Avery stormed into his room and slammed the door shut, locking it behind him as he was forced to listen to the angered and alcohol drenched shouts of his father. Tears streamed down his face as he shakily takes out his phone and starts blaring music as he sat on his bed, burying his face in his hands. “I wanna run, never say goodbye.” He mumbled through sobs as he started to go along with the song. “I wanna know the truth, instead of wondering why. I wanna know the answers, no more lies. I wanna shut the door, and open up my mind.” He slowed and eventually succumbed to his racking sobs and curled onto the bed.
Avery woke up with his eyes dry, his muscles stiff, and pain splitting through his body. He painfully rolled off of his shoulder and stood up, going to get dressed to go to school. Taking off his shirt he look at his slightly muscled torso, seeing a large bruise on his stomach, smaller ones on his shoulders and bruises all over his back. There was small bruising on his upper thighs, which he found as he changed into fresh clothes, grimacing the whole time.
Avery walked slowly to the door, hesitating before finally opening the door to reveal a clean, wonderful, smell in the house. The smell of alcohol had seemingly been washed clean of the house, replaced by the sweet smell of bacon. He wandered through the house, towards the kitchen, to find that there where no beer bottles to pick up that morning. Looking into the kitchen he expected to see his father, his glare of death on him already, but instead found a blond haired woman.
“Hello? Who are y––“ Avery started to ask before the woman turned around, matching blue eyes to Avery's own, and a smile that Avery could only compare to Dominic's when he had truly smiled.
“Hey little bro. Got dad out of here for a while so you could take it easy.” She turned back to the stove and turned it off, placing pieces of bacon on two plates. “You've grown a bit since I started college.” She looked around the room a little, seeing the run down house. “Didn't think he would move away from where we where, guess he got fed up with it?”
“Ya, ya he did.” Avery sighed, his head hanging down as memories of how his father had screamed before they had moved to where they now lived. “I just don't know why. Why would he hate his own son?” He asked as tears started to form in his eyes and slide slowly down his face.
“Hey, hey. Don't worry about that, you know you have me.” Sarah said as she walked over and embraced her brother, who's tears where now freely flowing down his face. “You know what he thinks doesn't matter, your who you are for a reason and thats fine.”
Avery broke the embrace after a while, sniffing and wiping the remaining tears from his face, while trying to cover the pain he was in. “I need to get to school soon,” He said with a small laugh. “I'm already going to be late so I guess I can eat a little before I go.” He said before walking towards the table to take a few pieces of bacon.
“No you won't. I'm gonna drive you today. You get up to early you know, its not healthy to get up at, like, five in the morning.” She added almost as an after thought.
“You don't have to, I'm sure you want to go see your friends and everything.” Avery said as he picked up a piece of bacon and took a large bite of it. “Hey, whats that for?” He asked after Sarah forced him to sit in the chair.
“Eat, you seem to have had a bad enough day yesterday, don't want to have another today.” She said with a smile as she sat beside him and started eating her own breakfast. “So you like him a lot huh?”
“Ya, I really do.” Avery said, his eyes lighting up and a smile spreading all over his face.
“More than Peter?” Sarah asked quietly, scanning his face.
“Ya. I feel anxious when I'm not talking to him, I never felt like that with Peter.” Avery said quietly, his smile growing.
• • •
“Don't worry about Dad tonight ok? I'll make sure that he isn't himself tonight at least.” Sarah called to Avery as he got out of the car in-front of the school. “And I'll pick you up after school, so don't worry about rushing out to meet Dad's deadline.”
“You're the best!” Avery yelled back to his sister as he rushed to the school.
“Hey Dominic.” Avery said as he walked over to Dominic, who was at their lockers.
“Hey Avery, wish I could have talked to you yesterday.” Dominic said as he closed his locker and moved to the side a little so Avery could open his easily.
“So do I, but my Dad wanted to spend some 'family time.' It was stupid but what can you do right?” Avery said with a small laugh, unconsciously rubbing his shoulder which was still throbbing.
“Well at least you got to spend time with him, right?”
“Ya, I guess.” Avery said quietly raging inside. Avery looked up as Dominic took his hand into a firm grip and started leading him towards their English class.
“Come on, you said it yourself last week that you didn't want to be late to class. Lets forget about what's happened before ok? This is a new day full things to enjoy, like you.” Dominic said with a wink, make a smile spread through Avery's features.
“Ya definitely, do you think we can do anything like we did on Saturday again soon?” Avery asked, hope welling up inside him.
“Of course, just gotta name a time and place, if you have one in mind, and I will do my best to be there.” Dominic said as they sat down, Dominic sliding as close to Avery as possible in the limited space of the desk. A quiet growl escaped Dominic's throat as Avery's hand slipped out his own own and Mr. Fletcher got up from his desk.
“Please open your books to page 394.” Mr. Fletcher said as the bell rang and class started.
• • •
“So what do you have to eat today, anything good?” Dominic asked as him and Avery sat at a table for lunch.
“I guess? I don't really know your tastes.” Avery said as he pulled out a plain chicken sandwich. “So how about this weekend again, same time and place?”
“Sounds perfect, and I think I have a good idea of what we can do.” Dominic said, with an evil grin spreading across his face as they got up after they had finished their lunch and started to head outside.
They clasped hands as they walked to the light-pole that had become theirs already in the second week of school. Avery kept Dominic to his left, it still was throbbing but it hurt less than his right side. They sat down beside each other, making Avery wince as he sat on one of the bruises on his thighs. Dominic snuggled up against Avery's shoulder as he sat down, putting his arm around Avery's side, but quickly pulled away as he saw Avery's wince of pain.
“Are you ok?” He asked in concern, worry taking over his features.
“Ya I'm, I'm fine Dominic, just hit my tailbone too hard when I sat down.” He said with a small chuckle, trying to play it down.
“Are you sure, it looked like it hurt more than that.” Dominic presses.
“I'm fine Dominic. It just hurt for a second, its nothing.” Avery said, regretting the amount of venom he had in his voice as he said it.
“Oh... okay.” Dominic said, his face falling a little as they descended into an uncomfortable silence the rest of the lunch break. They got up and headed towards the school as the bell started to ring, their hands clasped together.
“What are you doing? Dominic?” Avery asked as Dominic pulled him into a bathroom and pulled both of them into a stall and locked the door.
“Tell me whats wrong.” Dominic asked, his eyes and voice steeled.
“Nothing, I'm alright okay?” Avery said, looking everywhere but at Dominic. Avery winced again in pain as Dominic put his hand over a bruise on his right side.
Dominic hooked his hand under Avery's shirt, lifting it a little to see one of the large bruises that spread from his side around to his chest. “What happened?” Dominic asked, worry piercing every part of his body. Avery pulled his shirt back down, lowering his head as he did so.
“Hey, come on.” Dominic said, lifting Avery's head a little to see tears starting to draw rivers down his face. “Hey, its gonna be alright, no need to worry about it. You don't have to tell me anything if you don't want to, just don't shut me out ok?”
Avery nodded, pushing his head into the crook of Dominic's shoulder as tears continued to flow down the rivers on his face.”Why does he have to hate me? Why couldn't he just accept me for who I am?” He mumbled through sobs.
“Hey, its ok, those people are just jealous of you, they can't deal with how beautiful and smart you are.” Dominic soothed, gently rubbing Avery's back. “And at least you have me, my love.” He muttered into Avery's ear, and he could feel a smile start to form against his neck.
“I love you too Dominic.” Avery muttered after a while, as his sobs became more infrequent. “How late do you think we are for next period?”
“Oh, well I guess we can handle missing one or two classes right Av––“ Dominic started before he heard the door to the bathroom open and a pair of footsteps echoed in the bathroom.
“Come on out dyke, don't think you can skip class and get out of things.” Erik said as he walked in-front of the stall Avery and Dominic where in.
“No way, not right now.” Dominic said as he turned around with fire in his eyes. “Just wait a minute Avery, then we can maybe have some piece and quiet for a little bit.” He added before opening the stall door and walking out to see Erik with a grim smile on his face.