They stood there, eyes locked, both breathing heavily. The air was heavy with the sexual tension that filled the room.
Noah was the first to speak. “I'm sorry, Mr. Snyder, I was way out of line. I promise it won't happen again. Maybe I should just go.”
As he turned to leave, Luke wanted to stop him. Wanted to tell him to come back. That it wasn't Noah's fault at all. But he couldn't. He had to keep up appearances, because in his world appearances were everything.
Noah walked out of the office, shoulders slumped. “What the fuck were you thinking?” he asked himself, “You needed that job! You should have kept your feelings to yourself and never let on that you were attracted to him! He was your boss for fuck's sake! How could you kiss him?”
As he walked down the hall, the humiliation and reality of what just happened hit him like a ton of bricks. Suddenly he found himself running out the front door of the Luke Snyder Foundation, into a pouring rain. He had left in such a hurry that he hadn't even bothered to put his jacket on. Faster and faster he ran, the rain soaking him to the skin. He didn't even notice.
Luke sat there for a few minutes before giving himself the mental bitch slap he needed to set him in motion. Yelling to his secretary that he was leaving for the day, he ran to catch Noah. Noah Mayer, the man he had tried so hard to hide his feelings from. The best assistant he'd ever had. The man who had somehow managed to steal his heart, even though he'd vowed never to fall for anyone ever again.
As he ran out into the rain, he could see Noah several blocks away, running fast. There was no way he'd catch him on foot, so he hailed a cab and sped off to try and stop the man he had finally admitted to himself he loved.
Noah thought he heard someone calling his name, but didn't really care. He had finally let the tears fall, and they mingled with the raindrops as he continued to run, heading nowhere in particular. Finally he heard it again, “Noah, would you stop, please?”
Looking around, he saw Luke hanging out the window of a cab, trying desperately to get his attention. As Noah stopped, the cab pulled to the curb and Luke was out before it had fully stopped. “I love you too, Noah. I should have told you before. You are the best thing to ever happen to me, and I want you in my life as more than my assistant. Can we please go somewhere and talk? Maybe get a cup of coffee?.”
Noah thought for a while and then nodded his head. “I'd like that, Mr. Snyder. I'd like that a lot.”
Standing in the middle of a downpour, the two men leaned into one another and shared a tender kiss. They didn't know where their feelings would lead, but they were willing to gamble on love and give it a try.