1. My boyfriend's gone
Holding the house phone away from his ear as Ruth's babbles turned to angry screeches, Lucas peered nervously at his dad.
Her voice disappeared before a younger and calmer voice spoke into the phone.
"Is that Lulu?" The little girl, Jensen's nine year old sister Lizzy asked.
"No sweetie, this is James." He replied.
"Papa Jamey." Lizzy replied with a smile in her voice though she sounded a little tired; it was past her bed time after all.
"Is your brother ok?" James asked her. "What's going on? Do you need me and Lucas to come over?"
"That isn't necessary but thank-you." Lizzy told him sounding very much like she was reciting what her mum was saying. "Jensen was really badass. He crashed ma's car and tried to steal an ATM cash machine. Isn't that cool Papa Jamey?" She asked sounding distinctly proud.
"He crashed your mother's car?" James asked and Lucas's eyes widened as he snatched the phone from his dad.
"Hello, Lizzy?" Lucas asked earning a cheerful hello, partially stifled by a little yawn.
"He bumped his head when the car crashed but that's it." Lizzy replied sounding a little disappointed at the lack of drama.
"Juvie?" Lucas repeated. "Lizzy, are you sure?"
"Of course I'm sure." She huffed in response.
"Wait, Lizzy, sweetie, when's Jensen getting out?" Lucas asked. "Hello? Lizzy are you there? Ruth? Hello?"
There was no reply so Lucas hung up and turned to his dad with a heavy sigh.
"So, Jensen's in juvie?" James asked with a cluck of his tongue.
"If you dare say I told you so…" Lucas warned.
"Jensen serves his time, and then he'll come home." James said calmly.
"But what if he comes out… different?" Lucas asked.
"Lucas, just calm down." James told his son placing a hand on his shoulder.
"Dad." Lucas complained with a faint blush.
"He's your first boyfriend," James continued. "He's taking my baby boy and… tainting your innocence."
"Please stop talking." Lucas groaned covering his ears but James forced his hands away.
"I don't like the punk; it's a father's obligation to hate their kid's first boyfriend." James said. "I don't know why he behaved so irresponsibly tonight, but hopefully he'll learn his lesson. He's a teenager; teenagers do crazy and stupid things sometimes. I'm just glad you weren't involved with this one. But as much as I don't like him, I know Jensen's near enough a good-guy at heart. He'll serve his time in juvie and then he'll be back to make it all up to you."
"I really don't like the thought of him being in there." Lucas sighed feeling his chest tighten and his throat ache as he felt the burning need to cry.
"Just head to bed, buddy." James advised. "Get some sleep."
"I'm not sure if the land of dreams will welcome me tonight." Lucas replied.
"Can't it wait till morning? She might be asleep." James said.
"I suppose I'll have to deliver the gossip tomorrow." Lucas relented seeing that it was now nearing half past eleven and Laura was usually in bed by half ten on school nights.
"Look, I'm not sure how the system works." James admitted. "I don't know if family and friends can visit or not but… I think it would be best for Jensen if you don't visit."
"What do you mean?" Lucas asked. "If I don't see him he might think I don't care."
"Lucas, son, I love you, you know that." James replied and Lucas crossed his arms over his chest as he suddenly felt defensive. "But in this town, with these small-minded people, being yourself isn't all that easy."
"Being myself?" Lucas asked. "You mean being gay."
"Yeah," James nodded sounding deeply apologetic and looking incredibly uncomfortable with what he was saying.
"I'm sorry my sexuality is such a burden." Lucas commented bitterly.
"Hey, don't talk like that." James snapped at him. "You know that's not what I'm saying."
"Sorry." Lucas responded quietly lowering his gaze to the floor, still hugging himself.
"Come here." James said and Lucas obediently stepped into his dad's arms for a hug.
"Apart from Brent." Lucas mumbled as his mind returned him briefly to the basement incident.
"My point is Lucas, you're safe here." James said. "Jensen's in juvie right now. If the guys in there knew he had a boyfriend, he wouldn't be safe. They'd rip him apart. That's why it's not a good idea for you to visit Jensen. He… he can blend in; they'll assume he's straight. If you went to visit him…" He trailed off awkwardly.
"I get it." Lucas sighed so his dad didn't have to finish. "One look at me and they'd know I was gay. Then they'd realise that Jensen is gay and they'd attack him for it."
"I'm sorry, Lucas." James told him. "But it's safer for Jensen if you don't visit."
"I understand." Lucas replied.
"Try and get some sleep." James instructed patting Lucas's shoulder lightly.
"Goodnight." Lucas said quietly before retreating to his basement. Looking to his desk, he caught sight of Jensen's letterman jacket.
The next day at school, Lucas met Laura at his locker and she instantly asked him where his boy was.
Linking arms with his best friend, he sullenly talked about how he was feeling and how worried he was for Jensen.
Sitting before them all, Mr. Blake delivered the news of Jensen being in juvie.
As the new boy stood in front of them all, saying a little bit about himself, Lucas took on a frosty demeanour and opted to glare at Mr. Blake.
Of course, Beach High could always be counted on to spread rumours and news throughout the school at a rapid pace.
At lunch time, Lucas passed up on joining his friends in the cafeteria and headed outside instead, hoping the fresh air would relax him somewhat.
"Hey Lucas." Josh said stepping up close to him.
It was the first time he'd ever addressed Lucas by his first name. The countertenor hadn't even realised the hockey turned football player knew his name. He'd always been referred to as 'Benson', 'Fairy', 'Lady' or worse.
"I heard about your boyfriend." Josh commented with mock sympathy before he attempted a smirk but it didn't look right on his face.
"I don't have time for you." Lucas scoffed turning to walk away but Josh moved speedier than he seemed able and blocked his way.
"Well, now that Knight's gone maybe you and I could hang out." Josh suggested looking like he was trying to imitate Jensen but failing abysmally.
"You're hitting on me." Lucas accused as he took a step back.
"Come on, you've gotta admit that there's something between us." Josh said.
"Indeed," Lucas responded. "That something is what intelligent people like myself refer to as revulsion and intense hatred. Just keep away from me you Neanderthal."
"Jensen isn't good enough for you." Josh spoke up taking hold of Lucas's arm and pulling him close.
"Get. Off. Me." Lucas said. "This shirt is Armani, its worth more than your entire existence so get your grubby paws off."
Josh released Lucas's arm and placed his hands on Lucas's hips instead. Lucas instantly batted the hands away before attempting to storm off.
"That manwhore doesn't care about you." Josh insisted, referring to Jensen. "He's probably got his dick up some other dudes ass right now. I can be so much better for you."
"Is that so?" Lucas asked rhetorically. "You ruined my Gaga outfit last year, I spent an hour fixing it, and then you and Zack were fully prepared to beat me up. You would have done if Jensen and the others hadn't showed up."
"I'm different now. I'm better; I can be good for you." Josh insisted. "Just give me a chance."
Looking around the area, Lucas wondered if perhaps someone was lying in wait to take pictures or film them as some elaborate prank.
"I'm with Jensen, I love him." Lucas told Josh.
"He doesn't love you." Josh sneered. "Not like I could. You just need to let me."
"The most you can hope for is my friendship." Lucas said. "And at the moment I'd only be your friend out of pity and a feeling of obligation for us gay teens to stick together. But you're not even out yet so you're not alone. You don't need me to be your friend."
"Fine, then I'll come out." Josh replied. "Let's go to the cafeteria and do it now."
"Don't be ridiculous." Lucas said with a shake of his head. "You're not ready to come out. Besides, you shouldn't do it for me. You should do it for yourself. And I'm with Jensen and that's not going to change. You and I will never happen, you need to accept that."
"No way." Josh retorted. "I've seen the shitty movies. The guy doesn't get the one he loves by giving up. The dude always has to fight for the one he wants."
"This isn't a movie." Lucas pointed out. "And I will not cheat on my boyfriend, not for anyone, least of all you. It doesn't matter if you bully me or befriend me, I will never have those feelings for you."
"You will." Josh replied determinedly. "I'll make you feel it."
He leaned in taking hold of Lucas's face and forcibly pressing their mouths together. A small awareness of Josh's lips tasting like tots entered Lucas's mind through the fog of shock before he shoved the larger male away from him.
"Damn it, Lucas." Josh whined taking hold of him and making for another kiss.
Their lips collided together again before Lucas shoved him away again and punched his jaw.
"Try anything like that again," Lucas warned in an icy tone. "And you will seriously regret it when my boyfriend get's back."