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Do You Remember - 14. The Truth Is Out Here, pt.1

Nicholas pulled over to the side of the road just at the beginning of the Promenade, where the pedestrian zone began. He looked at his son with concern, watching him unfasten the seat belt clumsily, hurrying to get out.

“Do you want me to come with you?” he asked, wrinkles appearing on his forehead as he frowned. Alex shook his head.

“No, we’ll be fine. Thanks, dad.”

“Alright. If Jeremy needs someone to talk to, feel free to bring him over to your mom and me.”

“Ok, I’ll tell him that. See ya, dad. And thanks for driving me.”

With his phone in hand, Alex stepped out of the car and proceeded down the street toward the Appleton bakery.

The first thing he noticed when he came in was the awkward look on the face of the new girl, Trisha. She stood behind the counter, cleaning off the flour and crumbs. Several customers sat at the tables, eating their lunches.

“Hey, Trisha, is Jeremy upstairs?”

“Yeah,” the girl replied quietly. “Hey, uh, is he gonna be ok?”

Alex nodded in reply. “Yeah, I hope so. Thanks.” With that, he went to the back door and upstairs into Jeremy’s little apartment. As he climbed the stairs, he noticed how quiet it was. He wondered if Jeremy’s mom was still there and how she would react if she saw him. Luckily, he didn’t come across her.

She’s probably gone, he thought as he knocked on Jeremy’s bedroom door.

“Come in,” a voice said from the other side of the door, and Alex opened it to find a somber Jeremy sitting at his computer, playing Dota 2.

“Hey,” the baker said, his face lighting up just a little at seeing his crush walk into the room.

“Hey, whatchu playing?” Alex asked in a soft voice as he pulled another chair over and sat next to Jeremy. “Oh, Dota,” he smiled, glancing at the screen and then back at Jeremy. He was the same, using video games as an escape whenever he was upset or sad. Getting immersed in a fantasy world and playing out heroes and villains was always the biggest draw of gaming for him. It allowed him to escape reality, at least for a while.

“Sorry, just a few minutes and I’ll be done,” Jeremy replied, not taking his eyes off the screen.

“How’s the match going?” Alex asked, looking at the situation on the screen before glancing back at the blond guy.

“It’d be going much better if these idiots knew how to play!” Jeremy suddenly raised his voice in frustration, clicking his mouse as fast as he could. “Oh for fuck’s sake, Meepo died again!” he groaned, slamming his fingers on the keyboard.

Alex was startled, but he knew better than to tell him to calm down. If they were anything alike, that would just make him even angrier. He just sat patiently and waited for the match to be over.

Five minutes later, when the word “DEFEAT” appeared on the screen, Jeremy huffed and clicked rapidly in an attempt to leave the game as quickly as possible. Alex swivelled the guy’s chair so that they were facing each other, and then took his hands.

“Hey,” he spoke softly and Jeremy looked up, his sad eyes meeting Alex’s. “Got it out of your system?”

“Yeah,” Jeremy nodded, sighing.

“I’m here, wanna tell me what happened?” Alex asked, squeezing the other guy’s hands. He wasn’t sure what to say or do, so he thought it best to let Jeremy open up. Maybe that would make him feel better.

Taking a deep breath, Jeremy got up from the chair and moved to the bed. He sat down and pulled his knees up, wrapping his arms around them. Alex followed suit and moved to the bed as well, sitting next to Jeremy with an arm around his shoulders, leaning into him. The silence was heavy.

“If you don’t wanna talk now, that’s ok too,” Alex suggested, figuring Jeremy might not be ready yet.

“Ok,” Jeremy replied, his voice barely a whisper.

“Come on, let’s lie down,” Alex suggested, pulling him down. They lay to the side, Alex spooning Jeremy from behind, his chest pressed against Jeremy’s back.

Their slow breathing and the faint ticking noise of the clock on the wall were the only sounds in the room. The two boys didn’t speak a word. After a while, they both fell asleep.

It was an hour later that Alex woke up, feeling a stirring motion next to him. He opened his eyes to find Jeremy lying next to him, also awake.

“Sorry if I woke you,” Jeremy apologized, turning so that he was facing Alex.

“That’s alright, I don’t mind waking up like this,” Alex lifted his head up and smiled at Jeremy. “Do you want to talk about what happened?” he asked gently as he got up and sat next to the other boy. “It’s ok if you don’t.”

Jeremy looked down at the blue and white carpet, as if contemplating whether to open up. Then, he sighed and lifted his head.

“Mom’s gone. She packed her things and left this afternoon.”

“Baby, I’m sorry. I take it she didn’t react well?” Alex looked at him with concern and joined their hands together. Jeremy just shook his head. “How did she find out? Did you tell her?”

“That friend of yours came over… Brandon.”

Alex’s eyes went wide with shock when he heard Brandon’s name. “What?!”

“He came over this morning when I was working, said he wanted to talk about you. I tried to shush him because I didn’t want mom to overhear us, but he insisted that we talk,” Jeremy continued his account of that morning.

“What the hell did he want?” Alex asked, fear creeping inside him, making him dread hearing the rest of the story.

“He told me… He said you deserved to be with someone you could be with openly, and not me, since I’m not even out.”

“What the hell? That fucking… I can’t believe this,” Alex curled his fingers into a fist, infuriated at Brandon as much as himself. He was an idiot to have told Brandon anything at all. If only he hadn’t confided in him that night, none of this would have happened!

“By the time I got him to leave, it was too late. I turned around and saw mom standing there, looking… broken.”

“She heard everything,” Alex said, looking at Jeremy with sad, brown eyes.

“Or at least enough to get the picture. You should’ve seen her, Alex, she didn’t even want to talk to me. Didn’t even let me explain. It was as if she had given up. She just wanted to get out, so she packed her bags and left.”

“Just like that? Did she say anything?”

“She just mumbled that she couldn’t believe it, that she didn’t even know who I was anymore. As if I’m suddenly a stranger to her,” Jeremy spoke sadly.

Alex wrapped his arms around the other boy, trying to hold back the tears. He pretty much hated Zara as much as Brandon at that moment. How could she do this to her own son? He simply couldn’t understand.

“Do you think she’ll come around?”

“I don’t know,” was all that Jeremy said. He seemed resigned to the fact that his mother was out of his life - indefinitely.

“I’m so sorry, baby, you shouldn’t be going through this. And I never should’ve told Brandon anything. I was just trying to get some things off my chest, but I can’t believe he went and did this! That fucking douchebag only cares about himself!” Alex said, his soft voice slowly turning to angry grumbling.

“Hey, it’s not your fault, ok?”

“I’m just… angry at everything. None of this should’ve happened! You didn’t deserve it. You’re sweet and kind to everyone… And I’m an idiot.”

“No, you’re not. You’re amazing. I couldn’t go through this without you,” Jeremy insisted, trying to reassure Alex that he held no grudge against him.

However, Alex couldn’t be convinced so easily. He couldn’t help but feel that if it wasn’t for him, Jeremy wouldn’t even be in this mess.

“Thanks,” he finally conceded, letting the blond guy rest his head on his shoulder. “So what are you gonna do now? Are you gonna tell your sister?”

“Yeah, I guess,” Jeremy shrugged. “Mom will probably tell her anyway, if she hadn’t already. She deserves to know.”

“If you want moral support when you talk to her, I’ll be happy to be there,” Alex offered.

“Thanks.”

“I mean it. Whatever happens, I’m here for you, ok? You don’t have to go through this alone.”

“Ok,” Jeremy replied. “That means so much to me.”

When he finally left Jeremy’s apartment that evening, Alex was feeling an overwhelming mix of emotions unlike anything he had ever felt before. On one hand, he wanted to be with Jeremy and show him how much he cared about him, but the guilt was starting to eat him up. He couldn’t shake the feeling that it was his presence that was causing all the trouble in Jeremy’s life. First, the fight with Natalie, and now the fallout with Jeremy’s mom. On top of that, he felt anger and contempt toward one particular person - Brandon.

Replaying all of the things Jeremy told him that day, Alex hopped on the city bus with a purpose. He knew exactly what his next stop would be.

~~

Alex pressed the doorbell impatiently, waiting in front of Brandon’s apartment. He didn’t bother announcing himself, but in case the guy wasn’t home, Alex was prepared to wait as long as necessary. He was not leaving until he gave Brandon a piece of his mind.

The door finally unlocked and opened, Brandon standing there and looking mildly surprised.

“Alex, I didn’t…” he started to say, but didn’t even get to finish his sentence. Alex barged in, shoving him forcefully in the chest.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?!” Alex shouted angrily as Brandon stumbled back, almost falling down.

“Wow, calm down, man,” the brown-haired guy said as he steadied himself, raising his hands defensively.

“Calm down?!”

Unrelenting, Alex went in again, this time with a fist flying straight toward Brandon’s face, but the other guy was fast enough, catching Alex’s fist in his hand.

“Fucking stop that!” Brandon yelled, now furious at Alex, pushing him away with great force. Alex almost tripped over his own feet and fell onto the couch.

“You wanna fight? Ok, ‘cause I have no problem bashing your face in,” Brandon threatened and Alex realized he had underestimated the guy. “Or do you wanna sit there and tell me what’s bothering you?!”

“You gotta be kidding me,” Alex spat out, looking at him with eyes full of burning rage. “You’re what’s bothering me! You had no business going to Jeremy’s. Do you have any idea what you did?”

“Oh, of course he would tell you. Why am I not surprised…”

“He told me because you outed him to his mom!” Alex shouted, as Brandon’s expression changed from annoyance to surprise. “She heard what you talked about and now she’s gone. She left him because she can’t handle him being gay. So great job! If you wanted to ruin a family, you did it.”

“What? I- I never meant for that…” Brandon stuttered. “I promise I…”

“Let me guess, it was all an accident?” Alex said sarcastically. Whatever excuses Brandon had to offer, he didn’t want to hear them.

“I swear I wasn’t trying to out him. I just came over to talk to him about you, because I care for you!”

“Give me a fucking break! If you cared for me you wouldn’t go and tell my boyfriend he’s not good enough for me!”

“And what kind of a boyfriend is that when you can’t even be seen together?” Brandon asked, only managing to make Alex even more furious.

“That’s none of your business! You had no right to butt in! What, did you think you’d break us up and I’d come running back to you? That’s never gonna happen,” Alex spoke with anger and determination as he stood up from the couch and went for the door. “I’m surprised you didn’t offer to pay him to leave me.”

“Yeah, because that’s me, spoiled little rich boy who uses money to get what he wants. I don’t remember you having any problems borrowing money from me five seconds after we met,” Brandon immediately shot back, making Alex stop in his tracks and turn around. “Is that what you really think of me, Alex? Is that how you see me?”

“Don’t try to turn this around on me! You were the one who went and ran his mouth, not caring who might get hurt,” Alex responded angrily, regretting he even came to see the guy.

“I did it precisely because I didn’t want you to get hurt! I may have gone about it the wrong way, but I did it because I care about you,” Brandon said, chuckling humorlessly at Alex’s blank stare. “Yeah, newsflash, I have feelings too. But you wouldn’t know that, would you? Because to you I’m just a preppy snob who thinks he can buy everything. So maybe I am used to a… more luxurious lifestyle than most - it’s not my fault my parents are wealthy. But that’s not all who I am. And if you’d bothered to get to know me, maybe you’d have seen that. I’m sorry about Jeremy, I really am. But I am mostly sorry about being an idiot to fall for you.”

With that, Brandon turned around and stormed off to his bedroom, slamming the door behind him. Completely dumbstruck, Alex reached for the doorknob and let himself out, quietly leaving the building.

Thank you all for reading, I appreciate it so much! ^_^

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No you don't get to make me feel sorry for you! Damn you you rich pretty boy!

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Such a moron! It was none of his fucking business. He hadn't even met Jeremy. Only a dumbass would buy it, that Brandon was only trying  to help and not break'em up. Yeah my ass.

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Brandon is an asshole! He had no business sticking his nose where it doesn't belong! He and Alex are far from being besties, and even then doing what he did would be wrong. Then being the asshole he is, he turns it around on Alex?! Also, he conveniently forgot that Alex paid him back every cent of that money he gave him! I don't think Brandon really has the ability to have feelings. Maybe a bit of a sociopath?? All that money he gets from mommy and daddy sure as hell hasn't bought him any class! So...is there any way of arranging Brandon walking in front of a moving bus anytime soon?? Lol!

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I still feel bad for Brandon. Jeremy will move on and life will get better and Alex should check the numbers and see if he should place a bet before someone wins! :D Life is good

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13 hours ago, jaysalmn said:

So...is there any way of arranging Brandon walking in front of a moving bus anytime soon?? Lol!

I don't know, do you know how to ride a bus? ;)

18 hours ago, chris191070 said:

Brandon is a jerk and a spoilt little rich kid.

That seems to be the consensus. Poor guy, no one likes him.:ph34r:

13 hours ago, travlbug said:

Alex comforts his boyfriend--makes sure that Jeremy knows he'll be there for him--and then calls out Brandon on his inappropriate behavior:  Alex shows that he is becoming a truly good person, doing the right things for the right reasons. As for Jeremy's mom and Brandon:  Hopefully, they'll both grow up soon.

Alex is definitely learning and growing through all of his experiences. Hopefully Brandon and Zara can do the same. :)

6 hours ago, AusGlitterati said:

So I was this close to asking Jeremy for his hand in marriage and to find out he plays Dota 2 has made me reconsider. 😠

Real talk Alex is the biggest sweetheart in the world in this chapter! AHH if there was any doubt that he's a good person in spite of the mistakes he's made, there's the proof now :3 he cheers up his boyfriend and then hunts down the asshat who hurt his feelings!

HAHAHA BRANDON HUNNY NOBODY BELIEVES THAT.

That was lovely!! ^_^ And a little sad! But a lovely sad. ❤️ Thank you!

I'm sorry if Jeremy's suffering has made you sad. I'll try to make it up to you in a later chapter. :) Maybe I'll even get him to play LoL!

5 hours ago, jryski said:

I still feel bad for Brandon. Jeremy will move on and life will get better and Alex should check the numbers and see if he should place a bet before someone wins! :D Life is good

Looks like you're in the minority. :lol: Hey, are you trying to tempt Alex? Bad boy!

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Now I really feel like an old grandpa! I have no idea what those initials mean other than that they refer to some sort of game – which like ‘Dota’ I’d never heard of before! Then again, this old man only plays Civilization…
;–)

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Lol you and I both know that Alex is gonna do some betting in the near future hahaha. Im not tempting anybody. :P 

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1 hour ago, droughtquake said:

Now I really feel like an old grandpa! I have no idea what those initials mean other than that they refer to some sort of game – which like ‘Dota’ I’d never heard of before! Then again, this old man only plays Civilization…
;–)

LoL is League of Legends - a very popular MOBA (look, another acronym!) game. :)

31 minutes ago, jryski said:

Lol you and I both know that Alex is gonna do some betting in the near future hahaha. Im not tempting anybody. :P 

I can neither confirm nor deny these speculations.

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Excellent chapter! Brandon outs Jeremy at the bakery in front of his mother, she’s unhappy packs up and walks out of his life, then Alex confronts Brandon and Brandon is unhappy that Alex doesn’t know him. Alex is finished with Brandon and won’t forget about his betrayal. Jeremy is very sad about his mother’s reaction to him being gay. Alex reassured him that he would support him no matter what happens. Alex has become more mature but still suffers from his addiction. I’m hoping he won’t let Jeremy down. I’m definitely looking forward to the next chapter! 😢❤️

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Well did anyone see that coming? Brandon unwittingly outing Jeremy to his mom. Going to see Jeremy wasn't ever Brandon's call to make. Even if he wasnt aware that any of Jeremys family were there, Trisha was always going to become aware of his outing and Brandon had no way of knowing who she would tell.

So Brandon was utterly reckless with discreet information that had been entrusted to him. Only a spoilt brat would fail to realise that and storm off petulantly to his bedroom insisting that he had been wronged because he has the monopoly on feelings.)

Let's hope that's the last we see of Brandon.

Zara, also needs to get herself in check. She can be forgiven for her initial poor shock reaction to Brandon's incredibly tactless approach but once she gets home she best think long and hard about her son's feelings and whether she really wants to risk losing him altogether. Jeremy is so nice he'll probably offer to live like he isn't gay to please her. 

Zara' s very fortunate that she has a son who is patient enough for her to come around in her own good time. 

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There is no excuse for Brandon, he didn't listen when Jer tried to shut him up. And he led with his money on the first date, so how can he be surprised about Alex' impression of him.

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On 9/15/2020 at 1:02 PM, Timothy M. said:

There is no excuse for Brandon, he didn't listen when Jer tried to shut him up. And he led with his money on the first date, so how can he be surprised about Alex' impression of him.

Yeah. When Brandon was like, "And if you’d bothered to get to know me, maybe you’d have seen that." I was like, "Well, maybe if you'd spent the TWO WHOLE DATES you'd had talking about yourself rather than your money? He might HAVE gotten to know you."

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I do feel a tiny bit of sympathy for Brandon but even if he believes what he’s saying it’s not the real truth. He was clearly hoping with that whole hand on Alex’s thigh deal the other night that Alex would have sex with him despite knowing he was dating someone but Alex didn’t even seem to notice he was being hit on. It’s clear to me that it’s more about Brandon wanting Alex to be with him than it is about his supposedly worrying about Alex’s happiness.

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