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PROMPT: Trip and Fall

Romance/Fluff - Your characters are going for a hike when one of them twists their ankle. The other character(s) take care of it. Do they call for help or do they take care of it themselves? Does the character offer reassurances or make jokes? Include a cuddle or two. 
"Beck...you still...haven't told me...what we're doing up here," Tori said breathlessly as she tried to keep up with her friend.  Honestly, it was almost too much for her.  He'd shown her this cliff, mountain thing that they could hike, but she hadn't thought it would be so hard.

Yet, it was nice to get out with him, somewhere without everyone breathing down their necks.  Somewhere to go and maybe talk about what had happened between them before the Platinum Awards.

Or not.

It was weighing on her mind, however, to think about what could have happened.  What if they had kissed?  What would that have made them?  Her mind was jumbled with things she didn't want to do to Jade, her frenemy for all intents and purposes.  The black-haired (mostly) girl would probably never forgive her if anything happened between her and Beck.

Because friends didn't go for friends boyfriends.  Ex or not.

He turned a glance over his shoulder, smiling that lopsided grin that could make any girl go crazy.  "Out of breath already?  It's okay; we're almost there anyways."  Instead of continuing on ahead and showing her the way, he waited for her to catch up, going about it at her pace.

He was standing so close to her that she wasn't paying attention to anything else.  Did he always smell so good or did it have something to do with being outside?  No, she could clearly remember getting a whiff of this scent in his RV, too.  Hadn't she?  Her mind was completely muddled by that look he kept sending her from the corner of his eyes.

So when her foot went out from under her, she didn't even have a thought towards flailing, just fell to the dirt with a thud.

"Tori, are you okay?!" Beck asked, immediately crouching down in front of her to help her up.  His eyes were concerned and sincere and she could feel her heart beat wildly in her chest.

She nodded jerkily as she rose to her feet, but yelped as she put weight on her left ankle.  He was immediately there, helping her to sit down on an uprooted tree stump.  "It's fine, I just...did something wrong," she tried to joke, but her ankle was throbbing and it really did hurt.

Hand gently pushing on her shoulder to keep her seated, Beck bent down to examine her leg.  She was so glad she could only see his dark hair because that meant he couldn't see the blush spreading over her cheeks.  After softly moving her wounded appendage around, he sat back on his haunches, giving her a serious look.  "Well, it's not sprained or broken, just twisted a bit.  But we should probably stop here for now."

She jumped at that, rushing to stop him.  "No!  No, it's fine, don't worry!  You said we're close to the top, right? We can go sit up there until it's good enough to go back down."

So sue her.  She wanted to spend a little more time alone with him.  When did they ever get a chance to just relax together, with no one bursting in or making some stupid comment?  Besides, after this, they might be at a point they could never come back from; this was the last time she would get Beck as he always was with her.

Raising an eyebrow at her quick denial, Beck watched her for a second with an unfathomable expression before sighing.  "Okay, if you're sure."  Before she could say anything, he scooped her up, cradling her close to his chest.  "But no pressure on your foot for a bit, okay?  I don't want you to hurt it worse."

She swallowed hard, her arms naturally falling around his neck.  Forcing herself not to let her head drop to his shoulder, she said, "It'll be fine if you put me down; it isn't that far."

He shook his head, glancing into her eyes as he skillfully crept through the brush to the cliff they had set out for.  "Nice try.  I'm not a doctor, but I'm pretty sure it would be easy to sprain it at this point.  Besides, we're already here."

Setting her down gently, he sat next to her--close to her.  As he leaned back on his hands, she noticed that his arm was right behind her, leaving her to ponder her next move.

Because she really wanted to kiss him.  Or lean on him.  Whichever came naturally.  But, staring out into a beautiful California day, she knew that it wasn't okay.  Until Jade had moved on, until she was completely fine with anything that might happen between Tori and Beck, there was nothing the brunette could do.  She had to stay away from any sort of relationship with the actor that wasn't purely platonic, no matter how much she might want to change that.

With a light dusting of tears in her eyes, she leaned her head on his shoulder.  "You know we can only be friends for now, right?" she breathed, instantly wishing she could take the words back.  Because she didn't want to be just friends.

She could feel him nodding.  "Yeah.  Because you're a good friend."  His cheek met the top of her head, but he made no move to touch her in any other way.  They sat there in silence for a few moments until he broke it.  "But once she's okay with it, I wanna give it a try."

She smiled soggily, nodding slowly.  "I think I do, too."

They sat there until the sun started to set and her ankle had stopped hurting.


joseph morgan, klaus mikaelson

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