You could see Charlie’s large sun hat before you saw her face once you landed in the airport. Though Harry had attempted to roll both yours and his suitcase in a chivalrous way, you had given him a look as if to say, “Really?” before lugging your own behind you as Harry led you and Savie through the airport.
“Charlie!” you called, waving your arm frantically as you attempted to catch her attention. She turned, her long, luxurious and silky hair swishing around her as a large smile overcame her face and she waved back, jogging to meet up with you.
“Y/N!” she cried and nearly sprinted into your arms. “Oh it’s been so long! When Harry called I nearly thought he was joking saying you’d be visiting! It’s so good to see you!”
You and Savie had known Charlie since university. She’d been the Armenian girl down the hall whose grandmother always sent her nice treats. You’d gone with her on her first trip to her home country when her parents had asked if she wanted to spend the summer there. Her answer was yes, and that she wanted to bring friends.
“Dex! Will! I know you’re in there!” he yelled, “Just let
me in! I need to know you’re ok!” He’d been there for at least half an hour
with no response, and wasn’t sure he expected one. Still, Nursey wasn’t giving up. No one had heard from Dex since that morning,
and he was worried.
He was relieved when the door opened, but that was short
lived, once he saw Dex’s tear streaked face.
“I’m fine.” Dex snapped, and went to close the door. Without thinking, Nursey stuck his foot in
the way, and forced it open.
“You’re clearly not.” Nursey pointed out. He expected Dex to disagree, to argue, to
kick him out, but he just sighed, and walked further into his room. Nursey followed, closing the door behind him.
“What’s up?” Nursey asked casually as he sat into Dex’s desk
chair, and Dex curled up at the top of his bed.
Dex stayed quiet, playing with his sleeves and staring at
“Will,” Nursey said.
Dex looked up at the use of his first name. “What’s wrong? What happened?” Nursey was worried he was being blunt, and
harsh, but he needed to know what was wrong with Dex so he could fix it.
“I…it’s nothing.” Dex mumbled. Nursey felt his heart clench at how quiet he
sounded. William Poindexter was many things,
but quiet wasn’t one of them.
It was one of the many reasons Nursey loved him.
“Rubbish” Nursey said, trying to hide how he felt. “That’s a lie Will. What happened? Why are you so sad? Where’s Tanner?”
At the mention of his boyfriend, Will burst into tears. He hid his face in his hands, shoulders
shaking as he tried to hold back his sobs.
“Dex?” Nursey asked cautiously. A million awful scenarios ran through his
mind as to why that question would make Dex cry. “Where is Tanner?”
“We…he….Tanner dumped me.” Dex managed to sob out. “He dumped me and I don’t know why! I thought we were great together! And he broke up with me. And I don’t know what I did, but he’s gone.”
Nursey felt like his heart was breaking. Dex, brilliant, smart, beautiful, Dex, was
hurting, and blaming himself for it. He
was sobbing his heart out, and Nursey didn’t know what to do to help him feel
“Dex,” he began, unsure what he was planning to say after
that. “Dex. It’s not your fault.”
Dex shook his head, no.
“It’s not. Just
because Tanner couldn’t see how amazing you are-“Nursey tried, but Dex
“Stop, Nursey. Just
stop. I-I don’t want to talk right now”
“Ok,” Nursey said.
“Ok. How about I just sit with
Dex nodded, and Nursey moved over to his bed.
“Could you-?” Dex asked quietly, before stopping.
“Could I what Will?” Nursey asked, knowing already he’d say
yes to anything Dex asked of him, especially right now.
“Could you hold me?” Dex asked. “It’s ok if you don’t want
to. And I’m sorry for snapping at you.”
He said in a rush.
“Hey, it’s okay,” Nursey assured, pulling Dex close to him.
“It’s all gonna be alright Dex.”
“How?” Dex asked,
pulling away slightly to look Nursey in the eye. “How’s it all going to be ok? My first boyfriend dumped me. I loved him so
much Nurse. How is it all going to be alright?!”
“I don’t know yet Dex,” Nursey admitted. “But it will be.”
They sat in silence for a while, Nursey holding Dex close as
The next morning, Nursey called for Dex before morning
“C’mon Dexy!” he encouraged “We got pucks to hit!”
“I don’t really feel like it.” Dex said miserably. “I just
“Sleep after practice man. I know you have a few hours off
then.” Nursey said. “Practice might make you feel better you know.”
Dex stared at him a moment, thinking.
“Absolutely!” Nursey said with a grin. “And I’ll bring over pizza later if you
“And ice cream?” Dex asked, hesitantly.
“Of course bro!”
“Okay. Just…..gimme a minute” Dex said, and closed his door
as he went to get ready.
Nursey smiled. This was progress. He quickly text Chowder to let him know Dex
was coming to practice, and not to mention Tanner. By the time he received Chowder reply, Dex
was ready to go.
Later that evening, Nursey called over to Dex’s dorm with
pizza and ice cream. He pulled up a
movie on his laptop and they watched and ate in silence for a while. It was nice.
By the time the movie ended, Dex was curled up against
Nursey’s side, and Nursey had his arm around him.
“I just. I really
loved Tanner.” Dex said out if the blue.
“And I know it’s dumb to be this upset over my first boyfriend but-“
“Being upset isn’t dumb Dex.
You’re feelings are valid.” Nursey interrupted. Dex looked at him considering, before he
nodded, and then continued.
“It’s just. He was my first boyfriend. He helped me come out
to my family, and supported me through everything with my brother afterwards,”
Dex explained. Nursey nodded in understanding - he remembered how Dex’s brother
had reacted to Dex coming out, and how it had affected him.
“And he helped me to feel more comfortable here. I know this is Samwell, and there’s the whole
“1 in 4” thing, but he helped me brave enough to go to Winter Screw with a
date. And it was such an amazing night.”
Dex said, his eyes filled with tears. He was holding them back though, and
Nursey realised how much he needed to get through this right now. To get his feelings off his chest.
“It’s was amazing.” Dex said, “Our first screw together. He
looked so good in his suit. And he told
me I looked handsome. No one ever said that about me before. And he brought me flowers. Plastic ones because of my allergies. And we went to dinner first. He wanted to
treat me but I argued and he let me split the bill.” Dex laughed at the memory,
the sound surprising Nursey. “And then he bought us both desserts anyway. I was
so stuffed by the time we got to the Screw; I didn’t think we’d be able to
“I can’t actually dance,” Dex continued with a sad smile
“Tanner said he’d cover for me. He led
all the dances and I still stood on his feet like 10 times. He just laughed every time. Told me I was getting better, and I’d be a
great dancer by our next screw. An-and
now we’re not going to be going together.” Dex wiped at his tears as they fell,
but couldn’t stop them.
“I just. I don’t know why he dumped me!” he said angrily,
voice hoarse from his tears. He stood
up, and began pacing the room as he spoke.
“We were good together! I was a good boyfriend. I talked to him about
how I felt; I listened to him as well! I
helped him when he needed it, and did my best not to shut him out when I needed
help! I paid for dates just as much as
he did! I went to his swimming
competitions when I could! I didn’t pressure
him to coming to the hockey games when he was busy! I DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS NURSEY!” Dex yelled.
“I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT I DID WRONG! WHAT DID I DO?” and then, quieter,
looking at Nursey as though he might know the answer “What’s did I do wrong?”
“Will- you didn’t-. It isn’t because of you. Tanner just doesn’t
see how great a boyfriend you were.” Nursey said, trying to comfort him. He wasn’t really great at it though, but he
was doing his best for Dex.
“If I was so great why’d he dump me?” Dex asked angrily.
“Because he’s an idiot.” Nursey said simply. He surprised a laugh out of Dex, which he
considered a good thing.
“Is he though? I
mean, he’s best in his classes. He gets
really good grades.” Dex said sadly.
“Yeah, but he dumped you.
And that’s the dumbest thing ever.” Nursey said. He wanted to tell Dex he would never do that
to him, never break his heart into pieces like Tanner had. But he knew now wasn’t the time.
“You’re too good for him Dex, and someday he’s going to see
that and realise that dumping you was the dumbest decision of his life.” Nursey
said instead. Dex was quiet, staring at
him in shock for a minute.
“You really think so?” he asked unsurely.
“I know so.” Nursey said confidently. If he was Tanner, he’d be kicking himself right
“You really think I’m too good for Tanner? Tanner, captain of the swim team? Tanner, who everyone wants to be with? Tanner, who’s funny and sweet, and kind, and
-?” Dex stopped, as he felt tears coming on again. “You really think I’m too good for him?”
“You really are Dex.” Nursey said. “You’re smart, and kind,
and honest, and hardworking, and witty, and helpful, and. And Tanner’s the dumbest man alive if he
doesn’t see all that!” Nursey practically shouted the last part, and Dex stood
looking at him.
“That-. That’s ….
Um… Thanks Nursey.” Dex managed after a while. Nursey couldn’t read his thoughts from his
face, but he hoped Dex didn’t know how close he’d just come to revealing his
feelings for him.
Nursey sat uncomfortably on Dex’s bed, trying to change the
subject in case Dex was about to ask him about that.
“Want to watch another movie?” he asked quickly. Dex nodded, and sat next to Nursey on the bed
again. Nursey put on the first movie he
saw, not really watching it, but watching Dex instead. Dex, who looked sad and confused and angry
and like he wasn’t watching the movie either, but was too deep in his own
thoughts and feelings to even call Nursey out for staring at him.
Nursey was worried about him.
“You haven’t been to a kegster since you started dating
him.” Nursey pointed out.
“Because they’re for drinking and hook-ups, and Tanner and I
were exclusive.” Dex argues back.
“Just come for an hour, walk around with some tub juice,
talk to the team, complain about Holster’s taste in music with me, eat
something Bitty baked, and if you hate it, we’ll leave then.” Nursey
tried. Dex hadn’t been out of his room
much apart from meals, class, and practise, and he was worried about him. The whole team was worried about him. Nursey would only be able to keep them all
from arriving in Dex’s dorm in well-meant concern for so long.
“Half an hour.” Dex bargained.
“40 minutes.” Nursey responded, and Dex nodded his
“And no more?”
“And no less.”
This was a great idea.
This was an awful idea.
At first it had been good.
They’d played pong, talked to the team, had some pie, and chirped
Holster for his music taste.
Nursey had decided he needed some air, and Dex had come with
him to the porch. It was full of people,
some talking, some drinking, and some making out. They were mostly strangers, except for the
girl with green hair from his poetry class, and her girlfriend, a guy from his
crit group and his datemate, and
The guy he was making out with was a stranger though.
Nursey turned around, hoping to steer Dex back inside before
he saw but it was too late.
“Tanner?!” Dex froze on the porch, shocked to see him.
Tanner pulled away from the guy he was kissing, and threw a
look at him over his shoulder.
“Oh, hey Will.” he greeted casually. Nursey wanted to punch him in the face.
“What….what are you doing?” Dex managed to ask.
“I’m just enjoying the party.” Tanner said, and turned back
to the guy he was with.
“It’s our 6 month anniversary.” the guy he was with said
“Your what?” Nursey choked out. As far as he knew, Dex and Tanner had been
dating for the last 7 months.
“But. But you can’t
be….Tanner and I were. We were. We.” Dex stuttered out in shock. “We were together.”
“We were good friends, yeah man.” Tanner said.
“Good friends? We
were…..we were good friends?!” Dex said in shock. “Tanner I-“
“Yeah, I’ll see you around man.” Tanner said, and turned back to his
Nursey needed to get Dex out of there.
“Why don’t we go back to your dorm Dex?” he suggested,
guiding him off the porch and away from the Haus. Dex nodded and walked with him quietly, still
They were about halfway back to the dorm rooms when Dex
“He was cheating on me.” Dex said. “He.
He started dating someone.
He. Tanner was dating someone
else. He. Nursey he was cheating on me.”
“Dex….Will.” Nursey had no idea what to say. “I’m sorry Will. He shouldn’t have done that to you. He didn’t deserve you.”
“But he…I didn’t…I’m so stupid.” Dex said. “I actually believed he loved me”
“You’re not stupid Will.
You deserve better than that. You
didn’t deserve that.” Nursey tried. “You deserve better than that”
“I don’t. i. I don’t
know Nursey. I. I trusted him so much. And he did this. I…I- UGH.” Dex shouted, throwing his arms up
“Hey, Will. Dex. Will.” Nursey said again, pulling him close
to him. “You’re ok. It’s ok.” Nursey assured him. “Tanners an idiot and you deserve so much
better than an idiot.”
“Like who?” Dex asked, “Who do I deserve?”
“Me.” Nursey said, regretting it instantly. Now was not the time.
“You? What?” Dex
spluttered in shock. He pulled away from
Nursey and stared at him.
“I’m sorry, Will.
That was inappropriate. I’m so
sorry” Nursey apologised, but Dex cut him off.
“You like me?” Dex asked.
Nursey nodded, holding his breath for Dex’s reaction. He hoped against hope he wouldn’t be mad, or
“I. Derek” Dex ran
his hand through his hair as he spoke, a nervous habit he’d picked up since
starting at Samwell. “Derek, I can’t
right now. This is too much.”
“I know. Will I’m so
sorry, I shouldn’t have said anything.
I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have said anything.
“I just. Can we talk
about this tomorrow?” Dex asked, “I…I just want be alone for a while.”
“I’m going back to my dorm.
Can we talk tomorrow?” Dex asked.
course. Anything you want.” Nursey said
“I’ll see you tomorrow”
“Okay.” Dex said, and nodded to himself. “Okay, I’ll see you then”
“Will you be ok getting back to you dorm?” Nursey
Dex nodded, and left, heading back to his dorm quickly.
Nursey showed up at his dorm at 10 am the next morning,
hoping it wasn’t too early. He stood
outside for another 5 minutes, debating whether to knock now or not. Steeling his nerves, he knocked, and Dex
opened it immediately.
“Hey” Nursey said quietly.
“Hi” Dex said, “Um, you wanna come in?”
“Yeah, sure.” Nursey said, trying to sound casual. He followed Dex into the room, and sat on his
desk chair, as Dex sat on his bed again.
“So…” Nursey started after an awkward silence.
“So. Um. About last
night.” Dex started awkwardly. “About
what you said.”
“Listen, Will, I’m so sorry.
I shouldn’t have said any of that.” Nursey apologised again.
“It’s ok. It’s
just. I can’t be in a relationship right
now” Dex said. “I’m sorry Derek, but
after everything with Tanner…” Dex stopped, swallowing back a sob.
“It’s okay, I understand Will. I’d never push you into a relationship when
you’re not ready.” Nursey said.
“Can we still be friends?” Dex asked quietly, looking worried.
“Of course. If you
want to be. I want to still be friends.”
“Yeah. And.” Dex
stopped, looking at Nursey nervously.
“Maybe someday we could… maybe we could date? I don’t know yet. But maybe.”
Dex smiled at him nervously, and Nursey smiled back at him.
may i have john and dave holding hands and wearing red and blue hoodies with each other aspects on it? (time = john, breath = dave ). also, may i have john and rose holding hands in their own aspect hoodies (light = rose, breath = john) with rose having a tanner skin tone (a good example is on my friends page!). you don't have to do both, though, thank you! and happy 4/13!
i cant read worth jack fucking shit today so i originally did the john and rose ones swapped too but here take em all
Summary: Bond, Moneypenny, and Tanner take Q out for drinks to celebrate the end of a very long day. Fluff ensues, including Q’s glasses getting passed around like a party favor and Bond having an honorable intention.
Tanner knew the best places. Private, with no stupid people. And warm. So warm. There was a big fireplace in front of the sofa and he had Tanner on one side and Bond on the other, close enough for their shoulders to touch his because Moneypenny was there too, next to Tanner, and it was a big sofa but not that big. Heat from all sides. A drink or three ago, Q had even shrugged off his suit jacket—it was lying on his lap like a cat blanket so he couldn’t walk away without it—and rolled up the sleeves of his pricey dress shirt.
“—and then he said that he’d dreamed he was skiing. Oh, no—it wasn’t that funny, Q!” Moneypenny hid her chuckles behind her hand.
“Everything’s funny when you’ve been awake for as long as he has,” Tanner said over Q’s laughter. “Especially when you’ve been dealing with 005.”
“005 was fine,” Bond put in. “It was the budget meeting afterward that kept him up.”
“Oh dear,” Q said after he’d stopped laughing and belatedly processed what had happened. There was a wet purple stain on his shirt now, his fancy one. Moneypenny had finished her dirty joke at the exact moment he’d taken a swig of the pretty cocktail she’d ordered him; the spray had gone everywhere, and in his convulsions of laughter the rest of the drink had too. Mostly on himself, which was okay, but he had also spilled some on Tanner and Bond, who thankfully seemed more amused than annoyed.
“I’m sorry,” Q said, biting his lip and trying to look contrite instead of laughing at the alcohol dripping down Tanner’s cheek, like a purple tear. An anime girl tear. Anime girl Tanner would definitely have large breasts, carry a clipboard around, and have a very special episode about how she couldn’t just be everyone’s friend without having her own emotional needs cared for too.
When I was twelve, I came to the conclusion that everyone in the world, including my own family, was against me. I was never a problemed child, but my parents sure treated me like one.
For example, I used to need to be home by 5:00pm every day. This clearly restricted my amount of “play time” outdoors. I wasn’t allowed to have friends over to play at the house, nor was I allowed to go over anyone else’s. I had to finish homework directly after I came home from school, no matter how long it took. My parents refused to buy me video games and forced me to read books and then write a book report on them to prove I actually read it!