Like Real People Do - Chapter 1 - xiaq - Check Please! (Webcomic) [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
Because apparently I now have two WIPs. And I just. Want Kent Parson to be happy.
“I’m not married,” Parson says.
Eli squints at the nonsequitur.
“So does it have to be Swoops or will any hockey player do? Because I’m a hockey player. And I like food.”
Eli is probably gaping unattractively at him.
“I don’t–you want to take me on a date?”
“Sure, why not? I mean. I’d hate for you to drop dead tomorrow without fulfilling your bucket-list wish.”
“Jesus, Kenny,” Troy mutters.
“You,” Eli says. “Kent Parson. Want to take me on a pity date.”
Troy makes a long-suffering noise. “Alright, I’m going to let you kids figure this out. I’ll see you later, Kenny.”
“Yeah,” Parson says distractedly. “See you tonight.”
They stare at each other for a moment and Eli realizes that the magazines and billboards must airbrush Parson’s freckles out which is a shame because they’re pretty damn cute. Especially when he wrinkles his nose at the awkward silence between them.
“You’re serious,” Eli says finally.
“Yeah, why wouldn’t I be?”
“Because you’re Kent fucking Parson?”
Parson runs a hand through his damp hair which does nothing to dissuade the cowlick right above his left eyebrow.
“Why does everyone say my name like that?”