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10 May 2008 @ 10:52 am
How To Break Oxen [The Office; Dwight/Angela]  
TITLE: How To Break Oxen
FANDOM: The Office
PAIRING: Dwight/Angela
SPOILERS: Job Fair
RATING: PG
SUMMARY:


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The door to Dunder Mifflin clicks shut behind them before they turn to look at each other, and Dwight has no idea what, if anything, he should say. An "I love you" sticks in the back of his throat as it always does, but the tension evident in Angela's jaw gives him the needed restraint to keep those words in.

Cordially, with as little feeling as possible, he asks of her, "Will you be taking the stairs this evening or the elevator?"

"I will be taking the elevator," she replies crisply, not looking over at him.

Dwight frowns sadly -- he'd thought they made progress with that sneeze exchange -- and leans forward to press the button for the elevator. This is done at the same time Angela reaches forward to press it as well, and their hands touch.

She finally meets his eyes and Dwight has mere seconds to discern what he sees there. It's an odd combination of anger, fear, sadness, and he dares to think... a little love. Their hands are still touching, hers beneath his, holding down the button. There's still electricity whenever they touch.

He strokes her pinky with his own for just a second before he sees her eyes widen. She jerks her hand back as if burnt, and sets her jaw again, staring stonily at the doors. Dwight draws in a shaky breath and keeps his eyes on the elevator doors. When the elevator dings and the doors slide open, Angela is the first to step on. Dwight lingers, wondering if she's expecting him to take the stairs since she is taking the elevator, or if she wishes to ride down with him.

He stands there so long that the doors start to close. Dwight's heart cries out and he looks panicked for a split-second before her hand stops the doors -- pushes them open again. She looks rather annoyed with him as she tilts her head. "Well? Are you getting on or what?"

Dwight takes this as an open invitation, and gets on the elevator with her. She throws him one more look of annoyance as the doors close them away together. They ride down in thick silence; almost excruciating in nature, and when the doors slide open on the ground floor Dwight almost wants to sigh in relief.

Then Angela is getting off the elevator and he's following. There's just a short distance now until they reach their cars and from that point he knows she'll go back to ignoring him. Dwight knows he has to say something -- he can't let the progress they've made today go by quietly, like it never happened. This is the most she's spoken to him since that dinner party at Michael's, and that horrible beet salad debacle.

Angela reaches for the door handle but he gets there first; he pulls it open for her and gestures gentlemanly for her to exit first. She looks up at him for a moment, lips parted as if she wants to say something and Dwight begs her with his eyes. Just say something he pleads inwardly, and manages not to call her 'Monkey' even in his head -- she's got this oddly arousing knack for being able to read his thoughts.

"Thank you," is all that she says before she walks out the door, and Dwight follows before she gets more than three feet ahead of him.

"You're welcome," he says, softly, as he stares at the back of her head, still begging her to say something more.

Angela stops in the middle of the parking lot. Dwight manages not to collide with her, and stops with a safe, chaste distance between them. When she turns, Dwight smiles. Now is when she'll tell him that she misses him, that she forgives him... right?

She tips her head, lips set in a firm line. "Well. Goodnight, Dwight."

He mirrors the head tilt. "Goodnight, Angela." Angela Martin is nothing if not stubborn as an ox, but he'll break her. Just like he had to break that yoke of oxen during that terrifying week Mose wanted to breed oxen.

Angela nods in acknowledgement of his goodbye and turns to leave, but suddenly Dwight isn't quite ready to let her go. So, he blurts out the first thing on the tip of his tongue: "Please!"

She stops in her tracks, turns around... meets his eyes. He can't quite read the emotion in them this time but that doesn't stop him from trying. So for a moment, they just look at each other. Her lips twitch, but it's not a smile.

Lowly, stoically, she tells him, "You may contact me at my home later this evening. But I will not go to dinner with you."

Dwight lets out a soft sigh of relief. "Yes. Okay. Thank you." That's more than he could've ever asked for. So he can't stop himself from reaching out to grasp her hand, and can't resist kissing her knuckles.

Her slap knocks him back to reality and she stomps off to her car. He doesn't see the smile dancing across her lips, and he doesn't let the slap deter his own.

Yes. He will break her.



FIN

Author's Notes: For Gemma ♥ ♥ ♥

{x-posted to dwight_angela}
 
 
 
csiAngel: 30 rock j/l elevatorcsiangel on May 10th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Awww! This is so sweet - brought tears to my eyes... don't know if that was the fic alone, or the combination of it and "I'll Stand By You" playing in the background - but whichever, this is so lovely! And so totally Dwight and Angela. Awww!
a.regalish on May 16th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks Jac! Hehehe, background music could definitely set the tone - and gah! That's a perfect Dwangela song too.

I'm so thrilled you liked this! ♥
dksanmdksanm on May 10th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
this is amazing! ive been working on a post job fair fic too but i dont think i have to anymore!
a.: angela; has this friend...regalish on May 16th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

And we don't have nearly enough Dwangela fic out there, so I say post yours! :D
do I dare to eat a peach?: (office) Angela! Is adorable!stop_theworld on May 10th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
Awwww! This is so perfect and so completely them and I'm in love with it. The entire scene took place so clearly in my head. Dwight! You illustrated his inner struggle so well. he can't let the progress they've made today go by quietly, like it never happened. So. Sweet. I love how seriously they're both taking this, just like they always do, and when she finally said he could call her I nearly flailed. This is so wonderful!
a.: dwangela; tales of braveryregalish on May 16th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Heee, thanks so much, hon, I'm glad you liked it! Their angst is so gorgeous sometimes - I couldn't resist! :)
something holy used to love me: Fangirlhyacinthian on May 11th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
This is so brilliant! How do you get into the heads of so many people? HOW? It is almost superhuman.

Angela Martin is nothing if not stubborn as an ox, but he'll break her. Just like he had to break that yoke of oxen during that terrifying week Mose wanted to breed oxen.

That made me LOL so hard. It is just so DWIGHT. ROCK ON, CAROLINE.

a.: dwangela; will reveal their true loveregalish on May 16th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much! And LOL I OBVIOUSLY HAVE WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS, that's how I get into their heads. Although if that WASN'T having too much time on my hands and was, in fact, a superpower, that would be SO badass.

I will wear a cape.
something holy used to love mehyacinthian on May 16th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
I SUPPORT THIS CAPE WEARING. MAYBE YOU COULD GET THE FACES OF ALL YOUR SHIPS SEWN ON IT. THOUGH THAT MIGHT BE A LITTLE CREEPY.

Whoo, also, it is clearly NOT too much time on your hands, but a superpower that I long to have. *nods*
a.: angela; don't 'monkey' her. a-r-m.regalish on May 19th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
LOL. THAT WOULD BE TOTALLY CREEPY.

...

I'LL DO IT.
Dayna: office; dwangela; spanking!daynawashere on May 11th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Ahhh, this is so exactly where I hoped they were going with the show, so I'm so excited that someone wrote it in fic, and I'm even more excited that it was YOU! PERFECTION.

Angela Martin is nothing if not stubborn as an ox, but he'll break her. Just like he had to break that yoke of oxen during that terrifying week Mose wanted to breed oxen.
SO BRILLIANT. I could really picture Rainn Wilson saying that line.

he can't stop himself from reaching out to grasp her hand, and can't resist kissing her knuckles.
Awwwww!

He doesn't see the smile dancing across her lips, and he doesn't let the slap deter his own.
Double awwww! ♥
a.: angela; post-itregalish on May 16th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
Heee, thanks so much sweetie! I'm so glad you liked it.

And LOL that thing about Mose? I had to try SO HARD to think up one of those crazy Dwight anecdotes, so I'm really excited you liked that line.

THEY ARE SO PRETTY. I HAVE TO WRITE MORE OF THEM. ♥
(Anonymous) on May 12th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
I loved this!

There really needs to be a whole lot more Dwangela fic out there but I'm guessing Dwight and Angela aren't exactly the easiest people to write in character and even with that in mind, this fic pretty much hit all the high notes when it comes to their characters.

There was something about that plaintive "please" that particularly got to me.

And it totally doesn't surprise me that Angela has a knack for guessing what's on Dwight's mind- they get each other so perfectly on every level.

Thanks for writing this!
a.: angela; a is for angelregalish on May 16th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed this.

And I agree - there's not nearly enough Dwangela fic in the world. And it's true they're not the easiest people to write, but once you get the hang of them it is SO much fun :D

Thanks again for reading and reviewing! I really appreciate it.
GEMAAAAAAAAPANTS: ship; d/a || doodlesiwant_sprinkles on May 12th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
CAROLINE.

You have no idea what this means to me, seriously. Like, whenever anyone writes or does anything for me but you did this so fast and it's so awesome and djhfgsjhdf!! Yeah. You have a lot of fics going too so I am SO grateful.

And it's totally beyond what I had in mind, too. It's so them and it's exactly how it should have gone.

I love it. I love you. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
a.: angela; has this friend...regalish on May 16th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
GEMMA, I AM SO GLAD THAT YOU LIKED THIS. This was the first "full" fic I did for them, and it makes me endlessly happy that you thought I did them justice. If I weren't so attached to my Emjay I could easily see jumping ship and climbing aboard the Dwangela OTP.

I definitely plan on doing more (ESPECIALLY after that finale we got - I've already started a new one, LOL) because despite all the stuff I've got on my plate, I HAVE to make room for this gorgeous ship.

And I love you too. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
berserk_dragonberserk_dragon on February 16th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
So, I stumbled upon the Dwight/Angela fics a while ago and I never got around to commenting on them. I'll make it short and say what I needs to say in one post.
*ahem* BEST. DWANGELA. FICS. EVER. *FLAILS*
Okay, I'm done. Haha. :]