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Smash or Pass?

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After taking a swig of water, Richie addressed the monitor before him, “alright Gucci gang, that’s enough of that game. What else should we do for say, the next 30 minutes before I go to snoozeville?”

Every weekend he would stream a couple of games and had already gained quite the following in the past year. Who would have guessed a bunch of people actually liked watching him play video games; even to donate money for it? His parents would have had a conniption if they even understood how streaming worked. 

It all started as a fun little past time playing online with friends to doing the exact same thing only with a bunch of strangers watching them through a website. For some reason, they stuck around for the gameplays and the constant trash talk, not that he was complaining. Richie loved to entertain ever since he was a kid. He even pulled his friends into creating a squad and calling them together, The Losers, to co-op or make ridiculous content on youtube. 

Yep, what he had going was pretty sweet. 

He scanned the comments, purposely bypassing the bad ones - he’ll trust his moderation team to take care of that. Being bullied is nothing new. He was always picked on for being queer as a child and in all truths, he was bi and proud. If someone had a problem with it, well, they could go suck a big fat one. Despite the negativity, he received an even larger amount of supporters in comparison. Things have definitely changed since he moved away from Derry, a bland and largely homophobic town. It was one of the best decision he ever made. 

From the long list of suggestions, he decided to pick something short and easy. “Smash or pass? Alright, folks, hit me up with some good ones,” he leaned back into his seat, stretching his arms behind his back as he waited for the stream delay to catch up, and within the next minute, the chat provided all sorts of names, including the usual meme jokes. 

“Danny Devito? You fucking know it. Who in their right mind would pass that?” 

He responded with a couple more options as time passed. 

"Bev? Absolutely, especially when she commented herself, you beautiful ginger. Ben if you're watching, I'll smash both of you, all you have to do is hit me up,” he winked coyly at the webcam.

One moment longer, he noticed a name appearing more than five times, a name he wasn’t familiar with. “Eddie Kaspbrak? Who’s that again?” he sat up, fingers already typing the name to search. A twitter handle and youtube channel came up as results and he clicked through to the images tab, eagerly soaking up the photos of a pretty guy. 

“Oh hell, he’s a cute,” he said out loud, as he peeked back over to the youtube channel. 

Apparently, this guy made mostly review content from what Richie could tell and the views were pretty high, even the sub count was close to his own. How had he not come across this person before, he wondered. Richie looked back at the chat in the stream for more details. 

Pennynonthewiser : he's a smol cute lad and reviews things! Go watch!!
Justaclown : Listen to Mike Hanlon's podcast with him in it! He swears so much lmao
BillHaderbitch : He's gay and single just fyi (¬‿¬)
Bevinator : sounds like your type, Rich. Get in there, young boi
Vibecheck : PLZ. You'd be such a power couple. KINGS
Benana : I sent you something on discord you need to see and you're welcome.

Richie absorbed the responses with a laugh and grabbed his phone, "alright guys, hang on, Ben sent me something. Let's see.” 

A notification popped up as an attachment from Ben and he couldn’t deny the thumping in his chest as he saw the photo of Eddie pop up fullscreen, holding a skateboard in his little hands with a cute smile gracing his pretty face and wearing possibly the shortest shorts Richie had ever seen, which of course awoke something within him until he saw the little bag around their waist, and he couldn’t hold back, “holy shit, is that a fanny pack? Are you kidding me? That’s insane.” Where has this cutie been all his life?

He pulled himself from his phone and dramatically placed his hands on the desk dramatically, “chat, I have made my decision.” For flair, he waited for a few seconds before he spoke, "okay, so for this Eddie Kaspbrak person, my answer will be..." he paused for even more suspense before he clapped on the beat of each word after, "smash, smash, smash, yessir!" 

When the comments caught up, people seemed incredibly thrilled with his choice and he grinned, not quite expecting so much hype for a simple game. It wasn’t like he was going to marry this Eddie or anything, although there were a lot of suggestions on the feed asking him to send a message to Eddie now or watch some of his videos or that they should mutually subscribe to each other’s channel… he wasn’t put off by the idea, but he knew he tended to go full force when there was something on his mind. 

"Looks like you guys have given me some homework to do, but for now I’m gonna leave the stream on a good note. This is Richie 'Trashmouth' Tozier and thanks for watching. Hope you have a great day or night or wherever you are!" 

He waited until users started to say goodbye to each other before he signed off and stretched his legs. When he checked his phone again, The Losers chat on messenger was already spammed with Bev’s messages as she linked a couple of videos from Eddie’s channel. She works fast, he thought as he gazed at the thumbnails. Sure the chat surprised him with how pumped they were when he said Eddie's name, but he absolutely didn’t expect Bev to be into this too... 

Now lying in bed casually, he couldn’t stop feeling restless and decided to pick one of the videos Bev linked, out of curiosity. Who’s to say Eddie was simply pretty on paper but dull everywhere else? 

Unfortunately, that didn't seem to be the case as it didn’t take long for him to find the charm and genuineness from the other as they spoke. Eddie was really cute and snarky which meant Bev was right on the money about his type. Richie didn’t acknowledge that he already clicked on other recommended videos, and maybe he ended up watching a whole bunch of them. His personal favourites were the storytime videos. 

The titles alone put him in stitches. 

Why I use an inhaler when I’m not Asthmatic [STORYTIME] (my mother was insane)
I almost got a STAPH INFECTION [STORYTIME] (I’m never going to Starbucks again)
Why fannypacks are so goddamn useful and you should get one too
Yes I’m GAY (was it the fannypack?)

Richie found himself captivated with watching Eddie talk and rant and swear
He was a smol ball of rage and it was everything Richie could love for someone he never met.

He was in too deep. Oof.

He sent out a message to his friends.

GETRICH : well, I'm in love now. Fuck
CashSTANza : lol rip
benjaminfranklin : It was the shorts wasn't it?
GETRICH : it's honestly everything??
GETRICH : He gets so mad and it's hot?
BEVMONEY : dbsuw
BEVMONEY : I will fite this for you bb. I'm sure I have contacts!
benjaminfranklin : maybe just start small like follow on twitter or something?
BEVMONEY: My mans is so smart <3
benjaminfranklin : <3
CashSTANza: cease this madness and end my suffering.

Richie snorted and tapped over to twitter, searching up Eddie’s handle and he wasn’t disappointed.

EddieKasp : why would you let your kids have mullets still?? What year do you think this is?

He clicked the follow button and got ready for bed, knowing if he looked any further, he’d never get to sleep.