Sebastian leaned into the syrup flavoured kiss, his initial reaction to Jeff collecting the golden brown sticky fluid on his finger been utterly repulsed. Sebastian was brought up in a house where eating with your hands was a big no-no and Jeff doing so, from a plate that wasn’t even his had simply made the tall brunette revolted. As Jeff leant towards him, obviously wanting a kiss, everything inside Sebastian screamed to stop him, it was a dirty kiss and not the good kind of dirty. None the less though Sebastian found his lips pressed against his boyfriends again, for what seemed like the hundredth time this morning. Strangely though as he instinctively slid his tongue into Jeff’s mouth the taste of maple syrup invaded his senses and he wanted more. He fought Jeff for dominance, this was one kiss the blonde would not be allowed to. Sebastian laid down they law that he was the dominant kisser between them. He drunk in Jeff new taste, letting the trace amounts of syrup slide down his throat and sweeten his lips. It was intoxicating and filthy and Sebastian was so conflicted that his breath soon ran short and the boys were forced to part. Jeff was becoming quite sassy and Sebastian figured it was probably a little of himself waxing off onto the blonde’s disposition. He followed behind the blonde to the dish return and nodded when they returned their plates, finally coming up with a return for Jeff’s comment. “Your mouth says you don’t love…but your eyes…your eyes scream you’re head over heels.”
Sebastian took his place slightly ahead of Jeff as they walked the empty corridors of their prestigious school. It was an action that Sebastian was naturally disposed to do, he always worked a half step ahead of whoever he was walking with, except his father. He normally did it to assert authority, it was a lawyers trick that he had seen his family practice in court rooms since he was a child. With Jeff though it was a protective action, if he was a half step ahead, he would be able to stop someone coming at Jeff or even worse stop Jeff from falling over by catching him. He had seen his father catch his mother once when they went to New York on business, and so Sebastian had taken to doing it for Jeff. Either way it was just a small thing that Sebastian noticed himself doing now whenever he was with the blonde. Another small part of his life that had changed was that when they slept in the same bed, Sebastian made sure that Jeff and himself faced the wall, with Sebastian being the bigger spoon if they were doing so. Sebastian figured that way if something attacked them in the night, he would be able to defend Jeffery from it. The final thing was their general sleeping pattern, Sebastian always tried to fall asleep after his boyfriend, he liked how Jeff’s chest rose and fell between his arms and how the blonde mumbled in his sleep. These were the little things that Sebastian stayed away for and the little things he kept to himself when he was around his boyfriend.
Before he really knew what was going on, Sebastian found himself pressed against his boyfriend in the cold weather outside. Jeff was curling against him his chest flush against Sebastian and moaning about the wind and general winteriness of the day. Sebastian couldn’t argue with him, but he did enjoy the colder weather much more than warmer weather. It was an excuse to wear European style clothes and not have to explain why he was wearing a heavy coat, in general it was a kind of perfectly Sebastian-esque day. As Jeff talked about his car Sebastian payed close anntion, nodding when appropriate and making overly serious faces at the nervous blonde. “Jeff…don’t worry..I’ve been stealing my father’s Audis and Mercedes’ since I was sixteen, I know how to drive safely. Your precious doesn’t have to fear me. I’m sure she’ll actually enjoy having my hands on her.” He winked and jumped into the driver’s side, firing up the ignition and revving the engine slightly just to enjoy the look of nervousness on Jeffery’s anxious face. “Please though Jeff…I’ll be as soft and gentle with her as I am with you.” He kissed the air and left the carpark of Dalton following all the road rules perfectly.
Jeff calmed down more and more as the drive went on, even going so far as to take one of Sebastian’s hands to hold it while the brunette drove. Sebastian enjoyed the feel of a car underneath him again, it was strange not driving for such a long period of time. When they had started the semester Jeffery had done all the driving, now though with the power of Jeff’s jet black SUV beneath him Sebastian felt a little more masculine and powerful, it was a good feeling. He drove through Westerville with the radio rather quiet, enjoying the subtle purr of Jeff’s car which became a furious roar when he hit the accelerator to open up some speed as they hit the highway. Soon though the car began to bore him and he decided to turn the radio up maybe surprise Jeffery who was in quiet contemplation with a song. He flicked stations until he came upon a song he actually knew the words too and dialled the volume to a level that he could sing over but still have the music backing him up. He let the long intro play before joining in with the words, the smirk on his lips suggesting that he was probably going to enjoy this much more than he should.
“Take back the city for yourself tonight.”
He shot Jeff a look with curved eyes, his eagerness to sing building.
“I’ll take back the city for me.”
He added a little shoulder bob to his body in time with the music.
“Take back the city for yourself tonight.”
He let the words carry them through the freeway, the Snow Patrol - Take back the city was a particular favourite of the brunette. He knew the words perfectly and the pitch was so even throughout that he could match it nearly perfectly. He made sure to squeeze Jeff’s hand though every time he said the word love, just to doubly reinforce his affection without having to say the words himself. Sebastian was a firm believer in the motif ‘Less is more’ and figured that as long as Jeff knew he loved him, then he didn’t have to say it as much. On top of that, when he did actually say ‘I love you’ Jeff would know it was a serious situation and that Sebastian did actually mean it. Until Jeff directed him otherwise Sebastian felt this was the best course to take with the three little words that he firmly felt were over stated.
The rest of the drive was spent singing with Jeffery, it ranged from old classic rock to modern top forty and everything in between. After the first song though, Jeff had plugged his iPhone into the car and they had the choice of what to sing. It wasn’t as fun as trying to find songs they knew off the radio stations available but it did ensure that there was always something to sing. It was interesting to see the difference in music taste between himself and Jeff. Sebastian was very top forty, he knew most of the lyrics to the most popular stuff on offer. He of course had his favorites in One Direction, Snow Patrol and 30 Seconds To Mars but he always made sure for Warbler practice he knew the words to almost everything that radios played often. Jeff on the other had had more taste, a little more class and a load more musical knowledge. Sebastian knew that Jeff had grown up in a musically orientated family, but he never really saw what that had done for his taste in music till now. Jeff always chose music that wasn’t that popular yet, music that was from artists who were just starting or were still playing opening acts for other people. It was a nice change in pace for Sebastian to technically be the underdog in something again. Not that he wanted to outdo Jeff in musical anything, but for Sebastian to be the lyricist and Jeff to be the dancer, he was pleasantly surprised that Jeff knew music better than he did.
An hour of driving and singing and being amazed at the depth of Jeff’s music library Sebastian turned off the highway and let pine trees swallow them as the road became significantly more aged. The signs to different towns soon stopped and Sebastian made Jeffery close his eyes every time a sign approached that revealed where they were headed. The blonde unwillingly complied each time, Sebastian figured it was more to preserve his own happiness than slake Jeff’s curiosity. Pine trees grew thicker each second that Seb continued to drive, so dense they became that it seemed instead of the world past them it was just more and more pine. Sebastian felt the road beneath them give way to dirt and he knew they were close to his date destination. He rounded a large bend and saw the wooden floral decorated arch of Ohio State Nature Reserve come into view. Sebastian had brought Jeff to one of the most natural, well funded, volunteer run zoo’s in America.
Jeff was enjoying the drive trough Westerville with his boyfriend, he looked out of the window, still wondering where Sebastian had planned to take him, occasionally he glanced at his boyfriend and held his hand a bit tighter. When the SUV hit the highway, though, the blond swore Sebastian was doing everything in his power to gave him a heart attack. Every time the brunet hit the accelerator, Jeff’s heart skipped a beat. It took all his strength to keep calm and trust him. Only when Jeff realized Sebastian was really able to drive properly and that his car wasn’t going to crash into something, he sat again properly in his seat. Suddenly Sebastian turned up the radio and when he found a song he liked, he started to sing along with it. Jeff couldn’t even blink as he stared at his boyfriend. A smile found its way on the blond’s lips, who felt his heart beating a little bit faster. He was mesmerized by the look he saw into Sebastian’s eyes, his whole face was brighter than usual. It was one of those time when everything was perfect.
A couple of songs later, Jeff was already tired of listening to the usual top forty, and he plugged in his iPhone. He lip-synched every single song in his playlist, he knew all the lyrics by heart. Jeff though had forgotten that his sister had put some of her favorite songs into his IPhone, along with his iPod, so he groaned when he heard the intro of Live While We’re Young by One Direction. His frown turned into a smile when he saw Sebastian singing along with the five teenagers. The blond shook his head “You really have bad taste in music” he said playfully “Someday I’ll have to teach you some nice song. Have you ever heard of the one and only Freddie Mercury? Y’know he’s really good”. Soon though Jeff was singing with Sebastian. That song reminded him of a certain day, the first time he had pictured Sebastian with him under the shower, the day they finally got together, the day when everything started. When the song ended, the blond looked at Sebastian “Okay, no more British horny teenagers for you. You can’t drool over them anymore. Or at least not when I’m next to you”.
The boys spent an hour singing, laughing and generally talking about music. Jeff was in his element, that was the best Saturday he had spend in a very long time. Music and Sebastian, it was an amazing combination. When Sebastian finally turned off the highway Jeff looked around, just in case he recognized the place and looking for a sign. Suddenly Sebastian asked him to close his eyes, he blond did as he told him, even though he was super curious. A couple of time he tried to peek, but Sebastian had caught him, so the blond just waited for their destination. Eventually Jeff saw a sign, it was big, but it was still top far away and he couldn’t read it ‘Stupid eyes. Why am I blind?’ he thought. When he finally was able to read the wooden arch, a big grin appeared on his face. “The zoo” he mumbled to himself “You took me to the zoo” he said as his mouth stayed open in disbelief.
Jeff looked around as his boyfriend parked the car. He still couldn’t believe Sebastian had taken him to the zoo. He had been to a zoo just once in his life, when he was four and his father was still a good person and not the douchebag he was now. Jeff had to bite in his lower lip to contain his huge grin, he just couldn’t be happier. He waited for Sebastian to finally shut the engine before envelop him an a bone crushing hug. The blond was talking super fast, only when he realized that Sebastian couldn’t understand a word of what he was saying, he slowed down. “Thank you. Y’know… I’ve always wanted to go to a zoo, but I’ve never found someone to go with. And now we’re here and it’s just perfect. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you… Thank you” he said one more time before kissing Sebastian on the cheek. Jeff took Sebastian’s hand into his own “You know… Right now I couldn’t be happier, but I think you just made the biggest mistake of your life. I’m as excited as a little kid could be. I’ll drag you with me through the whole zoo and it won’t be easy.” he said with a playful smile “Oh and don’t get weird when I’ll start to talk with some random animal. Unfortunately you chose to be with a really crazy and weird blond” Jeff kissed Sebastian one more time and got out of the car. He was hyper, he waited for his boyfriend to get out of the car and took him in his arms for another hug. He found his hand and squeezed it “Just so you know, I want you to buy me a stuffed tiger. I’ll call it Seb” the blond said chuckling “Now let’s go. I can’t wait to see all the animals. And I want you to pet the goats with me” he said as he dragged Sebastian with him.