"What did you get for this one?" Will pointed out to the calculus question to Sonny. Instead of sitting at their now regular tree, the two of them decided to head to the library and study.
Will sat alone, while Sonny sat at a different table before Sonny decided to join him. He was glad that he saw him.
"I got 7.2" Sonny replied.
"Really? I got 9.5. Let's go over the question again and check out the answers again." They sat across from each other. But Sonny always had to keep on leaning towards Will to see how he was doing the questions and getting different answers as him.
"Hold on. Okay." Sonny walked around the table so he sat next to Will. Will is really good with numbers and he liked the kind of questions that he would get either from the instructor or the textbook. But the way Sonny was leaning close beside him, was distracting him just a little bit.
Will ignored that distraction in his head as he helped Sonny along with the question. It took them a while to get to the answer that Will got.
"Got it now?" Will asked.
"I think so."
"See, you were doing it right in the beginning. But here, is where you messed up. Instead of doing this, you did something completely different. You were close, but the numbers were off."
"Okay. Now I get it."
"Yeah. Thanks man."
"I really appreciate all your help. I owe you one." Sonny said closing his book.
"I'd be glad to help you out anytime. Oh, and you do owe me one, since you lost that game." Will laughed.
"I was distracted. And it didn't seem like a fair game." Sonny laughed as well.
"Sure you were. It was a fair game, you were pouting the whole time."
"I don't like to lose."
"Obviously." Will continued to laugh at Sonny.
"You're so unfunny right now."
"Is that even a word?" Will stopped his laughter.
"It is actually. You should look it up in the dictionary."
"I think that you're the unfunny one here." Will stretched his arms out and sighed heavily which was followed by a yawn.
"Tired much?" Sonny laughed at Will once again.
"So then, after our parents found out, they made it seem like it was no big deal. As if they have known for so long. But, Cole, Matthew and I try to make Will's life a living hell. Seriously, who in their right mind would want to be friends with a fuckin faggot?" Will overheard Aaron talking to his friends, and loudly so everyone could hear.
When he heard that, he knew that Sonny heard that as well. He turned to look at Sonny who had a weird expression on his face. Will quickly bent down to grab his backpack and stuffed his books in his bag.
"I have to go."
"Will, wait." But Will was already out. He turned to the table behind him where they sat, laughing their heads off. Sonny was angry at them. When he got up, he walked passed by them, muttering loudly under his breath so they could hear him.
"I'm sorry, what was that?" Someone from the table called out. Sonny angrily walked out of the library and tried to catch up to Will. He ran down the hall and didn't see him at his locker. So he went out and scanned for their tree and saw him sitting there with his shoulders slumped.
"Hey Will, you okay?" Sonny ran the rest of the way and stood over Will like a shadow.
"No I'm not. Just leave me alone Sonny." He hugged his legs close to him and buried his head in between with his arms wrapped around his head.
"I'm not gonna leave until you tell me what's going on." Sonny sat down next to him and didn't move like Will had asked him to.
"How long have we've been friends Sonny?" Will looked up and squinted his eyes.
"We've been friends for a month. But what does that have to with anything?"
"Sonny we've only been friends for that long. You don't even know me that well."
"I know. But I want to get to know you better. So tell me, what's wrong?" Sonny made sure his voice was calm as he spoke.
"Well, you heard part of the conversation."
"That's true? So you're…."
"I'm gay, Sonny. Yes." Will cut off Sonny's sentence with an outburst.
"Oh." Sonny was surprised at that outburst.
"Now you know. Now the whole world knows thanks to Aaron and the rest of my brothers. I'm sure you would find some way not to be my friend anymore. Like he said before, why would anyone want to hang with me? I'm nothing but a pathetic loser, Sonny. I get it that you wouldn't want to be my friend anymore. Wait till everyone on the football team finds out. I'll probably get kicked off or something. I didn't ask to be this way. But I am, and I can't even face the damn solid facts sometimes." Will rambled on. He didn't give Sonny enough time to say anything at all. Will stopped abruptly when he heard Sonny trying to stifle a laugh.
"You seriously think this is funny?" Will nearly shouted.
"No I'm not Will. But I find it funny that you think I would not want to be your friend." Sonny moved a bit closer to Will.
"Thanks Sonny. I appreciate it."
"You know, it's never easy coming out. You feel like you have a heavy weight on your shoulders and it's hard to express what you're feeling sometimes. Even if it's about who you are, or who you love, or whatever. But what matters, is having the support of your friends and your family. Your brothers will get used to it eventually."
"Wow." It was Will's turn to say that.
"You get it right?"
"Yeah, of course I do."
"Because your friendship does means a lot to me Will." Sonny whispered.
"Yours means a lot to me too." Will suddenly relaxed. His legs left his body and they were stretched out. His tear-filled eyes were empty.
"Good. We better head to class before we miss out again." Sonny broke the silence. He stood up before Will. He took one of Will's hands up pulled him up.
"Thank you Sonny."
"I never really did anything. I just sat there and listened." Sonny smiled and tried lighting up the mood.
"I mean it. Thank you for being my friend and for listening to me."
"I'm here whenever you need me. I'll see you later." They were inside the school building and they stopped short to end their conversation.
"See you." Sonny went to his second last class of the day, as did Will.
Will wasn't really paying any attention to class. His mind kept going back to the library incident with his brother. Aaron can be such a jerk. Doesn't know his damn limits, Will thought.
"Hey Will." Will ignored the person next to him. His stared blankly at the board that the instructor wrote out the next assignment for the class.
"Will." The person spoke loudly this time and poked him in the arm. Will jolted from his daydream and looked up.
"Are you okay?"
"I'm fine Chad." Will sighed.
"Are you sure?"
"Yes. I'm fine. I told you already."
"Okay. I'm just asking because you've been sitting there for the last ten minutes and class ended a long time ago."
"What!?" Will looked away from his friend and at the teacher who was sitting at his desk waiting patiently. He didn't mind the company, but he wanted to go home.
"I am so sorry." Will spoke to the teacher rather than Chad.
"It's okay." Will walked out with Chad right behind him.
"What's wrong dude?" Chad asked him as they were out in the hallway.
"Nothing. I'm just completely out of it today." Will sighed once again and ran his hand through his hair. He was contemplating about telling Chad about what happened. When it's the right time, I will. He thought.
"You sure? You look a little pale."
"I'm fine Chad, really. Can you just drop it, please?" Will was getting impatient and snapped at him.
"Okay. I will see you later then." Chad was about to walk off, but Will stopped him.
"Chad, wait. I'm sorry I snapped at you. I just had a rough morning. I'm sorry I took it out on you."
"It's fine. Apology accepted. It happens sometimes. So I'll see you later?"
"Count on it." Will tried to fake a smile.