Malcolm smiled despite the sadness clenching his heart as he approached his best friend Shaw. He looked so handsome in his tux and stood from the chair he was sitting in as Malcolm approached. â€śYou look tired.â€ť Malcolm said as they hugged.
â€śYeah, I finally got a moment to just breathe.â€ť
â€śI still canâ€™t believe itâ€¦married.â€ť
â€śWhereâ€™s the bride?â€ť
â€śOff with her mother talking to everyone.â€ť
Malcolm nodded, hating what he was about to do, but he had too. â€śHey, can we talk away from all of this for a minute?â€ť
Shaw gave him a concerned look. â€śEverything alright?â€ť
â€śYeah, I just have something important to tell you.â€ť
â€śOf course.â€ť Shaw lead him away from all the guests and deeper into the botanical garden he and his new wife had rented for their wedding. When they were out of sight he turned to Malcolm. â€śSo? Whatâ€™s up?â€ť
Malcolm opened his mouth then closed it again, his heart hammering in his chest, his throat threatening to close up on his words. â€śIâ€¦â€ť He took a deep breath, steeling himself. â€śShaw Iâ€¦I love you.â€ť
â€śI love you too man.â€ť
Malcolm clenched his fists, â€śNo, you donâ€™t understand, I love you, really love you. I know itâ€™s shitty to say it now, butâ€¦itâ€™s the truth.â€ť
Shawâ€™s eyes widened in shock. â€śMalcolmâ€¦â€ť
â€śIâ€™m sorry.â€ť He said quickly. â€śIâ€™m sorry, Iâ€¦â€ť Shaw reached for him and Malcolm backed away, then turned and ran. He didnâ€™t want to hear how much Shaw hated him for it or how disappointed he was, so he ran to his car and got behind the wheel, his eyes burning with tears.
â€śYou coming out with us tonight Malcolm?â€ť One of the women he worked with, Hannah asked as she leaned against the mop she had been using to clean up the restaurants floor.
â€śSure, who allâ€™s going?â€ť
â€śMe, Lawrence, and Rowan.â€ť
â€śAlright, where do you want me to meet you?â€ť
â€śSure, Iâ€™ll be there.â€ť
â€śawesome, Iâ€™ll add you to the group text we have going about it. Are you heading home now?â€ť
â€śI was but let me help you dry the floor so we both can get goingâ€ť
â€śYouâ€™re so sweet, thank you.â€ť
â€śadd me to the chat and Iâ€™ll put this away then grab the towelsâ€ť He walked away with the mop and bucket, getting a text before he even had a chance to get what they needed to dry the floors. He checked it and responded, smiling when the rest of the group was excited about him joining. He knew he should join them more but didnâ€™t dwell on that thought. He and Hannah had a floor to dry so they could lock up and leave. Their phones went off a few more times but they didnâ€™t check them again until everything was put away and the restaurant was locked for the evening.
Malcolm texted everyone that he was going to swing by his place and change real quick. They all gave him an okay and he headed home. He was surprised to find a car sitting in front of his house when he pulled up and it took him a minute to notice the person sitting on his porch. He was shocked when he realized it was Shaw. He closed his eyes, shook his head, and opened them again. He was still there. He swallowed. It was Shaw and now he was standing and dusting himself off. Malcolm knew he needed to get out, but he was frozen. Shaw just stood there, waiting for him and Malcolm took a deep breath, switched off his car and got out. â€śHey.â€ť Shaw said with a smile.
â€śUm, hey.â€ť He cleared his throat. â€śWhat are you doing here?â€ť
â€śIâ€™m not allowed to visit.â€ť
â€śOh.â€ť He nodded as he forced himself to move toward and then past Shaw to his door. â€śYeah, of course, but itâ€™sâ€¦itâ€™s kind of a bad time. I have plans with friends.â€ť His hand was shaking as he unlocked his door. He could feel Shaw step up behind him.
â€śNeed some help? At this rate weâ€™ll be old by the time you open the door.â€ť
â€śI go it.â€ť He managed to get the key in and the door open.
â€śI can come in right?â€ť
â€śYeah, but I need to get ready, my friends are waiting.â€ť He headed to his room and Shaw followed. â€śSo, how are things?â€ť
â€śTheyâ€™re fine. Itâ€™s good to see you.â€ť
Malcolm nodded again. â€śYeah, you too.â€ť He dropped his keys on his chest of drawers, as well as his phone. He didnâ€™t know how he was supposed to act around Shaw anymore. He hadnâ€™t talked to him since the wedding, far too embarrassed and ashamed.
Shaw grabbed his wrist gently â€śI wish you wouldnâ€™t be so nervousâ€¦we were once so closeâ€¦Iâ€™m divorced if youâ€™re worried about my wifeâ€ť
â€śYeah, things just didnâ€™t work out. She was always thinking I was cheating which I wasnâ€™tâ€¦I didnâ€™t even pursue youâ€¦someone who meant the world to me because it would have felt wrong knowingâ€¦wellâ€¦but Iâ€™m single againâ€¦I want more than anything to have you back in my life, even if you might not love me anymore I want to be a part of your life againâ€ť Malcolm swallowed â€śso you didnâ€™t lose all respect for me because I confessed feelings for a married manâ€ť
â€śOf course not, you canâ€™t help how you felt. Itâ€™s not like you hounded me or tried to get me to cheat, You just told me how you feltâ€ť
â€śI could have been more mature about it. Telling you on your wedding day wasâ€¦it was stupid.â€ť
â€śJust know, itâ€™s alright.â€ť
â€śOkay.â€ť Malcolm nodded and Shaw let him go so he could get changed.
Shaw sat down on the bed and Malcolmâ€™s heart jumped in his chest. Was he really going to stay there? He didnâ€™t want to tell him to leave, afraid he might come off as rude or scared and it wasnâ€™t like Shaw hadnâ€™t seen him in his underwear anyway. He pulled out a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, trying to act as casual as he could. â€śSo,â€ť Shaw said, â€śgoing out with friends.â€ť
â€śYeah, just for drinks mostly.â€ť He swallowed as he started undressing. â€śUm, do you maybe want to come with me or something? I mean, itâ€™s been awhile.â€ť
Shaw looked relieved he was being invited â€śYeah, Iâ€™d love to come. Iâ€™ve really missed hanging out with youâ€ť He emphasized the word really and it had Malcolmâ€™s heart stuttering in his chest. â€śwell they are ready for us when Iâ€™m readyâ€ť Malcolm stuttered a bit which embarrassed him but it was worth the warm smile Shaw had on his face. He knew it was horrible to be happy his marriage had ended but it was now completely hitting Malcolm just how much he had missed Shaw. As nervous as all this was making him he couldnâ€™t help but be happy it was finally going to be like old times. Shaw had truly been his best friend.
Malcolm dressed as quickly as he could and let his friends know he was on the way. He also made sure to add Shaw was coming. Once they were on the road Shaw asked â€śdo I know these friends?â€ť
â€śYou only know Rowan, you know how much staff turns over in restaurants. Especially with my boss. Heâ€™ll fire someone over the smallest thingsâ€ť
â€śIs he doing alright?â€ť
â€śyeah, heâ€™s got a kid now. Things are touch and go with the mom but he adores that little boyâ€ť
â€śMust be a baby since its only been two yearsâ€ť
â€śYeah, his son is only a few months old.â€ť
â€śIs he actually helping her out with him?â€ť
â€śYeah, heâ€™s watched him a few times already for her and heâ€™s paying for diapers. Heâ€™s having some sent to her house every monthâ€ť
â€śThatâ€™s good, what should I know about the people I donâ€™t know?â€ť
â€śHannah is sweet normally but her inner tiger comes out, as she calls it when she drinks. It can be amusing but sheâ€™s gotten into some tense situations at bars. I like her a lot. Sheâ€™s worked at the restaurant for about as long as Rowan has had a kidâ€¦Lawrence is coming too. Heâ€™s a year older than me. He has a channel on youtube thatâ€™s actually pretty amazing. He plays nothing but horror games. I try to stay caught up with it.â€ť
â€śYouâ€™ll have to send me the channel name and Iâ€™ll check it out.â€ť
â€śWhen did you get into YouTube and video games?â€ť
â€śMy manager likes to put my concerts up so I sometimes do live Q and Aâ€™s for the fans and as far as video games, Iâ€™ve been asked to record some songs for a soundtrack so Iâ€™ve been playing more to get an idea of what might work.â€ť
â€śI used to watch you play sometimes.â€ť
â€śYou used to sit there with your headphones on and write music.â€ť
â€śBut I did appreciate you spending time with me, even if it wasnâ€™t your thing.â€ť
Shaw shrugged. â€śYou never missed a concert and you even wrote some beautiful pieces for me, well until what happened, it was the least I could do.â€ť
â€śTell you what, if you want to make it up to me, you can come spend time at my place and help me write the music for the soundtrack.â€ť
â€śYour opinion has always mattered the most and your music always resonates with the audience and me. I missed our time together.â€ť
â€śThat sounds really nice, I hope you enjoy my friends tonight. They are really good people. I donâ€™t go out with them as often as I probably should so I was kind of planning to make this a late nightâ€ť
â€śCould I sleep on your couch then so I donâ€™t have to drive all the way home after? I mean, hopefully things really can just go back to normalâ€ť
â€śwe used to crash at eachothers places so muchâ€¦yeah, youâ€™re welcome to.â€ť They easily kept conversation flowing between them until they pulled up to Bargarten â€śIâ€™ve heard this place is nice. Kind of like a classy barâ€ť
â€śyeah, I really like a lot of the foodâ€ť He texted the group to let him know he was parked so was greeted by Rowan when they walked in the door â€śI volunteered to show you guys where we are sitting.â€ť He smiled at Shaw â€śitâ€™s been a long timeâ€ť
â€śI plan to hang around Malcolm as much as I used to so youâ€™ll probably see a lot more of meâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m surprised you have a kid.â€ť Shaw said.
â€śHonestly, I was too. I mean can you imagine someone like me having a baby? I couldnâ€™t until he was born and now I canâ€™t imagine life without him.â€ť He slapped Shaw on the back. â€śWhat about you?â€ť
â€śI didnâ€™t get the chance, things didnâ€™t work out, Iâ€™m divorced.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m sorry man.â€ť He said as they sat down.
Shaw shrugged. â€śItâ€™s alright, really.â€ť
Malcolm sat down next to him and gestured to his other friends. â€śShaw this is Hannah and Lawrence.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s very nice to meet both of you. Hopefully you havenâ€™t heard anything too terrible about me.â€ť He replied with a smile that had Malcolmâ€™s heart skipping in his chest.
â€śNot at all, Malcolmâ€™s description was spot on though, youâ€™re definitely pretty.â€ť Hannah said.
â€śI didnâ€™t say pretty.â€ť Malcolm said with a blush.
â€śYou did and heâ€™s more than pretty, heâ€™s gorgeous.â€ť
Shaw chuckled. â€śWell thank you very much, itâ€™s very high praise coming from Malcolm.â€ť
Shaw fit right in but that wasnâ€™t surprising, he fit in with everyone. They talked, laughed, shared food and ordered drinks late into the evening, only leaving when Bargarten was closing. â€śdo we need to call an Uber?â€ť Malcom asked since he had consumed a few drinks. He wasnâ€™t drunk but he never risked it. â€śNo, I didnâ€™t have anything alcoholic. Just give me your keysâ€ť Malcolm handed them over and allowed Shaw to take him home. Once they arrived and entered the house Shaw asked â€śyou aren’t ready for bed yet are you?â€ť
â€śI can stay up a little longerâ€ť Shaw smiled â€śgood, lets watch something on Netflix. I hear The Haunting of Hill House is goodâ€ť
â€śYou know Iâ€™ve actually seen episode one and it does seem like itâ€™s going to be good, lets do it. Iâ€™ll watch as many as I can. Let me get out all your bedding first though. I don’t want to drag myself off to bed and forget because Iâ€™m so tired.â€ť Malcolm went to his bed and grabbed a pillow then took a blanket out of his linen closet. By the time he came back and set them on the couch Shaw had turned on Netflix, pulled up the show and gotten them drinks from the kitchen.
â€śI hope youâ€™ll be comfortable out here.â€ť Malcolm said as he handed Shaw the blanket and pillow.
â€śIâ€™m sure I will, but if youâ€™re that concerned we could always cuddle.â€ť He teased.
Malcolm blushed and Shaw started laughing. â€śYouâ€™re such a jerk.â€ť
â€śBut you love me anyway.â€ť
Malcolm gave a little laugh. â€śYeah.â€ť He cleared his throat and looked away from Shaw. He grabbed the controller and clicked on the second episode.
â€śI wasnâ€™t trying to make you uncomfortable or make it seem like your feelings were a joke.â€ť
â€śI know, sorry.â€ť He smiled. â€śItâ€™s true though, you could be the biggest jerk in the universe and Iâ€™d probably still tell you I love you while beating you up.â€ť
Shaw chuckled and nudged him. â€śI donâ€™t think you could.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m pretty tough.â€ť
They focused their attention on the show, talking every now and then about certain scenes. Malcolm found himself glancing at Shaw, still amazed he was actually there. He didnâ€™t think heâ€™d ever see him again and his feelings had only grown for him. He let out a yawn just before the next episode was about to start and Shaw suggested they go to bed. â€śWe donâ€™t have to.â€ť
â€śThat brilliant brain of yours needs rest if youâ€™re going to be helping me write music.â€ť Shaw replied as he poked him in the forehead.
â€śalright thenâ€¦youâ€™re welcome to anything in the kitchen if you get hungry or thirstyâ€ť Malcolm went to his room and Shaw sighed, settling himself on the couch. His mind played the memories of their day together as Shaw tried to sleep. He couldnâ€™t help but think how amazing these past few hours had been and almost hated the fact he had let this man slip through his fingers for so long. The next thing Shaw knew it was morning. The sun was up and Malcolm was obviously cooking in the kitchen. Shaw groaned a little as he sat up so Malcolm wasnâ€™t startled when Shaw entered the kitchen asking ‘whatâ€™re you making?”
â€śjust pancakes and scrambled eggsâ€ť
â€śdo you have to work again today?â€ť
â€śNo, thatâ€™s why I went out last night.â€ť
â€śSo, does that mean youâ€™re free?â€ť
Malcolmâ€™s heart fluttered. â€śYeah.â€ť
Shaw rested his chin in his hand. â€śI see, then you can come over, right?â€ť
â€śIf you want me to.â€ť
â€śI do, we can get started on that soundtrack.â€ť
â€śOh I see, you just want my music.â€ť Malcolm teased.
Shaw chuckled, the sound sending a thrill through Malcolm. â€śNow you know thatâ€™s not true, we can do something else if you like.â€ť At this point, the soundtrack was simply an excuse. He could finish it on his own, but he wanted the time with Malcolm. â€śPlease? Iâ€™ll pout if I have too.â€ť
â€śI know you will, Iâ€™ve seen it.â€ť
â€śIs that a definite yes then?â€ť
â€śYes, if I must.â€ť
â€śYou really must, Iâ€™ll even treat you to whatever you want. All you have to do is name it.â€ť
â€śhmm, Iâ€™ll have to think about what I wantâ€ť Shaw sat down happily waiting for Malcolm to finish making them breakfast. They soon ate and were on their way to Shaws. Malcolm was curious the entire ride as to where his old friend would be living now. Divorce was tricky, Shaw had owned his own home before her but that didnâ€™t mean she hadnâ€™t gotten the house in the separation. When they did infact pull up into a new home Malcolm asked â€śdid she get the house?â€ť
â€śYeah, Iâ€™m still making good money and I didnâ€™t want any of the memories. We fought a lot, it kind of ruined the vibe of the house for me. Plus, she had just been renting before me and would have struggled getting into something elseâ€ť
â€śthats sweet you gave it to herâ€ť
â€śI may not even like her anymore but I donâ€™t hate her. I wasnâ€™t about to keep it just out of spite since I didnâ€™t want it anymoreâ€ť As they got out Malcolm asked â€śhow did seperating stuff go?â€ť
â€śvery different tastes so that was easy too. Honestly, I couldnâ€™t have dreamed of an easier split. She was just as done with me as I was of herâ€ť Shawn really didnâ€™t want to talk about his ex wife but he wanted to be an open book with Malcolm. If he said he didnâ€™t want to talk about her Malcolm might think he wasnâ€™t over her.
â€śIâ€™m sorry, Shaw, really. I know how you felt about her.â€ť
â€śI did love her, but she accused me of things I didnâ€™t do, I couldnâ€™t even talk to or hang out with any of my male friends.â€ť
â€śDo you wish it had worked out?â€ť
The truth was, he had thought about it at the time, but now, with Malcolm here, it was different. â€śNo, it was for the best, for both of us.â€ť
â€śWell, if you ever need to vent, Iâ€™m here.â€ť
â€śI know, but Iâ€™m good, I promise.â€ť
Malcolm turned in a circle. â€śI really like your new place.â€ť
â€śYou havenâ€™t seen the most amazing part.â€ť He took Malcolmâ€™s hand, grinning when he saw him start to blush. â€śYouâ€™ll love it.â€ť He pulled Malcolm through the house to the basement door.
â€śOh I see, you turned into a serial killer while I was gone.â€ť
Shaw laughed. â€śAnd I eccentrically kill my victims with music.â€ť
â€śCome on.â€ť The light came on the moment they passed through the door way and Malcolm smiled when he saw the room had been converted into a recording studio and entertainment room.
â€śThis is actually perfect for us hanging outâ€ť Shaw chuckled and admitted â€śI sort of had you in mind when I did it Malcolm. Pretty much right when we set things in motion to divorce I planned to seek you out again.â€ť Malcolm was even redder than before which made Shaws heart dance. He was so glad to be showing Malcolm this. He hadnâ€™t known if the relationship had been mendable. People change, he could have moved on and decided they could never be friends but here Malcolm was, hanging out in the basement he designed so they could hangout and both do things they loved.
â€śshould we game first or start composing?â€ť
â€ślets game a bit so I can thinkâ€ť
â€śalright, your pick.â€ť Malcolm easily picked a game and allowed Shaw to get it set up so they could play. Hours had flown by before they even noticed and Malcolm suggested â€śokay, fill me in on this game. We should really start working on itâ€ť
â€śalright, Iâ€™ll order chinese so we can just concentrate on work. Do you still like the same thing?â€ť
â€śYepâ€ť It took about another hour to get fully set up but once they got going the only thing that stopped them at all was when they decided to eat the food they ordered. Even that was a brief distraction. Leftovers were dinner, they were far too into their work to do anything else. Malcolm looked at the time on his cellphone when they finally finished their first song for the game â€śHoly crap, that has to be wrongâ€ť Shaw chuckled â€śTime has always flown when we are togetherâ€ť
â€śYeah, I really like this song tooâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m sure they will all be this good. Hopefully the developer agrees with us thoughâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m sure they will, I mean itâ€™s you presenting it.â€ť
â€śUs, you have to come with me.â€ť
â€śYou have to because youâ€™re part of it. I can hear you in it.â€ť
Malcolm nodded. â€śAlright.â€ť He yawned. â€śI should probably get home.â€ť
Shaw reached over and grabbed his hand. â€śStay.â€ť
Malcolmâ€™s heart danced. â€śAre you sure?â€ť
â€śYeah, I have plenty of room and you know I donâ€™t mind. My home is your home. I want you to stay. Please?â€ť
â€śAlright.â€ť Of course he wanted to stay, how could he not. â€śCould I borrow some clothes?â€ť
Shaw made sure everything was off before they leaved the basement then took Malcolm up to his room and pulled his closet open. â€śHoly crap, Shaw, youâ€™re closetâ€™s the same size as my room.â€ť
Shaw chuckled. â€śItâ€™s not that big. It gets even better though.â€ť He walked to the other side of the closet and slid open another door. â€śThe bathroom.â€ť
â€śCan I just live here, I donâ€™t take up that much space, I promise.â€ť
â€śYou can do whatever you want, Malcolm. I meant it when I said this is your home too.â€ť
â€śI mean it, youâ€™re the number one in my life again and this time, that wont changeâ€ť Malcolm blushed and wanted to bring up the possibility of him falling in love again but couldnâ€™t do it, even in a teasing way. Instead Malcolm picked out something to sleep in then stepped into the bathroom to change. â€śthere, now let me show you to a room you can use. It can just be yours so feel free to bring some stuff over for when you stay the nightâ€ť
â€śalright, thank youâ€ť Shaw gave him a long hug â€śthank you for letting me just step back into your life so easily. I know you felt bad for how you confessed but still. Iâ€™m glad we can just be us againâ€ť Shaw didnâ€™t want to but he left Malcolm for the night, heading to his own room. Malcolm walked over to the bed, pulling back the covers and settling in.
Shaw was the first up the next morning and he made his way quietly downstairs to start some coffee before heading back up to the room he had given Malcolm. He pushed the door openly slowly, grinning when he saw him sprawled out, his blankets halfway off the bed and his shirt pushed up from his flopping. He had always been a restless sleeper. He crossed over to the bed and dropped down next to him, allowing himself to admire him for a moment and wonder how he had never noticed his friendâ€™s feelings for him. He let out a little sigh as he reached up and gently shook him. â€śMalcolm, wake up.â€ť
Malcolm groaned and grabbed his pillow as he turned on his side. â€śItâ€™s too early.â€ť He mumbled and buried his face in his pillow.
Shaw chuckled as he leaned down, bringing his lips close to Malcolmâ€™s ear. â€śIf you donâ€™t get up, that means Iâ€™ll have to make you.â€ť He whispered. He didnâ€™t know if Malcolm had heard the suggestion in his voice or if he thought he was simply teasing, but it had him sitting up, his face bright red. â€śGood morning.â€ť
â€śYouâ€™re so mean.â€ť He said in a tired tone.
Shaw tipped his head to the side. â€śI asked nicely.â€ť He reached up and brushed some hair away from Malcolmâ€™s forehead. â€śHas anyone ever told you you look adorably unkempt when you wake up?â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t.â€ť Sleepy eyes looked Shaw over. â€śWhy do you look so perfect?â€ť
â€śMagic and ponytail holders.â€ť
â€śWhat time is it?â€ť
â€śI guess it isnâ€™t that earlyâ€ť
â€śwe had a late night and youâ€™ve never had more than two days off in a row so I wanted to get you up while i had youâ€ť
â€śyeah, I have to work tomorrow. Should we work on another song today?â€ť
â€śmaybe after lunch, lets start our day with something else. We could play another video or go to Gamestop and buying something new to playâ€ť
â€śa lot of the tales games you play together. I didnâ€™t see any in your collection. Do you have one?â€ť
â€śNope, so it looks like weâ€™re going to game stop. Iâ€™ve already got coffee going. Iâ€™ll go down and start omelettes while you get changed. Just go back to my room and change in thereâ€ť Malcolm rubbed his eyes â€śOkayâ€ť Shaw left Malcolm and went to make breakfast like he said he would. It felt like it took forever for Malcolm to get into the kitchen but Shaw knew it couldnâ€™t have been that long. He was still cooking the second omelette.
â€śI donâ€™t think your clothes are quite my style and theyâ€™re so nice.â€ť Malcolm said and Shaw turned just enough to look at him. He was wearing one of his favorite sweaters, a dark red, knit turtleneck that somehow managed to still fit loosely on him.
â€śI think it looks good one you.â€ť He reached over and grabbed his phone. â€śStrike a pose.â€ť
â€śShaw, come on.â€ť
â€śDo it or Iâ€™ll take it anyway.â€ť
Malcolm rolled his eyes and posed. â€śYou look like a real tough guy.â€ť
â€śLet me see.â€ť Shaw held out his phone and Malcolm took it while he turned to finish the second omelette. â€śI look like a kid who stole his dadâ€™s sweater.â€ť He looked down at himself. â€śWhy is is so big?â€ť
Shaw shrugged. â€śIt was the last one they had and I wanted it.â€ť He transferred the omelette over. â€śWant to get the coffee?â€ť
â€śSure, but can I delete this?â€ť
â€śCome on, I look like such a dork.â€ť
â€śI happen to think you look absolutely adorable so let me keep it.â€ť
Malcolm blushed, his heart giving a little stutter. â€śWell, I mean if you really want it.â€ť He sat Shawâ€™s phone down on the counter and found the coffee cups, filling two of them.
â€śI happen to like how cute you are.â€ť Shaw said as he reached around him to the silverware drawer, the closeness causing his entire body to warm.
â€śYou do?â€ť He couldnâ€™t look at him, he was too embarrassed.
They were soon sitting at the table together, Shaw still occasionally admiring how cute Malcolm looked in his sweater. He realized over that meal that he had really always found his friend attractive but had never allowed those thoughts to flourish since they had such an amazing friendship. Few people could actually remain good friends if they tried something more and it didnâ€™t work and he guessed the friendship had always just meant too much to him. Now that Malcolm had confessed his feelings and he was single there was no denying the chemistry,
He just didnâ€™t want to spring it on him just yet. They had only just started talking again and he didnâ€™t want Malcolm to feel like a rebound. For now he decided heâ€™d wait until he had been divorced a year before outright telling Malcolm he felt the same way. For now, heâ€™d just enjoy having him back in his life because that was all he truly needed.
~ The End