For Cheeky's Weekly Drabbles Competition: Level Insane. Charlie/Kingsley. Quote: "Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free."- Shawshank Redemption. Prompt: disturb. Max word limit: 204


You are not going to be afraid of this anymore. You watch him grin that crooked grin as he pushes a strand of his red hair out of his face and, finally, you grin back, because what is there to lose?

only your reputation, your wife, your kid

only everything that matters to you

But you don't care because you're sick of being afraid — afraid to disturb the balance, because you built your life on the point of a pin and at any second it could come tumbling down.

There is no way this will not send it tumbling down.

But he grins at you with that crooked grin and you understand, for the first time, that love doesn't care about convenience. Love doesn't care about you. Doesn't care that you could lose everything for it.

Love only cares about that crooked grin and those beautiful blue eyes and the way he looks at you like you're the center of the universe, and you are so, so used to keeping yourself tightly under control, but that crooked grin just undoes you and you aren't sure you have a choice in the matter anymore.

He is your undoing, and you love him all the same.