Parings/Characters: Felicity, Oliver, Diggle, Roy, Lyla
Prompt: Comment Fic Friday from October 24, 2014
Word Count: 1203
Disclaimer: I in no way own any part of Arrow
Warnings/Spoilers: never happened, no beta
Summary: Felicity is freezing Oliver out but things are beginning to thaw
Author's Note: Part two. This was a prompt from a Comment Fic Friday back in October of last year. Loved the prompt when I saw it but I didn't have any ideas for it until that awful moment at the end of the Arrow episode a week ago. This seemed to fit.
~ Period of coolness followed by a big thaw
They thought the big freeze would only last a few days. It was two weeks later and Felicity was still avoiding Oliver.
"Dig?" Roy quietly spoke. "Mind if I ask you something?"
"How long can a woman ignore a man and still work with him? I mean, I could understand if they were never in the same room."
"You and Thea work together. Did she always speak to you?"
"Well, when we worked together, yeah but we also avoided each other. Then there was the time I was unconscious." Roy smiled.
"I think the two of them happen to be the most obstinate people I know, so this could go on forever." Diggle stated.
Roy shook his head. "No, we need to fix this. I don't know about you, but I can't take it anymore."
Diggle folded his arms. "What do you suggest?"
"I have no idea."
"Why are you asking me about this?" Diggle had an uneasy feeling the instant Roy asked the question.
Roy grinned but remained silent.
Diggle groaned and shook his head. "No. I am not asking Lyla how to fix them."
"Come on. Please? How much longer can you stand to watch Felicity stare at everything in the the room, except Oliver? She even stares at the floor while Oliver watches her, waiting to make eye contact." Roy pleaded.
Diggle wanted to object but he knew Roy was right. "Fine. We'll figure something out but I am not happy that I need to ask Lyla."
"I know. Thanks."
"It's for both of us, man." Diggle smiled as they waited for Oliver to arrive.
"Hey. She texted." Oliver said as he entered the room.
"Yeah, that's why we're here." Roy replied.
Oliver looked around and didn't see Felicity. "She's not here?"
"No." Diggle pointed toward the table. "Left you a note."
Oliver sighed, shook his head, walked to the table and picked up the note. "Great. The information we need is in here and she'll be back in twenty. Which is exactly when we'll be out of here and busy elsewhere." Oliver grabbed everything he needed and left the room.
Diggle looked at Roy. "Okay, I'll talk to her tonight."
A few days later Lyla stood at the bottom of the stairs. She cleared her throat. "Felicity?" Lyla entered the room when Felicity waved her in, and smiled.
"Hi." Felicity had no idea why the other woman was there, but she was glad to see her. "Here. Sit." Felicity turned the chair for her.
Lyla sat in the chair beside Felicity and folded her hands in her lap. "I hope you still feel that way when I leave."
Felicity sighed. She knew. "They sent you."
"Roy and John are worried about the two of you. And, frankly, I am a little worried myself when I heard what was going on." Lyla placed her hand on Felicity's arm. "I know you still love him and any fool can see he loves you."
"Things go wrong when Oliver loves you. There was a bomb on our first date. Did you hear about that? A bomb. Our first date. And I was unconscious and bleeding right over there on the table. Unconscious. Did I mention it was our first date?"
"But you love him."
Felicity was speechless. "So."
Lyla laughed. "And you're twelve again."
"Stop." Felicity smiled.
"No" she said through her laughter. "I'm sorry. I shouldn't laugh. We're here now and we need to fix this."
"No, we don't need to fix anything." Felicity turned toward her screens of safety where she did not have to face the world. Or Oliver.
"Felicity, let it go. Focus on your heart. Don't over think everything. I know it's not easy. Boy, do I know this is anything but easy. But I love John and he loves me so we figured out we need to do everything we can to make it work."
"He's working with...."
Lyla interrupted. "Don't say it. Focus on the two of you because that is the only way it will work. He is doing what he thinks he has to do and you let him. It's what I do. It's what John does. We're not the only ones."
"No, Felicity. No buts. None. You are in love with Oliver Queen. Love doesn't come along every day and you need to grab on when it does. You've been in love with him a while, even before you would admit it. He feels the same way." She paused and looked at Felicity. "John was right. The two of you are truly the most stubborn people in the world."
"So, if I ignore the fact Oliver is working with him. And I decide to go with my heart. If I do that, even though I'm sure it will break again, how do I stop avoiding him and not freak him out?" Felicity was not at all certain she was ready for any of this.
Lyla smiled. "From what I've heard, eye contact might do it. Don't stare or that will freak him out with a too much too soon type of thing." She grinned. "Now, I have to make sure my daughter doesn't have a set of barbells. If I leave her alone with him too long, he'll start with barbells and it only goes downhill from there." They stood and Lyla gave Felicity a hug. "Start the thaw by making eye contact, work your way up to phone calls and then have a long overdue conversation about everything."
Felicity stepped back and smiled. "Thank you."
"Focus on the heart. You can work through everything else."
Felicity took Lyla's advice, however it took her another couple of days before she made eye contact and a full week before she made the first phone call to Oliver.
They were bandaging each other up after a difficult night and Roy whispered to Diggle. "Thank Lyla for me."
"Already thanked her." He whispered back. "They still need to have an actual conversation about something other than work if this is over."
"What are you two whispering?" Oliver asked.
"I told him where my stash is. Pain pills."
Oliver chuckled. "Don't tell Felicity. She liked the magic aspirin."
"Yes, she did." Diggle put on his shirt and slapped Roy on the back. "Let's grab a drink and I'll tell you all about it."
"See you later, Oliver." Roy said as he pulled on his jacket.
Oliver watched the two men leave before he turned back toward Felicity.
"You're bleeding" she said.
He looked down and nodded. "Yeah."
"Sit. I'll take care of it." She tilted her head when Oliver hesitated. "I won't hurt you. Not on purpose, anyway."
He closed the distance between then and touched her arm. "Felicity."
"Stop. This is where I am today. Tomorrow might be a little warmer but the big thaw is down the road. We're good enough that I can sew you up, so sit down."
"Okay." Oliver smiled at the woman he loves and finally felt a little more optimistic. He knew someday they would find their way back to where they belong.