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Now, without further adieu...
Encounter In The Sand
smiled as Justin pulled him close again. Leaning forward, his lips brushed against
Justin's and he spoke softly. "I've fallen so absolutely head-over-heels
for you, Justin. I've known you just a few short days and already I can't imagine
my life without you there."
ensued for a moment as Ricky paused, then he began to babble, "I don't
know what I'm going to do when you go back on tour. Maybe this is a bad idea.
Long distance relationshi..." Before Ricky could finish, Justin silenced
him with a long, deep kiss.
"Shhh," Justin said as he gently broke the kiss. "I intend on spending as much of my off time as I can with you. If that means racking up an insane amount of frequent flyer miles, so be it. Plus, we'll have the phone, the internet, and more to communicate. But for now, I don't even want to think about it. I just want to spend as much time with you as possible."
And now, the continuation:
that night, the group returned to the condo. As they pulled up, JC spoke up
from the back seat. "We had a really great time tonight, Ricky."
In the two weeks that followed, Justin and Ricky spent every waking moment together - literally. Justin had spent every night there. During the day, Justin would go to work with Ricky, and then they would return to his house, where the guys would usually be waiting for them. The group would swim, play video games, have dinner, and then the guys would leave. Justin and Ricky would then stay up for hours at night, just talking, holding each other and learning everything about one another.
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morning sun streamed through the blinds onto Justin's face. Slowly, his eyes
fluttered open and he looked around the room. He sleepily reached over and patted
the bed next to him, feeling for Ricky, and his hand came in contact with a
piece of paper. Squinting as his eyes adjusted to the light, he read the note.
You looked so adorable sleeping there. I just couldn't bear to wake you. I've gone for my run. Will be back soon.
I love you,
smiled at the note and sighed. This was going to be their last night together
for a while. He and the guys were leaving the next morning. Setting the note
aside, he slid out of bed, pulled on a t-shirt, and headed downstairs. A few
minutes later, pans could be heard clanging in the kitchen, as Justin made breakfast.
entered the house a little while later, following the smell of food to the kitchen,
where he found Justin dishing up the eggs. His eyes wandered to the sink that
was heaping with dishes and he inwardly cringed as he gave Justin a big smile.
"You didn't have to make breakfast," he said, stepping up behind Justin
and sliding his arms around his waist.
wanted to," Justin replied simply as he picked up their plates and took
them over to the kitchen table. Ricky grinned and whistled as he followed Justin's
boxer-brief-clad ass to the table.
"What a view," Ricky commented, wiggling his eyebrows.
eat your breakfast," Justin said, smacking him in the arm before taking
a seat. "I know I'm not Wolfgang Puck, but I haven't poisoned anybody with
my cooking... yet."
I call the paramedics before I eat, then?" Ricky asked, grinning. Justin
just stuck his tongue out and ate his own breakfast.
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that morning, the two sat cuddled together in the living room, watching TV.
"So, what are we doing today?" Justin asked.
already called in to all three locations, and let them know that I wouldn't
be in today," Ricky replied. "I figured we'd just stay here today,"
he said with a sigh. "Since it is your last day."
nodded and lay his head in Ricky's lap. "The guys coming over?" he
Ricky said with a nod. "I gave them directions to Blockbuster. They're
going to get some movies, and then go to Ralphs for junk food." Justin
nodded, turning his attention back to the TV.
remained as he was, watching Justin watch TV. After a moment, Justin felt as
though he were being watched. Turning, he looked back up at Ricky who was now
gently running his fingers through Justin's curls. "What?" Justin
Ricky responded, quietly. "Just thinking."
wondering how I'm going to get by after you leave. I've gotten kind of accustomed
to waking up next to you."
reached up, brushing his fingers across Ricky's cheek. "You could always
come with me."
smiled. "It sounds very tempting."
why not say yes?" Justin asked, hopeful. "You could come and stay
with me for a couple weeks."
don't know, Just... I mean, I'd love to, but I don't know about leaving my business
behind for so long."
it's only two weeks. Besides, you're the boss, aren't you entitled to vacations?"
Justin asked, propping himself up, moving his face very close to Ricky's before
leaning in and kissing him tenderly.
Ricky replied, giving in completely. "I suppose I could have Courtney take
on my duties while I'm gone."
grinned and kissed him again before sitting up and grabbing his cell phone.
Ricky gave him a questioning look.
Gonna have him get you a seat on our flight."
you don't need to do that. I can take care of it."
just shook his head and hit one of the speed dial buttons on his phone. He waited
for a moment until someone answered, and then he started to speak. "Lancey-poo,"
he said sweetly, "I... What do you mean, what do I want? Can't I call one
of my best friends without wanting something?" Justin stared into space
in mock disbelief. "Okay, fine. So I do want something. I need you to do
me a favor. Since you're so good with handling travel arrangements, would you
book an extra seat for our flight back home? Yes. I don't know. I'll deal with
that when we get there. Bye."
had been listening to Justin's end of the conversation, and his eyebrow raised
up at his last sentence. "What will you deal with when we get there?"
he asked after Justin had disconnected the call.
mom," Justin replied, after a moment's hesitation. "She doesn't know
about you, yet."
froze. "She does know about you, right?"
about me?" Justin asked, a bit puzzled, but then a light bulb went on.
"Oh! Know that I'm gay? Yes. She's totally cool with it."
sighed with relief and smiled. "You should call her. At least let her know
that someone's coming with you." Leaning in, he stole one more kiss and
then slid out from under Justin. "I'm going to call Courtney. Call your
mother." With that, Ricky disappeared into the kitchen, leaving Justin
to make his call.
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hopped up on the counter, grabbing the phone and dialing the number. Quietly,
he leaned against wall, waiting for someone to answer.
Surf Cafe, this is Tony," the voice said with a hint of attitude.
raised an eyebrow and frowned. "Can I speak to Courtney, please?"
busy," Tony replied shortly.
she can talk to me. This is Rick."
said she was busy."
was starting to get angry. "Perhaps I didn't phrase that correctly. Let
me speak with Courtney. Now."
The line went dead. Now Ricky was seeing red. Quickly, he hit the redial button
and waited for someone to answer again.
Surf Cafe, this is Tony," he answered with a hint of annoyance in his voice.
is it?" Ricky asked, maintaining his calm.
Listen, man. I told you, she's bus..."
interrupted. "No, you listen. Do me a favor. You're standing next to the
up one of the business cards right next to the register. Read me the name on
that business card."
Bailey," Tony read. "So?"
was fuming. "What did I tell you my name was a moment ago before you hung
up on me?"
Tony replied simply. After a moment, Ricky heard a gasp.
right, Tony. I'm *that* Rick. Now, you have 30 seconds to get Courtney on the
phone, or in 30 seconds, you'll be looking for a new job."
Mr. Bailey... I... I'm sorry," Tony stuttered.
Twenty-four..." Ricky counted down. He heard the phone drop onto the counter
and then twenty seconds later, Courtney picked it up.
Who the hell was that, Court? Somebody needs phone etiquette lessons - big time."
know. He told me what happened. He feels horrible."
should!" Ricky exclaimed. "The bastard hung up on me."
geez, hon. I'm sorry." Courtney apologized.
worry about it. I just don't want him answering phones any more. Got that?"
the boss," she replied.
I am... and actually, that's why I'm calling," Ricky explained. "I'm
going to be taking a vacation for a couple of weeks, and need you to take over
and manage all the locations for me."
cool, Ricky. You need a vacation. So, when are you leaving?"
choked on whatever it was she happened to be taking a drink of at the time.
"Tomorrow? Geez, Rick. Nothing like short notice."
know," Ricky apologized. "It just kind of came up. I'm sorry."
okay," Courtney chuckled. "So... headed back to Orlando with lover
Justin asked me..." Ricky froze mid sentence. "I mean... I... How...
How did you?"
may be blonde, Rick, but I'm not blind. I caught the way you two looked at each
other." Courtney giggled at him. "Besides, I think it's cute."
Ricky said quietly. "You can't..."
worry," Courtney interrupted. "My lips are sealed. Studly's secret
is safe with me."
you," Ricky sighed with relief. "So. Can you handle all three shops
until I get back?"
problem. Go, have fun. Find me a straight boyband member and bring him back
don't think they exist," Ricky joked, "but I'll try.
giggled. "See you in a couple weeks."
you, too," She replied, disconnecting the call.
slid off of the kitchen counter and headed back into the living room.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
mom. See you tomorrow night. Love you, too," Justin said, hanging up his
phone as Ricky returned.
walked up behind the couch, leaning down and sliding his arms around Justin.
"So? Everything okay?"
I knew she'd be okay with me bringing a friend home."
friend?" Ricky asked, eying Justin.
what I told her. We'll tell her the whole story in person."
nodded, tipping his head slightly as he kissed Justin on the cheek. "I'd
like to get that out of the way right after we get there. I don't
want to start off on the wrong foot with your mom by lying to her straight away."
smiled at him. "Have I told you lately how wonderful you are?"
not in the last twenty minutes or so."
bad," Justin said apologetically. "You're wonderful." Gently,
he placed a hand on his cheek, bringing Ricky's face closer to his own. He softly
traced a finger along Ricky's lips before leaning closer, brushing his own lips
hand slid behind Ricky's neck, deepening the kiss. Their tongues entangled passionately.
Both were becoming lost in each other until...
back, alright!" The doorbell rang.
Ricky sighed, breaking away and heading for the door. As he pulled the door open, he shook his head at the four men staring at him.
timing as usual, guys," he said, motioning them in.
caught on to the tone in Ricky's voice. "Did we uh... interrupt something?"
he asked with a grin. Justin shot him a look. JC laughed. "I'll take that
as a yes."
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while later, they had all settled down in the living room to watch a movie.
Ricky and Justin had the sofa with Ricky sitting at one end while Justin took
up the entire length, laying down with his head in Ricky's lap. Lance and JC
took the love seat, Joey had taken the recliner, and Chris sat on the floor
in front of the sofa.
guys, what movie did we get?" Ricky asked, glancing around.
real special treat," Chris said with a grin. "When we saw it on the
shelf, we had to get it. Just push play."
looked at him curiously for a moment before pushing play on the DVD remote.
The Disney logo came onto the screen, and Justin groaned. "You didn't!"
Suddenly, 'N Sync's song, "Here We Go" began to blare through the
surround sound speakers. Justin groaned again and covered his face with his
hands. "You did."
looked confused as he watched the screen. "You guys don't strike me as
the Disney type. What gives?" Just then, Justin's name flashed on the screen.
Ricky realized what was going on. The guys had rented Model Behavior.
"This is the movie that Courtney told me about."
definitely requires movie lighting," Ricky said after leaning forward and
kissing Justin lightly on the lips. Reaching over, he picked up a remote off
of the table. As he pressed a button, the lights dimmed, and the room grew dark
except for the light coming from the TV. Absently, he played with Justin's curls
as he watched the movie.
the movie's end, Justin had been lulled to sleep by Ricky's fingers combing
through his curls over and over. Ricky smiled down at his sleeping boyfriend,
then looked around at the rest of the group. Lace was asleep as well, snuggled
into the lap of JC, who smiled lovingly down at Lance's sleeping form. Chris
and Joey each stared at the TV screen with dazed looks in their eyes as the
credits rolled by.
broke the silence, speaking softly to those who were awake. "I'm so glad
that I met you guys. Not only have I found such a terrific guy like Justin,
but I've also gained four wonderful new friends."
smiled back at him. "Well," he said, "you're partly right there.
Justin is a terrific guy. But you didn't gain four new friends. What you've
gained is four new brothers - you've quickly become a part of our 'family' in
the short time we've been here. That doesn't happen very often."
Ricky said, "you're gonna make me cry."
finally spoke up. "Oh, great. Another drama queen in the family."
it, Kirkpatrick," Ricky warned playfully. JC and Joey giggled quietly.
Ricky," JC said, eying him, "you ready to meet Justin's parents?"
suppose. I don't really see any reason to be nervous. The way Justin has described
them to me, they sound absolutely wonderful."
are," Joey replied. "His mom's the coolest. I'm sure she'll love you."
agree," JC and Chris said in unison.
Ricky smiled, looking down at the still sleeping Justin. 'I hope your parents like me,' he thought. 'I don't know what I'd do without you.'
To Be Continued....