WARNING: SOME SAUCY LANGUAGE USED.
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(Name) and Francois walked into school on her eighteenth birthday, together as usual. They were often stared at but she no longer cared. She was happy with him, they didn’t use the word couple, or boyfriend, or girlfriend. That is what they were…but they didn’t label it. She wasn’t ready for that yet. He hadn’t mentioned a thing about her birthday…and she wondered if he had forgotten. Those fearful wonderings were muted as they walked up to her locker. A banner went down the length of her locker with the words ‘joyeux anniversaire’ painted on it with balloons along the sides and colorful glitter embellishments along the length (obviously Oliver’s handiwork).
She looked at Francois who was very nearly blushing and she smiled tearing up a bit, this was the first time in four years her birthday had been acknowledged in such a way. In fact it had hardly been acknowledged in any way save for the words “Happy Birthday” on a check and a card in her freshman year. When she got to the locker and looked at him again and was unable to speak.
“Joyeux Anniversaire.” He said with a kind smile.
(Name) couldn’t control herself, she threw her arms around his neck and kissed him full of love and passion, tears of thanks slowly leaking from her eyes. Francois pulled her into his arms and smiled softly as he kissed back. When they broke apart they smiled at one another.
“Thank you.” She said with a smile, “I haven’t had much to celebrate…glad I get to this year with…” she bit her lip, could she say it, it had been a few weeks and they had been dating, “My boyfriend…?” she said half-unsure but half assured.
Francois grinned and said, “Oh it’s boyfriend now~?” she blushed, “What if you don’t want to be now?”
She gave him an ‘are you kidding me’ look and said, “You have a funny way of showing me you don’t want to be…”
She motioned to the banner and he chuckled, “I thought you didn’t want labels, what changed?”
“I didn’t say we’d go around announcing it everywhere, but I’m confident this isn’t a rebound and I’d like it if we’d just be that title with each other.” She said.
“Call it your fourth birthday gift.” He said with a smirk.
“Fourth?” she asked cutely.
“Well, the banner, dinner tonight, the gift I bought and had Oliver wrap because I’m shit at it, and now being lucky enough to call yourself my girlfriend.” He said with a smirk.
She laughed and punched his chest softly and playfully, “Jerk.” She teased, “And I really didn’t expect you to do so much for me.”
“Hey, I’m a real class act.” He said and pecked her temple.
Salacia got her books, careful not to rip the banner as she removed it and stored it away,
to be sure that it wasn’t ruined. Then she and Francois began to walk off together hand in hand.
“You wanna know something I’m surprised about?” she asked in a teasing tone.
“What’s that?” he asked smiling at her.
“One of those gifts wasn’t a reference to your dick.” She said laughing.
He laughed, “I thought I’d make that a surprise.” He said.
“Are you sure I’d want it?” she asked.
“Hey, I never said it would be for sure, not like I’ll force you to accept it.” He said chuckling.
“Good, because I really don’t know if I’m ready for that just yet…” (Name) said.
“You were ready to give it up to me to get your old infatuation.” He said.
“I doubt I was ready then either…I was being desperate and….stupid…” She said and looked down embarrassed.
Francois kissed her temple, he would tease her about it but not hold it against her. He couldn’t wait to show her what he and his family had planned for her. Over the past few weeks (Name) had grown closer to the entire group and Matt and Al were treating her like a little sister and Oliver was like the best mother/father figure she could ever wish for. She was glad to have people she felt comfortable with.
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(Name) sat down on the pristine white sofa she had grown to know and even love after a nice dinner with Francois. Oliver had baked some cupcakes for her and she was opening gifts with them all after dinner. She pulled her low Mary-Jane heels off of her feet and smiled at the group around her. The American and Canadian were acting like they didn’t want to be there, even though they did deep down, she had discovered that below their uncaring and almost dismissive attitudes they were very protective and loving even. But they would never admit it, though if she were bullied they jumped to her defense. She had broken through the barriers of every person in the room, and they didn’t care that she had. And now that she was there she couldn’t get out, not that she wanted to.
Matt shoved a shoddily wrapped gift into her hands and she opened it, it was a flannel scarf, she ran her hand over it, it was so soft. She smiled sweetly and wrapped her arms around her neck.
“Thanks Matt, I really like it.” She said with a smile.
Matt gave a small smile, like it was hard for him, “I’m glad.” He said.
Al shoved a gift into her hands that was just as shoddily wrapped, but in different paper. She smiled and opened it up and smiled, it was a T-Shirt of her favorite band, a vintage concert T. She grinned at him.
“Thanks Al…I didn’t think you could still find these.” She said.
“No problem doll face.” He said with a grin, “I know where to shop.”
(Name) laughed and got up hugging both Al and Matt, they were both really sweet deep down. Oliver handed her a gift wrapped up so beautifully she almost didn’t want to open it. She carefully opened it and smiled sweetly, it was a replica ninth doctor sonic screwdriver. She had to grin, this was so sweet.
“Aww, it’s amazing Oliver.” She said with a grin and hugged him.
“I thought you would like it.” He said, “You’re always saying that he doesn’t get that much love and that he’s one of your favorites.”
“Thanks for actually listening.” She laughed, “I love the original seasons too, but they are so hard to find.”
Oliver nodded and smiled at Francois who looked like he was about to explode from embarrassment as he handed her a small square box. She smiled at him as she opened it. Inside was a silver charm bracelet with two charms on it, a small Eiffel Tower charm with a rose around it and a larger book charm with a purple stone shaped like a heart on the front.
“The book is obviously because of how much you enjoy reading and the Tour Eiffel is obviously kind of…” he couldn’t say it he was too embarrassed by his brothers smirking at him.
“You?” (Name) asked in a teasing tone.
“Oui…” he said in a soft voice.
She giggled and pecked his cheek, “You’re such a softie.” She teased.
“I bought a bigger one…but zhat comes later.” He said in an even smaller voice making (Name) tilt her head confused, “As well as one of the Arc de Triumph…but it comes when you finally see it…”
“See it?” she asked even more confused.
“I still have my family’s home in France…I go back every summer…I was going to ask if you wanted to accompany me…” he said softly.
(Name’s) eyes widened, “So I would see France…with you…seeing more than just the tourist traps…?” she asked in shock.
He nodded his face on fire visibly.
“You’re blushing.” She teased and leaned in pecking his cheek, “I’d be the stupidest person alive if I said no.”
Francois smiled and kissed her temple. Matt and Al snickered at his loving behavior making both of the lovers glower at them just making them laugh harder. Oliver smiled but scolded the pair for making fun, tough his eyes danced at how sweet Francois had acted just then.
“Of course I’ll go with you. It would be nice to go on a vacation with someone who doesn’t treat me like a burden…” she said with a soft sigh, “Sorry…happy time…just I’m happy to finally have people that treat me like family…”
The quartet nodded and smiled at her, “Of course poppet.” Oliver said, “We all care about you in our own ways…though some of us express it differently…”
“Just count yourself lucky.” Allan said and mussed her hair.
“We don’t let just anyone become part of this family.” Matt said pulling a lock of hair playfully.
“Hey, hey, watch the hair.” She laughed and swatted their hands away making the duo laugh.
Finally (Name) joined in on the laughter and smiled at them. Finally Arthur brought out her cake and she had to grin widely, it was a giant cupcake. She giggled and blew the candles out making a wish that her life could stay this happy forever.
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Later that night (Name) and Francois were cuddled up on the couch back at her place watching a movie. They wanted some time alone and even though Matt and Allan would be out that night but Oliver wasn’t one to go to clubs and such. (Name) fit her head into the crook of his neck as they cuddled and she smiled at him.
“I think I’ve fallen for you.” She said with a giggle.
“I think I’ve fallen for you.” Francois replied grinning.
She looked up at him and smiled mischievously. He raised a brow curious. She leaned in and kissed him moving to get into his lap. He kissed back and rubbed her back. (Name) licked his lower lip and he opened his lips. Their tongues met and began their dance. She rubbed his chest through his silk button up shirt. She began to unbutton it to feel his heated skin. He grunted a bit and began to run his slightly chilled hand under her shirt sending a shiver up her spine. She squeaked and that allowed him the access he needed to her mouth. He began to search and massage her mouth with his skilled tongue making (Name) moan softly as her slender fingers searched his broad chest. His skin and muscles seemed to move with her touch and she loved it.
Their lips broke apart and she began to kiss along his jaw and neck looking for his soft spot. He grunted when she found it and she began to nip and lick at the spot teasing him more. He began to grope her but and lift her shirt with one hand. She smirked at him and lifted her shirt over her head.
“I thought you weren’t ready for something this intense.” He purred.
“It’s my birthday, I’m an adult now, and I can make my own choices.” She said giggling, “I don’t know how far I’ll want to go now…but I am ready to try.” She said rubbing his chest more and then grabbing his hands and raising them to her chest.
“If you ever want to stop, just say the word.” He said and leaned in kissing along her neck and shoulders.
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(Name) lay awake cuddling Francois after their late night grope fest. They didn’t have sex, she wasn’t ready for that and true to his word Francois stopped when she said to. She smiled as she closed her eyes and cuddled closer. She was happy to have him in her life, she truly did love him and she couldn’t wait for her summer abroad with him. She was smiling sweetly as she drifted off to sleep.