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“I’ll show you once you drop me back home.” He said even though Apollo said he was joking around with him. Dorian didn’t mind showing his friend his body. Hell he was proud of his body and of course he wanted his potential future boyfriend to be attracted to him. “Don’t worry you will see later on.” He smirks and relaxes in his seat.
When they arrived at Apollo’s parents’ house he smiles. “This is exactly how I pictured their home to look like.” Dorian actually couldn’t wait to see all of their art pieces in their home. “I’m sure they have some amazing pieces.” He said as he gets out of Apollo’s car. He fixes his clothes and walks with Apollo to the door. The woman that appeared before them made Dorian smile. He recognized Apollo’s mother. “It’s good to see you again.” He said as he hugged her back causally. Within a few seconds she disappeared to mingle and Dorian was left with Apollo.
“She’s always so warm.” He said since her smile always made him feel comfortable. The severs offered them both champagne to drink. Dorian takes a glass and noticed a few appetizers. “I want.” He said playfully and looks at Apollo. “Do you want any?” He asked as he walks over to the table filled with food. He takes a small appetizer plate and puts a little of everything on it since he wanted to try it all. Dorian holds one of the shrimp to Apollo’s mouth. “Try it.” He didn’t think much about feeding his date. They already passed that stage.
Feeling Dorian's eyes on him made him more nervous than he thought was possible. Apollo breathed a sigh of relief when Dorian agreed that he should put his sweater back on so that they could go. He slipped the soft blue sweater back over his head, fixing a few pieces of hair once it was on. Despite his still embarrassed look he was able to laugh when Dorian claimed to be satisfied. [#123456 "I'm glad I could satisfy your curiosity...uh, thank you for the compliment. I guess you were just joking though so maybe I shouldn't have just whipped my shirt off, haha oops."] Apollo started laughing at the silly situation as he retrieved the flowers and chocolate pretzels from the table he had set them on.
Outside he opened the car door for Dorian as usual before climbing into the driver's side. Apollo pulled out of the parking spot and started heading in the direction of his parent's house, tapping his thumbs on the steering wheel to the rhythm of the soft music that played. [#123456 "Well, since I took off my shirt I guess its your turn,"] he said seriously, turning to give Dorian a smile. A few seconds passed before he spoke again. [#123456 "That's...I'm not being very serious. I was teasing you like how you tease me. But I'm not very good at it,"] he chuckled.
When Apollo reached his parent's house he parked on the street since the driveway was already full. The house was large with long, white pillars stretching from one level to the next. It was an older looking house, not surprising since his parents had never been into modern architecture. Apollo slipped out of the front seat and opened Dorian's door, then led him to the enormous wooden doors that waited on the front stoop. Chatter could be heard from within and Apollo shifted nervously as he pressed the doorbell twice.
The door opened almost immediately, Apollo's mother standing in the doorway with perfectly curled hair and a glass of wine in one hand. [b "Oh, it's Polly and his date! The artist and musician from the anniversary party. My son has good taste, I see,"] she announced seemingly to the people that were already in the house. She gave Apollo a one-armed hug and gave one to Dorian right after. [b Well come in and make your self at home. Father is still finishing up dinner but there are plenty of refreshments and appetizers. I'll be around mingling. You musn't let me forget to give Dorian a tour!"]
Apollo assured his mother that he wouldn't forget about the tour before she bustled off to be social. There were about twenty people, some mingling in the foyer and others in the den where a fire was going. Apollo pointed out Dorian's vase that sat on an antique looking table in the foyer right under a large family picture from when him and his sister were in high school.
Dorian was only teasing Apollo. Yes he was curious to see what his body looked like but he wasn’t in desperate need to see it. He had self control most of the time. Dorian opened his mouth to tell his friend he was just joking with him but as Apollo began to pull off his sweater Dorian was too surprised to stop him. He’s actually doing it?! Oh my god! He thought and kept staring at Apollo.
When the male’s shirt finally came off Dorian felt his own cheeks turn a bit red but he didn’t avert his gaze. He stared st Apollo, looking at the nicely toned body before him. Everything Apollo was saying went in one ear and out the other. The shock that Dorian felt did not subside right away. “Exercise is important.” He mutters. Dorian looks at Apollo’s face and realizes how embarrassed he seemed to be. “Yeah...you should do hat and we should get going.” Dorian clears his throat and pretends fix a few things on his coffee table. Once Apollo had his shirt on Dorian looks at him. “I’m satisfied now.” He teased. He wanted to make Apollo smile. “You do have a nice body.” He added before pulling his keys from his pocket. “Let’s go.” He smiles and walks or to his friend’s car.
The door of the apartment swung open, revealing Dorian. Apollo smiled down at his friend and welcomed the hug he received. It felt nice to feel Dorian's arms wrapped around him again. He followed his friend inside, shock crossing over his face when he was handed the flowers and sweets. [#123456 "Such a nice bouquet! This...this is very sweet. Ah, you really didn't have to but thank you,"] Apollo said shyly as he brought the flowers up to his nose to take in the lovely scent. He chuckled at Dorian's comment about his sweater and lowered the bouquet. [#123456 "I do like wearing sweaters. You look really good too."] A blush rose in his cheeks as he looked Dorian up and down. [i Everything he wears always looks so nice and put together.]
“Oh don’t think I forgot about you showing my what your upper torso looks like.”
The statement immediately snapped Apollo out of his thoughts, the red in his cheeks darkening. Nervous laughter escaped from his mouth. He wasn't necessarily uncomfortable just a little confused. [#123456 "Oh...you remembered that? Or are you just joking with me? Well, either way, I guess I did say I'd show you when we weren't in public."] Apollo set the flowers and chocolate pretzels on the nearest table. He then lifted his sweater over his head and removed it completely, leaving him shirtless. Somewhat toned abs and a nice torso were revealed. His arms and back were nicely defined as well. He tried to pose somewhat like a model to make himself feel less awkward. [#123456 "Since I work at home in front of a computer all day I think its important to eat well and e-exercise. I wouldn't compare my body to a Greek god exactly but uh...um, I think I look pretty good."]
Apollo was able to look in Dorian's general direction as he talked but he was too nervous to look him in the eyes, his face as red as a tomato at this point. His hand holding the sweater rubbed at the fabric as he waited for a response from Dorian. [#123456 "We should...I should probably put on my shirt and we should probably get going..."]
Dorian wore a nice, dark grey button up with a black vest. He tucked in his shirt loosely and wore a pair of black slacks. Once he messed with his hair he sprayed on some cologne and looked in the mirror. “Hmm...I look good.” He said with a smirk. It didn’t take long for Dorian to get a text from Apollo. This made him smile as he read the text. “I’m excited to see you too.” He mutters to himself and grabs a nice pair of shoes before going down stairs.
On his coffee table laid a bouquet of flowers. He picked out a beautiful set with colorful tulips and daisies. He wanted to do something different so that’s why he didn’t get roses. He also got Apollo chocolate pretzels since he knew his friend didn’t have a big sweet tooth he settled for a sweet and salty treat. “Hopefully he likes it.” He mutters.
When he heard a knock at his door he rushes over to it. With a deep breath he calms himself down and opens the door. “Hey.” He said and hugs Apollo. It was clear that Dorian had missed his friend. “Come in.” He lets Apollo inside and the. He hands him the flowers and the sweets. “I told you I would give you flowers next time.” He smirks. Dorian took this time to check Apollo out. He couldn’t help but smirk a bit. “You look great. I like the sweater. I think sweaters are your thing.” Dorian could keep Apollo in sweaters for the rest of his life. “Oh don’t think I forgot about you showing my what your upper torso looks like.” His smirk widens. “You might as well just show me.” He shrugs causally wondering if Apollo would.
The next two weeks seemed to fly by with both males being preoccupied by other obligations. While they hadn't been able to go on a second date, they were still in contact with each other like usual. Apollo was finally finishing up the project he was given for work and he was looking forward to having a few days off. His sleep schedule had been more messed up than usual lately. But mostly he was just happy he would be able to see Dorian again now that both of their schedules were clearing up. Although he was still wary about the dinner party at his mother's he believed that Dorian would definitely make it an enjoyable experience.
Apollo stood in the mirror holding a shirt in each hand. [#123456 "The black sweater or....dark blue? Does it matter? Yes, of course it matters."] He chewed on his bottom lip before deciding to slip the blue sweater over his head. It fit similar to the sweater he wore on their last date and he smiled thinking about the compliment Dorian had paid him last time. [i Okay, now hair. Maybe I should try to do something different with it.] He slid a hand through his perpetually messy locks and pushed the hair back off his forehead. As soon as he moved his hand it flopped back into place. [i Or maybe I'll just not mess with my hair.] Instead of pushing it back he only fiddled with a few locks and fluffed the sides nervously. Before leaving out, he studied himself in the mirror for a few more minutes, sighing at the bags under his eyes. [i Hopefully my tiredness isn't as noticeable to others.] The tall male thought as he pulled out his phone to send a text to Dorian. [b I'm so happy I get to see you tonight! I'm leaving out right now :)]
When Apollo arrived at Dorian's apartment he hesitated at the door. [i Oh, shit. I forgot that I was going to buy him chocolates for our second date. My mind has been all over the place and I completely forgot.] Apollo groaned to himself and lifted his hand to knock on the door.
Dorian changed out of his good clothes and into something that was comfortable and that he didn’t mind getting dirty. He took the roses off the coffee table in his living room and goes to the small studio he had. Once there he took out some clay and began to mold it into something beautiful. Dorian was so lost in his work that he didn’t think about anything else. Art was something that relaxed him and allowed him to express himself. The vibration of his cell phone snapped him out of his trance. He wipes his hands and reads the text message he received. With a small chuckle he types out a reply.
[b Ok good. I didn’t want to make you uncomfortable or anything. Since you told me not to worry I won’t hold back next time :p I’m looking forward to the second date. Have a goodnight Apollo :)]
He sent the message and went back to his clay. After about two hours he decided to call it quits and go to bed. ~~~~ Two weeks go by and it was the day of The dinner Apollo’s mother was throwing. The two haven’t been able to go on their second date yet since they both had a bit of a busy schedule. Dorian had quite a bit of performances but now that his days were becoming less busy due to the end of his semester Dorian would have more time to spend with friends. The young male looks at the finished ceramic piece he created. The roses turned out beautiful and he couldn’t wait to put it out in his living room. Dorian had been drawing, painting and sculpting a lot of things that reminded him of Apollo. He even had some paintings and drawings of Apollo lying around. “I should get ready.” He mutters since Apollo was going to pick him up for the dinner.
Hearing Dorian say he also wasn't ready to end the night made Apollo's heart sing. He was glad that the date had been good for both of them. As he drove he thought about what to bring Dorian for their second date. [i He has a sweet tooth. I bet he'd love a box of chocolates. Or a giant bag of gummy bears. Would that be weird?]
When he pulled up to Dorian's condo he smiled at the other. It was nice to hear that Dorian had fun. He opened his mouth to mirror the statement but was stopped by his surprise from the other's lips on his cheek. [i Oh...that's nice.] His grey eyes blinked a couple of times and a pink color rushed to his cheeks. [#123456 "No. No boundaries crossed here. I had a great time and that kiss was nice. Thank you, Dorian,"] he said happily.
As Apollo drove home he mused to himself about the happenings of the night. [#123456 "Should I have kissed him back? On the cheek? On the lips? Should I kiss him first next time? Is that a rule. Ughhh dating is so hard,"] he groaned as he parked the car outside his own condo. He entered his door and slipped off his shoes before collapsing on the plush sofa that awaited him. Pulling out his phone he opened his text messages and thought about what to say to Dorian.
[b Thank you for caring about my boundaries. I feel very comfortable with you so don't worry about upsetting me :) I'm already looking forward to our second date haha]
Apollo sent the text and rolled onto his side, groaning into a throw pillow. [#123456 "Was that a weird text? I just don't want him to worry."] He stayed on the couch for a few more minutes before getting up to change into his pajamas, figuring that he could game a little before heading to bed.
Dorian listened to Apollo and nods. “Yeah I’m not sure either. Places are starting to close up anyway. Damn I’m not ready to end it either.” He chuckles and looks at Apollo. “Yeah. I would actually go on a second date sometime. I’ll pick you up next time.” He teased. He didn’t mind being picked up or picking someone up. Dorian wasn’t picky about that kind of stuff.
Once in the car Dorian listened to the music and thought about what they could possible do for the second date. A few different options ran through his head. [i I guess I’ll discuss them later with Apollo.] He thought and pushes his hair back. Soon the car stopped at his condo and he looks at Apollo. “Hey thanks for a really nice date. I had a lot of fun.” Dorian smiles. [i I wonder if it would be a bad idea to kiss him on the lips...I don’t know if this is the right time. Maybe it’s too soon?] He thought. Dorian kisses Apollo on his cheek before getting out of the car. “Hope I didn’t cross any boundaries. I’ll see you later ok?” He said letting Apollo know he was thinking about his boundaries. [i I feel lame...when do I ever hold back?] He thought as he closed Apollo’s door. Dorian makes his way to his front door and sighs softly. He figured he would be more open on the next date.
Apollo figured that he made the right decision, since both of their hands stayed in place for the entire movie. At first it made it hard to focus on the film, but after awhile it was just as comfortable as the cuddling. When the movie was ended he stood up to stretch and smiled at Dorian. [#123456 "I liked the movie too! I'm glad we saw it together."] He shook his head at the question about gummy bears. His stomach felt like it couldn't hold any more food.
When they got back to his car Apollo was feeling a mixture of happiness and sadness. He was happy that the date went well, but wasn't really ready for the night to be over. [#123456 "I'm not really ready to head back...though I don't know where we'd go from here. This date has been um, really great, so thank you. And I would love to spend more time with you on a second date? If...if you're interested."] Apollo stuttered and tried to keep eye contact with Dorian as he opened the car door for him.
Dorian was expecting Apollo to freak out so the jump didn’t catch him off guard. He did his best not to smile or laugh since he didn’t want Apollo to think he was making fun of him, that wasn’t the case at all. He just thought Apollo was really cute since he was so shy. [i I shouldn’t mess with him like that. I don’t want to freak him out too much.] He thought and eats a gummy bear.
When their hands touched Dorian could t keep the male from his face. This made him happy since he took it as a sign that Apollo was ok with his hand being there. They stayed in that position for the whole movie. Once the movie ended Dorian sits up straight and stretches his arms out in front of him. He looks at Apollo. “The movie was good huh? I like it.” He smiles and then stands up. He grabs his jacket and the rest of the gummy bears since he wanted to take them home. “Do you want anymore?” He offered since he knew they were just as much Apollo’s.
Once they had everything they walk out of the room. [i I’m a bit sad the day is basically over. It was great though.] He thought as they walk to Apollo’s car. “Are you ready to head back?” He stands in front of Apollo and looks into his eyes.
Apollo stuck his tongue out at the green gummy bear question, not having time to respond before the movie began.[i The green ones taste so bad. I can't even describe how bad they taste.] He thought as he focused on the large screen in front of him. Usually he hated the whole experience of going to the movies. The loudness, the brightness of the large screen, and the sometimes crowded rows of seats. This experience with Dorian was proving to be different. He felt comfortable and relaxed with the male cuddle up at his side. And the movie was pretty good too. He was definitely engrossed in the action on the screen.
When he felt Dorian's hand rest on his thigh, his whole body jumped as a reaction. He had been so focused on the screen that the very personal touch caught him completely off guard. Apollo looked down at the dark haired male to inspect his facial expression, but Dorian was looking at the screen. [i Maybe he just shifted a little and his hand ended up on my thigh...Should I move it or say something about it? I don't really mind it being there but I don't know what it means. Is it a signal? Am I supposed to do something?Maybe I should stop worrying about signals, ah, but I don't want to ruin the date.] Apollo could feel his heart speeding up as too many thoughts buzzed around inside his head.
Feeling that he was taking too long to correct his initial jumpy reaction, Apollo placed his hand on top of Dorian's. [i I hope that was the right thing to do? Hopefully he didn't even notice that I jumped.]
Dorian wasn’t as shy as Apollo, he was a bit more out there but he liked that Apollo’s as wanting up to him. [i He smells nice. This is comfortable. I’m liking this date.] He thought and just takes in the moment. When he felt Apollo’s arm around him he couldn’t help but feel his heart race a bit. He didn’t understand why he was so nervous but then again he assumed it was because he really likes Apollo and wanted the date to go smoothly.
When Apollo fed him the gummy bear he chuckles and takes it from Apollo’s hand with his mouth. “How can you not like the green one?” He asked and chuckled quietly. Before they could talk about anything else the movie began to play. Dorian focused on the movie as he cuddled with Apollo and ate the snacks they had.
During the whole movie Dorian would glance at Apollo every now and then, his mind would drift from the movie to Apollo. Dorian wanted to push the boundaries a bit so he rested his hand on Apollo’s thigh casually. He didn’t look at Apollo. He just did it and kept his eyes on the screen. [i This isn’t too risky. I mean it’s not like I’m moving my hand all over his body. He should be ok.] Dorian thought.
Thinking about what Dorian said about his parents not allowing him to eat many sweets growing up made Apollo think about his own parents. His mother never scolded them about food or really anything. Although, he rarely caused trouble and wouldn't have put up much of a fight if she had banned sweets or junk foods. [i We have pretty different parents. I wonder if I'll ever meet his...] The sound of the armrest between them being lifted snapped him out of his thoughts. Eyes widening, he watched as Dorian moved closer to him before resting his head on his shoulder and cuddling into his side.
[i This is...is this okay? There aren't many people and I have to admit this is nice. Warm. And he smells nice...] Apollo accepted the new joined position in their seats. Even though it made his heart hammer against his chest and his palms sweaty. He had been on maybe three movie dates in his entire life and not knowing what was expected of him made him unreasonably nervous. [i Just be natural. For once in your life, Apollo.] He wrapped his arm around Dorian so that his hand now rested on his waist and used his other hand to hold a green gummy bear in front of Dorian's lips. [#123456 "Please don't bite my head off, mister,"] he whispered in a silly voice.
Dorian chuckles softly and nods his head. “Yeah I’ve been thinking about it since dinner.” He said honestly. “I’m curious is all. You can’t blame me Apollo.” The young male felt comfortable around his friend to tell him the truth. He didn’t think it was a bad thing that he was thinking about what Apollo’s upper torso looked like. [i Apollo should be flattered that I want to see it.] Dorian thought.
Once they got their snacks Dorian helps carry the popcorn. “I’ll eat all of any color you want me to.” He said since he liked them all. “Growing up my parents didn’t really allow me to eat sweets or certain foods so now that I’m older I like a lot of the things I couldn’t have.” He said as they walked into the theater room. The place was nearly empty, there just a few people seated and that made Dorian happy. He didn’t like a crowded movie theater.
The two sit down and Dorian relaxes in his seat. They didn’t have people sitting on the side of them or in front or behind. [i It almost feelings like it’s just us in the building.] He thought and put some popcorn into his mouth. Dorian placed his now free hand on his lap since Apollo had let his hand go. His dark blue eyes connected with his friend’s for a moment. He smiled at Apollo wondering what he was thinking about. [i It’s pretty quiet in here and we’re so close to each other.] Dorian adjusted himself a bit while lifting up the arm of the seat and moves closer to Apollo. [i Don’t freak out Apollo.] He thought and smirked to himself as he leans on Apollo. His head rested on his shoulder and his body cuddled into his side.
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