S/T and M/M on a crosscountry road trip? :)
Thanks for the ASK! I’m going to make this one “modern AU” if that’s alright :o)
Mary sighed and closed her eyes, leaning her head further back into the car seat, wishing not for the first time, that she had thought to bring he ipod, if for no other reason than to drown out the “conversation” taking place up in the front of the car.
“…Or we could stop somewhere and ask for directions…” Mary murmured in a somewhat “sing-song” tone, one that only the person who was sitting next to her could hear, and indeed, Sybil heard it and had to stifle a giggle.
“The map doesn’t say that!” Matthew argued.
“Then you’re reading it wrong,” Tom muttered back.
“You should have taken a left back at that junction–”
“I think I know Ireland a bit better than you, thank you very much.”
“Well, not as good as you think, because if you did you would have known to take a left back at that junction!”
Both Tom and Matthew paused in their argument and turned to the backseat.
“As fascinating as this cross-country journey has been…” Sybil continued with a sweet smile. “I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we’re tired, and it would be nice to stop somewhere and stretch our legs for a bit, before finding a place to rest for the night, yes?”
Mary, who had turned her head towards the window and was looking out at the Irish countryside from behind the darkness of her sunglasses, secretly smirked at her sister’s sweet sounding, but no-nonsense question.
Tom and Matthew’s faces burned brightly and they glanced at each other out of embarrassment. This trip wasn’t going at all to how they had imagined. This was their first holiday away with their respective girlfriends. The two friends had met the Crawley sisters a few months ago, and after several successful dates, things seemed to be moving in a positive direction towards a weekend getaway.
Tom suggested Ireland, which Sybil quickly agreed to, wanting to see the homeland of her boyfriend very much, and Matthew suggested renting a cabin by the seaside, which he knew Mary would like very much. And so here they were, in a rented SUV, all of their stuff crammed into the back…and apparently lost on some country motorway.
“This is how horror movies start,” Mary muttered under her breath to her sister.
“This is turning into a horror story,” Matthew muttered under his breath to Tom.
“There’s a petrol station up ahead,” Tom announced. “I’ll find out where we are, and you can stretch your legs and get something to eat, yeah?”
Mary snorted. “Lovely, petrol-station crisps for dinner.”
“Alright, ease up a little, they’re trying,” Sybil whispered.
“Not hard enough,” Mary muttered.
Matthew was in charge of seeing to the car being filed, while Tom went inside to speak with the attendant. Sybil went with him to get the aforementioned food, while Mary chose to remain in the car, stretching her legs out on Sybil’s no unoccupied seat.
“I um…I’m sorry about how this has been going,” Matthew murmured to Mary. Her window was down, but she might pretend not to hear him. He couldn’t exactly blame her, this wasn’t at all what he had promised. “I’ll make it up, I promise!”
Mary lowered her sunglasses and eyed him, before a slow smile spread across her face. “I’m sure you will,” she simply answered. He wasn’t sure whether to be worried or…aroused. Perhaps both?
Meanwhile, in the petrol station, Sybil had just finished making her purchases and was about to exit the station, when Tom moved to quickly open the door for her, his face even redder with embarrassment. “I could have gotten–”
“It’s alright,” Sybil giggled. “You were busy talking with the manager about directions; speaking of which, do you know where we go from here?”
“Aye, I do,” he answered, still embarrassment. “Um…we um…” he swallowed and looked up a bit guiltily. “We should have turned left back at that junction…”
Sybil’s eyes widened, and then a burst of laughter escaped her throat. “Oh dear,” she giggled, before leaning a bit closer. “Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me.”
Tom smiled, despite his embarrassment, but he looked a bit worried as well. “I’m sorry for how all this is going–”
“It’s alright,” Sybil reassured, and then for good measure, leaned up on her tiptoes to kiss his cheek. “Just don’t get us lost anymore,” she said with a wink. He blushed, but smiled and nodded his head.
They hit the road again soon after, Matthew smirking but choosing to remain silent when Tom turned back and took the left he had mentioned earlier. Clouds started to roll in and the roll of thunder could be heard in the distance. Rain soon started to pelt the car and Tom and Matthew cursed as it became harder and harder, making it difficult to see (and drive).
“We’re going to have to stop,” Tom told Matthew, depression sinking in.
Matthew groaned, but then his eyes lit up. “Isn’t that…?”
Tom followed Matthew’s finger and saw the inn sign. FINALLY! Something good was happening! He pulled the car over and Matthew jumped out, dodging raindrops as best he could, rushing inside to get them some rooms.
Only it was taking him much longer than it should to do so.
“Something isn’t right,” Sybil whispered to her sister, and sure enough, when Matthew returned, he didn’t look pleased.
“So they have a room,” he explained. “Only…only it’s just one room…” he swallowed and glanced at Tom and then at the girls. “And just one bed…”
Mary and Sybil looked at each other and then back at the boys. Then Mary’s smile began to spread and she looked at Matthew and said, “Well, I suppose this is where you’ll make it up to me.”
“To both of us, I think,” Sybil added, smiling sweetly at Tom.
Tom swallowed. “W-w-what do you mean?”
“Well, I should think that obvious,” Mary announced. “Sybil and I will take the room…and you two can sleep in the car.”
With that, both sisters leaned forward and brushed their lips on the stunned faces of their respective boyfriends, before murmuring together, “nighty night!”