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Title: The Pink Paperclip
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] propernice
Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Ben/Leslie
Prompt: "The Pink Paperclip"
Spoilers: 4x09 "The Trial of Leslie Knope"
Summary: After the events of 4x09, Ben begins to clean out his desk.
Notes: This could be another fic that proves itself impossible after the airing of a new episode. But based on Thursday’s piece of gold, I had to write this. Damn Parks and its ability to make me change every prompt idea I’ve had! Also, a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to [livejournal.com profile] propernice! You are wonderful! Have a great day and I hope you enjoy!


“I love Leslie. I want to be with her and I don’t want to hide the way I feel about her anymore. So yeah, it was worth it, because I’m in love with Leslie Knope.”

Gathering up work related belongings and putting them into a box was nothing like TV made it seem. All the shows made it seem like the character was heartbroken, or dejected, or whatever word that was a synonym for ‘sad’. But as Ben sorted through his desk to gather his things, he felt none of those synonyms.

Of course, it was bittersweet. He loved Pawnee, he liked working with Chris, and he didn’t completely abhor his job. On the other hand, though, this was a new beginning. Ben always liked new beginnings.

He opened the top drawer of his desk, triple-checking that he had taken everything he needed. Then he opened the middle drawer. The bottom drawer. Ben grabbed the box and placed it on the floor, then grabbed the files that were stacked on the chair. He checked the tabs of each manila folder, ensuring that they were in order.

As he set the last folder on the top of the pile, he smiled. A single, small pink paperclip attached something to the inside cover. When Ben opened the folder, there was a note attached.


From the Desk of Leslie Knope
Deputy Director
Department of Parks and Recreation
Pawnee, Indiana


Ben,

Here are those spreadsheets you wanted. I have no idea if some of the numbers are on target, because I’m fairly certain that I was watching Mythbusters while I double-checked them.

Hope they help,

Leslie

PS. Sorry about the weird spot on the folder. I took the folder with me to JJ’s and I triple-checked the numbers while I was eating waffles. Long story short, there was a syrup incident. I didn’t want you to arrive today without them on your desk, otherwise I’d have switched the folder out.


Ben slipped the note out from under the pink paperclip and folded it in half. After a moment, he also took the pink paperclip, attaching it to the note and placing it in the pocket of his suit jacket.

He definitely made the right choice.

Date: 2011-12-04 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torigates.livejournal.com
I WANT TO VOMIT A LITTLE THIS IS SO PERFECT.

Date: 2011-12-04 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lukecanwaltz88.livejournal.com
WOW, COMING FROM YOU THAT MAKES ME WANT TO VOMIT A LITTLE. <333

Thank you!

Date: 2011-12-04 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lukecanwaltz88.livejournal.com
Gosh, thank you so much <333

Date: 2011-12-04 01:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sonni89.livejournal.com
OH MY GOD THIS IS SO WONDERFUL!!!! JESS YOU SPOIL ME WITH ALL THAT PARKS FIC. BASICALLY THIS IS ALREADY THE GREATEST HOLIDAY SEASON!!! :D I love the note Leslie wrote Ben an insane amount because it is SO in character. :D And ugh, they're so cute.

Date: 2011-12-04 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lukecanwaltz88.livejournal.com
SONNI, YOU ARE TOO GOOD TO ME. Thank you so so so much. Legit. I'm grinning.

Date: 2011-12-04 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] propernice.livejournal.com
OH MY GOD THIS IS AMAZING AND CUTE AND SOIF;ADFD'PDFf;ldgAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH I LOVE IT.

LOOK

BEN AND LESLIE IS THE CUTEST, AND LESLIE WRITING HIM NOTES AND HIM KEEPING THE PAPERCLIP BECAUSE IT'S LESLIE.

THIS IS AMAZING BIRTHDAY FIC OMG THANK YO SO MUCH!!!

Date: 2011-12-04 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lukecanwaltz88.livejournal.com
THANK YOU SO MUCH! I'M SO GLAD YOU LIKE IT AAAAH.

Date: 2011-12-04 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] propernice.livejournal.com
BASICALLY I'M GOING TO DEMAND THAT YOU WRITE MORE BEN/LESLIE FIC, OKTHANKSBYE

Date: 2011-12-04 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lukecanwaltz88.livejournal.com
Hahaha aw, YOU'RE REALLY SWEET. THANK YOU. REALLY, I'M GRINNING LIKE THE WORLD'S BIGGEST IDIOT RIGHT NOW.

I wrote them for [livejournal.com profile] sonni89 on December 1... I didn't realize how much I'd love writing them. So much. I really want to write more of them. Their dynamic is so unique and adorable and it makes me want to WRITE ALL THE THINGS! \o/
Edited Date: 2011-12-04 07:57 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-04 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] propernice.livejournal.com
Your icon is making my heart melt too, omg. Just. I want to roll around in this post.
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