AN: Alright this is not a new story but a continuation/break off of Summers Days. Since there are two groups of people now I thought that it would be easier to give each couple their own story. Especially since Aaron and Mark's story is going to go on slightly longer than Tyler and Ethan's (yes this couple is almost done). There will still be a few crossover with Ethan and Tyler but only in phone calls. Please leave a review and tell me what you think!
When Aaron got up the morning after Ethan and Tyler had left he dreaded going out into the main room. He hated being alone. Even though he had reassured Ethan last night that he would be fine he in truth didn't want them to leave. Wanting to delay going out there long as possible Aaron took a shower and got dressed. He was tempted to stay in this room the rest of the day but he knew that he shouldn't especially if he wanted to get better. He gave a big sigh and then slowly opened the door.
"I was just about to come in there and get you," Mark said as he gave him a smile. "I thought that we could have breakfast together before I go to work."
"You didn't have to do this," Aaron said as he sat down at the table. Mark gave him a hard look but then shook his head.
"I know I didn't but I wanted to," Mark said and then kissed him on his forehead before joining him. "Now eat up." Even though he wasn't very hungry Aaron started to eat his plate of bacon, eggs, and toast. Mark gave him a big smile and then started in on his own.
"I stopped by the front desk on the way here. Yours and Eth…your phone finally came in," Mark said as he pushed the said phone across the table. Tyler had told his Aunt that him and Ethan lost their phones while exploring the city so she got them each a prepaid phone. They were nothing fancy but they would work for what they needed.
"I really am alright with them being gone Mark," Aaron told him hoping that the man believed him. Mark already worried about him enough as it was.
"Right. Well if things get to be too much for you let me know, alright," Mark said an unreadable expression on his face.
"I will," Aaron said not sure if he wanted to burden his friend…boyfriend…or whatever he was with anymore of his problems than he already had. Mark seemed to believe him this time as he gave Aaron a smile.
"I work both jobs today but I was thinking that maybe we could have a picnic lunch in between," Mark said.
"I would like that," Aaron said actually excited by the idea.
"So what are you going to do in the mean time?" Mark asked. Aaron shrugged and looked down at his plate making Mark sigh. "I hope you aren't going to sit in this room by yourself."
"I guess not. I'm familiar enough with the city by now that I shouldn't get lost," Aaron said. He would have liked to have stayed in the room but he knew that it would upset everybody if he did that.
"Good," Mark said looking pleased. "Why don't we meet at that little café that Ethan was so fond of, you know the one with the ice cream let's say around two," Mark said and Aaron nodded. He was very familiar with that place. They went their at least once a day. Ethan had a horrible sweet tooth.
"That works for me," Aaron said.
"Come on then. I need to get to work and you need to get outside," Mark said as he got up Aaron doing the same. "Unless you aren't finished."
"No I'm done," Aaron said. He managed to eat nearly half of his plate knowing that if he didn't Mark would frown and force him to eat that much more at lunch. Aaron grabbed his wallet and his new phone before he followed Mark from his room.
"Now I programmed my number into your phone into so just hit two if you need anything," Mark said as they stopped in the hotel lobby.
"I will," Aaron told him. Mark gave him a quick peck on the lips and then headed off to the kitchens. Aaron watched him go and only when Mark was out of sight did he let his true anxiety show.
Not really wanting to but knowing that he needed to Aaron headed out into the city. He wasn't sure what to really do with himself so he just ended up walking around the area. Aaron found it rather depressing. He hadn't noticed it before but the city was full of families with smiling children, friends with over stuffed backpacks laughing, and couples holding hands.
Aaron gave a big sigh. He hated being alone almost as much as he hated the dark. As the memories came flooding he shuddered. The boy then quickened his pace trying to out run his memories which he should know by was an impossible feat but that didn't mean he couldn't try.
After over an hour of walking he ended up at the café that he was going to meet Mark at. Even though it was several hours before the man was due to arrive Aaron decided that he would just wait there for him. The way that he was feeling he didn't think walking around was a good idea especially if he had one of his episodes.
Eric tried not to scowl at the boy sitting at the small table. He couldn't help but to have noticed him and his friends this past week. Especially since sometimes his ex was hanging around with them. Right now the boy was alone and Eric figured this would be the perfect opportunity to mess with the kid a bit. He knew that the best way to get back at his ex would be to upset his current partner.
His plans changed though when he saw that the boy was silently crying. Eric sighed. No matter what his ex believed he wasn't a monster and he wouldn't mess with anybody that was so clearly upset. Eric was about to walk away and leave him but his conscious got the better of him. With a sigh he sat down at the table with the boy.
"Are you alright?" he asked. The boy looked momentarily confused and then gave a small shrug. "Well since you're crying I have a feeling that you're not. Now why don't you tell me what's wrong. You never know I might be able to help."
"I was supposed met my…" the boy said his face scrunching up in thought, "someone here but he got stuck at work so he had to cancel."
"I bet," Eric grumbled not really surprised by the revelation. He couldn't even remember how many times Mark had canceled on him. "So what are you going to do now?"
"I don't…" the boy said as he wiped his sweaty forehead on the back of his arm. Eric frowned at the boy. He didn't look good.
"Just how long have you been sitting out in this blaring sun?" Eric asked as he looked up at the sky.
"Ah…awhile," the boy said as he looked down at the table.
"That's not a smart thing to do especially on a day like this," Eric said as he stood up. "Come on lets get you some place cool. My apartment is just around the corner."
"But I…" Aaron said suddenly looking terrified.
"You were waiting for Mark, right?" Eric asked. The boy looked startled but he gave a small nod. "Well I'm a…friend of his and unless your hotel is closer than my apartment I suggest we go to the latter. You are on your way to heat exhaustion and trust me that isn't a pleasant experience."
"Alright," the boy said after a moment's hesitation.
"Come on then," Eric said as he grabbed the boy by the arm and nearly dragged him back to his apartment. A few moments later they were in his small apartment and the boy was sitting awkwardly on his couch looking as if he was about to bolt.
Eric shook his head as he poured them each a glass of lemonade. The boy scarily enough looked similar to him. They were both about the same height but Eric had a feeling that the boy had at least one more growth spurt in him. They were also about the same weight but Eric could tell that the boy's was unnatural while Eric was just one of those tiny people. The only real difference between them was their coloring. Where Aaron had strawberry blonde hair and deep blue eyes Eric had auburn hair and pale green eyes.
"Make sure you drink all of this," Eric said as he joined the boy on his couch and handed him the glass.
"Thanks," the boy muttered as he took it. "I'm Aaron by the way." Eric hesitated a moment wondering how the boy would react to his name. He figured either Mark never mentioned him or his ex painted him to be a complete monster.
"Eric," he told Aaron.
"You're Mark's ex," Aaron said with a small frown.
"So he has mentioned me," Eric said with a humorless chuckle.
"Just in passing," Aaron said as he stared down at his drink.
"Listen I'll understand if you want to leave but finish your lemonade first. You need to get your blood sugar up. You were out in that hot sun way too long," Eric said.
"Would it be alright if I stayed here for awhile?" Aaron asked.
"If you want," Eric said surprised by the request.
"Thanks," Aaron muttered and then took a small sip from his drink.
"So where are your friends?" Eric asks.
"There was an emergency. They had to go home," Aaron told him.
"I see," Eric said with a frown. No wonder the kid wanted to stay here. If he didn't he would be spending the rest of the day in his hotel room alone. "You know, not that I have a problem with it mind you, but I'm surprised you want to stay here. I'm sure Mark told you why he believes we broke up."
"That's the thing of it though. I've just heard his side of it. I don't…" Aaron said with a pause. "I don't want to pass judgment on someone without getting the whole story."
"You're a wise kid," Eric said as he gave the boy a smile. "Not everyone would feel that way." Aaron blushed and gave a small shrug. "So you going to ask me then?"
"Not really my place to," Aaron told him. "But you don't seem like a bad guy. I mean you did help me."
"Right," Eric said feeling slightly guilty for his original plan. "I…I'm going to take a shower. Why don't you pick out a movie or something. Then we'll decide what to do for lunch."
"You trust me alone in your apartment?" Aaron asked him with a small smile.
"It's not like I have a lot to steal," Eric said as he stood up. "Now go on pick something out. I'm going to be awhile. I'm one for nice long showers." He then headed into the bathroom wondering what he was doing making friends with his ex-boyfriend's new boyfriend.