rhythmsextion said: Jack’s back for a Haus party and witnesses Bitty getting hit on hardcore. Angst ensues.
Jack can’t breathe. Next to him, Chowder is talking a mile an hour, and he really should be listening, but his eyes stray towards the other side of the room, where a handsome, tall and athletic guy is smiling at Bitty.
He wants to go over, say hello, he hasn’t been in the Haus for two minutes but that’s two minutes too many if Bitty is in the room, but he can’t. He’s frozen in the door, trying to fend his anxiety because some other guy was hitting on his boyfriend-
Jack can’t breathe.
‘Jack?’ asks Chowder. ‘Are you- Am I bothering you? I’m sorry, you probably want to see the others and I’m keeping you in the door!’
‘No, Chowder, it’s okay, I just-’
He just what, says his brain. Just has a panic attack over some dude talking to Bitty, standing close to him when Jack himself could never do it in public. He isn’t jealous of the guy, he’s… jealous of what the guy COULD do.
The guy places a hand on Bitty’s hip. Jack sees red.
And then Bitty takes the guy’s hand and puts it back at the guy’s side, his head saying no. The guy says something, Bitty shrugs and walks off with an over shoulder wave and when he turns around, he sees Jack.
Jack sees the joy in Bitty’s eyes and can suddenly breathe again. This is his, and no one else’s. Later, when they’re alone, he can get closer, they can touch and whisper I love you’s, but for now, he has this, this “You, I love you, I’m so happy to see you,” written on Bitty’s face.
He can breathe again.