Rafael frowned a little and sighed. He stood up and shook his head. "It seems like you're stuck on Kiro. Go then, go talk to him. Tell him how you feel. What do I care? I've been alone for this long, I can handle a little while longer," he told him. Rafael turned around and walked back towards his shop. He felt like nothing he could do would consul Elliot. He tried, but if Elliot was bent on taking Kiro, then he wouldn't fight. Rafael was tired of fighting with others over loves. When he passed by Kiro on the way back in, he could only tense up and sigh. He couldn't look at him without getting angry at himself. He walked back into the shop and and strolled into the back room and sat down. He poured himself a cup of coffee and sat in his chair, thinking.
Skye grinned. His old friend since Freshman year was here, in California, still. Skye grinned. "How are-" he'd been cut off. A boy outside seemed to have gotten upset, and Rafael had gone to deal with it...
Skye's attention switched to the boy Rafael had been holding. "Oh! Uh... yeah. Me and Rafael were friends in high school. He was also part of our LGBT club. We go way back." He said with a sure smile, remembering all the jokes on teachers, the times the LGBT club was threatened and Rafael was always there to stand up. "And you are...?" he asked, offering out his hand for a handshake.
Elliot wiped his tears and gave a small smile,"Hi... I'm Elliot, Elliot Petit." He said, smiling a bit more. He looked at the distancing Rafael, "Please don't think you have to like me now." He said concerned. "And... sorry for um.." He looked at his clothes again. "Copying you..."
"I...um...nice to meet you." Kiro felt guilty for what was happening, especially after hearing the pain that seemed evident in Elliot's voice. Kiro let out a nervous laugh at Elliot's admission of copying his clothes. "It's...uh...no problem. You look kinda nice in those clothes." Kiro smiled genuinely and pulled Elliot back into the store. "You should come inside. No reason to dirty up those clothes like i have a habit of doing." Kiro laughed at himself, but found the laugh die when he remembered that without that mishap, he probably wouldn't have met Rafael...someone who seemed to already have doubts.
Rafael got up from the table thinking something else went horribly wrong. He walked out into the store again and saw the two. "Um.. yes, Kiro?" he asked wondering what was going on. He wasn't sure what was about to happen. He could only tense up. He liked everything about Kiro, but he wouldn't fight with a teenager over him. He was tired of fighting. "Whats up?" he asked.
"Did you really mean that...what you said about being alone a while longer?" Kiro braced himself for the answer, he suddenly didn't want to know the answer, but couldn't bring himself to move away. He actually liked Rafael, the first person in so long, and couldn't bear to think that the feeling was already one-sided.
Rafael frowned as he looked at Kiro. "I..," he started and could only shake his head. "No. You are everything I'm looking for. Your looks, your personality. I love the way you get nervous, but yet you get calm around me when we kiss. I thought I met someone I could truly be with. I still think so," he told him bashfully. "I just don't want to hurt anyone over this," he told him just a bit ashamed of himself. "I was trying to set you up with Elliot here, when you first showed up. But when I chased you down after you forgot your credit card, there.. was just something there. I felt like it was something I've been looking for," he told him as he leaned against the wall.
Kiro felt himself blush at all the compliments. He couldn't remember anyone else saying such nice things about him, at least not at the moment where Rafael was concerned. And it felt real when Rafael said it...he could actually believe what he said was true.
Kiro hazarded a look at Elliot. Now that his feelings were clear, he couldn't help but feel guilt. He was unwillingly at the center of it. "I'm sorry..." Kiro began.
At first, he didn't know where he was directing it, until he found himself facing Elliot. "I can't...I like Rafael. I'm sorry."
Elliot hung his head low as his heart was shattered, but he understood, "I know... Please don't feel sorry. Everyone has a happy ending, or someone as their own. I can wait for mine..." He said, faking a smile. He hugged Kiro, when he broke he went over to his clothes and grabbed his beanie to put it on. "Back to work I guess..." He said in the exact tone as he did when he first came into the boutique.
Rafael felt terrible about how much pain he had cause Elliot. He walked over to Kiro and hugged him. "I got someone coming. Don't worry," he whispered to Kiro. "I just hope that he's Elliot's type," he told him giving Kiro a peck on his lips. He watched Elliot still a bit ashamed about what he had done. He would definitely make it up to him.