A/N: This chapter was inspired by my 12 year old sister and some required fluffiness. It's also quite short, but hopefully some new stuff soon. I'm back in school, so might be a while.
Disclaimer: Jason is mine. Nothing else.
Greg had noticed something different about Jason recently. The twelve year old had picked a small bouquet of flowers on their walk to school the other day and refused to say why. He had returned home without them, and Greg had decided at the time that they were for his teacher.
Then he'd collected a few of the chocolates out of the box Nick had brought home and put them aside in a little bag. Again Greg had asked and receive an "I'm saving them."
Then like an adult he had grabbed his dad's one day after dinner before they left for work.
"I have something really important to tell you," he declared. Nick and Greg shared a surprised look and then looked at the boy.
"What's on your mind, Jason?" asked Greg.
"Dad, Dad, I want to tell you," he took a deep breath, held it for a second, and let it out. "I have a girl friend."
If he hadn't looked so entirely serious, the two men might have laughed from sheer relief and the humour of it.
"Congrats, Jason," said Nick with a smile, trying really hard to be just as serious as the boy.
"Yes, that's wonderful," added Greg. "What's her name?"
Jason smiled a wide smile.
"Her name is Claire. She's in my math class. She's really pretty and really smart."
"Do we get to meet her?" asked Nick. Jason's smile disappeared.
"Well, it would be like a date. You could bring her over for dinner and then another time you could go over there and have dinner with her family," said Nick.
"Oh…yeah. I guess."
"You guess?" asked Greg.
"I don't know, I hadn't thought that far yet."
"It was just the giving her flowers, and what, holding her hand?" asked Nick.
"And a kiss on the cheek."
"But you don't want her to meet your dads?"
"It's not like that. It's just…" Jason fidgeted a little and then sighed, "you guys will make a big deal about it."
This time Nick did laugh, just a little and Greg shook his head.
"If we promise not to, will you invite her over for dinner?" asked Greg smiling.
"But you will! You'll do that thing, where you go all…all…motherly!" declared Jason. Nick was having a hard time stopping the giggles that were slipping through.
"And Dad will just do that thing where he looks at you like he really wants to say something but isn't going to because it will be embarrassing!" continued the boy.
"Alright," said Greg. "We won't push this on you, but you should think about it. If you want to, I promise to behave and not mother you. And Nick will act like a grown up. It would be good."
"I'll think about it."
"Jason? Are you trying to hide us from her?" asked Greg, suddenly worried that it was the situation that was keeping Jason from inviting his girlfriend over.
"Are you sure?"
"I'm sure. She already knows, and she says she's cool with it."
"Alright, if you're sure then. If you change your mind, you know we'd love to meet her."
"Well, you might get to anyways, even if she didn't come over."
"Oh?" asked Greg. Nick was trying not to break down laughing as the situation developed.
"Well, there's a school family dance next week. Tina said she'd take me, but I'd kind of like it if you both came." Greg smiled a huge smile.
"We'd love to take you. You're not ashamed of us anymore?"
"I wasn't ashamed of you! I was just…"
"I know. It was hard. I'm sorry for that."
"Whatever. It's next Friday at 7."
"We'll be there. But for now, Nick and I have to get ready for work. Anything else you wanted to talk about?"
"Nope. I'm gonna go play x-box."
"Don't stay up all night," said Nick.