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It wasn't typical for Remy to ever feel excited about being home. There wasn't much left for him in Seattle aside from his family and, for the most part, he spent a good deal of time trying to avoid them to the best of his ability. Moving to the other side of the country had been his way of trying to create some distance, but every few months or so he would start to miss his mom and he was ready to fly back over for a visit. What made this particular trip a little different was that he and Davie were actually on speaking terms and they were being pleasant about it. As promised. Remy had treated to coffee as thanks for his brother picking him up from the airport. He kept things simple with a regular coffee with cream and sugar, but even that wasn't enough to really wake him up by the time they made it home. "Honestly I'm so ready to pass out right now. You have no idea." Remy grabbed his duffel bag from the back seat of the car and closed it, then caught up to Davie and waited for him to unlock it. "Are mom and dad home? I'm not sure I'm prepared to play 20 questions yet."
davie hadn't expected it to go well when he'd shown up at the airport to pick up his brother. for starters, remy had really pissed him off the other day when he'd ruined all the progress they'd made during their first casual and nice conversation of the last year. he knew remy generally thought of him as the bully or the villain in their situation and while remy's sudden attitude had proven davie's point he still hadn't appreciated it. he'd nearly cancelled on him but in the end he'd picked him up from the airport anyway, primarily because he was too stubborn to back down from proving that he could absolutely be the nice one for once. thankfully remy was on his both behavior and they'd been getting along surprisingly well so far. "nah, dad has his bowling group and your mom is going to book club when she gets off work. she told me to tell you sorry she's not here to make you a home coming dinner but it's really important to her that she gets to go over the ending with her friends." unlike remy, davie preferred to stay close to home and usually had dinner with their parents at least once a week. he wasn't sure they believed him when he'd said he had to stay with them for the next week because of renovations on his apartment but they hadn't argued either. davie unlocks the front door and steps inside, waiting for remy to head in before shutting it behind him. "my dog is here. hope you don't mind."
Since the two of them were getting on so well, Remy decided to put his earlier mistake out of his mind. No point dwelling on it now because it actually made him kind of sick to think about it anyway. All that mattered was that he was being good now and he had every intention of staying that way for the whole week he was here. "Well I can't really blame her for that. She's got six more days to coddle me anyway." Remy followed Davie instead their childhood home. Whenever he first came home after a long time of being away he usually felt overwhelmed with nostalgia and for a while he would consider moving back, but his life was in New Orleans and he actually loved it there. He had friends and a pretty decent job... and it provided him with the space he needed from his brother. "Nah, I don't mind. Pepper is super cute anyway." Remy dropped his bag by the stairs and then went to collapse onto the couch because although he was exhausted he wasn't really ready to be outside of Davie's company. "You feel like watching something?"
"i'd definitely be prepared for some coddling. my dad is really excited to see you too," davie grins as he shrugs off his jacket and hangs it on the rack by the door. they're not always bickering when they're usually in each other's company but the lack of arguments is generally because they'd been ignoring each other. the hour that it had been since he'd picked remy up was the longest stretch that they'd gone without snapping at each other since their parents had been married and davie worries that he'll be jinxing it if he doesn't tell remy to go take a nap so they could have a break between them. unfortunately he's enjoying it all too much to play it safe. "sure, lets watch something. we talked about frozen, right? i bought it so you could educate me." he'd impulsively ordered the dvd from amazon when they'd been drunk texting but he thought it would be better to keep that little fact to himself. "want a snack or anything? i can grab something from the kitchen if you're busy dying or being a jet lag baby or whatever." he smiled as he said that last part, hoping remy knew it was definitely a joke.
"I'm definitely excited to see them both I'm just not currently prepared for that kind of attention." Remy laughed some and ran his hands through his hair, which was cold and wet from the snow outside. His flight to Seattle had been extremely long and it almost felt like he hadn't showered in days because all the weird timezone hopping but he felt like he might literally die if he tried getting up from the couch any time soon. "You actually bought it?? In that case, that's exactly what I want to watch. I'll have to show you the difference between a moose and a reindeer." Remy shifted in his spot on the couch so he could look back at Davie so he could see the smile on his face because he was really just messing around. Which was weird and nice since the two of them never really just playfully joked around with one another. Usually it was a lot of passive aggressive remarks or pointedly obnoxious awkward silences. "Well y'know, since you're offering I'm not gonna say no. Please tell me mom and dad picked up fig newtons from the grocery store. I made a special request for them yesterday."
though davie had often felt cursed when it came to being stuck with remy, he'd felt very lucky when it had come to their parents. his own mother had died of breast cancer when he was five and meeting remy's mother had made his father incredibly happy. both of them were very loving and nurturing and davie had always felt taken care of. honestly he'd been surprised that neither of their parents had been turned into some sort of adorable meme, they were that cute. but he understood where remy was coming from. it could be a bit much, especially if you were as tired as remy was claiming to be. "of course i bought it. i always preordered moana cuz i figured we'll have to get around to discussing that one day too. but yeah, lemme go get your gross cookies. want anything to drink while i'm in there?" he waits for an answer before heading into the kitchen. he grabs the cookies, a couple glasses of milk, and a giant container of cold leftover lasagna for him. the physicality of davie's job generally made it seem like he had a hallow stomach. "before you ask, yeah, i'll put the movie on. i know you're not getting up." he tosses the cookies at davie before setting everything else on the table and going about his frozen related task. "if you're not really an anna like you said i'm totally going to call you on it."
Although Remy could understand why Davie had made the decision to stay close to home, he had always known that he had to get away from this place. While he had definitely been raised by a loving and accepting family (minus Davie), he never really felt like he fit in anywhere around here. Seattle was a beautiful place, there was no denying that, but it wasn't where he was supposed to be. His mother had cried buckets the day he turned 20 and told her he was moving to the east coast but he could tell that some part of her understood why he needed to leave. "I actually haven't seen that one yet so maybe I'll hold off so we can see it together. Milk would be good though!" It was honestly incredibly weird to be having this kind of exchange with Davie but it wasn't like he was going to start complaining about it. Remy had spent the majority of his adolescence obsessively fantasizing about the moment where they didn't hate each other (in addition to them also getting naked together). "I really don't even deserve you. You're too good to me." Well, as of recently anyway but he kept that side comment to himself and bit into a cookie instead while also kicking off his shoes so he could pull his feet up onto the couch. "That's alright because I already have an argument prepared if that happens." Remy can't help but to grin a little, more at the fact that Davie's back was turned and he was fine as hell and he was totally checking him out more than anything else.
davie finishes putting the dvd in before returning to the couch, flashing remy a grin as he flops down beside him and tosses the remote onto his brother's stomach. they're not really friends yet and even if they have been step siblings for at least half of their lives now and he doesn't know what the appropriate distance between them would be. what he would like to do is wrap his arm around remy's shoulders, ignore the movie, and put his hand up remy's shirt but if he decides two feet away is the appropriate distance then a move like that would definitely be too friendly. "that's me, alright," davie agrees, pulling the lid off his lasagna container before digging in. honestly he was feeling pretty proud of himself for how well this was going. "too good for everyone. hurry up and press play so we can get this going. i want to prove you wrong already." he shovels food into his mouth quietly for a minute or two before he can't help himself. davie has always had a problem keeping his mouth shut, which meant that he'd generally caused a lot of fights between them in the past (though that had also been because he thought remy was pretty hot when he was pissed off). this was going much better. "remember that time we got sick junior year and marathon watched lizzie mcguire together?"
Every time Remy left home he swore to himself that he'd get over this ridiculous infatuation he had with Davie because it was stupid and literally nothing was ever going to come of it. Nothing should even come from it really, considering they were brothers and all, but he really just couldn't help himself. It was hard not to imagine this movie night turning into something extremely hot and incredibly erotic because he was a literal fool. It didn't help that Davie was actually being nice to him now because really fucked his feelings up in this weirdly new and exciting way. "You were doing so well and now you're just being rude honestly." Remy rolled his eyes and picked up the remote to play the movie. Cue adorable Disney intro that Remy was only half paying attention to because it was kind of hard to focus over the sound of Davie's being an obnoxious eater. Again he decided not to comment on it because they were being nice. "Ha, yeah I do actually. I think that was one of the only times I actually enjoyed being sick." That had been one of their nicer childhood moments and it was one he'd documented in his notebook in full detail, accompanied with a long list of inappropriate things he would have liked to have done with Davie that day.
davie generally spends his time pretending to hate remy just to make things easier on himself. arguing constantly gives him a reason to despise his stepbrother, meaning that he can ignore how much he misses him, and he does miss him. davie knows that's not just because of how attracted to him he was. remy might have been absolutely the most attractive man davie had ever seen, but he was also someone he grew up with. remy was in all of davie's best memories of growing up, and even though he was usually avoiding him, he was always happy to have remy home. he's realizing now that maybe he should have been nicer all along, though even just sitting here with him and doing nothing is proving to be a temptation. it's pathetic for a grown man to wish he were a fig newton but that's currently where he was in life. "i was gonna tell you a couple months ago that i was on bed rest and i ended up buying the whole show so i could watch it." davie forks some more lasagna into his mouth before realizing that considering his line of work, bed rest was something he might want to explain. "i'm fine, it was just some smoke inhalation." davie didn't share too many details of being a fireman with remy (he was pretty sure his brother thought he'd only gone down that career path because he was too stupid for anything else) and he wasn't sure he wanted to start now. "you should buy it too just in case we ever get sick at the same time and want to skype and watch it together."
Remy was glad that Davie went on to explain what bed rest entailed because for a second he had stopped paying attention to the movie and his fig newtons. Although they had been fighting more than half their lives, he would have been lying if he said that he ever really hated his step-brother. They had shared quite a few moments where the stopped all the forced aggression and sort of connected in the way Remy felt like they were supposed to. And to be quite honest, Remy had stopped having any genuine ill-feelings towards his brother the first time he defended him in school after a couple of guys thought it would be funny to start bullying him for being gay. "Well I'm glad you're okay and that you had some quality entertainment while you were on bed rest." Remy smiled at him some and leaned over a little to offer him a cookie before falling back into his snug little corner in the couch. "I could definitely do that, but I usually have to work even when I'm sick. I'm the cutest and best bartender on Bourbon Street." Of course he would go ahead and do it anyway and maybe just pretend to be sick on one of his days off so they could Skype since they never did that and it might be fun. Any excuse to see him was definitely a good excuse.
not wanting to offend remy, davie takes the gross excuse of a cookie from his brother and puts it down on the couch cushion next to him. he has no intention of eating it but it seems like the polite thing to do. and it also wasn't actually going to go to waste as pepper would probably make a grab for it once she decided to stop sulking and come into the living room. "i don't think i can accept that you're the cutest or the best at anything until i see it for myself. i heard february was a pretty good time to visit. i think i can probably take a week off if you really wouldn't mind me crashing with you." davie had always wanted to go to new orleans but he'd avoided going because of remy. avoiding him meant that he didn't have to try and come to terms with anything he was feeling for his stepbrother, so that's what he'd done. davie still very much wanted to avoid his feelings for remy but considering they hadn't gone away since middle school he'd just learned to come to terms with them instead. why not go and enjoy himself? "i haven't taken a vacation in like...three years so i'm sure the station would be more than happy to get rid of me. just tell me yes or no and i'll buy the ticket right now."
He notices that his brother places the cookie down on the couch instead of eating it but decides not to fuss over it because it wasn't like he was really offended anyway. So instead he returned his attention back to the movie because they had started singing do you want to build a snowman. It always kind of pissed him off that Elsa was able to just sit behind her door and listen to her sister crying on the other side and not do anything about it. Sure she had a killer ability but even he wouldn't shit on Davie like that in a time of need. "Nah, I wouldn't mind. It's only a one bedroom but I invested in a pullout couch so... if you're alright with that then we're cool." Granted, Remy wouldn't have had a problem with sharing his bedroom but he knew that wouldn't have been an appropriate suggestion. "Yeah, you can come visit. When I get home I'll talk to my boss to make sure I have a few days off for us to do some things together." It felt pretty risky to go along with this because it wasn't like either of them would have a place to run and escape to if things went south, but it was a risk he was currently willing to take. "You're also not allowed to judge me for anything that's inside my house."
the idea of flying to visit remy for a week would have been laughable only a couple weeks ago. though they'd had some nice moments in the past they'd never been able to tolerate each other long enough to even entertain the idea of a visit. davie is sure that when the time comes to tell his dad why he needed someone to babysit pepper he would probably give both of their parents a heart attack. he knew that all either of them wanted was for their sons to get along, though he highly doubted either of them would appreciate how much time davie spent imagining remy naked. either way he was really glad that he'd drunk texted remy that night or they probably wouldn't have been able to hang out this way. "what do you have in your apartment that i would even laugh at?" he asks, still plowing through the tupperware container of lasagna. "like a blow up doll of justin bieber or something? i wouldn't make fun of you for that. he's totally legal now and i encourage you to have a healthy sexual appetite. just not with any of the guys that you've been going out with." the only guy davie wanted remy to go out with was himself but it didn't seem appropriate to tell him any of that. "you just have to promise to take me to me to eat something with alligator in it so i can brag to the guys when i get back home."
Remy had to admit that it was pretty fucking weird to be having such a... pleasant time with Davie right now. This wasn't because they had never shared slightly nice moments with each other before, but more so because they had never really lasted this long. They were going on about a week of hardly fighting (aside from his one offense the very first night). It was strange and uncomfortable but in a very good way. "No, there are no blow up dolls in my apartment. Well, actually there might be from last Mardi Gras but that's not even the point." Remy wasn't even entirely sure what the point was. He supposed that he was just generally wary of putting himself up for Davie's judgment. Right now it felt like everything might go over well, but there was always room for change. One of them could do something stupid to piss the other off and everything would be ruined. Remy did his best to stay optimistic about things but there were always exceptions to his life rules and morals where Davie was concerned. "Don't worry, I'll definitely take you around to eat alligator nuggets and we'll have your palm read by some witch doctor. You'll come back to Seattle a changed man." Remy grinned some and nudged him with his foot.