This is the second part of this request made by @dabisburntnut Enjoy!
Pairing: Richard Armitage x reader
Warning: little angst, fluff, doting RA
Part 1 Part 2
Richard was in a foul mood when Saturday came, although he was busy playing his role doctor Astrov, you prancing around some guy while he was working was getting to his nerves. Even Toby and Ciaran could see he wasn´t himself deciding to talk with the Brit.
“Is there something on your mind?” Toby asked casually sitting next to him taking a sip from his water bottle.
“Why do you ask?” Richard glanced at the fellow actor noticing Toby´s knowing gaze.
“Let´s skip this part where you delay the answer as long as possible and just tell us what´s bugging you,” Ciaran sat down on Richard´s left side crossing his arms.
Sighing Richard knew he was being pushed into a corner and the only way out was to tell them what was eating him.
Toby and Ciaran stared at him a long time before toby leaned forward wiping his face looking Richard straight in the eyes.
“You do realize you haven´t told her how you feel, all she could think, you´re just overly friendly toward her,”
“Yes, in her point of view, your reaction is somewhat unreasonable,” Ciaran said gazing at Richard with a tilt of his head.
Richard groaned leaning back on his chair.
“I know that! But I couldn´t stop myself in time and the damage was already done before I had the change to pull my head out of my ass,”
“Well, you can apologize to her when she comes back from her date night, and talk about it like adults, now that your head is out of your ass,” Toby pointed at him earning Richard to roll his eyes but couldn´t argue.
“Yeah you´re right,” he muttered when they heard the call to go on stage, the play was about to start, it was nearly 8 pm.
You were soaking wet, miserable and crying while standing on the side of the road wondering how it did go so wrong. Your date wasn´t what you had expected, he wore expensive-looking clothes, he liked talking about himself, ignoring your attempts to change the subject more than once. And that smug greasy grin on his face made your stomach coil, but you didn´t want to escape from the situation as it was already too late.
When you took a look at the menu, you were worried about the prices but he just told the staff to put it on his tap, no need to worry about the prices. You were skeptical about it, but how he was dressed, you assumed, money wasn´t an issue for him. As he loved showing off how rich he was. Another thing you hated in the guy.
Throughout the entire dinner, you gritted your teeth, hoping the night would end soon. When that time finally came, you quietly praised the gods, as you could already see how you were curled up under your fluffy blanket with ice cream and Netflix.
Suddenly after drinking his coffee, your date got up excusing himself into the men´s restroom, leaving you heaving a relieved sigh for a moment but when you weren´t looking, he left the restaurant.
The waitress came to you after the time had passed nearly thirty minutes, telling you the man who you had been with, left without paying the tap, forcing you to deal with the bill, which was way too much for your budget but you didn´t want to make a scene, so you paid it.
You escaped the restaurant tears dwelling in your eyes. Now you had to walk back to the hotel because you didn´t have enough money to pay for the cab and the last bus had left an hour ago.
Halfway there, it started raining and you grumbled down, the whole evening was a disaster, plain and simple. Taking your phone out you looked at the time, almost midnight. Sniffing you selected Richard´s number and let it ring for a long time, hoping, Richard wasn´t gone to bed yet.
His smooth, deep voice caressed your ears earning a sad smile on your face.
“Hi, it´s me…I hope I didn´t wake you up?” you spoke your voice lightly trembling.
“No, I was just reading, what´s going on?” Richard could hear you weren´t alright the way your voice hitched as if you were fighting off the tears.
Lifting himself straight on his bed he was getting worried, you didn´t sound like yourself.
“Ummm, co-could you pick me up?” you stuttered biting your lower lip shaking from the coldness praying Richard wasn´t still mad at you.
“Are you alright? What is going on? I can hear in your voice you´re crying, what happened? Where are you?” Richard bombarded you with questions, jumping up from his bed cursing in his mind if your date had left you in the middle of the night somewhere you couldn´t get home by yourself. Taking out of his closet pair of jeans, t-shirt, hoodie, sneakers, and his leather jacket, he concentrated on your uneven breathing. No, you were far from alright.
“I don’t wanna talk about it now, can you pick me up?” you sniffed, wiping your eyes looking around feeling a little scared.
“I´m on my way kitten, text me the location where you at right now,” Richard´s calming voice came from the other side of the line, making you feel better.
Ending the call, you text him the exact location and wrapping the coat tightly around you, you settled to wait for him under a bus stop.
What felt like an eternity, you finally saw the headlights of Richard´s car when it got closer. Pulling over Richard took in your appearance, his temper rising again but because of different reasons.
Quickly he got out of the car coming closer to you, seeing you were soaked, trembling mess, eyes red and a little buffed because of the constant crying. Richard didn´t say anything, merely wrapped his arms around you hiding you into his protective frame, engulfing you in his warmth.
Sucking in air, you pressed your face to his chest, embracing the feeling he was giving you at that moment, safety and warmth.
“Let´s go home,” he finally whispered gently kissing the top of your head guiding you to his car, opening the door and waiting until you were sitting on the front seat. Closing the door Richard walked around the car getting behind the wheel, turning the car around starting driving back to his apartment.
Once in awhile, he glanced at your shivering figure next to him, his mind fuming what on earth had happened.
Once at his parking lot, he shut down the engine and helped you out of the car, noticing you were freezing and stiff, barely able to move as you were shaking too violently. The coldness had reached into your core.
“Come on, put your arms around my neck,” Richard instructed you when you two were inside the building, making you glanced at him. But you had no energy to argue back so you did what he told you and yelped when he lifted you carrying you into the elevator, pushing the button to his floor.
On the way to his apartment, you kept your face hidden on the crook of his neck, trying not to shake so much but failing at it. Every time the shivers took hold of your body, Richard pressed a tender kiss to your forehead promising you would get warm soon enough.
Once Richard managed to unlock his door, he stepped inside, letting you down and closing the door behind him Richard ushered you to take a hot shower while he would prepare for you a warming drink.
“You know, this is the first time a man carried me over the threshold,” you chuckled, making Richard grin, glad to notice your sense of humor was still there spite the situation you had been.
Thankful for his help, you thanked him, giving him an awkward, nearly shy smile and wobbled into the bathroom heaving a sigh when you felt finally safe.
Stripping your wet clothes you discarded them on the floor and turned on the shower pulling the curtain, a pleased hum leaving you when the warm water ran over your body. Your fingers were tingling as they were getting warm again, so did your toes. You took your time in the shower, as your body was coming back to life.
A door suddenly opening made you freeze for a moment, heart pounding in your chest.
“Don´t worry, I won´t peek, just leaving fresh clothes on the chair for you,” Richard replied sensing your sudden mood, leaving the folded clothes on the chair. Retrieving he closed the door, walking back to his living room and thanking Gloria for bringing your clothes so fast from your apartment across the street, as hse had a spare key into it, in emergency cases, like this one.
“No problem, just let me know if she needs anything else,” Gloria, the elderly lady smiled at him, patting him on the shoulder and leaving you two alone.
Richard smiled watching her walking out and turning around he went to his kitchen starting to make you a hot drink that would make your blood flow again.
At the same time, you turned off the shower, took a towel drying yourself and taking a look at the clothes Richard had left for you. T-shirt, underwear, woolly, leggings and fluffy socks. Putting the clothes on, you felt like human again stepping out fo the bathroom, walking in the living room where Richard was sitting streaming his netflix account. When he sensed your presence, he looked over his shoulder breaking into soft smile taking in how you looked.
“Feeling better?” he purred patting the spot next to him on the couch. Smiling you sat down beside him, folding your legs under you settling on the couch.
“Much, thank you,”
“Don´t mention it, least I can do after behaving like a jerk,” Richard was embarrassed how he had acted around you the other day, but you shook your head.
“Let´s forget about that, you made a mense, that enough for me,”
Richard handed you a glass filled with something hot, earning a frown from you.
“It will warm you up,” Richard chuckled at your suspicious expression.
“What is it?”
Lifting your brows taking a sip, you were pleasantly surprised how smooth it tasted like.
“Now…” Richard´s tone of voice turned serious and you knew the subject you had been avoiding wasn´t avoidable anymore.
was a disaster, the guy was selfish, wanting to show off taking me into this
fancy restaurant, but obviously, I thought he would pay the bill. He was
talking about himself all the time, ignoring me half the time, but the worse part,
he escaped the restaurant to avoid paying the tap he had on in that restaurant!!” you told him, your voice hitching
again when you were forced to remember the evening.
Richard blinked, he had troubles understand what he was hearing. Turning sideways, bending his left foot under him leaning against the backrest of the couch he wetted his lips, gathering his thoughts.
“He…escaped the restaurant?”
“Yes! Can you believe that?!” you cried out frustration building up again. you were afraid to look at your account, how much money you had left.
“No, I can´t …who in their right mind do that? If he asked you for dinner and opened the tap in his name, it would have been obvious he was paying the bill,” Richard wiped his beard, his left arm resting on the backrest.
Nipping your lower lip you stared at the screen of the big tv, tears filling your eyes again.
“So you paid the bill? How much was it?” Richard asked gently, fearing the answer since he knew how little you had money at the moment.
“Too much…” you whined avoiding his soft gaze.
“Nearly 500£…” you swallowed, looking at how Richard´s face fell hearing the amount of the bill.
Richard nearly shouted, shocked how could anyone do that to someone.
Breaking down you covered your face with your hands sobbing turning into crying. Richard stared you disbelief on his face, his anger building up but it wasn´t targeted at you. Silently he heaved himself closer to you, pulling you into his arms letting you cry against his chest.
In his mind, he formed a plan to help you, thinking about how he would track down this excuse of a man who dared to do this to you.
“I tell you what, you ´ll stay with me for now, until you get your budget back on track. We´ll see after that how things are going,” Richard whispered to your ear, stroking your hair, feeling how the tension slowly left your body.
“I can´t just…”
“Yes, you can. I´ll talk to your landlord, don´t worry about anything right now. Let me take care of you for a change,” Richard cut you off, his voice so gentle and smooth, it made you wanna cry harder.
Only able to nod, you thought how on earth you had deserved such a man like Richard into your life. He was your employer, but now, who knew what he would be in the future.
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