Life Partner II: Afterglow
had looked all over through the house, but he could not find him. That’s when he decided to check outside.
He called out, hoping that Bam was within ear shot.
He sighed and then turned around toward the house. He stopped once
he got an idea, and then started heading toward the tree top casino. As he climbed up the steps, he heard soft whimpering.
Is that you?”
“Go away Novak. I want to be alone right now.”
Novak looked inside the casino
and saw Bam in the corner sitting on the floor. He had his face buried in his bent knees, and it was clear that he was, and
had been crying. Novak walked up to him and knelt down right in front of him, placing a hand on his knee.
look at me. Please?”
“Novak I said I want to be alone.” He sniffed
“But I’ve all
ready left you alone for over an hour. Besides, your parents are here. They’re waiting for you.”
Let them wait.”
“Bam what has gotten you so upset?”
Bam looked up at him.
couldn’t even look at me in my face. He had to leave the room so soon after realizing that we’re together. He’s
not mad at me, but he’s so disgusted over this whole thing, I can tell. I don’t think he’s going to support
“Why wouldn’t he support us?”
“Because, we probably make him sick. Well we
never used to but… we never used to be together. You know what I mean. This is just so hard. Novak, I love being with
you, but I don’t want other people to not like us being together. I just want people to be happy for us, but I know
that’s impossible. Not everyone is going to like our relationship, and not everyone is going to be happy that we’re
together. I know that most people are going to react like Jess did, and worse. I can’t handle that. That’s what
gets me so upset.”
“Babe, Jess reacted the way he did because he was given absolutely no warning. It just
suddenly sprang up in front of him. Give him some time and he’ll come around. Now come on, Phil and Ape are waiting.”
I guess you’re right.”
He reached out and wrapped his arms around Novak
“How do you always
know exactly what to say to make me feel better?”
“What did I say this time?”
matter, because I feel better any way. You could have called me a fucking crybaby bitch, and I would have felt better.”
“How would that help?”
“Just because you said it. Plus because you cared enough
to come all the way out here just for me. That was the main thing. And no one would have ever done that before.”
two of them stood up and then walked back to the house. When they entered the living room, Jess, Phil and April were waiting
for them. Phil and April took one look at Bam, taking notice to his glum expression.
“What’s the matter,
Bam?” April asked, almost standing up to approach her son
"Oh… it’s just been an emotional day for
He answered softly as he sat on the couch. He sat there with his head down, not wanting to look at
the members of his family, even as Novak took his spot next to him
“Listen um… you were asked here because
I…” He paused and glanced up at Novak.
“Excuse me, we have something important to tell you.
And we’d appreciate it is you kept an open mind.”
Bam looked up, finally, and caught the expressions of
his family’s faces. April sat back in her seat, and Jess just gave Bam a slight nod. Both Jess and April knew what Bam
was going to say to them, so they were ready for it.
Bam felt more at ease as he realized that the only one in the
room who didn’t know yet was Phil. He glanced over at Novak for a second as if to ask him “are you going to help
me out?” Novak closed his throat before he spoke.
“Ok so you all know about Bam and Jenn’s last break
up, being well, their LAST and final break up. Right?” He looked at Bam
“Well… you don’t know
why we broke up this time. Well it was because I was… I was… well… I was confused about myself for a while.
But then I started talking to someone about my problem, and they were able to help me out.”
Bam and Novak looked
at each other before turning their attention back to Bam’s family. As Bam spoke, a smile formed slowly on his lips,
and Novak had a smile to match.
“Well… Novak was that person who helped me. And now I’m happier than
I’ve ever been in my life. We… we have been in a relationship ever since.”
His hand slid over on
the couch and then held Novak’s hand. Novak allowed his fingers to interlock with Bam’s.
Phil scooted forward
in his seat and he looked down at the floor. April placed a hand on his back as he began to shake his head.
and Bam’s smiles faded away and they prepared themselves for yelling. Bam clutched Novak’s hand tighter, not wanting
to cry again as he feared the worst.
Phil looked back up at the two of them, clearly having collected his thoughts.
just want to ask you something.” Phil stated.
“Are you two truly happy with each other?”
yes, we’ve never been happier.” Novak replied as he smiled again.
Bam loosened his grip on Novak’s
“This definitely came as a surprise. But since you two are happy together, then that’s all I need
to know.” He stood up “Bam come here.”
Bam slowly stood up and walked up to Phil, not knowing what
to expect from him. Phil placed his hands on Bam’s shoulders and looked him square in the eyes.
I became a father, all I ever wanted for my sons was to know that they were happy in their life. And it didn’t matter
to me how either of you found your happiness, as long as you found it.”
He gave him a hug and patted him on
Bam closed his eyes as he hugged him back.
“Oh… Phil you have no idea how much that means
to me. I was so worried that I was going to disappoint you and April. I thought all along that you two were going to hate
me for this.”
“It’s ok Bam. We know how hard that must have been for you to tell us, but we’re
glad that you did.”