Pally/TJ - eyelashes, zoo, twilight (Sorry, I just remembered the time TJ went to Busch Gardens)
Tyler doesn’t say
where they’re going, just takes Pally’s hand and doesn’t let go. He tugs him
through the hotel lobby and onto the city streets, dodging tourists to slip
down the metro station’s stairs and onto the red line.
are you taking me?”
smiles, settling his backpack between his feet, and flicks his eyes up to the
subway map over the train door. “Just a few stops.”
switch lines at Lake and rise up above the city, rocking gently as they speed
through old brick buildings, most with Cubs flags draped from their balconies.
Pally spots a Blackhawks one and wrinkles his nose.
hides a giggle. “We’re in their territory, you know. Even if it is summer.”
train takes a turn and the setting sun bursts through the window, casting
colorful shadows on everyone’s faces. The sun sits prettily on Tyler’s
eyelashes, fanned out along his cheeks. Pally watches him blink, check his
phone, tilt his eyes just enough to catch him.
chooses not to explain himself, to try and describe exactly what the warm light
makes Tyler look like. It’d be impossible anyway. Or too full of clichés. He
wishes he had a camera.
take so many pictures of him.
gets fidgety after Sedgwick and stands up before the train has come to a
complete stop, announcing they’ve arrived at Armitage. He reaches for Pally’s
hand again as they take the stairs down to street level, pulling him to the
right toward the fading sunset.
walk and they walk, passing little shops and restaurants and endless amounts of
people until Pally’s certain they’re going to walk right into the lake.
much further?” If they were going to walk a mile, he would’ve worn better
finally slips under the horizon and the remaining light of it covers the city
in true twilight. They dodge a pair of bicycles as they cross the street and a
jogging path and then Tyler stops, spreading his arms out in announcement of
takes Pally a minute to find the sign. “The zoo?”
an attendant near the locked gates and Tyler waves to him, pulling Pally over.
Johnson, I presume?”
attendant steps back from the entry with a tilt of his head. “Everything’s set up for
you. Enjoy your night.”
you,” Pally starts. “Tyler, did you buyout the zoo?”
laughs and sets his backpack down to unzip it, pulling out two plastic
champagne glasses and a very
expensive bottle of champagne. “What’s the point in having money if I can’t
spend it on you?”
bought out the zoo.”
two hours! Now here, pop this open so we can go see some animals. There’s a
camel and penguins and lions an–.”
him to his lips, swallowing the end of his sentence. “I can’t believe you.”
sags into Pally’s arms, face softening. “Happy Anniversary.”
kisses him again before popping the champagne and spilling it all over his
hands, sipping at the foam bubbling over. Tyler tries to catch some of it in a
glass and fails, giggling into another kiss and another after that.
The lights of the zoo flicker on, bathing the paths and exhibits in warm white light.