Hey guys! I'm back! This is the first chapter of Going Back/Going Home, the sequel to Open Road - so if you haven't read that already, I highly suggest doing so before reading this!
I got so many wonderful reviews on Open Road and I'm really excited (and nervous) to start the sequel; I hope I can live up to Open Road...
I'd love to hear what you all think of this first chapter!
Kendall sat on his bed, freshly showered and happy to be wearing a clean set of clothes. He held his camera in his hands and sighed as he looked through the photos, smiling at all the memories of his trip. Kendall couldn't get Logan off his mind. He'd sent the boy a text when he got home a little over an hour ago and Logan had replied telling him that he missed him.
Even over text, Kendall could tell that Logan was hurting as much as he was. Kendall wanted to phone him, to hear his voice, but Kendall didn't know if he would be able to do it without tearing up.
Kendall grabbed his phone from where it was sitting on his bed and he scrolled through the contacts. He sat and stared at Logan's name for a few minutes, trying to find the courage to press the call button. He bit his lip but just as he was about to press it, there was a knock at his bedroom door.
"Hey, honey," Mrs Knight smiled, poking her head around the door.
Kendall smiled back at her and dropped his phone back on the bed, "Hey mom. Sorry, I was about to come down."
"That's okay. Take your time. Would you like me to make you a cup of coffee?"
"I'd love that," Kendall grinned. "Thanks Mom."
Mrs Knight gave him a warm smile and a small nod before she shut his door behind her again. Kendall glanced back at his phone but just shoved it in his pocket as he stood up and followed after his mother.
Kendall joined his little sister in the living room while his mom finished up in the kitchen. Katie turned her head from the television and smiled at her brother.
"You all clean now?" she asked before scooting over to let him sit beside her on the sofa.
Kendall cracked a smile and sat down, "Yes, don't worry."
Mrs Knight came shuffling into the room with a tray in her hands; Kendall jumped up to help her, placing it on the coffee table in front of them. They sat back on the sofa, Mrs Knight squeezing in between her two children, causing Katie to grumble and shuffle over some more.
"So, tell us all about it!"
Kendall took a sip of his coffee and smiled.
"It was so great. We had such a great time and there was so much for us to do...The first few days were great. I got to see Iowa and Nebraska; spent a couple of days exploring them. But, I guess, it was a bit lonely. That's why I was glad to see Logan, he...What?" Kendall frowned when he noticed his mom pull a face.
Mrs Knight shook her head with a sigh, "Just...How could you pick up a hitchhiker, Kendall? That's such a silly thing to do."
Kendall put down his mug and turned his body towards his mother, "Logan wasn't a hitchhiker! I offered him a ride...and he's really nice."
"But how were you to know that? He was a stranger."
"Oh, come on," Kendall groaned, grabbing his phone out of his pocket. He lit up the screen and passed it to his mother, "Does he really look like he could be dangerous?"
Mrs Knight stared down at Kendall's background picture and Kendall let out a small sigh as he saw Logan's smiling face, along with his own, with the Hollywood Sign in the back. Kendall remembered when they took the picture; it was just after Kendall had asked the brunette to move to LA with him after med school. Logan had kissed Kendall afterwards and it was amazing. This picture was taken not long after their kiss and Kendall bit down on his lip as it tingled and ached to feel Logan's lips again.
"Well, you never know. He could have been..." Mrs Knight shrugged.
Katie snatched the phone and stared closer at the photo, "He's hot."
Kendall let out a surprised laugh and Mrs Knight looked shocked.
"Bet it was difficult for you to pull all those California girls with him around..." Katie smirked, still looking at the picture. "He's better looking than you."
"Katie!" Mrs Knight gasped, taking the phone away. She glanced at the picture once more before she passed it back to her son. "I hope you weren't out there chasing girls..."
Kendall quickly shook his head, "We weren't."
Katie smirked at him and rolled her eyes, "Sure."
"It's true! We weren't into that. We just wanted to go sightseeing and stuff."
"What about Logan's parents?" Mrs Knight questioned. "How did they feel about him travelling with a stranger?"
Kendall groaned, "I guess they weren't very happy. B-But he had to get away, they were trying to control his life. They didn't approve of his...lifestyle."
"Was he rebellious?" Mrs Knight frowned.
"No!" Kendall replied quickly. "He's gay."
Kendall nervously watched his mother's reaction. Her eyebrows shot up and she stared at Kendall in shock; Katie's expression wasn't too different.
"Seriously?" the small girl gasped.
Kendall nodded, "Yeah." He looked back at his mother and his face fell slightly when he saw how uncomfortable she looked, "Mom? A-Are you okay?"
Mrs Knight cleared her throat and smile awkwardly, "I'm fine. So, um, you took your camera right? The one I got you for your birthday?"
Kendall frowned at how quickly she changed the conversation but he gave her a nod and went along with it, "Yeah. I took quite a few. I'll, uh, get them developed and show you them properly."
"Did you get me a present?" Katie asked in excitement, but there was something in her voice that was warning Kendall than he better have...
Kendall gave her a smile and nodded his head, "I did. Um, my bag's in the car..."
"I'll get it!" Katie jumped up and held out her hands, waiting for the keys.
Kendall laughed softly and fished the keys out of his pockets, handing them to the small girl and watched her jog out of the house.
Mrs Knight laid a gentle hand on Kendall's knee and smiled when he turned back to face her. Kendall placed his hand on top of hers and gave it a small squeeze.
"I'm really happy that you're home, sweetheart," she told him, leaning over and kissing his cheek.
"Me too, Mom. I missed you guys."
"And I'm sorry for freaking out," Mrs Knight sighed, bowing her head slightly. "I-I was just so worried about you. I didn't like the thought of you all alone and so far away and then picking up a hitchhiker..."
"He wasn't a hitchhiker!"
"Okay, fine! But it still had me worried. You may be eighteen now, but you're still my baby."
Kendall pulled his mom into a comforting hug and kissed the top of her head, "I'm back safe now, Mom. Don't worry."
Their hug ended when they heard the front door close and Katie returned, already searching through the duffel bag that she was carrying.
"Kendall, I don't see anything."
The blonde stood up and went to help his sister. They put the bag on the floor and Kendall pulled out a few dirty shirts before finding a plastic bag. He then handed it to Katie with a grin and went back to searching for another, slightly smaller, bag.
"A teddy bear?" Katie raised an eyebrow as she held a small bear wearing an "I heart LA" t-shirt.
Kendall nodded with a smirk. He knew that Katie would turn her nose up at it, thinking she was too old for cuddly toys, but he also knew that the bear would soon be sitting proudly on the bed in her room.
Katie returned to looking in the bag and pulled out a small, slightly heavy, box. She sat cross-legged on the carpet and opened it up. Kendall smiled as Katie's face lit up when she pulled out a snow globe. They'd always been a thing that fascinated her, ever since she was a toddler and, as soon as Kendall saw the snow globe with downtown LA standing proud inside of it, he knew he had to buy it for his little sister.
"I love it! Thanks Kendall!"
"No problem, baby sister," he grinned. Then he looked over at his mother who was watching them both lovingly and he sat beside her, handing her the smaller bag. "It's not much."
Mrs Knight opened the bag and saw lots of little fridge magnets. She let out a small laugh.
"They're from every city I visited..."
"They're great. Thank you, honey," she smiled, kissing his cheek again.
"Hey, Kendall!" Katie called from where she'd just turned on the games console. She held up one of the controllers with a grin, "Wanna play? I've been practicing. I can totally kick your butt now."
Kendall chuckled, "Oh, I wouldn't be so sure of that."
He looked to his mother, as if asking permission if he could play. Mrs Knight gave him a small smile and stood up, gently patting his shoulder.
"I'm going to go and get started on dinner. You two play nice now, okay?"
"Will do, Mom."
Katie jumped up onto the sofa, next to her brother, and Mrs Knight paused at the door with a smile, watching her two children play for a moment. She'd missed this and she was happy that her baby boy was home.
After dinner, Kendall returned to his bedroom to unpack a few things and tip his dirty clothes into the laundry basket. He turned on his laptop and then sat at his desk, deciding to check his emails. He was surprised at how full his inbox was and laughed when he noticed that most of them were from Facebook. It seemed like his best friends, James and Carlos, had been updating him on everything he'd been missing.
Everything he'd been missing.
But one email stood out to him.
Logan Mitchell wants to be friends on Facebook.
Kendall's heart immediately sped up. He quickly accepted the request and soon found himself on Logan's profile. He smiled widely as he looked at the boy's profile picture. Logan was dressed in a smart shirt and tie with black slacks and dress shoes. In his hands, he held a small trophy and he had a proud smile on his face. Kendall found it adorable.
He clicked through all of Logan's tagged photos, most of them similar to his profile one. It seemed like Logan had received a large number of awards at science fairs and various mathematics tournaments. Kendall felt a sense of pride for Logan flowing through him. His expression dropped when he came across pictures of Logan and his family – specifically, his mother and father. These were the people that forced him to run away from home. They had caused Logan pain and upset him on multiple occasions; Kendall couldn't help but feel a slight hatred towards them. But his eyes fell upon the small, smiling, brunette boy in the pictures and his hatred would vanish and be replaced with longing.
His longing became even greater then he noticed Logan's latest profile change.
Logan Mitchell went from being "single" to being "it's complicated".
Kendall let out a long sigh and pulled his bottom lip between his teeth. Logan was right, it was complicated. They were so far away from each other, how were they going to make this relationship work?
Kendall went onto his own Facebook page. He hadn't changed his relationship status since he broke up with Hannah; it still said he was in a relationship. Kendall hovered over it, unsure what to do. He was in a relationship with Logan but he knew that if he left his status as it was, he would just get people questioning him about it. He didn't know if he was ready to explain about his relationship with Logan, especially since it was so complicated.
So that's what Kendall changed it to…and now it matched Logan's.
Kendall then grabbed his camera and connected it to his laptop, letting it upload all the photos while he stared at his phone again, trying to pluck up the courage to call Logan. But when he finally did press the call button, there was no answer. Kendall let out a sigh of disappointment and sat his phone on his desk as he started to go through the photos from his camera. He spent the next hour or so sorting and copying them into different folders; pictures that he would upload to Facebook, pictures he'd get developed and then pictures of him and Logan that were just for him to see – mainly the ones of them sharing intimate moments.
Kendall jumped when his phone started to buzz and he quickly grabbed it when he saw Logan's name flashing on the screen. He stared at it for a moment but then shakily put it to his ear.
Kendall's face immediately broke into a grin when he heard the boy's soft voice. He leant back in his chair and sighed happily.
"I tried to call you…"
"I know. I'm sorry…My phone, it ran out of battery. I guess I forgot to charge it…I-I miss you, Kendall."
Kendall's smile faded into a sad one, "I miss you too. It's weird not being with you. I don't like it."
"Me neither…It's lonely."
"We'll see each other again soon."
"I hope so."
"We will. I'll make sure of it."
"I love you."
Kendall's beaming grin came back again; he still wasn't used to hearing that, "I love you too."
"And I'm glad that you got home safely. How are your mom and Katie?"
"They're fine; very glad that I'm home, I think. I got a bit of a telling off from Mom for picking up a hitchhiker though…"
"I wasn't hitchhiking!" Logan protested.
Kendall laughed lightly, "I know, Logie…How are your parents? Are they treating you okay?"
"Oh, uh, yeah. They're fine."
"You sure?" Kendall asked sceptically.
"Yeah," Logan reassured him. "They were just a bit mad at me for running away…They're glad I'm back though. I just wish that I was still with you. I'm wearing your beanie…"
Kendall laughed again, "You are? I wish I could see you right now, you always look so cute. I love it when you wear my things."
"I know you do," Logan chuckled. "You took enough pictures of me wearing them when we were in LA…"
"That's true…Oh, I'm uploading photos to Facebook later so that you can see them."
"Oh. Kendall, I don't know if that's a good idea…"
Kendall rolled his eyes, "I'm not putting all of them up, just the 'touristy' ones. But I can email you the rest, if you want them."
"Oh, okay. Yeah, sorry. I just know that some of those definitely aren't appropriate for Facebook…"
Kendall nodded with an amused smile, "Yeah…and it'd be a hell of a way for me to come out."
"Oh yeah! D-Did you tell your mom?"
Kendall sighed softly and bit on his bottom lip for a moment, "No. I couldn't. I'm sorry."
"Hey, no. You don't have to apologise. It's a big thing. You should do it when you're ready."
"Yeah. But I just don't want it to seem like I'm embarrassed about it. I'm not. She just…"
"Just what, Kendall?"
"She—she didn't seem all that comfortable with it when she found out th-that you're gay. I was gonna tell her but that scared me…"
"Logie, I'm sorry."
"No, it's fine. I'm used to people being uncomfortable with it. Don't worry. I'm just worried about you. Are you okay?"
Kendall nodded, even though he knew that Logan wouldn't be able to see him, "Yeah, I'm okay. It's probably for the best. She doesn't think I should be dating so soon after the break-up either. She told me at dinner to 'enjoy being single'."
"It'll get easier. You'll be okay…Shit. Sorry, Kendall. I've gotta go."
"Is everything alright?"
"Yeah. Yeah, it's fine. My dad just wants me. I'll phone again soon."
"Okay. I love you."
"Love you too. Bye."
Kendall sighed when the line went dead and he tossed his phone on the desk, leaning back in his chair again to run his hands through his hair. Hearing Logan's voice again had been amazing and it had dulled the ache in his chest but as soon as the call ended, the ache was back. Kendall just hoped that overcoming the distance between them would get easier; he couldn't see it happening any time soon though…
That night, Kendall lay in bed, struggling to sleep without the brunette boy by his side. His phone went off and when he saw the simple "Good night x" that Logan had sent, a tear came to his eye and he buried deeper into his covers.
So, what did you all think? I hope this is okay for an opening (The reason this took so long to be posted is because I was really struggling with a starting point...)
Also, I never usually like it when Facebook is mentioned in fics...but I thought it was necessary in this.
Anyway, yes. Please review; I've missed you guys! (: