"Surprise!" I mocked. I walked over to Aaron and gave him a hug.
"Jacob, this is Aaron. Aaron this is Jacob." I said to the two boys.
"Hey wassup?" Aaron said. "Hey." Said Jacob.
"Nice T-shirt, Jacob. I bought Zac one just like it." Aaron looked at me. "So where's the party at?" I started feeling really uncomfortable. Why was Aaron acting this way? He was never acted this way before. He almost seems to be jealous. But why? We aren't together. I am not together with anyone. And now they both seem to be looking at me funny. "Ok guys, lets all go into the living room, and have a drink. Aaron you want a screwdriver?" "No. If you have whiskey, I will just take the bottle." "Ok." I said nervously. I went over to the bar, and grabbed the whisky for Aaron, and Jacob's ice tea. For some reason, I didn't really feel like drinking anymore.
"So, Aaron what are you doing here in Oregon?" I said. "Well me and my dad got into this huge fight, and he kicked me out. I could have stayed with Jacqui, but I wanted a change of scene. Maybe I was wrong?"
"No. Aaron, you can stay with me as long as you need to you know that. I have a four bedroom house, and I am the only one that lives here." I said looking at him.
"Jacob, you can stay here as long as you would like too. You know that don't you?"
"Of course I know that. We have taken care of each other for years. Why stop now?" He replied, smiling at Aaron. Fuck. Is there going to be some sort battle over me.
"So Zac, you got a smoke " Aaron said. "Yeah, but we have to go out on the deck. Jacob, do you still smoke?"
"No, I'll just sit in here and wait for you guys." "Ok." I looked over at Jacob and smiled. Then I looked at Aaron. "Come on, let's go and smoke." I said to Aaron.
We walked out to the deck. I reached in my pocket and grabbed my smokes, and gave Aaron one. I pulled one out for me as well. "Got a light?" Aaron said. "Of course." I said lighting his smoke. "So who is Jacob? How long have you known him?" He said looking out to the beach. "Aaron what's up with the game of twenty questions? Why are you acting this way? Jacob is my best friend from school, I have known him for about eleven years."
"And?" Aaron said sharply. "And what?" I said back harshly. "What the fuck do you want me to tell you? That we fucked like rabid apes? Well no, we did not fuck like rabid apes. I did not fuck Jacob, and Jacob did not fuck me! We got really drunk one night before he
moved to Texas, and we had a night of forbidden passion. He just got here about fifteen minutes before you called and I haven't even had a chance to really even talk to him, he is wearing my clothes because he spilled his drink on him, and he was soaked. So while I was making him another drink you called. Where did you get a cell phone anyway?
Then enter Aaron. Now we are out here smoking a fucking cigarette, and mine has burnt all the way out, so now I am going to chain smoke which is really bad to do. Aaron chuckled.
"What in the hell is so god damn funny now?" I said angrily.
"Well number one, you haven't even lit your shit yet, and two, I love it when you get angry and vent like that, and three I love you." He just had to do it. Why in the hell did he do it?
He looked at me with his eyes in that wa y that makes you turn into putty. Now, I am not angry anymore. Which really pisses me off, because I liked the fact that I was going off. Now, I am not. With that, I lit my cigarette. We stood in silence for the next
five minutes. I started staring off into space. I was in my own little world. I was worrying what was going to happen. My feelings started questioning each other, and I started feeling very confused. I felt sick to my stomach. "Aaron?" I looked at him. "I think I am going to be sick." I flicked my cigarette, and ran back inside. "Zac!" Jacob said. "You ok man?" He got up and started following me. There wasn't much I could say w ith puke in my mouth. Him and Aaron both stayed outside the bathroom door till I was done.
"What happened to him?" Jacob said to Aaron. "I don't know. We where having a talk, then we stopped talking and he kind of went off into his own little world, then he looked at me and he said he was going to be sick. Zac you ok?" Aaron said concerned. "Yeah, I'll be fine."
"So how long have you known Zac?" Jacob said. "Umm, I have known him for about a year. But he didn't start talking to me until July. He didn't notice me. Then I guess we became really good friends." "Cool. I have known Zac for about twelve years. But he didn't start talking to me until fifth grade. We met in fourth. He just wasn't really a social butterfly."
I heard them talking and I didn't think that was a really good thing. So I finished up in the bathroom. Washed my face and hands. Then I swung open the door. "Wow, never had a welcoming party at the bathroom before." I said with one hand over my mouth. I went into entryway, and grabbed a piece of gum out of a tin; I have sitting on a shelf by the front door.
"Ok. Aaron did you drive here?" I said to him. Knock, knock. "Shit. No, and I forgot. The cab is outside waiting. Can you get it for me? I'm sorry. "Hey, not a problem." I said. I answered the door. It was the cab driver. "So, is someone going to pay for the ride? The meter has been running. It is forty-five dollars even. Here are the bags." The cabby said.
I reached into my wallet. All I have is twenty dollars. "Do you take checks, or plastic?"
"Zac you know the rules, cash or cops." The cabby said. "Oh my god. I've got twenty bucks. Do you wanna take that now, and I'll stop by tomorrow and give you the rest? Shit you have known me for how many years? I dated your daughter for how many months."
"You dated her for three months, and then cheated on her, and broke her fucking heart. So either you give me the cash or I call the cops." "Zac, give her the twenty. Here is fifty. Keep the change ok.
Now get the fuck off this property before we call the cops for trespassing." Jacob said. "Yeah thanks fucker." She said. "Yeah you have a nice night too, Carla. Oh yeah tell Amber I said hi." I said back to her. I see a hand go up in the air and then a finger. We all chuckled. "Thanks Jacob, I'll get ya back tomorrow." I said. "Not worried about it, I know that you are good for it." "Thank you Jacob." Aaron said shyly.
Jacob didn't say anything. He just turned and ga e Aaron this huge shit-eating grin.
I shut the door, and motioned for everyone to go bac into the living room. Aaron grabbed his bags. "Ok so I guess I can show you guys where you'll be sleeping. Follow me." I said.
We walked up stairs. There is a bathroom to the left, and a little farther forward on the right is a bedroom.
"Ok who wants this room?" "I'll take it." Jacob said.
"Aaron, you want this room?" I pointed to the one
across the hall.
"Sure, I guess this will be fine. Where is your room?"
"See the door at the end of the hall that is my room.
It leads out to a deck with a hot tub. If you guys want to use the hot tub, just go out the side door right there." I pointed. "Thanks Zac, I am gonna hit the sack. I had a long drive from Texas, so I think I am gonna crash." He said with a smile. He walked up to me and gave me a hug.
"Meet me downstairs in two hours." He whispered. "Good night Jacob. Sweet dreams." I said. "Yeah don't let the bed bugs bite." Aaron said. "I am gonna go smoke again. You wanna join me?" I asked Aaron.
"Actually I am gonna get settled in. But if I get done before you're done smoking. I will meet you outside." He said.
"Sure thing. I am gonna go out my room, so just whatever." I smiled.
I turned and walked toward my bedroom. "H ey Zac?" Aaron said.
"Yeah babe?" "I love you." He said smiling. "I love you too." I said as I shut the bedroom door. What in the hell is going on here? Why is this happening to me now? What in the hell did I do to be torn between two people? Jacob is in my clothes, in my house. Aaron is in my house. The love of my life is in my house. So is the other love of my life. I am so confused. I started feeling sick again. I ran to the bathroom. Forgetting that I shared a bath with Jacob's room, I started vomiting. Jacob ran in. He was wearing nothing but his boxers. They were black silk. He looked really fucking hot. He came over to me and started rubbing my back, telling me that I was going to be ok. "Zac? Are you going to be ok?" He asked concerned. I grabbed some tissue and blew my nose. I stood up and washed my hands and face. "Yeah I am going to be fine dude. I don't know what is going on, I have never been sick like this befo..." I was cut off. He started kissing me. I returned the kiss. Our tongues met again for the second time. This time I knew more about what I was doing. He knew more. The kiss was very passionate and seductive. I started rubbing his back. I slipped my hands down the back of his boxers and felt his very firm ass. He stopped. "Zac, what are we doing?" He asked me. "I don't know, I am just doing what feels right." I said. He started kissing me again. He moved from my lips to my ear then to my neck. "Oh, Aaro...Jacob, that feels so good." I said. He stopped again. He looked at me very sadly. "Jac..." I said, as he raised his finger to my lips. "Don't say a word right now." He said. He just turned and walked away. Fuck, why do I get myself into situations like these. I turned and walked back to my bedroom. I went out on the deck and sat down on of the chairs. Grabbed a smoke and lit it. There was a bottle of bourbon sitting next to the chair. I grabbed it and took a big long hard drink of it. Aaron came out. "Good, your still out here." He said smiling.
"Yeah, just having a drink and smoking."
"You got another one of those?"
"The bourbon, or the cigarette?"
"The cigarette." He said.
"Yeah." I handed him one.
"I got you something before I left Seattle. It took all the money I had saved up, but I wanted to get you something." He said handing me a small box. "Aaron you shouldn't have. I don't deserve it." I said handing it back to him. "Fine then if you don't open it I will."
Aaron started to open the package. It was a jew lry box. Fuck was the first thing that came to my mind. Why is he buying me jewelry? He opened it towards me. It was a beautiful gold band. He took it out of the case and looked at me. "Zac?" He said.