He was so relieved to hear words like those, reassuring him once again his former rival felt just as strongly as he did. He almost paused to open his mouth to say something in response, but Gary seemed to know what he was asking permission to do a second ago, and took the initiative of doing it himself. The moment Ash felt Gary’s lips on his, all of his thoughts were thrown away and forgotten. His heart pounded louder than ever through his chest, yet he hardly noticed. All that he could think of was that he wanted more, that this felt so right, so unlike anything else Ash had ever experienced. He lowered his hands to the back of Gary’s neck while the other gently ran through his hair. Breaking away for only a couple of seconds, he pulled himself closer to Gary’s body, if that was even possible considering how close they already were. Then once he was comfortable with that position, Ash kissed Gary for a second time. Only this time, he was much more spirited about it now that he felt he had a grasp of how to go about this kissing business.
With Ash’s body pressed up against his own, Gary could feel Ash’s heart beating just as fast and hard as his own, though slightly out of time with his. He loved finally being so close to his old rival, knowing after so long that he certainly wasn’t alone in his feelings. He could feel almost every inch of Ash’s body against his own, and it took every bit of strength he had to try and keep calm. He tried to keep in mind that they were still in public, that their public display of affection and longing was there for all to see. But as Ash pulled away briefly, moving slightly so that their bodies were close enough to nearly be one with one another, Gary disregarded all abandon and let himself be completely taken by Ash’s lips. With the boy’s hands in his hair and at his neck, Gary’s own slipped down to Ash’s waist, pulling him tightly to his own. In all the times he’d imagined it, he’d never thought that they would be kissing one another with such raw passion and he lost himself in the moment, all reservations completely abandoned.