When Keith approached Tanner, the slender human boy had half a mind to start backing away; his new roomie was just so big. Tanner took a deep breath, though, and held his ground, presenting a wide, white smile, “You’re not good at this? You?”, he was in disbelief. Keith’s handshake was firm and Tanner replied with a firm hand in kind; he had just met his roommate, but his hand felt so nice and warm and safe wrapped in the big guy’s.
With a slight blush, Tanner responded to Keith’s question, “I’d love to get some dinner”, he shrugged, “I’m not so good with the standing and awkward looks thing”. Tanner had several bags full of new clothes, waiting for him in his room; there were also garment bags on the closet doors and boxes with new shoes lined up by the closet. An envelope with his name on it lay on one of the beds.
“Just let me read what’s in this envelope real quick, okay?”, he asked his new roomie. The card inside the envelope was from Dean Alden and it explained that all of the shoes and clothes were chosen by him, with sizes provided by Tanner’s mother. There were socks, underwear, workout clothes, suits, ties, shirts, pants, jackets, casuals, denims, just anything you could imagine needing and all top quality brands. Tanner was stunned; these were things he could never have afforded. He looked down at his waiter’s uniform, black pants, black shoes and a white shirt, “Ummm, do I look okay to go out for dinner?”, he asked Keith, “If not, I can slip into something new from the Dean”, he smiled at his roommate, “Long story, we’ll have to eat slow, okay?”.