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Eli sat quietly staring into space, idly flipping the game controller from one hand to the other. He’d been in this mood for the past several hours, ever since we got home from visiting Michael. He’d said very little on the drive home either. The silence wore on me but I wasn’t certain how to handle it. The visit to Michael had thrown Eli into a deep funk.
As I sat and tried to come up with a way to get him out of his depression, Eli began to talk. “You know, that could have been us. We haven’t been all that careful lately.”
I shook my head. “No. There’s one big huge difference between Michael and us. We haven’t been sleeping around.”
Eli glared at me. “You look. I’ve seen you look.”
“Well, shit! I’m not dead. I’ve seen you check out a butt or two. It’s not just me.”
The tension built for a few moments, then Eli seemed to deflate as he let out his held breath. “Okay, looking isn’t cheating. I guess you’re right. And just because I look doesn’t mean I want to jump in bed with the guy,”
I waited for a minute to make sure Eli had calmed down. “Exactly. I haven’t been with anyone else. You made it pretty clear how you felt about cheaters.”
“I hate to be lied to, and cheating is the worst kind of lie as far as I’m concerned. And look at Michael, now he’s HIV positive. Fucking idiot.”
I lifted my eyebrows. “I’m a fucking idiot?”
Eli finally turned to me and smiled. “No! Michael is the idiot. You are my hot boyfriend who could get anyone he wanted..”
I couldn’t help but chuckle. “Being your boyfriend doesn’t mean I won’t be stupid, and I don’t want anyone else.”
Eli leaned over and tapped my cheek playfully. “I’ll cut ya, man.”
I grinned back at him. “Yes, I know.”
Eli walked to me and sat down. He wrapped his arm around my waist and leaned his head against my shoulder. “You want to go get something to eat? I’m starved.”
“Sure. There’s a new place near campus.”
“The Thai place? That sounds good.”
Eli looked around, sprinted to the bathroom, and closed the door. I heard drawers open and close for a few moments then the sound of Eli peeing. I leaned against the wall and chuckled. “You know, I’ve seen it before. And a lot closer than from across the room.”
The door opened and a slightly red faced Eli appeared. “I know, I know. But sometimes I need a little privacy.”
I wondered since Eli is one of the least private guys I’ve ever been around. At least with me. But I didn’t want to press the issue. I frowned when Eli pulled on a hoodie, with his shorts and tee. “You know, it’s not that cold out. And…” I motioned to the shorts and jacket combo.
Eli grinned, seeming to relax a little. “This is perfect. Let’s go eat, I’m starved.”
I knew something was up, but decided this wasn’t the time to play twenty questions. By the time we left the apartments, Eli was as hyperactive as I’d ever seen him. When we covered the distance to the restaurant, he was ready to do a parkour run. When we were seated, his foot was moving faster than Thumper.
“Eli, what’s crawled up your ass. You’re acting a little freaky.”
Eli slammed to a halt and grinned. “Nope, everything’s fine. I’m just looking forward to something other than the food court stuff.”
Before I could come up with a response, the waiter arrived. Eli wanted to try some new dishes and we ended up trying several things we’d never had before, including some that left my mouth singed and sweat beading on my forehead. I finished the last bite and smiled at Eli. “That was good. We’ll have to come back again.”
Eli glanced out the window at the gathering nightfall then back at me. “Let’s get some dessert. I hear the mango sticky rice is delicious.”
I shrugged and sat back as Eli ordered dessert for both of us. By the time we had finished, night had fallen and there was a trail of blue pools of light along the campus walkways.
As we walked through the quiet grounds, Eli reached over and took my hand in his. The simple gesture brought me a great deal of comfort, Eli had that effect on me lately. Just thinking about him would make me smile so much that people asked what I was pulling.
We’d reached one of the most secluded parts of the walk and Eli pulled me to a stop. He reached up and caressed my face with a dreamy look in his eyes. “I love you, Nate.”
My body began to shake as all sorts of emotions bubbled up inside me. “I love you too, Eli. What’s going on?”
Eli dropped to one knee in front of me, and grabbed my hand. His other hand fished inside the pocket of his hoodie and after a few moments he pulled out a small box. He looked back at me and flipped the box open with his thumb. Our eyes locked and I could see a tear trickle down his face.
“Nate, will you marry me?”
My legs started to shake and I thought I was going to puke. “Oh, fuck…”
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