Pairing: Annie Edison/Abed Nadir (with Britta Perry/Troy Barnes in the background)
Fic Title: Categorized Under 'Empathy'
Rating/Warning(s): G, maybe mild PG at most. No warnings, but spoilers for the latter half of Season 3; in particular, it probably works best if you've seen the Season 3 episode "Virtual Systems Analysis".
Genre: Romance, Friendship, with a side order of mild angst
Why This Must Be Read: To start, it has a funny, charming premise; Annie, in 'what is probably the strangest form of seduction ever documented', has decided on a roundabout strategy of surreptitiously watching Abed's DVD collection to try and bond with him by familiarising herself with all the shows he's ever referenced, which Abed gradually picks up on. But the author captures both characters perfectly, and enables them to develop realistic and convincing feelings for each other while still capturing the fundamental issues that both would face -- Annie's frustration with and difficulty reading Abed's stoic, hard-to-decipher persona and Abed's struggle to engage with the awakening empathy that his feelings for Annie are developing.
Plus, the last line's an absolute killer.
Later on, when she'd describe it to the grandkids, she'd say it was gradual. She'd tell them that she fell in love with their grandfather slowly, gracefully, the way a young woman should fall in love. She won't go into specifics, however, because then she'd have to share this moment, now, where she's sneaking out of her floral pink bedroom into the living room to find the first season of Abed's favorite TV show, Inspector Spacetime. Not that this means that at this moment she's tiptoeing out of her room get a DVD with the intention of eventually marrying Abed. No one can foresee that outcome at this point in time, right?
She takes out her phone and begins to shine its light over the box sets on Abed's DVD shelf. She's organized them alphabetically, so she actually knows where Inspector Spacetime should be, but for whatever reason, she can't seem to find it.
She's wearing her Pink Panther Pajamas (which are actually her favorite), and she's also wearing her pink ballet-flat slippers, which, she thinks, match perfectly. In fact, in retrospect, she's very well dressed for this mission, despite the fact that she's obviously in Pjs and would never leave the house. Perhaps she's only dressed this way because it's what she had left in her closet after a week without doing laundry.
The lights turn on, and she's momentarily blinded.
Or… perhaps she's dressed this way because she expected that to happen.
(PS Sorry for the abortive first upload; didn't have the formatting right!)