and fun was had
1 They get a prank call? How does the conversation go?
Depends. If he’s on the clock, he’ll shut it down quickly and politely but with the subtlest of jabs. If not… again. Depends. If it’s one of those “classic” kinds of prank calls, something like:
Them: “Do you have Prince Albert in a can?”
Oliver: “Yes, and that’s where he’s going to stay if he knows what’s good for him.”
Them: “Is your refrigerator running?”
Oliver: “Not since I kneecapped it, no. And if you don’t want the same to happen to you, you’ll keep your mouth shut about this whole thing.”
If it’s something a bit more freeform, he’ll see where it goes. Practice his improv.
2 Someone walks up to them and starts flirting with them. How do they feel? What do they do?
Oliver: -looks behind as if to see if someone’s there. If there is, turn back to flirter, smile, thumbs up, mouths ‘good luck.’ Walks away. If not, get really confused, shrug it off, and walk away.-
Oliver: -nods slowly, thinks for a moment, smiles- I’m digging the energy, but when you actually try this on somebody – and take this with a grain of salt, I’m no expert – you might want to try doing it this way instead. -notes!- And, shit, break a leg. I’m hoping you get some action tonight! -walks away-
3 They unlock the door to their home, step inside and see a dead body on the floor? How do they feel? What do they do?
Swallows down the panic that threatens to bubble up and goes detective mode, carefully moves to make sure the person is actually dead without disturbing the scene too much (but disregard this step if their being dead is super obvious), carefully checks his apartment for anything or anyone else suspicious, calls it in.
4 They are out at night and they hear a scream? What do they do?
Really, he should wait and see if any more information presents itself before he makes any rash decisions – it could be nothing, after all, and wouldn’t that be silly if he showed up all keyed up and someone was just screaming their happiness? So, he should wai–
Ha ha, nah. He was sprinting towards the noise the second he registered it was a scream.
5 They ask their friend who their crush is and their friend say “you.“? How do they respond?
Assuming it came up organically in a conversation, since he’d never ask this sort of thing straight out…
At first, he thinks they’re joking. Or practicing for when they actually tell their real crush the truth. So he wouldn’t completely laugh it off, but he might chuckle a little and say “all right, don’t tell me, I shouldn’t have asked” or something. And if they insist that “no, idiot, I truly have these feeling for you…” He’ll get quiet, smile sadly, say something like:
“Oh… no. You shouldn’t– I’m not– Shit. I mean…” He sighs. “You are an amazing, wonderful, beautiful person. And there’s a whole world out there, filled with people who are worthy of someone of your calibre, and one day you’ll find one of those people, and they’ll be able to return your feelings, and everything will be… perfect. Right? But… I’m not in any way, shape, or form worthy of your friendship, let alone these feelings. And… fuck, I can’t return your feelings, and I’m… deeply sorry about that. I’m sorry about all of this.” He gets up and starts to leave. “But it’s better for you this way. You’d’ve been better off having never gotten to know me…but you know that now.”
BUT!!! IF! The person confessing this crush is the man he has feelings for… he’ll try to lightly laugh it off at first as above, but panic will be bubbling up. And if he insists that he actually has these feels, Oliver will flip, all like “nonononono, you have no idea what you’re saying. You can’t possibly-- I’m not— You deserve so much— fuck. FUCK.” And then he’ll try to escape the situation.
6 They have to cook dinner for their RO? What do they cook?
Well…assuming dinner would even be welcome… he really shouldn’t be allowed in the kitchen. He can just about scramble eggs. But… he’d want to try and make RO’s favorite food, but he’d be too worried about royally fucking it up, so he’d just see if takeout is okay. Which he’d feel like shit about because he should be able to cook for his mans, gdi and he’d resolve to learn how to cook properly. Well. If he can make the time for himself to learn.
7 They have got a celebrities’ number. How do they introduce themselves via text?
“…why would I bother someone I don’t even know like that?”
8 They have been fired. How do they respond?
He’d been waiting for the other shoe to drop ever since being promoted to detective anyway– the job should never have gone to him, he was grossly inexperienced, it should’ve been someone else getting promoted… so, in a way? Some very faint sense of vindication – “I was right. Took them long enough to realize their mistake.” Maybe not really expecting to be fired specifically – maybe just busted back down to beat cop – but. This is… as much as he deserves. Regardless of what he may have done up to this point.
But. Also. God, he’s lost. He’s spent all this time building up an identity based on his job – he was nothing without the badge, anyway, and his work was his life – and now that’s been taken away from him? What do? Not to mention how is he going to afford living… and he still has student loans to pay off…
9 They get into fight with their RO. To make things worse, they’re in the wrong. How do they fix things?
He tries to ignore the voice in his head that whispers “this is it, this is where he realizes, this is where he leaves you, and he’d be right to do so”. Because if he’s in the wrong? He’ll own up to it. He might be a bit hesitant trying to intiate the apology, but he’d get over that quickly because this needs to be rectified, damn the consequences.
10 They realise that they’ve fallen in love with their best friend, how do they handle it?
(tbh, he’d never really consider anyone his best friend. Not to be, like, edgy, or anything, but he’d be too surprised by anyone actually considering him a friend, and calling anyone a best friend would feel too presumptuous and like a massive overstep on his part – he’s hesitant to call people friends if they haven’t called him one first. So. As realizing what his feels are for a friend?)
Oh. So that’s what those feelings were. It doesn’t matter, though, so he’ll keep it to himself.
Because… god. This man? That he cares for? That he loves, apparently? Is amazing. And so good. And… and. There’s no way this man could possibly return these feelings. Because he’s better than that – he wouldn’t possibly feel anything like that for some… some… nothing. He shouldn’t. And so… it’ll hurt. The quieting of a chattering mind in his presence, a thrill of excitement every time he says Oliver’s name, a swelling of the heart and an overwhelming warmth just thinking that this person actually exists. It’ll hurt that he’ll never be able to express his feelings out loud, but this isn’t about him, and he doesn’t deserve to feel this way about anybody – least of all somebody who deserves the world-- but. Just being near this man? Being able to know him, to call him friend? It’s enough.
…it’ll have to be enough.
11 They find their old notebook from middle/high school. What’s in it? How do they react?
Notes from class. Fidget doodles. Maybe notes for any roles taken. His thought would be: “christ, my handwriting’s always been this terrible?”
12 They went through an embarrassing phase years ago and someone recently brought it up. What was the phase? How do they react?
Honestly? He wouldn’t be embarrassed about any phases he might’ve gone through. Granted, he didn’t really… branch out, I guess, enough as a kid to really go through any real phases. If that makes sense.
And if someone tried to bring up some thing from his past and make him feel embarrassed about it, he’d be all “well, I’m an embarrassment in general anyway, so…”
13 They are about to propose to their significant other. How do they do it?
Lol, no he’s not. He wouldn’t realize that marriage was an option for him. And even if he did, he’d not be the one to propose because he’d overthink things and would he even want to marry me anyway? What if this is the thing that gets him to leave? Do I deserve that kind of happiness? How would I even do it? And– so on, so forth. And then he wouldn’t do the thing.
So. He’d have to be proposed to.
14 They are about to leave their crush’s house, but before they’re completely out the door their crush grabs their wrist, saying, “It’s late, why don’t you stay the night?” How does your OC answer? Do they end up staying?
If there’s even an ounce of ~suggestion~ – and if he’s able to process the ~suggestion~ as being directed at him – “NO, I SHOULDN’T, I CAN’T” and then he’ll make to bolt. If there is no apparent suggestion – or he misreads it-- he’ll consider it, but then he’ll shake his head and say “no, thank you, but I wouldn’t want to overstay my welcome…” But if crush presses the issue like “I’d be far too worried about you getting home to be able to sleep properly. Please stay” then… he’d do it.
15 They find a love letter in their mailbox/locker/etc. Do they try to figure out who’s sending them the love letters? What do they do?
“I think I’m being mistaken for someone else. There’s no way these are meant for me.” But they’d also present a puzzle – who sent them??? – and his curiosity would get the better of him and he’d have to solve the mystery.
16 They wake up to find that they have switched bodies with another one of your MCs. What’s their reaction?
17 They are given a gift that they don’t really want. What do they do with the gift?
“…wait, why are you giving me anything?”
18 They impulsively buys a plane ticket. Where do they go?
“I can be impulsive at times, I’ll admit that much, but I’d never get anything like a plane ticket. And I don’t really have anywhere I wanna go… and it’s not like I can actually afford a trip in any way, anyway.”
19 They are about to order ice cream; what flavour do they choose? If they ran out of the flavour what do their second choice be?
Regular ice cream shops usually don’t carry mochi in any capacity, so that’s not an option. Bummer
Probably an orange dreamsicle or some wondrous combination of orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream. If that’s not an option, then a banana milkshake for him, thanks.
20 They are at the library looking for their favourite book. What’s the book or what’s the genre of it?
He doesn’t have a single favorite book – there are far too many good books in the world for him to definitively claim a favorite. A Series of Unfortunate Events holds a special place in his heart, but he has the whole series in paperback and on his Kindle, so he wouldn’t be looking for any of the books in the library.
As for genre? Anything.
21 They are invited over someone’s house for a movie marathon. What movie(s) do they bring or what is the genre of it?
“You wanna what…? Ooh, movie marathon? Thanks, but. Trust me. You don’t want me there, I’m terrible to watch movies with. But I appreciate the invite!”
22 They have been invited to a fancy event. Do they attend? If so, what does their outfit look like?
Is it a work event, and is he required to attend? If not…
Did the inviter imply – or straight out state-- that his presence would be greatly appreciated and we’d really like you there, please do come? If not…
Then. He ain’t going.
If either is “yes”, then… he’ll go. He won’t like it, but. He’ll go. And he’ll probably rent some ill-fitting tux or blindly grab some suit off the rack. Unless he’s into a dude --whether he’s quite aware he’s into the dude or not – and he knows said dude will be there, then he’ll be a bit more cognizant about what he’s gonna look like. And he’ll freak out a bit because he doesn’t know the first thing about this kind of shit??? But also why am I freaking out, he’s not gonna be looking at me like that anyway???
23 They have just found a bag with a million dollars inside? Do they return it, save it for later, or buy something immediately? If so, what to do they buy? What are they saving it for?
That shit’s going straight back to the person it belongs to.
24 They have a nightmare where they lose everyone they have ever felt close to. How do they react?
Assuming the nightmare doesn’t fade directly after waking…
If it’s a dream that everyone he’s close to decided to drop him like a hot potato, it’d hurt, but that would be right. Wouldn’t it?
If it’s a dream where folks died? “Nonono, it should’ve been me, it should’ve been me, it should’ve–”* And he’d probably end up in tears. And if he was in a relationship and the dream included the death of his partner and it seemed real enough, he’d panic. If his man was still in bed at the time, Oliver would cling to him. If he wasn’t in bed upon Oliver waking, his over-active imagination would kick in “–it happened, hasn’t it, he’s gone,–” and he’d bolt from the bed, calling his mans’s name, and look around and try to confirm or refute the dream. And upon finding his man still alive, still kicking, he’d feel awfully foolish, but he’d still need physical contact to confirm that he’s not just seeing things. He’d be awfully hesitant to ask for or initiate it, but… he’d need it.
25 They see someone sitting alone during lunch. What do they do? Do they talk to them, ignore them, pick on them, or are they the one alone?
Ha ha, he’s the loner. probably by choice.
26 They are locked out of their house, not only that, but the spare key seems to be missing. What do they do?
He knows how to pick a lock, and he’s probably got a lockpick set on him, so… he’s good.
27 They are sick and they have no option but to stay home and rest? How do they feel about this? Are they upset or calm?
He’s probably brought some work home, so he should be okay, but he’d much rather be in the office. And he’s antsy. And “well, it’s not infectious, right? I can go in for an hour? I’m gonna go in for an hour.”
28 It’s their birthday but everyone, including close friends and family, seems to have forgotten? What do they do?
He’d rather nobody celebrate his birthday anyway, so this is probably the best possible outcome in his eyes.
29 They have a secret hobby. What is it?
In a way, all his hobbies are secrets. Not because he’s ashamed or embarrassed or anything, but that whole “nobody should want to know me” thing, so he keeps them to himself. Or. Tries to, anyway.
30 They find a genie, and are given three wishes! What do they wish for?
“…nah, man. Genies are tricksy little bastard, and even if I WANTED anything from one, I don’t want to have to hire a lawyer to go through my wishes and make sure there aren’t any points in them that the genie could interpret weirdly. I’m good, thanks.”