Tom knows his the man he loves must be nervous.
But what can he do to help?
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Married (♂x♂) 33
Before Thomas were the computer and the keyboard. However, his hands didn’t move at all. No matter how much he tried, he couldn’t stop thinking about Lin. It was to the point where he couldn’t focus on his work at all.
He was so nervous when I left for work… We went jogging this morning like usual, but his mind was somewhere else…
Ah, damn it… I should’ve said something more to encourage him… Even if it’s only a little, I should’ve said something to him…
“Hey, Tommy. I see you’ve been on the same line of that code for about twenty minutes now,” said a voice, bringing Thomas’ mind back to reality.
“Oh, hey, Carlos… Yeah… Today… is gonna be one of those slow days…”
“I feel ya. I bet you’re still hungover from the wedding with your cute waifu, am I right?” Carlos joked.
“If that was the problem, I could still work with no problem… It’s not like I haven’t done that before…” Thomas let out a hollow laugh.
“Then it means you’re in trouble with your waifu. I don’t know if I can help, but if you wanna talk, I’m here.”
“Thanks, man…” Despite everything, in his own way, he’s been supportive of Lin and me… Thomas pushed himself away from the keyboard and rolled his chair towards his friend. “Lin has a job interview today.”
“That’s great, man. Hopes he gets the job this time.”
“Yeah, me too…”
“Are you nervous about him?”
“Yeah, there’s that too…” Thomas admitted, closing his eyes and running his hands through his hair. “When I left home, Lin was too nervous… I wonder if there was anything I could do for him… If I could at least make him relax a little…”
“Why don’t you invite him to lunch? Even if it’s for an hour, I bet he’ll feel better after seeing you.”
Thomas considered for a moment. “You’re right… Yeah, it’s a good idea. I’m gonna call him and see if he can meet me. His interview is in the afternoon anyway. I bet he’s at home cleaning around again just to keep himself busy.”
And I wanna have lunch with him… Just to see his face… Ah, damn… He’s nervous and I’m here thinking this stuff…
“Great. Call him. Call him now, because I need your head here. After you finish that code, I need you to help me with something before you go have lunch with your waifu,” Carlos said before he got back to his computer.
Let’s have lunch today, Thomas texted his boyfriend. Okay. Until he answers, I’m gonna focus on my work.
That is what he thought. The moment he put the phone down and his hands went to the keyboard, the device rang.
I bet you’re worried I’m getting nervous about the interview. I love thinking about you taking care of me, but I don’t think lunch is a good idea. You’re busy, and I might run late to the interview, Lin wrote back.
He already expected me inviting him to lunch… I’m so predictable, Thomas thought with a tiny smile. But I learn. It might take a while, but I learn.
There’s that too, I admit. But I wanted to see you, he wrote back and waited a moment. Then Lin was writing back.
You know your way with words, damn it… Even made me blush… It’s a date…
Thomas couldn’t help but smile. But when he saw the heart his boyfriend sent afterward, he blushed. However, he shook his head, put the phone back in his pocket and turned to the computer. Let’s finish this quick so I can have lunch with my boyfriend.
Thomas couldn’t stop looked around. Whenever he saw someone with long blond hair, he smiled, thinking it was his boyfriend… only to drop his shoulders when he realized it wasn’t the man he loved.
As he waited with his arms crossed, suddenly everything went black. A second later he realized a pair of hand was covering his eyes.
“Guess who?” said a cute voice he loved to hear.
“The cutest man in the world,” Thomas answered, smiling as he grabbed the hands, kissed one of them and turned around.
“Wrong.” Lin shook his finger while flashing a cute and proud smug. “The cutest in the world would be my boyfriend. That’s something I can brag about.”
“I have solid evidence you’re way cuter than me.”
“Guess we agree to disagree.”
There was a moment of silence and then they both laugh.
Despite that wonderful sound, Thomas could tell it was slightly stiff. He’s too nervous and is trying to hide from me… Well, that’s part of the reason I invited him. Let’s make him relax so the interview will be a breeze.
“Let’s get going. I’m starving,” Thomas said, gesturing to his car.
“Where are we having lunch?” Lin asked as they walked.
“A place you’ll love it.”
“Does that mean you hate it?”
Thomas laughed and raced to open the door of the passenger seat for his boyfriend.
“What a gentleman.” Lin kissed him on the cheek before getting in the car.
Blushing, Thomas raced to the driver’s seat and drove to the restaurant. When they arrived, Lin stared at him in disbelief.
“Really? You wanna have lunch here? You?”
They were parked in a small parking lot that belonged to a self-serving vegan restaurant.
“Well, I don’t. You know I don’t like that rabbit food. But you make it sound like I eat raw meat or something,” he said with a wry smile as they got out of the car.
“If not for me, you just might. But tell me why this place?”
“Because I know you like it. And the food isn’t heavy, so it won’t upset your stomach, which I bet it’s already full of butterflies by now and will only get worse.”
Lin flashed a tiny smile as his cheeks became a shade of red. “You’re always thinking and taking care of me. Thanks, Tom.”
Thomas’ heart thumped faster. “O-of course I’m thinking of you… you know that… Especially now that we’re b-boyfriends,” he couldn’t help but blush as he muttered, making Lin’s smile grow bigger. “N-now let’s get going. I told you I’m starving!”
To hide his embarrassment, he turned around, grabbed his boyfriend’s hand and headed to the entrance. Even without seeing, he could tell Lin’s smile was bigger and cuter now.
After they got their food, they sat at a table near the window.
“Are you really okay with that?” Lin asked, eyeing Thomas’ food, not hiding his surprise.
“I hope so…” On his plate was several healthy and light sandwiches. Next to it, was a grape juice. “I don’t think these will be enough to fill me. And if it is, I’ll eat them later.”
“I’m thankful for this, but you don’t need to force yourself…”
“I’m not forcing myself.”
“Oh, really?” Lin raised an eyebrow. “So you’re gonna tell me you eat this type of food when I don’t pack you lunch?”
“Not a chance,” Thomas said at once, the pride stamped on his face. “But if eating this is the price to enjoy more time with you, I’ll gladly eat the rabbit food.”
Lin let out a weak laugh. “You shouldn’t say that here. You’re outnumbered by the people who like to eat healthy.”
“Then you’ll protect me like my knight in shining armor!” Thomas flashed a shy smile.
“Always!” Lin beamed. Then his smile became gentle and warm. “I was super nervous, but I thought I could handle by myself. But talking to you calmed me a lot. Thanks, Tom.”
Thomas blushed, averted his eyes and mumbled, “I’m not doing this only for you… I’m not that good of a person…”
“No… I told you… I wanted to see you…”
Lin’s face became an alarming shade of red. He covered his face but he wasn’t fast enough to hide his smile. “See? I have the cutest and the best boyfriend in the world…”
Thomas’ heart pounded faster as he watched the man he loved all red and he became embarrassed himself. To hide it, he picked up one of his sandwiches and ate.
“Did you change anything in your presentation since yesterday?” he asked, eyeing his boyfriend with suspicion.
Lin had finished the presentation for the interview by dinner last night. However, before they went to bed, he had already changed a few things. Thomas had a strong suspicion he had added more stuff during the morning.
“Yeah… a few things…” Lin flashed an awkward smile. “It wasn’t a lot…”
“Give it to me, like I’m one of the interviewers. I bet you rehearsed it a lot, didn’t you?”
“Yeah, I did… But it’s not your area, and you’ll be bored,” Lin trailed off, looking down, his eyes fixed on his salad.
“Hey.” Thomas reached out and touched Lin’s hand, caressing those delicate and yet strong fingers that now trembled slightly. He waited until his boyfriend looked at him. “That’s not what I asked. I asked you to give it to me. And I won’t be bored since it’ll help you be more prepared. You know I’ll help you in any way.”
Lin’s smile slowly grew. He pulled his phone and opened the presentation. “Thanks, Tom.”
No matter how many times Thomas had seen that smile, he never got tired. I wanna see that smile for the rest of my life.
“Oh, yeah, speaking of your interview, here.” He pulled the car keys from his pocket and handed them to Lin. “So you don’t have to worry about getting a taxi or the bus.”
Lin leaned closer, hugged and kissed him on the cheek. “I really have the cutest and the best boyfriend ever! No contest!”
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Lin or Thomas?
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