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The Adventures of Raily

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Ray was a morning person. He always had been. It didn’t matter how early he got up. Somehow, he’d find a way to be his normal (infuriatingly, according to some people) positive self within a few minutes of waking up. 

His girlfriend, on the other hand, was the opposite. Lily was a grouch in the morning, at least until she got her hands on coffee or even tea. She could be even scarier than Mick before then. Ray had learned very early in their relationship that she would burrow under the covers for as long as possible before emerging to face the day. So whenever they had a chance to sleep in and he woke up first, Ray didn’t bother her.

This morning, as usual, Ray woke up before Lily. Nothing new had been happening for the past few days, leaving everyone on the Waverider time to rest and recuperate. Ray and Lily’s six month anniversary was coming up and he wanted to celebrate somehow. Given how unpredictable the timeline could be, something new could arise at any time on the actual date. So he was going to do something now for her before something interrupted them.

He slipped out of the room and into the kitchen. Only Leonard and one of the new recruits, Jamie Reyes, were in there. Both acknowledged him as he went about replicating the ingredients he needed to make breakfast. Leonard even gave a knowing smirk of his own once he caught on to what Ray was up to. After all, Ray had caught him doing something similar for Sara once.

As soon as he had everything, he put it all on a tray and carried it carefully back to the room with Lily. Not surprising, she was still curled up in the blankets, head half under a pillow.

“Hey, Gideon? Lights to 50% please?”

The room grew more brighter. Lily shifted and groaned a little, burying her head further under the pillow. “Babe, no.”

“Hey to you too, sleepyhead,” Ray teased, bringing the tray over. “Brought you something.”

“What is it?” Lily asked from beneath the pillow.

Ray sat down beside her on the bed. “Take a peek for yourself.”

She gave a muffled, unidentifiable response.

“Or I can start singing until you come out,” he grinned.

“Fine,” Lily muttered, lifting her head up to give him a bleary-eyed look. She seemed to wake up a little more when she caught sight of the breakfast that Ray had made for them. “What’s this?”

“Happy early six month anniversary?” Ray offered. “I know there’s still a few more days, but I was afraid something would come up then.”

“So you made us breakfast in bed,” Lily smiled, leaning her head on his shoulder. “That’s so sweet.”


“Really,” she nodded, kissing his cheek. “You’re the best boyfriend a girl can get, Ray Palmer.”

“Well, you’re the best girlfriend a guy can have, even if you aren’t always a morning person.”

“Well, not everyone’s Mr. Perky when they wake up,” Lily bumped his shoulder. “Let’s eat before it gets too cold.”

“Sounds like a plan,” Ray agreed, picking up one of the pots on the tray. “Coffee?”

“You really have to ask me that?” Lily said, raising her eyebrow.

“Good point,” he admitted as he filled her cup.