Never Too Far Away

Written By: Jaden

Disclaimer: This story involves love, relationship, and "adult" subject matter between teenage boys... so I guess that means your not supposed to read this if your under 18, but really if you are younger than that, I can't stop you. Just Don't Get Caught :)  If homosexuality offends you, then leave, or join the 21st century, and open up to it.

This Is FICTION... any character resembling a real life person is by coincidence, and in the rare event a character is based on someone in real life their name has been changed due to legal and personal protection.  You never know who's lurking around reading this.  So now the little spiel is over so hopefully someone will enjoy this.  Do Not Reproduce this story, and if you would like to have it on your web site, email me & get my permission. Thanks.  This is my first story so try not to crucify me to bad. Copyright Jaden 2002



Beep... Beep... Beep... What the hell is that noise?  I slowly opened my eyes and tried to sit up.  Ugh!!  Why does it feel like someone's bashing me in the head?!?!?  Wait-- I did get bashed in the head.  The events from the night before all came flashing back to me.  I looked around the room and finally figured out I was in the hospital.  There was no mistaking that sterile, hospital smell.  How did I get here, any way?  I grabbed the call button and pressed it about twenty times.  Hey, I want quick service!  After a few moments, a familiar woman came in.

"Why, hello Blade.  I see you finally decided to come back from dream land."  It took me a minute to register who she was.

"Mrs. Kimbal?  I didn't know you were a doctor."  Kai never mentioned that his mother was a doctor, though that would explain how he knew what to do with my arm.

"Yes, dear.  Kai wouldn't have anyone else, but me watch over you.  He was really worried about you... everyone was.  You've gathered quite a crowd of visitors since you were brought in last night.  Now, how are you feeling?"

"I feel okay, but my head is throbbing.  I don't remember anything after being hit with, I think a glass bottle.  What's the diagnosis, Doc?"

She gave me a friendly smile while she checked the machines and took my vitals.  "I've diagnosed you with a concussion, which could have been much worse, but by some miracle, the bottle didn't really break the skin.  Just a minor cut on the back of your head that didn't even require stitches.  I also dressed up your arm because it was a mess from dirt and other residue.  I looked it over and it seems that there is no further damage, but I want an x-ray to make sure.  I was told you injured that in a prior incident."  If only she knew what incident.  "You've been unconscious since last night, but other than that you are doing fine.  No permanent damage.  Your ribs were a little bruised, but nothing was broken.  The other boys involved were battered up worse than you."  Other boys?  Oh God, Jordan......

"Jordan-- Jordan, is he...."

"Calm down, Blade.  Jordan is fine.  He has a few cuts and bruises, but is otherwise fine.  I told Kai and the other guys to keep an eye on him.  You can never be sure about someone's mental state.  Luckily they stopped your attackers from doing anymore damage than they already had, to yourself and Jordan."  I looked up at her in confusion.  "From the look on your face, I'd say you don't know what I'm talking about.  I'll let your visitors fill you in."

"Is there really a lot of them?"  I asked.

"Yes.  I'm sure you'll be sick of them all in awhile.  I was notified that there will be a police officer dropping by to take your statement on the altercation.  I'll be back in a little while, to see if we can discharge you.  Just try to relax, even though I doubt that's going to happen with people coming in and out of here.  I'll see you soon."  She left the room, leaving me to my thoughts.

I'm a little confused as to what happened after I blacked out last night.  I remember hearing what sounded like fighting and then someone hitting that boy who was all over Jordan.  Everything else is just not there.  No recollection of an ambulance or who saved us.  I'm guessing from what Mrs. Kimbal said, that it was Kai and whoever else.  My thoughts were interrupted a few minutes later when the door opened again, this time it was my mother and Eric.  My heart kind of dropped, not because I wasn't happy to see them, but I was hoping it would be Tyler coming to see me.  My mother hugged me, while Eric came around the other side, and took hold of my hand.  My mother spoke up, as it seemed Eric was a little too choked up to say anything.

"We were so worried about you!  Are you okay?  Are you in pain?  Can I get you anything?  Water?  Food?  Medicine?"

"Mom!  Chill out, I don't need anything.  It'll take more than some cuts and bruises to keep me down.  Just see what you can do to get me out of here.  You know how I hate these places."

"I know.  I'll see what I can do.  I won't stay long, there's a group of rowdy boys making a scene out in the waiting room.  You're lucky to have such good friends.  You just rest or you won't heal.  Eric, I'll give you a minute to talk to your brother.  I'll wait outside.  I'll come back later on, Blade."  She leaned down and kissed me on the forehead, then left the room.  I glanced over at Eric, who still remained silent and staring at the floor.  I squeezed his hand to get his attention.

"Eric, talk to me buddy."  He finally looked up at me, showing me his red streaked face, with tears pouring out of his eyes.  I pulled him into me and let him get it all out.

"I was s-so scared, Blade.  I didn't know if you were going to be okay."  The poor kid could barely get the words out.

"Shhhh... It's all right, bro.  I'm here.  You don't have to worry about me.  I'll never leave you, I'll always be here for you.  I promise."  He didn't say anything else, he just stayed in my grasp, trying to get his sobbing under control.

The sound of the door opening, accompanied by loud talking, and laughing, caught my attention.  In walked Tyler, flanked by Kai, Scott, Drew, Andy and Jordan.  Eric quickly shot up and tried to hide the fact that he had been crying.  Jordan looked at me, then at Eric, then back at me again.  I motioned for him to take Eric out of the room.  I don't think he needs to hear any more details about what happened than he already has.  Jordan gave me a knowing smile and lead Eric out of the room.

Each of the guys came up and gave me a hug, except Tyler.  He kind of hung back a little.  Judging from the look on his face, I think it was the only thing he could do to keep his composure.  When Kai came up and hugged me, we both held it longer than the others.  It was like a silent talk between us... a pact that said were were going to be all right.  We would get through our problems and differences, not alone, but together.  In that moment I could tell our friendship was back on.  He backed away and turned to look at Tyler, as if to tell him it was his turn.  Tyler just shook his head.  I decided to take the attention off of him and find out exactly what did go down last night.

"So what happened last night?  Kai, your mom said you were there."

"Yeah.  Scott, Drew, Andy, Tyler and myself  were all at the mall, and on our way out, we were going to stop and hassle you at work."  He stopped to give me a mischievous grin.  "When we got there, your manager, uh Michelle, I think it was, told us that you had just left.  So we headed out to the parking lot and walked around looking for your car.  I figured where your car was, you'd be.  Anyway, we found your car and of course you weren't there."

"How did you think of looking in the alley?"  I asked.

"We were about to just head back to our cars, when we heard noises coming from the alley.  I rounded the corner first and saw you fighting with Sean and some other guys.  Then I noticed the guy on top of Jordan.  The first thing I thought of was to grab something and bash him with it.  Luckily, there was a nice piece of wood lying around.  Scott, Drew and Andy all went for the guys attacking you, and Tyler went to call the police.  I-I saw Sean crack that bottle over your head.  I just went into a rage and broke the piece of wood over the guy's head, that was attacking Jordan.  After that I ran over to help the other guys because they were still outnumbered by one."

Scott cut in quickly, "Yeah, and you should've seen Kai!  He just speared Sean to the ground and pounded that mother fucker!  He was an animal!"

Kai blushed, then continued.  "Well, I couldn't help it.  I was blind with rage... I took out all of my frustration on Sean.  He deserved it.  He hurt me, he hurt Tyler and he hurt you.  Not only that, Jordan told  me they were going to all rape him.  If Tyler hadn't come back and pulled me off, I don't know if I would've stopped hitting him.  I-I just don't know...."

"Kai, it's okay.  You did stop though and that's all that counts.  If you.. if all of you hadn't shown up, I might not be talking to you right now.  They wouldn't have stopped, I know it.  They were there to take me out, not just hurt me."  Pain shot through my head, out of nowhere.  I winced, but it subsided quickly.  Drew threw in an interesting piece of info.

"Well, they didn't succeed.  You messed up that big goon Mark pretty good.  I heard his nose was broken in 2 places and something about a cracked jaw."

"I guess I hit him harder than I thought.  Sean didn't think I would last through Mark and when I did, he panicked and just had all of them go at me.  And Jordan... thank god you got there to stop anything from happening.  He's been through so much already, I don't know how much more he could take."  All the guys looked at me strangely, then it hit me that they don't know what happened to Jordan, before he moved to Anaheim.  As if on cue, Jordan walked back into the room.  All eyes went to him, as they tried to figure out exactly what I meant.

"Uh guys, could you give me a minute with Jordan please?"  They all nodded, said they'd talk to me later, and started out of the room.  Tyler lingered a bit, just staring at me.  I put my hand out toward him and he came forward and took hold of it.  He leaned down and hugged me, before I gave him a kiss.  Man, I missed those lips.  He pulled away slowly and gave me a weak smile.  "Come back in a few minutes?"  He nodded, then left the room.  When I noticed the look on Jordan's face, I knew I shouldn't have kissed Tyler in front of him.  He quickly covered it up though and took a seat next to me.

"How are you doing?"  Asked Jordan.

"Good... well as good as can be expected.  How about you?"

"I'm okay, they didn't really get the chance to physically hurt me.  Just a bit shaken up is all.  I-I thought it was going to happen again."

"We don't have to talk about this if it upsets you."

"No, it's better to get it out.  I kept seeing all the images I locked away from back at Bellflower.  When.. when that guy started ripping my clothes off, I just went into shock.  I couldn't believe that I was going to be r-raped again."  I squeezed his hand, letting him know I was there for him.

"Jordan, you know if you ever need anything, you just have to ask."

"What if I need something you can't give me?"

"Like what?"

He looked into my eyes and gave me a sad smile, "Your love."  I mimicked his sad look, as I laid there not knowing what to say.  Before I knew it, he started leaning towards me and I didn't make a move to stop him.  His lips were about a half an inch away from mine, when we heard a knock at the door and Tyler made his way in.  Jordan jumped up, almost caught with his hand in the cookie jar, so to speak.  I just shook myself out of the daze, I was in.  What the hell just happened?  Jordan said goodbye, then quickly left.  Tyler gave him a weird look as he walked by.  He sat on the edge of the bed next to me.

"What was that all about?"

"I don't know."  What scares me is, I really don't.  I have no idea why I didn't immediately push Jordan away, when I clearly knew he was trying to kiss me.  Tyler must have noticed the troubled look on my face.

"What's wrong?  Do you want me to get a doctor?"

"No, the only thing I want right now is you.  I've missed you baby."

"I'm sorry.  I-I know I haven't been around much lately.  I've been a really bad boyfriend to you."  His voice wavered a bit, so I could tell he was on the verge of tears.

"Tyler, you're here now and that's all that matters.  We'll just have to talk about what's going on when I get out of here.  Right now, I just need you here with me."

He brought the rest of his body onto the bed and I scooted over so he could fit.  He laid his head down on my chest, while I ran my fingers through his hair.  No words were needed.  We were content just knowing the other was there.  I don't know how long we were laying there, but my eyes started to shut, until I heard someone barge into the room again.  I really need to have that thing locked!  I blinked the sleepiness out of my eyes to see who it was.  Kai.  He was frozen in place and just stared blankly over at the bed.  Shit!  I gently tried to wake Tyler up, but he just groaned and threw his arm over me.  Talk about awkward silence.  Kai seemed to finally snap out of it and came closer.

"Kai, I'm sorry... I didn't expect you to be back already...."

"It--It's okay.  Just caught me off guard, that's all.  I, um, brought you some food."  I looked at him, and even though he was putting up his strong front, I could tell it was killing him to see Tyler laying there with me.  "Well, I'll be going now.  I just thought I would sneak you in some real food.  Call....."

I cut him off, "Kai, you don't have to go.  Just help me wake Tyler up... I don't want you to feel uncomfortable.  He's kind of on my good arm, so I can't really shake him enough to wake him"  He hesitated, then suddenly poked Tyler in the side.  Tyler jumped a little and turned towards Kai.

"Hey, KK."  Kai just smiled at him, and Tyler smiled back.  I started to feel uneasy, but I'm not quite sure why.  They're just friends.... Tyler doesn't love him anymore.  I pulled my arm out from under Tyler, which seemingly broke him out of his staring contest with Kai.  I started to really feel uncomfortable, so I hit the call button.  Kai's mom came in, just as Tyler had hopped off the bed. I have to pay more attention to those things!

"What's wrong Blade?  These two animals driving you crazy?"

"We're not animals... We're human beings!"  Kai cried out.

"Stick to surfing son, I think you've lost your comedic touch."  Kai gave her a look of mock hurt.  "Now, you and Tyler run along.  Since I'm back here, I'm going to have to give Blade a check up, so we can see if he can get out of here."

"We can help, Mom."  With that, that sneaky little bastard started to lift my hospital gown, and take a peak!  I tried to kick at him, but that didn't help much.   "Everything looks good to me."  Okay, now I wasn't sure if Kai's mom knew of his sexual preference or not, but judging by her laughing at him and shrugging it off, I'd say she either knows or she just took that as a joke.

"Okay Dr. Kai, now that he has your clearance, I'd like to double check everything and take him down for x-rays.  Now get out, before I have security escort you out, brat."  She paused and ruffled Tyler's hair, "And take blondie with you."  Kai stuck out his tongue at his mom, waved goodbye to me, then Tyler gave me a quick hug and took off.

Doctor Kimbal checked me out and said everything looked fine, so she took me down to get some x-rays done.  That took awhile, considering I had to wait for other patients to get their's done first.  I'd say in all, it was a couple hours before I was brought back up to my room.  I was allowed to change into some clothes my mother had dropped off, and then I had to wait for her to come and sign me out.  The x-rays would be back in a day or two, so I was discharged, as there was no reason to keep me in the hospital any longer.  I did have to wait for the police officer to take my statement though.

The officer was a towering man, but he seemed really gentle in demeanor.  I got asked all of the basic questions, my account of what happened and so forth.  I had to confirm the people who attacked Jordan and I, but I could only name Sean, Mark and Carla for sure.  He said that Jordan and the rest of my friends had already identified the others, so that should be enough.  Charges would be pressed and I was given the option of getting a restraining order.  I took it, not only for myself, but for my friends safety.  I'm usually around them and I don't want anything to happen to them.  It was a fairly short process and soon enough, he was finished with the questioning and told me he would be in touch.

My mother showed up  a little while later and I was finally on my way home.  I don't want to be visiting anymore hospitals for the foreseeable future.  When we arrived home, I went straight up to my room.  My head was still pounding, and I figured it would take awhile for the pain killers they gave me to kick in.

I noticed a bunch of flowers and cards on my dresser.  I read through them, and they were from all the guys, Eric, Mom, and Michelle.  I guess someone told her what happened, so she didn't think I just no showed work today.  I started to shuck my clothes, when I noticed a bouquet of flowers on my bed.  I picked them up, and noticed it was a dozen baby blue roses, with a card attached.  The envelope fell to the floor as I read the card, "I hope you feel better, I hate to see you hurt.  You're a wonderful, lovable, unbelievable person, and I'm sending these flowers to help brighten your day.  My heart is on fire when I think of you, even more so when I see you.  So get well soon, so I can see the Blade, I know and Love, soon."  Awww... how sweet.  There was no name, but I'm assuming they're from Tyler.  I am so lucky to have him.  I wish he would just open up to me about Kai, and why he's been so distant this past week.  I put the roses in some water and passed out on the bed.  No school for me tomorrow.

I was pretty much laid up in bed for the next couple of days.  I received like a hundred phone calls, half of which were from people I didn't even know, to see how I was doing.  The hospital called and let me know the x-rays turned out fine, and I will recover without any problems.  My head was feeling a lot better by Tuesday night, and I was sick of being cooped up in the house, so I went out for a walk.  It was beautiful out, that not too hot, but not too cold type of weather.  As I was walking past Kai's house, the front door opened up and out walked... Jordan?  Kai was right behind him, obviously seeing him out.

Kai saw me first and yelled out, "Hey Jewels!"  Okay, ever since the other day at the hospital when Kai took his free peep show, he's been calling me Jewels.  I walked up the pathway to his house and gave him daps.  Jordan didn't really say anything, just stood there and watched us.

"If I'm the jewels, what's that make you?  The dickhead?"  Kai gave me a shocked look, as Jordan snickered off to the side.

"I'm not a dickhead!! But you do have a nice one......"


"Hahahaha.  I am so the winner!  So what are you doing out and about?  I thought you were broken or something?"

"Someone's gonna be broken, if they keep running their mouth...."

"Ha!! You won't hit me!"  He said it as a joke, but as soon as it came out of his mouth he regretted it.  We both looked down at the ground, and didn't say anything.  Thankfully, Jordan spoke up.

"I have to head home.  My parents will ground me if I'm too late.  I'll see you guys tomorrow."

"Wait up, I'll walk with you."  I said.  He stayed put and waited for me.  I turned back towards Kai to say goodbye, but he got his words out first.

"Blade, I--I'm sorry, I didn't mean...."

"Don't worry about it, Kai.  I know that you meant it as a joke."  He came up to me and gave me a hug.  I held onto him just long enough to whisper something in his ear.  "Just wait until you're laying in a bed, in a gown, with no boxers on, all vulnerable.  I'm going to ravage you beyond belief."  I gave him mischievous grin, as he looked at me with a look of shock.  I swear his face couldn't have gotten any redder.  "Who's the winner?  I am!"  I walked away with Jordan, leaving Kai there speechless.

Jordan and I walked silently for awhile.  I kept thinking back to the hospital, and what could have turned out to be a very bad situation.  If Tyler had come into the room a second later, I'm almost positive he would've seen Jordan kissing me.  Luckily, it never got that far.  I was startled out of my thoughts, as Jordan spoke.

"Are you mad at me?"

"For what?"  I played it cautiously.

"For what I almost did at the hospital.  I shouldn't have tried to kiss you... I know you're with Tyler.  It's just that you don't understand how much I care about you.  I think about you all the time.  I can't get the image of me and you together out of my head, let alone even dim the feelings in my heart."  I was about to interrupt him, but decided to let him get everything out before making any comments.  "That night when we went out on a date, was one of the best times of my life.  When we were at the movies, holding hands, you looking so great... I could've sworn you were feeling the same way.  Then the kiss... I can't even describe what that meant or did to me.  It felt like an electric current was running through me.  I just don't know why you can't love me, like I love you."  It was taking all of his will power to keep the waterworks from starting up.

"Jordan, I'm sorry... that's all I can say.  I can't help who I love... and right now, I love Tyler more than anything."  That did it, the tears started streaming down his face, as his breathe got short.  I put my arm around him, and lifted his face to meet mine.  "Jordan, look at me.  Our date meant a lot to me too.  It was awesome... I never felt like I did that night.  It was all surreal... the kiss and everything.  I'll never forget it.  When we kissed it was great, no doubt, but Tyler was already in my heart.  I can't lead you on, Jordan.  It's not fair to you.  You can do so much better than me."

"I don't want to do better.  You are the one I want.  It's tearing me apart inside.  To love someone who doesn't love you back.  Do you know how that feels?"

"All too well, bro.  All too well.  Feels like your heart is being ripped out every time they're around, but even worse when they're not.  So you suck it up, just to be in their presence.  I do that to you?"

"Yes... all the time.  I can't help it.  I've tried to make myself fall out of love with you... it just doesn't work."

I reached over and wiped the tears from his face.  I could feel the guilt eating away at me.  I make this beautiful, wonderful, boy, cry his eyes out.  We arrived at his house, and just stood in front of the steps.  He leaned into me and laid his head on my shoulder.  "Just let it all out, buddy.  I'm not going anywhere."  He continued sobbing for a good 15-20 minutes, until he pulled away and we took a seat on the steps.  "So how come you were at Kai's?"

"We were going over some songs, trying to figure out what we are going to do for the Music Festival contest.  Kai got the heads up on it from Mr. Trollis, and he asked me to work with him on it.  All of us have to recreate a music video."

"Sounds fun.  So you guys been hanging out a bit?  I don't really know, well, because I've been out of the loop lately."

"Well, we've hung out a few times.  Kai's fun to be around.  Takes my mind of being sad."

A light bulb went off in my head, "So, what about Kai?  He's pretty hot huh?"

"Yeah...wait I mean... No... I don't know what I mean!"  Jordan said, getting all flustered.

"So, what do you think about the idea of hooking up with Kai?"

"No.  I mean, okay, he's gorgeous, but you know he's not the one I want."  I stared at my feet, thinking.

"Maybe after you guys get to know each other better, you'll want to give it a shot."

He was silent, so I looked up and he was right in front of me.  I didn't even see him get up.  The next thing I knew, I was laying on the steps and Jordan was on top of me, with his lips locked on mine.  That's when I felt it... that electric like feeling, running through me.  I panicked and pushed him off me, a little harder than I planned on.  Luckily, he caught his balance before tumbling over and breaking something.  Before he could say anything, I was on my feet and on the way out of there.  I thought I could hear him calling after me, but I wasn't sure.  Tears started streaming down my face, as I walked home.  I felt it... what he felt.  That feeling of connection, that same feeling I felt when Tyler and I first kissed.  It scared me to death.  That kiss from Jordan was making me question my relationship with Tyler, and it hurt.  If I love Tyler, than how could I feel like that with Jordan?  Does Tyler get that 'electric' feeling with me?  Does Tyler really love me?  God, I'm so confused.

As soon as I got in the door to my house, my mother came walking towards me, phone in hand.  She didn't say who it was, just handed it to me, and went on her way.  Deep breathe.... please don't let it be Jordan.  I don't know what to say to him right now.  I took one more deep breathe and answered the caller.


"Hello, Blade?"


"Hi, this is Coach Rollins.  I just wanted to give you a ring, see how you're doing and to update you on that scouting situation that I mentioned.  Oh, and the team tied Bellflower Monday night, 2-2.  Of course they were missing Sean, and we were missing you.  It looks like they may be the team that we could meet if we get to the championships."

"I'm doing much better, thanks for asking.  Just some minor pain in my head, but overall I'm on my way back to my old self.  Well, I will be dressed and ready when we do get to the championships, no matter what.  So what's the news on the scouting trip?"

"Well, I ran the idea by the school board, about you making the trip.  They were fine with it, but there's one problem.  Something has come up and I will not be able to go and scout this kid.  My wife has fallen ill and I am needed here."

"I'm sorry to hear that."

"Thanks.  The board was not to keen on the idea of me not going, but if you are up to it, and it's something you would be willing to do, you have permission to go and do the job on your own.  The school will pay for the hotel, and essentials."

"You trust me enough to say if this kid is good enough for our team or not?"

"Of course.  You have shown tremendous leadership and decision making skills.  I know you will make the right decision for the team.  So are you interested?"

"Sure.  When would all of this take place and where exactly am I going?"

"It's fairly soon, actually.  You would leave bright and early Saturday morning, and return on Tuesday.  Oh, and you will be heading to New York."

"New York?  Where exactly?

"I believe, Westchester County.  A prep school."  Sweet, so I won't be far from the city.  "You will receive all the details when you arrive at JFK Airport.  A representative from the school will pick you up, and take you to your hotel, so you can get settled in.  Then you'll go to their ice facility and meet the young man."

"What's his name?"

"I only have the initials, J.C.  Like I said, you will find out everything when you get there."

"Okay, well sounds like a deal then.  I'll be in school tomorrow and I have gym, so I'll see you then."

"Goodnight, Blade.  Thanks for helping me out."

"No problem.  Bye."

So a trip back to New York, maybe I'll like it better this time around.  Westchester County isn't anywhere close to where I used to live, but I've been through there.  Only a subway ride away from the city.  Hopefully, I'll be able to go out on the town while I'm down there.  As long as this guy is cool and everything works out, I don't see why I won't get some down time.  Hell, maybe he'll want to go with me.  I just hope he isn't some arrogant prick.  I wish Tyler could come with me.  I was just about to settle in for the night, when the damn phone rang again!

"Blade speaking."

"Hey baby."  Speak of the devil.

"Hey, Ty.  It's good to hear your voice.  How come you haven't been by the house to see me?"

"I got stuck painting some rooms in my house.  Not fun.  Sorry, I know I should've called, but Mom has been really bitchy lately.  Besides, I want to make it up to you.  Kai's mom has a beach house off the coast and she told Kai that he can use it this weekend.  He said to invite you and we can all hang out.  I think it will be good for us... we can get everything out and settled between all of us.  So what do you think?  A nice weekend away on the beach... how's that sound?"

"It sounds great, but I'm sorry, I can't go."

"But why?"  All of the excitement had left his voice.

"I told Coach Rollins I would go and scout a player for him.  I leave Saturday morning."

"For where?"

"Westchester County, New York.  I won't be back until Tuesday."

"Oh."  He sounded totally defeated.  "You can't get out of it?"

"Tyler... you know there's nothing I'd rather do than spend the weekend with you, but I already said I'd go.  I'm really sorry."

"It's okay.  There's nothing you can do about it.  I guess I'll just tell Kai we can't go."

"Just because I can't be there, doesn't mean you can't go.  Hey, why don't you invite Jordan along?"

"Umm, if you haven't noticed, me and Jordan aren't exactly pals."

"Well, it's kind of a me playing cupid type thing.  I think Jordan and Kai should get to know each other better."

"Jordan and Kai?  Wait, are you saying Jordan likes Kai in a relationship kind of way?"

"Well not exactly, but I think there's potential for them.  I just want to see them happy."

"Oh, well I'll run it by Kai, and see what he says.  If he wants Jordan to come, then I'll ask him.  I'm going to miss you so much."

"Awww... I'll miss you more."

"Nuh uh.  Hahaha.. listen to us.  Like an old married couple!"

"Haha.  Maybe someday."

There was a slight pause, when Tyler finally started talking again.  "Do you mean that?  You-- You'd want to marry me?"

"Yeah, I honestly can see myself with you for the rest of my life.  I mean, I know we've only been together for a week and a half, but maybe some time in the future."  It brought a smile to my face just thinking about it.

"I don't know what to say.  I'm speechless.  Now I really want you to come with us this weekend!"

"I know.  I'll make it up to you.  We'll see each other in school when I get back, but how about we go out next Friday night.  Just the two of us, a romantic night out."

"That sounds great."  He yawned, "I'm all tired out.  I'll see you tomorrow in school ok?"

"Okay, and Tyler?"


"Thanks for the roses."

"Roses?  What roses?  You mean the flowers, Me, Kai, Drew, Scott and Andy sent?"  Shit, he didn't send them after all.

"Uhh, yeah the flowers you guys sent.  They're beautiful.  Thank you."

"You're welcome.  Well, I'm about to catch some z's.  Goodnight baby, I love you."

"Night, my angel.  I love you more." He giggled and we both hung up at the same time.  I went to sleep with a smile on my face.

The next couple of days went by in a flash.  I was so busy trying to prepare for my trip, that I didn't realize how little time I had, before I had to leave.  School was much better, as our table came back together.  Kai, Scott, and Tyler all rejoined our group, and it was like old times, before any of the bad stuff happened.  Things were finally getting back to normal.

On Friday, all of us were goofing off at our table as usual.  Smart remarks, taking jabs at each other, just a real good time.  I was drinking my water when Jordan walked up to the table.  I almost choked on my water, when he asked if he could sit down.  It just surprised me that he wanted to sit with us, especially me, after what happened the other night.  Kai slid down a bit, so Jordan could pull up a chair.  According to Tyler, Jordan had been over at Kai's every night this week.  I looked at the two of them, talking to each other.  They would make a really cute couple.  Now, if they would just realize that.  I haven't really spoken to Jordan since he kissed me.  I don't trust myself to be alone with him.  I held Tyler's hand under the table, and we must've been staring at each other, because Scott broke us out of it.

"Hey, you two...  No bedroom eyes in the cafeteria."  Tyler and I both blushed.  A strange look went across Kai's face when Scott said that, but he quickly put on a most definite, fake smile.

"We weren't making bedroom eyes at each other.  Uh, we were just uh, having a staring contest."  I had to make up something!

"Hahaha, sure you were."  A leggy, brunette girl, walked by our table, Scott's head moving along with her.  I decided to turn the spotlight on him, see how he likes it.

"Here Scott."  I handed him a napkin.

He looked at me puzzled, "What's this for?"

"To wipe up your drool, after you're done gawking at that girl."  Everyone laughed, as Scott blushed furiously.

"Fuck you, man."  He said it with a smirk on his face, so I knew it was all in good fun.

I raised my eyebrows at him, "But I thought you were of the hetero persuasion."

His jaw dropped, and I think he finally realized he wasn't going to win this little duel.  "You suck."

"Hehe, I won't touch that comment."  The rest of lunch was pretty uneventful after that, except for one interesting event.  At one point Kai turned towards the table behind us to talk to some girl, then as he turned back around, his elbow hit Jordan's milk, knocking it over.  Luckily, there wasn't too much milk left in the carton, but as Jordan reached for it, Kai did as well and Kai's hand ended up on top of Jordan's, trying to get to the carton.  As soon as it happened, they both froze, then looked up at each other.

"Sorry dude, I got it."  Said Kai.

"It's okay, I can take care of it."  Jordan almost whispered out. Their hands seemed to linger a bit longer, then they pulled them away.  I watched on in amusement at their awkward moment.  As I turned my head towards Tyler, I noticed he was staring intently at them.  No trace of a smile to be found.  He must've realized I was looking at him, because he quickly snapped out of it.  He smiled at me, but their was something hidden beneath those eyes of his.  I didn't get a chance to ask him what was up, as the bell rang, signaling it was time to leave.

During Art, I tried to see what Kai thought of Jordan.  I was helping him paint a sign for their music project, when I decided to bring the subject up.  "So how's your music video recreation coming along?"

"Pretty good.  We still have a good amount of time, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to get a head start.  Jordan's really into it, and he's been a lot of help."

"Cool.  What video are you doing?"

"Actually, it's what video are all of us working on."


"I talked with Mr. Trollis, and I ran an idea past him.  I mentioned instead of just doing things in pair, maybe me, you, Jordan and Tyler could all do one together.  Then we would have a better chance at winning."

"Sounds good, but how come you haven't had me or Tyler over to work on it?"

"Tyler's been over a couple times and Jordan has been over every night.  He didn't tell you?"

"No.  He told me about Jordan, but didn't mention he was working on it too."  That made me start thinking again.  Why is Tyler being so secretive still?

"Huh.  Well he has been over.  I didn't mention it to you, well because you were hurt and Tyler told me you were getting prepared to go to NY.  So there might be a new kid coming back with you?"

"Yeah, if all goes well.  I'm kind of nervous about meeting him."

"Haha, you, the ever popular, damn sexy, hero?"

"You think I'm sexy?"  I gave him a cocky grin.

"Don't let it go to your head.  Either of them."  I laughed at him.

"Well thanks, you're pretty sexy yourself."  He smiled widely, and blushed a little bit.  "So, what do you think of Jordan?"

"What do you mean?  He's a really nice guy."

"Yeah, he is.  He's really cute too, huh?"

"Haha, well yeah.  I mean, I'm not blind, he's gorgeous."

"Maybe you and him...."  He stopped me.

"Blade, if you're getting at what I think you're getting at... I don't think so.  I won't lie to you, I'm not over Tyler yet."  I knew this, though I tried to shrug it off.  Kai actually saying it, still made me nervous.

"He was your first love, you'll always care about him."

I could tell he was getting sad talking about Tyler.  "Blade... did he ever tell you why he doesn't love me anymore?  Did I do something to make him stop loving me?"

"Kai, it's not your fault.  It's no one's fault.  People just fall in and out of love all the time.  There's nothing wrong with you, don't forget that."

He weakly smiled, "Does that scare you?  That he could fall out of love with you?"

"More than anything."

"I just want to be happy... is that too much to ask?"

"Dude, you are going to sweep some lucky guy off his feet someday.  You have everything going for you... you're funny, smart, good looking, and have a good heart."

"It wasn't enough the first time."

"Kai... I'm sorry.  You were right if I hadn't moved here....."  He cut me off.

"Then I wouldn't have a best friend like you.  I know you love Tyler, and if I can't be the one to take care of him, then I'm glad it's someone like you."    I smiled, and I would've hugged him right there in class, but I think that might not have went over well.  We talked more about the music project for the rest of class, which I found out was going to be a remake of Nsync's "Girlfriend", but didn't touch on the subject of Tyler again.

After that class, the rest of the day went by without a hitch.  I finished my regular classes, and breezed through running.  After I was all set at school, I made my way out to my car, to find Tyler waiting for me.  I must've had a big, goofy grin on my face while I was walking toward him.

"Haha, don't be too happy to see me."  He reached out and gave me daps, but we held it longer than normal.  It was the closest thing we could do to show affection, while on school grounds.

"What are you doing here?  Did the busy boy finally get some down time?"

"Yep.  Now, I just need to find a ride out of here.... know anybody that could help me out?"

"Hmmm... let me ask around."  I teased.

"Hey!!  Well, I thought maybe my boyfriend would offer me a ride."

"Haha, come on babe, hop in."  He gave me a quick smile, then got into the car.  I threw my books in the back, then we were ready to go.

"Where are you headed?  Do you maybe want to come over?"

"Yeah, that's why I waited for you after school.  I won't get to see you until Tuesday, so I thought we could spend tonight together."  I smiled at him.  "Can we stop by Blockbuster, I want to rent a movie."

"Your wish is my command."

"Really? Hmmm.... I'll have to put that to the test sometime."  The mischievous look on his face betrayed his innocence.  I raised my eyebrows suggestively at him.

We got to Blockbuster a few minutes later.  You would think renting a movie would be simple, but when you actually get there, you end up picking up every single box to find out what each movie is about.  Tyler was thinking about getting a drama, but I didn't really want to watch a sappy movie.  I figure it'll be a sad enough moment tonight, knowing I won't be able to even hear Tyler until Tuesday, without watching some sad movie.  Hehe, after a half an hour of arguing back and forth about what movie to get, we settled on Training Day.  I paid for the movie, then we headed to my house.  Of course of all nights for my mother and her boyfriend to be home, it had to be tonight.  We went inside and were greeted by my mother, while Gary just said hello.

"Hello boys.  It's nice to see you again, Tyler.  What are you two up to tonight?"

"We're just gonna hang out and watch a movie.  I'll bring it down to you after we're done, you'll probably like it."

"Thanks hun, but I have to be up early to go get my hair done tomorrow.  Did you want anything to eat?  How about you, Tyler?"

I shook my head no and let Tyler answer for himself, "Um, not to sound rude or anything, but do you have any popcorn?  I mean for when we watch the movie."

"Yes, I'm pretty sure there's some in the cupboard and Tyler, you aren't rude, don't feel like you can't ask questions.  I don't bite."

I had to throw my two cents in there, "Yeah, she just has a mean bark."  She playfully swatted at me, but I ducked out of the way.  "Hahaha, come on, lets go make that popcorn."

As soon as we rounded the corner, out of sight, Tyler pushed me up against the wall and gave me a sweet kiss.  When he started to pull away, I wrapped my arms around his waste and pulled him toward me.  Our foreheads met and our noses touched, as our lips pressed together.  The sweet taste of his lips were sending me into a frenzy.  After a minute or so we broke apart, both of us with goofy smiles on our faces.  All of a sudden we both started giggling like a couple of schoolgirls!

"Haha, come on lover boy, let's get that popcorn made."  He kept on giggling to himself, so I made the popcorn for us.

I practically pulled him up to my room, with my mom giving us a "what the hell is wrong with you" look as we passed.  I threw the movie in the DVD player then we both laid down on the bed next to each other, with the bowl of popcorn in-between us.  I can't say enough about Denzel Washington's acting ability, the man is just amazing.  At a couple points in the movie, I noticed Tyler glancing over at me.  When I turned my head towards him, he would look away.  He subtly moved himself closer to me, so our legs were just about on top of each other.  I started to grab some popcorn, and he did too.   His hand went over mine, and I had a sudden flashback of my date with Jordan.  I quickly shook that thought off, as we pulled our hands away.

I turned towards Tyler, and just stared at him.  He's so beautiful.  That longish blonde hair, kissable lips, cute little nose, and those eyes.  Those deep dark, violet eyes, that I could get lost in for days.  How could I ask for anything better?  He must've noticed me staring, but instead of asking me what I was looking at, he just stared back.  Then out of nowhere, he picked up a handful of popcorn and threw it at me!  I looked at him in shock, but I shrugged it off and pounced on him.  We rolled around, wrestling a bit, until I ended up on top of him, pinning his shoulders down.

"Hahaha, now where are you gonna go?"

"Nowhere.. definitely nowhere.  I like this position."  With that he brought his head up, as I brought mine down to meet him.  Our lips connected and it felt like we were kissing for the first time again.  I let go of his arms, so I could keep my balance.  We kissed with a fiery passion, our tongues darting out to meet each other.  Tyler brought his hands up under my shirt, and pulled it up over my head.  He rolled me over so he was now on top and resumed kissing me.  I slowly alternated between his mouth and his neck, as he started to work his way down.  He licked a trail from my chest to my belly button.  Needless to say I was incredibly turned on.  He came back up and kissed my lips again, then leaned in close to my ear.  "Just lay back and relax."

He could've told me to run outside naked and I probably would've done what he said.  Tyler started sucking on my nipples, swirling his tongue around them.  As he gently bit down on them, I could feel my belt buckle being played with.  In one quick motion he had my pants off, and there I lay, in just my boxers.  His lips met mine once again as he started grinding into me.  I tried to go for his pants, but he stopped me.  "This is your time baby.  I want you to enjoy it."

I thought I was in heaven, but that was before what happened next.  He wasted no time as he reached into my boxers and took hold of my dick.  He slowly tugged on it and took my boxers down with his other hand.  He brought his face down right in front of it.  As he jerked me off, I could feel his hot breath on my virgin organs.  Without hesitation he stuck out his tongue and licked the head of my now very angry looking member.  I almost jumped off the bed when I felt his mouth come in contact with it.  He held me down firmly, as he went to work.  I ran my hands through his hair, and looked down at him dreamily.  His head bobbed up and down, making me moan in pleasure.  His mouth pulled off, then went down to my balls, sucking each one into his mouth and rolling them around.  I was writhing in pleasure, with Tyler's hot mouth driving me crazy.  I could feel myself getting closer, as he continued to play with my balls.  When his mouth went back to my dick, I thought I was going to explode, but he slowed down and worked it slower.  He kept going for another 15 minutes, when I knew that I was about to go over the edge.

"I'm almost there, baby."  I panted out.  He stopped sucking, and brought his mouth up to the tip.  He looked up into my eyes, his burning with passion, then took one last plunge, burying his nose in my pubes.  I lost it and started shooting in his awaiting mouth.  He swallowed and swallowed, trying to savior every last drop.  A little dribbled out of his mouth, as he nourished my slowly deflating member.  Once it was totally flaccid, he came back up to me and our mouths met again.  I could taste my essence in his mouth.  He ground into me at a furious pace and I knew he was going to explode at any moment.  He shuddered in relief, then slowed his grinding, until he had completely emptied his load in his pants.

We both laid there motionless, just holding each other as the night swept away.  We kissed some more, until a a knock at the door startled us out of our little world.  I quickly jumped up and got my boxers on as the door flew open.  Eric and Matt came bursting in.  They looked at me, in my boxers, then at Tyler.  I think they were putting two and two together, and figuring out something had happened between us.

"What were you two doing?"  Eric asked.

"Uh, just watching a movie."

"Oh, okay.  Well, we were gonna see if you wanted to go to the boardwalk for awhile."

"Nah, I'm tired out and I have to catch an early flight out tomorrow.  You guys have fun, and don't get into too much trouble."

They both started out the door, when Matt stopped and turned to me.  "Hey, Blade?  Next time you want to cover up what you're doing with the movie excuse, make sure the movie's actually still playing."  He grinned the walked downstairs.  I just blushed and looked at the now blue screen.. I should've noticed.

I got dressed, as Tyler tried to fix his hair.  "Are you okay to wear those boxers?  You know your other pair is still here."

"Yup, I'm good.  Ready to go?"

"Yes, just one thing."  I pulled him to me and planted one last, long, hard kiss on him.  "Thanks.  That was the best.  Next time it's your turn."  He smiled and we both went downstairs and out the door.  We both had a certain glow to us and I felt like I could take anything the world threw at me.  I pulled up to Tyler's house all too soon, and he just lingered in the car a bit.

I grabbed his hand, "Tyler, you mean everything to me, and what you did tonight was beyond my expectations.  I just feel so overjoyed that I have someone like you."

He squeezed back, "I feel the same way.  I wanted to make you feel good, to show you how much I do love you.  Now, you better go home and get some rest."  He leaned over and kissed me one last time.  "I love you, Blade Stevens.  Always."

"I love you too, Tyler.  You're my heart, and that will never change."  We smiled at each other and he got out of the car.  I waited for him to get inside safely, before I drove away.  I was on top of the world.

Little did I know, going to New York may have a bigger impact on my life then I would ever expect......

Well, there goes another chapter of NTFA.  Not a whole lot of drama in this one, as it is meant to be a cooling down period of sorts.  Blade's trip to New York will be next, followed shortly after by Chapter 9.  There has been some requests for a couple side chapters, and those may show up soon.  We'll see how everything goes.  Matt, this one goes to you, a happy chapter for a change =)  Hehe, by popular demand, I'm going to give some shout outs.  Tony, Emmanuel, Eddi, Drew, Nick, Brian, Matt, Jonas, Kip, Nick, Anthony, Clay, Justin, Kim, Jared, Xavier, Rob, John, Jonny, Jim, and Kent.  I know there's others, but my mind can only hold so much info at once! Well, hope to hear from y'all soon.  As usual send email to