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Not liking the taste of limes he left the wedge untouched, fighting through the awful taste that burned his mouth. He shook his light colored locks and scrunched his face until the flavor was mostly gone. [i Maybe a shot of tequila was a bad idea.] He watched Dorian order a shot of tequila for himself and listened to his proposition. First one to lose all their men had to take another shot... Apollo was already competitive but the fact that winning would prevent him from doing another shot was extra motivation.
His grey eyes watched as the shorter male downed the shot with ease, no coughing whatsoever. [#123456 "Alright, I'll bite. I love a challenge. Hopefully I won't lose,"] he chuckled. Apollo waited as Dorian exchanged a fifty for quarters, looking at all the possible games to play. The flashing lights and familiar sounds felt very calming.
Once they were at the game, Apollo stretched his fingers against each other making his knuckles crack loudly. He was ready. [#123456 "A bet for each game? Like what kind of bet? No...that doesn't really matter I guess. I'm totally in. If I lose any game I will take a dare...any dare you throw my way."] Part of him wanted to retract the statement, but the alcohol and environment was encouraging him to be daring even if he might regret it later.
Dorian watched as the bartender handed Apollo the shot of tequila. [i Oh he’s starting off strong. I can keep up Apollo. Just you wait and see.] He thought and smiles at his friend. “Let’s go play that pack man game. It can go up to four players. First one to loose all their men has to take another shot.” Dorian said. The young male looked at the bartender. “I’ll take a shot of tequila as well.”
Once the shot was given to him Dorian downed it with ease. He sucks on the lime wedge and then puts it in his glass. “Alright I’m ready.” He smirks at his friend. Dorian knew they were going to have some fun tonight. There was no way the two would be so tense and awkward here.
The game wasn’t too far or hard to find but Dorian went to the coin machine first. He placed a 50 dollar bill inside and got it returned to him in quarters. “We are going to be playing a lot tonight.” He smirks and puts the quarters in his jean pockets. Soon the two were at the game and Dorian puts in three quarters for each of them in the game to start it. Exctinebt was definitely rising in Dorian. “We should bet for each game.”
One cab ride later and the two were at the arcade bar. Apollo was still musing over the idea of mixing drinking with video games in a public space. It was brilliant. He couldn't believe he had never been. When they arrived at the bar he nodded in agreement with Dorian's comment and smiled for their selfie. [#123456 "I hope you like getting destroyed in video games,"] he teased.
When they made their way inside and to the bar Apollo's eyes darted everywhere. There were so many familiar games there, nostalgia bubbling inside him. [i This place is absolutely perfect. And I love that I'm here with Dorian.] Snapping his attention back to the shorter male, he considered the question. [#123456 "A shot of tequila,"] he told the bartender decisively. This seemed like a good time for such a strong drink. He wanted to loosen up so that he could have fun without worrying too much about his words or actions.
[#123456 "What should we play first? There are so many choices...I feel like a kid in a candy store,"] he chuckled. The bartender slid the shot glass of the liquid amber across the bar. Apollo gazed into the glass before gathering the courage to shoot the whole thing back. The liquid burned his throat and he couldn't help himself from coughing.
Dorian was caught off guard by Apollo’s actions. “Oh you’re sneaky.” He teased and smirks when the waiter left with the check and Apollo’s card. “Next time I will pay for dinner or whenever we get food again. Deal?” He asked and smiles. “Thanks though.” He was glad that Apollo was being so nice to him. He would definitely buy him drinks tonight for it.
When Apollo decided on the arcade bar Dorian smiles even wider. “It’s going to be really fun. My band mates and I go there all the time. Prepare to get your ass beat in some games.” He teased and stands up. The two take a cab to the bar. He would have his band mate pick up his car and drop it off st his condo for him. When they arrived the night was just getting started.
“Let’s have a fun night.” Dorian takes out his phone and takes a selfie of them. Once carded and allowed inside Dorian goes right to the bar to start them off with a good drink. “What would you like to drink Apollo? Get whatever you want. Some drinks will be all on me.” He pats his shoulder and looks around really quick. The place wasn’t too crowded which Dorian liked. He could play a lot of games with Apollo.
Apollo noticed that Dorian also set his card out. This wasn't a date, but it kind of felt like one since he had been the one to bring up getting food together. With a mischievous smile he snatched the other male's card and dropped it down the front of his shirt. Just as he did this, the waiter appeared to take the check and his card. Smiling, Apollo removed Dorian's card from his shirt and slid it across the table to him after the waiter disappeared. [#123456 "I'll be paying for dinner."]
With the check situated he had time to think about the options for where they should go next. [#123456 "Uh, yeah, you don't want to see me try to dance,"] he said with a chuckle. [#123456 "I'm very interested in the arcade bar you mentioned. I like games, which, I guess you already know that. And maybe we can walk around by the lake afterwards?"] His mind worked overtime trying to prepare him for the rest of the night. He could imagine walking by the lake and telling Dorian about his feelings, but definitely after he had drinks. The lake seemed like a cute place to tell someone about your crush on them. Like something from a movie.
The waiter brought back Apollo's card and he slipped it back into his wallet. [#123456 "So, the arcade bar then?"]
Dorian rolls his eyes at Apollo’s comment about nudity again. He couldn’t help but smile at the fact that Apollo was flirting with him. [i i wondr If He even realizes what he’s doing. Bad Apollo, if you have a crush and you’re flirting with someone else who’s not your crush.] He thought and smirks softly to himself.
“Well my friend there’s a lot to do down town. We can go see a movie, we can go to a museum or art gallery. There’s an adult arcade place that sells drinks and small plates while people play the old arcade games. It’s a cool ha g out spot if you like games.” He smiles. “We can walk around by the lake and just relax, we can shop too. There’s a lot of little boutiques and what not down here. Of course there are bars and clubs but you don’t seem too much of a dancer.” Dorian teased his friend.
[i I can just picture him not trying to dance or running away. So cute.] Dorian thought and noticed he bill placed down on the table. Before he could get his card put Apollo places his card on the check. Dorian then does the same since he wasn’t expecting Apollo to pay for his meal. Dorian had enough money for his food obsession. He made sure he did.
Dorian seemed to take his joke well, even teasing him back. Even so, the dark haired male's response managed to make his cheeks turn pink. [i That kind of seems like flirting? I guess I flirted first maybe with my nudity comment. So he was just getting me back....is that flirting?] Apollo nodded upon hearing that he could wear whatever, chuckling at the mention of wearing nothing or just his underwear. If he had more confidence he would actually take his friend up on the offer but just the thought of doing such a thing made him nervous. [#123456 "Hmm...I'll probably come in sweats but I could come nude. It will be a surprise,"] he joked.
His plate was all but empty at this point, a few pieces of rice hiding in the leftover sauce. Apollo leaned back with a satisfied smile. Everything was delicious as usual. When Dorian asked if he had any plans he immediately shook his head to say no. Thinking he might seem too eager he tried to play it cool. [#123456 "I mean...uh. I was planning on going home and doing nothing really. But if you want to do something else I would really like that,"] he stammered. He was foolish to think he could play it cool. [#123456 "Although what's to be done downtown besides drinking?"]
The waiter came by their table to scoop up their plates and leave the check. Without hesitation Apollo grabbed the check and opened his wallet. He placed his card against the receipt and waited to hear what they should do next.
Slowly Dorian noticed how Apollo began to loosen up. The male even seemed exited about being his model. [i Perfect Apollo. I promise the painting will come out amazing.] He thought and sips on his drink. He almost choked though when Apollo joked about not wearing any clothes. Dorian composed himself and then chuckles at the comment. “Be careful what you say Apollo. I might take you up on that offer.” He teased and smirks at his good friend.
Dorian wasn’t sure what his friend should wear. [i Should I dress him up? Maybe he should wear something casual. He looks good no matter what he wears in all honesty.] With a small smile he looks at Apollo. “Just come as you. You can wear whatever you want. A t-shirt and some sweats. Either way I’m going to give you an amazing painting but if you want to wear nothing or just some underwear that would be perfect too.” Dorian chuckles and finishes his meal.
When they both were done they talked for a few more minutes. “Any plans now?” Dorian asked curiously. Dorian was going to go home and do nothing but if he could spend some more time with Apollo he would take it.
Apollo breathed a sigh of relief that Dorian didn't hold his awkwardness against him. The male even teased him which made the tension he was feeling slowly fade. If he was dealing with anyone else he would have shut down, not speaking for the rest of the dinner. But he wanted to speak more with Dorian. He truly enjoyed his company. Although he wondered if he could ever make a move or if his words would continue to get lost. [i Hopefully one day I will tell him about my crush. Maybe I should plan something? Something he'd like...]
Apollo scooped another helping of rice and chicken into his mouth. He shook his thoughts away upon hearing Dorian's suggestion. [#123456 "Use me for art? Oh...I've never had anyone paint me before. That honestly sounds like a lot of fun and it would be cool to see you paint. I'm in."] He smiled and struck a pose in his chair, giggles pouring from his mouth. [#123456 "Should I wear anything special or should I just wear nothing at all?"] he joked with a goofy smile. It seemed like a funny thing to joke about although Apollo was curious about what being a model for a painting would entail.
Dorian could tell Apollo was nervous and wasn’t sure what to say or how to carry himself at the moment. [i I feel a bit bad for putting g him on the spot like that. I mean...what was I expecting him to say?] He thought and sighs softly. He places his chin in the palm of his hand and looks at his friend. Dorian chuckles with a small smile. “Yeah it sounds a little crazy but I like a little crazy.” He teased and sissy up straight. “You don’t owe me an explanation. I understand Apollo. I’m sorry I put you on the spot like that.”
The food was delicious. Dorian couldn’t help but continue eating after their little awkward moment. [i I have to come back here again. This is perfect for me.] He thought with a soft smile by he quickly stopped eating when he thought Apollo was going to tell him who he had a crush on but he cut himself short. “Damn.” He said softly and closed his eyes. Dorian was cursing even more on the inside since he wanted to know.
When he opened his eyes he smiles a bit. “Well at least you have a crush. Hopefully one day you can tell me.” He chuckles. “New topic. You should let use you for art. I can make an amazing painting of you or a sculpture. It’ll give me something fun to do.”
Apollo chewed his food more than was needed, as if his life depended on it. He was mostly trying to focus on not saying something stupid. Saying the wrong thing was one of the talents he couldn't seem to shake. He listened to Dorian offering to help him find a date, his discomfort rising. The only thing his brain could think of were the feelings that had built up for his friend over the course of their online correspondence. The words were on the tip of his tongue but he couldn't say them. Why were words so hard?
His silence continued, the only sounds coming from him were the soft chews from his closed mouth. [i God he thinks I'm hopeless because I can't even express myself. Of course I know what having a crush feels like...I just can't act on my feelings.] He swallowed his food and gripped the fork in his hand until his knuckles turned white. [#123456 "I-I'm sorry. There's no alcohol this time to help me. I just felt a little on the spot because sometimes it takes my brain longer to think of a response but I feel pressured to respond quickly because that's what society demands. So I end up getting anxious which makes it harder to think of what to say. And then I overthink what I plan on saying and it's just a vicious cycle. Maybe that sounds crazy? It probably is a little crazy."] He took his time trying to explain himself, nervously glancing up at his friend every few seconds to gauge his reaction.
Usually he didn't bother trying to explain himself to people, but he felt that he owed Dorian a small explanation. They had been talking online for awhile and of course it was easier for Apollo to type. It gave him time to think and plan what exactly he would say. It was safe, unlike real life interactions.
[#123456 "I mean what if I told you that I-I-"] he cut himself off and ran his fingers through his hair. [#123456 "Forget it. But, uh, I don't need your help finding a date. I do have a crush. I'm just hopelessly stupid."]
Dorian wasn’t expecting things to get took awkward but that’s exactly what happened. The question he had asked seemed to really put Apollo on the spot. He was just curious as to who Apollo might be interested in. [i Guy talk...I guess it was too much for him. I would of answered the questions right back if he had asked me.] He thought and played with the straw in his glass. Dorian knew he would t get a straight answer from his friend when the waiter arrived with more food. With a small pout Dorian ate as well while trying to figure out something to say.
“Sounds really sad Apollo. Wouldn’t you want something more with your life though? Dating can be fun. I’ll even help you find someone to date.” He chuckles. “You’re not bad looking. A little bit awkward at first when it comes to having a conversation but that’s not bad. You’ll be a great date ya know?”
When their entrees arrived Dorian happily ate his food. “Also I’m sure you will know when you have a crush on someone. It’s an undeniable feeling.” Dorian added. [i Maybe I’m not the one he has a crush on or he really could be telling the truth and doesn’t have one at all.] With a soft chuckle Dorian looks at his friend. “I won’t asked anymore weird questions. Sorry to put you on the spot like that Apollo.”
Apollo was happy to hear that Dorian had a good day. He knew almost nothing about art and he was horrible when it came to painting or drawing, but he definitely admired the craft. [#123456 "Getting paid is always a plus,"] he said with a chuckle. The waiter returned and set a glass of water in front of him and tea in front of Dorian. When asked about his own day he sighed and leaned back in his chair. [#123456 "I got roped into wedding decoration stuff. But it was fun...or interesting at least. There's never a dull moment with Selene."]
The next question that came caught him completely off guard. Instantly his cheeks began to turn pink. He wished that the food had come so he could at least try to blame it on his spicy meal. And worse than his pink cheeks was his complete silence. How was he supposed to answer such a question? [i I could try to be smooth and hint that maybe I like him but I'm literally the worst at being smooth. Should I just say I'm not interested in anyone at all? That sounds very closed off...I don't want him to think I'm unapproachable. Although maybe he doesn't mean anything by this question and I'm overthinking it...] He stared at his friend, a blank expression on his face as he chewed on his lip and tried to think of what to say.
[#123456 "Uh, um, what an odd question. No, I'm not seeing anyone. And I'm very bad at admitting that I have a crush on someone so...I'm not even sure. I might like someone?"] Apollo's face turned a darker shade of pink and he averted his eyes from Dorian as he spoke. Luckily the waiter provided a short distraction, setting their meals in front of them and setting the appetizer to the side. Apollo immediately stuck a fried potato from the appetizer into his mouth. Delicious. Plus it was calming and distracted him from his embarrassing thoughts.
After chewing for a few seconds he swallowed and rested his chin in one hand. [#123456 "I'm not very good with relationships. Remember how I said I'm destined to die old and alone with 80 cats? That really wasn't an exaggeration."] He tried to laugh even though he felt awkward talking about such things.
“Chicken and potatoes is always appealing.” Dorian said and chuckles. He listened to Apollo talk about the food he liked which caused him to smile. When the waiter came Dorian chuckles softly when he hears that the waiter remembered exactly what Apollo usually orders. “How funny.” He said and smirks he then looks at the waiter. “I’ll take the shrimp tikka masala and some tea.” The waiter nods and leaves them be.
Once alone Dorian began to eat his naan again. [i I wonder what else we should talk about. Just relax. It’ll come to you.] He thought and looks at his friend. Apollo mentioned his art and Dorian smiles. “My day was great. Spent the whole day in my studio painting and making ceramic pieces. I even got paid so I’m happy.” The waiter returned with their drinks and then left the table. “How was your day Apollo? Had fun with your sister?” Dorian sips on his warm tea. He hummed softly since he enjoyed the warmth and taste of the tea. “I have a question. Are you seeing anyone Apollo? I think I remember you saying you weren’t dating anyone but are you talking to anyone that you like a bit more than a friend?” Dorian looks at him. “I’m just really curious.”
Despite the menu being in front of his face he still noticed when Dorian entered the restaurant. Still telling himself to play it cool he continued to "scan" the menu until the other male had actually reached the table. He chuckled at his comment about the food smelling good. [#123456 "It's really hard not to order everything. I always end up getting the chicken vindaloo. Every time I say I'll get something else but there's something so appealing about chicken and potatoes in a spicy sauce. They have really good curry too though."] He chuckled and slid his menu to the edge of the table. [#123456 "And I usually get the aloo pakora as an appetizer because I guess I really love potatoes?"]
When the waiter arrived with the naan he pulled out his small notepad and readied himself for their orders. Although when he took in Apollo's appearance he smiled, [b "Ah, lemme guess. Aloo pakora as an appetizer and chicken vindaloo--spicy?"] Apollo looked shocked. He didn't visit the restaurant [i that] much. Although he did recognize the waiter. He was probably his waiter just about every time he did come. Apollo laughed and shook his head. [#123456 "Yes, I'm a creature of habit."] The waiter smiled and turned to Dorian to take his order.
Apollo tried to think of conversation topics while the waiter took Dorian's order. There was no alcohol to help him this time, although he hoped that things would come naturally once again. Still it was always better to prepare or stupid words would come out of his mouth.
After the waiter left the table with their food orders, Apollo smiled at his friend across the table. [#123456 "So....art?"] His smile faltered from his stupidity. [i Wow I'm actually a dumb ass.] Apollo ran his fingers through his hair and sighed. [#123456 "Uh, by that I mean, how did painting go today? How was your day?"]
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