LbN: This starts in the spring semester of Kyle's freshman year. Happy reading!
Kyle let out a breath of relief as he circled the last answer on his Advanced Trig test. He was the first one done this time, but it had seemed to take five hours. Glancing at the clock, he found that it had barely taken him one. He knew it was because he was looking forward to that afternoon. It was a gorgeous Friday afternoon, he'd scored tickets to his roommate's soccer game, and most importantly, Jason was coming to visit for the first time that year. Kyle had made it back to visit him a lot during the fall, but Jason didn't have a car, so his Princeton visits were out. When he'd called on Sunday, he told Kyle he'd managed to find a car for the week and he'd be coming up. Kyle dropped his test in the box, nodded at the TA and left the classroom.
Warm sun hit Kyle's face as he exited the building. They were experiencing an odd breakthrough type of spring. It was warm, but there was still snow on the ground. Winter wasn't going down without a fight. He kicked at a patch of melting snow and walked toward his dormitory. He was about to put his earphones in when he heard a honking car behind him.
"Wha's up?" a voice said as the car pulled up beside him.
"Jason!" Kyle yelled.
His curly-haired boyfriend stopped the car and hopped out. He'd barely exited the car before Kyle tackled him. "Missed you too," Jason said, laughing.
"You're early!" Kyle said, positively elated. "And driving…wow." In his haste to greet his boyfriend, Kyle had completely neglected the awesome set of wheels Jason was driving. "A 4Runner?"
"Yep! Hop in and I'll tell you about it."
Kyle walked back around to the passenger side of the car and got in. The car smelled of Jason's cologne and mint. It was wonderful.
"My boss at the temp agency, he's got a brother in the car business. He overheard me and my mom trying to figure out a schedule for our old POS and he gave us Clyde's number. I'd been saving up anyway, so it wasn't too horrible. Mom's even offered to pay the insurance."
"That's great!" Kyle said. He'd known how much Jason had been longing for a car.
"So…uh…I got something else to tell you," Jason said, smiling but looking nervous. "There's good news and bad news."
"The bad news is, I won't be able to come with you on spring break," Jason said in a hurry.
"What? Why not? Nelson's going to kill you!" Kyle added in an afterthought. It was probably true as well; their best friend had been looking forward to their trip to California since last Thanksgiving.
"I know. I was really looking forward to spending some time with you guys. But frightened of Nelson's wrath though I am, I still can't go. Which leads me to my good news," he said, grinning. "You know how Coach took me on this year as a manager?"
"Well, he's been making some phone calls, and he found a school that wants me!"
"No way!" Kyle shouted. "Which school?"
Jason's smile grew wider as he said, "Virginia State!"
"Oh my god! That's incredible!"
"Yeah, it is," Jason chuckled. "I was running drills one day they were scouting our seniors. Coach told them what happened, including our side of the story and a few days later he got a call from them."
"That's great Jason," Kyle smiled. If they hadn't been driving, he would've kissed him.
"Thanks. That's why I can't do spring break with you guys. Plane tickets are hella expensive right now and I've—"
"Got to save money. I got it, no worries. It's this parking lot here," Kyle said, pointing to their right.
Jason pulled into one of the spaces and shut off the car.
As soon as they were both out of the car, Kyle took Jason's hand and gave him a kiss. "I'm really proud of you," he said. "I knew things would work out."
"Thanks," Jason said, blushing a little. "I'm assuming everyone here knows about us?"
"Yeah, I didn't want to bother with the whole 'In-the-closet-out-of-the-closet' game this year. Don't worry, most people are cool with it." Kyle led the way into the building and through a maze of hallways on the first floor to his dorm.
"Whoa!" Jason said, dropping his bag inside the door. "This place is better than the pictures you sent!"
Two desks were pushed up to the wall. Above one hung a poster that said "I'm with Grumpy" with a picture of the Disney character and an arrow pointing left. Above the other was a sign that said, "I'm with Dopey" with that character and an arrow pointing right. One of the glowing lamps Kyle had made in one of his physics classes hung in a corner. There were various other posters and hangings on the walls, a neon green rug in the center of the floor, and the Enterprise stood on top of the dresser.
"Thanks," Kyle said. He wrapped his arms around Jason and pulled him into a kiss.
They only stayed like that for a moment, however, because a boy with spiky blonde hair walked in. "Whoa!" he said, laughing. "Respect the commandments, mate!"
Kyle laughed and said, "Jason, this is Ludovic. Ludo, this is my boyfriend, Jason."
"Nice to meet you finally," Ludo said, shaking Jason's hand. "I mean, I feel like I already kind of know you, what with all the pictures Kyle's got around here."
"Pictures?" Jason said, grinning.
"Yeah. The one on his desk, the yearbook, wallpaper, screensaver…" Ludo listed. Kyle punched him in the arm. "Hey! Repsect the commandments! No violence."
"What are the commandments?" Jason asking, figuring he couldn't be talking about the Bible.
"Our RA made each room list a bunch of rules to help them get along," Kyle explained. "Mr. Graphic Design Major over there took ours and made a poster. Come look." He led Jason over to one of the posters. It showed the Death Star battling with the Enterprise and a list of ten rules underneath it. "He's a Star Wars nutcase," Kyle said. "I can't convince him Star Trek's better."
"You never will, mate," Ludo said.
Among the rules were, "If any boyfriends, girlfriends, significant others, fuck buddies, or drunk frat/sorority members are brought back to the room, a sneaker will be hung on the doorknob," and "No bodily harm will come to anyone in the room. Unless they drink my Mountain Dew." Jason laughed as he read them.
"Hey, you two coming to my game?" Ludo asked, spinning in his chair.
"I got us tickets, if you want to go," Kyle told Jason.
"Yeah, we're coming then," Kyle said.
"Sweet," Ludo nodded. "Well, I've got to run. Theater Production waits for no man," he said, giving them a wink as he picked up his bag. "Later!"
"So, he's Dopey and you're Grumpy?" Jason asked, looking back at the posters and grinning.
"I can't help it if I'm not a morning person!" Kyle said, taking off his shoes. He grabbed one of them, placed it on the door handle, and shut the door. Smiling, he walked back over to Jason, intent on finishing what he'd started earlier.
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