*** @legendofgrump wanted some fluffy fluff to make her feel better. I know I’m a lil late, but I thought you’d like it anyway.
Ross didn’t want to talk to anyone. He didn’t want to look at anyone. He didn’t want to think about anyone. If he opened his mouth, he felt like he would start screaming and never stop. If he moved his hand, he feared he’d break every action figure sitting on his desk and Arin’s too. He wanted to smash something. He was absolutely livid right now. His blood was boiling, his face was red, his heart was pounding, and he could almost feel the steam spewing out of his ears.
He had spent the last nine and a half hours on this animation. Nine and a half hours hunched over a computer, drawing frame by agonizing frame. Nine and a half hours of destroying his wrist to get the character to move as fluidly as he wanted it to move. He spent nine and a half hours creating ten seconds of a two minute battle scene.
And then the critical moment. He moved his mouse over to click save. Just as he was about to, the computer froze. It stayed frozen for a good two minutes, then it flashed a blue screen, an error sign, and turned off.
Ross couldn’t get it back on. He tried for twenty minutes. He knew he could probably ask Barry for help, but he didn’t even want to open his mouth, afraid of all the swears and yells that would escape in front of his coworkers.
Instead, he stood up, and walked into the grump room, closing the door softly behind him. The grump room had sound proofing in there, so no one could hear him screaming.
Dan may not be the most attentive guy in the world, but he sure as hell noticed when a couch cushion went flying across the room behind the window that faced the grump room. Had someone gone in there? Dad didn’t remember. Maybe Matt and Ryan had come over to record? But no, they were coming over tomorrow. So who was in there?
Dan got up from his perch on the couch, and peeked in through the window. Inside the room was Ross, surrounded in couch parts on the floor, swearing like a sailor. Tears were falling down his face. He looked horrible.
Dan walked around and opened the door to the room slowly. “Ross, buddy? You alright?”
Ross’ head jerked up to see Dan, and he quickly wiped the tears off his face and sniffled. “I’m fucking pissed. No.”
Dan stepped inside all the way, closing the door behind him. “What happened?”
Dan came into the room fully, picking up the cushions and pillows strewn about the room. He put them back as Ross explained.
“All my work from today is fucking gone Dan. All of it. I didn’t leave my fucking chair all day for ANYTHING, and it’s all gone. All of it!”
Dan extended a hand down to Ross, who took it and stood up. Dan sat Ross on the couch.
“Do you want to take a nap or something in here? I’ll have Barry and Jack help try and fix it. I can give you my blanket to use.”
The thought of a nap sounded really appealing right now. Especially if Ross got to use Dan’s legendary blanket. Ross nodded.
“Yeah, I’d like that.”
Dan patted Ross’ head, then went out to get his blanket and pillow. He caught a weird glance from Arin, but no one questioned him.
“Here you are.” Dan put the pillow down on the end of the couch, and Ross laid on it. It was soft. Then Dan covered Ross with his blanket, tucking him in in a motherly way. Ross took in a huge sniff. It smelled like Dan, which gave him immediate comfort.
“Now you take a nap, okay?”
Ross nodded. Dan smiled, giving Ross a ruffle of his hair before exiting the grump room, closing the door gently behind him.
“Back when I watched a lot of ‘The Matrix’ as a kid, all I wanted to do was that stupid matrix bend-back, so I tried all the time in my room like some fucking idiot and then I figured it out. If you bend your knees enough you can hold yourself up. It’s dumb, it looks super stupid.”