Will it be easy? No; Worth it? Absolutely
For a while, they continued to sway there amongst the crowd, sliding neatly into place into each others bodies as if they were trying to memorize each other. Dancing definitely wasn't Leon's thing, but he could get down with this whole swaying thing if it was Percy... who else would he dance with? Both of them began to lose themselves in the motion, until Percy suddenly pulled away."Hey..."
Leon said huskily, puzzled by the sudden detachment. It wasn't until he heard the distant and yet terribly loud boom
in the sky that he realized what was happening—fireworks.
In an instant, a swarm of eyes fixed onto the dazzling, sparkling colors that fizzled in the atmosphere, filling the sky with this enchanting glow as if it were casting a spell. Seeing all of the different, colorful patterns wash over his gaze brought a certain peace to Leon. Maybe for people who didn't know him well, he seemed fine enough on the outside when it came to his trauma, but he was constantly battling his demons. His world had been one full of darkness for some time now, where even just looking at his prosthetic arm made him feel as if he were at war with himself. Visions of war haunted his dreams at night, and everything even remotely related to his incident seemed to push him over the edge. He found his only relief in Percy; like a ray of light in that sea of darkness. He grasped onto him desperately, but it was also scenes like this that put him at ease. It was things like fireworks that made his heart feel a little lighter.
Leon was prepared to admire the fireworks with his lover before he suddenly announced that he had to leave—an early meeting or something along those lines. It caught Leon off-guard at first. It hadn't seemed like either of them had even touched the lab ever since they got back from Bellum, and for a good reason too. It just seemed so out of the blue."What? Hey, wait—"
Leon tried to catch up to Percy, but the crowd ended up getting in his way. When he managed to weasel his way through, his split-haired lover had already vanished faster than he could've gone if all he was doing was walking. All Leon could do was stand there at the edge of the stage, frowning as he stared off down the dirt path. So much for that.
. . . . . . . . .
The day of the picnic and the festival started off and ended off strangely, but it was hardly a one-time thing as Leon has now come to discover. A few days after all of that, something more alarming caught his attention.
Lately, whenever Leon had tried to hug or touch Percy, he'd always somehow manage to avoid it. Whether it was some convenient excuse or just wordlessly rejecting it, it was beginning to feel the infancy of their friendship when touching was—compared to now—minimal. Sometimes it felt like Leon was lucky enough to get a kiss, but he knew that something was wrong, just not what.
However, before he could properly bring it up, Percy was off on another business trip.
The trip was about two weeks long, and the two had to settle for phone calls instead of hanging out in person. Knowing that the change wasn't permanent was enough comfort for anyone to adjust to the new way of doing things, but Leon found himself having more and more sleepless nights while Percy was out of town, knowing that he couldn't simply drive over to his place for the physical comfort he desperately relied on. Instead, he'd apprehensively call Percy at inconsistent, late hours for the sound of his voice. Even a text could be enough to put him at ease, but he'd always prefer the real thing. Fortunately, time flew by quickly.
It was the day of Percy's return, and although Leon insisted on meeting him at the airport or being the first to see him when he got back, somehow that wasn't possible. Either way, he ended up sleeping a couple of hours past noon anyway from his restless night before.
Later That Day
Arriving at Percy's place, the last thing Leon expected to hear and see was people.
The expression on his face looked as if he was watching the building go up in flames as his eyes glanced over the unfamiliar parked cars and the sound of chatter that bled through those contemporary walls. Stepping up to the door, Leon didn't even bother knocking. What the hell was going on?"Percy?—"
Leon cracked the door open, but was almost cut off by the shocking sight within. There were real, breathing people in his house right now.
It seemed like such a silly thing to be so stunned by considering he was dating Perseus Dagger
of all people, but his boyfriend wasn't exactly the most... sociable guy around. Leon didn't recognize a single face in just the one room he stepped into, and the whole event seemed too casual for it to be some sort of business party or something.
Leon cautiously walked through the room with this wide-eyed look on his face, bumping into some people because he was so bewildered with the fact that the game room was actually being used, but then too shocked by the fact he ran into absolute strangers to even apologize for his unawareness.
Seriously, what the hell was happening?
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