Wednesday, May 30, 2012
how's it gonna be
Henry was both pleased and put off by seeing his brother, showing up at the concert.
"You're back? For good?" Henry kept smiling, but he was startled. He guessed it was true. Aidan and his wife were calling it quits, and he was moving back home. He hoped this didn't mean he was going to have hang out with him, all the time. There was his job he was waiting for at the library. And of course, Derrick.
He thought it best not to mention that Derrick was no more than a friend. Not that he thought Aidan would disapprove. It was just best to leave things not so serious. He might make Derrick uncomfortable.
Aidan was faking it, Henry knew. He hoped his brother wasn't too depressed about leaving Elaine. It was his envy of her high paying job that probably got the best of Aidan, but Henry would never mention it. Instead, he gave Aidan a hug and wouldn't say anymore about why he was back. Evidently, it was too expensive to live in L.A.. He hoped Aidan let by gones be gone with his wife.
But in his next breath Aidan was talking about alimony and how their Mom was helping him get a good lawyer. Henry felt bad that his brother would be so mad to want his ex to pay him. Aidan was certainly dampening the spirit of the evening.
"I'll talk to you, tomorrow." Henry finally gave him a pat on the back as if he really didn't want to talk about this anymore. Especially, with Derrick around.
"Why didn't you tell him I was your boyfriend?" Now Derrick was agitated.
"I didn't mean.." Henry was a little shocked. "Its not what you think. OK. I-I just thought it best not to bring it up, right now. I will. I promise." Henry pressed his lips tight.
Derrick only nodded. He was ready to get out of here. Henry looked at Derrick wondering if this was the night. There night, after all. He never felt more clear headed. Yet, Henry was beginning to wonder if he needed to be intoxicated, perhaps.
In spite of how close they actually were, Henry was a little shy. Still. He didn't want to be. It was like taking one step beyond. He knew he loved Derrick, but did he really trust him?