Michael teaching Jere how to decorate cakes
Michael and Jeremy start working together after the bakery closes to teach each other different skills. Michael teaches Jeremy how to decorate cakes first. The first “lesson” that they did together, Michael was standing off to Jeremy’s side, making little comments about how he’s holding his piping bag. But as time progressed, Michael got closer and closer, to the point where he’s pressed against Jeremy’s side, watching him pipe.
At one of their final “lessons”, Michael’s standing behind Jeremy, hands covering Jeremy’s as he guides him through piping a cake, once Michael thinks Jeremy has the hang of it, he lets go of his hands (reluctantly) and lets Jeremy continue piping around the cake. Once Jeremy finishes, he turns to Michael with a huge grin “I did it!” and Jeremy’s so proud of himself because decorating and his hand tremors in general have been something he’s been struggling with for ages.
And Michael’s so proud of him of course, but then there’s that one little nagging voice in his head that insists that Jeremy doesn’t need for him to work there anymore because he’ll be able to decorate the cakes on his own. So Michael, desperate to grab on to anything that will let him spend more time with Jeremy, suggests that now Jeremy teaches him how to bake
After a lot of lessons, Jeremy decides to let Michael go off and make a batch of cookies on his own. When the timer on the oven beeps Michael and Jeremy holding their breath bc they’re both so nervous. But when Michael pulls the cookies out, they look great and are 10x better than the ones he was making before the lessons with Jeremy. Michael looks at the cookies and then to Jeremy, then back to the cookies, and back to Jeremy with the biggest grin on his face, and his eyes look like they’re sparkling behind his glasses. “I did it” Michael laughs under his breath. Then he looks to Jeremy and says louder “I made cookies!"
"You did it.” Jeremy forces a laugh, because he has conflicting emotions its great that Michael can bake something now without possibly setting a fire, but now Jeremy’s worried about losing these quiet moments between the two of them after they close up shop. Their little lessons at night became something that he looked forward throughout the day. When it could be just him and Michael, teasing each other and speaking softly because there was no reason to be loud.
So when Jeremy got a basic grasp on decorating, he jumped onto Michael’s idea of teaching him to bake. But now that was over too. And Jeremy will honestly do anything to make this moment last. “Do you want to get a coffee?” he blurts out. Michael looks at him confused
“Coffee? Jeremy its,” he looks at the clock on the oven “almost midnight, I don’t think either of us need caffeine right now” Jeremy crosses the room to Michael
“Then we can get Hot chocolate, or Tea or Cider just, lets go get a coffee”