Sticks and Stones
A/N: I am so sorry this took so long to put up I was just so nervous to post it not to mention half way through I got busy with school and things. I’m still really worried that I didn’t show enough of the abuse or that I glorified it so if you feel that way I am sorry and please let me know and give me a few tips to fix that if you would like to. I wanted to go a different route than physical abuse because I see that touched on a lot and I hardly ever see emotional abuse at least in what I read. I hope you enjoy this was requested by @the-blue-haired-boy (Thank you for the request and for the nice things you had to say) -G
Request: Hi! I just discovered your blog and I LOVE your work! I was wondering if I could request a fic where the reader is in an abusive relationship and Bruce who has secretly loved her discovers it and helps her out of it? Thank you!
Warnings: Emotional Abuse, maybe swearing
It was a beautiful evening. You and your boyfriend Adam were walking on the beach, joking with each other. You were laughing and having fun, Adam may have said a few rude things to you, but you reminded yourself he was always like this, so you allowed yourself to brush his comments off.
“10 bucks says you won’t go into the ocean to get your hat,” Adam said as he swiped your favorite beanie off your head.
“Hey give it back” you protested trying to grab your hat. Adam held it high above your head as he laughed. You continued to jump to reach the navy cloth but it was too late, Adam tossed it into the water.
“You did not just do that,” you said as you stared in shock at the beanie floating in the water just out of your reach “Adam, my grandmother made that for me.”
“Why don’t you just go get it,” Adam said a smug look on his face
“Because I’m in a dress that cost me more than your paycheck” you practically shrieked, Adam just laughed. As you were walking home, you got a text from Tony inviting you to dinner with the Avengers. You joined the Avengers just after the events of New York and had grown close to the team especially Bruce. “Wanna go out to dinner with the Avengers?” you asked Adam
“You and your so-called friends?” he mocked
“Yup” you answered trying not to let his comment get under your skin
Adam shrugged “why not” he replied as you lead him to the tower.
You met briefly with the Avengers making sure to introduce them to Adam before leaving for the restaurant. Once you were seated, you began to look over the menu. Adam looked over your shoulder “what we’re you going to get” he asked
“Uhm… chicken marsala sounds good” you replied.
“doesn’t that have a lot of calories? I thought you were trying to lose weight not gain it?” Adam asked.
“I wasn’t trying to lose weight” you looked at Adam confused.
“that explains a lot,” Adam said “maybe you should start”
The Avengers stared at the two of you surprised by your interaction. They expected a snarky comeback or something about how you looked fine, but instead, they watched you nod.
“I think chicken sounds great Y/n,” Bruce commented
“I dunno, Adam is right it’s not that healthy” you responded
“treat yo self,” Tony said to you as a waitress came by to take your orders. Again the Avengers were surprised to hear Adam order a salad for you and you didn’t even bat an eye. You hardly ever ate just a salad for dinner and you hardly ever let someone else dictate what you should eat. They overlooked it, thinking you might not be hungry, but as the night progressed, they each grew less and less fond of Adam. The perfect man you had described to them was replaced with a complete ass. He told you were ugly, that you weren’t good enough. Of course He never directly said these things, but they were present in his tone and how he treated you. The Avengers drove Adam to his apartment per your request and took you back to the tower with them.
“Y/n” Bruce called as you were walking to your room “can I talk to you?”
“Sure” you chirped
“Are you and Adam fighting? He said some rude things at dinner” Bruce asked hesitantly.
You shrugged “He’s always like that it’s fine, really, don’t worry about it.”
You could tell Bruce wanted to say more probably tell you this wasn’t fine and it wasn’t ok for Adam to say the things he did about you, but instead, he kept his mouth shut and invited you to lunch
“I’ll have to ask Adam, but if he says it’s fine I’ll be there,” you replied entering your room.
The next day Bruce waited hours for you to show up for lunch but you never came. On his way back to the lab he saw you walking out of your room.
“Hey I thought we were going to get lunch?” he asked. You hardly ever ditched without a reason
“Sorry Adam said he wanted to take me somewhere,” you said
“You didn’t think to tell me?” Bruce asked trying to mask his annoyance
“Actually” You hesitated “Adam doesn’t want me to talk to you.”
Bruce was stunned. How had you let this man come into your life and control you? Before he could talk to you, you were out the door and walking down the street with your so-called boyfriend.
“You’re late” Adam chastised
“Sorry I ran into Bruce” you commented
“I thought I told you I didn’t want you talking to him” He reminded you
“He started talking to me. He’s a friend I can’t stop him from talking to me. I did tell him what you said about us hanging out, there is nothing for you to worry about.” you told him
“You were probably really nice about it huh?” Adam asked
“Well yeah,” you said
“You act like that, and he won’t take you seriously” he mentioned, “You’re never strong you’re always so weak and nice.”
“Sorry” You muttered. Adam continued to walk down the street and grabbed some food for himself but nothing for you. You didn’t even think to ask him for something. He’d done this before when you forgot your purse at home. He walked you back to the tower calling you an idiot and saying if you wanted something to eat you should’ve brought your money. You went straight to your room. You felt like shit, and you wanted to wallow in your worthlessness. A soft knock interrupted your sobs, and you heard Bruce call your name before opening your door.
“Hey,” he murmured “are you ok?”
“I’m not supposed to talk to you,” you said like a child to a stranger as you tried to calm your breathing
“Y/n, you don’t mean that,” the scientist said as he moved next to you and pulled you close to him “we both know I’m not leaving till you tell me what’s wrong.”
Your mind was racing, did Bruce really care? Why would he care you were a pathetic mess? No one should care about you, and if they did it was because they wanted something “What do you want?” you finally asked
“For you to be ok,” Bruce said
“And after that?” Bruce looked confused “I’m a worthless piece of shit no one wants to make sure I’m ok unless I can do something for them.”
“Who told you that?” he asked trying to look at your face which was tucked between your knees
“Adam” you muttered
“Y/n, if Adam is saying these things he doesn’t love you. He’s using you. He’s not good enough for you” Bruce spoke softly.
“And who else is there?” you asked “You really think I could get a nice guy to like me? I’m a mess, nice guys like you want someone stable. They want someone who doesn’t mess everything up; they want someone strong.”
“I can guarantee that a nice guy like me loves you” Bruce blushed “You’re not a mess, and you’re definitely not worthless. You may not be 100% stable but who is in this world? And you’re the strongest girl I’ve ever met”
“You’re just saying that,” you said
“I’m dead serious” Bruce replied
“No you aren’t” you argued
“Y/n,” Bruce paused “you can do so much better than him you deserve better than him.”
“You keep saying that” you sighed
“It’s true,” Bruce said as he grabbed your phone from your bedside table and handed it to you “end it.”
“And if I don’t want to?” you asked
“I’m not in control of you, in the end, it is your decision, but I’d think you were lying if you told me you wanted to stay with Adam,” Bruce observed
“And how do you suggest I end it,” you asked
Bruce shrugged “You could text him or call him, whatever you feel comfortable doing.”
You sighed and called your soon to be ex, Bruce sitting beside you the entire time for support and reassurance that you were doing the right thing. Tears were shed, and eventually, you hung up on Adam as he continued to tell you no one in their right mind would love you. Little did you know you had already found someone who did love you and would love you if you let him.
A/N: I hope you enjoyed reading this fic if you want a part 2 let me know. I was thinking about writing one anyways. The next part of Operation: Save the Fairy should be coming out soon you can read the latest part here! If you have any requests, send them in! Love you all! -G