“So uh.. what are your plans for Halloween?” Noah asked nervously looking at a spot on the wall behind the guy standing in front of him.
“Uh.. I don’t know.. I’ll probably end up taking my little sisters and brother trick or treating. Why?” the other guy asked hopeful, leaning on the counter.
“Oh uh nothing.. no reason.. just making conversation.” Noah stammered and turned around to get the guy’s coffee.
He didn’t notice until he turned back around that the smile that had been on the guy’s face had disappeared. Noah had fallen in love with this guy’s smile. At the end of his very first shift at Java, when he was very close to telling his boss where to stick her crappy job, HE had walked in. And HIS smile was enough to make Noah not ever want to quit his job. That had been 4 months ago and he still didn’t even know the guy’s name. The only thing he knew was how he liked his coffee.
“So.. what are your plans for Halloween then?” the guy asked. “Well I don’t have any siblings so no trick or treating for me.” Noah said giving the guy a nervous smile. “I think I’ll just stay home and watch some horror film on TV”
“Stay home on Halloween? You are kidding right?” the guy said shocked. “Uh.. no..It’s just my thing.. I uh like films.. I want to direct.” Noah admitted.
“Really? Well I’m a writer.. maybe you could make a blockbuster out of one of my stories.” The guy said flirty. “I think we’d make a pretty good team, don’t you?”
Oh my god is he flirting with me? Noah thought and prayed to every god he could think of he was right.
Before Noah could answer the guy’s question some other guy came out of nowhere and flung his arms around the cute guy’s neck and kissed him on the cheek. Damn it, a boyfriend! Noah thought and went back to work.
“Hey Luke my best friend, buddy, incredibly talented writer and all round nice guy. How are you today?” the second guy said while letting go of the guy he had just called Luke.
“Hey Casey, my ego stroking best friend, what do you want?” Luke said laughingly and wiped the spot on his cheek where the guy had just kissed him.
Hmm maybe not a boyfriend after all.. Noah thought as he watched the two guys while pretending to clean the counter.
“What makes you think I want something?” Casey asked innocently.
“I don’t know maybe the fact that you come in here and kiss my ass and my cheek.” Luke said and briefly looked over his shoulder to Noah before turning his attention back to Casey.
“And you better have a very good reason for it all because I was kind of busy.”
“Yeah, yeah busy flirting with the coffee guy again.” Casey said waving his hand in the air as if to wave the comment away. “Listen I need you to do me a favour”
“HA! I knew it!” Luke said triumphantly and poked Casey in the chest.
“Ok so what do you want?”
“Well.. Jade’s birthday is coming up and so is our anniversary.. and I have no idea what to get her. So help me please, please, please, please, help me.” Casey begged.
“I have to help you pick out a gift for your girlfriend?” Luke said raising an eyebrow at his friend.
“Please? She’s your cousin. And just so you know, I will get down on my knees and beg you if I have to” Casey said serious.
“Ok, ok, I’ll help you. But on one condition” Luke said stealing a quick glance at Noah again.
“I’m not asking Mr coffee man out for you, Luke.” Casey said when he saw Luke looking over to Noah.
“Hmm what? No you don’t have to. I can do that myself..” Luke said somewhat distracted and smiled at Noah. “I’ll help you find a gift for Jade if you two take the girls and Ethan trick or treating tomorrow.”
“That’s it? No problem! Oh I could kiss you right now.” Casey said excited.
“Please don’t” Luke said laughingly and held up his hands to keep his friend away from him.
“So mister film maker. It looks like I won’t be busy tomorrow after all.” Luke said seductively. “You want some company watching that horror film, Noah?”
“How do you know my name?” Noah asked confused.
“Your boss and your co-workers call you Noah so I figured that must be your name. I’m Luke by the way.” He said smiling.
“I know” Noah said and immediately regretted it. “I mean uh.. I heard that guy call you Luke..”
Luke’s smile got even wider and he placed his hand on top of Noah’s that was resting on the counter.
“You still haven’t answered my question.. Do you want some company watching that film tomorrow?”
Noah felt his heart skip a few beats when Luke looked him in the eye and asked him that question.
“Yeah, I’d like that.. But I get to pick the film” Noah said with new found confidence.
The boys exchanged phone numbers and decided to meet up at Java the next evening after Noah’s shift to go watch horror films in his dorm room.
“I’m looking forward to tomorrow.” Luke whispered in Noah’s ear and gave him a little kiss on the cheek before grabbing his coffee and walking out of the cafe.
“So what films are we going to watch tonight, mister director?” Luke said flirty as he walked into Java.
“You’ll see. Just let me surprise you.” Noah said feeling a lot more confident than the day before.
“Hmm I like the sound of that.” Luke said, eyes fixed on Noah’s mouth.
“My shift finishes in 10 minutes. we’ll just get some pizza on the way to my dorm ok?” Noah said enjoying the attention Luke was giving him.
“Do you have a roommate?” Luke asked innocently.
“Nope, he dropped out. So I have a spare bed in my room if you want to stay over.” Noah said and silently cursed himself for saying that.
Luke just gave him a grin and sat down at one of the tables, waiting for Noah to finish his shift.
The walk from Java to Noah’s dorm had seemed uneventful but Noah’s mind had been working overtime. He kept fighting the urge to grab Luke’s hand. He’s not my boyfriend, I have no right to hold his hand. He hasn’t even kissed me yet. That little peck on the cheek he gave me yesterday doesn’t count as a kiss.. does it? What would he do if I tried to grab his hand? What if he pulls away? Thank god he can’t read my mind.. he would think I’m crazy. Hell, probably thinks that already, him reading my thoughts would only confirm it!
“This is it” Noah said as they stepped into his dorm room. “It’s small but it’s home.”
Luke stood in the middle of the room and looked around. The film posters on the wall, Noah’s camera and the massive collection of DVD’s caught his eye.
“So are there any homemade films in that collection? Any homemade porn?” he said and winked at Noah.
“What? No, no porn and definitely no homemade porn. But who knows, that camera might come in handy later.” Noah said giving Luke a grin. He might be nervous but Luke isn’t the only one that can flirt.
Luke grinned and sat down on Noah’s bed.
“Ok so uh I picked out a few films that we could watch.” Noah said as he handed Luke a few DVD’s .
Luke looked through the small stack Noah had handed him and grinned as he made his decision.
“Smile for me.” he demanded sweetly as he walked over to Noah and gave him the DVD.
“What?” Noah asked confused.
“Just smile for me” Luke said again and Noah did as he was told.
Luke looked at him and smiled.
“I knew it.” He said softly and walked back to the bed again.
Noah looked at the DVD in his hand – Dracula. He put the film on and sat down on the bed next to Luke. They sat in silence for a while just watching the film and eating pizza.
“Why did you want me to smile earlier?” Noah asked, breaking the silence.
“I had to check something.” Luke replied smiling the smile Noah had fallen in love with over the past 4 months.
"Check something?" Noah asked wondering what the other guy was talking about.
“Well.. I always thought you had fangs and I wanted to check if I was right. And it turns out that I was.” Luke said leaning closer to Noah. “And Luckily for you I happen to find fangs very sexy.” He said and kissed him.
Noah thought he was going to faint of pure happiness when Luke’s tongue entered his mouth.
At that same moment the lights flickered and the room went dark. The only light coming from the flashes of lightning from the storm outside.
“I hope you’re not afraid of the dark.” Noah said when they broke the kiss and he noticed the room had gone dark.
“No, not at all. I like things that go bump in the night” Luke said lying down on the bed and pulling Noah with him. “But most of all I like my sexy vampire boyfriend”
The word boyfriend made Noah happier than he had ever been and he decided to show Luke just how happy by kissing him again.
This was definitely not the Halloween he had planned but it was by far the best one he had ever had.