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Hearing Dorian's teasing comment made him crack a smile. [#123456 "Aw, that [i would] be mean. And hey! I never said I wouldn't let you see, just that you couldn't see it right there in the restaurant. Have...have you been thinking about it since dinner?"] Apollo blushed and wiggled his eyebrows playfully. Was he being forward? Was Dorian being forward? [i This is flirting, right? Its pretty fun to flirt with him.] He thought as he handed the employee money for the two tickets. Hand still attached to Dorian's, he led them into the theater and towards the concessions. [#123456 "I don't think I've ever had popcorn and gummy bears together. I probably haven't had any sweet snacks or foods since that cake from the anniversary party so I'm down for gummy bears. As long as you promise to eat all the green ones."] He chuckled and stepped up to the counter to order the snacks.
Minutes later they were in the theater 12, where the romance-action movie was showing. Apollo scanned the available seats and decided on a pair of seats that were directly in the middle both ways. He plopped down and finally let go of Dorian's hand, though was a little sad to do so. There weren't many people seated so far and Apollo could feel nerves settling into his stomach. [i On a date are you supposed to pay attention to the movie or make out during the movie? I don't want to seem like a prude but...ugh, I'm thinking about everything to much.] He turned to look at Dorian with a nervous smile, popping a few gummy bears into his mouth as the lights dimmed.
Dorian spend most of the car ride trying to picture what Apollo’s body looked like. [i He’s tall so maybe his more lean than muscular? But the way the sweater fits him it seems as if he does have muscle. Six pack?!] He thought just trying to figure it out since Apollo wouldn’t show him. When they arrived at the movie theater Dorian was caught off guard by Apollo grabbing his hand. He snapped out of his thoughts of Apollo’s mystery body and looked down at their hands. A small smile crept on his face as he walked with Apollo. [i This is nice.] He thought.
There were several new movies out, Dorian was taking into consideration what Apollo liked and didn’t like. “I should make you watch a horror since you won’t let me see what your body looks like.” He teased and looked at Apollo. “But I’m not that mean.” He chuckled. “Why don’t we see this one.” It was a action movie with romance. He figured it would satisfy both of their likes. “And yes we must get popcorn and gummy bears.” He said seriously. Dorian has a sweet tooth and he just had to have something to snack on. “I hope you’re ok with that.”
Apollo chuckled at Dorian's comment about feeding him and shoved another salmon roll into his mouth. [#123456 "Believe it or not, I work out often. I'd say I'm on the way to a god-like bod. I would lift up my sweater and show you, but, uh we're in public. You'll just have to picture it in your mind,"] he teased, flashing a devilish grin at his friend. He surprised himself by how easily the words came to him. Just a week ago he would have felt completely uncomfortable saying something like that to Dorian. [i Hmm, I wonder if he likes well built body types? Although...I can't see anyone ever having a problem with someone having a nice body.]
He put some thought into what movie genre they should settle on, chewing as he argued with himself mentally. [#123456 "I'm fine with anything as long as it isn't horror. If I'm being honest...my favorite genre is probably romance,"] he smiled sheepishly. Apollo was a sucker for cliche plots, predictable characters, and happy endings. After eating until he could not fit any more food in his stomach, he leaned back in his chair and stretched. A satisfied smile lined his lips. When the waitress came back with the check he began to reach for his wallet only to discover that Dorian had beat him to it. [#123456 "Tsk, sneaky."]
When they arrived at the movie theater Apollo opened the passenger door for Dorian yet again. This time he took Dorian's hand in his own and intertwined his fingers with it as they walked up to the ticket booth. It felt weird to make them move to hold someone's hand, but he didn't hate it. [#123456 "I'll pay for the movie since you paid for dinner. Pick whichever one. Oh...and I know we just ate but should we get popcorn for the hell of it?"]
“I’m going to pay too. You don’t have to pay for everything.” Dorian looks at Apollo. He then chuckles at his comment about having people feed him. “Hey it won’t taste as nearly as good if I’m not the one feeding you.” He smirks and eats some of the fish. “You must have the body of a Greek God if you want to be treated like one.” He teased. [i Of course you don’t know what his body looks like. Maybe he has a well built body. Heh I would probably have to feed him again if he does.] He thought.
The two really began to eat once the entrees arrived. “I do want to go to the movies. I’m like most genres. What about you? I’m sure we can find something to suit both of our tastes. I know there a really good action movie out.” He eats some of the calamari. “I’m so happy right now.” He chuckles and keeps eating. Dorian really did enjoy good food.
When they finished eating they had enough to pack up and take with hem. Dorian split what food was left with Apollo. He then takes out his car and hands it to the waitress before Apollo could get his card out. Dorian winks at him since he paid for the entire bill before Apollo could. The dinner was nice and easy but Dorian knew that the movie might be a bit more nerve racking since they would be sitting close together in a dark room.
Just hearing Dorian list off the appetizers made his stomach rumble. Everything sounded so good. [#123456 "It's a plan. Let's go crazy and order whatever our hearts desire. I'm buying. Hmmm...I think I'll get some miso soup too,"] he said with a smile and closed his menu. When the appetizers actually arrived he could hardly stop himself from digging in, but paused hearing Dorian suggest what to try first. Apollo made a move to grab his chopsticks to pick up a piece of the fish, but Dorian was already holding the piece of fish to his mouth to feed him.
Apollo hesitated, shifting his eyes to look at the tables around them before returning his gaze to Dorian. Now blushing, he opened his mouth slowly and received the fish. His eyes lit up as he chewed. [#123456 "That's really good! Also, maybe even better because you fed it to me. I should have people feed me more often. I am named after a Greek god after all,"] he joked after swallowing the fish.
They went on happily chatting and eating their appetizers. When the sushi boat arrived Apollo placed a hand to his forehead and pretended to faint. [#123456 "Well, ready to watch me stuff my face even more? I wonder how much of this we can really eat."] Apollo readied his chopsticks and went for a salmon roll, popping it in his mouth with a satisfied smile. [#123456 "We were going to head to the movies after dinner, right? What kind of movie were you thinking? I have absolutely no idea what's playing because I almost never watch movies. It's sad, really."]
“You would think my parents would feel the same way but nope. They don’t. I don’t see what’s so wrong with being a musician. Do they tho k I’m going to turn into some type of wild rebel or something? I don’t know. They’re just too over protective. I’m grown.” Dorian said.
Once they were seated he couldn’t help but want everything he saw on the menu. “How about you get the boat and I’ll get us some other items. Like the bbq albacore, some calamari, and their tempura mushrooms?” He asked wondering what Apollo thought about that. This way they could share all the items and enjoy the different entrees. Dorian didn’t expect Apollo to pay for their meal or anything. He actually wanted to pay for it all but he had a feeling Apollo wouldn’t let him do that. [i If he doesn’t want me to pay for it all I will at least pay half.] He thought and looks at the drinks. “Ooh tea sounds good.” He mutters. He wanted something warm since it was cool out. Fall would be disappearing and Winter will be taking over soon.
As the night went on the two talked and laughed happily. They are their appetizers and waited for their food. “You have try this first.” Dorian said as he breaks his chopsticks. He then holds the piece of fish to Apollo’s mouth. He didn’t think too much about feeding Apollo, he just did it.
A frown set in on Apollo's face as he listened to Dorian explain the stressful situation with his parents. While his own mother could be particularly annoying about his love-life, neither of his parents had ever pressured him to do any particular job. As long as he was happy and making money, they were happy. [#123456 "I think you're a brilliant artist and musician. You shouldn't have to choose between the two because your own happiness is really the most important thing."]
Apollo shook his head to answer Dorian's question. [#123456 "Nope. Never been here so I'm pretty excited to try it. I kind of want to go all out and get one of those huge sushi boats."] He was taken aback by the comment about being sweet, opening the door out of habit. [#123456 "Ah, oh, it's just uh good manners. But I'm glad you're enjoying the nice treatment,"] he chuckled. His face immediately heated up, feeling the others lips against his cheek. Trying not to draw too much attention to himself he followed behind Dorian into the restaurant.
The hostess led them to a table and placed a menu in front of both of them. Apollo pretended to drool as he flipped through the menu. [#123456 "Wow, yupp. I'm going to order the ridiculous sushi boat. I'm feeling bold and ready."]
“Yeah I got some work done but I mean it was all very stressful. My parents are harassing me about this art stuff. I got a lot of paid gigs with the band and they just had the idea of me being in a band and pursing my music. Like I love art and all but I think I really want to be a musician or at least do both. They want me to just focus on art and it’s not fair.” Dorian ruffles his hair a bit. “Even though I told them I wouldn’t make the art pieces that people were going to pay me for I did. Now I’m waiting for my apology from them.”
When they arrived his stressful mood disappeared. “Me too. I’m going to eat till I can’t breathe.” He teased. He loved that he could joke around with Apollo like this. They were really good friends so it made it easy for Dorian to be on this date without Apollo. “Have you been to this sushi place before? They have amazing oysters here. Oh and their bbq albacore is great.” When Apollo opened the door for him he smiles wide. “You know you’re really sweet. I could get use to this nice treatment.” He chuckles. “Thank you Apollo.” He kissed his cheek without thinking too much about it and walks into the restaurant.
Apollo couldn't help but laugh at Dorian's response regarding his sweater, blushing still from being called handsome. He wasn't around people enough to think about his own looks, but he was slowly becoming more aware of them. [i Hearing someone so attractive call me handsome makes me feel...really good.]
“Yeah I won’t be drinking either. I don’t want anything to get in the way of me developing any real feelings about tonight. I want you to enjoy me when I’m sober.”
The sentence took awhile for Apollo to process. He raised both eyebrows, his face turning extremely red. Did he mean...no, surely he just had his mind in the gutter. Apollo bit his lip and tried his best to avoid eye contact figuring that Dorian didn't mean anything like that at all. [i Ahhh why did I even think about it like that?] Apollo nodded his head about leaving and followed the other out of the apartment.
Inside the car his blush had finally settled down and he felt more relaxed. [#123456 "I know what you mean. I'm working on a project that requires a lot of focus but I just couldn't. I got some work done. I was just all nerves. Ah, nervous in a good way though,"] he said as he shifted the car into drive. The car ride was short and when they arrived at the restaurant Apollo realized how hungry he actually was. [#123456 "I'm going to shove so much sushi in my mouth. You'll be disgusted,"]he joked, stepping out of the car and heading around to the passenger side to open the door for Dorian.
Dorian actually loved that Apollo was so shy. It was cute to Dorian and it made him feel more at ease in this situation which would normally be nerve racking. “You deserve flowers too. If we go on another date I’ll pick you up and bring you some.” He pushes his hair back and chuckles when Apollo mentioned his mother bought him the sweater. “Oh you’re funny.” He teased. “I’m going to have to thank her for buying it because you look really handsome in it.” The compliments from Apollo made Dorian feel much better about himself and what he was wearing. He had tried to pick out a good outfit. “I’ll take cute.” He smirks since it was rare he got called cute. He liked it though. Apollo was definitely different than anyone he’s ever dated.
“Yeah I won’t be drinking either. I don’t want anything to get in the way of me developing any real feelings about tonight. I want you to enjoy me when I’m sober.” Dorian paused after speaking since he realized that what he had said could be taken in a wrong way. [i I hope he doesn’t have a curry or mind like me.] He thought and clears his throat. “So um Yeah let’s go.” He grabs his wallet and keys before walking out the door with his friend. Dorian gets into his car and gets comfortable. “How was work today? Mine was busy...I was having such a hard time focusing.”
Apollo smiled when Dorian answered the door. He had been looking forward to seeing him. He felt even better when the roses in his hand were acknowledged. [i I'm the first to bring him flowers...does that mean I'm a dweeb? Or that romance is dead and everyone else is a jerk?] The hug from Dorian was enough to tint his cheeks red, but he didn't feel as awkward seeing that the shorter male was also blushing. [#123456 "I'm...I'm glad you like them. I almost didn't buy them because it felt too cliche, but uh, it feels nice to know I'm the first to bring you flowers. You deserve lots of flowers...I mean, uh, yeah,"] he stammered as he followed Dorian inside the apartment.
The comment about his appearance seemed to startle him even more and he could feel the heat rising in his cheeks. Apollo usually wore loser shirts not caring much about clothing. This sweater was more form-fitting and showed off the fact that he worked out more than he let on. [#123456 "Thanks...my mom bought me this sweater."] He paused and pinched the bridge of his nose with a thumb and index finger. [#123456 "I'm being the biggest dork. Wow. You...you look really cute,"] he laughed and smiled sheepishly at Dorian. [#123456 "I got your text about sushi and it sounds good to me. I'll drive so you can drink if you want to. No drinking for me after that awful hangover reminding me that every day I inch closer to being an old man,"] he joked.
[i Alright, Apollo. Just stop talking so much and you'll stop saying stupid things. I think that was a smooth recovery...sort of. He does look really cute.] Apollo gave himself a mental pep talk as he looked around the apartment. This was all so new. He was going on a date. With a person he really liked. It was much different than his typical nights spent in front of the computer or a video game system.
Dorian was laying on the floor in his down town studio. He was covered in pain since he had relieved a bit of stress by throwing paint on the large wall he had covered with a paper back drop. He had been arguing with his parents a lot lately due to him declining a few work orders from them to go perform with his band. It didn’t matter to them that he was getting paid to perform, all they could see that he was choosing his music over his art. Dorian sighs softly and sits up. “I better start cleaning up.” He mutters as he began to clean up his studio. When he finished he took a picture of a few art pieces that he had made, they were part of the work orders he declined but felt guilty by his parents for doing so. “They owe me a damn apology after I show them that I actually did the damn work.” He cursed as he sends off the text messages to his mother and father.
After locking up he heads back to his apartment. He had one thing to be happy about and that was the date he was going to have with Apollo tonight. Dorian took a hot shower and picked out a nice outfit for the evening. As did he did his hair his phone vibrated on the bathroom counter. “Apollo~” he said happily and reads his text. [b How does Japanese food sound? I know this great sushi place. I could go for sushi and ramen. :p can’t wait till you get here.] He sent hoping Apollo would be ok with that idea.
While going into his living room he fixes the collar of the shirt he wore under his sweater. Of course Dorian had his signature edge to his fashionable style. He looked in a mirror and smirked. “Not bad Dorian.” He teased himself and checked his phone for the time. Suddenly there was a knock at the front door which made Dorian smile. He opens with and his blue eyes go right to the flowers. [i He’s such sweet a guy.] He thought and chuckles softly. “You’re the first to bring me roses, well flowers in general.” He takes the roses from Apollo and hugs him gently. “Thank you. I feel a bit flustered to be honest.” Dorian could t help the slight red tiny that coated his cheeks. “Come on in. I’m going to put these up.” He goes into his kitchen and pulls out a base from a low cabinet. Once filling it with water he puts the roses in it.
Dorian sets the vase in his living room, he knew he would be sculpting f them later. After admiring the roses for a few seconds he faces Apollo. “You clean up nicely.” He doesn’t hide the fact that he’s checking him out since he knew it would make Apollo blush.
When the day arrived for their first date, Apollo was all nerves. He found it hard to do the simplest task for work and he had to constantly delete lines of code that were full of mistakes. Various scenarios of how the night would play out kept running through his head. Mostly he was just afraid that he would mess everything up. Somehow. This was the first time in a long time he was genuinely interested in a person romantically and he wanted everything to be perfect.
Soon it was time to quit work for the day. Apollo pushed the chair away from the computer and padded into his bedroom to change clothes. Should he go casual or dress up a bit? Something inbetween? Searching through the closet his eyes settled on a dark grey, cashmere turtleneck. It was a gift from his mother and he had worn it a handful of times. Feeling that it looked nice, he slipped it over his head and rolled the sleeves up. The sweater looked good with the dark pants he was wearing. [i I look decent? I feel expensive and confident in this sweater. I should wear it more.] He chuckled to himself and slipped his phone out to send a text to Dorian. [b Have you decided where you want to have dinner? I'll be there to pick you up in an hour or so :)]
Apollo left out somewhat earlier, but wanted to have time to pick something up before he got Dorian. There was a small flower shop down the street from his condo. Flowers seemed appropriate for a first date. Although as he stepped into the shop he began to doubt himself. The flower attendant was able to pick up on his indecisiveness and asked if he needed help. [#123456 "Are flowers for a first date too much? Is that old-fashioned? Do people still give flowers?"] The attendant smiled and led him over to a small bouquet of roses. [b "You can't go wrong with roses. I'm sure your date will appreciate the gesture."] Apollo wasn't entirely convinced but he purchased the roses anyway and left the shop with a smile on his face and roses in hand.
Thirty minutes later and he was in front of Dorian's apartment door fidgeting with the bouquet of roses. [i Agh, I hope getting roses wasn't a dumb idea. Dinner and a movie...that feels appropriate for flower giving though.] He took a deep breath and knocked a couple of times, keeping the roses clutched in front of him in his other hand.
As he waited for a reply to the text he had sent Dorian makes his way to his home studio. He started to pack a few things to work on between breaks when practicing with his band. He figured he could start sketching out some new projects to work on. When he finally got the text he was looking for he smiles and reads it quickly. [b I’m sorry you’re suffering :p try taking a pain killer and hydrate. I always find that getting hydrated for me always makes me feel better.] He sent and leans on the arm of his couch. “Hope he feels better soon.” He mutters and the. Heads towards his bathroom to get ready for the day.
Once he had a shower and got dressed he grabbed his guitar case and the bag he had packed before walking out the door. Dorian didn’t feel like eating but he knew once he got to one of his band member’s hone there would be food there that’s ready to eat. It didn’t take long for him to arrive so he parks his car and happily heads inside. Dorian opens the door and greets the members that were there. “Food.” He said and chuckles before going into the kitchen. “You look a bit off. Had a rough night?” His bass player asked. “No I just got drunk hanging out with Apollo.” He mutters as he stuffs his face with brunch dishes. “So I’m going out on a date with him.” He added. He knew he could talk to his friends about these kind of things.
“Don’t mess it up.” One member said and they all agreed with what he said. “I won’t. I’m a pretty fun date ya know.” Dorian told them. “I mean we soundly really know. Your dates usually turn into a one night stand or something and we never hear about them again. You’re pretty all over the place.” The drummer looks at Dorian and Dorian pouts a bit. “True...but this is different. I wouldn’t treat Apollo like that. Besides it just a date, it’s not like we’re together. It’s just to see if things could possibly be better as more than friends.”
When they finished eating and talking they started to practice.
Usually Apollo spent cab rides in silence, not wanting to impose on the driver. However, he was so happy and wanted to share his happiness with everyone. He spent the whole cab ride telling the driver about his wonderful night. The driver didn't seem to mind, asking questions and giving dating advice here and there. Apollo waved goodbye when he exited the cab. As he fumbled with the keys to his front door he realized that he had just talked to a stranger on his own accord about personal matters. [i Is it the alcohol or am I just super geeked about my night with Dorian that I want to tell anyone and everyone?] He decided it was a little of both.
The first thing Apollo felt when he opened his eyes in the morning was a harsh pounding in his head. Groaning, the tall male sat up in bed before deciding that any kind of movement made him feel even worse. So he laid in bed staring up at the ceiling, only moving his eyes to the side once to check the time on the wall clock. It was two in the afternoon. Not an unusual time for him to wake.
Without moving from his ceiling staring position he reached onto the nightstand and grabbed his phone. A smile lit up his face when he saw that he had a text from Dorian. [i I feel so excited and a little stupid. Is this what it feels like to really like someone? Strange...] Apollo didn't hesitate to respond. [b Got home safe and sound. Currently trying to decide the best way to nurse my hangover. How are you?] He sent the text and laid the phone on his chest, closing his eyes. This did nothing to help the pounding in his head.
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