|Into the future; Moving into an Apartment is fun
||[27 Mar 2009|01:26am]
It is amazing, really, how fast time can go. Riku graduated High School, and then found himself back at the old auditorium the very next year to watch Sora walk and shake hands with Principle Dumbledore as he recieved his dipoloma. Riku had spent the year taking classes at the community college, so that he wasn't taking a complete year off of school (couldn't start College as a freshmen, on the same standing as Sora. He had to be a little bit ahead)
They spent that summer soaking up as much sun as possible; going to the beach, helping Namine collect shells, chasing each other up and down the surf, eating Kairi's homemade pineapple whip with a straight face, and then praising her on the strawberry popsicles she made next, burying Axel in the sand when he fell asleep... and writing stuff on Roxas's back with sunscreen when he did too, practicing their summoning and fighting, kissing slowly in the soft light of the setting sun. It seemed like summer would never end.
Then, one weekend afternoon after Riku had stumbled down from his room, his moms announced that they needed to go shopping to get Riku some things for his apartment, or he was going to start school eating out of pop-top cans with his hands.
Riku never knew it took so many THINGS to set up a new household. Luckily though, he wasn't alone. Sora, and Sora's mom came along on these trips too. Something about everything needing to match, and this way they didn't buy two of everything.
Riku and Sora didn't really care about the print on their plates, or the designs on their silverware, or the color of the pots and pans, and many a shopping trip ended up as a slip out to the car to A: take it somewhere more interesting and get food and get back before anyone noticed, or B: make out in a place far more comfortable and sanitary than the bathroom, which would have been the only other place available for option B.
It wasn't until picking out larger furnitire that either of them really got involved. (TV, yes, PS2, yes) But picking out their bed was by far the most important thing. They decided a long time ago not to even pretend like they were going to have two beds and pretend that they were keeping their hands, mouths, and other various parts to themselves. Their moms knew them better anyway.
But it was hard picking out a bed! It wasn't something to be taken lightly. It had to be big enough to fit two grown adult boys comfortably, but not so big that they couldn't get it through the door, or that it took up all the room in their bedroom. The mattress had to be soft, but not too soft, firm, but not hard, and just... had to feel right.
The right one actually came by accident. After a very long day of shopping and sitting on beds, and getting weird looks from the salesman who couldn't seem to figure out why two young men were testing out the beds like a (God forbid) couple might, they just kind of collapsed on the nearest one while their moms began to discuss if their towels should have their names written on them so that they wouldn't mix them up. The next thing Riku was properly aware of was being woken up by his Dad, and scowling at her for doing so as he pulled Sora, who had somehow ended up in his arms, closer to him. Not that noisey parents could keep Sora asleep for long. That was the mattress they took. It didn't matter that they'd sat on it earlier and rejected it, it had passed the sleeping test, and that was the most important of all.
Still too soon, most of Riku's immediate belongings were packed up into brown cardboard boxes with his name written along the sides and stacked in the hallway for his departure.
On the day he left, Riku even managed to find it in his heart to pet Oliver awhile. He might not like the dog very much, but it was part of being home, and in his heart he'd miss the stupid beast.
It was then a little caravan of cars heading out towards Island University, Riku's car, and his mom's car, and his dad's car, and Sora's mom's car all packed to the brim with all of their stuff. Thank goodness they called dibs on moving first. Roxas and Axel wouldn't be making the trip with their tones of shit until the next day.
The apartment complex Riku's dad hand found for the boys was nice and close to campus so they could walk if they wanted to, with a well kept look. The apartments a few blocks over looked like dumps, and Riku was not ashamed to be picky if he got to live somewhere nicer and that wasn't going to fall apart the second they shut the door.
Glad that they DID bring Roxas and Axel along to help move all their stuff, it didn't take very long for the small living area to be crowded with boxes saying Riku, Sora, Kitchen, Bathroom, and other helpful lables.
Wisely, before trying to unpack anything, they went out to a (very) late lunch and then that was it. All the moms (dadmoms included) ended up in tears when saying goodbye to their boys, telling them to study hard, try to eat a few vegitables, and all those other things moms are supposed to say when they're really just saying 'I love you' over and over again.
Roxas and Axel said they'd see them tomorrow, and they'd BETTER help carry boxes for them too, do NOT think you're getting out of it... and then everyone was gone.
Riku looked slowly around the room, trying to believe it was real. Then he snagged his boyfriend and pulled him back against him, crossing his arms around Sora's waist and resting his chin on top of his head.
They had a LOT of unpacking to do. But right now, life was good.