Root/Shaw drabble. Makeout scene.
“Kiss kiss to you too,” Root purred as she climbed in, and Shaw rolled her eyes.
“Whatever this is,” she warned, “you have 29 seconds.”
Root smirked as she leaned forward. “Better make it count, then.”
She had that mischievous grin on her face that Shaw couldn’t resist, especially now that the moments under Samaritan’s radar were so rare. Shaw grabbed her by the neck forcefully and crashed their lips together, smiling when Root moaned quietly against her. Her tongue insisted at Root’s mouth and Root leaned closer, opening her lips as her hand settled on Shaw’s thigh. Inside her, Shaw’s tongue hungrily explored her and Root breathed out as she moved closer, her other hand coming to rest on Shaw’s shoulder, urging her on.
Shaw pulled away slightly. “13 seconds,” she whispered, and Root bit down Shaw’s lip before she kissed her again. Shaw’s hand held her close as the other ran under her jacket, kneading at Root’s side so hard Root knew the skin would bruise, and moaned a bit louder. She tightened her grip on Shaw’s thigh, her fingers dangerously sneaking up, but Shaw shoved her wandering hand aside.
“Did you come here for something?” Shaw muttered against Root’s lips, keenly aware that their time alone was running out, and fast.
“Just checking in; new job and all,” Root smirked, and Shaw guessed their meeting had more to do with Root missing her than anything else. She ignored the warmth spreading through her chest and scowled.
“Well, thanks for the rousing pep talk,” she mocked as Root opened the van’s door, an alarm starting to ring close by.
Root turned to spare her one last look, grinning. “That’s what I’m here for.”
Same sentiment here, anon. I don’t really need Root/Shaw to be explicit but you’re right they must be going somewhere with how blatant Root is at flirting at Shaw.
I feel like Root’s scene checking in with Shaw was particularly telling of her character, and where she’s at mentally. See, Root didn’t actually tell Shaw anything Shaw didn’t already know. Shaw’s too good an operator not to be aware of the various ways one can blow a cover, and Root knows that. That makes their scene together feel far less like Root really feeling the need to warn Shaw, and far more like Root just likes seeing her, and is coming up with thinner and thinner excuses for her visits. This may well fit in with her disconnect from the Machine, and the inevitable loneliness that would bring. She’s seeking out company, and instinctively turns to Shaw.
I know this wasn’t your question, anon but I do feel like Root’s acting like everything is alright with her when it’s really not as peachy keen as she’d like it to be.
I believe every visit to Shaw is a guise and way to reach out to someone because she’s used to always having the Machine be right there with her.
Also, in a Doylist view, Amy Acker did address the question in her recent interviews and from her answers it seems like its a deliberate choice from both the writers/showrunners since she does give different performances for the same scene, and they always go for the flirty choice.
But I would honestly like for something to come from Shaw herself, for Shaw to say something, not in how she feels but to ask what in the world Root really wants to happen, no jokes, no deflections, no games.
So… TLDR, I have *no* idea anon!
Humans must make their own choices. #PersonOfInterest
Basically, what I’m getting from the Machine dissertation and now Root telling Harold about the ‘Humans must make their own choices’ is that it leads back to ‘Death Benefit’ and the Machine going:
'No, Dad, I didn't mean kill the congressman, I wanted to ask you what you would do in the situation! And suddenly you turn around angry at me. Are you getting the point yet, dad? ARE YOU?'