Sid isn’t one for romantic gestures, really, but Geno lives for romance (he won’t even try to deny it; they’ve all watched Geno sob his heart out to Steele Magnolias too many times for him to fool anyone), so Sid decides to romance his new fiancé to the best of his abilities.
Sidney emails every person that matters to Geno, that was important to him at some point in his life (and that he’s still on good terms with), and though he needs some translating help from Gonch and Ovi most of the time, Sidney receives dozens of emails from people all over, all writing lovely things about Geno and how he has impacted their lives.
Sidney carefully prints out all the messages, cuts them into painfully perfect squares, and glues them onto brightly coloured cards until his kitchen looks as if an arts and crafts store exploded in there.
It’s for their engagement party, a surprise for Geno – mostly because Sidney thinks he’s lovely and he wants to do something nice for him, but also because Geno likes to tease Sid about how predictable he is and how he hasn’t managed to surprise Geno in years. Not since the glow stick incident of ‘08.
Sidney has it all planned out. He’s ordered 871 balloons in Penguins colours (of course) and has attached the cards to some of the balloon strings. When it comes time to decorate the restaurant they’ve booked for their engagement party, Sidney makes sure Geno is busy elsewhere as he directs the staff on how to arrange the balloons around the room just so.
It is absolutely worth the hours he’d spent cutting and pasting for the look on Geno’s face when he walks into the restaurant and sees it all. Even better when he doesn’t even get through three messages before he’s sobbing like a baby.
Sidney is feeling justifiably smug. It’s not that he’s pleased that he made his fiancé cry…but he’s pleased that he made his fiancé cry.