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21 September 2013 @ 08:14 pm
OTP Meme (In a Sense...)  
Apparently I'm not quite ready to let go of the world of Human Nature. awanderingbard did the 30 Days of OTP Challenge for Molly and Alec and seeing the prompts made me generate a bunch of headcanon for the grown up Adam Young.

No one asked for this but I personally enjoyed imaging snippets in the life of Adam Young and Sophie who shows up at the very end of Human Nature. I skipped around a bit with the prompts. I may do more when time allows. There's some references to Good Omens and one quick reference to Sherlock. No real spoilers though.

01 - Holding hands
Sophie hated seeing doctors, ever since she'd been a small child. An actual phobia, really. She had thought that perhaps she might grow out of it as she got older. But the only thing getting older had accomplished was making the avoidance of doctors all the easier as she never scheduled appointments and no one did it for her either. But the recent scare with her sister Sinead had pushed Sophie into getting a full physical done. She didn’t have a regular GP thanks to her phobia but Adam had directed her to a clinic not too far from their office, which he claimed was quite good.

“Thanks for coming with me,” she said to Adam as they sat in the waiting area. She felt a little silly having Adam come with her but he’d offered to walk her over, saying finding it might be a little tricky. Sophie, however, knew it was probably less to do for practical reasons and more that he saw the naked fear in her eyes.

“No problem,” he said. On one of his long legs was an open copy of some sort of nature hiking magazine that seemed ubiquitous in all medical offices.

“Sophie Taylor?” called the receptionist.

Sophie’s palms immediately began to sweat. She knew this was ridiculous. She’d probably endured actual injuries in her lifetime that were far more painful and frightening than anything a doctor could inflict on her during a standard check up. But she remained glued to her seat. What if the room was frigid and she had to wear one of those flimsy paper gowns? What if the doctor had cold hands? What if metal instruments would be involved? Like needles!

Adam covered one of her hands that was clutching the arm of her chair with his. He gently squeezed. The touch snapped Sophie out of her panic and she looked up to Adam smiling encouragingly at her. “I’ll be waiting here,” he said.

“Sophie Taylor?” the receptionist called again now sounding impatient.

Sophie turned her hand in Adam’s and squeezed back, not caring at the moment that it was probably pretty sweaty and unpleasant. She gave a wobbly smile back but forced herself to stand up. “Yes, that’s me, sorry,” she replied.

The receptionist gestured to the corridor of doors behind her. “Doctor Watson will see you. Room 2.”

03 - Gaming/watching a movie
“It’s not a date,” Sophie told her friends for the umpteenth time. But with every time she said it, she knew the unspoken sentence was “I really, really wish it was.”

She and Adam had gotten to talking about movies during their lunch last week. Apparently, Adam had grown up in the same village as Jeremy Barnes, the actor who had a new movie out. They had been close friends as children and still kept in touch. Sophie might have found Adam telling her this as a means of bragging but the information had come out of Adam as casually as if he was telling her he preferred vegemite over marmite (he did). In any case, Adam asked her if she wanted to see this new film of Jeremy’s. It was apparently a period piece film about the Spanish Inquisition. It sounded pretty interesting.

“How is this not a date?” Laura demanded. “You two are seeing a movie together by yourselves.”

“He asked me really casually,” Sophie protested. She always imagined that if Adam were to ask her out, he’d be very formal about it.

Laura snorted in agreement when she explained. “Sounds about right. I just don’t get how you don’t fall asleep when you’re around him. He’s the most boring man God ever made.”

“He’s not,” argued Sophie. She knew she couldn’t really explain it to Laura who tended to go for the more splashy types. Adam was unassuming, but he wasn’t dull.

04 - On a date
Sophie had been right about one thing. When Adam Young asked her out of on a date, it was very formal and quite direct.

“Sophie, do you fancy going out with me this weekend? On a date?”

That was clear enough.

Sophie might have blushed and stammered but Adam managed to look so earnest and yet non-aggressive about it that she found herself answering with a “Yes” that didn’t make her feel foolishly eager.

05 – Kissing
Rain was hardly rare in London but Sophie was pretty sure the forecast had been for sunny skies which was why she had been confident in not bringing an umbrella. But just as she and Adam were on their walk back to work after their lunch date (yes, another real date!), it had begun to pour. They sought shelter under the awning of a closed storefront.

“Oh, dear,” Sophie fretted. “We’ll be late getting back.”

“I don’t mind,” said Adam. He wiped his glasses on his jacket. “I like being trapped with you.” In fact, he seemed extremely pleased about this unexpected bout of showers.

Sophie grinned up at him. The rain had caused Adam’s normally tame hair to curl and without his glasses, Sophie got a very clear look at him. For a second Sophie was struck by how unexpectedly good-looking Adam truly was. He had the sort of face that tended to belong on artwork. But as quickly as the notion entered into her head it fell out as Adam replaced his glasses and smiled at her. Reaching over, Adam tucked a stray dark hair behind Sophie’s ear. She imagined her hair must be frizzing in the humidity but before she was able to get self-conscious, Adam kissed her.

It was a very good kiss. And with the rain and everything, something out of a film. Which Sophie definitely didn’t mind.

18 - Doing something together
Adam had a dog called Dog the Third.

“I called my first dog Dog when I was a kid,” Adam had explained. “The naming sort of stuck.”

Dog the Third was a small mongrel type that was exceedingly clever. He could do all sorts of tricks which Adam had shown off to Sophie the first time she’d come round to his place. Right now Dog the Third was happily chasing after the medium sized stick Sophie had plucked off the ground. The weather was getting colder and both she and Adam were dressed in layers, though Sophie had gone gloveless which she was now regretting. As they continued their walk through the park, Sophie stuck one of her hands into Adam’s coat pockets.

“Sophie?” asked Adam.


“Do you fancy moving in with me? We can find a flat together.”

The way he asked reminded her of the way he’d asked her out on their first date. And as before, the answer was very easy for Sophie.

21 - Cooking/baking
“Adam, quit eating them.”
“Sorry. Last one, I promise.”
“That’s what you said three slices ago.”
“But they were three slices of different types. Gala, Granny Smith and Pink Lady.”
“There won’t be any left to make the pie if you keep at it.”
“Uhm. I can go buy us more?”

23 – Arguing
“I don’t see what the problem is,” Adam protested. “There were still tickets left and at even a better price!”

“That’s not the point!”

The trip to the States to visit Sinead had been in their schedules for months. Sophie had been looking forward to seeing her new niece beyond the Skype sessions and to introduce her to Adam. She had made arrangements to take vacation days at work and book the hotels. Adam had offered to get the plane tickets (he had an eerie good talent for finding ticket deals). Only he had forgotten. Had Sophie not noticed he had scheduled in a work drinks thing the night they would have landed in America on his calendar at home, she would have been waiting at the airport like a lemon.

“You forgot, Adam,” she said. “You knew how important this trip is.”

“And it’s not ruined,” said Adam. “We have the tickets and we’re going.” Shockingly, despite needing to get tickets two days before, the flights to America had been not only available but also rather low in price.

“But you forgot! I told you several times in the last month how much it meant that you were going to meet my sister and it turns out you weren’t listening!”

“I was! I can’t hold every conversation we have in my head!”

“How often do we talk about taking a trip overseas?”

“Look, Soph, I moved meeting Barnard last minute to make this work.”

“Which shouldn’t have been on your calendar in the first place. Why didn’t you pencil in our trip?”

“…I still don’t know why this is such a big deal. We’re going, aren’t we?” Adam argued.

Sophie gave him a chilly look. “If you don’t get why it’s a big deal that you forgot then there’s nothing left to say.”



24 - Making up afterwards
Sophie went for a walk with Dog the Third who took his other master’s mood into consideration and remained very obedient. After an hour they went back. Upon entering the flat, Dog the Third immediately sought out Adam, almost dragging Sophie with him as she still had a hold of his leash. Adam was at his computer working.

“Hi,” he greeted tentatively as Sophie took off her coat.

“Hi,” she replied.

“I’m sorry I forgot about the trip. I realized I haven’t said that since this all started which was wrong. It doesn’t matter if I still got the tickets.”

“It does matter,” Sophie said, feeling relieved that the tension was slowly starting to dissipate. “I appreciate you getting the tickets last minute and for moving your meeting.”

“Which shouldn’t have been there in the first place,” Adam said.

Sophie looked at her boyfriend in his shapeless cardigan and a thought entered her mind. “Adam, do you not want to visit Sinead?”

“No!” Adam answered, immediately. “No, that’s not it at all. I’m…I’m just a little worried, that’s all.”


“I want her to like me.”

“Of course she’ll like you,” Sophie assured. “She’s over the moon that I found someone so wonderful and dependable.” Adam raised an incredulous eyebrow as he gestured toward his unpacked suitcases. “Yes, well, mostly dependable,” Sophie amended with a smile. Walking over, she pressed herself close to him. “Sinead will love you.”

25 - Gazing into each others’ eyes
Adam’s mother still lived in the same village where Adam had grown up. It had once been called Lower Tadfied but had been re-christened New Warwick after land surveyors had decided to consolidate the neighboring areas together. But Deidre Young still resided in the cottage that had been Adam’s childhood home, having retired and now tending her rather impressive garden.

The garden that Adam was now ensconced in, pulling up the weeds that had been giving his mother some trouble. Meanwhile, Mrs. Young had settled Sophie down in the living room for the standard Embarrassment of Her Child By Showing Old Family Photos Event.

“Here he is when he was 6,” said Mrs. Young pointing to a picture of Adam in a tree.

Perhaps this would have been embarrassing if the photos had been awkward, but Adam apparently never had a true awkward phase. If anything, he had been a rather beautiful child.

“And this is him and his father.”

Sophie looked at the photo of Adam looking about 10, standing next to a man with a pipe. Adam had told her his father had died in a car accident when he was 11. It was clear from the way Adam spoke about him, Mr. Young had been and quite possibly still was the most important person in Adam’s life. Sophie noticed that they didn’t look much alike. Mr. Young by this age was already balding somewhat and was of average to shorter height. In fact, Mrs. Young was rather short herself. How Adam managed to be so tall was a bit of a mystery.

The back door opened and the man in question walked in, now covered in dirt and sweat.

“I think I got all of them, mum,” he said.

“Oh, thank you, dear. You’ve earned a tea, I think. I’ll put the kettle on.” Mrs. Young got up from her seat, which Adam took. He pulled the photo album toward himself.

“Mum boring you with these again, is she?” he asked.

“It’s not boring,” Sophie assured. “This is a good one of you and your dad.” She looked back again at the photo of Adam standing next to his father, looking up at his parent with a happy smile on his face. When she looked to the adult Adam sitting in front of her now, he was gazing at her, his blue eyes crinkling a little as he smiled at her. “What?” she asked.

“I love you,” he said, plainly.

Sophie stared back at him. It was so simple and obvious but still somehow a surprise. Very Adam.

“I love you,” she replied.

The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 22nd, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
I started to quote, but it got out of hand, so I will say: Doctor Watson, The Spanish Inquisition, and Dog the Third all made me very happy.

I like Sophie (I approve of her last name :p) very much, and Adam is so matter-of-fact about everything that he's quite adorable. Yay for fluffy things!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 22nd, 2013 12:34 am (UTC)
Doctor Watson, The Spanish Inquisition, and Dog the Third all made me very happy.

Adam totally sends Watson business. But you know, through the normal human way. And Jeremy probably wrote the Spanish Inquisition film as well.

I like Sophie (I approve of her last name :p) very much

I thought the names Sophie and Taylor went well together. And then I realized the association and thought it was rather fitting as she does have you to thank for her existence.

Yay for fluffy things!

It is rather fun to write. Even though I wondered at some point if this was boring because there was no angst but hey, it sort of fits Adam and Sophie's somewhat normal relationship. (minus the small miracles)
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 22nd, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
And then I realized the association and thought it was rather fitting as she does have you to thank for her existence.

*royal wave* Brilliant.

It is rather fun to write. Even though I wondered at some point if this was boring because there was no angst but hey, it sort of fits Adam and Sophie's somewhat normal relationship. (minus the small miracles)

I think it seems like a really realistic relationship because it's just everyday and normal. There's nothing boring about it. People are interesting, even without pain and suffering.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 22nd, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
*royal wave* Brilliant.


People are interesting, even without pain and suffering.

This is true. It took me about my entire fic writing life to get that.
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on September 22nd, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
Yes, just shocking about those tickets!

These were sweet without being overly so.

Must reread that book.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 22nd, 2013 01:20 am (UTC)
Yes, just shocking about those tickets!

Adam still sort of needs to learn that doing miracles doesn't necessarily solve things.

These were sweet without being overly so.

Oh good! I was worried about that. My fluff meter isn't very accurate.