No More Rain, Chapter Four [Exclusive]
Colt carried me into my house bridal style. I giggled the entire way as he struggled.
“Fuck, you’re heavy.”
“That’s not very nice,” I said, pretending to pout.
“Maybe you shouldn’t have consumed so much beer,” Colt suggested, shifting me around until throwing me on the sofa. “Seriously, five beers?!”
“It was worth it,” I sighed sweetly. It really was. After my morning with Daniel, I was sad. Sad because I felt his pain and knew I couldn’t do anything to relieve him of it. Colt picked me up from the house and took me out on a nice date. It wasn’t expensive or anything, but it was nice to know what being a real couple felt like.
A few minutes after we settled in, my drunken haze was disturbed by heavy banging on the front door. Colt looked at me, and I shook my head as if to say I was not answering. His long legs strode over and opened the door.
“Hey asshole,” a voice rang out.
“You can’t barge in,” Colt boomed.
“Fuck off,” Shane said, walking into the living room and standing above me. “You owe me.”
“Seriously,” I groaned. “Can’t you wait until another day? When I don’t have company?”
“Are you seriously asking that when you stole from me? I mean, that was worth more than your shitty paycheck waiting tables.” Shane lit one of his cigarettes, waiting to throw ashes on me.
“Dani got it for me since you weren’t home.”
Colt returned to the living room, obviously pissed that someone he didn’t know ignored him. He waited for Shane to acknowledge his presence.
“Well Dani shouldn’t have done that. You owe me. And what the fuck do you want,” Shane turned around, blowing smoke into Colt’s face.
“To know why you’re here,” Colt stared Shane down.
“Rain took some goodies I had stashed. And I either need it back or he owes me,” Shane answered, carefully aware that my boyfriend towered over him and was ready to pounce. “Two hundred or my stash. Your choice.”
Shane made himself comfy, joining me on the sofa as he waited for me to return his weed.
“Okay, fine.” I stumbled around and went to my room. I kept the weed hidden from Colt because I wasn’t sure how he felt about me smoking. “I haven’t smoked any of it.”
Shane was relieved to find it was all there but still sat, watching the both of us. I looked at Colt, and he stared at me.
“Do you think you could leave now?” I pointed to the door for my dealer to take the hint.
“Fine,” Shane mumbled. “But before I go…”
I was waiting for him to say something, but instead Shane stood in close proximity of my boyfriend. Before I knew it, his lips were against Colt’s who had no reaction to the sudden kiss. I stared in disbelief when Shane pulled away and grinned at me.
“It’s a shame you’re dating him,” Shane whispered in Colt’s ear. Colt blushed and I began pushing Shane out of the house, stopping when he began talking. “I have a party coming up on Saturday. It’ll be amazing. Dani’s helping me throw it. Do come, because you’re bringing me wine.”
I just shut the door without answering with Shane yelling for alcohol. Turning around, Colt looked away, still embarrassed about the kiss.
“You’re not the first boyfriend he’s kissed,” I mentioned casually. “But I think you’re the only one who didn’t kiss back.”
“I’m sorry,” Colt muttered.
“It’s okay,” I laughed. “Shane is an asshole. He’s the biggest asshole. But he’s a friend. And sometimes he does unusual things.”
“I really am sorry,” Colt repeated.
“I love you,” I said. I hugged Colt, thankful he’s not an asshole. “He’s probably not going to get you in bed since you didn’t kiss him back.”
I walked off to the bedroom, accompanied by Nox who hid during Shane’s visit. Colt followed and sat on the edge of the bed.
“How long have you been smoking,” he asked quietly. “I mean – I don’t have a problem with it. It’s fine if you do. I just think maybe you could get better stuff from someone other than him.”
“Since high school I guess.” I never really thought about it. “I’ve known Shane for years so he’s been a supplier. Why? Do you know anyone?”
“I might,” Colt smirked. “And are we going to the party?”
“Might as well,” I sighed. “You’ll meet Dani for the first time. That’ll be cool though.”
“I hope I make a good impression,” Colt remarked.
I settled into bed, Colt joining me and embracing me. Our nightly ritual fell into place. A kiss on the cheek, and we’d doze off, but after an hour, Colt’s breathing never slowed.
“I-I have to tell you something,” Colt stuttered.
“Please tell me you didn’t enjoy Shane’s kiss,” I groaned. “Because I am too tired to deal with that.”
“I lost my job fixing computers. But I found one unloading furniture for an antique shop. I was scared to tell you. I thought you’d break up with me when you found out my paycheck wasn’t as good as before,” Colt muttered.
I sat up and looked at Colt. Even in the dark, I could tell he was afraid of how I’d react. I fumbled for him and held him.
“I love you, okay. I’m not mad or upset. Losing a job sucks, but you told me so we can make some changes to adjust. Why’d you lose your job,” I questioned him, caressing his face.
“They thought I was stealing stuff from the store, but I wasn’t! I worked there two years and never had a problem until a customer insisted I was the one who fixed her laptop on my own time and never gave it to her. I never met her before. I think it was one of the newer guys. And they didn’t even give me a chance. They just let me go.”
Colt cried and covered his face. I kissed his stubbly face, wanting to reassure him.
“I believe you. But guess what – you’ve got a new job and I’m pretty certain they wouldn’t have hired you if they didn’t believe in you. I love you, Colt. Don’t be upset with yourself. They were assholes to let you go in the first place without investigating it. Most important of all, you’re always welcome to move in with me. In fact, I’d insist you move in right away so you don’t have to worry about a place to live. No more renting from anyone, no going back and forth between your apartment and here, you can live with me.”
Colt cried harder and hugged me. Despite the rush of it all, wanting him to move into my home, and how uncertain if it would work out, I had some sort of belief it all would. It had to. I loved him. He loved me. There wasn’t a whole lot going on for us but it felt like it was enough. It was enough that I could fall asleep with someone I cared deeply for.
“I love you,” Colt whispered, reaching for me and kissing me softly.
“I love you,” I sighed into his kiss.
Yes. Everything would be okay.