Hanging out in Skylar’s apartment becomes habitual for Jaime, especially since he promised the older to help with the lyrics. They spend a lot of time in his studio writing one or two verses, and they eat dinner together before Jaime goes home. Mostly, Skylar cooks dinner for them. He said it helps him to destress. Sometimes if they’re not in the mood they just lay on the couch watching random movies from Netflix or just reading a book on the rooftop with a glass of cold brew Americano, they called it inspiration hunting.
Jaime lies down on the couch and rests his legs on Skylar’s lap who busily munching his popcorn. After a fierce argument about which is the best between home alone 1 and home alone 2 they decided to marathon watch Home Alone for 3 hours now. The fatigue from practising this afternoon and writing lyrics recently keeps lingering but then again both of them are too stubborn and insist to prove which one is better among the Home Alone series.
“What did you do last Christmas?” Jaime murmurs, he sounds almost falls asleep anytime soon.
Skylar only gives him a quick look before he answers, “Just went to my hometown, spend it with my family, decorating the house with my cousin, baking with my mom, and went to the sauna with my dad. Nothing special.”
Jaime hums, there’s a smile on his face
“How about you?” Skylar asks
Jaime shrugs “Just stayed at the dorm”
“Yeah, Mikey went to his parent’s house in Incheon”
“you didn’t? went to your home, I mean” Skylar gulps his favourite strawberry beer
Jaime shakes his head weakly “nope, I ran away from home”
There’s an awkward pause between them but before Jaime can explain further, Skylar asks him first “Do you want to talk about that?”
Jaime takes a sharp sigh “I actually got a scholarship in music major, singing. But they wanted me to enter a boarding school, study business or whatever I don’t like. I talked to my teacher at high school, she was the best teacher that I trust the most, she helped me and managed to get a full scholarship for a philosophy major”
“why you didn’t take the singing one?” Skylar asks.
Jaime closes his heavy eyes “I don’t know, I can’t be selfish, I’m not that kind of person who put my happiness first. I had lived under my parent’s control and did whatever they told me, I was used to it. But I can’t do that anymore, I can’t go to that damn boarding school, I think I would regret that forever, you know? So I think – I thought if I – if I didn’t choose both of them, I’ll be less guilty to my parent. I just wanted to decide on my own – just for this time”
“So – so that’s why you need the money?”
Jaime hums “to pay the rent” he slurs sleepily “And food”
“I’m sorry Jaime, I didn’t know you are…” Skylar says quietly
Jaime doesn’t answer, he falls asleep already.
BAND-AID BAND SKYLAR AND STELLA BROKE UP!
Stella: “I saw him fuck someone in his apartment”
BAND-AID BAND guitarist, Skylar was rumoured to be forcing his way to someone from the cheers team. This news was confirmed by his Ex, Stella who caught them….[click here to read more]
[+50/-20] Shut the fuck up! I’ll report you and your trashy news to the dean.
[+25/-15] why I’m not surprised. I mean, anyone who’s ever seen Skylar Anderson probably would think the same, he just has that vibe
[+65/-50] I’ll always be on the victim’s side. There’s no way a sweet girl like Stella would lie.
[+20/-15] Stella is always the one who has always been hurt in that relationship. She deserves better. Skylar Anderson would regret what he had wasted.
[+5/-8] isn’t the competition in a week?
[+10/-9] Just kick him already and search for another guitarist!!
Jaime sprints to Skylar’s apartment, he’s trying to call him over and over again but apparently, Skylar turns off his phone. He asks Adam and Yannick, and both of them said he’s not attending his class today. Jass, Hobi and Galan already tried to visit him in his place, but Skylar refused to open the door while he was clearly in there. There are uncomfortable feelings on his stomach. He feels sick as soon as he read the article Mikey showed him this morning and the fact Skylar avoids them means it affected him a lot. Skylar does not type who gives a fuck with trash rumour about him but then again he is still human with heart and feeling after all.
Jaime banging Skylar’s door, he doesn’t care if his neighbour gonna splash him with water or throw their flowerpot at him
“Open the door!”
Skylar doesn’t answer, but Jaime refuses to leave until he sees him.
“fuck! opens the goddamn door or I’ll break it!”
Jaime keeps banging he can hear someone's dog barking for another flat, Jaime doesn’t care
“For fuck’s sake Skylar Anderson! Move your ass and open this-“
There’s a clicking sound of the door being unlocked from inside, the door slightly open. Jaime doesn’t wait until it is fully open. He forces himself inside. Skylar stands there, he looks a mess. Hunched shoulder, puffy bloodshot eyes, messy hair.
“What do you want?” he asks coldly, doesn’t bother to look at Jaime
“ You alright?” Jaime approaches him carefully, still keeping a comfortable space between them
Skylar just stays silent, he’s mortified.
“Do you think I am?” he asks, he sounds tired, exhausted, broken. Jaime resists the urge to pull him, to hug him.
“You heard about..” Jaime asks carefully, trying to test the water even tho he is pretty sure Skylar has heard about the rumour
And Skylar, much to Jaime’s surprise, looked ready to cry.
He is sure he has never seen someone as devastated as Skylar at that moment, and it pains Jaime so much that he can’t pull him close and comfort him; he has never felt that way about anyone before, and it was so, so scary
He nods helplessly.
Then, the tears come as he kneels down.
He doesn’t sob, doesn’t sniff, doesn’t make any noise, just buried his face in his hands with shaking shoulders.
Jaime feels like his whole world is spinning and falling as he helplessly watched Skylar sit there.
He doesn’t know what to do, so Jaime kneels in front of Skylar, he doesn’t touch him and didn’t say anything, just waits
“They’re lying” he hisses angrily, bloodshot eyes wide open in a vicious glare.
“They’re fucking liars!!!” Skylar screams, he tangles his hand to his hair and yanks it from the scalp, his breath getting quicker and harsher at the point he starts gasping for air
Jaime panics, he knows this situation. Panic attack. he’s going to hyperventilate.
He immediately reaches Skylar’s shoulder, and shakes it gently but enough to get his sense back
“Hey, …hey… look at me! God, please look at me!” Jaime reaches his face carefully as he cups his cheeks and makes him focus on him
“Breath Sky...breath yeah? Breath like me” Jaime inhales deeply before exhaling slowly, repeating over and over again until Skylar can mimic his gesture.
“That’s right, you’re doing great” Jaime praises him, prickles of tears still keep streaming down his cheeks but at least he’s breathing right now.
Skylar’s hand clutching on Jaime’s jacket as his life depends on it, he still sobbing but his eyes are locked on Jaime’s.
“I didn’t do it… I don’t know how…” Skylar mumbles
Jaime doesn’t reply, he doesn’t know what to say
‘They said he likes to fuck around’
“Do you believe me?” Skylar demands, as he pulls Jaime's jacket “Jaime..do you believe me?” he whispers helplessly, his voice hoarse and broken
Jaime wants to believe him, he really wants.
‘he likes to hook up with different people while he is still with Stella’
“I…uh..” Jaime swallows hard.
“Jaime I never raped them! Fuck I even don’t know who the fuck is that, Jaime. Everyone believes her because… because it was only me – the bad one in this story, it was always me, Jaime!” Skylar states, his voice trembling.
Skylar stands up abruptly, running his fingers through his hair. He takes a step back from Jaime “Even you don’t believe me..” he hisses plainly “if you don’t believe me i-“
“Skylar!!” Jaime stands up, reaching Skylar’s arm, so he stops avoiding him, Skylar stares at him, his wide glassy eyes looking helpless and desperate “Skylar I believe you, I fucking believe you!” Jaime yells, he feels tears burn his eyes.
Skylar is quiet.
“Why the fuck do you think I’m here if I didn’t believe you! you stupid asshole! You never let anyone help you, don’t you?!! You think you can solve everything alone, huh?!!” Jaime punches Skylar’s chest lightly as he keeps crying, he is usually not an emotional type, but he’s mad, he’s fucking livid knowing Skylar trying to push everyone away. Jaime is breathing heavily, he trying to look at Skylar. Skylar only stares at him silently, he doesn’t reply anything, he’s only breathing heavily like Jaime.
He wipes the tears on Jaime's face gently. Then suddenly, Skylar leans forward.
His lips collided with Jaime’s.
And for a moment, Jaime’s world feels complete.