Foxes in the Woods
This outdoorsy fic is for @communistfireworks as part of the @aftgexchange You asked for some Neil/Andrew, fluff, camping in tents, and gave an okay on NSFW and honestly these are like all my favorite things to write! I hope you like this rambling camping story!
Fair warning: slightly NSFW (it ain’t smut but it’s something)
Twenty miles down the interstate and Andrew is still bitching about Katelyn. Neil thought that they had settled this issue when the idea for the camping trip was first proposed but here they are again, listening to Andrew vent.
“I just don’t get why she has to go,” Andrew says for what feels like the hundredth time. “Can’t she and Aaron spend one weekend apart?”
Neil unwraps a Snickers and hands it to Andrew, hoping that the chocolate will distract him from his bitterness.
“Katelyn is going because none of us have been camping before and we need someone to show us how to pitch a tent,” Neil reasons.
“Why are we even going camping in the woods?” Kevin cuts in, leaning forward to get between Neil and Andrew. “There’s no electricity in the woods. We can’t do stuff like order food or shower or—”
“Watch Exy?” Nicky teases. Kevin scowls at him but doesn’t correct his assumption.
“Coach said it would be a good bonding exercise,” Neil answers. “And since Allison is taking the upperclassmen somewhere special for their last fall break we have to fend for ourselves.”
“Should have stayed in Columbia,” Kevin complains. “We could have gone to Eden’s. That’s always great for bonding.”
Andrew snorts. “Sure, if by bonding you mean you, Nicky, and Aaron getting plastered while I babysit you all.”
Neil sighs loudly and distributes snacks to the backseat. He has a bag full of snacks that are supposed to last the trip to the Smoky Mountains but at this point they’ll be lucky if they don’t run out before Columbia. Tensions are riding high due to a tough season made even tougher by trying to integrate the new players into their tight knit group. Neil doesn’t mind that he’s about to spend days in a tent; anything will be a relief from the trials of co-captaincy.
In order to maintain peace between Nicky, Kevin, and Andrew, Neil instigates a couple quiz games before letting Andrew take over the radio. Andrew’s bad mood is largely due to the fact that Aaron is riding separately with Katelyn. The plan is to meet them at the campground later in the afternoon so they have enough light to get their tents set up. Neil is actually a little excited about it; despite his many years on the run he never camped in a tent, mostly because his mother didn’t think they were secure enough. He’s also excited about getting some more alone time with Andrew. Sure, the others will be camping near them but they’ll have their own tent, shared sleeping bags… Neil smiles to himself and risks a glance at Andrew.
“What?” Andrew asks when he catches Neil looking.
“Nothing,” Neil responds with a grin. “Nothing.”