"Elixir!" Kevin snapped, standing in the doorway to the kitchen, where the rest of the students were eating breakfast. "I need to talk to you. Now. My room."
There was a chorus of 'oohs' from the other mutants as Josh stood from where he was sat and made his way over to the door.
"He's so gonna kick your ass!"
"What did you do now?"
"Can't you two just get along?"
Josh smirked at the phrases being yelled at him. They really had no idea. Following the corridor all the way to the end, he tapped lightly on the door that Wither had only just entered.
"Ugh!" Kevin reached out and pulled Josh inside by his collar. "You're seriously knocking?!"
"Don't. Just, don't think." He commanded, shutting and locking the door behind them.
"What are you-" Once again Josh was cut off, this time by a kiss. He moaned a little as the sparking feeling in his lips returned.
"Listen. I have spent the last few years thinking I would never touch another person ever again, okay? I now... Now, I can. I want to know..." Kevin's eyes met Josh's and Josh couldn't help noticing the slight hunger in them.
"Want to know what?" Josh pushed, stepping closer.
"I want to know what it's like to be touched." Kevin's voice was low and quiet.
"I can help with that." Josh whispered, kissing the other boy quickly.
"You know, the others are still convinced we hate each other."
"I do hate you, Foley." Kevin teased, wrapping his arms around Josh's waist.
"I can see that." Josh smirked, before biting Kevin's lower lip lightly and pushing his hands into the other boy's dark hair.
"I do. You're frustrating, arrogant and annoying, and the gold skin thing is tacky." Kevin continued, lifting the hem of Josh's shirt and drawing tiny circles on his lower back with his index finger.
"Mmhmm." Josh agreed with a sarcastic smile. "Now, you can either keep maintaining the story that you hate me, or you can kiss me. Your choice?"
"Ummm... That's a tough one." Kevin smirked. Josh noted that he'd never seen him smile so much, or at all, really. "I mean, I really do-"
"Yeah, shut up." Josh ordered softly, pushing their lips together again. "You took too long to choose. I'm choosing for you." The words were a gentle whisper, before they kissed again.
"See! You're so annoying!" Kevin laughed.
"You love it." Josh stepped back a little and took Kevin's hand, pulling him over to the bed. He pushed Kevin back roughly, so that he fell down onto the bed, and climbed on top of him, laughing.
"Asshole." Kevin threw Josh off his body and onto the bed beside him.
"Uh huh." Josh agreed absentmindedly, as his ran a finger down Kevin's neck.
"You're so gay!" Kevin laughed, watching the way the other boy stared so intently at his lips. Josh frowned for a moment, his eyes flicking up to meet Kevin's.
"You're kidding me, right?" He raised his eyebrows.
"I didn't say I wasn't." Kevin held his hands up, tilting his head a little, an adorable smile on his lips.
"You're not wearing your gloves." Josh noted, interlocking their fingers.
"I know," Kevin smirked. "I don't need to. Plus, I brought you here to touch my skin, not my gloves."
"You should smile more. It's cute." Josh bit his lip lightly, flicking his gaze between Kevin's eyes and his lips.
"I'm not cute, Josh." Kevin narrowed his eyes.
"If you say so." Josh teased, tapping Kevin on the nose in a patronizing manner.
"Never do that again." Kevin warned.
"Or what, darkness?" Josh teased.
"Or I will kick your ass." Josh laughed at Kevin's threat, before repeating the gesture. "Okay, that's it!" Laughing, Kevin grabbed Josh's waist and flipped him onto his back before straddling his hips and pinning his hands to the mattress.
"You're not leaving this bed until you swear you will never do that again." He stated, smiling proudly.
"Yeah, I'm not saying that. I'm more than happy in this position, cutie." Josh pouted a little and looked up at Kevin with an amused expression.
"You're such a little slut." Kevin laughed, leaning down and placing a soft kiss on Josh's lips.
"All yours." Josh smiled under the kiss. "Now, you gonna let me go so I can do what you called me in here for?"
Releasing Josh's arms, Kevin took the golden mutant's face in his hands and kissed him. Josh placed his hands on Kevin's waist, pushing up his shirt to touch his skin.
"Elixir..." Kevin breathed, sending shivers through Josh's body. Josh knew how much this meant to the other boy. This was somebody who had spent years believing he would never have this contact.
"Kevin," Josh drew his fingers up Kevin's back, enjoying every second of the strange, electrifying sensation within their touch. "How does this feel for you? How do you feel about me and you? Doing this?"
"Josh, shut up." Kevin chuckled in response. "This is everything I've wanted since my mutation manifested. I need this."
"But you didn't want this with me, right?" Josh turned his face away, closing his eyes. "You want a girl. You want Laurie."
"Listen to me," Kevin ordered, directing Josh's attention back to himself.
"I was jealous of you and Laurie. Of course I was. But you're still too blind to see why!" "Kevin, I don't-"
"I want you, Josh. I always wanted you. And only you." He whispered, dropping his head closer to Josh's. "I saw you and her together every day and I felt so damn jealous... Of her. And that confused me. So I chose to attempt to convince myself it was her I wanted, not you. But it didn't work. It's never worked. All I've wanted is this."
"You... Really? I'm... Kevin, I don't... I don't understand. Why didn't you tell me?" Josh didn't allow his eyes to break contact with Kevin's for even a moment.
"Why would I? You were with Laurie or Rahne and I had no reason to ever think you'd want me! Especially when I was sure I couldn't even touch you."
"You should've said something." Josh whispered, his mind running through every past moment they'd spent together.
"Why? What would that have accomplished?" Kevin closed his eyes and sighed heavily.
"Because I love you, Kev." The words were so quiet, that Josh himself could barely hear them.
"What?" Kevin pulled back slightly, his eyes snapping open.
"Please don't make me say it again." Josh begged.
"How long?" Kevin demanded. "How long have you felt like this, Josh?"
"A while." Josh threw his head back onto the pillow, looking up at the wall behind him with a sigh. "I know it's stupid and I shouldn't, but I just do. I can't help it. And now that my powers have progressed, I wanted to touch you. I needed it for me. It was a totally selfish decision."
"Josh, this isn't- I'm a monster. I destroy things. That's what I do. How could you possibly lo-"
"Don't say it." Josh cut off his words, his cheeks a soft pink. "Please. Just don't."
"Do you want to be with me?" Kevin asked, a hint of confusion in his tone.
"More than anything." Josh confessed, sliding his hands up under the other boy's shirt. Kevin leant down so that their bodies were pressed together and his lips where less than an inch from Josh's ear.
"I love you too." He whispered. Josh could feel both of their hearts beating fast. A strong smile took Josh's lips and he pulled Kevin impossibly closer.
"Say it again." He begged, after Kevin kissed him once.
"I love you, Elixir."
"I love you too, Wither."