[I apologize, Anon. This isn’t *exactly* what you wanted. But it was what happened. So I went with it. Hopefully it’s close enough to your original request that you won’t mind too much. :)]
—Back to the Heart of It—
Felicity was never going to forgive him for this one. He could tell by the look she was shooting him every time the counselor looked down. There had been couples mysteriously disappearing in a suburb of Starling City for weeks, and the one thing they al had in common was that they had been to marriage counseling some time in the last month.
So, Diggle had concluded, Diggle and Felicity would have to go undercover as a married couple.
To which Oliver had immediately put his foot down. If something happened, Oliver would be more able to protect Felicity. It wasn’t that he didn’t trust Diggle. He just didn’t really trust anyone when it came to Felicity’s safety. Besides, Lyla was due to go into labor any week now, and he thought it would be wrong to pull Diggle away on the off chance he might miss the birth.
Which essentially made this all Oliver’s fault. Felicity was growing to hate going undercover, and having Oliver put her in this situation so soon after the “I love you,” debacle with Slade…it hadn’t exactly been sensitive on his part. And it was no wonder that, when the counselor sat down across from them and asked, “So tell me why you’re here,” Felicity had eagerly jumped in to defame him.
“He’s demanding. He expects me to drop everything for him all the time. He doesn’t think about my needs or my feelings. He’s completely obtuse most of the time.”
“I see. Oliver…what do you think?”
“I…um…” he tugged at his collar uncomfortably, looking at Felicity. “I just want to make it work?”
The counselor, Felix, nodded. “Well that’s the first step. Felicity, why don’t you tell me about some of the things Oliver does, that make you feel like he doesn’t care about your needs?”
“We’re business partners—”
“Ah, office romance, I see.”
“—and he expects me to work constantly. I have almost no life outside of him, and when I do try do something on my own, he gets angry at me for not focusing on work.”
Oliver shifted uncomfortably. He’d been planning to just make shit up for this little therapy session. Felicity was making it a little too real. “Oliver?” Felix asked. “Is this true?”
“I…well, I…I mean, yes, a little. But I admitted I was wrong about that,” Oliver pointed out, giving Felicity a look. “I apologized. Very sincerely, I might add.”
Felicity just narrowed her eyes at him, unmoved.
“He did apologize,” she admitted grudgingly.
“But that wasn’t enough for you?”
“No, it was. But it still gets exhausting. He needs to know that it’s not healthy for me to not have a life outside of him,” she pointed out to Felix, who nodded his understanding.
Oliver rolled his eyes. Oh sure, take her side.
“Hey, we both have a very demanding…job. Sometimes my social life has to take the backseat, too. But I’m willing to make the sacrifice.”
Felicity rolled her eyes. “I hate that word,” she mouthed, glaring at Oliver when Felix looked down to write something on his notepad.
“Well, I think this is an excellent starting place,” Felix said, looking up again. “We obviously need to talk about how you can both find a way to have more reasonable expectations of each other—”
“Damn straight,” Felicity muttered, crossing her arms sulkily. Oliver rolled his eyes.
“—but why don’t we start with a positive note. I want to hear about why you two got married.”
“What?” Oliver asked, blinking.
“Tell me what made you get married. Did you propose to Felicity? Why did you decide to do that? And Felicity, what made you say yes?”
Felicity’s mouth fell open slightly and she looked like she had no idea what to say, so, for the sake of the charade, Oliver forced himself to say something, anything, the first thing that came to mind.
He just wasn’t expecting the words that spilled out of his mouth to be so honest. “She’s the only person I’ve ever known who can make me smile just by entering the room, and she constantly makes me want to be a better person without even trying.”
Felix smiled. Felicity stared. Felix turned to Felicity. “And Felicity? What made you say yes?”
“I…because he’s far and away the most inspiring person I’ve ever met…and he makes me feel like I have a greater purpose in life.”
Oliver and Felicity stared at each other. Felicity hiccuped and Oliver cleared his throat, and they both abruptly turned back to Felix, holding their breath. Felix looked charmed. “So you see? Underneath all the frustration, there’s obviously lots of love here. It’s obviously really good that you chose to seek help, too. This proves that you want to communicate about your problems. You both want to make this work. Friends, communication is everything, and I have every hope that we can work out whatever little issues you’re having and really get back to the heart of what makes you love one another.” He smiled happily. “Now let’s talk about this time commitment problem….”