Ever since Richie and Eddie became friends, they’ve worked together to make the best Halloween couples costumes, and four out of the five years they’d entered, they won. Save for the one time a couple beat them as Bonnie and Clyde.
So, when Richie gets the flu two weeks before the school dance, Eddie is mortified. He has no idea who else he’s going to go with, but Richie begged him to win for them, “for my honour, Eds.”
Eddie had begged Stan, but he and Mike were already going, as were Beverly and Ben. His only option was to ask Bill.
“Bill, please! I will do anything” “Eddie-” “come onnnn I’m begging you! I’ll do all the work all you have to do is show up and dress the part.” “If I s-say yes will you stop b-begging me?” “I promise.” “Then fine.” Eddie practically jumps on him, then immediately drags him upstairs so they can work on their costumes.
Eddie is going as Sheriff Woody and Bill as Buzz Light-year (Georgie is alive and he is so happy, he pulls out his Buzz and Woody toys and sits with the boys some days), they’re both working on their respective costumes, Bill painting the paper mache mechanical wings and Eddie sewing together his cow printed jacket.
After the first few days of being together non stop, of Bill checking on Eddie every once in a while, always bringing him extra snacks and leaving them on his desk if he’s in the zone, knowing when to pull him away and just make him relax, Eddie begins to realise that, huh, Bill is kinda cute.
He doesn’t ever act on it, but he never really minds when Bill falls asleep on him as they’re watching movies, or when he gets paint in his hair and Eddie has to help him wash it out, or when he falls asleep on the couch and finds himself in the spare bedroom with blankets over him.
Eddie has found himself staring at Bill too many times, he’s come so close to sewing his fingers to his fabric accidentally he almost slaps himself.
When the school dance finally rolls around, Eddie is so nervous because this is his first school dance not competing with Richie, but he’s comforted knowing how much effort Bill put into this, and the way he’s holding the small of Eddie’s back simultaneously calms him down and makes his stomach do triple flips. Bill still manages to make Eddie feel like swooning when he looks like a bloody Buzz Light-year.
They spend the night dancing with Beverly, Ben, Stan and Mike, Richie is adamant on joining them at Bill’s house afterwards so he can see them. Stan and Mike are dressed as Danny and Sandy from Grease, and Beverly and Ben are covered head to toe in monochrome and blue as Victor and the Corpse Bride. When the dance circle comes, Bill and Eddie do a lip sync to the second verse and chorus Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, Eddie would like to think they beat everyone else, considering Bill broke the wings he worked so hard on when he moon-walked into someone accidentally.
When the competition time comes around, and all of the couples who are competing are stood on the stage of the assembly hall, Bill is holding Eddie’s hand so tightly he feels like it’s going to fall off, but he appreciates it so much, His heart is pounding so hard he might pass out, because the judge is taking too damn long to pick a winner.
“And, after much consideration, the winners are… Bill Denbrough and Eddie Kaspbrak! Congratulations, boys.” Eddie is absolutely buzzing, resisting the urge scream when Bill turns around, grabs his face, leans down and kisses him, right on the mouth. Eddie can hear Beverly gasp dramatically, Mike whooping and Stan yelling, all he can do is kiss him back as Ben pushes them off of the stage. He’s a flushed mess when Bill pulls away from him, but they hold hands for the rest of the school dance and on the way home.
They don’t really talk about it much that night, especially once they’re at Bill’s house with the others, but if they happen to kiss a few more times when they sneak off into the kitchen, nobody notices and neither of them mind (I lied, Richie notices and he and Stan have words with the boys later on).
WHoops this is messy but I’m gonna write a oneshot sequel to this once I’ve gotten my other fics outta the way! Thanks to @wyattghouleff for giving me the prompt <3 and @snapsnapmyturtleback bc i luv him