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After many wedding related shopping trips, Apollo and Selene eventually ended up in a small coffee shop. He ordered the largest cold brew possible because he was starting to feel the effects of staying up so late the night before and not being able to sleep in. Feeling his phone buzz he slid the device out of his pocket, a pleased smile on his face when he read the contents of the text from Dorian.
[b Actually there's this really good Indian place that I try to go to every time I'm downtown. It's called Sapphire. I will meet you there!]
[+green "Polly...did you hear anything I just said?"] The voice of his sister wiped the dumb grin from his face and he looked at her stupidly. He really hadn't heard her. Sighing, she twirled a blonde lock around her finger and raised an eyebrow. Waiting.
[#123456 "I'm having dinner with Dorian. Do you think my outfit is okay?"] Selene burst into laughter, setting down her coffee cup so as not to spill any liquid. [+green "Wow it's not often that you care about your appearance so much. Hm, you look better dressed than normal. Classy but not too classy. Kind of like a young, hot professor."]
Apollo wasn't sure if that was a good thing. When Selene assured him that it was a good thing he breathed a sigh of relief. Finishing the remnants of their coffee the siblings exited the cafe and parted ways. Apollo's drive to the indian restaurant was short, only spanning a couple blocks.
After he parked his car he fussed with his hair a bit in the rear-view mirror. He felt stupid for caring this much about his appearance. Why was he acting so dumb? Sighing, Apollo clambered out of the car and entered the restaurant. He was led to a table for two. The low lighting and gentle music helped calm his already anxious demeanor.
Dorian was happy that he would be seeing Apollo again. He smiles as he replies to the text he had received. “Alright I’ll text you when I’m done. See you later Apollo.” He said with a soft chuckle. Dorian began to work hard since he wanted to go out to eat as soon as possible.
Hours go by and Dorian had met with his last client. He goes over his list of things to do and starts checking things off. “Hmm. Looks like I’m on schedule.” He mutters and sets the paper down. Dorian goes to the bathroom in his studio and cleans up. Paint covered the exposed parts of his body. Dorian was happy that he always had some spare clothes here and that his studio did have a bathroom with a working shower. Wiping the paint off wasn’t good enough so he hopped into the shower.
After his shower he sends Apollo a text. “Hey I’m down to go eat now. Is there anything speck I you have a taste for? I can meet you some where.” He sent as he dries his hair. It didn’t take Dorian long to get ready. He wasn’t dressed as fancy as he was the other night but he still looked stylish. “My hair needs a quick trim.” He mutters as he tries his best to style it. His dark hair was parted a bit and pushed from his eyes. Satisfied with how he looked Dorian went into the mall kitchen area to see what he had to snack on. His stomach was growling and he was ready to stuff his face with food.
The conversation in the car was more enjoyable than Apollo expected. Selene talked to him about how much she loved the website he had put together for her wedding. It was definitely a confidence boost since his sister was beyond picky. She also talked to him about small details about the big day. Normally this kind of talk would be a bore, but he could feel how excited she was which made him excited too.
[+green "So I think the shades of purple color palette is really working out. The bridesmaids have all picked out their dresses and they're all beautiful. Half of them have a plum color and the other half have a dusty lavender. Oh, it's such a perfect color palette for fall. By the way, since we're heading downtown, do you want to help me make some center pieces. I know the wedding is a few months away but I like to start things early. Plus, there are going to be at least two hundred people in attendance so there will probably be about thirty tables."]
Apollo tried to take in all of the information the best he could. Before he knew it Selene had roped him into a shopping trip. They scanned the aisles looking for specific colors of vases and other odds and ends. While Selene held up two vases to compare the colors, he pulled out his phone to check it. Seeing that Dorian had texted him back made him smile.
[b Apollo: Lunch or dinner? Hm, let me know when you're finished with work and I'll take you out for food. I'm downtown helping Selene pick out...things? I'm not quite sure what we're looking for anymore.]
He sent the text just as his sister turned her attention to him. [+green "Are you maybe texting...Dorian? I forgot to ask what you two ended up doing last night after leaving the party."] A devious grin lit up Selene's face and Apollo tried to busy himself with an object on a shelf to avoid her eyes. [#123456 "We went to a club and talked. I can tell what you mean by your grin and nothing like that happened."]
Selene chuckled and reached up to tussle his hair. [+green "Oh my sweet, precious baby brother. I'm not surprised. Well, I hope you two get together soon. He seems very nice."] She gave him an encouraging smile and turned back to the wall of vases. [+green "Alright, now help me put thirty of these into the cart."]
Dorian yawns softly as he drives into the city. It was always such a long but enjoyable drive when the weather was nice. “Hmm it looks like it might rain.” He mutters as he glanced up at the sky. When he finally reached the city he groans since there was so much traffic. “I just want to ge down town to my studio...” he whines to himself. Twenty minutes go by before he was able to park in front of the large building that held his stupid. Dorian had the top two floors all to himself. That was something he could thank his mother and father foor, they didn’t mind spending money on him if it would benefit his art career.
Once inside he looks over his agenda for the day. “Ok finish up He nature painting, start and finish the portrait, make a tea pot set but only with the colors gold and black.” He mutters softly. Dorian didn’t mind working late, he actually lost himself in his work quite a bit so staying late didn’t phase him. [i I actually have a few customers coming by as well. Hope they don’t mind my boring old clothes.] He thought since he wasn’t really dressed nice enough to meet people. With a shrug he starts setting up and when he finished he sits on his chair staring at the painting before him. His eyes scanned the canvas, just taking note of what he could touch up on before calling it quits. “Oh he might of replied.” He remembered that he had sent Apollo a message so he quickly checks his phone. “A text huh? Nice.” He couldn’t help but smile at the message.
“As much as I hate denying food I must. I’m too busy with work to eat breakfast...I know it’s devastating. Buuutttt I’m available for lunch and dinner.” After typing away at his iPhone he sends the message happily.
Apollo had to agree that Dorian's voice was comparable to silk, though this time he didn't vocalize his thoughts on the matter. He didn't have time to say anything else before he felt the shorter male's arms wrap around him. Surprised at the unexpected hug, Apollo didn't do anything with his arms. He simply stood there like a big, tall idiot. Dorian walked off to catch his cab and Apollo ordered himself one. [i I'm kind of glad he left so he can't see me blushing over a hug. I tried to convince myself that I don't have a crush on him but...] The sight of his cab disrupted his thoughts and he climbed inside.
It didn't take long for him to pass out once he was home. One second he was scrolling through social media posts and the next he was being awakened by loud knocking on his front door. Groaning, he checked the time on his phone. It was pretty early which meant it could only be one person. Apollo rolled out of bed and opened the front door to find his sister standing there with a cup of coffee. [+green "You told me to bring your car back and I have things to do today so it had to be early. I brought you coffee though! Get dressed and drive me back into the city please."] Selene's bubbly demeanor, even in the mornings, never failed to amaze him. Instead of arguing he let out a sigh and went to get dressed.
As he slipped on a fresh shirt, his phone buzzed. A smile lit up his face as he saw the message from Dorian in their chatroom. He decided to text Dorian a response so that he could have his number.
[b Apollo: Oh yeah? That does sound pretty good. Is that a hint that I should bring you those food items? :P ]
He sent off the text message and headed out the door with his sister, mentally preparing himself for a long car conversation.
Dorian chuckles softly and pushes his dark hair back. “My voice is like silk.” He teased. “I’ll see you around Apollo.” He gently hugs him before walking off. His cab was already waiting for him. As he sat in the car he just thought about everything that had happened. [i I can’t believe I met him. Everything went so well. He’s really cute too!] He thought and chuckles softly to himself. [i Stop. You guys are good friends. Don’t ruin that.] Dorian knew how wild he could be but he decided to keep his cool and remain friends with Apollo.
Once home he went straight for his refrigerator. “Hmm.” He grabbed some cheese and a few crackers before going off to his bed room. Happy withhow the night turned out he got ready for bed and soon fell asleep in his bed. The a few hours later he found his alarm ringing like crazy from his cell phone. “Work calls.” He groans as he slowly makes his way out of his warm bed. Dorian got casually dressed since he would be working on some painting. He didn’t want to ruin his good clothes. Before he left his home he sends Apollo a message in their chat room since he didn’t have Apollo’s number.
Dorian: A sausage cheese and egg croissant sounds so good right now. Oh and a caramel macchiato. Mmm~ :p
Apollo breathed a sigh of relief that Dorian hadn't taken his statement in the wrong way. The last thing he wanted was to come off as some creepy guy from the internet. He was normal...mostly, but the music and alcohol were not doing him any favors in forming sentences. Noticing the blue eyes meeting his own, he bit his bottom lip nervously. [i Is this what some people would call a moment or am I just being silly?] As quickly as the moment happened, it passed allowing Apollo to shake away his wandering thoughts.
Time seemed to fly by as the night went on and somehow it had reached two in the morning. Definitely not an outrageous time for Apollo but he wasn't surprised when Dorian said he had to head out. As for himself, he didn't have work the next day and had no obligations. He stood up with the other male a pleased smile on his face knowing that he hadn't messed things up. [i If I had made a complete fool of myself I doubt he would give me his number.....I think. Maybe.] The thought of possibly talking to the male more made his heart beat just a tad bit faster. [#123456 "I totally will. I'd love to hear your voice again. I mean...you have a nice voice."] Apollo sighed and pinched two fingers against the bridge of his nose, [#123456 "I'm more tired than I thought."]
The way that Apollo took what Dorian had said made Dorian a bit more relaxed. [i Ok that wasn’t bad at all. I can deal with this.] He thought and smiles softly to himself. He wasn’t as nervous at the moment. Dorian couldn’t help but chuckle at how red Apollo had turned when he had mentioned that a girl was checking him out. “We are a hot mess not aren’t we?!” Dorian chuckles again listening to his friend try to make clear by what he meant. “No no. I understand you. You don’t have to explain to me. I didn’t take it the wrong way Apollo.” Their eyes met which caused Dorian to pause for a moment. [i He has such nice eyes.]
After a few seconds he averts his eyes and nods his head to the music that was playing. Around two a.m. Dorian knew he needed to find his way home. He had work to do tomorrow and making ceramic pieces with a hang over was never a good idea in his book. He had learned that the hard way. “Well my good friend I think I should be heading out. I’ve got some work to finish up and I need to get some rest.” Dorian yawns softly and stands up. “So since we’ve met and we’re not just online buddies anymore you can call and text me now.” He teased and puts his number in Apollo’s cell phone.
"...Besides you look better in person." Apollo raised a slender eyebrow at the statement unsure of how to interpret it. Dorian continued to talk, seemingly trying to correct what he had said. [i It's a good thing? Hm...how do I respond to that? But wait...] Thoughts danced around the grey-haired male's head. The reappearance of the waitress distracted him, but only momentarily. He took his cosmopolitan and happily took a few sips from the straw before his eyes settled back on Dorian. [#123456 "I look better in person? Well, I do take awful selfies. But I'm guessing since you made a comment about my appearance you think I look good? That's good. I'll take all the compliments I can get."] He teased the other male, laughing and swirling the straw around in his drink.
Apollo didn't take long to finish off the cosmopolitan and he soon felt his buzz returning. He considered ordering another drink but knew that he would get out of control if he wasn't careful. Instead he engaged fully in conversation with Dorian. His grey eyes slowly moved in the direction of the bar upon hearing what the other male had to say about a girl staring at them. It was obvious he was uncomfortable that the girl was looking at them. His body tensed up and he quickly looked away, cheeks growing pink. [#123456 "Checking me out? No, no. I doubt that. And I'm not shy just...uh...not the best at striking up a conversation with strangers."]
The rest of what Dorian had to say was slightly confusing. Apollo couldn't tell if he was being serious. [i Is he flirting? Shit...should I try to flirt too?] Smiling a bit, he took a deep breath and responded,[#123456 "I'd like that, you keeping me here to yourself. I came here with you so I don't want to go talk to a random girl at the bar. I'm only interested in you."] Realizing that his last statement could be misconstrued, his face contorted into many emotions at once as he searched for words to fix his mistake. [#123456 "I mean...that came out weird. I just enjoy talking to you and I know you better so, uh, going to talk to some random girl would seem rude, ya know?"] Feeling his cheeks grow hot he instinctively placed both hands over them in an attempt to hide his embarrassment.
Dorian was still in college so he still enjoyed this vibe. When his friend began to talk Dorian smiles softly. “I’m glad you think so. I’m enjoying myself a lot. It’s about damn time we met. Besides you look better in person.” He said by then he shakes his head. “I mean that you just look different. It’s a good thing...” he clears his throat a bit embarrassed by what he said. He was just hoping Apollo didn’t think too much into what he had just said.
Just then the waitress returned with their drinks. [i Perfect timing. Hopefully he won’t respond. That would be He best option.] He thought a bit nervously. He takes his cup and sips on it. “This is exactly what I needed.” He said and drinks some more. “We are going to have a fun night.” He chuckles.
As they talked Dorian noticed he was starting to feel tispy. This is where he wanted to be so he didn’t rush to order another drink. “Hey there’s a girl staring at us from the bar.” Dorian sadly calmly since he didn’t want the girl to know they were talking about her. “She could be checking you out.” He smirks. Dorian was one to enjoy a bit of flirting. He still didn’t know the relationship side of Apollo yet. It wasn’t something they really spoke about. “Don’t tell me you’re too shy to talk to her? I won’t make you talk to her though. I can just keep you here to myself for some time.” He shrugs. “I don’t mind that.” Dorian smirks. He didn’t realize it but he was flirting playfully a bitnwith Apollo. This was something he wouldn’t dare do if he was sober.
Apollo had definitely had too many drinks to drive. He wasn't stumbling or anything but his cheeks were burning and he could tell by his thoughts that he was a little more than tipsy. Getting his car later would be easy. He could always have Selene drive it back for him at some other time and then get her cab back into the city. It wasn't like he needed his car to get to work.
After dropping Dorian's car off they caught a cab to the bar. Apollo listened to the other male talk about the bar, smirking when he mentioned food. [i Of course this bar would have good food if Dorian likes it.] He rarely hung out at bars so he was curious to see the place. Most of his outings were to the grocery store, small restaurants, or coffee shops.
When they arrived at the bar Apollo noted the amount of people. It seemed like a popular spot. Everyone seemed to be having fun, although most of the people they passed on their way inside seemed to be beyond drunk. Apollo followed Dorian up the stairs, taking in the sight of the dance area and stage below them. [#123456 "For some reason this place reminds me of my freshman year of college,"] he said with a chuckle.
The waiter arrived to take their drink orders, catching him off guard. He did not expect to have a waiter although it made sense if the bar also served food. [#123456 "Um, I'll have a cosmopolitan please."] The cute waitress nodded and bobbed away from their table, weaving through the throngs of customers. Apollo's eyes wandered around the club taking in all of the sights. People dancing and talking. Drunk bickering. It really did remind him of college. He had only been graduated for a year and a half and it already felt like ages. [#123456 "Not to sound cheesy but this night has turned out really well. I always enjoy talking to you and it's so nice to talk to you face to face."]
Dorian’s face lit up a bit when Apollo said he wanted to hang out with him more. He could t help but smile at his friend since he was excited to spend some more one on one time with him. “Awesome. This is great.” He said and chuckles. “I know of a few good bars to go to. I’ll take you to my favorite one.” Dorian stands up and looks at Apollo. “Well how about I’ll keep you up pass your bed time.” He teased and walks with him towards the door. Dorian waved goodbye to Selene and a few guest before leaving with a Apollo.
“I do plan on drinking a bit more so let’s drop my car off at my place. I don’t mind taking a cab or something unless you’re going to drive?” He suggested. When they did finish the car situation Dorian happily talked about the bar they were going to. “It’s pretty big, has good music. They even serve some small plates of food. Their loaded fries are amazing. Especially when you’re drunk.” He chuckles softly and relaxes in the car. It didn’t take them too long to arrive at the bar. It was a very popular bar so Dorian knew they would have a good time.
As they walked inside he went up stairs to his favorite area and snagged a table. “From here you can see the small dance area from down stairs and the stage. I’m not sure if they have anyone performing tonight but maybe they do.” A cute waiter walked over to them, her hair was in a high ponytail and her smile lightened up the room. “Hi guys, can I start you off with something to drink?” “I’ll take a Moscow mule please.”
Sweet wasn't quite the word that came into his mind when he thought about his mother or Selene. Eccentric or energetic, maybe. He chuckled and nodded, [#123456 "She must have had a lot of alcohol. I'm glad she had a good time. Her and Selene are always so busy and stressed."] The suggestive smile his sister gave them made him scowl at her, pink tinging his olive-toned cheeks. [#123456 "Sorry about that...she's just being uh...I'm not really sure why she said that."]
Apollo did want to hang out longer with Dorian. They had been talking online for such a long time that it was nice to chat in person. Part of him wished he had been confident enough to ask himself without the meddling of his sister. The fact that Dorian was looking at him wasn't helping him come up with a response. The words were stuck in his mouth. He snapped out of his word funk upon hearing the rest of what Dorian had to say.
[i You have to say something. Just play it cool...even though you're horrible at that.] Apollo cleared his throat and smiled despite his nervousness. [#123456 "Nah, you wouldn't be forcing me. I'd love to hang out more. Besides it isn't even close to my bed time."] He was proud of himself for speaking instead of just shutting down like he usually would. Maybe it was good his sister had meddled. It forced him out of his comfort zone. [#123456 "I don't really hang out downtown though. So do you know any good places? I guess we could always look up somewhere to go if you don't."]
Dorian couldn’t help but smile when he saw Apollo’s and Selene’s mother. Selene looked just like her. [i Heh she must of had a good time. I need to be on her level.] He thought and stood up to shake her hand. “It was my pleasure to make your gift. Happy anniversary.” He said and then he sits back down. “Your mother is sweet, like Selene.” He chuckles softly. “She must of been enjoying herself. I need a few more drinks in my system to feel as good as her.”
When he finished his drink and his cake Selene returned. Dorian felt his cheeks grow a bit hot from the way she smiled at Apollo as if she was hinting something that he wasn’t supposed to know. “Your sister is quite the character.” He looks at Apollo wondering what he might say about his sister’s suggestion. “I’m down to go somewhere to talk more or even a bar of you are.” Dorian didn’t take his eyes off Apollo. Truth be told he really wanted some more one on one time with him. He had high hopes that maybe things might turn into more of a date than just friends hanging out. [i Don’t be stupid Dorian.] He thought and ran a hand through his hair.
“I mean if you don’t want to I totally understand. I wouldn’t want to force you to hang out with me. We can always hang out another time. I don’t expect this to be our last hang out now that we’ve met.”
Truthfully, Apollo wasn't much of a drinker but he didn't protest. In social situations it was typical to find him clutching some kind of alcoholic beverage. Going without alcohol in a situation such as his parent's anniversary party sounded like a torture he did not wish to experience. Apollo laughed when Dorian said that most people called him cute, including his mom. [#123456 "You enjoy teasing me, don't you?"] He stuck his tongue out at the other in a playful way.
[#123456 "Yeah, I guess I'm lucky to have Selene. She has such a big personality it allowed me to just slip into the background and observe rather than interact, which I prefer over socializing,"] the white haired male chuckled and finished the rest of his drink. At this point in the night the crowd started to thin out. Apollo checked his wristwatch. It was late but not late by his standards. He watched the interaction between Dorian and his bandmate and smiled. [#123456 "Ya know, it's pretty cool that you're in a band. Kind of [i sexy],"] he said, a silly burst of laughter escaping from his mouth.
Apollo's laughter had just died down when Selene, his mother, and father approached them. His mother was clearly drunk and Selene and his father were keeping her from falling to the ground. Selene and her mother were the same height, looking pretty similar in the face while Apollo's father towered over them both. [b "I just wanted to thank the artist for this lovely vase! Wow! I'm amazed! And look he's friends with my little Polly. Anyways...we love the arts in this family. I hope to see you again, Dorian."] His mother kept wiggling her eyebrows at Apollo and she winked as Apollo's father walked her away.
Selene chuckled as she watched their parents walk away. She looked a little tipsy herself, but nowhere near the point of their mom. [+green "Mom is totally toasted. I'd say this night was a success. I'm gonna give some directions to the cleaning crew. You two look like you're having a nice chat though, why not go out to a bar or something? We are downtown after all. Just a suggestion~"] Selene shot a flashy smile at them before walking towards the kitchen.
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