Request: Hi! Here I go again with one more request lol. The reader, Tom and Cillian have been friends for a long time but Cillian knows that Tom has been in love with her since day one but never told anything because he’s afraid to ruin their friendship. So Cillian helps Tom to tell her the truth about his feeling for her and to win her heart.
A/N: this is my absolute favorite picture of these two, so of course I had to use it 😍😍
Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Y/F/N Y/L/N. The three musketeers who did everything together.
The three of you had met at an award show in 2008. And eventually you all worked on a movie together; Inception.
No matter how busy the three of you got, you always made sure to make time for each other. There were monthly movie nights where you’d go to someone’s house and hang out, and there were also bi-annual trips that you would all make together.
There were no secrets between the three of you, except for one.
Tom had been madly in love with you since the moment you met.
Cillian had caught onto it eventually, trying to convince Tom to tell you. Neither knew of your feelings, so Tom refused to ever say anything. No matter what you were his best friend, so a silly crush wasn’t going to come in the way of that.
If only it had just been a crush.
Tom was sure he had missed his chance though, since today you had gotten engaged.
You’d been seeing your soon-to-be husband for 2 years when he asked you to marry him. You’d told him yes, but now you were regretting it.
Your fiancé was practically perfect. He was kind, he was caring, he was romantic, and he gave you everything you ever wanted. But there was one problem.
He wasn’t Tom Hardy. He wasn’t the man you were fiercely in love with.
You were having a small get together at your house today to celebrate your engagement.
After some exchange of pleasantries, you had escaped up to your room.
Once you slammed the door shut, you began pacing back and forth. No matter what you did to calm yourself, you couldn’t help thinking that you were making a horrible mistake. That everything was all wrong.
While you were freaking out inside of your room, Cillian and Tom were arguing on the other side of the door.
“If you don’t tell her now, you’ll never be able to. You’ll regret it for the rest of your life!” Cillian whisper shouted, glaring at his best mate.
“Absolutely not! She just got engaged! I can’t do that to her.” Tom replied, trying to escape back to the living room below.
“Tom, for once in your goddamn life be selfish!” Cillian yelled, catching your attention. “You’re going to go in there and tell her. I don’t care if you don’t want to. I’m not going to watch you tear yourself up over this for the rest of your life! Now go!”
The door burst open then, Cillian all but throwing Tom inside.
“Cillian? Tom? What’s going on?” You asked, pausing in your frantic pacing.
“Tom’s got something he needs to tell you, something he should have said a long time ago.” Cillian told you, pushing Tom closer to you. “Go on Tom.”
“I’m not telling her with you standing there!” Tom spat, shooting daggers at Cillian.
“And I’m not leaving until I hear you tell her. You’ve been backing out of this talk for years, this time there’s no going back.”
“Tell me what?” You asked, looking in between your two best friends in confusion.
“It’s not really your business wether I tell her or not!” Tom fought back, continuing to avoid saying anything to you.
“The hell its not. You two are my best friends, and I’m sick of watching you mope all the time when she’s out with him. If you would have just told her years ago, this wouldn’t even be a problem!” When Tom opened his mouth to retort, you lost it.
“Will someone please tell me what the fuck is going on?!” You screamed, frustration lacing your words. You were already stressed out, you didn’t need this too.
“I love you!” Tom yelled, turning angrily towards you. You stepped back in shock, air leaving your lungs in a quick gasp. Your mouth was agape, eyes widened as you stared at Tom. “I’ve been in love with you for as long as I can remember.” He continued, much softer this time.
“Why did you never say anything?” You asked, finding your voice a few moments later. Cillian was watching silently from the corner, analyzing your features for any signs.
“I was afraid you’d never feel the same way. I didn’t want to ruin our friendship.” This only served to make you irrationally angry.
“So you wait until I’m engaged to tell me?!” You yelled again, voice pitched slightly in hysteria. “You had years to say something, but you wait until today? When I’m already freaking out and regretting this engagement?” You were back to pacing, this time wearing a hole in the carpet.
“Wait, why would you be freaking out? Why are you regretting being engaged?” Tom pressed, stepping closer to you in determination.
“Because he’s not you!” You cried out, tears forming in your eyes. Cillian and Tom both froze, eyes wide in surprise. “Because he’ll never be you. Because I’ll never be able to love him like I love you Tom. And I absolutely hate myself for that.”
“What did you expect to happen when you told me? Did you think I’d just drop everything for you? I can’t just throw the past two years away because you suddenly think it’s a good time to tell me you love me Tom. You’re a proper arse Tom Hardy.” You were beyond frustrated, tears leaking from your eyes and falling down your cheeks.
Here was the man you loved more than anything telling you he was in love with you, but it was too late. Your heart felt completely shattered in your chest.
“I don’t know. I’m sorry, ok? I never wanted to hurt you, especially not like this. But a part of me hoped that you’d do just that; drop everything and come with me.”
“Go.” Your fiancé spoke up, shocking everyone in the room as he cut you off. You hadn’t noticed he was there, no one had. “I always knew that you could never love me like you could him. I just want you to be happy. He makes you happy. Go with him.”
“No Y/N. I rushed you into this. I was in such a hurry to settle down, and you just happened to walk into my life. We never could have really made each other happy. And that’s ok. I made a really great friend out of this, I don’t regret anything.” He spoke sincerely, causing a few more tears to fall from your eyes. “I’ll find someone else, so don’t worry about me. But you already found your person, I’m not going to be the reason you aren’t with him anymore. I could never live with that.”
“Thank you.” You whispered, pulling him into a hug and giving him a short kiss.
“Sneak out the back. I’ll explain everything to our guests.” He smiled, winking as he disappeared through the door.
After he was gone, you turned to Tom and practically flung yourself at him. He easily caught you, wrapping his arms tightly around your waist.
“I never thought this would ever happen.” You mumbled against his chest, fingers digging gently into his shoulders.
“Neither did I. But I’m glad it did.” Tom murmured back, pressing gentle kisses to the top of your head.
“You’re still a dick.” You told him, pulling away and wiping any remaining tears.
“Ehem. I’m still waiting for my thank you.” Cillian spoke, a smug smile on his face. Tom and you looked over at him, playful glares on your faces.
“Get out!” You both shouted together, making all three of you laugh. Cillian retreated from the room, hands thrown up in mock surrender.
Tom and you once again turned to each other, wide smiles on your faces.
“Should we go?” You asked, holding your hand out to him. He instantly linked your fingers together, pulling you closer to him.
“With you? Anywhere.”