Jonny was sure that him and Thom would have been able to make it work after he graduated, and he was sure their band was going to hit it big, but of course nothing came of it, they all went their separate ways, keeping in touch as much as they could, but eventually real life got in the way and slowly they all started to lose contact with each other. The only other person he really kept in contact with was Colin, but that was only because he was his brother and they always, somehow managed to make time for each other. Which was where they were now, both of the brothers in a small café with their girlfriends talking about a letter Jonny had gotten in the mail.
"You should do it! It's an honor to be invited!" Said Sally, Jonny's girlfriend.
"She's right, you seriously are going to pass up an opportunity to talk music with other like-minded people for a whole weekend? I don't believe it" said Colin with a smile as he took a drink.
"I understand what you are all saying, I'm just not sure about it. I'm not as good as the rest of the people that will be there, it has to be a mistake" said Jonny, not knowing when to actually accept praise for what he has done.
"Bullshit darling! You are just as good or better than everyone attending! It's no accident that you got that invite!" Said Sally as she grabbed the invite and pulled a pen out of her purse and checked him as going. Jonny's eyes got wide and he tried to reach over to take it from her but she was quicker as she put it into her purse. "I'm mailing this as soon as we walk out of the restaurant!" She said with a smirk as Dorothy and Colin let out a laugh. Jonny let out a sigh and slouched further into his chair.
The invitation they were talking about was for a convention for all of the up and coming musicians along with some older ones. It was more of a get together than anything, a place where people could talk about music and what they've been doing and also get help on things if they were stuck. Jonny had to admit, it was an amazing opportunity, and he wanted to jump all over it, but he wasn't so sure about it. He, of course, didn't think he was good enough to be there, even though his friends and brother tell him otherwise. He now had a week to prepare for it seeing as there was no changing Sally's mind once she had put it toward something. They finished up their lunch and the couples went their separate ways and headed back to their houses or to run errands.
That week went by quicker than Jonny would have liked and at 8am on that Friday he was running around, making sure he had everything he would need for the weekend. It was held in downtown London so there would be rooms ready for them to stay at and was only an hour and a half drive for Sally if she wanted to visit. He was just checking to make sure his viola and Ondes Martenot were secure in their cases when Sally came up behind him and put her arms around his waist and kissed him on the cheek.
"I'm going to miss you darling" she said and Jonny smiled and turned in her arms so he was facing her. He put his arms around her neck and leaned down and gave her a kiss.
"Like I said, you could always visit if you get lonely" he said and she smiled.
"I may take you up on that offer" she said back and then stepped away and looked at her watch. "You better get your gorgeous ass moving or you'll be late for check in" she said and Jonny gave her one more kiss before he gathered his things and headed to the car and then start on his way to London.
Jonny pulled up to the hotel/convention centre a bit later and allowed a valet to take his car after he gathered his things again and headed inside. He was waiting in line to get his room when he heard his name being shouted, or really his nickname, that he hadn't heard since high school. His eyes got wide and he turned around just in time to see Thom walking up to him, and fast. He set his things down just as Thom came up to him and Thom dropped his things as well as he pulled the taller man into a tight embrace. Jonny still couldn’t believe that Thom was there but he hugged back as a wide smile appeared on his face. They both pulled back and looked each other up and down. Thom now was sporting a beard and had grown his hair out again.
"It's so great that you were invited too!" Said Thom excitedly. Thom took in Jonny this time and shook his head. "I swear, you never age! It's not fair" he said as he picked up his bags and motioned for Jonny to do the same seeing as he was next. He picked up his things and went to the front desk and gave his name. He was quickly handed a key and he took it as he stood off to the side to wait for Thom. Once things were squared away they both made their way to the elevators and waited for them to arrive. "So, what has Jonny Greenwood been up to? Outside of the papers that is. You've made quite a name for yourself with movie scores" he said and Jonny bowed his head and laughed a bit, still not used to getting praise from Thom. It had been at least 30 years since the last time they saw each other for longer than five minutes and Jonny couldn't help the feelings that started to come back, but he quickly pushed those down and hoped they didn't surface again.
"Nothing new really, what about you? Mr. Big shot DJ, how many celebrities do you get to hang out with in a weekend?" He asked and Thom rose his head high.
"It gets old after a while, but same, nothing new" he said as the elevator dinged and the doors opened. They both walked in and Thom hit his floor button and looked to Jonny, asking silently which floor.
"Same" he said and Thom's smile grew. Thom had to admit to himself he was really hoping to run into Jonny that weekend, he had been thinking about the guy lately and had thoughts of getting back in touch, but he figured he wouldn't be welcomed, and also his girlfriend was a bit clingy and jealous. This weekend was a godsend and he was more than happy to get away from her and now really happy that Jonny was there and had decided to come. He had been lying to himself for a while and he had just came to the conclusion, though he had known for longer than that, that he was an idiot for falling out of touch with him and he now hoped that the weekend would help him with everything and that they could try and get back to where they were before everything.
They both exited when the doors opened and realized that their rooms were next to each other.
"I'll see you in a bit yea? Let's get our things settled and get this weekend started" suggested Thom and Jonny smiled and nodded before going into his room.
As soon as Jonny shut the door and set his things down he let out a breath and leaned against the door and put his head in his hands. He hadn't realized how much he still cared for Thom until he had seen him again, of course this was bad because he still liked Sally as well...Or he thought he did. Seeing him again had brought up those old feelings and he had realized then as well that he really hadn't been happy, just content. He had to be careful this weekend or else he knew he'd do something stupid and he couldn't do that to Sally. He took a couple more breaths and pushed himself off of the door and started to get settled in. He had just set his instruments on the table of the small kitchen when there was a knock at his door. He walked over and opened it to reveal Thom.
"Ready to go mingle?" He asked and Jonny let out a laugh.
"As ready as I'll ever be I guess"
"Don't worry! I'll be there"
"Yea, two socially awkward guys trying to get through a weekend of socializing, there's no way that could go bad" joked Jonny and Thom laughed as they started toward the elevators again to meet in one of the main dining halls for breakfast and opening ceremonies.
The breakfast went by uneventful, as the plates were cleared the head of the convention made his way to the front and stood on the stage in front of the whole room. The room quieted down as he rose his hands.
"I would like to thank all of you for making it here today! It's a great honor to house all of you here and I'm hoping that this weekend will be as enjoyable and fun as I think it will be. Now, as you walked in you have been handed a program that includes all of the musicians present this weekend along with a schedule of events. I would also like you to keep in mind, if you are on the event to showcase an instrument or a piece of work that you appear at that certain hall with plenty of time to set up. Now, I think that's all that really needs to be said, so, go on and have fun!" He said and everyone applauded as he walked off the stage.
Jonny opened the program and started to go through who was there, seeing if he wanted to talk to any of them, he was pleased to find quite a few, he then turned to the schedule for that day and looked it over, Thom leaning over and going over it as well. They both commented on what they wanted to see and do and realized that they could make it all work and still hang out for the whole day which caused Thom to be very happy about that and Jonny to get a weird feeling in his stomach that he hadn't felt since he had first met Thom in school.
They spent the whole day going from panel to panel and talking with other musicians. 9Pm rolled around and all of the panels had ended and Thom and Jonny were sitting in Jonny's room while they looked at the surrounding bars to catch up more over a couple drinks.
It was about half an hour later and they were both sat in a corner booth, a pitcher of beer between them, both with pint glasses. They also had some chips and crisps sat in the middle of the table, they were both laughing about a story Thom was telling about one of the Fashion Shows he was a part of.
"Seriously? Every single one tripped? How does that even happen?" Asked Jonny, controlling his laughter and taking a drink.
"I don't even know! Like, it just happened" he said, taking a drink of his own. "So, anything crazy go on in the world of scoring movies?" He said as he took a chip and popped it into his mouth.
"Not really...Though, I remember the first time I was asked and I wrote everything out right? Well, I handed out the music and everyone just kind of stared and laughed. First I thought I did something wrong but one of them stood up and was like 'You are one crazy son of a bitch, I like you' and sat back down and everyone nodded in agreement and started practicing"
"Oh god! Though, in all fairness, you do come up with some pretty crazy ideas, though I didn't mind one but" he said as the waitress came back. They ordered another pitcher and a couple shots. She nodded and walked away to put in the order.
Around midnight they decided to call it a night, they were pretty drunk and had fun attempting to make it back to the hotel. They managed somehow and were leaning against each other as they waited for the elevator. Jonny had his arm around Thom's shoulders and Thom had his arm around Jonny's waist, both still laughing about something that had happened back in school. The elevator dinged and they stumbled in. Thom tripped over the edge and went down, but Jonny caught him. In the process, though it had Jonny stumble back against the back of the elevator and Thom hanging onto Jonny for dear life, this also brought them closer together. The door shut on them right after, not noticing the woman standing off to the side, just out of eye shot, glaring at the two.
Jonny cleared his throat and tried not to think about Thom's body against his, Thom was in the same boat. He pulled back and let out a small laugh as he righted himself.
"Sorry" he said and Jonny just smiled.
"No problem" he said as they now stood beside each other, both thinking about what had just happened. The door opened and they walked out and toward their rooms. Jonny stopped in front of his and turned to Thom before going in. "Tonight was fun, it was great catching up" he said and Thom nodded.
"We'll definitely do it again tomorrow?" He asked and Jonny nodded. Thom hesitated for a second before walking up to him and leaning up and kissing him on the cheek. Jonny's eyes got wide but he didn't pull away. He just smiled and leaned into it. It was over quick though as Thom went back down on his feet. "Good night Jonny" he said as he walked off and went into his room and Jonny did the same, again both missing the woman standing at the end of the hall watching the both of them with anger in her eyes.