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Title: loosening my grip on Bobby Orr
Word Count: 800+
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Disclaimed!

AN: I don't even know where this came from. Also yes, it is a personal goal of mine to title all Rookie Blue fics using Tragically Hip lyrics.

loosening my grip on Bobby Orr

“McNally!” Through the door as she’s zipping up her jeans, and crap, why is it always when she’s half-dressed that— “You’re a girl who can appreciate some hockey, right?”

Wow, okay, not where she thought that was going. Still, she’s glad it’s not like, paperwork or something. “Sir?”

“Hockey.” Oliver’s ducked his head around the corner now, a hand clamped firmly over his eyes. “You like it?”

Well. This is weird. Andy pulls a shirt over her head hastily. “Sure, yeah. Um. Why?”

“You better be sure,” Oliver says. “I’m not giving my ticket up to just anyone. Sam!” he calls over his shoulder. “McNally’ll go with you!”

Sam’s head appears next to Oliver’s, only he doesn’t bother so much with the hand-over-the-eyes thing (Andy does a quick pat-down and yep, her shirt is on, that’s some good news). “Better hurry up, McNally,” he tells her. “Got to beat the traffic.” A pause, then: “You know your thermal’s on backwards, right?” Both of their heads retreat before Andy can answer.

“Ok-ay.” Traci steps out from her hiding place behind the line of lockers. “That was—”

“Yep.” Andy pulls her arms out of the shirt, yanks the collar around viciously.

“You want to borrow a—?”


“Okay,” Traci says again, and reaches into her locker for her jeans.

All Sam says when she meets him by the truck is, “Ollie had to book a witness.” Then he’s swinging up into the driver’s seat, fiddling with the keys, so. Andy guesses she’s kind of committed here.

“Who’re we playing?” she asks finally, sliding in. Sam pulls on his curly Grinch smirk and oh, whatever, like she was supposed to turn down a free ticket. Preseason or no.

Only then: “We, McNally?” He shifts the car into reverse, a hand along the back of her seat. “You a Leafs fan?”

Perfect. He probably cheers for the fricking Bruins or something. (And she’s not a Leafs fan, actually, so much as she’s been brought up that way – a lapsed Catholic who knows all the words to the Hail Mary, none of the meaning. ‘Next year,’ her dad always said. ‘We’ll win the cup next year.’ Every year with exactly the same conviction.)

“This is our season,” she tells Sam, spreading out her fingers. “Straight to the top.”

“Yeah, right.” Still with the curly smirk and man, what is his deal. “You guys are going to be golfing.”

You’re going to be golfing.” And okay, that one doesn’t make that much sense. She flips on the radio.

He likes the Habs, as it turns out. Which—at least it wasn’t the Bruins. Andy supposes she can forgive that.

“My old man, you know,” he says. (They’re in the crush of people by the beer stand, and if he pays, it’s only because she can’t get to the counter in time.) Andy yawns, looks around. To this day, her dad still bitches about the switch to the ACC, says the Gardens were better, think of the heritage – and whatever, sometimes she agrees. All this state-of-the-art glass and chrome.

‘My old man.’ Yeah, she knows.

Still: “You aren’t going to cheer for the Sens, are you?” She wouldn’t be able to sit with him. One, because of the principle of the thing, and two, because man, would shit ever be thrown at them. Her hair does not need mustard in it, thank you very much.

Luckily, he gives her a look like she’s insane. “Not in a million years.” (Which is nice. Hockey values are important values and— wow, okay, seriously, she should not care about Sam’s values either way, back it up, McNally.) She takes a swig of her beer.

Their seats are in the nosebleeds, which Andy likes. Steep, and that swoop in her stomach every time she leans over.  The kids behind them smell like pot, smoky sweet. Andy’s beer is watery; it tastes like nostalgia. Her dad used to let her have sips, but only at the game. She would gulp it, like maybe if she used some up there wouldn’t be enough to get drunk off of.

We Will Rock You thunders over the speakers, the players converging at center ice. She’s 98 percent sure Sam knows this isn’t a date.

(Things which cause her to hold off on that last two percent: the beer-buying; his arm around her chair. Plus she has this lingering panic about the kiss-cam. Every time it comes on she goes tense, full body, and Sam smirks his stupid smirk.)

“Here we go,” he says. His knuckles brush against her shoulder. The ref drops the puck.

Date: 2011-08-24 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

(There was a lot of hockey-talk happening in here that flew right over my head BUT NO MATTER, BECAUSE MCNALLY'S STRESSED OUT ABOUT THE KISS CAM AND HE'S GOT HIS ARM AROUND HER SEAT, worth the price of admission right there.


Rad, as always. <3 <3 <3

Date: 2011-08-24 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ahahaha, yeah, this was mostly written so I could project my hockey values onto Andy. GUILTY.

Thursday, get here FASTER.

Date: 2011-08-24 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh god! Oliver! I love him and his covered eyes. That's so him! And hooking Sam up with Andy...but he isn't giving up his ticket to just anybody. So.

And Sam just pops his head...doesn't care about covering his eyes and she's got her shirt on backwards! And she's only 98% sure this isn't date cuz he paid and he's got his arm over her shoulder and their in the nosebleeds. Guh! I love them!

Great job!

Date: 2011-08-24 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
\o/ Please, everyone knows you get seats in the nosebleeds to makeout, AMIRITE?

Date: 2011-08-24 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I mean, it's like Sam's gonna play like this is really about the game...but c'mon...they're totally gonna make out in between the second and third periods. And only then cuz he's gonna sneak kiss her in between the first and second periods and then be like, "what? we kissed?" and drive her a bit crazy when she's all, "whaaa?" and then she's gonna kiss him just to prove a point and then...BAM...makeout session as the Zamboni is cleaning the ice.

So. Yeah. There's that.

Date: 2011-08-25 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

After the first period, they're waiting to file out, only the elderly couple at the end of the row is taking a while to collect themselves, and Andy's bouncing and impatient, and maybe Sam quiets her, a hand on her waist and the other catching her chin and making her look at him, over her shoulder, and BOOM, they're kissing, awkward angle and all, only then the line moves and he's nudging her forward like nothing happened.

...It's possible I have put some thought into this.

Date: 2011-08-25 02:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

(She's so flustered she trips up the stairs on the way out, and just perfect, of course she does, and he slips two fingers into the belt loop at the back of her jeans and mutters, right in her ear, "Easy, McNally.")

Date: 2011-08-25 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Once they're out of the crush of people, she heads towards the nearest convenient stand (she's going to buy her own hotdog, thank you very much - apparently the beer sent the wrong message).

(Only then she has to go to the bathroom, and, you know, cleanliness, etc., she can't really take the food IN - and when she comes out he's waiting by the door, hotdog and extra cup of beer in hand, might as well be holding her purse, and oh crap, this is a date, this is totally and completely a date.)

Date: 2011-08-25 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"You kissed me," she blurts, when she gets over to where he's leaning again the wall, looking amused.

Sam considers that for a second, handing her the beer (which she takes, okay, but it's just, like, a reflex). "Oh yeah," he says, like maybe he's just remembering, and ugh, that smirk, seriously. "I guess I did."

Andy blinks. "Well?"

Sam raises his eyebrows. "Well, what?"

Andy doesn't really have an answer for that: she opens her mouth and closes it again, and jeez, how does he do this to her? Basically she hates him. "Come on," she says, as brusquely as she can manage. "Second period's starting."

Sam's smirk turns into a full on grin. "Lead the way," he says, and she grabs the hot dog out of his hand before she goes.

(Whatever, she's hungry, okay? No reason to waste a perfectly good hot dog.)

Date: 2011-08-25 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Then they're back in their seats (Andy slides into the row from the other side this time, who cares if it's further, no WAY is she waiting for that couple again) and man, no amount of cheering can drown out the awkward. Or maybe that's just Andy. Sam looks completely fine, and oh, screw him, seriously. This is getting ridiculous.

He's got his arm around her seat again. The date to non-date ratio is completely shot, 60/40 probably, and whatever, she's going for broke.

"I'm just saying, you can't just, like, kiss a person."

"I can't?" He turns to look at her, even though the Leafs are all around the net, two, maybe three shots on goal. His face is calm, and super close, and wow, yeah, she really hopes that's him lifting the hair off the back of her neck.

"It's rude." Definitely, definitely touching her neck now. She takes a huge bite of hotdog, just so her mouth is non-accessible.

"Well, McNally--" shit, he's smiling at her now "--I guess I'm a pretty rude guy." The GOAL! buzzer goes off, loud and insistent. Neither of them looks.

Date: 2011-08-25 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Eventually she has to swallow, which she does with some difficulty (it really was a big bite, is the thing, and also the way he's looking at her, her mouth is sort of weirdly dry). "You are rude," she tells him, after a second, and she has to raise her voice because all around them people are on their feet and cheering, just the two of them down here in their seats. "That's a thing about you. It's true."

"Yeah," Sam says, still looking. His thumb is moving now, just a little bit, stroking along the curve of her hairline, and it, um. It feels--crap.

(It doesn't feel like crap, though.)

(It feels like, pretty much, the opposite of crap.)

"McNally," he says slowly, and that is when Andy makes the huge, colossal, fatal mistake of looking down at his mouth (it's just that he's got that cleft in his bottom lip, it's not her fault--it's very attention-getting, that cleft, like a person could sleep there or something) and then not only are they somehow kissing again but Andy's pretty sure, even as his grip tightens gently around the base of her skull, that this time she's the one who started it. Sam's a good kisser. Andy tastes mustard and beer.

(Jesus Christ, she's still holding half a hot dog.)

"You're right," he says seriously, when it's over--and he's grinning, he is, almost wolfish. "That's really rude."

Date: 2011-08-25 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

He sits back and it's like the last ten-thirty-sixty-whatever-seconds have never happened. His hand is back on the seat behind her, but she still feels the tingling across her hair line on her neck. She's not breathing his air anymore. And she feels kind of cold. Like he gave off heat.

But she's floundering like a fish, holding her beer and her hotdog. With mustard. And yeah, maybe she skipped the ketchup because she knows he's not really a ketchup guy. And maybe she thought about sharing because. Well he bought her a beer (two, even) and whatever. Reciprocity and shit.

But he's still smiling slightly as she stares at his profile because she forgot to move her eyes. She sits back in her seat with a huff and he looks so unaffected and she wonders how he does it. But she can play that game, too. She can stare at the moving men on skates and pretend she's watching a hockey game. She takes a bite of her hot dog, smaller this time.

And dammit, it's gone cold. The disgusted noise she makes has him snorting out a laugh. And yeah, she does basically hate him.
Edited Date: 2011-08-25 08:22 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-08-25 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
(This MAY be the most fun I've had in a while. Just saying.)

And okay, she maybe, kind of, accidentally gets into the game then. It's the freaking Senators they're thumping, and whatever, she's already the queen of denial. She can work it.

So when the smokers behind them start singing "Three Cheers For Ottawa", loud and off-key, aping Adam Sandler's growl, Andy joins in. She just-- didn't know kids still knew that song, is all. By the time they're at the second chorus - they think they have a shot-awa, they must be smoking pot-awa - the entire section's joined in, screaming.

"Man," Sam says when she sits back down (into the curve of his arm, dammit). "I'd hate to see you during playoffs."

And because Andy feels good - her throat's sore and she's flushed and one of the smokers just gave her a thumbs up, team spirit dude - she grins. Says, "Yeah, I'm definitely super rude." Which-- whoops. Probably that has some implications now.

(Christ, and she was worried about the KissCam.)

Date: 2011-08-26 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So the buzzer goes off for the end of the second period and people file out on either side of them (freakishly fast, Andy thinks, even that slow-as-molasses couple from earlier seem to have found some secret reserve of speed, for all the good it does her now) and then they're the only ones left in their row. "You hungry?" Sam asks, taking his arm off the back of her chair, stretching a little--and shoot, it's cold in here, she really doesn't remember it being so cold in here before. "You wanna get another beer?"

Actually, she sort of wants onion rings, and what she should really do is go find a snowbank to stick her face in until she's thinking like a rational human again--but when she opens her mouth to tell him one or possibly both of those things, what she hears herself say is, "Nope. I'm good. We can stay here."

"Oh yeah?" Sam raises his eyebrows like he does when he thinks she's full of shit, that little grin. "You good?"


Sam nods slowly, still grinning, and she just--she's not entirely sure what they're talking about, anymore. "Okay, McNally," he tells her finally, and a minute later his arm lands back behind her chair.

Date: 2011-08-26 02:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And yep, they are very alone. Very, very alone. (Like, did everyone need to pee? Seriously?) Down below, the zambonis fire up, a good clean strip of ice along each side of the rink. Andy runs a nervous hand through her hair (only whoops, yeah, that's his arm).

"Okay, maybe, like, some onion rings," she says, just to kill the silence, except she really only says about two of those words, because boom, kissing.

This is really starting to send the wrong message.

At least it isn't her fault this time (she thinks, she thinks, if his hand on her jaw is any indication)-- but the part where they don't stop, and they don't stop, and then she hums a little bit and Sam leans, like, completely out of his chair to get at her mouth? Yeah, that part's kind of her fault.

There are fifteen minutes between now and the start of the third period. Possibly Andy's in some sort of trouble here.

Date: 2011-08-26 03:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She's totally going to stop him.

Like, any second she is.

Because this is not a date, okay?

One top of which somebody is totally going to come back any minute with an armful of popcorn and see them groping each other like teenagers, her fist opening and closing in the hair at the base of his skull (she scratches a little, just really lightly; he growls a sound she feels more than hears and oh, huh, it's possible she'd like to know how to get him to make more sounds like that).

Seriously, though: not a date.

Andy means to tell him that like three different times but she keeps getting distracted, is the problem: the scrape of his stubble at her jawline, the fingers of his free hand kneading, not entirely gently, at the muscle in her thigh through her jeans. Crap, she wants to climb him--crap, she wants to climb him, there you go Toronto, she said it, cue the falling balloons.

Sam bites her bottom lip, smirks at her, smoothes it over with his tongue.

This is terrible.

Andy scratches at his nape one more time.

Date: 2011-08-26 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The embarrassing part is, he's the one who finally stops it. All those good intentions-- only then it's five minutes in and she's got two fingers under his collar, edging towards three, weighing the merits of tilting her head back (the night of the blackout; his mouth on her neck-- and wow, she is sure remembering a lot of details now, huh), and he pulls back. He pulls back. She chases after his lips for a truly humiliating two seconds.

"Excuse me."

And oh shit, right, other people. Sam's already half-standing to let them by (and Andy is not, absolutely not, going to check the front of his jeans for any-- no. Nope. No way.) She pushes herself to her feet. Pulls on her "good morning, random citizen" smile from traffic duty.

(And whoops, okay, those are some shaky knees she's got going on there. Wonderful.)

"Thank you, dear," one of the women says. Andy nods back weakly. Her smile feels stretched, swollen - she resists the urge to touch it, fuss with her hair and smooth down her jeans. It's like both beers have hit her at once - both beers, and then some.

"Sit, McNally," Sam says, a finger in her belt loops. So. She sits.

Date: 2011-08-26 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"You all right?" he asks when she's back in her chair, and she snaps out a "Yep" more loudly than is really called for. It's just--she really, really doesn't want him to get the idea that he somehow kissed her into a stupor--the smirking alone, his stupid face, ugh, she'll never live it down.

"Okay," he says, like she's hilarious--and yup, there it is, it's already starting. "Wait here." Sam climbs right over her to get out into the aisle, his long legs warm against hers. Andy mutters something non-committal.

When he's gone she puts her feet up on the seat in front of her and leans forward, elbows on her knees and forehead against her fists. Maybe Sam has like a two-second recovery rate, but she is...more riled up than is appropriate for the cheap seats, okay, her whole body humming in a way that isn't totally unpleasant. Andy shifts a little in her chair.

She's still sitting like that when he comes back a minute later, pressing an icy water bottle against the back of her neck by way of hello. And whatever, that's really sensitive skin at this particular moment; she almost jumps out of her chair and falls to a violent, icy death.

"Relax, McNally," Sam tells her, handing her the bottle, smiling blandly. He got onion rings, too, is the thing. "You looked dehydrated."

Andy glares at him a little, but she takes the water and drains two thirds of it in one long gulp, fully aware of the fact that he's watching her do it.

(She lets him look.)

Date: 2011-08-26 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
When she finally has to breathe, he's looking at her like he does (mouth slightly open, stupid half-smirk twisting his lips on one side, eyebrow cocked).

"You good?" His voice is horse. Like maybe he wanted to split the water bottle or something. Oh well. His fault, really.

"Yep. Yeah. Good. Great. Just, you know, watching the game." Her hand gestures towards the ice and good God, could she please just stop with the words already. She's now demonstrated fully that her brain functions seriously decline when his lips are involved. Great.

"Okay." Like he doesn't believe her but is going to play along anyway. He sits down, sets the thing of onion rings in between them on the armrest, and she thinks it's a good thing there's an oily and battered barrier between them now. Something else to stop her from kissing him again, since clearly common sense has deserted her.

It's just...he's a good kisser is all and now she can't help but think about it. She fiddles with the water bottle. Upside down, right side up, upside down, right side up. Notices the water turn to bubbles in the plastic. Before she can turn it again, Sam snatches it away. She gapes at him. Like he stole her toy or something.

"What? You weren't drinking it." He uncaps the bottle and drains the rest in one gulp. Yeah, definitely rude.

But now there's a little water trailing down the corner of his mouth and, yeah, she's basically done for.
Edited Date: 2011-08-26 08:03 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-08-24 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

(i'm marrying a Sens fan so instead of cheering for them, i gave up on hockey.)

i am also using a baseball userpic to symbolize sports in general. we good? good.

Date: 2011-08-25 01:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh man, I can relate. I grew up in Ottawa - everyone I've ever dated has been a Sens fan.

Date: 2011-08-24 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND ANY OF THE HOCKEY BITS! BUT I EFFIN LOVE THE TITLE!! Aaaand I had to snarf this in three minutes so will def come back but the locker rooms, their popping heads and fingers over eyes, golfing comeback (oh ANDY, good try honey), stomach-lurching nosebleed seats, her dad, AND MAYBE IT'S A DATE, heavens this is great, I love it so much it's making me dizzy.

Date: 2011-08-25 01:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
THE HOCKEY BITS WERE MOSTLY FOR MY OWN AMUSEMENT, NEVER FEAR. Oh man, I so want to see them in a date-like scenario on the show. It would be EPIC. Andy would run her mouth and OBVIOUSLY, OBVIOUSLY SAM WOULD HAVE TO KISS HER TO SHUT HER UP.

Date: 2011-08-25 03:05 am (UTC)
ext_7442: ([rb] partners)
From: [identity profile]
This was so great! Oliver covering his eyes in the locker room and he's not giving his ticket up to just anyone, Sam and his smirk and the stupid kiss cam, just everything! <3

Date: 2011-08-25 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
&hearts The kiss cam as a plot device is something that should happen in this fandom at some point.

Date: 2011-08-25 05:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This was a straight up delight! I loved the "SAM, MCNALLY'LL GO WITH YOU!" part and the lingering kiss-cam panic and Sam's stupid smirk, the 2% that might be a date. ALL OF IT: SO MUCH FUN.

Date: 2011-08-25 02:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The kiss-cam, man, that thing is evil - it's like it KNOWS when you're on a first date.

Date: 2011-08-25 08:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The first part with "McNally'll go with you!" really made me laugh, so hard - loved it, so Oliver.


Date: 2011-08-25 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heh. Oliver is just REALLY HELPFUL.

Date: 2011-08-26 06:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMG, I think I love you. You don't know me from Mats Sundin, but I love you. That was *perfect*. Continuation comment-fic made me squee.

My brain? Has been eaten by Rookie Blue. I can only burble and squeak at the TV. How did this show sneak up on me? This needs to happen in S3. Tassie Cameron seems to be living inside of our heads anyway, so I'm sure we will see this EXACT SAME scenario on the screen. I would pay beaucoup bucks to watch Swarek and McNally flirt at a hockey game. (Let's face it, I'd pay big bucks to watch Ben Bass read the Toronto phone book. I have no shame.)

Why aren't there more people making flaily hands about this show?

Date: 2011-08-26 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Alright, first off, you automatically win for brining up Mats Sundin. (And heh, the comment fic - this fandom is made of win, because shit like that happens. Often.)

I know exactly what you mean about this show - first I was all, oh cool, a Canadian cop drama that doesn't suck, go us, etc. And then second season rolled around, and I was like must. have. more. It's a bit ridiculous. I wonder if the showrunners know how well they're playing the shipping card. (EXTREMELY WELL.)

And yeah, the fandom for this is small, but awesome.

Date: 2011-08-28 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So I am finding out. The showrunners have to know EXACTLY what they are doing, because this many coincidences just....aren't. It's like they are methodically working their way through every trope in the book because they can. What every other show is pooh-poohing as cliched, RB embraces. They admit their love for the Cheez Whiz.

(Just be glad I didn't go with Tie Domi.)

Do you mind if I friend?

edited for the damned homonyms.
Edited Date: 2011-08-28 09:22 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-08-28 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm 98% sure these writers grew up in the X-Files fandom or something. THERE IS NO OTHER EXPLANATION.

And of course, friend away.

Date: 2011-08-29 12:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh man, this fic, tapping into my 12 year old, temporarily hockey-obsessed self, and then with the kissing and the commentfic developing into epic, EPIC makeouts and ... other things... This fandom, I think I'm starting to love it even more than the actual ship. And I *love* the ship. Like, A LOT.
Can I friend you?

Date: 2011-08-29 02:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, commentfic. I mean- until this show delivers on its promise of makeouts, we have to while away the time SOMEHOW.

You may absolutely, absolutely friend me.

Date: 2011-08-29 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ohgod yes, dunno how I'd survive without it, especially after that alllmost-kiss nearly blew up my TV screen last week. If they don't do SOMETHING this week I'm pretty sure it'll go boom and leave only a crater where my apartment used to be. Or maybe that's what happens when they DO hook up... Still worth it, if that's the case.

Thank you! :)

Date: 2011-09-02 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
holy crap, you wrote sam and andy at a hockey game making out!! MY LIFE IS COMPLETE. no, but seriously, this was all kinds of delightful. all fandoms would be improved by the addition of hockey, i say.

Date: 2011-09-02 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Everything IS made more awesome by hockey. Hands down. Glad you liked. :)

Date: 2011-10-20 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I read this for about the billionth time and I felt I the need to share that in this area, my brain keeps mixing up Sam and Ben. Ben was apparently born in Baltimore and I keep attaching that to Sam, probably because I was also born in Maryland and therefore I keep trying to make Sam a Caps fan. This is never a problem with any other sport, just hockey. I can just kind of see Sam rockin the red, all by himself, the only fan in a 100 mile radius.

Okay, I'm done with my spot of random. Thank you for your patience :D