Tyler Joseph Fic Part 4
This is the last part to my Tyler Joseph fic that I have yet to name, hope you guys enjoyed it xx.
Christmas morning came and went in what felt like an instant. Tyler always said the holiday should be a week-long event, because it always felt like a lot of hype and excitement that just ended way too suddenly.
Tyler was starting to feel guilty for lying to his family, but at the same time, he couldn’t help but be grateful that he did. If he hadn’t spun the web about Y/N, the last few days wouldn’t have happened, and Tyler would have gone on continuing to stubbornly dislike her. Maybe Tyler would tell his family the truth in the future, but not today.
On Tyler and Y/N’s last day in Columbus, Josh called, inviting the two of them over for the afternoon. When Tyler looked to Y/N for a yes or no, she nodded her head excitedly.
Despite how close by Josh lived, the two of them still opted to take Tyler’s car to avoid walking in the blistering cold.
“I feel kinda bad that we barely saw him at the party,” Y/N admits.
“Oh don’t worry, Zach told me that he ended up leaving early. Apparently he had plans with this girl named Debby,” He made air quotes around Debby’s name and chuckled.
“Wait,” she said, “What’s with the quotes?”
Tyler burst out laughing, “There’s absolutely no way,” he said, “Josh’s supposedly been seeing this girl for month and I’ve never met her. He showed me a picture of her one time,” he added with a shrug. “But I’m pretty sure it was just a selfie he stole off of some random model’s instagram account.”
Y/N let out an obnoxious snort, followed by a fit of laughter. She covered her mouth with her hand and doubled over in the front seat. Now that Tyler was giving her a second chance, he found that he thought pretty much everything about her was adorable, especially the things he once found annoying. Tyler used to roll his eyes at the stupid way she laughed, but now it seemed endearing and kinda funny.
“Maybe we should set him up with someone!” she suggested, face lighting up in excitement. “Does he prefer a specific type or is he flexible? Because I know a friend of mine mentioned a friend of hers who—”
“No,” Tyler interrupted. “We aren’t setting him up with anyone. That’s how people end up with fake girlfriends in the first place.”
“Worked out okay for us, didn’t it though?” she asked. She winked at Tyler, but still looked anxious for affirmation, like she still wasn’t positive Tyler was actually giving her a second chance.
Tyler smiled at her. “I’d say so, yeah.”
The ride back to Chicago was much more enjoyable than the ride from. Tyler thought it might have something to do with the fact that he no longer despised his passenger, but there was no telling for sure.
Even though the ride was less dreadful, the two of them were both still exhausted by the time they pulled into the lot of the apartment building.
They lugged their bags up the stairs in silence, only stopping when they got to Y/N’s door.
“What a weird trip,” she said, smirking.
Tyler nodded in agreement. It felt weird to be dropping her off at her door after spending the past three nights in the same room together.
“Thanks for inviting me though, I really did have a good time.”
Tyler nodded. “Yeah, anytime I guess,” he said awkwardly. He wasn’t really sure what the protocol was for dropping your fake-girlfriend off at her door after a weekend spent together. “I guess I’ll see you around?”
She nods while opening her door.
Tyler starts to walk towards his own door when she calls out to him.
“Hm?” he says, turning around instantly.
“Mark’s throwing this New Year’s party at his place. I wasn’t going to go, but I thought with you, it might be fun. Would you maybe want to go with me?”
Tyler smiles. “It’s a date.”
The week flew by in a blur of work, sleep, and Tyler panicking about his first official date with Y/N. He knew he shouldn’t be nervous. He’d spent three entire days with her for Christ’s sake. But this felt different.
“What should I wear?” he asked Josh over the phone on the day of the party. “Maybe a sweater? Keep it casual? Or maybe it’s a fancier party and I should dress up a bit? Should I ask her? Oh and should I bring a gift? I bet other people are bringing gifts.”
“Tyler,” Josh sighed, “You need to relax.”
“I am relaxed Joshua,” he snaps.
“She invited me, you know?”
“What?” Tyler asks.
“Y/N invited me and Debby to the New Year’s party.”
“You and Debby? It’s not even her party…”
“I know, that’s what I said. But she told me she checked with that dude, what’s his name? Matt?”
“Right, Mark. She checked with Mark and he said it was cool. She told me that she knew I was your best friend, and she wanted me to be there if it meant you’d have a good time.”
Tyler’s chest deflated a bit and he let out a heavy sigh.
“She said that?”
Josh hums in response. “She did. She likes you man… A lot. So just relax, okay?”
Tyler nods before his face breaks out into a huge grin, “Wait a minute… Are you coming to the party then?”
“That’s the plan. As long as I can crash as your place.”
“And are you bringing Debby?” Tyler sneers.
“She’s going to see if she can get work off, but hopefully, yeah.”
“Can’t wait to meet her, bro,” Tyler says, his voice thick with sarcasm. He still wasn’t convinced that she was real, but he didn’t comment any further.
When it came time for the party, Tyler texted Y/N, just to make sure she was ready. Her response came moments later with her telling him to get his butt next door, respectfully. He smiled at her intensity and grabbed his coat.
He knocked an odd little rhythm on the door before stepping back. He waited, bouncing lighting on his heels before he heard footsteps and an off voice call, “Coming!” from inside. Suddenly, there were knots in his stomach again.
When Y/N opened the door, her face immediately broke out in an immense grin.
“Hey there,” he said, smiling back. “You look great.”
He surveyed her outfit. Simple. Dark jeans and a black, knit sweater. But he meant it. She looked incredible.
“Thanks,” she said, closing the door behind her and clutching her purse to her chest. “You ready to party?”
“I was born ready,” he snickered, extending his arm for her to take. She side-eyed him, but willingly took his gesture.
“It’s still strange— you showing affection when there’s no one around to impress.”
“Well, you never know when they might be watching,” Tyler teased as he led the way down the stairs and out of the building.
Mark only lived a few blocks away, so the two of them decided it would probably be easier just to walk over. There was a small dusting on the ground, but nothing that couldn’t be trudged through.
“I heard you invited Josh,” he says.
She looks up, looking guilty, “I hope you’re not mad. I didn’t want to overstep— I just thought you might like it if he was there.”
Tyler waves his hand like he was swatting away her nonsense.
“Good,” she says smiling at the ground, “I also kinda wanted to see if his girlfriend was real or not.”
Tyler laughs out loud, pleased with her deviance. “I knew there was a reason I liked you.”
The party was already bustling with people by the time Tyler and Y/N arrived. They saw the lights flashing from the outside window on their way in, and the noise only increased the closer that they got.
“Mark’s in media, he knows a lot of people,” she explains.
When they get to his door, Y/N doesn’t even knock before pushing her way inside.
Tyler is initially speechless at the size of Mark’s apartment. Even with the crowds of people hanging around, the place looked huge.
“I should add that Mark’s very successful in media,” she says after taking one look at Tyler’s gawking face.
She takes his hand and drags him inside, right in the midst of the madness.
Tyler finds himself third wheeling most of the night. Y/N knows, quite literally, everyone at the party. She pulls Tyler around, introducing him to people above the loud music before dragging on to the next group. He wonders if this was how she felt at his family party.
“No fucking way—“ he says suddenly. A puff of pink hair comes into view and Tyler nearly chokes once he sees the pretty blonde attached to his side.
Tyler turns and nudges Y/N’s shoulder excitedly.
When she catches wave of what he’s looking at her face lights up and she laughs.
The two of them make their way over to Josh and his date with smug looks plastered over their faces.
“Josh!” Tyler calls, breaking free from the crowd and hugging him.
“Hey man,” Josh says, giving him a pat on the back. Once they’re done, he moves in to hug Y/N. He squeezes lightly before backing off and putting his arm around the girl.
“Tyler, Y/N, this is Debby… my girlfriend.”
Tyler wishes he could wipe the shit eating grin off from his face, but he can’t, so instead, he plays it off as just being over-friendly and rolls with it.
Tyler finds himself having more fun than he thought. A few drinks and introductions later, and he’s started a beer pong game with Josh as his partner, versus two guys he barely knew.
With only ten minutes until midnight and the New Year, Y/N sneaks up on Tyler and grabs his hand.
“Hey, come with me,” she says.
Tyler notices the bottle of wine in her hand and looks at her questionably.
“Where are you going?”
Tyler lets her lead him across the room blindly. He’s buzzed and happy and frankly, he’d follow her anywhere at this point.
He stops in his tracks when she reaches the sliding door leading to Mark’s balcony and smirks.
“Well? Are you coming?” she asks as she steps outside.
The air is brisk, but when Tyler looks up at the sky, he gasps at how clear it is outside.
“Look at the stars,” he mumbles, gazing at the thousands of shimmering speckles across the sky.
“I thought you’d like that,” she whispers, passing him the bottle of wine.
Tyler takes a swig and the two of them pass it back and forth, settling in on the ground with their legs dangling over the balcony and just staring up.
Only when they hear the music die down inside and the countdown begin do they look back at each other.
“Ten!” they call from inside.
Tyler meets Y/N’s eyes.
They were shining beautifully in the moonlight.
He feels the familiar butterflies return to their place in his stomach.
She’s smiling at him.
It’s wide enough to make her eyes crinkle.
He’d never seen laughter lines so sweet.
He’s anticipating what’s about to happen.
He bites his tongue.
He leans in.
Tyler presses his lips to hers with intent. He scoots himself closer so that he can cup her chin, where he strokes the skin softly with his thumb. Their lips move in unison and he only vaguely hears the crowd cheering “Happy New Year!” in the back.
When he finally pulls away, he can feel his cheeks growing red, but he immediately decides that he can just play that off as the cold’s fault.
She smiles back at him sweetly and whispers, “Happy New Year, Tyler,” before turning to look back up at the stars.
Tyler can’t help but stare at her instead, because man, she was so beautiful. And in all honesty, this time… he wanted to take his time figuring her out. There was still so much to learn about her, but he knew that something about them felt right.
“What are you thinking about?” she asked, eyeing him after clearly noticing him staring.
Tyler sighs softly, meeting her gaze and smiling softly, “You.”