set list ⁃ ever since new york ⁃ two ghosts ⁃ small talk ⁃ carolina ⁃ small talk ⁃ stockholm syndrome ⁃ small talk ⁃ sweet creature ⁃ only angel ⁃ small talk ⁃ woman ⁃ meet me in the hallway ⁃ talk ⁃ just a little bit of your heart ⁃ what makes you beautiful ⁃ kiwi ⁃ from the dining table ⁃ talk/introduce band ⁃ chain ⁃ talk ⁃ sign of the times
“So, Aaron.” Robert pushed open one of the heavy glass doors, flashing him a grin over his shoulder. “Are you ready to get the full Robert Sugden university experience?”
Aaron shrugged, feigning disinterest. “I’ve got nothing better to do.”
when aaron meets robert on the first day of university, he doesn’t expect the other man to end up defining the three years he spends there. that was just the robert sugden university experience, he supposed.
Summer was boring, Aaron decided. The summer holidays had always been boring, Aaron usually stuck helping out with Paddy at the surgery, or with Cain at the garage (earning his keep, his mum would always say, but it more like a ‘lets keep you out of trouble plan’ his entire family rallied behind every summer.)
Summer was even more boring when Aaron wasn’t seeing Robert every day.
He was hardly going to admit that the reason he was lying, face down on the couch and watching boring daytime television was because he genuinely missed Robert, but it was exactly why Aaron was pretending to be engrossed in Jeremy Kyle.
“You should go out, for a run or something,” Chas called from the kitchen, busy making herself a cup of tea. “Clear your head.”
“I don’t want to,” Aaron replied, starting at the blank screen of his phone. “It’s summer, I’m supposed to do nothing and be lazy, mum.”
“Aaron, come on, you can’t lie here all summer,” Chas sighed, setting a cup of tea down in front of Aaron.
“It’s my day off!” Aaron protested, struggling into a sitting position. “I was helping Paddy all day yesterday, I’m allowed to have one lazy morning.”
Chas gave him a look, the look, the ‘Aaron, please, could you just agree that I’m right and do what I say’ look. “I’m working the late shift tonight, you’ll have sort your own tea,” she said.
“I do cook for myself at university,” Aaron pointed out, not willing to admit that he mostly lived off frozen pizzas and ready meals, unless Robert had decided to cook for him.
“You know where the number for Dominos is,” Chas smirked, heading back toward the kitchen, banging around like a woman possessed. Aaron knew she just had his best interests at heart, but he’d gotten used to Chas interfering in his life from afar when he was away at university, and he wasn’t really enjoying having her interfere in his every move now.
Taking a swig of his tea, Aaron glanced toward his mobile phone.
He had a free house, and it had been a week since he’d seen Robert, Aaron pondered, aimlessly scrolling through the messages he and Robert had been exchanging.
Emmerdale wasn’t that far away.
Quickly typing out a text, Aaron settled back into the couch and waited for Robert’s reply.
to robert: mum’s working lunchtime until late, you fancy takeaway and a free house?
He felt like a teenager again, trying to figure out how best he could sneak Ed into the house and not have his mum notice. Chas was definitely more calm about that sort of thing than any of his friend’s parents, but there was some things you didn’t want to have to talk to your mum about, some things you didn’t want her to know.
from robert: give me an hour or so x
Aaron couldn’t help but smile at the x Robert had tacked onto the end of his text. He did that a lot now, Robert, put kisses at the end of texts. Aaron teased him senseless for being so soppy, but he had to admit he liked it.
He’d never imagined himself as the type of person to be these soppy and - well, in love. Aaron knew he loved Robert, knew he felt the same as the other boy, but he hadn’t found the right opportunity to say it yet.
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