Lawrence and Colin approached Tyler's front door and knocked, his father answered. Tyler's father was about 38. Tyler often told them he worked late and his eyes reflected the statement, dark rings around his eyes suggested he was running on fumes.
“Lawrence? Colin? What are you boys doing here?” he asked.
“Hello Mr.White, is Tyler home?” asked Lawrence.
“Yes, hes up in his room. He seemed pretty upset about something.” Tyler’s father told them as he moved from the doorway allowing them to enter.
Colin and Lawrence made their way up the stairs and to Tylers room. Lawrence started to knock on the door.
“Hey, Tyler open up. It’s Lawrence.” Lawrence said to the door.
The door opened as far as the chain attached to the wall would allow it. Tyler looked through the crack in the door.
“Hey, Lawrence what are you doing-” was all that Tyler said before he saw Colin and closed the door. Colin then knocked on the door.
“Tyler, come on. I’m not mad at you.” Said Colin. The door opened once more.
“That’s what you said when I dinged your truck and you gave me a black eye.” Tyler told him.
“Tyler, come on let us in.” Lawrence added. With that Tyler unlocked the door and let them both in.
“Look, Colin I’m sorry for what I did, it’s just well, I was drinking and my emotions got the better of and, and-” Tyler tried to come up with an explanation, but Colin cut him off.
“It’s OK, I’m not mad. It’s just well, that was a lot to take in and in a really fast amount of time. Now I’m flattered that you feel what you feel for me, but I just want to make sure that you know that I don’t share this feeling. I still want to be your friend, we’ve been through so much together and I can live with knowing your a-” Colin explained, he was going to continue when Lawrence hit him in the arm, so he would change his use of words “-knowing you like what you like.”
“K, but I still feel like I should explain myself. Like I said I was drinking and-” Tyler tried to explain again, but again Colin stopped him.
“No need, you took a shot. We all do sooner or later.” Colin said with a smile now returning to his face. Tyler also smiled. “So, um, me and Lawrence where going to grab a bite to eat would you like to come?”
Lawrence stayed silent even though he had already eaten with Eugene.
“That’s OK, I’ve got a lot of homework to do.” Tyler said.
“K, well if you change your mind then just call.” Lawrence repled.
Colin and Lawrence left Tylers home and started to walk down the gravel road back toward Collins truck.
“So speaking of relationships, what is up with you and Heather?” asked Colin after walking for about twenty five minutes in silents.
“What are you talking about?” replied Lawrence.
“Are you going to make a move or not?”
“Oh God, can’t this wait?”
“I’m not going to make a move.”
“Why not? It’s clear that you have a thing for her, so what’s stopping you?”
“I don’t know? Timing I guess?”
“You guess? Look just man up and do it. I know you want to and I’m sure she has feelings for you too. I see the way she looks at you at lunch, I’m not blind.” Colin said with a smile.
“Jesus, you sound like Eugene.” Lawrence replied, returning the smile.
They walked down the lightly snow covered gravel road, making small talk and watching the snow on the branches of the trees snap off and fall to the ground. When they made it back to Colin’s truck, they said their goodbyes and Lawrence watched as Colin slowly disappeared into the distance, only the reflection of the sun off his chrome bumper could be seen.
The next day at school Tyler came to Lawrence and Colin. He told them he was ready to tell the rest of their friends the truth. Lawrence and Colin supported his dicition. So they gathered Eugene, Heather, and even Anna after school. Tyler told them of his homosexuality, their reaction was the same as Lawrence, shock then acceptance. Nothing changed between the group of friends, Tyler never acted any different, Eugen never teased or made fun of Tyler, and Colin was still his friend, although Heather and Anna did approach Tyler more often to get his opinion of their outfit or jewelry.
Life for Lawrence from then on was peaceful, Claire was comfortable in the hospital, Scarlett was happy, his friends were closer than ever, and his father was still an abusive drunk, but he was normally passed out before he could do any real damage. For the first time in what felt like an eternity, Lawrence was at peace.