Life Partner II: Afterglow
paced back and fourth across the floor. He held his hands together in front of him, looking like he was praying. Novak watched
as Bam paced the floor from his comfortable seat on the couch.
“Bam would you chill out? You’re wearing
a path in the floor.”
“I can’t help it. I’m just so worried about what could happen when we
“Why? I mean what’s the worst that could happen? They blow their stacks and then they’ll
cool off after a while. It won’t be that bad actually since April all ready knows. And Phil’s a pretty cool guy,
more than likely he’ll just be understanding about it.”
“Yeah that’s true. But I don’t
want them to just be understanding. I want them… I want them to accept us being together, and be happy for us.”
stopped pacing and collapsed onto the couch next to Novak. He leaned his head back and pushed his hair back with his hands.
don’t want to do this any more. I’m too scared. I’ve done so much shit to them over the years just to watch
them freak out. This is going to top all of that, but this time I don’t want them to freak out.”
“How in the hell can you be so calm over this?”
“Well I didn’t think it was
anything to worry about.” He turned toward Bam and placed a hand on his shoulder.
“It’s going to
be fine. Just relax.”
“I can’t just relax. These are my parents. I don’t want to disappoint
them. I don’t want them to hate me. Of course you wouldn’t be worried. You don’t have to worry about disappointing
them; they’re not your parents.”
“That’s true, but April all ready hates me. Now what’s
Phil going to think about me? But you know what? None of that matters. We’re going to tell them regardless of their
reaction. We might as well tell them now and get it over with.”
Bam looked at him and his face softened. He let
out a sign and then the corner of his mouth turned up almost into a half of a smile.
“You’re right. I’m
probably just freaking out over nothing.”
Novak placed his arms around him before giving him a kiss.
going to be fine, ok?” He asked while looking in Bam’s eyes.
“You always make me feel better, Novy.”
grinned with a laugh, half confused.
Bam blushed and looked down.
I didn’t know why I said that. It just sort of came out. Sorry I won’t say it any more.”
no it’s ok. I don’t mind actually. It’s the cutest nickname you’ve ever given me.”
caused Bam to blush some more. He really hadn’t of planned on that choice of names, or that Novak would actually like
Bam was beginning to feel more and more like he was the “female” of their relationship, and he was
embarrassed to admit it to himself. Novak placed a finger under Bam’s down turned chin and lifted it up.
there’s no reason for you to feel embarrassed around me. Even though you look adorable when you blush like that.”
up.” He said as he rolled his eyes
Novak brought Bam in closer for another kiss. Bam held the sides of Novak’s
face as the kiss grew with passion. He then pulled away suddenly and let go of Novak.
“Oh we, we’d better
stop before we get carried away.”
“Because we don’t want to repeat what
happened with April.”
He nodded his head with a smile.
“No more fooling
around unless we’re in our room, or if we’re sure that the doors are locked.”
The two of them separated
and gave each other enough space on the couch. They had moved apart right on time for Jess to enter the house.
Bam Bam!” He called out.
“Where are you?”
“Yo Jess! Novak and I are in the living room!”
entered the room and walked up to the couch. He greeted both of them with a low five.
“What are you doing here?”
decided to fly in and surprise everyone. So what do you have going on?”
“Um… well…” Bam
looked over at Novak and then back at Jess .
“We were actually waiting for Phil and Ape to come over.”
and Ape? So, What? Do you have some kind of prank planned? Going to freak them out?”
“Well… not exactly.
But it could freak them out though.”
“What do you mean? I’m not following you.”
we were going to talk to them about something important and we would like it if you left us alone while we were talking to
“What’s going on?” Jess took notice of his brother’s pleading eyes.
man this is pretty serious. I guess I picked a bad time to come over for a visit.”
Bam looked down for a second.
“Actually, Jess, at second thought… it’s probably better that you hear what we’re going to
say to them.”
Jess looked at the two of them. It took him a few seconds before her could speak.
I think I have a pretty good idea at what it is.”
He shook his head in disappointment and started to walk away.
“I just have to say that if it’s what I think it is, I… I’m shocked. You think you know a
person inside and out, but then they surprise you with something like this.”
“Jess,” Bam could feel
the burning of tears forming in his eyes.
“Jess please don’t be mad at me, or freak out. I all ready had
a hard enough time when April found out about us, but of course she walked in on us, and…”
April all ready knows about this? AND she walked in on you?”
“That’s how she found out.” Novak
“New all we need to do is break the news to Phil. With you being here, Jess, it’ll probably
make it easier for us.”
“I’ll be here, don’t worry. Besides I really don’t have any where
else to go.”
He looked over his shoulder briefly “but until Phil and Ape gets here, I’ll be in a
room upstairs. I need a little time to adjust to this.”
“Ok. Go ahead. We’ll
let you know when they get here.”
“Ok thanks. I’ll uh, I’ll just be upstairs.”
turned and slowly walked away from them. Novak looked over at Bam and placed a hand on his leg.
shook his head.
“Leave me alone.” He stood up and then left the room.