Yay! It's another one and this time it's a multi chapter story! I've decided to attempt a 'five times' fic and the idea of Oliver finding Felicity asleep seemed cute and fluffy and a good sort of slow burn story idea.
So I hope you like this one and I'll update it as often as I can around uni work but never fear because the second chapter is halfway done anyhow haha.
Five times Oliver found Felicity Asleep
1) In the Lair
With the ever present looming threat of Slade, the team had been working overtime to try and track him down. Felicity was now coming up on just over 38 hours of no sleep and while Oliver and Digg were out looking at a lead, Felicity was finding it hard to try and stay awake.
"Come on Felicity, you can stay awake just a few more hours. The boys need you to be alert," Felicity mumbled to herself before pushing herself away from the desk and walking over to the coffee machine she had managed to convince Oliver to buy for nights such as these. The buzz of the machine echoed around the lair and soon enough the strong aroma of coffee hit her nose and Felicity immediately felt a little more alert, however the heaviness behind her eyelids still lingered.
"Felicity?" Oliver's voice came through the comms.
"Did you find anything?" Felicity asked, sitting back down at her computers and placing the mug off to the side, it quickly going to the back of her mind.
"The lead was right but whoever was here cleared out and were very good at covering their tracks," Oliver responded. Felicity cursed under her breath. This was the closest they had gotten in the last two days and it still ended up being a dead end.
"I'll keep searching," Felicity said with a sigh. Oliver must have heard her dejected tone.
"We're going to find him Felicity. You can count on that." he reassured gently
"I know," Felicity said with a smile. "I'll see you guys when you get back here."
As their conversation ended, Felicity sat back in her chair and let out a frustrated breath. They thought they had finally caught onto something but as usual, Slade was a step ahead of the game. She glanced up at the clock on the wall and her eyes widened when it read 5:43am. Knowing the boys wouldn't be too much longer and with nothing she could do at the minute, Felicity crossed her arms over the desk and rested her head on them, intending to shut her eyes for just a few moments.
Oliver returned to the Lair as the sun was beginning to rise and could feel the exhaustion settling in on his shoulders like a heavy weight.
"Slade is going to be planning something big if he keeps finding the need to relocate where he is staying," Oliver started to say as he placed his bow on its rack and pulled his green jacket off. He spun around to continue talking but the words fell short as he saw Felicity hunched over her desk fast asleep.
"I thought she would never stop to rest," came Digg's voice as he entered the lair also.
"When was the last time she found time to sleep?" Oliver asked as he walked closer and smiled when he saw the look of contentment on her face. It had been a while since he had seen Felicity look this relaxed.
"Maybe two days ago?" Digg offered. "She's been worried about you and knows how much this is causing you stress,"
"She always looks out for everyone before herself. Should we wake her up? I don't think this would be the most comfortable spot to wake up from," Oliver said. Digg shrugged his shoulders.
"Your choice but I would go with yes. I'll go bring the car round so we can take her home." Oliver nodded as Diggle left and for a moment, he just watched Felicity. Her hair was providing some cushioning for her face and as she shuffled slightly, Oliver could make out the indents that her keypad had made on her face. Crouching down in front her and gently placing his hand on her shoulder, Oliver softly spoke to her.
"Felicity," he whispered, so as not to startle her away. Felicity didn't move so Oliver spoke again, a little louder this time. It seemed to work as Felicity groaned and buried her head further into her arms which caused Oliver to chuckle. He moved his hand and brushed away some hair from her face and cradled her cheek. "Felicity," he started again.
"Sleeping," came Felicity's mumbled voice.
"I know and I'm sorry to wake you but I didn't think this would be terribly comfortable after a while."
"Oliver?" Felicity questioned, turning her head and slowly opening her eyes. She was not expecting Oliver to be that close and she jumped up with a start.
"Sorry," He said, moving his hand away and straightening up. Felicity shook her head and brought her hand up to her neck to rub out the kinks. Oliver was right, this position wasn't overly comfortable.
"How long was I sleeping for?" she asked as a giant yawn overtook her. Oliver smiled.
"Not even half an hour. Digg's bringing the car around so we can take you home and rest some more," Oliver said. Too tired to argue, Felicity nodded her head and stood up from her chair.
"That sounds so amazing right now. I feel like I could sleep for a whole weekend, which is good because it is now Saturday morning and I don't have to be at work until Monday," Felicity rambled, shrugging her coat on and grabbing her bag.
"I'm sorry that you've had to work overly hard these last few days. It can't have been easy to do without sleeping," Oliver stated as he held the door open for her. Felicity paused on her way through and looked at him.
"You know I wouldn't be doing all this if I didn't believe in what you are doing. I don't care that I've had no sleep in the past two or three days. This is worth it," she said softly and Oliver could see that she meant every word. He gave her a grateful smile and nod before gesturing for her to walk out to the car.
Chapter 1 is done and chapter 2 shall be on the way soon. I just have to finish writing it.
Also please, feel free to send me any prompts and whatnot. I have plenty of ideas but I can always go for more :)