We’ve seen Tom’s day. How about Lin’s?
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Married (♂x♂) 62
“You had him too?” Lin exclaimed.
“Yeah. And I had the bad luck of getting him twice.”
“No way! How did that happen?” he asked. “I thought he didn’t teach any class beyond the fourth semester.”
“Me too,” the man said, dropping his shoulders. “But when I was in my seventh semester, there was a combination of too many people failing and retaking the class and a lot of students taking it for the first time. It was so many students they had to open three more classes and I was unlucky enough to get him again.”
Lin and the woman laughed.
“Talk about bad luck,” he said, sipping his drink.
“I remember that. I was one that failed, but I was lucky enough to avoid him,” she said, smiling as the memory came back.
“Why did so many people fail? It was such an easy subject,” Lin said with a wry smile. At least when the teacher liked the class. If he hated…
“Yeah, but no one studied that month. With the World Cup and all the days off because of the games, it was impossible to focus…”
“Ah, yeah… The campus was used as a parking lot when there was a game in the arena…”
Even though they were having fun sharing college stories as they had dinner, Lin couldn’t stop the yawn. He was exhausted and couldn’t wait to go to the GM’s house and sleep on the couch or wherever he could lie on. He was the only one who felt like this though. The people from the same state he had met at the seminar didn’t look tired.
“It’s getting late. And I need to call a driver…”
“Nonsense. C’mon, Lin. Stay with us,” the guy said. “It’s rare to get this many people from Pernambuco in the same seminar.”
“Yeah, Lin. Don’t leave us,” the woman said. However, by the meaningful glance she gave him, he could tell she wanted him to go so she could hook up with the guy.
I’ll be the wingman here, he thought trying and failing to stifle another yawn.
“I really need to go. The place I’m staying is about an hour drive. With traffic, I bet it’ll be two hours.”
“There’s nothing we can do, then,” she said. “How about if we wrap this up and go somewhere more private?”
Lin couldn’t help but smile in his head. It wasn’t the first time he had helped a woman hook up with a guy. This feels like I’m back in college, he thought as he asked their waiter for the check. When he saw how much it had cost, he widened his eyes. Holy crap! Everything is too expensive in São Paulo! Thank goodness I don’t live here.
Glad they had agreed to pay only what they consumed beforehand, Lin left his share of the bill, said goodbye to his colleagues from the same state and used the app to call for a car. As he headed to GM’s house, he did his best to not think about money.
Tom paid the ticket and the seminar for me and told me to not worry and make the most of this opportunity. That’s what I’m gonna do, he thought, looking out the window. As he expected, the traffic was awful. Though he usually liked to talk to the drivers, he was glad the man wasn’t trying to start a conversation this time. I bet he’s tired after a long day.
To his luck, trying to fight his sleep was distracting enough, and he arrived at the address he had gotten from Tom much faster than he expected. This is the place, right?
It was a simple apartment complex. After the doorman buzzed him in, he headed to GM’s apartment, knocking on the door.
To his surprise, the girl who opened the door to him was Ericka, the cosplayer and web designer who had made his blog.
“Lin! It’s been a while!” she said, hugging him.
“E-Ericka? What are you doing here?” he returned the hug after his surprise passed. “Did Tom play a prank on me saying it was GM’s apartment instead of yours?”
The woman laughed and shook her head. “Do you think Green would prank you? Better yet, do you think Green has the capacity to prank anyone above the age of five?”
Despite his exhaustion, Lin couldn’t help but chuckle. “He might have the capacity, but he could never prank me. I’d never fall.”
“If you’re saying, I can’t argue,” she laughed. “And to answer your question, this is GM’s place. Just like you, I’m taking advantage of his goodwill. Isn’t that right?”
There was no answer. Soon he realized why. The man Lin assumed was GM was too concentrated on his laptop and the many notebooks around it.
I’ve seen the exact scene back home, he thought, remembering when he came home one day and found Tom thrilled as he worked on the program. Too bad he can’t do what he loves.
“Hello, GM. It’s nice to meet you in person.”
The man didn’t answer. He didn’t even seem to notice there was someone talking to him.
“Don’t think too much. He’s been ignoring me ever since I got here too,” Ericka sighed. “Boys get too excited with their little games.”
“Can’t argue with that,” Lin chuckled. “What are you doing here, anyway?”
“A convention. Money’s tight right now, so I thought about saving some by staying here. Luckily the place is close to the convention hall. Everything is too expensive here.”
Lin nodded and dropped his shoulders. “I’m not so lucky. My seminar is too far. But I’m thankful to stay here. Even if I stayed close to the hotel, it’d be way more expensive.”
“Green told us. You have it rough.”
“When did you talk to Tom?”
“When I got in from the convention,” she said, indicating GM’s laptop. “But your boyfriend is too engrossed with the game and barely talked to me. How rude. I should tell you some of his embarrassing past just to teach him a lesson.”
Though Lin chuckled, he was more interested in the computer. “Tom?”
“Hey, Lin. You got there safely. I was about to call you,” his boyfriend’s voice came out from the laptop’s speaker. “How was the rest of the seminar?”
“It was great. We had a test to make sure we had learned and I aced it.”
“That’s great, honey.”
“Thanks. What are you doing?”
“He’s saving my ass,” GM answered for the first time. He didn’t raise his eyes from the notes he wrote down feverishly.
“It’s a TRPG program. Since I had time today, I’m helping.”
Even though Lin couldn’t see his face, he knew his boyfriend was smiling. “Glad you’re enjoying.”
“I’m lucky you left him alone and he was bored enough to help me,” GM mumbled, his hands leaving the notes and flying on the keyboard. “I made a few changes. Can you implement them now?”
“Yeah, give me a moment.”
“I’ll leave you two alone,” Lin said, smiling as he walked away. Then he yawned, the biggest so far.
“They’ve been like that ever since I got here,” Ericka said, sighing and shaking her head. “Anyway, there’s the bathroom, if you wanna take a shower. I must warn you there’s only cold water.”
“I’m not picky.”
“But I am. I’ll let it slide this time because he’s letting us sleep on his bed. Last time I was here, I had to sleep on the couch. My back killed me the next day. It didn’t help that my cosplay had heels. I thought I was gonna die.”
Lin laughed but then looked at GM’s back. “He’s letting us sleep on his bed?”
“Don’t worry about it. Programmers are night time creatures. He’ll be working on the game all night long.”
“I heard that,” he complained, though he didn’t look at her.
Lin chuckled and yawned again. He was reaching his limit.
“Thanks again for letting me stay here,” he said.
“No problem,” Ericka grinned.
“He was talking to me,” GM muttered.
Laughing, Lin headed to the shower.
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