Tex rejoices for being reunited with his pie plate and sets another place at the table. During dinner, Krolia is almost smug as she observes the fruits of yesterday's spur-of-the-moment maneuvering to help Keith out with his crush.
“It was two months and you know it,” his dad corrects, but the point stands. “And we weren’t setting a record for you to break, baby.”
It softens them on the idea of Keith leaving, though, the quiet murmuring between themselves going from skeptical to thoughtfully accepting.
It’s not a bad outcome, though. They both like Shiro and they’re happy for Keith, even if things are moving at a surprising speed.
Krolia has to agree there.
In his dad’s hand dangles a lengthy chain of silvery foil packets, which he offers to Keith like it’s nothing more embarrassing than a first-aid kit.
“It’s just so we can leave early in the morning,” he tells his parents, cheeks reddening as neither of them looks especially surprised or convinced by his reasoning.
“Hey,” Tex says, beckoning Keith back while Shiro loads his bags into the car. “If you’re even a little bit unhappy, you can call us and we’ll be there in three hours tops to bring you home, alright?”
“I mean it,” Tex insists, pulling him in and pressing a kiss to the top of his head. “You let us know if you need -anything-. Love you, kid. Take care.”
“And bring us back some seashells!” his dad calls as they clamber into the Volvo, waving.
“Doubtful,” Keith snorts.
“That’s not a no,” Shiro murmurs under his breath.
"You didn't even scream when you stepped on it," Shiro observes, awed.
“Really? And you want your first time to be with me? Here?” Shiro asks in a tone that reads half flattered and half incredulous.
“Yeah,” Keith answers, his voice low and husky-dry. His hands curl tighter around Shiro’s shoulders. “With you, anywhere.”
And just as everything seems to be moving in the direction Keith wants, Shiro jolts still and pulls back, interrupting the kiss.
“Don’t worry! I came prepared,” Keith purrs in his ear, excited for the chance to be the suave savior of their evening. He springs up from the bed and darts to his bag, rummaging
Keith grabs the first condom he sees and raises it high, triumphant— then belatedly realizes that it’s still connected to a dozen other foil packets, forming a chain of condoms so long that it ends somewhere in the depths of his duffel.
“What now?” Keith asks as he tears off one of the silvery foil packets and tosses it at Shiro.
Keith’s glad to have found it, at any rate. Him. Shiro.
“Low quantity, high quality,” Keith grins, convinced that Shiro’s chest might be the best pillow he’s ever slept on in his life. He’s a little sore, but no worse than he might be after a long ride; if anything, he’d kind of like to roll Shiro over once more...
It’s a small town. Word gets around. And this? Keith Kogane shacking up at the motel with the handsome stranger that just blew into town? That’s top tier grocery-aisle gossip that’s all too likely to circle back to his parents.
Keith hums, glancing past Shiro and into the bedroom, wistfully. The only place he wants to be is by Shiro's side.
“Keith,” Shiro sighs as he leans against the doorframe, looking hopelessly fond. “I don’t think I could ever get tired of you.”
It’s all the enabling Keith needs.
“You too, huh?” Shiro laughs when Keith grumbles and buries his face in the Shiro’s shoulder.
For you 😘🏍️
Shiro does the same, watching recordings of Keith as he drifts off— even the crappy one of him working on the Volvo in his uncle’s shop. -Especially- that one, Shiro says. The perfect reminder of where and when they first met.
"As long as you come home to visit us," Krolia says, she and Tex holding him tight. "And Shiro, too."
His boyfriend sneakily wipes away a tear as the picture is unveiled, only to end up openly crying when Tex and Krolia proudly declare that he’s like a son to them as they hug goodbye.
Thank you for reading!! This went on so much longer than I ever meant it to and your support helped so much. Once I have some time, I'll gather this up and post it to AO3 :) And if you feel like it, here's my ko-fi!