"Man, this storm sure is getting rough," you said to yourself as you pulled the curtains to the side a little, looking at the rain pouring down outside. It had been raining for a few hours, but now the wind was blowing extremely hard and thunder and lightning were present as well.
You decided it would be the perfect time to bundle up on the couch with hot chocolate and a blanket as you watched a movie. Of course, it would've been more fun to watch it with someone, like your best friend (and secret crush) Alfred. But you didn't dare ask him to come out in this awful weather, even if he only lived 5 minutes away.
You went into the kitchen and prepared the hot chocolate, making sure to add a lot of marshmallows. As you walked back into the living room, you set your hot chocolate on the coffee table in front of the couch, then grabbed (f/m) and popped it in the DVD/BluRay player. You took a seat on the couch and grabbed your (f/c) blanket, wrapping it around you until you were snug.
The movie played for about 20 minutes, when all of a sudden you heard an extremely loud clap of thunder, followed by more wind, rain and lightning all at once. It went dark right after that. "Great. The power's out." You sighed as you reached your arm out, patting your hand around to try and find your phone. After several seconds, you finally grasped it. "I better call Alfred and see if the power's out at his place too.
Alfred had been in the middle of a movie himself when the power went off in his house. It had startled him, making him yelp and jump in surprise, and he would never admit it to anyone, but he was afraid of the dark. To top that off, there was a raging storm outside, he was alone, and his phone was dead. He knew he should've charged it earlier, but he honestly forgot about it since he was watching the movie. And now he couldn't since the power was out. He was terrified.
"Oh man, what am I gonna do?" He asked himself as he curled up, hugging his pillow and trembling.
You sighed as you hung the phone up. "Great. His phone is off. Oh well, I'm sure he's fine." You sat back down on the couch and played Flappy Bird on your phone, but after a few minutes you started to feel guilty. "Maybe I should drive over and check on him. He's probably alone right now since Mattie's out of town, and if his power is off, he doesn't have a way to charge his phone and get ahold of anyone." You thought for a minute and then made up your mind. You were going to drive over to his house and check on him.
You used the flashlight app on your phone and maneuvered around the coffee table carefully, then made your way to your room to get dressed, since you were only in your pajamas. After you were done, you grabbed your portable phone charger and put it in your purse, put your shoes on, grabbed your umbrella and headed out the front door.
You knew it wasn't really safe to be driving in this weather, but a lot of people still did it anyway. And besides, you were only driving a short distance. You hopped in your car and started it, making your way to Alfred's house.
~5 Minutes Later~
You took the keys out of the ignition and put the hood of your jacket over your head. You weren't going to worry about using your umbrella since it was a very short distance between your car and the house. You grabbed your purse and opened the car door, stepped outside, closed the door and ran to the front door of the house.
Alfred heard the doorbell ring a moment later. "Huh?" He looked up. "Who could that be?" He wiped his eyes and stood up, walking over to the door. He looked out the peephole but couldn't see anything since it was so dark. He opened the door just a crack and peeked out. "Hello?"
Your heart broke a little as you heard his voice. It sounded like he had been crying. "Alfie, it's me, _____."
"_____?" He quickly opened the door all the way and gestured for you to come in. You sat on the couch next to him and looked at him in worry as you noticed tear streaks on his face. You scooted closer to him and wrapped your arm around his shoulder.
"What's wrong Alfie?"
He looked down and smiled, but you could see through it. "What do you mean? I'm fine."
You frowned a bit and brought your hand up to his chin, tilting his head up to look at you. "Alfred, you can tell me anything. We're best friends aren't we?" You asked, your voice filled with kindness.
He swallowed nervously and shifted his eyes downward again before answering. "I-I'm scared of the dark. And I was also afraid because no one else was here and I couldn't call anyone." He blushed in embarrassment for admitting all this, but you couldn't see since it was so dark.
"Aw, I had no idea." You wrapped both of your arms around him and hugged him tightly. "I came over here because I was worried about you, but I didn't know you'd be so scared. I'm sorry."
"You were worried about me?"
You nodded. "I tried calling you before I realized your phone was off. Oh, that reminds me..." You pulled away from him and dug around in your purse until you felt the portable charger. You used the flashlight app on your phone again and showed it to him. "Where's your phone? I brought this so you could charge it."
"It's right here," he replied as he took it out of his pocket and handed it to you. You plugged it in and it instantly came on.
"There we go!" You smiled. "We'll just let it charge here for awhile," you said, placing it on the arm of couch next to Alfred.
Alfred smiled. "Thanks for coming over and not teasing me about... You know."
"There's nothing to be ashamed of Alfred. A lot of people are scared of the dark," you reassured him as you rubbed his back.
"I know, but I'm 19." He sighed. "I'm a scaredy cat."
You laughed. "No you're not." The two of you sat there in silence for awhile before you got an idea. "Hey, wanna play Flappy Bird?"
He perked up at that. "Yeah!"
~1 Hour Later~
You had planned to go home after the storm was over and the power was back on, but it was so late already and you were really tired. It didn't seem like the storm would stop any time soon.
You felt your eyelids start to get heavy and you yawned. "Hey Alfie, do you mind if I spend the night here? I can just sleep here on the couch if you don't mind."
"Sure, no problem."
He got up and found a couple of pillows and a blanket, then came back out. "D-do you mind if I sleep out here with you?" He asked sheepishly.
You smiled. "Of course not."
He sighed in relief, thankful that he wouldn't have to sleep alone in the dark while the storm raged on. He put a pillow behind your head and sat next to you, putting the blanket over both of you before putting the other pillow behind his head.
You scooted closer to him and wrapped your arm around him. "Goodnight Alfred."