Brian's been feeling down lately. Dan surprises him by playing his favorite song on the keyboard. (He's been learning in secret)
Brian was curled up on the couch, body burning with a persistent fever. A half eaten bowl of noodles laid at the side of the couch, along with an extra blanket and an almost empty glass of water.
Dan came into the living room, pressing his cool hand against Brian’s forehead. “How do you feel?”
“I’m too hot. And too cold. I’m dying, Dan.” His face was half pressed into the pillow, muffling his voice.
“Finish your water, hon.”
“I’ve peed like 7 times in the last two hours. I think I’m good.”
“Brian, you need to stay hydrated. You’ve been running a high fever for 2 days.”
“I’m plenty hydrated.”
Brian looked up at Dan tiredly, staring him dead in the eyes as he picked up his glass, draining the water without looking away. “Happy?”
“Very.” Dan bent down, kissing the top of Brian’s head. “I’ve been working on something for you.”
“Have you now?” Brian watched as Dan walked across the living room to sit at the keyboard.
“Mhm.” He reached over to the bookshelf, pushing a few books aside and pulling out a folder. “I’ve been learning chords and stuff.”
“Shush.” Dan set up a few sheets of music, adjusting the volume. “I know you really like Fly By Night, so I’ve been trying to learn it.”
“That’s… actually really sweet, Dan.” Brian smiled tiredly.
Dan smiled sweetly, taking a deep breath as he started to play. He hit a few wrong notes, but was doing pretty well. He sang softly to Brian, his expression relaxed as it always was when he sang.
His fingers didn’t move as smoothly as he would have liked, but Dan was satisfied with how it turned out. As he struck the last chord, he looked over at Brian, who was smiling.
“Dan, that was amazing.” He propped himself up with a soft huff of air. “I’m impressed. When did you have time to learn all that?”
“I found time.” Dan sat on the edge of the couch, pushing Brian’s sweaty hair back, away from his face.
“You never fail to amaze me.” Brian smiled, laying back down.
“Get some rest.” Dan smiled softly, stroking Brian’s hair.
“M'kay.” Brian settled against the pillow again, squeezing Dan’s hand for a moment as a few shivers went through his body. Yet despite his fever, he felt oddly relaxed. Thanks to Dan.