I slowed the car down a little when we were far enough away from the school.
"Why don't you tell them what really happened?" I responded. He'd told me about the meeting. "Why don't you tell me what really happened... I know you didn't jump Daniel, it was obviously Mason." He shifted uncomfortably.
"Why do I have to tell you anything if it's so obvious?" He said, he sounded pretty annoyed. I knew it was Mason. I was gonna kill that little—
"Shit! Can you drop me off at home I forgot I'm starting at the video store today!" I was surprised at the sudden topic change and turned around, heading to his house.
"That's today? Why do you have to go home first?"
"Look at what I'm wearing— I need to show up in something a little more formal..."
"I thought they needed you next week though?"
"Yeah they called this morning before I woke you up asking if I could start earlier, apparently one of the four guys working there quit." I laughed. That didn't surprise me.
I reached to turn the radio on at the same time as Daniel and accidentally grabbed his hand. He pulled it back, his face becoming flushed.
"Sorry..." He said. I knew we were thinking of the same thing.
I can't believe you almost kissed him Ethan. No no no no no now everything is gonna be so awkward. It was silent the rest of the ride until I pulled up to his house.
"I'll be right back!" He said and quickly got out of the car and rushed into his house.
Ethan you're a dumbass.
Damn it, this was my fault. We'd almost kissed it was almost too painfully awkward to be in that car. I quickly made it to my room and changed into my cleanest jeans and a button up shirt.
It was too formal but I had no time to find something better. I was about to leave when I heard my mother come in the front door. I quickly backed into my room and locked the door. She immediately made her way up to my room and tried opening it.
"Daniel, open this fucking door right now." I grabbed Ethan's clothes and put them in a plastic bag.
My mom started banging on the door trying to force it open.
"I said OPEN the DOOR!" I pulled myself out the window and jumped out. It wasn't a high drop, I'd done it plenty of times- the brace didn't make it any easier though.
I limped to Ethan's car and hopped in.
"Awesome, let's go." I said shutting the door. He started driving to the rental store.
"I saw your mom show up."
"Yeah I left before she saw me though." I laughed.
He finally pulled up in front of the rental store and I got out, lingering next to his car, too nervous to go in. Ethan saw that I was nervous and smiled.
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Sixteen year old Daniel Layman has been bullied since he came out. His best friend and protector Sean, moved to Los Angeles leaving Daniel to fend for himself in Oklahoma City. Along with trying to survive every minute of hell at school, Daniel also...