Okay, but what about a Septiplier college AU where Jack works in the library and Mark comes in every day to study during Jack’s working hours, occasionally leaving for breaks and eventually coming back to sit at the same desk.
Jack knows next to nothing about him, of course, but the boy is cute and he would very much like to get to know him better. So Jack starts casually asking the other library employees if they know anything about this guy.
Marzia shakes her head and says she wishes she could help.
Felix snorts and walks away without a word.
Bob–the guy who looks like a walking teddy bear and works directly after Jack’s shift–surprisingly has an answer for him.
“Yeah, that’s Mark. Why, did you want to talk to him?” And before Jack can even get a word in, Bob’s calling out Mark’s name and waving him over. Jack hopes the ground will open beneath his feet and swallow him up.
Mark bounds over, pushing his glasses up and smiling when he’s in front of the two. He gives Jack a quizzical look before turning his attention to Bob.
Bob says, “Mark, this is Jack. He was asking about you.”
Mark raises his eyebrows in Jack’s direction and Jack sort of wants to die.
“Is that so?” There’s a flirtatious lilt to his voice and Jack can feel his face getting hot.
“Oh, uh–” Jack stammers, but is abruptly cut off by Bob.
“Hey, Mark, weren’t you asking about Jack, too? I think you said something about the ‘cute guy with the Irish accent who works at the library,’ if I’m not mistaken.”
It’s Mark’s turn to look bewildered and embarrassed, his mouth opening and closing but no words coming out. Bob has the biggest grin on his face and Jack realizes he knew exactly what he was doing.
“I’ll leave you two to talk. But keep it down. This is a library for God’s sake,” Bob murmurs before floating away to the circulation desk.
Mark stares after him for a moment before turning back to Jack. “So, uh…hi. I’m Mark.”
Jack huffs a laugh and Mark grins, seemingly relieved. “Nice to meet you, Mark. I’m Jack.”