Title: The Wedding Date, Part 2 of 11.
Beta: thrace_adams Thank you sweetie for all your help, I love you so much for it!
Artwork: adobejunkie OMG bb, I love you so hard for this!!! And you know, the art too!
Word Count: 33,439 - 2.503 This Chapter
Pairing: Adam/Tommy, Romance.
Warnings: Adult Situations and Language
Rating: R - NC-17
Summary: Sometimes friends do really stupid things that get you into trouble and they get off scot-free! This is one of those times. So now because Cheeks couldn't keep his mouth shut and told Adam's ex that he's in LOVE and so fucking HAPPY in this relationship, that, by a way, Adam doesn't actually have! Adam gets an invite to said ex's wedding and ends up going to spend four days with his ex's family with a paid date found for him by Cheeks.
Tommy Joe is practically every dirty fantasy of Adam's and on top of that he's a real sweetheart. Adam is so screwed because four days of playing boyfriends with Tommy is going to be torture, especially since he told Adam that he doesn't mix business with pleasure.
Then Cheeks dares Adam to make Tommy bend his rules and Adam has never been one to back away from one of those. And that's how he finds himself with Tommy smiling up at him in the front garden of Adam's former almost in-laws. "Let the games begin," Tommy says. Indeed, Adam thinks.
Disclaimers: The people you might recognize in here are NOT mine. I'm not making any profit, I'm only doing this for fun. There is no way this ever happened and so on.
A/N: Written for the lambliffbigbang 2012.
I had some really incredible cheerleaders on this fic you all know who you are. I love you all dearly! And I couldn’t have done it without you!
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Adam's nerves are jangling as he drives up to the curve in front of Tommy's apartment. He takes a deep breath and exhales slowly using the same technique as when he gets the jitters before a concert. He's opening the car door just as Tommy is coming out of the front door. He gives Adam a little dismissive wave telling him to stay put and lifts his suitcase off the ground and walk towards the car. Adam gets out of the car anyway and walks around to open the trunk.
“Hi” Adam says.
Tommy returns the greeting and put the suitcase in the trunk. He can tell that Adam's nerves are making him hyper and he looks like he's about to burst from discomfort. Tommy reaches out and squeezes Adam’s hand a little.
“Don’t worry Adam it’s gonna be fine! They’ll never know, just trust me okay?”
Tommy feels his skin tingle at the contact and he mentally shrugs it off. They get in the car and Adam turns the key, the engine springing to life and within moments they are on their way.
“How long is the drive?” Tommy asks.
“About two hours depending on the traffic.”
“You look stunning.” Tommy's eyes rake over Adam, taking in everything about him. He takes his time looking at him, studying him. Tommy knows people, he studies them, which is what makes him good at what he does for a living. He sees what people need and has made a career out of making sure they get it. And now he needs to know more about Adam, so he watches.
Tommy watches as heat creeps up Adam's face despite the makeup and sees him mutter a silent curse. He smiles a little at the blush and treasures the little bit of information it supplies him with.
“Thank you.” Adam keeps his eyes on the road, obviously determined to not look at Tommy, at least not yet.
“So do you. Is this… “ he waves a hand towards Tommy, “Your normal look? Or is it Brad’s influence?” Tommy laughs quietly giving Adam points for asking.
“It’s all me… the makeup too, but Brad asked me not to change it.”
“Hmm, of course he did.”
“What’s your story?” Tommy asks.
“Yours and Brad’s. You seem very close. I was just wondering and you don’t have to answer if you don’t feel like it.”
“Oh..it’s fine. We kinda grew up together, were boyfriends when we were teenagers, but we weren’t a good match. Somehow we survived the clusterfuck that was our relationship and he remained my best friend. I don’t know what I would have done without him when I found out about Jake and Thomas.”
“Hmm. It really hit you that hard when you got the invitation?”
“No, not the invitation itself.”
“Ooohhhhh….What then? Jake is your ex, right?” Tommy is pretty sure but wants to be certain; it will mean something when they all meet in the next hour and a half.
“Yeah, he is and Thomas was a very dear friend of ours. I found out about them when I walked in on them," Adam paused, his jaw clenching. "In my bed, a day when I got home early from the studio. It’s not much fun when your fiancé spends his afternoons like that while you’re busting your ass off trying to provide for him.”
“And then with a person supposed to be a friend. Yeah that's gotta leave a bruise.” Tommy adds when Adam's voice trails off and he lapses into silence.
“Yeah, it did.”
“So is that why you needed an escort, because you’re still in love with him?”
Tommy is kinda hoping it isn’t the case and as soon as he realizes what he just wished for he kills the thought. Not going there, ever again.
“No, and you’re here because Brad couldn’t keep his big mouth shut, told Jake that I was in a relationship. Well, mostly you’re here because I couldn’t stand the pity looks from them when I showed up without a boyfriend when my supposedly best friend said I had one.” Adam laughs.
“Why are you even going in the first place?” Tommy asks and Adam shrugs.
“I need to forgive them, they’re happy, they didn’t do it to be mean to me, they just loved each other. Besides, I love the family especially Jake’s sister. She is one of my best friends and I can’t wait to see her again.
Tommy nods, it all make sense to him. They drive in silence for a while, Adam drumming the beat of the music with his thumbs on the steering wheel while Tommy does the same thing on his thighs. Adam keeps sneaking glances at him while he's driving and Tommy sees the questions and the curiosity play on Adam’s face. It doesn't take long for him to realize that Adam isn’t going to ask unless invited too.
“Just ask Adam, whatever it is, it can’t be that bad.”
Adam looks slightly embarrassed. Tommy guesses he's probably not used to being that transparent and hopes he continues instead of shutting him out.
“I’m…… I was just wondering, um, how you started doing this, you know, for a living.”
Tommy sucks in his lower lip, worrying it a bit before answering.
“I don’t know exactly but this isn’t my dream….it isn’t a bad job, Adam. Not at all, I like to make people happy and that's basically what I do… I mean the clients all have different needs, but very often it comes down to loneliness, I fill out an empty spot at the moment. It matters because for a brief time that person isn’t alone. Do you understand?”
“I guess, but how do you not get invested?”
“Oh….. but I do. Sometimes more than others, but I do.”
Adam sits for a while obviously thinking about that. When Tommy sees a crease form on his forehead he decides to change the subject. After all, this is supposed to be about Adam not Tommy.
“So, tell me about the people we’re about to meet.”
Adam smiles softly and fills Tommy in on all the family secrets, the love he has for them shines right through every word and gesture Adam makes. Tommy listens and stores the information he is given. It's very easy to like Adam. He is a big hearted guy who wears his heart on his sleeve. After he loosens up he's chatty and laughs really easily, but Tommy can still see the vulnerability lurking just below the surface. It makes him even more determined to make the relationship look as real as possible.
When they get off the freeway Adam falls silent, lost in his thoughts. Tommy puts a hand on his knee stroking it lightly. He feels Adam tense under his hand but he doesn't move it away, instead he squeezes lightly.
“Hey, it’s going to be okay. Trust me.”
Adam looks down at Tommy’s hand, uncertainty etched all over his face. Tommy smiles knowingly.
“We’re supposed to be a couple, remember? You got to be able to handle me touching you. For the next four days we’re like this," he holds a pair of crossed fingers. "We’re in a relationship, and you have to behave like that around me too, if we’re gonna make them believe it.”
Adam bites his lip and puts a hand over Tommy’s, a smile twitching at his lips. Tommy turns his hand and laces their fingers together.
“See? It doesn’t hurt one bit.” Tommy says making Adam laugh loudly.
“You are trouble wrapped up in a nice package Tommy!”
Tommy laughs and looks out the side window.
When they drive up to the house of Adam’s formerly in-laws, Adam feels anxious as well as excited. He kills the engine and turns to look at Tommy, insecurity written all over his beautiful face.
“Amy, um Jake’s mom, is probably already standing by the front door to welcome us.”
Adam feels like fidgeting but forces himself to stay still. It must be obvious to Tommy how uneasy he is because he reaches for the door handle with a calming smile and says, “Then let the games begin.”
The comment makes Adam smile and he gets out of the car. They both walk around to the trunk, Adam opens it and takes out both suitcases. He sees Tommy sneak a peek at the front door and smiles when he realizes he was right. The door is open and a middle-aged woman is standing with her hand on the doorknob ready to greet them. Adam is startled when Tommy makes a sudden move and reaches out to cup his chin stroking his lower lip with a thumb. Adam’s breath hitches.
“Relax and kiss me.” Tommy softly whispers as he takes a step closer and rises to his toes.
Adam looks down into Tommy’s eyes.
“It’s just a kiss. Don’t think so much, just do it.” Tommy says.
He licks his lips and Adam follows the pink tongue with his eyes, mimicking the gesture on instinct. Adam forgets everything around him focusing solely on Tommy as he pulls him in for the kiss.
Tommy snakes his arms around Adam’s neck and his fingers play with the soft hair at the nape of Adam's neck. Adam pulls Tommy a little closer, supporting him with hands on his back. They slowly explore each other lips and Adam has to suppress a small moan when Tommy’s tongue licks his lower lip asking for permission to deepen the kiss. Adam opens up to Tommy and the slow languid licks from Tommy almost kills him. He could get used to this, very used to this and pretty damn fast too. Tommy pulls back pecking Adam's lips twice. A mischievous glint sparks in his eyes.
“Not bad Adam. I’m sure she bought it.”
Adam blushes heavily and looks toward Amy waiting by the front door. He waves at her and she returns the gesture with a huge smile on her face. She begins to walk toward them and they lift their suitcases off the ground to join her. She opens her arms to Adam and he walks into the embrace.
“You came, you really came!”
“Of course I did.”
“I missed you…we missed you!”
“I know, I missed you too.”
She turns to look at Tommy. And then back at Adam.
“Introduce me!” She insists.
“Amy, this is Tommy Joe, my boyfriend.”
“Tommy, this is Amy, Jake’s mother.”
Tommy reaches out to shake her hand but she looks at the hand shaking her head.
“Not in this family, come here.” She says, opening her arms and almost pulling Tommy into the hug.
“Welcome,“ She squeezes him lightly, “and now, let’s go meet everyone else.”
Adam and Amy take the lead and Tommy walks behind listening to their chatter. The house is filled with laughter and raised voices but when the trio stops in the hallway and Adam and Tommy put their luggage down, the silence that falls is almost deafening.
Jake gets off the couch and comes over to greet Adam. Adam watches him closely, searching his heart and mind for signs of the lost love but all he feels is numbness, there's no sadness or anger, but there isn't any happiness at seeing him either. Tommy must notice because within seconds he snugs his hand into Adam’s, entwining their fingers. Adam tightens the grip for a second to acknowledge the gesture. He holds out his other hand to greet Jake. Jake looks pointedly at Adam and Tommy's joined hands and smiles softly.
“Hi Adam. I’m happy you’re here.”
Adam nods. “Hi. So I want you to meet Tommy.”
The guys shake hands and Adam can tell that Jake is measuring Tommy up and vice versa. Jake returns his attention to Adam.
“So I guess we both have a Thomas now?”
“No,” Tommy interrupts, taking back Jake’s attention.
“Only one person in the world gets away with calling me that and she is not here….. please call me Tommy or Tommy Joe.”
Adam puts an arm around Tommy’s shoulders and Tommy leans in, and suddenly Adam is very grateful for how well they seem to fit.
A door slams upstairs and a hoarse girly voice squeals.
“Did my ears deceive me or did I hear the voice of Adam fucking Lambert!!”
Adam turns around so fast that he almost puts Tommy on his ass. Tommy looks up at the stairwell as a pretty longhaired woman with big brown eyes and all the right curves appears at the top.
“OH MY GOD GIRL, COME DOWN HERE AND GIVE ME A HUG!!”
She sits down on the banister to slide down and lands on her feet right in front of Adam.
“You came! How are you?” She throws her arms around Adam and hugs him tight. Adam returns the hug fiercely. Closing his eyes and inhaling her sent.
“God I’ve missed this…you, Alli.”
“Yeah, me too hotstuff.” She pulls back and spots Tommy standing one step behind Adam. She looks up at Adam disbelief written all over her pretty face.
“And you brought someone…ooh and a pretty someone!”
“But… I said to mom that I didn’t believe it. That you would have told me if there was someone special in your life. I even told Jake that I thought Cheeks totally made up the boyfriend.”
“Oh, I’m sorry I should have told you.” Adam frowns.
Allison smiles as she pushes him affectionately.
“Yes, you should have. You and me Adam, we don’t have any secrets, right?”
Adam hates this. He tenses up and he can feel his spine going rigid and he knows Tommy can tell because he takes a step forward and introduces himself.
“Hi I’m Tommy. And please don’t blame Adam, it’s my fault. Not his. It just takes a little getting used to…dating a rock star. I’m still not sure if I believe it sometimes. And I certainly don’t want to jinx it by letting the world in on it, just yet.
Allison ignores his hand and pulls him in for a hug.
“Oh…I see. Well, I’m Allison and welcome to the house of terror.” She lets go with an evil laugh that brings a smile to Tommy's face.
The rest of the day is spent on hellos and getting reacquainted and slowly Adam begins to relax and breathe again. He's eased and impressed with the way Tommy handles everything. He actually doesn’t say much, he mostly watches and listens, answering when asked something but he's always close and even though it's subtle he seems to know exactly when a hand on the small of Adam’s back or a soft grip of his hand will make it clear that they are in fact lovers. Adam catches Allison looking at them several times and the look in her eyes makes his gut clench. He isn’t too sure she's buying the act.