AU where Ben never got the Omnitrix and doesn’t know aliens are real and also he’s extremely attracted to his grandpa’s new apprentice
Just a quick little drabble thing. Because I’m a huge dork. Headcanon that Ben without the Omnitrix would be shyer and less assertive because I firmly believe his experiences with aliens helped him with the whole “being bullied” thing.
"Grandpa? Grandpa Max?" Ben called, poking his head into the plumbing supply store his grandfather ran.
Seeing no one at the counter, he wandered towards the back. Really, there wasn’t any chance of someone walking in to steal PVC pipe or a shower head, but the cash register would’ve made a tempting target to an opportunistic thief.
As he opened the door leading to the back, there was the sound of a toilet flushing before a pause before the person using the facilities started washing their hands. The door then opened, and Ben greeted whom he assumed was his grandfather with a big smile.
He turned bright red with embarrassment as he realized that the person looking at him was most certainly not his grandfather. While approximately the same height (arguably taller), the man standing there was significantly younger and more muscular.
"Greetings," the youth said with a smile that made Ben turn a darker shade of red. "My apologies for not being out to meet you."
"Um…yeah. Okay. Uh…where’s Grandpa Max?"
"Grandpa Max?" the young man echoed curiously. Then his oddly catlike eyes widened a hair in understanding. "Ah, you must be Ben. I am Rook Blonko, your grandfather’s apprentice."
Ben swallowed, mouth dry. “Yeah, he’s…never mentioned you. Ever.”
Which Ben was currently cursing right now. Some warning would’ve been great.