Swimming Lessons - Pt. 6Swimming Lessons - Part SixMore Like This
"Fish, go away," Skyler said, his voice however, held little conviction. The swimmer had seated himself on the side of the bench making some of the higher octaves unreachable.
"Am I bothering you?" Justin was smiling and refused to move even after Skyler pushed at him roughly, yet without much ambition. He didn't really want Justin to leave. After the confession he felt that having Justin around was just a normal thing. Familiar. Like having Daphne around.
It had been two days and the lessons in the pool had turned into make-out sessions in the water, a tactic which was slowly allowing him to relax. Justin was persuasive and controlling with his advances, but he allowed Skyler room to get used to the whole idea. Justin knew that would be the greatest obstacle. Skyler still hadn't gotten around to telling Daphne about the newly formed relationship. He was
Swimming Lessons - Pt. 1Swimming Lessons - Pt. OneMore Like This
Everyone was lined up along the metal bleachers, all standing at attention in their swimming suits. All were to school ordinance. One-piece for the girls and long boxers for the boys.
A coach paced up the line-up inspecting each person individually. Without notice he gave a sharp, shrill blow into his whistle making all the students dive into the pool.
"Begin to treed starting....Now!" he shouted in a quite dictatorous voice, his bellow echoing of the stone walls of the large area. "Donovan, you're late!"
He was glaring at the newly arrived student, uniform still on and bag slung over shoulder. The white-haired teen just glared back with cold, silver eyes.
"In the pool, Donovan, stat!"
The teen regarded the water coolly before returning his attention to the teacher. "I think not.""
"What did you say? Hey! Don't walk away from me! I'll fail you
Swimming Lessons - TUWC IVSkylandishMore Like This
Once upon a time, Justin had been hurt by Skyler's harsh words. When they'd first met Justin had just wanted to be friends with the other. He hadn't meant to make the other so angry.
"Hey!" Justin had called happily. Skyler was always sitting alone outside; he never talked to any of the other kids or the teachers. J.D and Mark were hanging back, unwilling to approach the other kid. "Want to eat lunch with us?"
"Why?" Skyler snapped at him.
"Because you're all alone."
"Maybe I like to be."
"No one likes to be alone!"
"You're an idiot! Go away!" Skyler then proceeded to throw rocks from the ground at him. Justin held up his arms, using them to shield the rest of himself form the shower of hard stones. Don't come back!" he snarled.
Justin no longer took Skyler's insults to heart. Too many people in the pianist's life did that. He'd made it a priorit
Apartment 203 -- Part 16"Are ye bleedin' serious?"More Like This
Finn covered his mouth with his hand, trying to stifle the giggle that threatened to burst forth. Nessa heard it, though, and her face contorted into intense displeasure.
"I ain't wearin' this fuckin' thing."
"Oh come on, it suits you!" That was a lie. The second she slipped that maroon apron over her Mohawk, she became what could only be described as incredibly awkward-looking. Finn had pulled a lot of strings to get her this job at the convenience store, though, and he knew that under her scowl and knit eyebrows, she was appreciative. In a Nessa sort of way, of course.
"An' do I have te wear the name tag?" She fingered the little bronze rectangle as though touching something particularly gross and sticky.
"Yeah, we all do. It's part of the job. Don't worry, no one cares. We all look like idiots."
She had already made fun of him for the blatant misspelling of his own name tag, so she couldn't help but concede.
"Aye, ye got a point there. Shite, I
Apartment No. 203 -- part 11Breakfast was quiet. The absence of idle chatter brought about a very disconcerting feeling in all four of them, making the morning even more uncomfortable and hard to get through. Even Nessa pushed her scrambled eggs around the plate without a word about her motorcycle or the injustice of this citys employers. Occasionally she and Tash would glance at each other or sneak a look at Todd, trying to ascertain how he felt.More Like This
Todd hadnt touched his food. Well, hed touched it, picked at it, taken a bite or two, but anyone who looked could tell that his stomach was twisting into knots at the idea of what they had to do.
Finn wasnt handling it much better. The idea that this man sitting at the counter beside him could have such a deadly disease killed him. He hoped with all his might that the test came out negative, but hoping didnt do much. No, they had to know, and they had to know today.
Standing slowly, Finn gathered the plates, tossing the half-eate
Apartment No. 203 -- part 7"How is it? Todd asked worriedly, glancing at the chipped mug of coffee in Finns hand. When I said I couldnt cook, I meant it. Coffees even a stretch for me.More Like This
Finn just smiled, taking a sip and trying not to wince at the bitter taste. Well, its not not bad, He said laughingly, and color rose to Todds cheeks. Finn put the mug down and touched Todds hand, feeling a swell of affection in his heart. Dont worry about it. You know these automatic coffee makers can be pretty difficult to manage.
Todd laughed, taking Finns fingers in his and pulling the boy closer. See, now I know youre lying.
They both grinned widely at each other, and Finn gently raised his hand to the back of Todds neck, feeling strong arms wrap around him. Am I that obvious?
Finn, youve gotta be the least subtle person Ive ever met.
With that, they kissed again, finding
Apartment No. 203 -- part 5Avoidance was difficult in this situation.More Like This
He knew the second he swore never to see Todd again, that it would be hard, but he never imagined that the fucker would be outside every time he wanted a smoke break, every time his mother asked him to take out the trash or run to the store. Finn basically became a hermit for three days, letting himself slip into nicotine withdrawal rather than go outside and risk running into Todd.
It was borderline pathetic.
No, scratch that. It was very pathetic.
The worst part was, though, that he wasnt even very angry anymore. The anger had faded, but the worry had just gotten worse.
He remembered the miserable look on Todds face when he looked at Tyler. He remembered Todds black eye. He remembered Nessa saying that it wasnt the first time. All this made him sick and livid, but more than that, he was concerned. Todd had wanted to work things out with Tyler, at least thats how it all seemed, and the idea of him with that assho