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22 February 2010 @ 09:46 pm
Misgivings [The IT Crowd; Roy/Jen]  
TITLE: Misgivings
FANDOM: The IT Crowd
SPOILERS: Series 1-3
SUMMARY: He had told Jen the entire way there that he would dance with her once, he'd have one beer, and then he was going to leave. And she had nodded along, drooling at the shoe displays they passed by and probably not hearing a word.


Roy's not sure he should be here, doing this. Under normal circumstances, it'd be fine -- he'd have a chance of getting a good snog in, after all, for his chivalry. But this is Jen -- the ginger-haired loon who should really be nothing more than a colleague to him, or at least firmly set in the role of "annoying younger sister." But she's not. She's still Jen, she's still a loony, but she's more than a colleague and he's unfortunately never been able to look at her as a younger sister. Hence why him being where he is right now, being with who he's with right now, is a very bad idea.

He never even intended to go to the stupid party, anyway; he had misgivings about it from the first mention of it. Another thank-you party, this time as a thank-you from Douglas to Douglas, for, in his words, "being the best, sexiest boss in the entire universe." The rest of Reynholm Industries hadn't exactly minded -- just another excuse to run out and get shit-faced, after all. But Roy never intended to go. He and Moss, in fact, had some big plans that involved a Nintendo 64, a James Bond video game, and enough caffeine to keep them awake until next Thursday. But then in came Jen, dropping hints that she "fancied a dance," and generally pouting about the office until he agreed to go. Moss had been less-than-pleased, of course, though Roy had promised he would make things quick at the thank-you party and then stop over for video games.

He had told Jen the entire way there that he would dance with her once, he'd have one beer, and then he was going to leave. And she had nodded along, drooling at the shoe displays they passed by and probably not hearing a word. So when they arrived, he cut some time by stopping off at the bar immediately for his beer and her white wine while she went to hang up their jackets. He met her at a table and just about chugged his beer, ignoring the odd look he got from Jen in return.

Douglas was quick to start sniffing around, tensing Jen up in the process, so Roy told himself he'd stay just a little longer to keep an eye on him. So one beer turned into two and before he knew it, Jen was bringing him a third. A Coldplay song was coming on over the sound system and he groaned -- he hated Coldplay. But then he looked over and there was Jen, reaching for him with a panicked look on her face -- Douglas was making a beeline for her with that wankered-on-rohypnol look back in his eyes. So, disdain for Coldplay or no, Roy had no other choice than to grab her hand and drag her to the closest sanctuary: the dance floor.

Jen had stepped in to him almost gratefully, practically collapsing, really, when he put his arms around her. Hers looped around his neck and she pressed her cheek against his, sighing a relieved sort of 'thank you' into his ear. Roy had nodded and kept his eyes on Douglas, who had already given up and gone off to hit on the entire accounting team. As "The Scientist" blared on and on and Chris Martin continued to annoy the bejesus out of Roy, Jen kept moving closer until she was damn near cuddled against him. And Roy was never one to enjoy a cuddle, but Jen had always had this annoying way of making things he hated seem not so terrible.

He kept his arms tight around her and his thoughts as neutral as possible, though he couldn't help but remember the last time he'd been tangled up with her like this. Granted that night hadn't exactly ended to his liking, but he had enjoyed that dance. Much like this one and unfortunately, much like any alone time he had with this ginger-haired woman.

The song had ended and Jen had slowly pulled away; Roy wasn't sure if he imagined it or not, but he could have sworn her lips had scraped across his stubbly cheek as she did so. "I-I should get home," she told him, quiet as a mouse, and he hadn't argued. He was beyond late for meeting Moss anyway, and was pretty positive that all the buzzing going on in his pocket was Moss texting to find out where he was. So he offered to get their coats while she retrieved her purse.

Which brings him to the moment he's in now, right where he shouldn't be. Jen had already insisted she'd be fine by herself, so he could've done the bastard thing and run off to Moss'. Instead here he is, walking her home and glancing over at her, contemplating what the hell she makes him feel whenever the backs of their hands accidentally bump and wishing he could know what the hell she's thinking. There are very few things Roy actually knows about Jen, now that he thinks of it. She's got an obsession with shoes, she has abysmal taste in men, and now it seems (if the looks she's giving him are any indication), there's a chance she might fancy him. Which just hammers in the whole 'abysmal taste' thing all the more.

She thanks him for looking out for her tonight, for going to the party with her even though it had been the last thing on his mind, and Roy just waves the gratitude away, making a low, unintelligible friendly grumble. He looks at Jen and she at him, and he again can't help but think what a terrible idea this was. So he makes a decision to just wave goodnight and turn, then head on his merry way over to Moss'. Yes, that's the intelligent thing to do, here.

What does he do instead? He kisses Jen.

Yes, this was a spectacularly bad idea to walk her home. Because instead of just letting Jen go off on her own, like the adult that she's been for years, here he is having seen her back to her place like he's her security detail, and kissing her as if they're just capping off a date. He should pull away. Or perhaps push her away and accuse her of kissing him first. But then Jen stretches up on her toes, her palms scrape across the long stubble on his cheeks and jawline as her mouth opens under his, and Roy promptly forgets any of his misgivings about being here.

Though he can't help but wonder how the hell he'll explain all this to Moss.


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{x-posted to theitcrowd}
redseekerredseeker on February 23rd, 2010 10:36 am (UTC)
Awwww, this is adorable ♥
a.: roy/jen; it just comes naturalregalish on February 23rd, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
ssrobajossrobajo on February 23rd, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Yay! This was way cute :D
a.: roy/jen; brace yourselfregalish on February 23rd, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you liked this. :)
thegingerpirestephm424 on February 23rd, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
This is great! I need more Roy/Jen in my life! :)
a.: roy/jen; danceregalish on February 23rd, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!! Glad you liked it :)

I need more Roy/Jen in my life! Don't we all? Hehe. I've got a few more ideas for these two, so I'll see what I can come up with ;)
(Anonymous) on June 26th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
Wonderful story! xx So adorable!

p.s am I right in thinking that your profile picture is Roy and Jen? Where did it come from?
a.regalish on June 27th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D

And yes, if you're referring to the icon I used in the comment you replied to, that is Roy and Jen; it's from the sixth episode of series one, "Aunt Irma Visits."
draco_somniansdraco_somnians on February 23rd, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwww! I really need to rewatch this show. :)
a.: roy/jen; love to hate youregalish on February 24th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
Thanks, hon! (AND YES YOU DO NEED TO REWATCH! Hehehe.)
chibisuke_samachibisuke_sama on February 24th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
I've always felt there was a sort of chemistry or at least enough mutual understanding between these two for romance to be plausible, this was so adorable <3
a.: roy/jen; close to youregalish on February 24th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! Glad you liked it.

And I agree, I've always thought there was a certain level of chemistry between Roy and Jen -- maybe it's all that bickering, added to the moments where you see them actually care about each other, hehe. Either way, it's cute :)
Aimee: stock; just like a dream.queensmoot on February 24th, 2010 08:19 am (UTC)
I didn't know you watched The IT Crowd! ♥
This was really adorable. I never thought about it all that much before, but now I can definitely see something between Roy and Jen.

Though he can't help but wonder how the hell he'll explain all this to Moss.
Oh God, that conversation would be so funny.
a.: roy/jen; close to youregalish on February 24th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
Ha! I didn't know YOU watched the IT Crowd, lol! That's awesome! I've had a couple squee-fests over it on my LJ (one completely centered around my discovery that Roy/Jen is the intended canon couple, lol); I started watching just before Christmas. So hilarious.

I'm really glad you enjoyed this! These two definitely have a little spark, so there may be more fics soon :D
mandyvonblandy: roymandyvonblandy on March 2nd, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
aww so good :D!! been hopping for a bit more jen/roy! XDD gaa anything with his stubble makes me happy
a.: roy/jen; walk me homeregalish on March 2nd, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed this!

And yes, I love beard-y Roy in series three -- I don't know how that made him so much cuter, but it did. :D
Emmahouseofsmith on May 8th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
Aww, wow -- that was brilliant.
I love Jen/Roy..there should be more Jen/Roy in the world. Protective!Roy is love..I've turned into a pile to mush here. :P oh and, I'm totally picturing Roy giving Douglas evils heehee

I really hope you write more for these two, you're writing is beautiful and you have their voices and characterisations down perfectly. Thank you so much for sharing :)
a.regalish on May 8th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much! I have to admit, when I began watching this show, I set out with the intention of not having a ship (since it's never happened before, lol - I always end up shipping someone). But along came Jen/Roy, and they were too adorably mismatched for me not to enjoy them. :)

And I agree, Protective!Roy is love. Particularly when he gets a bloody nose for defending Jen's honor :D

I do plan to write more for this pair at some point in the future -- been kind of deep into my Buffy fandom right now, haha, though I'm planning a re-watch of this show soon! Thank you for such a kind review. :)
(Anonymous) on June 13th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
when does roy get a bloody nose for jens honor?? absolutely love IT crowd and your writing totally satisfies my craving for them to get together!! it has to happen :)
a.regalish on June 13th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I agree, they MUST get together. Hehe.

As for when Roy gets a bloody nose for defending Jen's honor, it was way back in series 1. (50/50, I think?) When they were both at Messy Joe's with their respective dates, and Jen's date was beating up a clown with his shoe, she accidentally gets hit in the face with the shoe and that's when Roy intervenes. He ends up getting punched in the face by her date and gets a bloody nose. :)
ittoremeapart on June 12th, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
d'aaaaawwhh :3
a.regalish on June 13th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Hehe! Glad you liked this. :D

I've got a couple ideas for more Roy/Jen in the works right now, so hopefully I'll have something soon. :)
valentinasroom.blogspot.com on August 21st, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
awwwwwww Jen and Roy...*sigh*
I hope they do get together in the end. They would be adorable.
Graham Linehan has said he intended to get them together at the end of season 1 but it just didn't work. Maybe he'll keep it for the grand finale? (which I hope is in a future far far away).
a.regalish on September 18th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading this! And I agree, I really hope Graham revisits the idea of putting these two together -- it would be such a perfect mismatch. :D
NewEngland32: pic#99069495newengland32 on February 24th, 2013 08:56 am (UTC)
I really liked this. :)