Title: Wicked Game.
Banner: qafmaniac Who is made of awesome!!!! OMG girl I love you so hard”
Wordcount: 23.341 This part: 2886.
Pairing: Adam/Tommy. High school AU/Teen!fic
Rating: Up to NC-17 Depending on chapter.
Disclaimers: Lies, all lies. Also, the people you might recognize in here are not mine. I’m not making any profit, I’m only doing this for fun.
Beta: thrace_adamsWho I love so fucking much! She makes my writing shine and she makes me laugh so hard when I go through her comments. Especially this time because she knows what happens in the next one and she has opinions! LOL *hugs her hard*
Summary: Spinning his water bottle enough to make bubbles in the water, Adam says, “I wanna ask Tommy to go to the prom with me.”
Danielle’s expression softens and she takes his hand to squeeze it. “Aww Adam that’s awesome.”
“Yeah. The thing is," Adam paused, "I’m kinda worried he’ll say no.”
“But why? He’d walk barefoot on burning coals for you if you asked him to.”
Adam laughs because, yes, she’s right but it’s still like the dumbest question ever. “Because it’s a school event and he thinks the whole concept is ridiculous.”
Nodding in agreement but with a teasing smile plastered all over her face Danielle says. “You’re looking at this the wrong way baby.”
“You need to tell him you want to do this for all the romantic reasons that are important to you, because he knows you and he'll understand immediately. If that doesn’t convince him; you also tell him you think it’s important to show up at those things, especially if he really means the things he said a thousand years ago about wanting to be kissed by his boyfriend at the prom. Tell him there’s a statement in it too and then you won’t be able to keep him away. But, if that doesn’t work you can always tempt him with a hotel night and a husky ‘I wanna fuck you senseless’. That's guaranteed to work!”
“Good point.” Adam muses, lost in his thoughts. “Though we aren’t actually doing that yet.”
A/N: This is the second fic in this verse and if you haven’t read the first one you should probably do that. I never intended to continue it in the first place. LOL But the boys stuck with me and there will be a fic more after this one. It’s mostly written already.
First fic: He's just a little bit dangerous.
Waking up in the middle of the night feeling wide awake is probably one of Adam’s least favorite things. Waking up in the middle of the night feeling wide awake and with his boyfriend’s back against his front and with his hair tickling his nose is perhaps his favorite thing in the world.
It doesn’t take him long to figure out he isn’t the only one awake, though. Tommy’s breathing isn’t deep enough for him to be sleeping and Adam can feel the slight bit of tension in his muscles. Once Adam realizes this he can almost hear the wheels turning in Tommy’s busy brain.
“What are you thinking?” Adam whispers softly and nuzzles Tommy’s hair.
“Nothing.” But the tone of his voice sets off alarms in Adam's head. Tommy only uses that hesitant tone if there’s something wrong and he doesn’t know how to spill the beans.
Adam pushes up onto his elbow and with the other hand he forces Tommy to roll over and face him. “Talk to me baby.”
Their eyes meet in the darkness but Adam can’t read Tommy’s expression. He brings his hand to Tommy’s face, draws a slow caress from his cheekbone down to his jaw, hoping it’ll make Tommy feel safe.
“I’m just being silly, overthinking stuff.” Tommy admits quietly and looks away.
Adam feels a bit rejected but he's not letting this go. If he's learned anything from this it's that talking is extremely necessary.
“Can’t you just leave it for now?”
Tommy is looking up at the ceiling, in an obvious attempt to avoid Adam’s searching gaze and since Adam can’t force him to look at him he grabs the hand Tommy’s got resting on his belly and laces their fingers together. “Not sure I should. So no.”
“I just…” Tommy sighs and his eyes dart to Adam’s before skittering away to the ceiling again. “I just don’t understand the way you reacted. That’s all.”
Adam frowns, not sure he’s able to explain it better than earlier that day. “I’m not sure I understand it myself, but I was so scared Tommy. Terrified of not being what you really wanted, of getting dumped. And I was jealous, too. She got happy smiles and laughter and around me you got quieter and sometimes you had this guilty look in your eyes and it drove me mad. It was like the more withdrawn you became the worse the pictures in my head got. I’m sorry. I really am. I need for you to know that I love you.”
“I know. I love you too.”
“There’s more isn’t there?” There has to be because Tommy still won’t look at Adam and he still has that troubled look in his eyes, it’s as if Adam’s words somehow made it worse.
It takes Tommy a second before he answers, like he’s battling himself over the answer. “No, not really.”
Adam knows him well enough to know he isn’t going to get more out of Tommy right now but he pushes the subject once more before leaning in to plant a kiss on his lips. “You’d tell me? Right?”
Tommy’s lips molds perfectly against Adam’s when he kisses back with an urgency that overwhelms Adam a little. The kiss quickly turns heated and dirty and Adam moves on pure instinct, covering Tommy’s body with his own. “I think we need to put this behind us and focus on this, us, here… in your bed.” Tommy murmurs huskily between kisses and hooks a leg around Adam’s.
“I like that idea.” Adam says weakly when Tommy grinds his erection against him.
It’s only much later he realizes that Tommy didn’t just want to fool around; he very deliberately made Adam forget his quest to figure out what was bothering him. Once he figures that out he starts to notice that Tommy still doesn’t seem all that happy.
That’s not entirely correct. Tommy does seem happy the entire week leading up to prom. He beams when they’re walking hand in hand in the halls at school. He laughs and teases, he’s just the way he’s always been doing.
The sex is awesome, Adam feels like he’s able to conquer the world when he’s able to make Tommy squirm and beg with his fingers. He’s still holding back, he wants prom night to be their first time making love; he’s a romantic and can’t help it and he doesn’t want to. Those aren't the times Adam notices the lingering sadness.
No Adam notices it when Tommy snuggles closely into his embrace afterward and is tracing freckles with his fingers or lips and Adam whispers that he loves him and there it is. It’s like Tommy waits for something more, tension zinging through him and a breath that’s delayed in its exhale. And when Adam doesn’t know what to say to make it better Tommy looks at him, with those big brown eyes filled with hope and something Adam can only name as sadness.
Truth be told, he saw the same look in Tommy’s eyes when he told Abigail he didn’t think Adam wanted him anymore, but seeing it now doesn’t make sense.
A day before the prom, Adam is at his wit's end. Something is off and he needs to get to the bottom of it but since Tommy isn’t going to share Adam is not above involving Mia. Tommy tells her everything, she’ll know what’s going on.
That’s why he very sneakily gave Tommy the idea that they should hang out at Mia’s house this afternoon. Tommy had thrown his arms around Adam, kissed him hard and declared that he had the best fucking boyfriend in the world.
They find Mia in the garden. She jumps up the minute she sees them. Tommy lets go of Adam’s hand, rushing over to pull her into a fierce hug. “Mia! Damn girl, I missed you.” He presses a tender and loving kiss to her lips to prove his point.
She laughs and ruffles Tommy’s hair playfully. “We talked on the phone for an hour yesterday, dork.”
“I know, can’t kiss your pouty lips on the phone, though.” Tommy says and kisses her again.
Mia playfully shoves him away and with a warm laugh she asks, “Adam, are you still neglecting my boy? Is that why he’s annoying me?”
“No! He’s gotten his share of kisses and groping this morning.” Adam says and winks at Tommy.
Tommy pouts but mischief is sparkling in his eyes. “It’s never enough. I need to feel wanted.”
“Aww, you know I love you.” Adam coos and moves forward to grab his boyfriend but he stops the second he sees it. The vulnerability in Tommy’s eyes is so clear that Adam sneaks a peek at Mia to see if she noticed. She did.
Adam needs to talk to her because that knowing look her and Tommy just shared fucking means something, he just has to find a way to get her alone.
The terrace door opens and the three of them turn and Adam watches as some guy he's never seen starts walking toward them.
The guy is tall, broad in the not too muscular way. His hair is dark brown and his kind green eyes give Adam a quick once over before landing on Tommy. “Well, hello there.” The flirty drawl rolls off his tongue. “You must be Tommy.” The dude offers Tommy a hand.
With his head tilted and an adorable quizzical look in his eyes, Tommy shakes the hand. “Yeah, hi. How’d you know?”
Mia clears her throat, making them all look at her. “Tommy, Adam. This is Nate.” She catches Tommy’s gaze and holds it for a second and Adam watches as his boyfriend’s eyebrows go up in a disbelieving ‘really?’ expression. If Adam wasn’t so confused he’d be laughing at that look.
“Oh.” Tommy says, like that explains everything. “Nate.” It sounds like he’s tasting the name, kinda wondering, but then he smiles softly. “I’ve heard a lot about you.”
Nate chuckles. “Likewise.”
“Yeah, I can only imagine, she can be quite stubborn when she puts her mind to something.”
“Apparently not as stubborn as you.”
Obviously Mia has known both Nate and Tommy for a while and this could be just the distraction he needs in order to talk to Mia alone. When Adam catches her eyes he asks her quietly, hoping Tommy is caught up in the conversation with Nate. “Hey, can I talk to you? In private?”
Adam puts a hand on Tommy’s hip and leans in to give him a quick kiss on the cheek. “Baby, I need to talk to Mia for a minute.”
Tommy sends him a look of confusion. “Okay?”
“I just need to ask her something not suited for your delicate ears. We’ll be right back. You two can gossip about Mia, right?” Tommy grins and winks at Mia who sticks her tongue out at him before leaving with Adam.
The second they’re behind the closed terrace door; Mia looks at Adam expectantly. “What’s up?”
Adam needs a second to figure out how to approach the subject so he starts with a bob with his head in the general direction of the boys in the garden. “Who’s Nate? I mean it seemed like I was supposed to know who that was. And I’m clueless.”
“Naw, not really. Nate's an old friend of mine.” She looks out the door and Adam follows her gaze. The boys have migrated to the lawn and are now sitting in the soft green grass. Adam can’t see Nate’s face but Tommy is all smiles and his eyes are glowing with laughter.
Mia looks up at Adam and makes a little shrug with her shoulder. “Back when Tommy was sure you’d never return his crush on you, I worked really hard at getting him to realize that maybe you weren’t the only gorgeous male in the world and I tried to set him up with Nate. He wasn't interested though. Said it was either you or no one.” She huffs out a happy sounding snort. “He’s so in love it’s nauseating. And, we all know how that worked out once you finally got your head in the game.” She pokes Adam in the chest and grins.
Adam can’t help it. His insides twist a little at those words. “I left him in the garden with someone you tried to set him up with?”
Mia’s playfulness dissipates and serious brown eyes pin Adam to the floor. “Did you not hear the nauseating part? He is over the moon for you. That’s not gonna change unless you dump him on the ass for someone else.”
Adam sighs. It’s time to get to the point. “He’s not happy. I dunno why, but he’s not happy with me.”
“Why would you say that?”
“Because it’s the truth?! You saw how he looked when I told him that I love him. He gets this haunted look in his eyes. He looks fucking miserable and I don’t know what's wrong. And if I keep asking him he’s gonna explode soon. Has he talked to you?”
Mia doesn’t answer, she just gives him a ‘what do you think’ stare. And okay that was a dumb question. “I mean has he talked about me?”
That earns him the ‘for fuck's sake, come on’ death glare.
Adam runs a hand through his hair, so frustrated he doesn’t give a damn that he's messing it up. “Oh for crying out loud, Mia, I’m not asking for the blueprint to Fort Knox here. Does he doubt that I love him or something foolish like that? I need to know so I can make things better. I want to chase that look away, for good.”
She shakes her head a little. “He doesn’t doubt you love him. And he actually just told you what the problem is.”
“Huh?” Adam is so lost it’s not even funny.
Mia offers him a sympathetic smile and looks outside at Tommy. “He’s not sure you really want him.” she elaborates softly. “He’s not sure you think he’s sexy, that you want him the way he needs you to.”
Adam can’t believe his ears. Clearly they’re fucking with him. “Sexy? He doesn’t think I find him sexy? How can he even think that?? I have a hard time controlling my bodily fluids whenever he’s near me.”
Mia nods. “Yeah, but to be honest you gave him a really hard brush off and right now he’s second guessing everything.” She looks briefly at Adam before returning her gaze to Tommy. “Put that together with you two not getting down and dirty the way he’s been hoping for quite some time, you've got him circling himself. He’s confused and he needs to hear it. Use your words Adam, and watch him bloom.”
Adam lets her words sink in; he appreciates her honesty and her forwardness. This was the exact reason he needed to talk to her. They stand in silence for a couple of minutes, just watching Nate and Tommy on the lawn. Tommy is lying on his side, head propped up on a hand under his cheek. He’s picking grass straws and twirling them between his fingers. He looks like he’s listening intently to what comes out Nate’s mouth.
“Thanks Mia. I just don’t understand why he couldn't tell me, I would have listened.”
“I know, but he doesn’t want to be like this, all clingy and needy. He’s always taken pride in being independent and strong. It scares the living daylights out of him that you two came close to breaking it off and he doesn’t want to push you away with what he thinks are silly and insecure demands. He loves you.”
“I really made a mess out of things.”
“You both did. But it’s a learning process, as long as you learn from the mistakes you made it’s all good.”
Adam nods thoughtfully and a comfortable silence settles between them as they watch Tommy and Nate. Nate pushes at Tommy’s shoulder and grins at something Tommy said. Suddenly Adam realizes something. “They’re flirting.”
“Of course they are, and they’re both so fucking good at it that they probably don't even realize they're doing it.”
Adam frowns. Not once had Tommy flirted like this with Abigail and still it had left him so hurt he didn’t know how to react. Watching Tommy now, he feels like he should be pissed off or something but he isn’t. If he’s completely honest with himself, he is a bit jealous that Nate is getting Tommy’s undivided attention at the moment. But more than anything, he just wants to grab this amazing person and tell him what he sees right now, which is how gorgeous he is.
“Adam.” Mia says, there’s a warning in her voice and Adam understands why.
“No it’s not that, look at him.” Adam tears his gaze from Tommy to glance at Mia quickly, just to see if she does as asked. Once he’s satisfied he goes on. “How can he not believe he’s sexy? I just want to throw him over my shoulder and find the nearest horizontal, soft surface and-”
Mia snorts softly. “Because he doesn’t see himself like the rest of us do. So why don’t you go out there and tell him what you see? Drag him back home again and tell him while you show him.”
Adam is so on board with that plan. He grins, elbows Mia in her side, and opens the door. She follows him outside. “But the nearest horizontal-”
Mia catches his line of thought right away and laughs out loud. “You’re not doing your boyfriend/my best friend in my bed. Even I have limits. Go home.”
“Nu huh.” Adam says and runs towards Tommy, Mia chases after him.
Tommy rolls away from Nate and onto his back, staring up at Adam with an amused and curious look in his eyes. And Adam’s heart misses a beat when he realizes that he has Tommy’s attention now, all of it actually.
“What were you—hmpf.” Adam pounces on his boyfriend and Tommy just wraps himself around Adam in the most amazing way. “Hi there.” Adam says before stealing a kiss.
“Hi.” Tommy replies softly against Adam’s lips and warm fingers snake into his hair. When Adam draws back a little and looks Tommy in the eye he can see how much Tommy is basking in the attention he’s getting.
“What was that about?”
“I was watching you down here flirting with Nate-” Tommy immediately looks guilty and his eyes skitter away and half a second later he bites down on his lower lip. Dear gods that was so not what Adam wanted to happen.
Nate clears his throat. “I think that’s my cue to get off my ass and get us something to drink.”
Adam gives him half a smile before returning all his attention to Tommy again. “No baby, it wasn’t like that. I was actually telling Mia you look gorgeous as hell, flirting like that and…" Adam leans in, whispering into Tommy’s ear. “It made me want to fuck you against the nearest horizontal and preferably soft surface I could find.”
Tommy’s gaze returns promptly. “Yeah? You think so?”
Adam doesn’t know if he hates that question or loves it. He settles on hating the fact that Tommy doubted his ability to mess with Adam’s head and loves that it also makes it pretty clear that he’ll be able to make that troubled look in Tommy’s eyes disappear. “Yes. Wanna go home?” Adam makes a not so subtle wiggle with his eyebrows which makes Tommy giggle and Mia, who’s clearly listening, snort.
“Wouldn’t that be rude? We just got here.”
“Screw rude, she won’t let us borrow her bed anyway.” They both look at Mia who shakes he head. Her bed is not an option. Tommy faux pouts like a boss so Adam leans down again and whispers to him. “I want to suck you off so bad. Nothing is sexier than the way you look when you’re completely at my mercy. You’re like pure sin, only personified.”
Tommy’s breath catches and he makes a tiny weak sound that Adam knows is Tommy getting turned on. Adam is going to love proving just how much he wants Tommy if it only takes a few words to do this to him.