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Married (♂x♂) 11
“I’m a loser.”
Those were the first words Lin said when they entered their home.
During the car ride, he said nothing in his semi-drunk sleeping state. And all he did was cling to Thomas’ sleeve all the way.
“No, you’re not,” his best friend said, helping Lin get in their home and led the man to the couch. “You’re a lot of things, but loser isn’t one of them.”
“I love you Tom, but you’re wrong. What else would you call someone with two diplomas who can’t even get a job in either area?” Lin was so drunk his breath hit Thomas in full, making the man blink and wince. “I’ll tell you. A loser! A huge loser!”
Thomas made his friend lie on the couch. He put the blond locks behind those delicate ears and stared the man in the eyes.
“Lin, you’re not a loser,” he said in a firm voice. “You are not a loser.”
“Yes, I am! Did you know I’ve been avoiding talking to my parents lately? I’m too ashamed to talk to them!” the blond man confessed, letting tears roll down his face. Thomas got closer and hugged his most precious friend. “It’s not like they pressure me. They know I’ve been looking hard for a job. But I just can’t bring myself to say to them that I still haven’t found a job. It’s just too painful to say I failed another interview!”
Lin buried his face on Thomas’ chest and cried again. All the programmer did was pat him.
“Why didn’t you tell me you had an interview today?” he asked in a low voice.
“Because I didn’t want to disappoint you!”
Those words felt like a punch in the gut to Thomas.
“You couldn’t ever disappoint me, Lin! Never! You should know that!”
“I do! Even so, I knew I wouldn’t have the courage to tell you if I failed again. You’ve been so supportive of me. I have no idea what I’d do without you. That’s why I kept quiet. Part of me wanted to surprise you if I got the job, but I was also afraid. And look what happened!”
Lin cried even more, making Thomas hug him tighter.
I’m a huge idiot! We live and spend a lot of time together, but I didn’t even notice how much this affected him. I’m a huge idiot!
“Lin,” he said in a firm and gentle voice, caressing the head of the man most precious to him. “I know you’ve been struggling to get a job. And that you’ve had some hard falls lately, but it doesn’t mean you’re a loser.”
“Yes, it does! Do you know why they didn’t hire me today? Because I was too qualified! After the interview, I overheard someone saying it’d be best not to hire me because I could leave for a better offer soon, so they should avoid the trouble! What the hell! I work hard to get two diplomas and that makes me a bad choice? It’s not fair! I haven’t even gotten one job! How could I leave for another? It’s not fair!”
Lin cried even louder.
That voice hurt Thomas as if he was feeling the frustration himself. Even he was on the verge of tears.
Damn it! Isn’t there anything I can do for my friend?
“You’re right, Lin. It’s not fair at all. I know you worked harder than most. Because of that, I know things will get better. I know.”
“How do you know?”
“Because I’m an idiot. I’m an idiot who believes good things will happen to good people. And I don’t know anyone better than you.”
“You’re just saying!”
“I’m not. My life was nothing for the past few years. I hate my job, but the money is decent enough to buy crap to kill my time. But ever since you moved in, things have been fun. I love coming home to eat your food. I don’t like waking up early to jog, but I love seeing your smile the first thing in the morning. I love hanging out with you. Just by being here, you made my life better. You’re not a loser, Lineu!”
Those words made Lin cry even more. The blond man wrapped his arms around Thomas and hugged as tight as his slender limbs could.
He’s so strong, Thomas thought as the arms squeezed him. And yet he’s crying like this.
“You’re the only one I can count on, Tom. Always. Ever since we were kids. You protected me back then and support me now. I know I’m a huge burden, but please, don’t leave me. Don’t leave me!”
“I won’t. There’s no way I’d ever leave you.”
“Promise me! Please, promise me you won’t leave a loser like me!”
“You’re not a loser, Lin. But I promise. You’re my best friend ever since I can remember. I promise I won’t leave you.”
Lin woke up with, his head throbbing and his throat dry.
With difficulty, he opened his eyes. This isn’t my room, he thought, looking around.
It took him a while to realize he was sleeping on the living room, lying on the couch with a pillow under his head and a blanket over his body.
As his vision adjusted, he saw a black mass of hair before him. Then he noticed a strange warmth on his hand.
As he realized he had slept while holding hands with Thomas, all the memories of last night came back. I really made a mess yesterday… I can’t believe I drank that much… I bet Karina is angry because I ruined our night… And I caused so much trouble to Tom…
But I remember how he comforted me… I’m so lucky to have someone like him in my life…
Lin slid to the edge of the couch just to get closer to Thomas. Feeling the warmth from his best friend, he fell asleep again…
When he woke again, Thomas wasn’t there anymore.
“Tom?” Lin asked, sitting up right away, feeling his head throb with the effort. He closed his eyes and pressed on them with both hands.
“Morning, Lin. Don’t get up so fast,” a familiar and comforting voice said, making Lin smile even without seeing the man. “You’re thirsty, right? And hungry? You haven’t eaten anything since yesterday.”
Lin smelled something good and his stomach growled. When he opened his eyes, he saw Thomas holding a plate of healthy light sandwiches in one hand and a mango juice on the other.
He couldn’t help but smile. “You still remember my homemade recipe to cure a hangover?”
“I could never forget,” Thomas said, handing the place and the glass.
“I thought you hated these sandwiches. Didn’t you say they were too light to be considered real food?” Lin joked, taking a bite so generous the sandwich was half gone.
“Yeah. That’s the truth. Can’t help it. But if you say you need it, I don’t mind stocking our fridge…”
Lin chuckled. “Thanks…” His smile vanished as he finished the first sandwich. “And thanks for last night… I know I was a pain in the ass—”
“Wrong. You could never be a pain in my ass, Lin. You’re my best friend, and I’ll take care of you whenever you need. It’s something so obvious you don’t even need to thank me, okay?” He said in a forceful voice to end the subject.
Lin smiled and nodded. “Okay.”
“And I don’t want you ever thinking you need to hide something from me again. You can talk to me about anything. I’m here for you whenever you need.”
Lin’s heart couldn’t help but feel relieved.
“Thanks, Tom. I can always count on you.”
“That’s right!” Thomas flashed a huge smile. But he frowned once he picked up one of the healthy sandwiches and ate. Even so, he forced himself to finish as he sat on the couch and placed Lin’s legs on his lap. “How about if we spend the entire Saturday being lazy as hell and binge watch that show?”
Lin smiled from the bottom of his heart as he finished the third sandwich. “Sounds perfect.”
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