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Title: Accidental Shirt Stealer
Author: [livejournal.com profile] calidearie
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: sexual situations, Christopher pining, voyeur!chris, Zachary/OMC, poor attempt at humor, fluff, fluff, fluff
POV: Chris
Summary: Chris didn't mean to fall in love. But now that he is in love, what's a romantic to do?
Disclaimer: Not real. No profit has been gained from this. I only own the OC characters, anyone who is not Zach or Chris.
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] leandralocke
Author Notes: Sequel to Deserving.Thank you for all the kind reviews and support to continue. All the lovely comments fed the muse and now there is more!


Part 1

Chris bit on his bottom lip, wondering what he should do now that he was aware of his feelings for his best friend. Normally, in these kinds of situations, he would text Zach and ask what he thought Chris should do. However, he had never been in the situation before where the object of his affection had actually been Zach. In this case, he couldn’t just text him, could he?

He imagined how that text conversation would go.

'Hey, Zach, help me out. I'm in love with my best friend. What should I do?'

'amorous feelings should not be ignored.'

'Your advice is sound. What if that best friend is you?'

'naturally.'

And then Chris would be more confused than ever. Was hypothetical Zach being sarcastic because he thought Chris was messing with him? Or genuine? He could always reply, but he knew that the response would only be more ambiguous.

And anyway, Chris thought, there was no way he was going to declare his love over a text message.

Chris pulled out his phone and decided that whatever happened, happened.

'You want to go for a run?' Chris realized that he was already anticipating the answer before he hit send.

'yeah. hey. when were you here?'

Chris had not expected being caught. 'Please elaborate.' He swallowed as he hit sent. He found himself pacing in his living room, wondering how Zach found out.

'suit.'

Chris' heart skipped a beat when he read the reply. His first thought was: how he could have been so stupid as to leave evidence of his impromptu visit? He was caught dead in his tracks. His second thought was of Zach in the suit, and Zach in a suit was simply breathtaking. Leave it to Zach to give him a one word response and kill him twice over.

'you there? just. thanks, man. owe you. meet you in 20. your place.'

Chris was momentarily affronted that Zach could command him with no question, but then a warm fuzzy feeling washed over him at the thought of Zach coming over.

'Yeah, I'm here. Meet you in 25.' Chris smirked, already seeing the eye-roll that he knew Zach would make.

'whatever you wish, princess.'

Chris, himself, rolled his eyes but placed his phone down with a smile.

ccc

The run was nice. Seeing Zach put Chris more at ease than he thought it would. It was like nothing had changed between them. Chris was glad for it; he didn't want change. And yet, he felt like something was missing. But how could he miss something if he hadn't had it before? Maybe, Chris thought, maybe it's not the absence of something but wanting more.

Chris looked over at Zach, who had fallen silent beside him as they walked. They were on lookout for a place to grab a bite to eat.

"So, when I dropped by, there was this car parked in front of your place. I didn't notice till after I left." Chris knew he was bending the truth by not telling the whole story, but the details could always come later.

"Oh? Oh, yeah," Zach said it as if he had forgotten. "A friend had stopped by."

Chris narrowed his eyes at Zach who was staring off into the distance.

"Someone I know?"

"Nah, actually he wasn't a friend. Just someone. Doesn't matter. He stole my shirt, you know. The nerve--" Zach had not only stopped talking but walking as well.

Chris looked over to where Zach was looking.

"It's Mandy and Jewels!" Zach exclaimed, as he took two strides towards a lady holding the hand of a little girl, who looked just as surprised.

As soon as Zach was close enough, he scooped the girl into his arms and spun her around. "Jewels, you look even more beautiful than I remembered."

The girl giggled. "I was six then. I'm seven now!"

Zach laughed. "Seven? Really, I could have mistaken you for eight, at least." He kissed the girl on the cheek, who laughed again and put her arms around his neck.

"Mandy, it's so good to see you again." Zach grinned as he hugged the woman with his free arm.

"I've missed you, Zach." The woman smiled and hugged him again when he had placed the little girl down. "You look good."

"Don't I always?" Zach said in that flirty way of his. "But you? Wow, I mean, who knew someone could exceed perfection."

Chris would have rolled his eyes at Zach's corny line, but somehow, saying those words to this woman didn't make it sound like any kind of line at all. The woman really was beautiful. She was tall with a slender, but curvy frame. Her face looked fresh, with little to no make-up, and somehow, she glowed. She had blue eyes, and her dark brown hair only accentuated them. As they hugged, Chris couldn't help but think that this was a woman that he could see Zach with, if he were straight that is.

Chris watched as the woman laughed and pulled away at Zach's comment to slap playfully at his arm before she seemed to take notice of him. It looked like she was about to say something, but the little girl beside her beat her to it.

"Uncle Zach, is he your boyfriend?"

Zach looked in his direction and smiled.

Chris felt those butterflies and heard those birds singing again. He wondered if they only came now that he realized what he felt for Zach or if they had been there before but had simply ignored them. Either way, his heart was pounding away, and he could feel his ears heat up, and his mouth was suddenly too dry to speak.

"Jewels, this is a really good friend of mine, the best actually." Zach winked at him. "Jewels, Mandy, this is Chris. Chris, this is Amanda and her daughter, Julie. These two are the wonderful ladies who had welcomed me into their home sometime after I moved here before I got a place of my own. Be nice to them." Zach laughed.

"Of course," Chris said warmly as he shook their hands. "I'm always nice." When he bent down on his knee to take Julie's hand, she giggled and motioned for Zach to come closer. Chris stood up just as Zach made a move to kneel.

Julie leaned toward Zach to whisper into his ear, cupping her hand so that her lips were covered from view.

Even so, Chris knew she was talking about him as her smiling eyes looked in his direction.

Zach had laughed and nodded. "I completely agree," he said, looking at Chris in a way that made his ears feel warm again. Zach stood up, but held onto Julie's hand as he turned to Amanda. "Are you guys free today?"

"Sadly, no. Jewels has a check-up today at the doctor's. Then we have some errands to run."

"Well, we should meet sometime."

"Definitely, we should! How about tomorrow?"

"Tomorrow's good actually." Zach nodded.

"Perfect, and Chris?"

Chris looked up at Amanda. "Oh, I couldn't intrude."

"Nonsense. We're all friends here." Amanda smiled.

Chris looked at Zach, who also smiled.

"Come on, Chris. Work us into your schedule?" Zach asked, his eyes crinkling.

Chris laughed. "Yeah, of course, of course. I'm free."

"Great!" Amanda smiled and pulled Zach into a hug. "Call, so we can exchange details." She shook Chris' hand, allowing her daughter a moment's time to hug both men goodbye before taking Julie's hand again to cross the street. Amanda and Julie made a final wave before they turned the corner.

"How do you find such awesome friends?" Chris asked as they continued walking.

"Narcissistic of you, isn't it?" Zach laughed at his joke and smiled before they both turned into the first restaurant they crossed. "Seating for two, please," he said to the greeting hostess as soon as they entered. Zach allowed Chris to pass by and sit before he followed suit. After the hostess left, Zach cleared his throat. "They're amazing. Glad you got to meet them."

"Can't wait for when we all meet again so I could get some Zach stories out of them. Julie, I'm sure, will have lots to tell."

Zach laughed. "She will never turn against me."

"I have my ways, you know." Chris quirked an eyebrow.

"Hmmm, maybe." Zach smiled.

Chris felt like he was getting used to the butterflies, and almost welcomed them this time around.

ccc

The food was bad, but the company was good. Once outside of the restaurant, Zach made a face. "Worst pizza ever."

"Yeah, and it was a chunk out of your paycheck." Chris laughed.

"Next time, we're going for Dominoes."

"I'm salivating already." Chris grinned as he met Zach's eyes.

Zach paused, mid-stride, without a word.

"What is it?" Chris looked back.

"One sec, come here."

Chris turned to face him again.

And Zach stepped forward so that they were only inches apart. Everything seemed to move in slow motion as Zach brought a hand up.

Was he going to caress his cheek? Was he going to hug him? Was he going to kiss him? Chris didn't know and he didn't care. He found himself wanting anything, everything. Zach was so close… and seemed to be moving even closer. Chris held his breath and began to lean in just as Zach's finger touched his cheek. Chris closed his eyes, and his hands moved on their own accord as he gripped Zach's arm and shoulder. This was it.

"Uhm, Chris?" Zach had whispered.

Zach's warm breath ghosted across his ear. He opened his eyes, realizing he had been mistaken as he looked into Zach's confused expression. "Oh, uhm." He had been terribly, terribly mistaken and he didn't know what to say. His ears burned, this time for an entirely different reason.

"You had uh, sauce on your cheek," Zach said. "Got it, no worries."

Zach smiled and placed an arm around his shoulder, guiding him so that they were walking again. Chris felt like he should have been mortified, but somehow he only felt warm in Zach's haphazard embrace.

TBC

A/N: Hope you enjoyed. I promise the story will pick up in the next part. Also, does anyone know of a beta? I'm terrible at catching my mistakes. Found!

Date: 2011-04-19 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leandralocke.livejournal.com
Heh, this is really cute. I love pining!Pine, and the little girl and her mom were really sweet as well. Cute idea to include them which, I suppose, will offer some more opportunity to spend more time together and, if I'm not guessing wrong, have a sort of match-maker situation. I can totally see Julie playing cupid here. Wonder what she told Zach ;)

As for needing a beta-reader I would offer to do it. However, I'm not a native speaker but I guess my knowledge of the English language is sufficient, though I would, naturally, not pick up every single error. I'd probably focus on content and atmosphere/expression etc. more than pure grammar and such. If that's alright for you tell me and I'll start with this chapter.

Date: 2011-04-19 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inkisrunning.livejournal.com
Awww, thank you so much! I love me some pining!Pine as well, especially when it's pining over Zach. Glad you like Mandy and Jewels. It's always a gamble putting in stock characters. LOL They'll be showing up in the next part, but saying more will be telling. ;)

Thank you for the offer. Since you are the first, I accept :) What's your email?

Date: 2011-04-19 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piningquinto.livejournal.com
oh thank god you continued this. so adorable! :D

Date: 2011-04-19 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inkisrunning.livejournal.com
hahaha glad you think so :) And more will be coming!

Date: 2011-04-20 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angelrox040.livejournal.com
Yay! Shirt stealing Chris is back!
Looking forward to the next part :DDDD

Date: 2011-04-20 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inkisrunning.livejournal.com
Next part is coming soon! :D

Date: 2011-04-20 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 3988akasha.livejournal.com
*squee*

I'm so glad you're continuing this story. It just too adorable for words and poor Chris with the pining and the wanting Zach...and wanting but not getting that kiss just killed me a little. I love the addition of the little girl, she was precious and to see her interact with the boys was incredible. I can't wait for the next part of this!!

Date: 2011-04-21 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inkisrunning.livejournal.com
Yayyy, I got a *squee* LOL

I'm excited to be continuing the story. I've started writing out the next part. Just as soon as it's ready, I'll post it. Hopefully, by the end of the week.

I totally agree, I felt so bad for making it so difficult for Chris :( He'll just have to hang in there. He's tough, he could take it. I hope. ;) Thank you for the comment!

Date: 2011-04-21 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karmic-fic.livejournal.com
YAYAYAY THERE'S MORE!!!!!

and more to come? *is excited*

Date: 2011-04-21 05:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inkisrunning.livejournal.com
LOL

More to come soon! Hope I don't disappoint XD

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