Ok zimbits: I've been thinking about the idea of jack not always understanding bittys sarcasm or how he can be really nice to someone on the surface and then turn around and do the whole "bless their heart" thing. And at first it makes jack anxious bc - what does bitty really think about him?? But then he learns to spot bittys bluffs whenever he's talking to someone he clearly can't stand
this is such a good spin on that hc!!!! But yes, I completely agree– because Bitty just seems so nice and so happy all the time– even when Shitty is clearly overstepping his boundaries with gay issues to Bitty– but as they start dating Jack realizes that’s not?? True?? And then he gets anxious because, oh no, what if Bitty is mad at him and he doesn’t realize? What does Bitty think of him that he’s hiding behind that fake-niceness? (And Bitty is nice, but he is also human, so.)
And this eats at Jack, especially after little spats they have, and Bitty notices one day, asks him what’s up. Jack feels silly saying it but he admits to these insecurities, and Bitty assures him that Jack will know if Bitty is actually upset. And it’s happy and lovely because these boys are so, so good at communication!!!
And as they keep dating, Jack starts to pick up on Bitty’s tells more and more– beyond just the “bless your heart”, but noticing how his voice changes, how his smile is tighter, his laugh a little more fake. And Bitty, true to his word, never plays that game with Jack.
(thanks for the hc!!!)