"Elixir! Snap out of it!" David's voice broke through Josh's daze.
"What?" Josh blinked his daydream away, slowly bringing his mind back to the cafeteria, where he sat at a small table with the rest of the New Mutants team after a long morning training with the Hellions Squad. Of course, this didn't go too well for Josh, who was distracted by Kevin's actions a total of thirty one times in two hours.
"Seriously, Josh! Where's your head right now?" The voices began to fade again as Josh sighed peacefully, his mind falling back to thoughts of Kevin's perfectly scruffy hair.
"Josh!" All of his teammates snapped, in perfect sync.
"Sorry, what?" Josh bit into his lower lip, still not 100% back to reality.
"What is it with you recently?" Laurie narrowed her eyes at him a little.
"Sorry, I-" he stopped himself, unsure of what to say. I'm madly in love with one of the Hellions, who just happens to love me right back. "I'm just a little distracted."
"By what?" Laurie frowned, causing Josh to wonder if she might be jealous. "You've been weird for the past few months, but these last couple of weeks, you've just been so... So... Far away."
"It's no big deal." He gave her a small smile to hide his lie.
"Laurie has a point." David spoke up, causing Josh to pout a little in irritation. "And you're always sneaking out of our room."
"Honestly, it's nothing." Josh shrugged and stood, gathering his books.
"Is it a girl?" Sofia raised her eyebrows, causing Laurie to shoot her a look.
"No! It's definitely not a girl!" He laughed.
"It's not Wolfsbane again, is it?" Sofia's voice carried a warning tone.
"No, I swear. It's not a girl. It's definitely not Rahne." Josh smirked a little at their attempts to figure out what was getting him so crazy.
"Why won't you just tell us?" Laurie frowned. "We're your team. We're not supposed to have secrets."
"It's not really a secret. Because, I mean, it's not important." Josh smiled to himself a little.
"See!" Laurie stood quickly and pointed her index finger at his face.
"What?" He laughed.
"That smile! That's a new smile! What does it mean, Josh?" She wiggled her finger accusingly at him, so close that he leaned back a little.
"It doesn't mean anything. It's just a smile." He flicked his head, clearing his hair from his eyes.
"Who is she, Josh?" He heard the mutants around them chuckle a little at Laurie's obviously jealousy.
"She," he began, smirking at her. "Doesn't exist."
"Ugh! Liar! I can read you like a book." She crossed her arms over her chest and slumped back down into her chair.
"There's seriously no-" he stopped, choosing to avoid the phrase 'no one', as to lie to his team. "There's no girl. I promise."
"I swear you're gold-er than usual." All of the New Mutants shot Jay confused looks when he spoke up.
"What?" Josh raised an eyebrow, smirking.
"Like," Jay narrowed his eyes at Josh a little. "You look... More gold."
"I guess he's kind of right, Josh." Sofia agreed. "Y'know, other than when you get those strange grey marks on your neck..."
Josh laughed awkwardly. "Umm... Yeah, I've gotta go. I told Dani I would- I have to- Bye!"
He quickly ducked out of the situation, escaping the cafeteria and heading for his room. Sighing heavily, he made a mental note to check his skin more for signs Kevin's touch more intently next time. He blushed at the thought.
"Hey, 'Lixir." Kevin whispered, appearing beside Josh, who quickly scanned the corridor for other students. Josh's heart skipped a beat at the way Kevin dropped the vowel from the start of his name, the way he only did when he wanted something. When he was sure they were alone, Josh pushed a kiss to Kevin's cheek.
"You're getting me in trouble, lover boy." He smirked, hugging his books to his chest.
"That's my job." Kevin grinned, sending Josh's head spinning. "Training starts in twenty minutes. I think that leaves us enough time to... Talk." Taking Josh's hand, he kicked open his bedroom door and pulled his boyfriend inside.
"Kev." Josh stepped back reluctantly when the brunette started kissing his neck. "Seriously, the New Mutants- They think I'm with some girl. They actually considered that I might be back with Rahne."
"You're definitely not with 'some girl'." Kevin smirked, his mind far more focused on other things.
"Kev, we have to tell them some time. You know that, right?" Josh pouted a little, hating to turn down Kevin's advances.
"Why?" Kevin asked, pouting like a child deprived of a toy.
"Because we can't go on like this forever. I don't wanna lie to my teammates all the time, baby." Josh draped his arms over Kevin's shoulders, looking into his eyes.
"Baby?" Kevin frowned a little. "That's weird."
"Sorry." Josh blushed, looking away.
"Don't be. I like it." Kevin pushed a soft kiss to Josh's cheek. "I don't want to tell them, because this is something special between us. I'm not ready to share you with the world just yet."
"When will you be ready?" Josh dropped his head and looked up at his boyfriend through his lashes with pleading eyes. "I want the world to know you're mine."
"Ten, twenty years, maybe?" Kevin teased. "I'm kidding. I don't know, 'Lix. People here don't really like me that much. Why give them another reason?"
"They don't like you?! Kevin, I was with the Reavers before I came here! I don't think they could ever find an excuse to hate you like they hate me." Josh rolled his eyes at the thought. "Some of them at least." He murmured, directing the comment mainly towards a few of Kevin's teammates.
"Josh, I don't want you to get hurt in this." Kevin's words made Josh frown a little as they sat on the bed together.
"I won't. Why would I?"
"I dunno. Julian probably won't love you too much if he finds out you've been distracting me with your perfect appearance the last few months." Kevin joked a little, although they both knew it was true.
"Honestly, I can't think of a person here who hates me more than Julian Keller already does." Josh mumbled, rolling his eyes.
"He doesn't hate you. He's jealous of you." Kevin smiled warmly. "You've got all this spectacular power and he is very limited in what he can do. That's what he thinks, at least. I'm far more limited than he is."
"You're not limited, Kev. You're amazing." Josh sighed. "And there's no way he would be jealous of me... Of anyone! He's far too caught up in himself to notice anyone else, let alone be jealous."
"What do you think people will say?" Kevin blushed, looking down at his hands, which he knotted in his lap.
"I don't know. I think some people will think it's great. But, I guess, others might need some convincing." Josh guided Kevin's face up to look at him and smiled reassuringly. "They'll get over it. I love you. And that's all that matters right now."
"How do we tell them?" Kevin bit into his lower lip nervously.
"I have no idea." Josh confessed. "I guess, we should just stop trying to hide it so much? Leave a few clues? Let them figure it all out themselves?"
"So, we don't tell them? We just let them guess it?" Kevin smiled a little.
"Exactly." Josh pushed a lock of Kevin's hair from the boy's face. "Next time they ask me, I won't lie, yeah?"
"Do you think that'll be long?"
"Probably not." Josh smirked. "I mean, the whole thing with Surge in the boathouse, and then, yesterday, in the danger room, I almost got knocked out because I was thinking about the other night."
"The other night, as in - the night we first tried..." Kevin trailed off, biting his lip. He knew Josh would know exactly what he meant.
"Uh huh." Josh's lips took a mischievous smile, and he quickly kissed Kevin.
"Five minutes 'til class, we could always-"
"Don't have to ask me twice." Josh cut in, before kissing Kevin again, with more passion this time. They fell back onto the bed, laughing slightly. "Give me something new to think about in class, Ford."