Chapter 9 Luigi's
The day has arrived for Carlos to have his first date with Randy. And honestly, he has never been more nervous. James has stopped being annoying, but he still sends Carlos a wink every now and then. But as repayment, he has offered to help the helpless boy get ready for his date.
Mrs. Knight hasn't stopped gushing about it, making Carlos feel annoyed, but loved as well. It has also made him realize he will have to tell his parents soon…
Logan is still acting slightly awkward around his friend, but Carlos accepts it. Because he understands it must be a little weird. And he knows Logan does totally accept him, he just needs to adjust a little. And bit by bit, it is working.
And Kendall… Well, he did seem happier when he came back from Jo. But there is something off about him. At more times than one, the guys have found him to be lost in thought. But he keeps telling them he's just thinking about Jo at those moments. His friends have let it go for now, but it's a little worrisome.
At the moment, Carlos doesn't even have space in his mind t worry about any of it. Right now, he is absolutely freaking out about going out on his very first date. With a guy. Whom actually likes him.
"Carlos, would you just relax? You're going to be fine." Logan tries to assure him once again as Carlos just goes into full panic mode. He is pacing the floor of his bedroom, while Logan sits on his bed and James is rummaging through his closet for something decent to wear.
"But what if he doesn't like the date? What if he doesn't like the restaurant I picked? I mean, it's kind of fancy. Maybe it's too fancy for the first date." He stops walking. "Oh my god… It's way too fancy for a first date. He's going to hate it!" He calls out. Logan sighs and stands up. He puts his hands on his friend's shoulders.
"Carlos! For the millionth time: He's not going to hate it. Luigi's is fancy, but that just makes the date more romantic. Besides, you already kissed, so I don't think you need to worry about the date at all." Logan tells him. "Come on, now just sit down and relax, you're creating a hole in our floor." He says with a small smirk.
Carlos does sit down, but he doesn't laugh at all. He just fumbles with his shirt and sits there with a panicky look in his eyes.
"But what if he…" He starts again, when Logan puts up a hand to stop him.
"No more buts. He likes you, you like him. Stop worrying so much and just enjoy the night with him. You'll do fine." Logan says in a soft tone and squeezes his knee for emphasis. Carlos finally nods slowly and Logan smiles at him.
"Hey, what's going on in here?" Kendall asks with a wide grin as he bounds in. He immediately heads for the bed as well. "Scoot over." He tells the two, who roll their eyes, but move anyway.
"We're getting Carlos ready for his first date with Randy." James announces, as he scrunches up his face in disgust as he holds another one of Carlos' shirts.
"That's tonight?" Kendall suddenly asks quietly, his smile half gone.
"Seriously dude, you should have come to me earlier. We could have gone shopping. I mean, look at these clothes. Tomorrow, we are going shopping." Carlos opens his mouth to protest, when James continues. "And I am not taking no for an answer." Carlos huffs. "Oh and don't even think about wearing that god awful helmet." Carlos gasps.
"Hey, he said he likes my helmet. Even Brad said it." He continues and crosses his arms.
James rolls his eyes. "He was being polite, Carlos. Now that he's becoming your boyfriend, he's going to be more honest and you should make more of an effort to look good." Carlos' eyes widen.
"My b-boyfriend?" He stammers. "After the first date? It goes that fast?"
Logan sighs. "James…" He puts a hand on his friend's shoulder again. "Carlos, don't listen to him. You can decide to take things as slow as you want, alright?"
"But maybe he…" He starts again and Logan sends him a warning look. "Right. No more buts, just enjoy the evening." Logan smiles and nods.
"Well, I think this will have to do. It's all I could find in such a short time." James says, still not looking happy, but holding up a black tux and white shirt to go underneath it.
"I don't have to wear a tie, do I?" Carlos asks and James sends him a challenging look.
"Uh, of course you do. They're not going to let you in at the restaurant if you go in without one." James tells him. Carlos whines loudly, but still gets up and shuffles towards James and takes the clothes from his hands and heads for the bathroom to change.
James heads for the bed now and sits in between his friends.
"So, where are they going?" Kendall asks out of the blue.
"Carlos is taking him to Luigi's. My suggestion, since it's the most romantic restaurant in town. Perfect for a first date." James gushes. Kendall nods.
Just then, the bathroom door opens and Carlos steps out. He looks very unsure as he stands in front of his friends.
"Well? How do I look?" he asks, his eyes full of uncertainty.
"Meh…" James says, not looking impressed and Carlos looks down right away. Logan swats his arm hard, making James wince.
"Just ignore him, he's being an ass tonight. You look great, Carlitos." Logan says with a genuine smile. Carlos still looks unsure, but stands in front of the mirror to see for himself.
"You think so?" He asks.
"Absolutely." Logan says as he stands up and steps behind Carlos. "Right, Kendall?"
The guys all turn towards the blond for an answer, but find him lost in a trance once again. James elbows him and he looks up suddenly.
"Huh, what?" Logan rolls his eyes.
"Don't you think Carlos looks great?" Logan asks again. Kendall looks at his best friend as he bites his lip for being nervous. He doesn't respond right away and Carlos' face falls even further.
"Oh no… I look ridiculous, don't I?" he asks, looking upset right away. Logan sends a look of disbelief towards Kendall. His eyes widen immediately.
"No, n-no, that's not…" He stammers, before sighing. "You look great, Carlos and anyone who dares to say otherwise is just jealous." He says with a smile, also coming up behind his friend as he checks himself in the standing mirror again.
"Really?" Carlos asks as his face heats up a little. Kendall smiles wider.
"Definitely." He answers softly as he puts his hands on Carlos's shoulders from behind.
"You think Randy will like it, too?" He asks hopefully. Kendall looks at him.
"Uh, yeah, Randy, of course. He'll love it." He says as he steps back. "I uh, I have to go. I'm supposed to meet with Jo. Uh, good luck on your date." He says as he suddenly rushes from the room.
"What was that?" James asks as he stares after his friend. Logan sighs with a worried look.
"Let's not worry about it. We have more important things to tend to." He announces as he changes his attention back to Carlos. "Well, it's almost time. You ready?" He asks and Carlos lets out a deep breath.
"Ready as I'll ever be." He says, letting a small smile appear.
About an hour later, Carlos walks out the door of 2J, his friends behind him, holding up their thumbs in encouragement. He would have been able to leave about ten minutes earlier, if Mrs. Knight hadn't insisted on taking pictures of him. She tried to convince him to get Randy to come over, so she could take pictures of them together. But Katie thankfully stepped up and dragged her mom away.
The moment Carlos rounds the corner, the door to 2J closes for a second. Then Logan and James quickly poke their heads out of the door and looks around if anyone sees them. They quickly hurry down the hall and after Carlos.
"Are you sure we should spy on him? I mean, he's nervous enough as it is." Logan asks as they observe Carlos from a distance just before he is about to knock on Randy's door.
"We're not spying on him. We're here for moral support. And to help him when he messes things up." James explains and Logan raises an eyebrow.
"How is it moral support when he doesn't know we're here? And don't you mean if he messes things up?" Logan asks again. James smiles and shakes his head.
"Oh, Logan, Logan. This is Carlos we're talking about. Of course he'll screw it up. It's only a matter of time. And the moral support is all in spirit, duh. He can totally feel we're here." James explains. Logan just looks at him in disbelief and shakes his head.
Carlos stands in front of the door, his entire body shaking like a leaf. He takes a deep breath, before lifting his hand and quickly knocking on the door. When the door opens, he is greeted by Brad, Randy's older brother. He looks the Latino up and down, before heading back inside.
"It's for you!" Carlos can hear him shouting and suddenly another figure steps out. Carlos is immediately flabbergasted as he stares at Randy. Randy just smiles widely.
"Wow, look at you. Hot in a helmet and even hotter in a suit." The boy says and Carlos blushingly looks down at his feet.
"Thanks, you uh, you look amazing…" He quietly answers back, making Randy chuckle.
"Well, thank you. Shall we go?" He asks and Carlos looks up again.
"Uh, y-yeah, let's go." He answers and Randy closes the door as he starts to walk. Carlos shyly walks next to him.
"Good luck!" Carlos whips his head around towards the familiar voice, but when he doesn't see anyone, he turns his head back.
Around the corner, Logan has his hand on James' mouth and shakes his head with a look of disbelief.
"So, where are you taking me? I mean, I already know it'll be fancy, but I'm curious." Randy asks as the two drive to the restaurant.
"Nope, not telling." Carlos says, a small smirk displaying on his lips when Randy tries to pout. "You are awful at that." He comments and Randy mock glares.
"Well, since you are the master, maybe you should teach me sometime." He replies and Carlos smiles.
"I would love to, but you need to look cute to get that look down, not sexy." His own eyes widen when he finishes the sentence. "I-I mean…" Randy laughs.
"It's okay." He mentions between laughter. "I don't think I've been called that before. Especially not by a cute and insanely hot Latino." He ends with a husky voice. Carlos stiffens as he parks the car.
"Well, we're here." He announces as he quickly gets out of the car. Randy laughs again.
"I love how you keep getting all flustered over me. It's adorable." He says as he leans closer towards Carlos as they walk towards the restaurant. "So, this is the place, huh? Luigi's. Hm, sounds Italian." He says with a wink.
"Well, it is. And James said it's perfect for a romantic first date." Carlos replies, again widening his eyes. "I uh, I mean, if you want it to be romantic, that is, I…"
"Carlos, stop." Randy says with a giggle. "It's alright. This is our first date, so anything romantic sounds amazing. Stop being so nervous." He tries to assure the boy, who looks compleely embarrassed.
"I'm sorry. It's just… I've never really been on a date like this before, because I usually screw up before it even takes place. But now we're here and I'm just worried I'll ruin everything." Carlos admits, looking at his shoes. Randy goes to stand in front of him and lifts his chin with his index finger.
"Hey. You're not going to ruin anything. I already like you and whatever happens tonight is not going to change that." He says softly and then leans forward to gently kiss the boy on the lips. Carlos closes his eyes and when he opens them, he smiles genuinely. "Now let's go and eat, because I am starving." He announces and rushes for the doors, pulling a laughing Carlos with him.
As soon as the manager finds out it's one of the Big Time Rush boys and that it's a date, he makes sure the two get the best table. A candlelight dinner is set up for them on the balcony, near the band as they play some slow songs in the background. Outside, beautiful lights are set up all around and a view of the stars in all their glory is fully visible.
"Wow, this place is amazing. The manager must really like you for going through that much trouble." Randy comments as the two go through their menus.
"Yeah, we're kind of his best customers. We've all been here together a few times and everyone has had their first date here. Well, except for me, since I've never been on a date, but Kendall and Logan have been here with their girls and James comes here at least once a week." Carlos explains and Randy looks amused. "James likes to go on dates." He explains with a shrug. Randy just nods.
"Still, it's rally nice of him to do this." Randy comments again.
"Yeah, I know. To be honest, I wasn't sure how he'd react, since he didn't know I was gay. Well, not that I knew until a few days ago, but still. I was kind of afraid of what might happen." Carlos softly admits.
"Well, there are people who might act different towards two guys having a romantic evening." Randy says, picking his words carefully. "But thankfully there are also plenty of people who are fine with it and just look at it as just two people in love." He says as he stares at Carlos over the flickering candles.
Carlos looks up from his menu with wide eyes. "What?" He asks in a near whisper.
"Forget I said that. Let's just order." Randy says, suddenly sounding nervous as he quickly shifts his attention towards the menu. Carlos smiles nervously and looks away as well.
"So, what are you having?" Carlos asks after some silence.
"Uh, I'm not sure. You've been here before, what can you recommend?" Randy asks in return.
"Uh, well, I like…" But before he can finish the sentence, a voice interrupts them.
"Carlos, Randy? Oh my god. What a coincidence. I didn't know you guys were coming here." Carlos looks up in shock as a smiling Kendall approaches their table with a confused Jo in tow.
"Uh, well we…" Carlos starts, but Kendall interrupts once again.
"Hey, you don't mind if we share a table, right? I mean, this place is so crowded and this is the best table after all. Great, thanks." He announces as he quickly grabs two more chairs and some dinnerware. Carlos looks at him in shock as he even asks Randy to move over.
"Uh, Kendall? Could I talk to you for a moment?" Jo asks him with a forced smile. "In private." She threatens and Kendall looks at her.
"Excuse us for a minute." Kendall tells the guys and then heads after his girlfriend.
"I'm so sorry about this. I swear I didn't know he was coming here tonight." Carlos immediately apologizes, but Randy just smiles reassuringly.
"It's okay. Kendall is cool. Don't worry about it." He says, but Carlos can't help but feel like the date is now officially over.
"Kendall, what is going on here?" Jo hisses as she and Kendall find a separate place to talk.
"What? I didn't know they would be here." He innocently tells her.
"Maybe not, but it doesn't mean we can just up and join their table." Jo tells him.
"Why not? It's Carlos. He's one of my best friends. And besides, it's not like they're on a date or anything." He then adds with a small chuckle.
"Really? Because the romantic candlelight suggests otherwise. And why else would Luigi give them the best table?" Jo asks with her arms crossed.
"Uh, because Carlos is by far his best customer. He has tried like every dish on here and manages to gush about every piece of food he eats. Luigi loves it when he comes here." Kendall explains to her. "Plus, it is really crowded here."
"It still looks they're on a date." Jo adds again. Kendall rolls his eyes.
"Jo, they are not on a date, alright? Would I really go and join their table if they were? You know I'd never do that." He tells her, putting on his most honest face. She looks at him suspiciously for a moment.
"Fine." Kendall throws in a 'yes' ecstatically. "But! If there is even a slight hint that this is a date, we are out of here and you are in big trouble." She threatens him.
"Don't worry about it. Now let's go eat."
Jo looks at both boys apologetically as she sits next to her boyfriend. Carlos throws Randy an apologetic look once again, but he just smiles reassuringly.
"So, Randy, how old are you? How long will you be staying here in LA for? What are your plans for the future?" Kendall rattles off, making Carlos and Jo both frown. Randy just smiles.
Just then Luigi comes up to their table. He looks at the newcomers in surprise.
"Well, Carlitos, you didn't mention other people were joining you this evening." He mentions with a confused look towards Carlos.
"Yeah, we weren't really planning on it." Carlos answers softly.
"It was such a coincidence. I had no idea they would be here." Kendall says with a chuckle. Luigi looks at everyone for another moment and then nods in understanding at Carlos' sad look.
"Well, no worries." He says with a big smile again. "How about I make spaghetti and meatballs for two?" he offers, sending a wink towards Carlos. Carlos blushes right away.
"I don't know. Is it any good?" He asks, sending a flirtatious smile towards Carlos.
"Oh, it is my specialty. Perfect for a fine evening like this." Luigi answers with a big smile.
"You know what, that sounds perfect. We'll have that." Kendall answers with a smile. Luigi looks at him with a tiny glare.
"I'm so sorry, we're all out." He tells the blond. Kendall frowns.
"But you just offered it to us?" He asks and Luigi grumbles to himself for making that mistake.
"Oh, scuzi. I made a mistake. No more spaghetti tonight. It's all gone." He answers with a nervous laugh and sends a look of apology towards Carlos. He just smiles gratefully in return.
"Okay, then I'll just take the Lasagna Bolognese." Kendall tells him as he hands the man the menu.
"Same for me." Jo adds.
"Uh, I will have uh…" Randy starts and then looks up at Carlos. "Whatever he's having." He says nervously. Now it's Carlos' turn to look amused.
"I'll have the pasta carbonara with Tagliatelli." Carlos answers with a smile.
"Ah yes, very good choice. A double plate of Pasta Carbonara coming right up." Luigi replies with another smile and turns around.
"Actually…" The man stops walking when he hears Kendall's voice. "That sounds really good. I'll have the same." Luigi sighs, before turning around with a forced smile.
"Of course. Three plates of Pasta and one Lasagna coming up." He answers and turns around, heading for the kitchen while grumbling under his breath.
The rest of the evening is spent by Kendall interrogating Randy over every detail of his life, while Jo awkwardly sits beside him. Randy politely answers all questions, while Carlos is trying hard not to attack Kendall right there in the restaurant. And every time Luigi tries to come up with some sort of romantic moment for the two boys, Kendall somehow manages to intervene. The man is trying hard not to throw the blond out, while Jo glares at her boyfriend as she realizes this really was a date after all.
When it's time for dessert, everyone quickly declines, except for Kendall. Carlos and Jo glare at him in disbelief, while Randy tries to avoid being sucked into the tension that has risen. And Luigi just smiles in understanding. When they get ready to go, Carlos offers to pay, when Kendall stops him.
"Uh, you don't need to do that, dude. Everyone should just pay for themselves. It's only fair." He offers.
"Actually, Kendall, I want to pay for this. But since you mentioned it, you can pay for yourself if you want. I'll pay for your and my date, since it's only fair." Carlos spats, before sending a death glare his way and heading for the counter. Jo just shakes her head at him and heads for the bathroom.
"What? What is everyone so angry about? I had a great time." He says with a frown.
At the counter, Luigi comes over once again as Carlos pays for their meals.
"Since he's playing for himself, should I just make his meal a little more expensive?" Luigi offers. Carlos sighs and shakes his head.
"No, that's okay, Luigi. Thanks for trying to help tonight by the way. You didn't have to do that." He replies quietly.
"Of course I did, you're my favorite customer. Just seeing that look of happiness on your face when you eat my food, it will never grow old." He says with a genuine smile. "And next time you bring that nice boy here, I could just close the restaurant for you if you'd like." Carlos looks up in surprise.
"I couldn't ask you to do that, Luigi. I wouldn't want other people to miss out on all this amazing food." Carlos replies.
"Oh, Carlitos. You warm my heart." The Italian man replies, grabbing his chest for emphasis. "If you don't want that, how about next time I just ban him from the restaurant." He says with a growl as he points towards Kendall. Carlos chuckles slightly.
"No, that's not necessary." He answers.
"Well, then what would you like me to do?" Luigi asks him.
"You've already done a lot tonight. Thank you again for that. No, this is something I need to straighten out with Kendall. I don't even get why he's doing this. He knew I was going on this date tonight. Why would he join us anyway?" Carlos questions as he stares at his friend, wondering.
"That I believe you should ask him." The man answers and Carlos nods. "But Carlitos, I mean it. If you want to bring that boy over for another date, just say the word. I will have my security men throw Kendall out. It's no problem." Carlos chuckles again and the man smiles. "Just be happy." Carlos nods and he heads back for the three people waiting for him.
"So, where are you heading next?" Kendall asks as they step out together. Randy and Carlos walk together in silence as the tension still lingers.
"Just a movie." Randy pipes up, making Carlos look up in surprise.
"Really? We were just talking about the same thing. What movie are you seeing?" Kendall then adds and Jo's mouth drops open.
"The Hunge…" Randy starts, but Carlos steps in front of him.
"Actually, Kendall, could I talk to you for a minute?" Carlos asks and without waiting for an answer, he grabs Kendall's arm and drags him out of hearing distance.
"Dude, you grabbed me kind of hard there." Kendall scowls as he rubs his arm. Carlos glares at him.
"What are you doing, Kendall? Why are you trying to ruin this date?" He hisses.
"What are you talking about? I didn't know you'd be at that restaurant." Kendall replies.
"No, but you knew I was on my date tonight. And you still joined us and interrogated him all night. Why would you do that?"
"I didn't…" Kendall starts, when Carlos glares at him again. He sighs. "Okay, the truth is, I'm just trying to protect you." He finally admits, casting his eyes down.
"What are you talking about?" Carlos asks in confusion.
"Well, how much do you really know about this guy, huh? I mean, you've only just figured out that you're gay and you're going out with him right away? We don't know anything about him." Kendall explains.
"Why should that matter? You didn't know Jo before asking her out." He tells his friend.
"That's different." He argues.
"How is that different? I just don't understand why you're acting like this. You've never had a problem with me asking people out before I said I was gay. In fact, you tried to help me get dates then. Why has that changed now? Just because I'm gay, it doesn't mean things need to be different." Carlos tells him.
"No, I know and it has nothing to do with that." Kendall starts again.
"Really? Because it sure seems like it. Out of all you guys, I pegged you to be the one to never treat me differently after this. I guess I was wrong…" He nearly whispers the last part with pain in his eyes before walking away.
"No, Carlos, you're not…" Kendall sighs, when Carlos grabs Randy's hand and leads him away. He closes in eyes and turns around to come face to face with his fuming girlfriend.
"I can't believe you." She says, shaking her head. "You told me this wasn't a date. How could you ruin this for Carlos? You know how hard it is for him to find someone who likes him for him. Now he is finally finding out who he is and you're ruining his very first date?" She questions him.
"Look, it's not like they don't know each other. I mean, they've already kissed." He grumbles.
"That is not the point!" Jo says, even though she looks surprised. "You know better than this, Kendall. What is wrong with you? Lately it feels like I don't even know you anymore."
"I'm still me, Jo." He says, as if nothing changed. He reaches out to her, but she steps back.
"Don't touch me. What you did tonight as unforgivable. You better hope that Carlos can manage to salvage some of this date. And as for us, I am not speaking to you for at least until you realize what a complete douche bag you are right now. And no need to drive me home, either. I already called Logan and Camille to come and pick me up." She says as she starts to walk away. Then she stops and turns around. "And you know something? I actually haven't seen or spoken to Camille for days now, because I wanted to spend extra time with you. And I thought with this date tonight, that you actually wanted to do the same. And then I find out I'm just part of this disgusting scheme of yours to spy on Carlos? It's just so…" She growls in exasperation.
"I'm sorry…" He quietly says, but she steps back again.
"No, I am not the one you should be apologizing to. Good night, Kendall. When you've got your act back together, come and see me." She says, before walking off and towards the now waiting car.
Kendall is left standing by himself next to the movie theater, head hanging low in shame for all that he did. Then, he sighs and slowly makes his way towards the parking lot to start his lonely journey home.
A/N Well, finally some inspiration came to me ;) It might not be the story you hoped I would update, but I hope you like it just the same.
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