Prompt: OQ “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have kissed you.”
They’re talking of inconsequential nonsense,
both just trying to flush out the feeling of a bad day, sipping at their drinks
to wash out the awful taste left behind. They do this often and they’ve found
it quite the addiction – an after work drink together. There’s nothing going on
between them though despite the flirting and the lingering touches, despite
eyes that drop to lips more often than not and legs that brush beneath the
table. Nothing going on at all.
She balks when he walks in. “Shit.”
“What?” Robin asks, moving to turn his head and
see what has her paling when she grabs at his arm.
“Don’t look!” she warns, shaking her head at
him before ducking her gaze to her cocktail.
He’s frowning at her, she can feel it and she
needs to give an explanation but she’s scared that her voice will carry and so
she merely continues swirling her straw through her drink, glancing up to gage
“I knew I shouldn’t have said anything at work,”
she sighs self-deprecatingly when he takes himself over to the bar a safe
distance away from them, “of course he’d follow.”
“Who is he?” and Robin chances a look now that
it seems safe enough, looks over the back of a seemingly normal guy. He’s not
“He works in my building,” she explains
briefly, “gives me the creeps.”
“Has he ever tried anything?”
She looks up from her drink to Robin – she recognises
the over-protective glint in her eye and though it’s reassuring, she doesn’t
want anything trouble for someone as unimportant as her building’s security guy
– before she shakes her head, “He’s asked me out a few times.”
“What, he can’t take a hint?”
She chuckles softly, “He means no harm but…”
she closes her eyes a shudders a little, “I don’t know, there’s just something…odd about him.”
Robin’s hand comes to cover hers and he’s
smiling comfortingly at her as his thumb moves over her knuckles, “Well, if
there’s anything I can do to help,” and then, “I could warn him off for you?”
She laughs again, is about to tell him not to
worry when Sydney turns from the bar with his drink and makes a show of
pretending not to have already known exactly
where she was sitting. He gasps ridiculously and tries to make eye contact
but she glances back to Robin and reaches over to hook her palm behind his neck
and pulls his mouth to hers, fusing their lips and holding him in place. She
counts to ten in her head – poor Robin is completely stunned, is barely
breathing – before she pulls back and makes a show of wiping her lip gloss from
Her attention is on the man storming out of the
bar behind him, his pint untouched and still sitting on the bar top as the
bartender frowns with change in his hand and no customer to give it to.
She exhales in relief before looking to a still
stunned Robin and taking her hands off of him. “I’m sorry,” she shakes her
head, ignoring the tingling of her lips and her still pounding heart, “I
shouldn’t have kissed yo-“
He tugs her back to him before she can even
finish her sentence and the sound he makes when his mouth opens around hers and
closes once more, her hands finding his cheeks to keep him close, has a shiver
running right through her. God, he smells good. “Don’t ever apologise for that,”
he tells her before capturing her lips once more and encouraging her to open
her mouth with a tongue licking at the seam of her lips.
It’s extraordinary, she thinks as their tongues
slide wetly together, just how affected her has her as she allows herself to
get lost in him.
Perhaps if she weren’t so intoxicated by him,
she’d have seen the man still watching them vengefully through the bar window.
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Robin Hood is actually a video game player that isn’t good at stealth games.
So, like, the reason he became an outlaw is because, one time, there was this archery competition at Nottingham, and he was like “well I sure know how to shoot an arrow from a bow, might as well go get the gold and some panties”, but in the way, he happens upon some foresters, the Medieval equivalent of “sheriff but there’s too many of them”, and they see Robin, a rather scrawny lad, and they are like “there is NO WAY this little twerp has the meat to even DRAW a bow, what a NIMROD”, so Robin doesn’t exactly like their tone, and he takes issue, telling them “alright man, you see that deer over there 100 yards away? I bet you fifteen Medieval Currencies I can shoot that sucker right between the eyes” and the foresters are like “there is no fucking way mate” but, it turns out, there was a fucking way, mate, ‘cause Robin nailed it like a champ.
The numerous sheriffs were less than graceful and basically said “RIGHT-O, SO YOU EITHER LEAVE OR WE SHOOT YOU”, to which Robin said “k” and he left EXCEPT HE DIDN’T, THE SUBTERFUGE-FILLED EEL, he just camped nearby and tailed them. Turns out, it is a Poor Decision to piss off someone who can shoot deer from 100 yards away, because they tend to have GOOD AIM, which ol’ Robin demonstrated time and again by blasting their heads open with arrows.
Now this is kinda weird but he like tied a rope or something to his last arrow, intended for the last forester, it’s not exactly clear, but the thing is, he BROUGHT the guy to him with a shot from his bow, making Robin the first Roadhog main in history. While he lay vulnerable and stunned before Robin, Hoodie basically says “BITCH” and splits his head open with an arrow.
THE PROBLEM: This happened near Nottingham. so people heard. Robin killed those people too because Leave No Witnesses is a tried and true tactic. THE PROBLEM 2: PEOPLE KEPT HEARING, PEOPLE KEPT COMING, ROBIN KEPT KILLING THEM. My guy killed about half of fucking Nottingham by the end of it. After THAT kinda butchery, not a lot of career paths are open for you except “psychopath” and “outlaw”.
Long story short, Robin Hood is a very violent Metal Gear Solid 3 player.