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“What do they tell you?” Eddie asks, his voice rising in pitch and volume, his eyebrows rising, too, like he’s offended.
Richie aches with how that makes him feel. He hopes it isn’t showing on his face, although… it might not matter anymore. Maybe it could be okay if it did.
“All kinds of shit,” Richie says. “Some of it is just the normal stuff you say to break up with someone you weren’t really dating in the first place. Like, you know, ‘This has been fun!’”
Richie affects the least honest tone he can manage, pasting on a fake smile.
“You’re fun,” Eddie says, crossing his arms.
“When did you get back?” Richie asks, rubbing at his chest like an old woman who’s just gotten a fright.
He goes over to the counter and starts moving stuff into the sink. Eddie is grateful that his back is turned.
“Last night,” he says, regretfully slipping into the strained voice that Richie has said makes it sound like he’s inhaling helium as he speaks. “Um, before you went to bed. I mean, sleep. You were… in bed.”
or: eddie overhears (and doesn't overhear) some things and has trouble letting it go
Fandoms: IT (Movies - Muschietti)
11 Feb 2022
In 2016, Mike gets a call from Richie Tozier and Eddie Kaspbrak telling him it’s time to come back to Derry.
“I’ll see you really, really soon, okay?” Eddie says.
Not as soon as Richie would like. But really soon, and for the first time since they got together. Richie can feel some tension leave his shoulders and his forehead smooth out as he thinks about it.
“Yeah,” he says. “I’ll see you. Good night, Eds.”
or: eddie is visiting for christmas, but it's not exactly how richie wants
When they were kids, the older they got, the more Richie resisted hanging out with Eddie one-on-one. In a group, he’d still tease Eddie, grab him, do anything to get his attention. Eddie didn’t get it, and he’d force Richie to spend time with him anyway. Richie is the same way now, and Eddie understood why as soon as Richie came out, tweeting it the day after they left Derry.
Now that they’re going to be together in person, it’ll be easy to force Richie to spend time with him. So Eddie will act the same way he did as a kid, too, but now he knows they’re both doing it because of big, stupid crushes.