I know I called you a murderer, but you are not.
"I had my things from college," she told him and shrug, "not much. I just got up and left, it was strange, but felt right at the same time. Like I had my whole life planned down to how I wanted to die, Tommy." She offered a small smile, :"it was ruined for me, the plan I wanted, was burnt to pieces and I was suffocating, the life i was living wasn’t mine anymore. I didn’t want any of it."
Laurel’s hand didn’t move from his, just stayed there, lingering, “I just couldn’t be Laurel anymore, not than, I hated her. So I left, I call dad now and then, but he’s drunk and mom never answers the phone, so why bother. I’m doing just fine and sure it’s not what I wanted, but who gets what they want in this world?”
“That’s pretty much the exact opposite of how my life’s been. I have no idea what I’m doing from day to day, though it’s pretty much the same,” Tommy replied, shrugging his shoulders. He nodded as she continued; only glancing away for a second. “When did you start feeling that way?” He assumed it was after the Gambit went down, killing Oliver and Sara. He knew the events that followed weren’t enjoyable, nothing seemed okay afterwards.
Tommy didn’t move his hand, leaving it there, taking in the comfort that it both gave and provided. “I don’t know how you could hate who you were. The Laurel I saw was beautiful and happy. You’re still beautiful, don’t get me wrong because I could go on about that but are you really happy being here, away from everyone? Your parents may be a bit out if it but at least they still care about you and have your entire life. I guess you have a point though, life never works out the way you want it to.”
"Yea?" Kat leaned forward giving him a kiss. "Do they always give you a kiss too?"
Tommy gave a sideways nod at her question. “Only if I’m lucky, which apparently I am.”
"Are you saying that you’ll let me stay as late as two movies tonight?" Viola said teasingly, before she then bit her lower lip at what the man said about the some of the buildings going down "Yeah, it isn’t" she nodded in agreement "It’s good that you’re safe now though" she then added, smiling and honestly happy about that fact "Alright" she now nodded "We’ll wait"
“Sure am. Besides, two movies shouldn’t be a problem,” he said back in the same tone as her. Tommy didn’t want to get into many details about the Undertaking, but talking about it wasn’t difficult. “Yeah, I’m glad about that too. It will be a sad day for all when Tommy Merlyn goes down,” he added, a smile making its way onto his face. He nodded in agreement as they waited for someone to come over.
"You can’t deny the fact that, in seeing me again, you’re reminded of the incident with the rakshasa… Of what’s really out there. I don’t want to be that for you. And I didn’t explain, and I don’t intend to," Cara said, her final words ending with a small smirk. Tommy could pretend that this was nothing, that she wasn’t a burden, but she knew better. Because she remembered what it was like to have a normal life. And she remembered what it was like to lose it. Whether it was piece by piece or all at once didn’t matter in the end.
"They make food that’s not takeout?" Cara breathlessly teased. Fighting back the black spots that clouded her vision again, she said, "All right… you win. But just for one night. And only as long as you’re sure it’s not an inconvenience." It then occurred to her, "Oh God… you probably had plans tonight, didn’t you. Something fun that didn’t involve fetching ice packs or stitches…"
“What does that matter? We kicked the rakshasa’s ass and yeah, that might come to mind but I think of more than just that when I see you. Knowing what’s out there, all those creatures, it’s no different than knowing about the villain’s the Arrow goes against every night are real. My dad was one of them too, so I’d say my life isn’t exactly normal either,” Tommy explained. He never considered his upbringing to be average, not because the money or privilege, it was because he lost so much when he was younger. Not to mention his best friend was out fighting crime with a bow and arrow. Tommy was simply between it all.
“If you say so,” he replied back in a slight teasing manner as well. Tommy let out a breath, happy that she agreed. “I’m a go with the flow kind of guy, you staying for one night is anything but an inconvenience.” He smiled a bit at her reaction. “Surprisingly enough I didn’t have any plans. I can only go to a club and get drunk so many times before the hangover’s get to me, though I probably spent most of my twenties in one.”
"Nope we shouldn’t." She drew closer to him having those few drinks making her relax a bit more. "You’re definitely cute though."
“It’s pretty lame to let our dad’s drag us down,” Tommy agreed. He watched her with an amused smile, which only grew a bit wider at her remark. “No arguments there, though I get that a lot.”
"Action comedy?" Viola said, smiling at the man and taking a seat with him "Yeah, I can see that with the other places" she then responded to his comment about other places, as she nodded and simply looked over to the counter "Wait, do we order on the counter for take out?" she asked, honestly forgetting how that place worked.
“Or we can watch two movies, one action and another comedy. It really doesn’t matter to me,” he mentioned with a slight wave of his hand. Tommy nodded after her comment. “I saw some the buildings around here come down as I ran through the streets, probably not the safest thing to do but I had to get somewhere.” He shrugged before replying. “We could or wait for someone to come over and just tell them we’re not staying.”
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1. The last movie I watched was Delicious staring Loo Brealey
2. I’m a fan of Audrey Hepburn
3. I saw Colin Donnell in Violet a few months ago
4. My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice
5. I write fanfiction
From the outside, it always looked like I had a father. He paid my bills, he lived in the house, he bailed me out. But your dad took me to my first hockey game. Your dad taught me how to fly-fish. Your dad took us to our first R-rated movie.
"First off," her long finger nail pointed at him, "i’m all woman, not a girl." Laurel laughed though, "she means well…" her head turned to look at the older woman. "She fed me when I had no money to my name and was coming in here for coffee. Buy one cup, free refills, she offered me a job once, but i was dancing by then, I don’t think she’s too keen on me going so."
Laurel looked over at Tommy, how long has it been since she’s seen the boyish smile, the teasing, Laurel hand moved to clasp on to his. “I’ve miss you.”
“Fine, you can be known as my woman than, better?” Tommy asked, raising a brow in question. He smiled after her small amount of laughter. “She seems like a nice person, I’m glad you had someone to look after you when you first came. Did you even bring anything with you?” He didn’t want to over step his boundaries on the subject but honestly, there were many things he wanted to know about her decision to leave.
“I’ve missed you too,” he said, glancing down at their hands for a moment. “I had no idea when I’d see you again, if at all.” She was there one day and gone the next, just like so many people in his life. Malcolm disappeared for two years after Tommy’s mother was killed and Oliver died when the Gambit went down. Losing Laurel on top of all that was a bit much.
Shaking his head, Ollie took a deep breath before he tried to explain to his friend. “ She was probably scared. With everything that’s happened in the Glades, I can’t blame her.” As Tommy and Laurel held their new son tight, Ollie could see that Felicity was feeling uncomfortable. Walking over to her, Ollie wrapped an arm around her tiny waist before kissing her on the cheek.. “ Do you want to stick around?” He ask gently, before he was interrupted by the pizza man at the door.
Felicity shook her head no, “this is…” she paused looking a little nervous, smiling at the little boy, he was cute. She looked at Oliver, “I’ll just go, enjoy the time with your friends,” She made her way pass the pizza boy, Oliver had to have a life outside of the cave, this was it.
Laurel nodded her head for Tommy to get the pizza and than sat down, “Jonas is a good name…perhaps we should keep it that,” she called out, looking at the little boy. I’m going to have to go looking for your records on monday and then we are going to the doctors, yes we are.”
As Felicity left, Tommy glanced back at Laurel. “Considering it’s his actually name, I think we should too,” he added. Now that they officially gained responsibility for him, things seemed a bit more settled. He smiled at the way she spoke to the child. He wasn’t sure how well he’d be at rising a kid but he was still happy to give him a family after he lost so much.
Tommy paid for the pizza and set in on the table before turning towards Oliver. “I guess we should eat first, then get back to the crib,” he suggested with a shrug. “By the way, what’s up with you and Felicity? I know I didn’t just imagine you kissing her on the cheek. Are you two dating or something?”