Malcolm smiled despite the sadness clenching his heart as he approached his best friend Shaw. He looked so handsome in his tux and stood from the chair he was sitting in as Malcolm approached. “You look tired.” Malcolm said as they hugged.
“Yeah, I finally got a moment to just breathe.”
“I still can’t believe it…married.”
“Where’s the bride?”
“Off with her mother talking to everyone.”
Malcolm nodded, hating what he was about to do, but he had too. “Hey, can we talk away from all of this for a minute?”
Shaw gave him a concerned look. “Everything alright?”
“Yeah, I just have something important to tell you.”
“Of course.” Shaw lead him away from all the guests and deeper into the botanical garden he and his new wife had rented for their wedding. When they were out of sight he turned to Malcolm. “So? What’s up?”
Malcolm opened his mouth then closed it again, his heart hammering in his chest, his throat threatening to close up on his words. “I…” He took a deep breath, steeling himself. “Shaw I…I love you.”
“I love you too man.”
Malcolm clenched his fists, “No, you don’t understand, I love you, really love you. I know it’s shitty to say it now, but…it’s the truth.”
Shaw’s eyes widened in shock. “Malcolm…”
“I’m sorry.” He said quickly. “I’m sorry, I…” Shaw reached for him and Malcolm backed away, then turned and ran. He didn’t want to hear how much Shaw hated him for it or how disappointed he was, so he ran to his car and got behind the wheel, his eyes burning with tears.
“You coming out with us tonight Malcolm?” One of the women he worked with, Hannah asked as she leaned against the mop she had been using to clean up the restaurants floor.
“Sure, who all’s going?”
“Me, Lawrence, and Rowan.”
“Alright, where do you want me to meet you?”
“Sure, I’ll be there.”