Title: Subtle Jealousy
Character: Danny Rand
A/n: I didn’t wanna make it exclusive so the author character in this is totally made up.
“So, what’s happening again?” Danny asked as he watched you run around the main floor of the shop, shoving books into shelves with impressive speed and accuracy. He had offered help, but you refused, wanting to get it done as soon as possible.
You huffed, placing the last few books where they needed to go and turned to him. “One of my favorite authors came in earlier today, him and I started having small talk whenever I ran him up and he invited me out to coffee whenever I was finished here.”
Danny looked up at you. “I thought you always locked up the shop? Unless it was an emergency.”
“I told Layla about what happened and she offered to cover for me,” You explained, smiling at whenever you were finally finished. “Besides, I think I’ve earned a night off to myself don’t you think?”
Danny gave you a small smile, watching you hop about the shelves. “What’s his name?”
“Neil Melville, he wrote these great couple of books a couple years ago when he was still in college,” You explained, your fingers flittered around a couple shelves until you located the first one and tossed it to him. “But he’s really great, you’d like his stuff.”
Danny looked down at the cover, it was brightly colored and showed various mystical creatures all over it, so he knew it was fantasy.
“Where are you two going?”
There a short humming noise from your end while you tried to get the store situated before you left. “I don’t actually remember the name, I’m gonna give him a ring before I go.”
“You have his number?”
You gave Danny a short smile before passing him with a short nudge on his shoulder. “Listen, I’ll make sure to call you if anything happens. But you really shouldn’t worry.”
Danny looked over to you and saw that you were adjusting the collar of your shirt over your cardigan and fixing up your hair. He didn’t even notice he has started to frown whenever he looked up and saw how grumpy he looked in the mirror.
He hopped down from the counter, sliding the book on to it. “I think I’m gonna head out,” Danny said, placing his hands into his pockets and giving you a small smile. “But lemme know how it all goes.”
“Why exactly does this matter to you so much?” Colleen asked as she tried to measure up how much duct tape she would need to fix the one arm of her punching dummy. “And more importantly, why did you think to come to me? I get I’m your friend, but relationships aren’t exactly my specialty.”
Danny, who was sitting crossed legged on the floor, looked down at the mat and shrugged. “I dunno, you’re the only person besides (Y/n) that I talk to.”
Colleen tore a long peice of duct tape from the roll and turned back to him. “From what I’ve heard, this seems like a textbook example of jealousy, my friend.”
Danny’s posture straightened up and he frowned. “Why would I be jealous? That doesn’t make any sense.”
Colleen gave him a coy smile. “Yes it does. You have feelings for your old childhood friend, simple.” She turned back and began taping the wooden arm to it’s proper place.
Danny jumped to his feet. “No I don’t! I’m just concerned about her well being!”
“Mhm,” Colleen looked up at him skeptically. “Alright then, answer me this,” She started, leaning against the center of the training dummy once the arm was secure. “If (Y/n) were to continue to see this guy,” She instantly saw the shift in Danny’s eyes but kept going. “And eventually she starts spending more time with him than you, how would you feel?”
Colleen smriked at the grumpy frown that started to take up his face. She knew all about Danny’s feelings for you when she saw the way he looked at you when he brought her to your shop one day.
You and her got into a lengthy discussion about some novel and while you were going on a tangent, Colleen glanced over at Danny and saw him giving you the most enamored expression she’d seen on a person that wasn’t in a film.
Danny thought about it, and the answer was pretty simple. He hated the thought, it was bad enought that tonight was when the two of you usually went out into the city to do something together, but now the idea that someone would take up all of your time made him upset.
“I wouldn’t like it at all.”
Colleen nodded, pointing the roll of duct tape at him. “Then I hate to break it you, but you’re jealous.”
Still in denial, Danny looked up at her. “I don’t think she’d start going off with someone all the time, she’s not the type.”
“People change when they’re in love.”
“Who said anything about love?” Danny’s tone might have been a tad more sharp than be anticipated because Colleen was smirking again.
“Oh yeah, classic case of jealousy.”
Danny looked across the street at the coffee shop where you were seeing Neil. Not long after you got there, you sent Danny a small message letting him know where you were and that everything had been fine so he shouldn’t worry.
Still, everything about the situation seemed off to him. There was a nagging feeling in his chest that screamed that it didn’t like what was going on.
But it was all new to him, he had never felt this sort of way before.
But he knew he didn’t like it.
Especially since even across the street he could easily you and Neil sitting at a table next to the window. You and him appeared to be chatting up a storm, and Danny had never seen your eyes light up so much around another person.
Deciding to take the initiative, Danny crossed the street and entered into the busy coffee house, hiding himself behind a tall bookshelf so he could see exactly what was happening.
You two must have been discussing one of Neil’s books, because you began bringng up character arcs and other literary terms Danny didn’t fully understand.
But then, there was a brief moment when Neil’s hand brushed against yours and it prompted Danny immediately to walk over to the table without even thinking.
You saw him instantly due to your seating, and you gave him a confused expression when you did. “Danny? What are you doing here?”
Danny blinked, not exactly sure why he came over or how he was going to talk his way out of it.
“Are you a friend of (Y/n)?” Neil asked, prompting Danny to turn his attention to him instead.
“Yes! I am! A very close childhood friend!” Danny said, introducing himself as the two of them shook hands.
“I hate to interrupt, but Colleen had something happen at the dojo and we could really use another hand.”
You turned back to Neil and gave him an apologetic smile. “I’d hate to cut this short, but would you mind if I stepped out?”
Neil shook his head. “Of course not, we can always make time to talk again.”
Danny watched the two of you bid each other goodbye before Neil left the coffee house.
“So, what’s up with Colleen?”
Danny’s eyes widened for a moment when he remembered his small white lie. But his phone went off and when he looked at the screen it was a message from her asking where he ran off to.
“Actually, she just let me know that she called a guy to come over to look at the thing.”
You looked puzzled again. “Really? Maybe I should call Neil again then.”
Danny perked up. “Well on my way here, I saw that the movie theatre down the street is showing your favorite film, thought you might be interested in going with me since we’re already here.”
You smiled at him. “Today’s when we usually go out isn’t it?” You asked, to which Danny eagerly nodded and held his hand out to you, making you chuckled and placine your hand in his. “Lead the way.”
Danny laughed and the two of you left the coffee house, once outside you gave his hand a small press.
“You don’t have to go through all that trouble and lie to hang out with me, just let me know next time.”
Danny flashed you a guilty smile. “It worked though, didn’t it?”