and Combeferre is answering him but Courfeyrac can’t get any of the words to stick together in his brain and he’s just. Trying not to cry in front of everyone? And he holds up the small pastry box he brought Ferre (never go anywhere new without food!!!!) and stutters out an “oh this is for YOU”.
And then Ferre’s coworkers start filing up, asking him questions about “the cute one, what’s his name?” or “oh hey your friend is hot?” or “wait is he your boyfriend? NO!? Oh good, so i can ask him out then?” and Ferre is overwhelmed but most of all super angry for some reason. No you may not ask him out. No. No he is a mess and he is adorable and you may not ask him out (he mentally chastises himself because that is super possessive behaviour what the fuck?? @ self). But he doesn’t actually voice his objections, instead passively smiling and nodding and going “sure why the hell not”.
Courf rejects all of them with a polite smile and a few stuttered “oh. i’m taken”s. His mouth is dry. Ferre is still there in his FUCKING GODDAMN UNIFORM FUCKING G FUCKGING
(bonus: after everyone gets bored of hanging around near Courf, Ferre asks him suspiciously “uhh, Courf? Why did you tell them you were taken?” and Courfeyrac is seized in momentary panic. Oh Fuck. “because. I didn’t know what else to say to turn them down, to be frank with you”
“yeah but why would you want to turn them down? I mean, i know for a fact that at least Casey is your type – she’s smart, and beautiful, and a really good speaker, and she has freckles which you seem to like,” and he doesn’t mean to, but he sounds way more passionate about it than he normally would – a product of his jealousy, which Courf misreads, horribly.
“Oh yeah? If she’s so fucking great why don’t you date her?” but that’s not what Ferre Meant!!! And he tells him as much!! And Courf is awkwardly standing there trying to figure out a way to tell him “yeah she’s not my type because she’s not six foot infinity and she doesn’t have stupid glasses and a stupid jawline and she’s not YOU okay” without actually letting him know he likes him!!! Dumb sunshine boy.)
You know that I really, really love those ‘oh no he’s hot’-moments?
So please imagine high school Courferre where Courf is spending the summer holidays away like at his Puerto Rican grandma and they’re texting the whole summer and at one point Ferre goes ‘you know, apparently I’m incredibly short-sighted and need glasses’ for which Courf is teasing him endlessly.
And then the first day of school Courf’s just so happy and excited to see his best friends again and just runs around a corner and right into Ferre and he just… freezes because glasses, glasses that really bring out Ferre’s cheekbones and he also cut his hair and growth spurt and yep, those are skinny jeans and oh no, he’s hot?!
And Courf is still in the phase where he thinks brightly patterned Bermuda-shorts are cool and wears the fitting, terrible and too big back-to-school motto shirt and flip flops and Ferre’s whole mind suddenly goes blank because alright, he has glasses now, he can see things and Courf is like the most beautiful person he has ever seen?!
And they just stare at each other for like solid minute before Ferre just says the first thing that comes to his mind which happens to be, ‘You have freckles?’
(Cue to Enjolras in the background hitting his head against the closest locker)