The phone rang. "Hello?"
"Is Kyle Matthews in, please?"
"This is Kyle Matthews."
"Mr. Matthews, this is Dr. Curtis, calling from County General."
Kyle's heart leaped into his throat. A million things went through his mind, none of them good. Has something happened to Kim, Bryan or the twins? He wondered, slightly frightened. He never even considered the possibility that the call might have something to do with Jayson.
"What can I do for you, Doctor?"
"I'm calling about your boyfriend Jayson."
Kyle frowned. After a slight pause, he said "What about him?"
"He is here in the hospital in guarded condition. He was attacked and stabbed several times two nights ago. He lost a lot of blood. He's alive, but he's in pretty bad shape at the moment. Both lungs were punctured as were his right kidney and liver. We had to remove his spleen. It required over two hundred stitches to close all of the knife wounds. It was touch-and-go for awhile, but he pulled through. I think he's going to be okay."
"He asked me to tell you that he loves you more than life itself, and is very, very sorry."
"He sure has a funny way of showing it. I come home early from work and catch him having sex with another guy. It really shows how much he loves me."
"I understand. However, there were extenuating circumstances that you need to be made aware of. He wants to see you so he can explain why he did what he did."
"Isn't that what they all say? What explanation could there be for cheating?"
"Perhaps, but in this case, there was a reason, and it was very serious."
"And I'm supposed to do what? Run into his arms, forgive him and take him back so he can do it again? No thank you. Been there, done that, refuse to ever do it again."
"No, all he's asking is that you listen to what he has to say."
"I'll think about it."
"Thank you. We hope to move him out of intensive care later this afternoon, or early tomorrow morning. I've instructed the nurses to allow you to see him, if you so choose, and I sincerely hope you do. I thank you for your time. Goodbye, Mr. Matthews."
"Goodbye, Dr. Curtis."
He hung up and called Tommy.
"Joe's Pool Hall, Eight ball speaking."
"Hey, it's me."
"Hi, me, what's going on?"
"I just got a call from a Dr. Curtis over at County General. He said that Jay is there."
"WHAT?????" There was a loud banging noise before Tommy's voice was heard again. "Sorry. I dropped the phone. My God, is he all right?"
"No. He's in intensive care in pretty bad shape and almost died from what the doctor said. He also said that there were serious extenuating circumstances surrounding Jay's cheating."
"Dr. Curtis is one of the psychiatrists that AVP sends people to for counseling after they've been gay-bashed, whenever Dr. Foster is unavailable. They're also both medical doctors. If he said it, you can most definitely believe it. Are you going to go see him?"
"I don't know. I'm not sure I even want to see him, let alone know what to say to him."
"Do you still love him?"
After a long pause, Kyle finally responded with a quiet "Yes."
"Then go see him. He's crazy about you. Whenever we're together and you're not around, all he can talk about is you and how much in love with you he is. Look, if you're thinking about what happened between you and Corey, don't. All the while he was cheating on you he was also cheating on the guy he was cheating on you with. He was even cheating on that guy. Corey couldn't be faithful if his life depended on it. Judging by his reputation, he has a very hard time keeping his dick in his pants. You're way better off with out him. I don't think anyone could possibly be more promiscuous than him. If you had stayed with him, God only knows what disease you would have caught from him no matter how careful you were. Besides, how many times did he tell you he was in love with you? The same can be said for Danny, and don't even get me started on Ethan. He should have been thrown in jail for the way he abused you mentally and emotionally."
"He used to say he loved me all the time."
"No, how many times did he say that he was in love with you?" Tommy insisted.
"I can't recall him ever saying that."
"There's a big difference in loving someone and being in love with someone. I can say that I love you, and I do, but I'm not in love with you. I don't want to have sex with you or spend the rest of my life as your lover, but I do very much want to spend the rest of my life as your close friend. See the difference?"
"Yeah, now that you have explained it, I do."
"How many times has Jay said that he was in love with you?"
"Way too many times to count."
"That proves my point. Jay's the total exact opposite of those creeps. Also, both Andy and I have seen Jay at the club many times, shooting down hottie after hottie. Not even talking to anyone. Just listening to the music and having a beer or two before going home alone. He's had more than ample opportunity to cheat on you if he really wanted to. Something's going on, and I think you owe it to the both of you to find out what it is. You need to know why he did it."
"Like I said, I'll think about it, and I'll let you know what my decision is."
"Cool. Make sure that when you do talk to him, you keep an open mind and really listen. Listen with your heart, not your brain. Blaise Pascal once said `The heart has its reason which reason does not know.' You're heart will know what to do."
"Okay. Talk to you later."
"Okay, and thanks for calling and letting me know."To be continued...