Diamond was laying on the grass, staring at the clouds, thinking about the marriage.
Soon he would have no time to do simple things such as gaze at the clouds.
He would be king.
He would have a wife.
And worst of all he would barely get to see Wood anymore.
A gust of wind blew through his hair, messing it up but he didn't even bother to try and fix it.
Diamond closed his eyes, just enjoying the silence for a few long moments when—
"Hey." He heard a deep voice from behind him.
His eyes shot open and he sat up, looking up at Wood.
"You trying to give me a heart attack?" Diamond huffed, pushing his hair out of his face.
"No, but I noticed you laying out here and you're usually only up here when something's wrong. So I wanted to see what's up with you." Wood sat down in the grass next to him.
Diamond sighed. "I don't know if you've heard yet or not..." He started.
Wood cocked his head. "Heard what?"
"My parents. They set me up with an arranged marriage."
"They did what?" Wood asked in surprise, and Diamond could've sworn he'd heard a hint of anger.
"Yeah. With Princess Netherite of the Nether Kingdom. It's supposed to bring peace between our Kingdoms so the war will finally end." Diamond said sadly.
"I feel like you'd be happy about that. She's pretty." Wood scoffed.
"That's uh—that's not all." Diamond closed his eyes. He decided Wood should finally know the truth. Nothing could ever happen between them but...he'd regret it forever if Wood thought he was straight his entire life.
"Well go on then." Wood coaxed.
"Princess Netherite...she's...she's a lesbian." Diamond breathed out.
Wood raised an eyebrow. "Huh. That's a little unfortunate."
"And..." Diamond began again.
"There's more?" Wood tried to joke but he couldn't hide his curiosity.
"And I-I'm gay too." He finally said, so softly, it was barely audible.
Wood was silent for a moment. Diamond looked up at him and he looked speechless.
"Are you serious? You're not just like kidding me right now?" Wood asked and Diamond nodded.
"I was just too scared to say anything. Because I imagined if I ever told you that...well, I mean now that we're getting everything out in the open, there's one more thing."
"What more could you need to tell me?" Wood asked, breathlessly running his hand through his hair.
"I-I-I'm in love with you, Wood. And I have been for a few years now. I just—it's always been you. I love your smile, your voice, your personality...just everything about you. You're so handsome and perfect in every way." Diamond stuttered out.
Wood said nothing and Diamond suddenly wondered if he'd made a huge mistake.
Finally, after several long moments of silence, Wood brought his hand up to Diamond's face, and gently pressed their lips together.
Diamond, although taken by surprise, closed his eyes and leaned into the warmth of the kiss.
They stayed like that for several moments before Wood pulled away.
"You have no idea how long I've wanted to do that." He said quietly.
Diamond was speechless so Wood continued.
"I've loved you for quite some time now too. But I figured since I thought you were straight, I'd just have to settle for being your best friend." Wood said.
Diamond immediately decided that this was the best moment of his life.
"Diamond." Wood said, more brash and harsh than he'd been speaking a moment ago.
"Yes, my love?" Diamond asked, completely lovestruck.
"Diamond." Wood said louder.
Diamond frowned. "What is it?"
"DIAMOND!" Wood yelled, and it took Diamond a few moments to realize, that it wasn't Wood at all.
"Geez you were in such a deep sleep I thought you were dead!" Diamond opened his eyes to see Gold standing over him and he'd realized the moment he'd shared with Wood was all just a dream.
Diamond frowned to himself. "What do you want? I was having a good dream."
Gold smirked. "Dreaming about making out with Wood again?"
Diamond's face flushed. "Shut up." He said.
Gold just laughed. "Oh alright. Speak of the devil though, Wood is here. He was asking for you."
"Wood's here?" Diamond asked, hopefulness and surprise in his tone. "Why?"
"Eh, nothing. I told him to go away because you were sleeping." Gold shrugged.
"YOU WHAT?" Diamond yelled.
"I'm just kidding!" Gold laughed. "He took a second to talk to dad, but he's coming up here."
"Are you kidding me Gold?" Diamond groaned in exasperation.
He would have no time to look somewhat presentable.
"Hey buddy." Wood walked into the room, sitting on the bed next to Gold.
It was only in that moment that Diamond realized he wasn't wearing a shirt.
Diamond's face turned a light pink as he recalled the dream he'd just been having.
"Hey." He replied, trying to keep his cool. "What's up?"
"Dude, you haven't called me in two days! I had to find out from the news that you're getting married? Aren't I even invited to the wedding?" Wood smiled, and this time, he wasn't sure if there was a hint of sadness there or not.
But he was looking for it of course.
Diamond sighed. "Of course you are."
Wood tilted his head. "What's wrong?"
"I...I can't—I don't want to marry her." Diamond stuttered out.
"Why not? What's the problem? I know it's an arranged marriage, probably not ideal, but I'm sure you two could work it out." Wood reasoned.
Reasonable. Honest. Kind. Caring.
Why in the hell was this man so perfect.
"It's not that..." Diamond trailed off. "She's perfectly lovely, I just..."
Gold stood up. "I'll give you two a minute." He said, leaving the room.
Diamond sat up straighter, facing Wood.
"What was that about?" Wood asked in confusion. "Do you need to tell me something?"
"Yes. I-I can't marry Netherite because..." Diamond took a deep breath remembering his dream again.
"Wood, I'm gay."
He half expected Wood to kiss him, but he knew that was just wishful thinking.
There's no way he would—
"I see." Wood said, seemingly reaching for the right words. "And is this realization...recent?"
Diamond bit his lip and shook his head. "I should've told you a long time ago I just...I—I'm in love with you. And I have been since the ninth grade."
The silence was deafening. Wood's expression was blank, almost as if he couldn't process what Diamond had just said.
'Say something! Please!' Diamond silently begged.
Wood swallowed hard before opening his mouth again. "Oh."
Diamond was speechless. 'That's it?' He thought to himself.
Wood seemed to be at a loss for words. "I-I should just...go." He stood up and Diamond pushed himself up.
"What?" He asked. He was hurt. That wasn't the reaction he'd hoped for.
"I'm sorry Diamond, this is just a lot to take in right now. I'll—I'll call you later, alright?"
Wood didn't even wait for a response before leaving the room.
Diamond was crushed. His heart felt like it had shattered.
He laid back down. "Of course. What was I even expecting?" He groaned to himself, tears pooling at the corners of his eyes.
He tried to blink them away but it was no use. They fell anyway.
Now he had gone and done it. He, a gay man is going to be forced to marry a lesbian, and now he had lost his best friend.
Could things get any worse?
"Di?" Gold called softly.
Diamond thought about dismissing his brother, but he thought it best to not be alone right now.
"Come in." He said quietly.
It was silent for a moment and Diamond wondered if his brother had even heard him.
The door slowly creaked open and Gold walked in.
"I assume you heard what happened?" Diamond questioned.
Gold nodded. "Di, I'm so sorry I had no idea he would react that way. I honestly thought he liked you too. I'm proud of you for finally telling him though."
Diamond shook his head. "What's the point?" He asked sadly. "I just lost my best friend. And I'm getting married to a woman whom I don't love."
"You didn't necessarily lose him." Gold reasoned. "He said he'd call you later didn't he?"
"Yeah." Diamond nodded. "Yeah, maybe this is fixable. I just have to wait. Give it time."
But Wood didn't call that night.
Or the night after.
Finally, on the third night, he did call.
But Diamond wasn't there to pick up the phone.
He was busy discussing the future with Netherite and his parents.
He didn't get to check his phone until late that night. When he finally did, he was absolutely exhausted and wanted to go right to sleep. He looked at his phone and his stomach lurched seeing that Wood had left him a voicemail.
He immediately pressed play.
"Hey...I'm really sorry for walking out on you the other day...and for not calling when I said I was going to. I'm sure you're super busy, but if you get the chance, can you meet me at our spot tonight at midnight? I think we have a lot to talk about and we should do it face to face." Wood's voice came through the phone.
Diamond looked up at the clock. It read 11:57.
His heart skipped a beat and he quickly changed his shirt, but didn't even bother changing out of his dress pants. He grabbed the blue jacket that Wood had given him for his seventeenth birthday, and and rushed out the door.
By the time he had made it to "their spot" (which was really just an abandoned dock on a nearby lake), it was 12:07.
Diamond didn't see Wood for a couple of moments and began to panic, thinking he had given up and gone home.
"I was beginning to think you wouldn't show." Wood's deep voice came out of the shadows, startling Diamond.
Diamond shoved his hands in his pockets. "Sorry. I was a little busy."
"I get it. You're about to be king. I'm sure you have better things to do."
Diamond stayed silent.
"Again, I'm really sorry about the other day. That was kind of a dick move."
"Not really the way you want someone to react when you confess to them your feelings." Diamond admitted, attempting to make the situation a little more lighthearted with some humor but the pain in his heart was too much for him to joke around right now.
"Fuck Di, I'm really sorry." Wood ran his fingers through his hair. "I just didn't know what to say, and I didn't want to lose you."
"It's okay." Diamond smiled sadly. "If you don't feel the same, you don't feel the same. You don't have to apologize for your emotions."
"No, Di, you don't understand—" Wood started but Diamond interrupted him.
"I do. It's okay. At least now I can marry Netherite knowing you know my true feelings." Diamond said.
"No Diamond please let me explain." Wood tried again but Diamond shook his head.
"Seriously, it's okay. You don't have to apologize. I can forget my feelings."
"Prince Diamond will you please shut up and listen to me for just one second!" Wood exclaimed.
Diamond finally shut his mouth at the sound of his title and nodded.
"Sorry. You have my full attention." Diamond nodded.
"Thank you." Wood sighed. "Now I didn't run off because I don't feel the same way."
Diamond tilted his head. "You didn't?"
Wood shook his head. "No. I did it because I was worried about what would happen if you gave up this marriage for me. I mean this war has been going on for years! Our ancestors fought it and we're still fighting it! A chance to end it and finally have peace is huge! And, now that I'm 18, I could have to go fight too. And imagine what your parents would do to you if they found out! They would literally disown you. Then you might have to get drafted too and if you got killed because of me..." Wood trailed off. "I don't know what if do with myself. So no, I didn't walk off because I don't love you. I walked off because I love you too much to risk letting anything happening to you. No matter how much we both may hate it, you have to marry Netherite."
Diamond was speechless. Tears began pooling in his eyes again, some from happiness, some from sadness, and a lot from anger. At how unfair this all was.
"I promise, I'll always love you. I just can't let anything happen to you." Wood took a step forward, tilted Diamond's chin up with his finger, and leaned down to press a kiss to Diamond's lips.
It felt just how Diamond dreamt it would, and he brought his hand up to Wood's face to make sure it was real this time.
Wood hesitantly pulled away after a few more moments.
"I'm so sorry." Wood said softly.
"It's okay. Knowing your feelings is enough." Diamond said, leaning his head against Wood's chest.
Wood pulled him in against his chest and kissed the top of his head.
"Why does this hurt more than when I thought you didn't love me?" Diamond mumbled against Wood's chest.
"I know. The feeling of knowing you love me back but I can never be with you hurts worse than heartbreak."
Diamond didn't respond.
A/N-i actually hate myself for writing this chapter it literally makes me so sad