Title: The Cowgirl and her Pony

Rating: T

Summary: "Jake isn't feeling well. Would it be okay if we ditched so I could give him a ride to my place?" Tumblr one-shot turned full-on fic.

Ships: Jyder (and obviously Karley because of the Jyder ~)

Words: 1,624

Warnings: Blatantly Obvious Flaming Homosexuality (if that even is worth warning people about anymore)

By the way, I spell out sneezes. So if there's ever a random spasm of letters, that's probably what that is...

Ryder Lynn made his way into glee club, bored, but stopped short when he noticed a certain half-black "best friend" of his who happened to have a third nipple sitting with his head in his hands. He waved his hands in his face.

"Jake?" He asked the little ballerina. He looked up slowly; red, tired eyes meeting with Ryder's.

"O-oh, hey Ryder," he wearily smiled a little at him and cleared his throat. He sniffled a bit, his nose twitching a little. Ryder couldn't help but smile at how adorable he looked, but he was still concerned.

"Hey, Jake. You okay, bro?" he asked, furrowing a brow. Jake sighed and sat back up, rubbing his eyes a little.

"Yeah, I'm okay, how's your dyslexia stuff been?" he said, trying to change the subject. Ryder raised a brow at the change of subject, but shook his head.

"Uh, it's been great…you sure you're okay?" Jake coughed loudly, taking a deep breath, and then glared at him.

"I'm fine! Just…sit down, or something!" He gestured to the empty seats around him.
Ryder heard the coughing and rolled his eyes.

"Yeah, okay Jake. You're fine," he said and looked away, crossing his arms over his chest stubbornly. Jake looked at him and rolled his eyes.

"Yes! I. am. fine. Do I have to spell it out for you?" His words cut like a knife in Ryder's chest- Jake knew how sensitive he was about his dyslexia- and he felt like punching him. When that dazed expression started to come across Jake's face and his breath started to hitch, Ryder didn't even notice because he was looking away from him.

"Huh-ngxsh!" a loud sniff followed. Ryder looked over at the culprit of such sound, who was staring at the ground and rubbing his nose looking embarrassed. His face softened as he started blushing. That sneeze was so cute. He shook his head- he was getting distracted. The point was not to fawn over the adorableness of a sick Jake, it was to make him admit that he was sick in the first place.

"If you're okay, why are you coughing and sneezing so much?" he asked, pouting slightly. Jake smiled at the little pout.

"Jeez, can't someone sneeze without having the plague around here?" he asked as his nose started to twitch again. He rubbed at it and blushed madly, looking away in frustration.

"You're right..." he looked at Jake. He was blushing and his nose was twitching- so cute and perfect, even when sick. "That's right, Jake, what was I thi-"

"Huh-xgsh!" Jake's entire body lurched forward with the force of the sudden sneeze. He looked up in shame... "Sorry." The single most adorable thing Ryder had ever heard.

"Bless you." he acknowledged with a little grin as Jake shivered a bit. He found him just so vulnerable at the time, and he didn't know why, but it was absolutely precious.

"Th-thanks," Jake looked away and coughed awkwardly, knowing Ryder was staring at him- he must have looked like a drowned, harassed rat. 'Stupid cold' he murmured to himself quietly, hoping Ryder wouldn't hear.

"Aww, see, you are sick," Ryder whined, feeling sorry for him. "Why don't you just go home? You know what Finn will say if he realizes..." Jake rolled his eyes.

"I can't believe you heard that!" he groaned loudly and looked at Ryder with a sigh. "Well, I really wanted to see you- Marley, I mean...I wanted to see Marley." His eyes darted around self-consciously, and Ryder's heart fluttered at the thought that he might have actually meant him- but he shrugged it off. What were the chances, anyway?

"Great way to make Marley feel guilty," he teased. "And where is she, anyway? I haven't seen her all day," he inquired, cocking his head to the side like a little puppy-dog. So cute.

"I didn't want to make y-" Jake caught himself and cleared his throat. "Marley feel guilty. You know how she gets when you ditch plans with her. But it's okay. Apparently she has the plague too..." he quirked a brow. "I'm pretty sure Kitty wasn't here yesterday or today either...whatever, it's not like I can go home anyway. The front door is locked, and my mom won't be home 'til like nine." He shrugged as a cough racked through his body.

"You seriously don't have a key?" Ryder asked with a chuckle. Jake shook his head and suddenly a series of shivers cursed through his body. Ryder hated seeing him like this. He looked at the shivering little ballerina, feeling sorry for him...and was that a hint of...protectiveness? "You wanna come over to my house? I have a key." He tried to put on his best 'I'm just a nonchalant straight guy, bro' voice. Jake chuckled a little.

"Shut up, mine broke!" He sighed and looked at Ryder's concerned face. "Are you really sure?" Ryder laughed.

"O-of course! My parents are gone for the weekend anyway, so it's not like we'd get caught." Jake's eyebrows quirked up. "I mean, not that we'd be doing anything! Pshht, gay." Jake shrugged.

"If it's okay with you, it's freezing in here," he counters, shivering as he stifled a quick little "Hgxshh!" onto his wrist. Ryder was just finding him too adorable at this moment.

"Come on, they won't miss us." He looked around at the rest of the glee club. Artie and Blaine were watching Sam do impressions, Joe was taking notes on the bible, Unique and Tina were talking about Vogue, and Brittany and Sugar were talking in Brittany's made up language about time-travel but nobody could tell. They were completely oblivious to said burst of young, adorable gay love. After looking around, Ryder stood up and helped a slightly dizzy Jake up, so that he was leaning on him -but not leaning on him, 'cause that was just gay, man.

"Come on. We can just watch TV or do homework or whatever," he insisted. Or we could cuddle. It was at that very moment that Finn came into the choir room to start glee club, and quirked a brow at the two of them.

"Hey Finn. Uh...Jake isn't feeling well. Would it be okay if we ditched so I could give him a ride to my place?" Ryder asked, looking up pleadingly when Finn raised a brow. "H-his mom isn't home, and his key is broken..." Finn looked down at the sickly boy in concern for a second, but soon the little half-smirk we all know and love came out...

"...Yeah, sure. We don't want anyone else getting sick." He put a hand on Ryder's shoulder and nodded. "You're a good friend, Ryder."

"Whoa! Careful, tough guy."

Finn's ears perked up. He simply couldn't contain his happiness any longer, and finally squealed and jumped in the air- thankfully no one saw.

He had just been hit with a billion OTP feels.

Right in the balls.

If you didn't understand the Finn reference, it's kind of a fandom thing that when Finn made Ryder and Jake talk he was secretly setting Jyder up so it makes perfect sense that they're his OTP

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