Teenagers

By: Ophelia Pain

Date: 22nd Jul 2021

I’m sure the people standing around me thought I’d been holding it for the entire time I’ve been standing here. Ever since I saw the 9:14 flight from LAX landed, I’d been a ball of nervous and excited energy. I rubbed my lips together and bit my bottom lip. People started filing of the plane and I honestly felt like I was going shake out of my shoes…

Flirting on Twitter was one thing, but knowing that he flew 2,000 miles just to see me? I was trying to keep Murder’s intrusive comments at bay about whether or not he was actually coming or whether or not I was going to be what he was expecting…I just wanted to see his face. I just wanted to know that this wasn’t some cruel joke…

There were a lot of hugs around me…tears and kisses…the longer I stood there with my sign, the more nervous I got. I took a few steadying breaths…in through the nose…out through the mouth…in through the nose….out through the mouth…

And then I saw him…my tall, brown eyed, handsome hunk of goof…carrying a backpack and pulling a small suitcase behind him. I held my sign up and breathed a huge sigh of relief as a smile spread across my face. He must have seen me because his face lit up…when I saw his smile, I lost all composure, let my sign fall to the foor, and ran to him. I jumped and clung to him like a spider monkey, burying my face in the neck of his hoodie…he laugh when he caught me made my heart skip a beat. He hugged me tightly and I felt him bury his own face into my hair.

I heard a few people say “aw” as they walked by and a few people huffed at us for being in the way, but I don’t think either of us cared. We were both excited to finally have some time to be together…he leaned back and looked into my eyes, smiling widely again…

Hey gorgeous

Did your plane take the long way?

He laughed and pulled me back into a tight hug. He smelled so good and it felt so weird to have my arms around him after weeks of flirting. I unraveled my legs from around his waist and slid down his tall body to my feet. I smiled at him and pushed my hair behind my ear, blushing a little bit at my lack of self control…he bumped my chin with the tips of his fingers and picked up his bag.

I don’t think either one of us really had any idea what to do after the hug or how to act from here on out. Once again, I threw caution to the wind and linked my fingers in his. He grinned widley and brought the back of my hand up to his lips, kissing it gently. An involuntary giggle escaped my throat and I grabbed his arm with my other hand. He stopped and looked at me for a second..

Wait a minute…you said I was going to have to carry you out to your car…

I squealed loudly when he suddenly scooped me up and threw me over his shoulder. I was laughing wildly until he must have over estimated how much I weighed or how short I was because he threw me right over his shoulder and onto my face. I felt a gush of blood when I sat up and heard ringing in my ears. Once the ringing subsided, I heard LC profusely apologizing with panic in his voice, but all I could do was laugh…the look on his face was more than priceless. He looked like he was confused and freaked out at the same time which made me laugh harder.

I’m so fucking sorry! I swear to did not mean to do that!

I’d be upset if you meant to do it!

He offered me a napkin from his pocket for my nose. I took it and tilted my head back…

Lets save the acrobatics for tomorrow.

Deal.

He helped me up off the floor, still laughing. He put his arms around my shoulders and we finally made it back out to my van. The ride home was mildly uneventful…we impressed each other with our knowledge of 90s rap and I pointed out all my favorite places between the airport and the house. Once we pulled up to the house, he made me wait in the drivers seat while he ran around to open the door for me…

That doesn’t make up for you trying to break my face you know…

His face fell because he thought I was being serious. I stood up and wrapped my arms around him to show him that I was kidding. He hugged me back and pressed his cheek against the top of my head. I felt ballsy, so I moved my head to look up at him, and pressed my lips to his. He looked surprised for a moment until he kissed me back. For as clumsy as he was…

Damn this man is a good kisser. The way his tongue danced around mine…his soft lips slipped against mine…a soft moan escaped my mouth as we stood in the driveway…I pressed my body closer to his and he slipped his hand into my hair, gently grabbing a handful and pushing me back against my van. It was a kiss that made the wait for him so worth it…

Until the porch light flipped on, flooding the driveway with bright light, breaking the romantic moment between the two of us. I shaded my eyes and found Walt standing on the porch in his rain boots, boxer shorts, and a wife beater…

What the hell is goin on here in my driveway?

Sir! Thank God you came! This woman was assaulting me!

I smacked him in the arm and he flinched…

Its me, Walt…

I knew who it was……..what the hell happened to your face?

He looked at LC, who just remembered the mishap with the floor at the airport…I chuckled a little bit and looked at Walt…

It’s a long story…

Walt was walking towards us, staring down LC who was becoming visibly uncomfortable…

We got time…

It was a complete accident…I said something to him about needing to carry me and I think the logistics of my height vs his, the physics was working against us and-

You always let a woman talk for you boy?

Walter!

This boy is a guest in my home sharing a bed with someone I consider a daughter…he’s not gonna come into MY house if he ain’t gonna act right!

Walt…it was seriously JUST an accident! You said you were going to be nice!

Well dammit-

Walt! Stop it…It was an accident…I’m fine…and do you honestly think you’d find me sucking his face off while he pokes my belly button in the driveway if he hit me?!

He stopped for a moment and his face went from angry to sheepish. He seemed a little embarassed that he had forgetten what I do for a living and that I’m more than capable of taking care of myself. He sighed and looked at the ground…LC shifted nervously behind me as I stared Walt down…he finally looked up at us and raised his eyebrows…

Son…it looks like we got off on the wrong foot…I’m Walt…

Lewis looked down at me nervously when Walt held his hand out towards him. He stepped forward and the shook hands…

Nice to meet you…I’m Lewis, but everyone calls me LC…

Or dipshit…one of the two…

He bumped me with his shoulder and we chuckled…

You uh…you need help with your bags?

No, sir…I think I got it…thanks though…

Well then lets head on into the house…this humidity will give you swamp ass like you wouldn’t believe…

I pulled the hatch on the van open and LC removed his bag and backpack and we headed into the air conditioning. We stood in the kitchen and chatted a bit with Walt until we realized what time it was and it was almost time for Walt to start chores. We said goodnight and headed to my room…

So…thats your dad?

Uhm…kinda…

Kinda? Step dad?

No…no Walt was just the first nice person that I met after the first stint in rehab that didn’t expect anything in return for giving me a roof over my head.

Oh…

He’s a good guy and his heart is in the right place…he worked my ass off after the second time I was in rehab…said ‘idle hands are the devil’s workshop’…he was right…the busier I stayed, the longer I stayed clean…before I knew it I was getting my 30 day chip. He was about the only one that took the time for me…when I met Walt, my life changed for the better…he took care of me when I needed him…now I get to take care of him…

I shrugged and noticed he was smiling at me…

So…you’re a legit good person…

You thought it was an act?

I just know people can be whatever they want on the internet…but it makes me happy to know you’re legit…

I shrugged again. He set his bags down on my floor and went to turn around to hug me, until he noticed the light sabres crossed above my bed…

WOAH! Sweet!!

I told you I had a nerd haven! My pride and joy is my Iron Man helmet…it was a gift from Robert Downey Jr. I’m fairly certain its the movie one…I went to his niece’s birthday party a few years back…he sent that as a thank you…

You know RDJ?!

Not personally…his personal assistant emailed and asked if I’d be interested in coming to a 4 year old’s birthday party…I couldn’t say yes fast enough…

Really?

Yeah…who doesn’t love birthday cake?

We spent a little while looking through my collectibles…talking and being nerdy. Every once in a while I would catch him regarding me with a small smile on his face and my heart sang. I felt giddy…

It wasn’t long until we were sitting on my bed…I didn’t want to seem too eager, but lets be honest…it had been a while since I had had a man in my bed and part of me was absolutely terrified to move too quickly…

Hahahahahahaha!!! You’ve been thirsting for this man’s meat for a week and NOW you want to play hard to get?

I sighed heavily, realizing that I had allowed my anxiety to reach a peak and it was difficult to ignore her anymore…

Ignore me?! Bitch, I’ve been a part of you longer than anyone! You think this dude can take my place?

He must have realized that something was going on because I noticed his eyebrow raised as he was looking at me…

You good?

Yeah…just…I mean…how do I say this?

He sprawled across the bed and grabbed my hand…

Hey…just talk to me…what’s goin on?

I took a deep breath and sighed…

Dude’s already trying to figure out how he can sneak off and book a flight back to wherever he came from…

I swear to God…okay…remember that crazy I told you about?

He nodded…

You know what advanced delusionary schizophrenia with involuntary narcissitic rage is?

He blinked at me…

Hearing voices…

Oh okay…yeah…

Well I only hear one voice…she’s like my Jiminy Cricket, if Jiminy Cricket was Samuel L Jackson withdrawing from crank…

The look on his face was filled with pity…and I felt nauseous…he must have noticed and squeezed my hand…

Hey…no…it’s okay…does she like….take over?

She used to…but not so much anymore…I removed some drama from my life and it’s been easier to control her…

Haha! I can’t be controlled…

Is……is she talking to you right now?

Usually when my anxiety is high, she starts picking at me. So needless to say she’s been pretty vocal today…

I make you anxious?

No god…not at all…I make myself anxious…freaking out that you weren’t coming…that you were someone at FIGHT playing a prank on me…Jayson “teaching me a lesson” for trying to move on…

Jayson?

Long fucking story…

Well I’m real…and I’m really happy to be here with you…

I smiled at him and leaned over to hug him. He pulled me over his body so that I was snuggled up to his side. We spent the rest of the night talking and kissing and getting to know each other. I must have fallen asleep on his chest because I woke up to my head gently rising and falling with his breath. I got up and quietly as I could and snuck out to make coffee for Walt and brush my teeth…

When I got downstairs, Walt was already sitting at the dining room table with an empty plate with bread crumbs on it…

Mornin…

Afternoon…

I rolled my eyes at his dramatics…

Where’s lover boy?

He’s still sleeping…

Tuckered him out, eh?

Ugh…it’s really creepy when you say things like that…

Well, imagine how uncomfortable it is to find y’all standin in the driveway, suckin face like a couple teenagers…

Touche…coffee?

Fresh pot…

Awesome.

I poured myself a cup and sat down at the table, pouring cream and spooning sugar into the cup. I yawned and took a sip…

Big plans for the day?

Not really…probably just hang around here…show him the animals, destroy him in Mario Kart, cook…

Oh! You’re cookin?!

I had planned on it…

Damn…this kid must be somethin special?

I shrugged…

I don’t want to get too ahead of myself…last time I figured out someone wanted to be with me, he tried to take complete control of my life…

Walt nodded in agreement as he sipped his coffee. He knew how much I hated talking about Jayson…I looked into my coffee and sighed…

You like him?

I sighed and nodded…

Yeah…I really like him…

Well then I’ll be on my best behavior from here on out…

Good…

We clinked coffee cups and fell into silence for a while, Walt with the newspaper, me with my phone…until I hear footsteps dragging into the kitchen. We looked up and a disshelved Tilly walked straight to the coffee pot, poured herself a cup, and went to the fridge for her own creamer. Walt and I watched her shuffle around the kitchen, completely oblivious to our presence…

Morning funshine…

She grunted at me and took a big drink of her 90:10 creamer to coffee.

You gonna hang out today?

No…

You have plans?

Yeah.

I raised my eyebrows at her…

Uhm…where you goin?

Out…

I started to get a little irritated with her attitude…I took a deep breath…

Where?

Out! God! Why are you being so rude today?!

Asking you where you’re going today isn’t being rude…it’s trying to be a good parent…

Well you’re not my parent soooo…

Ope

Walt picked up his coffee cup, folded up his paper, and left the kitchen as quickly as he could. I sucked my teeth and turned to look at her…

Take a seat…

I need to get rea-

Sit your ass down Matilda Jayne…

Ughhhhh GODuhhhhhhh

She plopped down in the chair next to me and stuck her hands in her hoodie pocket. She whipped out her phone, which I promptly snatched…

Hey!!

So….THIS is mine until you learn some manners…

Thats not fair!!

No…what’s not fair is how you talk to me…AND your ass is grounded until further notice…

You can’t ground me!

The hell I can’t! I may not have given birth to your ungrateful ass, but I got a court document that says I tell you what you can and can’t do! Now take your ass up to that room and get it cleaned up! I’m inspecting it in 2 hours!

Angry tears spilled onto her cheeks as she stood up and went to storm out of the kitchen…

Excuse me!

What?!

I did NOT excuse you from this table!

She threw herself back into the chair and wiped her nose on her sleeve…I made her sit there with me in silence for about 2 minutes…

You may be excused…

She stood up and walked as fast as she could out of the kitchen, almost slamming the door into LC’s face…I stood up and brushed past him through the door and yelled after her up the stairs…

You can say goodbye to your phone for AT LEAST another week after I decide how long you’re losing it for to being with!!

THAT DOESN’T EVEN MAKE ANY SENSE!!

IT DOESN’T HAVE TO MAKE SENSE TO YOU!! GO CLEAN YOUR FUCKING ROOM!!

I turned around and smiled at LC, who was looking at me wide eyed, and patted him on the chest…

Breakfast?

Yes ma’am…

The rest of the day was spent riding 4 wheelers, feeding animals, and playing Mario Kart. Lewis seemed a little apprehensive of the animals, but I just chalk that up to being from California. I didn’t want to overwhelm him with the farmstead life too much, so once we fed the animals, we headed back up to the house for some good old technology. He seemed enamoured with my video game collection, and I had to remind him that it had been kind of a lonely year…

We played Mario Kart, well…not so much played as he accepted defeat gracefully. To be fair, I did warn him that I was pretty good, we played Minecraft, created him an island on Animal Crossing, and rounded out the day with some Super Smash Brothers. The more we played, the closer we got, and by the time I realized it, I was sitting on his lap…

I paused the game and turned to ask him a question, but he was looking at me and biting his lip…and I don’t know what came over me, but like every display of affection, it came over me like a wave. I grabbed the back of his head and kissed him hard…

The next few hours were a flurry of activity. Fireworks…lighting….trumpets and violins all played as we made love. It felt good to be with someone again…to be held and kissed like I was more than just a warm open gash…to be called ‘baby’ like I meant something…

More than anything, HE was the reason it felt good…and it didn’t just feel like sex. It felt like a connection…a connection that I wanted and needed. There was something about him that calmed my spirit and made my heart happy…

After we were both satisfied, we laid in each other’s arms for a while, until I remembered that I had promised Walter dinner. We begrudingly unfolded ourselves from eachother and got up to get dressed. I pulled a pair of shorts out of my drawers, slipped them on, and grabbed his hoodie before he could. I slipped it over my head and stuck my tongue out at him…

Stealing my hoodies now huh?

You have a better idea of how to mark your territory?

I was thinking a face tattoo…

And I was thinking you can suck it and all your hoodies are my hoodies now?

He looked dejectedly at me and scoffed…next thing I knew, he was jumping across the bed at me, growling playfully. I squealed and went running away from him toward the bedroom door. My hand slipped as I grasped the knob and he picked me up by my waist and powerslammed me onto my bed, while I cackled with laughter. He brushed my hair out of my face and kissed the tip of my nose…My laughter settled down and we stared into each other’s eyes…

My hoodies are your hoodies…if thats what you want…

I want whats in the hoodies too of course…

Thats your’s too…

And what’s in your hoodies from now on?

Mine?

Your’s…

The smile that broke across his face made my heart skip a beat. He kissed me and began feeling me up…we started pulling on each other’s clothes until a pounding on the door was followed by Walt’s voice screaming about dinner…

We had plenty of time to get lost in each other…and I DID promise to make him dinner…

And after the bed rockin he just gave me? He deserves dinner, dessert, AND a thank you card…