Common Ground

Childhood friends, turned more, turned upside down


2. The After Party

A couple hours had gone by and all I could think of was Bethany. Even with all these girls surrounding me and peppering me with questions and trying to buy me drinks for a “job well done” tonight, I didn’t want to be around them. I looked over at her and she was still laughing with Matt, Tim, and Alex. I was going insane. I just wanted to spend my night with her. It was almost like this whole self-control thing with her was a no-brainer and I’d be dumb to pass her up as I watched a guy try to buy her a drink and her send it back.
“Okay, nope.” I said, joining her.
“Excuse me.”
“Can’t do it.”
“Do what?” Bethany was half smirking, clearly drunk.
“Yeah, I don’t want to be around them. They’re being clingy as fuck.”
“Yeah, and it only bothers you tonight?” Matt laughed.
“Yeah, it really does. I want to spend it right fucking here on this damn stool next to Bethany.” I said, turning back to Bethany. She smiled and slid me a beer.
“About damn time.” I looked at her, confused as she and Matt laughed.
“What’s so funny?”
“You’re face when you’re trying to get away from a girl you’ve hooked up with the last 3 times we’ve been here.”
“Wait what?”
“Oh that’s Becky, you’ve brought her home the last 3 times we’ve had a show.” I looked over my shoulder back at her and she was looking pretty pissed.
“Well…okay then. But seriously, no; this is no longer a fun test. You barely looked over at me.”
“Oh but I’ve been watching Becky like a damn hawk if it makes you feel any better.” Bethany pointed out before casually sipping her drink.
“What? Really? She isn’t even that attractive.”
“Yet you’ve slept with her 3 times to my knowledge.” Bethany joked. Matt was covering his face, trying not to laugh.
“You guys are fucking wild.” Matt said. “Oh shit…”
“What?” Bethany and I asked at the same time.
“Becky…” We both turned and saw her storming over.
“So what gives? Who the fuck is this?” Becky demanded, throwing her arm in Bethany’s direction.
“Uh, that’s my girl.” I said.
“You have a fucking girlfriend? Oh you should know he cheats on you a hell of a lot.”
“No he hasn’t cheated once.”
“Oh really?!” Becky started smirking.
“Yeah, really. We started dating tonight.” Bethany said casually.
“What the fuck? You’re like always here with him though!”
“Yeah, he’s also my best friend…we grew up together.”
“Oh so just now you decide to be dating? That doesn’t sound fucking weird at all.”
“Okay, here’s the deal, bitch.” Bethany said, downing the rest of her drink. “I don’t take kindly to clingy ass bitches like you.” Bethany slammed her glass down and I started to smirk at Matt whose eyes went wide.
“That’s my fucking man and you can either accept that and walk the fuck away or we are going to have problems.”
“Problems?” Becky smirked and I looked between the two of them. She had to have at least a good 20 pounds on Bethany who was tiny as fuck. This was making me nervous.
“Yeah, should we like figure them out like ladies?”
“Like ladies?” Becky was still smirking. Bethany smiled back at her but I saw crazy flash through her eyes.
“Yeah…” A shot slid her way and she grabbed it and took it down now problem. “It’s a good thing you’re literally ugly as fuck though; I would hate to have to hit someone who’s actually pretty.” Bethany said before clocking her in the face. She fell backwards into a stool and fell to the ground, knocked out cold.
“Well, I think you lost.” I said, looking back up at Bethany.
“Oh I knew I fucking lost before we even got here.” Bethany shrugged and ordered another drink. I looked back down at the ground where Becky was laying and looked back at Bethany who seemed beyond calm.
“Why though?” I asked, sitting back next to her.
“Oh, have I told you to look in a mirror lately?” Matt cracked up laughing and I just smiled and shook my head.
“Maybe once or twice…”
“Good; then you should know why I would lose this beat or test, whatever it was, before we got here.
“She legit isn’t moving.” I pointed out. “Where did that strength even come from?”
“Oh, Matt and I have been going to the gym together the past few months.”
“Wait, really? Where have I been?”
“Sleeping with Becky.” Bethany joked, smirking at me.
“I’m fucking done.” Matt said, still cracking up. “I’m just fucking dead. You two are fucking gold.”
“Thanks…so hospital tonight or tomorrow?” Bethany asked.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“Oh, I’m 99% positive I just broke a couple fingers. I didn’t punch how Matt taught me to. I was too drunk to do it right.”
“Girl, let’s go. I got the hospital bill so your mom doesn’t need to know.” Matt said.
“Spoken like a true damn friend there. Trevor over here though…”
“I don’t know, I’m doing the driving so you can’t say much.”
“I can say you slept with an ugly ass bitch and I was nice enough to not cock block you.”
“Listen…” I started.
“Nah, you listen. You’re apparently my fucking man and I’m apparently your fucking girl so that’s fucking done. It’s been decided that were going to do this shit.”
“How drunk are you?” Alex asked, grabbing my other arm since Matt was struggling to hold me up.
“Oh pretty fucking drunk but I don’t even care.”
“Of course not…Trevor is your man and you’ve wanted that since you were like 5.”
“Oh what do you know Alex?” She questioned.
“Oh I know everything you tell Matt.”
“WAIT YOU KNEW?!” I turned to Matt who smiled.
“Oh hell yeah I knew, why do you think I tried so hard to get you to tell her?” I looked back at Bethany who was smirking.
“And why do you think I told Matt? I needed to know…but you know, he said nothing. He said he would talk to you and I never got shit after that.”
“You legit kept your mouth shut?”
“Would you believe mostly sober me, or a totally wasted Bethany at this point?” Matt asked.
“Probably totally wasted Bethany…”
“Exactly so…you know I said nothing.”
“It’s true. I remember being so mad.” Bethany pointed out.
“Yeah, I do too. I think I still have a bruised rib from you trying to get it out of me.”
“Yeah well…you still love me.”
“Yeah, yeah…let’s get you to the ER.” Bethany nodded as we climbed into my car, me in the back with her as Matt drove us to the hospital.

After 4 hours in the ER, I was told I only bruised the bones and there wasn’t much they could do for me so that was that. A whole night wasted and in a hospital but it made me feel better having Trevor here with me. Matt had ended up getting him, Alex, and Tim a ride back to the bar so he could drive them home while Trevor stayed here with me.
“So we are going to do this, huh?” Trevor finally said as we walked back to his car.
“I want to if you want to…”
“I really want to. I just had no idea you did too.”
“That was pretty clear.” I said, smirking over at him.
“Okay well in all fairness, I thought it would ruin our friendship if I said anything to you about my feelings.”
“Why would you think that? We tell each other everything.”
“Apparently not; we both kept our feelings from each other for quite a while.”
“Okay, I’m super curious. How long is awhile for you? Because you already know how ling for me…” I questioned.
“I don’t know…a few years probably. After Emily and I broke up, when you were there for me, I realized I wasn’t really all that upset at all because you being next to me felt like it was all I ever wanted so… for a few years.”
“That’s more than a few years though…you guys were together for like 5 years, all through middle school and a good portion of your freshman and sophomore year.”
“Yeah, that’s probably why she left.”
“What do you mean? Because of me?”
“Yeah, she knew. When she broke up with me she told me to be with who I was meant to be with and that was the end of it.”
“That’s all she said?”
“Yeah, I had no clue what she meant until you came over with fucking Star Wars and beer that I knew what she meant.”
“Well that’s what always cheered you up!”
“Yeah, and she never knew that. No one ever knew that, just you. I thought that after you came over that night that it was just like a fluke and it was those rebound feelings so I ignored them for a while and then after a few months that’s when I told Matt and he kept harassing me to tell you about it but I just couldn’t. I had no idea you felt the same. If I knew I would’ve told you.”
“Well…I have no fucking clue where to go tonight.” I finally said when we started driving.
“What do you mean?”
“I’m technically sleeping over at Aviana’s, remember?”
“You can stay with me tonight…”
“And have your parents tell my parents?”
“Fuck, I didn’t even think of that…” Trevor said slowly. “Shit I don’t know. Our only other option is to stay out all night.”
“Well where do you typically go?” I asked.
“Uh I don’t know. I’m normally still at the bar or apparently with a girl.”
“Mmm, true. I forgot about Becky.” I smirked at Trevor and he just shook his head. “Okay fine, I’ll let it go. But seriously, I’m tired and it’s like 3am…”
“Yeah I’m pretty tired too actually. This has been quite the day.”
“And you have your meeting tomorrow.”
“Fuck, I forgot about that…uh, how about I sneak you into the house?”
“Yeah, we got this. Don’t you worry.” Trevor smirked at me this time and I started to get nervous. Trevor was always the crazy, outgoing, spontaneous person, unlike me. “Trust me.” I nodded slowly as we pulled up to his house where I saw Matt was already home.
Once he got me up into his room, I was calming down a bit but still kind of freaking out. My house was right down the street and I knew if his parents found me there was a high chance of my parents finding out and they were super strict about staying over at a guy’s house so this made me really nervous. I looked over at Trevor who was digging through some drawers to give me something to change into before tossing them over to me.
“Okay, I’m going to tell them I’m home; I’ll be right back.” I nodded as I started changing. Once I finished changing, I climbed into his bed as I looked around. I had been in this room plenty of times but this time it felt weirdly different to me.
I looked over to the box sticking out of the bed with papers thrown all over it. I reached down to start putting them away when I saw what looked like lyrics scribbled all over them. I started reading them and smiled to myself.
“What? Already going through my personal shit?” I looked up and saw him standing there.
“Uh no I was just going to put them in your box but something caught my eye.”
“What did?” He asked, flopping down next to me.
“Uh this Falling Away paper…” I handed it to him and he smiled.
“Yeah Matt helped me with this.”
“It looks really good.”
“Yeah it’s about you.” He placed it on my lap and laid on his back and put his hands behind his head.
“That was…okay.”
“What? I’m just being honest.”
“I just didn’t expect that.”
“Yeah, I see that.” Trevor said, laughing. “Actually, most of the songs in there are probably about you over the course of a few years.”
“What? A guy can’t have his secrets too?”
“It’s really not a secret anymore.”
“No, but it was when I was seeing other people and you didn’t know how I felt about you.”
“Okay, you got me there.”
“I know. So, now that were both sober, question.”
“Okay, shoot.” I said, looking over at him.
“Would you drop out to come with us if we do end up getting signed?”
“Nope.” I said, very sure in my answer.
“Damn, that was quick.”
“Well as you say all the time; I’m a goodie two shoes, it isn’t something I could ever do in the right mind and I have goals for myself…and I understand you do too but they are very different from mine.”
“Okay, so how are we going to make this work if we’re both so different?”
“We…figure it out as we go I guess. I mean, everyone says opposites attract and we’ve been friends for god knows how long and we made a friendship work not seeing each other very often so, why not this? I mean yeah, it’s a step up from a friendship but how will we know if we never try? I want to try and I know it isn’t going to be easy but if it’s what we want, we should at least try.” Trevor was very quiet, like he was taking in everything I had said. I sat there in silence with him, knowing he needed to take this all in himself.
“I’d be dumb as fuck if I said I didn’t want to try…but this is so different then what I’ve ever done before so can you try and be patient with me?”
“As long as you can try and be patient with me.” I said.
“Okay, deal.” Trevor rolled over and looked at me.
“You know, I never thought I’d see the day where I fell asleep with you actually next to me and then actually wake up next to you…” I half smiled and snuggled up next to him.
“I can’t say I did either…” He kissed my forehead and we slowly drifted off to sleep.

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