Set in the art student!AU. I kind of skipped ahead a little to the first kiss between Alistair and Laura. Eventually, I’ll write this all in order. Probably.
“So, um, this is—this is me.” Laura gestured vaguely over
her shoulder to her apartment door and Alistair chuckled lightly.
“I thought I
recognized it,” he teased, laughter breaking into a nervous smile.
“Oh. Right. You live here too. Sorry.”
“That’s okay.” He stepped forward when her cheeks darkened,
wanting to ease the mounting tension. “I forget it myself sometimes.”
She sent him a smile and his heart thundered in his chest.
He licked his lips as he stared down at hers. He’d noticed how she bit them
when she was concentrating or flustered. It’d been adorable to watch her during
class. To see the lines in her face as she chewed her lower lip. She was doing
it now too, darkening the skin, making it sensitive. God, he wanted to kiss her
“Yes?” he squeaked, pulling back as his face began to burn. “I
mean—” He cleared his throat, trying to hold in his composure instead of
running away like his legs wanted.
“I had a really fun time tonight.”
“You did?” he asked.
He grinned and shifted forward again. “Me too.”
Laura glanced away with a light, nervous laugh. Her fingers
came up and tucked her hair behind her ear. A few strands fell loose again and
his fingers ached to reach out and touch them, to trace the outer curve of her
ear, to see if her skin was as soft as it looked.
Or was it too fast? What if she felt like he was pressuring
her? Or coming on too strong?
Alistair paused mid-step, body awkwardly frozen in place. “Um…”
“Yes?” she asked.
“W-well, I was wondering if… if I could… kiss you.”
Rami Malek photographed by Taylor Jewell for Bloomberg
He was the one to suggest to the show’s creator, Sam Esmail, that his character’s look be a little austere. “They
initially came to me with sketches from the designer that included this
very loud and colorful backpack,” he says. “And I’m like, ‘I can’t wear
this. This guy wouldn’t wear this.’ I kinda had this mild panic attack
inside, like ‘This is not the way I see things. Where are we going with
Make a Splash (idk if that’s the name but whatevs) Spectra is so bright and colorful *-*. She’s basically everything I’ve ever wanted in a Spectra doll lol. I didn’t include a photo of her shoes but they are semi-transparent recasts of her picture day heels. I hope mattel uses this color palette in a future line because I’m in love with this Spectra<3.