What's The Difference Between Me and You?
Nick giggled as he slid on his back tire to a stop. "Hell no," he said brazenly, feeling confident about himself after taking such a high jump. "That jump wasn't shit. I'll build a bigger ramp and take it if I can find more wood."
Nick knew he wasn't supposed to be cussing. Jim had yelled at him over and over about it, but it was a habit he was picking up from James. At first, it was awkward to him. He cussed a few times in front of
Nick also knew that he wasn't supposed to be jumping his bike. The one time that Jim had caught him and James jumping their bikes was the same day he had bought them, and he exploded at both of them and told them that they weren't allowed to do it anymore. Since that day, both James and Nick had taken more jumps on their bikes than they could recall. Nick knew that if Jim ever caught him, he could kiss his bike goodbye for a long time. But since Jim didn't know about the trail, he would never be able to catch them in the act.
Nick got back on his bike and took the jump a few more times, showing off for
"Want to see what else I can do?" Nick asked.
"My dad taught me how to do that," Nick bragged.
"Let me try,"
"That was awesome," Nick said. "Do it again."
"I'm glad you're spending the night
"Me too, Nick,"
"I wasn't bored, but it wasn't as fun without you," Nick said. "Me and James stayed up all night on Saturday because my dad and my papu were snoring so loud."
"What did you guys do,"
"We just talked about stuff and James did my hair," Nick said. "He cut my nails, too."
Nick held his nails out as if they were wet from having fingernail polish on them, then he ran his hand over each other to show them off, like he saw people do on the commercials for fake nails, making himself and Taylor giggle.
"You're so silly, Nick,"
"Let's go to my house and do something," Nick said. "It's my turn to take Skalaki outside. Maybe my dad will let us take him for a walk."
They got on their bikes and rode back to Nick's house, racing each other along the way. Nick let
When they went inside, they could smell food cooking, so they went into the kitchen where they found James and Lori making dinner.
"How come you didn't come with us," Nick asked James as he and
"I wanted to help Miss Lori make dinner," James said. "She's showing me how to cook."
"Is dad home yet," Nick asked.
"He went to the store," Lori answered. "He'll be back in a little bit."
"I wanted to take Skalaki for a walk," Nick said. "It's my turn to take him outside, and I was wondering if I could walk him instead."
Nick decided to wait for Jim to get home rather than take a chance on it not being ok and finding out after he already did it. The weather was turning, and it was a lot colder outside than it had been. Jim was strict about making sure the dog didn't have to be outside in the cold any longer than he had to be, and Nick had a feeling in his gut that today Jim might not want him outside for long.
While they were waiting, Nick and Taylor took Skalaki upstairs to his room and closed the door. They turned the TV on and settled down on the beanbag to watch cartoons while Skalaki jumped up onto Nick's bed and curled up on the blanket to go to sleep.
"He's so cute,"
"He's your puppy too," Nick said.
"Yeah, but I don't have one at my house,"
"At least you don't have to feed him and pick up his poop," Nick said.
"I wouldn't care,"
"Why don't you ask your dad for one?" Nick suggested.
"I already did,"
"Maybe when you turn nine he'll get you one," Nick said. "My dad wasn't going to let me have one, but then he changed his mind."
"I told my dad that,"
Nick felt bad for
"Hey guys," he said softly. "I heard you wanted to walk your dog."
Nick smiled as he got up and took the leash from Jim. "Thank you daddy," he said sweetly.
"You're welcome, son," Jim said. "I just want you to go around the block, ok?"
"Yes sir," Nick said.
As they got to the end of the street, Nick took the lead and went onto the trail.
"Why did we come here,"
"So Skalaki can go potty," Nick said. "That way he won't go in someone's yard."
"Isn't that why you have the bag,"
"Yeah, but I hate picking it up," Nick said. "Let's just see if he goes."
They waited patiently for something to happen, but Skalaki didn't do anything. Nick tried to force him to go by pushing down on his hind legs, trying to get him to squat, but Skalaki just sat down.
"Maybe he doesn't have to go,"
"He does," Nick said. "I know what to do."
Nick unzipped his pants and took out his pecker. He aimed it away from
Just as they were about to give up and leave, Skalaki lifted his leg and pee'd, then he sniffed around a little and finally he squatted and pooped. Nick was about to leave without picking it up, but
While they were in the bathroom washing up, Nick purposely brushed his hand across
Dinner seemed to take forever to get through. James and Lori worked hard on it, and everything was delicious. Just as dinner was finally over, James took a cake out of the refrigerator that he had helped Lori make. Nick was definitely not in the mood for cake, but his dad gave him a look that told him that he was at least going to eat a piece, and he was going to thank James and Lori for making it.
"Why are you so anxious to leave the table, son," Jim asked, sounding irritated and a little suspicious.
"I just want to watch cartoons," Nick fibbed. "Also, me and Taylor are trying to decide what we want to be for Halloween."
"Ok," Jim said. "Take your plates to the sink and you're excused."
"I'll do it
"Cheater," Nick said, grinning as he climbed onto the bed next to his friend.
"I'm not a cheater,"
They settled down on the bed and turned their attention to the TV for a while. Eventually, Jim came upstairs and into the room to remind Nick to feed Skalaki before he went to sleep.
"I will dad," Nick promised.
"Okay, Nick," Jim said. "We're going to watch a movie later on. It's scary, so I want you guys to know in advance."
"What movie," Nick asked.
"The Bone Collector," Jim said. "I think it'll give you nightmares, son."
"I won't be scared," Nick bragged in front of
"Uh huh," Jim said sarcastically. "We'll see about that."
"How long until you watch it," Nick asked.
"In a little bit," Jim said. "You two can come watch it if you want, but I think you should just stay up here and watch something else."
Nick smugly got up and walked downstairs to feed Skalaki.
"Are you okay, buddy," Jim asked. Nick nodded nervously, but he was honestly shaken up by what he had seen. Jim sighed and sat down on Nick's bed.
"Come here son," he said as he held his arms out for Nick, who went over to him. "It's just a movie, son. It's not real."
"I know," Nick said quietly. "I'm okay."
"Are you sure," Jim asked.
"Yes sir," Nick answered. "Do I have to go back down there to let Skalaki back in?"
"I'll take care of it son," Jim said. "I want you two to stay up here, ok?"
Nick nodded and leaned up against his dad's chest, where he felt safe. Jim gave him a kiss and patted his back, then he got up and left the room. Nick lay down on the bed and held his pooh bear while
"Are you still scared Nick,"
"No," Nick fibbed. "I'm okay."
"Do you want me to lie next to you,"
"Will you scratch my hair with your fingers," Nick asked. Without answering,
Nick kicked his shoes off his feet to get more comfortable, then he felt
"Hey," Nick giggled as the first jolt of tickle ran into his feet.
Nick felt so
attracted to his friend at that moment but he didn't really know what
While they were laying there, Nick guided
Every time he would change his mind, though, something else would happen. To Nick, it seemed like Taylor could sense when he was starting to panic and feel bad about himself, and just when the pressure was starting to feel like it was too much for Nick to take, Taylor would snuggle a little closer to Nick and plant a kiss on his head. Finally, Nick just relaxed and listened to Taylor's heart beating as his fingers ran through his hair and before long, he was sleeping.
A little while later, Nick carefully moved
"Dad," Nick said as he shook Jim awake. "Dad I'm cold. Can you turn off the air conditioner?"
Jim opened his eyes and looked blankly at Nick for a moment, and then he seemed to come around.
"Hey buddy," Jim said as he stretched his arms and legs. "What are you doing up?"
"It's too cold," Nick complained. "I can't sleep because I'm freezing."
Jim sighed as he stood up and headed for the hallway where the control for the AC was.
"I'm sorry, babe," he said as he adjusted the setting for the temperature. "I didn't know I had it set this low."
A few moments after Jim adjusted the temperature the AC turned itself off. Nick followed his dad into the kitchen where Jim opened the refrigerator and took out a soda. He sat down at the table and motioned for Nick to climb up onto his lap. Nick got comfortable in his dads lap, then he took a drink of his dad's soda and put it back down on the table.
"Are you still upset about the movie," Jim asked as he rubbed Nicks back. Nick rested his head up against his dad's chest and smiled.
"No sir," Nick said. "We watched cartoons and I forgot about it."
"That's good," Jim said. "How was your day today, son? We didn't get to visit when I got home today."
"I had a good day," Nick said with a smile. "I miss papu already though. I wish he didn't have to go home."
"I know, baby," Jim said softly. "I miss him too. But he's only been gone a day, and he'll be back for Thanksgiving."
"I know," Nick said. "I just wish we could all live together."
"I do too, sweetheart," Jim said, planting a kiss the top of Nicks head. Nick wrapped his arms around his dad's chest and wondered to himself if he would ever have a son to sit with, or if he would ever make his dad a grandfather one day
"Dad?" Nick started slowly.
"Yes son," Jim said.
"If someone's gay, can they still have a son," Nick asked.
"Maybe," Jim answered softly. "Why do you ask?"
Nick looked up into his dads eyes and saw that Jim was smiling down at him. He had a loving look on his face, and it melted Nick's heart when they made eye contact.
"I was just wondering," Nick said, looking away because he was suddenly feeling ashamed.
"What's wrong, son," Jim asked. Nick knew that his dad could tell if he was upset, and he was trying his best to pretend that nothing was wrong, but he couldn't.
"I love you daddy," Nick said as he snuggled his body as close as he could into his dads.
"I love you too, Nick," Jim said. "I want you to know that I'll always love you, okay?"
"I'll always love you too," Nick answered.
Jim wrapped his arms around Nick and rocked him back and forth like a baby for a few minutes, and then he kissed him on the cheek and rubbed his nose up against Nick's nose. Nick smiled up at his dad and enjoyed the attention he was getting. It seemed like they hadn't really been spending a lot of time alone together before now, and having this time with his dad felt special to Nick.
"Do you want daddy to carry you upstairs," Jim asked as he stood up with Nick still cradled in his arms.
"Yes," Nick said with a smile.
They made their way into the family room where Jim sat down on the love seat with Nick in his lap and shook James awake.
"Come on, buddy," Jim said softly as he stood back up with Nick, pulling James to his feet and putting one arm around his shoulder to help him stand up. "Are you okay?"
James nodded with his eyes shut and wrapped both of his arms around Jim's waist and rested his head under Jim's arm as they made their way upstairs. Jim led James to the bathroom and then he took Nick into his room to use his bathroom. When he was done, Jim took him to his own room and tucked him in.
"Goodnight sweetheart," Jim said as he kissed Nick on the cheek. "I'll see you in the morning."
"Goodnight daddy," Nick said. "I love you."
"I love you too babe," Jim said as he got up and headed for the door.
As soon as the door closed Nick turned and curled up to
When he looked up at
"What time is it?"
"I was cold," Nick said. "So I got up and told my dad to turn the AC down."
"It doesn't feel as cold as it was,"
"Your tummy's still nice and warm," Nick told him with a smile,
sitting up and moving back toward his pillow. When he rested his head on it, he
reached over and rubbed
The feeling of
Without thinking twice about it, Nick leaned over and put his lips up against
"You don't like it when I do that," Nick asked, feeling a little nervous.
"It's just that it's kind of gross because your tongue has your spit on it,"
"I won't do it anymore then," Nick promised. "Can I still kiss you on the lips sometimes?"
"Do you like me," Nick asked.
"Of course I like you,"
Nick knew that
"Did you like what we did?" Nick asked.
"I love you too Nick,"
"Can I give you one more kiss before we go to bed," Nick asked hopefully.
When Nick asked, he only wanted to give
"How come you did it then," Nick asked.
"I don't know,"
"Thank you," Nick said. "I love you
"I love you too, Nick,"
"Ok," Nick said, then he reached up and planted one more kiss with his lips on
The next morning Nick opened his eyes and he could hear his dad and Lori downstairs in the kitchen. He looked at Taylor, who was still holding him with his arms, and he smiled. He looked so cute to Nick. He had a serious look on his face, even though he was asleep, and it made Nick feel dreamy. He thought about everything they did the night before and how they French kissed, and soon Nick was starting to get that gay feeling again. He felt a little guilty about the night before, but he also felt excited about it. He put his face up to Taylor's so that their lips were almost pressing up against each other, then he hugged up against his chest again.
In his mind, he started to have a fantasy that he was waking up with his husband, and that they were going downstairs to eat breakfast and spend the day together.
"I have to pee,"
"Me too," Nick said. "But I don't want to move."
"Morning Taylor, morning Nick," James said sleepily as he walked to the bathroom. Nick knew that he had to leave his door open now, or James was going to know what was going on. He turned on the TV with his remote and sat down on the beanbag with
Instead, he just snuggled up with
"Can we go downstairs?"
"Okay," Nick answered. "It smells like my dad and Miss Lori are making breakfast."
When they got downstairs to the family room, James was on the couch sitting next to Jim. He was still waking up, and he had his head resting on Jim's shoulder. Jim had his arm around James and was rubbing his back.
"Good morning, boys," Jim said with a smile as they came into the room. Nick felt a little jealous of James when he saw that he was sitting with his dad, so he immediately tried to get closer to his dad.
"Good morning daddy," Nick said as he climbed up onto his dads lap and gave him a hug.
"Good Morning Mr. J."
"Hey," Jim said looking down at Nick. "Why are you being jealous?"
Nick looked up at his dad and grinned. He knew he was caught. Nick would always come and try to climb all over his dad whenever he started feeling jealous of any attention he would give James. By now, Jim could tell when Nick was doing it out of affection or when he was doing it out of jealousy.
"I'm not," Nick fibbed. Jim cut his eyes at him with a disbelieving look, so Nick got down, went to the love seat, and sat next to
When Lori finished breakfast, everyone went into the kitchen and sat down at the table to eat. Nick noticed that he was doing something peculiar, but he couldn't seem to help himself. The whole time they were eating, Nick was acting gay. He knew he was doing it, but he didn't know why, and he couldn't stop it. He kept talking about the cute boys at his school and who he would marry, and about cute guys in commercials and on TV. He was purposely saying things to try to make
They were in the backyard sitting together on the patio. It had warmed up and turned nice outside, so while James was taking Skalaki outside to go to the bathroom, they all decided to go sit in the sun. While they were sitting there, Nick was telling
"You seem to have a lot to say about boys today," Jim said with a warm smile. "How come?"
"I feel really gay today," Nick said nonchalantly. Everyone stopped to turn and look at him, even James.
"What do you mean, buddy," Jim asked.
Nick looked around the yard at everyone. They were all waiting for his answer, but instead of answering, he put his head down and said, "Never mind."
"Come on, son," Jim said standing up from his seat. "Let's go inside and talk."
Nick got up from his seat and took Jim's hand. As they walked toward the patio door, he turned back and looked at Taylor, who had a strange look on his face. Nick let his dad lead him into the house, where he closed the door and sat down on the couch. As he moved toward his dad on the couch, Nick had a bad feeling that he was in a lot of trouble.
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