April 27

Love Can Endure – Ethan Looks for Sanctuary and a New Style, Cutting Losses

Boys: 
<meanwhile, Ethan shows up at Aubrey’s and knocks on the door>
Girls: 
<Aubrey answers, looks at Ethan, reaches for him and pulls him in> What’s wrong?
Boys: 
<Ethan shakes his head, walks inside> What makes you think something’s wrong? I haven’t even said hello yet.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks over from the couch when Ethan comes in> Um.. you’re *here*, to start. You’re alone for two.
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> Babe.. you’re here alone…and oh I don’t know you’re *here*.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks between Aubrey and Brennan> Wow. Sharing a brain much?
Girls: 
<Aubrey shakes her head> Come on.. have a seat.
Boys: 
<Brennan licks the paper on a joint and presses it together> Yeah, well… that’s what happens when you smoke the same weed. <holds the joint out to Ethan> Wanna share our brain?


Girls: 
<Aubrey goes to the kitchen and pulls out some glasses and a bottle of Jack, walks back over and sits next to Brennan, pours them each a glass and pushes one to Ethan>
Boys: 
<Ethan half smiles, walks over, takes the joint and sits down, hits it and passes it to Aubrey, holds the smoke, on the exhale> Soooo…. I’m a dick.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Ethan> Oh? Hell froze over while we weren’t looking?
Girls: 
<Aubrey takes the joint hits it> Bull shit. <exhales and passes it to Brennan> What’d she do?
Boys: 
<Ethan shakes his head> We were going to go to the diner, but Sang started on this thing about how what happened with Ren and Akhiro is all her fault and she’s gotta fix it. And Van wanted to know why, if she was *so* worried about how serious whatever’s wrong with Ren is and if Ren’s her best friend and she *has* to be there for her, why was she sitting with us making plans to go to the diner. Then Sang got shitty with Van. Van got shitty back. And I really just wanted to get away from it.
Girls: 
<Aubrey frowns> Sang got shitty with Van and you’re a dick?
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at them> I mean, seriously… between the overwhelming guilt and utter despair and *Van* and *Sang* getting shitty with each other… it was just way too much. <looks at Aubrey> I’m getting there.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Okay. Sorry.
Boys: 
<Ethan takes a long sip of his drink> So.. I tell Siobhan I’m getting a headache.. which I totally was.. and that I wasn’t hungry. And that was cool. We were just going to go home. But I said something to Van about how I was going to go home and contemplate the meaninglessness of life.. like I do… and how it’d make me feel better.. and Siobhan says something about getting naked and body painting and ass prints on Van’s door.. and… <looks at them> That’s about when it happened.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Ethan> When what happened?
Girls: 
<Aubrey takes a sip of her drink>
Boys: 
<Ethan shrugs> I looked at her.. thought about what she said.. took it to the *obvious* to me next level which was “reaffirming our relationship” and thought.. yes. Let’s go do that because fucking is exactly the thing people are supposed to do in their relationships and talking is totally overrated. Because you know, it worked so well for Ren and Akhiro. <looks at them> And ending every single night with my dick in my girlfriend does *not* somehow make everything okay or mean everything’s good. So.. thinking that was my first mistake. Because apparently, she didn’t have sex on her mind at all.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at Ethan> So what did she have on her mind.
Boys: 
<Brennan smirks> *Bullshit* she didn’t.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Aubrey> Body painting and leaving ass prints on Van’s door. Which brings me to my next mistake.
Boys: 
<Ethan lights a cigarette, takes a hard drag>I failed to be amused by such childish antics.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at Ethan> Sounds like she was trying to make you feel better.
Boys: 
<Ethan sighs> And I told her so by informing her that I was still trying to clean the ass prints off the front door from when she fucked *Van* there. <looks at them> And she says “payback”. I’m going to pay Van back for that by putting the *same* girl’s ass prints on *his* bedroom door in body paint. <nods> Yeah. I know. The problem is.. <looks at Aubrey> That’s about the time I realized that she thinks having a good sense of humor is the equivalent of being a totally retarded 12 year old. That because I find a lot of shit amusing that most people probably don’t.. I am a also a total child.

Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at Ethan> What?
Boys: 
<Ethan shakes his head> Which part?
Girls: 
<Aubrey That you’re a child. That she thinks having a good sense of humor is the same as a retarded 12. Did she say that?
Boys: 
<Ethan shakes his head> No. But putting body paint ass prints on Van’s door is completely childish.
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> Yeah.. it is..but it’s also kinda funny when you think about it. I mean Ass prints on the porn stars door?
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Ethan> You know what your problem is? You overthink all the wrong shit. Instead of worrying about all the implications of your girlfriend suggesting ass prints on Van’s door.. you should totally be overthinking why you’re with *Siobhan*.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> And then there’s that.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Brennan > Oh.. don’t start holding back *now*. Enlighten me.
Boys: 
<Brennan shakes his head> I like Siobhan, but.. come on. You and her? She’s so uptight, she probably shits diamonds.

Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> She’s a bitch.
Boys: 
<Ethan shakes his head> The night we got together, we were talking about someone in particular and she said I deserved someone “classier”.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods to Aubrey> She really is. <looks at Ethan> And she brings you down when she gets all.. bitchy.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> She does. I think tonight when you were fucking around with Sang was the happiest I’ve seen you in a while. and the most animated.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> And you totally deserve someone with some class. *Real* class. Not that pseudo class I’m gonna hide behind every time I feel threatened or someone challenges me. <nods to Aubrey> And there’s that. Because Sang’s got a sense of humor but she’s not immature. She’s got class but she’s not uptight.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Ethan> Siobhan’s cold. And you’re not. Siobhan’s full of herself. And you’re not. Girls like Sang are way more your style and speed.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Or Even Saige.. she’s got a playfulness and *she’s* classy.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Aubrey> Yeah, but.. Saige isn’t real “together”. Ethan’s way more together than most of us.
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> Ren when she’s not being all grown up even. But Brennan’s right.. Siobhan’s cold. <shakes her head> I don’t know what happened to her but she is.
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> Hell, I could even see you with someone like Taryn. She’s fun and cute and playful *and* together. But obviously married which is why I say girls *like* her.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods, takes another sip of his drink> Am I just a shitty boyfriend? Because I thought I did all right, yanno?
Girls: 
<Aubrey shakes her head> You aren’t a shitty boyfriend…she’s a shitty girlfriend and until she deals with that Iceberg inside her..she’s gonna stay that way.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Ethan> That right there is what we’re talking about. No way are *you* a shitty anything. *She’s* a shitty girlfriend. For *you*. For someone else, she might be a perfectly fine girlfriend but you just don’t have the disposition for someone like her.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at Ethan> There are certain people who just don’t gel. You know?
Boys: 
<Ethan shakes his head> We’re really not working. And I totally thought we would. When she said I deserved someone classier, I totally thought she was right but *now*, sitting *here* after being with “classier”.. I’m thinking I totally blew past the happy medium.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at him> Here’s the thing.. she’s making you miserable and that’s gotta be making her miserable.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at him> Look… you’re probably not going to like this, but me and Van have talked about it and he totally agrees with me and Aubrey. He loves Siobhan, too. He doesn’t just like her with *you*. *Because* she’s going to chew you up and spit you out.
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> She needs someone like Van.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Brennan> Why didn’t anyone bother to mention it to *me*? <looks at Aubrey> I think she was miserable to start.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> She may have been. Hell she came back here and jumped into something with you and didn’t even take time for herself to do what she came back to do.
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> And you thought you could change that? Dude.. we can’t make other people happy if they don’t want to be or they don’t know how to be.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods to Brennan, then to Aubrey> Actually, she came back here, fucked Van the first night *then* jumped into something with me.
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> She used to be happy.. she just needs to remember *how*. <Aubrey nods> I remember.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods, looks at his drink> This really sucks. <takes another long sip>
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> It’s tough to admit defeat, but.. sometimes you just have to.
Boys: 
<Ethan shakes his head> This isn’t defeat. It’s pure and utter failure.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Ethan> Dude.. the two of you were barely out of the gate and you had to resort to playing dirty songs on stage for her to get her less rigid about fucking. Hello? That should’ve been your first clue that she was too cold for you. And then the shit at the G-Spot? How many women do you know who *won’t* tell their man when he fucks up? When you have to *make* a girl tell you you’re fucking up, there’s something wrong with that girl, not you. Because as guys, fucking up is kind of our thing.
Boys: 
<Brennan shrugs> And laying into us about all the ways we’re doing it is kind of *their* thing. It goes against every natural female instinct to act the way she did when she found Kendra on your lap at the G-Spot.

Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> If she’d been on Brennan’s lap she’d’ve been on the floor.. I’m tellin’ ya.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> With a nice little bruise blooming around her eye, probably.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Fuck yeah. So she’s either afraid to say something because she’s afraid that if you fight you’re gonna leave or she’s not female.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods, takes a sip of his drink> Or she just doesn’t care.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at him> Or she’s *that* full of herself.
Girls: 
<Aubrey shakes her head> She cares Eth. <looks at Brennan> Or that.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Aubrey> Then maybe her ego or “image” is more important.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks back at Ethan> Look, here’s the thing, if it’s her ego or her image… all we have to do is get a hold of her movie and screen it for everyone. That should take her down a few pegs. If you want to make it work though, and I don’t know why you would, it’s gonna have to be in a way that she can understand.
Boys: 
<Brennan lights two cigarettes, hands Ethan one> Look… whatever her problem is, it’s *her* problem. It’s not you. She showed up on your doorstep because she needed something and you guys probably just got stuck that way. And when you break it off, it’s gonna be awkward as fuck living with her, but maybe she’ll move out and maybe moving out and being on her own is what she needs. I did.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at him> Or you and Van just kick her out. It’s *your* place.
Boys: 
<Ethan takes the cigarette> Why *wouldn’t* I want to make it work? Okay, fine. She’s a bitch, but.. so is Saige and Taryn can be raging when the mood hits her. Ren.. as evidenced by tonight. <looks at Aubrey> We’re not just going to throw her out. *We’re* not that cold. Even Van, as much of a hard ass as he can be isn’t *that* hard.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Ethan> Are you in love with her? And be honest. It’s just us here.
Boys: 
<Ethan takes a drag, shakes his head> I love her. But I’m not quite at “in” love yet.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at him> Then you have two choices.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> There ya go, then. You’re not in love with her. Sometimes, she’s cool as shit with you but other times, she treats you *like* shit. And she doesn’t care who’s around. She’s making you miserable and she doesn’t have fuck all in terms of respect for you when she gets her ass on her shoulders. <looks at Ethan> Dude… if it were Sang and she was putting up with the same shit from Loch.. what would you say to her?
Boys: 
<Ethan shakes his head> I wouldn’t say shit to her. I’d punch *him* in the mouth.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Yeah.. and I have a feeling Siobhan is very close to that. So either borrow a page from Van and don’t let her get away with that shit or break it off.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Ethan> So. There’s your answer. You can’t punch her in the mouth, but you can kick her to the curb. And I’m tellin’ ya.. the sooner you do it, the better. Because the longer you wait, the more complicated shit’s gonna get and the harder it’s going to be.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods, takes another drag thinking about it>
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at him> Look.. break ups suck balls. For everyone. But if that’s what you have to do we’re behind you.
Boys: 
<Brennan watches him for a second, quietly> Ethan.. look where you are and where you’re not right now. And *why* you’re here. You’re not here because you wanted to hang out. You’re here because you didn’t want to go home. When have you ever avoided going home? <nods in agreement with Aubrey>
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Aubrey> Can you cut hair?
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Yeah.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods> Can you color it, too?
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Yeah.. Ethan what are you thinking?
Boys: 
<Brennan arches a brow> You want your hair *colored*? <smiles> You’ve been hanging out with Van too long.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Brennan> Maybe. <looks at Aubrey> Look.. my hair’s gotten to where it’s scraggly and bugs the shit out of me.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Okay.. so I’ll trim it up for you.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods> And I’m bored with the color, too.
Boys: 
<Brennan laughs> Oh, my god. <smiles> We’re going to sit here and be like girls and shit and cry over the S.O. while doing our hair? Seriously?
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Brennan> Yes. Because I am secure enough in my masculinity to do exactly that. <smiles> And Aubrey won’t fuck it up because she’s catty that I’ve got pretty hair or something. She *wants* me to be hot.
Girls: 
But I am not doing it any other color than red. So we can choose…Shit we need Sang.
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles at Aubrey> Yes, we do.
Boys: 
<Ethan shakes his head> She won’t let me cut it. You heard her and Siobhan when I made the joke about shaving our heads.
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> I’ll start cutting it before she gets here.
Boys: 
<Brennan laughs> And she’ll freak out because it’s *your* hair and she just *knows* Aubrey will botch it and she can’t have that.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Exactly.
Girls: 
<Aubrey laughs> In the meantime <grins> You trust her right.
Boys: 
<Ethan shakes his head> You guys are fuckin’.. <laughs> geniuses. <smiles> Pot smoking geniuses. <nods to Aubrey> Of course.
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> Cool. I’ll tell her to swing by the drugstore and grab some color. <pulls out her phone hands it to Brennan> You call her.. I’m going to go dig out my scissors.
Boys: 
<Brennan takes the phone> Should I tell her who she’s picking color for?
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> Tell her it’s you. That way she won’t grab something totally off the wall and you guys’ coloring is the same.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods, dials Sang> All right.

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