The next morning Nico woke up slightly confused to an empty
bed. He sat up and frowned, panicking for a split second before the bedroom
door opened and Will came back in. “Hey, sleepy head,” he greeted.
“Hey,” he answered, fighting the urge to pull him back into
the bed. But Will did that on his own. Nico bit his lip and took a breath as
Will sat beside him.
“You freaked out when you didn’t see me, didn’t you?” he
asked with a smile. Nico frowned and couldn’t bring himself to look Will in the
eyes. Then Will pulled Nico’s chin up and smiled. He leaned in and pecked his
lips lightly, erasing the embarrassment. “I made us breakfast,” he murmured.
Nico smirked and leaned forward. “Really?” Will nodded and
cupped his face. “So… you and me… we’re…?”
Will chuckled and ran his hands through his hair. “Will you
go out with me, Nico?” he whispered.
He couldn’t help the smile that spread on his lips. He
leaned forward and kissed him, toppling him back against the bed. Will laughed
against his lips and wrapped his arms around him as he kissed him back. Finally,
he pulled back and smiled. “Yes,” he breathed. “Yes. Of course, yes.”
“Just to be clear… that was a yes?” Nico laughed and kissed
him again and again and again. He missed him. He missed kissing him whenever he
“Say it,” he murmured.
Will hummed and caressed his face gently. “Say what? Yes?”
“No,” he answered. He leaned down, speaking against his
lips. “What I am to you.”
A smile spread on Will’s lips and he took a deep breath. “A
pain in the neck.” Nico frowned and pulled back, glaring at the blue-eyed,
freckled faced idiot beneath him. He laughed, his eyes sparkling and tilted his
head. “Mm. An angel?” he amended. Nico raised an eyebrow and clenched his jaw.
Will chuckled and pulled him into a kiss. “My boyfriend,” he whispered. “You’re
my beautiful, perfect, wonderful boyfriend.”
“Uh-huh,” he murmured. He pulled himself up, covering Will’s
face with his hand as he did. “I’m still not forgiving you for that
pain-in-the-neck comment though,” he said as he went into the bathroom. He
brushed his teeth and washed his face before going to the living room where Will
had set out waffles and eggs with a cup of hot chocolate.
“And now?” he teased in his ear. Nico rolled his eyes and
turned to wrap his arms around him. “Come on, let’s eat.”
Saying that spending time with Will and his family was
awkward would have been an understatement. Nico had no idea what Will had told
them about their relationship, but he knew they knew Will and Nico had dated.
He couldn’t help but feel like both Mr. and Mrs. Solace didn’t like him or
wanted to investigate everything they could about him.
The only relief Nico had from their blue-eyed gaze was the
small redheaded girl who liked him from the moment she’d realized he was the
same person who’d helped with her bear. She liked to sit on Nico’s lap and she
liked to play with his rings and play with his hair or cover his faded scars in
Band-Aids and stickers.
Will insisted on having Nico join him and his family for the
week of their stay and his parents assured him he was welcome. Nico wondered if
maybe it was all in his head that they didn’t like him. But sometimes he caught
Will’s dad looking at him like a puzzle and a threat until his wife or Will or
Kayla pulled his attention away. And Will’s mom didn’t ask Nico much about
himself. It was like Nico either wasn’t there or wasn’t an important presence.
It made Nico anxious, and he decided instead to stay beside
Kayla and Will whenever possible.
It was the last day they were here and Nico was slightly relieved,
but he didn’t show it because he knew Will would miss his family.
“Thank you guys so much for coming,” Will said as he hugged
them goodbye. “I’ll miss you so much.”
“We love you, sweetheart. Hopefully you can come home if
only to visit soon,” Naomi said, giving her son a warm smile that made Nico
have to look away. He didn’t want to join that day because he figured he’d be
intruding, but Naomi had said Kayla wanted to say goodbye to him too.