Andreil with an In The Moment Kiss from that kiss prompt post! Just like their first one ^w^ <3
Neil genuinely does enjoy spending time with Matt.
After a little cajoling on Matt’s part, he finally ended up convincing Neil that they were, in fact, best friends, and as a testament to that friendship they often have movie nights (“you’ve missed so many, Neil!”) in which Neil actually watches the movies, stupid as they were.
However, when Andrew is around, the movie is the last thing on Neil’s mind.
Neil had been feeling a bit off for a few days, for reasons he couldn’t pinpoint which seemed to make it all that much worse. Andrew’s steady presence helped, but it wasn’t a cure. Neil could tell that both of them were on edge from waiting for the other shoe to drop, but it was still up in the air and out of sight with no signs of coming down any time soon. So, when he told Andrew “Matt wants me to come over for movie night,” Andrew silently stood from his desk and followed Neil out the door and down the hall.
Matt looked surprised to see Andrew there when he opened the door to his dorm but didn’t comment on it, just offering them up the couch and sinking into the armchair after hitting the ‘play’ button on the remote. Neil sat with his legs splayed perpendicularly over Andrew’s lap, leaning into his side and letting Andrew prop him up. If it were any of the other foxes, Neil wouldn’t have felt comfortable being so close to Andrew, but it was just Matt, who was smart enough not to tease either of them as the opening credits rolled.
For the first half of the movie, Neil paid close enough attention to remember the plot and the main character’s name. He keeps up conversation with Matt over the dramatic explosions, and is content to lean against Andrew and take comfort in the reassuring hand on his thigh. Andrew, for all Neil can tell, is bored out of his mind, but isn’t bored enough to leave Neil alone with Matt.
As a slower scene comes on Neil feels Andrew’s attention shift, and glances at him to find Andrew unabashedly staring at him, still bored but more attentive than before. Silently, as to not alert Matt, Neil rolls his eyes and nods to the screen, a nonverbal apology for subjecting him to the movie, even though Andrew chose to come along and has chosen to stay up until this point.
Neil thinks that Andrew will probably just ignore him, but instead, his eyebrow quirks ever so slightly and his hand on Neil’s thigh tightens, just enough so that its placement feels more purposeful than coincidental.