I sat in church looking down at the ground. I had totally tuned out to what the speakers were saying. To be totally honest, I hated church. The only reason I went was to make my parents happy. But I hated it. As i tried making shapes out of the carpet I heard my phone go off. I scrambled for my bag to turn my phone to silent. As I switched it to silent I looked to see who had texted me. It was my friend General.
Now General wasn't his real name. It was just a nickname he had received in high school. He was the dominate person in the group and he was willing to beat up anyone if they made him or his friends mad. So we called him General. He was one of my best friends, or I guess you could call us that. I mean friends don't normally sleep together. He was more my "friend with benefits". But we were both ok with that. I mean we had only hooked up a few times but whatever.
G: Hey what are you doing right now?
I read his text. This was confusing. It was such a simple question but he never texted me first. I was always the one to text him and get him to hang out.
E: I'm in church right now
I responded and waited for him to reply and within seconds he did.
G: I'm bored as fuck right now, do you wanna hang?
I laughed silently to myself. He must really be bored if he wanted to hang out.
E: Sure, how about tonight? I'm having dinner with my parents after church.
G: Ugh thats so far away. Can't you ditch your parents for one sunday?
E: Fine, I'll call them after church and say I'm sick. I'll pick you up in like 2 hours.
G: Sounds good, see you soon
I smiled a bit. I liked hanging out with General. Well kinda. He could be a dick sometimes but he was still my friend. A little while later I arrived back to my apartment with my roommates, and I retreated to my room to change. I put on a black and purple stripped shirt and some jeans with a hole in the knee. I grabbed a sweatshirt and my ehookah and left to pick up General. He lived about 25 minutes away. He had lived closer but I had moved to go to college.
I drove up to General's house and waited about a half a second before he comes jogging up from behind the car. He got into the passenger side and shut the door.
"You've been smoking again," I commented as he rolled down the window to get the smell out.
"Yea, what do you think I was doing across the street? I need somewhere to smoke cause my sisters would kill me if they found me smoking in the yard," he said as he pulled out another cigarette and lit it. I didn't like him smoking and I really didn't like him smoking in my car, but I knew that he was still going to do it.
"So what do you wanna do?" I asked.
"Lets go up to the rodeo grounds," General said.
A few hours later we left the rodeo grounds. I drove down the mountain as we sat in silence. We got out onto the main road and General told me to go to our friend Josh's house to pick him up.
"Hey how about we also hang out with Dani?" General asked as I pulled up to Josh's driveway.
"Who's that?" I asked. "Wait isn't that the guy your mad at cause he tried getting into your sisters pants?" I asked as Josh got in the back seat.
"Woah I came in at the wrong part of that conversation," Josh said as General started talking on the phone.
"Hey Dani, wanna hang out with me and some other friends?" Pause. "Alright be there in like 2 minutes. Deuces!" General said as he hung up. "We are going to pick him up," he said as he started giving me directions. "And yes I was mad at him, but then he moved, then moved back, I punched him in the nuts and now we're mates again," General said.
I pulled up to Dani's house and General gave him a call to tell him to come out. Then the door opened and a tall boy jogged out.
"What the fuck is he wearing?" I asked as I noticed he was wearing a animal hood/ hat thing. And then he passed in front of the car. "Is that a tail?" I asked right before Dani opened up the door and got in the back seat.
"Hey I love this car," Dani said to me. "Is this yours?" he asked.
"Yea I got it for my birthday a few years ago," I said.
"That's awesome. Damn I love Fiats" Dani said as he pulled out a box mod ehookah. "Do you mind if I vape in here?" he asked.
"No, I do it all the time," I said as I pulled out my ehookah.
"You vape?" Dani asked excitingly. "That's fucking amazing," he said as he took a hit from his VTR (the official name of his ehookah).
"Wait is that a cobra drip tip?" Josh asked as he took a hit from his own ehookah.
"Yea man," Dani said. I grabbed it from him and inspected the drip tip and indeed it was shaped like a cobra.
"Do you mind if I take a hit?" I asked. Dani nodded and I pressed the button but immediately started coughing. "Damn how much nicotine is in here?" I asked as I handed him his VTR back.
"Only 18 ml, you must not be used to nic," he said. I shook my head.
"Ok where too?" General asked. "I can't sit here anymore listening to you two."
"I dunno, just pick a place," I said.
"Lets go to the spinney park," Dani said from the backseat.
The spinney park was down by my parents house. It was a newer park meant for little kids but I think more teenagers went there. It wasn't really called the spinney park, my friends and I just called it that because of all the machines that would spin you around. Not a fun place to go when your drunk.
I pulled up to the park and it was completely empty. I parked my car and everyone got out and I locked the doors.
"Its too cold to really do anything," Josh said as he hugged his body to keep it warm against the cold wind.
"There's one thing we can do," General said as he pulled out a new pack of cigarettes. He offered one to Josh, Dani, and I. But I declined. I sat down on the cold grass as I waited for everyone to finish their cigarettes. "Now where?" General asked as he threw his cigarette butt on the ground and stomped on it.
"How bout we go back to my place?" I asked. "I have games and food there. Plus everything around here is closed today," I said as I started driving back to my place. That was the one thing that really sucked about living in Utah. Since the area was mostly Mormon, who believe Sunday should only be a day of rest, all the stores were closed besides Walmart.
About 20 minutes later we arrived back at my apartment. Everyone got out and we headed up to my place. I warned them about my roommates and how they couldn't swear or vape when my roommates were around. I opened up the door and the apartment was dark.
"There's food in the freezer," I said as the boys immediately started scavenging for food.
After the boys had made their food General and Josh went to the living room to find something to watch. I sat on the counter in the kitchen as Dani tried to teach me how to do smoke rings. But after lots of failed try's I quit trying.
"How about we play curses?" General asked just as one of my roommates walked in.
"Are you guys staying here?" she asked. "There's a church thing on right now that I want to watch," she said as she turned on the tv to some church show.
"Um no, I guess we'll go into my room," I said as I walked down the hall to my small room. My room was pretty clean but there still wasn't much room for four people.
We played curses for about an hour before Josh looked at his phone and realized he needed to get home. So we cleaned up the game and made the 25 minute journey back to Josh's house.
"Wanna go up the canyon?" General asked as Josh got out.
"Sure," I said as I got into the passenger seat to let General drive. I knew he hated not driving. We got up the canyon and went to the lake and parked. "Well I have to go to the bathroom," I said as I got out. "I'm not going into the woods by myself," I said.
General and Dani got out of the car and we started walking towards the outhouses that were nestled in the middle of the trees. It was pitch black and I couldn't see anything.
"Damn its dark," I commented right as I tripped over a rock. "Fuck," I said as I started to fall but Dani grabbed my arm to keep me from falling.
"You ok?" Dani asked as he let go of my arm.
"Yea thanks," I said as I tripped over another rock. I grabbed onto Dani's arm and smiled up at him. "Maybe I'll just hold on to you for now," I said.
We got to the outhouse and I went inside. It smelled of shit and was pitch black. I quickly went to the bathroom and then walked out into the fresh air. General was leaning against a tree holding what looked to be a dead animal.
"What the hell is that?" I asked as I walked towards him. But now I could see it was Dani's animal hood. I grabbed it from General and put it on. It was warm and fuzzy. I could tell why Dani wore it. "Where is Dani?" I asked.
"Watering a tree," General said. I smirked. "Hey I just want to warn you that Dani can a be real dick sometimes," General said as he looked down at me.
"Why are you telling me this?" I asked as I put my hands in the hoods pockets and pulled out Dani's VTR.
"I'm just letting you know. He's the kind of guy that likes girls and sex and I don't want you to end up hurt," General said. "I can tell when you like a guy, your one of my best friends, and I don't want him to hurt you."
Just then Dani walked back and glared at me.
"You stole my spirit hood," he said as he tried to take it off but I moved farther away from him.
"No I like it," I said. Dani smiled and tried to grab it again but I took off running. I got to the parking lot and I was out of breath. I leaned against the car and Dani and General came walking up. "Here's your hood," I said as Dani walked up to me.
"No you can wear it, just as long as I get it back sometime," he said.
"Can I drive again?" General asked. I nodded and tossed him my keys and we drove off.
I didn't ask any questions to where he was driving. We drove around town, and pretty soon we ended up on some back road that I never knew was there. By this time it was around midnight and I was getting tired. I yawned and General noticed.
"Your tired?" he asked. I nodded as I hugged my knees. "And I'm guessing you want to cuddle?" he asked. I nodded again.
"But that wouldn't work cause your driving," I said.
"You made it work that first time you got high. Granted that wasn't really cuddling, you were just hugging my arm," General said.
"You smoke too?" Dani asked from the back. I had almost forgotten he was back there.
"I've done it once," I said.
"That's awesome, and hey if you wanna cuddle, I'm all alone back here," Dani said. I smiled and unbuckled my seat belt and hopped into the backseat. Yes the car was still moving. Dani leaned against the wall of the car and I placed my head on his lap and he wrapped his arm around me.
About 30 minutes later we pulled up to General's house. I had fallen asleep on Dani's lap. I woke up to him looking down with a huge grin. We said goodbye to General and Dani and I both got into the front seat.
"Your really cute when you sleep," Dani said as we pulled away from General's house. I smiled not too sure what to say.
"Do you still want to hang out?" I asked Dani. "I don't want to go back to my place," I said.
"And I don't want to go back to mine," he said. "Don't you have class tomorrow?" he asked.
"Yea, I have to wake up early I guess," I shrugged. I didn't want to drop Dani off though. I could feel something, a connection with him, and I didn't want to let that go. "I have an idea," I said. "Why don't you come over to my place and spend the night?" I asked. "And I can drop you off at work or where ever tomorrow morning before class."
Dani was quiet and then spoke. "That's a good idea," he said.
We drove back to my apartment and I parked. I unlocked the door to my apartment and walked in. We walked back to my room and Dani sat down on my bed. I grabbed a drink from the fridge and handed it to him.
"Thanks," he said.
"Do you mind if I get some different clothes on?" I asked.
"Do you think I would mind?" Dani asked as he laughed. I smiled and quickly changed into a tanktop and shorts and then crawled into bed with him.
We talked for a long time. I found out that Dani was really smart and knew about all sorts of different things. He had a complex mind and he told him somethings he figured out when he was high. It was all confusing but I just listened. I looked at my phone. It was 3 in the morning. I threw my phone on the ground and layed down.
"We should go to bed," I laughed. Dani looked down at me and smiled. He had the most beautiful smile and his eyes lit up when he smiled. Then it happened. He was kissing me. At first it was slow and then grew more intense then he just stopped.
"I'm sorry," he blushed. "I just wanted to kiss you so bad," he said as he looked down like he was embarrassed. But I sat up and kissed him again. "I like you a lot," Dani whispered.
"I like you too," I whispered back. I could feel that I had a huge smile on my face.
"But we really should go to bed," Dani laughed as he got up to turn the light off and then crawled back into bed with me. I placed my hand on his bare chest as he wrapped his arm around me.
"Goodnight," I said.
"Goodnight," Dani said as he kissed the top of my forehead and then we drifted off to sleep.