Pride Month Prompts 2/30: Rainbow
Fandom: Be More Chill
Relationship: Boyf riends
Basically a #forthepatch fic as well as something extra to go along with it! I tried to make it longer and it’s kinda late cuz I got lazy in the end. But I hope you enjoy it!
When Hot Topic arrived at the mall back when they were in middle school, Jeremy and Michael had finally found a reason to go to the mall. There was anime, Pokémon, music, it was like a paradise for them. Even more so to Michael.
They could spend hours looking at the new stuff, looking at clearance stuff. It used to be a normal thing for them to be there every Saturday. Michael would spend all of his allowance there.
Jeremy was just looking through and found himself looking at some of the patches they had. Jeremy himself wasn’t a patch person, but he did find a lot of designs really cool. He then pulled out a patch that was a simple rectangle but had each color of the rainbow.
Jeremy immediately thought back to a couple of weeks ago where Michael had came out to him. He was nervous, but Jeremy told him that it was okay. Jeremy was glad that Michael told him this. He then got an idea.
“Michael!” He called. The store was small enough so that Jeremy knew that Michael could hear them despite the loud music that was playing in the store.
“Yeah?!” He heard, he then started walking in the direction he heard his best friend. He found him near the jackets and sweaters area. Michael then turned to Jeremy.
“Hey! Dude, check this out.” He then pulled off what seemed to be a big red hoodie. It looked extremely large, especially for someone of Michael’s size.
“So, it LOOKS like a normal hoodie right?” Jeremy nodded, but then Michael turned it around to reveal a familiar picture on the back.
“Is that…?” Jeremy started to ask.
“Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division? You bet it is!” Jeremy knew that Michael loved that album. It was something Michael could listen to non-stop. “But that isn’t even the best part!”
Michael then took off the hoodie from the hanger and put it on. It was absolutely huge on him. But he then turned around and put on the hood to reveal a polar bear.
“That’s awesome Michael! But do they have it in a smaller size? You look like you are going to be swallowed by the polar bear.” Jeremy laughed. Michael poured, Jeremy stood quite a bit taller than Michael. Taller then most kids really.
“No, this is the only one left. I’ll just grow into it.” Michael said.
“If you can grow and bigger.” Jeremy teased,
“ Shut up.” Michael muttered giving Jeremy a light punch to the arm. Jeremy then remembered the patch in his hand.
“You know what else would look good with it?” Jeremy asked.
“What?” Michael asked confused.
Jeremy then showed the patch, Michael’s eyes widened as blush quickly came to his face. But stared at the patch in wonder. But then Michael shrunk back as he started fiddling with his fingers.
“A-a pride patch?” Michael asked.
“Yeah! I mean, now that you’re out and everything y'know.” Jeremy said.
“Well, thats kinda like, announcing to the world. I-I don’t-”
“Michael.” Jeremy put a hand on his shoulder. And looked at him in the eyes, “You shouldn’t be ashamed of who you are, in fact, you should be happy! You know who you are. And the world can’t give a damn.”
Jeremy then held the badge to Michael’s other shoulder. Holding it there. He then looked again at Michael.
“It looks pretty natural to be there right?” Jeremy asked.
Michael laughed, “it sure does. How much is it?”
“Damn it, I don’t have enough money for the jacket and the patch.” Michael said.
“I got it.” Jeremy said.
“What?! No way dude.” Michael said.
“Yeah! C'mon.” Jeremy then led them to the line to check out. Michael took off the hoodie so he can pay for it.
“Jer, I don’t feel right with you paying for that.” Michael said.
“Think of it as a ‘thanks’.” Jeremy said.
“Thanks? What do you have to thank me for?” Michael asked with a grin.
“For… I don’t know… being comfortable about coming out to me.” Jeremy said.
Michael’s smile then turned brighter then the sun, “Of course, I wasn’t just NOT going to tell my player 2! Jer, I would tell you anything.” Michael said as he walked up to the cashier.
Jeremy smiled at his words and watched as Michael payed for the jacket. As soon as he was done, he placed the patch down and reached for his wallet. But as he looked up at the cashier, he saw a look of disgust.
Jeremy flinched at the sight he felt his cheeks turn red. But pulled out the money and paid anyway. When the cashier gave him the bag, Jeremy knew that cashier was avoiding any physical contact. As he walked away and approached Michael he could still feel the glare on his back.
Michael looked shocked, then looked to the ground in guilt. Jeremy then knew that he had seen what happened. Jeremy then put his bag down and wrapped his arms around Michael.
“I’m sorry you had to do that. You didn’t deserve it.” Michael muttered to his shoulder.
“No, I’m glad it was me instead of you.” Jeremy said. He knew that Michael would face a lot of hardships and judgement with the way he was. But Jeremy promised himself that he was going to be there for him.
The hug ended shortly afterwards and Michael wiped a few tears from his face. Jeremy picked up the bag and handed it to Michael, which Michael hesitated before taking.
“Hey, don’t worry. You can wait as long as you need before wearing it. Just know I will never judge you for who you are.” Jeremy said. Michael smiled at him, causing Jeremy to slightly blush before smile back.
The next day at school Michael wore that hoodie and dawned that patch. His walk had never been so confident.
The memory was a precious one at that. And Jeremy couldn’t help but look back on and smile. Michael had many patches on the sweater now, and some others were also from Jeremy but the rainbow on his shoulder still shined the best.
When Jeremy decided to come out to Michael years later he then knew why Michael was nervous.
It’s not like Jeremy thought Michael would judge him or be mad it at the time. It would be the first time he said out loud that he was bi. And it kinda scared him. But luckily when he did, Michael was super supportive in every way.
“Dude!” Jeremy said when he opened up the door to his boyfriend that morning. Senior year was starting soon and they needed to spend every waking moment they had hanging out before their freedom. But when Jeremy open the door he presented to Michael his new sweater. His new Thespian Presidency sweater.
“Dude!” Michael said back. Dawning his own new sweater.
Jeremy didn’t know how, but he was chosen to be Vice President of the Thespian Society. Which was… insane to him. Michael had actually been chosen as Senior Techie as well. Both getting handmade jackets with their school colors, names, and positions listed.
Jeremy knew very well that Michael wouldn’t wear the jacket often. The hoodie from all those years ago held a special place in Michael’s heart. But Jeremy knew Michael would wear it for official stuff, and he was glad because Michael looked really good in the jacket.
Jeremy let Michael inside the house which Michael gladly did, giving him a kiss on the cheek as he passed by. Jeremy blushed and they went down the stairs to their normal set up.
“So, what are we gonna do first?” Jeremy asked, taking his place on the bean bag.
“I don’t know.” Michael said with a shrug. He kept standing, hands inside the pocket and if you looked closely enough, you could see Michael was fiddling with something.
“What’s up? Is something wrong?” Jeremy asked.
“N-no! I just… I have something for you.” Michael said nervously.
“Okayyyy… what is it?” Jeremy asked.
“You kinda need to stand up.” Michael said.
“I swear Michael if you are gonna prank me-”
“I’m not! I promise.” Michael said, “I wouldn’t prank my favworite person.” He put on a pout and a cutesy voice for the last part.
“Your track record shows differently.” Jeremy sighed as he got up from the beanbag.
“Shut up. Now, close your eyes, I’ll get embarrassed if you are watching me.” Michael said.
Jeremy had a slight bad feeling, but ignored it as he closed his eyes. He then felt Michael moving his jacket a bit. There was a bit of struggle and nervousness but then Michael stopped.
“Alright. You are golden.” Michael said.
Jeremy opened his eyes and looked to see what Michael had done. His eyes widened to see a pin on the jacket, it was shaped with a heart with two lines in the middle and different colors filled up each one to represent the bi-sexual flag.
He looked up at Michael, “Just like old times right?” Michael said, the pulling out of his pocket a similar pin, but instead it represented the homo-sexual flag.
Jeremy laughed as he took the pin and connected it to Michael’s jacket that he was sure would be filled with other pins sooner or later. He kept his hand there as he then pulled Micheal into a passionate kiss.
It was meant to be brief, but with boys like them. They didn’t officially end the kiss until 10 minutes later with now Michael on a bean bag and Jeremy being on his lap.
They laughed and after calming down Michael gave Jeremy a heart-felt gaze.
“I’m pretty sure…” Michael said as they intertwined their hands “that was the day I fell in love with you.”
Anyone who looked at Michael from 8th grade on-wards knew who he was. Because of the rainbow patch on his shoulder on the jacket he wore everyday.
Now everyone would know who Jeremy was. Because of the pin on his jacket that he wore everyday.
And everyone knew that Jeremy and Michael loved each other because whenever you saw them in their patch or pins. They would be together.