Warm Me Up pt. 10
The second he woke up, a ball of dread formed in his stomach. Will was still asleep beside him, his arm under Nico. He could feel the heaviness of his own limbs, the desire to make time stop so he could keep sleeping. Slowly, he scooted closer to Will, resting his head against his chest, distracting himself with the slow and steady heartbeat.
Will shifted, and Nico went still. Then his arms wrapped around Nico and pulled him in closer, leaving Nico to sigh contentedly. He just wanted to stay there, wrapped in his arms for the rest of the day.
Almost as if the universe had read his mind, Will’s blaring alarm went off on his phone. He sat up with a gasp, leaving Nico to groan and cover his ears. “Why did you choose that alarm?” he hissed.
Will shut it off and yawned. “Because it makes me wake up,” he answered, his voice raspy and soft. Nico adored the sound. “I have to go get ready for class. I’ll see you later okay?” Nico nodded, and Will leaned down to kiss him lightly on his cheek.
When he left, the silence seemed to envelope him completely. No, please no, he begged silently to whatever higher power might hear him. I was doing so well. Please. But it amounted to nothing.
He still waited for the last minute to get up and get to class, and he still found himself drifting in and out of focus. He still found himself staring blankly at his desk or at the board. He responded mechanically when anyone went up to him and complimented him on his song the day before.
It angered him. He knew it had been coming. There was no way that level of happiness would have lasted much longer. But even if he couldn’t stay that happy, why did it mean he had to fall so hard into an empty state again?
After class, Nico made his way over to the café, walking slowly so he could smoke a cigarette and calm himself down. He stood outside by the tables, trying to muster up enough energy to smile and not worry Will.
He looked up when he saw Will walking over to the café, talking to someone. Nico furrowed his eyebrows and watched as Will handed his phone over and spoke, the words indecipherable from this distance. Then the guy gave the phone back and waved as he turned away. Will went inside and Nico tried not to jump right to conclusions and assumptions.
He put out his cigarette and went into the café, scanning for Will. He was at the counter, smiling the second he saw Nico. “Hey,” he greeted as Nico walked up to him. He leaned in to kiss his cheek and scrunched his nose. “You were smoking.”
“Yeah, sorry, I should’ve warned you.” Will hummed and returned to his homework. “Uh, hey who was that guy you were with?”