What if We Stopped Pretending?
Summary: Dan and Phil are the best of friends. That’s it. Until Phil tells his old school friends he’s bringing his boyfriend to the school reunion even though he’s been single for years. If only he had a best friend willing to pretend to be his boyfriend in order to help him out…
Dan helps Phil out by pretending to be his boyfriend while also hiding the fact that he’s been in love with his best friend for seven years.
A/N: And here it is! I’ve been promising to get this done on Tumblr for days but with exams, assignments and life, it took me a little longer than planned. It’s finally here though and it’s over 6k words long! I hope you enjoy it :)
Phil felt like a complete idiot. He could barely believe that he had just agreed to go to his school reunion with his boyfriend when he couldn’t even remember the last time he dated anyone. And it’s not as if he could call back and say he had made up a boyfriend up without sounding like a bigger loser than he actually was.
He usually wasn’t the kind of person to worry much about what others thought about him and had no trouble letting people know he was single and in no rush to get together with someone. The problem was that he had already been to another two school reunions in total and he had shown up alone for them as well.
Every time, he had to stand by and feel awkward while his old schoolmates introduced him to their partners and spouses while he was all alone.
When he got the call from one of his old friends asking him if he was going to go to the reunion, he couldn’t help but think back to all the previous reunions he had attended. Was he really going to go by himself again for the third time and have to go through the process of being introduced to all his friends’ new husbands and wives while he just stood around feeling lonely?
As much as this sort of thing had never really affected him before, he wasn’t really in the mood for all the awkwardness that it would entail for him to show up on his own. He almost declined the invitation and made up some excuse about how he was going to be abroad in a few days but thought better of it in the end.
It had been ages since he had seen his old schoolmates and, even though they were not as close as they had been while they were still in school, he still missed them. Was he really going to miss a reunion because he was scared of feeling awkward and alone?
Just as he was about to say yes and reassure his friend that he would be there, she let him know that he could bring along a plus one. “Everyone from our group at school is going to bring their partner. It will be a good chance to catch up on each other’s lives.”
Phil was going to tell her that he would be going on his own, he really was but somehow what ended up coming out of his mouth was completely different. “That sounds great. I’ll make sure to bring my boyfriend along with me.”