Kevin sat in his room patiently waiting for his dork to show up. He checked his phone, which told him it was 12:50 p.m.
‘The dork said he’d be here by 1…I don’t know how much longer I can wait!’ Kevin sighed loudly and started to walk all over his room. It felt odd to be so impatient just because he was going out with Edd, but if Nazz what right, and he did in fact like him… ‘I can’t believe this is happening.’
‘FUCK IT! I’m texting him.’
But as if on queue, there were three light knocks on his door, and Kevin wasn’t able to stop the smirk forming on his face, but when he became more aware of it, he softly slapped his cheeks and sighed as he made his way to his door to open it.
Outside, Edd stood with a small smile of his own.
"Hello Kevin! Ready to go?"
"Yep." The redhead stepped out of his dorm and locked the door behind him. He followed Edd into the elevator – the ride was spent in a bit of an awkward silence – and out the doors.
"Are we bussing to the mall?" Asked Edd as they exited the building.
"Nah, we don’t have to. I got a ride."
"Oh, splendid! Which one’s yours?" They were now entering the parking lot area and Double D looked at all the cars that were still there, trying to guess which one would be Kevin’s. ‘Probably something modest yet sporty or cool…hmm…’
Kevin chuckled, and place a hand on top of the other boy’s head to turn it in another direction of the parking lot. “That red one.” He said with a proud smile.
"Kevin…that’s a motorcycle."
"So it is dork, so it is."
"A-are you telling me we’re going on a motorcycle?!” Edd gulped.
"Hey, you’re catching up pretty quickly! You are smart!” Kevin laughed as he teased the little dork, ruffling his beanie out of place as he walked away towards his precious mechanical baby. He worked hard, not only in a part-time job but at home too with his chores, to get enough money to buy his motorcycle. It was his prized position.
Double D huffed as he fixed his beanie and followed the taller man. “Kevin are you sure this is a good idea? We could simply bus there; it’s not that far away. Wouldn’t having a second person throw off your balance? Or at least alter it making it more difficult to ride and calculate the turns? Only 4 years ago there were more than 4,000 deaths caused by a motorcycle accident and I would hate to be the cause for one more sta-OOMF”
"Calm the fuck down Double Dork! I know what I’m doing. I’ve had her since senior year and I haven’t gotten in a single accident or even gotten a ticket! Now put on your helmet and let’s go."
Double D looked down at the helmet in his hands, which Kevin had just shoved at him to shut him up. He gulped and nervously bit his lower lip as he slowly slid down the helmet over his head. Kevin took the straps and tightened it for him, then put on his own and jumped onto the bike, patting the space behind him.
"Get on Double Dork, we don’t have all day." ‘Although I wish.’
"V-very well…" Edd very ungraciously got onto the motorcycle and scooted up closer to Kevin until he was comfortable. Then he held onto his shoulders tightly. "I’m ready."
Kevin chuckled and smiled from behind his helmet, “No you’re not. If you hold onto me like this you’ll go flying off the moment I take a turn; and I don’t want you to die, so…” He reached up to his shoulders and took both of Edd’s hand, bringing them down and tightly around his waist, “you have to hold on to me like this.”
Double D was grateful for the helmet’s dark screen preventing Kevin from seeing how badly he was really blushing. His breath caught the moment he felt Kevin’s hands on his, and he wasn’t even sure why. As he tightened his arms around Kevin’s waist, he could feel Kevin’s body warmth, he could feel his strength, he knew Kevin was solid from all those years playing sports, but he never imagined his cul-de-sac neighbor to be this well built. ‘Truly the body of a now-19-year-old athlete.’
And he liked it, if felt weird to admit it, but Double D was enjoying the moment.
Kevin was enjoying the moment too, as his bike roared to life, Edd gasped in surprise and got even closer to his back, making Kevin smile the whole way to the mall. Soon enough they reached their destination, and Kevin parked his motorcycle. Double D got off first, using Kevin’s bike and shoulders for support. He stumbled a bit, didn’t fall down completely, which he was grateful for since he didn’t want to make a fool of himself in front of Kevin.
Kevin got off and strapped both helmets securely onto his bike, then took his cap from the inside of the motorcycle’s seat that could be used as small storage.
"Alright, let’s go costume hunting."
They walked around the mall as they planned what they would even be wearing for costumes, tossing out ideas and suggestions to each other.
"You could be a baseball player. It’d be quite an easy costume."
"A baseball player dressed up as a baseball player? Well then you might as well dress up as a calculator or textbook and we’ll be good to go." Said Kevin sarcastically.
"It’d actually be really hard for me to create a proper scientific calculator costume, but the textbook could work."
"Uhh…I was joking Dork."
"O-oh…My bad haha."
‘Man… he’s such a nerd…’ The redhead smiled to himself and patted Edd’s shoulder. “Don’t sweat it dork. I think there’s supposed to be a small costume shop nearby that always comes for Halloween; let’s go find it.”
Kevin and Edd walked around some more, looking at the directories now and then, and finally the store was found. It was a decent sized store full of wigs and fake fangs and cool costumes, and other props and paints for your perfect costume.
The two friends looked around, trying on costume pieces and wigs just for fun and then laughing at each other as they did so. Kevin put some fairy wings over Double D while he put an Elvis wig over Kevin’s head.
"Kevin these are ridiculous! I do not wish to be a, a…a fairy godmother!" Edd said laughing, as he checked the wings’ tag. "You on the other hand, look like the bees knees!"
Kevin bursted out laughing, then winked at his friend, “Thank you, thank you very much.” He said in his best Elvis-mock-accent. “Aww c’mon Double Dork! You’d be such a cute little fairy! Here, it’s your matching wand!”
"I would huh? Well, bibbidi bobbidi BOO!" Edd laughed as he wacked Kevin over the head with his fairy wand.
"Hey! That’s not very fairy like of you!" Chuckled Kevin.
"Oh please! Have you watched Peter Pan before? I was gentle in comparison to Tinkerbell when jealous!"
The two boys just kept laughing and making jokes. Kevin was having a great time, and was very glad to had called Double D to hang out with him that day, and Double D was glad too. He never thought it would happen, but he actually really enjoyed the redhead’s company. His old bully was now his friend, and he liked it.
"Okay, okay…how about…the killer from Scream?"
"Highly typical, but it works."
"I don’t want to be highly typical though!…then…Captain Jack Sparrow!"
"Kevin would you really buy all the trinkets and use all the make up for it?"
"…Okay…then what do you suggest mister smarty pants?"
"How about…what is this…Finn the human, from Adventure Time?"
"Finn huh?…Maybe… I want something cool yet simple!"
"I told you to go for The Batter!"
"Who is that anyway?"
"He a character from a game Ed introduced me to; it was actually quite entertaining when I had no homework or studying to do. The Batter is dressed in a black and white, simple baseball uniform, with a black cap covering most of his face, also, technically the batter has four red eyes, but you could simply put on some red contacts and paint your skin white. Simple yet cool."
"Huh…That does sound kind of interesting…I’ll have to get the contacts and paint, hmm…our uniform won’t work though…I’ll see what I can do. What about you?"
"I…well…This Finn costume does look interesting, and although I don’t really watch it much I am familiar with the series… or how about Albert Einstein? Or perhaps I could find a doctor costume!"
"A doctor? Uhm…I don’t know if you’d want to be a doc for a college Halloween party."
"You could run into a nurse…or…a few patients…" 'and I don't want any drunk flirt getting all over you to give them a “check” because “something” hurts.'
"Just…nevermind dork, just don’t be a doctor!"
"What about THE doctor?"
"THE doctor? Doctor who?"
Double D giggled and smiled at Kevin, “Exactly!”
In the end, Kevin ended up buying the red contacts and white body paint, while Edd got a red fez, a bowtie, and suspenders. The ride back home was uneventful, but Edd still clung on to Kevin’s waist for dear life. When they arrived back at the dormitories, the beanie-clad boy let out a breath he hadn’t realized he’d been holding in, and stepped off the motorcycle followed by Kevin. The redhead walked Double D to his room and waited as the dork searched for his keys.
"I had fun today Kevin, thank you." He smiled as he looked through his messenger bag.
Kevin looked directly at the boy in front of him, and then down to his shoes, with the faintest of smiles grazing his lips, and rubbed the back of his neck. “Yeah, me too dork. Are you gonna join me and the others to work on the costumes next week?”
"It’ll depend on my homework load for that weekend. I still have that Midsummer Night’s Dream essay to write and who knows what they’ll have for us next week."
Kevin felt somewhat disappointed, he wanted to keep spending time with Edd, but he understood, and he had his own work to do too. “It’s okay, don’t worry, but if you do have time, call me okay?”
Edd unlocked his door and opened it before turning back to Kevin and giving him a small nod and a bright smile, “Certainly Kevin! I’ll see you later!”
"See ya Dork." Kevin smiled back. He waited for his friend to close his door again, and then went up to his own room.
The days passed, and the weekend before Halloween came, and just as Kevin had feared, Double D didn’t come to join him and the others to work on their costumes for the party. Kevin decided to go with Edd’s idea of the batter, and managed to find a simple black and white uniform from one of his teammates who had apparently already used it for a convention he had gone to; meaning Kevin didn’t even have to pay for his costume in the end – except the contacts and paint – talk about luck. And just to be more familiar with it, he even started to play OFF for a little while. Not bad.
Nazz went for 80’s aerobic teacher, which fit her well since she even used to do aerobics since she was young, and Nat went for a “sexy vampire”
He got formal black pants, a black button up shirt, and a black vest, some red contacts, fangs, and red converse.
"A vampire Nat? Really?" Asked Kevin as Nazz helped him paint the white part of one of his baseball caps black for his Batter costume
"Hush mortal! You know you wanna do me when I’m wearing this!" Nat posed in front of Nazz’s full length mirror and winked at himself while grinning and snowing his fangs, then he took out his cellphone and put it to his ear as his friends gave him a look of confusion. "Hello, 911 emergency? There’s a handsome guy in my house! Wait a second… cancel that, it’s only me! NAT MOTHERFUCKING GOLDBERG!"
Nazz laughed and threw a pillow at the boy, “Oh my god Nat, seriously? Johny Bravo?”
"Don’t hate me cuz I’m beautiful."
"Hey Goldberg, how ‘bout you come closer so I can really appreciate your “beauty”; maybe purify you while I’m at it.” Laughed Kevin as he grabbed his bat with one hand and wiggled it in the air at Nat.
"Oh ha-ha!" Said the teal-haired boy as he stuck out his tongue.
"Want me to help you with your hair Nat? Are you even gonna do anything with it?"
"Thanks Nazz! Yeah, I’m mess it up a bit, but in a stylish way. Something that says "Yes, I’m a classy motherfucker, but I’m also ready to party.""
Nazz laughed and went over to Nat once she and Kevin were done with his cap. “Hey Nat, is your secret crush gonna be at the party?” She asked as she experimented with his hair.
"Hmm…I think so. Last time I texted him he said he was and he even had his costume almost ready!"
"Nice! How about yours Kev?"
"Yeah Kev, will your little turtledove of amour be there?" Nat asked, wiggling his eyebrows at his friend.
"Yeah I think he is, he might be bringing some friends with him though…" He furrowed his brows and continued, "so I gotta find a way to get him away from them as much as possible haha."
"Well if you need help, you can count on me Kev!" Smiled Nazz.
"Same here! As long as it doesn’t interfere time with my own boo."
"Hah! Thanks guys, and sure thing Nat."
In his own room Double D was neatly folding and stacking the clothes and accessories for his Dr. Who costume; he’d be going as the 11th. Doctor, played by Matt Smith. He had thought about going as 10 or even the 4th. Doctor, but those were a bit more complicated for him. Unfortunately, he was not able to buy or even have the time or materials to make a sonic screwdriver, but he figured the costume should be iconic enough as it was. ‘It’d be fun if I saw another Doctor at the party!’ He giggled, but was hushed by loud banging at his door. ‘Now who could that be? Kevin perhaps? Nathan? But why would they make such a ruckus?’
Edd opened the door and was swiftly picked up by Ed into a tight embrace. “Hi Double D! Eddy and I came with costumes!”
"C-costumes? But I already have mine ready…"
"Too bad sockhead! We got some cool shit with us!" Eddy then dumped the contents of the bag he was carrying all over Double D’s floor.
"Must you make such a mess to show me though?!" He asked as he bent down to pick up what seemed like a cat mask, "What is this?"
"Zacharie’s mask!" Exclaimed a happy Ed, as he picked up a baseball cap and put it on.
"Zacha- is this OFF stuff?"
"Yeah, monobrow here INSISTED we go as the Zacharie’s with 2 different masks and he as the batter. I wanted to at least be Dedan but noooooo; Ed wouldn’t let me!"
"Gosh Ed, I suppose you really took a liking to this game…I DID have my Dr. Who costumes all ready to go…but I suppose there’s always next year? If you guys really wish to match." Answered Edd as he slowly eyed the mask in his hands along with the other props on his floor."
"GREAT! It’ll be so much fun Double D!…Hmm…you’re cuter than Eddy, so you can have the kitty mask!" Said Ed, laughing.
"EXCUSE YOU?!" Said Eddy as he smacked his friend’s arm, which only made Ed laughed harder. "Whatever…I don’t wanna be the stupid cat anyway. I’m getting the frog one." He mumbled as he picked up the mask from the floor and put it on.
The three best friends kept on doing the finishing touches for their own costumes together for the remainder of the day. Ultimately Ed was the only one who looked different from the three in his Batter costume, since the only thing differentiating Double D from Eddy were their masks.
Both Kevin and Nat had texted Double D to confirm he was indeed attending the party, but both were disappointed when he told them that he’d be going there with Ed and Eddy, and would see them there later on. Something that amused Double D was the fact that although both boys were texting him separately from their own phones was that they were both asking and saying practically the same things.
The night of the party came, October 31st., 6:30 p.m.
The university and the clubs that had arranged for the party in the first place were using the big gym to hold the party. Everything was decorated; spider webs, black and orange balloons, skeletons, blood, you name it and it was probably there; even the food looked gross yet twistedly appetizing.
The lights were dim except for the effect lights hanging from above them, a disco ball in the middle, and the DJ was making sure to give everyone the best music for the occasion, and even put on some classics like the Time Warp and a remixed version of This Is Halloween from time to time. Kevin’s trio was hanging out by the snack tables, unknowingly moving their bodies to the beat of the music.
Some girls started cheering in the distance when the song changed to a version of Trouble by Taylor Swift, making Nazz nearly yell at the top of her lungs so that her friends could hear her. “HEY, ISN’T DOUBLE D COMING TOO? WHERE IS HE?
"WHAT?!" yelled Nat.
"IS. DOUBLE. D. HERE. YET?!"
"I DON’T KNOW." Answered Kevin, taking his phone out to check for both the time and any possible text message from his crush. He really hoped he hadn’t ditched last minute. Just then, both he and Nazz got poked by Nat to get their attention and he then pointed to his own phone.
"I JUST GOT A TEXT FROM DOUBLE D. HE’S HERE SOMEWHERE WITH THE OTHER 2 EDS!" 'Fuck yes! I gotta find him!'
‘Why did he text Nat and not me?’ "COOL. I’LL GO LOOK FOR HIM." Said Kevin.
"NO THAT’S OK, I CAN GO.
"NAT, IT’S FINE.
"KEVIN, I INSIST."
"OF FOR FUCK’S SAKE I’LL JUST CALL HIM… WHAT’S HIS NUMBER?" Asked Nazz. Kevin gave her his number and she tried calling him. She thought it would be a lost cause because surely he wouldn’t be able to hear his phone, if he even brought it that is.
"HELLO? EDDWARD SPEAKING."
"DOUBLE D? HEY! IT’S NAZZ, KEV GAVE ME YOUR NUMBER. WHERE ARE YOU GUYS?"
"OH, HELLO NAZZ. WE-"
"Nazz?! SINCE WHEN DO YOU HAVE NAZZ’S NUMBER?!" Interrupted Eddy.
"Eddy hush! I can barely hear her as it is; so don’t further complicate things by yelling at me too! SORRY ABOUT THAT NAZZ, EDDY INTERRUPTED ME…ANYWAYS, WE’RE RIGHT BY THE GYM’S ENTRANCE."
"THE ENTRANCE? WHAT DO YOU GUYS LOOK LIKE?… A BATTER AND 2 GUYS WITH A CAT MASK AND A FROG MASK, GOT IT…COOL I’LL LET NAT AND KEVIN KNOW. SEE YOU SOON!" She hung up her phone and turned to where her friends were "OK SO…WHAT THE…KEVIN?! NAT?!" The two boys were already making their own way to the entrance as fast as they could, unknowingly racing each other with their eye on the same prize. They had to twist and turn through all the dancing bodies, around all the zombies and greasers and sexy nurses. Soon enough neither had any idea where the other had ended up.
‘Should’ve brought my fucking bat after all. Purify all these people out of my fucking way!…WHAT THE HELL?! IS THAT GUY DRESSED LIKE JESUS?”
‘Goddamnit…If I were a REAL vampire I could just turn into a bat or something and FLY my way to Double Cutie…hey is that a nurse? UNF. HellOoOoOo nurs-DOOF!’ Due to a certain blonde distraction Nat managed to bump against a zombie football player, and the impact made him fall to the ground. 'Smooth, Goldberg, reeaaall smooth.'
On the other side of the gym by the entrance, the trio stood as they waited for Nazz, Nat, or Kevin to show up and get them, but Eddy was growing highly impatient.
"DUDE LET’S JUST GO DANCE OR GO GET FOOD! WE’LL SEE THEM SOON ENOUGH!"
"But Eddy! Nazz told me she would inform the others we were here, by the entrance, THIS entrance!"
"But Double D, I’m getting hungry too!" Whined Ed.
"C’mon sockhead! Just put your mask on and let’s go party!"
"COOL! THAT GUY’S DRESSED LIKE A CHICKEN!"
"ED, NO. WAIT UP YOU BIG IDIOT!"
"EDDY, DON’T LEAVE ME!"
Much to Double D’s displeasure they left the entrance because Ed decided he would make a new friend with that one guy who dressed up like a chicken, which made Eddy run after Ed, which consequently made Edd run after Eddy.
Just as the Eds left their spot, Kevin made it to the entrance, panting as he slowed down; he looked around, but sign of any batter or masks – well, there were some masked people, but he could tell none of them were the people…person… he was looking for. ‘SHIT!…Okay, no no, it’s okay, I’ll call him.’
"DOUBLE DWEEB? WHERE’D YOU GO?! I’M AT THE ENTRANCE."
"MY APOLOGIES KEVIN! WE HAD A LITTLE…INCONVENIENCE WITH ED WHICH FORCED US TO MOVE, I’M CLOSER TO WHERE THE DJ IS."
"GOD DAMNIT…OK. STAY THERE. STAY FUCKING THERE. WAIT, WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU LOOK LIKE?"
"ZACHARIE. A MASK, A WHITE SWEATER WITH A RED HEART IN THE MIDDLE AND BLACK PANTS."
"OK, I’LL BE THERE SOON."
And the chase for his dweeb was on again. Meanwhile Nat had lost time apologizing to the undead athlete and decided that by now, either Kevin had gotten to them, or they moved somewhere else. ‘Why was Kev in such a hurry anyway?’ He slanted his lips in thoughts, but shrugged it off quickly. He dialed Double D’s number and waited.
"YES! HEY DOUBLE CUTIE! WHERE YOU AT AMIGO?"
"UHM, BY THE DJ; SORRY WE MOVED FROM THE ENTRANCE!"
"NO WORRIES, I’LL BE THERE SOON! WHAT DO YOU LOOK LIKE?"
"I’LL BE WEARING A MASK, A WHITE SWEATER WITH A READ HEART IN THE MIDDLE AND BLACK PANTS. IF YOU SEE ED YOU’LL LIKELY FIND ME AND EDDY AS WELL, AND HE’S DRESSED JUST LIKE KEVIN!"
"OKEY DOKEY. SEE YOU SOON!" Nat hung up his phone and sighed ‘This better count towards baseball training! Phew!’
Kevin was about to reach the area where the DJ was when he bumped into Nazz.
"KEVIN! THERE YOU ARE. WHERE’S NAT? AND FUCK YOU GUYS FOR DITCHING LIKE THAT, YOU SHOULD’VE WARNED ME!"
"I DON’T KNOW, AND SORRY! I’M SORRY NAZZ, BUT I REALLY NEED TO GET TO DOUBLE D!
Kevin looked at Nazz with pleading eyes, and that’s when she understood, that was the moment the answer to her question was given. Her eyes widened and she broke into a smile, pulling Kevin down by the collar so she’d be able to whisper into his ear. “He’s the guy you like! Double D! Oh my god I can’t believe it!”
"Yes, yes it’s him!" Kevin could feel himself burning up but he couldn’t help but smile too. "Please Nazz, I gotta get to him before the other 2 keep him away the whole night!"
"GO! I’ll try to help by grabbing one of the other two!"
"Choice! Thanks Nazz!" Kevin whizzed past her and into the wall of people that separated him from Edd. Nazz was about to start running after him when she remember something, very, VERY important. ‘Oh FUCK…’
She was now torn between stopping Kevin before he reached Double D, finding Nat before he found Double D and/or Kevin, or stopping BOTH from reaching Double D. ‘God damnit!’
Double D was looking around as he waited for someone familiar to show up; Eddy was nearby trying to dance with a girl dressed like an angel, and Ed did actually manage to strike up a conversation with the human chicken. He could barely hear anything besides the loud thumping of his heart from the bass’ vibration, and the sound of Hurts Like Heaven by Coldplay.
"DOUBLE D? DOUBLE CUTIE WHERE ARE YOU?"
"OH! THERE YOU ARE!" Nat smiled brightly as he quickly made his way to Double D, grabbing him by the arm and walking away again.
"N-NATHAN WHAT ABOUT ED AND EDDY?"
"IT’S A COLLEGE PARTY! THEY’RE SINGLE AND READY TO MINGLE AREN’T THEY? BESIDES, THEY LOOKED PRETTY INVESTED ON THE ANGEL AND THE CHICKEN."
Edd couldn’t help but laugh and agree as he followed Nathan through the crowd. Just a few moments later, Kevin emerged through the crowd, turning his head in every direction so he could spot Double D.
"THERE YOU ARE!" He grabbed onto the boy’s shoulder and dragged him away, ‘White sweater with heart, black pants, and clumsy dance moves? This HAS to be the dweeb.’
"H-HEY!" The shorter male protested ‘Who is this douchebag?!’
"KEVIN? NAT?" Nazz was trying to squeeze past a mummy and a princess, ‘I could’ve sworn I just heard Kevin…’ As she made it through she spotted a baseball player just like the friend she was looking for; she was glad he hadn’t found Double D and had gotten sidetracked by a guy in a chicken costume instead.
"DUDE WE NEED TO TALK. LIKE NOW. C’MON!" She grabbed the baseball player the wrist and took him away. The walked over to a more empty area of the gym by a corner and once again grabbed him by the collar so she wouldn’t have to yell everything and risk someone listening.
"Dude we need to talk, it’s about Nat…and…Double D."
"Shh! Let me finish please! Listen…I really don’t want to be the bearer of bad news…But I think…no…I am CERTAIN that Nat, your best friend, has a major crush on Double D! Like, I know you like him too I get that but I just had to tell you! Don’t worry though I’ll tell him too! A-are you okay Kev? I know this mus-"
"I’m not Kevin!" Ed placed his hand over Nazz’s mouth so he could finally get a word in.
She grabbed his wrist and took his hand off her mouth, “What do you mean you’re not…oh…OH…SHIT.” She let go of the boy’s wrist and took off his baseball cap, “ED?! OH DAMNIT.”
"I’M SORRY NAZZ! B-but…but…Kevin AND Nat like Double D?"
"Yeah, and I was trying to not let things get ugly but I don’t even know where Kevin is! OR Nat!" She bit her lip and spoke, "Didn’t you see anything?! Did you see who took Double D?"
"No! I didn’t see anything! I didn’t even know Double D was gone!" He smacked his forehead and a realization dawned on him and this worried Nazz even more "OH NO! Nazz, do Kevin and Nat look what Double D’s mask looks like?!"
"I-I don’t know? Why? IS IT IMPORTANT?!"
"YEAH, BECAUSE EDDY AND DOUBLE D ARE DRESSED THE EXACT SAME EXCEPT FOR THE MASK. EDDY’S IS A FROG AND DOUBLE D HAS A CAT."
"DAMNIT! Okay, okay. no, it’s cool! I’ll just text them and ask!"
Ed bit his lip and nodded at her. “What are they doing with Double D?”
"I don’t know either! I just know they were both set on spending as much time as possible with their crushes today and neither of them know it’s the same person!… WAIT. HOLD UP. HIS BEANIE, THEY SHOULD KNOW FROM THE BEANIE!"
Ed shook his head, “Double D didn’t want to take his hat off. He and Eddy kept on arguing over it because Zacharie doesn’t wear a hat! But in the end Eddy gave up…so he’s wearing a beanie too.”
Nazz groaned and quickly took her cellphone out, adding both Nat and Kevin in the receiver box.
To King of Butts: Frog or cat? (mask)
To Kev: Frog or cat? (mask)
At the southeast corner of the gym, by the backdoors, Nat found himself laughing with Double D, amazed at how totally adorkable his little genius looked in his costume.
"You know, you should wear this more often!"
"Nathan, it’s a costume." Giggled Edd.
"So? You look so fucking cute!"
"O-oh, why, thank you Nathan; but really I’m not cute!" Double D smiled as his cheeks lightly colored.
"PFFT! NOT CUTE? YOU? Then I’m not a sexy beast! But I am…so you are!" Smiled Nat triumphantly
"Well, you do look very cool, I must admit!"
"Yeah, guess you could say I look pretty FANGtastic eh?" Said Nat as he smiled and showed his fake vampire fangs to Double D with a chuckle.
Double D didn’t think he’d be having a good time at such a large, social event, and even though he was separated from his friends, Nat was good company, and he felt glad that he had come after all.
"Hey Double D, I have something really important to tell you okay?"
Double D gulped from Nat’s sudden change; just a minute ago he was making jokes and laughing and merrily “flirting” with him, but now he looked serious, and was staring right into Double D’s green eyes.
‘Damn…I could stare at those forever…But I can’t unless I tell him what’s been on my mind! C’mon Golderg, you can do it!’ Nat’s throat began to dry up the moment he tried to get a word out, so he cleared it instead and pointed in the direction of the large punch bowl instead. “M-Mind if I make a little stop first? Gotta rehydrate ahaha…”
"O-oh, of course, no problem!" Something felt weird, there was a sudden shift in mood that Double D could not pinpoint, and his stomach was doing backflips. ‘What is wrong with me right now?’ He followed Nat through the sea of costumed people on their way to the refreshments.
At the southwest corner of the gym, Kevin was practically sweating as he tried talking to the masked boy whom he thought was Edd.
"S-so…How are you enjoying the party?"
"Well actually-" Eddy mumbled behind the mask, still annoyed at Kevin. ‘Why the flying fucks would he drag me all the way here?! The fuck does he want?!’
"Wait! Actually there’s something I gotta get off my chest…I’ve been thinking about it for a while now, a-and I guess I…Ugh I’m sorry this is just really weird for me to…Double D? DOUBLE D!" Right as Kevin turned to face his companion, he caught the boy running away. ‘Where is he going?!’ Kevin was not going to let this opportunity pass. He was 100% sure of his feelings now, and even if things didn’t happen right away, he wanted Double D to know he liked him; so he ran after the boy.
The music blared and the different lights colored the whole gym. Bodies covered the dance floor and there was barely any room to really move in. Edd tried to stay as close to Nat as possible as they made their way through the crowd, but it became apparent to Double D that the task was easier said than done. Before he knew it he had lost track of his teal-haired vampire friend, but since he knew where he was supposed to go anyway, he kept on walking, trying to find the table with the snacks and punch bowl where Nat would be… Until someone crashed into him.
"AGH! HEY WATCH WHERE YOU’RE – AH! DOUBLE D! MAN AM I GLAD TO SEE YOU!"
The shorter boy bent over to quickly grab their masks from the floor, which fell from the impact, before it was too late and they got stepped on. “KEVIN FUCKING DRAGGED ME AWAY FROM THIS GORGEOUS BABE AND I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHY! HE KEPT MUMBLING ABOUT GETTING SOMETHING OFF HIS CHEST. FUCK IF I CARE.” He shoved a mask back at Double D and waved at his friend, “IMMA GO GET A DRINK; IF HE ASKS, TELL HIM I LEFT AND HE’S A WEIRD SHOVELCHIN!”
"E-EDDY WAIT!" Edd groaned but put on the mask, but something felt different. He felt the outside of his mask and sighed, ‘Oh my, it would appear Eddy got out masks confused in his haste and now I have his frog one…ah well… c’est la vie…not like it matter much anyway…Now to find N-“
"DOUBLE D! WHY DID YOU RUN OFF?"
"KEVIN? WHAT ARE-"
"CAN WE PLEASE STEP OUT FOR A MINUTE?"
"PLASE?" Double D could hear his plead in his voice clearly.
‘This must be important…oh dear…forgive me Nathan!’
"Alright, I’ll follow you!"
Kevin nodded and grabbed Edd by the wrist before walking to the backdoors. ‘I ain’t losing sight of him this time.’
Nat waited nervously by the punchbowl for Edd to show up, but perked up again once he saw the cat mask emerge. He quickly walked towards him and ruffled his hat.
"Man! Got me worried there for a sec dude! Hey listen…about what I have to tell you…it has to do with the…the uhm…k – i –s – s …"
"DOUBLE D PLEASE LISTEN AND LISTEN CAREFULLY…BUT…MAYBE NOT HERE…"
Nat grabbed the other boy’s wrist and quicky went towards the front doors of the gym. Once they were finally out in a quiet and empty enough area, Nat put his hands over the boy’s shoulders and sighed.
"Listen man…the truth is…I like you…a lot…in fact I have for a really long time…don’t really wanna say how long because it’s a little embarrassing haha! But…yeah…I like you and these past couple of months have been awesome because I’ve gotten to know you so much more! You’re smart, you’re nice, I mean…you’re great! And I…I admire you as well…so…so that’s why I kissed you that day at the park…because…I really like you Double Dude!"
Behind the mask Eddy’s eyes widened; was this for real? Nat? and Edd? ‘Holy fucking SHIT. WAIT TILL I TELL SOCKHEAD!’
"Uhmm…Double D?…what do you say?"
'…Oh crap…’ Eddy sighed and took off the mask, biting his lower lip and furrowing his borws, “Sorry to tell this to you buddy but…you got the wrong Zacharie.”
"E-EDDY?! OH MY GOD. WHAT THE FUCK?! WHERE’S DOUBLE D?! WHY DID YOU NOT SHUT ME UP?! ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?! YOU NOSY LITTLE-"
"HEY HEY CALM DOWN GREENIE! HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO KNOW YOUR WERE GONNA CONFESS TO MY BEST FRIEND?! I BUMPED INTO DOUBLE D EARLIER AND I GUESS I GOT OUR MASKS MIXED UP AFTER I CRASHED INTO HIM."
"GODDAMNIT! WHERE IS HE NOW?!"
"I DON’T KNOW. WAS HE SUPPOSED TO MEET YOU SOMEWHERE?!"
"FUCK!" Nat dashed past Eddy, who was still in shock about what had just happened, and ran into the room again.
Outside the back doors, Kevin and Edd stood in the chilly October air.
Double D took off his mask and spoke, “What is it you wish to talk about Kevin?”
"I…well…." ‘C’mon you wimp! Just say it!’ "I…fuck…this is kind of embarrassing…and weird…ahaha."
"Kevin?" Double D took a step towards Kevin and stared into his forest green eyes with his own curious greens.
'….Oh fuck it!’ "I like you dork…I didn’t think I did, or ever would, but I do. I really like you. I guess it started when we really started to become closer friends in the last month. At first I though my feelings for you were just for like…a little brother! But…I was wrong…man was I wrong." He laughed and continued, and Edd remained in quiet shock the whole time, but the deep blush now coloring his cheeks at least mean he was still alive and listening to what the redhead had to say.
" I like how smart you are, how hardworking you are. You always try your best and made sure others did the same whenever you helped them with something, and I like that about you too…your kindness. I like your eyes, and your gap-toothed smile, which by the way is contagious as fuck, and even your goddamn beanie! I like how even though I was a total ass to you during our earlier years, you still managed to tolerate me and even become friends with me without holding things against me…or…at least not like Eddy has…I like how sassy you can get, and your dorkiness and even your little jokes. I like spending time with you and making you laugh and hearing it and seeing u genuinely smile. I like you Edd, all of you. I understand that this is probably shocking as hell to you…I mean…it was even shocking for me…but…yeah I just…I just really had to tell you. You don’t have to give me an answer right now though! I can wait; just know that now that it’s out in the open, I’ll work hard for it!"
Edd felt like he was in a dream. This couldn’t possibly be happening to him. His heart was beating a million miles a minute inside his chest, and he tried to speak but no words would come out. He gasped when he felt 2 hands gently hold onto his face and tilt it upwards a bit until he was directly looking into Kevin’s eyes. The redhead only smiled and leaned in. All Edd could remember before he closed his eyes, were Kevin’s lips merging with his into a warm, soft kiss.
Nat bolted all over the gym trying to find Double D, eventually returning to the punchbowl where he had agreed to go with him before. He tapped on a squirrel’s shoulder to get his attention.
"HEY, DID YOU SEE A GUY WITH A WHITE SWEATER WITH A HEART IN THE MIDDLE AND A FROG MASK AROUND HERE?"
"UHMM…I THINK I MIGHT’VE!"
"OH THANK GOD! DO YOU REMEMBER WHERE HE WENT?! PLEASE TELL ME YOU DO!"
"I THINK HE WENT IN THAT DIRECTION!"
"THANKS!" ‘Papa’s comin Double Dude!’
Nat ran over to the doors, panting as he opened one of them,
He stepped outside
and stopped cold in his tracks.