Matt was sitting on his couch, the picture of him and Zacky kissing in his hands. He had been looking at the photo ever since he woke up. He missed Zacky. It had been close to two weeks since he had seen him and even then, it wasn't his Zacky that he had seen. He missed the taste of those luscious pink lips. He missed the way they felt as they trailed from his lips, down his neck, across the expanse of his chest and down his abdomen. He missed the feel of grabbing Zacky's hair between his fingers as they were in the throws of a passionate kiss. He missed the beautiful sounds that escaped from Zacky's mouth when they made love. He missed Zacky's laugh that no matter what made him laugh too. He missed Zacky's deep sexy voice in his ear, whispering dirty pleads or simply saying 'I love you'.
-Knock, Knock, Knock-
Matt was pulled out of his thoughts by a knock at the door. He smiled down at the picture in his hand one last time before resting it on the coffee table. He stood up from his seat and walked over to the front door. When he opened the door, he was shocked to see a rather large box on his doorstep. He looked down at the cardboard box and noticed the words written on the top…
-Don't lift, just open-.
Matt smirked slightly and looked at his surroundings. He couldn't see Zacky's car anywhere and he didn't remember hearing it drive off like it usually did. With a small amount of caution, Matt lifted the folded parts of the cardboard box. When the box was completely open, Matt was shocked by what he saw inside. Sitting crossed legged inside the box was Zacky. His green eyes were looking up at Matt, a line of tears ran down his cheeks as he looked up at Matt. The taller man's heart swelled as he looked at Zacky sitting in the box. He couldn't help but smile as he reached a hand out to help Zacky stand up. Still standing in the box Zacky flung his arms around Matt's waist and held onto him tight.
'I am so, so sorry Matt. I hate myself for what I said and the pain I made you feel'
Matt held tight to Zacky, his own eyes tearing up as he nestled his face in the younger man's hair, taking in the smell of his berry shampoo.
'You really hurt me Zack. I couldn't believe that you would ever hurt me like that. Part of me knew it wasn't you…but I was so scared that it was the truth that you were keeping buried inside…I hated not having you here. Cause I love you so much Zee'
Zacky looked up into Matt's hazel eyes. He could see the hurt inside them, the pain that he had caused. But he also saw a glimmer of love and he had hoped that he would see that there…he had hoped that Matt would forgive him.
'I love you too Matt. I don't know where those horrible words came from because I love you and I cant imagine not loving you. These last 2 weeks have been horrible. I missed falling asleep next to you. I missed watching you sleep before I wake you up with kisses. I missed your smile, that damn gorgeous smile with those damn gorgeous dimples!! Do you think you can forgive me? Because I cant go another day without seeing you and holding you'
Matt looked over Zacky's head, resting his chin on Zacky's soft hair as the shorter man nuzzled his face into Matt's neck.
'These last two weeks have really given me time to think. I was angry and hurt by what you said. It hurt me more then I could ever admit. But then you sent me all of those things and I remembered all of the fun we had. I remembered all of the good times and how this had been the only time you had ever hurt me', Matt moved so he was looking into Zacky's eyes, 'You got drunk and you said things that you didn't mean. I don't want to keep punishing you for words that weren't even yours. They weren't my Zacky's words. I forgive you Zacky, but I need you to make a promise that you will never do anything like that again'
Zacky looked down at his feet, shaking his head as he took in Matt's words. 'I promise Matt, with my heart and soul that I will never, ever hurt you like that again. I will never drink like that again. I make that promise to you right now'
Matt smiled, resting his hand on Zacky's cheek as he looked into those beautiful green eyes. They were sad and glistened with tears. Matt wanted to make them sparkle.
'I love you Zack. You are by far the greatest gift I have received all week'
Zacky and Matt laughed when they realised that Zacky was still standing in the cardboard box.
'Who doesn't want a Zack-in-the-box?', Zacky winked as he looked into Matt's hazel eyes.
Matt laughed as he lifted Zacky out of the box as the younger man wrapped his legs around his waist. 'Come on my little Zack-in-the-box, let's get you inside'.
As Matt walked Zacky back into the house, he couldn't help but look into those gorgeous emerald orbs. They were sparkling once again. They weren't clouded in a haze from alcohol, they weren't glistening with sadness brought on by freshly shed tears. They were twinkling, shimmering with happiness as they looked lovingly back at Matt. Matt knew that Zacky would keep his promises. He knew that very quickly they would be back to the way they were, baking cakes and taking funny pictures together, the way they would always be.
Zacky couldn't get rid of the smile on his face. He thanked any god that would listen that Matt had forgiven him. The last thing he had ever wanted to do was make the person he loved most in the world feel pain. From this day forward Zacky would do everything in his power to be the best boyfriend for Matt, and hopefully before the new day dawned, he would be the best fiancÚ for his one and only, his Matt.