shes flirting again

On the Companions, and How to Define Them

In my psychology class last year, we learned about an experiment that examined individualistic vs. collectivistic cultures, and I think it works as an apt analogy for how Davies and Moffat approach companions.

This experiment compared American and Japanese students. It asked them to describe themselves, first objectively and then how they saw themselves around different people. The Japanese students were puzzled by the first task, while Americans had a harder time with the second, the implication being that those from societies that prize individuality see themselves separate from the people around them, while those from cultures that value working together and harmony will view themselves in relation to the people around them. To reiterate: this is exactly what is happening in Moffat and Davies Who.

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anonymous asked:

What if in your Twins AU, there was a situation where Marinette and Adrien couldn't transform into Ladybug and Cat Noir, and Bridgette and Felix have to take over for them? But Marinette and Adrien sort of follow them around trying to help them figure out how to use their weapons.

i don’t think i posted anything about this yet, but both sets of kids share the identities between them already! whoever is closest to the scene of the akuma attack transforms, so the incident can be addressed as quickly as possible.  the kids will meet up in various combinations, but it’s usually bridgette/felix and marinette/adrien who end up working together. each of them think there’s only one chat noir and one ladybug respectively.

since bridgette and marinette are cousins for now i haven’t figured out how they manage it yet (maybe it’s as easy as just asking tikki if they can share the workload?), but plagg accidentally bonded with adrien and felix after locking onto one energy signature while looking for a miraculous host, which turned out to be twins - i.e. one singular person split into two.

felix hates being chat noir, but knowing a kiss from ladybug can free him and adrien he takes every opportunity he gets to try to “fix” their situation. adrien, who is head over heels in love with ladybug, takes every opportunity he gets to stop felix lifting the curse and screwing up his love life (which makes them both selfish, before the felix hatebloggers crash the party). neither ladybug is interested in either chat noir, and for the foreseeable future it’s staying that way.

i figure the first time felix and bridgette got out went something like this:

anonymous asked:

How about how the paladins try to figure out if their crush likes them back? Like, who's constantly inviting them on adventures, who asks those risky questions during quiet moments, who follows them around, who gets nosy and nonchalantly asks the other paladins? Bonus! How quickly do the other paladins/alteans catch on?

Oooooooohhhh this is a cute request!!!

Originally posted by dermotoleary

Shiro-

  • feels embarrassed about having a crush and not knowing what to do about it
  • It’s almost like he’s in middle school again!
  • Like the crush he has for you is so pure and awkward!
  • But this man has gone through shit and has low self esteem when it comes to being someone’s romantic other
  • Please handle this man with care.
  • Will probably attempt to ask you nonchalantly about your love life
  • He THINKS he’s sly but..
  • “Sooooo the stars are beautiful tonight, hehehe…. kinda makes think about your boyfriend huh? Heh, aaaaah you have a Boyfriend right? Or girlfriend! That’s normal too….. are you single?”
  • This man is obvious, especially when you guys are alone
  • He will try to figure out if you like him back or not on his own.
  • He does NOT want to ask lance for dating advice
  • IF YOU ARE SINGLE THIS MAN IS SO HAPPY AND SHY LIKE WHAT CAN HE DO NOW TO MAKE YOU HIS!?
  • Bonus: if you’re crushing on him too, he won’t catch on and tell you have to spell it out for him
  • I can already imagine Shiro’s ear-to-ear grin when you tell this man you like him back

Lance-

  • He’s the one dragging you on risky adventures
  • Try’s so hard to impress you by being heroic
  • Have you ever heard the suspension bridge affect?
  • Basically, it’s a theory where a girl falls in love with someone when they both survive a life or death situation
  • THIS BOY DOESNT KNOW IF YOU LIKE HIM OR NOT YET BUT HE IS DETERMINED TO BE THE ONLY PERSON YOU THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU LAY IN BED AT NIGHT
  • Because you’re already on his mind when he’s trying to sleep. Might as well make it even
  • Bonus- if you have a crush on this man, it’ll take him a gooooood, hm, two weeks till he puts the two and two together
  • If you drop hints, he’ll over analyze them
  • “Does THIS mean they like me!? Or just hungry?..”

Keith-

  • Keith would be the one saying risky things
  • Then try to play it off
  • “You’re really pretty.” “What?” “I said you look shitty!”
  • This boy is so clueless, he’ll ask everyone if they think you like him
  • You start to notice Keith fighting lance a lot more
  • “Hey! Y/n! Did you know Keith li-” *lance gets body slammed by wild keith*
  • At some point, this whole not knowing thing will frustrate him to no end and he’ll end yelling that he likes
  • Then blush and run for the hills
  • You won’t be able to find the poor boy for daaaaaays
  • Bonus: THIS BOI WONT GET IT THROUGH HIS SKULL UNTIL AFTER YOUR FUTURE CHILDREN HAVE THEIR OWN CHILDREN
  • You guys will probably have graves side by side each other and as ghosts he still has to ask “are you SURE you love me!?”
  • Give this boi lots of love, he deserves it

Hunk-

  • When hunk has a crush, he’s 140% more clumsy
  • Don’t go near him when he’s working with machinery, PLEASE
  • Something will explode
  • He blushes a lot and stutters sometimes
  • Though if he really likes you, it’s probably because you make him happy and comfortable so you don’t need to worry about him being too awkward
  • Will want to have rich conversations with you all the time.
  • Bonus: he’ll actually be the fastest paladin to figure out you like him back
  • He realizes it when your guys hands linger more than usually, how you pretend to fall asleep on his shoulders sometimes and how you actually take over cooking duty now and then to give hunk a bit of a break (this man is a mechanic, not a chef)
  • He’ll still beat around the bush for a while so you might have to extend the first date invitation because hunk is just content with knowing you care about him too
  • (I have to add this because I love hunk so I CALL DIBS PEOPLE HUNK IS MY HUBBY!!!)

Pidge-

  • ahahahahaha say goodbye to your privacy
  • If pidge has a crush on you, you won’t know it
  • But one of her mini robots, WILL be following you everywhere you go
  • Of course, she’ll try her best not to get caught by you or the others.
  • She knows she shouldn’t be invading your privacy BUT SHE NEEDS TO KNOW IF YOU LIKE HER BACK BEFORE SHE MAKES A MOVE
  • Cute flustered tech muffin~
  • Bonus: she will know you like her when her robots record you talking to one of the paladins about it
  • This child is hooting and cheering as if they won the lottery!

Allura-

  • thinks humans are rather confusing
  • Especially their dating customs
  • Asks the other paladins for help
  • Immediately regrets it when a human ‘smooth flirt attack’ ended with her hair soaked in hair gel and multiple combs in it THATS SHE CAN’T GET OUT
  • She likes the leather jacket tho (lance tried to turn her into a greaser like from the movie grease)
  • Since she absolutely FAILED at human flirting so she resorted to flirting the altean way
  • And this women is RELENTLESS
  • She’ll kiss your wrist before you leave on missions for luck
  • She blows on the back of your neck (which is like the altean version of ‘guess who’ minus the coving the eyes part
  • She stands awfully close to you when talking (I mean like, her boobs….they’re like… right.. there..)
  • (I advice you not to do any titty grabbing)
  • Showers you with compliments in private
  • Combs your hair daily (sign of affection)
  • Bonus: if you’re the one in love, she won’t figure it out until she has hunk explains the symptoms of a human with a crush
  • Might try human flirting again,
  • she heard ‘hickeys’ are fun
  • (How much do you guys think lance has influenced her?)

Coran-

  • Doesn’t know how to feel about his growing attraction to you
  • There is more than a 10,000 year difference in age and he’s rather self conscious about it
  • More so because he actually looks older than the rest of the voltron crew
  • It’s one things to be old, another to LOOK old
  • His logic is this, if allure dated any of the paladins, there would still be a 10,000 year age difference but no one will fuss because they both look young. If he were to date anyone younger than himself it would cause I few people to turn their heads and question their relationship and he doesn’t want that
  • So he kept he’s feelings for you under wraps for a really long time
  • But he stills wants to be there with you. Give you a shoulder of comfort in the middle of this war, he wants to talk to you, learn more about you. He wants to talk to you about Altea, he wants you to planets he found that are similar to both your planets
  • Pretty much wants to be close to you before you find a boyfriend to fall in love with and then he’ll have to step back and let you be happy
  • THIS MAN IS FULL OF ANGST LET ME TELL YOU
  • Bonus- if you’re the one with the crush, he also might not know it about first but when he does realizes it, HE WONT KNOW WHAT TO DO
  • Goes to lance because he seems the most confident about his knowledge of ‘romancing of the humans’
  • OF COURSE, NOTHING GOES RIGHT AND SOMETHING JUST HAAAAS TO EXPLODE
  • Fireworks don’t belong indoors
  • When you guys confess to each other, he keeps quiet about his insecurities and be a bit distant when you guys are out in public. Much to your disapproval

Fanspaz note: it’s not that lance gave bad flirting advice, it’s just that Coran and Allura took it a bit far, like Coran for 'a kiss like fireworks’ you don’t need actual fireworks ! XD I GOT TWO MORE POST IN STORE FOR TODAY

He Didn't Know
  • Ladybug: I don't like pushy guys.
  • Chat Noir: Hmm? But according to the movies you're playing hard to get.
  • Ladybug: ...no, I'm not. I really don't like pushy guys.
  • Chat Noir:
  • Ladybug:
  • Chat Noir: *clasps her hand* Ladybug I am so sorry I had no idea it's kind of a long story why but trust me when I say I really didn't know any better and I'm so glad you told me because I respect you and I love you and the last thing I ever want to do is make you uncomfortable. I'll never do it again. *kisses her hand* See you for patrol tomorrow! *runs*
  • Ladybug:
  • Ladybug:
  • Ladybug: Did he just say he loved me??

Title: Duress

Fandom: Harry Potter

Word Count: 410

Characters: Draco Malfoy x Reader, Pansy Parkinson, Blaise Zabini

Reader Gender: Not specified

Warnings: Jealousy, threats

Notes: Request from @canon-is-drarry for “Could you do 10 and 12 with Draco?? I’ve just found your blog and it’s amazing! I love it and your writing is outstanding!” (10. “You’re sexy when you’re angry.” & 12. “You’re an idiot.” “But I’m your idiot.”) Thank you very much! ♥ // List of prompts is here.

      According to everyone who knew you, you were an exceptionally calm, harmonious, kind individual. You always did your best to treat others with respect and kindness. However, you had one significant flaw: jealousy. The fact that you were dating the most handsome young man you had ever met didn’t help with that.

      Six months of dating Draco Malfoy had been going quite smoothly. In fact, you had never been happier. Until you entered the Common Room one evening to find Draco, attempting to play Wizard’s Chess with Blaise, and Pansy, blatantly flirting with Draco. She was seated far too close to him on the couch, giggling like a fool at anything even slightly amusing that he said. Numerous times, she would rest her hand on his bicep, batting her eyelashes so much that one would have thought she had something in her eye. Before you even knew what you were doing, you were storming over.

      “I’m gone for twenty minutes and you start trying to flirt with my boyfriend? I knew you were desperate, Parkinson, but my goodness, at least try to show some dignity.”

      Pansy stood immediately, a glare on her face and her mouth open to retort, but she froze when she felt your wand jabbing into her throat.

      “Try me, Parkinson, I dare you,” you snarled. Slowly, she took a few steps back, her eyes wide. “If I ever catch you so much as look at him wrong again, I won’t hesitate to break that already-hideous nose of yours. Is that understood?”

      Pansy nodded quickly, then scurried off. You put your wand back into your pocket and sat down where she had been, a scowl forming on your face. Draco looked at Blaise and nodded in the direction of the boys’ dormitory. After Blaise had left, Draco turned to you with a smirk on his lips.

      “You’re sexy when you’re angry, you know that?”

      You scoffed, but a small smile threatened to replace your glower.

      “You’re an idiot.”

      “But I’m your idiot,” he replied, placing a sweet kiss on your lips. “And I will be up until you get sick of me. So, as amusing as it is, there really is no need to scare Parkinson half to death.”

      “If she flirts with you again, it won’t just be half,” you muttered. Draco chuckled, then pulled you into his arms, placing a kiss into your hair.

      “I love you, you envious little sweetheart.”

      “I love you, too.”

Manwhore - Part 11

Thanks to all the beauties that liked, shared and made such lovely comments about the previous parts:  Ramblings  You’re comments really make my day 😍

And usual thanks to the delectable @redprairielily for sorting all my bad grammar etc.😘

Warnings - maybe it needs warning I dunno but there’s some light smut in here.

Manwhore - Part 11

Rae kept a low profile on her first day at work.  It was mostly induction stuff; reading manuals and learning where all the fire exits were.  It was enough to keep her distracted from worrying about bumping into Finn.  She couldn’t believe the way he treated her the night before.  She was so pissed off that she went straight home just after Fiona returned from her phone call with her brother.  She said her brother would pass on the message to Jim to meet Rae at The Golden Lion on Thursday at 7:00 pm.  And then Rae went home to brood.

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Regarding Abigail - Part 12 (AU - Tom and Abby)

TITLE: Regarding Abigail
CHAPTER NUMBER/ONE SHOT:  Part 12 of ?
AUTHOR:  theothercourse
WHICH TOM/CHARACTER: Actor Tom
GENRE: Romance/Drama
FIC SUMMARY: In an alternate universe (of In Formal Wear), a terrible car accident robs Abigail of her recent memory. She doesn’t remember Tom or their relationship. Injured and alone, Abby can only put her trust in a man who claims to be her boyfriend. Tom has a second chance to make Abby fall in love with him - again.(Based on a request from missviolethunter from THIS LIST)
RATING: Mature (some mentions of sex in this part)
AUTHORS NOTES/WARNINGS:  Based on the characters from UpstagedIn His KissIn Her ArmsWho Loves You, Baby?The Road to Something Better, Regarding AbigailTom/Abby One ShotsAll Tom/Abigail in chronological order 

Book Cover | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11

Regarding Abigail

“Abigail,” I growled as the raw masculine energy took over my patience. She had been kissing me back, returning the affection with as much fervor as I gave to her. I initiated the kiss against my better judgment, but she’d given it her all. I felt her respond to me.

I closed the gap between us again, tipping her head back to look at me. Her fingers traced her lips where I’d been, but the haunted look in her eyes concerned me. Guilt? Regret? Her eyes, the perfect blend of innocence and wisdom, youthful purity and experienced heartbreak, searched mine. Bewildered she breathed, “You really do love me. I f-f-felt… it… in your kiss. I’m- I never felt that before.”

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anonymous asked:

Owen x Claire prompt: Claire has a nightmare after the events of Jurassic World and somehow finds herself at Owen's hotel door (cause he can't live in the island anymore)

A:N: Thank you for this prompt, it kind of ran away from me, I started with the nightmare and just ran with it and well…this happened. (also find on AO3 and give it the love it deserves?)
(Warning, mentions of PTSD and depiction of a panic attack) 

Teeth. Oh, god, there were just so many teeth.

The red glimmer of the flare, burning beside her.

The T-Rex, smiling wickedly at her, ready to have her.

She remembered how hard her heart was beating, how fast it was going, wishing it could replace her feet and take her away.

She remembered when the Indominus Rex was in its enclosure with Owen inside. She remembered the fear in her bones, her whole body shaking, not ready to hear if he died.

Claire shot up from her bed, her whole body in a sweat, and she had the sudden urge to curl up. She had to be small, the tiniest thing in all of existence, just to keep herself safe. Her chest felt tight, but her heart was beating against her ribs so aggressive, she could barely breathe.

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That Fateful Night (closed w/ forgottensoulreaper)

It was an hour before Chizuru and Senna would meet at their arranged time. The red-haired girl initially intended to watch Senna walk on a wire just as the latter claimed she did for Ichigo with a crowd of onlookers watching her. Chizuru wanted to see such a spectacle for herself, thinking that only those people would witness the orange-eyed girl do such a feat without sharing it for the world to see. 

Chizuru wanted to try out something for the night they would spend with each other. Simply watching Senna do her stunt could be over in a matter of minutes and she did not want that. The bespectacled girl spoke to herself in front of a mirror, picturing what it would be like if she were with Senna at the very moment; she thought of what she would say, her approaches and her overall personality, but all those things were bound to any kind of change in the long run. Chizuru hoped that at least she would be able to do what she planned to do even if it was not the exact thing she practiced. 

Their meeting place would be in Chizuru’s house which surprised her because Senna seemed to sigh a lot when she flirted with her. Then again, they did turn their miserable argument into a lively sharing of tales so probably Senna’s view of Chizuru changed even in the slightest of ways. 

But enough of the sentimental thinking despite the events being set only a few hours ago. Chizuru readied herself, bathed in her best wash and clothed in her best clothes although not too formal to bring the other girl to shame, but not too plain to not be noticed. Ultimately, she ended up wearing a red, sleeveless shirt , a yellow miniskirt that reach down a few inches above her knees, and black knee socks to give warmth to her exposed legs. 

Satisfied with her look, Chizuru waited, sitting on the couch in her living room for her companion, occasionally checking the time and ticking away the minutes left before the due time every time she looked. 

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Black and Red

Part 1 of my two shot for Halloween!!!!!!!! I’ll be adding this to my page with all the thinks to my writing as soon as this is posted! They are about 15 - 16 in this.

Side Note:I love writing Chloe! I don’t get to work with Queen Bees often, but I will most definitely will be writing her again sometime!

Words:1,017

Rated:K

Summary:Marinette trys and fails to ask Adrien to the Halloween Ball… But Chat Noir knows exactly how to cheer her up! 


Everything only went up from here….

Or at least that’s what Alya had been telling her for the past 2 hours, and it was being repeated over and over again in Marinette Dupain Cheng..

She clutched the tickets a little tighter, Don’t Shake She willed her heartbeat to decrease even by a little bit would be of help, but yet it quicken as she stood up and walked towards Him Adrien Agreste….. Top Model in Paris and absolute Gentleman… Unlike that stupid Cat that would bother her relentlessly.

Adrien was with as always Nino, and he smiled that amazing smile before his eyes traveled to her…. He was looking at Her, straight in the eyes no regrets.. She internally screamed as he waved. She continued her awkward walk towards him….

“Hey Marinette.” He  greeted, and if she was internally screaming then, a small hurricane was exploding inside her. “How are you?” He was asking her-Alya rolling her eyes… Marinette could see her best friend wave at her frantically, making a ‘Talk gesture’

She coughed “I-I’m good, so um Adrien I was wondering if you’d like to-“

“Adrien! Darling! There you are, I’ve been looking everywhere for you!” It had to be her! Ugh, she’d finally come up with the courage to ask him to the Halloween Ball, and this. THIS! Was what happens “So you know the Halloween Ball this weekend? While I just so happen to have 2 tickets-“

“Sorry, Chloe.” Adrien interrupted the Mayor’s pride and joy “Marinette was about to ask me something, um weren’t you?” The last of the sentence was directed at her.

She could feel her face grow hot, and knew immediately she was as red as Tikki “Well I was going to ask if you’d like to go to the Halloween Ball….” She whispered the last bit, and Chloe’s face screwed up in a look of disgust. But it only lasted a second.

The sickly sweet smile reappeared on the blonde’s face quickly “Oh Adrien, you wouldn’t ever consider going with her would you~” She purred, resting a hand on his shoulder “I mean look at her! Those trousers are so last year, and they’ve got flower on them-“

“That’s enough Chloe!” Adrien stated, interrupting her “Can’t you see you’ve hurt her feelings?” He looked up at Marinette, and she realised quickly there were tears forming in her eyes.

Chloe wasn’t fazed in the slightest “Adrien, she’s used to it.” She laughed lightly “I mean who cares, if her Parents run the most known bakery in Paris? She’s just a baker’s daughter she’ll never amount to anything other then running that stupid place one day-“

“Chloe.” Adrien’s voice was a little dangerous “I think you should apologise to Marinette.” He looked Chloe in the eyes and she frowned.

“But Adrien, she’s not good enough for you.”

That was the final words, the words that sent her into a run, without a second thought she could feel the hot tears run down her cheeks, “Marinette!” Alya called after her, but she didn’t listen.. She just kept running.

She needed to get out of here, “Tikki…” She whispered as she ran.

“I got ay,” Her red Kwami replied, as she transformed into the superhero Ladybug.


“You look down, My Lady?” Right on time, she thought bitterly “A pretty lady like you shouldn’t have bloodshot eyes… Now either you’ve had a bit too much wine, or you’ve been crying….” He crept down the railings of the Eiffel Tower, and sat next to her.

Marinette didn’t want to reply, so she utter a few simple words “Go away Chat…” She whispered. “I don’t want to talk right now…” She imagined his ears falling against his head… They always did that when he was sad…

“Now that sounds like a broken heart… Who broke you My Lady?” She looked up a little bit, and saw the genuine worry etched onto his face, “Who even had the chance too?”

The bluenette looked up fully now, “Have you ever been in love Chat?”

“Of course. The object of my affection is right in front of me here-“ She cut him off mid pick up line.

“Not that…” She paused pressing her lips into a line “I meant as you are in the normal way…. Not heroes just… You?”

His eye brows furrowed together, and he blinked “I’m not sure…” He answered honestly. “I can’t remember ever feeling anything like that..”

“Well word of Advice..” Her eyes locked with his “It’s torture… I don’t know why I even bothered in the first place..” She sniffed. “I mean she was right…”

She found a hand on her shoulder “Who?” He whispered “What did She say….?”

“That I wasn’t good enough…” Her voice was almost un hearable, even by her ears…. But Chat Noir heard it….

And Laughed.

“My Lady, I have never met a more worthy Woman of anyone’s effections.” He smiled cheesily, and she couldn’t help it, she laughed too. “I might know a way to cheer you up thought!” His smile took on a softer tone.

Marinette risked a look up at him “You do?” She asked with a small amused smile “Then what pray tell is it?”

“Well, my school’s having a Halloween-“ She interrupted him.

“A Halloween Ball? I have two tickets…. But Chat our agreement-“ He interrupted her this time with a devilish smile.

He took her hand as he spoke “Is still in tac. It is after all a Costume ball!” He kissed her hand.“You wear a wonderful Ladybug themed dress, and I shall where my mask!”

She thought it over “Not a terrible idea Chat…. But there will be lots of Ladybugs-“ He pressed a finger to her lips stopping her. Before producing a red rose.

“You take this one, and I shall get another one.” He leant in close “That is how we shall find each other… My Lady!” He pulled away quickly, and sat up a little straighter.
Marinette laughed again, as she took the rose “You know Chat…” Her smile widen “If I didn’t know any better, I’d say you were getting better at flirting…” She laughed again as he covered his heart in mock hurt.

“You wound me!” He grinned shamelessly, his usual trouble maker smile, that had annoyed her when she was younger. But she now found she couldn’t live without it.

“Yeah yeah.”

And that’s how it continued for the next hour.

anonymous asked:

D+S wearing the others sports jacket, D+S always flirting even tho theyve been together forever, D+S rarely calling each other by their given names, D+S always watching the others practices and games, D+S getting territorial when a new student hits on one and everyones like wrong move man thats derek and stiles dont even try, D+S bring adorable 24/7

can you imagine though. they’re the most popular couple at school but not the annoying type of popular but popular in the way that everyone knows who they are bc theyre so fucking cute together and everyone can see it in the way that the two boys look at each other that they’re just perfect together. 

and stiles is on the lacrosse team and derek’s captain of the basketball team so sometimes derek will wear a BH lacrosse hoodie to class and stiles takes derek’s letterman jacket all the time but neither boy cares because they love sharing clothes. and they flirt in the hallways like its no ones business. they leave little love notes in each others lockers throughout the day too. 

derek’s a senior and stiles is a junior so they don’t have any classes together. and so whenever they’re in their classes they’ll just write little notes about what’s going on in their minds the whole time and they’ll stick it in the others locker before heading off to their next class. and during lunch they share food and hold hands and they may have been dating for 3 years but they still get butterflies whenever they see each other or get to hold hands. 


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maad-as-raabbits  asked:

You should totally write one of them just totally watching every move the other makes (totally checking out their ass during training) and them just being so hopelessly in love that Roxy and Merlin are just finally like "WE GET IT YOU LOVE EACH OTHER BUT STOP STARING IT'S GETTING ANNOYING"

The gun was still hot in his hand as Eggsy lowered his arm, all six rounds successfully landed in the first two rings on the target.

“Well done, Galahad,” Merlin praised, scribbling something on a clipboard. “Lancelot, you’re up next.”

Roxy took a breath and nodded, stepping forward and taking the gun from Eggsy as he passed. He gave her a grin which she returned with a small smile, taking her place at the end of the range. She slipped on her safety glasses and loaded the gun, glancing behind her briefly to look at Merlin. He was standing with his hands behind his back, a frown of concentration on his face, nodding once at her in encouragement. Her lips twitched.

She aimed down range, one eye squeezed shut, letting out a breath slowly and carefully, measured. As her breath left her, she fired the gun a quick six times, recovering from the recoil with ease. She lowered the gun with parted lips, looking down range. All six were within the first ring. Three a perfect bullseye.

“Very good, Lancelot!” Merlin was actually smiling as he walked to stand next to her. She turned to smile at him, proud, disarming and putting the safety back on the gun as she set it down. His hand touched her shoulder, rubbing there casually in what could easily be written off as praise. But Roxy knew better. She sighed, leaning towards him almost imperceptibly.

“They’re at it again,” he muttered, leaning closer to speak under his breath and look at her from over the top of his glasses.

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