Hmm … maybe I somehow created a cover for a young adult novel … this wasn’t intended, lol. I blame the lack of accurate clothes for Erik and Christine XD. As soon as I have some I will recreate this picture.
But anyway, this was basically done for trying to create body contact between two figures in DAZ 3D Studio for the first time (damn, you wouldn’t believe how long this took me!).
Summary: Reader and Tom meet several times, but refuse to admit any real feelings for each other. Alternatively, the 5-and-1 trope: Five times when one left in the morning, and one time when neither did.
Warnings: Swears, a lil innuendo I think, reader has anxiety over crowded spaces
Word Count: 3570 (I am so sorry)
A/N: Okay so this idea was supposed to be a quick bust-out lil brainchild of mine,,,, but it ended up being a MASSIVE fic… I’m sorry for the length, but I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed writing it!
The first time you met
Tom, you were at a watch party for Civil
War. A good friend of yours was an extra in the film and, knowing how much
you loved Marvel, had asked you to attend as her plus one. While there, you
were introduced to a whirlwind of people, your friend speaking so quickly at
times you could barely understand her. You found yourself just smiling and
nodding as actor after actor after stunt double after cameraman after wait,
what was that guy again? shook your hand and made small talk with you.
Eventually, when your head was absolutely spinning from learning dozens of
names and barely being able to recall one, you dismissed yourself to get a
drink and a bit of air. You were afraid that, if you didn’t, you would faint.
As you leaned against the
wall, holding an ice cold bottle of water, you surveyed the people in the room.
The DJ was playing typical Hot 100 stuff, and the dancefloor was crowded with
people having the time of their lives while they waited for the movie to begin.
With a look at your phone, you figured you only had about an hour more of this
to endure before you finally got what you came for. Then, you’d make the
quickest break of your life back to the hotel. This just wasn’t your kind of
scene, and you were beginning to feel quite anxious.
You noticed a silhouette
lean against the wall next to you. “Hello, darling. Enjoying the party?”
You glanced at him from
the corner of your eye and said, “Eh, it’s not really my style.”
“Parties, people, or
“People mostly. Not a
huge fan of parties either. I’m here exclusively for Marvel.”
After sharing a laugh, he
said, “Well, in that case, it’s nice to meet you, I’m Spider-Man.”
You turned to face him,
rolling your eyes as you shook his hand. “Get real.”
Hiiiiii Clare :) Congrats on 600! What are some of your hcs for the gangsey after the events of the books are done???
heidi!!! thank you!! you spoil me ahhh i had a long week but now i have some pasta and down time and im so Ready™ to talk about these kids that i love with my whole heart this is so long oh god
listen idk about you but i’ve been on a ton of road trips and they are not easy so if that trip actually lasts the whole 3 months of summer i’ll eat my shirt
ok but please??? imagine the bickering i bet you henry is so directionally challenged, blue probably wants a schedule whereas gansey is probably like “what do you mean we’re not just driving off into the sunset i don’t understand wait…we have an actual route?”
don’t lie to me you know he got lost plenty on his various adventures and his soft scholarly heart just went with it
but yea anyway they probably went up and down the east coast for about 2.5-3 weeks, hitting up all the state parks along the way and stopping in small towns
henry insists they have to find the best pizza on the east coast only to claim nothing can top Nino’s by the end of it
gansey wants to see all the wacky tourist spots “to get the authentic experience”
at each stop they send postcards to The Barns (theyre all on the fridge)
blue takes SO MANY pictures ok but all of them are candids
so while there’s these awful blurry messes she also manages to catch these really fantastic photos of henry falling out of a tree he tried to climb with gansey laughing, of the three of them in a diner shifting their food around (you know how when you know someone so well you just order food and shift things around so everyone has what they like? like that)
her absolute favorite: she was recording them on a hike and they stumble upon a little grove with a stream running through and forgot to stop the video when she set her phone down. that night she plugs her phone in to the car charger and gets a screenshot of the three of them standing in the stream, laughing and singing.
after the road trip blue registers for summer sessions at the community college and keeps working at Nino’s and walking dogs, she decides she’s going to save up and get her associates then transfer to a university to get her degree in marketing for art (listen she loves being creative, she loves collecting, she’s smart as hell and would get great buys for up-and-coming artists, that girl could own a really cool gallery i can see it now)
gansey defers for a year because. well. dying is stressful. but once he goes to college he decides to study art history. like blue, he loves art but he can’t deny he loves history too, and authenticating old works and searching for ancient tapestries and lost paintings is something our boy would be great at (bonus: in later years he would be the most eccentric art history professor ever and he’d totally where those corduroy jackets with elbow patches and his wire rim glasses im!!! i love the idea of old man gansey being this adorable weirdo professor that all the students love)
because we don’t really know much about henry’s interests i don’t know what his major would be but wouldn’t it be hilarious is he was a professional beekeeper and bought up land to have bee gardens and sanctuaries and started a natural honey business and gansey goes there all the time because he’s Crazy but he’s decked out in protection gear and ronan and blue team up to make a rule that he not go out to the gardens because nobody wants to tempt fate that bad
adam and ronan spend the summer together with opal seeing the beginnings of their life together settle in
ronan teaches opal more and more english and spends hours figuring out what foods she likes or doesn’t like while training her not to eat sticks
adam comes up with little lesson plans for her to start learning how to read and write along with simple math and science
ronan dreams up some fake documents so they can get her enrolled in homeschooling because there’s no way they’re gonna do public school and try to explain their satyr child to anyone thats just…nah
when they’re not teaching opal ronan is tending to the farm, learning what livestock he wants to buy and care for, going to showings all around the state (people look at him so weird, a tall kid who looks more like a biker than a farmer, cradling a bunny in his arms at the makeshift petting zoo with a little girl on his shoulders. he’s A Sight.)
adam, it turns out, is very good at baking and opal develops a bit of a sweet tooth off of his many experiments with different cupcakes and cookies
their days are carefree. they explore the fields of the barns, make wild plans for the future, tell opal stories and play with her. they catch fireflies and learn constellations together.
every evening is spent giving opal bubble baths and wrapping her up in old tshirts and gym shorts from matthews room then settling down with warm milk and honey and telling stories of sleeping kings, trees that give advice, and ordinary people discovering magic
they brush out her wild hair and the fur on her legs and put her to bed and quietly get themselves ready for bed. sometimes adam will read to ronan until they fall asleep.
sure, there are bad nights. they both have their fair share of nightmares. opal does too. that’s when they grab blankets and go sit on the porch and talk about the stories of the constellations until their minds settle again.
when they drop adam off at the dorms as he starts his first year, its hard. its really really hard. these three haven’t had a lot of good in their lives up until now so letting go of their routine, of each other, although its temporary, it hurts. none of them cry, but its close (close as in adam waits until they’ve driven away and he’s got a moment alone in the bathroom. ronan lets the tears fall silently as he grips opal’s hand reaching forward from the back seat where she’s crying into her knees she’s drawn up to her chest).
the first time adam calls home he’s worried opal won’t remember him, after all they only had a few months together, and they don’t know exactly how great her memory is. his worst fear happens when he’s skyping ronan, who tells opal it’s adam, and she says “who’s that?”
just as adam feels his heart break a little, opal leans into the frame and continues, “no papa, that’s dad.” (turns out ronan bought her a book that teaches family vocabulary)
adam feels like his heart is breaking again but this time from being so entirely full of love for these two he can barely comprehend it
adam, light of my life, goes into law. he gets a full ride because he is smart as hell and super dedicated (can u tell im proud of him). for the most part he assists at a small business firm his first few years out of college but eventually, he focuses on social work cases and getting law changes in the state to make it easier for parents to report their parents without endangering themselves, as well as changing emancipation laws so that emancipated minors can make purchases regardless of age and aren’t left homeless. its very close to his heart but even though it hurts sometimes to see these cases it only makes him want to win even more, and he knows he has ronan and opal to help bring him back from rough days at work
ronan is the Best Farmer Ever he starts buying livestock and filling up The Barns with dairy cows, hens, and goats (he thinks its hilarious when they get there and opal is absolutely fascinated by their legs). part of the land has an orchard that has both normal fruit and some of the trees niall dreamt up, and ronan sells fruit at a local farmers market as well as to other farmers who make local preserves. declan comes by here and there and…they actually start to get along a little better once declan accepts that this is ronan’s life and ronan accepts that declan was just trying to do what’s right. it also helps that for some reason opal loves declan like. so much man. and he loves her too theyre practically best buddies its precious, and even better when matthew is over too. all the lynch boys are weak for this little girl ok? they don’t stand a chance she’s got them all wrapped around her little finger.
finally, there’s noah.
every year on the day he died, truly died, for them, they all get together and go to his grave (his birthday is for his family). they tell his headstone about their classes, about new things opal has learned, about how the farm and the bee garden are going.
blue always kisses her hand and presses it to the headstone before she leaves. he was her first kiss, so he gets another every year as thanks for giving her the boy she loves.
ronan always brings opal and tells her about his best friend, about a boy who was dead but lived loudly in spite of that. he leaves dream fruit at the headstone, and opal leaves her favorite stick she’s found that week.
henry never met noah, but he hears so much about this boy who was a ghost, who was technically non-existent who still gave the last vestiges of himself up, just for the friends he’s come to think of as family. he leaves a bouquet of the most beautiful wildflowers from his garden.
adam always starts off with telling noah about classes, trying to keep himself together, but he always ends it by choking up halfway through telling his headstone how important noah is to him. adam leaves a stone from the river, almost like he’s redirecting the ley line again.
gansey is always last. while everyone else is there for comfort they always leave gansey to say his goodbyes last, and instead take him into a hug when he gets to the car. gansey just…he needs to do this alone. he needs to tell noah it wasn’t for nothing, that he’s doing everything possible to make noah proud. gansey never knows what to leave that could possibly live up to what noah has given him. he leaves a copy of pictures of them every year. noah gave him life, so gansey leaves evidence of the people he lives for, the people that make it worth living, the people that miss him. the people that remember him.