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Tim woke up as the sun started to peek through the window, rolling over with a sharp inhale and stretching his arms but trying not to whack his boyfriend in the process. He stared through the cracks in the blinds, seeing the outlines of the neighborhood beginning to bustle around them. Moms getting their kids ready for school, people sipping coffee on their front yards. It wasn’t the kind of life he had, and he was okay with that. But it was nice to see a glimpse into what was happening around him. After a moment he rolled over, ready to wake up his boyfriend but was surprised to see that he was not even there. Not confining himself to his side of the bed this time, he gave one more big stretch before standing up to go investigate. Jay never woke up before him, so this was strange.

He figured it out quickly as he walked into the hallway, smelling the pancakes and coffee he let his feet move him towards the kitchen with a smile.

“Morning, sleepyhead.” Jay smiled, flipping the last pancake and motioning for Tim to sit at the table.

“Morning.” He yawned, sitting down. “You’re up early.”

“Yeah, I got a call for a potential client this morning.” Jay turned off the stove, bringing the plate of pancakes along with two clean plates and silverware over to the table. He grabbed the mugs, filling them with coffee and of course the butter and syrup before sitting down across from Tim. “Figured I’d do something nice while I was up. Since you’re the one always making breakfast for me.”

“Well thank you.” Tim gave a small smile, reaching across their small dining table to kiss Jay on the cheek. He settled back down in his chair, noticing the smile on Jay’s face as well as he started to dig in. “So you got a job? What is it?”

Jay was a freelance videographer, and Tim worked at a music store. They both love what they did but money was tight. So the potential of another job for this week was good. It would help them a lot.

“Oh! So this guy just wants me to… Follow him around for like two days and record him. Like a documentary kind of thing.”

“Really? Sounds simple enough. When is it?”

Jay sighed, taking a sip of his coffee. “It starts tomorrow. So it would interfere with the other job I booked but maybe I should do this one instead. It’s going to pay $3,000..”

Tim almost spit out his drink at that.

“$3,000?! Jay, that would help us out so much.”

“I know! Do you think I should take that one instead? Or- wait! You’re off this weekend what if you did it and I could still do the other job?” Jay being the nerd he was, had plenty of cameras to get the jobs done.

Tim thought for a moment on it. It was a good idea.

 

“I don’t know. It sounds like a big job. I wouldn’t want to mess it up.”

“You’d do great. You’re following a guy around with a camera. No fancy angles. He wants just… Raw and focused on him. Only if you want to though, if you don’t I’ll just take this job and dump the other one.”

“No! I’ll do it.” Tim cracked a small smile, in which Jay did the same. “I want to help. You’ll just have to show me how to use your camera.” He chuckled.

“Of course! Thank you.” He reached to grab his hand. “This will be good. Maybe we can afford a nice date with it or something.”

“If this goes well, I'll take you on two nice dates.” He grinned, giving his hand a squeeze.

“I’ll be looking forward to it.” Jay smiled, kissing his hand before letting go so he could finish his pancakes. “Do you work today?”

“Nope. I’m off ‘til Monday.” He sighed. “Which is good for this, but they’re cutting my hours.”

“Right…” Jay nodded, scratching the back of his neck. “Well, we’ll worry about that later, yeah? I’ll show you the ropes with the camera and I’ll call the guy saying we can do it. And we can just hang out today. I feel like I haven’t seen you as much recently.”

“I know, I’m sorry.”

“Hey, it happens.” Jay smiled, finishing up his plate and going to put it in the sink. He sat back across from him, still sipping at his coffee. “I’m just happy to see you now.”

“And I’m happy to see you too.”

***

The day passed by quickly, Tim learned about cameras, Jay confirmed the job and they watched a stupid amount of jeopardy. But now it was time for the boys to part for the weekend. Tim got up the next morning, packing his bag while Jay zoomed around the house to get everything he needed for the day.

“You gonna text me the second you get there?” Jay asked as he threw on his jacket.

“Yes. Are you?”

“Yes. It’s not far from here though, yours is all the way up in the mountains.” Jay wandered over, wrapping his arms around Tim’s neck. He pulled Jay close to him, looking down at him with a small loving smile.

“I’ll be fine. As you said, I got this.”

“I know. I’m just going to miss you.”

“I’ll miss you too.”

They spent a few more minutes giving their goodbyes, but eventually, Tim was the only one left in their side of the quaint little duplex.

He finished packing and sat around for a moment until it was time for him to leave as well, locking up the house and loading the car up with everything. He mounted the camera on the dashboard, getting the navigation and music ready on his phone before setting on his journey.

He let the soft tunes and abrupt directions by Siri carry him most of the way there, but as he finished the drive up the mountain he pressed record on the camera. Figured he’d get a head start on recording.

“Hi, uh my name is Tim Wright. I’m currently on my way to this... Project. I told my boyfriend I’d help him out with. They said we would get like 3 grand but I’m not quite sure what to expect. Like what if this is secretly some... Old lady, that wants me to do some weird shit? No.. I’m not doing that. I’ll find another way to make this money if I need to. But..” He sighed, turning at the long lengthy driveway as Siri chimed for his arrival. “I guess I’ll find out soon.”

He turned off the music and navigation, parking the car and taking a moment to text Jay before grabbing the camera. As he got out he almost threw a punch at the man suddenly by the driver's side.

“Oh.. sorry I didn’t mean to scare ya.” The guy chuckled. He couldn’t have been much older than Tim which was a relief. “You must be Jay’s helper! Tim, right?”

“Uh.. yeah.” He extended the hand that wasn’t holding the camera. The guy gave a big grin, shaking Tim’s hand.

“It’s nice to meet you, Tim. My name is Alex Kralie. Are you ready to get started?”