A Gentler Way of Saying No- A Wilson Story
It is a beautiful May late Sunday afternoon and Will and Sonny have just recently finished finals. Adrienne has invited them over for dinner and they have come over to the mansion early for a swim.
Will takes his shirt off and Sonny smiles. "Come here…I don't want you to burn."
"I can put it on…you can do my back for me," Will says as he grabs the sun block.
"Oh no, I'll do it. It's a dirty job….but I'll sacrifice myself." Sonny grins as he takes the sun block from Will.
He massages the sun block into Will's shoulders, arms and back. His hands slide under Will's board shorts to the curve of his behind.
"Hey, I'm just making sure….turn around."
"Sonny, the way you are looking at me and the way you're touching me…this is going to get embarrassing."
"It's not my fault. I love touching you." Sonny says as he massages sun block on Will's chest and stomach. "Oh damn, this is going to get embarrassing. I think we need to jump in the pool."
Will smirks, "wait, let me sun block you. I don't want you to burn either."
As Will spreads the sun block on Sonny's back, Adrienne walks into the back patio.
"Hi boys, so glad you could make it. Dinner won't be ready for a couple more hours. Do you need some snacks for now?"
Will tells Sonny, "I'm good."
"We're good mom, thanks."
"Ok, let me know if you change your mind and you need something," she says as she walks away.
Sonny turns to Will, "Hey, you didn't have breakfast this morning, did you have lunch?"
"You worry too much, "Will says as he jumps in the pool. Sonny jumps in after him.
As they both come up, Sonny swims over to Will and wraps his arms around him under water in the shallow end of the pool.
"That's not an answer Will."
"I'm not five years old Sonny."
"I didn't say you were, but you are the man I love and I worry."
"Will you let it go, if I say I had lunch?"
"I will, if you did have lunch," Sonny grins. "Did you?"
Will turns soft, beguiling eyes on Sonny. "No, I didn't…but I'm not hungry and I'm sure you'll feed me a big dinner."
Sonny rolls his eyes. "What would you do without me?"
"Not going to find out, "says Will as he kisses him.
Sonny splashes him and Will swims away as Sonny chases after him.
An hour later the guys get out of the pool and dry off. They change for dinner and go into the living room.
Brady is sitting at a desk on his laptop.
"Hey Brady", Will smiles.
"Hi Will…Sonny, how are you guys doing?"
"We're good", answers Will, "what are you up to?"
"I'm working on the website for MadWorld. Kate and I are trying to think of something new and innovative to bring in costumers. But, I can't think of anything we are missing."
Will comes over behind Brady and murmurs, "you should just make it interactive."
Brady's head snaps up. "What did you just say?"
"You should make it interactive," Will repeats.
"What do you mean?" asks Brady.
"Well…you guys sell, like lipstick…right?"
Brady laughs, "yeah."
"Well, you could make it to where your customers could get on your website and play with colors to make their own shade and even name it or something."
Brady grins, "that's brilliant."
Sonny drops his arm over Will's shoulders, "yeah, he is brilliant."
Uncle Victor, Aunt Maggie, Justin and Adrienne come into the room. Everyone says their hellos and talk goes to other things.
Henderson comes in to announce that dinner is ready and everyone heads to the dining room.
Sonny sits down next to Will and Brady takes a seat opposite them.
"So, how were finals?" asks Brady.
"I think I did well", Sonny smiles.
"Me too," chimes in Will.
"How's the coffee house going?" asks Uncle Victor.
"It's going great, lots of business."
Uncle Victor addresses Will, "do you have plans for the summer Will?"
"I was going to talk to Grandma Caroline tomorrow to see if she needs help at the Pub."
"I hear you are really good with computers."
"He's great with computers," smiles Sonny.
Brady looks at Will, "I loved your idea for MadWorld's website. Would you know how to set up what you suggested?"
"Yeah, but there would be a lot involved in the process."
Brady grins. "Great, what do you think about coming to work for me for the summer?"
"Are you serious?"
"Very serious...I wasn't kidding, your idea is brilliant. It could put us over the top with our competitors."
"This sounds interesting", Uncle Victor comments.
"How exciting", Aunt Maggie joins in.
"No." Sonny says into the room.
The room becomes deathly quiet.
Will turns to Sonny. "What did you just say?"
"I said no."
"Are you telling me no or are you speaking for me and talking to Brady?"
Sonny looks around the table and then looks at Will. He runs his tongue over his lips. "Does it matter? I'm still saying no."
Will looks confused. He looks at everyone around the table. Everyone is looking at him and the tension is palpable. He turns to Sonny. "No, I guess it doesn't matter."
He stands up and addresses everyone. "Excuse me, but I need to go."
Adrienne calls out, "Will wait."
Will looks at her. "I'm sorry and thanks for dinner."
He looks at Brady, "when can I start?"
Brady looks from Will to Sonny and then back to Will. "Tomorrow morning. I'll see you at the office tomorrow morning."
"I'll be there," Will says as he starts to walk away.
Sonny stands up, "Don't do this Will."
Will's eyes are blue ice as he looks at Sonny.
"Don't walk away from me Will."
"I don't know what else to do right now Sonny." Will walks out of the room.
To be continued…