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The Move

Chapter 21

By Doug Smith

I logged into Skype and called Jason. While AIM and yahoo are okay for some things, I prefer the video features of Skype much better. Josh watched while he sat on my bed out of sight of the cam. Jason answered on the second ring.

"It's about time you called. I've been sending you email. Are you avoiding me?"

"Sorry man, I've been busy. A lot has been going on. How have you been?"

"Never mind me. What's up with you? Did you talk to him yet? You promised me you were going to do it last week. If you say no then I'm warning you, my father has more frequent flyer miles. I'll come back there and drag you to his house myself. You know you like him, you just won't admit it. You have to think he's cute."

Josh was sitting on the bed with a smile on his face when I didn't say anything.

"So did you talk to him?"

"Yea, I went up to him one day in school."


"He kind of told me to fuck off, not in those words but that was pretty much it."

"I'm sorry Dan, are you okay? What about the idea of talking to those other guys? Could they help? I'll come back if you want. We'll go to his house and I'll hold him down while you explain about Aaron."

I smiled. "You're a good friend Jay. I appreciate that but it won't be necessary."

"You sure? Why are you smiling? What aren't you telling me shithead?"

"I'm sure. ...He doesn't even live there any more," I said reaching for Josh's hand and pulling him towards me. "I have my own live-in boyfriend now," I laughed pulling Josh into my lap.

My cock jumped when I felt his ass on my legs.

"Man, you've got a bony ass," I smiled giving him a kiss.

"Hi Jason," Josh said smiling. "Nice to see you again."

"What the fuck Dan? What's going on? What do you mean 'live-in' boyfriend? You're kidding right?"

"Nope, Josh is gay and as of today we're officially boyfriends. He's also living with us for at least two weeks."

"Wow!! What happened? He's really living with you?"

We gave Jason the abridged version of what happened the last few days. We left out some of the details like how Josh was paying Phil not to beat him up. It was fun telling him.

"Leave it to you," he smiled. "I'm glad you finally grew a set and talked to him but Josh, I am sorry about your Dad."

"Thanks Jason but I'm doing good. Dan and his family are really helping me."

"I'm sure Dan is a big help," he laughed. "Watch out for him."

"Why don't you come for another visit Jay? If you do then you can still sleep in the room you used last time. It's Josh's room but he only stores his things there. He's only slept there once" I smiled giving him a short passionate kiss.

"Awww, come on guys. You know I don't care but do you have to make me watch?"

"We won't make you watch. But if you want to the next time you visit...," I said smirking.

"I saw enough of you and Aaron in the back seat of ...ah, sorry guys."

"It's okay," laughed Josh. "He told me all about Aaron. I'm just waiting for a demonstration," he said giving me a kiss.

"I'd tell you to get a room but it looks like you've already got one. Really guys, I'm happy for you but this will take some time to get used to. It's strange seeing you together. I know you're not him Josh but seeing you brings back memories. You sure you're doing okay Dan? How are your parents taking it?"

"Everything is fine Jay. Everyone was obviously surprised but they're getting used to it. Scott thinks Josh is his new big brother."

Jason laughed. "Any time you want to trade little brothers let me know. Mine is a pain in the ass."

I laughed. "Scott isn't always cute."

"You're lucky he's younger. Joey is just starting to be interested in girls. I thought I was bad at his age."

"Scott still thinks girls are yucky."

Josh had been sitting on my lap and leaning against me. He'd been moving around and my cock was hard. I'm sure he felt it.

"Guys, I have to run. Andrea just texted asking where I am. We're going out tonight. I'm really happy for you Dan. I'm happy for you too Josh although I'm sorry about what you're dealing with. You must be a good guy if Dan likes you. That's good enough for me. I'll warn you though, don't hurt him."

"Ahhh, my big brother still wants to protect me. That's so sweet. ...We're fine."

"I was just making sure and don't call me sweet. That's so gay."

"I am gay," I laughed.

"Yeah, but I'm not. Guys aren't supposed to be 'sweet'."

"Haha, you're sweet and you know it so live with it. It'll just be between us. I won't tarnish your manly image."

"Alright but if any other guy besides you ever calls me sweet he'll be sorry. Are you coming to Chicago after Christmas? Josh can come too. You can both come to a game. That would shock a few people."

"I don't know. I was going to but I don't know now. It really wouldn't be fair to Josh plus we haven't talked about it. Going back there after Christmas hasn't been the most important thing on my mind the past few days."

"Think about it. I'm not going to tell anyone about this. I'll just say you're doing good. Seeing the look on people's faces will be awesome."

"I don't know Jay. We'll talk about it."

We talked for a couple minutes longer before saying good-bye. Scott had come in to say good night and we told him we'd be right in to see him. It was only 8:00 where Jay was but it was 9:00 here. I knew Scott wouldn't go to sleep until one or both of us went to say good night and being a school night sooner rather than later would be better.

After we said good-bye to Jay I suggested Josh go say good night to Scott. At first he was reluctant to go alone by himself but I reminded him of the hug I felt Scott and him give each other downstairs.

"It's fine," I said giving him a kiss and a gentle nudge towards the door.

"Alright. You need to wait until this thing goes down anyway," he smiled squeezing my cock.

"Want to help?"

"Later," he smiled.

Josh went to say good night while I answered a couple emails. A few minutes later I went to say good night as well. It looked like they were having a serious conversation when I looked in. That is if you can have a serious conversation with a seven, almost eight year old.

"I knew you would," smiled Scott giving Josh a hug.

"You knew he would what?" I asked as I walked in.

Josh just smiled and held his finger to his lips to tell Scott not to say anything.

"I'm not sure I'm going to like this other brother concept," I laughed. "Good night munch, give me a hug too if you have any left. You have to get to sleep."

"Can Josh read me a story?"

I smiled. "Why don't you ask him? He's never had a little brother before. I'm not sure he knows how."

Scott giggled. "He does too, don't you Josh? Will you read to me?"

I smiled. There was no way Josh could say no to that smile. I told him I'd see him in a few minutes and went back to my room. Then I went downstairs for something to drink.

"Where's Josh?" asked my mother when she saw me.

"He's reading a story to Scott. I don't know which one of them is more excited. Thanks for what you're doing. I know it must be strange for you to have him here."

"Dan, if you're okay with it then so are we."

"I am okay with it. I've felt better the last few days than I have since Aaron died. I know it's been hard on everyone, I hope it works out with Josh and me. So far we're doing good but even if something should happen I think I'd still be okay."

"Your father and I have both noticed a big change these last few days. You should tell all this to Dr. Medford. Josh should go with you. Dr. Medford might want to talk to you together. You can also ask him about reducing the frequency of your sessions. He probably won't want to cut them out entirely but I think he'll be amenable to reducing their frequency and monitoring how things go."

"Thanks Mom, I will. I love you," I said giving her a hug.

"I love you too Dan, I always will."

I looked up and saw Josh standing in the doorway. "I love you too," I mouthed over my mother's shoulder. He came over when my mother let go and I put my arm on his shoulder pulling him against me. It felt good.

"Will you go to my appointment with me tomorrow? Mom thinks my shrink will want to talk with both of us when I tell him about you." I smiled at my mother when I called Dr. Medford a shrink. She knew I was teasing her. She didn't like that term.

"Of course. You don't have to ask."

"Thanks," I smiled giving him a kiss.

He still seemed a little nervous showing affection in front of my parents. I just smiled. "You're cute. Want to shoot some pool before bed?"

For the next hour Josh and I played pool and listened to music. It was fun watching him lean over the table taking shots. It made me horny. I almost missed my shots on purpose just so I could watch him. Unfortunately he wasn't very good either so we kept switching back and forth. We both won two games even though I had to cheat to win the last game.

He had a relatively easy shot to sink the eight ball. Too bad he missed. For some reason he thought me reaching between his legs and grabbing his crotch had something to do with it. I just smiled and said "house rules."

After finishing the last game we went back upstairs. It was almost time for bed but we just lay on my bed, listening to music and talking.

"What's this about going to Chicago?"

"It's no big deal. When Jason was here we talked about me going out for a visit after Christmas. He's going to be starting for the school team this year and I told him I'd like to see him play. You really weren't in the picture then. It's no big deal, I don't have to go. I'd rather spend time with you."

"You want to go don't you?"

"It would be nice but I'm not going without you and I don't want you to feel uncomfortable."

He thought for a minute while looking at me. Then he smiled. "There you go again."

"What? What are you talking about?"

"It seems you want to decide based on what you think is best for me. We talked about that. I appreciate you wanting to protect me and for taking my feelings into account but it's more important we talk about things."

"I'm sorry but I really hadn't even thought any more about going until Jason mentioned it. I wasn't going to do anything without talking to you. Don't get mad."

He leaned in and kissed me. "I'm not mad. I just don't want a bossy boyfriend no matter how well intentioned he is."

I smiled. "Okay, point taken. Just don't be a bitchy boyfriend either."

"Bitchy? I'm not bitchy but I can show you what bitchy is if you want," he laughed jumping on top of me. It didn't take long before we were making out. The door was open but fortunately nobody came by.

"It's not just about going to my old school," I said after a while. "I can't go there without seeing Aaron's parents too."

"We can figure something out."

"You want to go?"

"I want to be with you and you want to go. I can deal with it. I might pass on seeing his parents. I'm sure that would be hard on them. It'll kind of depend on whether I can get a job. I'd want to pay my own way."

I smiled. "How about we decide later? It's over six weeks away anyway. Thanksgiving comes first and I have a lot to be thankful for."

We went back to making out until we heard my father knock at my bedroom door.

"Hi Dad, what's up?" I asked before realizing it. Josh's face turned bright red since we obviously both were.

My father even smiled a little too but didn't say anything. "I just wanted to say good night. I have to get up early. You boys have a good night and try to keep it ....ah, the noise down. I have to get some sleep. ...You also might consider closing the door."

"Sorry Dad," I smiled. It was funny seeing him flustered.

"It's okay. It's nothing I haven't seen you do before but remember that Scott is getting older."

"Okay Dad, we'll be careful. Good night."

"Good night son. Good night Josh."

"Good night Mr. Johnson."

Josh put his head on my shoulder and let out a deep breath after my father left. I pulled him tight with and smiled.

"You need to relax."

"I'm just not used to parents accepting things like he does. I can only imagine what my father would have said or done if that was him. Your father and mine are like night and day. Plus it looks like he already knows you're a slut."

"Kissing my boyfriend doesn't make me a slut," I laughed. "I'm sure he has mixed feelings when he sees us. At least he doesn't say it's a phase any more."

"I'm just giving you a hard time."

"You want to get ready for bed?"

"I'm not really tired so I'll probably stay up for a while. Perhaps we can think of something else to do," he smirked.

"Are you... ?"

"If you ask me one more time if I'm sure then I'll use one of those kicks you're teaching me on your balls."

"Wow, you're a wild man when you're horny. Alright, but tonight I am going to be bossy. You're going to be a good boy and do what I say and what I say is for you to let me show you some of that experience you think I have."

"I want to make you feel good too."

"Believe me you will but tonight is for you. I want you to feel how I feel about you. Please let me do that for you."

"Keep talking and it'll be over before we get started."

"Come on rookie, we better get ready for bed," I smiled giving him a quick kiss.

We got up and quickly ran to the bathroom. We both took a piss and then brushed our teeth. We were like kids. We'd bump into each other and tried to hit the other's stream. We also watched each other's cock grow which made it tough to put them back in our pants to walk across the hall.

Once back in my room we did remember to close the door. It was bad enough my father walked in on us when we were just making out. We'd already said good night to everyone. As soon as I closed the door we stripped off our clothes and climbed into bed. I couldn't take my eyes off him as he pulled his shirt over his head and stepped out of his jeans. We both kept on our underwear. Josh was wearing some Hilfiger boxer briefs and I had on the 2(x)ist briefs I had put on earlier. We were both really excited.

"You're fuckin hot, you know that?" I said smiling as I wrapped my arms around him.

We could feel each others' hearts pounding as we held each other tight. Josh's cock was pulsing as well.

"I love you," I moaned.

"Stop talking and show me."

He rolled onto his back pulling me on top of him. His arms were around me and I could feel his fingers digging into my shoulders.

"No," I said. "This is for you. Lie back and relax. Let me do this. ...Please?"

"Alright," he sighed. "Tonight you can. Tomorrow it'll be my turn. Just don't go too fast, I want it to last."

I got onto my knees, one on each side of his legs, and started by giving him gentle kisses. I started by kissing his face, all over his face. I gave him gentle kisses on his forehead, his cheeks, and his eyes as I whispered how special he is. If the sounds he made were any indication he was obviously enjoying himself. The more he responded the better I felt. That only made me want to do more.

At first it felt strange doing this with someone other than Aaron. He had been the only person I had ever wanted. He had been the only person I had ever done this with. I know some people think of sex as just that but it's more than that to me, so much more. It had to feel right and being with Josh felt right.

"Oh Dan," he sighed rubbing the back of my head. "Please?" he asked.

"You're the one who said not to hurry," I smiled.

"I know but I know where you're headed and I'm not sure I can wait for you to get there."

"You're going to have to," I said in between kisses. "There are lots of places to explore between here and there. I plan to kiss them all. Who knows, I might find other places to kiss before then too just to make you suffer."

"You're a tease."

"Yeah but you seem to be enjoying yourself."

"Oh yeah," he smiled. "Remember how I said I wouldn't let you have your way with me? ...I guess I lied. You can do whatever you want if it feels like this," he said putting his head on the pillow and his arms outstretched to the side. "I'm all yours Dan. Show me that experience."

"Oh yeah," I smiled. "You just lie there and let me do all the work."

I slid down just a little bit and gently kissed his chest. It was so peaceful. The house was totally quiet. My father had gone to bed and while my mother was downstairs we couldn't hear anything. It was totally quiet other than our breathing, my kisses and the sounds Josh made when I found new places on his body.

He giggled when I licked his nipples.

"That tickles."

"Don't you like it?"

"Of course I do," he said kissing the top of my head.

His nipples were firm as I ran my tongue over both of them. I didn't really nibble but I did put my mouth over them and gently sucked them between my lips. They were definitely sensitive.

Josh jumped and almost pushed me off when we heard my mother coming upstairs.

"Relax," I said. "She's just going to bed."

"I know but do you think she knows what we're doing?"

"I don't know. Maybe. She probably doesn't think we're sleeping. You want me to bite your nipple so she'll know for sure?"

"You better not."

"I won't. I don't want you to be any more nervous than you are. You need to relax. She doesn't know what we're doing," I grinned.

"Yeah, right."

I laid my head on his chest while we waited for my parent's bedroom door to close. If Josh hadn't been so nervous I would have done something so that he'd cry out but while that might have been funny I didn't want to make him more nervous.

I resumed kissing as soon as we heard my parent's door close.

"Better?" I smiled resuming my tour of his body.

"Yeah," he said whispering. "I'm just self-conscious. Maybe you don't mind your parents knowing but this is new to me."

"I know. It's okay."

I spent extra time around his belly button. He had an inny like Aaron and I enjoyed curling my tongue and playing with it. Aaron had always loved that. I gently blew on it after getting it moist. The tip of his cock rubbed against my chin as it stuck out the top his boxer briefs.

Finally I got on my knees. He just watched with a peaceful look on his face. Reaching for his underwear I pulled at the elastic waistband. He got the message and lifted his hips allowing me to pull them down. His cock popped straight up when it was free. It was about the same size as Aaron's, between six and seven inches, slightly larger than mine. The tip was moist when I reached down to play with it. It felt funny. I had never touched a circumcised cock other than my own. I gently played with it while looking at his face.

"You seem to be enjoying yourself," I smiled.

"If you keep doing that I'm going to shoot all over your hand."

I smiled and leaned forward but instead of going near his cock I gently kissed his legs. He moaned in protest when I didn't go right for his cock.

I smiled. I wanted this to last but knew neither of us would hold out long.

"Are you enjoying this?" I asked while gently kissing the inside of his thighs.

"You know I am. Chris was right."

"What do you mean?"

"He said I might enjoy your experience."

"I'm glad you do. I want you to enjoy this," I said kissing between his legs. I guess I was in the mood for slow gentle sex with lots of kissing. Of course I also loved using my tongue. I found it was at a good place to start using it as well. I remembered the first time Aaron licked my balls. I made the same noise Josh just did.

I was definitely anxious. I could feel it in my cheat. I loved how he smelled. I could smell my Axe body wash he had used in the shower.

"Dan, you're driving me crazy. Will you..."

"Will I what?" I asked smiling.

"You know," I said. "I want to feel what it's like. Is it always this good?"

"I hope so," I smiled kissing his cock.

"I want you Josh. I want you to remember this moment, always. I want you to remember the first time someone did this for you," I smiled moving my mouth into position.

I didn't take much. Mainly I just kissed him with an open mouth but he definitely enjoyed it. It felt strange. I instinctively searched for his foreskin with my tongue. I really enjoyed using my tongue to play with Aaron's. It felt strange that Josh didn't have one.

"Dan, please..."

"Do you want something?" I asked looking up at him.

"You know I do"

I smiled and put my lips around his cock. I wanted to go slow so I just sucked gently and ran my tongue around his head. He still seemed to enjoy it. The sounds he was making were cute. He'd kind of make this little purring sound each time my tongue touched a particular spot.

He looked perplexed when I stopped and slid up beside him.

"Having fun?" I asked.

"I've never felt anything like that."

"That's good. I want to make it last."

"I'm not sure how long I'll be able to."

"Let me hold you for a minute," I said pulling him closer and moving the hair off his forehead. "I love you so much," I said. "I promise I'll never do anything to hurt you again. I'll do whatever I can to make you happy. I promise."

"You are."

"No, I don't mean just now. I mean always. I love you Josh Sullivan. You don't have to worry. I'm here for you. I'll do my best to make sure nothing bad ever happens to you again."

"Are you always like this when you're horny?"

"I'm not like this because I'm horny. ...Well, maybe a little," I smiled. "But mainly I just want to make sure you know how I feel. I want you to know how important you are to me."

"I love you Dan. You're just as important to me."

"I'm glad. ...Will you hold me?"


"I want you to hold me."

"We are holding each other."

"No, like this," I said putting his arm around me and lying against him putting my head on his chest. I could hear his heart as I gently ran my fingers up and down his stomach.

"This feels nice. ...I like you holding me," I said trying to get closer. "Sometimes I want to totally let my guard down and feel safe in your arms. I need to be able to trust you Josh."

"What do you mean? You can trust me."

"I know. I just wanted you to know."

He kissed the top of my head. "I love you Dan."

I reached down and took his cock in my hand. "It feels like I should get back to work," I said sliding back down between his legs.

This time I didn't waste time. I hadn't done this in over a year but was excited seeing the look on his face with his cock right in front of me. I lowered my head...

The first thing I realized was that giving a blowjob is like riding a bike, you never forget. You might have a brief instance of indecision but once you get back on you ride like you've been doing it every day. It took me a few times but I was able to relax my throat and take him in. From the sound of things, he enjoyed it. Good thing my parent's room was on the other end of the hall. He was noisy but I didn't care. I was really getting into it.

"You'd better stop Dan."

Like that was going to happen I thought as he tried to push me off him.

"Dan... Stop. I'm going to cum."

"That's the idea," I said taking my mouth off him taking a breath. He was close. I was too. My crotch had been rubbing against his leg. I don't like to cum in my underwear but I didn't have a choice. Josh was going to cum and I wanted him so bad. I reached for his hands and put them on the back of my head.

"It's okay Josh, just let it happen."

He moaned loudly as he held my head. I was holding him with my hands on his ass. I pulled him up as I lowered my head. He lifted his hips each time I pulled him up.

"Oh Dan," he said holding my head and thrusting. "Yes," he cried. "I love you. ...I'm..." was all he got out when his body stiffened. He definitely didn't shoot this load into his pants.

I kept sucking when he was done to get any last drops. Wow, I thought ...and I wanted to make it special for him. I had cum at the same time. Most of it was in my briefs.

I climbed up beside him and smiled while we kissed. I'm sure he could taste his cum on my lips.

"Did you enjoy yourself?"

He smiled and kissed me. "Oh yeah, you said the first time should be memorable. Believe me, I'll remember that. Do you want me to..."

"Josh, that's not how this works. It's not I do you and you do me. Besides, there's no need. When you came and I felt your body shake you already took care of that. I need to change my briefs," I smiled. "The last thing you need to worry about is pleasing me but I'll let you have as much practice as you want. Just keep your teeth out of the way," I smiled.

He chuckled. "Even I know that. There's enough how-to manuals on-line. But I warn you, if you have an 'Aaron moment' when your cock is in my mouth you might be sorry."

"Nah, you love me. You wouldn't do that"

"Maybe what you just did made up for the first day we met."

"I guess I've got the rest of the month to make up for then. Wait until tomorrow night."

We kissed for a while longer but after a few minutes the cum in my underwear was starting to get cold. I hated that feeling.

"I need to clean up. I like cum but not when it's cold and in my underwear. I'll be right back."

I got up and grabbed some shorts and some clean underwear. I put on the shorts and opened the door to cross the hall. Fortunately nobody was there and my parent's door was closed. Hopefully they didn't hear anything. I wasn't sure though. Josh was pretty loud.

He looked so cute when I got back to my room. He just watched as I climbed back into bed. We immediately moved together.

"You sure you don't want to stay here instead of going to live with your aunt? I could get used to this."

"That does sound nice but..."

"I know," I smiled. "Let's get some sleep."

"Okay," he said. "Good night Dan."

I pulled him against me as we spooned together. My arm was over his chest and I could feel his chest going up and down. I gently kissed the back of his neck and told him I loved him. It wasn't long before I felt his breathing slow. That was the last thing I remembered until we woke up in pretty much the same position.

"Get that thing away from my ass," Josh laughed.

"Sorry," I smiled. "It's just a natural reaction in the morning, especially when I'm with my boyfriend."

"I thought you wanted to wait," he smiled turning around to kiss me.

"I do. Besides, I'm hungry. Let's go get breakfast."

We got up and put on some Nike workout pants. Josh borrowed a pair of mine so that he wouldn't have to go across the hall. Besides, anything he had was dirty. We needed to do wash.

"You should just move your things in here," I smiled.

"You wish."

My mother was in the kitchen when we got downstairs. She was cooking pancakes. Josh got nervous when she didn't say anything right away. When she finally said good morning he looked like he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. You have to love my Mom though. She saw Josh's discomfort and simply walked over and gave him a hug.

"Josh, don't be embarrassed. If we didn't want you two sleeping together we'd say so."

"Thanks Mom."

"Just keep it down," she smiled. "Other people have to sleep too."

At least she didn't make a joke about being quiet. You should have seen he look on Aaron's face one morning when she asked if he had a bad dream. After she had the talk with us after finding us in bed she seemed to like trying to embarrass us. At first she was pretty successful. Aaron was scared to make a sound at night for two weeks after she asked him about a nightmare. Eventually we got used to her jibes.

"Dan," she said to me after Josh went upstairs. "You two are being safe, right?"

"Don't worry Mom. We're fine."

"Alright, but if anything changes then I expect you to take the proper precautions. If you don't want to buy them then I'll buy them for you."

I laughed. The thought of my mother buying condoms for us just struck me as funny. "Sure Mom, how about you buying some. We'll blow them up and use them as balloons for Scott's birthday party."

"Just go get ready for school. I have to make sure Scott is awake. He isn't like you. He'd sleep until noon if I let him. Speaking of Scott, you should be a little discreet around him too. He knows a lot but he doesn't need to know some things, at least yet. He'll learn soon enough."

"We know Mom. Dad said the same thing last night."

Josh was more relaxed driving to school. We dropped Scott off on the way but Josh had made a point to talk with him. I was happy they got along. Josh seemed to like having a 'little brother' and Scott liked the attention. I did have to stifle a laugh when Scott asked him if he was feeling okay. He said he thought he heard him get sick. Josh just gave me a dirty look when he saw me grinning.

"Did your whole family hear us?" he asked after we dropped Scott off.

"I'm pretty sure Mike would have heard you across the street if it was summer and the windows were open. Who knows maybe he heard you anyway."

"I wasn't that loud."

"Yeah, I think you were but don't worry, I'll take it as a compliment for a job well done." I smiled as I playfully reached over and grabbed his crotch.

"It was that," he sighed. "You've definitely had practice."

"There you go again calling me a slut again. Believe me, it's easy when you love the other person like I love you. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself."

"It wasn't just that. You said you were going to make it special and you did."

"You better watch it, you're glowing. Chris and Ryan will know something is up."

"I'm not going to tell them anything."

"Me neither. They're our friends but we don't have to tell them everything. They keep things pretty private too. The only thing Chris has mentioned is that Ryan is hung like a horse and he's afraid to let him fuck him."

"Shit, now I'll be looking at Ryan's crotch," he laughed.

"Look but don't touch," I smiled. "If you want to touch someone it better be me and you can do that as much as you want."

"I guess that'll have to do," he sighed.

"Dirtbag, I'd make you walk the rest of the way but we're here," I laughed as we pulled into the school. Chris and Ryan were standing by their car talking with Becky. Mike was with them too. He'd been pretty tight with a new group of friends since quitting the team. I was surprised to see him standing there although it was obvious why once we got out of the jeep. He was hitting on Becky big time.

He walked over to us as soon as we got out of the jeep. "Dan, Josh, can we talk?"

"Sure, what's up?"

"I know you're pissed. I want to apologize. I'm sorry for how I acted. I'm really okay with you two. I was just surprised. I never would have guessed you're gay Dan. ...Sorry Josh, I didn't mean to imply I thought you are."

"I'll forgive you Mike. How about you Josh? Will you forgive the asshole?"

"Yeah, no problem. At least I don't have to worry about him hitting on my boyfriend."

"Yeah, it looks like he's got other interests," I laughed. "You trying to disprove Becky's theory?"

"What's that?" he asked puzzled.

"Becky told me all the good ones are either taken or gay. You're not taken so you must be gay."

"I'm not gay. I'll leave that to you two."

"Four," said Chris when he heard me.

I smiled.

"Four," said Mike. "Maybe I can show Becky she's wrong about all the good ones."

"Yeah? Who do you have in mind?"

"Very funny."

"As long as Becky is willing to settle for second best then she couldn't do any better. Just don't hurt her. I'll kick your ass."

"My hero," smiled Becky putting her arm around me. It made me feel a little weird with Josh standing there so I pulled away and moved closer to Josh. It was too bad I couldn't put my arm around him but I did smile. He knew what I was thinking.

"Don't worry Josh," said Becky. "I know he's yours and it's about time is all I can say. I don't think I could stand much more of him trying to deny he liked you."

"Just how long has he been doing that?" he asked looking at me and smiling.

"Let's see, I figured out he's gay the second day he was here. I'd say the third day."

"Can we get to class please. That is if you're both done reminding me what an idiot I was."

"I'll never get tired of that," Becky laughed.

"Me neither," said Josh giving her a high five.

Again, Phil watched us when we walked in but he didn't say anything. He did give Mike a dirty look.

"Welcome to the club," I smiled.

"At least you weren't the only one being an idiot," he said. "I can't believe I used to like that guy."

He talked to Becky a couple minutes before going to his first class. Before he left I heard him say he'd see her later and it looked like he was going to kiss her. He stopped when he saw me looking. I just grinned.

"He's a good guy you know," I said to Becky as the rest of us walked to our first period class.

"I know. He asked me to go to the mall with him after school yesterday and we just hung out. He said he wanted to ask me out for a while but thought you and I were together. He didn't want to cause any trouble. He and I talked about you and Josh. At first he didn't like it but I think I changed his mind. At least I made him thing."

"He seemed okay with it this morning."

"Yeah, he knows we're friends and I told him better accept it."

I smiled. "I only have a couple questions. One, are you happy?"

"Yeah, I am. He's actually a nice guy."

"I always thought that and he's not taken so he might disprove your theory."

"Maybe. You said two questions?"

"We're still friends?"

"Of course."

"Good. You're happy, I'm happy," I said smiling at Josh. "We're friends. You're cool with Josh and me being together. You are, right?"

"Yes Dan. I've been telling you that you should ask him out for a month. I understand why you didn't but I'm a little upset you wouldn't tell me why."

"I'm sorry, I know you would have tried helping and maybe that would have made things easier. Will you forgive me?"

"I'll think about it," she smiled. "Okay, I've thought ...I forgive you."

"Let's go to class."

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