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fic: A Healthy Appetite

Title: A Healthy Appetite
Fandom: Man in an Orange Shirt
Length: 200 words
Content notes: no warnings apply
Author note: written for the Rude challenge at [community profile] fan_flashworks. 200 words of shameless fluff, suggested by [personal profile] owl_by_night; this is for her. I regret nothing.
Pairing: Michael Berryman/Thomas March
Summary: “Il a un rude appétit, ton copain,” the garçon says with a cheeky grin.

“Il a un rude appétit, ton copain,” the garçon says with a cheeky grin, and adds something else too quick and idiomatic for Michael to catch.

Thomas grins back, apparently unfazed, and orders coffee. Another one who calls him tu: is there anyone in this village he hasn’t slept with?

“What was that about?” Michael asks, once the waiter’s gone.

“He said you have a healthy appetite,” Thomas says. “I think he’s drawing his own conclusions.”

Michael laughs and blushes. It’s true that everything tastes better in the Cassis sunshine, and there are plenty of ways to work up an appetite. He still can’t quite believe he’s here, that Thomas let him come. That he managed to break away at last. He keeps thinking he’s going to wake up in that chilly room he and Flora shared for so many years.

The coffee comes with little round biscuits he’s pretty sure Thomas didn’t order. One bite and Michael’s back at the cottage, that first morning, pre-war shortbread in bed and Thomas kissing his shoulder, the two of them smiling and smiling.

“Good biscuits,” he says, meaning I love you.

“Very good,” says Thomas. It sounds like I love you too.

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