The Bartender

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Chapter Fourteen

You know how you do something that you regret, and don’t know how to get out of it? Or like an awkward situation? Or like when you kiss a total stranger who happens to be a man? How did you get out of that one?

I was stuck sitting on my friend’s kitchen counter, still reeling from the fact that I had kissed his male roommate, or housemate and actually enjoyed it. For one, enjoying it meant I actually got a hard on when I was close to thinking my dick wasn’t working. Secondly, I was beginning to hate myself because, I kissed a guy. I fucking kissed a guy. How gay is that?

The worst part of it all was that, it was late and I was tired and I had to go home. I obviously couldn’t stay over since he had indirectly asked me to leave, and it was kind of creepy.

I sighed as I got down from the kitchen counter. I wanted to go check up on Kyle but I knew that he’d probably be asleep. It was a school night after all. I got out of the house and walked towards the car. Nah, I was too darn frustrated to drive. And I honestly don’t know how I was able to drive here considering I’d taken alcohol just before. I sighed as I began my walk home. I just hoped it didn’t rain.

You’re probably thinking, why am I walking in the middle of the night. The thing is, my house isn’t really that far away. It’s like a couple of streets away from Kyle’s house. Although, his house is at the end of a cul-de-sac so if you really thought about it, it was kinda far. But the main point is, Kyle and I used to do this all the time. We’d walk at far as we could and back, just to talk to each other, just because we can. Our town wasn’t known for kidnapping and other illegal stuff like that so it was really safe to do so.

I received a call from my dad when I was a few blocks from home.

“Hey, dad” I said tiredly.

“How are you kid? Are you in class?”

“Dad, it’s literally midnight. Where the hell are you?”

“Oh, right, right. London I forgot all about the time difference,” he replied, making me roll my eyes. Of course he’d forget.

“I just wanted to let you know that I’d be around in a couple of days”.

“That’s good to hear” I said. Dad never called to tell me he was coming around. What was this about? I mean, he usually just showed up. After all, it’s his house.

“Yeah, and hey, you called me yesterday.. What’s going on?” he asking, sounding worried.

I shook my head with a sigh. At this moment, I was standing in front of our house. The lights were still on that meant mom was awake.

“It’s nothing dad” I said, nodding to myself. It was nothing. He’d eventually find out anyway, and besides, it was about them. But as I said that, I really wanted to tell him.

“Are you sure? You sounded pretty worried”.

“I’m okay dad, really”.

I was going to be okay. I hoped.

I walked into the house, ready to finally call it a night. Well, until I saw the same woman my mom was with yesterday, standing in our living room, in a robe.

“Okay, now it’s really personal” I seethed angrily at my mom who was sitting on the couch. “Seriously, don’t you have any decency?”

“Where the hell have you been? I’ve been worried sick” my mom stated.

“You know what, screw you. Screw you and your fucking lesbian mistress, or hook-up or whatever the hell she is. You’re not only cheating on dad, but you’re doing it in our home? What is wrong with you?” I shouted at her and rushed off to my room.

I hated that woman.

***

I had a severe headache when I woke up on Thursday. It wasn’t because I was hangover. It was because I hadn’t really slept that night. I got home around one at night, and due to my mom doing the thing she did, again, I couldn’t sleep until about five am.

After getting ready for school, I quickly got out of the house without talking to my mom, only to realize that I left my car at Kyle’s house. Well, shit. I wasn’t about to walk to school.

I called Kyle to pick me up.

He arrived shortly, but with that damn kid sitting in front.

“What’s he doing here?” I asked.

“We’re going to school. If you wanna be an asshole I can leave you here, no problem”, Kyle smirked at me.

I groaned as I sat in the backseat, trying my hardest to ignore both of them. But I couldn’t. Why was Niall driving with Kyle? Where did he even live to have met with Kyle so early in the morning? Did he call him just like I had? I know I’d seen them talking in school, and Kyle even asked me to apologize to the kid but I couldn’t help but wonder if they were friends?

What was going on?

“What are you pouting about?” Kyle asked me, bringing my attention to him.

I was about to tell him all the things that had occurred in two days but instead, I shook my head. I really wanted to tell him, he was my best friend after all, but with Niall sitting there? No way. I didn’t need him to know that I’d kissed a boy. What if he told everyone?

Gosh. I felt shivers rock my spine as I thought about that.

“Just my mom being a bitch” I said and Niall gasped. “What’s wrong kid? I can’t say the B-word?” I rolled my eyes and turned to look at Kyle.

“Why? What’s going on?”

“Oh nothing really, just that she’s a lesbian now I guess, and cheating on my dad” I said out loud.

“Your mom’s a lesbian?” Niall asked, shocked.

“You repeat that to anyone, and I swear to God, you’re gonna wish you never met me”.

“I already wish I never met you” he mumbled but I heard him.

“Can you drive faster?” I asked Kyle.

“Aiden, come on, talk to me. What’s going on?”

I shook my head. “I just want to get to school, please”.

The day couldn’t get any better, and I mean that sarcastically. I tried to avoid Gabrielle all day considering I blew her off last night, and well, what happened when we tried to fuck but mostly because I wanted to be alone. It was difficult to do so though since we had a few classes together.

I heard her call me when our first class ended but I booted out of there as fast as I could. In the next class, we usually sat together, but I sat at the back, away from her and Andrew. I couldn’t even pay attention in class because I kept looking for ways to get out of there as fast as I could.

When lunch rolled by, I was on my way outside to have my lunch alone, by the bleachers. I never did that. I don’t know why but I felt like a loser that day. Nothing was going right.

My mom was cheating on my dad with some lesbian, my dad knew nothing about it and I didn’t have the balls to tell him. I was having trouble with my girlfriend for the first time ever, and we had never had a fight before. I went ahead a kissed a man. I actually enjoyed that kiss no matter how hard I wanted to deny myself of that feeling. And now I was confused about my sexuality. How did I get myself into this mess?

I walked towards the gates that led to the football pitch when I heard someone call my name. Great, I thought and hurriedly walked towards the bleachers without looking back.

“Aiden wait!”

I turned to see Gabrielle running towards me.

“Not now Gabrielle” I sighed when she got closer.

“What are you doing here?” she asked, sounding out of breath.

“I’m trying out for the football team” I shrugged and she paused.

“Haha, very funny” she rolled her eyes at me. “Seriously, why aren’t you sitting with us today?”

“I just wanted to be alone” I told her as I sat down. I almost expected her to walk away but she sat down right next to me.

“Is something wrong?” she asked. What did she not understand by alone?

“No, nothing’s wrong. I’m fine” I said to her but it felt as though I was telling myself that I’d be fine even in the midst of all that was happening.

“Come on Aiden, talk to me. Is this about what happened last night? Because believe me, even though it was funny”, she laughed, making me blush, “I’m sure it’s not that of a big deal”.

“Not funny Gabrielle. But really, it’s not about that” I told her.

“Then what? I don’t like seeing you like this” she said, taking my hand in hers and rubbing me with her thumb. I am ashamed to say that I wanted to snatch my hand away from hers. For some reason.

“It’s really not a big deal and I’m not sure I want to talk about it”. Yeah, I really didn’t want to talk about my problems with anyone. For all I knew, Gabrielle could go and blabber about it to the whole school.

“Look, I know that I haven’t been the best girlfriend in the world” she began, she was wrong. She was the best girlfriend in the world. “Hell, we didn’t even talk much. All we ever did was have sex” she chuckled, making me rub my neck awkwardly. That part was true. This was the longest conversation we’ve ever had. “And since we’re not having sex anymore, I’d love to be your friend”.

“You’re breaking up with me?”

Gabrielle sighed. “Aiden, what’s my surname?”

“Uh...” was my intelligent answer.

“You see? We know nothing about each other and last night was a wakeup call for me. I held your hand you went ballistic on me” she explained.

“What?”

“You acted as if I was hurting you. I didn’t know why, but it woke me up. I think it’s time we stopped bumping uglies” she chuckled. “Maybe we could start being friends?”

I sighed and rubbed my eyes. “Are you sure?” I asked her. Wasn’t it wrong to still be friends with your ex? I guess without really saying it, we had broken up. It was my first break up, and honestly, I wasn’t that bothered about it.

“Yeah, really. It’s worth a shot, I mean, what do we have to lose right? We’re still young, we have our whole lives ahead of us. I know I’m not the one, but, I could really use a friend”.

I nodded.

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