Gentry would never admit that what he liked more than anything at that moment was watching Zach scramble out of the room. He had already known this would happen, and that it was only a matter of time. But he didn’t tell Zach that, because that would jinx a good thing: the moment Zach wanted to fight something, he would. So it was better to pretend things happened by accident— a glitch in a the system.
But boy, did he come back his senses quickly. Well, of course. This was Zach. And it was cute, the way he pulled up his pants, ran to the door, ran back because he forgotten his book…
Gentry mutely held it up to remind him, and Zach swiped it away before bounding out the door.
He was fast, all right. Fast fast fast, scurry scurry scurry. Gentry caught up with him down the hall, and bluntly asked him,
“What are you hurrying for? Is your boyfriend coming back?”
Zach took a labored breath but didn’t look at him when he said,
“Then why are you hurrying?”
“Why shouldn’t I! I’m not going to— stick around and cuddle or… fuck, I can’t believe you’re even asking.” Zach spat exhasperatedly, trying to walk faster in hopes of leaving him in the dust.
“You know what we did was wrong.”
“You’re not my boyfriend.”
“Of course I’m not. I don’t want to be your boyfriend.”
“Oh, yeah?” Zach grumbled, shoving open the door only for Gentry to prop against the doorway.
“Yeah. I’d rather be the guy you cheat with.”
Zach grunted and shoved him aside.
“You— fuck it. Just—” he exhaled, “Take another route to the gym. If you don’t want people getting suspicious.”
Gentry stayed behind and watched Zach leave, a little smirk lifting the edges of his mouth. Damp hands locked around his arms, body pressed up against the librarian’s deserted counter; wondering, truly wondering, why Zach made such a fuss over it. It wasn’t a big deal. Boyfriend was a label, it didn’t mean anything unless you wanted it to. And he had meant it; he didn’t want to be Zach’s boyfriend. Hell, he wasn’t even his friend. And considering the kind of “friends” Zach had, besides that great boyfriend of his, he was very happy not to be one of them. He was the opposite that attracted, and the one thing that Zach would sooner or later come back to.