“Just shut up.” Tom crossed his arms and Marco looked confused. Tom groaned. “I know you don’t really want to hang out with me! So why are you here? You already took Star from me, are you just here to laugh at me or make fun of me?” Tom seethed.
“No!” Marco assured. “I just thought… I thought we had fun that one night, with Mackie Hand and stuff… Aren’t we friends now?” Marco asked.
“Just because we hung out ONCE doesn’t make us friends.” Tom told the human. “Besides, you hate me.” He added. Tom seemed to say this with a little bit of sadness in his voice.
“I don’t hate you!” Marco defended. Tom looked up curiously and Marco beamed. “I… I actually think you’re really cool. And I’m sorry you feel that way about me but… I just… I’ll go.” Marco sighed and went to leave. Tom stopped him.
“No wait!” he called. Tom then fell back, rubbing the back of his head. “I guess I was being a bit unfair. I didn’t mean to be so cold I just…” Tom trailed off and looked down at his hands. “I don’t have many friends… I’m not really good at making friends I sort of just try and push people away because… I don’t know.” Tom mumbled.
“It’s okay.” Marco assured. “I think you deserve a friend and I think we can get along really well, if you want to try again.” he offered. Tom smiled a bit.
“I would actually like that. Maybe we can hang out without any ulterior motives.” He laughed a bit at himself and Marco giggled. Tom then blushed a tiny bit and motioned to his carriage. “You wanna come inside? We can play some ping pong or… listen to music and stuff.” he offered. Marco nodded and the boys stepped inside.
“I still can’t believe your carriage is this awesome.” Marco mused. Tom then blushed very deeply and laughed a bit.
“Well uhm… to tell the truth… it wasn’t like this for all that long. I sort of set it up really nice for our night together because… I wanted you to have a good time.” Tom rambled. “Most of this stuff is never here.” Tom admitted, with his face growing redder. Marco laughed a tiny bit and Tom grumbled, looking away. “Stop laughing!”
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry!” Marco wheezed. “It’s just really cute.” he giggled. Tom’s ears perked up and he looked over, blushing even more.
“C-cute?” he asked.
“Well, yeah!” Marco giggled. “You’re like a kid in school trying to impress the popular kids.” He teased. “But you don’t need to impress anyone, I think you’re fine the way you are.” Marco crossed his arms and spoke in a bit of a joking tone, but this made Tom stop and think for a long moment.
“R-really?” he asked quietly. Marco turned around and nodded, tucking his hair behind his ear. “Th-thanks Marco.” Tom added. “Thank you.” Marco smiled and the two boys continued hanging out. They played video games, ping pong, but mostly joked and teased each other. But as the night went on the jokes started to sound more like flirting.
“I’m really happy you gave me a second chance.” Marco said, with his mouthful of snack food. Tom looked confused.
“But I was the one who tricked you.” he reminded. Marco nodded and shrugged.
“Well… yeah but, I wasn’t all that nice to you either. Even though you weren’t there to hear all of it, I said some mean stuff about you without knowing your full story. And it wasn’t fair. I like you, a lot, and I’m glad we decided to be friends.” Marco explained. Tom stared for a long time before looking down at his game controller shyly.
“Th-thank you, Marco.” He said for the second time. “I-I feel the same way.” Tom told the human. “I-I like you a lot too… like… I like you a LOT.” He grinned. “So I’m happy that e decided to… you know hang out… because I like you and I uhm… it’s just nice when I see you and I can’t really explain why but… I just… you seem so… Oh god I’m so stupid.” Tom put his head down and Marco laughed.
“No you aren’t. I’m bad with words too I just… I actually don’t know why I feel so together right now. Usually I’m anxious or falling apart, or nervous.” Marco laughed at himself. “But I feel fine when I hang out with you…” He blushed deeply as soon as he realized what he said. “I mean! Y-you’re just good company is all! I uhm… Oh man… I just… you’re really uhhh…” Marco gulped and Tom gave a shy smile.
“It’s okay Marco, I get it.” He assured. Marco sighed in relief and the two looked down at the floor, unsure of what else to say. Tom looked up about to speak, only to realize he was speaking at the same time as Marco. “Oh sorry, you go.” He tried.
“No, no, you say your thing first.” Marco urged. Tom nodded and rubbed the back of his head, blushing again.
“I uhm… w-what’s your favorite fruit?” Tom asked. Marco burst out laughing.
“Is that the best thing you could come up with to break the ice?” He asked. Tom bit his lip and shrugged sheepishly. Marco scooted closer. “Strawberries.” He responded. Tom grinned, showing off his sharp teeth.
“M-me too.” He responded.
“Really?” Marco asked. Tom looked down.
“No not really I just felt like it was the right thing to say.” Tom confessed. Marco laughed and soon the demon joined in. When their giggles died down the two boys were left staring at each other, a bit closer than they were before. Without much thought or hesitation both boys moved in and kissed. But as soon as it happened they ripped away.
“Oh!” Tom gasped. “Woops…” Was all he could muster. Marco bit his lip.
“Uh-oh… haha…” He laughed nervously. “That wasn’t…?”
“No!” Tom assured him of the unspoken question. “It wasn’t like… that was just… no.” Tom shook his head. “You should go.” He added way too fast. Marco nodded and scrambled to his feet.
“Yeah I have… homework to do and I… bye Tom!” Marco yelled, before darting out of the carriage.
Hi Will. Saw your post about the guy who betrayed your trust. You probably already know this, but I wanted to send it to you anyways, because I've been through the same thing, and it sucks(and people like that suck). But please remember it is HIS mistake - his failure to be worthy of your trust but, above all, his failure to be a decent human being. You weren't stupid, or foolish - HE was. And it's on him. He'll pay for it, eventually, in one way or another, because people like him always do.
I hope you’re right. I know now that I’m not the first or only person he has lied to and taken advantage of, but I sincerely hope that I’m the last.