April 27

Love Can Endure – Setting Things Straight

Girls: 
<Aubrey arches her brow, whispers> You know those two left alone and drunk bad things will happen.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods, whispers> But for now, she’s on his P.I.N.G. list.
Girls: 
<Aubrey frowns> P.I.N.G?
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> “Pussy I’ll Never Get”.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Yeah.. problem is he could in a heartbeat if she wasn’t with Loch.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> But she is and she loves him to pieces.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> So she keeps saying.


Boys: 
<Brennan looks toward the kitchen> Yeah, well.. usually when they say that, it’s because it’s true. I gotta tell you tough.. I’ve never heard a woman say that about her man. Her friends, family, yeah. But her man?
Girls: 
<Aubrey shakes her head, quietly>Okay you tell me if you’ve noticed this. She all but ignores him when Ethan’s around.. She did the same thing with Aiden.
Girls: 
But she loves him to pieces.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at him> Sang loves everyone to pieces.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at her> No, I didn’t notice that. But… didn’t he seem like he was doing that with Siobhan? Then again, he all but ignores everyone when Sang’s around.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> He does. And did you see how quickly his mood shifted.
Boys: 
<Brennan smirks> Are you kidding? When she walked in, he was on the verge of crying himself.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> And as soon as she hugged him.. it was like he found his strength.
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> Or at least his sense of humor. I wonder how much of that was because he felt better and how much was because he didn’t want *her* worrying about him.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Probably both.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> And you know what’s fucked up?
Girls: 
<Aubrey shakes her head> What’s that.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at her> He’s actually perfectly happy being in her friend zone.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> He is.. and how much of that is because he knows how much she loves Loch?
Boys: 
<Brennan shrugs> Probably all of it. That and because she’s happy and that’s all that really matters in the grand scheme. *I* couldn’t do that.
Boys: 
<Brennan shakes his head> He’s not even the least bit jealous, either. Because *Loch’s* his friend, too.
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles and nods> I know you couldn’t and I know that he’s not jealous. Loch doesn’t seem to mind either.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at her> Because Loch is clueless. I love Loch, but he’s *so*… well, kinda full of himself, too. He’s like.. ridiculously secure. But, I guess, with Sang, who wouldn’t be? But Loch has *no* idea Ethan’s into Sang. Hell.. I think a *lot* of friends are clueless about that.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Probably. They think that because they’re flirting in front of you there’s nothin’ going on behind your back.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> And there isn’t. But I think a lot of it is because it *is* Sang and she’d *never* fuck around on Loch and she even flirts the same way with her brother. Which is probably every bit of the reason Ethan would never even consider the possibility she’d be into him, too. He think he’s not just in the friend zone, but bordering “big brother” territory.
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> Which is kinda funny when you think about it, really. She really only flirts with Ethan and Tristan. She kind of did with Aiden but not *really* you know?
Boys: 
<Brennan arches a brow> You think she was hot for Aiden? Because if she was, she played off like she wasn’t *really* well.
Girls: 
<Aubrey shakes her head> I don’t know about hot for him but she was pretty disappointed when they went to the G-spot instead of coming back to the club like he’d said. She also was pretty friendly with him right off the bat.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> True. But he seemed pretty open to making friends, too. I think that she only flirts with Ethan and Tristan says a lot about how safe she thinks Ethan is. And hell, maybe she *is* seeing him as more of a brother.
Girls: 
<Aubrey shakes her head> I don’t think so. She doesn’t flirt the same way with them. She’s more…sexual with Ethan.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> If it were me.. that would so not help my situation.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at him> What do you mean?
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> Hot girl I want on really bad flirting with me and being more sexual than with other guys and I can *never* have her because she’s in love with one of my best friends?
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> Okay yeah.. You sure she’s not in *his* friend zone.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> Totally. Because when Loch hurt her, I *know* Ethan had to be *irate*, but he never once said one bad thing about Loch. And that’s taking the good friend thing a bit too far.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Yeah.. but he also never tried to go there with her. <sighs> Because he’s Ethan and wouldn’t.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> And probably doesn’t want to fuck up the friendship. I mean.. they’ve got a *really* good one. And it’s important to him.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> It is to her too.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> Maybe it’s just *too* much of a risk, yanno?
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Maybe.
Boys: 
<Brennan shakes his head> And as in love with Loch as she seems to be and as miserable as she was when they broke up, Ethan probably thinks if they did get together, she’d still be hung up on him.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at her> And that could fuck up his friendship with Loch so he stands to lose two if things go to shit.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> There’s that too.. but I do know if they break up again Sangria won’t go back again.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> Apparently Loch knows that too, because he’s been a *really* good boy since they got back together.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Yes he is and I’m actually proud of him for that one. But how long’s he gonna be happy?
Boys: 
<Brennan shrugs> Who knows? As long as Sang’s happy?
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at her> Then again…
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at him> Yeah?
Boys: 
<Brennan thinks> Ethan said something that was kind of surprising… earlier tonight he told Loch that one day Sang was going to get tired of his shit and want a man who didn’t expect her to make him a sandwich.
Girls: 
<Aubrey blinks> He said that to Loch? Damn.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> and I was surprised by it because he’s never said anything like that to him before and I don’t think he meant to.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> I wonder if that has.. no he doesn’ t know Ethan’s here does he?
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at her, arches a brow> Sang didn’t even know Ethan was here.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Right.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> So.. you wonder if that has anything to do with what?
Girls: 
<Aubrey shakes her head> I was going to say I wonder if that’s why Loch didn’t come with her.
Boys: 
<Brennan shakes his head> If that comment had any bearing on anything and Loch knew he was here, he’d probably be here, too.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods>
Boys: 
<Brennan looks toward the kitchen>
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles at Ethan> All done with that now I get to run my finger through your hair while I cut it.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles> Well, hell, if I’d known you wanted to do that, I would’ve had Aubrey cut off my ponytail sooner.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Babe. I liked the tail.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods> I know. That’s why we were sneaky about it. Because I knew you’d never let me do it. But my hair was really starting to get on my nerves.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> I can’t stop you from cutting your hair babe. I just Happen to like it long. <grins> So Let’s see what I can do with this mess Aubrey left you with.

Boys: 
<Ethan smiles> Okay. <heads back to the bar stool and gets situated for her>
Girls: 
<Sangria takes the towel and drapes it over his shoulders, Combs through his hair and smiles at the color, sets about to cutting longish layers, razoring the ends to give them life and keeping the front around his bottom lip while leaving the back longer, parts it on the side, steps around in front of him as she holds the hair up measuring length her chest level with his face and completely oblivious to that fact>
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles when he finds himself looking at her chest> So.. how often should I have it trimmed?
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles, looks at Aubrey, mouths “dog”>
Girls: 
<Sangria looks down at him> About every four weeks or so.
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles and nods>
Boys: 
<Ethan raises his eyes to hers> I’ll try and remember that.
Girls: 
<Sangria steps between his knees and moves closer to reach the crown of his head as she cuts some to even it out>
Boys: 
<Ethan lets his eyes drop back to her chest, does his best to keep quiet>
Girls: 
<Sang finishes and pulls the towel off his chest> You are fini.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks up at her, smiles> Am I passable? Small children aren’t going to run screaming down the street?
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Babe, would I do that to you? I think it looks hot. <looks at Brennan and Aubrey>
Boys: 
<Ethan looks over at Brennan and Aubrey>
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> I dig it.
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> Sang missed her calling.
Girls: 
<Sang steps out of his way> Go look.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles, takes the towel from Sang, stands, kisses her cheek>Thanks, babe. <heads into the bathroom>
Girls: 
<Sangria looks over at Brennan and Aubrey smiles>

Boys: 
<loudly from the bathroom a couple of seconds later> Fuck! Where’d all my hair go!?!
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles at Sang>
Girls: 
<Sangria blinks> Uh oh.
Boys: 
<Ethan comes back out and heads back down the hallway> Dude… I do not even know. It’s like.. my hair.. but so not my hair. <smiles at Sang> Dig the black by the way. now I feel like a goth badass. <blinks> Ooh… I have to buy new clothes now, don’t I?
Boys: 
<Brennan laughs> Oh, my god. He’s totally turned into Tristan.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> I’ve already got some for ya.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles broadly at Sang> I should’ve known that, shouldn’t I?
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> Probably.
Girls: 
<Aubrey laughs>
Boys: 
<Ethan tilts his head slightly> Yanno.. I think I can actually pull off the Nietzsche loving stoner philosopher bit even better now. <looks at Sang> Did you think for even a second, when I hit Siobhan with that bit about being sorry if my intent to hang out in my own head was a threat to her security and shit, that she was going to like.. get a blank look, tilt her head and go.. <tilts his head, gives Sang a blank look> What?
Boys: 
<Ethan laughs> Is it wrong that I totally expected to lose her on that one?
Girls: 
<Sangria laughs> I didn’t expect that I expected her to lose her shit on you epically.
Boys: 
<Ethan laughs again> Oh, I know. Because I know I sounded arrogant as fuck too. I just couldn’t stop myself.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Oh. .but you totally deserved that one.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles> Guess maybe I was being a little bit of a shit, but.. I’ve got a dirty little secret.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> ooooh share it?
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles again, shrugs> What I said to her tonight was the most complex thing I’ve said and the biggest words I’ve used with her yet.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Why’s that?
Boys: 
<Ethan grins> And she goes.. “I didn’t know ‘contemplate the meaninglessness of life was code for I want to be alone til I said it to Loch’. And she was *still* wrong. <shrugs> Because she’s blond? I have no idea.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Babe… she doesn’t *get* you. She never did.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods> And that was never clearer to me then it was tonight. <looks at Brennan and Aubrey> I swear to god, she had *no* clue what the fuck to do with me. And she looks at Van and mouths.. okay.. *mouths*.. “Help me” or some shit like I don’t *see* her doing that shit.
Boys: 
<Brennan laughs> Jesus Christ.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods> I know. I was sitting *right* *there*. Hello?
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at him> Ethan.. come on in all fairness he started the mouthing shit.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Sang> He said “wow”. And I saw his shit, too. But in all fairness, he’s also the one that called her out on the shit she says to me.
Boys: 
<Ethan shrugs> Van’s got balls like.. he’s just ballsy as shit. He totally *would* smack her in the mouth in front of god and everyone if she said that shit to me again.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Sang> I mean.. if you *really* want to be fair.. whenever she calls me a shit, I usually *am* being a shit.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> Still doesn’t give her the right to call you names.
Girls: 
<Sangria shrugs> He won’t slap her in the mouth because I’m gonna punch her if she does it again.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods> True. But.. I figure if she had a bigger vocabulary, she’d call me something a little more inventive. <blinks> Did you seriously just say that? <arches a brow> Did *I* seriously just say that?
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> I did say that.
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> So how’d you like the view, Ethan? A little frustrated now?
Girls: 
<Sangria shakes her head, looks at Brennan> Huh?
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Brennan> Oh.my.god. *So* close. *Soooo* *close*.
Boys: 
<Brennan laughs>
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> could almost reach out and grasp it?
Boys: 
<Ethan rolls his eyes> I hate you guys. <looks at Sang> But I *love* you. <grins>
Girls: 
<Sangria frowns and starts cleaning up the mess> Love you too, Baby.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks back at them, mouths> “Fuck my life.”
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Sang> Babe.. leave it. I’ll get it. After all, it’s not like you charged for it.
Girls: 
<Sangria looks over at him and smiles> My mess.. I’ll take care of it.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles> But it’s my hair and you haven’t even had a drink or a hit off the joint yet.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> I didn’t come for the drugs and alcohol. I came for you.
Boys: 
<Ethan and Brennan watch her, Ethan mutters> I’d like to see that.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Ethan, smiles, walks over, grabs the joint, walks back, lights it, hands it to him> Put this in your mouth.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at him gratefully> You got this shit from Aiden, didn’t you? <takes a long hit>
Girls: 
<Sangria grabs a towel and moves to her knees to clean up a spill of dye, looks back over her shoulder at Ethan> What’d you say?
Boys: 
<Ethan looks back at Sang> Just that you’ll never know how much I appreciate you doing this for me.
Boys: 
<Ethan arches a brow seeing Sang’s position, hits the joint hard, to Brennan> I’m not going to make it home tonight at this rate.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Get wasted. I’ll make sure you get home.
Boys: 
<Brennan blinks> Um.. we can get him home. Don’t you have to worry about Ren or something?
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> I’ve called her several times her phone is off and <blinks> Oh.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Brennan, looks at Sang> Oh?
Girls: 
<Sang smiles at Brennan> Let me finish up here and I’m out.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Brennan> You know what I just realized?
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Ethan> There’s no telling.
Boys: 
<Ethan shrugs> I don’t have a girlfriend.
Girls: 
<Aubrey frowns>
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> Yeah. And?
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at him, smiles> So you and Tristan get all the groupies.
Boys: 
<Ethan sighs> I’m.not.getting.*laid*. What the fuck was I thinking? <looks at Sang> Well.. there’s that. Friday.
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> What about grudge celibacy?
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Brennan> Fuck grudge celibacy. That idea was patently retarded and as my brother who’s always looking out for me, *you* should’ve been the first one to point that out.
Girls: 
<Sang smiles> There’s always Ren. She’s probably lookin’ for a grudge fuck.
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles broadly> You can always reach out and grasp *those*.
Boys: 
<Ethan rolls his eyes> Except.. we don’t know what’s going on with her and Akhiro and I’m thinking a grudge fuck *tonight* might be jumping the gun a little.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at Ethan> Why.. they are as of right now broken up.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Aubrey> Because when I asked her if she was single.. <bursts out laughing> Oh.. if I’d known *then* what I know *now*…. <smiles> She said ask him. Which means *she* probably doesn’t even know for sure.
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at Ethan> Finish those thoughts.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Sang> What thoughts?
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> When I asked her if she were single … and If I’d known then what I know now…
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles> I did finish the first one and the second one wasn’t intended to be finished. It was one of those where you kind of just know the rest. But okay.. I totally would’ve just gone home with her.
Girls: 
<Sangria laughs> To her den of iniquity?
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles more broadly> You *do* remember the sex toy centerpiece, right?
Girls: 
<Sangria laughs> I was the one that put it where it was. Of course I remember it.
Boys: 
<Ethan blinks> Oh.my.god. I can’t fuck *her*. <looks at Brennan> There was an 18 inch Kong there. Mini me might get tons of credit, but he’s not up for competing with *that*.
Boys: 
<Brennan cracks up>
Girls: 
<Sangria laughs> Babe.. none of us *Ever* used that thing… it scared even *Saige*>
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Sang, blinks> Saige didn’t take it as a challenge? No way.
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at Ethan> Did you *see* that thing. it Dwarfs a coke can.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods> And I’ve seen the horse ranch she lives on. <looks at Sang> Trust me.. we used to speculate about *that* a lot when she was fucking everything in sight.
Boys: 
<Brennan laughs harder> Ethan!
Girls: 
<Sang cringes> Oh.. eww.
Boys: 
<Ethan cracks up> Oh.my.god. I so did not say that.
Girls: 
<Sang laughs> You totally did.
Boys: 
<Ethan laughs> Fuck. Do *not* tell her I said that.
Girls: 
<Sangria shakes her head> Not me.
Boys: 
<Ethan shakes his head> I would be *so* dead with an 18 inch Kong shoved up my ass if she heard that.
Girls: 
<Sangria shakes her head> No you wouldn’t.. she’s strap you to the fence during mating season.
Boys: 
<Ethan cracks up again> And that was my second choice.
Girls: 
<Sangria finishes cleaning up and stands>

Boys: 
<Ethan watches her, smiles, takes another hit off the joint>
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at Ethan> So you wanna ride out to Ren’s with me.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods> Sure.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Aubrey>
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at Brennan, mouths “that could end badly.”>

Boys: 
<Brennan frowns, looks back at Ethan and Sang> You think it’s safe with the way his mouth is running right now?
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at Ethan, smiles> I think he’ll be okay.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles> I’m fine.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> If he doesn’t I’ll let Ren strap him to the bench.
Boys: 
<Ethan arches a brow> The spanking bench?
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> Of course.
Boys: 
<Brennan shakes his head> You know what? <looks at Sang > I’m sure you realize that most of what he says right now should be taken with a grain of salt.
Boys: 
<Ethan grins> Kinky.
Boys: 
<Brennan rolls his eyes> See?

Girls: 
<Sangria nods> I know…<looks at Brennan> Yeah. I know.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> Call us if you need us.
Girls: 
<Sang looks at Brennan> You don’t want to come chaperone.
Boys: 
<Ethan walks over and grabs his shirt, pulls it on, looks at Brennan, whispers> You act like you don’t trust me.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks over at Sang> We could. <looks at Ethan, smiles>
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles> Ass.
Boys: 
<Brennan laughs> You’ll thank me in the morning.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods> Probably.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> It’s up to you all. I thought you and Aubrey were gonna do your thing.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Aubrey> It’s up to you.
Girls: 
<Aubrey arches her brow> Do you think they need a chaperone?
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at them> *When* I throw myself at Sang, because *obviously* that’s bound to happen, I’m sure she’s more than capable of handling me on her own. <shrugs> Besides.. she’s delivering me to Ren on a platter. <looks at Sang> Should I wrap myself in a bow real quick?
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> No.. but I’m not sure delivering you to her on a platter is what I’m doing so much as taking you with me as moral support when she decides to go off on me.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Sang> Honestly, I’m just kind of worried about him.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles> I can do that.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> I know.. I won’t let him do anything he’s gonna regret in the morning .. and that includes Renee too.
Boys: 
<Brennan laughs, nods> Okay.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> I’ll deliver him home safe and sound and I’ll even call you when I drop him off.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> All right. <looks at Aubrey>>
Boys: 
<Ethan heads for the door> Why do I feel like I’m asking my parents for permission to go out and play?
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods and smiles> Okay. If you promise to have him home by 10 and no hanky panky. <waggles her finger at them, teasingly, blinks> Oh my god.. <looks at Brennan> Don’t *ever* let me do that again.
Boys: 
<Brennan bursts out laughing>
Boys: 
<Ethan opens the door and looks back at them, smiles broadly> Yes, mom. And.. thanks. I love you guys, too.
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> And Suddenly I not only need to reaffirm the relationship but that I am not my mom. <looks at Sangria and Ethan> Love you both… but.. get out. <looks at Brennan> Like now.
Girls: 
<Sangria laughs and says her goodbyes and heads for the door>

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