“Yes sir.” he was desperately trying to sound casual, but Y/N noticed his nervousness anyway.
“Okay, just take care and don’t come home too late.” her dad said patting her shoulder.
“I won’t” she reassured him as she stood next to Jeff outside the house.
“Don’t worry sir, I’ll bring her home at ten.” He said with his hands behind his back.
Y/N bit her lip, holding back a smile at his behavior. Her heart was melting at the sight of him all flustered trying to be as polite as possible.
He is boyfriend material.
“Okay kids, have fun!” her dad finally said, letting them go.
Both of them walked to the car and Jeff opened her door before taking the driver seat. He smiled at her awkwardly and started the car.
“I promise I’m usually smoother than that.” he said embarrassed with a blush invading his face. Y/N couldn’t stop herself from laughing at his comment.
“I thought you were cute.” she admitted. He laughed in disbelief while shaking his head.
“I’m serious, Jeff!”
“You’re such a liar.” he teased with a playful smile making her laugh even harder.
They kept teasing each other the rest of the way, laughing and getting rid of any possible awkward tension.
Both of them thinking on how much they were enjoying each other’s company already.
Y/N sighed coming back from her memories.“I can tell you right now, that I’m falling for that boy”
Her eyes went straight to Jeff, who was casually already looking at her while swinging the baseball bat in the air. She looked away with a blush invading her cheeks with Hannah and Clay teasing her for the not so subtle gesture.
Soon, the game started. The school’s team always leading the game, with few points ahead of the rival team.
It was Jeff’s turn to bat. He grabbed a bit of dirt and rubbed it between his hands as he concentrated.
Everyone held their breath as the ball approached him. Jeff swung his bat and hit the ball with force. The crowd went wild as the ball disappeared in the air and landed on the other side of the fence. Jeff ran with everything he had, around the bases. When he finally stepped on the home plate, every Liberty student jumped off their seat to celebrate loudly.
The cheerleaders were already chanting his name while his teammates ran out from the sidelines to give him a group hug and several pats on the back.
Jeff turned to face her and without a care, he pointed at her, dedicating her the home run.
The people around exploded in “aww”, as Jeff’s smile only got bigger and the blush on her cheeks deepened.
“He’s so whipped, man!” Clay whispered to himself laughing in amusement.
When the game ended, the score was on their favor. Everyone cheered from their seats, while the players and the cheerleaders invaded the field to celebrate with the audience.
The group of girls who were there to cheer on their boyfriends, jumped from their seats as they ran to the field to celebrate with them.
Y/N watched the pairs hugging and kissing each other, before her eyes landed on Jeff.
He stood between the couples, with his hands on his hips and a raised brow, looking at her expectantly.
“I think that’s your cue to leave.” Hannah said, barely able to contain her joy for them.
She hesitantly stood up and with slow steps, made her way to the field. She walked around the couples, until she came face to face with Jeff. Without a second thought, he wrapped his arms around her, burying his face on her neck. She smiled as she caressed the back of his neck softly.
“So…did I impress you?” he asked with a smirk on his lips pulling away from her just a little bit.
“Meh, you were okay.” she answered trying to sound bored.
“I was okay? Just okay?” Y/N nodded her head carrying on with her unimpressed facade, causing a frown to appear on his face. ”I bet I can sweep you off your feet.” he declared, a tiny smile replacing his frown while his hands cupped her cheeks.
“Oh really?” she teased, trying to conceal her eagerness.
“Yeah.” he whispered before stealing her breath away with a kiss.
She knew he was going to kiss her, but nothing could’ve prepared her for the wave of feelings that invaded her body.
Her knees were shaking with emotion, as her lips responded to the kiss with careful moves. She held onto the fabric covering his chest, trying to keep somewhat grounded.
Jeff could feel the warmth of her cheeks spreading across the palms of his hands. He was beyond fascinated at how she was melting at his touch. This is what he had been longing for, ever since he saw her for the first time. And the fact that she reciprocated, made it a thousand times better than what he had imagined it would feel like.
I’m the one who made her feel like this. She has all these feelings for me.
Y/N broke the kiss with a sigh, slightly rubbing her nose against his.
“Okay, maybe you can.” she whispered, still breathless and with a hazy mind. Jeff chuckled in response, his heart doing somersaults at her current state.
He claimed her lips once again, and she let herself go in his embrace.
Jeff thanked Clay in his mind. He was the one who encouraged him to talk to her, after all.
He helped him overcome his insecurities.
Who would’ve thought that the guy he wanted to help to improve his love life, actually helped him to get his girl.
Mentions: Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, Connor Brown, Matt Martin.
Warnings: Curse Words
Preview: You recognized the video as soon as the music began playing. It was your senior video. Of course Mitch found the most embarrassing and long video of you. You made a mental note to kill your old teammate for posting it.
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You were trying to, unsuccessfully may you might add, clean your kitchen after dinner. You and Morgan had been dating for a little over six months. He had kept you to himself for the first few months, and now you could see why.
Ever since being introduced to his teammates, for some reason your apartment was now the coolest hangout spot in all of Toronto. You had no idea why at first but you quickly realized they probably enjoyed the free home-cooked meals.
You were still washing dishes when Mitch walked into the kitchen. “What are these Y/N?” he asked curiously. He held up two hockey jerseys.
Your breath hitched at the sight of them. You had hidden your college jerseys way in the back of your closet, hoping Morgan wouldn’t find them. Or noisy teammates apparently. You didn’t exactly indulge him in the fact that you played almost your entire life. Hockey was his thing. You weren’t sure how he would take the fact that you played the same sport. You had a good thing going, so you just never told him.
“What were you doing in my closet Mitchell?” you questioned trying to change the subject.
“We were trying to find clothes to give Brownie a makeover, but that is beside the point! These jerseys have your last name on them!”
You just shook your head, trying to think of a good excuse. The rest of the boys had become intrigued.
“They are old jerseys of my brothers.” You tried.
“So what’s the super small hockey equipment for?” He asked in some ridiculous detective voice he was trying. Auston held up your duffle bag you had stuffed in the back corner of your closet.
You sighed putting the last of the dishes away.
“Okay so I might have played hockey, it’s no big deal.”
Morgan looked at you quizzically as did the rest of the boys.
“You played hockey? What position did you play?” Connor asked.
“It was never that serious, I come from a hockey family, I played hockey. That’s it.” You replied trying to downplay your college career.
The boys just nodded and you had hoped that was the end of it. You figured the guys would be off to play some video game as they normally did. It was better than the alternative which was driving your neighbors insane to no end with their rough-housing.
That was until you noticed Mitch entranced by his phone. The pit in your stomach grew two sizes. You prayed he would find nothing. You gulped as you watched him.
You all moved to the couch and you sat down. You were still watching Mitch intently hoping he was talking to Steph or tweeting something ridiculous.
You started watching whatever the guys had put on when Mitch suddenly made you jump.
“AHA! Found it. Detective Mitch is the best!”
“And what is it that you found Mitchy?” Matt asked looking up from his seat on the floor.
“I have found a highlight reel of our little Y/N here.” He grinned at you evilly.
You groaned as the guys got excited all trying to lean over Mitch’s phone.
“Y/N has airplay you know” Morgan quipped and you shot him a glare.
“No please!” you begged but you already knew you had no choice in the matter.
Mitch set up the airplay and the guys all settled in delighted to see how you played.
You recognized the video as soon as the music began playing. It was your senior video. Of course Mitch found the most embarrassing and long video of you. You made a mental note to kill your old teammate for posting it.
The video started showing you playing on the ice and a few goals of yours.
“You played center?” Auston asked. You just nodded pulling the blanket in your lap up to your face, trying to hide the pink tinge flooding your cheeks.
“You have a pretty good celly Y/N.” Connor noted
The video had switched to show you goofing off in the locker room dancing around in your pads.
“Oh my god, she is basically Mitch” Matt added watching you try on your goalies gear playing around.
“Auston has a better ass in gear though, sorry Y/N.”
Morgan hadn’t said a single word so far. You glanced at him as he watched the screen attentively. His expression was unreadable and it worried you.
You looked at the screen and you knew what was coming next, a lump filled in your throat.
“Okay I think that’s enough of embarrassing me for one night.” You tried reaching over for Mitch’s phone.
“No, No, No. It isn’t over yet.” Mitch quipped. You both wrestled for the phone and then you heard it the music that signaled the part of the video you dreaded.
You sunk into the couch as far as you could. You stole a quick look at the boys. They were all staring at the screen their mouths ajar.
There on the screen, your fight reel was playing. You had a temper on the ice and when someone messed with your team, you came for them. You watched as you skated away from a fight blood dripping down your face. You think your face matched the red tinge you had on the screen.
Morgan was the first one to finally speak up as the video came to an end.
“You were an enforcer?”
You didn’t think it was possible but you could feel your cheeks get hotter.
“I might have had an inclination to fight people when they fucked with my family.”
“Our sweet little Y/N was a Goon?”
“Man she puts you to shame Martin.”
“Don’t tell my girlfriend, but I don’t think I have ever been more turned on.”
Morgan suddenly grabbed your hand pulling you up off the couch and then towards your bedroom away from the guys chirping.
He dragged you into your room and shut the door.
“Why didn’t you tell me?” Morgan asked softly.
You sat on the bed with a sigh.
“I was worried about how you would react. Hockey is your whole life, and I wasn’t sure how you would react to me playing.” You said honestly.
“Why wouldn’t I be happy about the girl I love being able to share something as important to me as hockey.”
You almost fell off the bed. “What?”
Morgan’s cheeks matched your own. “Well I love the fact that you can play hockey and Well I love you.”
You were speechless. Morgan rubbed the back of his neck with his hand.
“Maybe I shouldn’t have said anything…”
You stood up and walked over to Morgan who was now staring at the floor. You grabbed his face in your hands “If I knew telling you I played hockey would finally get you to say that, I would have told you a month ago.”
“Only a month?” He questioned raising an eyebrow.
“Well it’s when I wanted to say it for the first time.” You smiled.
A grin crept onto Morgan’s face and he kissed you.
You both pulled away when you heard the hollering outside your door. You rolled your eyes as you opened the door. You were met with the guys almost falling into your room. You laughed.
“We have the coolest parents ever!” Mitchy declared pulling you and Morgan both in for a hug.
It’s a transition. That’s what Emma’s calling it. She’s transitioning from one team to another, from one coast to another and she’s definitely not worried. Nope. She’s fine. Really. She’s promised Mary Margaret ten times already. So she got fired. Whatever. She’s fine, ready to settle into life with the New York Rangers. She’s got a job to do. And she doesn’t care about Killian Jones, captain of the New York Rangers. At all.
He’s done. One more season and he’s a free agent and he’s out. It’s win or nothing for Killian. He’s going to win a Stanley Cup and then he’s going to stop being the face of the franchise and he’s going to go play for some other garbage team where his name won’t be used as puns in New York Post headlines. That’s the plan. And Emma Swan, director of New York Rangers community relations isn’t going to change that. At all.
They are both horrible liars.
Rating: Mature Content Warnings: Swearing, eventual hockey-type violence AN: Happy All-Star break and welcome back to Los Angeles, Emma Swan. I harbor no actual resentment to the city of Los Angeles, but I really don’t like the Kings for winning that one Stanley Cup, so…..As always, you guys are absolutely incredible and I can’t thank you enough for reading all these sports feelz words. Screaming the praises of @laurnorder, @distant-rose & @beautiful-swan forever and ever. Also living on Ao3, FF.net & tag’ed up on Tumblr.
“Are you ok, Hook?” Roland asked, glancing back over his shoulder at Killian. Regina tugged on his hand lightly, muttering something under her breath about how they were on a moving sidewalk and he couldn’t just stop walking like that.
Killian hummed in the back of his throat, but didn’t actually answer Roland, just took a deep breath. Emma felt his shoulders move with the effort of it, his arm slung lazily over her own shoulders and she had a suspicion he was using her to stay standing up.