I was originally going to drop this all in Mandy’s ask box, but it, uh, got kind of long, so… I’m just posting it instead. This is for you, Mandy, and is inspired by the AU which you then nudged me to write—nudging successful (with Mav’s help, of course).
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It’s the long way to work, which Darren doesn’t discover until after a week of taking it during his commute. One of his new co-workers is helpful enough to guffaw at his mistake and then tell him the better way to take, and Darren just smiles and thanks him instead of starting shit. After all, the guy was trying to be helpful, even if he was kind of a dick in the process.
But it doesn’t end up mattering in the end, anyway. Darren could very well take the shorter, more efficient way to work every day… If not for the signs. The signs are what keep him taking the long route, even if it means he has to wake up an entire hour earlier every morning just to do it.