izzybutt said: Hermann and Newt college student and professor AU.
Newt has to take a physics course in undergrad (even though he’s majoring in biology, but don’t get him started on his course requirements) and he takes it from this really young professor, Dr. Gottlieb, who’s kind of obviously trying to prove himself. So, of course, Gottlieb gives Newt all kind of shit and their rapid-fire exchanges are enough to leave the rest of the lecture staring at them. Newt goes into Gottlieb’s office hours to argue with him even more there but after a few sessions of arguing and going over Newt’s work, Newt realizes that Gottlieb is also kind of cool? Like, they argue in office hours but they also have these really amazing discussions that make Newt positive that becoming a scientist is what he wants to do. He also gets the feeling that Gottlieb is a lot like him: trying to prove himself and rubbing people the wrong way in the process, wanting to be seen as necessary and important but all too used to not being taken seriously. He starts to respect Gottlieb, and their sessions are soon more discussion than argument (and more Newt staring at Gottlieb’s cheekbones than he’d like).
One night Newt sees Gottlieb (“When we’re not in class, Mr. Geiszler, you may…call me Hermann”) at a bar and they end up having a drink together and…yeah, Newt tries to go in for the kiss, okay? But he and Hermann have been clicking so well, and his hair is so tousled and Newt wants nothing more than to run his hands through it. Hermann lets Newt kiss him for a moment, but gently pushes him away and tells him they can’t be together now…but that the term is nearly over and when Newt is no longer his student, he should ask again.