@mashiarasdream, who gave it a quick beta, said “It might be the cheesiest tooth rotting fluff on the planet.”
A smile like no other
He had always loved her smile.
He remembers the first time she smiled at him when they met
at the Academy. It had been polite. The kind of smile you extend to new
acquaintances. And yet there was a warmth about it that immediately made him
feel welcome. She may have considered them bitter rivals at first. She may have
thought he hated her. But it was so far from the truth.
He remembers the faint hint of a grateful smile when he held
her, half-buried beneath the rubble of the destroyed monolith, still catching
He remembers the twitching of her lips, a grimace more than
a smile, after he returned from Maveth empty-handed. He couldn’t read her then,
couldn’t tell if her smile was forced, if all he saw in her eyes was grief over
a man she’d lost, or if maybe it was genuine, if it was relief over seeing him
alive. Throughout the years he had realized that it had been the latter.
He remembers her smile, her laughter, when she told him that
she was done wasting time, when she made it clear that it was him that she
longed to be with. He could barely believe his eyes and ears.
He remembers the smile in her eyes and the one playing on
her lips, standing in the middle of a hotel room in Bucharest. His heart had
never beaten quite so fast before.
He remembers how she smiled at him in her wedding gown, how
it brought him to tears to realize that he, Leopold Fitz, made her happy, made
her smile; that she was ready, was longing to spend the rest of her life with
Her smiles had so many facets, twists, and turns. He had
seen so many of them through the years, every beautiful and subtle nuance of
And yet, as he watches her holding their newborn baby, tears
streaming down her face as she whispers words of love and welcome down to the
tiny naked being in her arms, Fitz feels as if he sees her smile for the first
time. And when she looks up and her eyes meet his, her smile—beaming, warm, loving,
raw, and emotional—fills his entire body, creeps into his heart, his mind and
soul, until his own lips mirror it.
He never imagined that he could love anyone the way he loves
Jemma Simmons, and through their years together he had started to believe that
she would never love anyone as much as him.
But now he’s smiling at his
wife, holding their baby, and she’s beaming back at him, and he realizes that
life after this day, life after this smile will never be the same. They’ve gone
from being Fitzsimmons to being parents, being a family. And a love already
beyond measure had grown exponentially with the arrival of their little holiday
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