April 27

I’ma Make It Rain On the Girl Who Serves Me – Keepin’ On

Boys: 
<Ethan answers> What’s wrong?
Boys: 
<Van watches Siobhan, still smiling> Nothing’s wrong. Is Lia gone yet?
Boys: 
<Ethan puts Van on speaker, breathes> Yeah, she’s been gone a while. You okay?
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> She ran out of here with a quickness. But Eth and I weren’t really about making her comfortable either.
Boys: 
<Van nods> I’m fine. <smiles> I can imagine. Did Ethan get shitty?
Boys: 
<Van puts them on speaker>
Boys: 
<Ethan rubs the back of his neck, half smiles> Um… maybe a little bit? At least when you first left.
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at Ethan smiles> We were eating when she left.
Boys: 
<Van shakes his head, Ethan sighs> She pissed me off, okay? I mean.. that was fucked up.
Boys: 
<Ethan shrugs> She hurt my brother. I didn’t take real well to it.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> I think he’s feeling better.
Boys: 
<Van smiles again> Yeah, I love you, too. I need you to do something for me. In my closet on the shelf is a box marked “work”. Bring it to Siobhan’s for me?
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> And his laptop and phone charger and possibly a few changes of clothes please.
Boys: 
<Ethan blinks> A box marked “work”? <laughs> Oh, my god, Van. <looks at Sang> The one box I never looked in because I thought it was a bunch of boring files and shit.
Boys: 
<Van smiles at Siobhan> Yeah. bring all that too.
Girls: 
<Sangria laughs> Ethan.. those are the boxes you check *first*.
Boys: 
<Ethan heads to Van’s closet to grab the box> Toothbrush, shaving shit and all that too? What are you doing, running away from home? <pulls down the box and opens it, blinks> WHAT THE HELL IS THIS, VAN?
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> He found the box, I think?
Boys: 
<Van smiles wickedly at Siobhan> What? It’s work related. We’re going to be taking advantage of the clean sheets Siobhan made it a point to tell me about.
Boys: 
<Ethan pulls out a device he can’t even identify, turning it around and tilting his head as he’s looking at it> No, Van. Seriously. What *is* this shit?
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles and mouths> “what is it?”
Boys: 
<Van laughs> Relax, Ethan. They’re props from a movie I did. Just bring the whole box.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Siobhan> I have no idea because I don’t know what he’s looking at.
Girls: 
<Sangria walks into Van’s room bringing the phone with her, sees Ethan> Holy *shit*.
Boys: 
<Ethan furrows his brow> It looks like.. some kind of.. <blinks, laughs> Holy shit, Van, thumbscrews?!
Boys: 
<Van laughs> Those aren’t for the thumbs, Ethan.
Girls: 
<Siobhan laughs> Okay so what is in the box.. <blinks>
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at it more closely, blinks> Oh! Ow.
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at Eithan> Holy shit.
Girls: 
<Sangria blinks> Van.. what *are* you into?
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Sang, eyes wide, to Van> Is that.. is that a male chastity device I’m looking at?
Boys: 
<Van grins at Siobhan> The cage shaped like a cock? Yes. That’s what it is.
Girls: 
<Siobhan covers her mouth and hisses through her teeth to keep from laughing>
Boys: 
<Ethan keeps going through the box> Why am I still looking, Sang? Why can’t I *stop*? What happened in this movie, Van? <pulls out a black DVD case, arches a brow, holds it so Sang can see it>
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles and snatches the DVD from Ethan and heads into the living room where she plugs it into her laptop>
Boys: 
<Van laughs> Ethan.. how is it you can even *identify* a male chastity device by sight, anyway?
Boys: 
<Ethan blinks> Um… uh.. the internet?
Boys: 
<Ethan grabs the box and follows Sang>
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> Oh.. that’s easy. Sangria makes him wear one.
Boys: 
<Van laughs>
Boys: 
<Ethan smirks> Cute, Siobhan. We haven’t progressed that far in our relationship yet. But if she *does* try that shit, she’s totally getting one too.
Girls: 
<Sang hits play and fast forwards through the bullshit in the beginning and blinks> Holy fucking shit.
Boys: 
<Ethan stares at the screen, whispers> Oh.my.god.
Boys: 
<Ethan to Van> Um.. we’ll be on the way with your stuff in a little bit….
Boys: 
<Van arches a brow> You mean after you watch the movie?
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles sheepishly> What’s that, Van? I can’t hear you, you’re breaking up.
Boys: 
<Van shakes his head> Bring it over. You can watch it here with us. That’s what I want out of the box, anyway.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> Ethan.. bring the box.
Boys: 
<Ethan sighs> Fine. <looks at Sang> Pack it. We’ll watch it over there. <to Van and Siobhan> And we *are* watching this.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles at Van> If I’m gonna be in the biz.. I gotta learn sometime.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> And everyone thinks we’re fucking anyway. I wouldn’t want to disappoint them.
Girls: 
<Sangria downloads the movie to her computer and pops the DVD out of the drive>
Girls: 
<Siobhan laughs> True.
Boys: 
<Ethan puts the box down> All right. We’ll be there in a few. Let me just grab the rest of the shit you’re going to need. LIKE THE CONDOMS YOU FORGOT TO PUT ON THE LIST.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> I didn’t need them on the list Ethan.. I have them here.
Boys: 
<Ethan smirks> Oh.. you’re going to need more. We’ll see you guys in a bit. <hangs up>
Boys: 
<Van looks at Siobhan, smiles>
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles at Van> Guess you’ve started your transformation? <hits her cigarette again>
Boys: 
<Van puts down the phone> And they say I’m not fun. <looks at her> Transformation?
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> From mild mannered business man to Super Kink.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> That’s not a transformation, baby. It’s more like a return.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at him> Then the return of…
Boys: 
<Van shrugs> I don’t have anyone I have to behave for now. So, why shouldn’t I go back to the things I like to do?
Girls: 
<Siobhan shakes her head> I’m not criticizing.
Boys: 
<Van looks at her curiously> What’s wrong?
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at him> Nothing.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> I think it’s great.
Boys: 
<Van nods> So why do you seem tense?
Girls: 
<Siobhan hits her cigarette and crushes it out exhaling as she does> I’m not. <walks over and sits on the couch>
Boys: 
<Van watches her> Talk to me.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles at him> I am talking to you. I think going back to what you like to do is great.
Boys: 
<Van walks over and sits down next to her, looks at her> Do it with me.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at him still smiling> I am.
Boys: 
<Van crushes out his cigarette in the ashtray, nods> All right.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> I told you I’d help you get there and I meant it.
Boys: 
<Van looks at her>
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at him> What is it?
Boys: 
<Van shakes his head> The night you came back… I didn’t want to take you home with me. I knew I wasn’t your first choice. <looks at her> Like I’m not now.
Girls: 
<Siobhan shakes her head> Van.. <smiles> As well as you know me.. <shakes her head again, quietly> I must be one hell of an actress.
Boys: 
<Van arches a brow> You’re saying I’m wrong?
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at him> Yes.
Boys: 
<Van shakes his head> Then you are a hell of an actress because it was believable enough to hurt.
Girls: 
<Siobhan quietly> When I came back.. I didn’t think you wanted me. Then you were with Saige. I got with Ethan and shouldn’t have.. Got with Seth knowing better..
Boys: 
<Van looks at her>Siobhan… I told you.. if I hadn’t gotten wrapped up in Saige… I was actually torn when that all started, but.. you were doing okay and she was off the rails and you know how I get. I had to “fix” it.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> I know.. and I’m not blaming you, not for how I felt. I wasn’t trying to hurt you.
Boys: 
<Van nods> I know that. And I knew it then. When we were talking earlier about the possibility Lia and Seth would choose their marriage.. when you said it wasn’t our time then.. I wanted to ask you, if they did go back to each other… what you thought about seeing if maybe *now* was our time.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> I think *now* *is* our time.
Boys: 
<Van smiles>
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at him, still smiling>
Boys: 
<Van takes her hand> When I said there were times I wanted to ask you what was wrong with me.. I actually meant what was wrong with me that you wanted Ethan. <shakes his head> Hell, I almost asked you that night. I mean I actually had to bite it back.
Girls: 
<Siobhan quietly> Nothing was wrong with you. <squeezes his hand> There was something wrong with me. I think I needed him to get back to me. <frowns> And that sounds incredibly shallow and ugly.. and it’s not how it was.
Boys: 
<Van shakes his head> I don’t think it sounds that way. He was what you needed at the time. You’ve said that. <looks at her> But I think you were wrong. I think *I* was what you needed because, baby, you didn’t even *start* getting back to yourself until that night at the diner when I laid into you. And the next day when I dragged your ass out here with me and Seth.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> And you’re right about that I was wrong.
Boys: 
<Van shakes his head> I’m not trying to be a dick about it. It just.. it just seemed if he was what you needed at the time, you would’ve come out of it better and you would’ve been better *in* it. <looks at her> You’re not the person you were when you were with Ethan. As in.. you’re not that person, period. And it wasn’t Ethan that did it to you, it’s where you were at and he wasn’t equipped to know how to counter it.
Boys: 
<Van shakes his head> He gave you a place to hide, Siobhan. But I think what you *really* needed was to conquer.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods>You’re right. I did need to hide at first.
Boys: 
<Van nods>
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at him> And what you and Seth did for me I can’t even begin to explain it. And Seth was the closest to you I could get…<quietly> and we had that closeness and that connection.. like you and I have.
Boys: 
<Van looks at her> Seth had the aggression you needed that I don’t have. *Because* he’s so headstrong and unyielding.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> Our’s yours and mine…our closeness comes from years of talking and being friends, history…. Mine and Seth’s comes from an ability to empathize over what the other went through.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> And one thing Seth and Lia have proven is that history.. good or bad.. trumps all.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods and smiles> Exactly.
Boys: 
<Van squeezes her hand, starts to say something when Ethan walks in carrying the box and drops it on the coffee table next to the cold food, looks at them> This box holds insanity.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles and looks at Ethan> No.. this box holds the new and improved Super Kink.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Ethan, smiles> You have no idea. <grabs the DVD case off the top> But you’re going to.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Siobhan, smiles> Did we interrupt something? Because if we did.. sucks. We’re not leaving til we see this movie.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Nope no way.. We’re staying.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Siobhan> I’m strangely okay with that.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles wickedly> Me too.
Boys: 
<Ethan shakes his head> Seriously, though. Are you guys all right?
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> Yes.. I think we are.
Boys: 
<Ethan takes the movie from Van and hands it to Sang to set up> You know..for a non couple.. you guys holds hands like.. more than actual couples. Did you ever notice that? <nods toward their hands>
Boys: 
<Van looks at Ethan> Yeah, well… it just always seems like the thing to do.
Girls: 
<Siobhan shrugs> It’s comfortable, and reassuring. <looks at Ethan and Sang> Foods on the table.
Girls: 
<Sangria takes the DVD and goes to set it up>
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles, heads over to the bar and makes drinks for him and Sang> No, I’m saying it’s cool. It says something about how close you guys are. Especially since it seems like half the time you guys don’t even realize you’re doing it.
Girls: 
<Siobhan leans over and whispers> I think this is his equivalent of throwing you under the bus.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> Oh, no. Not yet. But I’m sure it’s coming.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles at Van then looks over at Ethan> I think half the time we don’t realize we are.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods, carries the drinks to the coffee table, sits down on the floor, looks at Siobhan and Van> So.. does this mean he finally got over being pissed that you went out with me and not him?
Boys: 
<Van looks at Siobhan> And there it is.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> I think so… <sighs> But he had to break out the whips, chains and the St. Andrew’s cross to get there.
Boys: 
<Ethan laughs> Yeah, I bet. <smiles at Sang> Wasn’t it the night me and Siobhan broke up when Van said “I love Siobhan, I just don’t like her with Ethan”?
Girls: 
<Sang walks over and sits down after setting up the video and hitting play> Yep. It was. <smiles>
Boys: 
<Van looks at Siobhan> I wasn’t like.. *jealous* .. or anything. Just… you know…
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles> Just.. you know.. kind of makes you wonder how much of him being pissed really *was* because he was projecting the whole Lia/Seth thing.
Boys: 
<Van look at Ethan> Okay, you can shut up now. Christ.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> It totally sounded like you were. <looks at Ethan, grins> I found myself wondering the same thing..
Girls: 
<Siobhan arches her brow at Sang>
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles at Van, looks at Sang> I bet if we took a poll.. a lot of our friends would say the same shit.
Boys: 
<Van sighs, looks at Siobhan> Don’t even bother. They’re unstoppable.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Van> Ball gags?
Boys: 
<Van smiles, nods toward the screen> Movie. <sits back and puts his arm across the back of the couch behind Siobhan>
Girls: 
<Siobhan leans into Van curling her feet under her>
Girls: 
<Sangria sits next to Ethan>
Boys: 
<Van moves his arm to her shoulders>
Boys: 
<Ethan lays on the floor, putting his head in Sang’s lap, watches the screen>
Girls: 
<Sangria plays with Ethan’s hair, while she watches>
Girls: 
<Siobhan lays a hand on Van’s thigh>
Boys: 
<Van smiles, whispers in her ear> I would just like to say that.. no matter how many times I watch you get dressed or you walk around nearly naked in front of me… I have *yet* to get desensitized to it.
Girls: 
<Siobhan shivers feeling Van’s breath on her ear, turns to look at him smiling, whispers> I’ll never get desensitized to the feel of you, or the sight of you.
Boys: 
<Van smiles, whispers> When I was here earlier and you were changing, I had to keep reminding myself that yes, we would be cheating on them if we slept together.
Girls: 
<Siobhan whispers back to him> I wasn’t even thinking about that.. I’m just so comfortable with you.. <smiles> It didn’t occur to me that it might make you …uncomfortable.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> Pffft. <still whispering> It didn’t make me uncomfortable. It made me horny.
Girls: 
<Siobhan leans in and puts her lips on his ear and whispers> All I have to do is think about you and I’m ready.
Boys: 
<Van closes his eyes briefly, whispers> So.. we let them watch the movie and we go take care of that and watch it later?
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles, and moves her hand higher on his thigh> Either that or we practice a little <thinks for a second> Denial and torture each other first.
Boys: 
<Van smiles slowly, looks at her> Yes. That.
Boys: 
<Van whispers> Blanket?
Girls: 
<Siobhan reaches behind her and pulls the throw off the back of the couch, draping it over them, smiles>
Boys: 
<Van smiles again, slipping his hand under the blanket, whispers> All that and efficient, too. <kisses her>
Girls: 
<Siobhan kisses him back, her fingers lightly brushing over the fabric at the vee of his legs>
Boys: 
<while Van and Siobhan are torturing each other under the blanket, Ethan looks up at Sang>
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles at Ethan leans down and whispers> This is.. Wow.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles, takes her free hand in his, whispers> Have I told you lately that I love you?
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles and whispers> I love you too, baby. <squeezes his hand> You tell me and show me a million different ways every day.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles again, brings her hand up to his lips, kisses it, whispers> Porn always makes me think of you. And that always makes me think of how much I love you. And *that* always makes me think of how lucky I am.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles, moves her hand from his hair to his face> *I’m* the lucky one.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks up at he, smiles again, whispers> We are *not* having *that* argument again.
Girls: 
<Sangria leans down and kisses him> No we aren’t.
Boys: 
<Ethan kisses her back, whispers> They didn’t even notice that I didn’t play tonight.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> They didn’t… <softly>
Girls: 
<Sangria softly> Why didn’t you play tonight?
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles, whispers> They will. <shrugs> Because we had a family crisis.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at her, whispers> They did fine without me while I was in North Carolina. I’m sure they had no problem tonight.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> We did.. and they will. You’re never going to hear the end of it from Loch.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods, whispers> Loch’ll get over it.
Girls: 
<Sangria shakes her head> They did fine.. but you in there makes them better.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles> Priorities. The band isn’t the first one on my list. I’m sorry, but as much as I love it.. it never will be.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> I know. <looks at him, quietly> At least not until it goes global.
Boys: 
<Ethan shakes his head, whispers> Not even then. It will never be more important than you and my family.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at her, whispers> I don’t need to be a rock star to be happy.
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at him, softly> I’m glad you don’t. <smiles> I love that you play.. <whispers> But I like it even more when you sit at home and do it for *you*. That’s when you seem happiest.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles, whispers> That’s when I am. I’m perfectly happy with everything I have right now. I don’t want or need more than that. And if I had it, I probably *wouldn’t* be happy. The band getting bigger will put more stress on us. And going around to local clubs and shit is one thing, but global? <shakes his head> No way. If the band ever starts interfering with *us*… they’re going to have to find someone to replace me.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at her, whispers> The band can’t marry me and have my babies.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> No.. I can though. <softly> And one day I’m going to.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles> That’s the plan.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> All the redheaded babies you want.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles more broadly> Isn’t black the dominant hair color gene?
Girls: 
<Sangria whispers> Shhh. <grins> Black hair is a bitch to color.
Boys: 
<Ethan laughs, smiles, whispers> You know.. Van telling us to watch the movie with them wasn’t for convenience. It means he wants us here and that’s a good sign. It means he needs his family around him.
Boys: 
<Ethan still whispering> It means he’s not going to shut himself off.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods and smiles, softly> And he’s not going to let Siobhan do it either. And that’s a good sign too.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods, whispers> Exactly. I think they’re going to be okay.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> I think so. <Glances at them to see their lip lock, smiles and whispers> OH yeah.. I think so.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks over, smiles, whispers> That is so… *not* surprising.
Girls: 
<Sangria whispers> No it’s not.. <very softly> They get along really well.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Sang, whispers> It makes you wonder if they were just fighting it all this time, doesn’t it?
Girls: 
<Sangria nods, softly> It does.. especially considering what good friends they are.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods, whispers> Like maybe they thought for some reason they weren’t supposed to be together.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> Exactly.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles, turns his attention back to the movie>
Girls: 
<Sangria looks back at the screen making comments here and there when it gets really intense>
Boys: 
<Van and Siobhan torture each other until they can’t take it anymore and slip upstairs>

 

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