It's all in your head
on, let's go. You're gonna be late for your date," Isaac yelled up the
coming, I'm coming...I had to change...again."
it's just a date. Relax, you're gonna rupture something if you don't."
do I look?" Jeremy said as he skidded to a halt at his brother's feet.
hot...did you grab a condom?" Isaac teased.
not like that bro, we're just going to eat in the mall and then go to a
joking, relax. You look good though, just be charming and most of
up your mind, do you want me to be charming or be myself?" Jeremy joked.
don't know what you're worried about. It's just Dee. You sit with her
every day at lunch, what's the big deal?"
know...it's the leg," Jeremy said looking forlorn.
don't understand. You're not gonna tell her that on the first date are
I am. I've decided that if it's going to make a difference I want her to
know up front."
know bro, I got a lot of respect for you and if this is what you want
to do then...go for it. But...at least let her get to know you a
little before you drop the news on her. At least let her eat her burger
know, I'll wait till the time is right, but I don't want that hanging
well...if we don't get going you're gonna miss your date so...come on."
they picked Deane up Jeremy was surprised at how rundown the
apartments she lived in were. He knew her mom had a hard time making
ends meet and that Deane wore thrift store clothing and didn't have the
sort of things that most teenagers had, but knowing and seeing were two
very different things.
look nice," Jeremy said when Deane appeared at the door wearing a pair
of jeweled jeans and a lacy pink top. What Jeremy didn't know was that
Deane's mother had somehow found money in the budget to buy her the
outfit at Walmart.
you look handsome," she said blushing.
they got to Isaac's car, Jeremy opened the back door for Deane and
helped her get in before closing it. As he scooted in on the other side
he turned to her and smiled. He couldn't believe how pretty Deane
looked tonight. Was that makeup she was wearing? And her hair looked so
soft and pretty.
is my chauffeur Isaac," Jeremy joked.
ma'am," Isaac said grinning.
know your brother from school...remember?" Deane laughed, "Thank you
Isaac for driving us."
thanks bro," Jeremy said sincerely, "I owe you."
you hungry?" Jeremy said turning to his date.
little, I'm kind of nervous though," she said smiling.
too, but we got nothin' to be nervous about, right?"
it's not like we don't know each other or anything," she laughed, "We
see each other everyday at school."
really glad you said yes when I asked you out," Jeremy said blushing.
could I say no? I'm just sorry it took you so long to ask me," she
mean...uh, that you've been wanting me to ask you out?"
for a while now. You boys are always so shy though," she said grinning,
"sometimes I think girls should do the asking."
would be fine by me," Jeremy said smiling, "anyway I finally asked and
I'm really happy."
too," she said gazing into Jeremy's eyes.
I mention you look pretty tonight?"
I think so. Thanks though, I actually feel pretty for once."
always pretty, what I meant was you're...well, beautiful tonight.
Stunning and awesome."
giggled, "Don't lay it on too thick Jeremy, but thank you."
bought the tickets online so we won't have to wait in line as long. I
got us good seats too."
great. I didn't know you could do that."
the internet is great. You can do all kinds of things and never have to
we could have just stayed home and Skyped I guess," she kidded.
didn't mean that," he laughed, "I...can't hold your hand like this," he
said taking her hand, "if we we're just Skyping."
smiled and shivered a little at Jeremy's touch. She knew she liked
Jeremy, but she didn't know what a gentleman he was until
so handsome it nearly took her breath away. Squeezing his hand gently
she smiled and leaned into him and kissed him on the cheek.
the rear view mirror Isaac witnessed the kiss and smiled. He had heard
their conversation and it was obvious to him that not only did his
little brother have a crush on Deane, but she was crushing on him as
well. Ah, puppy love,
he chuckled to himself, ain't
they got to the mall Isaac dropped them off at the south entrance and
they said goodbye.
call me when you're ready bro and I'll be here in like ten minutes."
got it, and bro...thanks again."
fun you two and don't do anything I wouldn't," he teased as Jeremy
closed the door.
food court was packed when they arrived and there were lines at most of
the eating places and after deciding on Arby's they got in line and
visited as they waited.
heard this movie is very funny," Deane said, "Thanks for letting me
okay, I don't care what movie it is as long as I'm there with you."
smiled and took Jeremy's hand and held it as they waited, "How did I
not know you were so sweet?" she teased.
don't know, I try to spread the word," Jeremy teased.
laughed, "Well, now that I know..."
just have to see, won't we?"
heart was beating fast and his stomach was all tied up in knots, but he
thought it was the most amazing feeling ever. He thought about
brother teasing him about having a condom and he realized sex was the
furtherest thing from his mind. He tried not to think about what had
happened with Jaden and Jimmy, and he knew he'd never ask. He knew he
should be jealous or upset, but he didn't care about all that. If Deane
was happy, he was happy. However, if things got serious between them
he'd expect her to stop all that, if...things
are you thinking?" Deane asked pulling him back to the now.
nothing, just how much fun I'm having and how nice it is to be here
fun?" she laughed, "So far we haven't done anything but hold hands and
stand in the line at Arby's."
that's fun with you," Jeremy said giving her a little smile.
are sweet," she said smiling, "Jeremy?"
next," she chuckled.
they had their food they found a table as far away from the crowd as
possible and settled in to share their meal. Taking a bite of his roast
beef sandwich Jeremy watched Deane with loving eyes. Even the way she
ate was cute, taking little bites and chewing daintily, her cute little
nose twitching as she did so.
what?" she asked giggling.
oh," he said blushing, "I'm sorry...what did you want to say?"
that...well, I'm not good with words, but...I've liked you for a long
time and I hope you like me too."
yes was the right answer. I've liked you since the first day we met. I
wanted to talk to you and get to know you better, but I guess I was
too shy or unsure or something."
You're cute and nice and well..." she blushed, "a real hunk. Any girl
would be happy to be with you."
I don't want to be with just any girl, I want to be with you," Jeremy
said looking sad.
are you looking all sad Jeremy? Is something wrong?"
something I need to tell you. I'm not sure what you'll think about it
and you may not want to be with me...I mean if you were ever
was confused and it showed in her voice, "Wait, what could be that bad,
are you really a girl in a boy's body or something?" she teased.
wish," Jeremy snorted, "worse."
are you going to tell me or make me die of curiosity?"
should eat first," Jeremy said grabbing a curly fry and dipping it in
but as soon as we finish we're gonna go out to the mall and find a nice
quiet place and talk."
was really too nervous to eat now, but he wasn't about to show Deane
just how nervous. He just hoped he didn't wind up puking
ate slowly and Jeremy had to wait for her to finish, all the time
thinking about how best to tell Deane his secret and running all the
scenarios over and over in his head.
last Deane ate her last fry and sucked down her last bit of soda. She
wasn't nearly as nervous as Jeremy, perhaps because she thought she
already knew what he was about to reveal, but mostly because there
wasn't much he could tell her that would change how she felt about him.
up their trash they deposited it in the trash can and Deane took
hand and led him out into the mall. Steering him toward the little
fountain in the middle and to a bench she sat down and pulled him with
Jeremy, what is so bad that you think I wouldn't want to be with you?"
see...when I was 10 I had an accident. I was riding my bike to school
and this lady backed over me. My leg got caught between my bike and the
pavement and well...I lost my leg. The lady that did it had a heart
attack and died so it wasn't like she did it on purpose or anything,
but now I have to wear this," Jeremy said knocking on his prosthetic
with his knuckles.
Deane said smiling, "You thought I'd be so shallow that I wouldn't like
you because you got hurt a long time and ago and now you're living with
the result of it? You must think I'm pretty shallow if you think that
would matter to me."
I just...I'm sorry," he said frowning.
Jeremy...I already knew about your leg. I didn't know what happened
exactly, but it's not exactly a big secret."
not? But the only person I told was Aidan and he told his
wasn't them. I heard one of the teachers talking about it one day and I
guess some other kids heard it too. After that I kept kind of looking
at you and checking you out and I finally figured out which leg."
known this all along and you didn't say anything?"
should I? It's your business. It didn't bother me at all. In fact it
made me realize just how strong a person you are. So...if you can live
with my bitchiness and my smart-ass attitude I can definitely live with
this," she said grabbing his prosthetic and squeezing it."
amazing," Jeremy said then leaning in and intending to kiss her on the
cheek he was met instead by her lips.
kiss was sweet and chaste, but no less stimulating to both, and when it
was over they held hands and stared into each other's eyes. If ever
there was a case of love at first sight, this was one.
the movie theater they held hands and snuggled and occasionally kissed
and though the movie was indeed a good one, neither remembered much of
it when they exited the theater 90 minutes later. Wandering out into
mall they sat on a bench and Jeremy called Isaac to come pick them up.
was amazing," Jeremy said smiling and brushing back a stray lock of
hair from Deane's cute face.
was, wasn't it?" Deane said smiling and gazing into Jeremy's eyes.
do you want to do it again?"
I do. Or maybe we could just hang next time," She suggested.
totally. Think your mom would let you come to my house? I'd really like
my folks to meet you."
okay with you dating white trash?" Deane said sadly.
you say that. You're not trash. And as far as you being white,
well...we're all the same color inside. It's what's inside that
matters. My folks are good people and very open minded. They will love
you as much as I do."
do you mean already? I've loved you since the first day I met you, but
I just never thought I had a chance with you."
are you saying Jeremy Wilson?"
I guess what I'm saying is...I know we've only dated this one time, but
it's not like we don't know each other, and well...I was wondering
if...maybe...you'd consider being my girl."
smiled and grabbed Jeremy and kissed him excitedly and wetly,
"Yes..yes, yes, a hundred times yes."
TV appearance was a big success. At the last minute Isaac agreed to
play bass while Jeremy played keyboards and Aidan the guitar. Jaden
sang backup as well, but Aidan was the obvious star and got the most
his appearance his YouTube views went up to over 10,000 and were
growing daily. His mom had recorded the whole thing on their DVR and that was
posted as well and earned his channel even more hits. Aidan was on
cloud nine, but there was one thing that troubled him, how to convince
his folks to let him make more public appearances.
and Jimmy were shocked to say the least when Jeremy and Deane announced
they were a couple now, but they wished the two well and privately
consoled each other at the loss of their gal friend. They were glad
they'd had that last fun-filled evening, but neither boy assumed there
would be a repeat of that or for that matter any paling around at all
from now on.
congratulated his little bro on his new girlfriend and as expected
Jeremy's folks were crazy about Deane. Having come from a poor family
himself, Mr. Wilson sympathized with her situation and he and his
out of their way to make her feel welcome and comfortable in their home.
went on, life was good, but despite Aidan's new found success there was
still a sadness and longing inside him that no one was aware of. While
he had once been a pleasant and predictable young man, lately he had
begun to lash out unexpectedly and behave in a way that perplexed not
only his family, but his friends as well.
Reynolds do you have your book report?" Ms. Green when she came to his
ma'am," Aidan mumbled, "the dog ate it," he smirked.
see. What kind of dog?" she said straight-faced.
Oh, uh...a pit bull."
Reynolds, do you even have a dog?"
ma'am, I lied. I just didn't have time to do it."
you had three weeks to read the book and do the report. Now I know
you're a famous TV star and YouTube personality, but I still expect you
to take some time out for your school work. Since you seem to be so
busy with your new career, it may be hard for you to find time to tell
your parents that you got a incomplete on this assignment. I will
however give you an opportunity to turn it in late for half credit if you
can tear yourself away from your adoring fans long enough to write it."
thanks, that's not fair and you know it." Aidan said angrily.
Reynolds you are skating dangerously close to being disrespectful. Are
you done or is there something else you'd like to add."
ma'am, thank you ma'am," he said stiffly.
will need that report on my desk by Friday. Do you understand?"
fumed the rest of the period and didn't hear a thing the teacher was
saying. There was a time when he'd enjoyed English Literature, and
he thought Ms. Green was a bit too preachy at times, they'd gotten
okay. Today he was convinced she was a real bitch and he was sure he
lunch Aidan was still grousing about his experience in Ms. Green's
class and Jaden picked up on it right away.
what's with you lately? You used to love English Lit and you've always
been a good student."
maybe I've changed. Maybe I don't need all that stuff now. Maybe I
think I can make it with my music and skip all that crap."
looked as if he'd been hit in the face with a two by four, and most of
the other kids watched them with their mouths open in shock.
you know mom and dad aren't gonna let you screw up in school. They'll
shut the music thing down in a heartbeat if you don't keep
grades up and can the attitude."
just like everyone else,"
Aidan spit out acidly, "everyone is jealous of my success and don't
want me to make it big. Well, I don't need you guys," he said standing
suddenly and grabbing his tray. "I think it's time to find a new table
to sit at, somewhere I'm appreciated."
look on Jaden's face mirrored that of the other kids at the table, but
for Jaden it was a lot more personal. This was his brother spouting
this crazy stuff, and worse of all directing it at him, the one person
who supported him more than anyone else.
okay J?" Jimmy said touching Jaden's are gently.
I didn't know better I'd think he was on drugs, or one of those pod
people. I feel like I don't know him anymore. He's fine one minute,
then crazy the next. I'm telling you, I'm almost afraid to say anything
to him anymore."
you sure he's not doing drugs?" Deane asked frowning.
sure, I mean...I guess it's possible, but I don't think he has that
kind of money, plus, I think he's smarter than that. He's always been
against that sort of thing."
if...what if he's sick? I mean maybe there's something wrong with
him...you know, his brain or nerves or something." Jeremy suggested.
don't know, but he's gonna be dead if mom and dad find out what he did
at school today," Jaden sighed.
he's over there at the cheerleader table. God, he's really desperate,"
Jimmy laughed, "hanging with girls."
are his adoring fans," Deane laughed, "I mean...I have to admit...I'm
sort of a fan too."
now girl," Jeremy laughed, "You belong to me now."
not your property," Deane said slapping at her boyfriend playfully,
"but it's sweet that you're jealous."
not really, I know you would never cheat on me," he said grinning,
"especially with a gay boy."
that's my brother you're talking about."
bro, it's not a dis. I'm cool with A being gay."
think he's invented a new kind of sexual....angry-sexual," Jaden said
bet the ride home today is going to be fun," Jimmy joked, "I wonder if
he'll give your mom attitude."
he does, you're invited to the funeral," Jaden joked.
maybe what he needs is a good spanking," Deane teased.
probably like that," Jaden laughed, "he's kind of a freak between the
I'll expect a full report tomorrow, but for now me and Dee are gonna go
hang out in the common area," Jeremy said wiggling his eyebrows.
making out you guys," Jaden teased.
if we can get away with it, right sweetie?"
ride home was as confusing as lunch had been. Aidan seemed just fine,
in fact cheerful, and told his mom right off the bat that he'd messed
up but that he was going to make up for it by finishing the book report
and apologizing to Ms. Green.
sat open-mouthed in the back seat with Jimmy watching the whole
conversation as goosebumps ran up and down his body. It was like Aidan
was two different people these days. Polite and happy around his folks
and a crazy man at school. It worried Jaden, but he wasn't quite ready
to bring the issue to his folks attention yet. He felt he owed Aidan
that much, but his patience was wearing thin.
elbowed Jaden and mouthed, "Pod people," and he couldn't help but laugh.
so funny boys," Mrs. Reynolds asked.
joke," Jaden said, "how was your
day mom," he added changing the subject.
I spent most of it cleaning house and baking cookies for the school
hope there were some broken ones or some leftovers," Jaden said, his
mouth practically watering.
think we can spare a few for three hungry boys."
they got home Aidan ran straight up to their room but Jaden and Jimmy
followed Mrs. Reynolds into the kitchen for their snack.
did your brother go?"
Jaden said pouring two glasses of milk.
something up with you two?" She asked suspiciously.
nothing," Jaden lied.
you'd tell me if anything was wrong, right?"
mom, if I thought there was anything you needed to know, I'd tell you."
a very diplomatic answer, have you considered a career in politics, or
perhaps becoming a lawyer?" She chuckled.
I think I'd like to work with kids," Jaden said suddenly turning very
serious, "I think I'd like to be a teacher."
Reynolds was surprised, but her surprise soon passed, "Is this
something you've given some thought to?"
actually...I've been thinking a lot about it lately. I mean I think I'd
make a cool teacher. Mr. Reynolds," he chucked.
it's not one of the highest paying jobs, but it is very rewarding. If
you're truly serious about it then I think we should discuss it some
with your father."
mean it's not like I need to decide right now...right? But the more I
think about it, the more the idea works for me."
your grades are certainly good enough, and you have the personality for
it. Actually I think it's a wonderful idea, but as you say...it's not a
decision you have to make right away."
breezed in about then dressed in shorts and a tank top. He looked
totally out of character and under-dressed for the weather and Jaden
gave him a curious look.
I'm working out after my snack. You guys should join me. You're getting
gave Jimmy a WTF look and rolled his eyes, "I'm in if you are."
shrugged, "Sounds like a lot of hard work to me."
getting fat," Aidan said grabbing a Gatorade from the fridge, "both of
that's not very nice," Mrs. Reynolds said frowning, "besides Jaden is
exactly the same size as you," she chuckled.
don't care if I have a little extra meat on my bones," Jimmy laughed,
"J likes it, don't ya'," Jimmy laughed.
Jimmy," Aidan said making a face.
I'll let you boys hammer it out, I've got to go do some laundry."
soon as she was out of the room Aidan looked at Jaden and Jimmy and
smirked, "So did you tell mom what a bad boy I was today?"
why...should I have?" Jaden said hotly.
wanted to give you plenty of time to rat me out, that way I'd know who
is on my side and who's not."
are you high? You sure don't sound like my little brother."
not your little brother. We're the same age...a few minutes don't
count. I'm equal to you...got that?" he all but screamed.
"Oh I got it all right," Jaden said looking hurt, shocked, and a little
angry, "You know I've been thinking about this for a while, and I think
the time might be right. I'm gonna ask mom and dad about moving into
the other bedroom. I don't think our room is big enough for the two of
that's fine. I need more room anyway."
you'll have plenty of room from now on. Come on Jimmy let's go upstairs and
take a look at my new room and see how much work is ahead of us."
Jimmy laughed, "Guess I'm gonna get that exercise after all."
they were upstairs Jimmy finally voiced his opinion of what he'd just
see what you mean about Aidan. How long has he been like this?"
it all started after John left, but it's gotten worse. As his fame
increases his ego grows bigger. He's like those egotistical movie stars
you read about."
I'm worried about him. He used to be the sweetest person I knew,
now...I'm afraid of him."
worried too, but I don't know what to do. I just...I need some space
from him. My only problem is how to convince mom and dad my wanting to
move isn't because Aidan is crazy," he chuckled.
don't know. Maybe you should tell them what's going on. Maybe it's like
Jeremy said, maybe he's sick or something."
don't know. If he hates me this much now, how much would he hate me if
I told on him?"
needs help. What if he does something really stupid and gets hurt?"
watch out for him. It's not like I'm abandoning him or anything."
help anyway I can, you know that, but if things get too bad...promise
me you'll tell your folks."
I promise, but only if things get too bad to handle."
bedroom in question adjoined the old bedroom through the twins'
bathroom and currently was used as a guest room, though few had used
it. There was a full size bed, a night stand, and a mirrored dresser, but
not much else.
decided he'd like to have a bigger bed and though he wasn't crazy about
the other furniture he could live with it. He'd need a desk, since he
and Aidan had shared one in their bedroom, but he had his own bookcases
already. Aidan was more into his computer these days than the gaming
system so Jaden was pretty sure he would let him move that to his room.
down on the bed Jaden sighed, "I never thought this day would come. I
just thought we'd always be together," he said sadly.
sat down beside him and put his arm around him, "Jaden, you don't have
to do this. Maybe you should hold off a while and just see how things
think it's time. Besides, think how much fun it will be when you sleep
over, rolling around in this big ole' bed," he said pulling Jimmy down
and kissing him.
would be nice, and it's not like he's gonna be that far away..."
we should have done this a long time ago. Now to convince my folks."
dinner that night Aidan seemed back to his old self and Jaden decided
to strike while the iron was hot, as they say.
I want to talk to you about something," Jaden began.
gave Jaden the stink eye, but didn't say anything. Once Jaden started
speaking though he relaxed.
know how you originally planned on me and A having our own rooms and
sharing the bathroom? Well, we're getting older now and we both need
more space, so we were thinking...maybe this would be a good time to
split up and have our own room."
Reynolds looked at his wife questioningly but she just shrugged
indicating that this was news to her as well.
if that's what you boys want..." Mrs. Reynolds said, "It's fine with
think it might be good for you boys to have some space of your own,"
Mr. Reynolds said embracing the idea quickly, "When I was your age I
had to share my room with at least one brother until I was almost 16. I
remember how wonderful it felt having my own room at first, but that
night laying there all alone in my bed I realized I missed my loud
smelly older brother."
it's not like I'm moving away. We'll still be living in the same house
and only a few feet apart."
I'm all for it. And if it doesn't work out you can always move back,
but we'll need to buy another desk and chair and a few things..."
think we can manage that," Mr. Reynolds chuckled.
I can do it?"
how about tomorrow evening we go find a desk and chair and assemble
them and then on Saturday we'll make the move?"
need some new bedding and curtains..." Mrs. Reynolds said perking up.
This was right up her alley and she loved decorating.
was all smiles as he finished his dinner, but he couldn't read Aidan's
face. He hadn't said much during the discussion, but he certainly
hadn't opposed the move. His attitude seemed to be more neutral than
anything, or perhaps as if it was nothing of importance to him, and
that annoyed Jaden a great deal. This was serious stuff, them splitting
up, and Aidan didn't seem to care one way or the other.
dinner it was the boys turn to do dishes and Jaden dreaded having to
spend time so close to his crazy brother, but surprisingly he seemed
his sweet normal self at the beginning.
miss you J, but I understand why you need your space," Aidan said once
his parents were out of the room.
okay. Thanks. I was uh.. was wondering, do you care if I take the
gaming system. I know you don't play it much, but you can always come
to my room if you want to."
that's fine. I don't need it. I might rearrange things once you've
moved out. Are you taking your bed or using the one in there?"
like the one that's in there but we can take my old bed to the attic or
something if you need the room."
nodded, but he didn't speak for a long time and when he did it was as
if nothing they had just said meant anything.
guess you'll be wanting the gaming system," he smirked.
you just said that was fine," Jaden stuttered.
yeah...sure..fine, but it belongs to both of us, not just you."
it A, keep the damn thing," Jaden said finally having had enough of his
are you getting mad," Aidan said sounding surprised and hurt, "I told
you you could have it."
looked at Aidan like he was crazy and then threw down the dish towel
he'd been using and stomped off to their room. Aidan shrugged and
finished the dishes and then went in to visit with his parents. He just
didn't understand Jaden these days, he was so moody.
their room Jaden stripped off his clothes and grabbed clean underwear
and walked into the bathroom. He was so upset he was shaking as he
dropped his underwear and stepped into the shower. The warm spray felt
good and soon he started to relax a little.
wanted so badly to understand what was going on with Aidan, but it was
beyond his limited experience. They were twins after all and as such
had always been close. So close that they scarcely knew where one began
and the other ended, but now....now Aidan was like some stranger with
moods that went up and down like an elevator. It was too much for
Jaden to comprehend and there was no one to talk to about it, not
without getting his parents involved and that was unthinkable at the
was so caught up in his thoughts that he didn't hear the door open and
when Aidan spoke he jumped as if he'd been shot.
can I get in?"
I'm almost done. I'll be out in a minute."
that a no?"
guess it is," Jaden said getting agitated again.
I'll be in my
wished he'd already moved and he didn't have to face his crazy brother
once he was out of the shower, but that was not the case. Once he was
dried off he slipped on his underwear and brushed his teeth as he
steeled himself to face Aidan.
he walked into the room he noticed a pile of clothes on his bed and
Aidan was digging more out of their closet as he watched.
are you doing?"
your crap out of my closet," Aidan said tossing another pile of clothes
on the bed.
hold up. I haven't moved yet. I'm still here till I do...so leave my
can put it in the closet in there," Aidan said going back for another
stop," Jaden stepping in front of his brother and looking defiant.
out of my way or I'll move you," Aidan said through gritted teeth.
eyebrows went up and his lip quivered as he spoke, "You better think
twice about that. First of all, I'll kick your butt if you try, and
second, mom and dad will want to know why, and I might have to tell
them about how crazy you been acting."
seemed to consider this for a minute then gave his brother a scathing
look and retreated to his side of the room and grabbed his clean
underwear and stomped off to the bathroom. When he was gone
to replace his clothes in the closet and tried to calm down.
adrenaline rush was over and in it's place he was left with feelings of
sadness and inadequacy. What had happened to the sweet loving brother
that he'd shared so much with? He felt as if he's lost his best friend,
and what was worse, he had no idea what to do about it.
wanted so badly to just hug his brother and tell him everything would
be okay, but he knew it wouldn't be okay, and it would probably only
worse between them. Maybe once he got moved into his own room
Aidan would discover he missed him and try to mend things between them,
Jaden mused, but deep inside he knew that was unlikely. He was filled
with sadness and despair as he crawled into bed anxiously awaiting the
return of his crazy brother.
Aidan finished in the bathroom he walked into the bedroom and gave
Jaden a nervous smile, "Night bro."
Jaden said once again shocked by his brother's teeter totter
the light was out
Jaden buried his head in his pillow and thought about how things used
to be. Most nights they would have wound up in the same bed, talking
about their lives and cuddling, and often engaging in sex, but Jaden
couldn't remember the last time they'd done any of that. It was sad to
think that all that had ended, and even sadder to know he had no idea
why, or how to fix things. It was as if all this was some bad dream,
only he knew he wouldn't wake up to find that was the case.
up with Jaden and Aidan?" Deane asked as she cuddled with Jeremy on his
couch that Saturday afternoon.
messed up, Jaden moved into his own room and Aidan has been like Jeckle
and Hyde ever since. One time he's sorry J's gone and the next he's
trying to accuse him of taking something of his or messing with his
worried about Aidan....really worried. I think he needs to go to a
shrink or something. I know Jaden doesn't want to tell his folks what's
going on, but surely they must've noticed some of Aidan's craziness."
think. He's even quit hanging with Isaac and me and that was a big
shock. Now he makes his videos on his own. I haven't seen him since
just after the TV thing, course I been kinda busy," he said grinning.
I didn't want to take you away from your friends. I told you, I don't
have to have be with you every minute of every day," she teased, " Just
most of them."
the same thing goes for you. You didn't have to quit hanging with Jimmy
I really did," she said looking anxious, "there's something I need to
tell you...about Jimmy and Jaden and me," she said looking near tears.
there isn't," Jeremy said taking her hand, "whatever it was is your
business. I don't need to know. That was then, this is now...right?"
it might be important. You know...sort of how it was important for you
to tell me about your leg."
if it's about that night, that night at Jimmy's...I know all I need to.
Whatever happened is in the past. I trust you and I know you won't do
anything to hurt me. Heck, I'm not innocent either. I've done things,
but that has nothing to do with how I feel about you."
real sure," Jeremy said leaning in and kissing Deane on the cheek, then
nuzzling her ear he whispered, "My folks won't be home for a couple
hours and Isaac is at band practice..."
did you have in mind?"
nothing...I mean it's up to you whatever we do..." he said looking
is something I want to tell you, something important. You may not
believe me, but it's true..."
told you I trust you. If you tell me something I'll believe it."
well...it's just that...well, I'm still a virgin and I plan on staying
that way for a while. I know it's hard to believe, but I didn't let
Jaden or Jimmy...you know, go all the way."
don't find it hard to believe at all. I know that's an important thing
for a girl. I respect that, and I would never try to pressure you into
doing anything you don't want to."
me finish," she said smiling, "I want to save that for someone I really
care about and...well, I think that may be you, but...I want to be
sure. So if you don't mind waiting."
I'm in no hurry. I just want to be with you and share your life."
are other things we can do," Dee said grinning, "and I think you'll
like those almost as much as going all the way."
Well, uh...I'm down for anything you want to do," Jeremy said returning
her grin and looking embarrassed.
on, let's go to your bedroom. I want to show you something I've learned
from my two buddies."
was nervous to say the least. He's never had a girl in his bedroom and
certainly not anyone that he had such deep feelings for. Sure he's
messed with Aidan and it had been great, but his feeling for Aidan were
more of friendship, and his venture into boy sex had been more out of
curiosity than anything else. He'd learned some things from Aidan that
he knew would spill over into his relationship with a girl and now it
seemed that Dee had learned from Aidan's brother and boyfriend. It was
ironic and almost funny, but Jeremy was too excited to give it more
than a fleeting thought.
room was the typical teenage boy's room, but these days he kept it
cleaner and picked up at all times, for just such a contingency as this.
This was Dee's first visit to his most private of places and he was so
nervous he felt as if he might pass out.
room is nice," Dee said looking around, "I'm surprised there are no
girly posters though," she teased.
well...I got rid of them when we started dating."
didn't have to do that, but I'm flattered that you did. I don't want to
own you Jeremy. You can still look at other girls and have your
don't need to look at other girls, I have the prettiest one on earth
right here," he said taking her hands and gazing into her eyes. She bit
her lip and blushed. Tears filled her eyes and at first Jeremy thought
he had done something wrong.
wrong, did I say something wrong?"
you silly boy. You said just the right thing. I don't need to look at
any other boys either. I'm pretty sure I've found the boy I love,
but...I just want to make sure, for both our sakes."
told you, I can wait as long as I need to. We don't have to do
anything. I'm happy just to hold you and kiss your sweet lips."
sweet, but I want to make you really happy so..." she said snaking her
hand down to his crotch and feeling the lump there.
lump grew bigger immediately and Jeremy shivered and let out a little
want to see you...all of you," she said looking excited.
I get to see you too?"
yeah, but I want us to undress each other. Is that okay?"
okay," Jeremy said trembling.
jeans," Dee said grinning, "Oh, nice undies too," she said as she
popped open his top button. "But first the shirt," she said grabbing
the hem of his pullover and working it upwards.
raised his arms to allow her to remove his shirt and then he removed
hers. "Cute bra," he said drinking in her beauty as it was revealed to
actually hooks in the front," she said as she rubbed his almost
okay," Jeremy said fumbling with the catch. His hands were shaking, but
somehow he managed to get it open and suddenly Dee's creamy white
breasts came into view. Jeremy sucked in a breath and gently and
lovingly removed her bra and carefully folded it and tossed it on his
breasts were small, but perfect, and her nipples were erect and
enticing. Jeremy wanted so badly to touch them, but hesitated. Dee,
sensing his nervousness, took his hand in her's and brought
it to her
okay to touch," she said softly, "cause I sure intend to."
smiled, and emboldened by her easy-going attitude, he gave her cute
breasts his full attention.
now the pants," Dee said after a few minutes. Then finishing what she
had started, she unzipped and pushed down Jeremy's jeans, "Do you need
to sit down to get them off?" she asked remembering his leg.
I can do it," he said stepping out of his pants. They had both removed
their shoes earlier before cuddling on the couch.
Dee said reaching between them to rub Jeremy's bulge through his
boxers, "Well...are you going to help me out of my jeans or not?"
yeah...sorry," Jeremy said blushing. Then gently he unbuttoned her
jeans and pushed them down to reveal a pair of lacy pink panties.
Sucking in a breath again, he steeled himself for the task at hand, and
finally got her jeans down to her feet and helped her step
here we are," Dee said moving up to Jeremy and placing her small hands
on his chest. Tilting her head up she waited for him to kiss
and eventually he took the hint.
kiss was wet and exciting, but tender as well, and both felt their
excitement growing, Jeremy's more obvious than Deane's thanks to the
tent in his boxers. Reaching down once more Dee wrapped her hand around
the long tube snaking down Jeremy's leg and squeezed it gently.
I free this thing?" she whispered as she nibbled at his lips.
huh," he said shivering. Even having full blown sex with that girl when
he was twelve was no match for what was happening here and now, and
they were only just beginning.
the waistband of Jeremy's boxers, Dee slowly and teasingly lowered them,
first revealing his kinky pubes, and then the base of his cock. Pulling
out the waistband to allow Jeremy's cock to clear the boxers, she
lowered them quickly then stooped and worked them off his feet. As she
rose she was at eye level with Jeremy's hard throbbing cock and she
reached up and grabbed it and placed a gentle kiss on the single
taste good baby," she said raising up to kiss Jeremy on the lips,
pressing herself against his hardness.
turn," Jeremy said grasping her silky panties at the waist and lowering
smooth," Jeremy said with shock.
shaved it, do you like it?"
it's pretty," he said running his hand across her pubis.
can feel me...down there," she said spreading her legs a little to
allow him better access, "yeah, like that...maybe we should lay down or something..."
you're right," he said taking her hand and leading her to the bed.
her into bed he climbed in beside her and rolled onto his side to face
her. Then leaning he kissed her as he ran his right hand up and
down here body before finally letting it linger between her legs. Even
though he knew all about girl parts and had actually had sex with a
girl when he was 12, he was still a little overwhelmed.
his nervousness, Dee reached down and guided his hand to her puffy pink
lips and between them. He took over then, exploring her hole and
eventually finding her clit and eliciting a soft moan from her.
can I...taste you down there?" Jeremy asked after a few minutes. He had
sucked dick and supposed this couldn't be that much different.
like that, use your tongue," she said guiding him between her legs.
didn't know what to expect, but he liked what he found. She smelled
like strawberries down there and tasted sweet as he lapped at her most
private place. She moaned lowly and grabbed his head and ran her
fingers through his nappy hair.
"Oh...yesss...ummm..oh, yeah...like that. Rub my tits while you do that, pinch my
coming...um...uhhhhhh." Then shaking as if she had been electrocuted
her orgasm raced through her body as she gasped for air and her heart beat
nearly out of her chest.
baby...that was amazing. Let me rest a minute and I am going to make
you feel so good. Come up here and kiss me," she said holding our her
swarmed into her arms, pressing his hard wet cock against her thigh as
they kissed, and he felt in danger of coming just from the contact.
Eventually Dee broke the kiss and instructed Jeremy to lay down flat on
his back and relax.
was thankful Dee was taking charger since he had no idea what he was
doing, but he was a little concerned about her being so experienced.
Had she learned all this with Jimmy and Jaden, or were there others
before them? It really didn't matter in the scheme of things, since the
past was the past and no concern of his, but he was curious
at his face Dee kissed her way down his body, lingering at his hard
nipples then licking down his washboard stomach and tonguing out his
bellybutton. He had never felt anything so amazing in all his life, not
even the things he and Aidan had done, though they were close. This was
different, this was with a girl, and not just fun, it was serious
Deane reached his wiry pubes she ran her fingers through them and
giggled, "I like these, they're soft, but kinky...just like me."
certainly couldn't disagree with that, the girl was kinky...but soft
and all girl.
Jeremy's cock she held it in her hand and marveled at it's perfection.
As a girl she had always been fascinated by boys and the treasure that
sprouted between their legs. She had seen her first cock at age 6
and after that first one she was hooked for life. Not that she was sex
crazy, or boy crazy, she was cock crazy. She liked everything about
them, and only her conviction to save her virginity for the right boy,
kept her from giving it to the first hard prick she encountered. But
there were other ways to please a boy, and over the years she had
learned pretty much all of them. She was as skilled at handing a cock
as she was pleasuring herself and she enjoyed it almost as much.
the pre-cum off Jeremy's cockhead she moaned her approval, "You taste
careful, I'm really close..." Jeremy panted.
okay if you want to come, and you don't have to warn me, I want to
drink you down when you come."
shivered at the thought of that. Sure Aidan had swallowed his cum, but
this was a girl, a real live girl and a girl he was pretty sure he
loved. Not only had she accepted his disability without batting an eye,
she had accepted the rest of him and now...this.
feels really good...ummm...shiiiiiitttt...here I come," he said as he
grabbed the covers and held on tight. The orgasm started in his groin
but soon spread to all parts of his teenage body. It was a spectacular
orgasm, the kind that went on and on, like waves rushing in to the
shore, and it left him weak and sated and panting like a dog on a hot
was really good..." he gasped, "Thank you," he said pulling her in for
a kiss. He could taste his own flavor on her lips and it was a real bonding
experience. He'd tasted his own cum before but somehow it tasted better
today and there certainly was plenty of it. He hadn't cum in three
days, but not because he thought he might get lucky today, but rather
because he hadn't had the desire to.
into Jeremy, Dee kissed him on the neck and ears and rubbed his chest,
paying special attention to his erect nipples.
is nice," Dee said contentedly, "When you rest we'll do it again," she
okay," Jeremy said smiling, "If you say so."
do, it may be a while before we get a chance again, so we need to make
so different when you're naked," he teased, "but I like it. Can I be
honest? I didn't know what to do. I'm so glad you did."
you think I'm a slut?" she asked looking concerned.
no...no way. I think you're the sweetest, sexiest girl I know and
there's nothing wrong with liking...you know...sex and sharing your
body with someone you care about. At least that's how I feel. I really,
really like you..maybe love you, and this is so much better than I ever
dreamed it would be. I'm glad you know what you're doing, it makes it
easier on me," he chucked, "Like you said, maybe the girls should do the
asking and maybe be in charge."
sweet, no wonder I like you so much," she said, then rolled on top of
him, pressing herself against his cock, which had begun to grow again,
and kissing him deeply.
can't believe this is happening," Jeremy panted as they broke for air,
"It's like a dream come true."
I wish I wasn't a virgin, that I'd already had my cherry popped, but
I've waited this long..."
that's fine. It makes you special, and who knows? Maybe I'll be that
special boy you're looking for."
she said wistfully, "but for now, I am going to keep you happy in other
where is it?" Aidan said walking in unannounced on Jaden and Jimmy who
were naked and in bed making out.
dude, kind of busy..." Jaden groused.
of my flash drives is missing, what did you do with it?"
Dude...I haven't been in your room all week. I don't know where it is.
Maybe it rolled under the desk or something."
I looked everywhere. Someone took it and I know it wasn't mom or dad.
Come on, give it back."
get out of my room and leave us alone. I don't have your fucking flash
drive and if you don't get out now, I am going to throw you out."
regret this," Aidan snarled, "I'll get you for this." Then slamming the
door behind him he exited like a bad dream.
the fuck was that all about?" Jimmy asked. He didn't curse often, but
Aidan was bringing out the worst in both of them these days.
crazy. I swear...he's like a ticking time bomb. One minute he's fine,
the next he's screaming and accusing me of things, and I'm getting
pretty sick of it."
he killed the mood huh?" Jimmy said frowning.
not for me. Hold on," Jaden hopped up and Jimmy admired his cute butt
as he watched him lock the door to the bathroom and the one to the
hall, "Now, we won't be interrupted," he said hopping back into bed."
man," Jimmy teased, "take me you big stud."
love it when you play hard to get."
day at school Jaden had just sat down at the lunch table when he heard
a familiar voice giggling behind him. Swiveling around he saw Deane and
Jeremy headed his way. He greeted them warmly as they slid into their
seats and bumped fists with Jeremy and took Dee's small hand a held it
guys look so cute together," Jaden said grinning, "how's things working
Jeremy said giving Dee a dreamy look.
and the great thing is...even our folks approve of us dating. My mom
loves Jeremy like a son and his folks threat me like I'm a princess,"
cause you are a princess," Jeremy said smiling.
god...please. I'm getting nauseous," Jaden said pretending to gag.
you should know how we feel, you have Jimmy," Dee said looking serious,
"by the way, where is lover boy?"
know, he should have been here by now," Jaden said looking around.
hope Aidan hasn't killed him and stuffed in a locker," Jeremy joked.
say that," Jaden said frowning, and then relating what had occurred
last time Jimmy was over.
you need to tell your folks what's going on. You know I saw a movie
like this the other night. It had that kid from Home Alone, it was
called the The Good Son, or something like that. See this one kid was
like a total psycho..."
seen it, the good kid is hot. I remember him from some other
was in Lord of the Rings after he grew up," Deane added.
you're missing the point, Aidan is acting a lot like that kid, the bad
and as I recall no one believed the good kid when he tried to tell them
what was happening. The bad kid blamed everything on him and even tried
his own mom."
killed his kid brother and she figured it out, that's why...but forget
all that. If you don't want to wind up being hurled off a cliff, you
better tell your folks what's going on," Jeremy said seriously.
are no cliffs here...but I get it. I just hate to be the one to rat him
for his own good. Before he hurts himself or someone else."
don't know, maybe he just needs some time."
hopeless," Jeremy said shaking his head.
gonna go look for Jimmy," Jaden said looking worried, "hold my place,
I'll be right back."
backtracked to Jimmy's last class, but there was no sign of
him. Next he began checking the bathrooms. He was down to the last one
when he finally found him leaning over the sink and looking sick.
wrong?" Jaden asked looking alarmed.
not feeling too good." His face was white and his eyes looked vacant
and it scared Jaden.
on, I'm taking you to the nurse's office."
okay...but take it slow...I feel like I might puke."
nurse took one look at Jimmy and quickly grabbed a thermometer, "You're hot... better call your mom and have her pick
you up. The flu is rampant this year. Jaden are you feeling okay?"
do you really think it's the flu? Will he be okay?"
but he may be contagious so it's best you don't get too close."
wondered if it wasn't a little too late for that since they'd been
exchanging quiet a bit of bodily fluid the weekend before, but so far
he felt just fine. Instead of going back to finish his lunch Jaden
stayed with Jimmy until his mom came and then walked him to her car.
taking you straight to the ER," Mrs. Durro said as she buckled Jimmy
in, "thank you Jaden for looking out for him, you're sweet."
welcome. I'll call ya' when I get out of school and see how things
went. Get well, okay?" Jaden said closing the door and patting Jimmy
gently, "I love you."
love you too," Jimmy said lowly.
they drove away Jaden just realized what he had done, he had just
expressed his love for Jimmy in front of his mother. He worried about
that a little, but he guessed it was really no secret how they felt
about each other and he was pretty sure Mrs. Durro knew they were
having sex. He knew for a fact that his folks knew about the sex since
they'd given him the "talk", and embarrassing as that was, using the L
word seemed even more embarrassing. Oh, he guessed his folks knew that
he and Jimmy had deep feeling for one another, but this was taking
things to a whole new level, and he needed some time to think about it.
were you?" Jeremy asked when they hooked up later in the hall, "I had
to throw your lunch out when you didn't come back. I was worried."
was Jimmy, he's sick and I had to stay with him till his mom picked him
he okay? What happened...it wasn't...Aidan was it?"
the nurse said it might be the flu. He looked awful though. I'm really
if he has it, we might all get it...especially you...since you're so
close and all."
well..so far I feel fine."
of Aidan I heard he got detention for mouthing off to Mr. Thomas in math
class. Guess now your folks will know something is going on."
I knew this was going to happen. Somehow he'll blame me though, or
your folks are smarter than that. They'll know it was on him this time."
a day, what else can happen?" Jaden sighed, and soon he would find out
first class after lunch seemed to pass painfully slow and then just
before the period ended there was an announcement on the intercom.
all students, please remain in class...repeat..remain in the classroom
you are now in. If you are in the bathroom or hallway go immediately to
the nearest classroom and wait for further instructions. Attention all
teachers and faculty...code blue is in effect. Please remain with your
students and await further instructions. Again all students and faculty
are to remain in your classrooms and no one is to be in the hallways or
bathrooms till further notice. Again this is a code blue."
looked at his friend Chris who sat across from him and frowned, "Your
mom is a teacher, what does that mean?"
shrugged, "I think it means someone is sick or injured and they want to
keep everyone in one place so they won't interfere with the MT's or
must be bad if they gotta shut down the whole school for it." Jaden
said nervously. He had a bad feeling about this, in fact his "twin"
senses were going off like crazy and he was so afraid this had
something to do with Aidan.
knew Aidan was in Science class that hour in room 12 at the far end of
the building, but couldn't remember if any of their other friends
shared that class with him or not. His stomach was all tied up in knots
and he found himself biting his fingernails and awaiting an end to
whatever was going on.
were no sirens, which was a good sign. If it had been a real emergency
they figured there would have been sirens, police, fire,
ambulance...but so far it was quiet. Then just as Jaden was starting to
relax the door opened and in walked the Assistant Principal Ms. Warner
and after speaking briefly with the teacher, Mr. Clark, she asked Jaden
to come with her.
soon as they were in the hallway Jaden swallowed down the lump that had
threatened to choke him, and his voice came out as a squeak, "It's
Aidan, isn't it. What happened, is he okay?"
sorry Jaden, I don't know exactly what happened, but yes...it is your
brother. Your parents have been notified and they're on the way. They
requested that you be allowed to accompany them to the hospital."
Did Aidan get hurt..what happened?"
think it's best if you hear it from Principal Parker. He's waiting for
us in his office."
Aidan? I want to see my brother."
being attended to by the MTs right now and they're just waiting for your
parents before they transport him."
knew it was pointless to keep asking questions about what happened
since Ms. Warner had already told him he'd have to wait and talk to the
Principal, so he just kept quiet and brooded, imagining the worst case
scenario, and becoming more and more distraught with each step.
seemed like forever until they reached the Principal's office and his
heart was beating so fast by then that he feared it would explode out
of his chest at any moment. Principal Parker was new this year and
Jaden didn't know much about him, but he seemed nice enough and had been a
stanch supporter of the anti-bullying campaign as well as the GSA.
come in please. Have a seat, I'm sorry to we had to meet under such
harsh circumstances, but I wanted you to hear this from me and not
my brother going to be okay?" Jaden asked, cutting right to the meat of
sure he will. First of all let me tell you exactly what happened and
perhaps you can add some insight into why it might have happened," the
man said rubbing as his temples as if his head hurt.
do you mean?"
being as close as you two are...you must've noticed some changes in
your brother. His teachers and fellow students certainly have. I
haven't been around as long as some of the others, but even I have seen
some disturbing changes in your brother."
I guess I just thought it was because of...well, his best friend moved
away last year and then he started posting these videos and it kind of
went to his head..."
see. I seem to remember he was on a local Television show as well.
Well, sometimes a little fame can go to person's head, but I fear there
may be more."
exactly happened?" Jaden asked again.
it seems that Aidan got into a rather heated argument with one of his
classmates and there was some pushing and shoving. When Mr. Graham
tried to intervene and your brother went a bit berserk and began trashing
the classroom. It took two teachers to restrain him and then he
collapsed and we immediately called 911. We also called your parents
last words were cut off as Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds came bursting in
unannounced demanding to see their son. Jaden jumped up and into his
mother's arms and the tears finally came. He was too distraught to be
embarrassed that he was crying to his momma, but no one seemed to think
anything unusual about it considering the circumstances.
me, Mr. Parker said standing, "he's in the nurse's office with the MTs."
they arrived at the nurse's office Jaden steeled himself for the worst,
and rubbing the tears from his eyes, he followed the three adults
inside. Laying on the green vinyl examination table was Aidan and for
one horrible moment Jaden thought he looked dead. An oxygen mask
covered his face and he was hooked up to an IV and had a blood pressure
cuff on his right arm.
you the parents?" one of the MTs asked.
what's wrong with him?" Mr. Reynolds said taking Aidan's left hand in
his and holding it gently as he tried to hold back the tears.
not exactly sure, but we need to transport him as soon as possible.
We'll be taking him to St. Marks. One of you can ride with him."
go," Mrs. Reynolds said, looking stronger than she felt. She was like a
lioness when her cubs were in trouble, and her husband knew it and
accepted her decision easily.
on Jaden, we'll meet them there," he said slipping an arm around his
the car Jaden was so quiet Mr. Reynolds feared he might be in shock.
you okay son, did you see what happened? The Principal said there was
some kind of fight and that Aidan went crazy and just collapsed."
what they told me, but...dad," Jaden said looking forlorn, "there's
something I should have told you. This isn't the first time A has gone
sort of crazy."
do you mean son?"
Jaden suddenly found himself recounting all the crazy things Aidan had
done and said over the last few months and the real reason he had
decided to move into his own room. When he finished he looked at his
father with tears in his eyes and waited for the hail storm that never
not your fault son, your mother and I noticed some things too. We just
thought it was because of Jimmy and his newly found fame on the
internet. We had no idea things were that bad and if anyone is to blame
it's us, not you. We're his parents, we should have seen the signs and
took some action, so don't blame yourself. I'm sorry you had to go
through all that abuse though, and I take responsibility for that as
just didn't want to rat him out, that's all," Jaden said sadly, "I just
wanted things to be like they used to be and I thought...you know,
maybe if I gave him time...he'd get over whatever it was that was
think there's more here and than meets the eye son. You don't think
he's using drugs do you?"
pretty sure he's not dad. I think I would have noticed that and I would
have come to you if I thought that was the case. I know that's serious
stuff and something only an adult can handle."
a smart kid, and
a good brother. You have nothing to be sorry for about the way you
handled things. Now we just need to move forward and find out what's
going on and figure out what to do about it."
don't think he could...die do you?"
if he'd been that serious the MTs wouldn't have waited for us, they'd
have transported him right away."
yeah...I see that." Still Jaden felt funny inside and his twin
connection was saying something was very wrong with his brother.
ride to the hospital took only fifteen minutes and they arrived just as
the ambulance did. While the ambulance unloaded Aidan at the emergency
room entrance, father and son checked in at the desk. After
Reynolds gave them his insurance information and signed some papers
they sat down to wait for word on what was happening.
can we see him?" Jaden asked after a while.
sure your mother will come tell us when she knows something and then we
can see him. Right now they are probably doing tests to determine what
the problem is."
wish Jimmy was here, but he had to go home early. He's got the flu or
boys are getting a lot closer lately, aren't you?" Mr. Reynolds said
smiling. His look was soft and not at all judgmental, in fact in a way
he thought it was sort of romantic.
just shrugged, he's already used the L word today once in front of
Jimmy's mom but he wasn't quite ready to share any more of his feelings
about Jimmy. Still he really did wish Jimmy was there and he couldn't
help but worry about him almost as much as he was worrying
his brother. Little did he know that Jimmy was indeed there, two floors
above them in the pediatric section, and wishing Jaden was there with
an hour or so Mr. Reynolds went to the desk and made some inquiries and
after an animated discussion he came back to speak to Jaden.
brother is having an MRI in the basement right now. As soon as they're
done with that he's going to be moved to a room on the third floor.
When they get him moved we can see him."
what's wrong? Did they say?" Jaden asked nervously. It wasn't like his
father to keep things from him, but it sure seemed like he was this
Reynolds sat down beside his son and slipped an arm around his eldest
son, "The doctors think it might be a brain tumor," he said, looking
stricken now that he had to voice what he'd only just learned.
brain tumor, you mean like cancer?" Jaden asked shakily.
necessarily, some tumors are benign and non-invasive and can be removed
or treated rather easily."
we won't know till they do all the tests, right?"
I'm afraid so."
this tumor, that's what caused Aidan to change, to freak out and stuff?"
tumors of this kind can cause loss of memory and personality changes.
Have you noticed any other signs besides his mood swings?"
a couple times we talk about something and then it would be like he
didn't remember them at all. I just thought it was because he was too
busy thinking about what crazy thing to do next."
Reynolds sighed, "I need to call work. I'm going to sit over there so I
won't disturb you, okay?"
nodded, but he was barely listening. His whole world was falling apart
and he didn't know what to do about it. What if Aidan died? It didn't
matter that his dad had said it wasn't his fault for not reporting
Aidan's bizzare behavior, he would always blame himself if anything bad
happened to Aidan.
Jaden managed to put his fear and self-blaming aside and decided to
check on Jimmy. Pulling out his cell phone he opened his contacts and
pressed the button for his boyfriend. It took a few minutes for him to
answer, only it wasn't Jimmy who answered, but rather his mother.
this is Jaden, is Jimmy okay?"
Jaden, I heard about Aidan honey. I'm so sorry, but I'm afraid Jimmy is
in the hospital too."
why? Was it the flu or something worse?"
the flu sweetie, but Jimmy has always had a hard time with this sort of
thing. And what with all the flu related deaths this year among
children, they decided to put him in the hospital for a few days, just
till the worst of it is over."
awful. He's gonna be all right...isn't he?"
I'm sure he will. They gave him some medicine to help him and he's
resting now. Maybe later you can come visit him...when you get Aidan
like Aidan will be staying too. Hey, maybe they'll be on the same
sure they will be, that's the pediatric floor," she said gently, "Have
you heard from the doctor yet...about Aidan?"
dad talked to the nurse and they were still doin' tests and then they
were gonna' move him upstairs and then we can see him."
just have faith sweetie, this is one of the best pediatric hospitals in
know, but I'm still worried. I...can feel him...inside you know...and I
don't like how it feels."
boys are really close aren't you? I've heard that twins have a very
special connection, but right now he's probably going through some
things that might be scary to you. Just trust in God and the doctors
and try not to worry so much, okay?"
will, thanks. Uh, can you tell Jimmy I called when he wakes up and
ummm...give him a kiss for me," Jaden said sniffing back a few tears.
sweetie, I will...take care, I'll see you soon, okay?" Mrs. Durro said
as tears filled her eyes.
Reynolds finished his call and returned to sit by Jaden. He'd called
his boss and asked for a few days off and called Mrs. Reynold's boss as
well. He didn't want either of them to have to worry about anything but
their two sons for the time being.
is here too," Jaden said softly, "he has the flu and he's pretty sick."
that's too bad. What about you, how are you feeling? I know you and
Jimmy are pretty close, any chance you might have any of the symptoms
I feel fine...well, sad and worried, but not sick. I guess I'm stronger
than Jimmy in some ways."
Reynolds nodded and just about then Aidan was wheeled out and on a gurney and Mrs. Reynolds motioned them over.
headed up to his room now. It's room 307. You can come on up and wait
in the waiting room there till they get him settled, then you can come
the orderly and Mrs. Reynolds took the service elevator Jaden and his
dad took the passenger elevator and emerged right off the waiting area.
Finding a seat they settled in for the next lag of their wait. Jaden
pulled out his cell phone and texted Jeremy and as expected Deane was
there with him. After filling them in on everything he knew about Aidan
so far, he told them about Jimmy.
and Deane comforted him as best they could with just words and promised
to help anyway they could and come visit if it was possible. Just as
Jaden was wrapping things up Mrs. Reynolds appeared from down the hall
and quickly gave Jaden and her husband a hug.
resting now. The doctors are still evaluating the tests, but they said
they should know something shortly. Meanwhile you two can see him, just
brace yourself. He has a lot of junk hooked up to him right now."
Jaden said hugging his mom and looking sad, "I told dad already, but I
need to tell you...about A and what's been going on. I'm sorry I didn't
say anything...if I had..."
baby...it's not your fault. I noticed some things myself, but I just
ignored them. It was no one's fault, but later we'll talk...okay? Right
now we just need to be with your brother and let him know he's loved
and that we're here for him."
nodded and allowed himself to be led off to Aidan's room.
far as hospital rooms go, Aidan's was cheery enough, but there was
still that feeling of dread that most people experience visiting places like
this. There were two beds in the room, but Aidan was the only patient
at the moment, his bed the closest to the door.
almost collapsed when he saw his brother laying there, a breathing tube
in his mouth, machines beeping all around him and an IV slowly dripping
into his arm. He was as pale as death and in no way resembled the
vibrant, happy, and loving boy he remembered.
Jaden said taking his brother's hand and holding it gently, "I know you
can't hear me, but I think you can feel me, cause I sure can feel you.
I'm sorry I didn't try to get you help...before all this went down, but
I didn't want to rat you out in case you were just being an ass or
something," Jaden said as tears ran down his face, "but..hey, you're
tough and you got me and mom and dad and everyone else on your side.
You're gonna beat this and then we'll be back just like we used to be.
I'll even move back in..if you want me too. Well, just hang in there
and get some rest. I'll be right here if you need me."
looks worse than it is," Mrs. Reynolds said softly, "they just want to
monitor his vitals and such till they know what their dealing
Reynolds nodded as he stood beside his son's bed, then leaning down
he brushed a stray lock of hair from his forehead and kissed him there.
He was trying to be strong, but he was much more sensitive than most
men, and it was a real struggle not to start bawling. He was grateful
for his wife's strength and her calming presence and for Jaden's loving
attitude. It was those two who kept him strong and focused as he coped
with his feelings.
you must be the Reynolds clan," a middle-aged man in a white coat said
breezing in and smiling warmly.
we're Aidan's parents and this is his twin brother Jaden," Mrs.
Reynolds said taking the lead.
Doctor Miller, I've been assigned to your son's case and I need to
discuss our finding with you. If you would follow me, we'll go to one
of the conference rooms down the hall."
I stay with Aidan?" Jaden said still holding his hand and not wanting
to break that fragile tie with his brother.
up to your folks," Dr. Miller said smiling.
right, we'll fill you in later," Mr. Reynolds said. It was probably for
the best, he decided, because if it was bad news, he didn't want Jaden
to see him break down.
they were gone Jaden moved closer and leaned down and kissed his
brother's face, "Hey A, I'm still here. Mom and dad are talkin' to the
doc. Probably gonna give you a brain transplant or something," he
joked. Then he sighed, "I'm really sorry you had to go through all this
stuff. I feel awful. I just..." he choked up then, "I just love you so
much. You gotta' get better, I can't live without you. You're
like...part of me."
wiped at his eyes and suddenly he noticed Aidan's eyes were open and he
was staring at Jaden with a blank look in his eyes. He couldn't talk
because of the breathing tube, but he did make a sort of
noise causing Jaden to become agitated. Should he call for the nurse?
he wondered. But before he could decide, Aidan's eyes closed and a
peaceful look came across his face.
placed his hand on his brother's chest to feel the slow rise and fall
as he breathed, then leaning down he placed his ear against his
brother's chest and listened to his heartbeat. Satisfied that his
brother was okay, he relaxed a little and continued to talk softly to
the hall in a small room with only a couch and a chair Dr. Miller sat
in the chair facing the two parents on the couch and filled them in on
what they'd found so far.
we first suspected your son Aidan has a small growth in the cerebrum.
This area of the brain is where most of our thinking processes
originate and a tumor in this area may cause loss of memory, mood
swings, and interfere with rational thinking. Have there been any
instances of irrational or changed behavior?"
for a while now," Mrs. Reynolds said feeling as guilty as Jaden had,
"We thought it was because his boyfriend moved away at first, but he
seemed to get over that rather quickly. Then he began to take an
interest in music and began to post videos on YouTube. We thought
perhaps the notoriety had gone to his head...." she paused to compose
herself, "but apparently there were some things we didn't see. His
teachers have noticed changes as well and his brother, being so close of course, saw all of it."
Reynolds joined in then filling them in on what Jaden had told him and
Dr. Miller seemed very interested in what he had to say.
what you've just told me the symptoms seem to confirm our first
diagnosis. Now we just need to find out exactly what kind of tumor we
are dealing with and decide what to do about it. Meanwhile we'll need to
keep Aidan for a few days just to make sure there hasn't been any
kind of damage?" Mr. Reynolds asked feeling a sinking feeling descend
I don't think there's anything specific, but his outburst today
probably means the pressure in his brain is building and without proper
treatment there could be...well, seizures or brain damage."
damage," Mrs. Reynolds said sounding frightened.
I'm not trying to scare you. I just want you to understand the
seriousness of this situation. We still have a few more tests to run,
but at some point...surgery may be necessary."
will you know more Doctor?" Mr. Reynolds asked trying to keep his voice
I should be able to tell you more. For now all we can do is let him
rest and monitor him to make sure there is no recurrence of the
episode he experienced today."
right, thank you Doctor. I will be staying with him until he goes home,
I hope that's all right?" Mrs. Reynolds said softly.
course, I understand, I have a son of my own. In the meantime, if you
need anything just call my service, the desk has the number. Otherwise
I will see you tomorrow sometime after one."
you Doctor Miller," Mr. Reynolds said rising and offering his hand,
"What's you've told us is encouraging, if not a bit scary."
worry, we see this sort of thing a lot and we have a pretty good track
record when it comes to complete recovery. We'll know more tomorrow and
map our his treatment and I'll keep you informed every step of the way."
in Aidan's room Jaden was softly singing to his brother and when his
parents entered he continued and only then did he turn to his parents.
A's favorite song," he said wiping a tear away.
was lovely honey. We need to talk with you, maybe we should
go into the waiting room."
I don't want to leave him..."
be fine honey, it will only take a few minutes and then your father is
going to take you home and pick up a few things for me. I'll be
spending the night."
want to stay too..." Jaden said growing agitated.
one of us can stay son," Mr. Reynolds said gently, "besides you have
I have to go to school?"
see..." he mumbled, "but right now we're going to go get mom's clothes
and have some dinner. Dear do you want me to bring you something to
a sandwich or something, an apple..." she muttered as she turned her
attention to her son lying in the bed next to her.
any special clothes?"
some jeans or slacks and a top and clean undies and a bra, oh and my
deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, and anything else I can think
of," he said giving her a hug and kiss.
you're the best. Jaden give me a hug dear and try not to
worry. I'll keep you guys informed...okay?"
wish I could stay..."
need to rest son, you can see him tomorrow."
I love you mom," Jaden said sadly, then going to his brother one last
time he leaned down and kissed him on the forehead, "I love you bro,
the car Jaden stared out the window at the passing cars and
streetlights and brooded.
He knew what happened wasn't totally his fault, but he still felt guilty.
If he had said something sooner would that have made a difference, or
would his parents have just tried to handle things themselves?
suddenly he remembered Jimmy and he felt even worse.
when you go back to take mom her stuff, can I visit Jimmy?"
don't see why not, if he's allowed visitors, but it's very important
that you don't get too close. I don't want you getting sick or
infecting the rest of us."
thought of that, maybe I should just call him."
might be best."
don't want to risk A getting sick," he said frowning, "poor kid's got
enough to worry about."
know, if I haven't said this a million times before, I am so proud of
you," he said patting his son on the leg, "And we are going to get
through this thing, all of us."
know dad, I know, and I'm pretty proud of you too," he said grinning,
then leaning in he hugged his dad, "I love you dad, but I'm so scared,"
he said breaking down at last.
hi. Hey, what's the deal with Aidan? Mom said he's here, in the
it's awful. He went crazy at school and then collapsed. The doctor says
he has a brain tumor or something."
way...oh man, I'm so sorry...but he's gonna' be okay....right?" Jimmy
said sounding ready to cry.
sure...totally...they can operate or something. The doctors here are
the best. They do this stuff all the time," Jaden said
enthusiastically, trying to convince himself as much as Jimmy.
good. So...are you gonna visit me?"
can't man. I can't risk getting infected and exposing Aidan or my
folks. I'm really sorry."
it's okay. The Doctor says I'll be out in a day or two and by then I
won't be contagious. You just take care of A, okay? I'll be fine."
sorry. I really wanted to see you. I love you so much. I wish you were
here with me right now."
know, I love you too, but right now you need to be with your bro and
know, I been thinking a lot lately...about us, and I think...I think we
should tell our folks how we feel about each other."
laughed nervously, "Dude, I think they already know."
I don't mean about the sex...I mean about...you know, that we love each
you sure about this?"
Oh, wait...you do love me too....don't you?"
you kidding? I don't just love you, I'm in love with you, but I wasn't
sure exactly how you felt."
I'm telling you now Jimmy Durro, I'm in love with you too, and I want
everyone to know it."
is so sudden," Jimmy giggled.
you get better we'll tell them, okay?" Jaden said excitedly.
but...what about A? We shouldn't mess with our folks' minds till A is
as usual you are right, but as soon as A is better, then we'll tell
sounds great. Oops, mom is back and the nurse is here. I gotta' go.
Call me tomorrow, okay?"
I will. I know you can't say it back with them there but...I love you."
"Yes, I can...I love you too, goodnight," he said grinning.
pocketed his phone and went off to join his parents in Aidan's
room. He was pleased to see that they had removed the breathing tube
and Aidan was awake and looking much better than the last time he'd
bro," Aidan said in a hoarse voice.
Jaden said cheerfully as he approached the bed, "you look great today.
How do you feel?" he asked taking his brother's hand in his.
my fingers," Aidan joked, "but seriously, except for a headache I'm
you ever do that to me again," Jaden scolded as he hugged his brother
and kissed his face.
what?" Aidan said looking puzzled.
looked at his folks and seeing the look on their face he debated what
to say next.
know, scaring me like that. But you're better now and when you get home
I'll take care of you."
don't need anyone taking care of me, I'm fine."
the Doctor been in yet mom?" Jaden said turning to his folks.
we'll talk later."
looked at his mother curiously and frowned, "Don't I get to know what's
course dear," she sighed, "but we'd like to talk to your brother first."
don't get it, I'm the one who's sick...why does J need to hear it
first?" Aidan said growing more agitated by the minute.
relax," Mr. Reynolds said soothingly, "We're not hiding anything from
you. I promise, we are not going to treat you like a little kid. You
have a right to know what's going on and we'll share everything we know
sorry. Oh crap...I need to pee..."
you want me to ring for the nurse, or we can help you dear?" Mrs.
Reynolds said smoothing back his hair.
want J to do it, can you leave us alone a minute?"
all right. I guess Jaden can handle that. Here dear, here's the urine
bottle. I assume you know how it works," she teased.
let's see...he sits on it..right?" Jaden joked.
should be interesting," Mr. Reynolds laughed as they headed out the
they were alone Jaden threw back the covers and discovered that Aidan
was wearing only one of those flimsy hospital gowns beneath.
look for ya' bro," Jaden laughed.
If you're done admiring my clothes could you maybe hurry? I need to pee
Jaden said raising the gown to expose Aidan's shriveled penis, "Bro,
what happened to your wang? It's tiny."
up and stick it in the bottle please or I'll piss on you," Aidan
was good to hear his brother laugh and Jaden smiled as he grabbed A's
limp penis and stuffed it in the bottle.
er' rip bro. Fill that sucker up. Too bad we're not in the shower, you
could hose me down," he laughed.
you weren't kidding. What did you drink, a six pack?"
unless it was in the IV bag," Aidan joked.
they didn't give you one of those catheter things."
did, but I made em' take it out as soon as I was awake and my dick
man, I don't want to hear about that. It sounds awful."
is, they shove this tube up your pee hole..."
up, I don't want to hear that," Jaden said covering his ears and
causing Aidan to laugh.
pussy? I'll show you who's a pussy when you get outa' here," Jaden said
making a menacing move toward his brother.
Aidan laughed, "Oh..oh, it hurts when I laugh."
okay bro?" Jaden asked with concern.
just got a super colossal headache."
bro. Want me to rub your widdle head?"
widdle head? Is that my dick head?" Aidan joked.
I could do that too, if the nurses stay away long enough," Jaden said
later, right now...I think I'll take a nap."
okay...need me to fluff your pillow?"
it's okay," Aidan said yawning.
I'll just sit over here and watch you."
you...sing to me?"
well...yeah, but you're the singer. What would you like to hear?"
about Heart Like Stone? It's my favorite."
okay...I know the words, but I've never sang the chorus, just backup,
but I'll try."
Aidan said yawning again.
moved closer and took his brother's hand and began singing softly. As
he got further into the song he became more confident and his clear and
beautiful voice filled the room. Unknown to Jaden a nurse stuck her
in, but seeing Jaden singing to his brother she quietly closed the door
and went back to the nurse's station as she wiped a tear from her eye.
Jaden was sure Aidan was asleep he let the song wind down, humming
toward the end and then leaning down, he kissed his brother's face.
Sighing deeply he went to the window and stared out at the city and
thought about all that had happened and soon tears were streaming down
Reynolds came in a short time later and went to Jaden and hugged him
gently and led him from the room and into the little family conference
room where Mrs. Reynolds awaited their arrival.
knew something serious was about to happen, some horrible truth was
about to revealed, and he felt a sense of panic wash over him. What if A was going to die?
he thought as a scream struggled to escape his lungs, but instead he
sat down and numbly listened as his father began.
talked to Dr. Miller while you were with A just now. The tests have
confirmed what he suspected, that it was a brain tumor that caused Aidan's
attack and the personality changes. According to all indications it's
not malignant, which is a good thing."
means it's not cancer, right?"
which means it hasn't and won't spread. It's a small growth right now
and Doctor Miller says removing it is the best option, however..."
Uh oh, Jaden
thought, he knew things were going to good.
tumor is locate in a part of the cerebrum that
makes the surgery very tricky. Doctor Miller says there is a small
chance that there might be some lasting damage if anything goes wrong."
what?" Jaden asked swallowing hard.
nothing life threatening, maybe some memory loss, or a slight change in
happens if they just leave it alone and don't take it out?"
Miller says that's not a good option, because of what has already
happened. The episode the other day could have been a lot worse than it
was simply because there were other people around. If something like that had
happened when he was alone, he could have harmed himself, even died,"
Mr. Reynolds said looking very serious now."
only choice is for the Doctor to operate and take the tumor out, and
then...wait to see if A's gonna be different?" Jaden said sounding
agitated, "Mom, dad, I'm just as kid, but I watch a lot of TV and
movies...and in them they always ask for a second opinion before they
make decisions like this...shouldn't we?"
Reynolds smiled sadly, "You're exactly right, and for that reason we
have another Doctor, Doctor Ishgood, who is also evaluating your
brother's case. We should hear from him by tomorrow at the latest."
are you gonna tell A?"
soon as we hear back from Dr. Ishgood. Meanwhile, we'll tell him the
basics and that we are still waiting for the results of the tests and a
won't buy it, mom. He's smarter than me and he'll know something is up.
I think you should cut the bull...sorry, and just tell him the truth.
If it was me I'd want to know. He's strong, he can handle it."
two adults locked eyes and communicated silently, much as the twins
did. Then Mr. Reynolds sighed and taking his wife's hand he nodded, "I
think once again, our son has proven that he knows more about his
brother than we will ever know. And in this case, I think he
think so too," Mrs. Reynolds said smiling sadly, "and there's no time
like the present. When he wakes up I think the three of us should tell
him what's going on."
three took a break first, eating a light lunch in the cafeteria, but
none of them had much of an appetite. As Jaden sipped his soda he
thought about Jimmy and decided to give him a call and fill him in.
Excusing himself he went outside to the little garden just outside the
cafeteria and called Jimmy.
answered on the first ring and sounded almost cheery.
must be feeling better."
fever broke and the Doc says I can go home tomorrow if it stays down."
I'm glad, but I really called to tell you about A."
okay, right?" Jimmy asked sounding panicky.
he's awake and barking at everyone," Jaden chuckled, "but..."
has a brain tumor Jimmy. That's what caused all the crazy stuff and the
breakdown at school. It puts pressure on his brain and effects things
like memory and his personality."
now that they know they can fix it...right?"
it's not cancerous, so if they remove it things should be fine...but..."
we go again, but what?"
the Doc says there's a chance there might be some temporary or...even
permanent changes if things go wrong."
that won't happen...right? The Docs will make sure things don't go
they know what they're doing and they are pretty sure things will be
fine, but there's always that slim chance..."
you gotta' let em do it, right?"
there's no other way to get rid of it, but...my folks asked for a
second opinion and we're supposed to hear from him tomorrow."
yet. My folks were going to sort of tell him part of it and not all,
but I convinced them that he needed to know it all. I mean, after all
it's his head and his life."
I'd want to know. You did right bro."
that's what we're gonna do now. We just finished lunch and they're
waiting on me, so I guess I should go. I just needed to talk to you. I
wish you were here with me...I need you Jimmy," Jaden said sniffing
back a few tears.
man...don't cry. I'll be out of here soon and I promise I'll spend
every minute with you that I can."
know, I'm sorry. I just feel so alone right now. I mean I always had A
before, or you...now I have no one."
about Jeremy and Dee?"
kind of busy with each other right now," Jaden laughed sadly.
I bet they'll come see A as soon as they can."
probably. Well, I gotta go. I love you babe," Jaden said softly.
love you too," Jimmy said, and for once he didn't care that his mom was
right there in the room listening, "I love you more than ever," he
added looking up to see his mom smiling warmly, "Give A a kiss for me
and tell him I said to get better."
Jaden hung up he pulled himself together then went off to gather up his
parents and together they went back to Aidan's room.
Aidan was awake now and looking bored and a little agitated, but when he saw
his three favorite people he perked up.
guys, where ya been?"
had a delicious lunch in the cafeteria, NOT!" Jaden joked.
had Jello and some soup that looked like watered poop," Aidan laughed,
"so lucky you."
I'll have to see about smuggling in some junk food," Jaden said
guys look kind of serious. Did you get some bad news or something?"
Aidan said looking at this parents.
nothing like that, but we would like to talk to you about what the
Doctors have told us."
okay...but first, can I ask one thing?" Aidan said looking serious.
son," Mrs. Reynolds said smoothing back Aidan's hair and kissing his
I ask is...give it to me straight, don't lie to me..okay?"
Reynolds nodded, "Thanks to your brother, we have decided you deserve
to know everything about your condition."
the two adults, and with Jaden's help, they filled Aidan in on what
they knew so far and what was to come.
so I've been going crazy because I have a tumor in my head?" Aidan said
frowning, "Why didn't you guys tell me I was being such an ass and
acting all crazy? I swear I don't remember much of that stuff."
looked stricken when Aidan said that and squeezed his hand, "It's my
fault bro, I didn't say anything because I didn't want to rat you out.
I just thought you were being...well you know..."
little bitch?" Aidan giggled, "I get it J, don't sweat it. It wasn't
your fault. I just didn't know I was doing all those crazy things. It's
weird, it's like I don't remember much before I woke up in the
that's to be expected, but some of it will come back to you eventually,
according to the Doctor." Mr. Reynolds said.
this Doctor says it's okay then they're going to open up my head up and
remove the tumor. Will it mess up my hair?" Aidan said, trying to be
humorous, but he felt anything but.
hope not," Jaden said kissing his brother on the forehead, "cause your
hair is perfect, just like mine."
Reynolds laughed softly, "You boys and your hair. You're worse than
prettier than some girls," Jaden reminded her.
Reynolds shook his head and smiled, "So...you're okay son? I want you
to know that we'll be here every step of the way and we'll make sure
you get the best treatment possible."
know dad," Aidan said smiling, "I'm not worried. I just...well, I
wonder if this will affect my singing?"
I doubt that. You might forget some lyrics, but you can relearn them
"But...what about the thing the Doctor said about changes
in me or memory loss...will I be the same boy once I have this surgery?"
always be Aidan Reynolds, no matter what," Mr. Reynolds chuckled, "The
Doctor seems optimistic that everything will go well, he just has to
disclose every possibility. We'll know more tomorrow after this new
Doctor looks everything over. I'm told he is one of the finest brain
surgeons in the Southeast."
I bet he's expensive," Aidan said frowning, "Will our insurance cover
Reynolds sighed, "Aidan, it wouldn't matter if I had to take another
job and a second mortgage, all that's important right now is getting
you well...but..yes, we have very good insurance. So don't you
worrying about that."
not, I guess I just never thought about stuff like this before," Aidan
said then fell quiet.
don't worry...you're gonna be fine, I just know it," Jaden said patting
his brother gently.
know, thanks. I'm kind of tired now, but I really need to pee. Mom, dad
can you go and let Jaden help me pee? Then I'm gonna take a
course honey. We'll be in the waiting room if you need us," Mrs.
Reynolds said kissing him on the cheek.
Reynolds patted him gently and smiled at him as she spoke, "Rest now
son, I love you."
you too dad."
they were gone Jaden took care of business, but this time didn't joke
around. He knew Aidan was feeling a little down and he felt helpless to
help him. As soon as Aidan was done peeing he replaced his gown and
pulled the cover back up over him and took the bottle to the bathroom
and emptied it and rinsed it out.
he got back Aidan's eyes were closed and he appeared to be asleep.
Pulling the covers up around his brother's neck, he kissed him on the
lips and slowly left the room.
asleep," Jaden said as he sat down by his parents.
hope what we told him hasn't upset him too much," Mrs. Reynolds said
course he's upset," Mr. Reynolds said calmly, "but he has as right to
know what's happening with him. We just need to keep reminding him that
we're here for him and that we love him. Thank you for being so good to him
Jaden. He will need you most of all since you boys are so close."
can almost feel what he does," Jaden said looking serious, "and I think
he's gonna be fine, I really do. I
just think the brain tumor is making him depressed or something. I
don't think it's what you told him, I think it's the pressure or
may be right," Mrs. Reynolds said nodding her head, "Aidan has always
been so upbeat and the old Aidan would have tackled this with
enthusiasm and been reassuring us."
what I mean, he's not really himself yet."
know, for a teenager you're pretty smart," Mr. Reynolds teased as he put
his son in a headlock.
for an adult you're pretty smart yourself," Jaden giggled.
smart isn't all it's cracked up to be. Sometimes it's best to be
ignorant," Mr. Reynolds said sighing, "I just want my son back again."
decided to go back to school the next day, thinking that school might
keep his mind off Aidan and the operation. Unfortunately he was swarmed
by well wishers and the curious wanting to know what was going on. By
lunch Jaden was exhausted from telling and re-telling the story and
ready for some down time.
he opened his lunch bag Jeremy and Dee slid in across from him.
look like shit," Jeremy said grinning, "but I would too if it was my
bro in the hospital."
there anything we can do?" Dee asked patting Jaden's hand gently.
could go see him I guess," Jaden said sighing, "he needs to see his
friends right now."
we'll go today," Jeremy said, "Can we hitch a ride with you?"
I'm sure dad won't mind. Mom hasn't left the hospital since it happened
are they going to operate?"
yet, this other Doctor is giving them a second opinion today and dad
says this new Doctor is like some kind of expert."
good. I'm sure he'll be fine though. I'm just sorry we didn't figure
out what was going on before all this crap happened," Dee said frowning.
well...I still blame myself for that," Jaden said picking at his lunch,
"I should've went to mom and dad and told them what was going on."
man, it's not your fault. Your folks should've noticed something too,"
Jeremy said soothingly.
just... I wish it was me instead of him. He's not as strong as I am..."
dude. Don't say that. He'll be fine. He's got you and your folks and
half the school behind him. He's a popular dude and we're all rooting
know, everyone has been nice...even if I am kind of tired of telling
its probably all over school by now, so you should be fine this
afternoon," Dee said smiling.
I guess. Man, I wish Jimmy was here..." Jaden sighed.
how's he doin'?"
said the fever broke and he could probably come home today. I sure hope
so. But mom and dad won't let me see him till he's over it. They don't
want to risk me giving the flu to A, which I can totally understand.
But it still sucks."
I heard a bunch of kids came down with the flu, but I don't t think any
of em' wound up in the hospital," Dee offered.
surprised I didn't get it too, after all we swapped a lot of slobber,"
Jaden said grinning.
God only knows what else," Jeremy laughed.
too," Jaden confessed, "just didn't want to embarrass you virgins," he
who says we're virgins," Dee chuckled.
I see...so you two did the deed?"
exactly, but we had fun," Dee said grinning.
wrong with a little fun, huh Jer?"
got nothin' against fun, boys or girls."
so open-minded," Jaden chuckled, "maybe when Jimmy and A get better we
should have a little party."
uh, not sharing my lady with you horny dogs," Jeremy said taking Dee's
hand, "I just got her away from you guys."
I had to try, but I totally respect that. I think it's cool actually."
were interrupted by a boy neither of them knew, but who apparently knew
Jaden. He was tall and chubby with dirty looking hair and a what looked
like a perpetual smirk.
I hear your faggot brother has a brain tumor. Good riddance to one more
homo," he said loudly causing everyone within hearing distance to hush
and tune in, "Too bad all of you faggots don't get brain tumors and
was up and out of his seat in a second, but Jeremy was up and moving
too. Jaden had him by the collar and was just about to
deliver a nose smashing punch when the lunchroom monitor, Mr. Gray,
came running up and pulled them apart.
going on here? Jaden I'm surprised at you, fighting...really?"
said horrible things about my brother," Jaden said still seething and
ready to strike if he got an opening.
teacher appeared then and led Jaden off to the office while Mr. Gray
stayed with the kid.
anyone else see what happened?" he asked of everyone within earshot.
and Dee were first to speak up and then a dozen or so other kids, most
of them friends of the twins, reinforced their story.
you name young man?"
Nelson," he kid said still looking smug, "I gotta' right to my
a free country ain't it. Freedom of speech and all that?"
school has very strict rules about bullying and harassment and you,
young man, have crossed the line. Come with me...NOW...to the
the time they arrived at the office Jaden had already been interviewed
by the Principal, and pending verification of what Jaden had told him,
he saw no reason to punish Jaden. When Mr. Gray showed up with Billy
Nelson, Jaden was asked to wait in the outer office while he questioned
the other boy.
I'm so sorry about your brother," the office secretary said once he was
seated, "everyone in this school thinks the world of you and your
brother and our prayers go out to you and your family."
everyone I guess..." Jaden muttered.
happened? Or would you rather not talk about it?"
think I'll let the Principal tell you, I'm pretty mad right now."
right. Well, you know Principal Parker is a fair man and he'll do what
needs to be done."
shrugged and stared at the clock. Not only had this douche bag pissed
by spewing his homophobic garbage, he had ruined Jaden's lunch and now his
stomach was all tangled up in knots.
Jaden heard a loud commotion coming from the office and a few moments
later the school security officer, Mr. Bowers, who was an off duty
policeman, came bursting in and headed straight to the Principal's
few minutes later Officer Bowers came out with the Nelson kid in cuffs
and led him away. Jaden stared wide-eyed as they went out the door and
stood to look over the counter separating the outer office from the
Principal's. In the open doorway he could see Mr. Parker talking to the
office secretary and holding his eye. Jaden was confused at first, then
it occurred to him: the kid must've punched Mr. Parker in the eye. As
much as he wanted revenge on the kid, he felt a little bad that the kid
was led away in cuffs. What would happen to him? he wondered, Punching
a Principal had to be a big deal even if you were a kid.
Reynolds," Principal Parker called after a few minutes, "You may go
back to class. Under the circumstances there will be no disciplinary
action against you, but I will remind you that violence is not allowed
in our school."
you sir," Jaden said warmly, "and sorry about...the eye."
was over but at least the bell for the first afternoon class hadn't
rang yet and Jaden was able to make it to class on time. Several of the
students in the class had witnessed the incident at lunch and were
peppering him with questions, but he was in no mood to answer them.
down class," their instructor said after a bit, "since the lunchroom
incident seems to be of interest to everyone, I think we need to
discuss that first and get it out of the way."
groaned internally, but in a way he was glad to get things out and
express his feelings. He was proud of who he was and of Aidan and
wasn't afraid or ashamed to tell everyone just what happened.
that's pretty much it. I was so mad I wanted to hit him, but Mr. Gray
pulled me off him in time and then I went to the Principal's office and
told Mr. Parker what happened. Then they brought that kid in and I
guess he punched Mr. Parker and they took him away in cuffs."
this is Social Studies, why don't we spend the rest of the hour talking
about what happened and how it relates to you as students? Anyone want
to express their feelings?"
hand toward the back was raised rather quickly. It belonged to one of
the boys on the football team that Jaden only knew by name,
Jeff, though he'd always seemed friendly and seemed like a
think that guy was a jerk. It's no one's business whether someone is
gay or straight or whatever and to say things like that about someone's
brother, especially if they're sick or whatever, is just wrong. I would
have punched the guy myself if I'd been there."
had a whole new insight into Jeff and he gave him a smile.
girl near the front, Becca, was next. "I love Aidan, he's so cool. I
follow him on YouTube and I think he's amazing. I don't know why anyone
would say those horrible things about him. That kid that did it must be
sick or something himself."
girl, Maryanna, a Hispanic girl, raised her hand then. "I think maybe
that boy...maybe he has problems. Maybe he doesn't have a good family
or he's abused or bullied. You never know why people do those kind of
things. I'm not saying he was right or that he shouldn't be punished,
but there's reasons people are the way they are."
Studies tend to prove that a majority of those who become bullies were
bullied at some point in their life. Also abused kids tend to lash out
at other kids who are weaker, constantly trying to balance the scales
of power in their favor."
you're saying that if someone is bullied or abused, they do it to other
people to try to take back some of the power that was taken away from
by the abuser?" Jaden said not even bothering to raise his hand.
Jaden...I know you know a lot about this subject. You and your little
group have done some wonderful things in this school to stop bullying
and make sure it gets reported. Your safe haven table in the lunchroom
has caught the attention of not only the students but faculty as well,
and your idea has spread to other schools. Also, it was because of you
and your brother and your friends that we finally got a GSA chapter and
it is thriving.
not trying to embarrass you. I said all that because I wanted to ask
you this: because you understand bullying and because you do so much to
prevent it, how did it make you feel to be the target of such hatred
this had to be a trick question. He had to know it made Jaden as mad as
hell, thus the reason he was going to clean the kid's clock. But the
more he thought about it the more Jaden knew that wasn't the real issue
here and that Mr. Clark was just trying to make him think.
guess I just felt like it was so unfair to pick on someone who wasn't
there to defend themselves...someone who was fighting for their life
and who has never done anything to hurt anyone in his whole life,"
Jaden said barely able to control his emotions, "The lashing out was
just instinct I guess. Someone hurt me, I wanted to hurt them back, but
the truth was I just felt so helpless. I knew no words I could say
would change what he said or how he felt and I just felt so...hopeless.
I felt like maybe I hadn't made a difference at all...if kids still
felt that way. But now I realize...I can't change how anyone feels by
beating them up. It takes patience and understanding. My boyfriend
Jimmy is an example of that. Some of you guys may remember what a jerk
he used to be, but it's like Maryanna said, once we figured out why he
was acting that way it was easy to see what the real problem
be honest: when I saw them take that kid away in cuffs...I felt sorry
for him. I knew he was in deep trouble and I don't know if he has folks
that will take up for him and help him or if this will just make things
worse for him at home. I feel bad that I let things get that far. I
wish I had just let his words roll off my back and tried to control my
anger..." Jaden lowered his head and composed himself as the
teacher took over.
well said and obviously heart-felt. Thank you Jaden for sharing. It's
no secret why you and your group are so successful in what you do, you
are intelligent beyond your years and most of all you
have good hearts. Now, who's next?"
the end of the day Jaden was exhausted. When his dad came to pick him
up he asked about giving Jeremy and Dee a ride to the hospital and as
expected he agreed. On the way home Jaden filled his dad in on what
happened at school. When he was finished he sighed and looked to his
dad for his reaction.
son...I'm very happy that you stood up for your brother, but please
keep in mind that your school has a zero tolerance for violence. You
were lucky this time. Your teachers and Mr. Parker know what a
difficult time this is for you and they all think the world of you two
boys, but if you had hit that boy, it would have been a very different
situation. I know how you must've felt, I'm not sure I wouldn't have
done the same thing, but sometimes you just have to take a deep breath
first and be the bigger person."
have to put on 50 pounds to be bigger than that jerk," Jaden mumbled.
I'm on your side here, but I don't want you to get into trouble over
something like this."
know, are you gonna tell mom?"
Reynolds stared straight ahead for a moment as if studying the road
then he turned to Jaden. "You know, right now your mom has enough to
think about, maybe we should save this for another time," he said
I think you're right."
a quick snack Jaden did his homework and took a shower. The plan was to
go eat a quick dinner then go to Jeremy's to pick up the two young
lovers and then go visit Aidan in the hospital. Mr. Reynolds had worked
half a day and was finishing up some things online when his phone
was just coming down the stairs as he heard his father talking on the
phone and suddenly his father was yelling for him.
come on..we gotta go NOW. It's your brother he's had a seizure and they
want to operate on him right away."
followed his dad to the car then as soon as they were on the way he
called Jeremy to let him know what had happened. Jeremy seemed as upset
as Jaden and said he would get Isaac to bring him and Dee and they'd
meet him at the hospital.
did the doctor tell mom exactly?" Jaden asked as he hung up.
just said that Aidan had some sort of seizure and
though they have stabilized him, he thinks they need to remove the
tumor as soon as possible to relieve the pressure."
this a dangerous operation dad? Please don't try to hide anything from
me dad, if it's serious I deserve to know," Jaden said with wet eyes.
mother and I agree that you deserve to know everything that's going on,
but I admit I don't know any more than you do at this point. Is it
serious? yes. Any surgery is serious, and opening up someone's head is
always risky, but the Doctors here are very good and very experienced.
Your brother is strong and healthy, and everything is in his favor. We
just have to trust in the Doctors and pray for the best outcome."
gonna be okay...once the surgery is done...right?"
don't think anything has changed as far as the outcome, we just had to
move things up a bit, that's all."
know dad, but I'm still worried," Jaden admitted.
wouldn't be human if you weren't. I'm worried too, but I have this
feeling...deep down inside, that everything will be fine."
feel better after I see him and talk to him..."
we'll be there soon. I've asked them to wait till we get there to prep
him, so we'll be able to visit with him before the surgery."
fell quiet then, thinking his thoughts and trying to be upbeat and
positive, but there was a sinking feeling in his chest that just
wouldn't go away. He wished once again that Jimmy was well and with
him, but he knew Jeremy and Dee and perhaps Isaac would be there
waiting for him and that would help. No one should be alone when they
were facing something as traumatic as this, and he was thankful for his
family and friends.
they stepped out of the elevator they were greeted by Mrs. Reynolds,
who despite having lived at the hospital since Aidan's admittance,
looked fresh and in control.
hugged her and she led them off to Aidan's room with only the usual
greeting. Aidan was sitting up in bed, but he looked nothing like the
boy Jaden had left the night before. There were dark circles under his
eyes and he had one of those little oxygen tubes in his nose.
he saw Jaden a huge smile filled his face and he reached out the hand
that didn't have an IV in it.
Aidan said in a shaky voice.
Jaden said taking his hand and squeezing it gently, "can't leave you
alone for a minute. I hear you been causin' trouble again."
laughed weakly, "Sorry bro, you know how I am, always begging for
cool, their gonna give you a brain transplant and then you won't be
so lame," he joked.
we could just switch brains," Aidan teased.
uh, I don't want to be gay," he laughed.
for making me laugh. I was pretty scared, but I know if you can make
jokes that I must be going to be okay."
to be okay. We got the best docs in the country working on you and
you'll be good as new before you know it."
went home today, but he's still off limits cause' he might still be
contagious, but Jeremy and Dee and Isaac are coming."
nodded, "Head hurts," he said winching, "be glad when they get me fixed
they give you anything for the pain?"
cause they didn't want to give me anything before the surgery. Hey,
face dropped when he heard his brother repeat the question about Jimmy
once more. It seemed his short term memory was fading again. The sooner
he got that operation the better."
better, he went home today."
good. Have you talked to Jeremy and Isaac lately?"
they want to come see you."
good. Is dad here?"
son," Mr. Reynolds said stepping up and kissing his son on the
forehead, "how you feelin'?"
someone hit me in the head with a ball bat," he said grinning.
son, but just hang in there. Things are about to get better."
what time are they gonna do the surgery?"
dear, just relax until then. The nurses will be in soon to prep you."
phone alerted him of a text and he quickly checked his phone. "It's
Jeremy. They're here, can I bring them in to see Aidan?"
your mother and I will step out so you kids can visit," Mr. Reynolds
said giving his sick son a kiss on the forehead.
found Jeremy and Isaac and Dee in the waiting room and they hugged him,
almost causing him to break into tears.
on, A's waiting to see you guys. We don't know how much time we have
before they come to take him to surgery."
looked stricken, but Isaac led the way with the young couple following
close behind. Jaden pushed the door open and led the three to Aidan's
guys," Aidan said weakly, "thanks for coming. Sorry about...you know,
being an ass all those times."
no need to apologize. We get it, right guys?" Jeremy said touching
Aidan's arm gently. Sudden thoughts of what they'd done in bed that
first night flashed through his head and he blushed. As much as he
enjoyed doing stuff with Dee, the things he and A had done still seemed
special and so amazing.
dude, we love you and we got your back," Isaac said taking Aidan's hand
and patting it gently, "You ain't got nothing to worry about. The docs
are gonna' fix you all up and then we're gonna make some new videos and
you're gonna be bigger than that Bieber dude."
laughed and Aidan squeezed Isaac's hand, "Thanks, but I might lay off
the videos for a while, I want to spend some time with my family...and
my friends. Being sick has made me realize just what I've been missing.
Thanks guys for coming, it means a lot to me."
not just us bro," Jeremy said whipping out his phone and pulling up his
FaceBook page, "I posted a story about you on my page and Ive gotten a
hundred likes and comments already and everyone is pullin' for you."
cool," Aidan said as tears filled his eyes, "I'm gonna try to be the
kind of person I should be from now on."
Dee said coming over and kissing Aidan on the cheek, "We've missed you
at school. The place isn't the same without you."
like rioting in the classroom..." he chuckled.
the good times. I can't wait till you're back at our table lunch."
were interrupted then by a nurse and an orderly with a
"Oh...time to say goodbye to Aidan kids, we're taking him to prep him
for surgery," the nurse said.
and Mrs. Reynolds returned then and after the others had said goodbye
they remained with Aidan till he was on the gurney and then accompanied
him to the prep area. Jaden waited outside the door and kissed his
brother goodbye and wished him luck then went to join his friends.
it's gonna be okay, "Jeremy said when he saw the look on Jaden's face,
"you just gotta' trust in the Doctors."
he's gonna be fine," Isaac said putting an arm around his friend, "and
we're gonna be right here when he wakes up."
guys, but who knows how long that might be. You don't have to stay..."
yeah, trust me...we do. We're not gonna leave you guys to face this
crap alone," Dee said joining Isaac and hugging from the other
make room for me," Jeremy said moving in to join the hug, "group hug,"
and Mrs. Reynolds returned a short time later and led the group to
another waiting room, this one right outside the wing with the
anyone hungry?" Mr. Reynolds asked after a while, "It's going to be
awhile and there's nothing we can do till it's over."
could eat," Jaden said gathering up his buddies, come on guys, dad's
buying," he chuckled.
six found a large table in the cafeteria and sat down their trays and
despite their nervousness and fears they managed to eat their impromptu
dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds were impressed that the twins' friends
were offering their support, but then it was typical of the kind of
friends the twins attracted.
long will the surgery take?" Jaden asked as they finished up their meal.
more than an hour or so," Mr. Reynolds said, "then he'll be in recovery
for a while before they return him to his room. One of us can be with
him in recovery and your mother has volunteered for that."
think you kids need to call your parents and make sure it's okay for
you to stay," Mrs. Reynolds said looking at the three with mothering
know our folks will be cool with it, but if Dee's mom wants her home
I'll take her," Isaac said smiling.
mom's at work right now anyway," Dee said, "I called her before we left
and she's fine with me staying as long as the boys do."
in the waiting room Isaac went off by himself and called his folks and
they agreed the boys could stay as late as 9 pm if necessary. They were
genuinely concerned and offered their prayers and love.
cool, our folks said we could stay till at least 9."
sure he'll be back in his room long before that," Mrs. Reynolds said.
four teens busied themselves with their phones and chatted quietly
among themselves as Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds sat holding hands and
silently praying for their son.
time passed slowly, people came and went, and the teens grew more and
Finally Jaden suggested they go down to the garden area and get some
fresh air and the adults agreed it was a good idea.
the teens were outside Jeremy and Dee found a bench and sat down
holding hands leaving Isaac and Jaden to talk privately.
you holdin' up?" Isaac said as they walked around the small lush garden.
I guess. Better since you guys got here. Thanks again for coming and
bringing Jeremy and Dee."
Speaking of those two, ain't they cute together?"
they really have hit it off, that's for sure. I'm surprised Jeremy
wasn't mad at me and Jimmy because of...well, you know because we used
to hang with her."
If you mean cause you guys messed around, which I'm only guessing,
Jeremy isn't innocent either. I shouldn't say this, but I know he'd be
cool with it. After he and Aidan pulled me into their sex play, we
tried some stuff on our own. Just a couple times, but it was fun and
we're cool with it...no guilt or shame. None of us are innocent and
it's stupid to think girls can't have that kind of fun without being
labeled sluts, or for us to expect them to be virgins when we're sure as
hell not. So whatever went on with you three, that was then, and this
is now, and Jeremy could care less."
not sure I could be so open-minded, but then Jeremy is a cool dude. I'm
glad he and Dee found each other and it's working out for them. I think
they might be falling in love," Jaden said smiling.
think my bro was already in love with that shorty before they ever
started dating," Isaac laughed.
he was always staring at her and drooling," Jaden laughed. It felt good
to laugh, to be alive, and to be with people he respected and maybe
loved a little. Life was good, but there was a sadness deep inside that
wouldn't go away until Aidan was well again.
cell rang then and as he fished it out of his pocket he saw it was his
back up son, Aidan is out of surgery."
right there dad," Jaden said then hanging up he called to the others,
"Come on guys, A's is out of surgery."
the way up to the third floor Jaden was quiet. He had a million
thoughts running through his head, and sensing his mood, Dee slipped her
hand in his and squeezed it gently.
gonna be fine J, and we're here with you."
the elevator opened Mr. Reynolds joined them and the look on his face
sent shivers down his spine.
could I speak with you alone for a moment?" he said taking Jaden's arm.
legs had turned to Jello and he was thankful for his father's
wrong dad?" Jaden managed to squeak out when they had found an occupied
don't mean to scare you, but we promised we'd tell you everything," he
began, "and there was a problem during the surgery."
Reynolds took a deep breath and Jaden suddenly saw something in his
that really frightened him. Was it the look of fear and uncertainty?
The same look Jaden had been wearing for the last few day. He'd never
seen his father show any weakness before and it chilled him to the bone.
of all they lost Aidan when they were operating, but...they were able to
revive him quickly."
mean...you mean...he died?" Jaden asked, ready to collapse at any
but that's not the real problem. I'm told that sometimes happens to
patients under anesthetic. The real problem is: the tumor was a bit
bigger and more embedded than they'd first suspected and the operation
was a bit more involved."
he's gonna be okay, right?"
doctors say he should make a full recovery, but...there
may be some memory loss and some changes in his personality. With time
they should go away, but I just wanted to prepare you for things, just
he's okay...right? I mean he's not gonna die or be a vegetable or
anything..." Jaden said shaking as if he were cold.
Reynolds threw his arms around his son and hugged him, but he realized
he needed comforting as much as Jaden did.
nothing like that, it just may take some time before we have our old
Aidan back. Mom is with him now waiting for him to wake up. We'll know
can we go to the Chapel and pray?" Jaden said looking up at his father
with tears in his eyes.
the Reynolds only attended church on special occasions they had brought
up their boys to believe in a God, and most of all the power of prayer
and the importance of love. The lessons they'd learned had served them
well and the boys had always been fine and decent kids. When they had
discovered their sexuality, both had been concerned how that fit in with
those teachings, and sought their parents help.
expected their parents had taken their questions seriously, and after a
series of discussions, they had worked through their feelings. Love
seemed to be the key issue, love was love, was love, no matter whether
it was between two men or two women or one of each. Being gay or bi,
was not an abomination in the eyes of God, even though some churches
preached hatred and intolerance on the subject. The Bible was clear on
one thing, all of us were commanded to love one another and not to hate.
think that would be fine, do your think your friends would like to join
nodded, "I'll go get them."
little chapel was located conveniently near the surgery wing and at the
moment they were the only ones there. Though none of the teens attended
Church regularly, they all had their own beliefs and feelings when it
came to a higher power and prayer was not a stranger to any of them. As
each silently thought their thoughts and prayed their prayers, the fear
and uncertainty they had felt began to drift away. Once Jaden
filled them in on Jaden's condition they had been a somber bunch, but
the chapel had offered
them sanctuary for the moment.
they went back to the waiting room and Jaden called Jimmy and filled
him in on Aidan's condition. As expected Jimmy was as upset as Jaden
was, and wanted all the details. They talked for a long time and
exchanged I love yous and Jaden promised to let him know if anything
posted an update on Aidan's condition and asked for prayers and
was immediately inundated with likes and comments.
looks like the whole school follows you," Dee said looking over his
since we began posting the videos and stuff, but I know it's Aidan
they're really crazy about."
I don't know. I see a lot of girls and
guys looking at you," Dee said
grinning, "and I just laugh, cause I know you're all mine now."
you're all mine. When this is over we should all get together, J and A,
and Isaac, and you and me and have some fun."
what kind of fun?" she said suggestively.
that kind of fun, I meant like a party or something, maybe go out for
pizza or something."
knew what you meant and I think that's a great idea, but who knows how
long till poor Aidan is ready to party."
just know. That kid is tough. I know everyone thinks he's soft or
something and that J is the strong one, but I tell you this, I know how
tough that kid can be. He'll beat this thing and be stronger than ever."
think you're right," Dee sighed.
were interrupted by Mrs. Reynolds who looked tired but not nearly as
upset as they'd expected.
taking him to his room now. As soon as they get him situated we can
visit him but only three at a time."
he talking mom?"
Reynolds nodded, "Yes, but he's still pretty groggy. The anesthetic
hasn't completely worn off yet."
you talked to the doctor any more?" Mr. Reynolds asked looking
for a minute, but he seems to think there's nothing to worry about.
They will be monitoring him closely for the next few days, and if we're
lucky he should be going home by the first of next week."
of us will need to stay with him at all times, so we'll need to work
taking some time off from work. It's a slow time and Arlene said to
take as much time as I need, so you won't have to worry about that."
fair," he teased, "I wanted some time off too."
Reynolds laughed, a rare thing for her the last few days, "Well, you
can do that. I'd love your company."
the time the nurse came to tell them Aidan was settled, they'd decided
Jaden and his parents would go first, and then the three teens could
him for a few minutes afterwards.
Jaden followed his parents to his brother's room he felt a knot growing
stomach and felt ready to pass out. He was sorry he'd eaten earlier and
feared his dinner might make a comeback at any moment. When he saw his
brother he felt even more ill.
was laying in bed propped up with a white bandage around his head, a
breathing tube in his nose and of course an IV. He was hooked to
some kind of monitor that peeped regularly and In addition he had a
catheter again and the bag had some yellowish liquid in it already. But
the worst part was the look on Aidan's face.
with his hollow eyes, he now had a blank expression and didn't seem to
respond to them at all when they entered.
bro...how's it going?" Jaden said approaching the bed and taking his
brother's hand in his.
he said in a hoarse voice.
Jeremy and Dee are here with Isaac. They're gonna come see ya in a
time Aidan didn't respond although his eyes did seem to convey some
son," Mr. Reynolds said smiling and patting his son affectionately, "We
just wanted you to know that we've talked to the doctors and everything
went fine and you're going to make a full recovery."
Yeah, except you died on the
operating table, Jaden thought bitterly.
Aidan squeaked out, "Mom, can I have a drink?"
ring the nurse, but I think for now it will just be ice chips."
Aidan said again. It seemed to be his favorite word now and it worried
Jaden for some reason.
was as if he couldn't command the language to express himself. Jaden
hoped it was the lingering effects of the anesthetic and not something
more sinister, but he was still worried.
at school is praying for you and wishing you the best," Jaden said, "I
expect your room will be filled with flowers by tomorrow," he teased.
Aidan said looking into Jaden's eyes with a muddy sort of stare.
are you sure you're okay. You're actin' kind of weird."
tired," Aidan sighed.
nurse arrived then and after hearing Aidan was thirsty she went off to
get some ice chips. When she returned she offered to feed him the ice,
but Jaden insisted on doing it instead.
a good brother," the nurse said smiling, "and to think there are too
such handsome boys in this city, I'm sure you're very popular with the
bi, my brother is gay," Jaden said almost angrily, staring the nurse
down as if to say...So now what you gonna do?
then you must be very popular with both," she said not missing a beat.
Mr. Reynolds said in a warning voice.
sorry," Jaden said sincerely, "I...just...I'm just a little upset right
understand, no offense taken. For what's it's worth I happen to think
everyone should be allowed to love whoever they want to without having
to answer to anyone else."
Jaden said smiling.
the nurse was gone Jaden turned his attention to his brother and
spooned in a few ice chips. Aidan fell back and let them melt in his
mouth as he continued to stare blankly at Jaden who's discomfort
continued to grow.
Aidan said he'd had enough ice and they left him to allow the others to
visit. Isaac decided at the last minute to wait till A was better to
visit him and so Jaden went back in with Jeremy and Dee.
good," Jeremy said grinning as he patted Aidan's hand, "What a way to
get out of goin' to school."
actually grinned, though he still looked a little spacey but when Dee
over and kissed him on the cheek he actually blushed.
he said grinning, "Do I know you?"
look of surprise on Dee's face was quickly replaced by one of love and
compassion and taking his hand she simply said, "I'm one of your
okay. I'm sorry...I'm sort of........." he began then seemed unable to
didn't like this at all. It was more than just the effects of the
anesthetic and he knew it. Maybe this was part of the stuff the doctors
had warned them about, short time memory loss or something.
Dee," Jaden said softly, "Jeremy's girlfriend...our friend. She sits at
our lunch table with us."
okay...yeah...thanks for the kiss," Aidan said blushing again.
think we should probably go and let Aidan get some rest," Dee said
yeah, okay. Hey Aidan, get well soon bro. We'll come see you again
tomorrow if it's okay."
okay...I'd like that. Maybe I won't be so...so foggy then."
I understand bro, it's no big deal. I mean you been through a lot and
you deserve to be foggy," Jeremy laughed.
need to sleep...." Aidan said closing his eyes.
you guys send in my folks when you go out, oh, and tell Isaac thanks
for coming and bringing you guys."
will," Dee said kissing Jaden on the cheek. "We'll see you at school
thanks again. You guys are the best."
they were gone, Jaden took Aidan's hand in his and just held it as Aidan
drifted off to sleep. When his parents arrived, they took one look at
the two and smiled. They knew that Jaden was the best medicine in the
world for Aidan and his dedication to his brother was never more
evident than it was at that moment.
fell asleep," Jaden whispered.
is the best thing for him right now. Why don't you go home with dad and
get some rest?" Mrs. Reynolds said hugging Jaden.
but I'll be back tomorrow with the gang," he said allowing his mom to
lead him out of the room while Mr. Reynolds stayed behind.
they were outside she hugged her son and then held him at arm's length,
"I am so proud of you son. For taking care of your brother and being
there for him."
it's what brothers do. He'd do the same for me. Besides, it's like as
long as he's sick, I'm sick too. I know it's hard for other people to
understand, but we feel each other's feelings, and mom...I don't like
what I'm feeling from him right now."
dear, he's been through a lot the last few days, that coupled with the
surgery and the anesthetic...he's not going to be at his best. Just
give him time. I bet by tomorrow we'll see a big change."
sure hope so. If anything changes you'll let us know...right?"
course dear, don't worry though. He's resting and will probably sleep
through the night."
Jeremy and Dee walked down with Jaden and his dad and split up to go to
their vehicles. As Jaden slid in beside his dad his exhaustion finally
took over his body. His eyes closed almost immediately and he slept the
all the way home. He was awakened by his father as they pulled into the
driveway and when they were parked he unbuckled and stumbled inside.
going to bed dad," Jaden said giving his dad a hug, "I'm beat."
son, I'll see you in the morning. Pleasant dreams."
settle for no dreams tonight," Jaden said sighing.
stumbled into the bathroom he shared with his brother and peed and as
he was washing his hands he suddenly saw Aidan's purple toothbrush in
the holder above the sink. As he looked around there were other
reminders of his twin and suddenly it was too much to bear.
to the floor his back against the vanity he began to cry.
He thought about all the times they'd shared the shower or stood side
by side and peed. How they'd talked as they brushed their teeth and got
ready for bed each night and it was just too much to bear.
A...please don't die...please come home to me. I promise I'll move back
into our bedroom and never leave you again," he sobbed.
he looked up and saw his father standing in the doorway, "Son, I
thought I heard someone in here. Come on let me put you to bed," he
said pulling his son up off the floor and hugging him.
want to sleep in A's bed tonight," Jaden said wiping at his eyes, "I
want to smell him. Does that sound weird?" he sobbed.
not at all...I understand. I think that's just fine. His scent will be
comforting for you and you need that right now."
Jaden said letting his father help him to Aidan's room. Jaden stripped
off his shirt and sat down on the bed.
his father pulled off Jaden's shoes and socks and gazed lovingly into
his son's eyes,
"This reminds me of when you were a little boy. I used to carry you
guys to your bed and take off your shoes and socks for you. Sometimes
I'd tickle your feet and make you laugh. You guys are growing up so
fast," he sighed.
can tickle my feet if you want to," Jaden said grinning.
Reynolds smiled and ran a finger nail up the bottom of Jaden's foot
causing him to flinch, but he didn't feel much like laughing.
guess it's just not the same...is it?"
son, things change, but that's not always a bad thing. Look at all the
wonderful things you have and do now that you're older."
guess...but sometimes I just wish I was a little kid again and didn't
have to worry about things so much."
too son, me too. Well, I guess we should try to get some sleep," he
"Would it be too...too weird if I ask you to sleep in here with me?
There's lots of room."
don't think that's weird at all. I think both of us could use some
company tonight. I'll go shower and get ready for bed and I'll see you
in a bit."
was asleep when his dad slipped into bed beside him but he roused long
enough tell him he loved him and to thank him for sleeping with him.
His dad patted him and gave him a kiss on the forehead then settled
down on his side of bed, but sleep did not come for some time.
fell back to sleep rather quickly as his dad lay there listening to
his soft breathing and inhaled his teenage scent. He could smell Aidan
as well, and it was both comforting and disturbing. To think that
they'd almost lost one of the twins sent shivers up and down his
and his wife had downplayed Aidan's death on the operating table, but
they both knew how serious something like that was and it frightened
them. In the semi-darkness of the room he could just make out his son's
handsome face and his blond hair crowing his face. He was so proud of
both his sons and loved them more than life itself. If anything ever
happened to them he was sure he could not go on. But he hoped and prayed
he's never have to find out.
little family was perfect in his eyes and the boys sexual identity had
never been an issue. Oh sure, he and his wife would like to have
grandkids some day, but who was to say that might not still happen, even if both boys
chose males as partners. There were surrogate moms and in a world where
there was always plenty of orphaned kids, adoption was a real
possibility. Mr. Reynolds knew he could love an adopted kid as easily
as a biological one. He loved kids in general and he and his wife had
even discussed adopting a couple of times, but it had just never
happened. Maybe now was a time to revisit that discussion, maybe adopt
a girl or one of each. The twins were growing up fast and it would be
nice to have some kids around when they went off to college. It was
with these pleasant thoughts filling his mind that he finally drifted
off to sleep.
breakfast son," Mr. Reynolds said gently shaking his son. He had let
him sleep while he fixed breakfast, but he had allowed plenty of time
for them to enjoy it.
thanks dad...for letting me sleep in. I was really beat. I don't
remember anything after you came to bed."
mumbled in your sleep a few times, but you didn't wake. I know cause I
was awake most of the night," Mr. Reynolds chuckled.
I keep you awake dad," Jaden said throwing back the covers, then
realizing he had a bad case of morning wood he tried to hide it with
just had a lot on my mind." then laughing he said, "I think you need to
go take care of the tent in your undies. I'll see you downstairs. I
hope you're hungry."
Jaden said moving his hands and just letting nature be seen. He didn't
even know why he had tried to cover himself to begin with, after all it
was just his dad and he was the coolest adult he knew.
was scrambled eggs, bacon, oatmeal, and toast. Jaden had milk while Mr.
Reynolds had coffee and as they ate they talked about their plans for
suppose I could skip school today?" Jaden said grinning.
we both have things to do today. I need to earn some money and you need
to learn something new," he chuckled.
but...I wish I could be with A."
needs his rest and your mom is there, he'll be fine."
know, I'm not worried about him, I'm worried about me," Jaden joked.
your friends would miss you. By the way, when is your other half coming
back to school?" he teased.
Oh probably not till next week, hopefully Monday."
there's someone else I don't know about," Mr. Reynolds said looking
you know how it is. I'm so popular and all, but I guess Jimmy is my
know, I'm very proud of you boys in the way you've handled your
relationships. Most boys your age don't have the level of maturity that
you boys do. I know when I was your age, most of my buddies were going
through girlfriends like some guys go through underwear," he chuckled.
you think it's because girls are so weird?" Jaden laughed.
I might have chosen a different word, but they are more intense in some
ways. They expect more and yet give so little," he chuckled.
of girls, Dee is pretty cool. I think her and Jeremy are in love
is pretty fickle at that age, but I wish them the best. They do make a
nice looking couple."
even told Dee about his leg right up front, but she already knew."
yeah...I forgot you and mom don't know. When he was 10 some lady backed
over him and they had to remove his leg. He has two different
prosthetic ones. One of em' is pretty cool, it's like aluminum and
like something from T2."
would never have suspected, he just looks like a regular healthy
but he's sort of sensitive about his leg. He really didn't want anyone
to know, cause he said he don't want people feeling sorry for him."
related the story of how Aidan had discovered Jeremy's spare leg and
how Jeremy had shared his secret, expecting the worst and instead
discovering it didn't matter at all to his real friends.
heard it from someone who heard it from a teacher, so she wasn't
surprised, and of course she was totally cool with it. Since then most
of the school knows and no one treats him any different."
wonderful. Well, I'm going to go take a shower, just put you dishes in
the sink when you're done. Want a ride to school today?"
I think I'll take the bus. It gives me time to think."
right. See you in a bit."
finished his breakfast and loaded the dishwasher with his and his dad's
dishes and started it to save his dad having to do it later. He dressed
for school and grabbed his backpack and met his dad downstairs to say
Mr. Reynolds drove away Jaden started for the bus stop, hoping there
would be no surprises today.
school Jaden rode the bus home and after a quick snack he did his
homework and waited for his father to get off work. He had called Jimmy
while he ate his snack and was pleased to hear that he was home
and feeling much better. He seemed concerned about Aidan, of course
all were, but Jaden had nothing new to add to what they already knew.
Mr. Reynolds arrived he greeted his son then excused himself to take a
shower. While he showered Jaden called Jeremy's house and Isaac
said he and Jeremy were going to pick up Dee and meet them at the
hospital about 7, in time for visiting hours. He was just finishing his
call when Mr. Reynolds appeared looking clean and refreshed.
for some dinner son?"
can we go to the diner mom likes so much? I thought maybe we could get
her one of those sandwiches she likes."
think that's an excellent idea. Grab your jacket and let's roll."
the time they got to the hospital Jeremy and company had arrived and
Jaden joined them while Mr. Reynolds took his wife her sandwich and to
spell her for a while.
guys, thanks for coming. I know A will appreciate it. So who wants to
Isaac said stepping forward, "I feel like I let him down not seeing
him before, but I...I just didn't want to see him that way."
fine, he was sort of out of it anyway. I'm sure he'll be much better
today. How about you and I go see him? Then Jer and Dee can go when we
was cool with the arrangement and when Jaden and Isaac got to the room
Mr. Reynolds was sitting in a chair by his bedside talking to his son
Isaac said patting Aidan's hand, "You're lookin' good man. You bout'
ready to blow this joint?"
it's really boring here. Nothing to do but sleep and watch old TV shows
that I never heard of before."
we all miss ya' at school, so you need to quit loafing and get back as
soon as you can."
closed his eyes tight and frowned and Mr. Reynolds was up and out of
his chair and by his side in a heartbeat.
got a...a sharp pain....ahhhhhhhhhhh....oh God...make it stop," he
screeched grabbing his head in both hands.
now, yell for a nurse," Mr. Reynolds cried as he tried to soothe his
the hallway Jaden yelled at the top of his lungs and a Doctor who was
lingering at the desk came running.
and Jeremy heard their friend's call for help and jumped up but they
knew there was nothing they could do and didn't want to get in the way.
and Isaac were sent out to the waiting room and Mrs. Reynolds, who was
just coming out of the ladies room, saw them and rushed over to see
was going on.
J...mom he started screaming that his head hurt and was holding it and
begging God to make it stop...I'm so scared mom," he said hugging her.
going to be okay son," she said kissing his hair, "right now I need you
to be strong and stay with your friends. I need to go to your brother
now. I promise I'll let you know what's going on as soon as I know
nodded and wiped at his eyes. Isaac who had turned white as a sheet
(well maybe tan) gathered Jaden into his strong arms and led him to a
couch and pulled him down beside him.
God, this is so awful," Jaden wailed, "Just when we think he's getting
better, something else happens. I just want this be over with."
might be nothing. The doc is there, he'll know what to do," Isaac said
soothingly, but the truth was he more upset than Jaden. The real reason he
hadn't visited Aidan the day before was because he was terrible at handing this sort of thing.
and Dee came over and joined them on the couch to offer their support.
It was tight with all four of them on the couch, but the closeness was
Reynolds came out about fifteen minutes later and the four jumped up to
he okay Dad?"
fine now, they gave him something for the pain. The doctor says it was
probably just an irritated nerve. They're going to watch him closely
tonight just to make sure, but they don't feel it was anything serious."
he was in a lot of pain," Isaac said winching, "that seemed pretty
serious to me."
head has a lot of nerves. Think about how many times you're banging
your head or had a headache that you thought was going to kill you. The
Doctor says it probably felt worse than it was. And I'm sure it looked
worse too. I know I was really scared at first."
don't know, I'm still worried. I guess I won't stop worrying till he's
home and back to normal."
he can come home Monday, but it may be a while before he's a hundred
we see him again?"
can, but he's asleep. Whatever they gave him put him out pretty quick."
don't care, I want to see him before we go."
too," Dee said grabbing Jeremy's arm, "come with me please."
know I will. I wanna see A too."
about I go get your mom then the three of you can go in."
Reynolds looked tired and frazzled and ready to collapse, but when
Jaden gave her a big hug she seemed to perk up some.
for being there for A, I know he appreciates it and so do we, right dad?"
mom is amazing. I don't know what we'd do without her," he said kissing
her on the cheek.
don't know what I'd do without my boys either," she said smiling,
"Now...you kids go see A, but don't expect much from him, he's sleeping
the three teens were inside Aidan's room they watched him sleeping
peacefully and felt some better. He was beautiful as he lay there, his
blond hair slight messy and crowning his cute face. He had a slight
smile on his face and Jaden wondered what he was dreaming.
down he kissed his brother on the lips causing the smile to widen. "Get
better bro, I love you and I need you to come home to me. I want us to
sleep in the same room again...if you do."
looks good," Jeremy said softly grabbing his foot and rubbing it gently.
so cute," Dee said giving him a kiss on the forehead.
slow down girlfriend," Jeremy teased.
why's that. You know him better that way than I do," she teased.
dat," Jeremy laughed.
guys, he's not a piece of meat."
we know that. But if he was...he'd be prime rib," Jeremy chuckled.
mignon," Jaden corrected him.
It was Mr. Reynolds at the door, "Your mom and I are going to the
cafeteria for some coffee. Will you be okay? If you need us call my
fine dad. Is Isaac okay?"
a little upset right now, he could use a friend I think."
go," Jeremy said, "he's my bro. I'll talk to him. You guys keep A
they were alone Dee looked at Jaden and smiled sadly, "I can't even
imagine how bad you must feel right now. It's got to be like
seeing yourself laying there."
I can actually feel what he feels sometimes. When his head was hurting,
mine hurt a little too."
do you feel now that he's asleep?"
I just feel a calmness and peace. It's a good feeling for a change."
is it working out with you and Jer? Are you having fun?"
she said blushing, "he's really sweet."
blushing, is there some sexy stuff going on already?"
still a virgin, but...you know."
yeah...I know. Hey, I was wondering, since you don't like secrets, does
that mean you told Jer about me and Jimmy?"
but he was cool with it. He says that was then, this is now. Besides he
told me that him and Aidan did some stuff."
I'm guessing you're cool with that..."
very cool. It's like Jeremy says, that was then, this is now."
does that mean you guys are exclusive now?"
now...yes. I mean we've never really discussed getting with anyone else,
together, but I think that might happen at some point."
would be cool. All of us together...a real orgy," Jaden chuckled.
see. I think I'm going to go find Jeremy. Will you be okay alone?"
go ahead. I want to talk to A anyway."
gave Jaden a knowing look then smiled and gave him a kiss on the cheek.
he was alone with his twin Jaden sat in the chair by his bed and held
his hand. Bringing it to his lips he kissed it softly and rubbed it
against his face.
bro, I miss you so much. Please get well soon. I know this is harder on
you than me, but I guess I'm just selfish or something. I promise when
you get back everything is gonna be fine again. I won't ever let
anything happen to you again and if you start acting weird again...you
are so gonna get ratted out.
though, we all miss you and want you to come home as soon as you can. I
been thinking a lot about things since you've been in here, and if this
music thing is that important to you, then I want to help you with it.
I know I wasn't much help before and I really didn't have your back,
but I promise now...I will. I love you bro and I'm here for ya...no
it's time to go," Mr. Reynolds said from the door. He's heard most of
Jaden's speech to his brother and didn't want to interrupt him.
he said standing and giving his brother a kiss on the lips, "see ya'
tomorrow bro. Sleep good okay?"
hugging his mom and telling his friends goodbye he followed his dad to
the parking garage and climbed in beside him. He was tired and he hurt
inside. It wasn't a physical pain, but it was still strong and worrying
and it was slowly taking it's toll on him.
gonna be okay son," Mr. Reynolds said as if reading his son's mind.
know, I just want A back home. I miss seeing him all the time."
know he misses you too. You boys have been through a lot together and
you'll get through this."
guess," Jaden said yawning, "I'm beat. Maybe I'll actually sleep
if you need some company you know I'm there for you son."
we'll see. Right now I think I'll be okay."
good," Mr. Reynolds said, then looking at his son with a serious look he
said, "There's something you should know son. Don't worry, it's not
about Aidan, it's about Isaac and Jeremy."
dad?" Jaden asked giving his dad a curious look.
Jeremy had his accident, Isaac took it pretty hard. He was only 12 or
13 at the time, and he and Jeremy were, and still are, very close. So you
can imagine how he felt seeing his brother in the hospital knowing that
he would lose his leg and all."
never really thought about that, neither of them ever mentioned that
part of it to me."
Jeremy evidently opened up to Dee about it and Dee told your
mother and now I'm passing it on to you. In case you hadn't noticed
Isaac was a little hesitant to visit Aidan. It wasn't because he
doesn't care about you brother, he just has a fear of hospitals and
sick people in general since Jeremy's accident. That's why he didn't
visit Aidan last night."
he did tonight, and then all hell broke loose. I bet he's really
did a good job of hiding his feelings, but yes...I think he was pretty
upset. He may not be so keen on seeing Aidan as long as he's in the
hospital, so just take it easy on him and don't push him, okay?"
won't. I don't blame him for being freaked out though. I'm pretty
freaked out myself. When A gets home I hope I never see a hospital
they were home they had a snack and talked then got ready for
Jaden was tempted to ask his dad to sleep with him again, but he didn't
want to impose any more than he already had. He reasoned if he had a
bad dream or started feeling alone he could just go crawl in bed with
his dad. He smiled when he thought about all the times he and Aidan had
done that until they finally figured out that they could comfort each
other. That was when the fun first began. It started with cuddling and
rubbing against one another then progressed to masturbation. Eventually
they tried oral sex and finally anal sex and each new thing had brought
them that much closer together.
Jaden fell into bed he tried to remember the last time he and Aidan had
been together that way and he frowned. With all the craziness going on
they hadn't shared their bodies for some time and it made Jaden sad. He
vowed that when Aidan was home and up for it, he would make up for lost
time though and that made him smile.
weekend finally came and Aidan had continued to improve. There were no
more seizures or pain and the Doctors all agreed that Aidan could go
home on Monday. Though he wouldn't be able to go back to school right
way, he would be allowed to stand and sit for a few hours each day, but
most of his time would be spent in bed.
spent most of his free time over the weekend moving back into his
brother's room, and with his dad's help had moved the beds together
so Jaden would be close by if Aidan needed him. Furthermore, Aidan would
be sleeping on the side next to the wall with Jaden to block the
other side, so there would be no danger of Aidan rolling out of bed,
however unlikely that might be.
TV and gaming system was set up for Aidan's convenience and everything
was ready for his arrival on Monday. Mr. Reynolds had even installed a
hand railing near the toilet and one in the tub, though they doubted it
would be necessary, no one was taking any chances with Aidan's safety.
Jeremy and Dee came with Jaden and his dad to the hospital, but Isaac
opted out saying he had a test to study for. Jaden had yet to breach
the subject of Isaac's feelings about hospitals and sick people, but he
planned on talking to Jeremy about it the first chance he got.
was in high spirits as he greeted his brother and friends and he looked
almost back to normal. All his tubes and wiring had been removed and he
had been eating regular food for a few days. His only complaint the
last few days was of boredom and he was more than ready to come
they left that evening Jaden rode up front with his dad and the two
love birds sat in the back seat, but after they dropped Dee off Jaden
moved back to sit with his friend. This was the opportunity Jaden had
been waiting for to have a talk with his friend about Isaac.
guess Isaac sort of got weirded out when Aidan had his attack or
Isaac is a strong person, but not around sick people and hospitals. When
I got hurt...well, he took it pretty hard. He even blamed himself at
first, but we all knew that was silly. We went to different schools and
never rode together. I guess I never knew how much he loved me or cared
about me till that day I got hurt. He was there for me every minute
they'd let him, but mom and dad said when he got home he pretty much
fell apart each time."
can totally relate to that. I sort of feel the same way, but I have all
of you to help me through it and I'm doing okay. I'll just be glad when
A gets home. I wanted to throw a party, but mom and dad said no, that
he didn't need that much excitement that soon. So...it may have to wait
a while, but eventually we are going to celebrate."
count us in when it's party time."
was torture for Jaden. He'd wanted to stay home and go with them to get
Aidan, but his folks had made him go to school anyway. Since Aidan
wasn't going to be released till sometime after noon, they assured
Jaden that he wouldn't miss much, and when he got home from school his
brother would be waiting.
lunch Jaden picked at his food and talked non-stop about what he was
going to do with Aidan to keep him entertained and comfortable while he
recuperated. Jimmy had come back to school that morning and was coming
home with him after school to see Aidan. Jimmy teased that Aidan could
watch him and Jaden making out and getting reacquainted and Jaden
don't know, A's probably pretty horny by now, he might want to get in
on the action."
that allowed? I mean with his surgery and all?"
we could do all the work and just let him lie there," Jaden joked.
kay, sounds good," Jimmy said taking him seriously.
see. Who knows, he may sleep all day. Depends on what kind of meds they
put him on."
long till he can come back to school?" Dee asked.
Doc says maybe three weeks, but it could be sooner if things go okay."
he going to get to make up his work while he's out?"
absolutely, he's going to take classes online till he gets back. It's
pretty cool actually. He can lay in bed and go to school," Jaden joked.
hope it's not a two way video or anything," Jimmy laughed, "or the
teacher may get turned on."
especially if A wears one of those skimpy hospital gowns," Jeremy
day passed slowly and by the time Jaden got home his stomach was all
tied up in knots. Would he find Aidan there or would there have been
some catch? He hadn't heard from his folks all day so he supposed
everything was okay, but lately he'd begun to worry about every little
home," he said bursting through the door and rushing upstairs.
bedroom door was open and Jaden's heart jumped for joy as he saw his
twin sitting up in bed, and he laughed when he saw his brother.
home," he said going to his twin and hugging him fiercely, "I've missed
you sooo much."
missed you too," he said kissing his brother on the lips, "Hey, who
said you could move back into my room?" he teased.
looked stricken at first. He knew they'd talked about it, but had Aidan
forgotten, then he saw the smile on his brother's face and he relaxed.
hole, you had me for a minute. I'm not letting you out of my sight till
you're back to normal."
so I'm abnormal now?" Aidan teased.
choice of word, until you're well. God Bro, you don't know scared we've
all been. I don't ever want to have to go through anything like this
guess I was pretty inconsiderate," he mocked, "next time I'll be more
okay...I get it. It's not about me...it's about you, but I
just love you so much..." Jaden said as a few tears leaked from his
okay, I was just bustin' your balls. I know it was rough on
you. I was out most of the time and really didn't know what was going
on. It must've been awful seeing me like that."
was pretty scary. If I could've traded places with you I would have."
know, but I'm home now and pretty soon I'll be going back to school and
we'll forget all about this."
the sooner the better, scoot over Bro, I wanna snuggle," Jaden said
laying beside his brother.
missed this," Aidan said smiling.
Reynolds appeared at the doorway a few minutes later and smiled, "Well,
I see my two pups are bonding again."
mom, gotta snack for me?" Jaden said grinning.
are you hungry Aidan?"
little, whatever you have for J is fine with me."
you boys just relax. I'll bring your snack to you," she said smiling.
returned a few minutes later with bottles of Powerade and a plate of
fresh bakes cookies.
anything else boys?"
thanks mom," they echoed and then giggled.
be in my room taking a quick nap if you need me."
be fine mom, thanks," Jaden said munching on a cookie.
feel sorry for mom," Aidan said when she was gone, "she spent all the
time with me at the hospital and she must be tired."
she's the best. Dad did a lot too though. I know he doesn't always show
it, but this thing was hard for him too."
know, and you must've been going crazy wondering if I was gonna die or
if I'd be a veg."
well...like you said, it's all over with now. We're probably stronger
cause of it and closer. Which reminds me...I want to apologize for not
realizing you needed help and for being such a butthole."
weren't a butthole, I was, but it wasn't my fault either. It was the
brain tumor. I didn't have any control over it and there was no way you
could know what was going on. So don't beat yourself up over it. I'm
sorry for the things I did and for forcing you to move out and all, but
now you're back now and everything will be fine."
when do you start your online classes?" Jaden said changing the subject.
Aidan sighed, "but it will be pretty cool and won't take up too much
time. I'll have plenty of time to watch TV and play video games."
jerk it," Jaden laughed.
no, that's way too strenuous. I'll expect you to take care of that for
me," Aidan laughed.
good to me, how you feelin' right now?"
been a week since I got off, you tell me," he said giving Jaden a
on, be right back."
crept down to his folks room and peeked in the open doorway to see his
mother sound asleep and when he returned he closed the door behind him
and latched it. Then closing and latching the bathroom door he returned
to the bed to find Aidan laying naked atop the covers.
you are ready...aren't you?" Jaden laughed.
won't take long..."
bad, I was hoping for an hour of hot sweaty sex."
can come twice I guess. Come on, get naked and let's get at before mom
wakes up or dad gets home."
wouldn't want to have them banging on the door while we're banging on
each other," Jaden joked.
no banging. Take it easy, I'm delicate," Aidan teased.
well...I'll do all the work."
bout a 69?"
for me, sorry if I'm a little sticky down there. I been thinking about
this all day."
is good, I'm leaking like mad myself," Aidan said as they moved into
they were lost in each other's body, rubbing, touching, licking and
sucking as they moaned softly. It felt wonderful to be together this
way again, and soon the feelings were boiling up as they headed toward what
they knew would be an unforgettable orgasm.
Aidan cried out and began to unload into Jaden's eager mouth and Jaden
wasn't far behind. When they were sated and after a quick cleanup, they
dressed and Jaden unlatched both doors and climbed back into bed with
was nice," Aidan sighed, "I've missed that."
we'll do some more stuff...if you want."
know I do. I think I'd like to feel you inside me."
and I'll ride you so you won't have to do any work," Jaden said
were interrupted by a knock on the door, "Come in," Jaden said, and was
surprised to see his dad poke his head in.
boys decent?" he teased.
are now," Jaden laughed, "Hi dad, get off early?"
couldn't keep my mind on work, I had to come see how my boys were
doing. How you feeling Aidan?"
now that I'm home."
good. I see your mom is sleeping. I think we'll just get pizza for
dinner, how does that sound?"
pizza on a Monday, that's my kind of dinner," Jaden said
good to me," Aidan said happily, "especially after the hospital food. I
thought cafeteria food at school was bad..."
hospitals aren't known for their gourmet food," Mr. Reynolds laughed,
"but it is nutritional..if you can choke it down."
I'll leave you boys to visit. I think I'm going to go lay down by your
mom for a while."
gonna play the quiet game in bed?" Jaden giggled.
Mr. Reynolds said trying to suppress a smile, "What happens in my
bedroom, stays in my bedroom."
twins were laughing as their dad headed off to the bedroom and his wife
and it seemed things were finally back to normal.
returned to school two weeks later and was greeted by a crowd of
friends and well wishers and spent much of his day telling his story.
He didn't mind the notoriety and in fact basked in it. Just as his
videos had brought him attention, his brain tumor and hospital stay had
propelled him into the limelight again.
lunch several newcomers showed up at their table and after
introductions were made the conversation turned to Aidan once more.
However, he was getting tired of telling the same story over and over
and decided to pull the new kids into the conversation and find out a
bit about them.
of the boys was a cute red-haired boy named Zak. His skin was not as
white as most gingers though he did have a scattering of freckles across
his nose. His emerald green eyes were captivating and he was a cute boy
all around. His body was well defined and he was a little tall for his
age, but he didn't seem as awkward as most boys with these
Zak, did you just move here?" Dee asked once Aidan got things going in
been around. I guess you guys just never noticed me," he said shrugging.
think I've seen you before," Jaden offered, "in the halls maybe..."
but I'm pretty forgettable," he said sounding sad.
do you say that?" Aidan said reaching out to the boy. For some reason
he felt an incredible attraction to this boy and it was a bit
shrugged, "Dunno, just am. No one really seems to notice me most of the
if you want to join our table, you'll get noticed plenty," Dee offered,
"When I first came here, my life was miserable till I found these guys.
Now...I gotta cool boyfriend and lots of cool friends," she said
squeezing Jeremy's hand.
heard some kids talking...about you..." he said looking at Aidan and
blushing, "and how you helped other kids and stuff...you and your
brother and friends, so...I thought I'd come see what it was like."
I hope you'll stick with us," Aidan said warmly, "You seem
like a cool guy."
and you're cute," Dee said grinning.
blushed bright red, "Naw...I'm not."
you are," Aidan said then blushed himself, "I mean...I don't mean to
embarrass you, but you are very cute...right J?"
if I didn't have a boyfriend I'd be tryin' to figure out if you liked
boys or girls," he laughed, then taking Jimmy's hand he leaned in and
put his head on Jimmy's shoulder to show Zak just who he was talking
guys are...are boyfriends?" Zak asked looking down at his plate.
a few of us are gay or bi...is that cool with ya'?" Jaden said
absolutely. That's cool. I...um, I'm not really sure what I am," he
confessed, "I don't really have a lot of experience either way."
this is a good place to figure things out. We don't judge anyone and
between all of us we have a lot of answers to the questions you might
have," Aidan said smiling.
you guys seems nice. If it's okay I guess I'll come back tomorrow."
right gang?" Jaden said enthusiastically and everyone agreed.
other newcomer was a girl named Ann and she hardly spoke the whole time
despite Dee and the others trying to pull her into the conversation.
She never returned after that day and the gang decided she might have
not been as cool with their sexuality as most kids were.
evening at home Aidan piled down on his bed and closed his eyes.
just tired. I forgot how tiring school was."
a nap if you want. I'll go downstairs and let you rest."
it's okay. I'm hungry anyway. I think I'll change and go grab a snack,
you with me?"
so what did you think of the new kid, Zak?" Jaden asked as they started
know it sounds crazy J, but I felt like I'd known him forever and that
we had a real connection."
you like him, like him,
or just like him?"
don't know. I mean I'm not saying I love him or anything, but if he's
willing I'd like to get to know him better."
I think he's willing. He kept sneaking little peeks at you all during
Aidan said slipping on a favorite worn tee shirt.
he is sort of cute. Why don't you invite him over sometime this week
and see what happens?"
might, but I think I'll see if he even shows up again tomorrow."
did show up the next day, and the next, and by Friday he seemed to have
melded into the group just fine. He still didn't say much, but he
answered any questions thrown his way and seemed to enjoy the lively
conversation at the table. He seemed especially interested in the two
couples, Dee and Jeremy, and Jaden and Jimmy, but a good deal of his
time was spent watching Aidan and smiling at him.
got a crush on you," Jaden informed his brother Thursday evening on
the ride home.
way. You sure?" Aidan said smiling.
trust me. I know that look."
I've decided to take your advice. Tomorrow I'm going to invite him over
idea, I'll be at Jimmy's so you two will have the place to yourself."
are you boys talking about?" Mrs. Reynolds said checking them out in
the rear view mirror.
just a new boy that A likes," Jaden giggled, "his name is Zak and he's
well...when do I get to meet this boy?"
Saturday. I was thinking of inviting him over if it's okay."
fine dear, just don't do anything too strenuous. Some video games maybe
or a movie."
made a rude gesture poking a finger through two circled fingers causing
both of them to giggle, but their mom ignored them.
you know where this boy lives?"
not really. I guess I'll find out tomorrow. I know he rides the bus,
but I don't know which one."
if his mother needs to talk to me just give him my number."
home they had their snack and started on their homework without being
told. Afterwards Jaden called Jimmy, and Aidan called Jeremy's house and
how's it going A? Brain all better?" he teased.
brain? The zombies ate it," Aidan giggled.
bet it was tasty. What's up bro?"
well..I was hoping to talk to Jer about a new video I been thinking
I was wondering when you'd get back to it. What did you have in
talked about the video for a long time then somehow the subject of Zak
that new kid Jeremy's been talking about...the ginger?"
ginger an insult, like the N word?" Aidan wondered aloud.
guess it's not nice to label people," Isaac said thoughtfully, "so from
now on I'll say red-haired...okay?"
or just Zak. He's really cool Isaac. I'm going to ask him over Saturday
and try to get to know him better."
as in get in his pants know him better?" Isaac teased.
not that...not yet anyway," Aidan giggled.
really like this dude, don't ya'?"
let's just say that there's something about him that I'm attracted to
and I think he's attracted to me too."
so cool. This might be just what you need. I know the thing with your
old bf was tough, but it's time to move on and find someone new."
over John," Aidan said, but he wasn't sure that was exactly true, "but
I don't know if I'm ready to get into another relationship yet. I just
want to be friends with Zak and take it slow."
is good, but don't be afraid to go with your feelings. You have good
instincts and you're smart. You'll know if it's right."
guess, well...I should go. Tell lover boy I called," Aidan chuckled,
"and tell him I'll see him tomorrow at school."
lunch the next day Aidan got Zak aside and ask him about coming over
the next day. He was surprised to see a look of panic on the boy's face
and his answer was not what Aidan had suspected.
can't. I'm sorry...but I just can't. I don't have a way to get to your
house and anyway my mom would probably say no."
could come get you and your mom could call my mom," Aidan suggested,
"and my mom could take you home whenever you wanted."
tried to think of something to say that wouldn't reveal the real
problem, that he didn't want Aidan to see the run-down apartments he
lived in or for him to meet his family. He was ashamed of them and that
was one reason he didn't have any friends at school, at least not until
just can't. I'm sorry, but thanks for asking," Zak muttered, "I gotta
go...I need to use the bathroom before class starts..." he said
hurrying away and leaving Aidan to stare after him feeling sad and
is wrong," Aidan said on the way home that evening, "he acted like he
was terrified that I asked him to come over."
maybe he has like really strict folks that don't allow him to have
friends or visit anyone."
don't know, but I felt really bad for him. He seemed embarrassed or
something. I wonder if we could find out where he lives without him
there's always Google," Jaden said making a funny face, "Do you know
his last name?"
we'll give it a try anyway. Who knows what we'll find out."
were five Zak Browns in the online phone book, but none of them was
their Zak Brown, and even if Zak had been a Jr. none of these Zak
Browns had a son named after them. They were just about to give up when
suddenly Jaden remembered something.
Dee works in the office sometimes, suppose she could find out Zak's
address for us?"
don't know, we could ask her. I think she has access to the computer
and I'm sure all that stuff is in the data base."
we'll ask her. The worst thing she can say is no."
absolutely not," Dee said firmly, "I will not risk my job or being
expelled by doing your dirty work. Why don't you just ask Zak where he
lives? If he won't tell you, you can always figure out which bus he
rides and at least you'll know approximately where he lives."
a bad idea. Sorry for asking you to help us though. I sure don't want
you getting into trouble."
okay, you boys never think things out. You just think about what you
want and what it takes to get it and not the consequences."
that's pretty judgmental," Jaden said swooning, "that really hurts."
telling you how it is."
is she always this mean?" Jaden asked pretending to lick his wounds.
she keeps me in line, but I don't mind," he said kissing her hand.
lovey dovey stuff with girls," Jaden teased.
seem to remember you doing some lovey dovey stuff with this girl,"
Jeremy reminded him.
well, that was an experiment."
Dee said looking angry.
was a successful one. Very nice indeed," Jaden said grinning.
better. You know what? Why don't you let me talk to Zak. He might open
up to me since he's not crushing on me," Dee suggested.
does everyone think Zak is crushing on me?"
he is doofus," Jaden scolded.
he definitely is," Jeremy added.
obvious to us cause we get to watch you both. I think it's cute the way
you look at each other and if I can do anything to get you two together
then I'll be glad to."
okay...do your best then."
weekend passed slowly for Aidan. Jaden was at Jimmy's Friday night and
most of Saturday, and when he got home the two enjoyed family night with
their folks. They had take-out Chinese and popcorn and sodas later and
had a good time.
bedtime Jaden scooted in beside his brother and they talked quietly
before engaging in sex play. Aidan was strong enough by then to do his
own fucking and they took turns before falling down in a heap and
snuggling up to go to sleep. They awoke early the next morning and had
sex again, then got up and peed and washed up and slipped their
underwear back on before going to their separate beds and sleeping a
called Sunday afternoon as Aidan was working on a new video in the room
he shared with his brother.
up girlfriend?" Aidan teased.
found out some very interesting things about Zak, but not from him,
from the girl that sat with us that day he joined us....Ann."
does she have to do with this?"
lives in the same apartments as Zak. She said the two of them were sort
of friends, but not close, and he suggested they come to our table to
try to keep the bullies away and maybe make some new friends."
why didn't she come back?"
was uncomfortable with the gay stuff I guess. She said she doesn't have
anything against gays, but that she just doesn't feel like she fit in."
silly, we don't talk about gay stuff all the time. You should invite
did, but in the meantime, I found out what you wanted to know."
is it bad or good, or what?"
think he thinks it's bad. See he lives in these low-income apartments
over on Berry Street and I think he's sort of ashamed cause he mom is
on Welfare or something and they don't have much money."
awful, but it doesn't matter to me. I'd like him no matter what," Aidan
said feeling bad for his new friend and for himself.
know that, and I plan on telling him that when I see him. Meantime just
be nice to him and don't worry. I think I can convince him to come
hope so. I guess that's why he was so upset about my mom coming to get
him. Maybe he could just ride home with us after school sometime...oh,
but then how would he get home?" Aidan mused.
figure something out, don't worry. So how's your day going?"
talked for another fifteen minutes then Aidan went back to his video,
but his heart just wasn't in it at the moment. He wanted to talk to
someone about Zak, and though he knew Jaden would understand and be on his side,
what he really needed was someone who could shed a different light on
dad...can I talk to you for a minute?"
course dear, have a seat. What's on your mind?"
I have this new friend...." Aidan spelled out the whole situation as
his parents listened carefully, nodding and digesting what he had to
say, and when he got to the end they paused a moment before replying.
first of all, I feel sad for this boy," Mrs. Reynolds said patting her
son's hand, "Unfortunately this is something that is more common than
you might think. Of course a child has no control over his parents
financial situation, but that doesn't stop them from feeling bad about
things. I remember when I was growing up, there was this one girl in my
class who was always dressed rather shabbily and was the brunt of a lot
of bullying. Then one day she didn't show up for class and a few days
later we learned that she and her family had been evicted from their
home and were living on the street."
happened to them?" Aidan asked with a serious look.
once the school learned what had happened, a few of the parents and the
PTA go together and had a fund drive and they found the family a place
to stay and someone even offered the dad a job. She came back to school
a week or so later and she was wearing new clothes and looked like a
new person. We became friends after that and to this day we stay in
guess what I'm trying to say is this, sometimes a friend can make all
the difference in the world to someone who is struggling with their
home life, regardless of what that problem is. If this boy really likes
you and you like him, his home life or his financial status should not
be an issue."
agree," Mr. Reynolds said, "I had a buddy in high school who's family
was dirt poor, but me and my buddies never treated him any different.
We used to pool our money to make sure he was included in all our
activities and when he graduated he got a scholarship to Law School and
today he's a big shot lawyer."
how can I help Zak without hurting his pride or making him feel bad?"
a good question son. It shows that you can empathize with his situation
and that you care about his feelings. All I can say is this, if he
knows you care about him he is more likely to open up to you and let
you help him. Just make sure you treat him as you treat your other
friends and don't make him feel like he's being singled out for any
what can I do about this situation with him not wanting to come over
cause he doesn't want me to see where he lives?"
a good question, let us think about it. Meanwhile let us know what Dee
finds out and maybe you could talk to him as well."
that sounds good. Thanks for talking to me. It helps a lot."
you for trusting us enough to talk to us. I know some kids don't have
that kind of relationship with their parents."
well...that's cause they don't have such cool rents," Aidan said
hugging both of them.
Monday Aidan made it a point to hunt down Zak at his locker and walk
was your weekend?" Aidan said smiling.
I guess," Zak muttered, even though it had been rather boring.
was okay too, kind of lonely. My brother was gone most of the time, but
I did make time to work on a new video."
I heard about those, but I've never seen any of em'."
assumed that meant Zak didn't have access to the internet and he knew
he didn't have a phone of his own.
maybe sometime I could show you some of them. Right now I'm just trying
to get back into the swing of things, after being in the hospital and
I heard about that. So you had a brain tumor or something...right?"
told Zak about all that had happened and he listened with interest.
Everything about Aidan was interesting to him and he found himself getting more attached by the moment. But he knew he couldn't
let himself get too attached, because they were from two different
worlds, and he was sure Aidan could never like a poor kid from a bad
see ya at lunch," Aidan said as they parted a short time later, "enjoy
your classes," he laughed.
rolled his lovely green eyes and laughed, "You too."
lunch Aidan was concerned when Zak didn't show up right away, but
eventually he came in followed by Jeremy and Dee. He wondered if Dee
had found time to talk to him yet, but decided not to worry about it for
the time being and just be as friendly as possible to Zak.
you guys," Aidan said as they sat down.
Zak said blushing as he gave Aidan a shy look.
are you eating?" Aidan said staring at Zak's tray.
don't know, some kind of nuggets. Might he chicken, might be rat for
all I know," Zak said in a rare show of humor.
laughed, "I got an extra sandwich if you want it," he said opening his
this will be okay," Zak said dipping a nugget in ketchup, "Actually not
you guys hear about the dance next Saturday night?" Dee said excitedly.
Nope, where is it?" Jaden asked looking interested.
off campus, so even gay couples can attend."
hoo, count us in," Jimmy whooped.
guys mean you'd go together and dance or something?" Zak asked with
we're not ashamed of who we are?" Jaden said looking straight into
uh...cool, but I'd never have that kind of nerve...I mean, if I
never know till you been there," Jaden said smiling, "there was a time
when I wouldn't have been so bold, but a lot has changed here at
school. We have the GSA now and the safe table and most of the kids
here are very cool about things. We don't tolerate bullying or abuse of
any kind and it makes the teachers jobs a lot easier so they're behind
us a hundred percent."
don't know, I don't think everyone is as cool as you think," Zak
bothering you?" Dee said before anyone else could.
shrugged, "Naw, not really," he muttered.
there was, you'd tell us..right?" Aidan said looking serious, "That's
what we're here for, to help kids who are being bullied or taunted."
know, thanks. Just being here is helping. I just don't want to get into
it right now, okay?"
we get it, but I'll tell you right now if I see or hear about anyone
messing with you, I'll take care of it personally," Jaden growled.
me too," Aidan added and the others voiced their approval as well.
lunch Aidan noticed that Dee was tagging along behind Zak and leaving
going on with her?" Jimmy asked.
just going to talk him about some stuff, I'll fill you in later," Jaden
said to his bf.
she told me all about it," Jeremy said nodding, "If anyone can get to
him, Dee can."
hope so," Aidan sighed, "I really hope so."
after school Aidan was standing at his locker when Zak approached him
did you send Dee to talk to me?" he asked angrily, his face bright red.
calm down. I'm sorry. I just wanted to help, that's all. I really want
us to be friends and I was hoping you would talk to her and tell her
what the problem was."
wanna know what the problem is? You really want to know? I'll tell you
what the problem is..." he said practically foaming at the
few kids had stopped to stare and Aidan knew he had to get Zak out of
there before he said something he'd regret later.
on, let's get out of here. We can talk somewhere more private, okay?"
knew Aidan was right, and his anger was slowly slipping away. He knew
he didn't want anyone else to hear what he was about to say to Aidan,
and so he allowed himself to be lead outside to a quiet spot beside the
I want you to know this before you say anything else. I like you a lot,
I'm not sure if you like me or not, but I think you do. I don't know if
you like me the same way I like you, but that's something we can
figure out as we go along. But first you gotta trust me and talk to me.
I don't care about where you live or what happens at home, all I care
about is you and getting to know you better."
might not feel that way once you know everything about me," Zak sighed.
His adrenaline rush was gone and had been replaced by a feeling of
hopelessness and despair.
of you being a serial killer or a drug lord, I can't think of much that
would bother me, and I might even be okay with that as long as I wasn't
a victim," Aidan said grinning.
grin was contagious and despite his feelings Zak felt his lips curling
up into a smile.
guess I don't have any choice, do I? Dee already told you part of
it...where I live."
doesn't make any difference to me. You don't have any more control over
that than I do over where I live or who my folks are. We're just kids
and we don't get to make those kind of decisions."
fine for you, you got rich folks and a nice house and plenty to eat and
felt tears sting his eyes, and for a moment he couldn't speak, but when
he did it was in a soft and soothing voice.
know I'm lucky, but I don't flaunt what I have and I share with my
friends. I try to help other kids and my folks are great people who do
a lot to help other people. My dad got Jimmy's mom a job and we helped
them when his dad got sent to prison. You can't hold it against me that
I live in a nice house and have good parents and stuff. In a way you're
the one who's being prejudiced, not me. I would never shun someone
because of their situation."
but how do I know you're not just feeling sorry for me?"
I liked you before I found out anything about you. Remember I asked you
to come over before I knew why you felt like you couldn't. Dude, trust
me...I want to be your friend and I don't care about your family or
where you live. My family doesn't care, my friends don't care, and you
don't know...I just don't want to cause anyone any trouble."
would that be causing trouble?"
don't know...let me think about it okay?"
take all the time you want. I wish we could stay in touch somehow
don't have a cell phone, but we have a regular phone at home."
would work, here's my number," Jaden said ripping a piece of paper out
of his notebook and jotting his number down, "call me any time you
want. That's my cell and I keep it with me all the time."
be nice," Zak muttered.
bus do you ride?"
Oh shit...I probably missed my bus...now I'm gonna have to walk home."
you don't. Come with me, my mom will take you home. She's picking me
and Jaden up in a bit."
this will give you a chance to meet my mom and see how cool she is."
guess...it's that or walk 3 miles."
there you guys are," Jaden called to them as he approached.
we needed to talk. Is mom here yet?"
she just texted me. What's up?"
need to give Zak a ride, come on."
Jaden just shrugged and followed his brother with Zak bringing up the
rear. When they arrived at his mom's van, Aidan opened the front door
and spoke to his mother for a moment then opened the sliding door and
ushered Zak inside. Jaden took the front seat next to his mom and after
everyone was buckled up Mrs. Reynolds turned to ask Zak for directions.
apartment in on Berry Street, ummm...I think they're called Pine Wood
or something like that."
and what side street?"
not sure, there's a 7-11 on the corner though, you can just drop me off
Reynolds remembered what Aidan had said about the boy being embarrassed
about where he lived and didn't ask any more questions.
was quiet all the way there, speaking only when spoken to, but when
they got near the 7-11 he became animated.
it, up on the right. You can just let me off there. I want to get a Big
Gulp anyway," he said hoping Mrs. Reynolds wouldn't insist on taking
him all the way home.
was relieved when she pulled into the parking lot of the 7-11 which was
packed even at that time of day, many of the customers looking a bit
for the ride ma'am," Zak said as he followed Aidan out.
welcome Zak, it was nice to meet you."
too. Well, I guess I'll see you tomorrow, thanks for the ride and all,"
the last part being said to Aidan.
you're welcome. You think about what I said and call me, okay?"
well, see ya'."
they drove away Mrs. Reynolds voiced her opinion, "He seems like a nice
boy. I'm glad you've made friends with him boys. He looks like someone
who could use a good friend or two."
he already has about six," Aidan said grinning, "anyone who sits at our
table has our friendship."
one more reason I'm proud of you boys...all of you, Jimmy and Jeremy
and Dee and all the others."
he'll come over now?" Jaden asked.
he's gonna think about it. Maybe he'd feel better if we picked him up
at the 7-11...if he decides to come."
might work," Mrs. Reynolds said grinning, "he might be more comfortable
with that. Whatever works for you boys is fine."
it may take some work, but I think we're on the right track," Aidan
said sighing, "At least he didn't beat me up for sending Dee to talk to
him," he added laughing, "Now I just gotta earn his trust."
Next: Aidan's new BF.
updated my story list if
you see any missing please let me know.
Series, rest are short stories
A Christmas for Joey
Christmas With Nick
Alex and Aidan*
Andy Tastes Like Candy
At the Dike*
Boy Glory Hole
CL Cock Sucker
Cody's Christmas Wish
Dirt Bikes and Blowjobs
Story #Part 3 of a series
The Ginger and the Chub
Hair Salon Boys
I Heart You
Little Brother's Feet*
Lost in Fear*
Best Friend's Dad *Related story to My Son's Best Friends
My Not so Miserable Life
Little Runaway #Part 1 of a series
Son's Best Friends *Related series to My Best Friend's Dad
My 11th Summer*
Rabbit: A Christmas Story
Second Chance for Love
Six Black Boys*
Taking a Chance on Love
The Year I Learned to Love my Brother (TYILTLMB)*
The Reynolds Twins*
Tommy Boy #Part two of a
To the Max
Trailer Park Christmas
Trick or Treet Dress Up
Tween to Teen*
What a Dollar Will Buy
Amazing What Sex Can do for a Guy (as