Specs sat quietly at his lunch table, reading his favorite worn, old copy of “Hamlet” as he ate. A sudden hand slamming down onto the table interrupted him, and he looked up with a start. Three bigger guys loomed over the table, looking down at Specs.
"Eating lunch all alone again, huh, Four Eyes?" one of them crooned. Specs shrunk back a little, looking down at his book.
"Leave me alone, please, I’m trying to read," he said quietly. The boy in front yanked the book out from Specs’ hands.
"What is this? Shakespeare? Look at this loser, reading this crap for fun. Shakespeare is probably your only friend," he sneered. The boys behind him laughed. Specs stood up from his seat, holding his hand out.
"That’s really none of your concern, now, please give me back my book," he said patiently. The bully held the book up above his head.
"Come and get it, loser." Specs glared, but he pushed his seat back and walked around the table. As soon as he made a grab for the book, the bully pulled away, holding it up higher. One of the boys to his side gave Specs a shove, and he stumbled backwards. "Ha! What a weakling." Specs furrowed his brow, pushing his glasses up on his nose. He made another jump for the book, but this time the bully threw it across the room. He grabbed Specs by the shoulders, pushing him down to the ground. Specs landed hard, barely managing to keep his head from hitting the floor.
Just then, someone ran from across the room, ramming themselves into the bully’s side. Specs looked up to see Romeo, tense from head to foot and fists up in a defensive position. One of the “henchman” made a lunge for Romeo, but the smaller boy was too quick, and he dodged to the side. The attacker crashed into the table, knocking over some chairs in the process.
"Specs, you ok?" Romeo asked, immediately turning his attention to his boyfriend on the ground. Specs nodded, pulling himself into a sitting position. Romeo stood in between him and the bullies, holding his fists up again. "You assholes had better leave my boyfriend alone," he growled. The main bully laughed.
"Look at this, Four Eyes here is so pathetic that he has to get this little shrimp to defend him- oof!" Before he could finish his sentence, Romeo swung a low punch at the bully’s stomach, effectively knocking the wind out of him. The bully dropped to his knees, gasping for breath. The last bully standing looked between his two injured friends and Romeo before running off to find a teacher. Romeo turned and crouched down next to Specs.
"They didn’t hurt you, did they?" he asked gently. Specs shook his head, unable to keep the proud smile off his face. Romeo stood up and offered a hand. Specs took it, pulling himself up. Romeo jogged across the cafeteria and picked up Specs’ book, handing it back to him.
"Thank you," Specs said with a smile. "You know you’re going to get in a lot of trouble for this." Romeo shrugged.
"I don’t mind. As long as these jerks learn their lesson," he said with a nod. "Say, I’ve never read Hamlet before. Maybe you could read some to me?" Specs smiled.
"I’d love to," he said, leaning down to kiss Romeo on the cheek.