April 27

In Between the Wrong and the Right – Saige Gets Up Close and Personal With Aiden, Samuel Voices His Opinion

Girls: 
<Saige watches Aiden go, looks over at Samuel> Where’d you find him?
Boys: 
<Samuel hits the pipe, hands it to her> Jail.
Girls: 
<Saige hits the pipe> Oh, lemme guess, he was in for Drugs?
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Somethin’ like that. He’s probably the only guy I know who’s *less* paranoid when he’s high.
Girls: 
<Saige hands Samuel back the pipe and exhales> So what did you do and how’d you meet?
Boys: 
<Samuel takes the pipe, hits it again, holds the smoke, shakes his head, on the exhale> I was in for a B&E. 18 months just for bein’ the look out. We got put in the same cell.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> And you’ve been together ever since… and I don’t mean that in a homo way.


Boys: 
<Samuel nods, hands her back the pipe> We didn’t like each other at first. He didn’t say shit the first week we were in. Not a fuckin’ word. Hard to trust a man that won’t say anything. Not that I had much to say either. But he’ll look you in the eye every goddamn time without a problem. And he’s pretty good at keepin’ his head, but when he loses his shit, he loses it but good.
Girls: 
<Saige nods> I can see it. The quieter they are…<Takes the pipe and hits it again>
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> And when he shuts down, well, it used to make *me* nervous. And that’s sayin’ somethin’. I got tired of of the silence and tried to start shit with him a coupla times, but nothin’. Then someone says somethin’ out in the yard about how pretty he is and they might wanna visit him that night and he goes completely apeshit. Damn near killed him with his bare hands.
Girls: 
<Saige hands Samuel the pipe, exhales again> Shit. That’s… wow.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods, takes the pipe> But that boy’s loyal to a fault. If you’re tight with him, he’ll go through hell and back for you and with you.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> So when’s *he* movin’ in?
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> I don’t think this town could handle us both.
Girls: 
<Saige shakes her head> That’s too bad. He’s pretty hot.
Boys: 
<Samuel shakes his head> Darlin’.. <smiles again> You wouldn’t stand a chance. <hits the pipe and hands it back>
Girls: 
<Saige smiles, takes the pipe> Why not? <hits it and hands it back to Samuel> I’m not that hard on the eyes..<Grins>
Boys: 
<Samuel takes the pipe back, looks at her> No, you’re not. Let me tell ya a story. The ex fucks him over and fucks him up pretty good in the process. He’d gone balls out helpin’ her get straight, moved her in. It was Christmas Eve when they broke up. He’s a week away from movin’ into her old buildin’ and takin’ over as manager. They’re talkin’ about savin’ up for a house and he’s plannin’ on goin’ straight. He goes to ground to get his head straight, figure shit out and for three days not a soul hears from him or can find him. We figure, fuck it, we’re not gonna be seein’ him for a good long time and when we do, we’re not gonna wanna be around him. He comes out of that hole and goes walkin’ into her new boyfriend’s club like he owns the place. New girl, new tattoos. And all attitude.
Girls: 
<Saige listens, quietly> Damn.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Same night.. the ex’s new boyfriend kicks her to the curb and we go out to handle some business he’s decided is long fuckin’ overdue. Call that boy with the tapes out to the graveyard and lay in wait. He gets there and Dare tells him he owes him for the money he made off Dare’s girl and he’s got a couple of days to make good or it’s his ass. Dare forced him to his knees, tellin’ him what a pretty mouth he’s got, fucked with him some more and had him cryin’ like a bitch.
Boys: 
<Samuel shrugs> Didn’t matter that they weren’t together anymore. This was unfinished business and Dare figured if he was any kind of man, he wouldn’t let it go.
Girls: 
<Saige blinks> That’s incredible. But that’s not the end of that Story.<smiles>
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Dare gave him some ridiculous figure we know he won’t be able to meet no matter how much time we give him and he goes runnin’ outta there like his ass is on fire. We hear somethin’ and go to check it out and lo and behold, it’s Dare’s ex hidin’ out in some mausoleum. She was plannin’ on sleepin’ there because she didn’t have anywhere else to go. She and Dare go a couple of rounds and he tells her to get her stupid ass in the car because she’s stayin’ with him til she gets her shit straight.
Girls: 
<Saige quietly> Did he ever get over her?
Boys: 
<Samuel puts the pipe in the ashtray, lights a cigarette> That’s how loyal he is, but it’s how hot he runs, too. We took her home, started trainin’ her to take care of herself. <shakes his head> I don’t know. If he has, I’d be surprised, but I’d be just as surprised if he hadn’t.
Girls: 
<Saige nods> This is the one that’s with the brother that’s her niece’s daddy?
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Ayup. Dare’s a lot of things, but he’s not flaky or undependable. When he’s in, he’s *all* in. Sometimes, it just takes a while to get him there.
Boys: 
undependable-unreliable
Boys: 
<Samuel shrugs> Takes him longer to get back out.
Girls: 
<Saige nods> I can understand that…the deeper you are the harder it is to get out.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Exactly.
Girls: 
<Saige shakes her head>
Boys: 
<Aiden comes back out with a couple of six packs that he puts in the trunk, gets back in the car, grabs the pipe out of the ashtray and finishes it off>
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at him, smiles> We straight?
Boys: 
<Aiden nods, taps the resin into the ashtray> All downhill from here, man. <takes Samuel’s cigarette and backs out of the lot, heads North down Main>
Boys: 
<Samuel lights another cigarette, looks at Saige> Didn’t get passed the 8th grade but has a head for math that’d fuckin’ amaze you.
Boys: 
<Aiden shakes his head> Talkin’ about me again?
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles at Aiden> Just drive the car, man.


Girls: 
<Saige smiles> I had questions. <looks at Aiden>Straight over…?
Boys: 
<Aiden looks over at her> Straight over what?
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Aiden> Samuel asked if you were straight. I was curious what you have to be straight over.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles> Samuel asked if *we* were straight. As in, got everything we need.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> Right.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Aiden> Give me your wallet.
Boys: 
<Aiden looks over at Samuel, puts the cigarette between his lips, digs out his wallet and tosses it over, Samuel grabs it and goes through it, sets it on the dashboard, reaches over and flips down Aiden’s visor, finding nothing there, starts digging through the glove compartment>
Boys: 
<Aiden looks at him curiously> What’re you lookin’ for?
Boys: 
<Samuel finds what he’s looking for shoved deep down in the back under everything else, pulls it out, smiles> This. <hands the picture of Aiden’s ex to Saige> Tell me that doesn’t remind you of your sister.
Girls: 
<Saige looks down at the picture, blinks> Holy fuck.. she looks more like Tar’s twin then I do.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles, nods> And I didn’t even see it til he said somethin’.
Boys: 
<Aiden reaches over, snatches the picture and throws it in the back> Yeah, well.. that’s not her promo from the club.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Aiden, smiles> Still she is beautiful…like you said.
Boys: 
<Samuel laughs> No, it’s not. *I’ve* got that one. <pulls out *his wallet, pulls out a beaten to shit folded piece of paper, unfolds it, hands it to her> Say hello to Destiny.
Boys: 
<Aiden looks at Saige, arches a brow> I never said that shit.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> Okay…hot.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles> When I said that, I meant your sister was, too.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at the picture Samuel has> Wow…
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Aiden, smiles> Yeah… she didn’t think so. <shrugs> But Taryn doesn’t usually think of herself as hot either.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods, pulls out other promos, unfolding them and handing them to her one at a time> The artist. Her jealous friend. The club manager. This chick was fuckin’ me at one time, Aiden and then went back to her old man *finally*.
Boys: 
<Aiden nods> You told us.
Boys: 
<Aiden looks at Samuel> Why you still have those?
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Because I was gonna put ’em in the apartment.
Girls: 
<Saige takes the pictures and looks at them> Jesus did that town breed any unpretty people?
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles at Saige> Sure they did. We just weren’t fuckin’ ’em.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> What no pictures of the Lawyer you shared.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles again, grabs Aiden’s wallet, fishes out that picture, shows it to her>
Boys: 
<Aiden reaches over, taps the picture> That girl’s one of my best friends.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> So a fuck buddy.
Boys: 
<Aiden shakes his head> She’s more than that. Only reason we never made a go of it was because our timing was always shit.
Girls: 
<Saige nods> And where’s *she* at now?
Boys: 
<Aiden looks at Saige> And a fuck buddy isn’t a true friend. <smiles> She’s still around. Still coverin’ my ass. But she’s involved with someone. Always is when I’m single and vice versa.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> So keep your ass single until she is again. I’m bettin’ it won’t be long.
Boys: 
<Aiden nods> That’s what I used to think. Then people started crawlin’ out of the woodwork. <looks at the road> We’ll see what we see. <smiles> Who knows. I could find the love of my life right here in the boondocks.
Boys: 
<Samuel laughs> Yeah. Troll enough street corners.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> Stranger things have happened.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles again, nods> Exactly.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Samuel, shakes her head, looks over at Aiden smiles> As long as she’s blond.
Boys: 
<Aiden laughs, nods> Maybe.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles, looks at Samuel> That means Sang at least is … safe.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles at Saige> Sang is safe by virtue of the fact she bounces.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles> I’m guessin’ when you say that, you’re not talkin’ about her tits.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> She doesn’t *always* bounce.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles at Aiden> Oh, those bounce, too. But you should see this chick Renee. You think Silver was built?
Boys: 
<Aiden looks over at Samuel, arches a brow> No shit?
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Bitch’d probably smother you if she was on top.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> Wanna see for yourself?
Boys: 
<Aiden shakes his head> Damn. Sounds more like Heater.
Boys: 
<Aiden looks at Saige, smiles> Babe.. if she’s unavailable, what’s the fuckin’ point? <pulls into the ball park>
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Saige> Aubrey’s blond and built like a brick shit house. <looks at Aiden> Tattoos for days.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles again> Now *that* sounds more like Heater.
Girls: 
<Saige nods, and smiles> Aubrey’s…rough.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles at Samuel> Sounds like our kinda girl.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> She’s the one they were sayin’ threw a beer bottle at David’s head. She’s with someone, too. <smiles> A redheaded guy.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles more broadly> So the bitch has taste.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> Yeah…she’s hooked up with Brennan one of the Triplets… yeah *after* fucking his brother and David.
Boys: 
<Aiden looks at Saige, smiles again, looks at Samuel> She hot?
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> The girl’s smokin’.
Boys: 
<Aiden shakes his head> Too bad *she’s* not single.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Big blond eighties hair, tattoos for days.. an ass you don’t wanna let go of.. brown eyes.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles> Damn. Sounds like wet dream material.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods>
Boys: 
<Aiden looks at Saige> Attitude?
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Aiden> Oh yeah. Provoke her and she’s a bitch on wheels.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles> See? Girl of my dreams. And the bitch is taken. <gets out of the car, heads around to the trunk and opens it up>
Boys: 
<Samuel laughs, gets out and follows him around, grabs the bats while Aiden grabs the beer>
Girls: 
<Saige climbs out of the car and goes with them, leading the way to the field and batting cages>
Boys: 
<the boys follow her>
Girls: 
<Saige makes her way over to a picnic table and just beyond are three batting cages> Used to be someone here renting them out.. but not so much anymore.
Boys: 
<the boys go with her, Aiden sets the beer on it, pulls out a couple and opens them, hands one off to Saige and Samuel, opens one for himself, looks around> Not bad. Gotta suck in the winter, though.
Boys: 
<Samuel takes a sip from his beer, looks around> You gotta admit it’s hella prettier out here than back home.
Boys: 
<Aiden nods, looks at Samuel> And Matoaka. Christ. That place was fucked up. I’m glad you got outta there, man. Didn’t have a whole lot of hope for your life expectancy.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Me either, most days.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles, takes the beer> That place was hell.
Boys: 
<Aiden nods to Saige> I was there. You believe that bar? I’ve seen some fucked up shit, but even I wasn’t exactly a fan.
Girls: 
<Saige shakes her head> I didn’t even see the bar. and bypassed the town…I *heard* it though and saw the fires and shit.
Boys: 
<Aiden nods> Probably better that way.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Aiden got into it with some people.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Aiden> And lived to tell about it.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles at Saige> I had help.
Boys: 
<Aiden looks at Samuel> Speakin’ of.. you gonna let me tell everyone back home you’re alive and kickin’?
Boys: 
<Samuel shrugs> Only if they wanna know.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> Why wouldn’t they want to know?
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Saige, smiles> Because I’m thinkin’ at least a few of ’em are glad to be rid of me.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Samuel> The rest aren’t.
Boys: 
<Samuel shrugs> I’ve got some fans.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> I’m thinkin’ most of them female.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles, looks at Saige> Most of my ex’s will be thrilled as shit he’s all right. Most of *his* ex’s… <smiles more broadly> Maybe not so much.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles, nods to Saige> Most of ’em.
Girls: 
<Saige grins> and the one’s you shared?
Boys: 
<Aiden laughs, nods> Yeah. They’ll be pretty thrilled, too.
Boys: 
<Aiden pulls out his phone, mass texts only their closest friends “Dead man is walking”.
Girls: 
<Saige watches Aiden and Samuel smiling>
Boys: 
<Aiden puts his phone away, sets down his beer and grabs a bat> If I don’t get a flood of texts, I’ll be surprised. <heads toward the cages, looks at Saige, smiles> Come on. Let’s see what you’ve got.
Boys: 
<Samuel shakes his head, grabs his bat and hands it to Saige>
Girls: 
<Saige takes the bat and heads over with Aiden> You’re puttin’ *me* in the cage?
Boys: 
<Aiden looks over at her> You said you had to put your hair up if we were hittin’ balls. Sounded like you’ve done this a few times.
Boys: 
<Samuel sits on the picnic table, sipping his beer while he watches them>
Girls: 
<Saige nods> It’s been a while…
Girls: 
<Saige shrugs and steps into the cage> I can’t believe I’m doin’ this.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles, walks down to the ball machine> Why not?
Boys: 
<Aiden looks over at her, smiles again> You too fragile?
Girls: 
<Saige arches her brow, shakes her head> There are a lot of words people use to describe me…”fragile” is *not* one of them.
Boys: 
<Aiden looks her over> What about “soft”?
Girls: 
<Saige shakes her head> Nope.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles> Really? Because from where I’m standin’, you’re lookin’ pretty soft to me.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at him, peels off her jacket, tosses it over the bat stand revealing her own set of Tattoos, looks down the lane at Aiden> Then you *must* be seein’ things.
Boys: 
<Aiden watches her, smiles again> Oh, I’m not talkin’ about your disposition.
Boys: 
<Samuel heads out and makes a taco run while they’re messsing around and comes back with a few bags in relatively short order>
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Aiden> Oh *really*?
Boys: 
<Aiden nods> Damn right. And speakin’ of your assets.. every girl in town have legs like you and your sister?
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> Uh uh. We were blessed with long legs to keep us on those horses.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles again> I’m thinkin’ it works for more than just the horses.
Girls: 
<Saige laughs> Baby, I’ve never had any complaints.
Boys: 
<Aiden nods> I’m bettin’. I don’t hear Samuel complainin’ either.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> He hasn’t had that experience.
Boys: 
<Aiden looks at her, smiles again> I don’t hear him complainin’ about that either.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> Yet.
Girls: 
<Saige assumes the stance, bat poised for a hit>
Boys: 
<Aiden arches a brow, still smiling, flips on the ball machine>
Girls: 
<Saige’s attention turns to the opening waiting for the ball, when it’s spit from the machine she focuses on it and tips it>
Boys: 
<Samuel walks over to the cages, looks at Aiden> Want me to get yours?
Boys: 
<Aiden nods> Yeah. <turns Saige’s machine up to medium, heads out of the cage and follows Samuel into the next one, Samuel turns on the machine for him and stands back against the fence watching them while they play>
Boys: 
<that goes on for a bit>
Girls: 
<Saige comes out of the cage, having been hit more than once, but not complaining, walks over to Aiden’s and watches>
Boys: 
<Samuel walks along the fence to where Saige is standing, stops next to her, turning his attention to Aiden> He can do this all day.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> I don’t doubt it *look* at his arms.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles, nods> Every mornin’, about seven, we used to go to the Y and just spend a coupla hours doin’ this.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Samuel>That’s dedication.
Girls: 
<Saige turns her attention to Aiden, smiles> As long as he’s done by dinner.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at her> It’s a ritual. <looks over at Aiden> He will be. Give him an hour or two and he’ll be good.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> You want me to set you up?
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Sure. I got us some tacos. We forogt to pick ’em up on the way. Forgot to bring Harley, too.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> I didn’t even see him this afternoon. This mornin’ he followed me to the Cabin then took off back to the house.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> I showed him the borders. He won’t venture off the property.
Girls: 
<Saige laughs> God know’s there’s plenty of room for him to run.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> We probably won’t see him til he gets hungry.
Girls: 
<Saige nods> I dig him he’s a cool dog.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods, picks up his bat, smiles> I’m kinda fond of him myself. <walks over to the cage>
Girls: 
<Saige goes with him walks to the machine> How do you want it babe?
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Hard and fast.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles wickedly> My kinda guy.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles again, nods> So I been hearin’.
Girls: 
<Saige sets the machine to fast> Yeah?
Boys: 
<Samuel readies himself>
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Bring it, darlin’.
Girls: 
<Saige flips the machine on>
Boys: 
<that goes on for a bit, til Aiden decides he’s done, turns off the machine and cleans up all the balls>
Girls: 
<Saige slips out of Samuel’s cage and heads over to Aiden’s, leans against the fence arms above her head, fingers through the links> Need some help pickin’ up your balls?
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles, looks over at her> You itchin’ to get your hands on my balls?
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> You know it, babe.
Boys: 
<Aiden looks at her> Whenever you feel froggy, baby.
Girls: 
<Saige opens the gate and steps into the cage, saunters toward him>
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles, watching her approach, tosses the ball he’s holding toward her when she’s close enough>
Girls: 
<Saige catches it and smiles, rubs her thumb over the laces, smiles and looks at him> I’m not so sure you’re ready for me.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles slowly> I’ll let you believe that.
Girls: 
<Saige arches a brow> Oh really?
Boys: 
<Aiden nods> That’s right. <walks over and takes the ball from her, looks at her, quietly> But I’m thinkin’ you’re the one that’s not ready for me.
Girls: 
<Saige watches him approach, looks up at him, her brow still arched> Prove it.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles again> From where I’m standin’, I’m not the one that’s got shit to prove.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> I’m here aren’t I?
Boys: 
<Aiden nods> Yeah. *Here*. Why don’t go talk about it some more in the car.
Girls: 
<Saige k smiles at Aiden> Lead on.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles, tosses the ball toward the machine, takes her hand and heads to the  car >
Boys: 
<Samuel looks over when they go, shakes his head and goes back to what he’s doing>
Girls: 
<Saige looks over at Aiden as they walk> We forgot Samuel..
Boys: 
<Aiden looks at Saige, arches a brow> Oh? <smiles> You want he should get in on this?
Girls: 
<Saige smiles and shurgs> Wouldn’t be the first time.
Boys: 
<Aiden stops, lets her hand go, shrugs> Aight. Go see if he’s interested.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Aiden> You’re serious?
Boys: 
<Aiden looks at her> Are you?
Girls: 
<Saige looks at him> I asked you first. All I said was we forgot him.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles, shrugs> You want him, go get him. Wouldn’t be the first time for us, either. <looks over towards Samuel> But I’m thinkin’ he’s a little busy right now.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles up at Aiden> Yeah.. he does look busy. <shrugs> his loss.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles again> Yeah. I’ll let you believe that, too. <starts for the car again>
Girls: 
<Saige goes with him> Judge not.
Boys: 
<Aiden looks at her> How is that a judgment?
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> Until you’ve “sampled the product”.
Boys: 
<Aiden smiles> You got it wrong, baby. That wasn’t sayin’ you weren’t gonna be worth the price of admission. That was sayin’ don’t be so sure he’s the one losin’ out.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> So you’re sayin’ I *should* go interrupt him.
Boys: 
<Aiden stops at the car, opens the passenger door, flips the seat forward, looks at her> I’m sayin’ you’re hot, but you’re not the hottest thing we’ve ever seen. And I’m sayin’ you don’t have the first clue about him or what he’s packin’. <smiles> So.. don’t jump to conclusions when you haven’t even *seen* the product.
Girls: 
<Saige climbs into the back seat, scoots to the far side> I have an idea of what he’s packin’.
Boys: 
<Aiden laughs> An “idea”? <gets in the car behind her and closes the door, looks at her, smiles> Just be quiet so we can get down to it.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> A man of few words. <nods> I like that.
Boys: 
<Aiden nods, takes a hold of the back of her head, pulls her over and mauls her face while gettin’ down to it>
Girls: 
<Saige devours his even as she urgently goes for the buttons on his pants>

Boys: 
<After the full frontal assault, the boys clean up the cages, load the car and head back toward the house for dinner>

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