vincent“A-are you sure we can leave you alone?”
vincent“Are you sure? You won’t be... bored, or anything?”
teddy“I promise I’ll survive. Go hit the shops! We’ll all have fun skiing together tonight.”
vincent“Really, I don’t mind st-”
andre“FAWKES! Would you kiss Teddy goodbye already!?”
Andre yells from the mudroom.
vincent“Um-- I’ll text you.”
teddy“Get going already!”
Today, the gang (sans Teddy) is taking a break from the slopes to explore the little retail village at the base of the mountain, and planning to get in some night-skiing later.
Vincent keeps checking Louis’ phone to see if Teddy has sent any updates, but Teddy is trying not to bother Vincent so much…
...or think of him at all.
vincent“Hey, where’d everyone go?”
louis“They went to that ski shop at the end of the block. I said I’d wait for you to finish shitting.”
vincent“I wasn’t-- oh, whatever. Thanks for waiting.”
Vincent pulls Louis’ phone from his hand.
vincent“Do you mind waiting a second more? I wanted to check in on Teddy…”
Louis snatches his phone back.
louis“Didn’t you say just you wanted to get over him?”
vincent“I mean, this is different, he’s sick-”
louis“He was sick yesterday. Today you’re
Louis makes Vincent stop for coffee on their way down the street. When he finally gets his excessively complicated machiatto (that makes the barista glare at him behind his back), he turns around to find Vincent...
louis“What the f- how did you even get my phone again?”
Vincent sheepishly hands the phone back… again.
vincent“So uh, do you have any plans when we get back to Jersey? A New Year’s party or anything?”
vincent“I didn’t mean it like-- whatever. Do you like having holidays with your dad?”
louis“Promise. My dad and I are totally cool. Besides, gay boys with daddy issues are such a cliche - ”
louis“Yeah? Why, even a perfect son like you doesn’t get along with his dad?”
Louis kind of laughs, but - despite his best effort to keep looking casual - Vincent’s face falls.
louis“Uh, yikes - forget I asked.”
In the high-end ski store down the street, the others mill around the racks and displays - except for John, who plops down on a staircase and doesn’t move.
Once he thinks they're out of earshot, Andre sidles up to Kamri while she's looking at beanies.
andre“Hey, you have any idea what’s up with John?”
kamri“What? I mean, yeah, he seems scarier than usual today… aren’t you idiots supposed to be his bros, why are you asking me?”
andre“Have you met John? He’s not talking to
kamri“I actually haven’t been talking to Louis that much lately. He’s been acting kinda… distracted.”
Andre starts sweating.
andre“Haha, whaaaat? He doesn’t seem any different to me. Everything seems totally normal with him.”
While he talks, he anxiously texts Charli.
andre“Man, I forgot about that… whatever though. Before Louis showed him how to party John used to just be this scary all the time.”
kamri“Yeah, well that’s Louis for you.
A few hours later, on the gondola ride to the top of the mountain, Vincent can barely follow the conversation - he’s too distracted by the ridiculous view. They’re really, really high up. Getting tackled by guys twice his size doesn’t really scare him but right now he’s starting to feel a knot in his stomach.
He tries to focus on whether or not he should be worried about Teddy. Is he really healthy enough to be skiing again so soon? Vincent’s noticing how tired he looks before they’ve even begun -- when Teddy catches him looking, and gives him a sleepy little smile.
teddy“Vincent, do you mind if we part ways at the peak? There’s a trail I really want to ski, and I’m afraid it’s a bit beyond your level…”
Vincent laughs - he’s pretty sure even the easy trail he’s about to embark on with Charli is beyond his level. He tells Teddy he’s worried about him just getting over his cold - maybe he should stick with the group - but Teddy assures him that he’s been skiing for a very long time. He’ll be fine.
With Vincent dolefully doting on Teddy after not being allowed to talk to him all day, Louis decided it’d be better to steer clear of his fuckbuddy for the moment, and finds himself sitting next to his step-brother. He sneers at John's earbuds that haven't come out all day - per usual, when John is especially grumpy.
He obnoxiously plucks one of them from his ears.
louis“What are you listening to?”
John looks confused for a second - but then snatches it back moodily.
When they get off the gondola, Teddy immediately speeds off from the group.
Silent Guy needs to fix his boot, so the others wait for him for a second. Just as they’re about to split up themselves - Vincent and Charli on the easy trail, SG, Andre, Louis, and Kamri on an intermediate run, and John and Bianca going for a tough one…
Andre“Uh, Vincent, where’s your other half?”
Vincent“Oh, he said there was some run that he really wanted to go on.”
Bianca“What? He shouldn’t be skiing alone at night. Do you know what trail he went on?”
Vincent“Uhh… the Rocket something? Right there.”
Louis“The Rocket Devil? Sick little Teddy just went down a double black diamond trail?”
Andre“Should we do something?”
Louis“That trail has cliffs and shit…”
John“Teddy’s been skiing since he could walk. He’ll be fine.”
Andre“...I don’t think Vincent will be, though.”
Everyone turns just in time to see Vincent pop over the drop, valiantly (and foolishly)
going after Teddy.
Louis“That fucking idiot--”
Louis immediately pulls his gloves on to go after him.
John“Where do you think you’re going?”
Louis“Somebody’s gotta look out for his dumb ass while he’s busy looking out for Teddy’s.”
John“And who’s gonna look out for you?”
Louis“Fine, just come on already!”
JOHNHey!!! Slow down!!!
louisWe have to catch up to them!
JOHNHe’s not that fast! What if he ran into the trees
louisIf he’s not already dead I’m gonna kill him.
At the base of the mountain, Teddy waits for the others after finishing his run. He hopes they didn’t already finish and go up to the peak again without him - he thinks about texting Vincent for a second before remembering his buddy's phone doesn’t work here.
Before too long, he sees everybody but John, Louis and Vincent speeding out from the easiest, shortest run. He’s a little surprised when they beeline right to him.
BiancaIs Vincent okay?
AndreHe followed you down the Rocket Devil.
TeddyWhy would he do that? He just started snowboarding like, yesterday…
AndreYou didn’t see him? He was worried about you.
AndreShit, is that for--?
louis“Stop trying to move, dumbass-”
Vincent“It hurts-- fuck, fuckkkk-”
Louis“The ski patrol is coming, you’re gonna be fine...
Louis"Are you seriously doing like arts and crafts
JOHN“This is what you’re supposed to do!! So they can find us! You have a fucking chalet and you don’t even know that?”
VINCENT“Louisssss, I’m gonna dieee”
Louis“You’re not gonna die, Fawkes..."
VINCENT“Why is there so much blood? Can you look?? Augh-”
Louis“Yeah, um--- ew--”
JOHN“Holy shit, is that a BONE?”
Louis throws John a look.
Louis“Don’t listen to him. It’s just a scratch.”
VINCENT“Do you wanna maybe… go on a date sometime…?”
Louis“Alright, now you’re just delusional from the pain...”
VINCENT“Louis, I don’t wanna die a virggginnnn”
Louis“Vincent, buddy, we’ve fucked like 20 times.”
Louis“Would you just shut up!!!!”
JOHN“I KNEW IT, when I came home from hockey practice that time you were-- you were--”
Louis“It’s ABOUT FUCKING TIME.”
Teddy is frantically calling Louis for the twelfth time when Andre points out the group of ski patrol that’s just appeared from behind the trees where the Rocket Devil lets out.
kamri“Uh, is Vincent in that little sled-burrito?”
Teddy runs out as far as he can to meet them, almost falling in the snow. Louis slides to a stop right in front of him.
teddy“What happened? Is Vincent o-”
Louis pushes Teddy to the ground.
louis“Listen Bijapur, as a friend -- fuck you. I never thought I’d be in a position to say this to another person but you are a selfish goddamn asshole!”
Louis pops his skis off, thrusting them into Teddy’s arms. He strides towards the ambulance while yelling to John to bring some of his shoes from the house to the hospital.
John is in a mood of his own, violently kicking off his skis and marching over to the group as the ambulance loads up and drives off.
JOHN“Did you fuckers know about them?”
Charli“What happened to Vincent? Is he gonna be okay?”
JOHN“I don’t know, I DON’T CARE!!! Did you guys know about Vincent fucking my stepbrother, or not?”
Kamri“Of course we did, John. We’re not stupid
Kamri“Um, I wouldn’t be much of a beard if I didn’t. I was in on it from the start.”
charli“Oh my gosh...you really had us fooled!”
John turns to Andre.
Andre“Sorry man, we saw them at the mall together and kinda figured what was up... “
JOHN“And you didn’t TELL ME?”
Andre“Ain’t my business.”
JOHN“Since when do you keep ANYTHING to yourself? God, you guys, my stepbrother and
Suddenly, Teddy has rejoined the group.
Everyone is quiet.
charli“We should probably, um, get to the hospital…”
Nobody moves, everyone tries to avoid Teddy’s gaze as he looks to each of them for some kind of answer.
teddy“What were you guys just saying? About Vincent and Louis?”
Kamri“I can’t take this anymore."
Kamri"Teddy -- Vincent and Louis are fucking.”
Kamri“Your friends are having sex.”
Kamri elaborates with a lewd hand gesture.
teddy“Excuse me if I don’t find that funny right now,
Andre“Dude....she’s not joking…”
teddy“That’s not possible.”
Kamri“Ugh, we don’t have time for this.
Kamri turns on her heels, walking toward the main road. Bianca puts a sympathetic hand
on Teddy’s arm.
Bianca“I’m sorry, Teddy…”
teddy“What? No-- it’s not--”
The others look at each other awkwardly, not sure what to do or say.
Bianca“Teddy, do you want to… go to the hospital
Teddy looks at her like she’s speaking another language.
JOHN“Vincent is gonna need a change of clothes.
Bianca“John, can’t you just-”
teddy"No, John’s right. You go on ahead, we’ll catch up.”
Bianca looks nervously at John, and then back at Teddy, and then after a few seconds of goodbyes they’re all off, running after Kamri and leaving John and Teddy alone.
The fastest way back to Louis’ chalet is to take the gondola and then ride with the waiting ski patrol. When they get into the gondola car, Teddy immediately sits down, looking sick. John sits as far away as he can.