childhood best friends au
It always seemed like everyone was waiting for the day that Marc and Cam would announce their engagement or that they had gotten married in secret the week before or just… something. No matter how much they shot down their parents and all the questions of “when, when, when”, no one seemed ready to give up the dream of a Staal-Talbot wedding.
Some days Cam wonders if this entire thing just really is his fault.
If this all goes back to the first day that he and Marc met at daycare and Cam just held Marc’s hand all day because Marc was the new kid and he was nervous to be there.
It’s not as if he’s the only one responsible for being outwardly affectionate in this friendship.
The first time they snuck a horror movie at a sleepover, it was Marc who held Cam for the entire night. It was Marc who told Cam to just climb in his bed and Marc who turned into the clinging monster during the night and through the morning.
They both had a lifetime of moments between each other.
Cam’s first heartbreak at 16 when Marc stole some liquor from his parents and they went out behind the barn and just drank until Cam started to cry and Marc held his hand and rubbed his back.
Marc getting onto the school’s hockey team and quickly becoming captain which made Cam cheer loudly and kiss him on the cheeks while proclaiming that he had always believed Marc and always would.
Their junior prom which they went to together — as stags — because they couldn’t pluck up the nerve to ask the girls they had really wanted to ask.
Followed the next year by their senior prom, which they basically ditched their dates after the first dance to go to the Staal sod farm and shoot over firecrackers and drink and talk about what their lives would be like after graduation.
No one had planned for Marc’s accident, for his college hockey career to be thrown down the toilet and no one had expected Cam to just up and leave his own school to fly halfway across the continent to be there with Marc while he recovered.
There was a lot that didn’t seem to be expected between “just friends” that Cam and Marc shared and neither of them could explain it to their families.
They just…. matter to one another. It’s as simple as that.
They love each other, they really do, but they’re not in love with each other.
They’ve just always been there for one another. Always together, always there to lean on each other when things get hard. They have a solid bond, something that won’t break and it’s something they trust to always be there.
It’s hard, at first, when they both meet their respective one. The person that they know they want to marry for real and just love forever. Marc seems to luck out; Hank isn’t much of the jealous type and he gets it. He does.
He compares Marc and Cam’s bond to his own with his twin brother, Joel. He says that he understands how they need each other and he doesn’t mind as long Marc comes home to him. (As if Marc ever wouldn’t. Cam has never seen him so happy before.)
Chris takes a bit more time to come around, to understand and see that walking in on Cam and Marc curled up together on the couch and watching Bob’s Burgers does not mean that Cam is cheating on him.
Once Chris gets it, though, he gets it and Cam just loves him so much.
So, even if their families don’t understand it, their boyfriends do and that’s all they really care about.
Especially when it means that joint couch cuddles become a thing during movie marathon nights and no one blinks an eye when Cam and Marc hold hands and grin at each other because they just know how happy the other is feeling in that moment.