From Friends to Partners (M/M)

Jake walked up to the front door with his hands full. Juggling the items into one hand he used the other to knock on the door and waited. He had a bag of video games hanging from his left arm, which also held the pizza while his right now held the bouquet of lilies. As nervous as he was standing there, he was also equal parts excited and relieved.

He couldn’t help but smile as he remembered what happened only hours earlier. Or rather, he remembered the words that changed his life—I’m in love with you!

Scott may have yelled the words at him while they argued but that made it all the better as far as Jake was concerned, it proved Scott really meant them. But once he’d realised what he’d said, Scott had looked horrified then ran off. Jake hadn’t gone racing after him once the shock wore off because he knew Scott would have to come home eventually. Jake would have bolted too if he’d been the one to blurt out to his best friend that he was in love with him. The only reason Jake had never admitted his feelings was because he didn’t want to do anything to jeopardise their friendship. Knowing now that Scott felt the same lifted the fear that Jake would lose him if he admitted the truth.

Jake had jumped in the car and gone to buy Scott a bunch of video games he hadn’t yet bought, and then stopped to buy the pizza. On his way to Scott’s house he saw the florist was still open so he’d quickly zipped in to buy lilies since he knew they were Scott’s favourite. He’d found out a few years ago by accident. Scott’s mother had been staying with him and Jake had learned that both mother and son loved the same flowers. Since then, every time Jake scented the flowers he immediately thought of Scott and smiled.

The sound of the lock turning pulled Jake into the present, waiting for the door to swing open, a smile on his face. He lost his smile as soon as he saw Scott’s face, his hazel eyes red and puffy. His whole appearance was dishevelled, his golden locks sticking up all over the place as though he’d been running his fingers through them constantly.

“Oh, Scott,” Jake whispered, and then quickly stepped inside. Dropping the items on the table by the door he then turned and pulled Scott into his arms, hugging him tightly as the man started to sob.

“Shh,” Jake soothed. “It’s okay. I’m here, Scott.” Jake kept mumbling nonsense, never letting Scott go. Kicking the door closed, he used one hand to lock it before half leading, half dragging Scott to the couch in the living room. Somehow Jake was able to manoeuvre them so that Scott was sitting in his lap. He didn’t know how long they sat there like that, but as much as he hated that Scott was hurting, he loved finally being able to hold him so close.

“Do you hate me?” Scott asked so quietly, Jake almost missed it.

“No! Of course I don’t hate you!” Jake exclaimed, leaning back to try and capture Scott’s gaze but he kept his head in the crook of Jake’s neck.

Stubborn man!

He leaned closer and kissed Scott’s temple, ignoring the way the man tensed, before moving his lips to Scott’s ear. Mentally crossing everything that the next few minutes would work out, Jake smiled and tightened his grip on Scott.

“I get why you don’t want to look at me right now so just listen. I’m not mad, I don’t hate you or anything like that. Scott, I love you.”

Scott’s sudden movement almost had him toppling to the ground but Jake was able to adjust his grip and instead they were now face to face, Scott’s wide-eyed gaze locked on his.

“J-Jake?” Scott stuttered out, confusion evident on his face.

Staring into the eyes he loved almost as much as the man they belonged to, Jake raised his right hand and cupped Scott’s cheek.

“I love you, Scott. I’ve been in love with you for years, but I was so scared that you wouldn’t feel the same way and the thought of losing your friendship was more than I could contemplate. I figured that as long as I had you in my life I’d be okay.” Jake paused, trying to keep his own tears at bay but he knew at least one had slipped out. “You’re sweet, kind, funny, endearing, smart, and just so amazing. Meeting you all those years ago was the best thing that ever happened to me and this morning when you blurted out how you felt? I thought my heart would burst with joy I was so hap—”

Jake didn’t get a chance to say anything more as Scott slammed his mouth down onto his. Groaning at his first taste of Scott, Jake moved his hand from Scott’s cheek to the back of his head, pulling him closer and angling his head so Jake could devour him.

The moment Scott wrapped his arms around Jake and relaxed into his embrace Jake moaned. The simple act of trust and submission was too much for him and any plan he had before he arrived went out of the window. Keeping a tight grip on Scott, Jake stood and carried Scott towards the bedroom. Jake only had so much control and Scott’s behaviour and noises had shredded it.

We’ll talk afterwards, because I’m not giving him up.

***

Panting as he lay on his bed staring at the ceiling, Scott felt the aftershocks still pinging through his system. Turning his head to the left he took in Jake’s profile as he too tried to get his breathing back under control.

If this is a dream then I hope I never wake up.

His gaze locked on the hickey he’d left on Jake’s collarbone. A shot of possessiveness filled him to know that he’d marked the other man and that his mark would remain for a few days. At Jake’s groan he lifted his gaze, and couldn’t resist licking his lips at the hungry expression on Jake’s face.

Scott yelped as Jake rolled on top of him, then groaned at the feel of Jake’s naked body on top of his, his lips devouring him once more. Scott lost track of how long they kissed, but eventually they had to come up for air and Scott was back to panting as he stared at the ceiling, only this time Jake was lying on top of him.

“Am I too heavy for you?” Jake asked, placing a soft kiss behind his ear, causing a whole body shiver to go through Scoot.

“No,” Scott whispered, tightening his arms around Jake in case he thought about trying to move away.

Jake chuckled. “Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere, Scott. You’re stuck with me for a very long time.”

“Yeah?” Scott asked, turning his head to meet Jake’s gaze. He struggled not to cry at the emotion he could see on Jake’s face and in his eyes. He’d always believed that the eyes were the windows to the soul, and Jake’s bright blue eyes made him think of clear skies on a sunny day.

“Absolutely. I’m keeping you and nothing is going to keep us apart now,” Jake paused and dropped his gaze, a look of uncertainty flashing over his face before he spoke again. “That is, if that’s what you want.”

Holy shit, he’s just as scared of this is as I am, despite whatever act he’s putting on.

Scott couldn’t resist kissing the hickey he’d been admiring earlier. “Jake, nothing would make me happier than for this to become our reality instead of my dream. I was terrified you would hate me when you found out I was in love with you. Hell, I kept expecting you to figure it out and tell me we couldn’t be friends anymore. I even came up with all sorts of reasons why we could, guessing at what some of your excuses would be.”

Shaking his head at himself, Scott couldn’t help the self-depreciative chuckle from bursting free. Blushing when his stomach growled.

Jake snickered, then quickly kissed Scott before getting out of bed. “Come on, babe, let’s take a quick shower and then we can eat pizza.”

Despite his reluctance to move, the idea of having Jake naked and wet in the shower was too tempting for Scott to even bother trying to resist. “Should we order it now?” he asked.

“Depends,” Jake said, taking Scott’s hand and dragging him to the bathroom before continuing. “Do you want a fresh pizza or do you want to heat up the one I brought?”

“Huh? You brought a pizza?” Scott asked, trying to remember what Jake had with him when he’d arrived but all he could remember seeing was Jake himself. He lost his train of thought as he realised Jake was already in the shower, beckoning him to enter.

Shower with Jake and then questions and answers.

 

Scott lay cuddled up in Jake’s arms on the couch as they watched a movie, just having demolished the pizza Jake had brought with him. Not only had Scott missed the pizza when Jake had first arrived, he’d also missed noticing the lilies and bag of video games Jake had brought for him.

He didn’t realise the movie had finished and the credits were rolling until Jake planted a kiss on his neck and spoke. “You tired, babe? It’s been a long day and I know you had a busy week at work.”

Scott turned around and hugged Jake, placing a soft kiss on his lips before locking gazes with the other man. “Yeah, just a bit. The day has certainly ended better than I expected but it really has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster day.”

“I’m sorry, love,” Jake said, running a hand through Scott’s hair, causing him to close his eyes in bliss at the intimate action.

Opening his eyes, Scott smiled. “Don’t be. I’d go through it all a hundred times again if it meant that you and I would finally end up together like this. I love you, Jake.”

“I love you too, Scott. From now on, it’s you and me in all things,” Jake promised.

“Good,” Scott said then gathered his courage. “So, how soon can you move in?” he asked, holding his breath as he waited for Jake’s answer.

The blinding smile on Jake’s face gave Scott his answer before Jake even opened his mouth.