April 26

Her Skin Smells Better – Escape to the Diner and the Aftermath

The Universe: 
{the boys head inside the diner and to the usual table with the girls, Ethan texts back after a couple of minutes “How the fuck do you guys do that? It’s like you were in the room.”}

 

The Cosmos: 
{Sangria reads the text out loud to the others and sends back} “Your room = not sound proof”.
The Universe: 
{Ethan sends back “duh. And it was Brennan’s room. Thanks. I’m gonna go spank my girlfriend now. For real this time.”}
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria reads *that* out loud and sets her phone on the table} Well, {laughs}
The Universe: 
{Akhiro smiles} That specific behavior *is* a spankable offense.
The Universe: 
{David smiles, shakes his head, looks at Brennan} Guess he came to terms with it.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria looks at Akhiro} Jealousy?
The Universe: 
{Brennan smiles, shakes his head} *That* was him being relieved he didn’t have to be pissed about her not trusting him or knowing him better.
The Universe: 
{Akhiro looks at Ren} No. The way she handled it.
The Cosmos: 
{Renee looks at Akhiro and nods} You can tell them.
The Universe: 
{Akhiro looks at Renee curiously} Tell them what?
The Cosmos: 
{Renee quietly} The example. If they need it.
The Universe: 
{Akhiro smiles} I don’t think they do.
The Cosmos: 
{Renee nods and smiles} All right.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria smiles}So do you think he’s really gonna spank her?
The Universe: 
{Brennan smiles at Sang} Totally.


The Cosmos: 
{Sangria shakes her head} Fuck.
The Universe: 
{Loch looks at Sang} What?
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria shrugs} Just.. ouch. {looks at Loch} Do *not* get any ideas.
The Universe: 
{Loch laughs} What? *Me*?
The Cosmos: 
{Sang nods} *yes* *you*.
The Cosmos: 
{Renee smiles playfully} Sang, don’t knock it.
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn nods} Seriously.
The Universe: 
{David looks at Taryn, arches a brow} Oh, really?
The Universe: 
{the other boys look at Taryn, Akhiro laughs}
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn shrugs} It wasn’t so bad.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey looks at Sang} If it’s done right… it’s even a turn on.
The Universe: 
{David smiles} So.. you wouldn’t mind doin’ it again?
The Universe: 
{Brennan looks at Aubrey, smiles} Tell me about it.
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn looks at David} Honestly.. no.
The Universe: 
{David holds her look, still smiling, nods after a second} All right.
The Universe: 
{the waitress brings the coffee pot and cups before, grabs their orders and disappears again}
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn smiles} I’m guessing it was horrible for you.
The Universe: 
{David pours a cup of coffee, smiles as he passes it to Taryn} Oh, yeah. Because your bare ass and my hands are the *last* things that should ever meet.

The Cosmos: 
{Taryn laughs}
The Universe: 
{the boys listen to them, smiling, Brennan looks at Aubrey, smiles} I wouldn’t mind my hands meeting *your* bare ass later.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey smiles} That can be arranged. {grins} I’ll even let you tie me up.
The Universe: 
{Brennan smiles again} Ooh. {leans over and kisses her} I dig that.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey kisses him back} I do too. {tilts her head} So maybe you can tell me how the ring in the ceiling got there. {grins}
The Universe: 
{Brennan looks at her like he has no clue what she’s talking about and follows up with}I have no clue what you’re talking about.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey nods} Must have been the previous renter then.
The Universe: 
{Brennan smiles} Yeah. I can’t imagine what they were into.
The Universe: 
{Brennan looks at the others} So.. I’m thinking about selling my grandmother’s house and buying one here.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria grins} Totally Awesome!
The Universe: 
{Brennan smiles, looks at Aubrey} And if I do that.. I was thinking you should move in with me.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey nods and hugs him tightly} Yes.
The Universe: 
{Brennan hugs her back, smiles again, quietly} Then that’s what I’ll do.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey looks at him} Really? You’d do that? {shakes her head} I know what that house means to you Brennan… I can move there.
The Universe: 
{Brennan nods} Yeah, but.. {smiles} My grandmother would say it’s just a house. And the only family I have left that I give a shit about is here. And you’re here. And the furniture can be *moved* here.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey nods and smiles} You’re positive?
The Universe: 
{Brennan looks at her} I am.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey smiles} I will help you however I can.
The Universe: 
{Brennan smiles} All right, then. {looks over at Sang} Guess I’m looking at houses.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria grins} Yes!
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn smiles} That’s great.
The Cosmos: 
{Renee smiles} I can hook you up with my realtor.
The Universe: 
{Brennan nods to Ren, smiles, puts his arm around Aubrey and sits back in the booth, looks over at her} And you won’t have to kill yourself trying to pay the rent.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey smiles and looks over at him} I’ll still have to pay *you*.
The Universe: 
{Brennan smiles lecherously} Every night.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey grins} And in the morning too.
The Universe: 
{Brennan nods solemnly} At least.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey sighs} Slave driver.
The Universe: 
{Brennan grins} We can do that, too.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey laughs} Oh really? Going to raid Van’s closet?
The Universe: 
{Brennan smiles} Fuck that. I’ll grab some of his catalogs and we can pick our own shit.

 

The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey laughs and nods} Very cool.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey smiles} You’re gonna need a house with a finished basement.
The Universe: 
{Brennan shakes his head} Nope. I can finish the basement myself.
The Universe: 
{Brennan smiles} I’ll make one half the man cave and the other half the play room.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey smiles and shakes her head} that’s right.. I forgot how handy you are. If you put a pool table there {grins}
The Universe: 
{Brennan looks at her} Oh, there *will* be a pool table.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey laughs} In the man cave.
The Universe: 
{Brennan looks at her} Like I said. There *will* be a pool table “‘down there”. Man cave or not doesn’t matter. You’re still getting bent over it.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey nods and smiles} Oh I’m sure there’s a lot of things I’m going to get bent over.
The Universe: 
{Brennan smiles} The list of things you don’t get bent over will probably be shorter.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey laughs} I’ll be getting rid of my no list then?
The Universe: 
{Brennan shakes his head} We’ll have to go over the list again
The Universe: 
{Brennan shakes his head} We’ll have to go over the list again before we make that call.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey nods} All right.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria looks over at Akhiro smiles} So truth or dare.

The Universe: 

{Akhiro looks at Sang, laughs} Truth.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria smiles} When are you going to get around to proposing to that girl? {grins}
The Universe: 
{Akhiro looks at Sang} Let’s see. What’s more important? Satisfying your curiosity or preserving the moment for Ren?
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria smiles} Letting Ren have her moment, obviously.
The Universe: 
{Akhiro smiles} *Obviously*.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria smiles and shakes her head} Babe.. I was just letting you see that I learned my lesson on that one. {grins}
The Universe: 
{Akhiro smiles again} Oh, I knew you did.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria laughs}
The Cosmos: 
{Renee smiles} I’m betting everyone learned from that one.
The Universe: 
{David pours himself a cup of coffee, adds in the sugar and cream, takes a sip of it, listens to everyone as the waitress puts their food in front of them and leaves again}
The Universe: 
{David looks at Ren} I’m thinkin’ everyone else already knew better than to even ask that with you sittin’ there.
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn looks at David, smiles}
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria smiles and shrugs}
The Universe: 
{David looks at Taryn} Call me crazy, but I was under the impression that was supposed to be a surprise.
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn nods} It is.. and everyone knows Sang can’t keep a secret.
The Universe: 
{Akhiro looks at David} Normally, yeah. But she already knows we’re going to end up married. She just doesn’t know *when*. And I figured I’ve got to leave *some* mystery there.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria looks at Renee} You know? How do you know if he didn’t ask?
The Cosmos: 
{Renee laughs} The same way you do.
The Universe: 
{David looks at Sang, laughs} Um.. start with you pretty much forced him to admit it while we were playing.
The Cosmos: 
{Renee smiles} No.. I knew it before that. {shrugs}
The Universe: 
{David nods} But Sang didn’t know that.
The Universe: 
{Loch looks at Sang, smiles} Yeah. She does kind of like to push the marriage thing.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria looks at Loch smiles} I just want to *dress* them for it. I’m dying to get my hands on a wedding.
The Universe: 
{Loch looks at her pointedly} You’re dying to live vicariously through them.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria shakes her head} No.. I want to dress them.. {smiles and shrugs} And I have something I’ve been working on.
The Universe: 
{Loch shakes his head, looks at the others} She got bent out of shape over David and Saige’s {air quotes} “engagement” because they got “engaged” before we did.
The Cosmos: 
{Renee shakes her head} You do? Is that what you’ve got going in the extra room in the back you keep locking.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria nods} Yeah.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria looks at Loch, shrugs} I didn’t push you into one at least.
The Universe: 
{Akhiro looks at Loch and Sang, looks at Sang} Wait.. you’re working on a wedding thing?
The Universe: 
{Loch looks at Sang}
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria shrugs} I’ve been working on a wedding thing since Loch and I broke up.
The Universe: 
{Akhiro looks confused} Why?
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria shrugs} I saw something I thought was cool and wanted to see what I could do with it. {looks at Ren} I kinda threw myself into it when I had all that extra time. {looks at Akhiro} It was something I wanted to do.
The Universe: 
{Akhiro arches a brow} Okay.
The Universe: 
{David whispers to Taryn} Is that healthy?
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria looks at Akhiro} You don’t know what it is and until you do don’t judge.
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn whispers} I don’t know.
The Universe: 
{Akhiro looks at Sang} Okay.. first. I’m not fucking judging. Sang… think about what you’re saying.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria shakes her head} I had the time to work on it while Loch and I were broken up. And it started out as something for the shop. A way to make some extra cash.
The Universe: 
{David looks at Sang} Let me break this down for you. You and Loch break up and you start obsessing over a wedding thing. Me and Saige “get engaged” and you and Loch end up with promise rings. *Now*, me and Saige aren’t gettin’ married and you’re pushing Akhiro on when he’s gonna pop the question.
The Universe: 
{David looks at her} You seein’ any red flags yet?
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria shakes her head} I’m *not*… {Sangria looks at Renee} You have the keys?
The Cosmos: 
{Renee nods}
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria nods} Lets go and I’ll show you *all* what I’ve been doing.
The Universe: 
{Loch shakes his head} Sang… {looks at her} It doesn’t matter what it is. If it’s some project, fine, but it doesn’t change all the *other* wedding obsessing.
The Universe: 
{Brennan looks at Sang} Not to mention, we *just* got our food.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria shakes her head}Fine… I’m working on a line of dresses originals for the store. Wedding dresses because they bring in good money but not Traditional wedding dresses. {looks at Ren} I was going to talk to you about it but you’ve been so distracted lately I was just going to do it. {looks at Loch} I’ve been obsessing over weddings because I’ve had my nose in so many fucking bridal magazines and websites it’s amazing I haven’t started to sparkle. {looks at David} Yes I was jealous that you and Saige got engaged. {Looks at Loch, takes a long drink of her coffee, blinking fast to stop her stinging eyes}
The Universe: 
{the boys just look at her}
The Universe: 
{David takes a sip of his coffee}
The Cosmos: 
{Renee blinks} I didn’t know you’d been doing that. {Sangria nods} I know.. I didn’t want anyone to know in case it was a bust and I failed at it.
The Universe: 
{Loch looks at Sang} Yanno.. there *are* guys out there who would’ve run screaming from the building if * their * girlfriends started obsessing over wedding shit.

The Cosmos: 
{Sangria nods} I know there are.
The Universe: 
{David nods} Usually the ones that don’t wanna get married.
The Universe: 
{Akhiro looks at Sang} We love you and we *will* let you dress us. But not until I actually pop the question and *we’ve* decided what kind of wedding we’re going to have.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria nods}
The Universe: 
{David looks at Sang} Why in the fuck would you get jealous over me and Saige gettin’ engaged? You *had* to have known we’d never make it to an altar.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria shakes her head} I didn’t know that.. And it was stupid.
The Universe: 
{David smiles} Well, no shit it was stupid. And yeah, I’m bettin’ you probably did know that even if you didn’t realize it at the time. {David shrugs} Hell, the whole thing was stupid to begin with. We were just gonna do it to fuck with my uncle. Saige asked if I wanted her to text you and Loch and I told her she could if she wanted to, but she knew you guys would lose your shit and probably be bangin’ down the front door. {takes another sip of his coffee}
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria shrugs and swallows} It doesn’t matter now.
The Universe: 
{David nods}
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn looks at Sangria} I think it’s cool you want to start your own line of dresses.
The Cosmos: 
{Renee nods} Me too.. {smiles} If anyone has that talent it’s you.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria looks at the girls} Thanks. {shrugs} It was something I’d been thinking about for a while.
The Universe: 
{Brennan smiles as he eats} Now we’re talking about dresses. It’s like..shopping without actually going to the mall.
The Universe: 
{Brennan smiles at Sang} And there’s no electronics section for us to hang out in.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria pulls her tablet out of her bag and hands it to Brennan}
The Universe: 
{David smiles at Brennan} That’s what we get for lettin’ girls into the club house.
The Universe: 
{Brennan nods to David} No shit. {takes the tablet and looks at it}
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey smiles} Babe.. *I’m* not talkin’ fashion.
The Cosmos: 
{Renee looks over at Akhiro, smiles}
The Universe: 
{Akhiro looks at Renee, smiles} I’ll talk about fashion, but I’m not talking about dresses. I’ll leave that to the professionals.
The Cosmos: 
{Renee laughs} Oh.. see… I was waiting for you to snatch the tablet and direct Brennan to a toy website.
The Universe: 
{Akhiro laughs} Damn! I knew I was forgetting something.
The Universe: 
{Brennan looks at Akhiro, hands him the tablet} Yes, please.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria smiles and eats}
The Universe: 
{David reaches over and snatches the tablet} Hold up, now. {hands it to Taryn} *Obviously* this thing’s important. To.. women. {smiles, looks at Tyran} And if *any* of us wants to end up married, I’m thinkin’ we might have to put up with it for a bit longer.
The Universe: 
{Loch leans over, kisses Sang’s temple, starts on his food}
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria looks over at Loch, smiles}
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn takes the tablet} Why’d you give it to me?
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn grins} I don’t know anything about Fashion. I wear bandanas as shirts.
The Universe: 
{David smiles} We call that “redneck fashion”.
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn laughs} Thanks for that.
The Universe: 
{David smiles more broadly when she laughs, takes the tablet back and hands it back to Akhiro who takes it and pulls up toy sites for Brennan, hands it back to *him*}
The Universe: 
{Brennan takes the tablet and browses while he eats}
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey looks at the tablet, blinks} Shit…
The Cosmos: 
{Renee smiles at Akhiro} I think you made his night.
The Universe: 
{Brennan looks at Aubrey, smiles, hands her the tablet} Make a wish list. And name it “My ‘Yes’ List”.
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey laughs}
The Cosmos: 
{Aubrey takes the tablet and does starts clicking}
The Universe: 
{Brennan watches her for a second, smiles, goes back to his food}
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn looks at David and smiles} I’ll start wearing the wife beaters.
The Universe: 
{David smiles} I can’t look up the wife beaters when you climb the ladder to the hayloft ahead of me.
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn laughs} I know.
The Universe: 
{David arches a brow, still smiling} Oh, I see how it is.
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn smiles} You can see *through* the wife beaters anytime.
The Universe: 
{David smiles slyly} I can push you into the water trough, too.
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn arches her brow, and grins} Maybe I think I should invest in some black ones.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria smiles} Black ones aren’t gonna help if it’s cold.
The Universe: 
{David smiles, shakes his head} You’re an evil woman. {looks at Sang} They’ll help enough.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria smiles}
The Universe: 
{David looks at Taryn, still smiling} You gonna start wearin’ baggy jeans, too? Because there are days that ass gets me hotter than any other part of you.
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn smiles} Fuck no. You try ridin’ in baggy jeans.
The Universe: 
{David shakes his head, looks at Loch} I’ve got a *lot* of long nights ahead of me.
The Universe: 
{Loch smiles} Yeah, you do. {grins} Sucks.

The Cosmos: 
{Taryn smiles, leans in and whispers} It’ll be worth it.
The Universe: 
{David looks at her} Oh, I’m not doubtin’ that.
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn smiles} David’s thinkin’ about movin’ out to the ranch.
The Universe: 
{Loch looks at David} You’re a glutton for punishment.
The Universe: 
{David smiles} Well, shit. We figured that out years ago. {goes back to eating}
The Cosmos: 
{Taryn smiles as she picks a sausage link from David’s plate}
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria looks over at Akhiro, quietly} I’m sorry.
The Universe: 
{Akhiro looks at Sang} For what?
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria shrugs} For pushing the wedding thing.
The Universe: 
{Akhiro shakes his head} Don’t worry about it.
The Universe: 
{Loch looks at Sang} We need to talk.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria looks at Loch} All right.
The Universe: 
{Loch gets up, waits for Sang, looks at the others} We’ll be right back and don’t freak out. It’s not a relationship crisis or anything.
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria scoots out of the booth}
The Universe: 
{Loch takes Sang’s hand and heads outside}
The Cosmos: 
{Sangria goes with him}

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Posted April 26, 2012 by The Universe in category "Fiction", "Solitude