Now, this is completely AU and an eventual Kogan fic. There is no BTR, Hollywood, Minnesota or other random characters from BTR and who knows if there will even be James and Carlos.
I don't really know how this came about, but it could just be because I love the city I live in so much and for some reason I decided to put it into a fic. And voila! This was born. I guess.
Disclaimer: I own nothing, except the plot.
"Oh no, was it that street? Or...ah no, okay. I'm lost," Logan mutters to himself.
He's sweating and not just from the Texas heat, but from nerves. He's lost in a city he does not know very well and his paranoia of everything going wrong is now here.
"It shouldn't be this hard." He sighs out, still talking to himself.
He knew that he should have looked up the bus route on how to get back to his dorm before he left, but he didn't and so here he is walking around the streets of Austin, trying to find his way back to campus.
"On your left!"
Logan hears this yelled behind and immediately turns around.
"No!" And then Logan is colliding with a guy on a bicycle, who jumped off before he could go over the handle bars. The two of them are rolling around and the air is filled with sounds of pain as their skin scrapes the pavement below them.
Logan is lying on his back on the sidewalk with the other guy's bike on top of him, while the guy is lying in the grass, having tumbled that way after jumping off.
They both groan, raising their heads to see the other person.
"Oh my goodness. I am so sorry." Logan says quickly, feeling awful he caused this.
"It's fine." The other guy waves him off. "But when someone says 'on your left' don't turn to your left." He smiles over at Logan.
Logan's face falls. "I'm really sorry. Are you okay?" His eyes filled with worry. He hates seeing people in pain.
"Dude, totally fine. It's not like this was my first crash." He continues smiling as he drags himself off the ground. He walks over to Logan, reaching a hand out to help him up, which Logan takes gratefully.
"Thanks." He stands up, dusting off his jeans.
"Are you alright? I think you went down harder than I did," the other guy questions as he looks Logan up and down, searching for scratches.
Logan checks his own self; he feels pain, but is unsure if it's anything serious. When he doesn't see any blood, he decides he's alright, though he will have to inspect himself later to make sure there is no internal bleeding or something worse. "I think I'm fine."
"Ah, okay. Good." The other guy finally looks around and sighs. "Well, there goes that ladies lunch."
Logan looks at the ground and sees a large bowl of pasta and salad scattered across the ground. "Oh no." His eyes fill with worry again.
They both move to start trying to get most of it back into the boxes.
"Oh, this lady. I deliver food to people and hers was my last one."
"I'm so sorry." Logan looks up at the other guy as they finish getting most of the pasta back into the box and they both stand up.
The other guy laughs. "Seriously, don't apologize. I don't really care, actually."
"How can you not care? It's your job and this woman will be really upset."
He shrugs. "Yeah, my boss will be a little upset, but not really. She'll understand when I tell her what happened. As for the lady, oh well."
Logan gasps. "But...what- it's ..."
The guy raises his head. "Really, it's fine." He smiles again at Logan.
He sighs. "Alright." But he is looking at the ground, still feeling horrible. "Can I pay for the food or something? I feel awful about this."
The other guy laughs. "No. Seriously, dude. There is no need to freak out."
"I think this is a valid reason for me to freak out."
He's still smiling. "And why is that?"
"Because I made you crash and destroyed the food you were delivering for your job."
"That's not a valid reason."
Logan gasps. "It so is."
And the other guy is still laughing. "Whatever you say. I'm Kendall, by the way." He reaches his hand back out to Logan.
"My name's Logan." He says as he shakes the other guy's hand, who now has a name.
They stand there for a little, not saying anything to each other.
"Well, I guess I should head back to work to talk to my boss." Kendall bends down to pick his bike back up.
"Oh, yeah. Of course." Logan soon remembers what he was doing before their crash and he suddenly realizes he is still lost. "Kendall."
Kendall turns his head back to Logan. "Yeah?"
"Um..." He feels like an idiot having to ask where they are. "Do you know how to get back UT?"
Logan looks away, feeling even worse now that someone knows that he is incompetent on finding his way back to university. But he gives Kendall a small nod.
"Well, what part of UT?"
"Any, really. Once I get to a part of the campus, I'll be able to find my way back."
"Would you be able to find your way back from Whole Foods?"
Logan looks confused. "Where's that?"
"You live in Austin and you don't know where that's at?" Kendall smiles, taking the edge off of his words.
"Well, I've only been here for a month."
Kendall nods. "Oh. Well, it's on Lamar."
Logan stands there, trying to recall that street. "Okay? I think I may know. Not sure at this point."
"Well, I'll take you there and maybe you'll be able to find your way. If not, there are maps or I could just take you to wherever you need to go. Since this delivery," he points to the boxes of wasted food "was the last one of my shift."
"You don't have to do all that. Really, you can just point me in the direction I need to go."
Kendall smiles over. "It's fine. I don't mind." He walks over to stand next to Logan, with his bike on the other side of him.
Logan sighs. "Fine."
"Sweet. Let's go." Kendall turns to look at Logan, smiling still.
Logan has never met anyone this nice, let alone who loves to smile all the time, even when he is falling to the ground.
He looks up at him and into his green eyes and he is so happy that he ran into this guy today.
"So, what are you majoring in?"
Logan glances over. "Accounting. Math has always been my favorite subject in school."
"Wait, you like math?" Kendall raises an eyebrow at him.
"Love it, actually." Logan smiles.
His eyes go wide. "Really? I have never met anyone who loves math before."
"Well, now you have."
Kendall turns to look at Logan and grins. "So, you want to be an accountant?"
"Well, yeah. I mean it's the best option, in terms of it having a lot of mathematics and it is a good field to go into, pay wise."
Kendall just nods.
"And UT has a great Accounting program." Logan then turns back to look at Kendall. "What about you? What do you want to do?"
Kendall looks ahead and thinks for a minute. "Anything. I don't really know what I want to do." He continues to look in front of him, so he doesn't see Logan's shocked face.
"You...don't know? How could you possibly not know? I mean, it's your future."
He finally breaks his gaze with the path ahead of him and looks at Logan, smiling. "I'm not defining my future on a career, my future is whatever I choose to make it."
Logan looks down. "But what are you going to do for money, if you want to get a house, or if you have a family? There are so many things that careers are good for."
"I'm not really looking that far ahead. I'm just living right here, right now and enjoying myself the only way I know how to."
Logan sighs. "I don't know how you can do that."
He shrugs and points forward. "Okay, well we're here."
Logan finally looks around and realizes they are standing in front of a huge building, with "Whole Foods" on the front. He was so focused on talking to this guy, that he didn't look at his surroundings. This is why he gets lost, he needs to pay more attention to this stuff. "Wow, this place is huge."
Kendall laughs. "Yeah. It's the headquarters, this is where this place was founded. Yet, there are Whole Foods all over the world. It's pretty sick."
Logan nods back, still blown away by this place.
"Okay, well I'm going to go find my boss. You can wait here or you can just go walk around inside and I'll find you." He heads to the bike rack to chain up his bicycle.
Logan nods. "I'll go walk around."
"Alright. I'll only be a few minutes."
And with that, Kendall walks away in the direction of the elevators, while Logan just stands there by the doors. Now that he's alone, he finally realizes what is going on. He just followed a strange guy, who he barely knows, to a place he has no idea of its location and is going to show him how to get back to his dorm. What was he thinking? This guy could be a rapist or a killer or just a mugger. But why would he go through all of this if he was? Maybe that's how he gets you. He's really nice, with an awesome smile and they're all used to lure you into his trap.
But there is something about this guy that makes Logan trust him and even feel safe with him. He feels crazy for thinking that, though. He shouldn't, he should keep his guard up, his paranoia should be making him want to run away and never look back. But he sees those green eyes in his mind and he just wants to run to them. And now, he wants to throw those thoughts out of his head immediately. He should not be thinking of a stranger this way, let alone a guy. He just needs to get back to his dorm and to his calculus books and he will feel better.
"I thought you were going to walk around?"
Logan jumps, he was so lost in thought that he hadn't even moved from his spot outside the store. "Um...I was...it's just, I was thinking. Kind of spaced out." He blushes, feeling like an idiot.
Kendall shrugs. "Alright. Well, do you want to check out this place? Or just get back to school?"
"School." He is desperate to get away and get back to the comfort of his room, though he feels safer now that Kendall is around. Which is just ridiculous.
"Okay. Well, let's go then."
Logan falls in next to Kendall as they head to his campus. He hopes.
They continue to walk for awhile without saying anything. There is just the sounds of the city, cars and of their own footsteps on the sidewalk.
Finally Kendall decides to break the silence. "So, what dorm are you in?"
"Jester." He says without thinking and he wishes he could take it back. God, he would tell this guy everything. Why doesn't he just tell him his social security number and get it out of the way?
"I know where that's at."
Logan nods, trying to stay calm. But now he is thinking about everything. This guy is going to know where he lives and as much as he wants to continue talking to him, he needs to just be by himself again, but he loves Kendall's voice and wants to hear more.
"Was your boss mad?" He finally remembers about the lady and her lunch.
"Nah. She understood. Though that woman did call and complain about not getting her food." He laughs out. "They brought her a new order and gave it to her on the house. So it all worked out in the end."
"Well, that's good. I feel a little better knowing that."
"You shouldn't have even worried in the first place."
"It's what I do." He's completely serious too. He has always been the one to worry about all the things that could go wrong in a situation and just cannot help his fears.
"It's a good thing, though."
Logan reads one of the street names they pass and he realizes he knows where he is, finally. "Oh, I know where I'm at now."
"Oh." Kendall looks around and sees they are on Guadalupe. He knows that UT is just up this road. "Well that's awesome. Did you see where we came from?"
Logan tries to recall which way they came from and any landmarks, so maybe if he is on that side of town again, he will know how to get back here. "Yes. I think I'll be fine next time."
"Okay, good." Kendall pauses for a bit, wondering if he should just ask him, and he gives in finally. "Do you want to maybe grab some lunch or something?"
A killer wouldn't ask that, would he? Logan's mind is struggling. Should he say yes? He wants to, but for once, his paranoia wins out. "Um...I should really be getting back to my place now. I have a lot of homework and studying to do."
For the first time since Logan met Kendall, the smile falls from his face, but Kendall tries to get it back as to not show his disappointment. "Yeah, that makes sense."
And Kendall's smile is back. "You really need to stop apologizing."
"Sor-I mean, alright." Logan finally notices something is missing. "Where's your bike?" How did he miss that it wasn't here the whole time.
"I left it at the store."
"What? But you just walked all this way with me and you're going to have to walk all the way back to get it."
Kendall shakes his head. "I have to go back there anyway, I have to do a bit of shopping. So it's cool."
"Wait. So you walked all the way from Whole Foods to here with me and now you're going back? You really didn't need to do all this." Logan feels horrible. Why did he have to be so terrible at directions and so trusting to strangers?
"It's fine. Plus it's good exercise."
He sighs. "I'm sorry."
Kendall raises an eyebrow at him, with a smirk on his face.
"Oh, man." He sighs again. "I didn't mean to say it. It's a habit."
"One you should try to break. Save the 'sorry' for when it's needed most."
"Well to me, this constitutes that time," Logan states.
"It's not, though." Kendall is still smiling. No matter how much he hates the word sorry, when Logan says it, it's not annoying. It's just adorable.
"Fine." He huffs.
They stand there just looking at each other, wondering who will make the first move to walk away. In the end, it's Logan.
"Um..well thank you for doing all this, even though you really didn't have to. And I apologize for the bike accident." Logan is happy he got to say sorry again, but without saying sorry.
Kendall shakes his head, laughing. "Oh, Logan."
Logan slightly loves to hear his name being said like that by Kendall.
"But seriously, it wasn't any trouble. I honestly didn't mind. And hopefully now, you won't get lost again. Or at least not on this side of the city."
Logan nods. "Hopefully."
And they are back to just standing there.
"Well, I should go now," Logan says, but doesn't make a move to leave just yet.
They're both still staring at each other, wondering if they should shake hands or walk away. Logan kind of wants to hug Kendall, but then destroys that thought, because that would be weird and Kendall wouldn't want to hug him anyway. Plus he needs to be getting away from this guy already.
Finally a sound from Kendall's pocket breaks them out of their trance. He pulls out his phone and sees he is getting a call. "Um...well I gotta take this."
"Of course. Thanks again, and nice meeting you."
"You too, Logan." He frowns once Logan has turned around and started walking up the street.
He sighs answering the phone and starts to head back to the store, but not before he turns around and steals one last look at Logan, wishing he had gotten a number or anything. But then figures maybe it's for the better.
Logan glances back and sees Kendall walking back the way they came and talking on the phone. He feels like an idiot. Maybe he should have gone to have lunch with him or done something differently. But, no. He knows this was the right thing, well he thinks it was.
So he heads back to campus and to his dorm and books and hoping this feeling of vulnerability will go away once he is back in his room.