it’s richie (reddie)
The stars were supposed to shine bright that night—Eddie remembered Richie telling him that. Eddie didn’t even want to stay up so late (a growing boy needs 8-10 hours of sleep), but when Richie stared at Eddie with his big bug eyes, lips pursed, nothing on his mind but Eddie’s company, not even a dirty joke, it was unbelievably hard to say no. “C’mon, Eds,” Richie had said, a lilt in his voice.
Eddie agreed before he even realized he had spoken.