June 20

I Wanna Know Why You Got Me Goin’ – Part 2

Girls:
<Devon quietly> I feel like I’m meeting the family.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> You are. Just not mine, exactly. <opens the door, looks inside> Van? Lia?
Boys:
<Van is standing in front of Brennan’s door, looking perplexed, to Lia> But *why* Brennan’s room? I mean.. are they planning on moving in there or something? <looks over when he hears Tristan’s voice> In here!
Girls:
<Devon smiles takes a deep breath> Okay.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles and walks in>
Girls:
<Devon goes in with him>
Girls:
<Lia looks at Van> Maybe they needed a change of scenery.
Girls:
<Devon laughs then smiles then looks down and closes her eyes>
Boys:
<Van looks at Lia> The only scenery they’re paying attention to is… skin. <looks over at Devon and Tristan, smiles> Hey.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> Hey. Lia, this is Devon, Nikki’s assistant. <looks at Devon> This is Van’s girlfriend, Lia. Ryan’s new grief counselor.
Boys:
<Van arches a brow> I didn’t know you were working with Nikki.
Girls:
<Devon looks at Lia> Nice to meet you. <Looks at Van> Yeah.. <smiles> It’s my last internship.
Boys:
<Van smiles> Nice.
Boys:
<Tristan looks at Van> Nikki and I broke up. She’s got feelings for Ryan.
Boys:
<Van blinks> Christ. <looks at Lia> That’s two in one night. I wonder who’s next.
Girls:
<Devon shakes her head, looks at Van> No one?
Boys:
<Van looks at Devon> Here’s hoping.
Girls:
<Lia nods> One can hope.
Boys:
<Van nods to Lia> Really. The last thing we need is another Relationship Apocalypse.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> My breakup isn’t really an apocalypse for either of us, so don’t worry about it.
Boys:
<Van looks at Tristan> So.. it was mutual and amicable.
Boys:
<Tristan nods> Totally.
Girls:
<Devon smiles> As for why they’re in Brennan’s room…Their room abuts my living room and they knocked my TV off the wall in their enthusiasm. Tristan was kind enough to rehang it.
Boys:
<Van looks at Devon, laughs> Oh, my god. <smiles at Lia> There are victims, Lia.
Girls:
<Lia blinks> Wow.
Girls:
<Lia laughs> Seriously.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> Yes. There are. <lets go of Devon’s hand and walks over to Brennan’s door> You might want to avert your eyes.
Boys:
<Van crosses his arms over his chest> Oh, hell, no.


Girls:
<Devon smiles and shakes her head, closing her eyes, Lia laughs> You wouldn’t?
Boys:
<Tristan looks at Lia, smiles> Oh, yes I would. And more importantly, I *am*. <grabs Brennan’s door knob and throws open the door>
Girls:
<Lia blinks> Oh shit. <looks down turning crimson>
Girls:
<Sang, who’s on top, looks over at Tristan, blinks> What the.. <grabs the blanket and covers herself> Tristan!
Boys:
<Ethan looks over at the door, grins> Hey, Tristan. What’s up?
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> *That’s* obvious. <looks at Sang> “Spank me, daddy”?
Boys:
<Van cracks up, walks toward the kitchen, smiles at Devon> Coffee?
Girls:
<Sang shrugs and smiles at Tristan> You told me to trust him and he’d show me.
Girls:
<Devon looks at Van and nods> Yes please. <smiles> Can I help you?
Boys:
<Van shakes his head> I’ve got it. We go through a lot of coffee. <smiles> We also tend to have a lot of nights like this. <heads into the kitchen and starts coffee>
Boys:
<Tristan looks back toward the living room, smiles> Excuse us for a minute. <walks into Brennan’s room and closes the door behind him, looks at Sang and Ethan> Seriously, though, did you guys move that bed?
Girls:
<Sang shakes her head> Tristan.. really? We’ll move it. Trust me.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> *Yes*, really. Christ. You guys are incorrigible.
Boys:
<Ethan smiles> Fuck the bed and fuck us being incorrigible. Did you *kiss* her?
Girls:
<Sang looks at Ethan, smiles> Thank you. <looks over at Tristan> Yeah.. did you?
Boys:
<Tristan nods> Yeah, I did. And we’re going out to dinner before we go to the Rock tomorrow night.
Girls:
<Sang smiles> Awesome. Give us the details. Did the earth move? Did she curl your toes?
Boys:
<Ethan smiles again> Nice. But.. could you work any faster?
Boys:
<Tristan smiles at Sang, looks at Ethan> Have you *seen* her? <looks at Sang> All of the above. Do me a favor, though. <shows her his wrist> Write this down for me so I don’t shower it off.
Boys:
<Ethan laughs> Tristan.. just put it in your phone.
Girls:
<Sang nods> Give me your phone.
Boys:
<Tristan rolls his eyes> Shit. Right. <pulls out his phone and hands it to Sang, smiles> Ar eyou going to put that app on my phone so I can stalk her properly?
Girls:
<Sang takes the phone, moves off Ethan, adds the app and her number, grins playfully> She’s the bunny.
Girls:
<Sang hands his phone back to him>
Boys:
<Tristan laughs, takes his phone back> Thanks. <looks at her> We’re going to be talking about this one.
Girls:
<Sang looks at him> Is a good talk?
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> Yeah, I think so.
Girls:
<Sang smiles> All right. The earth really moved?
Boys:
<Tristan shakes his head> You remember how hard it was for me to get Nikki to hang out with us? Devon *wants* to hang out with us. <smiles> It might not have been the earth, but *something* stirred.
Boys:
<Ethan laughs>
Girls:
<Sang smiles> I do and nice.
Boys:
<Tristan nods> So, I guess I’ll let you guys get back to… that.
Girls:
<Sang laughs> When do you want to have that talk Tris?
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> Whenever you’re not otherwise occupied.
Girls:
<Sang smiles and looks at Ethan>
Boys:
<Ethan looks at Sang, smiles> He can wait.
Boys:
<Tristan laughs> Yes. Yes, I can. <smiles> But I brought her with me, so.. *try* to behave.
Girls:
<Sang smiles>I was just making sure he didn’t kill the mood for you, baby.
Boys:
<Ethan smiles> Pffft. Have you seen *you*?
Girls:
<Sang smiles> Yes.. yes I have. <climbs back on him, looks over her shoulder at Tristan> Let us finish and I’m all yours.
Boys:
<Tristan nods> Yes, please. Finish before that. <smiles, shakes his head, heads back into the living room, calling Devon’s phone>
Girls:
<Devon answers her cell not recognizing the number, after excusing herself> Hello?
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> Where’d you go?
Girls:
<Devon smiles> Nowhere. I followed Lia and Van into the kitchen.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles again, walks into the kitchen, hangs up, looks at Devon> Now you’ve got mine.
Girls:
<Devon smiles> I do. <hangs up and programs her phone with his name> Thanks.
Boys:
<Van starts pouring coffee> So… Nikki and Ryan? <looks over at Tristan> Should I try and act surprised?
Boys:
<Tristan shakes his head, walks over to the counter> Not really. I don’t think anyone will be.
Boys:
<Tristan looks at Van> You didn’t see him.
Girls:
<Lia looks at Tristan> What happened?
Boys:
<Tristan shrugs> We were in the car talking and I brought up the thing about Ryan knowing about Hayden and Brennan the whole time and she said something about how if he could manipulate *that* many people, imagine what he could do to us if he had motive. So, I asked her if she thought he had motive and she said yeah, that he still had feelings for her. So, I asked her if she still had feelings for him and that’s when the evasive non-answers started. So, I got frustrated and she hits me with wanting to go home and be held and at that point, I pretty much knew the night was just going to get worse. So, I told her I had to help Brennan move and went to the diner to talk to Sang who was there with Akhiro, Ren, Ryan and Ethan. And *Ryan* gets up and walks out while we’re talking about it and how she said I was her first thought in the morning and her last at night. Ethan got him to come back and *he* tells us that his “confession” was way more innocent than she made it sound. Then Devon comes in and says something about how Hayden smelled him and he didn’t drag her to a drawer. At that point, he left again. He comes back a little while later all hyped up and tells me to call Nikki because she wants to break up but she’s too exhausted to come out to the diner. So, I call her and ask her if it’s true and she says yes, and he hauled off out of there while I was talking to her.
Boys:
<Tristan shrugs> From what I can tell, he was heading to her place and pretty damn happy about it. <looks at Devon, smiles> And I was okay with that because I was little distracted.
Boys:
<Van slides coffee mugs toward them, shakes his head> Wow.
Girls:
<Devon smiles at Tristan, looks at Van> Thank you.
Girls:
<Lia looks at Tristan> I’m sorry Tristan.
Boys:
<Tristan looks at Lia> Babe.. don’t be. We weren’t really going anywhere. And honestly, the last couple of nights have been frustrating as hell. It’s actually kind of a relief.
Boys:
<Van smiles, takes a sip of his coffee> A little relieved or a lot relieved?
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> Well.. half an hour later, I asked Devon for her phone number, so.. I’ll have to go with a lot.
Boys:
<Tristan shakes his head> Meanwhile, while I’m talking to Sang, Ryan and them about Nikki, before all this went down, *she’s* trying to get me to call Aubrey.
Boys:
<Van arches a brow> How glad are you that you held out? You *did* hold out, right?
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> Yeah, I did. I wasn’t single yet.
Girls:
<Lia looks at Tristan> *Sang* was trying to get you to call Aubrey?
Boys:
<Tristan looks at Lia, nods> That’s how you know it’s time for me to cut my losses.
Girls:
<Lia blinks> Wow.
Girls:
<Devon looks at Tristan, tilts her head and smiles playfully> So I’m rebound girl?
Boys:
<Tristan nods, takes a sip of his coffee> Yeah, but.. think about this.. Ryan’s her friend and she really likes him. And *she* knew he had it bad for Nikki. <looks at Devon, smiles> I like to think of it more like.. better opportunity girl.
Boys:
<Tristan shrugs> But.. you know.. if you’re worried about it I can always go see Aubrey before our date.
Boys:
<Van laughs> Oh.. bad. Bad Tristan.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles at Devon> Feel free to say no to that.
Girls:
<Devon blinks> No! <Frowns> Wait. I can’t tell you no. <smiles> What I can tell you is I would appreciate it if you wouldn’t please.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> I was okay with the vehement “no”.
Boys:
<Van looks at Lia> Whoever came up with the rebound theory needs to be taken out and shot.
Boys:
<Van looks at Devon> Do you know Aubrey?
Girls:
<Devon shakes her head> I’ve seen her She was at the rock when I went with Nikki once.
Boys:
<Van smiles> So.. you can see why Tristan and Aubrey aren’t really… compatible?
Girls:
<Devon shrugs> I don’t know her.. going by her looks and what I saw of her attitude.. she’s a little harsh. I like her tattoos though.

Boys:
<Tristan looks at Devon> You think *I’m* a whole lot rock and roll? She’s a whole lot *more* rock and roll.
Boys:
<Van nods, leans on the counter on his forearms> And she’s currently working at Illusions.
Girls:
<Devon shakes her head> I don’t know what Illusions is.
Boys:
<Van takes a sip of his coffee> It was the G-Spot before David’s brother and his fiancé took it over.
Boys:
<Tristan looks at Devon> It’s still a strip club, but it’s a slightly classier strip club.
Girls:
<Devon shakes her head> Oh…Right. <frowns> I didn’t know she was a stripper.. <blurts> I bet she makes a mint with that body. <blinks, sighs and looks down>Crap.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> Basically, what Van’s trying to say very politely and as non hypocritically as possible is.. she’s not really my type.
Boys:
<Van smiles> Oh, I’m sure she does. But Tristan’s right. He doesn’t mind “experienced” girls but.. she’s not really the caliber of woman he normally goes for.
Boys:
<Ethan walks into the kitchen shirtless, buckling his belt > Oh, just say it. She’s too slutty and low brow for him.

Girls:
<Devon looks at Van> Did I see you with her? <blinks> No.. it was Ethan.
Boys:
<Van looks over at Ethan, sighs> Yeah. That. <looks at Devon, arches a brow> You saw Ethan with her? <bursts out laughing> Oh, hell. <smiles at Ethan>
Girls:
<Devon looks over at Ethan and blinks> Damn.. <looks at Tristan, then at Ethan> I’m sorry.
Boys:
<Ethan looks at Devon, smiles> You were at the diner that night? <shakes his head> Shit. Yeah, that was me.
Girls:
<Sang walks in after cleaning up and smiles> What was you, baby?
Boys:
<Ethan looks at Devon, smiles> Van’s trying to be polite because *he’s* in the sex industry too and in a much more whorish fashion. <looks at Sang> It was me that took Aubrey home that night.
Girls:
<Lia looks at Ethan> Dog. I didn’t know you and Aubrey had a fling.
Boys:
<Van laughs at the whorish comment> Oh. <smiles> Ouch.
Boys:
<Ethan looks at Lia, smiles> That doesn’t really make me a dog. And it wasn’t really a fling. It was just a one nighter.
Girls:
<Devon smiles> I know.. <smiles wickedly> He’s a porn star. <shrugs> It’s honest work.
Girls:
<Lia laughs> *That* makes you a dog.
Boys:
<Van smiles at Devon> Oh… thank you *so* much for that. <looks at Ethan and Sang> And I see word gets around.
Boys:
<Ethan smiles at Lia> Not when she’s so easy even a caveman could do her.
Girls:
<Sang smiles> We didn’t tell him.
Girls:
<Sang looks at Ethan, bursts out laughing> Ethan!
Boys:
<Tristan looks at Ethan, laughs> Jesus Christ, Ethan. Just because Brennan called her a slut…
Boys:
<Ethan laughs, shakes his head> I *know*. I’m sorry. It’s that whole floodgate he left open thing.
Boys:
<Ethan looks at Devon, smiles> She’d probably kick my ass all over town for saying that, by the way.
Girls:
<Lia looks at them, quietly> Maybe that’s the only way she feels anything.
Girls:
<Devon nods> Probably. <smiles> I’m not saying anything.
Boys:
<Tristan looks at Lia> Yeah, but what does she feel *after*?
Boys:
<Ethan sits at the breakfast bar, grabs Van’s coffee and takes a sip> I don’t even think it’s an issue of her being slutty for most of us so much as just her upbringing in general.
Girls:
<Lia shrugs> Probably guilt, or pain. <looks over at Tristan> I don’t really know her circumstances beyond what I’ve heard.. but if what I’ve heard is true…that’s what makes her feel accepted.
Girls:
<Devon listens>
Boys:
<Ethan shakes his head> That’s sad.
Girls:
<Sang looks at Ethan> Her upbringing wasn’t that much different than mine. I had Tristan though, <smiles at her brother> Who kept me straight.
Girls:
<Lia nods> It is.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles at Sang> And we had Akhiro and his parents giving us some modicum of normalcy.
Girls:
<Sang nods> True. We did.
Boys:
<Ethan looks at Devon, smiles> Sooo.. we’re really sorry about the headboard thing. You should’ve banged on the wall.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles at Ethan> Oh, no. She says she’s gotten quite the education.
Boys:
<Ethan laughs> Oh, god, I hope all that educating was me and *Sang*.
Girls:
<Devon grins> I don’t know.. I heard something one night about cuffs and benches. Had to Google that stuff.. you do *not* want to do that.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles at Van and Ethan> Yeah. They knocked the TV right off her wall in their enthusiasm.
Boys:
<Van chokes on his coffee, bursts out laughing>
Boys:
<Ethan looks at Sang, smiles> Damn.
Girls:
<Lia blinks> We weren’t ever in their room <looks at Van> Were we?
Boys:
<Van looks at Lia, smiles> No, we weren’t.
Girls:
<Lia nods and smiles> Okay.. so it must have been Brennan and Aubrey.
Girls:
<Devon smiles> Lia.. I’m teasing..
Girls:
<Lia looks at Devon blinks> Oh.. <blushes> Oh!
Boys:
<Ethan looks at Lia, blinks> Wait.. did you think the handcuffs and benches were you and Van?
Boys:
<Van cracks up>
Girls:
<Sang looks at Ethan> I think we’re sound proofing *and* padding.
Boys:
<Ethan looks at Sang> Seriously.
Girls:
<Lia looks at Ethan> I am *not* answering that question.
Girls:
<Sang smiles at Lia>
Girls:
<Lia grins> on the grounds it might incriminate us.
Boys:
<Ethan laughs> Yes!
Boys:
<Van laughs harder>
Boys:
<Tristan smiles, shakes his head, looks at Devon> I think the only hope you have is switching apartments.
Girls:
<Devon nods> I was thinking that.. <smiles> Entire buildings.
Girls:
<Sang smiles> You know.. There’s always that old saying “If you can’t beat ’em.. join ’em.”
Boys:
<Tristan looks at Sang, arches a brow> Don’t start.
Girls:
<Devon looks at Sang, shakes her head, smiling> Or I could just turn up the old 80’s hair bands.
Boys:
<Van smiles, pours Ethan a cup of coffee, slides it over to him and takes his back, takes a sip of it>
Boys:
<Tristan smiles>
Girls:
<Sang looks at Tristan, smiles innocently> What?
Boys:
<Tristan shakes his head, looks at Devon> That look’s almost believable, isn’t it?
Girls:
<Sang looks at Devon> Oh god.. please not that.
Boys:
<Ethan smiles at Devon> Yes. That.
Girls:
<Devon nods> *almost*. <grins> A little more pout and a little less big eyes.
Girls:
<Sang smiles at Devon> Thanks.
Boys:
<Tristan laughs, nods> Definitely.
Girls:
<Lia laughs>
Boys:
<Tristan smiles at Devon> I bet you’ve got that look down pat, though.
Girls:
<Devon smiles> I don’t know.. I’ve never tried it.
Boys:
<Tristan arches a brow, still smiling> Bullshit.
Girls:
<Sang smiles brightly> Oh you will.
Boys:
<Ethan smiles at Sang> Only because it’ll get her *everything* she wants?
Girls:
<Devon gives him an angelic smile>I haven’t.
Girls:
<Sang nods> Totally.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> Oh, I’m buying it even less now.
Boys:
<Van smiles> She doesn’t need the look when she’s got a smile like that.
Girls:
<Devon shakes her head> What?
Girls:
<Sang laughs> She doesn’t even know she’s doing it. <looks at Tristan> She’s going to wrap you around her pinky.
Boys:
<Tristan looks at Sang, smiles> I don’t think she’ll even have to try.
Girls:
<Devon smiles genuinely and sweetly> I don’t wrap guys around my fingers. <shrugs> I prefer to let them wrap me around theirs.
Girls:
<Sang grabs Tristan and drags him out of the room>
Boys:
<the boys look at Devon, Van arches a brow, Ethan all but chokes on his coffee>
Boys:
<Tristan goes with Sang>
Boys:
<Ethan smiles at Van> So… how about Hayden and Brennan?
Boys:
<Van looks at Ethan, smiles> Oh, yeah. That was.. something.
Girls:
<Lia looks at Ethan> I never saw that coming.
Girls:
<Devon watches Tristan go, then looks at The others as they talk>
Boys:
<meanwhile.. Tristan and Sang… >

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Posted June 20, 2012 by The Universe in category "Fiction", "Solitude