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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.
“Alright then. I’m down to go cake tasting with you and your sister.” He said and chuckles. He knew his band members would be jealous that he would be tasting all sorts of expensive delicious cake. When Apollo wouldn’t take the check Dorian nods his head. “Well I can’t say no to it no.” He smiles. “I’ll put it towards some new art materials.” Dorian could always use new art supplies. He enjoyed going to the art store, it was like going to a buffet with all different types of food that he didn’t have to pay for.
“I didn’t expect you to be much of a drinker.” He said and liking that he could socially drink with Apollo. “Anyway I don’t mind that you think I’m cute. I understand where you’re coming from. Most people call me cute anyway. Like my mom.” He teased knowing Apollo would feel a bit bad for calling him cute. “Don’t shut up. I’m having fun talking to you.” The dark haired male chuckles and takes a bite of his cake slice. “That’s great that you have a sibling that cares so much about you. Sadly I’m an only child but I swear my parents spoil me with things that they want for me to have.” He said and chuckles. “Like when it came to music they never really bought me anything for it but for art I had everything.”
After awhile people began to leave. It was getting late but Dorian didn’t want to leave Apollo just yet. He was having too much fun. “Yo, Dorian we’re heading out.” His drummer said and waves. Dorian waves back and smiles.
Apollo chuckled knowing that Selene would be more than happy to get multiple opinions on cake flavors. [+green "I'm sure she wouldn't mind you tagging along. She'll be so thrilled that I have a real live friend and she will definitely want more than just my opinion on the cake."] Selene worked on parties and weddings all the time so he could only imagine how over the top and perfect her own wedding would be. It was one social event he was actually looking forward to. When Dorian handed him the check, Apollo rose his eyebrows in confusion. He shook his head and handed the check back to the shorter male. [+green "Nah, she won't take this back. I gave her the money to pay for the gift so please, I'd like you to keep it,"] he said with a smile.
The appearance of the server asking if they needed food or alcohol reminded Apollo that he should probably drink a little more. Just a little. He waited until Dorian put in his request, chuckling when he ordered another piece of cake. [+green "Can I have a vodka sunrise, please?"] The woman nodded at him as well and was on her way.
Another blush creeped onto Apollo's cheek at Dorian's reaction to his 'cute' comment. [i Is being cute bad? I mean I didn't want to blurt out that I find him attractive or anything because that seems...weird. There's no way I could say something like that especially here.] Apollo shook away the thoughts and laughed awkwardly. [+green "Depressing? I'm sorry...I didn't mean it in a bad way. I think that people shorter than me are cute. People that are typically referred to as sexy are intimidating and I don't find you intimidating...but,no, uh, that's not to say that you [i aren't] sexy. I mean what does sexy even mean? I think of myself as cute and not sexy...is that bad? Okay. I'm going to shut up now,"] he stammered, failing to find the right words.
As if on cue, the server returned with their drinks and Dorian's slice of cake. Apollo sighed, relieved that he had been interrupted. He sipped at the vodka sunrise and the drink quickly disappeared. He pondered what else Dorian had to say about his last relationship. [+green "Yeah, I guess it is okay to be lonely. Although my sister would argue that I should never be lonely because I have her,"] he said chuckling.
“Ah! I would love to go. Do you really think she would let me tag along? I mean I know I’m not really a friend to her or anything but Selene is sweet and I hope she has the wedding of her dreams.” The thought of being a part of the wedding cake taste testing made Dorian smile. He honestly wanted to try all the cakes and he wanted to help Selene pick one out. The woman had been an amazing client and she was the sister to his good friend Apollo. If I would of know she was his sister I would of done it all for free. He thought and glanced over at Selene. Dorian takes thecheck he was given for the art work out of his pocket. Since it was just for him and not his band mates he could do whatever he wants with it. He hands it to Apollo. “Gives this back to your sister. She doesn’t need to pay me for the gift for your parents.” He said softly.
The subject of his up tight mother was not something he cared much about. “Yeah I’m only twenty-two. She has a vision for me and she wants me to follow it. I can’t though. Don’t get me wrong I love her and I know she and my father just want what’s best but they really don’t know what’s best.” Dorian chuckles softly. A sever walked by to ask if they needed anything from the food section or even the bar. “There’s a bar?” Dorian asked. “I’ll have one cranberry vodka tonic.” He said and she nods her head. “And another piece of cake please.” Dorian smiles and the woman leaves.
Hearing Apollo say he was pretty cute caused Dorian to laugh just a bit. “Pretty cute? Awe that sounds so depressing.” He smiles. “I like to think in sexy on some level but I guess I do have one of those baby faces.” Apollo’s dray like eyes caught his attention for a moment. He stares into them and then averts his eyes after awhile. “Yeah But we were both young. Didn’t know much or cared for much. I more mature now. I know what my mistakes were. It’s ok to be lonely. You don’t have to use someone to fix that. I get that now.” Dorian sighs and glances back at Apollo’s ex. Now He’s sexy. I see what’s his type. Tall, strong looking, great features, nice smile, beautiful hair and eyes. Definitely not me. I’m average height and look like a high schooler. Hehe! He thought. “Ah so he’s sick in the head? I knew he looked too good to be true.” Dorian noticed his band members talking with girls or dancing with them. He figured they had all found some fans.
Apollo didn't know what to make of Dorian commenting that being tall was a good quality. [i Something that most people find attractive? I guess so...but wait is he saying that I'm attractive. Augh!] Instead of responding he nodded his head, trying his best to hide his pink cheeks. At the mention of the cake his ears perked up. [#123456 "Oh! The cake is from a shop called Lizzy's Bakery. She's getting her wedding cake from there too. You should come with us when we go to taste all the cake flavors,uh, I mean you don't have to but I know how much you love food."]
Listening to more about Dorian's mother made the tall man frown. While his own mother seemed hellbent on him being in a relationship she never pushed marriage. She only wanted him to be happy, always worried that he was depressed because of all the time he spent alone. [#123456 "Your mom wants you to settle down? Wow. I mean I'm twenty-four and haven't even thought about that and I assume you're younger than me. That's crazy."] He even thought his sister getting married at twenty-seven seemed bizarre, although she had been with her soon-to-be husband for the past five years so it made sense that a wedding was in their future.
[i “So do you think I’m cute, hot, sexy, handsome?”] The question from the other male sent Apollo over the edge. His cheeks instantly turned red and nervous laughter spilled from his mouth. [#123456 "Um, yes I like both. And you're...um...you're pretty cute, Dorian."] He turned his head away from Dorian and looked out onto the dance floor. There was no way to hide his embarrassment which Apollo absolutely hated. Still, he listened as Dorian talked about his last relationship. [#123456 "Yeah, I guess cheating and not caring is a good sign that you're both not that crazy about each other. I'm sorry that you both felt lonely in some way though."]
His grey eyes fell on his old fling. Yes, he was good looking but he was crazy. [#123456 "Looks can be deceiving. He's a sadist. Loves causing pain to others and can be very controlling. Being with him was kind of scary."] Seeing his ex notice his stare he quickly turned back to Dorian. [#123456 "I guess some people are in to that, but I'm definitely not."] Apollo was surprised how easily the words flowed from his mouth. Talking to people was never this easy, though the fact that he technically talked to Dorian almost everyday was obviously helpful. That and the champagne he was starting to feel.
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