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Lost in a Dream, Chapter 12
I woke up Sunday morning in the arms of my beautiful boyfriend, Brayden. He was already awake, smiling at me when my eyes met his. I smiled in return and he said softly, “You know you’re really cute when you sleep, right?”
I felt a warmth rush to my cheeks at the compliment and whispered, “I’m just so happy in your arms!”
“You’re cute when you blush, too,” He started, still quiet, “and when you smile. You’ve got this one dimple that makes you look adorable!”
I just giggled and heard a groan from in the room. I must have had a sudden look of panic cross my face, because Brayden looked at me and said, “Shh, it’s okay. It’s just Kevin on the futon.”
“Fuuuuck!” Kevin said from below. “Where am I?” He asked softly. I took that opportunity to climb down from bed.
“Good morning, sunshine!” I said, “We had to bring you here last night, because there was no way we were getting you upstairs without someone getting hurt.” Brayden climbed out of bed, too, and then we left to go to the bathroom.
“Ugh,” he said when we came back, groaning and holding his head between his head and sitting up on the futon, “thanks for everything last night. Was I trouble?” He asked, concerned.
“No, not in the least. Only trouble was how much bigger you were than the rest of us. Good thing for Aiden, though. would have been a struggle without another football player there!”
“Aiden was with you guys?” He asked, confused.
“No, he was with you. And you promised him Brayden’s futon to sleep on.”
“Shit. Where did he end up?” Kevin asked, concerned.
I grinned and said, “Where you were supposed to be, of course!”
“Oh?” Kevin said, “Well, I’m going to go bury my head in darkness for the rest of the day. I’ll see you guys later if it goes away.”
Brayden laughed and said, “Just take some painkillers and drink as much water as you can! You’ll live!”
“Oh my gosh!” I said as a surprise hit me, “Brayden! We don’t have class tomorrow!”
“No shit, Sherlock,” Jason said as he, Brayden, Kelsey, and I sat on the futon in his room, “Did you seriously forget about a three-day weekend?”
“After that week? Yes!” I said, “I really didn’t look ahead at all.”
“Well, tomorrow is the first Monday in September, wasn’t that enough of a warning flag to you?” Kelsey said, laughing.
“Quit makin’ fun of me!” I said, pouting, “I really didn’t realize it!”
We continued bantering back and forth until we heard a knock coming from across the hall. I leaned forward and saw Lukas was standing at my door and said, “Lukas! We’re hangin’ out over here for a little while.”
Lukas walked over to Jason’s room and smiled before saying, “Did you guys know Aiden just left Evan and Kevin’s room, grinning like a fool?”
I smiled to myself as I heard Kelsey say, “Aiden? Aiden who?”
“The football stud.” He said to her before looking at me. He peered at me as he awaited a response. “Well, Matt? You’re grinning like a fool, too! What do you know?!” He begged.
“You know I was Kevin’s driver last night, right?” I said as he nodded, “Well, Aiden was with him when I picked him up. Kevin had promised him the futon that’s no longer in his room, so I said he could still stay on it since it was in my room.”
“Okay, so, why was he in Evan’s room?” He asked impatiently.
“I’m getting to that, hold your horses!” I said, “Kevin was completely out of it and we had little chance of getting him up the stairs in one piece. Evan happened to be down there and agreed that Aiden could stay in Kevin’s bed.”
Lukas chuckled and said, “So that’s why Kevin’s up in my room clutching his forehead. Why was Aiden grinning earlier? Do you know?”
“I don’t ‘know’, per say, but I have a feeling.” I said, thinking back to last night, “He hit on me last night, but I told him that Brayden already had my heart. I also said that I knew someone he might like, and that happened to be when Evan came out and said he could sleep up in Kevin’s bed.” I smiled, and then thought back to his comment about Kevin, “Wait, why is Kevin in your room?” I asked, confused.
“He didn’t say!” He seemed to be satisfied with the answers, so he thanked me for the information and walked out. “See ya later, guys!”
Kelsey almost immediately turned to me and said, “Aiden hit on you?” She said, seemingly impressed.
“Yup. My heart’s already taken, though!” I said as I clutched Brayden’s hand and held it up for all to see. I looked at him and smiled and he smiled back.
Brayden and I were back in my room when I got a text from Evan. I opened my phone and saw that his message said, “:)”. That was it. I had an idea why he might be text-smiling, but one can never be sure. I responded by saying that Brayden and I were in my room if he wanted to come by.
He must have been on his way there already, because it seemed like seconds after I shut my phone when he knocked on my door and walked in. I got up to greet him and he gave me a hugged me tight and said, “Thank you, Matt!”
I looked at him and smiled as he released me, “What?! You’re acting like I got you a BMW for Christmas!”
He giggled and replied, “For Aiden, of course.”
“You agreed for him to sleep in your room, I just suggested it!”
“Yeah, well, you didn’t say he flirted with you!” He replied, quickly.
I giggled and said, “Okay, maybe I left that part out. So?”
“So what?” Evan said, grinning.
Brayden replied before I got chance, “Sew buttons on your underwear. What happened?!” He asked, impatiently.
“We talked all night.” He said, smiling, “We went to bed around five and didn’t wake up until Kevin knocked. Apparently he forgot his keys in the room, last night, by the way.”
“Smooth move, Kevin.” I muttered, shaking my head, “Anything else we should know about Aiden?”
“He’s taking me out to dinner tonight!” He said, excitedly, “And then we’re going to rent a movie and watch it. He wanted me to ask if you two if you were up for the movie, so, are you up for it?” He said and looked on, excited.
I looked to Brayden to see what he thought. I smiled to show my approval, and he nodded his head rapidly and said, “Definitely! When and where?”
“His place,” Evan said, “I’ll text you the time and address later, so keep your evening clear!”
“Roger that, captain,” I said, saluting, “we’ll be ready!”
“Oh!” Evan said, stopping before he left, “One more thing. My parents are going to be in town tomorrow. Can you join us for lunch or something?”
I was speechless. His parents? My parents? I looked for an answer out of Brayden even though he probably wouldn’t be there. He nodded and smiled at me. “I- I don’t know what I’d say.” I stammered as turned back to Evan, suddenly overcome with emotion. “Y-yes.” I said nervously.
“Fantastic! We’ll have some fun with it, too.” Evan said as a sly grin crept across his face. “They didn’t tell us about each other, after all!” Then, he told me about his plan to freak his parents out a little. I have to say, it’s nearly cruel! I’d have to practice my best poker face between now and lunch, tomorrow, though.
After Evan left, I looked at Brayden and smiled. “You know, we’ve only been on one date, and it was a meal in the school cafeteria...” I said, trailing off as I suggested the possibility of a big date.
“You’re right!” He said, “Do you wanna play dress-up and go on a proper date, then?”
“Yeah, I do,” I said as I smiled and asked, “where do you wanna go?”
“Don’t you worry about that, I’ll get it all ready! You just smile and continue to look pretty!” He said, kissing me softly on the lips.
Brayden took me to the nicest restaurant in town. That wasn’t saying much since the population of the town practically doubles when school is in session, but it was still good food. I was half expecting something to happen since we were affectionate in public for the first time, but nothing came about. I happened to see that Aiden and Evan were there as well, but we decided to leave them alone. They already had their meal, so Brayden bought them a dessert for the waiter to deliver to them anonymously. I saw Evan start to look around, so I brought my attention back to Brayden and our date.
Before long, I noticed Evan and Aiden were gone and it was getting pretty quiet in the restaurant. Brayden and I had already finished our meal and dessert. He paid and we left to go back to the dorm and change. When we walked in the front door, we were holding hands and I was beaming. The girl working the front desk smiled at us and said, “Aww, you guys look so cute together!” I blushed, and Brayden smiled and thanked her. I simply couldn’t believe we were lucky enough not to run into any bigots.
Once we walked into the room, I got a text from Evan. It gave Aiden’s address and asked when we could be there. “So,” I said, looking to Brayden, “how long should I say? Fifteen minutes?”
“Nah, you could say ‘less than ten.’ We don’t have to change that much. I still want to be able to show you off!” He said as I blushed again. Damn, he’s good at that!
Aiden’s apartment was in a part of town that I’d never been to, so we had to pay extra attention to find the street he lived on. Once we found the street, we found the apartment complex and then his apartment building. Evan came to the door of the building, let us in, and then showed us to Aiden’s apartment. We all sat with our respective dates while we watched some romantic comedy. I didn’t really care what it was, I was just enjoying the company of my friends.
This evening was awesome. Aiden really seemed to care for Evan and us as his friends. I had a really good time hanging out with them, and by midnight, everyone seemed to be tiring out. Brayden suggested we hit the road, so he and I got up to leave. I didn’t know what Evan’s plan was, but it was up to him to ask if he wasn’t going to stay. As we left, they waved and told us to have a good night, so we wished the same to them.
On the way out, I had this weird feeling in my stomach. The area wasn’t very well lit and I was very glad I had a hand to hold on to. I tightened my grip and felt Brayden do the same. Once we were in my car and on our way home, Brayden said, “Man, I wouldn’t want to walk back from their alone at night.”
“Me neither, Brayden, me neither.” I said as I shook my head. “It gave me the chills!”
When we walked into the dorm, it was quiet. The lights were mostly off and the front desk was already closed for the night. The hallway lights were off, too, and when we got to my door, I could see that Jason’s light was still on. When I opened my room, Jason’s door opened and he said, “Matt, your brother called.”
I immediately looked at him, confused and said, “My brother called you? Why?”
“He didn’t say why. He just said you need to call him back as soon as possible.”
“Okay,” I said, confused and concerned and pulled my phone off. “Crap, battery’s dead. How long ago did he call?” I said as I plugged my phone in.
“Not long, 15 minutes tops.” He said. The way he looked at me meant he was concerned, too.
I kept my phone plugged in and called my brother. He picked up almost instantly, saying “Matt! Where’ve you been?!”
“Sorry, Bryan, I was at a friends’ place and my phone died. What’s up?” I said, trying to maintain my composure.
“Uh.. M-Matt,” he stammered, “Mom and dad ... they w-were hit ... b-by a drunk driver.”
“What?!” I exclaimed softly as tears welled in my eyes, “A-are... Are they...” I started to say as a lump grew in my throat, “Are they going to be okay?” Tears were already falling out of my eyes and I could see the concerned look on Jason’s and Brayden’s faces.
“The doctor said they were in critical condition.” He said softly, “Matt, it’s ... it’s not looking good.”
“Bryan,” I started as I sniffled and took a big gulp, “I’ll be there in 45 minutes. I-Is...” I started, but couldn’t finish without taking a deep breath. “Is that going to be enough time?”
“I-I don’t know.” He said as he took a deep breath, “B-be careful, Matt! I love you.” That’s something he’d never said to me.
“Bryan, I’ll be extra careful. I love you too.” I said as I sniffled and hung up. To be fair, I hadn’t said it much to him. We never got along the greatest as kids, but we were still brothers.
I immediately found the phone charger for my car in my desk and started to put my shoes on when Brayden spoke up. “Matt, I’m so sorry.” He said as he pulled me into a tight hug, “I’ll take you. I can’t let you drive by yourself like this.”
Before we left, Jason stopped us and pulled me into a bear hug of his own. “Matt, I can’t even imagine, but please be strong for them. Take care of yourself!” He said as he released me and Brayden to leave. I felt bad for not saying anything, but I think he understood that I wouldn’t have been able to say much. I waved good bye, and Brayden and I started the longest 45-minutes of my life.
To be continued...