April 27

Finding Happiness in Misery – the After-Party, Truth or Dare Part 1

Boys: 
<meanwhile, back at Ren’s>
Girls: 
<The girls are all drinking and dancing>
Boys: 
<Brennan, David, Loch, Ethan and Samuel pass the joint while they slam shots as the other boys dance with the girls with drinks in hand>
Boys: 
<Brennan eyes the ex thoughtfully>
Girls: 
<Aubrey dances over and snatches the joint from whoever has it, hits it and grins> *This* is much better.
Boys: 
<David looks up at Aubrey, smiles> This whole night has been much better.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Brennan> You know you want to.
Boys: 
<Brennan laughs> Hell, yeah, I do.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Go ahead. That’s why they’re there. <picks up a pill, pops it, chases it with a shot>


Girls: 
<Aubrey laughs> Yes it has. <looks at Brennan> Go for it.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods and follows Samuel’s example>
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles> Hell, I’m in. <does the same thing>
Girls: 
<Lia walks over and sits down takes a drink>
Girls: 
<Aubrey grins and does the same thing>
Girls: 
<Taryn walks over and drops into David’s lap, smiles and kisses him>
Boys: 
<Ethan looks over at Lia, smiles> Want to try the Ex?
Boys: 
<David smiles, kissing Taryn back as he wraps his arms around her>
Girls: 
<Lia shakes her head> No thanks. I don’t think it would be a good idea.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods> All right. But feel free to change your mind.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> We’ll see.
Boys: 
<Loch takes one and slams a shot, looks at Ethan> Think we’ll play drunk truth or dare tonight?
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles at Lia> As a woman, it’s your prerogative. <looks at Loch> God, I hope so.
Girls: 
<Sangria looks over and smiles, quietly to Tristan and Akhiro> And there goes the Ex.
Boys: 
<Tristan looks over, smiles> Things are going to get very interesting, very quickly.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods>
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at Sang> You planning on getting in on that?
Girls: 
<Sangria shrugs> I might.. How about you?
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles> I don’t know yet.
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at her> Might be interesting to see Ren on it.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> It might be.
Girls: 
<Sangria arches her brow> I don’t think she’s ever done it before.
Boys: 
<Ethan gets up off the couch, grabs a pill and a shot, walks over the coffee table, slinks his way up to Heather and offers her both, smiles> Yes?
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles> That’s what will make it interesting.
Girls: 
<Heather smiles, takes both and downs them> I think I love you.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles more broadly, takes the shot glass back and hands it off to Van, grabs Heather by the hips and starts grinding with her> That’s what they all say.
Boys: 
<Van takes the shot glass, looks at it, looks at Ethan like “really?”, smiles, shakes his head, carries it over to the coffee table and sets it down, looks at Lia, smiles again> You want a drink? Something a little less.. straight from the bottle?
Girls: 
<Heather moves her hips against Ethan’s as she dances with him draping herself over him>
Girls: 
<Lia shakes her head> This is fine. Thanks. <whispers> Ethan offered me the ex too.
Boys: 
<Brennan watches Ethan, shakes his head> I don’t know what Sang did to him, but I think she turned him into a whore.
Boys: 
<Van walks over and sits next to her, looks at Lia> Have you ever done it?
Girls: 
<Lia shakes her head> No.
Boys: 
<Loch smiles at Brennan> There’s nothin’ wrong with that. <slams a shot>
Boys: 
<Van smiles> Are you not drinking because you’re uncomfortable?
Girls: 
<Lia shakes her head> No. I’m fine. <smiles> I just want to keep some of my faculties about me.
Boys: 
<Van looks at her, laughs> Why the hell would you want to do that? <smiles> I promise I won’t let you do anything you’ll regret in the morning.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Maybe when Seth gets here.
Boys: 
<Van nods> All right. <looks over at the girls dancing>
Girls: 
<Lia smiles at Van> I’m okay.. you don’t have to babysit me.. go on back to Saige.
Boys: 
<Van looks at her> I’m not babysitting. <smiles> But I *am* keeping an eye on you.
Girls: 
<Lia shakes her head> Van.. Really.. I’m okay.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Are you going to do the ex?
Boys: 
<Van smiles again> Actually, I’m seriously considering it.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Why only considering it?
Boys: 
<Van shrugs> I don’t usually take or smoke anything that fucks with my.. sobriety. <smiles> But tonight’s kind of a special occasion.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> So have some fun Van. You deserve it.
Boys: 
<Van looks at her> I could say the same thing to you.
Girls: 
<Lia laughs> I was having fun.
Boys: 
<Van smiles when she laughs> “Was”?
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Am.. I *am* having fun.
Boys: 
<Van nods> Good. Because if you weren’t… <looks at her> Well, I have no idea but I’m sure it wouldn’t be good.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> But you can’t be having fun if you’re keeping an eye on me.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> You don’t think I can multi-task?
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> I know you can multi-task.. I’ve seen you do it quite effectively.
Boys: 
<Van smiles again, nods> Then let me worry about how much fun I’m having.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> All right.. I’m sorry.. I shouldn’t have presumed.
Boys: 
<Van shakes his head> That’s not what I meant. Just.. <looks at her> How much fun can it be for *you* worrying about if *I’m* having fun?
Girls: 
<Lia watches him, smiles> It’s just one of the many things I do and don’t even realize it half the time.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> Have fun or worry about other people?
Girls: 
<Lia shrugs> Worry about other people.
Boys: 
<Van nods> All right… well. I’m going to be presumptuous now and say something I probably shouldn’t say.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> You can say anything to me… you know that.
Boys: 
<Van looks at her> Okay. Then I’m just going to say, if you wait for Seth to show up before you start… enjoying any extracurricular activities.. you might miss the chance to do them.
Girls: 
<Lia looks at Van> I don’t know how he’d feel about me doing that.
Boys: 
<Van nods> And it’s easier to ask permission than forgiveness?
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Yes. It is.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> Saige has the exact opposite philosophy.
Girls: 
< Lia smiles> I know. And it works for her.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> It works for her because Love *is* forgiveness.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> You sound like a greeting card.
Boys: 
<Van laughs> Damn. <smiles> And I actually thought I could pull that one off *without* sounding that way.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> I know what you’re saying though.
Boys: 
<Van nods, looks back at the girls>
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Van.. go on back over there.
Boys: 
<Van smiles, shakes his head> All right. <looks at her> Since you want to be rid of me that badly, I guess I’ll go.
Girls: 
<Lia laughs> When have I ever wanted to get rid of you.. you just seem to *want* to be there.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> I’m enjoying the view. Not longing to be part of it.
Girls: 
<Lia laughs> Van.. you’re evil.
Boys: 
<Van smiles more broadly> How is that evil?
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> You’re using me so you can get a better view.
Boys: 
<Van looks at her, in total seriousness> Actually.. I’m enjoying *this* view just as much as that one.
Girls: 
<Lia blushes, shakes her head still smiling> Thank you. I’ll make a deal with you.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> What?
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> When you decide what you’re doing…let me know.
Boys: 
<Van looks at her curiously> With the Ex?
Girls: 
<Lia nods> Yes.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> So *you* can keep an eye on *me*?
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> So I can join you if you do.
Boys: 
<Van arches a brow, still smiling, reaches over and grabs two pills off the table, hands her one> I think I just decided.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Really?
Girls: 
<Lia takes the pill and looks at it>
Boys: 
<Van smiles> Ready when you are.
Girls: 
<Lia takes a deep breath and pops the pill, chases it with her drink>
Boys: 
<Van follows suit>
Boys: 
<Akhiro laughs, whispers to Sang> Did you see that?
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> Yes I did.. <smiles> And can I just say *Damn*.
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles> Never thought I’d see Van corrupting the innocent.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Did we *see* the same video?
Boys: 
<Akhiro laughs again> So, it’s just a really good disguise?
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles> Because from what I heard, she pretty much asked for that.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Oh I don’t think that. I think she’s looser with Van than anyone else. <whispers> I also think Lia could give Saige a run for her money.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods> I don’t doubt it. She’s got that wounded thing going on and Van is just as responsive to that as Taryn is.
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles> Not to mention she’s pretty as hell.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> I’m wondering how long it is before he fucks her.
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at her> Did we see the same video?
Girls: 
<Sangria laughs> I meant outside of that situation.
Boys: 
<Akhiro shakes his head> Never happen.
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at Sang, whispers> She’ll only swallow for her husband. Her wildest sexual fantasies involve her husband. Etc.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> That was while he was standing there too.
Boys: 
<Akhiro arches a brow> So… you think there’s a possibility *she’d* cheat on *Seth*?
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> I think there’s a possibility that anyone will cheat given the right set of circumstances and the right situation. If all the stars are aligned properly.
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles> So.. if the stars were aligned properly, you’d cheat on Loch? With, say, Ethan.
Girls: 
<Sangria shrugs> I don’t know.
Boys: 
<Akhiro laughs> There isn’t a person that knows you that believes you’d cheat on Loch.
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at Akhiro> There wasn’t anyone that thought he’d cheat on me either.
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at her> I don’t believe that for a second. I think people are more surprised it only happened once.
Girls: 
<Sang softly> I didn’t believe he did. <looks over at Loch> And I wouldn’t have if I hadn’t seen it.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods> Love is blind. And he *does* love you. He seems to have learned his lesson, though. In the meantime.. speaking of Ethan… what do you think of him and Heather?
Girls: 
<Sang looks at back at Akhiro> I know he does and I think he has. I think Heather is a good distraction.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods> And when one of them gets bored or she goes back home, he’s going to need a new one.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> I couldn’t believe *Saige* was perched on his lap like she was.
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles> Why not?
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> I mean I can believe she was there I can’t believe he put her there.
Boys: 
<Akhiro laughs> What else would you do with Saige?
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> True.
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles> I think what really got me was the way everything just seemed to come together tonight. I mean, *his* performance was bad ass enough, but.. the way things just clicked with Bree tonight, too. She’s been on stage with us before but tonight it was like she’d been there forever, it was just so natural.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> You guys were *really* amazing. You all were having fun and it got the audience having fun.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods> For a while there I didn’t think we were going to get Bree and Ethan apart. <smiles> He really seems to have taken a liking to her.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> Yes he has. <smiles> I think he’s actually noticing other women around him now that Siobhan’s out of the picture.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods> Of course he is.
Girls: 
<Renee walks over to Akhiro and holds out her hand with two pills> You want?
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at Ren, smiles, takes one> Yeah, I think I do.
Girls: 
<Renee smiles> Cool.
Boys: 
<Akhiro takes the pill and chases it with his drink> Van and Lia took one, too.
Girls: 
<Renee looks over at Van and Lia, nods, then looks back at Akhiro> Now if we could convince Tristan and Nikki.
Boys: 
<Akhiro laughs> I can barely convince him to drink a beer since his drunk dialing incident.

Girls: 
<Renee smiles> Same genre and his drunk dialing incident is here. <Sangria plucks the pill out of Ren’s hand and bounces over to Tristan, picking up another as she goes past the table> Here. Take.
Boys: 
<Tristan looks at Sang, arches a brow> Did you?
Girls: 
<Sangria Beams> I will if you will.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Or maybe I should say I won’t if you do?
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles> Oh, no. I totally think if one of us *isn’t* going to do it, it should be me. That way, I can laugh at *you* when you lose every last bit of common sense you were born with.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Uh uh.. then we *both* do it.
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles again> All right. You first.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Nice try. That only works on me once. And you used it when we were in high school.
Boys: 
<Tristan shakes his head> I said I would. And I don’t trust you to keep your end of the deal if I go first.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> I said I would too. I promise and pinky swear.
Boys: 
<Tristan arches a brow> So why are you refusing to go first?
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Why are you?
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles> Because I said you first and you’ve done nothing but balk.
Girls: 
<Sangria laughs> because the last time I went first you didn’t go at all.
Boys: 
<Tristan smirks> When we were *kids*, Sang.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> Fine… <looks at him> but if you don’t.. you’ll be on my shit list. <pops the pill>
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles, takes the other pill>

Girls: 
<Nikki smiles, watching them>
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles at Tristan, while Nikki watches them both>
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles> Happy now?
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> I will be when I see you rollin’.
Boys: 
<Tristan laughs> You’ll be rollin’ by then, too, so you might not even realize it.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Akhiro and Ren did it too. So did Van and Lia.
Boys: 
<Tristan blinks> *Lia*? Okay. Didn’t see that coming.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> Me either.. or Van.
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles at Nikki> What about you?
Girls: 
<Nikki smiles> I’m down.
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles, looks at Sang> What about Saige? Did she do it?
Girls: 
<Sangria shakes her head> Saige hasn’t yet.
Boys: 
<Tristan nods> This is definitely going to be one of Ren’s more.. eventful.. parties.
Boys: 
<he says as everyone who took one at the beginning of the log is starting to feel the effects>
Girls: 
<Sangria nods and smiles> Okay so let’s get Nikki and Saige up to speed along with Bree.
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles> Bree was my next thought, actually.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> I’ll get Nikki’s and you can get Saige and Bree?
Boys: 
<Tristan looks at Sang> Van’t doing it, you know Brennan is.. what about Ethan?
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> I thought I saw him carry some over to Heather.
Boys: 
<Tristan nods> Okay, then.. *I’ll* take care of Nikki and *you* take care of Saige and Bree.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> I *knew* you were gonna say that.
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles>
Girls: 
<Sangria heads over to Bree and Saige>
Girls: 
<Taryn looks at David> If you want to go ahead.
Boys: 
<Tristan watches her go, looks at Nikki> We like to live dangerously.
Girls: 
<Nikki smiles> There’s something to be said for that.
Boys: 
<David shakes his head> I’m not doin’ it unless you are.
Girls: 
<Taryn smiles> Only if you do.
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles> No.. I meant.. first the “ideal couple” discussion and now *this*.
Boys: 
<David smiles, grabs one for each of them, puts one in Taryn’s mouth and takes the other one himself>
Girls: 
<Taryn smiles and closes her lips around David’s finger>
Boys: 
<David smiles> Do that again when it kicks in.
Girls: 
<Taryn laughs releasing his finger> Count on it.
Girls: 
<Nikki laughs> Yeah.. But *this* is gonna be interesting.
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles broadly> Oh, see.. I like the way you think.
Girls: 
<Nikki grins at him> You’ve rolled before yes?
Boys: 
<Tristan nods> Yes. Which is why I was thinking the potential fallout could be *epic*.
Girls: 
<Nikki smiles> If everyone’s involved and everyone’s rollin’ how can there be fall out. No one can be held responsible for what happens. Though truth or dare might be fun.
Boys: 
<Tristan shakes his head> There can be fallout. Trust me.
Girls: 
<Nikki looks at him, quietly> So we do what we can to prevent it.
Boys: 
<Tristan looks at her> Oh, hell no. I *want* to see how the dominoes fall.
Girls: 
<Nikki laughs> Bad Tristan. I *like* it.
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles> Besides. I already took one. I’m going to be *part* of it.
Girls: 
<Nikki smiles> I haven’t yet.
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles again> Which we’re going to fix right now. <takes Nikki’s hand and heads over to the table, grabs one of the pills and hands it to her, looks at Brennan and Aubrey> Hey.. can we talk to you?
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Tristan, laughs> Sure.
Girls: 
<Nikki pops the pill and smiles at Tristan> Done.
Boys: 
<Tristan nods to Nikki, looks back at Brennan> *Privately*.
Girls: 
<Sang drags Bree and Saige over for pills too, each of them takes one and Bree goes over and drops in Samuel’s lap as Aubrey gets out of Brennan’s Saige walks over and drops into a chair near Van and Lia>
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles at Tristan> Sure.
Boys: 
<Brennan gets up, takes Aubrey’s hand and follows Tristan to the kitchen>
Boys: 
<Samuel wraps his arms around Bree and mauls her neck>
Boys: 
<Van looks at Saige, smiles> Get tired of dancing?
Girls: 
<Bree laughs>
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> Yeah. Sang made us stop and come join the party.
Boys: 
<Van smiles again> I kind of did the same thing to Lia.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Lia> Sweet.
Girls: 
<Sang walks back over to Akhiro and Renee> Everyone’s in.

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Posted April 27, 2012 by The Universe in category "Fiction", "Solitude