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the no recent numbers au: scary movie

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@really-really-slowly

content warnings: alcohol mention

  • it’s fall and there’s been a shockingly low amount of numbers lately
  • in fact, the past few days have given them no numbers at all
  • shaw can tell that Root is getting antsy. who wouldn’t at this point?
  • she decides that maybe root needs a distraction
  • shaw goes up to Root, suddenly a bit uncomfortable 
  • “seems like our night is gonna be free. would you like to, uh…catch a movie or something?”
  • root is surprised. normally shaw doesn’t show many signs of interest other than occasionally saving her life
  • root smiles
  • “i’d love to, sweetie”
  • all the movies playing in the nearby theaters are horror flicks. it is close to halloween, after all. ‘tis the season
  • shaw’s happy, she loves gore 
  • root actually seems a bit on edge
  • shaw notices, but brushes it off as this just being the first time they’re out together doing something unrelated to work
  • plus she knows root has a crush on her, and shaw’s never really shown any reciprocation before
  • technically this still isn’t reciprocation. It’s not a date or anything. they just both needed their minds off the lack of numbers, is all
  • totally not a date
  • they settle into their seats, the lights go down, the show starts
  • at the first jump scare, shaw half laughs at the audience’s reaction
  • until she sees root’s expression
  • at the next one, root turns to bury her face in shaw’s shoulder
  • “hey, you ok? you used to kill people for a living and you’re trying to save the world from an evil AI, how does this scare you?”
  • “don’t judge me, sameen. people and computers i can work with. spooky monsters who are much harder to fight, not so much”
  • root flinches again, leaning closer to shaw
  • shaw wraps her arm around root’s shoulders
  • “why didn’t you say something? we could have done something else tonight”
  • root doesn’t answer. she doesn’t want to admit that she didn’t want to miss out on time with shaw
  • after the movie is over, they walk back to shaw’s apartment
  • the plan is to just hang out a bit longer, so that root can calm down
  • shaw goes to the liquor cabinet and pours them both a drink
  • “this should help”
  • they talk a lot, more than shaw is usually willing to. but, something about the night makes it feel right
  • the cozy weather, root’s vulnerability at the movie, the alcohol
  • it’s about stupid little things really: favorite food, favorite music, best memory…worst memory
  • an hour later, root still hasn’t left
  • root yawns
  • “getting sleepy?”
  • “yeah…but i’m still to scared to be alone” 
  • shaw can see it in her eyes, there’s no way she’d send her home like this
  • “do you wanna stay?”
  • “you’d let me?” 
  • shaw’s usually big on her alone time
  • shaw shrugs, “you need someone to protect you from the monsters, bear and i should do the trick”
  • this is uncharacteristic, but root doesn’t question it
  • shaw is about to get into bed
  • root fidgets, sitting on the couch still
  • “well, are you coming?”
  • root’s eyes are wide with surprise, but shaw seems so matter of fact about it. she knows not to make it too big of a deal
  • nothing happens, root just curls up next to shaw, taking comfort in her presence. bear is asleep on the floor
  • when root has a nightmare, shaw wakes her gently and talks to her until she calms down
  • this time when they go to sleep, shaw’s arm is wrapped around root’s midsection. an extra level of protection
  • in the morning, shaw isn’t in the bed when root wakes up. she walks out of the bathroom toweling off wet hair
  • “wanna go grab some breakfast?”
  • after that, they just sort of slip back into their normal lives
  • until the next time there’s a lull in numbers