Day Ten of @snowbaz-feda! Word count: 700
Simon keeps a secret from Penny. Takes place after Watford.
never seen you this obsessed.”
“You’re lying,” I respond to Baz and he laughs. I wish I could laugh, but
I’m feeling too panicked to find anything funny right now.
ago Penny and I made a promise to never keep secrets from each other.
I’ve been true to that promise for a long time—except for the past
two months, when I’ve been lying every day.
only need to keep this secret for another four hours, and right now
everything is in the right place. Penny is going to come in, and together we are going to watch a movie on the couch. I made this plan
with her two months ago and verified each day this week that she was
still available for it.
I got home today I cleaned the apartment, but when Baz came over he
said that it looked spotless. That made me worried, and I didn’t want Penny to get suspicious so I took dirty dishes from the sink and hid them around the
apartment. Baz helped me drape my dirty laundry on the couch. He said
that the apartment looked great now, and I don’t trust him but I have
no other choice because the door is opening. I hate keeping secrets.
Simon,” calls Penny with arms full of groceries, “I’m ready for
this epic movie night!”
give her a thumbs up, which she squints at, shrugs, then asks “So,
what movie are we watching?”
I- I don’t know, we can-” Fuck,
I forgot to get a movie.
dumps the grocery bags on the table, unleashing a mountain of popcorn
and candy. She isn’t looking at me when she asks, “Simon, what’s up
with you? Did you drop out of school? Did Baz propose?”
No! Why would you think– he didn’t– not that!”
Baz interrupts me, “No Bunce, our Simon is still, regretfully, a bachelor. Here are our movie options.” He pulls out an assortment of DVDs from his leather backpack. Baz must have known that I’d forget.
I’m not sure what movie we end up watching. It’s something scary that has Penny and Baz shouting at the TV, while I stoically eat a bag of sour patch kids and wait for time to pass. The third movie in the series is playing and they’re debating what type of death I’d receive if I were in a horror film when, finally, the doorbell rings. Penny screams and throws popcorn at the door.
“Who could that be? Penny, you should answer the door,” I tell her, making sure my voice is flat and nonchalant. She sticks out her tongue and throws popcorn at me, but stands up anyway.
It feels like it takes hours for her to reach the entry way, while I try to discreetly trail behind her. When the door opens and she shrieks Micah, I start to feel the first threads of relief, but the secret isn’t over. I peek at both of them embracing and see Micah pull away from Penny. She’s asking him a million questions, but instead of answering he grabs her hands and drops to his knees. Thank Merlin, I think.
Micah is holding a ring, and the relief I feel is so great that I start crying. I hear sniffling behind me and turn to see that Baz is crying too, but I don’t think that this secret was burning a hole in him the same way that it was me. When I turn back, Penny and Micah stumble into the apartment together.
“How did you get here?” Penny asks him again.
“Simon helped,” Micah says.
“Simon! You kept this from me!”
“I’m so sorry, but I’m so happy for you, but I’m so sorry” I would keep cycling these phrases if she didn’t barrel into me with a huge hug. Baz piles into the hug soon after (he’s more emotional about this than I predicted) and Micah is close behind him. Everyone’s crying, but I think I’m crying hardest out of all of us. I’m happy for Penny, but I’m happier for myself. I can’t handle keeping a secret like this ever again.