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28 April 2010 @ 10:21 am
Making Change [Glee; Will/April]  
TITLE: Making Change
FANDOM: Glee
PAIRING: Will/April
SPOILERS: "Home" (1x16)
RATING: PG
SUMMARY: It's a quarter-to-three and their fingers are still entwined.
AUTHOR'S NOTES: For theroomstops. ♥


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It's a quarter-to-three and their fingers are still entwined. April's been awake since they first joined hands, but Will's sound asleep. There are too many thoughts in her head, and these sheets she's sandwiched between are just a little too comfortable to really allow for a good night's rest.

And of course there's Will; his hand warm in hers, fingers laced like they've been married for a year, and all traces of worry lines gone from his face. She's been watching him for what feels like forever. Maybe that's creepy, but she can't help it. He's just nice to look at.

That, and he's done so much for her. He gave her the opportunity to finish out high school, to make something of herself. And though she didn't live up to his expectations, that effort from him touched something in her. It also doesn't hurt that he's pretty hot, and she'd really like to sleep with him, in a way that's much less platonic than their current situation... but maybe that's still the Chablis talking.

For a moment, she thinks sadly that Will's pretty naive for a thirty-something man. He's innocent, in a way, all music and fun and dancing. He believes in people, and April knows better. Sure he's had heartache -- she'd heard about what that trip of an ex-wife did to him, but he hasn't really hurt yet. April knows all about hurt.

Hurt is getting pregnant when you're not even twenty, spending nine months getting attached to the little creatures growing inside you and then having to give them up when they arrive because you know you just can't take care of them. Hurt is falling in love with a man that treats you like a doormat, and realizing after three years that maybe you don't want to feel that way anymore. Hurt is not being able to survive a full hour of sobriety without a splitting headache.

Nah, Will Schuester doesn't know hurt. But looking at him now, even more innocent sleeping than he is awake, April doesn't want him to get hurt. He's a good man. He deserves better than being married to a psycho that fakes a pregnancy, and he definitely deserves better than being hit on by a drunken washed-up has-been like her. He deserves someone that sees the world for what it is, but lets him have his faith in people; someone who'll be there for him when he inevitably realizes that the world is one big ball of disappointment. He deserves so much.

So April decides then and there that she has to make a change, and go through with it this time. She's gotta call things off with her strip-mall tycoon, quit her job at the roller rink and just... go be something. Because she deserves better, too.

She deserves better than being just a mistress to some rich old bag of wind. She deserves better than making eight bucks an hour at some cheesy roller rink. She deserves better than the daily hangovers. And she deserves to have someone in her life like Will, whether he's there as a friend or maybe, eventually... something more.

April throws back the covers and sits up, bound and determined now to make a change for the better. For Will.

"April?"

"Yeah?" Turning over her shoulder, she watches as he sits up, looking kinda groggy and really cute.

"What's the matter? Heading back to the couch?"

She shakes her head. "No. Just... was gonna get some air for a sec."

"Oh." He almost sounds disappointed, and April knows he's just swapped out 'air' for 'drinks' in his head. All the more reason to make this change for him. She doesn't want to be the cause of that tone of voice.

"But... I think I'm good, I wanna get back to sleep now." She doesn't bother to tell him she hasn't slept a wink since she first came in here.

"Okay." He lays down again, rubbing his eyes with the thumb and forefinger of one hand.

"Hey Will?"

"Yeah?"

"Would you..." She stretches out beside him, feeling shy for the first time in what feels like years. Maybe it's his innocence. Maybe it rubs off on people.

"What?"

"Would you maybe, hold me?" She winces a little, expecting rejection.

"April, I don't think that's such a good idea."

She slithers a little closer. "Won't try anything," she drawls, "I promise." Shrugging one shoulder then, propped up on one arm, she confesses, "I just... wanted to feel close to somebody for just a little while. Wanted to pretend that I belong somewhere."

Will watches her for a moment with one eye open, peering at her kinda like she's nuts, but he eventually smiles. "Alright."

He holds out his arm and waits until she slides under it to bring it down around her shoulders. Her head fits on his chest just-so, and she rests her hand just under his ribs, in a safe and neutral spot. "Thanks."

He kisses her forehead again, like he did out in the living room, and she feels his smile against the crown of her head. "You're welcome."

April's thoughts then finally quiet down enough so she's able to fall asleep. And she does so with a smile.



FIN



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{x-posted to gleefic and adult_glee}
 
 
 
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a.regalish on May 6th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed this! (And I really wanted some cuddling between those two, as well! Hee!)
the_girl_20: Kristin: Popularthe_girl_20 on April 28th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed this. I don't ship Will/April as a rule (although, I do think they're kind of adorable together, I am a die-hard Will/Terri fan) but I liked the exploration of innocence and hurt through April's eyes. Very touching. Lovely.
a.regalish on May 6th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Thanks very much! I appreciate that you took the time to read this, despite not being a Will/April shipper at heart :)
csiAngel: Torri smile concsiangel on April 28th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Aww, very touching. A beautiful fic :)
a.regalish on May 6th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks Jac! :D
lovely surprise: {Cheno} Oscarsgirlie_girl_23 on April 28th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Will/April!!! I LOVED this, honey! It was so in character and such a lovely study of April and the dynamics of their relationship. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!

Also, LOVE that icon. Sooo adorable!
a.regalish on May 6th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
Awww, thank you so much sweetie! I just adore April (and really hope she makes a third appearance -- and fourth, and fifth, etc.), and though I don't ship these two much, I do like that sweet relationship they have.

So happy you enjoyed this! :D
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a.regalish on May 6th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm glad you liked this. They're definitely adorable together :)
Ashley: Glee; Made For Youlost_raziel on April 28th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Loved it!
a.regalish on May 6th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
mcsunshine: glee: april • all i do is crytheroomstops on April 29th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
I can't believe you did this for me! Thank you!

♥ Obviously! This is so in-character, and exactly what I think regarding April. I feel as though April knows exactly what she is, but she doesn't know who she is (which is a line in my last fic).

Thank you so much! You should write more Will/April!
a.regalish on May 6th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
Awww! I'm so glad you liked this!! After I saw that episode, this pretty much had to be written. That scene in Will's apartment was just so adorable and couple-y without being overtly so. It was very sweet.

I may have to attempt some more Will/April in the future :)
mcsunshine: glee: will/april • goodnight lovetheroomstops on May 9th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Yes yes yes!

It was perfection. I have this idea that I need to see written out. In 1.16, what gave April the idea to buy the auditorium? And why didn't Will object when Emma said "You slept with April Rhodes." - I would think he'd try to object by saying "I didn't have sex with her" or something. That's what I would have done in Will's shoes. Unless...

Yes, this is a blatant attempt to bribe you to write more ;) Like... immediately.
a.regalish on May 9th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
Haha! Subtle, very subtle. ;)

Those are all good ideas. We shall have to see if something strikes a chord with the muse! :D
taylor_beautaylor_beau on April 29th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
I loved this, it was so...hopeful and I think hope makes people just so beautiful. And sweet, adorable cuddling. I wish they'd cuddled.
a.regalish on May 6th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed this.

And I wish they'd cuddled too. :D