April 26

I’ve Gotta Ride Like the Wind – Another Ending

Boys: 
{Loch watches the door for Sang}
Boys: 
{Akhiro drinks his coffee, looks at Renee} We spend more time in this booth…
Girls: 
{Sangria walks in and sits down, picks up Loch’s cup and takes a drink} He’s going out to talk to Taryn. Told me to get Chinese.
Boys: 
{Loch arches a brow} Shit.
Boys: 
{Akhiro looks at Sang} What made him decide that?
Girls: 
{Sangria shrugs} I told him that she’s a little bit country and he’s a lot rock and roll.
Boys: 
{David looks at Sang} Why would you do that?
Girls: 
{Sangria looks at David} Because he told me that other than the Dojo they don’t have much in common.
Girls: 
{Sangria shrugs} He also told me he wasn’t giving up his friend.
Boys: 
{David looks at her}
Boys: 
{Akhiro looks at Renee, smiles}
Boys: 
{Loch nods} About time he got some sense.
Girls: 
{Renee smiles} Seriously. {looks at Sangria} You really quoted Sonny and Cher to him?
Girls: 
{Sangria shrugs} Paraphrased.
Boys: 
{David looks at Renee} Donny and Marie.
Boys: 
{Akhiro smiles} Osmond.
Girls: 
{Renee waves her hand, smiles} I knew it was one of those old variety shows. {grins} I get points for that.
Boys: 
{Loch laughs} You guys should *not* know that shit. Any of you. {smiles} And you wonder why I don’t respect any of you.
Girls: 
{Sangria shrugs} Probably.
Girls: 
{Renee looks at Akhiro smiles}


Boys: 
{Akhiro smiles at Renee, looks at Sang} You think you’ll need help with Tristan?
Girls: 
{Sangria shakes her head} I don’t know.. He seemed determined.
Boys: 
{Akhiro nods} All right. I’m going to take Ren home. Call us if you need us.
Girls: 
{Sangria nods} All right. I won’t bother you unless it’s dire.
Boys: 
{Akhiro nods again, looks at Renee} Are you ready?
Girls: 
{Renee smiles} Yeah. I am.
Boys: 
{Akhiro smiles} Let’s go, then. {gets up and waits for her, pulls out his wallet and drops enough money on the table to cover the coffee and a generous tip, puts his wallet away}
Girls: 
{Renee stands and waits for him to finish putting his stuff away} Call us.
Boys: 
{Loch nods} You got it.
Boys: 
{Akhiro takes Ren’s hand and heads out}
Boys: 
{David watches them go} Guess I should head, too.
Girls: 
{Sangria looks at David} Are you angry?
Boys: 
{David looks at Sang} About what?
Boys: 
{David gets up, moves the chair back to the other table, slides into the booth Akhiro and Ren just vacated}
Girls: 
{Sangria shrugs} Because I told him what I thought, truthfully.
Boys: 
{David shakes his head} Why would I be? {looks at her} It’s not like you’re the only one that’s been thinkin’ it. And *I’m* thinkin’ it’s somethin’ he probably needed to hear. Taryn could stand to hear it, too.
Girls: 
{Sangria nods} I think she’s going to.
Boys: 
{David nods} Guess she’s not gonna be much good tomorrow.
Girls: 
{Sangria nods} Probably not. {shakes her head} She’s also gonna be alone. As far as I know Saige isn’t back.
Boys: 
{David shakes his head} She’s not gonna be alone. I have strict orders to be up there by noon or she’s gonna be bangin’ down my door.
Boys: 
{Loch smiles around his cigarette as he takes a drag, listening}
Girls: 
{Sang nods} You might want to show up earlier.. make sure she’s functioning.
Boys: 
{David nods, lights a cigarette} Maybe I’ll head up in a couple of hours. I don’t see myself sleepin’ tonight and there’s a lot of work I gotta do on the fence line. Take care of the horses. They’re used to eatin’ pretty early and if they don’t get fed when they expect it, they get a bit bitchy.
Boys: 
{David shrugs} Maybe she’ll be functionin’ by a decent time and I can leave early and go home and catch a nap.
Girls: 
{Sangria smiles} Did you sleep last night at all?
Boys: 
{David smiles} I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I did.
Girls: 
{Sang shakes her head} You’re gonna pass out.
Boys: 
{David shrugs} I’m used to it. {takes another drag}
Girls: 
{Sangria shakes her head} Just be careful.
Boys: 
{David shakes his head} I’ll be fine. {looks at her} And I figure she’ll be followin’ me around runnin’ on at the mouth keepin’ me awake anyway.
Girls: 
{Sangria looks at Loch} Like that’ll be a hard ship for him.
Boys: 
{Loch smiles} Oh, I’m sure.
Boys: 
{David shakes his head} You don’t understand. She’s either gonna be whiny or bitchy and neither one is all that attractive or enjoyable.
Girls: 
{Sangria shrugs} So don’t go.
Boys: 
{David looks at them} Then she’ll be whiny and bitchy at my door only pissed off at me on top of it. I think I’ll just take some extra weed up with me and see how she likes that.
Boys: 
{David smiles} Cuz I figure she’ll be feelin’ a little rebellious, too.
Girls: 
{Sangria nods} Possibly. Just remember she’s got training tomorrow.
Boys: 
{David nods} Think she’ll go? With him bein’ there and all, I mean.
Girls: 
{Sangria nods} Oh yeah.. she’ll go if only to prove she can.
Boys: 
{David nods} All right. Then maybe I’ll leave the weed at home in case she decides she wants to prove more than that.
Boys: 
{Loch smiles} Make her a beer float for breakfast.
Girls: 
{Sangria nods} Probably a good Idea.. and the beer float might work.
Boys: 
{David smiles, shakes his head} Crack an egg in that bitch, while I’m at it?
Girls: 
{Sang nods} Yes.. do that if you want her to barf on you.
Boys: 
{David looks at Sang} Hey.. I used to eat that for breakfast in high school.
Boys: 
{Loch smiles} Bullshit.
Boys: 
{David smiles} Maybe. {crushes out his cigarette} Think I’ll go take a nap before I head up. {looks at Sang} Just to make you feel better.
Girls: 
{Sangria smiles} Yes it does
Boys: 
{David smiles, gets up} Yeah, all right. Have a good one and don’t fuckin’ call me unless it’s actually important this time. {heads out the door}
Boys: 
{Loch looks at Sang} So.. I guess we’re pickin’ up Chinese food.
Girls: 
}Sang nods} Yeah.
Boys: 
{Loch nods} How much food are we lookin’ at?
Girls: 
{Sangria shrugs} I’m thinking a lot.
Boys: 
{Loch nods, takes a drag, looks at her} You okay?
Girls: 
{Sangria nods} YEs.. I am.. I’m just worried about Tris.
Boys: 
{Loch smiles} Tristan can handle it. They’ve only been goin’ out little over a week.
Girls: 
{Sangria nods} I know.. but it hurts when the fantasy dies.
Boys: 
{Loch nods, taps the ashes off his cigarette} And she might actually be relieved *because* the fantasy’s dead.
Girls: 
{Sangria nods} She might be. {smiles} But how relieved is David going to be.
Boys: 
{Loch shrugs} Honestly? Probably not as relieved as you’d think.
Girls: 
{Sangria looks at Loch} What do you mean?
Boys: 
{Loch shrugs} She’s gonna be in a lot of pain. Weepy. Goin’ on about Tristan. Maybe even how much she loves him. Shit like that.
Girls: 
{Sangria nods} Shit.. maybe I should go up there.
Boys: 
{Loch smiles} Maybe.
Girls: 
{Sangria shakes her head} No.. I can’t.
Boys: 
{Loch takes a drag} Oh.. and then there’s the beatin’ herself up she’s gonna be doin’. All about how “inadequate” she is.
Boys: 
{Loch looks at her} She’s your friend, Saige. There’s no reason you can’t and Tristan wouldn’t expect you not to.
Boys: 
Saige=Sang
Girls: 
{Sangria nods} I know and I will.. *after* I talk to Tris.
Boys: 
{Loch nods} Obviously. {takes another drag, taps the ashes into the ashtray} *I* could go up there while you’re talkin’ to Tristan.
Boys: 
{Loch looks at her, thinks} Yeah.. probably not. I’m not real good at the sensitive shit.
Girls: 
{Sangria smiles} I think that’s a brilliant idea actually.
Boys: 
{Loch smiles} Seriously?
Girls: 
{Sangria nods} Yes I do. If nothing else because you aren’t good at the sensitive stuff.. she can get angry and it won’t hurt you.
Boys: 
{Loch nods, smiles again} All right. I’ll go up with David to {air quotes} “help with the fences”.
Girls: 
{Sangria smiles} And you’ll be great at it.
Boys: 
{Loch shakes his head} Yeah. Tell me that when I come back with a few broken ribs. {leans over, bumps her with his shoulder} And tell me how brilliant it was when you’re havin’ to wait on me hand and foot while I recover from the ass beating she gives me.
Girls: 
{Sangria smiles} It’ll be worth it.
Boys: 
{Loch smiles, kisses her}
Girls: 
{Sang kisses him back}
Boys: 
{Loch breaks the kiss, pulls back, looks at her} Let’s go get some chinese food.
Girls: 
{Sangria smiles} Yeah.. {shakes her head} And Ice cream.
Boys: 
{Loch nods} And some beer to go with that ice cream for us.
Girls: 
Yes. Must have beer.
Boys: 
{Loch nods, gets up and waits for her}
Girls: 
{Sangria stands and smiles} Does the drama *never* end.
Boys: 
{Loch puts his arm around her, heads for the door} Nope. And that’s the only reason we don’t get new friends.

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