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The Proper-False (Part four, PG-13, 1373 words) 
31st-Jul-2011 03:45 pm
Penguin!Chiyo-chan from Azumanga Daioh
Title: The Proper-False
Author: lilian_cho
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Original
Pairing: future Adrien/Nicholas
Wordcount: 1373
Warnings: Harlequinesque plot. Two guys having conversations over cakes and hot chocolates. Don't read this when you're hungry.
Bonus: "Nine creative uses of whipped cream" by Nicholas Goh, age 7 3/4 and Nicholas Goh's Top Five Favorite Desserts

A/N: Answers holidaysmut's Open that bottle challenge and writing_game's prompts: alcohol, worm & year of the monkey.
Unbeta-ed as of yet, please do point out jarring SpaG and/or continuity errors.
Apologies for verbosity/slow pace, will try to fix that when having the whole thing beta-ed. I'll try to have them on the plane by Part Five, 'kay? Or at least at the airport.

Part [ One | Two | Three ]

He gestured at their right side. “Over there are the guest bedrooms. I'm using one of them as my office and library.”

“Do they come with their own bathrooms?”

“Yes, but the water pressure is better in the ensuite bathroom,” said Adrien, oblivious.

“Must be a pain to scrub all those tiles.”

“I have a maid service come in every Thursday morning.”

Nicholas decided that Adrien's being aggravating on purpose. He's lucky if his cousin doesn't use up the hot water. One of these days I’ll actually wake up before Irene and have a long, hot shower, he vowed for the umpteenth time.

Adrien placed his hand on Nicholas’ upper arm, steering him through an alcove. “Here’s the kitchen and dining area, which we primarily use when we’re entertaining.”

“What, no breakfast in bed, or nine creative misuses of whipped cream?”

Adrien paused and seemed to consider the idea.

“Never mind,” Nicholas said quickly. “How about those cakes? We can continue the tour later.”

Adrien didn’t say anything, but his smirk said volumes. He took out two plates and two dessert forks from a cupboard next to the double-door refrigerator.

“How did you and your ex meet?” Nicholas asked, chin in hand.

“How do two gay guys meet?” Adrien took out the tiramisu and cheesecake, halving them with a fork.

“GLBTQ meeting, Pride parade, figure drawing class, women studies class…” Nicholas ticked off each item on his fingers.

“I meant gay guys who are not liberal arts college students.” Adrien divided the cake pieces on two plates. “Really, women studies?”

“Nahh, I think most men who take Intro to Women Studies think they can score with a classmate; Sounds like an interesting class though. Thanks.” He took his plate from Adrien’s hand. “Stop worming your way out of answering my question.”

Adrien scooped a small piece of tiramisu from his plate. “It was a Transatlantic flight.”

As Nicholas was absorbing the implications of that, he went on, “Not that it has any bearings on your role, since my family is unaware of the real facts of our relationship.”

That they had met when his ex initiated him into the mile-high club, Nicholas’ brain helpfully translated. He was tempted to make a big deal out of it but decided to save it for later.

“We should stick to the basic truth when crafting our story,” Adrien said.

Nicholas nodded placidly. Adrien looked at him suspiciously but decided to not question his sudden complaisance. “So we met at my favorite restaurant, struck up a conversation and started dating.”

“And did you fall in love with me over a plate of tiramisu?”

“Your tiramisu isn’t that good.”

Nicholas smiled, unperturbed. “Our cheesecake is that good. Try some.”

Adrien licked the traces of tiramisu from his fork and moved on to his half-slice of cheesecake.

Nicholas watched as the forkful of cheesecake disappeared behind pink lips. Adrien hummed approvingly, snapping him out of his lip-nibbling fantasies.

“It does taste better than the tiramisu.” Blue-gray eyes flicked up to meet his. “I think I’ve found a new favorite dessert.”

“Cool.” He stuffed a slice of cake into his mouth, feeling unaccountably warm. He usually loves his workplace's cheesecake, but tonight he barely tasted the sweet mouthfuls.

“Fancy a nightcap?” Adrien asked, collecting his and Nicholas' plates.

“Is this a bad time to tell you I'm not of legal age to drink yet?”

“I figured as much, since you're a college student. I won't tell if you don't.”

Nicholas blinked. “Did you just wink at me?”

“You must be imagining things,” Adrien said, running hot water over their plates. Instead of unearthing a cleverly hidden liquor cabinet, he took out a pint of milk from the fridge and a bar of something from a cupboard.

“What are you doing?”

Adrien put a saucepan on the immaculate black electric range. “I'm making hot chocolate. Haven't you ever had any?” he asked absently.

“Yes, I've had instant hot cocoa at summer camp, like other normal Americans.”

Adrien shook his head sadly. “Normal is overrated.”

Nicholas made a noncommittal sound. “Should I expect a cinnamon stick and a shot of rum in my mug?”

“We're all out of cinnamon sticks, but I do have a brand new bag of mini marshmallows in that cupboard.” Adrien gestured at a cupboard with the unwrapped chocolate bar.

Nicholas grinned and eagerly liberated the marshmallows from their lonely corner. “Did you miss your BFF, the chocolate bar?” he addressed the marshmallow bag. “It's alright, very soon the two of you will be reunited and inseparably joined.” He ripped open a corner with relish.

“Do you always do this?” Adrien was stirring heated milk and melted chocolate in the saucepan.

“Assign personalities to inanimate objects?”

“Chat them up before you eat them.”

Nicholas clutched the bag to his chest. “Don't listen to him, marshmallows! My love for you is true. I'm totally not two-timing you with coconut flavored Pocky.”

Adrien chuckled. “Put your true love down and grab the rum bottle from that cabinet.” He pointed with his wooden spoon.

Nicholas hummed “A pirate's life for me” under his breath.

Noting the four bottles in the cabinet, he said, “I figured you'd have at least a dozen bottles of wine.”

“Oh, those are dessert liqueur and cooking wine. The wine for drinking are kept somewhere else.”

“What, are you afraid I'm a closet alcoholic?”

Adrien poured the hot chocolate mixture into a large bowl and took out an artsy-looking carved wooden wand from a cupboard. “I just don't want to witness your first hangover.”

“I'll have you know that my friends took me bar-hopping in Vancouver the weekend I turned nineteen,” Nicholas said, a touch indignant.

“Oh? How was it?” Adrien eyeballed the rum bottle and poured a small amount into the bowl.

“We got sidetracked after the second bar and went to eat at a late night all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant instead,” Nicholas admitted. He didn't mention that Sam had called a halt to the proceedings when his face and neck had turned alarmingly red. At least he didn't get hives like Irene, who turned out to have an alcohol allergy.

“Mmm.” Adrien placed the wooden wand in the bowl and started spinning it between his palms.

“Are you using that wand...as a whisk?” Nicholas asked as the hot chocolate mixture started to froth.

“It's a molinillo, and it's basically a chocolate whisk, yes.” Adrien poured the frothy mixture into two earthenware mugs, filling them to the brim. “Try it.”

Nicholas lifted the heavy mug carefully and took a sip.

“How is it?”

“Chocolate shouldn't be spicy, but...” He took another sip and savored the warm, gritty taste of chocolate, cinnamon, pepper and rum. “I like it.”

Adrien's eyes brightened. “Some people like Kahlua, but I think rum goes well with Mexican chocolate.”

Nicholas paused from plunking the fifth mini-marshmallow into his mug. “Is that what you used earlier? So I can't just use a random Hershey's bar?”

Adrien looked pained. “Would you eat a melted candy bar?”

“If I was hungry enough...” said Nicholas, in the spirit of starving college students everywhere.

“Never mind, bad question.” Adrien cupped his hands around his mug, bringing it close to his lips. “Once you hit late twenties you'd stop inhaling every single food item that comes your way.”

Nicholas caught a melted marshmallow between his lips. “If you say so.”

*******

When Nicholas yawned five minutes later, Adrien set down his mug. “Time to turn in. Do you want a turn in the bathroom first?”

It took a few seconds for his brain to work. “I thought you said you have three bathrooms?”

“It'd be weird if you don't know what the ensuite bathroom looks like,” Adrien repeated his words back at him.

“Mm-kay. Can I borrow a towel? Oh, and an old T-shirt.”

Adrien put their mugs in the sink. “You didn't bring pajamas?”

“Thought I'd shoot for I-sleep-in-my-boyfriend's-shirt authenticity.” Nicholas stood up and leisurely let his spine stretch.

When Adrien didn't say anything, he opened his eyes.

“Should I wash the dishes?” He gestured at the sink.

Adrien started. “It's fine; I'll run the dishwasher in the morning.”

“'kay. I'll just grab my suitcase and follow you.”

*******

Nicholas stood at the threshold of the master bedroom, suddenly feeling awkward.
Comments 
1st-Aug-2011 12:26 am (UTC)
Oh, they are adorable! Both of them. Mmm, I'm tempted to grab the Mexican chocolate out of the cupboard... but then, I don't actually have milk right now. Bummer. I do, however, have pie!
8th-Aug-2011 06:25 am (UTC)
Thank you =D

PIE OM NOM NOM.

My bar of Mexican chocolate has tiny nibble marks to the side, hahaha. I kept on meaning to make hot chocolate, but ended up finishing the milk instead =P

FYI there are tiny bonuses on top. Should've linked to the entry instead of the cut tag. Also, part five hopefully will be posted by Tuesday (I have an exam that day, so). =)
1st-Aug-2011 12:26 am (UTC)
Adrien is trying to maintain some distance between them here yet? He missed the 'put both cakes on one plate and hand out 2 forks to companionably and romantically savor the food' with optional 'try this instead' fork to other person's mouth by Nicholas.

I am wondering about Adrien's family that they are going to quiz Nicholas about what it's like to shower in an en suite bathroom.
Question: en suite bathrooms by definition are bathrooms that are accessed from the bedroom. Since the other bedrooms have their own bathrooms, they are also en suite or does this mean it has a tub as well as a shower.

Have you seen the Bodyspa systems like Bodyspa?
1st-Aug-2011 12:34 am (UTC)
I did forget to mention that I loved this. *SMILES* This is all foreplay, restrained foreplay but foreplay none the less.
Adrien's reaction to Nicholas stretching and mention of 'wearing the boyfriend's shirt to bed' in place of pajamas *GRINS* or maybe it was the image of Nicholas naked in bed that did that or all of the above. *grinsgrinsgrins*
1st-Aug-2011 01:39 am (UTC) - long reply is long (LJ, don't fail me now)
Just wanted to say that I do have tiny bonuses on top. Should've linked to the entry instead of the cut tag.

Adrien is a bit squicked irked by non-kissing/sex-related saliva exchange. Once he'd swapped saliva half-a-dozen times or so he'd lose his hang-up. Possibly. Nicholas, on the other hand, would eat off of his mom's plate, Irene's plate, Maureen's plate, Sam's plate...but not Conner's plate because his boyfriend is an ashtray mouth.

<-- Possibly they will have a Conversation about this in the future.

Extraneous info: the penthouse has three bedrooms (one master bedroom and two bedrooms) and three bathrooms [one ensuite bathroom (separate shower and tub) in the master bathroom, guest bathroom A (tub with a showerhead) and guest bathroom B (shower, toilet and sink only)]. I'll...figure out how to clarify the ensuite bathroom question when I rewrite the whole thing.

If I'm any good at spatial arrangement/imagining, I would draw the layout and post it at proper_false. I tried basing it on real floor plans at first, but American penthouse layout. They make no sense to me. (Either too many rooms as if it's a mansion, or the way the rooms are positioned feel crammed (?) to me.)

My parents have something like Bodyspa in Asia. But because I hate fiddling with gadgets when I just want to take a shower, I never did figure out how to make it work. *fails* I think with those things, if you don't use the features regularly, they'll break down D=

I'll cut this here before I start spoiling everything =P

And yay for your comment below, I'm glad Adrien's implied reaction came across =D
Ahaha, I did worry that instead of two guys attracted to each other, they come across as two guys in a bromance having a mandate instead ;_;
1st-Aug-2011 04:49 am (UTC) - Re: long reply is long (LJ, don't fail me now)
your second* comment. *headdesk*

When I post my comment, your second comment is _above_ my reply. Yes.
1st-Aug-2011 02:36 am (UTC)
*grins*
[quote]Adrien is a bit squicked irked by non-kissing/sex-related saliva exchange. Once he'd swapped saliva half-a-dozen times or so he'd lose his hang-up. Possibly.[/quote]

If Adrien wanted to present this is my lover and we've been together for a while, he better push to over come this phobia/irkedness. Lover's share spit ALLLLLL the time. *snickers*

I have seen on television large glass walled showers with many showerheads coming out from various walls of the shower so that there's no problem being cut off from the spray if there's more than one person taking a shower. It's sort of a surround shower, not necessarily high tech but allows for two to shower at once *smiles* bonus points if the walls are mirrors and yes, I saw one of those too. Person wanted to see himself while showering; so many possibilities with that.
9th-Aug-2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
that they are going to quiz Nicholas about what it's like to shower in an en suite bathroom.

Adrien was just making up excuses to get Nicholas inside his bedroom. Adrien's parents are normal people. His younger brother and little cousin...debatable, but probably not as crazy as Nicholas' cousins. Probably.

Lover's share spit ALLLLLL the time.

AUGHhhh don't gross me out. I half-kid.
I feel a bit bad that nobody's jumped anyone yet. Just a bit. Kiss the girl boy, Adrien!

It's sort of a surround shower

That sounds comical and awesome at the same time! =D

Person wanted to see himself while showering

This reminds me of Christian Bale in American Psycho, whyyyyy. T_T
I kinda overdosed on mirror!sex and shower!sex reading Boys' Love manga. Those two are like, two of the most common kinks in BL. IDK if I'll ever write such a scene. The whole describing which limb goes where sounds difficult...


Thanks again for the long comments!

Part five is up.
1st-Aug-2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
Adrien's reaction to sharing food makes me smile, my friends and family don't have that hang up (I remember reading about second hand kisses from soda can and my best friend and I figuring out we've vicariously made out with most of the people we know), so it always makes me giggle a little when I meet people who are really sort of icked out by it. If they are going to be the believable lovey dovey couple it sounds like Adrien's going to have to unbend just a bit, especially if he wants people to believe that he's dating a guy like Nicholas.

I love how Nicholas was talking to the marshmallows, I don't know anyone *me cough* who does things like that.
9th-Aug-2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
my best friend and I figuring out we've vicariously made out with most of the people we know

X-D

I have that hang-up selectively. Immediate family is a-okay, but friends eating from the same plate is a bit... IDK I also feel that it's a bit rude?

especially if he wants people to believe that he's dating a guy like Nicholas

*g* *g* *g*

On the other end of the spectrum is people who won't eat food with any hint that it came from something alive (i.e. whole fish), ahaha.

Thanks for commenting, glad you enjoyed it =D

Part five is up.
10th-Aug-2011 12:59 am (UTC)
I can see that depending on how well you know the person, it drives me nuts when people don't ask first with rare exceptions.
10th-Aug-2011 03:31 am (UTC)
I meant rude of me. In general my high school friends are more fastidious and polite than I am, haha.

My friends were always shocked when they hear me talk to my parents (mom, esp.) as if they're my social equal. (My brothers and I use the rude term of "I" and "you" instead of the polite term with them.)

It's interesting coming to the U.S. where people for the most part have less personal boundaries than I do. Physical-wise, that is. ("Don't burst my personal bubble! You're standing too close!")
10th-Aug-2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
It's interesting how the idea of personal space changes from place to place, and country to country. I live in donweast Maine (it's the western half of the Maine coast, and named for the winds sailors used not it's physical location), and while there isn't a lot of boundaries when it comes to things like sharing food, and germs (I remember fmaily members and friends tell us as kids something about having to eat a peck of dirt) personal space is pretty much sacred, and there is very little PDA even among close family members. This contrasts to our famoly friends from NJ who are always hugging, and it honestly took me a long time to be comfortable with that.
5th-Aug-2011 06:10 am (UTC)
So cute! I love that Adrien was totally checking Nicholas out when he stretched (don't tell me he wasn't!), and that Nicholas sweet-talks his food (too). I giggled insanely about Nicholas's two-timing with pocky ways. ^_^ I look forward to the next episode in their adventures!
9th-Aug-2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
;-)

Mmm, Nicholas hasn't demonstrated his sweet-talking skills huh? Not that Adrien needs to be sweet-talked.

Thanks for commenting, glad it entertained =D

Part five is up.
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