Dottie had decided to wait the next day before she tried to do something that would get Dusty and Skipper together.
She had entered her shop and almost cooed at the sight before her, Skipper was cuddling or nuzzling Dusty, both were asleep and she did not want to wake them up, so she decided to wait a little longer, who knows, maybe this would help them in admitting their feelings for each other. She took one last look at them before shutting the door quietly behind her, not seeing Skipper shift from the noise then nuzzle back into Dusty, who returned the gesture unconsciously.
Skipper soon felt the sun’s rays burn on his eyelids (even though it was already morning but he didn't know that yet) he blinked a few times to get rid of the sleep from his eyes. He almost jumped when he felt something warm next to him and it took him a second to realize who it was.
He moved his eyes to the right and came face to face with a sleeping Dusty.
Well that explained why I didn't have a nightmare he thought.
Dusty made the occasional twitch and flinch, especially from his propeller but aside from that he didn't make a noise, a small smile appeared on the Corsair's face as he watched the young plane sleep, it was official (in his mind anyway) Dusty was adorably cute when he slept, now he wished he had a camera.
But sadly all good things must come to an end as Dusty began to stir and feel another body pressed against him, he flinched and tried to move away since he couldn't remember what happened last night.
"Dusty, calm down it's me Skipper" the Corsair said calmly and quietly.
Dusty stopped trying to move "Skipper?" he whimpered "is it really you?"
"It's me Dusty, don't worry nobody is going to hurt you"
The Crop Duster allowed Skipper's calm but slightly rough voice sooth him and wrap around him like a blanket on a cold night, he shivered as he tried to open his eyes, but remebered that he couldn't see very clearly, it was all blurry and he had a hard time just trying to make out Skipper, he missed looking at the blue plane, he missed looking into his mentor's eyes as he told him what he needed to do, he missed looking at the planes determination when something bad happened to him or the town, he just wanted to see again.
Dusty once again found himself crying, again, as he laid against (what he hoped) Skipper like they had been just minutes ago. Skipper didn't mind, after all he probably would have done the same thing if he was in Dusty's position.
"You must think I am really pathetic right now" Dusty thought, never realizing that he had said it out loud as he tried to calmed down.
Skipper, for the first time was shocked that the plane would think that "how can you say that? After what you had gone through I think everyone would have been more concerned if you weren't crying"
"I guess" Dusty sighed "although I guess I should be thankful that I even survived that crash, I don't think anyone would have been as lucky as me"
Skipper could not argue with that statement, after all, he knew from experience before he gave up flying.
"Exactly" was all Skipper said.
.Dusty moved his head a little to ask Skipper something, unfortunately he didn't realise that he was really close to Skipper's face, and ended up kissing him.
Skipper jumped back slightly but his lips were still on Dusty's, it was slightly awkward but he was loving it until Dusty moved back after he realised what he had just done, which resulted in him shedding more tears to the the point where he thought he might rust from his waterfall.
"I'm sorry, it was an accident please don't leave me" Dusty whimpered pathetically as he kept his eyes closed while trying to move away, thinking that Skipper would most likely be disgusted from even being near him now.
"Dusty" Skipper said softly but realised Dusty wasn't even listening, so tried a soft but full of authority tone "Dusty listen to me"
Dusty immediatly stopped what he was doing and was looking at Skipper in surprise, tears stopped but looked like they might drop again.
"I know you have had a crush on me" he started and quickly continued to talk when he saw Dusty flinched "in my defense I didn't know you and Dottie were talking, I just heard her saying to you that if didn't talk to him soon it would destroy you, I put the pieces together and then Chug confirmed it"
Dusty couldn't help himself but groan at his friends silliness, he was going to have to stop saying stuff about his personal life to him.
Skipper managed to stop himself from chuckling at the young racers face, he then continued "I must admit at first I thought that it was just a phase you were going through, but after your crash I realised that your feelings for me must be genuine if it stopped you from having your daily oil"
Dusty had the decency to look down in shame as he remembered how he made everyone scared because of his stunt.
Skipper quickly continued "I guess what I am trying to say is" he paused for moment and thought it would be best for him to show it in case Dusty didn't believe him, before Dusty knew what was happening he was given a full and proper kiss, and he submitted willingly.
They stayed like that for what like hours until the need for air became too much, both rolled back a bit as they tried to catch their breaths.
"What happens now?" Dusty as when he could speak.
"It's your choice Dusty, after all you have wanted this longer than I have, plus you know that this won't go well with the news"
Dusty nodded as he remembered that one racer who had admitted on tv that he was gay, everyone hated him which made him quit the race so he could live with his partner, he never regretted the decision.
"I am not going to hide that we are in a relationship Skipper, but if you want we can take this slow first, after all I have never been in a relationship before"
"Ever? What about when you went out with Ishani?"
"I only asked her if she would like to go out with me, as in two racers spending some time together, I did it with Bulldog once and a few times with El Chubacabra, that was when I realised that I like Ishani as a friend, I have never been out with a guy before" Dusty admitted sheepishly.
"Well, if it helps I have never been in a relationship either, when I was old enough I went immediately went to try and join the Jolly Wrenches, obviously I succeeded" he chuckled weakly.
"I agree, lets wait a while and see how this goes, if word gets out and it will sooner rather later" he saw Skipper nod in agreement "then we will take it from there, sound good for you?"
"I can deal with that" he looked closer at Dusty "are you still tired?"
"A little bit" Dusty admitted weakly "but I'm afraid that when I wake up again all of this will have been a dream"
Skipper planted another gentle kiss on Dusty's lips "we can stay up for as long as you want, but you do need to sleep, I will still be here when you wake up though, I promise"
They stayed together a little longer until Dusty fell asleep again.
Dottie was thankful no one had come into her work place for a check up, she had completely forgotten to check up on Dusty and Skipper, and that was 4 hours ago.
She calmly opened her door just in case Dusty had gone back sleep, she wasn't disappointed when she saw him fast asleep next to a fully woken up Skipper who was looking at the kid with a guarded expression.
"You knew didn't you?" Skipper asked softly without taking his eyes off of Dusty "about who he liked?"
Dottie wasn't sure what to feel "I promised not to tell anyone" she replied softly back, both not wanting to wake up Dusty.
Skipper nodded "thank you for taking care of him" his eyes flashed to hers for a second before going back to Dusty "you will be happy to know that he won't be suffering anymore"
Dottie was confused on what he meant, then it clicked "you mean you got together?" Skipper nodded "thank goodness I was hoping for you guys to do something soon, perhaps this will help him, he is going to need all the help he can get"
"I can help with that, I have an old friend who born blind, he can give Dusty some tips about his...predicament" the air was tense "but I will not force Dusty if he doesn't want it"
"As long as you're trying Skipper I see no reason for Dusty to not try"
They didn't realise that their voices were slowly getting louder, making Dusty twitch a little before he opened his eyes, immediately he was met with blurry Dottie who had not noticed he was awake and was continuing to talk.
"Could you guys keep it down I'm trying to sleep" Dusty whispered as he tried to wake up properly.
Both vehicles stopped talking and turned to look at the younger plane.
"Sorry Dusty, I didn't realise my voice had gotten louder" Dottie admitted.
Dusty shook his front "don't worry about it, what were you guys talking about anyway?"
Both went deadly silent until Skipper spoke "I was considering bringing in an old friend of mine who was born blind, I was thinking that you could learn from him as well as understand that you aren't the only one who has had eye problems, I was going to tell you when you woke up actually" he admitted sheepishly "but it is your decision Dusty, I will not force you into seeing him if you don't want to"
The fact that he was waiting for Dusty to decide made said plane smile lightly "I'll think about" he turned to Dottie "do I still need to be here?"
"Well at first I thought it would be wise to stay here but I realise that this is the only workplace I have, plus I don't think it will help with your recovery"
"What if he stayed with me?" Skipper thought out loud, he looked sheepish when both pairs of eyes glued onto him "I mean, I have larger rooms attached to my main building, and they are big enough for Dusty to move round and not get a panic attack if he has a bad dream"
"Hey" Dusty exclaimed in a joking way, Dottie and Skipper chuckled "I have to admit though Dottie, that isn't a bad a idea, because let's face it, Chug isn't exactly good when it comes to looking after someone, he tends to over react more than you do"
"As much as I hate to admit it, your right Dusty, alright then, let me get you checked up, if I see that you are fit and healthy as you can get you can leave and stay with Skipper"
Dusty felt like his smile just split him into two pieces "alright then, lets get to work"
Skipper didn't need to look at Dottie to know he had to leave, he left willingly after a quick glance of Dusty.
Once Dottie had done everything she needed to as well as a few fixes and tweaks, she allowed Skipper to come in and get Dusty.
"He's all yours" she announced happily "just make sure he doesn't over do things as he still needs rest" she leaned closer to Skipper so only he could hear "also if Dusty does agree to meet your friend make sure that he has another day of rest just to be on the safe side, let me know as well so I can give him another check up"
"Will do" Skipper replied in the same tone.
It took a while for them to get Dusty moving especially when he still couldn't see well, his new wheels felt slightly foreign, his gears felt tingly and he felt everything groan in pain at the fact he was moving, he soon realised that he tired easily as well and that got on his nerves. Dottie told him that it was completely normal since he had been stuck in one place for a long time so Dusty felt less unsure.
When they managed to get him outside he didn't know whether to be thankful that he was outside, or shun away at the blinding light. He guessed that he should be grateful that no one was around to see him in his state.
When they managed to get to Skipper's place they were greeted with Sparky and Chug, who both had a can of fuel ready for Dusty.
"Skipper told me you would be staying here for a while when Dottie was checking you, we got everything ready for you"
Skipper felt a blush appear on his face as he tried to look anywhere but the group.
Dusty felt sad for the Corsair "thanks, I could do with a rest" to proove his point he yawned, he had never felt so tired in his life.
Dottie and Sparky helped move him into the spare room Skipper had, the poor crop duster fell asleep before they even got him in the room. They left the can of oil in front of Dusty for when he woke up again, giving the sleeping plane one last look they left the room.
"Make sure he drinks that oil Skipper, he still doesn't have enough in his system" Dottie instructed.
Skipper nodded giving her his full attention "I'll be sure to check on him regularly as well" he knew that if he didn't Dottie would not be pleased.
Dottie gave Skipper a few more instructions before leaving with Chug and Sparky.
Skipper sighed before going back into his home, he caught a glimpse of Dusty's sleeping form and had to smile, he noted that the oil can Sparky had brought was next to Dusty, well at least he didn't need to worry about that for a while, he had a feeling that Dusty would reject to drinking it.
He looked around his room before looking back at Dusty, he didn't know why he was feeling it now, but with Dusty here, he felt more at home, which was saying something since he felt like this place was a prison of his past. But now that Dusty was now and fast asleep, he had never felt more at home before.
He spent a few hours reading some book he randomly picked off of the shelf before noting that it was getting late, he placed the book back before quickly checking on Dusty, he was still asleep, letting out a small breath he moved away and rolled to where he usually slept, near a corner at the end of the building and fell into an uncomfortable sleep, silently wishing that Dusty was right beside him.