Request: Idk if you’re
taking any requests or not but can I request a one-shot where reader is
shopping at a crowded street and she slightly gets anxious at how crowded and
unsafe the streets are at night then she bumps into her crush Chris Evans and
he offers to be her chaperon for the night and she feels safer? Thank you
A/N: Ok, I got a
bit carried away with this, sorry it’s so long!
I hope you like it. This is my
first request ever. I wasn’t even planning
on doing requests, but I got one, and I thought it was a nice little break from
the series I’m working on. Enjoy!
Thanksgiving was always a stressful time for you as it
always seemed so hectic. You were born
and raised in Boston, but moved a few years ago to Newport, Rhode Island. Being a freelance photographer was a dream
job for you. You were able to take the
jobs you wanted, dictate your own schedule, and most importantly, less people
to deal with. You were always anxious
around big crowds of people, which is one of the reasons you decided to move
out of Boston. Sure, you could have
stayed in Massachusetts at least, but you wanted something different. That was how you found Newport in Rhode
Island. A population of 25,000 people
was much more appreciated in your eyes compared to Boston’s 673,000; and it was
only an hour and 45 minute drive away.
That’s where you found yourself for Thanksgiving, at your
parents’ house, along with all your siblings.
You made the drive two days ago, trying to beat that last minute rush of
people; you did not want to deal with that kind of traffic.
You were all sitting around the dining room table, eating
the delicious meal you helped prepare with your mother and sister. While Thanksgiving was stressful, you were
thankful for your family and how they always supported you in what you
did. Your sister started talking about
Black Friday shopping and you cringed.
You didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. Was it worth waiting in line for hours to get
the cheapest brand TV, which you know would break within a year or two?
Your sister noticed your reaction and just had to pipe in
her remarks. “Oooh, is Y/N going to be a
wet blanket again and not come shopping with us?”
“Wet blanket? Really
Y/S/N? Is that the best you could come
up with?” you glared back at her. You
loved your sister of course. You and
your siblings always had that annoying “no matter how old we are we will always
pick on each other” thing going on. It
was all fun and games, until someone made a bet. You couldn’t back down from a bet. No one in your family could; that’s just how competitive
Your sister gave you a villainous grin, and you knew what
was to come. “Damnit” you scolded
internally. She was going to make a bet
about going Black Friday shopping.
“I bet you couldn’t last the entire night Black Friday,
without mom or me!” your sister said, loud and proud.
“And what do I get if I win?” you asked, trying not to sound
too nervous. Black Friday shopping was
something you had nightmares about. The
crowds of people; congestion of bodies everywhere. Hell, people have been trampled to death
“I will pay for anything photography related, as long as it
stays below the $250 limit” your sister stated, pretty sure of herself that she
You probably would have just thrown in the towel when she
first announced it. Your anxiety of
crowds and crowded places at night not worth anything, until she said what your
winnings would be. Photography was not
only your life, but your job, and you could always use a few upgrades to go
with your camera, seeing as some of it was expensive. You just couldn’t pass up this bet; it was
“You got yourself a deal dear sister!”
“YES! Ok, we will all
ride to the mall together, but then you will split up from us. I will be texting you ever hour for a
reminder, and at that time, you have to snap a picture of yourself in front of
a store. AND it has to be a different
store each time. You can stay in the
mall, or go outside to the boutiques. I
really don’t care, as long as I get a picture every hour. Deal?”
“Deal” you say as you extend your hand across the table to
shake your sisters. A deal was never
cemented until you shook on it.
A few hours later, you were waiting in line to the
mall. Standing in a long ass line full
of people, bundled up in a jacket and scarf, shivering. The streets were littered with people. Everywhere you looked there were people
standing and walking. It reminded you of
Times Square in NYC. Your anxiety
started creeping up and you felt yourself getting restless. The stores and malls that aligned downtown
Boston would all be opening at the same time in a matter of seconds. You felt your heart rate increase a bit as
you anxiously waited, hoping the night would go by fast.
Up ahead you heard people start to cheer and you knew the
mall doors were opening. People started
pushing forwards and your breath hitched.
You clung to your sisters’ hands until you made it inside the mall, and
she let go.
“It’s 11pm now Y/N, so I expect a picture the first picture
of you at midnight. Go buy some stuff
while you’re out tonight” your sister says to you as she starts to speed walk
deeper into the mall.
People were rushing all around you to get to their
designated stores; for their damn deals.
You were getting pushed around in all different directions. You felt your breathing becoming really
shallow, thoughts of impending death from being trampled running through your
mind. You needed air; you needed to get
outside to get some fresh air before you collapsed.
You started jogging towards the front door but nothing was
working. People came stampeding towards
you to get into the mall, while you were struggling to get outside. You felt the sweat start to bead on your
forehead, your jacket making your body feel like you were wearing a sweater and
ugg boots on a July day in Arizona.
After pushing past people for what felt like hours, you
finally broke free and stumbled towards a lamp post. You hung onto it for dear life; you were
trembling and started to hyperventilate.
Nobody was paying attention to you, or trying to help you. Until he showed up.
“Hey, hey are you okay miss?” you heard a man’s voice ask
You could barely breathe, let alone talk, so you just shook your
head violently back and forth.
“You need to sit down.
Can I help you to a bench?” he asked.
“Pl-please” you choked out.
He gently put his hand on your back and pried your hand off
the lamp post. You kept your head down,
watching where you were walking so you wouldn’t fall down; the man had your arm
gripped tightly, yet affectionately, so he could guide you to sit down.
Once you reached the bench, you plopped down, trying to take
“Lean your head down a little” you did as he said, “there
you go, now concentrate on deep breaths.”
As your mind started to clear up and you could concentrate a
little more, you listened to his voice.
It sounded oddly familiar to you.
He kept talking to your throughout your attack, telling you encouraging
It took a few more minutes, but you were able to regain your
breathing and your shaking subsided. You
perch your head up and turn to the left, looking into the eyes of the man who
saved you, and realized who it was.
Chris Evans just saved you. You
couldn’t believe your eyes; maybe it was your brain being foggy from everything
that happened. You’ve had a massive
crush on him for years!
“Thank you” you say to him, a thankful smile appearing on
“It’s really no problem, I’m Chris” he says extending his
hand to you.
You take his hand in yours, and you can’t quite explain it,
but you felt safe there with him.
“Y/N” you respond, “and I’m actually a big fan of yours”,
blush immediately creeping onto your face.
You didn’t lie there.
You loved his movies, and not just Avengers and Captain America.
“Thank you” he says with a chuckle. “I always love to meet my fans. So, you doing some Black Friday shopping?”
“Uhh, well, not exactly” you express, “I’m actually out here
because of a bet with my sister. She
didn’t think I’d be able to last Black Friday shopping because of my anxiety
“Wow, you braved these crowds for a bet? I hope there is something worth it in the end”
he barked out a laugh.
You gave him a huge grin “oh there is, otherwise I wouldn’t
be out here. I’m a photographer and she
said she would buy me accessories. I
couldn’t back down from that!”
“Do you want company tonight?”
You completely taken aback.
Why would he offer such a thing?
Surely he had plans, and you didn’t want to bother him.
“Oh, no you don’t have to do that. I don’t want to keep you from your
plans. Thank you though.”
He gave you that boy next store smile that you always loved
when you saw him in pictures. “I
actually don’t have any plans. I
actually don’t really know why I came out tonight. I’d just rather you not be alone if you had
an anxiety attack. At least I could help
you if you had another one.”
You had to admit, just sitting here next to him and talking
to him made you feel safe. You didn’t
even notice the crowds of people walking all around you; if was as if everything
“Umm, well, I guess if you have nothing better to do” you
“Alright then, let’s get to it!”
The two of you walked around the rest of the night, his hand
tightly in yours to keep you grounded.
You didn’t mind one bit, this was Chris Evans you were talking to! He wanted to hear all about your job and you
happily did so. You described to him the
few cameras you owned, and also told him about the camera you had wanted to get. It was the best camera out there, but it was
just too expensive. The two of you even
walked by a camera store and you pointed out that you were planning on coming
back here tomorrow afternoon so your sister could pay off her debt. He seemed to really enjoy hearing about your
work, and it made you smile.
The two of you talked about growing up in Massachusetts and
where your favorite places were. Chris
pointed out his favorite pub that he always comes to when he is in town
visiting his family. You mentioned to
him that you now lived in Newport and you boasted about the beautiful
waterfront views. “I just might have to
visit there” he stated after, which made you blush profusely.
You also told him about having to take pictures every hour,
and Chris certainly helped you out with that.
He would recommend stores to take pictures in front of, along with
telling you to make goofy faces. The
night was coming to an end and you were kind of bummed.
He wrapped you in his
arms, giving you a bear hug and you didn’t want to let go.
“Thank you Chris, for keeping me company tonight. I don’t know what I would have done without
“It was my pleasure Y/N.
Thank you for letting me into your life for the night. Maybe I’ll see you again sometime, wondering
around Boston” he said giving you a big smile.
You two parted ways as you walked to your sisters’ car. You waited there another ten minutes before
your sister and mom showed up, bags in hands.
“I win” you gloat to your sister as she glares at you.
The next afternoon, you and your sister were on your way to
the little camera store you pointed out to Chris. You knew the exact accessories you were
looking for and couldn’t wait for your sister to pay off her debt to you. You didn’t win the bets very often, so you
were in a pretty good mood today. Your
mind drifting to Chris, wishing there was another way to say thank you for
keeping you company and keeping you safe.
You walked into the camera shop and immediately went to the
glass case, looking for the dream camera you wanted, but didn’t see it
“Excuse me, but are you Y/N?” the salesperson asks.
“Yes” you state confused.
“You have a gift here for you” the clerk said as they went
in back to grab the gift. They placed it
on the counter and walked away to greet another customer. You looked around and noticed your sister was
standing along the wall, phone in her hand, oblivious as to what was going
You grabbed the letter on top of the box and opened it.
Thank you for last night. I
really didn’t know what made me want to go to downtown Boston during Black
Friday, but I’m glad I did. I got to
meet you. I want you to know that I had
a great time simply wandering around and talking. I could see it in your eyes the love you have
for your job, so I wanted to give you something. Think of it as a Thank You gift, and an early
Christmas gift. I hope you have a wonderful
Christmas. XOXO Chris
Your arms were trembling slightly while you opened the
box. You let out a gasp at what you saw;
the dream camera that you’ve always wanted, but was too expensive to buy. Chris must have really paid attention to
everything you said last night, because this was the exact camera you wanted;
every detail you explained.
You felt a tear of happiness slide down your
cheek as you examined your new camera. You
couldn’t wait to try it out. You could
only hope that you were lucky enough to run into Chris again in the future to
say thank you for such a generous gift.