All right, so considering I haven't thought much of this story in basically a year, the rest from now on might be a bit repetitive of the first two chapters, but I'm sorry… lol. I'm gonna TRY this time, and I mean really try to update more often. I have another story I started, too, but it's going slow and it kind of sucks a little. At least the beginning does… anyway… enjoy.


"Oh my," Auntie May looked like she was about to cry. She took out her kerchief and held it to her face as she studied me. "Chase, my dear boy, come give Auntie May a hug!"

Next thing I knew, she was gripping onto me, suffocating me.

"Aiden must be so glad to see you again!" At the mention of his name, he looked over and our eyes locked. His lips parted slightly, as if he was gasping in shock, and a light shade of red took over his face. Feeling awkward, I pulled away from the plump woman and took my eyes away from my cousin.

"Auntie May," Lanna said, breaking the heavy silence that fell over the five of us. "Mom is in the laundry room, if you want to go visit I'll take your stuff."

"Oh, thank you sweetie. Aiden, help Lanna and Chase bring in our stuff. There's no need to be rude, dear."

I guess I have to help then, I thought and headed out the front door, where the rain was pouring like a waterfall, and followed Aiden and Lanna to the car.

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Three hours passed by and Aiden's things were neatly placed on the opposite side of my room, where he now lay on the cot. I stare at him from where I sit on my bed, finally getting a good glimpse at him.

Black shirt, black pants -- black, black, black. Too much black. The only thing that isn't black is the tight red choker around his neck. There's some sort of gothic lettering on it, but I can't read it, so I lean in and squint and of course he chooses this moment to say something to me.

"Kitten."

"Uh… huh?" Smooth, Chase. Real smooth.

"My collar, it says 'Kitten' on it. That's what you were looking at, right?" he answered.

"Oh, yeah. Sorry."

I was still in shock from hearing him speak that I think I jumped a little when he spoke again.

"You don't remember any of it, do you?" he asked. Remember what? I didn't even know there were any "its" to remember.

I must've had a confused expression on my face because he chuckled a little and said, "I guess not, eh?"

I shook my head in response, wondering just what it is I should be remembering.

"You're lucky. It's not really something worth remembering."

What could he possibly be talking about? I decide to ask, "What do you mean? Are you talking about what did this to me? Put me in a coma and made me forget everything? Because if you are, I definitely want to know." I needed to know.

Another chuckle escapes his mouth. "Maybe I'll tell you. Just be a good little boy, and I'll think about it." He winks at me and I feel a shiver run down my spine. "For now, let's just focus on getting you to be my best friend again."

Next thing I knew, he had his arms around me in a hug. His chin rested on my shoulder and I returned the hug. Oddly enough, this hug felt familiar, unlike the other hugs I've received the past two weeks. Lanna's, mom's, and Auntie May's. None of them felt as comfortable as this one with Aiden.

He pulled away slowly and smiled at me. "We've got all summer to catch up. What do you want to do?" he asked, obviously waiting for a reply.

This was so weird, I thought. Mom had said he didn't speak at all the past three years I was in a coma.

I decide to let the thought go. Smiling back at him, I said, "Why don't we first start off with you telling me everything we use to do? Then we'll go from there."

"Alright, then… sounds like a plan. Let's see…" he looked away in thought. I just waited anxiously. I wanted to know everything about my past. Everything I couldn't remember.

"Well, we used to get drunk and smoke a lot." An evil grin spread across his face and he continued the story. "Once, we were smoking on school grounds during the eighth grade formal and one of the teachers caught us. She went to go tell the principal and we ran here and camped out in the tree house that night. That was probably the last thing we did before… you know, the thing." His grin turned into a thoughtful smile and he looked up at me.

"So… you mean, we were drinking alcohol and smoking when we were only fourteen? Isn't that… illegal?" I asked, thinking of everything he just told me. I didn't see a tree house in the backyard when Lanna showed me the house, so what is he talking about? I'll have to ask him later.

"Yeah, and we started it when we were twelve. I don't smoke pot anymore, but I do smoke cigarettes and drink a lot. It's just not the same without you, buddy." He punched me lightly on the arm to emphasize his statement.

He began to tell me a bunch of stories about him and I that mostly involved drugs and alcohol. A few stories even involved the police.

An hour or two passed by. Aiden seemed so happy when he was telling me about all the things we had gotten into. I couldn't understand how he had gone from not saying a word to laughing and smiling at all the memories he had. The same memories I should've had.

"Hey, Chase? You wanna go see if supper's ready yet?" he asked me, stirring me out of my thoughts.

"Um, yeah. Sure," I replied.

He grinned at me and said, "Good, because I'm starving!" and with that, he bounced off my bed and, with the same bouncing motion, walked to my door. When he noticed I was still sitting, he turned and looked at me. "Come on, slowpoke. You're not gonna get any food just sitting there." He walked back to me and grabbed my hand to pull me up and off my bed. Then, he opened my door and walked out into the hall, heading towards the kitchen. Deciding just standing there wasn't a very smart idea, I followed him.

Aunt May and Lanna were already sitting down, ready to eat while mom was at the sink, washing her hands. She turned around and brushed her palms against her jeans.

"Oh, boys! Sit down. I was just about to call you both out," she said with a smile.

So, as we were told, we sat and all of us ate, mother and Auntie May chatting the whole time. I managed to get a little out of their conversation.

"Sharon," Aunt May said, "As much as I'd like to stay for the summer, I can't. My boss is making me work every day, and you know I need the money. I need to head back tomorrow." She shoveled a spoonful of mashed potatoes into her mouth.

"Oh, May, that's fine. I'm just so happy you're here for tonight."

After we had all finished our meals, mom told Aiden, Lanna, and I to go find something to do for the night while they caught up on the last few years. The three of us headed to Lanna's room at the request of Aiden.

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Aiden was sprawled across Lanna's rainbow covered bed while Lanna and I sat at the floor. Everything in Lanna's room seemed to clash with Aiden's clothes, not to mention mine. Bright pink walls, lime green rug. Rainbows everywhere. It was like a three-year-old's room.

Lanna decided to finally break the silence that had droned on for five minutes.

"So… Aiden, how've you been lately?" He rolled over so he was facing the floor and smiled at Lanna.

"I've been good, I suppose." Something about the way he said that made me feel like he was lying, but I didn't say anything. "How's my second favorite cousin been?" He turned to me and winked for the second time today.

"Haha, very funny. Well, I've been pretty good as well. I'm gonna be a junior next year! I can't wait!" she replied, a grin spread wide across her face.

"Oh yeah? Well, I'm gonna be a senior. One step away from graduation. I'm so excited."

The two of them went on and on for two hours about school and how Lanna's been doing and everything. I thought the point of this visit was for me?

While they continued talking, I got impatient and decided to go use the bathroom. On my way there, I heard mom and Aunt May talking in the kitchen. I stopped to listen in on their conversation.

"…I'm sorry, Sharon, I know it's been tough enough for you with Chase, but I really just can't handle the boy."

"It's alright, really, May. I understand. I'm sure Chase and Lanna will have no problem with it. Does Aiden know yet?"

"No, he just thinks he'll be staying for the summer. Sharon, with the way that boy talks to me, I don't think he'll give a damn."

"Oh, May. He's just had a hard time, is all. He and Chase were really good friends, you know."
"I know, but honestly. He doesn't have to go around getting in trouble all the time. He's gotten nothing but C's and D's in all of his classes because he's just not trying. I don't understand it, I really don't." I heard Aunt May sigh, and a silence followed it. Could I really have had such an impact on Aiden? "Besides, there's no excuse for his… sins."

"May, what on earth are you talking about?" I could tell my mom was just trying to stay calm. That's what I've noticed about her the past week. Whenever something is bugging her, she tries to keep her anger inside for as long as possible until she completely loses it and takes her anger out on anything near her. She broke a glass the second day I was home because Lanna wouldn't do the dishes. Crazy woman, I tell ya.

"Aiden… I came home from work one day and that damn boy was… doing things… with our neighbor's son. Now, had this been with a girl, I wouldn't have minded much, but there's no reason for him to be a fucking faggot. I thought moving away from his father's family would keep him from being a sinner, but it followed us home and now just look at him!" Aunt May started to cry. So this means… Aiden is… gay? Well, I didn't expect that much.

"Oh May, please keep your voice down! That boy is your son, his sexual preference shouldn't have to change your point of view of him."

"Sharon! How can you say such a thing? It changes everything! No son of mine is going to be a faggot. Not to mention I've caught him with more than just one guy doing sinful things. For heaven's sake, he's even done things with one of his teachers! That boy is a whore, and I will not have him in my house anymore. I refuse to!"

That was all I could take. I turned and walked into the bathroom, shutting the door behind me. How could Aiden's mother be so mean to him like that? It's not like it's his fault he prefers guys over girls, right? He's her own son, for crying out loud.

Looking at myself in the mirror, I realize Aiden is going to be living with us from now on. What started out a summer visit, turned into a lifetime, or, at least until he's allowed to live on his own.

I walk out of the bathroom after a minute or two of thinking and relieving myself and head back to Lanna's room. She and Aiden are giggling about something and there's music playing from the stereo on Lanna's dresser.

"Chasey! Where did you go all that time? We thought you disappeared!" With the way they were ignoring me when I was in there, I didn't expect them to even notice I was gone.

"Oh, uh… um. W-well… I was in the bathroom. And I went to get a drink…" I lie, not sure if they're going to believe me or not, although the first part was true.

"Oh! Okay! Well, come on, sit down. Aiden and I were just talking about you and stuff."

What could they possibly have to say about me, and why exactly were they giggling?

"Actually, Laney, I'm gonna go to bed. The ride here was a long one and I am so tired." He got up off the bed, yawning and stretching to emphasize his point. As he stretched, I felt my eyes being drawn to the small patch of skin that peaked below the hem of his shirt. When he stopped stretching, he pulled down his shirt and that was when I realized I had been staring a little. I gulped and looked up at him. He had another one of those evil grins on his face and he began to walk past me. "Goodnight Lanna, I'll see you in the morning!" He waved and left the room.

"Chase? You okay?" I heard Lanna say. I was still in a daze after what I had just heard while I was snooping around in the hall. How could Auntie May possibly say that about her own son?

"Yeah, I'm fine. Actually, I'm a bit tired. I think I'll go to bed too…" Before she could say anything, I walked out the door and went into my room. Aiden's back was turned to me, so he didn't notice I came in. I shut my door and when I turned back around, I saw Aiden's bare back. I coughed to show him I was in the room and he jumped a little, probably startled. He turned to face me, shirt in hand, and smiled.

"Hey, Chase. Just getting ready for bed. You going too?"
I nodded slightly and swallowed. My eyes began to trail up and down his body, but he didn't notice because his eyes were focused on his pants, which he began to take off. I blushed and turned away, walking towards my bed and sitting down on it.

When I looked back up, Aiden had nothing but his boxers and choker on. I blushed again when I started to think of what I heard Aunt May say about him.

He started to take off his choker and placed it on the shelf next to the cot I set up for him. Turning around and sighing dramatically, he fell onto the cot and I was sure it would break, but luckily, it didn't. He smiled over at me and turned over onto his side. "Goodnight Chase," and with that his eyes were shut and he began to sleep, or at least pretended he was sleeping.

I whispered goodnight and shut off the light. Aiden thinks he's just here for vacation, but he's got no idea he won't be going back home. I almost feel like I should tell him, but the overwhelming need to sleep hits me in the head and I fall asleep just as quickly as Aiden did.


I didn't proofread and I don't care if that bothers you, but hey oh well. XD I didn't even spell check it. I was just so happy I finally am updating this damn story and stuff. Thanks SerialXLain and Inherent for being awesome and yeah. Haha. Reviews would be pretty cool and I'll try to type out chapter 4 and maybe even continue this story past chapter 4 lol... yeah, I dunno. Until next time...