If it weren't for the occasional pizza and a movie night, Theo would have pulled his hair out and crumbled up a mess of overworked flesh on the floor. The time he spent with Chase was time that he treasured. Time that he never wanted to forgot nor give up. Making his way though the crowded streets he found his hand running through his hair again. He felt like a giddy schoolgirl off to meet her super secret crush that had no idea that she had feelings for him. That was a lie though- Chase knew how Theo felt. Chase knew all too well after their eventful night as a tangled mess in the blonde's sheets.
At least, that was what Theo thought.
Biting his lip, he wondered if the other actually did feel the same way he felt. Yes, the next morning was basically Chase pulling him close in those impressively fit arms of his- but he was also complaining of feeling like shit too. It was hard to deny himself that even though it had all started with a challenge, that was followed by large quantities of alcohol; that he didn't have feelings like that for the blonde. It was obvious to him after he sat down and spent the next two days running the scenario through his mind. The way his lips felt pressed against the other's, the electricity that seemed to surge through his entire being at their touch. The constant butterflies in his stomach when they were so close to one another- it made Theo's heart act like a fish out of water.
Taking a quick stop at a gas station to grab something, anything strawberry to calm his nerves, he took no time in unwrapping the sucker and taking it between his lips. He hadn't felt this way when he got up, or when he was getting ready- otherwise he would've just used his emergency shampoo, the one that smelled of strawberries. Instead, he just used his normal two-in-one combo that had a hint of chocolate to it.
Checking his phone again, in hopes there was another text from the blonde about where they were meeting, his head tilted back in slight frustration when his mailbox was empty. There had been far too much silence between them, and Tobi hadn't help any either. The little rat of a hedgehog had chewed through his charger cord while the phone was charging, then decided to mush a food pellet in the mouth piece. The week without his phone killed him, and he felt like Chase thought he was blowing smoke out his ears when he told him. He couldn't help but think everything in the world was conspiring against the two of them being together. That wasn't what he was going for, not what he was going for at all.
Switching the sucker's position in his mouth, he stood at one of the many entryways to the Park, his heart racing and his stomach doing somersaults against his ribs. Taking another peek at his phone, there was still nothing- but maybe that was because he still had half an hour before they were suppose to meet. Exhaling slowly through his nose, he knew where to go to wait. Taking the normal route, passing joggers and children playing tag, he found it: His Tree. At least, that's what Ms. Kenna said. Reaching his hand out to caress the bark, he inhaled deeply, letting the clam rush through him. He had no reason to worry about this. It was just going to be like any other meeting the two of them had. They would sit together on the grass and let Red run around while they caught up with one another.
Just another day of them hanging out. That was all.
So to keep his nerves from twisting into knots, he pulled himself up to sit on the branch that was more than able to support him, letting one leg hang over the edge while the other was bent towards him. He would just stay here until he got the other's text and enjoy the quiet serenity of the park. With a content sigh, he tilted his head back and let it rest against the bark of the tree. The text will come, and everything will be fine....
The text came right as he finished his sucker- when he was at his calmest. Just as he planned, his mood was lifted and he was feeling better than when he first got here. Swinging his legs over the branch, he pushed himself off, bending at the knees with his arms out as he landed. "A perfect ten...," he chuckled to himself as he straightened his shirt. Chewing casually on the sucker stick, he stuffed his hands in his pockets as he meandered his way towards the playground equipment and his little golden ray of happiness.
He saw Red before he saw Chase, and with a grin spreading across his face he tossed the once strawberry flavored stick in the trash and gave a sharp whistle to catch her attention. Kneeling down with his arms spread he was greeted with a pounce and a few ecstatic licks to his cheek. "Oh yes girl I missed you too!" Pressing his forehead to hers he scratched with both hands behind her ears, absorbing her energy as if he was a sponge. It was great to see her doing so well, though he couldn't help but notice how some of her fur came out when he ran his hands down her muscled frame. "Awww, is someone shedding their winter coat?" He chuckled as she licked his face again and spun in a circle, her tail wagging what seemed faster than the speed of light. Noticing the ball at her paws, he looked up and could just barely make out the frame of Chase. His grin growing wider, he wrapped his fingers around it and held it up for her. "You wanna go see Daddy Chase? Hmm? Do you girl?" She barked at him and sat on her hind legs in front of him, her tongue jutting out of the side of her mouth. Laughing softly at the sight, he kissed her forehead and stood up, brushing some grass from his pants.
"Alright, how about this... I'll race ya. And the first one to him..." he chuckled, feelings his phantom fox tail flicking behind him, "Well let's just say the first one to him gets to flop across his lap."
Bouncing on his feet, he spun the tennis ball in his hand as he shrugged his shoulders to gear up for the "race." He had her undivided attention as he held the ball out for her, letting her sniff at it. "Alright, you ready girl?" Swinging his arm back, he threw it towards their goal and watched as she bounded after it. Without missing a beat, Theo was right there after her. His Converse dug into the soft ground as he kicked off- it had been awhile since he had done something as drastic as this, but he wasn't about to lose. Not when the comforts of Chase's lap were involved. So on an exhale, he pushed himself just a bit harder, managing to catch up to her. His face had to look retarded, a loopy childlike grin on his face as he tried to beat Red to the spot Chase was relaxing- but he didn't care. Today was a day that would be spent relaxing- catching up with the two most important people in his life. Who cared what he looked like, he was having fun.
With luck on his side, the ball didn't land too close to Chase, so he managed to pass her as she slowed to scoop the ball up. Giving a triumphant cheer of victory, his arms trusting up into the air as he tried slow himself. Unfortunately, fate was not going to be on his side today after a relaxing lounge in his tree, for he lost his footing in attempts at slowing down. In one not-so-graceful motion, which to him felt like it was in slow motion, he started to fall, face first, to the ground. As his knees started to hit the ground, he tucked himself and proceeded to roll a couple times, landing just inches from Chase's feet. In a mixture of a laugh and a cough, he pushed himself over to his back as his arms flopped out spread eagle. Breathing heavily, he couldn't help but laugh loudly for what transpired, even as Red stood over him and let the ball drop on his chest.
Between panting breaths, he grinned up at her- "I win....." Another laugh escaped his lips and he tilted his head back to look at Chase, raising a hand to give a small wave. "Hi," he said a bit more breathless than he intended, "Long time no see Stranger." A stupid grin plastered to his face, he rolled over and pushed himself to his hands and knees to crawl up beside Chase. Plopping himself beside the blonde, he offered him a smirk and gestured at Red with his thumb. "Mighty fine dog ya got there- can run faster than any dog I've seen."
Exhaling through his nose, he lets his eyes slide close as he took in the moment. This was the feeling he missed- the feeling of belonging. It really had been far too long since he was able to do this. Rolling his head over he slowly opened his eyes, letting Chase fill his vision as his grin shrunk to a soft smile. At least, until he noticed the look on the blonde's face. Sure, he had laughed at what happened, but behind that- in his eyes, he could see that something was bothering him. Tilting his head to the side, he nudged him gently with his arm. "Hey... what's wrong?" He knew that look.... that look brought the butterflies back full swing, and made his stomach drop to his feet. Something was wrong- and part of him couldn't help but feel as if it was his fault.