Dan is the type of boyfriend who would wrap his whole body around you when he hugs you. Like, you know those days when you just feel sad af, but for no real reason so you don’t mention it? He would be great at those. He wouldn’t really know why you were sad but he wouldn’t really know what to say anyway so instead he just gently pulls you onto his lap with a tug on your arm and he’d wrap his arms around you and tuck your head into the crook of his neck with a little kiss on your head and you would be fighting back a smile and he’d just hum a little bit and run his fingers along the skin of your waist. It would just be very soft and safe and happy and honestly this is all I think about sometimes
started on a Saturday morning. I was sitting on the breakfast table by myself.
I munched on some toast and checked my emails, like I do it every morning. A
cup of hot black coffee was cooling off next to my laptop that was in front of
All of the
new messages were mostly spam and some business stuff but one email in
particular caught my eye. As soon as I saw the title I instantly clicked on it:
was filled with excitement and resentment at the same time.
As my eyes
scanned the invite over and over again I heard Dan enter the kitchen. He was
wearing his pyjama that consisted of boxers and a loose t-shirt and his hair
was a curly mess that still managed to look good.
We had been
best friends for years now and shared a flat together in London. Dan noticed my
startled expression and immediately asked what the matter was with me.
were still glued to the words ‘Partners are welcome as well’ as I answered
him. That sentence alone made me want to
“I was just
sent an invite to a high school reunion.” I explained while taking a sip from
liquid was still hot and nicely warmed my throat.
and poured some of his favourite cereal into a bowl.
“Why do you
look like you were invited to a funeral then?” he asked me confused, as he
added the milk and sat down on the table next to me.
we should bring our partners and I don’t want to show up alone.” I sighed, the
taste of coffee was still lingering on my tongue. It was as bittersweet as I
felt right now.
Dan put his
spoon, that he was eating his cereal with, down to eye me intensively.
you want to go there on your own?” he asked me, cocking one eyebrow.
myself getting a little bit nervous and abashed. I played with my hands and
“I always got teased because I didn’t date a
single guy during high school. I kinda promised myself that by the time the
first reunion comes around I would have a boyfriend.” I admitted embarrassed
and tried to hide my flushed face behind my hair.
There suddenly was a hint of a smile on his
lips but it only lasted a few milliseconds.
it’s stupid.” I quickly told him, shaking my head eagerly. I half-heartedly
laughed about myself as I hid my face in my hands.
definitely not stupid, Y/N. If it means so much to you then I could go with
you, Y/N” Dan whispered as he gave me a short but warm hug.
asked him in surprise. Was he really suggesting that?
quite a lot to make you happy, even pretend to be your boyfriend.” He smiled
down at me as I whispered a sincere ‘thank you’ against his broad chest.
that kind of best friends that everybody mistook for a couple anyway. We were
pretty affectionate towards each other, in a platonic way of course. Making it
look like we were in a relationship was therefore not a very challenging task.
I was still
nervous though when I got dressed the following Friday. I wanted to make an
impression. I wanted people to look at me and think ‘wow, she really made it.’
I wanted to prove all of those people who never saw my potential in high school
your friends from high school, Y/N.” Dan tried to calm me down as he walked in
with his car keys in his hands.
didn’t grow up in central London, where our flat was, but in a small town about
an hour away.
“I had like
4 close friends in high school, Dan.” I reminded him laughing.
tried to be popular or fit in, I found 4 wonderful friends and that was totally
enough for me. My high school times were therefore quite drama free except for
the fact that I was occasionally made fun of and told that I would stay single
forever, of course.
We left our
shared flat and drove to the place where we were going to meet up.
As soon as
we got out of the car again, Dan automatically took my hand as if it was a
totally normal thing to do. I looked up at him in surprise and stared at him
with wide eyes until I caught on to what was happening.
here together, Dan was the ‘partner’ I brought along with me.
mouthed, feeling a little blush make its way onto my cheeks. I hadn’t really
thought about that.
I shot Dan
a nervous look before we walked into the restaurant together where most of my
old classmates were already waiting for everybody to arrive.
reassuringly intertwined our fingers, making me smile.
I saw a lot
of familiar faces, some hadn’t changed at all, some changed a lot. I didn’t
stay in touch with anybody from high school, so I hadn’t seen anyone in almost
Everyone!” I greeted all of them cheerfully.
turned and they eagerly eyed Dan and I up and down.
is that you?” Kimberly, who had always been the straight A student, asked.
me. C’mon I haven’t changed that much, have I? This is my boyfriend Dan, by the
The last sentence
felt weird and at the same time so… natural? Dan’s face beamed as the word ‘boyfriend’
left my mouth and I couldn’t hold back a sweet smile either. He said his
greetings as well before we sat down at the huge table.
everyone had arrived we ordered some drinks and started chatting. Everybody was
asked to talk about what they have been up to since we all finished high
Then it was
suddenly my turn.
“Well… I work
as a lawyer for Youtube and me and Dan live in London now.” I told everybody.
seemed impressed by the words Youtube, London and lawyer. Our home town was
quite small and boring. London on the other hand being a beautiful big city
studied law?” Somebody asked and I nodded.
Manchester University, that’s where I met Dan.” I smiled up at my tall ‘boyfriend’.
you a lawyer as well, Daniel?” Stacy, one of our former cheerleaders asked.
definitely getting some attention from the female part of our group. I
protectively placed my hand on his thigh to show everyone that he was with me…
which he actually wasn’t.
he showed me his famous half smirk, as if he were saying ‘jealous much?’. I
rolled my eyes at him but we both knew that he was right deep down.
Dan laughed at the thought. “I finished like one semester before I dropped out.
I’m a Youtuber now. That’s how me and Y/N met again.”
tell that Dan was feeling awkward once again because he didn’t know if people
understood his profession.
though most people did and were now really interested in what Dan was doing.
asked all sorts of questions, and most of the conversations were focused on the
two of us now since everybody treated Dan like he was a super famous celebrity
and those were extremely rare in my old hometown.
I was very
proud of Dan while he explained his job and passion. He then talked about me
and how we met and that honestly made my heart melt. Could this really be? Who
knew that I had feelings like that for my best friend? Everybody but us two
have thought that you Y/N, out of all people, would hit the jackpot.” Stacy uttered
completely stunned and barely able to keep her eyes off Dan.
feel like I was the one who hit the jackpot.” he softly said, while looking at
me with loving eyes. I felt the heat rise to my cheeks as some people around us
it.” I whined smiling and gently hit his chest before I leaned my head against
his broad shoulder. We were behaving like two lovey dovey teenagers, which we, let’s
be real, probably really were.
are perfect for each other.” Kimberly swooned like some of Dan’s fans on
Dan and I’s
gazes met as we both blushed.
Dan whispered into my ear, making my heart skip a beat.