It was the reason he kept coming back. Just to hear him play.
When Johnny started playing at the club again, he asked Paul not to go those nights. Paul didn’t understand why, Johnny played for him all the time at home, wouldn’t be any different watching him at the club, but he didn’t go. At first. After Johnny’s third night playing at the club, Paul went to the club, sneaking in through the back and watching where Johnny couldn’t see him. It was amazing. Despite being up on the stage, crowd of people watching him, Johnny was still himself, more focused on the piano, on each note, the crowd forgotten. It was exactly how he played at home, while Paul cooked dinner or cleaned his guns.
For three more nights, Paul would sneak into the club and watch Johnny play. He’d met Johnny while gambling, that Johnny lost and a little broken, the piano and the music a long forgotten friend compared to the gambling addiction. Idly wondered what might have happened if Paul had met this Johnny first, if he would have kept him from the gambling.
That night, he stayed after Johnny was done, went over to the bar to order a drink. Johnny spotted him once he’d left the stage, walking over with a smile on his face.
"That last one was for you," he said, ordering his own drink as he sat next to Paul. "Hoped you’d stick around tonight."
"How’d you even know I was here?"
"Because I always know when you’re watching me play."
Paul kissed him, chasing the smile on his lips.
After that, he was there every night Johnny played if he wasn’t working himself, seating in the front, his drink forgotten in front of him. And as Johnny played, a smile would appear, a smile for Paul.
The next day, James went out for a haircut and afterwards stopped at a nearby bookstore. While he was gone, Michael made some work related calls. His manager, who he’d yet to tell the good news to, congratulated him and said he’d send over some scripts for Michael to read through. He also reminded Michael that he’d need to start thinking over Assassin’s Creed soon, as work on the newest script continued. There really wasn’t much for Michael to do yet without a script, so he opted to play through the first game again.
He hadn’t been playing for very long when James returned home.
"I thought you were going to work?" James asked, setting down a couple of bags from the bookstore on the couch beside Michael.
James reached over, holding Michael’s hand as he kicked at some leaves along the pathway.
"Thank you, for this," he said.
"You’re welcome," Michael replied, bringing their hands up to his lips so he could kiss James’ knuckles.
"I really do love the fall."
Michael nodded. James kicked at another bunch of leaves, watching them as they jumped up into the air and floated back down. As they continued to walk the park, Michael reached up to a low hanging branch, shaking some loose leaves free. James laughed, reaching to grab at one as it floated towards the ground. He held it flat against his palm.
dream a little, dream of me… dream a little bigger, darling
Here’s some ideas to go with that James quote:
1) James is in love with Michael and thinks Michael only sees him as a friend. Gives the quote knowing everyone will just think he means as friends and try to move on. Until Michael finds out about it.
2) James and Michael are secretly dating (or married) and James saying he loves Michael in such a public way leads to their relationship being uncovered.
3) Michael sees the quote, thinks that James is just that type of person, friends with all his co-stars, saying nice things about them, how much he loves them. Then while out to drinks Benedict, Benedict points out that James has never said he dearly loves anyone else.
Now fly my pretties!
Okay, now there needs to be fic (or something) where James gives his quote for Elle UK and Michael finds out about it and so during the Empire interview says “I love James.” and this leads to them eventually saying it to each other properly in person, instead of through interview quotes. :D
"And I love James (McAvoy). And this is going to be his movie. We’d always said that at the end of First Class that the next one’s got to be about how Charles becomes Professor X. Because we’d seen how Erik becomes Magneto."
Just yesterday I saw posts worrying about Charles’s role in DOFP, and concerned that James expresses his affection for Michael more often than Michael expresses his for James.
And then today we get an interviewer writing that Fassbender “clearly adores” James, plus another interview with this quote, flat-out “I love James,” plus THIS IS GOING TO BE HIS MOVIE. askdl;fj
This fandom. ALL MY HEARTS ♥