Prompt: Will and Mike coming out to their friends, and their friends being supportive but definitely surprised because, much as I love it when their friends just KNOW, it's the 80's and heteronormativity is a powerful force.
The Snow Ball was scheduled for Friday evening in the middle school gym, seven o’clock on the dot. Thursday afternoon, after the last bell, it was all the boys could talk about as they biked back to Mike’s house. Lucas kept talking about this choice of colored tie, trying to match Max’s outfit. She wouldn’t tell him but he kept insisting orange was the right color– but no one bothered to tell him it would match her hair more than any of her clothes. Dustin said very little except that they would be impressed by his selected get-up. Will biked between the two of them silently, looking ahead at Mike. While Will’s choice move to avoid discussing the dance was silence, Mike’s was to leave the conversation entirely.
“You have a date yet, Will?” Dustin asked. “It’s kind of crunch time.”
Will tried to pedal faster, but the boys kept up with ease. “Yeah. I have one.”
“Since when?” Lucas laughed. “You didn’t tell us!”
“I asked them last week.” Will answered, shrugging. “It’s not a big deal.”