A Night To Remember: Chapter 08

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It rained all through the night, and when morning came, there was a faint mist in the air, and every tree and other plant had glistening droplets of rain on its leaves.

Tory and Colin were in Tory's bottom bunk together, and Tory opened his eyes.

Waking up to see that everything is OK

The first time in my life and now it's so great.

Slowing down I look around and I am so amazed

I think about

The little things that make life great.

Colin was all curled up next to Tory, with his eyes tightly shut. Tory smiled and put his arm over Colin's shoulders and drew him closer.

I wouldn't change a thing about it.

Colin naturally reacted to Tory's actions by squirming to make himself a little more comfortable under his boyfriend's arm.

This is the best feeling.

Tory thought about how they looked together. He had to admit, two boys in bed together was a little weird. But they hadn't done anything but sleep, so what did he have to be afraid of? Then, Tory realized, that that right there was what it meant for him to be in love; no fear. When he was with Colin, he didn't think or worry about anything else. And why should he?

This innocence is brilliant

I hope that it will stay

This moment is perfect

Please don't go away

I need you now

And I'll hold onto it

Don't you let it pass you by.

Colin had slept a deep and peaceful sleep, but now that he was more-or-less awake (with his eyes closed) he remembered why he was over at Tory's in the first place; Dr. Garrets had been so pissed at him for coming home late that he'd kicked Colin out of the house in the pouring rain. Even if Garrets would forgive Colin, he was still a little afraid to go home. But when he opened his eyes and saw Tory smiling at him, he felt better.

I found a place so safe not a single tear

The first time in my life and now it's so clear

Feel calm, I belong, I'm so happy here

It's so strong and now I let myself be sincere.

I wouldn't change a thing about it.

This is the best feeling.

"Morning," Colin said softly.

"Morning," Tory replied.

This innocence is brilliant

I hope that it will stay

This moment is perfect

Please don't go away

I need you now

And I'll hold onto it

Don't you let it pass you by.

"How're you feeling?" asked Tory. Colin didn't answer right away.

It's a state of bliss, you think you're dreaming

It's the happiness inside that you're feeling

It's so beautiful it makes you want to cry.

Tory got it. He looked deep into Colin's eyes and knew what he was thinking. Having spent the night together was enough to reassure them both of their security in each other's hearts.

It's a state of bliss, you think you're dreaming

It's the happiness inside that you're feeling

It's so beautiful it makes you want to cry.

It's so beautiful it makes you want to cry!

"What time is it?" asked Colin. Tory stretched to look over his shoulder at his bedside clock.

"7:58," he answered.

"Oh," sighed Colin. "Good." And he lay his head back down on the pillow.

"Why good?" Tory asked, out of curiosity.

"Dr. Garrets probably isn't up yet," sighed Colin.

"Oh. So you can stay…"

"…a little bit longer," Colin finished. "That is…"

"Shh," said Tory, putting a finger to his boyfriend's lips. "Of course."

This innocence is brilliant

I hope that it will stay

This moment is perfect

Please don't go away

I need you now

And I'll hold onto it

Don't you let it pass you by.

About an hour later, the two boys got up. Tory's mother and (needless to say) Paul were at the table having breakfast.

"Tory, you're up," said Ms. Blake cheerfully.

"Yeah, uh, Mom, don't freak out, but, Colin slept over last night," said Tory.

"What?" asked Ms. Blake. She didn't sound alarmed or frightened, just concerned.

"Hello," mumbled Colin.

"His guardian kicking him out last night. In the rain, too!" Tory explained.

"It's fine, Tory, I'm not mad," said Ms. Blake. "Would you like some breakfast, boys?" They both nodded.

At about eleven o'clock, Colin was dressed in his own clothes again, and ready to go home.

"Thank you, Ms. Blake, for breakfast. And thank you, Tory, for taking me in last night," he said.

"You're always welcome here, Colin," said Ms. Blake.

"I'm going to walk Colin home," said Tory. And he did.

Once outside and on Colin's porch, Colin spoke again.

"Well, I'm in for it," he said.

"Do you want me to go with you?" asked Tory, squeezing Colin's hand. Colin shook his head.

"Thanks, Tory, but if he sees you, he'll probably skin us both." Tory chuckled.

"Alright, alright," he said. "Well, see ya."

"Yeah," said Colin. Leaning in, the two boys did the inevitable, and kissed.


THE END

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