A high school teacher AU.
Teachers are trying to enjoy an evening at the local bar, but the threat of the school closing isn’t far from anyone’s mind. Mara and Cullen have a few more run ins and it’s all so awkward.
Also on AO3!
Cullen went to The Herald’s Rest exactly two times a year. The first Friday of the school year and the last day of school. He stayed long enough to have a drink, play a game of pool with Dorian and Varric, say hello to everyone, and then he left. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to spend time with his coworkers, but he enjoyed being alone too.
Teaching was a career that required a lot of energy and the ability to be socially “on” all the time. He liked that he could go home and just be alone in the quiet with a good book and maybe a movie. Dorian often chastised him for being too introverted and would drag him out to social gatherings. Cullen didn’t mind it, it just wasn’t something he sought out himself.
That night as he walked into The Herald’s Rest he wondered if Mara would make an appearance. He’d been meaning to talk to her, to say something, anything after the fiasco in the copy room. He readjusted his carefully rolled sleeves as he wandered over to the group.
Varric was in the middle of telling a story to Leliana, Josephine, and Cassandra when he walked over, he took a quick surveying glance around the room, telling himself he wasn’t looking for anyone in particular. The bar wasn’t anything fancy. Homely was probably a good way to describe it. Most of the interior was a dark wood color, the pieces of it still fighting to show under decades worth of town sports memorabilia. The place was a local favorite. Varric always complained that it filled up to bursting after every football and basketball game, but tonight was just a regular Friday night.
“Curly! You made it!” Varric called as Cullen approached.
Cassandra looked over, looking a little relieved he was there, “Ah good. I was worried I might be stuck listening to him all night.”
“I know you enjoy my stories Cassandra, as much as you pretend not to,” Varric rolled his eyes.