The Most Awkward Semester Ever IV
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Virgil couldn’t stop fidgeting, his hands endlessly worrying at the edge of his hoodie.
“Remind me why this isn’t a bad idea again?” he said, his voice pitching a little higher than usual.
“Because if you leave now you’ll regret it forever,” Roman replied, rolling his eyes from where he was standing next to him.
“I mena I already regret most of my life,” Virgil muttered, “So..”
“Virgil” Roman said exasperatedly.
“Fine, yeah, whatever” Virgil waved his hand, as if trying to brush away his words. “Just remember to pinch me if I start babbling or sounding stupid.”
It was then that Roman reached out and pinched him. Hard.
“Hey!” Virgil cried out, springing away from Roman. “What the hell was that for?”
“You said to pinch you if you started sounding stupid,” Roman retorted. “And you being this nervous is pretty freaking stupid. You’re going to be fine, Virgil. Try to relax a little. It’s a just a movie.”
“Sometimes I really fricking hate- oh god, he’s here!”
Virgil’s focus abruptly switched from Roman’s annoying ways to the approaching figure. Logan was wearing jeans. Virgil had never seen him in jeans before, he always wore slacks or khakis to school before, somehow making them look ridiculously good. But now, with these jeans…
“Fuck, I am so gay” Virgil breathed out, still unable to take his eyes off of Logan. He could hear Roman stifling a laugh next to him though, so without looking he reached out and smacked him, hearing a yelp.
“There,” he said, “Revenge for the pinch.”
Before Roman had a chance to retaliate, Logan had reached them.
“Salutations, Virgil,” he said with a soft smile. And dear god, he was going to end up killing Virgil someday.
“I wanted to thank you for coming out with me today,” he said warmly, “I’ve been meaning to see Kubo for a while, but it’s more enjoyable with companions. Speaking of which, this is Patton. Patton, this is Virgil.
“Pleasure to meet you, champ!” The cheerful looking boy beside Logan stepped forward, holding out his hand.
He continued, “I’ve heard a lot about you from Logan. It’s good to finally meet you face to face.”
Virgil’s mind raced. Logan had talked about him? What had he said? Was it good? Oh, who was he kidding, it was probably bad. Fuck, Patton probably already thought he was an idiot.
Trying not to show any of this on his face, Virgil reached out and shook the hand.
“It’s nice to meet you too,” he said quietly. “Ah, you were the one to make those cookies a little while back, right? They were-they were really good.“
“Aw, thanks!” he said. “I’m so glad you liked them! I love to bake, but I love sharing what I bake even more. Just let me know if you ever have a craving for baked goods. I can do more than cookies too. In fact I do a mean chocolate cheesecake.”
“Sorry to interrupt,” Roman broke in, stepping forward from where he had been behind Virgil. “But perhaps we should continue this conversation after we’ve gotten our seats. I’m Roman, by the way. Pleasure to meet you all.”
“Oh, well hello, Roman” Patton said cheerfully. “And yeah let’s go in. I hope we can get seats right in the middle. I’m so excited for this movie, the trailers looked so cool and I love animated movies!”
“I agree!” Roman said enthusiastically. “I especially love Disney movies. Tell me do you have a favorite?”
As they began to walk forward, Roman and Patton still chatting each other’s ears off, Logan fell in step with Virgil.
“I really am glad you agreed to come,” he said. “I hope you find the outing enjoyable.
“Um, yeah, sure I will” Virgil mumbled, hoping his face wasn’t too red. He could get through this though. Roman was right. It was just a movie. Just a movie.
He glanced back up again at Logan, and struggled to keep from blushing again. Why did he have to be so unfairly hot?
After they bought their tickets and made their way towards their theatre, Logan could see Virgil glancing at the concession stand.
“Did you want something?” he asked, wanting to make this experience as pleasant for Virgil as possible.
Virgil glanced up at him, looking startled.
“Uh, no, I’m okay,” he muttered. “We should just go sit down.”
“Are you sure?” Logan said, wanting to make sure before they reached their theatre.
“Yeah, I’m surprised,” Virgil’s friend Roman broke in. “You love movie popcorn.”
Virgil was now looking very uncomfortable and flustered, which was not what Logan wanted. So he made a decision.
“You two go on ahead,” he told Patton and Roman. “Save some seats for us. We’re going to get some snacks.”
With that, he grabbed Virgil’s hand and tugged him towards the concession stand.
“So we’re obviously getting popcorn,” he said thinking out loud, “But I might also get a soda as well. Do you want one? The salt from the popcorn might make you thirsty. Also I’ll get some chocolate for Patton, he loves sweet things.“
He looked back at Virgil, who was staring at Logan, slightly slack-jawed. When he saw Logan looking at him, he straightened up a bit.
“Um, that all sounds fine, I guess” he stammered out. “What-whatever you want.”
Logan nodded. Right, he’d get two popcorns, a drink for him, another for Virgil, and some chocolate for Patton. He wasn’t sure what Roman would want, so hopefully the popcorn would suffice.
It wasn’t until he’d almost reached the front of the line that he realized he’d never let of of Virgil’s hand. He glanced out of the corner of his eyes at the other boy, but Virgil didn’t seem like he was feeling uncomfortable or trying to shift away. Logan couldn’t help but feel a warmth spread inside his chest. It seemed like the other truly was becoming more comfortable around him.
It was with some regret that he had to break the hold once he’d placed the order so that he could pull out his wallet. But despite the broken grip, Virgil hadn’t moved away from him either. This was very promising and going much better than last time.
“Uh, hey how much should I pitch in?” Virgil asked uncertainly as Logan handed over his credit card.
“Nothing, it’s my treat,” Logan said absently, as he signed the receipt. “I am, after all, the one who invited you.”
“O-oh, but are you sure?” Virgil said. Logan could see him fidgeting. As he grabbed the chocolate and the drinks, he turned and smiled at him.
“Yes, I’m sure” he reassured Virgil. “Like I said, my treat. Now, can you carry the popcorn bags?”
“Yeah sure,” Virgil mumbled in reply. While he was keeping his eyes fixed downward, he didn’t appear to be truly distressed to Logan’s eyes. In fact, he could have sworn he saw a faint smile flicker across the other’s face.
Feeling content and very self-satisfied, Logan led the way to the theatre. He was going to see a movie he had been highly anticipating. He was accompanied by people he enjoyed spending time with. And best of all, he had finally made progress with Virgil.
Perhaps, he found himself considering, glancing yet again at the other, we could even remain friends beyond the bounds of the project.
As he and Virgil settled down in the seats Patton and Roman has saved for them, the exact middle of the theatre as Patton had wanted, Logan let himself entertain the though further. Keeping his eyes discreetly fixed on Virgil, who was now curled up and absentmindedly eating popcorn as he watched the trailers. Yes, the thought of becoming friends was indeed quite a pleasant one.
Bonus! The conversation Roman and Patton have while waiting in the theatre:
Patton: So Virgil has quite the crush, doesn’t he?
Roman: Yeah, he’s pretty obvious about it. Has Logan figured it out?
Patton: Ah, Logan isn’t always the best with emotional and social, so no, he hasn’t. He thinks Virgil is afraid of him.
Roman: Well that’s better than what Virgil’s been worried about. He’s convinced Logan thinks he’s an idiot.
Patton: Oh no, he likes Virgil. That’s why he’s been trying to date him, even through he hasn’t figured out that’s what he’s been trying to do yet.
Roman: Ok, so these have been dates. I wasn’t sure.
Patton: Really? I didn’t think he was being that subtle.
Roman: Yes, but I have to rely on Virgil for information and he’s not the most reliable narrator when it comes to Logan.
Patton: That’s fair.