solangelo and #60? your writing is so good omg im jealous ❤️❤️❤️
Aaaaah! Thank you! I’m so sorry this took forever, I’ve had a crazy week this week and I haven’t had anytime to write! But, here it is!
Prompt: “If I didn’t know any better, I’d say you were trying to seduce me.”
Nico’s lungs filled with the choking scent of cigarettes and alcohol as he made his way to the bar. The pounding beat of a techno song reverberated through the oppressive crush of hot, sweaty bodies and into Nico’s skull. He finally reached the other end of the room, where a long, forlorn-looking counter sat entertaining its few occupants.
Nico took a seat on one of the neglected barstools and asked the young woman behind the counter for a glass of water. She returned less than a minute later and handed him a glass, which he thanked her for before swiveling around to observe the activity at the opposite side of the space.
Drunken laughter mingled with the rumbling bass of the music. The crowd swayed and knocked against each other in a sort of joyful, haphazard dance. Slithering tendrils of purple-gray smoke rose from the assembly, while empty beer bottles rolled underfoot.
“I’ve not seen you here before,” an unfamiliar voice said. Nico whipped around to locate the source, and found himself face to face with a man who couldn’t have been much older than him.
He had golden hair that curled slightly and round blue eyes that glimmered with amusement. Freckles dusted the angular plains of his face, and a thin, white scar cut across his pointed chin. “You don’t come around here a lot, do you?” he asked. His voice was warm and mellifluous, almost musical.
“No, I’m not really one to frequent bars and clubs much,” Nico replied.
The boy raised an eyebrow, “Then what brought you here? Rough week?”
“No,” Nico replied, shaking his head. “More like my friend’s birthday.” He jutted his chin in the direction of the crowd, where Percy, Leo, and Jason were busy toppling over each other as they tried to keep up with the speeding rhythm of the song.
“Ah,” the boy replied.
Nico sipped his water and faced him, “So, what’s your name?”
“Will Solace,” the boy–Will–answered.
“And how’d you end up in this place?” Nico inquired.
“I’m a med student and finals are coming up, that’s all you need to know,” Will said. Nico chuckled and rested his elbow on the bar. There was something captivating about the way the light danced on Will’s sculpted features that left Nico unable to tear his eyes from him.
“How about I buy you a drink. Cheers to finals?” Nico offered.
A smirk flickered across Will’s lips. “You know, if I didn’t know any better, I’d say you were trying to seduce me.”
“S-so what if I am?” Nico stuttered, his cheeks coloring.
Will leaned forward. The glimmer in his blue eyes seemed more pronounced now. “Well, then I’d consider myself pretty damn lucky.”
Nico’s blush deepened, and his heart hammered in his chest. He opened his mouth to respond, but his voice died in his throat.
Suddenly, Will averted his eyes and ran a hand through his hair. “Shit, did I go too far?”
“No, no. You just caught me off guard that’s all,” Nico replied.
Will’s face relaxed into an easy smile, “What, you aren’t used to being flirted with?”
“People tend to avoid me,” Nico answered, shaking his head.
“You’re kidding me!” Will exclaimed. “With a face like yours I’d think you’d be fighting men and women off with a stick!”
Nico laughed. “No, they don’t seem to notice my natural charm,” he joked.
“Well, their loss, then,” Will answered. He yawned and stretched his arms.
“Tired, Solace?” Nico asked.
“Yeah,” Will answered. “This place is exhausting.”
“Then go home,” Nico said.
Will suddenly perked up at Nico’s words. “Oh, hell no,” Will replied. “Not without getting your number first!” He drew his phone from his pocket and held it out to Nico.
“You want my number?” Nico asked in surprise.
“Of course I want your number,” Will countered.
Finally, Nico took the phone from Will and punched in his number before returning it.
“I’m expecting a text from you sometime tonight, doctor’s orders.” Will said in a playful tone.
Nico rolled his eyes, “Whatever you say Will.”
He grinned, “Good night, Nico.”
Nico smiled in return, “Good night, Will.”
With one last wave, Will turned and disappeared into the haze of smoke and bodies on the other side of the room, leaving Nico’s heart pounding louder than the beat of the music.