Ashley awoke with Tom's chin nestled into his shoulder, and arm draped across his body. Glancing over to his clock, Ashley groaned quietly; and slowly dragged himself out of Tom's hold. He picked up his discarded clothes, taking his phone from the pocket of his jeans, and dumping the load in a basket. He checked his phone, looking for messages, and double-checking the time. Turning back to Tom, Ashley blushed deeply, smiling to himself. He leaned over the bed, kissing Tom on the cheek before heading in the bathroom to shower.
Running his hand through the water, testing its warmth, Ashley stepped under the spray; letting the water cascade down his body. He stood there for a few minutes, allowing a few thoughts to slip through his mind. Ash turned, gripping the bottle of shampoo and popping the cap; jumping suddenly as an arm wrapped around his chest, pulling him back against the body of another. Another arm came forward, hand open; and Ashley squeezed a small amount of shampoo onto the palm.
"Hey," Ash turned, facing Tom as he began to massage Ashley's head, glancing down his body, "morning."
"Morning." Tom brought his lips against Ashley's shortly, still massaging the shampoo into his hair. "I've still got a few hours."
"How come you're up so early? I'm heading out at half sevenish." Ash stepped back under the spray, as Tom's hands retreated.
"Well, you woke me up getting out of bed; and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to jump in the shower with you." Ashley leaned up, pecking Tom on the lips, blushing slightly.
"Sorry, I tried to get up quietly. It didn't help that you had practically engulfed me." Tom chuckled slightly.
"Ah, so I'm to blame? I guess I should move my bed back then, if we can't cuddle." Ashley smirked, shaking his head vigorously, "That's unbelievably adorable." Tom rested his forehead against Ashley's, who reeled back; a look of mock hurt on his face.
"Adorable? I'm not your baby, buddy. I'm not adorable, I'm smoking hot." They both laughed, Ashley stepping back into Tom's embrace.
"You're both." Ashley shook his head slowly, his grin betraying him. Tom now stepped under the spray, wetting his hair. "You're turn." Ashley washed Tom's hair, as had been done to him; the two exchanging kisses every few seconds. The quiet was nice, the two just looking at each other, occasionally stealing a glance below eye level. Ashley took a little longer to wash Tom's hair, caressing him slowly; taking his time to steal kisses, until Tom backed under the spray again, rinsing his hair.
Tom half dried his hair, and tied the towel around his waist; leaving the bathroom and allowing Ashley to finish drying and getting ready. He pulled his laptop out, putting it down on the bed, double-checking his timetable.
"I start at ten and finish up at five today." Tom called out to Ashley.
"Cool. I finish only just before you, so I'll get back roughly the same time." Ashley walked out, drying his hair; shirtless. Tom's eyes quickly scanned the youth's chest and stomach, admiring the flexing muscles, before looking back up at a blushing Ashley. "We could pop out for a bit maybe, possibly hang out with Jenny."
"Sure," Tom glanced down at his laptop, "Hey, you've still got fourty minutes; I'm gonna pop down to the café and grab a coffee. You want anything while you finish up?"
"Ooh, yes please. Can I just have a normal latte? Plenty of milk; two sugars. Thanks." Tom smiled at him, grabbing some clean clothes; and throwing his dirty ones in the basket. He slipped the clothes on, his body was dry by now; his hair damp.
"Okie, I'll be back in a few." Tom pecked Ashley on the lips, before grabbing his keys and heading out the door.
The café was nearly empty at this time. It opened early simply due to the number of students that would come in during the mornings. Tom placed his order, waiting for the young barista to come back with his drinks. A couple students sifted in, smiling at Tom and queuing next to him.
"Morning," Tom looked over the two girls, without pausing the one that had spoken continued, "I'm Grace, this is Becci." She gestured to the girl next to her, whom waved shyly.
Tom smiled, holding out his hand to the two, "I'm Tom, it's a pleasure." Grace quickly shot her arm forward, taking Tom's hand. Her touch was delicate, nothing like the firm, sensual grip of Ashley. Becci was little less enthusiastic, but still smiled widely at Tom.
"Do you go to the University?" Tom's attention was drawn back to Grace.
"Yeah, I'm just picking up..." Tom turned to the barista, who handed him his and Ashley's coffee, "a coffee for me and my boyfriend." He held the two cups up, as to gesticulate his point.
Grace brushed deeply, as Becci attempted to stifle a giggle; "Oh, I.. uh. Didn't realise that you were... you know..."
"Yeah." Tom smiled, almost chuckling himself.
"Don't worry, I get it a lot."
She seemed relieved by this, not quite as awkward, "You do?"
"No." Her blush returned strongly.
"I'm so sorry, I didn't mean to cause any offence."
"No, don't worry. You didn't say anything wrong. Besides, there's something strangely satisfying about causing others embarrassment like this." They all smiled, Grace's blush fading, and Becci's giggles remaining strong. Tom smirked at her knowingly, "I should get back now, before these get cold," the two nodded, Grace quickly averting her gaze, "See ya round."
Tom passed Ashley his coffee, "Thanks." he nearly squealed with delight when Tom came through the door, clasping his coffee to his lips.
"Ok..." Tom smirked at Ashley quickly sipping at his coffee, "I see we've a little coffee addict." Ashley just chuckled, not pausing to say anything. "You've got quarter of an hour." Ashley looked up at Tom.
"Thanks," He quickly pecked him on the cheek, "I'm gonna head out now, just to be sure I'm on time." Ash kissed Tom deeper this time, pulling back after a few moments. "See you later."
"Bye." Ash grabbed his keys and a small satchel, heading out the door. Tom fell back on the bed, just staring at the ceiling; a big smile plastered on his face as he sipped his coffee.
Thanks for being patient guys. I understand this chapter was quite short, as have they all been; but I'm trying to work on it.
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