Luke Snyder had never tried online shopping before, let alone using a computer to order take-out. But Maddie swore by this new fan-dangled all singing all dancing website, where you could have your every culinary wish granted at the click of a mouse.
In the end all Luke ordered was a pizza. And, really, he could have done that quicker over the phone.
He glanced out the window at the sheets of rain that never seemed to stop these days. The sky growled and flashed, periodically lighting up the garden and accenting the trees in an eerie glow.
With nothing better to do on a Saturday night, seventeen year old Luke huddled up on the sofa in the family living room, watching a movie and bemoaning the fact that everybody seemed to have a significant other but him.
Things with Noah Mayer had slowed into a strange kind of awkwardness; with Luke pretending not to feel what he felt and Noah generally avoiding Luke’s vicinity altogether; on another of his endless needs for ‘a break’.
The doorbell chimed after thirty minutes and Luke slid reluctantly from the comfort of the sofa, scratching his tracksuit clad backside and sniffing. He considered briefly throwing on a shirt but couldn’t be bothered to run all the way upstairs.
It’s only the pizza guy anyway…
Flinging the door open he didn’t even bother glancing up, simply yawned and opened his wallet, looking for something to use as a tip.
When he finally did look up the wallet somersaulted in his hands and he pressed it against his chest to keep hold of it.
Noah looked gorgeous! His hair, what little Luke could see under the ‘Planet Pizza’ cap he wore, was jet black and wet with rain; sticking flat against a high forehead. Luke eyes flittered over Noah’s narrow bone structure that lifted his cheeks and highlighted a pair of clear blue eyes. These stared wide-eyed at Luke; perfect pools of crystal blue water to drown in.
“Hello.” The boy managed to gasp the greeting out only with some difficulty.
“Hi…” Luke breathed and then smiled in a way he hoped was seductive.
Trying to look cool, he leaned up against the doorframe taking in the long, toned body before him and casually scratching the back of one leg with his foot. He hoped he looked more relaxed than he felt. His heart was beating a mile a minute.
This is my chance!
Noah on the other hand was totally caught off his usual guard, “You’re pretty… I mean… I mean… pizza? Umm, yes… um… did you order pretty pizza? I mean pretty delicious pizza? And… um…”
Luke giggled, holding out his hand, “Hi, I’m Luke.”
Noah looked down at Luke’s proffered hand with confusion. He seemed frozen to the spot, his mouth gapping open slightly. Luke understood. He had no idea Noah was moonlighting as a delivery boy, but there was no way the brunette could have known this was the Snyder family house. He’d only ever taken Noah over to his grandmother’s farmhouse before.
“So…” Luke continued, trying to get Noah to look back up at him, “…what’s your name, stud?”
“Ha?” Noah looked back up quickly and Luke felt butterflies when the blue locked gaze with him.
The guy blinked, “Oh!”
Finally he gets the game!
“Noah! My name’s… um…. My name’s Noah.”
“Pleased to meet you… Noah…” Luke smiled.
At last, Noah took Luke’s hand from under the pizza box and shook, “You too… Luke… Luke…”
They stood in silence for a moment, grinning at each other, fingers gripped, before Luke asked, “Pizza?”
“Oh!” Noah jumped, releasing his hold, “Sorry! Yes… here you go.”
He handed Luke the box and Luke opened it up to examine his meal.
“Well, well…” he playfully said glancing back up to stare steadily at the other boy, “would you look what I ordered!”
Noah burst into a smile at Luke’s double meaning. His face positively lit up.
Luke gulped, “Wow…”
He shook his head to clear the thoughts he had of Noah taking him up to the bedroom and having his wicked way…
Quickly Luke fumbled with nervous fingers for some money and eventually flung $20 at the boy.
“That’s too much.” Noah told him. “You already paid for the pizza online.”
“It’s for you.”
Noah frowned down at the cash in his hand, “Really… I can’t accept this…”
Luke laughed, “What kind of delivery guy are you? I thought you guys made your money mainly from tips.”
“We do… but… this is just too much…”
“I want you to have it.”
Noah looked like he might refuse again but eventually relented, “Okay. Thank you very much.”
“See you next time?” Luke asked cautiously, hoping he’d inadvertently stumbled on a way to slowly draw Noah back to him.
“Next time…” Noah gulped and nodded.
One month later…
“Luke, have you seen my purse anywhere?” Lily entered the living room looking beautiful in a long flowing silver gown and sparkling earrings.
Luke wolf-whistled, “Wow Mom! You look amazing! Dad’s gonna faint when he sees you!”
As if on cue his father walked into the room in his tuxedo; clutching his heart in pretend-pain and collapsing to the floor.
Luke burst out laughing.
Lily blushed, “Well, I’m honoured.”
Holden scurried to his feet and kissed his wife’s cheek, “I should take you to the opera more often! Hot dang!”
“Yes you should.” She smiled at him, fiddling with his bow tie, “I like this look on you too.”
Holden pulled his hand from behind his back, revealing Lily’s black clutch purse, “Looking for something?” he teased.
She snatched this from him with a fake frown and wrapped a shawl around her shoulders.
For the first time she seemed to really notice Luke.
“My, my!” She smiled, “Does somebody have a date?”
Luke blushed, “No, why?”
Really there was no point trying to pretend. He’d spent hours choosing just the right pair of jeans and the perfect, chest-highlighting t-shirt.
“Are you wearing aftershave?” His father laughed, ruffling Luke’s hair.
“Dad!” Luke moaned, quickly checking his reflection in his mother’s glass cabinet; resetting his hair.
“So?” His mother asked, “Who’s the lucky guy.”
“Nobody!” Luke insisted, “I’m just gonna stay in… like I always do.”
“Mmm-hmm?.” His father hummed, all knowing smirk on his lips, “And order a pizza by any chance?”
Luke shuffled his feet, “I may order pizza… What of it?”
Both of his parents giggled wickedly, enjoying the fact they’d sussed out the reason for their son’s sudden three-a-week pizza addiction.
“Well,” his mother grinned, “you have a lovely evening baby. We’ll see you in the morning.”
Luke smiled crookedly at her, grateful for her understanding.
As soon as the door closed behind them he was on the laptop ordering up a pizza and requesting specifically that Noah be the one to deliver it. They’d been playing this game for weeks now, but he felt sure things would progress past just the few spoken words this time.
Mainly because he was going to make sure of that.
The first words to leave Noah’s lips when Luke opened the door were a scrambled, “You’re my last delivery...”
Luke laughed and bit his lower lip, taking the pizza box from Noah, “Are you hungry? Maybe we could share this pizza?”
Luke eyed the boy seductively, glancing up and down and enjoying the obvious effect he seemed to have on Noah.
Noah nodded, swallowing hard, “Luke… I just wanna say… I’ve been a complete idiot… and… um… I think you’re the most beautiful guy I’ve ever seen... and…”
“You think I’m beautiful?”
“That’s good… because I kinda think you’re beautiful t-”
Noah’s mouth cut him off and Luke’s eyes shot open in a surprise quickly forgotten when Noah’s tongue penetrated his lips. The pizza box dropped with a loud plop to the floor.
“Oh my God you taste so good!” Luke exclaimed when Noah came up for air. “I’m so glad you just did that!”
“Did what?” Noah was distracted by the hollow of Luke’s neck.
“Yeah,”… kiss… “me”… kiss… “too”…
“Now I can kick the extra hours in the gym I’ve had to do to burn off all this pizza I’ve been ordering!”
Noah snorted into Luke’s ear. Then he pulled back, “Hey! We’ve fallen out of character!”
“Oh, yes!” Luke giggled, pulling Noah closer by his jeans! “So…um… I don’t usually do this kinda thing… but… would you like to come in?” He jiggled his eyebrows for effect.
Noah pursed his lips to stifle the laugh, “Whatever you want.”
“Whatever I want ha?”
“Whatever…” kiss “you…” kiss “want.” Noah repeated, pushing Luke across the room and onto the sofa.
Luke grew serious, holding Noah back by placing two firm palms on his chest, “I don’t want to play this game anymore…”
Noah searched Luke’s face for clues to his meaning; trying to understand the sudden change in him. He was laying half on, half off the sofa; hovering above Luke. He started moving back but Luke fisted his t-shirt and pulled him closer.
“Noah,” Luke whispered, “what I want… right now… more than anything…” Luke took a deep breath, hoping he wasn’t going too far, too fast; nervous of scaring the boy off again with the intensity of his want. “…is for you to be my boyfriend.”
Noah blinked at him a few times, brow furrowed in thought before smoothing out in a breathtaking smile. He launched forward into a full mouthed kiss that sent shivers down every part of Luke’s body.
I’ll take that as a yes!