Rick was so scared of being open about his relationship with Kier and Simon at first
Kieren has canonically dealt with prejudice for being queer all his life, even from Rick’s dad. Then he got into a relationship with a cute boy and suddenly he’s more open. He’s had the time to accept himself and stop giving a shit about what assholes think of him. Simon never gave a shit from the beginning, really.
But Rick has spent his entire life deep in the closet to stay safe and keep his reputation. And suddenly, he’s come back, and he doesn’t just have Kieren back, but he has this new, older, mysterious man that Kieren’s fallen in love with. And he watches them hold hands and kiss and flirt in public and he can’t believe it because he was literally raised to believe people should be killed for that.
So for the first couple months of their relationship especially, Rick is so fucking scared whenever they’re out in public, like he’s worried he’ll turn around and his dad will see and he’ll be dragged home and never allowed to see Kieren or Simon again. He’s scared that some asshole will try to hurt his boyfriends because of Public Displays Of Gay Affection, or they’ll get beat up later, or kicked out of town.
Imagine Kieren and Simon slowly helping Rick warm up (no pun intended) to being open about being gay. Kieren stealing little kisses on the cheek while they walk down the street and Simon occasionally holding his hand while they go out shopping. They never push him and they leave him be if he starts to get too nervous or scared, but they make sure they’re always there and they try to show him that it’s okay for him to be proud of who he is.
And eventually (eventually) Rick’s pulling Kieren and/or Simon into big happy kisses whenever he has the chance.
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