I'll Be Here |Joshler|

|Twenty One Pilots Faniction| Tyler Joseph wants to die. Then he meets Josh Dun. Maybe, because of him, he might think twice.

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13. Post-Date

Oh hi trigger warning again sry

Tyler was more nervous than he had ever remembered being in his life.

He paced his bedroom in the light blue button-down, his hair gelled up, which he wasn't sure he liked. He glanced in the mirror one more time, meeting his own dark brown eyes in the reflection, they were wide and terrified. 

He didn't want to be anxious, he should be excited, but the very thought of messing up somehow, which he just knew he was going to do, scared him into wanting to hurt himself again. 

There wasn't enough time for that, though, Josh would be arriving at any moment. 

The ringing of his phone shook him from his thoughts and he quickly answered, hands shaking as he did so.

"H-Hello?"

"Tyler," Ryan spoke, "You ready?"

"U-Um, are you?"

"Not at all," Ryan huffed, and Tyler could hear that he was also pacing. 

"Why?"

"I've never been on a date before."

"Me neither," Tyler admitted, "But that's not all that's driving me crazy."

"Yeah?"

"Yeah, what if they take us to a restaurant?"

There was a pause on the other end of the phone.

"Tyler, you need to eat."

"I know, but it's not that simple, you know that. It'll just be a pain if we go there."

"Well, let's hope they don't take us there."

"Let's."

It was then that the doorbell rang, Tyler's heart gave a tremendous leap in his chest and the butterflies in his stomach began to swarm again. 

"That Josh?"

"Think so."

"Ok, see you soon. I would smell your breath to make sure it's alright, but I'm not actually in your presence."

"Smell it when I see you?"

"Will do."

"Cool, see ya."

"Bye."

Tyler hurriedly took another look in the mirror and then made his way down the stairs just as the doorbell rang out again. He quickly swung the door open.

"Sorry, Josh, I was-"

"Josh?"

Tyler started when he looked up to find none other than Felix standing in his doorway. 

"F-Felix? What are you d-doing here?"

He glanced around nervously, his parents weren't home, this was highly inconvenient. 

"Before you get any ideas, I'm not here to start a fight."

"Then what are you here for?"

Felix frowned, shrugging his jacket tighter over his shoulders.

"To apologize."

"Apologize," Tyler repeated flatly. 

"Yeah," He took a step closer, "Mr. Hemmings had quite the chat with me after my ridiculous suspension. He wanted me to apologize."

"So this is all fake, then? How did you even find my house anyway?"

"Hey," Felix snapped, "You better take my apology, fag, or you'll regret it."

There was a space of silence as Tyler narrowed his eyes at the taller kid. He was so much less intimidating than the last time.

"You know what, Felix? I'm done with this trash. Stop calling me a fag, stop disrupting my life, stop acting like it's my fault that you got in trouble. I'm done with your shit, you hear?"

Felix took a step closer so that he was in Tyler's face, grabbing him by his shirt collar and pushing him against the door.

"I'll make you feel some hell if you don't take that back right now, man," He hissed, pressing his body against Tyler's.

Tyler merely shrugged in his grasp.

"You can't do anything to me that I haven't already done to myself."

Felix's eyes seemed to soften for a moment, but only a moment, before he raised his hand to swing at Tyler.

"I don't know why you even try, Felix, why do you want to hurt me so much? What's your fucking problem-"

Felix was suddenly pushing Tyler further into the door, smashing their lips together. His breath tasted of cigarette smoke and pepperoni, the small, blond fuzz on his chin scuffing Tyler's skin. 

He pulled away quickly, flushing in embarrassment.

"That's my fucking problem," He said gruffly, before turning and making his way back to his car.

Tyler stood on the porch, watching him as he left. He caught his eye in the window, but couldn't read him as he drove off.

"Tyler?" 

Tyler wasn't sure how long he had been standing there, but now Josh appeared beside the porch, brown eyes glimmering in the moonlight as they surveyed Tyler's ethereal appearance. He was wearing a white button down, much to Tyler's relief, and his blue hair was combed back. 

"Hi, Josh," Tyler said quickly, snapping out of his dream-like state. He ran a hand through his new haircut hurriedly. 

"Something wrong, beautiful?"

Tyler started slightly when Josh called him beautiful, but he composed himself enough to say, "I-I-Um, well, do we have time to talk?"

"Of course," Josh replied with a nod, "We don't have to meet until 8:30."

Tyler nodded swiftly, beckoning for Josh to come inside.

He entered, surveying the well-kept kitchen with an approving smile at the smell of flowers that hit his nose. 

"I didn't get to look around much last time I was here."

Tyler turned to him.

"I still don't know how I can ever repay you for what you did."

"Don't worry about it," He said with a wave of his hand, "I did what I had to do to protect you."

Tyler was suddenly hugging him with a fierceness and it took a moment for Josh to wrap his arms around the brunette, as he was taken by surprise.

"Sorry," He said, pulling away swiftly, "It's just... I don't know if I would be... I don't know if I would be alive without you, Josh."

Josh pulled him back into the hug, burying his face in Tyler's shirt and breathing in that wonderful scent, so overwhelming and perfect. 

They were like that for a while until they both felt the other's grips loosen. 

"Shall we talk, then?" Josh asked.

Tyler nodded, sitting down in a rather oversized armchair, or maybe it just looked that way because of how unhealthy Tyler looked; almost skeletal. 

Josh sat down on the couch across from him.

"Felix was just here."

"What?" Josh hissed. His voice hinted at both alarm and vengeance. 

"Did he hurt you? I sware to god, I'll beat his-"

"No, he did nothing like that," Tyler said calmly, watching as Josh slowly unclenched his fists.

"Then what did he do?"

Tyler looked down at the floor.

"I'm not so sure I should tell you."

Josh chuckled dryly. "You can't just not tell me now."

"Right," Tyler looked back up at Josh with a twinge of worry in his expression, "I'm not sure why, and I certainly didn't like it, but he... he kissed me."

Josh looked taken aback, it clearly wasn't the answer he was expecting.

"He what?"

"He kissed me," Tyler repeated.

"Why-what... That doesn't seem like something he would do."

"I asked him what his fucking problem was and then he kissed me."

"And you said you didn't like that?"

Tyler shook his head.

"Are you okay?"

"I am," Tyler assured him, "I'm just really confused. I'm really sorry, I would have stopped him if I could-"

"Hey," Josh interrupted him, as he was getting worked up, "It's not your fault. Besides, it's not like we're dating, we haven't even gone on our first date yet."

There was a small silence as the blue-haired boy locked eyes with the younger brunette. 

"Unless you wanted to..."

His voice, barely above a whisper spoke.

Tyler swallowed hard, never breaking eye contact.

"Unless I wanted to...?"

"To be boyfriends," Josh finished quickly, breaking his gaze and gazing down at his lap, trying to hide the blush that was now creeping rapidly onto his cheeks, "I mean, like I said we haven't even gone on our first date yet, but..."

"I would love that," Tyler said softly.

Josh grinned, his tongue sticking between his teeth and his mocha-brown eyes crinkling as he looked back up at Tyler. 

"I would, too." 

They smiled at each other briefly before Josh glanced down at his watch.

"W-We should go now, they'll be wondering where we are soon."

"Sure." The two boys quickly made their way outside and into Josh's car.

They began to drive steadily down the road, all the while Tyler could hear his heart thumping madly in his chest. So hard, in fact, he wondered if Josh could hear it.

"You seem nervous," Josh observed with a doubtful glance at him.

"I'm fine," Tyler assured him, "But um, where are we going?"

Please don't be a restaurant, anything but a restaurant."

"Brendon and I thought the fair would be fun."

Tyler's eyes lit up in excitement. The fair was the classic first date, they could probably kiss on the ferris wheel just like people did in the movies. Sure, there was food there, and it was likely Josh would offer him some, but it's not like it was the main idea of the date. Surely, he could get around it.

"That sounds lovely," Tyler said with a giggle, so lighthearted it made Josh grin. 

"I thought so."

There were a few beats of silence as Tyler looked out at the trees flying by on the dark road. There appeared to be something coming closer from up ahead, something brown flying out of the woods. He squinted at the rushing creature and could just bearly make out the figure of a deer. 

Josh was going to hit it. 

The deer reached the road and Tyler let out a mangled, "Deer!"

Josh jerked on the steering wheel and the car swerved as he stepped on the breaks in surprise at Tyler's yelp. There was the sound of tires skidding on the road and a flash of light before the deer jumped just past the car. Finally, at rest, the two boys breathed heavily, eyes wide and bodies rigid in horror.

They were like that for a moment before looking over at each other. Josh's eyes were mixed with a thankfulness for Tyler appearing okay as he leaned over and wrapped Tyler in a hug, squeezing him tightly against his chest. 

"Are you okay?" He whispered in his ear. 

Tyler pulled back enough so that he could cup Josh's wide jaw in his hand and run his thumb over his chin.

"Yeah, are you?"

"Yeah."

They both leaned in so that their foreheads were touching, Tyler still stroking Josh's cheek with the pad of his thumb. 

"Thanks for the warning."

"I guess we saved each other's life, huh?"

Josh's eyes glinted in amusement at Tyler's words. 

"I guess so."

 

A/N: I am aware that this is one of the shortest chapters I have written in this story currently sorry also I'm sorry I keep complaining about how short my chapters are ok bye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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