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-Max's POV-

I wake up with my head spinning so much to the point that I end up throwing up and struggle to even sit up. I reach for my phone and turn it on, surprised to see that it was already past noon.

The longer I stared at my phone the worse my migraine got, so I decided to just lock it again and lay back down.

Everything was still spinning and the pain wasn't letting me rest my eyes. I decide to try and find some pain killers, but as soon as I put pressure on my knee I felt like I had been stabbed.

I fall back into the bed, giving up on attempting to do anything.


I grab my phone and turn the screen on.

Tim: you alright?

Me: ...yeah sure. I just woke up and threw up, but I think I'm fine. is ross alright?

Tim: uh... yeah.

Me: tim.

Tim: no, he's pretty upset and worried about you.

Me: tell him that I'm fine.

I had the perfect opportunity to ask for help, but I didn't want to give them the trouble of driving home, especially in traffic.

Using the wall as support, I eventually stand up and somehow limp to the bathroom. I try my best to ignore the splitting pain in my leg and head as I open a cabinet and look for painkillers.

I have a hard time reading the labels, but I eventually find what I need. I take a few pills then drink some water out of the faucet.

I start to feel a bit better as I head back to my bed, but I end up tripping over something and falling onto the floor, hitting my head on what I assumed was my bed frame in the process.


I try to get up, but my head's spinning even more now as I feel myself loosing consciousness. My arms finally give out after a few second of trying to life myself up.


-Ross' POV-

I grab my things and immediately run to the car, not even bothering to wait for Tim as I hop into the passenger's seat.

I had spent the rest of the day recording some videos, which helped me a bit but I still couldn't help but worry for Max as I felt time going by slower and slower.

Tim finally gets in the car and we start driving home. But as we grow closer and closer, I feel a sinking feeling in my stomach.

"Ross, you okay? You don't look too good." Tim asks.

"I- I have a feeling that something bad is going to happen."

"What do you mean?"

"I don't know. I just have a feeling that something is wrong..."

"Don't worry about it, everything will be fine."

We finally arrive home, to where I quickly run up to our apartment and head inside. I open the door expecting the worst, but everything seems to be fine as KP approaches me, purring as usual.


No reply. I quietly head to his room, looking out for anything unusual or suspicious, but everything seems to be fine.

I knock on his door, to which I get no reply. Assuming he's asleep, I slowly open the door, expecting to see him wrapped up in his blankets.

Instead, my face flushed as I immediately drop my bag and run to his side.

"Max? Max?!"

I roll him over to his side to see that he had a large cut on his forehead, and he was unusually pale.

"Ross what the fuck are you yelling about- HOLY SHIT."

"Call an ambulance or something!"

Tim rushes to grab his phone as I continue to stay by Max's side.

"Why didn't I stay home? I'm such an idiot."

Tim comes back with a wet cloth and on the phone as he tries to clean up the cut, while I watch while also trying not to cry.


I'm startled by the sudden noise from Max. I watch as he slowly opens his eyes and immediately brings his hand up to his forehead.

"Don't touch it Max. I'm cleaning it. We're calling an ambulance, okay?"

Max nods as he closes his eyes again. I could tell that he was in pain. I rub his back in an attempt to help him.

"What exactly happened?" I and.

"U-Uhm... I'm trying to remember... I think I had gotten up to get something and as I was heading back to bed I tripped and passed out."

I frown as I grab his hand and squeeze it. I hated myself for not being there, but at least I was there now.

Tim leaves the room and continues talking on the phone as I continue to hold his hand, while also holding the cloth to his forehead.

"Alright, the ambulance is here. Let's go."


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so I'm making a love live! x skymedia & friends AU and I'm gonna post a bit about it here for anyone thats interested :D

Love Live! School Idol Project is about a girl named Kousaka Honoka who forms in idol group called μ's to keep her school from shutting down by attracting students. There are nine girls in the group total, and a rival group named 'ARISE' that has three girls. you can google it to learn more!

these are who I've assigned everyone as:


(2nd Year) Honoka Kousaka - Adam (she's very energetic and enthusiastic, I couldn't see Adam as anyone else in the group)

(2nd Year) Kotori Minami - Ross (clothes designer for the group, childhood friend with Honoka. mom is the head chairwomen of the school)

(2nd Year) Umi Sonoda - Max (stubborn, does archery, childhood friend with Honoka & Kotori)

(1st Year) Rin Hoshizora - Barney (acts like a cat 24/7 and says 'nya' a lot, figured Barney would fit her because he can just say 'bong bong' or whatever. she's also very energetic)

(1st Year) Hanayo Koizumi - Red (constantly watching over Rin, also her childhood friend. is scared to be an idol at first but is eventually convinced)

(1st Year) Maki Nishikino - Alex (we don't know much about Alex but I think he fits her role. Maki's a rich tsundere who is kind of detached from the group but eventually grows closer)

(3rd Year) Nico Yazawa - Tim (kind of a brat sometimes and is very self-centered. I think Tim fits her best. I named my cat after her.)

(3rd Year) Eli Ayase - Corey (no, not camera face. corey as in camera man corey.)

(3rd Year) Nozomi Tojo - Scott (both Nozomi and Eli are like the moms of the group, constantly watching over them. I figured since they do a lot of important stuff at the office they could fit this roles)


Tsubasa Kira - Jess (leader of ARISE. is a fucking goddess just like Jess)

Anju Yuuki - Shelby (is adorable as hell and has a high-pitched voice. perfect for shelby)

Erena Toudou - Alesa (gives of a cool vibe. I feel like she fits her)

I haven't figured out the roles for Honoka & Eli's little sisters yet, so some suggestions for them would be appreciated.

and yes, of course, I kind of put these roles based on the main shippings.
the main pairings are:

Kotori x Umi (Ross x Max)

Rin x Hanayo (Barney x Red)

Nico x Maki (Tim x Alex)

Eli x Nozomi (Corey x Scott)

Honoka x Tsubasa (Adam x Jess)

Erena x Anju (Alesa x Shelby)

the ships don't become canon of course, but there's a lot of moments that just make you go 'wow I ship them so hard'

there's also these three subunits that exist within μ's, which don't exist in the anime, only in their music. but here they are anyways:

Printemps - Honoka, Kotori, Hanayo (Adam, Ross, Red) - one of their songs  

Lilywhite - Nozomi, Umi, Rin (Scott, Max, Barney) - one of their songs 

BiBi - Eli, Nico, Maki (Corey, Tim, Alex) - one of their songs

I really want to write a fanfic with this, where I pretty much follow the plotline of the anime and only change a few things. there's two season and an movie, so I could make three books or something? idk. tell me what you think! also skymedia in the outfits they wear?? would be?? fucking adorable????? I already drew ross in one of them and might post it lol

-Red's POV-

It was a hot summer day in California, which wasn't a surprise at all. As usual, I was sitting at my desk in my apartment with the air conditioning on high, waiting for something interesting to happen.

I sip on some water as I listen to the cicadas. My bedroom was dark, being the fact that I had the lights off and the blinds were closed. The only light was from my dim computer screen, where I had twitter open that I aimlessly scrolled through occasionally.

My headphones were off to the side of my desk, but I had left my music on and could faintly hear a song playing.

I'm startled from the sudden sound of a Skype message, to which I respond by slipping on my headphones and opening the window. I eye the sidebar, looking for the source.

The orange '1' was next to Adam's name, which was quite surprising considering the fact that I hadn't spoken to him in a few months. I click the conversation and read the message.

"Hey Red! I know we haven't spoken in awhile, but I was wondering if you would like to join a call with me and some friends!"

I sigh as I sit there for a minute, contemplating whether I should join or not. There was nothing else for me to do, so I type out my response.

"I would love to! Do I know everyone there?"

Adam is typing...

"You know everyone but one person! He's someone I went to school with."

"Alright, go ahead and add me."

I adjust my mic as I sit up, taking another sip of water. After a minute or two, I receive an invite to join the call. I take a deep breath as I hit accept.

I'm greeted with a lot of yelling as I read the names on screen. The people in the call were Adam, Jin, Jess, and someone named 'Barney'.

"Hey Red! Haven't talked to you in forever!" Adam greeted in a cheery tone.

"Hey Adam. Sorry if I'm a bit quiet, caught a cold."

"Oh, it's fine! Barney, why don't you introduce yourself?"

"Heys Reds! I'ms Barney, nice to meets you!"

The man spoke in a thick accent that was a bit hard to understand, to which I couldn't help but responding with a giggle.

"Nice to meet you Barney!"

I decide to listen in on the conversation before speaking anymore. Jess and Jin started talking about some anime while Adam and Barney seemed to be discussing an idea for a video.

From what I heard, Adam was now running a company called SkyMedia which included him, Jin, Barney, Ross, Max, and some other people I hadn't heard of before. I couldn't help but be jealous as they discussed ideas for challenge videos.

"What do you think Red? Any ideas?"

I'm startled by the sudden call out from Adam as I quickly try to come up with something.

"Uhm.. maybe a bean boozled thing? Those seem to be popular right now."

"Oh! Great idea!"

They continue to discuss the challenge as I start to play with my pen, when suddenly I hear a notification from Skype.

Barney has accepted your contact request.

I smile in response and am about to click another window when I see a message being typed out.

Barney is typing...

"Heys dude! Sorrys if yous are feeling a bits left out :("

I take another sip of water and adjust my headphones.

"It's alright! I have nothing else to do besides sit in this call, so it's fine."

Barney is typing...

"Okays, goods. Do yous haves a Twitter?"

"Yep! It's RedVacktor :D"

Barney is typing...

"Nice! I'll follows you, mine is ThatGuyBarney."

I open Twitter and type up his user into the search bar.

I could see that he had quite a few followers, most likely a result of Adam. I click on his profile picture, seeing that it was him.

Damn, he's cute...

Suddenly, I see a notification pop up in the bottom right corner.

"New follower: ThatGuyBarney"


After the Skype call was over, I decided to head out to eat as usual. Since I lived alone, I never really found a use in cooking since it would only be me.

I head to a fast food restaurant nearby, to which there was a decent sized line.


I pull out my phone to see that I had a text from Adam.

"Hey Red! Sorry if you felt a bit left out of the call, I should have considered the fact that you don't work at the offices."

"It's fine! I just got some work done and talked to Barney in our private chat."

"Oh good! I'm glad that you two are friends. He may seem a little weird but he's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet."

"I can tell haha. Anyways, I'm about to eat, so I'll talk to you later."

"Alright! Bye."

I order my food then I'm out the door and back to my lonely apartment.

The summer heat was taking a toll on me, as my air conditioner was broken and the fans that were scattered around the apartment didn't do much.

I decide to just lay down on my couch, one of the cooler places in the apartment. I sigh as I reach for the remote and turn on the television, where I end up watching whatever was on.

I find myself thinking about Barney. I wanted to talk to him more. He seemed really sweet, someone I could trust. Adam had obviously had known him for a long time, so had had to be a good person.


I receive another text.

"Would you like to Skype with us again tomorrow?"


hello everyone, welcome to my redney fanfic! I love this ship so much and there just isn't enough fanfic of it out there. hopefully this will influence other redney fics like my mithross one has c:

have a nice day, I hope you enjoyed!

(make sure to check it out on Wattpad, because I may forget to update on here)


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-Ross' POV-

"Max? Hello?"

I arrive home with a bag of groceries, since Tim had sent me to buy some. I convinced Max to stay home, since he still needed to recover.

I stand in the hall next to Max's door for a few seconds, becoming worried as I didn't get a reply.

Maybe he's asleep...

I quietly turn the knob to see a bundle of blankets with the familiar red hair sticking out. I sigh in relief as I turn off the light, slipping out of my shoes and jacket as I sit on the bed next to Max.

I lay my hand on his forehead, checking to see if he had a fever. His head was unusually hot, causing me to panic a bit.

I shake Max a little bit, attempting to wake him up. He groans as he sits up, glaring at me.

"What's up?" His voice was raspy and quiet, also sounding like he was a bit annoyed.

"You're burning up. You okay?"

Max frowns, bringing his hand to his forehead and biting his lip.

"I think I'm okay. I don't think you should sleep with me though, I don't want to get you sick."

I frown at the response as I stand up.

"Alright. I'll check on you in the morning. Goodnight my love."

No response. I open the door and head to my room, where I let myself fall onto my bed as I start to get teary eyed.

I knew that I was overreacting and that he was sick and in a bad mood, but I couldn't help but get a bit upset being separated from him, even if it was just for the night.

I breathe in and out, managing to calm myself down a bit.


I'm startled by the sudden vibration from my phone. I pull it out of my pocket to see that I had a text.

"I love you."

I grin as I reply.

"I love you too."


"Morning Tim."

I head into the kitchen the next morning to find Tim preparing breakfast.

"Morning. Oh, by the way, Max says to leave him alone. He's really sick and doesn't want to get you sick."


"Don't. I gave him his meds and helped him change his bandage. We have to go to work in a few, so sit down and eat."

I sigh in defeat as I take a seat at the table, picking at my food as Tim sits down across from me.

"Ross, you're gonna be fine."

"No I'm not."

"You were the other times he stayed home."

"Not really. I cried a bit every time."

Tim frowns as he reaches across the table, putting his hand on my shoulder.

"It's gonna be okay. I promise."

I force a smile out as Tim leans back. I was holding back tears. I didn't want to upset or annoy Tim, he would probably think that I was being dramatic.

I manage to eat a bit before Tim is pulling me out of my chair, letting me know that we were running late.

"Can I check on Max real quick?" I ask, slipping on my shoes.

"Uh, sure. But hurry. I'll be in the car."

I quickly head to Max's room, slowly opening the door and peaking inside. The ginger was sleeping peacefully, with his blanket lightly on top of him.

I tiptoe into the room, leaning down next to the bed to get a better look at him.

I smile as I move some of his hair off to the side. He had a calm expression on his face, and looked a bit better than the day prior.

I realize how long I'm taking and leave the room, being as quiet as possible as I head to the car.


We arrive at work a bit later than usual, to find that everyone had already arrived. No one was in the greatest mood, it being really early in the morning and all.

I decide to sit at Max's desk for a bit. I play with the little toys on his desk, wishing that he was there.

"Ross, it's time for work."

I look up to see Adam standing next to the desk holding a coffee and some papers.

I once again fake a smile as I set down what I was holding and head to my office. I pull down the curtain on my window and turn on the recording light, to make sure that no one was going to come inside.

I'm tempted to text Max, but I don't want to wake him up or annoy him.

What is wrong with me? I'm being way too clingy...

I suddenly feel tears rolling down my cheeks, resulting in me starting to whimper as I bury my head in my hands.

How does he deal with me? I don't deserve him.

My cries start to grow louder as the thoughts take over. I ignore the knocks on my door as I continue to sob.

"Ross, are you okay? Let me in."

I recognize the voice as Red's. I manage to quiet down a bit, waiting to hear him walk away from my office.

"I'm not leaving. Let me in."

I slowly open the door as I use my sleeve to wipe my face. I'm greeted by Red, who has a worried look on his face.

"May I come in?"

I nod. He heads into the office, closing the door behind him and leaning on it.

"Sit down. Talk to me. What's wrong?"

I explain the situation to Red, resulting in me to start crying again. Red tries to comfort me, but I continue to sob as Barney opens the door.

"Whats wrongs?"

"He's upset about Max."

Barney frowns as he leans down next to me. I bury my head into his shoulder, letting myself let it all out and Red pats my back.

"Its gonna be okays. Trust me."

I nod as I'm handed some tissues, blowing my nose and rubbing my eyes.

"Thanks guys. I needed that."

They leave the office, once again leaving me alone, except a bit calmer this time. I decide to distract myself by watching some anime, since I had already recorded the videos that needed to be done that day.

Eventually, lunch arrives. Tim ends up bringing me some food, while sitting with me as he updated me on how Max was doing.

"He says he threw up a few times, but he's doing alright. We might have to take him to the doctor again though. I'm worried."

All I've been doing is worrying...


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-???s POV-

"Welcome to the offices! Let me show you around and introduce you to everyone!"

After recording with him and his group for awhile, my good friend Adam had offered for me to come work for him. They had an extra office, and were looking for someone to fill in for the previous person who was there.

Adam introduced me to everyone. I knew Ross, Max and Barney online but had never actually gotten to chance to meet them in person.

Ross was more than excited to meet me. He immediately jumped out of his chair, hugging me so tight that I had trouble breathing.

Max was just as excited, but seemed to be injured for there were crutches leaning against his desk and he looked like he was in pain. I had to bend down to hug him after he informed me about the problem with his knee.

I met everyone else at the offices, then it was time to meet the person I was the most excited to meet, and that was Barney.

"REDS! HOLY SHIT REDS!" Barney's response to me knocking on the glass window of his office was quite loud, and he immediately hopped out of his chair and opened the door.

I embraced him tightly as I smiled into his shoulder. As soon as I found out that Barney was working here, I knew that I had to accept. Ever since Adam introduced me to him, I had developed a small-now big-crush on him.

"Whys didn't yous tell me that yous were coming!" Barney asks, pulling away and taking my hands.

"A-Adam told me to keep it surprise."

"Hows long ares yous going to be here?"

I laugh at his accent. That was of my favorite things about him.

(A/N: and one of the most challenging things to write)

"Actually, I'm working here!"


I giggle and nod in response. He then leads me to the office next to his and pulls me inside.

"Well, goods news! The office rights next to mines is yours!"

-Max's POV-

I watch from afar as Red and Barney meet for the first time. Barney had always talked about Red and how much he wanted to meet him, so I couldn't help but smile at his reaction.

"How come you didn't react like that when we met?"

I feel Ross' arms wrap around me as I look up to see him with a smirk on his face.

"S-Shut up. I found you annoying then."

Ross laughs as he kisses the top of my head, and I place my hands on top of his.

"How long you think until they get together?" I ask, observing the two hugging for the fifth time.

"A month or so."


Red seemed right at home and he'd only been at the offices for a few hours. He spent most of that time talking to Barney in his office, which wasn't surprising even in the slightest.

Finally, it was time for lunch. We decided to sit in the meeting room that day, which unfortunately meant that I had to walk a bit. Ross ended up helping me, grabbing my crutches and guiding me to the room.

I sat down in between Barney and Ross as everyone else entered the room.

I then face Red, who was sitting on the other side of Barney.

"So, Red, how are you enjoying it here so far?

"I love it here! It's such a nice work environment, and I'm glad that I got to finally meet you guys. Oh, and Barney told me that you and Ross are dating. Is that true?"

I nearly drop my water bottle while Ross starts coughing, earning a laugh from everyone else at the table.

"Yea, they are. It's kind of annoying living with them. I'll just be minding my own business and start hearing-"


"I'm kidding. They're adorable together."

I bite my lip and Red giggles in response.

"Honestly, I'm not surprised. Barney told me about how much tension there was between you two."

I glare at Barney as he grins.

"I think Red and Barney should date." Scott mumbles from the other side of the table, loud enough for us to hear.

Red literally turns red as Barney laughs nervously, rubbing the back of his head.

"Anyways... Can we eat now? I'm going to starve." Tim suggests.


"So, Red, have you found a place to live yet?"

The day had come to close, and we were finally packing up and leaving.

"Not yet. I'm staying with Barney for a bit, but we're actually planning on finding an apartment to live in, along with my friend Alex who lives here."

"Ah okay. Good luck with that!" I wave goodbye to Red and Barney as I hop into the backseat of Tim's car with Ross.

"How's your leg?" Ross asks, leaning on my shoulder. I take his hand and hold it in mine.

"Feels a bit better. Took some painkillers. Can we just sit on the couch when we get home?"

"Of course."

-Red's POV-

I wave goodbye to Ross, Tim and Max as they drive off.

"Lets go Reds." I turn to Barney as he sits in the drivers seat, as I proceed to hop into the passengers seat.

"Haves fun ats work?"

"Lots. I think working here is going to be awesome."

I scroll through Twitter on my phone, while occasionally stealing glances at Barney as he drives.

I bite the inside of my cheek as my mind starts to wander. When was I going to tell him?

"Reds, yous okay?"

I look up to see him staring at me with a worried look on his face.

"Yous looks sick. Comes on, let's go inside."

We get out of the car as I see the large apartment building that stood before me.

I follow Barney to his apartment, where he takes out his keys and unlocks the door.

The apartment was quite small, which wasn't surprising since he lived alone. I couldn't help but grin as I came to a realization.

I finally got to meet him. He's right here next to me. I'm in his house. I finally had a chance with the man I love the most.


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-Max's POV-

I'm still working by the time dinner is ready, and Ross has to bring me my food. I was doing way more than I was supposed to, but I wanted to make sure that the videos were edited and ready to be uploaded.

Before I know it Ross is stumbling into the room, rubbing his eyes as he tells me how late it is.

"Can we go to bed?"

"But I need to get this stuff done."

"Please Max... I can't sleep without you."

Well I couldn't say no to that. I save my work and shut down my computer, then crawl into bed with Ross.


I wake up to an unbearable pain in my knee. It was normal since my knee hadn't fully healed, but it was way worse than usual. I had meant to get it check out, but I hadn't set aside a time to go to the hospital.

I awoke Ross with my groaning, to which he sat up with a worried look on his face.

"Are you okay?"

"My knee.. hurts like fucking hell."

Ross removed the blanket from over us, causing me to shiver. He inspected my knee, peeking under the bandage and frowning.

"When was the last time you changed this thing? Your wound looks infected..."

I shrug as I lay my head back on my pillow, while Ross gets out of bed and leaves the room. A few minutes later, he arrives with Tim.

"Come on Max, we're changing your bandage, then we're going to the doctor. Ross and I are worried about you."

Tim and Ross help me stand up and guide me to the bathroom, where they have me sit on the bathtub and take the bandage off.

I gag at the sight of the dry blood, grabbing a towel and handing it to Ross as Tim turns the water on.

They manage to mostly clean up the wound, then proceed to put a new bandage on. Tim starts the car as Ross helps me get dressed, and we make our way to the hospital.

-Ross' POV-

I seemed perfectly calm and collected on the outside, but in reality I was freaking out and trying not to have a panic attack. I was probably over reacting, but I couldn't help but worry about Max when he was in so much pain.

We offer to take Max to the ER, but he declines, and instead we sit in the waiting room, as I tightly hold his hand to try and ease the pain a bit, but it didn't seem to be helping at all.

When a doctor is finally available, Tim and I are forced to sit in the waiting room as Max gets checked out.

I start to tear up as I think about all the terrible things that were probably not true.

"Ross, he's gonna be fine. He's tough and you know this."

Tim was right. Max might be really sweet once you get to know him enough, but he was still one of the toughest people I knew.

Finally Max exists the office followed by the doctor, and I'm shocked to see him leaning on crutches.

"He's going to be fine, but he needs to stop walking on his leg. He keeps opening the wound back up. I've told him to try his hardest to not walk as much, and if he does, to use his crutches."

Max has a weak smile on his face, but I could see in his eyes that he was in a shit ton of pain.

The doctor hands me a bag with some painkillers and more bandages.

"Change the bandage once a day until it's completely healed. Keep him in bed, and don't allow him to do anything psychical if it involves his leg."

Tim and I help Max out of the building and to the car, where we lay him down in the back seat. I have him take some painkillers, then he dozes off.

"See Ross, he's fine. You have nothing to worry about." Tim tells me as he starts the car and we head home.

When we arrive home, it's early afternoon and Max is hungry. Tim wasn't in the mood to cook, so we decide to just order pizza. Max didn't feel like sleeping, so I start up Undertale for him to play as I cuddle on the couch next to him.

"Feeling any better?" I ask as I play with the sleeve of his shirt.

"Yeah, a lot better. Thanks for taking me to the hospital, I was too stubborn to I guess."

I text Adam and everyone else from work, letting them know what was going on with Max.

Ethan informed me that the power was back on and that we were to come into work tomorrow. There was someone new joining the offices. I had no idea who, but Adam said that I knew him and that it was a surprise.


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-Shelby's POV-

We all hop into Tim's car, then head to the offices. I had only been there once, but it was quite awhile ago and was probably way different now.

When we arrive, I'm greeted with hugs from Adam and Barney.

"Hey guys! How are you?" I ask, while looking around.

"Good! How have you been?" Adam replies as we enter the main area.

"I've been good! Wow, you guys have a lot of space in here."

"Yeah, we're trying to figure what else to put in here. Right now we just got our challenge areas set up."

When Adam is done giving me a tour of the offices and introducing me to everyone, Ross, Max and I head into Ross' office.

"Cute office."


Ross felt the need to play some music, and Max suggested Hatsune Miku since Ross loved her and her music. We sat there and jammed out for a bit, talking and enjoying ourselves.

Awhile later, Adam pops into the room.

"Hey guys, we need to talk about something."

"What's up?"

"Well, PAX is actually in a few months, and we need to figure out whether we are going or not."

Oh shit. PAX. I completely forgot about that. I usually plan way ahead of time, but I had forgotten about this convention.

"I don't think I can go..."

"Sorry Shelby, I should have hit you up earlier, but I forgot until now."

"It's fine. I'm definitely going to East, and Minecon, wherever that is."

"Oh good!"

-Max's POV-

Oh shit, PAX. I completely forgot about that. I was going, of course, but I didn't realize that it was so soon.

I then start to think about everything that was coming up. Christmas? New Years?

Time was going by way too fast.

"Yeah, we're definitely going to be attending."

I was getting excited just thinking about it, even though it was wasn't for awhile, but at the same time it felt so close.

The first half workday was pretty chill, Barney let us slack off a bit since Shelby was visiting.

When lunchtime hit, Tim went out and brought us back some pizza. Ross, Shelby and I sat on one of the couches and ate, talking about the stupid shit we usually did.

When Ross had finished eating, he had started leaning on my shoulder, and was starting to doze off. It was time to start working, but I didn't want to disturb him.

I decided to let him sleep for a bit, shooing Shelby off to go do something else.

I knew that I had to get back to work, but I couldn't help but sit there as Ross lay on my shoulder.

I take out my phone and snap a picture. I probably wasn't going to post it on social media, but it was something good to have.

I set the picture as my wallpaper, then put my phone in my pocket.

When I was about to wake Ross up, the power suddenly went out.

Shelby entered the room with a panicked look on her face.

"What happened?!"

"Shit, I'm not sure. Come on Ross, wake up."

Ross starts to wake up, rubbing his eyes and sitting up.

"What's going on?"

"I don't know, lets go find Adam and the others."

We head to Adam's office, where we found him along with Tim and Ethan.

"Well, the power is out in the building. Not sure why though." Ethan tells us as we enter the office.

We sit there for a bit, waiting for any more updates on the situation.

Jake then enters the room.

"So a tree apparently fell on one of the power lines, the whole building has no power and a few of the apartments around here."

It had been really windy, so that wasn't too surprising.

"Do you know how long till it comes back?" I ask.

"Uh, they aren't sure. A day to three days."

This was a problem. We had been slacking the whole day, meaning I hadn't gotten any editing done for the videos that were supposed to go up in the next few days, and Ross hadn't gotten any videos done.

"Some of you have setups at home right? We need to get these videos done, but they might have to be done at home."

Both Tim and I had computers at home, but Ross didn't. He could probably use one of ours though.

"Yeah, I think all of us have at least one computer at home that we can work with."

"Good. I guess you can all go home then, get everything done as soon as possible and we'll get a call when the power is back on."

We all pack up and head home, since there was nothing we could do at the offices. I wasn't too upset though, since I could work from home, which was always nice.

When we get back to the apartment, Tim and I get to work on editing while Ross and Shelby watch Netflix.

I was tempted to sneak into the living room and cuddle with Ross, but I had a lot of work to do that I wanted to get done as soon as possible.

-Ross' POV-

As Max was working, I decide to cook something for him. I felt bad, since me and Shelby just got to goof off while he had to work.

The only problem was, I wasn't good at cooking. Tim usually cooked for us, meaning that I rarely touched the stove, and when I did, I usually burned something.

I convince Shelby to help me make him mac and cheese, since that was his favorite.

"Ross, you really can't do this on your own?" Shelby pulls a pot out of the cupboard, as I grab a box of mac and cheese.

"I don't even know how to bowl water, let alone cook anything."

Shelby ended up doing most of the cooking, while I sat there feeling just a little bit guilty. When she's done, she hands me the bowl and drags me to Max's room.

I knock on the door.

"May I come in babe?"


As soon as I enter the room, he immediately grins and holds his arms out, as I hand him the bowl and give him a quick kiss.

"Did you make this?" He asks, as he starts to eat.

"Ah... sort of. Shelby helped."

"Well thank you, I appreciate it. I should be done editing in a bit."

Max hugs me then shoos me off to the living room, since he wouldn't be able to get any work done when I was there.

"So, did he like it?" Shelby asks me, as she finishes cleaning up the mess.

"He loved it."


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-Ross' POV-

By the time we got home, it was almost one in the morning. I was having a hard time staying awake, and even dozed off in the car for a few minutes. Max had to almost carry me to his room, since I was falling asleep before we could even make it to his bed.

We end up sleeping the whole morning, since we had the day off and all.

What we woke up to was the creak of the door opening, then a  familiar high-pitched squeal.


"Shelby... please..."

I curl up under the covers as Max starts to rise, causing me to groan in disappointment as the chilly air invaded my warmth.

"Why would we lie to you? I have never lied to you-"


"Kidding, kidding. Yes, we are in fact dating."

I continue to listen from under the covers, trying to not fall back asleep. I was too comfortable to get up. That was, until, Shelby ripped the blankets off of me.


I then jerk up, greeted with a mischievous yet harmless look from my cousin.

"Why the hell did you-"

I'm cut off with a hug, which was so tight that I felt like I was being crushed.

"I'm proud of you."

"Thank you-"

"I don't now how you managed to get a boyfriend before me, but good job."

I immediately forget every nice thing she had just said and push her away from me, as I proceed to crawl to the other side of the bed where Max stood next to Tim.

"So, how did your date go?" Shelby asks, taking a seat on Max's bean bag chair.

"It was great! We went to the mall, then the park!" I exclaim, reliving the night in my head.

"Ahh, I see... anything... else?"

Max and Tim start laughing like fucking crazy, while I sit there confused. Then I realize.



My face heats up as my bite my cheek, then proceed to grab the covers from off of the floor and wrap them around me as I lay back down.

"Come on sleepyhead, it's already afternoon." Max whispers, as he pulls the covers from off of my face and proceeds to kiss my cheek.

"Max, I don't think I've ever seen you this affectionate."

"S-Shut up."

-Max's POV-

I made sure to rub in as much as I could that I had a boyfriend and Shelby didn't, because I loved to mess with her and her reactions were priceless.

I don't blame her though, I was acting nothing like I usually did with my two best friends.

We all decide to watch a movie in the living room. Tim heats up some popcorn, while I sit in between Ross and Shelby on the couch.

"So, what are we watching?" I ask, flipping through the movies on Netflix.

"What about the minion-" 

"NO!" I yell, while Shelby starts giggling.

"Do you want to fucking die?" Tim brings the popcorn into the room, then sits down next to Ross.

We settle on Paul Blart, even though Ross just forced Tim and I to watch it with him last week. I only agreed because I wanted to watch Shelby suffer.

Surprisingly, Ross passed out about fifteen minutes into the movie. He rested his head on my shoulder, curled up against my side.

"I'm taking a picture."

"Shelby, no-"

"I'm not gonna show anyone, I just need a picture. This is too cute."

I try to look as angry as possible as Shelby snaps a picture, which earns a frown from her.

"You're such a party pooper."

"I know."

After the movie is over, Tim excuses himself to his room, leaving just Shelby, a sleeping Ross and I on the couch.

"Hey Max?"

"Yeah Shelby?"

"Can you tell me how this relationship started? I want to hear this story, I'm sure it's adorable."

"Oh, S-Sure."

By the time I'm done, I'm crying for some reason. I guess just remembering everything, good and bad, was getting me worked up.

"Oh shit, I'm sorry dude, I didn't mean to make you cry."

I wipe my tears, then smile as I rub Ross' hair. I still couldn't believe that he was mine, and that I was his. I was the luckiest man on earth.

"Hey, it's fine. I guess I just got a little too emotional."

"Aww, how cute."

Pretty soon, it's starting to get dark out and everyone is getting sleepy. Shelby was going to stay the night, and we decided that she could sleep in Ross' bed since he was going to sleep with me.

"I'm not gonna hear anything weird, right?" Shelby asks me before heading into Ross' room, with a smirk on her face.


I head into my room, where Ross was already passed out on the bed. I change into some warmer clothes, then crawl into bed next to him. I doze off, and dream about all the memories leading up this point.

I awake to the smell of pancakes, and an empty space next to me. I notice that I had overslept a bit. I quickly hop out of bed and change, then head into the kitchen, the source of the smell.

Tim and Shelby appeared to be cooking, while Ross was at the table eating.

"Hey Max!" I head over to Ross, then bend down so he can hug me. I peck him on the cheek, then sit down next to him.

"Why did no one wake me up?"

"Because we wanted to make you a nice breakfast. Don't worry, we told Adam and Barney that we'd be a bit late, they're fine with it."

I brush it off as I'm handed a plate of food, then scarf it all down, surprised at how good it was.

Once everyone is done eating, we all get ready then head to work where we would spend the rest of the day. With Shelby there, it was sure to be interesting.


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-Max's POV-

The rest of the week was pretty normal. We did our jobs, ate, whatever. But the few days leading up to Saturday felt unbelievably long and it seemed like it would never come.

So when Saturday came, it was unexpected and out of nowhere.

"Hey Max, where are we going tonight?" Ross asks, sitting down at the table next to me.

"U-Um, it's a surprise!"

The truth was, I didn't fucking know. I had spent the last few days anticipating this day, so I never really though about where we would actually go.

"Oh, okay! I can't wait."

The whole work day, I was thinking and thinking and researching and freaking out. Why was I such an idiot? I wanted this to be perfect, but I had no idea where we were going.

I finally decided just to ask Ross where he wanted to go. I get up from my desk, and head to his office.

I look through the window, to see that he was skyping. It looked like he was talking to Shelby. I put my ear up to the door, and start to listen to Ross.

"Yeah, we're going on our first date tonight! ... Yea, I'm really nervous ... Oh, I hope so ... I'm so excited ... Thank you so much!"

I then decide to knock on the door.

"Come in!"

I enter to see that it was, in fact, Shelby he was talking to.

"Am I interrupting something?"

"O-Oh, no! We were just chatting."

"Ah, I see. I just came to ask where you'd like to go for our date tonight. I have some ideas, but I know where you want to go."

"Oh! Well, um... let's see... nothing fancy really, I'm fine with anything, as long as I'm with you."

I could feel my heart start pounding.

"O-Okay! I'll figure something out!" I quickly exit his office, shut the door, and head back to my desk.

I start grinning like an idiot. He was too adorable, I couldn't handle it. He could make someone like me, who was supposed to be angry all the time, get worked up and flustered.

I continue to think about where we would go, and I eventually decide that we could just hang out around the mall and the park. He really seemed to enjoyed doing that, and the first time I kissed him was that night at the park.

I work hard the rest of the day, getting as much I could done so that day could just end. I wanted nothing more than to go on this date.

Finally, work ends. I grab Tim and Ross, and we head home.

I shower, then change into some casual, not too casual but sort of fancy clothes... however you describe that.

-Ross' POV-

I grab my wallet, slip it into my pocket, then I was ready to go. I survey my room one more time, and see my narwhal plush laying on my bed. I quickly grab it, then exit the room.

I sit down on the couch and wait for Max. There were butterflies in my stomach, and I felt like I was going to explode. Was this really going to happen? Never in a million years would I imagine me even going on a date.

Finally, Max is ready to go. I stand up, then follow him out the door as we head to his car.

I hold his hand for the whole drive, and we sit there in silence, enjoying each other's company.

We arrive at the mall, and decide to head somewhere to eat. I'm hesitant to hold Max's hand, but eventually he grabs onto mine and I do my best to not pay attention to anyone else in fear of getting weird looks.

We make our way to the food court, since we didn't know what else to get. I order a burger, as does Max.

I'm about to pay for my food when Max pulls his wallet out.

"H-Hey! What are you-"

"Let me pay."

I want to argue, but I knew Max, and he wouldn't let me pay. I give him and let him, feeling just a little bit guilty.

As we're eating, I'm constantly looking around, fearing that someone was watching. What if people were giving us strange looks? What if we got kicked out of the mall?

Max must have noticed that I was nervous, so he grabs my hand and smiles. I try not squeal as I smile back, then finish my food.

I was getting a little too anxious around all those people, so we decide to head over to the park.

It was already dark when we got outside, and there wasn't a cloud to be seen in the sky. This was surprising, since it usually rained a lot here.

Eager to go, I grab Max's hand and we run to the park.

"So, where should we go?" Max asks as we arrive.

"I kind of just want to walk around. There doesn't seem to be too many people here."

We walked around the lake, which was awfully similar to last time we were here. But this time, I wasn't confused and wasn't upset. I was actually, well, happy.

With my narwhal in one hand, and Max's in the other, I enjoy our first date as much as I can.

We were getting tired of walking, so we head to a bench and sit down.

"You know, this seems really familiar." Max says, as I lay my head on his shoulder.


"Then I guess I have to do this."

Max holds my head up to his, and we share a kiss. A long one. We have to stop to breathe a few times.

"Do you know how much I love you?" Max tells me, as we get up to leave.

"How much?"

"A fucking lot. I'm not good with numbers, okay? You just make me so happy. I'm starting to change from my usual 'I don't give a shit' mood to babying and wanting to be with you all the time."

"Is that a good thing?"

"Hell yea it is."

"Oh good. I love you too... I'm starting to feel a lot happier than before. A lot less confused, and a lot less alone. Now I can't imagine me without you..."

I kiss his cheek, then hug his arm as hard as I can.

"Dammit Ross, you're making me blush."


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-Ross' POV-

"So Ross, when do you want to go on that date?"

"Woah, you two-"

"Shut up Tim, I'm talking to Ross."

We were all sitting at the kitchen table the next morning, eating some pancakes and bacon Tim had made.

"U-Um, I'm not sure. Saturday night maybe, since we have Sunday off?"

Saturday was in a few days, and it seemed like the best time to go.


I finish eating, then start to get ready to head to work. It's Max's turn to drive, so I sit up front with him while Tim sits in the back. The whole drive I had my hand on top of his free hand, while Tim sat there and teased us.

Finally, we arrive at work, but are greeted with surprise.


"Hey Jess!"

I give her a hug, since I hadn't actually seen here in awhile. 

"So, how are you guys? What's new?"

I look at Max, who looked unsure of what to say. I tug on his shirt, trying to get him to say something.

"U-Uh, we're good! Nothing too exciting has happened lately. How are you?"

Good call Max.

"Everything is wonderful! I thought I'd come visit you guys and hang out! Man, I missed you all."

That day, Adam, Barney and I were supposed to record the lego challenge video, and now Jess was here to witness it.

As I enter the room and see the pile of legos, I start to grow nervous.

"U-Um, I'm not sure if I want to do this anymore."

"Come on Ross, we aren't going to do this with two people." Barney says, dragging me over to the pile.

As everyone is setting up, I take a peek at the slips of paper inside of the hat which had the things we had to do in the challenge.

On all fours? Crawling? Jumping?

"Okay guys, let's get started. Hey guys, Sky here, and welcome to the-" Adam starts doing the inteo, dragging me and Barney to the center of the frame.


"What Ross?"

"I... really don't want to do this. I can't do this." I run over to Max, grabbing his arm.

"Who's going to fill in for him then? Jess?"



I look up at Max, who had a disappointed look on his face.

"Fine. Only because it's Ross."

I let go of Max, and he heads over to where Adam and Barney are standing. He winks at me, then they get ready to start recording.

"Damn Ross, who would have though in a million years that Max would do that." Jess tells me as she walks over to me.

Oh right... she doesn't know.

"He knows that I don't like to be in pain."

"Hmm... I see. Hehehe..."

"Jess, you're scaring me."

"Quiet you two, we're starting!" Cory tells us, as he is positioning his camera.

"Hey guys, Sky here! Today we are doing... the lego challenge."

Barney and Max sigh, as Adam looks down at the floor.

"Ross was supposed to be with us, but Max is going to take his place."

The cringe filled challenge starts. They take turns pulling the actions out of the hat, and Barney even starts bleeding. It's only when Max starts bleeding that I start to get really concerned.

After the video is over, I immediately rush over to Max. He pulls his pant leg up, and I see that he had partially cut open his wound from his knee, and I start to panic.

"D-Does it hurt?!" I ask, nearly in tears. There was a lot of blood. This was all my fault.

"Like fucking hell. Shit, I need to sit down."

I grab a chair and rush it over to him, then send Jess to grab some sort of bandage. She comes back with some gauze, and I proceed to wrap it around his knee.

"Thanks man... I'm going to get this cleaned up. Can you help me?"

I help Max up, then let him lean on me as we head to the bathroom. I watch as he washes up, then I grab another bandage and help him put it on.

"Can you walk?" I ask, as he gets down from the counter.

"Yeah, it just hurts like fucking hell. I want to go sit down at my desk."

"Are you sure-"


"I'm so sorry... This is my fault."

"Hey, don't worry about it. I'd rather be in this situation then watch you be in it."

As we head to his desk, I watch as he struggles to walk. I wanted to cry. He must be in so much pain, but he insisted that he didn't need help.

It was nearly lunch, so I decide to grab Max some food.

-Jess' POV-

After the whole Max re-opening his wound situation, I was starting to get a bit suspicious of the two. They were acting awfully friendly. Max usually just flips Ross off and tells him to suck it up, but he was the complete opposite now.

"Pssst Adam, Ross and Max are acting really weird." I enter Adam's office, where he was setting up to record a video.

"What do you mean?" He turns his chair towards me with a smirk on his face.

"Uh, they're being awfully affectionate. WAIT, ARE THEY-" Before I can finish my sentence, Adam puts his hand on my mouth.

"Shhh, we don't want the whole world to know... I mean, uh, shit. They were supposed to tell you."

"Ohmygodmyshiphassailedohmygod" I whisper, jumping up and down in excitement.

"Remember, you didn't hear anything from me. Anything."

"Okay okay. I'm going to go bug them now."

I exit Adam's office, then head over to Max's desk. Ross was sitting next to him, as they both ate lunch.

"Hey guys, what's up?"

I must have scared Ross, because he nearly fell out of his chair.

"O-Oh hi Jess! Oh nothing."

"I see... Max, how's your wound?"

"It's doing better, Ross helped me fix it up."

"I see..." I start to laugh, which turns out sounding quite creepy.

"Jess, you're scaring me." Max turns away from his computer and faces me.

"Sorry. Just wanted to check on you guys. Have fun~"

I slowly back away, while Ross and Max stare at me with confused faces.

"Hey Jess, I have something to tell you." Ross says, grabbing Max's hand. 

"Ooh, do you now."

"Y-Yea... we're dating."

I nearly scream, but stop myself.


Then Max kisses Ross on the cheek, and I actually scream this time.


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-Ross' POV-

When we arrive home, I decided that we should tell Shelby that we're dating. She was our best friend and my cousin, so she of all people should know.

(A/N: yes it's confirmed that Ross and Shelby are cousins)

"Hey Max?" I peek into his room, where he was setting down his stuff.


"I'm.. ready to tell Shelby." I say as I enter.

He pulls out his phone, then motions for me to come over. I watch as he dials up her number, then looks at me as he's about to click the call button.

"You sure?"

"I'm sure." I grab onto his free arm and hold it against my chest, trying not to get too anxious.

Ring. Ring.

"Hey Max! What's up?" She answers in here usual cheery voice.

"Hey Shelby! I'm uh, going to put you on speaker... there we go. Ross is here with me!"

"What up Ross!"

"Haha, hi Shelby! We called because we need to tell you something." I start to get nervous, as I feel my heart start to race and my whole body heat up.

"Oooo, what is it?"

I think for a second, thinking of how exactly I want to tell her.

"Well, you see... Max and I, are uh... actually..."

"Dating." Max finishes for me.

I mentally thank Max, there was no way that I could actually finish that sentence.


"It's not a prank." I reply, while Max almost starts laughing.


I take a sigh of relief. I was afraid she would act negatively, even though she would never do that. She was one of the nicest people on the planet.

"Yea, you should come visit soon!"

"I just might. Well, I actually have to go, but thanks for telling me and congrats! Not gonna lie, I've always shipped you guys. There's a few fanfics about you too-"

"For fucks sake. Bye Shelby!" Max hangs up, then looks at me with a relieved look on his face.

"Well, that went better than expected." I say, sitting down on his bed and slowly lay on my back.

"Yea, I'm glad we told her. I feel like a lot of weight has been taken off my shoulders. Now, with the viewers... that can wait." He replies, taking off his jacket and throwing it into his laundry hamper.

Max lays down next to me, and I immediately snuggle into him. I cling onto his shirt, and bury my head in the warmth of his chest.

"I love you so much." He whispers, pulling me closer. He plays with my hair, as I lay there probably the happiest that I'd ever been in quite awhile.

"I love you too..."

We lay there for awhile, until we're interrupted by footsteps.

"Holy shit."

"Go away Tim." Max mumbles into my shoulder.

"Okay, Okay. Man, how am I going to deal with you two." He says this while closing the door, and I hear his footsteps travel to the other side of the apartment.

"Hey Ross?"


"Wanna go on a date sometime?"

Holy shit, a date?! I mean, we were dating, but a date? Was I ready for this? Would we get strange looks? What would I wear?


-Max's POV-

After cuddling for a few more minutes, I decide that we should probably eat before we fell asleep. Ross didn't want to let go of me, so I practically had to pry him off of me.

"Come on, let's eat, then we can go to bed."

Ross groans as he follows me into the kitchen, where Tim is heating up some frozen dinners.

"Ready to eat lovebirds?"

I wanted to get angry at him, but I couldn't... since it was, well, true.

"Oh shush. Yea, gimme my food."

We eat our frozen lasagna, then I'm ready to go to bed. It was early, but I was exhausted and wanted nothing more than to cuddle with Ross for the rest of the night before we had to go to work and not be able to be together the whole day.

He was already falling asleep at the table, so I had to carry him to my room. Thankfully, he wasn't that heavy, light enough so I could get him across the apartment. I set him down on my bed, grab my laptop, then lay down next to him and pull a blanket on top of us.

I go on Twitter for awhile, retweeting fan art and responding to people. Thankfully, no one had spilled the beans. We were safe... for now a least. No one could keep their mouth shut for even five minutes. but I guess they somehow managed to this time.

We knew that we probably wouldn't get any hate, since most of our fan base is teenagers who do nothing but ship us with everyone you could ever imagine, but we still wanted to wait awhile before telling the viewers.

Maybe we could announce it in a video, I bet that'd get a few million views.

I make it to the point where I'm half asleep, so I close my laptop and set it down on the floor next to my bed. I snuggle up to Ross, who was fast asleep.

"I love you." I knew he wasn't going to answer since he was asleep, but I felt the need to tell him anyway.


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-Ross' POV-

I would have loved to be on vacation for longer, especially at a time like that. But sadly, the next morning I woke up to my alarm and was forced to get up and go to work. Luckily, work was going to a lot more enjoyable now that it meant I could be with my boyfriend all day.

When we arrive at work, I'm actually excited. I missed the offices, the place where I really started talking to Max and... fell in love with him.

As I'm surveying my office, I feel arms wrap around my waist. I put my hands on Max's, then lay my head on him. When I look up at him, he looks happier than he's ever been at work. After making sure no one's looking, I quickly give him a quick kiss.

"Ugh, I gotta go work. I'll stop by in a bit, love you."

I pout as he leaves, then I proceed to sit down at my computer. It felt like it had been forever since I sat at that desk, recording videos with my best friends. I was relieved to be back.

Speaking of friends, when were we going to tell our friends that we're dating? I definitely wanted to tell everyone in the offices, and Shelby, since she's our best friend.

Though I wouldn't be surprised if everyone in the offices knew already.

I start my day by reading the comments on the videos that had been put up while we were gone. But rather than wanting to cry, I smiled at the comments mentioning that the viewers shipped Max and I. Boy, were they in for a treat.

I take a look at my schedule, seeing everything I needed to record for the day. The first video was a skywars with Barney.

I head to his office, making sure to give Max a hug on the way there.

"Barney, ready to record?"


We record the skywars, taking a good hour to only get some good footage because we fucking sucked a skywars. When we're done with that, we record with Adam and Max, playing GTA and Minecraft.

Finally, it's time for lunch. As usual, I head to Max's desk, bringing him a sandwich and a drink from the fridge. This time, I lay my head on his shoulder as he edits, almost falling asleep a few times.

As I'm about to doze off, I hear a camera go off. I quickly snap up and turn around, to see Adam with his phone out.

"Did you just take a picture?"

"No, why?"


"I gotta go... bye"

Adam goes running down the hallway, and I immediately follow after. Knowing Adam, he'd post that on Twitter and everyone would know that we're dating.

We reach a dead end, and Adam turns around with a scared looked on his face.

"I surrender, please don't kill-"

I snatch the phone out of his hand, then delete the picture. I give it back to him, then go back to Max.

"Delete it?" He asks, pulling out my chair so that I can sit back down.


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After Ross deleted the picture, Adam proposed that everyone in the offices should go out to lunch. Ross and I however, had already eaten, so we decided to stay behind.

As everyone else is leaving, Barney winks at me and Tim gives me a thumbs up. I respond with a middle finger.

"I know we just started dating, but um... when are we going to tell everyone?" Ross asks me, taking my hand and intertwining our fingers.

"I'm pretty sure that everyone knows already, but we can tell them whenever you're ready. We also need to tell Shelby."

"Yeah, definitely. Hell, I'm fine with doing it today. I just need to... get it out. We can even tell them when they get back."

"U-Um, is it okay if you tell them? I don't think I have the courage to."

"Of course." I squeeze his hand, then give him a peck on the cheek. 

After about an hour, we can hear everyone talking and walking up the stairs to the offices. Ross starts to get shaky, as do I. Why was I so nervous about it.

I pull Ross up, and we head to the main room, still holding hands.

"Hey guys! What's up?" Adam asks, being the first to see us.

"U-Um, I just wanted to let you guys know that Ross and I are dating."

And then everyone starts laughing. Ross immediately runs to away, which was completely understandable.

"What's so fucking funny?!"

"We already knew dumbass."

"I know, but you don't have to laugh! You made Ross upset."

I head to the empty office, which is where Ross usually goes when he wants to be alone. Sure enough, I find him sitting in the corning, head in his arms.

I slump down next to him, and pat his back.

"Hey babe, they weren't laughing because it was bad or anything. They already knew, so they thought it was funny that I told them."

"I know..." Ross replies, voice muffled.

"Then what's wrong?"

Ross uncovers his face, then immediately wraps his arms around my waist. I hug him as tight as I can, and rub his back. My little narwhal was sensitive, and I had to protect him.

"I-I love you..." He whispers into my shoulder.

"I love you too. Let's go, we got work to do."

I exit the room with Ross behind me, too embarrassed to show his face to anyone. I bring him to his office, then get back to editing for the rest of the day, getting teased every five minutes and sadly not getting any visits from Ross.

When work is over, I head over to Ross' office. He looks much happier, and is browsing Twitter.

"Hey babe, let's go. I'm hungry and exhausted."

"I know, but look. There's so much fan art of us, it's ridiculous."

Ross shows me all the fan art of us, which only brightens his mood even more. I make a note to print those out later, then finally drag him out of the offices and home.


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-Ross' POV-

"Of course... of course..."

I pull away from the hug, so that I can look him in the eyes. Max is grinning from ear to year, yet crying like there's no tomorrow. I touch foreheads with him, and take his hands. He clutches my hands tightly.

"Just one thing. Please never leave me. Ever."

Max's grip gets harder, and he starts crying even more.

"O-Of course."

We finally settle down, to where we're once again sitting in silence, and the dark. It was starting to get really cold, so I suggest that we head back.

"Damn, that was embarrassing. I usually don't cry in front of anyone." 

Max was the type to seem super tough, but he was actually a big sweetheart and had emotions.

I take his hand, pulling him up from the rock as he grabs our shoes and hands me mine. I take them, slip them on, then we walk back to the group holding hands.

Of course, no one suspected anything, since we've already been doing that the past few days.

We head back to the hotel, where it's warm and cozy. When we arrive, I immediately flop down in bed. I was exhausted.

"Ready for bed?" Max gets under the covers of the other bed, then motions for me to lay with him.

"You sure? Your leg it alright?"

"Yep. Come on, I wanna cuddle. We gotta leave tomorrow, so we should sleep."

I crawl in bed next to him, as he holds me in arms and immediately dozes off. I kiss his cheek, then turn off the lamp that was next to us. I wasn't too fond of the dark, but as long as I was in his arms, I knew I was safe.

-Tim's POV-

"Holy shit."

I close the door to the room, where Adam and Barney were.

"Did that just happen?"

Of course, we had witnessed the whole thing. After seeing them wander off by themselves, we just had to follow them. We were on the other side of a large boulder, as they sat on the other side of it.

Adam and Barney almost gave us away, twice, because they were fangirling.

We couldn't really see them, but we heard absolutely everything.

"Man, I'm proud of them. I thought we were going to have to force them or something." Adam says, taking a coke out of the mini fridge.

"Yea. Like... damn."

"I wonder when the wedding is." We all laugh, then I grab myself a drink and sit down.

"I never knew that Max had that side to him, and I live with him. Like, damn."

Oh yea, I lived with these two. And now they were dating. And I live with them. And I was now the third wheel. How the fuck was this going to go? I groan at the thought of it.

"Tim, make sure to takes tons of pictures. Blackmail." Barney tells me.

"Hey, that's true. I wonder when they're gonna tell us that they're dating."

"I mean, they seem liked they'll be pretty shy about it. Ugh, they're adorable. I see why all of our fans ship them." Adam says. Of course he would know from the comments section of his videos.

"The whole thing was almost like a fanfiction. Like, was that even real?"

(A/N: here we go breaking the fourth wall again lol)

"Anyways, we should all go to bed now. We gotta leave tomorrow, we all need to rest."

-Max's POV-

The next morning, I wake up happier than ever, because my adorable boyfriend is in my arms. I was scared that I was going to wake up and he wouldn't be there, like the past few weeks were a dream. They felt like that at least.

I just want to lay there forever and let him rest, but we were supposed to leave in a few hours and we needed to start getting ready. I wake up Ross, who woke up with a cute smile on his face and I'm given a hug.

We pack everything up, sad by the fact we had to leave this beautiful place. But we were definitely coming back here, because it now held a very special place in our hearts.

After we're done getting ready, we meet up with everyone else and take cabs to the airport. We enter the airport, grab a bite to eat, go through security, blah blah blah, then finally board the plane.

(A/N: I've never even been to an airport)

I sit at a window seat, while Ross is next to me and Tim is next to him. As the flight starts, Ross immediately falls asleep on my shoulder. I let him rest, as I pull out my laptop and get some work done.

After awhile, I also start getting sleepy, so I pull out a pillow I had packed and fall asleep.

When I finally wake up, Tim is telling us that we've landed and it's time to get off. We were finally home. Ross, however, wouldn't budge. He obviously didn't want to move, so I had to wake him up with a kiss on the cheek.

"Come on sleepyhead, when we get home you can sleep for the rest of the day. Let's go."

Ross finally rises, and we exit the plane. I look outside to see the beautiful state we lived in, and boy, I was glad to be home. But something was different. I came back home with a boyfriend. Who knew?

When we arrive home, Ross immediately flops onto the couch and falls asleep. I pick him up bridal style, then carry him to my bed and tuck him in. I lay next to him, not even bothering to unpack, and wander into dreamland.


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-Ross' POV-

That night, I have to sleep alone. I didn't want to cause Max to be uncomfortable or in any more pain, so I would be sleeping by myself. I had a really hard time falling asleep since I was used to cuddling up against him, and the fact that I was worried about him made it worse.

I lie awake in bed, while Max was fast asleep. For the first time in awhile, I was alone with my thoughts, and that was never good. I went over all the things that can ever go wrong, and eventually, I'm quietly crying.

It's a good thing that Max is a heavy sleeper. I don't want to stress him out more than he already is. Finally, around one in the morning, I fall asleep.

"Wake up!"

But I just fell asleep two seconds ago?

"I got you food!"

Food sounds good... I think I can smell it...

"Do I have to drag you out of bed?"

I rise out of my cocoon of blankets, to see Max holding a plate of food which I assumed was for me. I rub my eyes, then see that he is standing on his hurt leg.

"Why are you standing up?! Doesn't it hurt?"

Max hands me the plate and some silverware, then sits down on his bed so that he's facing me.

"The pain isn't too bad now, walking on it is fine. Hurry up and eat, I got a lot planned today."

I eat my pancakes and munch on my bacon, while Max gets on his laptop and does some work. I finish eating, then start to get ready for the day.

"So today it's just gonna be us. I got a ton of stuff planned for us to do!"

-Max's POV-

The truth was, my leg still hurt like hell. However, I had planned for today to be the day I finally actually confess to Ross and ask him out. I wasn't going to let a hurt knee be an excuse, and I was determined to not whimp out.

My plan was to tour the island with him, show him everything that I could then confess when the day was coming to a close. I wanted to make sure that Ross was in a good mood, and I at least wanted to try and be romantic...

We spend the morning going to different shops, buying little souvenirs and things to remind us of this trip. We looked around for awhile longer, than decided to get lunch. We stop at a little cafe that served sandwiches.

"So how are you liking Hawaii?" Ross asks me, sliding into the booth across from me with his drink in hand.

"Dude, it's amazing. Like, all I imagined and more."

I take a bite out of my sandwich, which had almost everything the place had to offer on it.

"I'm happy that you're here, I feel a lot... safer I guess?"

"What do you mean?" I could feel myself heating up.

"I just feel like you care about me so much... I mean, I know that everyone at the offices does, but I feel like you care the most. I just feel really special and cared for when I'm around you."

I internally scream, trying not to show too much emotion.

"W-Well, that is true..."

I see Ross reach under the table, and gaze towards my arm. I stick my hand under the table, and he grabs my hand and squeezes it. At this point, I was about to cry because of all the emotions building up inside of me. Was this really happening?

Finally, we finish eating. Ross exits the building but as I'm about to leave I'm stopped by someone who worked there.

"Hey, just a question, are you two dating?" The lady asks, grinning.

"N-No actually, but hopefully soon."

The women looked pretty shocked.

"Damn, I though you guys were fucking married or something. Good luck man, you'll get him." She lightly punches my arm, then sends me out as I thank her.

"What's up?" Ross asks as I exit, and walk over to where we was standing.

"Oh nothing, she just wanted to ask me how the food was. Come on, let's go back to the hotel for a bit."

We arrive back at the hotel, where I finally get to sit down for awhile and not put so much weight on my leg. It hurt really fucking bad, but I didn't want to complain since it would cause Ross to worry.

After a few hours of hanging around, Adam texts me and lets me know that we're all going out for dinner in a few minutes. I tell Ross, then get ready.

We meet up with everyone, then go to some fancy restaurant which served Adam's favorite... sushi.

When we're finished, the sun is going down and it's starting to get chilly.


I suggest that we all go hang out at the beach, and everyone agrees.

The whole way there, I was panicking. I was going to do it. In probably less than an hour.

The weather is perfect when we arrive there, and there's just enough light left to see. The ocean and sky are a light shade of purple, and the clouds looks like cotton candy.

"H-Hey Ross, wanna go explore over there?" I point towards some rocks sitting near the ocean, far from where everyone else was going to be.

"Sure!" He replies, as he grabs my hand and we run over.

We sit on a large rock close enough to the water that we could stick out feet in it. I take off my shoes, as does Ross, and I set them on another rock.

We sit there in silence, watching the sun go down and kicking the water with our feet.

"Hey Max?"


"I have something to tell you."

My heart starts racing.

"I also have something to tell you. You go first."

"Well I'm kind of scared to tell you this, so please just listen until I'm done. Ever since you kissed me, I can't help but imagine us, well... dating. I've never actually dated anyone, but I think that I'm actually really in love with you. Everything's confusing since I thought I was straight, but apparently not. Cuddling with you and holding your hand just feels so right, and I just want you to know that I really like you... and want to be with you. Forever."

Holy shit. Did that.. actually happen? Am I dreaming? I must be dreaming.

"I-I'm sorry..." Ross is about to stand up, but I grab his arm and pull him towards me before he can.

"No, don't apologize. To be completely and brutally honest... I feel the exact same way. I was actually going to confess to you, like now. I've never loved someone so much, and I'm just... at a loss for words really with what you just said. Never in a million years would I think that someone would say that to me, but it happened."

We're obviously both shocked, as we sit there and stare into each other's eyes. I see an opportunity, so I take it. I lean in, and kiss him as passionately as I can, pouring all of my emotions into it. I had never felt so good in my life, and as I pull away, we're both crying like babies.

I wipe away his tears with my sleeve, as he does the same to me. I hug him as tight as I can, then ask the question I've kept locked away for awhile now.

"R-Ross... will you... be my boyfriend?"


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-Ross' POV-

As I awake to the usual sound of my alarm, I almost think that I'm at home in bed and have to go to work. But was I slowly rise, I remember that I was in a completely different state.

I try my best to not wake up Max, which was easy since he's a heavy sleeper. I decide to order room service, so that he would have something to eat when he woke up.

As I wait for our food to arrive, I admire Max, who curled up in all of the blankets and still asleep. I had a hard time believing that I was friends with such an amazing person, and thinking about him just made me all tingly inside.

After a few minutes, room service arrives. I take my plate off the tray, and bring Max's to him.

"Max, wake up... I got you pancakes."

No response. I set the tray down, then shake him a bit so that he would wake up.

"Five more minutes..."

"Come on sleepyhead, we're in Hawaii, remember? We're gonna spend the day exploring this island, so you gotta get up. I have food."

Max finally starts to wake up, and I hand him the tray. He takes it, thanking me and proceeding to dig in. I turn on the TV, then grab my food and eat.

Right as we finish eating, there's a knock at our door. I look through the peephole, and it was Adam. I unlock the door and let him in.

"Hey guys, did you sleep well?" He asks, sitting down on the bed Max wasn't sitting on.

"Yeah, wonderfully." I reply, grabbing both Max and I's plates and setting them down on a nearby table.

"Well, we're going to head out in an hour. Make sure you're ready."

Adam leaves the room, and Max and I start to get ready. I shower, change, and Max does the same. There was still fifteen minutes until we had to go, so we decide to visit Tim and Barney.

"Knock Knock."

"Come in!"

I open the door and enter the room, Max following close behind. We enter to find them getting ready, Barney cleaning and Tim fixing his hair.

"Everything good so far?" Max asks, and takes a seat on one of the beds.

"Yeah, I got a lot of sleep for once." Tim replies, as he slips on his shoes.

 Barney grabs his camera and his backpack, and heads towards the door. Max and I follow him, then Tim grabs his belongings and we exit the room.

For the next ten or so minutes, we stand outside, admiring the scenery until everyone else met up with us. We were finally ready to go once Adam, Alesa and Mason arrived.

-Max's POV-

We finally head out, walking until we hit the edge of the island. We walk around, exploring every tree, puddle, and pond we could find. I take tons of pictures, awhile Adam and Barney vlog.

There was tons of wildlife that I had never seen before, and species of plants I didn't think existed. It was like nothing I had ever seen, and I was amazed.

After exploring for around an hour, we find the waterfall that Alesa suggested we go to if we stumbled upon it. Luckily, some of us had bathing suits on under our clothes so we could go for a swim.

The water was cold, but perfect for the weather. The area was surrounded in trees, and surprisingly not too noisy.

Everyone was starting to get hungry again, so while most of us swam, Alesa and Ross set up a makeshift picnic so that we could eat a quick lunch. We all ate sandwiches, then decided to continue exploring.

While walking through the forest, Ross and I were ahead of everyone else. We walked side by side, jumping from rock to rock and ducking under branches.

But when Ross had his guard down, he nearly slipped off of a rock into a pit. Luckily, I was literally right behind him when we was about to slip, so I grabbed his wrist and pulled him back.

"Shit, you okay guys!" Everyone else had witnessed the event happen, so they quickly rushed over.

When I grabbed Ross I fell backwards, and somehow ended up hitting my right knee on a rock, which was starting to bleed.

"Yeah, I'm fine- MAX ARE YOU OKAY?" Ross helps me get up, then takes off the jacket he had tied around his waist and wraps it around my knee.


"It's fine, take it!"

I try to walk, but I end up almost tripping. My leg was really fucked up.

"Shit, uh, do you want me to carry you?" Ross asks, inspecting my knee.

"I'm really heavy though." 

"Uh, use me to support your weight then."

I rest my arm on his shoulder, and lift my right leg up.

We head back to the hotel, because there was no way in hell that I could do anything after fucking up my knee that bad. Once we arrive, all of us head up to Ross and I's room.

Ross sits me down on one of the beds, then takes the jacket off my leg. The bleeding had stopped, but I did bleed a lot.

"How much does it hurt?" He asks, while inspecting my leg.

"A lot..."

We decided to settle down for the day, since I sure wasn't going anywhere. Ross gave me an ice pack and some coffee, and we watched TV until it was time for dinner.


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-Ross' POV-

-About A Week Later-

"You guys ready?"

I pick up my bags, which were sitting on the couch next to KP. I hug her, then give her a kiss on the head.

"Yep. We heading to the offices now?"

Tim grabs his keys, and Max enters the room with his belongings.

"Let's go!"

The weather was starting to get cold, so when we got outside I had to pause to put a jacket on and wrap a scarf around my neck. We hop in the car and turn the heater on, then head to the office where we would meet up with the others.

When we arrive, everyone was preparing and making sure that we were good to go. All our videos needed to be uploaded so they we could make them public when they needed to go up.

I head into my office and survey it, making sure that everything is good to go. I throw away the empty bottles that were on my desk, and grab Sprinkles, who was sitting on my desk.

Finally, when everyone was ready, we figure out who would go in who's car to the airport.

Eventually we settle on Tim, Max, Barney and I in one car, Adam, Alesa and Mason in another, and the rest of the guys in another car.

We lock up the office after everyone is good to go, then pack the cars to the brim and head to the airport where we would board the plane to Hawaii.

The car drive consisted of us giggling at whatever stupid shit we could think of. We were exhausted, but we couldn't fall asleep quite yet. Tim drove, white Ross sat next to him and I sat in the back. I kept kicking his chair jokingly, and he would respond by hitting me.

We finally arrive at the airport, which was surprisingly not too busy. After an hour of going through security and waiting, we get on the plane.

I plop down in between Max and Tim. I was nervous, I wasn't very comfortable being on planes and always feared the worst. I tried to settle down and distract myself, but it just wasn't happening.

Max must have seen how anxious I was, so he grabbed my hand and squeezed it. I squeezed back, then lay my head on his shoulder as I started to doze off.

-Max's POV-

As Ross falls asleep leaning on my shoulder, the plane starts to take off down the runway and up into the air. Luckily Ross stayed asleep while this happened, so he didn't freak out.

I could understand where he was coming from, flying was scary. I had flown plenty of times, from visiting family to going to conventions.

Eventually, Ross wakes up. Once he saw that I was still holding his hand, he got really flustered and embarrassed. I laughed and only held on tighter, because I never wanted to let go.

(A/N: how many times has this been said in this book so far)

When the plane lands, both Ross and I are fast asleep, though the plane landing obviously woke us both up. Ross starts to panic, so I squeeze his hand as hard as I can. We land safely, and he lets out a sigh of relief.

We finally exit the plane, and my jaw drops as I see the scenery.

I could see the ocean, which was glistening from the sun shining down on it. It was amazing, like nothing I had ever seen.

After grabbing all of our bags, we exit the airport and get in taxis to take us to our hotel.

The hotel was just as amazing as I expected. There were beautiful plants everywhere, fountains, and the building was just amazing in general.

After we check into the hotel, Tim hands me a hotel room key.

"This is for you and Ross' room."

"You're not gonna stay with us?"

"Two beds per room."

To be honest, Ross was probably going to sleep with me like he had been doing every night for the last week, but I didn't say that out loud.

Ross and I head up a flight of stairs to our room. And, of course, it was a high quality room. There was a flat screen TV, a balcony, and two really nice looking beds.

"Max, this view is amazing. Come look."

I walk over to the balcony, to find that Ross was right. There were tons of palm trees, and in the distance was the ocean. Everything was so colorful, and I was astonished.

I was exhausted and ready to go to bed, but it was only two in the afternoon and I was also starving. Ross and I settle on room service. We order a shit ton of food, then scarf it down in mere minutes.

We watch TV for a bit, sitting on one of the beds together. I was on my laptop most of the time, making the videos for everyone's channels go up so that the viewers wouldn't even know that we were gone.

As it starts to get dark out, we hear a knock the door. Ross opens the door, and we're greeted by Adam.

"Hey guys, enjoying yourselves."

"Oh yea, it's amazing here." I reply, and Ross nods in agreement.

"Well, you should probably go to bed soon. I know it's early, but we want to wake up pretty early and starting taking advantage of this vacation."

"Alright man. Go sleep with your girlfriend and kid."

Adam leaves our room, and we start to get ready for bed. We both shower, change, and make sure that all our belongings are present and unpacked.

"Max, can I-"

"Of course."

Again, I sleep that night with Ross cuddled up against me. But I couldn't help but feel nervous. I was planning to ask out Ross on this vacation, but how?  It was pretty obvious that he would accept, but I still had butterflies in my stomach. Eventually, I fell asleep.


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-Max's POV-

Staying home sick sucks, especially at a time like this. All I wanted to do was hang out with Ross, but he had to go into work the whole day, leaving me alone in bed with my laptop and a bag of chips.

When Ross arrived to bring me lunch, I had passed out. I must have ate something bad, because my stomach was freaking out. Must be a bug or something.

After Ross left, I went back to sleep. I was probably going to be up all night since I slept the whole day, but who fucking cares.

Finally, I woke up and was feeling a million times better than before. Sadly, Ross wouldn't be home for another few hours. So, I decide to figure out what I'm going to do next.

Were we going to be in a relationship? Stay friends? If we were to be in a relationship, how long would it last? There probably won't be a happy ending, it's not like this is a fanfiction or anything.

(A/N: ha.. haha.. ha //sweats)

The overthinking was started to make me upset, so I decide to just play video games until Ross and Tim got home. The house seemed awfully lonely, with just me and KP on the couch.

I was more than surprised to hear the door unlock and creek open a few minutes later.

-Ross' POV-

"Hey uh Barney?"


"Can I go home early?"

Barney crossed him arms and spun his chair around.

"Ross, Max is already gone. We can't have someone else leave too. We got work to do!"

I pout, and try to come up with some excuse or argument.

"What else am I scheduled for today?"

"Two more videos. One solo and one with me."

"Can we do them now? I really want to go home."

Barney smirks, then turns back around.

"Come here, let's do this mod showcase."

Finally, I finish doing the video with Barney and the video that I had to do by myself. Barney still didn't want to let me leave, but enough begging eventually forced him to send me off.

But there was one problem, and that was I couldn't drive. I didn't want to call Max, since he was sick and was probably resting.



I hand him a ten dollar bill.

"Ugh, fine. Real quick though."

Finally, we leave work and head back to our apartment. I had butterflies in my stomach, which was weird since all I was doing was going to see my best friend. I mean, it could turn into more than friends, but I was unsure.

Barney drops me off, and I head up the the apartment. I quietly unlock the door and open it, and almost jump out of my skin as I see Max sitting on the couch when I enter.


"I'm home early!"

Max gets up and comes over to me, giving me a hug. I hug him tightly, and feel KP rubbing against my ankles. I pull away from the hug, picking up KP and hug her too.

"How did you manage to get out of work?" Max sits back down on the couch, scooting to one end so that I could sit on the other. I sit down next to him.

"A lot of begging and bribery."

Max laughs, and hands me a controller. I gladly take it, and start to play Halo with him.

-Max's POV-

I was more than happy that Ross was home early, I didn't know how long I could survive alone. I preferred being around other people than alone, and a cat just wasn't going to cut it.

Two hours later, Tim arrives to find us playing video games on the couch.

"Hey guys, Adam wanted me to tell you something because you weren't at work."

I pause the game, then turn my attention to Tim.

"So Adam thinks we should go on a vacation again. It's been awhile since we've gone anywhere, and we all want a break."

Didn't we take vacation a few months ago?

"To where?" Ross asks.


"HAWEEWEE!!!" Ross and I scream simultaneously.

Suddenly, I get an idea. An idea involving Ross. And me trying to be somewhat romantic.

"So when are we doing this?" I ask, walking to the kitchen to find something to eat.

"Next week."

I drop the milk carton, which I had been grabbing out of the fridge.


I quickly pick up the carton, which had not spilled since the cap was on.

"Yea. We got to work hard the next few days to prepare these videos."

Ross groans, as do I. Preparing for these vacations wasn't very fun, but at least we would get to take a break and go somewhere amazing.

A few minutes later, we were all at the table eating cereal since no one had gone to the store in the past few days and gotten something else.

"Have you guys been to Hawaii before?" Tim asks in between spoon fulls of cereal.

"I have, but Max hasn't." Ross replies.


"I went with Adam... and Tyler I think a few years ago? I don't really remember. It was amazing though."

"Well that's awesome. I haven't been. I'm excited."

"So who all is going?" I ask.

"Everyone from the office, plus Alesa and Baby Mason."

I squeal at the mention of Mason. I had a soft spot for babies. Put a baby in my arm and my mood will go from zero to one hundred.

We all finish our cereal, then decide to head to bed. We needed a ton of sleep if we wanted to get all of these videos done within the next week.

"Max..." I'm about to walk into my room when I hear Ross say my name.


"Can... I sleep with you? It's chilly."

Sleep? With Ross? I mean we had done that once before, but a lot has happened since then. But I had to admit, the idea of cuddling with Ross made me all tingly and happy.


I fall asleep next to Ross, who was latched onto my arm, sleeping like a baby. I felt like I slept a million times better with him next to me.


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-Max's POV-

When I arrive home, Ross is on the couch. As I walk in the door, he starts to get up but I grab him by the wrist before he could leave.

"H-Hey, uh Ross, can I talk to you outside.?" I ask, as he turns around, trying to cover his face with his other hand.


I open the door and pull him outside. We sit on the stairs next to our apartment in silence for a good five minutes before one of us spoke.

"I'm sorry." I finally manage to say.

"F-For what?" Ross asks, still refusing to look at me, which was understandable.

"For doing that... I should have asked. Sorry if I made you uncomfortable."

I'm shocked to see Ross turn to me. He had tears rolling down his cheeks, and his face was a light shade of pink. His eyes told me that he wasn't mad.

"Umm... It's fine."

"No, it's not fine. That wasn't cool of me."

"No really! It's fine... I think it helped me realize why I was feeling so weird."

Suddenly, silence. Ross was looking into my eyes, and I was looking into his. Time had seemed to stop, and it felt like we were sitting there for forever.

"Is it okay if... we do that again? I need to just... make sure." Ross asks, not moving.

As I nodded, I could here my heart beat faster and faster. Suddenly, Ross' face was getting closer to mine, and I had no intentions of moving. I just couldn't.

And then his lips touched mine. It wasn't anything like last time, because he was the one doing it. It didn't feel forced. It felt right.

As we pull away from each other, I have the biggest grin on my face. I'm happy to see that Ross does too. I wipe the tears off of his face.

"Hey Max, I think I'm bisexual... or gay. Not sure."

I laugh, then pull him in for a hug. All of my worrying from the past day was gone, an outcome I didn't expect ever in a million years. I hugged him as tight as I could, because I never wanted to let go.

The hug is interrupted by Tim, who is calling us inside for dinner. Ross is the first to pull away, because we both knew that I wasn't going to.

-Tim's POV-

I was such a nosy motherfucker. I had to. I couldn't resist the urge to not look out the window to where Ross and Max were, and I didn't regret it one bit. I even got a picture, which I sent to Adam and Barney.

I was surprised to see them not clinged onto each other when the entered the kitchen.

"Left over pizza from the other day."

We all sit down to eat, and the mood was a lot better than it was yesterday. Max and Ross chatted, while I watched. I was happy to see them happy, even if it meant a day of awkwardness.

"So, you two dating yet?"

Ross, who had been drinking something, almost spit up his drink.

"N-NO! Uh, not yet at least."

I laugh as I stand up, then throw the paper plate I was using into the trash. I head to my room for the night, so that I wouldn't bother the two.

But of course, I was the one who was bothered.

"Hey Max, can I come in?"

From the other side of the door, the quiet and calm voice of Ross was heard.

"Sure man."

Fortunately, nothing seemed wrong. In fact, Ross was still in the bubbly mood he had been in the last few hours.

"Uh, so I kissed Max." He sat down on my bed, while I was at my desk.

"I saw."


"It was an accident. What do you need?"

Ross acted angry, but he obviously didn't care. Nothing could ruin his mood.

"So... I'm not sure what to do now?"

-Ross' POV-

So, I'm pretty sure that I'm in love with Max, and he's in love with me. But what do I do now? I never experienced those middle and high school relationships, where everything was really awkward and you learned what to do in situations like these.

So, of course, I had to ask someone else for help.

Tim obviously didn't want to tell me exactly what to do, but told me that if I like him I need to tell him right away.

But I was too scared to do that of course.

The rest of the evening went well. Max and I played video games and chatted, while Tim sat in his room. Eventually, Max told me that he wasn't feeling to well, so he went to bed.

And the next morning he still wasn't feeling well.

"Do you want me to stay home with you?"

Max was laying in bed, refusing to get up.

"No, Barney will be even more pissed."

This was true. Barney was going to be angry, but two people being gone would guarantee an extra few hours in the office for a few days.

So, sadly, I had to leave Max behind when I went to work. Tim kept teasing me in the car, so I was relieved to finally make it into my office where I could be alone for a bit.

I spent most of the day recording solo videos, since I kept zoning out and could just have Max cut those parts out rather than ruining someone else's video.

Finally, lunch arrives. I decide to bring Max lunch, since he was probably sleeping and hadn't eaten yet. Since I couldn't drive, I had Barney drive me.

"So, you two are good now?"


We stop at a sandwich place, where Barney and I grab some food for ourselves then something for Max.

As to be expected, Max was asleep when we got there. His laptop was next to him, playing whatever show he had been watching before he fell asleep. I shake him awake, which took a good few minutes but eventually he wakes up and eats.

Lunch went by in a flash, and suddenly Barney was dragging me out of the apartment building and into his car.


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-Ross' POV-

The ride home was very... awkward. Max and I sat in the back seat, but we were both looking out our windows and didn't say a word. Tim drove, and didn't speak either. It felt like hours, even though the drive probably only took fifteen minutes.

When we arrive home, I immediately head to bed, not even bothering to eat. I wasn't hungry. My chest hurt, and I had a headache. There was no way I was going to be able to stomach anything.

I still couldn't believe what happened. Did Max actually kiss me? It wasn't bad or anything, but it was so sudden and I had no idea what I was doing. I felt like it was too awkward to talk to Max after that happened.

When I wake up, it feels like all of it was a dream, the whole night was a dream. But I knew it wasn't when I headed into the kitchen to find that Max wasn't there.

"Where's Max?" I ask, sitting down next to Tim, who was eating breakfast.

"He decided to head to work early..." Tim replied, obviously disappointed. I sigh as I pour myself some cereal.

"You... saw what happened, right?"

"Yeah. Did you not like it or something?"

"No, it's just that... it was so awkward, and it might have been, um, my first kiss." I struggle to say, as I start to eat my cereal.

"Oh really..." Tim smirks, and I flip him off.

"S-Shut up..."

"Sorry. Anyways, we should leave soon. I'll drive."

I finish my cereal, grab my things, then head outside to Tim's car. We take the drive to work, the same as always, except Max isn't there with us.

-Max's POV-

I decide to head to work early, because I just couldn't face Ross that morning. I had probably made the worst mistake ever, and now he probably hated me.

"I'm such a dumb ass..." I stumble into Barney's office.

"No you're not."

I groan as I lay on the floor, not wanting to do anything else. Barney bends down and pats my back as I stare at the floor.

"He must hate me." I tell Barney, as I roll over onto my back.

"Why do you think that?" He asks, as he starts to work on something.

"Because he wouldn't talk to me after that."

"Did you talk to him?"


Barney laughs, then turns to me.

"Max, you can be a dumb ass sometimes."

I flip Barney off, then stand up. I head to my desk, almost tripping as I sit down. I turn on my computer  then lay my head in my arms as I slowly drift off. I wasn't feeling too hot.

"Max, wake up."

"Five more minutes..." I groan, covering my head with my arms.

"Wake up."

I open my eyes to see Tim, who was frowning.

"What..." I slowly lift up my head, taking in my surroundings.

"You're at work you know, you can't be slacking."

I look around the offices, and accidentally glance towards Ross' office, as I look directly into his eyes. He immediately turns around, pretending like he didn't see me. I feel my heart start to beat faster as I turn back around.

Tim is trying not to smile, but he can't hold it back.

"Why can't I take a nap..."

Tim grabs me by the shoulders, and looks me in the eyes.

"Look dude, I know that you're, uh, devastated right now, but we got work to do. Work isn't going to get done with you sleeping. So just get your ass to work, then you can sleep for a solid twelve hours if you want when you get home."

I nod, then immediately get to work. Tim was scary.

-Adam's POV-

For half of the day, Max was sleeping. He would fall asleep for a few minutes, then was woken by Tim. This continued throughout the day. Eventually, Barney and I got Tim and Ross to record with us, but they refused to interact at all. It was pretty sad. We just decided to scrap that recording.

Finally, work was over. Probably the most awkward twelve hours I've ever had in this office. It wasn't lively at all, and that made me upset.

As Max gets up to leave, I grab him and pull him into my office. He tries to escape, but I block the door.

"Adam, I want to go home."

"Max, what's wrong."

Max groans, then sits down in my chair.

"I think Ross hates me."

"Why do you think that." I cross my arms, and watch as everyone else leaves.

"He hasn't talked to me at all..."

"Maybe you should try talking to him, smart guy." I giggle, only making Max more miserable.

"Ugh... I'm scared."

I open the door, and exit my office. Max doesn't budge, so I grab him by an arm and pull him out. Ross and Tim had already left.

"Do you need a ride?" I ask, walking with Max to the exit.

"No, I drove in my car this morning. I'll try and talk to him." Max says in a really dull voice, obviously done with my shit. I pat him on the back and send him off.

I swear, they acted like children, even in situations like these.


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-Barney's POV-

"So guys, what's our plan?"

I shut to door to my office after Tim,  Adam and I enter. They sit down, as do I.

"Well, we need to, set them up somehow. Get them somewhere alone." Adam says, while staring at the ceiling.

I nod, then look at Tim. He sighs, but then grins.

"I think I have an idea..."

We discuss the plan, and from what Tim explained, it was almost guaranteed to work. We decide to carry out the plan the next day, when we didn't have to come into the offices because it was Sunday.

-Ross' POV-

-The Next Day-

"Hey Ross and Max, wanna go out with Adam and Barney tonight?"

We were all sitting at the table, eating breakfast later than usual because we had the day off. I was sitting next to Max, while Tim sat across from us.

"I mean, I got nothing else to do, so sure." I reply, then look at Max, waiting for his response.

"Sure. What time?"

"We were thinking four. When it starts to get dark out. We were thinking of going to the mall then to the park or something afterwards." Tim says, while getting up to put his bowl in the sink.

"I'm down."

We spend the next few hours watching T.V., waiting for four to arrive. An hour before it does, I decide to get ready. I shower, then change into some casual clothes. I grab a jacket, put on my shoes, and stand by the door as I wait for Max and Tim.

"Ready to go?" Max asks, grabbing his car keys. I nod as he opens the door. We head out of our apartment, and to the parking lot below.

We take the drive to the mall, where Adam and Barney were waiting for us. 

"Let's head to the arcade." Adam tells us, as he walks through the entrance. We walk for a few minutes, then arrive at the arcade.

"Max and Ross, take some coins. Knock yourselves out." Tim hands us a bag of coins, then runs after Adam and Barney.

"So, what do you want to do first?" I ask Max, who was looking around at the games. He stopped at a claw machine, which was full of stuffed toys.

"Let's do this. Look, there's a narwhal. Hand me a few coins." Max inserts the coins into the machine, then starts the game.

He attempts to latch on to the narwhal, but as soon as he lifts the claw, it falls out of his grasp. He groans as I hand him some more coins.

For a few minutes, Max keeps attempting to get the toy. I assure him that I didn't need it, but he wouldn't listen. He continued to try and grab it, each time getting closer and closer. Finally, after what must have been ten or so tries, the toy makes it into the box where you could retrieve it. We both cheer as Max takes it out, then hands it to me.

I grin as my face heats up, and I hug the narwhal tight. Max grins at me, then I proceed to hug him.

"Having fun?"

I jump to hear the voice of Adam, who had been right behind us. I let go of Max, then turn to him in disappointment and embarrassment.

"Y-Yeah. Max got me this!" I hold up the toy so that Adam can see it, and he laughs. I bite my cheek as I hold it against my chest.

"Anyways, we're going to go to the park now. You guys coming or not?" Adam starts to walk away.

"Yea! Come on Ross!" Max takes my hand, and we run after Adam. I hold his hand tight, and in my other hand I clutch the narwhal.

When we arrive at the park, the stars are out, and there's not a single cloud in the sky. It was beautiful, considering the fact that the clouds had littered the sky almost every other night. 

Somehow, Max was still holding my hand. My body started to get warmer, and I could feel my heart beating faster than usual. We walk around the park, which had a gigantic lake in middle.

After awhile, Adam, Barney and Tim were so far ahead that it was just me and Max.

-Max's POV-

I clutched Ross' hand as hard as I could, so that I would never have to let go. His hand was warm, and he seemed pretty content. This made me a lot less nervous, and I was really enjoying it.

"The lake is so pretty." Ross says, looking at the lake as we walked.

"It sure is." I reply. 

We spot a nearby bench which was facing the lake, and decide to sit down. Ross leaned on my shoulder, and I leaned on his head. We sat there in silence for what felt like forever, looking at the night sky and the beautiful lake.

"H-Hey Max?"


"I, Uh, have started to feel really weird around you lately."

My heart starts beating a million times faster.

"What do you mean?" I ask, closing my eyes.

"Well, um, I always feel really warm and tingly around you, and my heartbeat increases in pace. It's really really weird."

I have no response. I had no idea what to do. Was he confessing to me? He seemed completely clueless as to what he was feeling, and I wanted to cry.

But my next move was something that I had to do, something that I longed to do. I lift up my head, then turn to face Ross. I then lift his chin so that he's looking me in the eyes, and move my face closer to his.

Then I do it.

-Tim's POV-

"Holy fuck. Did Max just fucking kiss Ross?!"

We sat in the bushes, watching the two as they kissed. I was speechless. Ross didn't pull away, and it lasted a good ten seconds. They sat there, completely still, as the wind started to rustle the leaves on the trees.

Finally, they pull away. All they do is look each other in the eyes. I'm still speechless as Adam and Barney rise out of the bush.

We head over to them, being very quiet and acting like we didn't see what just happened.

"Hey guys, what are you doing?" I ask, trying not to squeal.

"U-UM NOTHING!" Ross jumps up, almost hitting Max in the face with his elbow. Even though it was dark, I could tell that Max had turned into a tomato. Ross had a very nervous look on his face, yet seemed very relieved.

"Anyways, let's head back home. It's getting late, and I'm hungry." I say, as Max stands up. He grabs the narwhal and hands it to Ross.



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