Vincent sits in French class, looking kind of skittish. His wrist is still wrapped. Louis sits behind him, and Vincent can clearly feel his eyes on him. He’s been trying to avoid Louis all day (and all week since they got back from the trip), but what can he do when they have class together?
When Teddy, who's sitting next to him, notices Vincent looking impatient to get out of class, he gives him a sympathetic smile.
Vincent dares to look behind him -- just at the clock, he needs to know how much longer this class will go -- but he feels relieved when he happens to glance over Louis, who is no longer looking at him.
At the smoothie shop where Vincent works, he idly watches an affectionate lesbian couple having a date. They look really happy, and he glances down at the edge of a number peeking out of the tape on his wrist. Shiloh comes up behind him, jokingly accusing him of “perving on the hot lesbos”.
Vincent gets annoyed, but Shiloh’s already on the next topic, asking him where his little rich dude is today. Vincent tells Shiloh that Teddy’s got a girlfriend, so he’s been busy. Shiloh is surprised, saying he always assumed Teddy was gay and was hanging around because he had a crush on Vincent.
Out of curiousity, Vincent asks Shiloh what about Teddy makes him think he’s gay. Shiloh explains that since Teddy’s pretty girly - very fashionable, carries a purse, etc- “that’s just how gay guys are, right?”
Vincent shrugs, insisting he doesn’t know.
Vincent stands at the gross kitchen sink in his dilapidated rental house, furiously trying to scrub the permanent-marker numbers off his arm. He scrubs, then rinses, again and again, but the numbers just won’t come off. He seems excessively frustrated, like really really pissed at his own wrist.
He gives it one more determined scrub, and gives up. He does something between a sigh and a groan. The faucet drips into the dirty dish water.
He takes another look at the numbers. He slowly picks his phone up off the counter.
He ends up putting it back down without even flipping it open.
Vincent washes his hands in the bathroom at school. He doesn’t see Louis coming in behind him right away, and when he does, he has to double take to make sure he’s not imagining things.
Louis heads to a urinal. Vincent doesn’t reply.
Vincent leans on the sink without a word.
Still nothing from Vincent. Louis rolls his eyes and he begins to wash his hands. He smiles at himself in the mirror, checking his hair.
louis“Wanna know a secret?”
In a split second, Louis is leaning into Vincent’s personal space, his lips right in his ear.
louis“I thought about you last night.”
teddy“Vincent?? Vincent, are you listening?”
Vincent snaps out of remembering what Louis said for the millionth time. Teddy drives him home from school in the Ferrari.
vincent“W-huh?? Sorry, what?”
teddy“Then what's got you so deep in thought?”
vincent“Oh, uh... you know...just stuff.”
vincent“Um, what were you saying?”
teddy“That's good. You two make a nice couple.”
vincent“Huh? Oh, yeah - right, yeah, I won’t.”
Teddy lets him off in Kamri’s front yard. They say their goodbyes, and Teddy drives off as Vincent waves awkwardly.
As soon as Teddy’s car is out of sight, Vincent sprints across the street to Louis’ house. He runs right up to the door, but suddenly worries - Shit, what if John opens the door?
His finger is frozen on the doorbell. But then he springs into action, unwrapping his wrist and whipping out his phone.
He has to squint at the super faded and smudged numbers, but he eventually manages to type the whole number in.
It rings several times, and then goes to voicemail. Vincent, annoyed, dials again.
This time, Louis clearly has declined the call after only one ring.
Vincent grits his teeth and texts.
who is this
is this kyle from grindr?
o wait is it troy??? srrrrrrry
Now it’s Louis who’s calling. Vincent picks up to Louis asking jokingly if the Wizard of Oz gifted him some courage.
Vincent practically yells over him, asking if John is home. Louis says no - he’s at Andre’s.
vincent“Okay, let me in.”
vincent“Outside your house!”
There’s a brief moment of silence, but then Louis breaks into riotous cackling and hangs up. Soon enough, he’s opening the door with an absolutely poisonous smirk.
Meanwhile, Teddy, his dad, and his sister are sitting at a grand dining table in their mansion. His mother rushes in, apologizing for being late. She remarks that the surgery she was doing today went longer than planned. Kennedy begs her not to talk about brain surgery right before they eat. Dr.Hejazi laughs, asking how she got such squeamish children, joking it must be her husband’s genes.
She merrily cheers “Bismillah!” with Dr. Bijapur as kitchen staff bring out their elaborate meal, and they get to eating.
Dr.Bijapur fills his wife in on his plans to take Teddy to visit Princeton with Dr.Kingsley and John. Teddy smiles and politely says that he’d rather not.
Dr.B asks plainly if he’s made any plans to look at other schools.
Teddy can’t answer, so Dr.B he insists they go. He tells Teddy he can bring Vincent, and that John’s stepbrother will be tagging along as well - it’ll be fun.
teddy“I’m not going.”
teddy“Please don’t do that.”
dr.b“I beg your pardon?"
teddy“Don’t analyze me. I’m not one of your patients.”
Teddy leaves the table. His mom chides Dr.B, saying that Teddy is delicate and he should have more patience with him. Kennedy says she’ll go check on him.
Vincent huffs, and looks around the room.
Louis bounces his eyebrows. Vincent’s face, already flushed, goes even redder.
vincent“I’m… I’m, uh…”
Louis, bored, inspects his nails. Vincent mutters something under his breath, and looks at Louis expectantly.
louis“Sorry, did you say something?”
Vincent grits his teeth, and says something that seems a little louder, yet still manages to be inaudible. Louis raises his eyebrows.
louis“Vincent, this is seriously pathetic.”
Vincent gets mad and half-shouts.
After a second of surprised silence, Louis laughs and starts clapping facetiously. He sarcastically congratulates him, but before he can finish--
Kennedy finds Teddy in his room, watching TV.
kennedy“Hey, we should talk.”
Teddy puts on his best presidential smile, and states there’s nothing wrong. Kennedy asks Teddy why he doesn’t just tell their dad about what John did.
Kennedy admits that their dad can act like a know-it-all, but he definitely wouldn’t be like this if he knew how things really were, how much of an asshole John turned out to be --
Teddy turns the TV off, gets up, and cheerfully announces that he’s going out for a drive.
Vincent lays in Louis’ bed, totally dazed. Louis leans over to a drawer, asking if Vincent minds if he smokes. Vincent does mind, but Louis decides to go ahead anyway. Vincent gets annoyed, reaches over and grabs the joint, crushing it in his hand.
Louis rolls his eyes and says Vincent will just have to entertain him instead.
louis“So, you’re gay, huh?”
vincent“What do you think?”
Vincent rolls over, obviously not wanting to talk about it. Louis presses himself against Vincents back, poking his chin over his shoulder.
Vincent stays silent.
Vincent turns over, and glares at Louis.
louis“What? I’m just saying, he’s pretty dumb for a smart guy.”
vincent“It’s not funny, okay?”
louis“'You like him a lot?' Come on, Vincent. Seriously?”
louis“...Okay, go on.”
louis“Like what about him do you think is cute?”
vincent“You don’t believe in love?”
louis“I’m a child of divorce, what can I say?”
Vincent looks exhausted, and makes an embarrassed sort of grunt.
louis“What?? Oh my god, what?”
vincent"...I guess it’s just the only time that he noticed.”
vincent“Why am I even telling you!?”
Vincent groans, flipping face-down into the pillow.
Vincent just groans again, sounding even more annoyed.
louis“Don’t whine, at least you’ll be getting laid now.”
Vincent looks up, a little surprised.
vincent“...You wanna do this again?”
Teddy’s car is parked outside a 24-hour convenience store. He’s been around to all of Vincent’s other jobs tonight, unable to find him. Inside, he asks the girl at the counter if he can talk to Vincent. She tells him Vincent isn’t scheduled to work this weekend.