Tom will do anything do support Lin. But he does for himself?
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Married (♂x♂) 61
Thomas was exhausted by the time he got home. It was almost four in the morning. There was a lot of time until the sun came up and even more to the usual hour he woke up and went jogging with the man he loved.
Guess I won’t be doing that today… I’m sure Lin will forgive me for skipping, he thought, letting out an exhausted laugh, falling on the bed without changing clothes. He had no energy for that.
After dinner, as Lin packed, he bought the plane ticket and found a place for his boyfriend to sleep. Then he drove him to the airport. Even though it would be a few hours before the flight, they went earlier because it would be too dangerous to go in the middle of the dawn.
Lin wanted him to go home and rest, saying he didn’t mind waiting a few hours alone at the airport. But Thomas refused it and even though he was dangerously close to snoozing, he stayed with his boyfriend until the plane left.
Despite all his exhaustion, Thomas still woke in the usual hour without the alarm. Thanks for reprogramming my sleep habits, Lin, he thought. His eyelids were heavy. So was his head. No matter how much he tried to go back to sleep again, he couldn’t. With a great effort, he picked up his phone. He hasn’t landed yet… Hope he calls me when he gets there…
He got out of bed and went to the kitchen. Though exhausted, he couldn’t help but smile when he opened the fridge. There were premade meals with little notes on each. When did he have time to make all this?
Ah, it must be when I took a nap to handle staying up so late. He picked up the sandwich labeled breakfast. He knows this rabbit food isn’t enough, Thomas thought.
Even if I’m not around, I’m not letting you skip on your diet. You’ll have only healthy meals full of love, Lin wrote and then put many hearts around it.
Thomas blushed and grinned as he read and reread it. How can he write something so embarrassing and sweet like this? My boyfriend is so cute I can handle so much cuteness. I’m so lucky to be with him.
After he ate and took a warm shower, he went back to his room, turned on the AC, and tried to sleep again. This time, with his belly full, he managed to fall asleep.
By the time he woke again, it was just after midday. He wasn’t hungry, so instead of lunch, he went to the living room to play videogame. However, he played for less than twenty minutes before he grew bored.
Usually I play on Saturday and Lin does his own thing. But he does it by my side… If he’s not around, playing like usual feels weird… Even so, he tried for a little more. Half an hour later, he gave up and turned off the console.
As he lay on the couch and thought of his boyfriend, his phone rang. Grunting, he got up and walked to the table where it was. Then he beamed when he saw it was the man he loved.
“Lin!” he exclaimed, his mood increasing by the second. “How’s everything? Did you arrive without trouble? How’s the seminar?”
There was silence on the other side. Then a chuckle. “Hey, honey. I’m fine. Sorry for not calling you when I landed. I had to rush to the hotel where the seminar is right away. There was massive traffic. I had no idea it happened so early in the morning. Every time is rush hour here.”
“That sucks.” Thomas smiled. Just hearing Lin’s voice was enough to make his day brighter. I’m so used to having him around I took it for granted. “Whenever I see it on TV, I’m glad I don’t live there.”
“Yeah, it’s not like our city is great either. Anyway, the morning part of the seminar was great. I had seen a few people doing it at the clinic, but it’s much more complex than I imagined. I can’t wait to practice.”
“Sounds like you’re having fun.”
“Is it that obvious?”
“Yeah. Or maybe I know you too much.”
“Then what I’m doing now?”
“You’re smiling,” Thomas answered right away.
“How did you know?”
“Because I’m doing the same.”
“Great. Now I’m blushing because my boyfriend is too cute. Thanks for that,” Lin mumbled. He did sound embarrassed as far as Thomas could tell. “And I know you’re feeling lonely without me. Because I miss you two.”
“It’s only been one morning… It’s not like we spend the entire day together. We both have jobs.”
“Yeah, but we’ve never been apart like this. I don’t even know how many states we have between us. I get a little sad thinking I won’t sleep with you close to me. Even when we were back home, our rooms were only a few meters apart.”
Thomas felt a pang in his heart. He had thought about it but had forgotten after falling asleep. “D-don’t say that. It’s not like we’re one of those codependent couples who can’t do anything without the other.”
“I know that. It doesn’t mean I can’t miss you,” Lin muttered. Then his voice became chipper. “But I’m a good boyfriend and made sure you’ll have some company tonight.”
“Huh? What do you mean?”
“Ah, I gotta go. I met a few people from Pernambuco and we’re gonna look for a cheap place to have lunch. Everything in São Paulo is so expensive. I love you. Bye.”
“I love you too,” Thomas said before the call ended, the smile plastered on his face.
What did he mean by that? As he wondered, his phone rang again, but this time with a text. From Lin?
When he opened, he grinned and blushed at the same time. It was a nude photo of his boyfriend. Hope it helps you tonight, Lin wrote.
When did you take this pic?
When we went to your mom’s birthday.
Thanks, he wrote and then looked at the picture again. But instead of Lin’s exposed private parts or the exposed chest, Thomas couldn’t take his eyes off his smile. I really love this man.
It took a long time for his smile to vanish. When it did, he didn’t feel like playing videogames. Nor reading manga or watching anime. Lin’s doing what he likes and I’m…
After thinking for a moment, he made his mind up and called his college friend, the game master of his table RPG sessions.
“Hey, Green,” GM voice was tense.
“Hey, man. How’s the search for a new programmer?”
“Bad. Awful. Everyone I can pay has no idea what they’re doing.”
“Sounds like you’re having trouble.”
“Yeah. I’ve been working on my own, but since that kind of code isn’t my expertise, progress has been too slow. I might not have a beta version for this meeting I managed to get with a few investors.”
“You got prospective investors? That’s awesome, dude!”
“Yeah. It was really luck. I was in this forum and showed a little of the program. A guy saw it and said he knew some people who were interested in it.”
“Let me help you,” Thomas said at once.
“I appreciate, but you know I can’t pay what you’re worth.”
“Forget about money. You’re letting Lin stay in your home tonight for free. Let me help you with the meeting.”
There was a moment of silence. “Thanks, man. I’ll send you everything right now.”
“Just don’t forget to put my name on the credits,” Thomas grinned, running to his laptop.
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