"Wither, that leaves you with Elixir in the boathouse." Josh watched Kevin's head snap up at the mere mention of his boyfriend.
"What?" Kevin blinked up at Emma cluelessly.
"Mr Ford, are you going to pay attention or am I going to have to go into your mind and tell the class the reason you're not listening to me?" She warned, as she approached his desk, arms folded. "And I don't think you want that, because - judging by your reaction to my threat - you're thinking something very incriminating about someone in this room."
"No, miss Frost." He smiled back sarcastically. "My thoughts are perfectly innocent." She frowned at his reply, not enjoying being mocked by one of her students.
"Less of the attitude, Kevin." She ordered. "I'm not explaining to you what you just ignored me telling the class, so I'll leave Mr Keller to explain it to you. And you better hope he does it well, because if you and Mr Foley slip up I'll be seeing all three of you in detention."
"Man, it sucks you got stuck with the Reaver." Julian turned back to Kevin when Emma left the room.
"What?" Kevin frowned a little.
"Were you seriously not listening at all?" Julian narrowed his eyes a little. "I swear you're on a different planet some days, Ford."
"Whatever." Kevin shrugged, sitting up straight when the New Mutants past him. He allowed his eyes to lock with Josh's before turning his attention back to Julian. "Can you just tell me what I'm actually doing in this whole thing?"
After a fight had broken out between Julian and David again a couple of days back, Cyclops had called that both teams should be punished. Which meant being paired up with someone from the opposite team to spend a whole day working on assigned chores.
"Miss Frost stuck you and Foley together. You're painting the boat house down by the lake, apparently." Julian sighed heavily. "Good luck with that."
"Is it really that-"
"Just look at him." Julian snarled, turning his attention to Josh, who was now leant in the doorway, chatting happily to Laurie. "I bet he has 'Reavers'sewn into his underwear, the freak." Kevin's hands tightened into fists under the table at Julian's words. But still, he kept up the facade.
"So, this boat house thing. It'll just be me and him?" Kevin mumbled, watching his boyfriend intently. He felt a little jealous at the way Josh chuckled and flirted with Laurie. After the 'incident' in the infirmary, she had been a lot more forgiving about the whole Rahne thing and Kevin could see it wouldn't be long before she tried to get Josh back.
"Yeah. Sorry, man, you've gotta face that train wreck on your own." Julian held up his hands and backed away a little. "I, however, have a date with Sofia, cleaning out the pool."
"That doesn't sound like a very good date..." Kevin murmured.
"I think Miss Frost assigned it us on purpose as a way of matchmaking. I mean, me and her, alone, in bathing suits. What could be better?" Julian smirked, flicking his hair out slightly.
"Sure." Kevin agreed mindlessly, his eyes still set on Josh.
"Whatever, man. Make sure you get an early night, because you have twelve hours of Mr Sparkles over there tomorrow."
"Do you ever think about what it would be like if you never left Queens and the Reavers? If you hid your mutation or something?" Kevin sat on the floor, looking up at Josh, whilst stirring some white paint with a thick, wooden paintbrush (as he had been doing for the past forty minutes).
"Sometimes I think about what it would be like if my boyfriend wasn't so lazy and actually bothered to help me with things..." Josh mumbled to himself, pushing his hair from his eyes and leaving a big, white smudge on his forehead.
"I heard that!" Kevin spoke up.
"I am helping. I'm mixing the paint." Josh shot him a look. "Well, if you were wearing a shirt, maybe I could concentrate long enough to actually do something productive."
"It's hot!" Josh retorted, turning to Kevin and throwing his hands onto his hips, flicking paint everywhere from the paintbrush in his left hand.
"Yes, you are." Kevin smirked.
"You're unbelievable." Josh rolled his eyes and went back to painting. "And yes, I do think about the Reavers sometimes. And, honestly, that was the biggest mistake of my life. I don't even want to consider what I would've gone on to do to my own kind if I had stuck around."
"You certainly wouldn't be sleeping with me." Kevin chuckled, lifting the paintbrush from the paint can and watching the paint slowly drip back down.
"Yes, Kevin. I would definitely not be sleeping with you." Josh rolled his eyes again.
"That would be the worst thing!" Kevin laughed.
"Again - you're unbelievable." Josh sighed, flicking the brush a little more carelessly now.
"Oh, come on, 'Lix! I'm joking!" Kevin laughed, watching the way Josh's muscles flexed with each movement.
"I've been painting the same wall for three and a half hours! I'm not in the mood for jokes." Josh huffed, pushing his hair away again and getting even more paint on his skin.
"I helped." Kevin bit his lip in anticipation of Josh's answer to his teasing statement.
"You know what?" Josh pushed the paintbrush deep into the paint can and stormed over to Kevin. "Your all-black outfits are tacky!" He quickly drew the brush across Kevin's chest, leaving a thick, white line on his shirt.
"Josh!" Kevin exclaimed, standing quickly. "What the hell?!"
"Wow, he can stand! It's a miracle!" Josh spoke mockingly, a smile threatening to take his lips for the first time today.
"I'm gonna kill you!" Kevin laughed, pulling his gloves off and pushing his hands into the paint can, covering them in paint.
"That would probably be more productive than anything else you've done today." Josh teased, flicking the brush and sending splatters of paint all over Kevin's body.
"Shut up and kiss me." Kevin ordered, smirking a little. Tucking the paintbrush into his back pocket, Josh promptly took Kevin's wrists and held his hands above him, before pushing a chaste kiss to Kevin's lips.
"Yeah, I'm not falling for that." Josh whispered, his eyes set on Kevin's.
"You're no fun." Kevin smirked.
"That's not what you were saying last night." Josh bit his lip in an attempt to suppress his smirk.
"You're a really bad boy sometimes." Kevin kissed Josh gently, causing the other boy to smile a little into the contact.
"That is what you wearing saying last night." Josh chuckled, taking both of Kevin's wrists in one hand, the paint dripping over his fingers.
"Aren't you supposed to be painting?" Kevin smirked when Josh used his free hand to push up his shirt.
"Why do you have to wear long sleeved shirts all the time? You would look so hot in a really tight fitting T-shirt or, y'know, no shirt at all." Josh moaned with a pout.
"Sure. I mean, that would look totally great on the news. 'Mutant teenager harms fellow students because his boyfriend wanted to see him shirtless more'." Kevin laughed, clicking his fingers to drip more paint into Josh's hair.
"You're so perfect." Josh murmured, ignoring Kevin's statement and tugging on his shirt.
"If you want me to take my shirt off, you're gonna have to release my hands." Kevin laughed slightly. Josh moaned a little in defeat, obviously contemplating what he wanted most. Retrieving the paintbrush from his pocket, he swiped it across Kevin's face.
"Don't try anything." He warned, releasing Kevin's wrists. Slowly, Kevin pealed his now paint covered shirt from his body.
"Better?" He smirked, amused at the way Josh bit his lip at the sight.
"Mmhmm." Josh hummed.
"Come here." Kevin ordered softly. Josh quickly took Kevin into his arms and kissed him.
"I love you." Josh whispered sweetly.
"Oh yeah?" The mischievous smirk on Kevin's lips caused Josh to frown suspiciously.
"Kev," Josh warned, stepping back and holding out the paintbrush between them in what he hoped was a threatening manner. "Don't even think about-" His words were cut off when Kevin pushed his hands over Josh's chest, leaving a messy, white trail on his golden skin.
"You are so dead!" Josh laughed, stepping back quickly and flicking the paintbrush to shower Kevin in paint.
"Awww. Did I mess up your perfect appearance again, Joshy?" Kevin spoke in a patronizing tone and pouted mockingly.
"I really hate you, you know that?" Josh laughed, pushing his own hands into the paint and then to Kevin's chest. Kevin quickly took Josh's paint-covered hands in his own and tugged him closer, kissing him passionately.
"I know." He whispered with a small smirk. Josh pulled his hands free from Kevin's and pushed them against the back of his boyfriend's jeans, leaving two perfect, white handprints on his ass.
"Josh!" Kevin complained, turning in a pointless attempt to see Josh's work.
"You're so annoying sometimes."
"You love it." Josh whispered, chuckling.
"I love you!" Kevin smiled a genuine, loving smile, before pushing his painted hands into Josh's hair and kissing him. Hearing the door open, Kevin quickly pushed Josh back and looked to the ground.
"Hey. Guys?" Surge looked up as she entered the room and stopped when she saw Josh and Kevin avoiding looking at each other and blushing excessively. "Ummm... How did you..." She looked over the scene in front of her and gestured to the paint covered bodies of the boys. "I'm not even gonna ask."
"Nori!" Josh smiled with a little too much enthusiasm and blushed more, forcing an awkward laugh. "What... Erm... What are you doing here?"
"Mercury and I finished early so Miss Frost sent us to check on everyone else." She frowned a little, catching a glimpse of the handprints on Kevin's jeans, which caused Kevin to quickly turn to hide them. "I can see you're... Ummm... Doing fine."
"Yeah, thanks, Nori. Everything's good here." Josh flashed her a perfect, confident smile, regaining his composure after Kevin's kiss had thrown him off so much.
"Umm... I'm just gonna..." She gestured behind her awkwardly.
"See you later, Josh."
"Bye, Nori." Josh bit his lip as she left the boathouse.
"Well, that was close." Kevin laughed. "What do you think she thought?"
"I don't even wanna know." Josh smirked, stepping closer to his boyfriend and dropping his voice to a seductive whisper.
"And right now I don't care."
"You're so insatiable, Mr Foley." Kevin bit his lip, before pushing a kiss to Josh's forehead.
"Only when it comes to you."