Chapter 35

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"No way," Mari said, stopping the fork midway to her open mouth. "For real?"

"Yeah," Cris said.

His cousin surprised expression was funny, but even before he shared the news about him and Nelson, the manager was already smiling from ear to ear.

"Way to go, little cousin," she said, sharing his joy.

"Thanks." The manager's smile grew even more.

Cris turned to his food, but instead of eating, he played with his food. All he wanted to do was to race across the cafeteria and tell everyone that he and Nelson were together.

"But let's be fair for a second here," Mari said, finally eating the food on the fork. Then she pointed it towards her cousin. "It was about time. I mean, everybody was tired of waiting for you two to hook up. And I mean everybody."

"Shut up. I'm not listening to you. No matter what you say, I'm too happy to care." Cris hummed as he ate the eggs. "Wait. What do you mean everybody was tired of waiting? Does anyone else other than you and Marcelo know about us?"

I never told anyone... and there's no way Nelson would've told anyone other than his best friend. Marcelo could've said something, but I doubt it...

Mari scoffed and showed her fake shocked expression.

"You're kidding, right? Please, tell me that you're kidding."

"Just say it..."

"I can't believe, little cousin. You really have been way up in cloud nine with Nelson to not have noticed."

Cris sighed. At once he felt that conversation was on he didn't want to have. Not right now, when he was still too happy about how things worked out with him and his swimmer. His heart still thumped louder when he remembered how Nelson came back just to give him an amazing kiss.

And yet his curiosity was bigger. Why am I like this...?

"Again, just say it, Mari. Because if you just wanna tease me, then I'll just ignore you and be happy."

"Alright, alright, I'll tell you. Just don't turn into one of those guys who can only think about their boyfriends and forget about their cousins," Mari said. Then she leaned forward as she flashed a mischievous smile. "If you think you and Nelson are a secret, guess again. You two are a very interesting topic among the girls."

Cris's mouth hanged open. But the next second, he was smiling again. So everyone knows about us...

For one hand, he loved the idea. Cris was as open as he could about his sexuality.

For the other hand, he was afraid it might be too much for Nelson.

But either way, it's gonna be okay. Cris simply knew.

"Is that so?" he said, pretending the news wasn't a surprise to him.

Mari laughed.

"Stop pretending that you already knew. You might be good at that with your boyfriend, but not with me.

"Fine," Cris said, blushing at the mention of the word boyfriend.

That's what me and Nelson are now... The idea alone was enough to make him want to laugh out of joy.

"Then, I'll tell you the whole thing, cousin of mine. At first, there were a lot of girls jealous because they had lost a great catch to you," Mari said, too happy about sharing the gossip. "But when that passed, they became interested in where were you two in the relationship. There was even a pool to see when you two would finally hook up."

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