Impatient fingers tapped on the bar top. How much longer were they going to make him wait before someone showed up to take his order? Aspen scanned both sides of the bar with a huff as a hand came up to comb through his raven-black hair. Not many customers were lingering around. Figures with how far into the night it already was. Based on the sea of writhing bodies on the dance floor and the thick scent of sweat, most of them probably already had their fill of liquor. Hed have liked that very much. More so if his partner had actually shown up already.

Hed hoped to have at least had a drink by now to help calm his nerves while waiting. Instead, hed been left high and dry both by his date and drinks thus far. It didn bode well for how the night would likely end up. Hed heard from other friends Rougir was supposed to have better service than this. One of the best bars around the area. Best spot of dates and hooks up, amazing drinks and service.

”Excuse me! I hope whatever pretty boy is working behind this counter realizes that Ive been standing here for a good ten minutes already and Im not the type who likes to be kept waiting! ” Aspen raised his voice over the music as he leaned further over the counter.

”Hold your horses, cowboy. Theres a lot more to do around here than serving a handful of customers. ” Clattering came from the back room before a rather tall, rough-looking man with snakebites and electric purple hair came from the back. He looked a stark contrast to most of the fluffy, rather uppity people on the dance floor. Nothing about his looks screamed high-class, pompous, or rich.

”Sorry to keep the horse thirsty. Though if youd brought a horse here with you, I might have been more willing to serve you sooner. Seeing as it is my job anyhow, what can I get you. ” The Joke fell flat for Aspen who barely heard it, too caught off-guard by the bartenders looks.

”Earth to cowboy? Did you want that drink or not? You spent the last ten minutes hollering at me just to not order anything? ” Aspen recoiled as the bartender snapped his fingers in the others face.

”Of course, I intend to order something. I was just taking a moment to think about what I want. ” Aspen scowled when the rough features morphed into an amused smirk.

”Staring at my face is going to help you decide what you want to drink. Never realized I had any options scrawled across my face. Generally, I keep them to my hands if I run out of paper. ” Aspen chose to ignore the others comment, turning his attention to the menu. He hoped his face didn mirror the level of embarrassment he felt inside. He didn often catch himself staring at others.

”Can you get me a Hot and Spicy Dirty Angel? Two actually. ” Aspen ensured his face remained straight as he placed the order despite the bartenders obvious amusement at his choice of order.

”For you and a friend? ” The bartender didn bother writing the order down before getting to work on the drink.

”Does it matter? ” Aspen drummed his fingers on top of the counter again, glancing around. It didn matter how many times he looked around, he still remained the only one around the bar aside from the tender.

”Nah. Call it polite chatter. Though, it would be lying to say that I couldn help but notice youve been looking around since you get here. Your expression is one very common for a jilted puppy. ” Aspen looked away at this comment. Damn it, was he that easy to read? He didn think his expression gave that away.

”I had made a date to meet up with a friend here. It was tentative though. Even if they didn show up, I still figured that I would be able to have a bit of fun on my own. ” Aspen shrugged, leaning against the counter as he listened to the sound of clinking glasses coming from behind him while checking his phone. No messages yet. Damn it, he didn want to have to admit it hed been stood up but it certainly looked that way…

For once, couldn there be someone whod follow-through with going on one date with him after they said yes? Or would he be stuck to forever look like a fool?

”In that case cowboy, if you
e friend stood you up, have the drinks on the house. ” The man winked at Aspen as he put the two glasses on the counter, a boyish grin spreading across his lips at the others taken-aback expression.

”In fact, I can do you one better. If they
e not going to show up, how about the two of us spend a little time together? My shift is just about to end anyways. ” Aspen gave the other a once-over. He didn know what the answer to give would be. His eyes shifted back towards the dance floor. Maybe hed just missed the other.

”Cmon Cowboy. How long are you planning to pretend hes not stood up you up? Obviously whomever Mr. No-show doesn know something good when he sees it. ” Aspen felt a blush creep up the back of his neck. He should know better than to let such words affect him, but… being stood up five times in the last month made it hard not to be tickled by the bartenders words.

”Based on my track record, I think its more likely they know Im not worth the time and Im the one who needs to realize that. ” Aspen grabbed one of the drinks off the bar and took a deep drink of it. Huh, it somehow tasted better than he imagined. A little less spicy and a bit sweeter than hed expected.

”Pssh. Its that lack of confidence that leaves you in this kind of place. What do you say about taking me up on the offer? Who knows, if your date does show, we can make him a little jealous. ” Aspen couldn stop the shudder spread down his spine as a cold hand brushed over his own before resting on his wrist.

”What do you say? Im here right now, Mr. No-show isn . I don think it takes a genius to figure out the better deal. ” Aspens tongue nervously darted across his tongue as the other jumped over the bar top to join him on the other side. The raven-haired boy couldn stop himself from staring at the way the others upper arm muscles flexed at the move. Somehow definitely worked out. Aspen flailed when the other wrapped a tight arm around him and pulled him tightly against his side.

”So what did you have planned? A few drinks? Dance maybe? Were you going to meet anyone else here or just the two of you? ” Aspen felt the heat spread across his face the longer the bartender spoke feeling the way the others chest rumbled as he spoke, voice dipping into a lower baritone as he continued speaking.

”Or perhaps you were just thinking about cutting all of the usual bullshit and getting straight to something more fun? ” When warm breath tickled his ear, Aspen snapped out of his thoughts, a hand coming to rest on his lap. His breath caught in his throat as he silently prayed the other couldn feel how hard he was under his dress pants.

”Uh. I- how about we just start with drinks first? ” Aspen jerked away from the other and grabbed onto the bars counter to steady himself. Aspen grabbed hold of his drink again to finish it off to give himself a moment to breathe.

”Whatever you want, Cowboy. ” Aspens blush spread as the other began to snicker behind him, a hand patted his shoulder rather roughly before the bartender made a call for another round of drinks on the house.

Aspen wanted to protest but the newcomer who took over the bar filled the request without so much as blinking at the demand for it to be on the house. Did the strange bartender often make such requests?

”Now why don we take the next little bit to relax, breathe a little and get a chance to know each other. ” The purple-haired man gave Aspen a boyishly charming and warm smile as he handed him one of the new glasses filled with a vibrant-colored cocktail. Aspen swallowed thickly, as he took the glass without breaking eye contact with the other.

He might as well go along for the ride, right? It wasn like he had anything better to do that night.

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