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The smell of alcohol was strongly wafting in the air outside the city of Ansburst’s most popular pub, The Willow Tree. Inside, the smell was far stronger. One could argue that the aroma and atmosphere was all one needed to get drunk, and that the liquor was just a bonus. However, Willow Tree was the best for a reason, thanks to it candy-like alcoholic beverages. Ranging from a sweet tasting honey to sour candy, the ability to perfectly capture treats and combine them with hard liquor was what made this pub the social hub it is today.
Sitting at the front booth near the window were three young men: a young effeminate jaguar, a rather handsome dalmatian, and between them sat a black furred fox. The fox was looking down; his pitch black ears drooped behind his head while his tail hung down from his chair not moving. His friends, the jaguar and the dalmatian, had brought him to Willow Tree in the hopes of cheering him up after the fox had just been through a rather sad breakup. After a brief silence, the jaguar spoke up, moving his orange bangs away from his eyes so that his eyes were clearly visible to his fox friend.
“Izzy, a smart, cute, and funny fox like you deserves so much better than that bitch anyways! I mean, the way he treated you was not cool” the jaguar spoke up. He had been Izzy’s best friend since high school, and seeing his vulpine buddy hurting like this made him very angry and protective.
“Its... it’s not that easy, Jeremy. I mean, the problem isn’t that Lea is out of my life. That part is easy to get over, because he never even really cared about me. What’s troubling me is the fact that I don’t think I’ll be able to find someone who truly will care about me. And, quite frankly, I don’t know that I want to go risking my heart getting broken again.” The fox held his face in his hands and thought a moment before looking up again, this time at his dalmatian friend, Kris.
“Kris, what do you think I should do?” Izzy asked, his eyes looking worried, but no tears. No, he had already shed enough tears for a long time.
“Well, I’m not going to be a jerk to some defenseless man by suggesting that you go find a rebound boy... however, along the same lines, maybe you should find some guy you're into already and finally make a move on him?”, Kris suggested, his tail swaying behind him showing that he is teasing his fox friend, and they all know who he is making reference to.
Jeremy teasing poked Izzy’s sides, “Ooh! You’re right! Doesn't our cute little Izzy have a crush on our manager, Tom? I gotta say, bro: you certainly got an eye, that eagle boy is fiiiiiiiine! He’s got some nice muscles and is really toned and--” he was interrupted by an elbow in the side from Izzy.
“—and he’s completely out of my league! Besides, Jer, if you’re so keen on him, why don’t you make a move on him, huh?” Izzy argued, his orange-freckles staring to fade behind the strong blush overtaking the light grey part of his muzzle.
Jeremy’s teasing smile turned into a far more comforting one, one of a friend as he said, “oh, come on, man. I could never do that to you, when I know how much you have a thing for him. Besides, I already got a mate and you know it, hehe”
Izzy crossed his arms and pouted in a rather adorable fashion, a gesture his friends both knew meant that they were right, but he wasn’t happy about it. His friends chuckled a little, which made a small smile come on his face finally, his ears perking back up to their usual position and his tail lifting a bit.
“Why don’t we make this fun? Izzy, I dare you to make a move on Tom tomorrow at work. As Assistant Manager, and his friend, I know him pretty well. And trust me, he is gay, and single... aaaaand I have an inkling that he may have his eyes on you a bit too! Besides, what’s the worst that can happen?” Kris playfully challenges Izzy.
Jeremy adds “Oh! And don’t worry! We’ll make sure you two have a good moment together at closing for you to make your move, right babe?” he says as he looks over at Kris.
“Yea! So you see? You got Me and Jeremy helpin’ you out on this one. So don’t worry! I honestly see this working out very well. You and Tom will make a really good match, in my opinion”
Izzy smiles and his tail wags happily, the off-white grey tip bouncing around cutely, showing how excited he is to put this plan into action, “I just... err...”, his blush is very strong now and he is smiling quite big. “Great, now I’m just nervous about getting rejected... but, on the other hand, I’m still far too excited about the potential to hook up with such a great guy...” Izzy closes his eyes, picturing the avain, whist outwardly he is giving of the goofiest little cute grin. His friends giggle at the sight.
“hehe, what happened to the mopey little guy from twenty minutes ago?” Jeremy teasingly asked.
Izzy smiled at his best friends, “You guys gave him hope for better things. Thank you”, he says as he hugs them both.
The clock was ticking closer and closer to closing time. And just as the clocks ticks seemed loud and heavy in Izzy’s head, his heartbeat felt like it was thumping very fast. Izzy was, without a doubt, very nervous about asking out his manager. Not even the Goddess Tavia could calm his nerves right now. His work was a little sloppier than usual, because ever since last night at the pub when he and his friends came up with the idea, Izzy couldn't stop thinking about and fantasizing over the eagle. He kept shaking his head. Sure, he had had these thoughts before, but now that there was a very real chance of those fantasies coming true, he couldn't keep his imagination completely under control.
Izzy finished up his duties for the day and clocked out. Jeremy and Kris kept up their part of the bargain by making sure everyone else had already gone home a little early so that it would just be Izzy and Tom there to close the store. Even though he was off the clock, Izzy folded some shirts that the customers had left in disarray in the clothing department. Once all the clothes were nice and folded, he spotted his avian manager heading his way, looking equally as tired as himself. Must have been a hard work day, Izzy thought to himself
“Come on, Rosenburg. Let’s close up. Sorry for making you stay late, but everyone else had to go early, and you seemed fine with staying to help, so... I don’t know, thanks. ” Tom said to his fox employee.
Izzy simply courteously smiled, “Don’t worry, sir, it’s no trouble. It is a little strange though how everyone happened to leave early. But I can handle this little extra off-the-clock work to help you close”, he responded, even though he knew full well the cause of everyone’s absence. He made a mental note to thank his friends later.
Once outside, the store closed up, Tom decided to walk the fox to his car, since it was late and snowing heavy outside. The fox walked in front of him, and he couldn’t help but notice how cute the fox looked in the dark blue parka and pink scarf he was wearing. He shook his head a bit. No, No, Tom! I know you like him a lot, but you know it’s a bad idea to mix work and pleasure... besides, Izzy probably isn’t even gay. And it’s not your place to—
“Excuse me, sir? Thank you for walking me to my car. I actually had something I wanted to ask you...” Izzy interjected. The fox looked down, very embarrassed and nervous about what he wanted to ask Tom. He slowly looked up, noticing how handsome the other male was in his thick grey jacket and blue scarf he was wearing. Izzy had to shake his head to get his mind back on track. He looked into Toms eyes and took a deep breath.
“Sir, I... I...” no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't get the words to come out of his mouth. He gave off a worried look and quickly broke eye contact with Tom.
“Actually, before you ask your question, I have one I’d like to ask, before I lose the courage to do so... do you... maybe want to go out on a date tomorrow? It’s okay if you don’t... I know it’s rather sudden and I don’t even know f you’re interested but--”
He could even finish his sentence before the fox had sprung forward and given him a tight hug, “you jerk, you stole my question!” he said, cutely closing his eyes and sticking his tongue out. Hearing the confirmation that the crush was mutual made Izzy so happy that for the first time since his break-up, he was back to his normal cheerful cute self. His fluffy tail wagging with wide strokes in a fast rhythm.
Seeing that he had made the fox so happy, he hugged Izzy back just as tight, letting out a light chuckle, so happy that his secret crush on the fox could now become potentially much more. After a bit, they broke the hug and traded their personal cellphone numbers, and then parted ways. On the drive to their homes, neither of them could wipe the smiles of their faces as this new chapter of their lives began.
To Be Continued...