Nicky: a dude who tripped over one of the food delivery robots, stood up and (still stumbling) apologized to it
Allison: a girl with a long, sleek, blonde ponytail who had a killer rbf but then turned around, saw someone she knew (Renee), broke out into a wide smile and gave them a huge bear hug
Aaron: this kid I saw this morning who was in plaid pajama pants, eating toast and zooming around on a skateboard *downhill* looking totally done and unbothered by everything (I've been thinking about this legend ever since)
Renee: this girl who was part of the religious society and was standing outside the campus chapel next to a sign that said 'free lattes' and seemed super sweet and talking to people that were going in but then at one point during a conversation turned to her friend, who had been standing with her the whole time, and just (good-naturedly) slapped him upside the head cause of something he said
Matt: this dude who was laying on the grass under the shade outside the library and holding his phone straight up in front of him and nearly dropped it on his face
Neil: this kid I saw while walking to the parking lot who just slipped out the back door (the classroom was on the ground floor and some profs leave the door open for like, air ventilation?, so they're directly accessible from outside) in the middle of class with all his shit-computer, books, notebooks, etc-in his arms, backpack hanging off his elbow, and made like ten second eye contact with me before walking away. when I walked past the classroom he came out of, the projector said on the board-i shit you not-introduction to funeral directing i
Andrew: this dude who nearly ran me over while I was crossing the street (don't text and drive kids. also don't text and walk)
Dan: this couple who were walking together and stopped outside the door to part ways and as I was coming out of said door the dude said something that made her roll her eyes and say "asshole" but reach up for a goodbye kiss and had him grinning as they headed off in different directions
Kevin: this kid who crossed the hall so begrudgingly, stopped outside a classroom and stood there for like thirty seconds trying to buck up the strength to open the door and then said "no...no." while backing away and leaving (felt)
Imagine andrew exhausted after a particularly hard game tonight, ready to go to bed and forget the miserable feeling in the pit of his stomach, thinking he's going to be alone because neil is away for a game once again. These days they're both so busy and he doesn't see neil so often and this unsettling feeling in his heart grows every day because he misses him even though he wouldn't say it out loud, he misses waking up next to him, eating breakfast with him every morning, cuddle with him in their couch watching movies and being close, he hates not having him around. So imagine him expecting to return to an empty apartment once again only to open the door and see neil standing in the kitchen, cooking dinner for them. Imagine him frozen in his place, with his heart beating like crazy in his chest and neil immediately smiling warmingly at him when he spots him in the door and suddenly that feeling he was feeling all these days when he was apart from neil disappears, so imagine him starting to walk slowly towards his partner like he thinks his mind plays games with him once again, like he can't believe that neil is actually here, standing there, so close to him after so many days, imagine him wrapping his arms around him holding him close and hiding his face in the crook of his neck sighing with relief when he smells neil's familiar scent and a breath he didn't know he was holding leaving his mouth when neil wraps his arm around him too. Imagine neil whispering how much he missed him and andrew tightening his hold because he's home. He's finally home.
Remember Chapter 14, TKM— that scene in the hotel when Andrew bursted in, slowly peeling the bandages off Neil's face— his face still devoid of emotions.
Reading that, all I could think about was that scene where Neil asked Andrew to break his deal with him, having no idea Neil said that because he was going to get kidnapped and die and didn't want him involved because he is the martyr no one asked for, how Neil told him he wanted to go back for him and Andrew repeating pipe dream, pipe dream, pipe dream over and over in his head to ground himself. He tells Neil to not go back to him crying with a broken face, probably expecting him to run away from him now that they weren't bounded by a deal.
But Neil did came back— covered in bandages and gauze, a new set of wounds and scars and a huge nasty burn by his cheek almost nearing his eye, and Andrew plays that memory on the bus on loop as he stares at his rabbit, he probably remembers all those tics he took note of that seemed out of place, how Neil gave him that stupid smile when he considered and gave in, breaking a deal and a promise for the first time in his entire life— and he couldn't stop his mind from playing it over and over as he stares at him because when has his eidetic memory ever been so forgiving?
hc Andrew constantly wore gay things before anyone picked up that he was gay. he wears bracelets, socks, maybe even shirts. he’s got some pins on his backpack. there’s a gay flag sticker on his water bottle. his exy shoes come from a Nike pride campaign. at one point he wears a shirt that says “i like boys” and everyone just thinks he’s joking. and then they find about andreil and go “huh, not a joke ig.”
aftg hc of the day: occasionally neil will invite andrew to the library to study with him. obviously andrew assumes it's a date, only to find out neil actually intends on doing homework. neil will be reading and taking notes and andrews just there, impatiently tapping his pen on the desk because he packed lunches for this?? he's practically pouting the whole time, maybe reading a sentence or two every once in a while between staring glaring at neil. he only makes the mistake once though, and the next few times actually plans on doing work until all of the sudden neil catches onto the grumpy looks and all the times andrew tried linking their pinkies across the table. they're halfway there when neil makes them stop for coffee and donuts and go for a walk in the tiny park nearby and keeps looking at him like that. even though andrew want to be mad because it's been weeks of his suffering for neil to notice, it's nearly impossible because it's neil
WHY for the love of exy would any of you morons think that Allison I Left My Parents And My Heritage To Play Stick Reynolds wouldn’t go pro after graduation? And just pursue a career in fashion leaving Exy to be just a college memory? Like guys please with all due respect but she could easilly pursue a career in fashion while playing Exy. We’re talking about Allison here
Could you tell us more about that tattooed yes head canon you have?
Omg yes, tysm for asking I’ve been dying too! (:::
I know Nora said in the extra content that Andrew and Neil will never get married, but I feel like they wouldn’t need to anyways. They know that they’re for eachother, and after they’ve been together a while it’s pretty clear neither of them are going no where.
So like, imagine Andrew walking out into their joint apartment shirtless one day, and he just realises like- oh fuck, he would never have done that if he wasn’t with Neil. Neil’s helped him heal, without even noticing.
Then one day they’re comfy in their room, Neil mapping Andrew’s body like they do ever few months. He’s healing, but still scarred, and things change. Neil has a stupid orange highlighter and ends up just doodling all over Andrew’s body, little hearts and stars dotting the stretch of his arms and hands.
Andrew leans down to kiss him, waiting for an answer like always, and Neil just laughs while scribbling ‘yes’ onto Andrew’s finger.
The next day he comes home with it tattooed, and it’s a promise between them both. Neil chokes on his coffee. It doesn’t mean always yes, it means ‘yes, I choose to be here and yes, I will give you what I can.’ Alternatively, Andriel’s way of a simple marriage lmaoo
neil, busy roasting reporters on tv : these fuckers think they know all about exy and dare to question this sport and now they have the absolute gall to pry on our personal lives than do their jobs. these nimrods don't have the half the brain cells to grasp the fundamentals of exy, much less our relationships.
andrew, not looking up from his book : stickball.
neil, eyes widening in realisation : *gasps* BLOCKED.
Neil's Sophomore year, their first home game (they won) Neil and Dan have press duty (as captains).
Everyone offered Neil to get out of it but he wanted to get it out of the way, now that his past was public knowledge to the press and exy fans and he knew there would be questions.
None of the Foxes go to shower. They all stand in a line behind Neil and Dan as the reporters talk to them, arms crossed in so much synchronicity and shared animosity you'd think they were Ravens.
The reporters ask a few questions about the game, then go in for the kill. "Nathani-- Neil. What would you say to those who think the Foxes are too good to have the son of a murderer on their team?"
Neil doesn't visibly react, but Dan is pissed. She goes off on the reporter while Neil stands with arms crossed and one eyebrow raised, eyes boring into the reporter's soul.
Afterward, the Foxes head to the locker room to shower. Andrew begins putting Neil and his things into duffles instead of showering. Neil looks at him quizzically but doesn't react.
"Umm, Andrew, don't you need that stuff to shower?" Nicky asks.
"We are showering at home." Andrew turns to leave and Neil trails behind him to the Maserati, leaving the rest of the Foxes in puzzled silence.
In the car, Andrew is silent for a while as he drives, but Neil can see the tense set of his shoulders and his clenched jaw. He doesn't say anything, but leans his head against the headrest and watches Andrew, waiting until he is ready to speak.
"I'm fine," Neil starts, but Andrew shoots him a death glare and Neil rolls his eyes. "Not like that. I really am okay. I don't care what people are saying."
Andrew taps a finger twice against Neil's thigh, demanding he continue. "I had you, and I had the team. I'm really alright."
Andrew doesn't say anything else for a while, and Neil takes it as agreement. Neil lightly fingers the scars on his hands and looks down as they silently finish the drive to Fox Tower.
When they get there, Andrew turns off the engine but doesn't make a move to get out of the car. A feeling of warmth spreads through Neil's stomach as he looks at Andrew's profile.
"Was that the only reason you wanted to shower at home?" Neil asks him, a slight smirk in his voice.
Andrew pulls the keys out of the ignition and simply says, "No," before getting out of the car, and Neil follows him back to the dorm and into the shower.
Afterward, faces flushed with heat and hair dripping with water, Andrew puts his hand on the back of Neil's neck and pulls him closer fiercely until their foreheads are touching. He looks into his striker's eyes with every bit of sincerity he has: "You are a Fox. You belong with this team, and you belong with me."
The kiss Andrew gives Neil is fierce, and also feels a little like falling, but Neil matches it with everything he has.
have you guys heard of ‘the unsent project’? if not, it’s pretty much this website where you can anonymously leave a message to your first love.
what if nicky is babbling about this website and nobody is really listening, but that night, out of pure boredom, andrew searches his name. what if he comes across a message that is extremely specific … too specific to be a coincidence … almost as though someone left it there for him.
what if he’s been in love with neil for years, pining silently under the impression that his feelings are unrequited—that they’re better off as best friends. what if he’s very suddenly confused and in desperate need of answers … he decisively leaves a message under neil’s name and maybe he’s being stupid, maybe it is just a coincidence, but maybe not. maybe it’s something more…
some people are like "pff how can some fictional characters make you sob please they aren't even real"
also your favorite fictional character:
chooses to say "thank you you were amazing" to his soulmate as his last words to him right before he decides to kiss his survival instincts goodbye, face his biggest fear and literally die instead of ask for help after so hard he tried to stay alive all these years because he loves him and his friends so much that he can't bare if anything bad happens to them.