Rob knocks smartly on the trailer door before letting himself in, balancing a lunch tray on one arm and holding Chris’s phone in the other hand. Chris is sitting on the ugly but stupidly comfortable burgundy couch, feet propped up on the low wooden coffee table. He looks up from his laptop screen when Rob clears his throat pointedly.
The Complete List of Those Who Sang Farewell to Stephen Colbert last night
Jon Stewart, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, Bryan Cranston, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Francis Collins, Tom Brokaw, Mandy Patinkin, Yo-Yo Ma, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sam Waterston, Big Bird, Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Daniels, Keith Olbermann, Trevor Potter, Andrew Sullivan, David Hallberg, Katie Couric, Ric Ocasek, Ken Burns, Charlie Rose, Samantha Power, Michael Stipe, James Franco, Cookie Monster, Toby Keith, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Barry Manilow, Ray Odierno, Mayor Bill de Blasio, George Saunders, David Gregory, Jeff Tweedy, Christiane Amanpour, Patrick Stewart, Andy Cohen, Stone Phillips, Peter Frampton, Ariana Huffington, Alan Alda, Cory Booker, George Lucas, Alexi Lalas, Jon Batiste, Elijah Wood, Henry Kissinger, Bob Costas, Mike Huckabee, Tim Meadows, Jake Tapper, Lesley Stahl, Senator Claire McCaskill, Terry Gross, Jeffrey Toobin, Norman Ornstein, Emily Bazelon, David Leonhardt, Matt Taibbi, Eliot Spitzer, Nate Silver, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Thomas Friedman, David Remnick, Paul Krugman, Grover Norquist, Mark Cuban, Gloria Steinem, Bradley Whitford, John Ratzenberger, Pussy Riot, Bo Dietl, Debra Wilson, Chuck Schumer, Leon Wieseltier, Dean Kamen, Jon Alter, Richard Clarke, Lil Buck, Naquasia LeGrand, Shepard Fairey, Dan Savage, Steven Pinker, Paul Rieckhoff, Ed Viesturs, Brian Greene, Father Jim Martin, Paulina Porizkova, Maureen Dowd, Jimmy Wales, Joe Quesada, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Ann Patchett, Cass Sunstein, Cliff Sloan, Bing West, and Colbert’s wife Evie and children Madeleine, Peter, and John, Bill Clinton (tweeting), Vince Gilligan (from the studio basement), J.J. Abrams (in front of a Star Wars crawl), Smaug (from Lonely Mountain), Garrett Reisman (from the space station), Tek Jansen and Esteban Colberto, The Colbert Report staff, uniformed servicemen and women from Afghanistan, and from their homes, the entire Colbert Nation.
a/n: A Colfaguire highschool!au. I’ve been meaning to write one for ages. And here it is! For Julia. Unbeta’d.
It’s the third Monday of his senior year. Chris is eating lunch alone, doodling in the margins of the notebook he uses to jot down story ideas, and trying to calculate how many Mondays he has left to endure of high school.
Chris doesn’t notice him until the guy has already set his lunch tray down in front of the seat across from him. He glances up from his notebook, startled, and sees that it’s the tall, dark-haired boy that’s here on exchange from…somewhere. He’s in a few of Chris’s classes, but they haven’t spoken. Chris doesn’t even remember his name.
The boy smiles brightly, and woah, his teeth are perfect. “Hello. Do you mind if I sit here?”
He speaks with an accent. Chris is pretty sure it’s French. “No, by all means. Um.” He gestures vaguely at the empty chair. “Go ahead.”
Still smiling, the boy sits and extends a hand in Chris’s direction. “I do not believe we have been formally introduced to each other. I am Roberto.”
Chris suppresses a small smile at the formality. He shakes Roberto’s hand. “Chris.”