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Jimmy & Richie - 30. Chapter 30

Nick received his high school diploma in the spring, and his parents gave him a vacation trip to Europe as a graduation present. He wanted us to go with him but we couldn’t, we didn’t have the money, and we hadn’t finished buying furniture for the extension.

While Nick was gone, we bought a dresser, two more desks and desk lamps. With another person and another bed, we purchased more linens and towels and restocked the bathroom with soap, gels, toothpaste, and lubricant. We spent one Saturday, washing everything and then we went shopping. Rich and I needed some new clothes, we needed groceries, and I needed to get the car washed and gassed up.

While we were shopping for groceries, I noticed a newsstand with a lot of pamphlets, advertising homes and lots for sale. I picked up a few. I hadn’t forgotten about finding a job for Rich.

“What do you have there?”

“These are advertisements for homes and lots. I thought maybe you might be interested in designing homes for the lots. The houses could give you some ideas.”

“That might be interesting. Maybe I could submit my design to builders who might be interested in offering to build the homes when people bought the lots.”

I agreed with Rich. This could be a way for him to introduce himself to the local builders. With his dad’s knowledge, he should be able to design a home.

“When does Nick come back from Europe?”

“I think Brand said he should be back next week.”

“Is he going to fly home before he comes here?”

“Yes, then he’ll come over with Brand and Charles.”

“It’ll be good to see them again. We had fun the last time they were here.”

“You know if Nick is here in time, he could sign up for the second summer course at State.”

“Are you thinking about signing up?” “

Yes, what are you going to do.”

“I’m planning on working with Gramps. I could use the money, and I like what I’m doing. I think Gramps will offer me a full-time job when I graduate. What’s the matter?”

“I don’t know what will happen in the future. If you work full time for Gramps, we may not be together. What will happen if I can’t get a job here and have to go somewhere else, long-distance romances don’t work.”

“Don’t worry about that. I’m not willing to give you up. If you can’t get a job here, I’ll move with you. I’m sure I can get a job anywhere. Engineers are always in demand.”

“You would do that?”

“Of course, we are in this together. I love you, Rich, and I’ll do everything to ensure we’ll be together forever.”

Looking at Rich, I could see the tears forming in his eyes, when they are wet, they sparkle. I grabbed him and kissed him as if I was sealing a lifetime pact. I was.

 

Nick came back from his European tour. He Skype us to tell all about his vacation. Rich and I were excited to hear it all. I told Rich when we finished at State; we would take a vacation to Europe as well.

At dinner that night, “Gram, will be getting company soon. Brand wants to drive out and spend a few weeks before school starts.”

“Will he be coming with Charles?”

“Yes, and also Nick, who has enrolled in State’s summer program. It’s a short six-week intensive study. Rich will be taking the same course.”

During the last week of July, Brand and company arrived. That night after dinner with Gram and Gramps, Rich and I took Nick’s suitcases to the apartment. And so life returned to a routine, Rich and Nick went to summer school, I resume my internship at Gramps company. Rich’s dad hung around for a while on the pretense of spending time with Rich when he was actually spending time with Miss Marie.

 

Before we knew it, it was time to begin our sophomore year. We repeated our schedule, meeting for lunch, and studying in the library until we all were ready to go home. Nick became a part of our group, many days we’d have to wait for him, and that gave Rich and me some alone time.

Nick started to notice the girls and the fraternities. I wasn’t sure which road he’d take. Fraternities were primarily social, and if you got too involved, your grades could suffer. Rich noticed that a few of his freshman classmates were no longer in school. Unless you had self- discipline, getting caught up in the parties and social events would be easy. Nick attended some parties, and eventually, he had to make a choice, join or not. When he asked Rich and me for our opinion, we told him why we didn’t join any frats. The decision was his, and neither Rich or I wanted to influence him one way or another. He decided to ask Charles for his opinion. Rich and I went to the patio with some books to read, he Skype Charles. I don’t know what Charles said, but after fifteen minutes, he came down to the patio.

“Let’s go and get a pizza, my treat.”

Rich and I just smiled at each other. “Let’s go.”

Nick had decided not to join any fraternities. Charles had convinced him that if he wanted to keep his grades up so he could go to Law School and particularly the one his dad attended, he should focus on his studies. Nick made his decision, and he still met several girls, Alice was still in the picture.

 

Working the summer at Gramps was always interesting. I reviewed contracts, purchase agreements, and worked with Mr. Robson in sales. I even spent a few weeks working for Gramps as his assistant. I supported Rich when we went to town, I’d pick up magazines for him. Architect digest was an excellent magazine as it had great articles and some ideas on construction and design hints. Rich’s love the first night I gave him the magazine would guarantee that he’d get them every month.

Rich started to doodle drawings of homes on a tablet. I decided to show him my support. I picked up a used drafting table and a T square while he was at school, I set it up in the study. If I thought his love was great when he got the magazine, the drafting setup way outshone the magazine. When Rich saw the setup, there were tears in his eyes, yes sparkles as well.

“I want you to start drawing house plans. If you are going to submit them to builders, you need to have a professional drawing. You can’t do that on a tablet.”

“You are going to support me, aren’t you?”

“I told you, this is for life, where you go, I go.”

Rich did start to draw house plans; at first, they were sketches. He would show me, and if I liked it, he would begin to do detailed drawings. I happened to mention it at dinner at Grams and Gramps one evening. Gramps wanted to see what his ideas were. Rich beamed as he went and got a few drawings he had completed.

Gramps looked at them, “Rich, these are quite good. Gram, you remember that land we bought across from the diner? What do you think about developing it?”

“We could do that, but we’d need an architect and a builder, as well as a survey to lay out the lots.”

“Well, I know where I can find an architect and builder. I guess we could hire a surveyor.”

I knew who the architect would be and the builder, if he had the time. I just smiled and received a wink from Gramps.

 

Summer passed, and school began, our routine remained the same, and now our studies were more tuned to our major. Nick started taking pre-law courses; Rich and I, being juniors, began to spend more classes designed to fulfill the requirements for our majors. Rich had his advisor review some of his drawings. Dr. Martin thought that they showed promise, he gave Rich some helpful hints and told him he would be glad to review them again after Rich had reworked them.

Rich was flying high when he came home from school. Nick and I had to hear all about it, Rich’s face shined, and his eyes sparkled when he told us what Dr. Martin said. I had good news for Rich as well.

“Rich, Gramps had the lots across from the diner survey. He wants us to take a look this weekend. Your dad will be here as well.”

“Why does he want us to take a look?”

“I don’t know for sure, but he might want you to design the homes he’ll put on the lots. I think he’ll ask your dad to build them.”

“You’re kidding. My homes, he wants me to develop the plans for dad to build.”

“I think so, I’m not sure, but maybe we’ll find out when we visit the site on Saturday.” Rich hugged me. I think he was beginning to realize that he had the support of Gram and Gramps, as well as his dad.

That evening in bed, “Jimmy, do you really think that Gramps will want me to design the homes?”

“Yes, love, I do. He was impressed with the sketches you showed him. You know they love you and will do anything to see you succeed.”

“Maybe he doesn’t want you to leave. I’m sure he has figured out if you were going to work for him, I needed to be employed as well.”

“Maybe, but he also has recognized that we are lifetime partners. Being partners, what is good for one is good for both. I told you before where you go, I go. I mean it.”

The next day, “Jimmy, what kind of house should I design?”

“Why don’t you design a house you and I would love to live in.”

“That would be easy, one room, a bedroom with a shower.” Rich began to laugh. I just looked at him as if to say, I dare you.

It was a week later that Rich showed me the house he designed for us. The outside of the house was beautiful. It looked very elegant, particularly with the landscaping. The floor plan included three bedrooms with en-suite baths, a large kitchen with eat-in capability, the dining room was reasonably large, with one wall being glass that overlooked a garden. There was a living room with a fireplace and two small rooms off of the living room, one he said was a study, and the other was an office which we would share.

“Rich, this is brilliant. Are you ready to show Gramps?”

“No, the plans are not finished. What you saw is a layout that gives us an idea of what the inside would look like. Now I need to do the specifications, the construction drawings, and a bill of materials. That’s going to take a little longer.”

“You can ask your dad and Dr. Martin for suggestions and help if you need it.”

“That’s a good idea.”

For the next few weeks, I hardly saw Rich. If he wasn’t at school, he was in the study drawing. When we got home, he’d hand me a piece of paper with a list of things he needed, pens, India ink, triangles, rulers, vellum paper, and at the bottom of the paper was always a request for a kiss.

The one thing that didn’t change where our showers and our love sharing. Rich didn’t let his project interfere with our lives even though he was quite busy. He always had time for Nick and me.

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I thought there was a lot of reward money coming for discovering the fraud on the invoices.

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Aw!  The boys make such a great couple.  I'm glad that Nick's presence isn't putting a crimp in their love-life.  I worried a bit during the earlier chapters.  Jimmy's dedication to Richie is beautiful (as is Richie's to Jimmy).  The way they look after Nick, along with Brandon and Charles, is sweet, too.

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46 minutes ago, davewri said:

I thought there was a lot of reward money coming for discovering the fraud on the invoices.

in real life, maybe

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4 minutes ago, weinerdog said:

Lifetime partners?Why aren't they using the M word?

Charles is a wise older brother

this was before marriage was legal

 

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5 minutes ago, weinerdog said:

Lifetime partners?Why aren't they using the M word?

Charles is a wise older brother

tha advantage of living away from home 

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45 minutes ago, BigBen said:

Aw!  The boys make such a great couple.  I'm glad that Nick's presence isn't putting a crimp in their love-life.  I worried a bit during the earlier chapters.  Jimmy's dedication to Richie is beautiful (as is Richie's to Jimmy).  The way they look after Nick, along with Brandon and Charles, is sweet, too.

🙂

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15 minutes ago, CLJobe said:

in real life, maybe

  In chapter 12 Gramps said "Now I have a policy, and you can check with personnel if you don't believe me, any time an employee makes a suggestion that results in lower costs, we give them a bonus. So you can expect a nice bonus on this suggestion

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The boys are still in college and Rich is already practicing his chosen trade. The good thing about completed drawings, unless they are intended as an exclusive commission, they can be used over and over for residual income.

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This chapter covered at least two years of college, I am hoping this is not getting close to the end.  I really do love reading this story. Thanks for putting in your time to write this. :)

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Great chapter. Jimmy and Richie are supporting each other and having Nick around is not cramping there style. It's good to see Richie designing houses.

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So no reward money and I have seen or heard nothing more about that pool or how those boys looked in their swim suits.

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Great chapter, I am pleased to see that Richie is enjoying drawing, the drawing he did of their house sounds amazing. 

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On 5/19/2020 at 8:11 PM, Daddydavek said:

So no reward money and I have seen or heard nothing more about that pool or how those boys looked in their swim suits.

Tsk Tsk, young men in those tight swim trunks, ohhhh

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25 minutes ago, Bft said:

Great chapter, I am pleased to see that Richie is enjoying drawing, the drawing he did of their house sounds amazing. 

He is studying to be an architect .  I took some Civil Engineering classes, had to draw a circle, in ink on vellum, extremely difficult.  I have a new appreciation of those who can do that

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