Moving On and Moving Up
I have decided to write this sequel to Dear New Friends. I've already wrote stories with Mark and Roger having children, Roger and Mimi getting ready to have children and Roger raising a daughter by himself. So this is the next logical thing to me.
It was nearly midnight and Mark and his girlfriend Reggie were lying on the couch watching television. They had been dating for about six months now and they were hardly ever apart. She was asleep and Mark was just dozing off when the loft door slid open and Roger came bursting in. He plopped down in a chair and put his head in his hands.
Mark looked over at him. "Where have you been Roger?" he asked. "You've been gone for like six hours and I know you weren't out getting a job or anything like that." Then he noticed Roger's posture. "What's wrong?" he asked.
Roger looked up. He was a little pale. "Mark I think I did something bad." he said softly.
Mark got worried then. The last time Roger had said that was when he took up doing drugs with April. He was almost afraid to ask. "What did you do?"
"Maureen." Roger said.
"What?" Mark shouted, startling Reggie from her sleep. She sat up and looked around. "Oh hey Roger." she greeted him.
"Hi Reg." he said back glumly.
"What's going on?" she wanted to know.
"I slept with Maureen." he answered miserably. "Just a few hours ago."
Reg's eyes widened. "Oh that's wonderful. I never did buy her whole lesbian thing and you two make the cutest couple." she said happily.
Mark hastily turned his laugh into a cough and Roger blanched. "I don't even like Maureen like that." he protested. "She doesn't even like me."
Reg shrugged. "You have to like her a little bit to have slept with her. And she has to like you enough to cheat on her girlfriend. So maybe you're both in denial." she said simply. Then she got up and kissed Mark. "I better go baby. I've got to work tomorrow. See you boys later." and she left.
Mark looked expectantly at Roger. "So how did this happen?" he asked.
Roger sighed, but told the story. "We were at the Life at first and every thing was fine. We talked to Sam the waiter and had some coffee. It got late and Maureen asked me to walk her back to her apartment. So I did. Then I went in for a minute, and we were sitting on the couch talking about Mimi and she said that she hoped I would find someone to fill the void in my heart. Then I was kissing her and it went from there."
"Why did you kiss her?" Mark wanted to know.
"I don't know." Roger wailed. "She just looked so sweet and normal and I couldn't help it."
"Maureen looked normal?" Mark asked incredulously. "For crying out loud she has pink streaks in her hair. Do you like Maureen?"
"No." Roger said automatically. Then he thought about it. "Maybe I do. When we were doing, you know, that- it was so great and I felt really happy for the first time in like a year. I'm just so confused."
Mark got up and put his hand on Roger's shoulder. "You should talk to Maureen. She's probably just as confused as you are about this. Stop obsessing about it right now and go get some sleep. Maybe you'll be able to decide something tomorrow."
Roger nodded and got up to get ready for bed. The last thing he thought about before going to sleep was the feel of Maureen's body curled against his.
He woke up around noon the next day to an empty loft. Mark and Reggie were at work so it seemed like the perfect time to call Maureen and discuss what had happened. He noticed that every time he thought about her, he got a tingly feeling in his stomach. He'd always thought it was dislike, but now he wasn't so sure.
Roger went into the living room, picked up the phone and dialed Maureen's number.
"Hello?" she answered tearfully.
"Maureen what's wrong?" Roger asked with concern, praying she wasn't crying because of him.
"Joanne broke up with me a few minutes ago." she answered with a sob.
Now Roger was really worried. "Was it because of-" he couldn't bring himself to finish that sentence.
"No, I didn't even tell her about that." Maureen assured him. "She said that she had met someone else and she realized that she was tired of feeling like the only adult in this relationship. So she broke up with me."
"That sucks Maureen. You want me to come over?" Roger asked her gently.
She was silent for a second, then, "Would you?"
"Of course." Roger answered. He hung up the phone and went to get ready. It was weird, this was the first time he actually felt sorry for Maureen in a breakup between his friends.
About an hour later, he was knocking on her apartment door and Maureen opened it. She didn't have on any makeup and her face was tear stained. Roger thought she looked beautiful.
"Hi Roger." she greeted him. "Come on in."
"Hey." he said as he went in. "Are you going to be okay?" He went over and wrapped her in a hug.
She nodded against his chest. "It was just a shock you know. But now I realize that she was right. We were way too different." Then she pulled back. "Speaking of shocks, what the hell did we do last night?"
Roger let her go. "Yeah we do need to talk about that." he admitted. He led her over to the couch and they sat down. "Look Maureen, I'm sorry about kissing you like that. I don't really know why I did it but I know I don't want to make it awkward between us."
"Now Roger, when has it ever been awkward between us?" she joked. "But seriously, I'm not upset about what happened with us." she lowered her eyes. "It was nice actually."
Roger smiled. "I thought so too. You know Reggie seems to think that I secretly like you and you're secretly not a lesbian." he said.
"What would give her that idea?" Maureen asked as she moved closer to Roger.
"No idea." he replied. Then he pressed his lips against hers. They kissed for a minute. "Well," Roger panted as they came up for air. "she could have a point."