DISCLAIMER: All rights to Divergent belong to Veronica Roth. No copyright infringment is intended.
Tonight the foxes hunt the hounds, and it's all over now before it has begun. We've already won. We are wild, we are like young volcanoes ~ Fall Out Boy, Young Volcanoes
The sound of the shower wakes me up in the morning. I squint my eyes open and see the door cracked open just a tiny bit, steam billowing out of the room. One of the things I've noticed since moving in with Tobias six months ago was that when a room is smaller than a certain size, he doesn't close the door completely.
Our bathroom, for example, is just big enough for a shower, toilet, and sink. Tobias avoids closing himself in there as often as he can. A result of his childhood trauma caused by his father, Marcus, abusing him and his mother ever since he was a small child.
I don't mind it though. I like knowing things about him that no one else does.
I'm fully awake now so I decide to go and join Tobias in the shower to save time. I have to be at the tattoo parlor in an hour, and I know he has to get to the Control Room then, too.
It took me months to be comfortable enough to be with Tobias. It was five months after I officially became a Dauntless member that we finally made love, and it was the best night of my life. Of course, it was weird and awkward but it is a night I will always cherish with him. And things have definitely improved in that department with time.
I undress on my way to the shower and quietly pull the curtain back and join him.
"Good morning," Tobias says as he wraps his arms around my waist and gives me a gentle kiss on my lips.
"Morning," I say with a smile.
His hands explore the skin of my back as he kisses each of the three birds I have tattooed on my collarbone.
"I'd love to stay and continue this, but we have places to be," he says with a boyish pout on his lips. With that said, he gets out of the shower to get ready while I finish my own shower.
Today is the day before new initiates arrive, and this year I'll be helping Tobias train the transfers while Christina and Will train the Dauntless-born initiates. I am nervous, but excited at the same time. I do not know if the initiates will see me as an authority figure as much as people see Tobias that way. He exudes power and strength and embodies what everyone sees the Dauntless should be. While I have grown a little, I'm still short and bony.
I push the thoughts from my mind and get out of the shower to get ready for my day.
After I was officially a Dauntless member I decided I wanted to work in the tattoo parlor. When I was growing up I would hide drawings in my school notes. Drawing didn't serve the needs of others and was frowned upon in Abnegation. Working in the tattoo parlor also means I get a lot of information out of the people I'm working on. Most of the time they're drunk and will sputter off information they would not tell you in the first place. Information that may come in handy in the future.
It's a little after noon when I finally leave to go to lunch. I see Tobias, Christina, Will, Uriah, Zeke, Lynn, Marlene, and Shauna are all already here. I get my tray of food and go and sit next to Tobias, who puts his hand behind my head to lean me into him so he can place a soft kiss on my forehead when I sit down.
"Can you two not be all… in love all the time?" Lynn says as she takes a bite of her burger. I can already feel the heat rising in my cheeks and know my face is bright red.
The Abnegation in me is always embarrassed whenever Tobias shows me any affection in public, but the Dauntless – and the girl – in me revel in him not being afraid to let people know we are together.
"I was thinking of something earlier," I start, looking at Tobias as he takes a sip of his water.
"Always dangerous," I hear Zeke mutter, and then Uriah laugh. Their laughter dies down after Tobias glares at them.
"I was thinking that I wanted to have the initiates call me Six," I say, looking at Tobias to see his reaction.
"What's wrong with Tris?" he asks, his brows furrowing together.
"I just don't know if they're going to take me seriously. I'm small and I don't have the same presence that you do. I thought Six might make me seem a little more Dauntless to them," as I say the words I realize how stupid of an idea it was and regret ever bringing it up in the first place.
"Forget it, its –" I start to say, but Tobias cuts me off.
"It's a good idea. They need to take you seriously, and if you think changing your name for them will help, then do it."
"I still don't think it's fair that you two have so few fears. It just seems impossible," Christina says, a hit of bitterness in her voice.
"Well, not everyone has fully realized the true danger behind moths," I say with a smirk on my face.
"Shut up!" Christina shouts as she smacks my arm.
It's getting late, and I am the last person left at the tattoo parlor. I am just about to lock up when I see Tobias enter.
"What are you doing here?" I ask as he comes into the back where I am.
"This is a tattoo parlor. I'm here for a tattoo," he tells me.
In the year that I have known him, Tobias has never gotten a new tattoo. It surprises me that he wants a new one now.
"You want me to tattoo you?" the idea seems strange at first, but the more I think about it, the more I like the idea that something I create would be on his body forever.
He walks over to the drawing table and writes something on a piece of paper before coming back to me.
"Yes. This," he hands me the piece of paper, with a simple "VI" written on it. It is an ancient way of writing numbers that I recognize from school. VI means six.
"Six. Why do you want this?" I ask, even though I already know the answer.
"You know why," Tobias says as he sits on the chair and puts his arm on the armrest, palm up, "right here," he says as he points to the inside of his wrist.
I quickly draw up a simple sketch of the symbol and then turn on the tattoo gun. It doesn't take long to finish the two letters.
"I like watching you work," Tobias says as I wrap up his wrist. Just like this afternoon with Lynn, I feel my face start to heat up.
"Pack up your things and we can go home," he says, but I have another idea.
"Have you ever used a tattoo gun before, Tobias?" I say with a smile
"I can't say that I have," he says with a skeptical look on his face.
I take the piece of paper he drew his design on, and write "IV" on it and hand it to him.
"Well, it's a good thing you're a fast learner. I want this," I point to the design, "right here," I say as I point to the inside of my wrist.
Tobias smirks as he walks over and practices the design at the drawing table, and then picks up the new tattoo gun and needle that I just set up.
He turns it on and practices moving his hand around with the gun in his hand. Once he seems satisfied that he has the hang of it, he reaches for my wrist and starts. Even though he has never done this before, it does not take him long to finish my tattoo.
He smiles up at me when he is satisfied with is work, and wraps my wrist the same way I wrapped his.
I clean up everything that I need to and we make our way up to our apartment, hand in hand.
We get inside and Tobias immediately shuts the door, my back against it before I know what's happening. His lips mold to mine, and his hands hold my face against his.
Even though we both need sleep for our long day tomorrow, we don't fall asleep until the early hours of the morning.
A/N: Well, this is my first attempt at a Divergent fanfiction! This chapter is fairly short, but I'm hoping future chapters will be a little bit longer. Like I said in the summary, there is a possibility for Insurgent & Allegiant spoilers in this story, so if you haven't read all three books, beware.
I've got the first few chapters of this written, I'll hopefully be able to keep up with posting once a week. Most likely every Friday!
Also – I had originally planned for this story to be rated T but as I was writing a later chapter a lemon just kinda… happened. I've tried to write them in the past and they didn't turn out so well, but I think this one actually works pretty well! So, if you think I should keep the lemon in, and possibly have more in the future, let me know? Reviews are much appreciated!
One last thing – if you have any Divergent fanfic recs, let me know! I'm always looking for more!